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General Earwa / Re: [TUC Spoiler] Esmenet and the JE
« on: August 11, 2020, 10:22:07 pm »
Since we are sort of talking about the Judging Eye here:

In the mediator, then, this consciousness frees itself from action and enjoyment so far as they are regarded as its own. As a separate, independent extreme, it rejects the essence of its will, and casts upon the mediator or minister [priest] its own freedom of decision, and herewith the responsibility for its own action. This mediator, having a direct relationship with the unchangeable Being, ministers by giving advice on what is right.

Who does that sound like?

I give up, who?

The Unholy Consult / Re: [TUC Spoilers] Esmenet the Angelic Ciphrang
« on: August 06, 2020, 07:06:23 pm »
This could also be seen as another example of the intersection or mediation of the Universal with/through the Particular (and the reverse as well).  Or, the Eternal and Temporal.  Ajokli is the Universal of deception, the behavior is the Particular instance of it.  Yet, the Particular fuels the Universal as well, feeds it.

This sort of question about how the Eternal could or would interact with the Temporal/Finite really runs though TAE, I think.

So why 100? Could be arbitrary, have to stop somewhere coming up with universals/foundations/First Principles, just a round number of the 100 perceived most important. Eerily reminiscent of the base human psychological states as defined by the Dunyain ( Fear Base -2 ) - looks like the nonmen made gods out of them.

General Misc. / Re: What are you watching?
« on: August 04, 2020, 03:50:24 pm »
True Crime

So, while not "into" true crime, I have dabbled and it's been descent. I've seen Forensic Files and the like when I was out of town in a hotel - while not great, I've enjoyed much of it. I've seen 2 True Crime "documentaries" lately and will give my thoughts. Guess I'll put in Spoiler, but not really needed since this is "factual".

I'll Be Gone In The Dark

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Don't Fuck With Cats

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General Misc. / Re: What are you watching?
« on: August 04, 2020, 03:25:15 pm »
I've been meaning to look again at Avenue 5...your review seems mixed...would it make sense to start in the middle of it?

I blew through the John Wick movies and have come away convinced they are a prequel or sequel to the Matrix. They seem to purposely go out of their way to suggest video games, some of which I admit can be accidental or just thematic but other things - like passerbys being so NPC-ish they don't care about the bodies - seem deliberate....

Sorry I missed your post, Sci. I would recommend seeing all of Avenue 5 if you can. Not that you wouldn't catch on quick, it's a simple plot - but it's a vehicle for jokes and bits and some of it is really fricken funny ( so you would be missing some of the funny stuff if you started in the middle ).

Interesting take on John Wick - hmmm

General Misc. / Re: Quotes
« on: July 13, 2020, 05:42:23 pm »
"For all that modern Western civilization draws from ancient Greece..."

Who are you quoting? Yourself?

News/Announcements / Re: Scheduled Downtime
« on: June 27, 2020, 02:12:11 am »
Awesome! Thank you so much!

General Misc. / Re: What are you watching?
« on: June 25, 2020, 10:52:31 pm »
Finished Avenue 5 - it's mixed, some great, much of it not so great. Some very funny shit thrown about.

I watched Prodigal Son. Another weird one, mostly prime-time shit tv, but I love Michael Sheen, great actor, so I stuck with it ( poorly directed into over-acting ). The lead actor sucks, that's a big problem. Some of the other actors aren't bad, but mired in boring formulaic prime-time story crap. Too bad, it could have been a nice take on the Starling/Lector dynamic in Silence of the Lambs ( obvious inspiration for the idea of the show ). I would've figured prime-time would've finally evolved to up it's game to match all of the original cable content that's come out over 2 decades now. I don't know, seems like the problem is the major studios refuses to pay for the writing and think they can come up with good stories on their own. Mostly stupid, all of the mystery and "surprise" falls flat given how poor the show is.

General Misc. / Re: Politics
« on: June 17, 2020, 04:36:37 pm »
The ungoverned globe

I read this entire article and I need some more time to digest it, but I'm ending up in a different "end game" than the writer does, which is interesting because I think they explained the road we're on very well ( i.e. the nationalists and radicals ). Assuming we're accurately dissecting political speech from policy, the "Liberal Order" is in better shape than it's ever been with international conflicts simmering down quite a bit ( USA is even trying to get out of Afghanistan ). So I find the article's finer points to be interesting and maybe accurate, but the meaning/ramifications of this I'm not sold on. Life in the UK is not remarkable different though politically it's gone through the wringer. Same in the USA, the political expression is out sizing the problems. The question is will the tail wag the dog, will politics bring us under whereas the economic malaise the article discusses wouldn't otherwise. Hell, the USA economy took a serious hit from the pandemic and yet, most of life is still going ( for now ) - I'm here typing this shit, not losing my home/job, etc. Not saying it's all coming up roses, USA may well fall off a cliff if the 30 million unemployed can't get back to work pronto, but for now the tensile strength of the liberal order appears impressive, it's taking some serious blows and yet still goes.

In short, my point is, the world economy is growing with technological proliferation/saturation ( everyone has a cell phone, rich and poor alike ), so problems will appear bigger like the USA national debt, but the numbers are just getting bigger and it may not be a big deal. As the article mentions, Brexit turned out to be a nothing burger. The USA 2020 election will be where the rubber meets the road, if the election is contested and the Supreme Court behaves differently than it did in 2000 ( i.e. did nothing and declared the winner from the first vote count ) or the President doesn't leave office in spite of a clear loss, then the concerns of the article will prove true. If Trump wins or if Biden wins and is able to transition into office without much fanfare, then the article's conclusions is incorrect - and simply put, countries have problems, liberal order or not. The economic prosperity outweighs the loss of representation in my opinion - nation states probably shouldn't have larger voices than they do with trade outcomes as that would lead to bigger problems. The fact that nation-states have to accept net economic results is a good thing, driving improvement and change so they can be competitive. There's natural balancing that takes place anyways, if you have a trade deficit, your money devalues making your exports more attractive and so on.

We have problems, big ones. But what having problems is a liberal order problem is not clear.

General Misc. / Re: What are you watching?
« on: June 17, 2020, 02:20:41 am »
So I started watching Avenue 5 and hmm ... strange beast, this thing is. I'll have to finish it to give final thoughts on it. So I'm being kicked around between thinking it sucks and it being brilliant. Some of the bits are very funny and had me laughing, which is hard to do for me with comedies. It's campy ( which I don't like ), but clever as well. Heavy cussing with callous humor which is normally not my thing ( I like to cuss, but find cussing in comedy to frequently be a cheap way to humor ), but some of it is extremely funny I have to admit. I wonder how much of the space stuff is accurate. It appears to mix accurate space physics with comic space physics, so it has me wondering, I'll give it that. Wondering if anyone else has watched it and what you think about it. Some very funny shit here and there. Zach Woods steels the show, not all of his bits are funny, but some of it will floor ya, he's a mad character in a mundane role on the ship.

General Misc. / Re: Board Games and Miniatures
« on: June 17, 2020, 02:10:41 am »
I did not like Gloomhaven the first time I played, but I respected the gaming tastes of my friends, so stuck with it and so happy I did - very very fun game with great mechanics. You'll like Viticulture, another winner - but again, forewarned, it can piss ya off. I'm "ok" with Terraforming Mars - it's very well done, complex hard to learn/play game ( at least for me ), but honestly with the mild cock-blocking, it's seems like a sexy game of chess given the low level of interpersonal dynamics, just seems like the worst of both worker placement and engine building, not the best of each. But I need to play it more, give it a chance. I enjoy Sythe much more.

General Misc. / Re: What are you watching?
« on: June 16, 2020, 06:01:42 pm »
We watched Dark on Netflix.  Went with the original German, rather than the dub, since I usually hate dubbed things.

I don't usually go in for shows like this one, but I have to say it is well done and entertaining.  Season 3 comes out in 11 days or so.

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General Misc. / Re: Board Games and Miniatures
« on: June 16, 2020, 05:58:50 pm »
Sounds awesome. I'd probably be up for a round! Would be fun to try it out.

TH: That's a sweet set of games. Gloomhaven is something I wish I could play but dont have the friends to play it. Terraforming Mars is amazing, Sythe is a ton of fun, and I've won my fair share of Viticulture games.

Worker Placement games brings out the best in people ( e.g. Viticulture ). I was on my best behavior with ( at the time ) new group of gamers I hooked up with until we played Viticulture and then the real TaoHorror stood up and they got me in the RAW ( fuck you, no fuck you, no fuck you! ).

General Misc. / Re: What are you watching?
« on: June 11, 2020, 11:25:52 pm »
Pretty cool - commentary on philosophy and tv.

General Misc. / Re: Board Games and Miniatures
« on: June 11, 2020, 11:25:05 pm »
Innovation by Carl Chudyk is maybe my all time favorite game.  It is a card game where you are (loosely) building up a civilization from prehistory through the modern age (if you make it that far) represented by, of course, your innovations.  Plays 2-4 players in probably about an hour.  It is an amazing ride of a game.  The game-state is constantly changing.  What's useful to you now could be harmful next turn.  You could be sitting in a comfortable lead one turn, then suddenly everything crashes down around you.  Each of the innovations are, in the right situation, game-breakingly powerful.  Not only is it great fun, but it's usually under $20.  It's also free to play online:  I'd happily meet up someone is interested.

This sounds pretty cool, P! I'm interested, but my life is a blast furnace at the moment ( Divorced, new home, radical job risk, oldest son got drivers license - all over last 2 months. Oh, all in the middle of a pandemic, so ... ). I have 4 gaming nights a month with my friends ( on hold now going on 3 months, I'm sad ). We play Descent 2.0, Gloomhaven and then random other stuff like Terra-forming Mars, Twilight Imperium IV, Sythe, Viticulture and Mansions of Madness. Twilight Imperium IV was the most fun with 6 people and not a fan of Mansions, really. Back in the day ( late 70's/80's ) I loved those Avalon Hill games ( Magic Realm, Third Reich, Dune ).

General Misc. / Re: Politics
« on: June 04, 2020, 06:13:30 pm »
Well, China has been a fixture of American politics, something to be feared ( as was Japan in the 80's, political fervor over their economic success, followed by 2+ decades of a flat Japanese stock market - so Japanese "concern" as baseless and only served political ends ). So do we American citizens write off the China talk as only political and ignore the chat about it or do we take China seriously as a threat, et al? Knowing more about what China is can assist with how I relate to China politically.

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