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Literature / Re: Yearly Reading Targets 2020
« Last post by Wilshire on December 30, 2020, 01:29:23 pm »
Rejoice: A Knife To The Heart by Steven Erikson (36)

Finished this one last week, and it'll be the last one of 2020. Definitely an interesting book, though more of a Thought Experiment writ long form, rather than a book in its own right. Also, despite it being much shorter than what he normally does, it is Classic Erikson. By which I mean, its told as a series of short stories set around the disconnected lives of many different characters, which he uses to weave a loosely connected story. Anyone who has read even part of Malazan will understand what I mean here.

The ideas presented in this First Contact novel are fun, and definitely worth some contemplating, but as he goes through all the various arguments for/against the positions presented in the books there really isn't THAT much let to think about. It is an interesting take on your standard scifi, and it doesn't quite work - for me. Not that he did it poorly, but Erikson seems to have a very strong writing style that I get tired of very quickly. If you're interested in a book with minimal plot, that reads like Erikson-does-Asimov, this is probably the book for you. Or if you want a first contact story that isn't about the humans somehow beating a stage 3 civilization, its probably a good bet too.
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General Earwa / Re: TSACast (SA Podcast)
« Last post by Madness on December 22, 2020, 04:14:19 pm »
I'm fairly sure Bakker enlisted him in checking over the Glossary before TTT's release.
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General Earwa / Re: TSACast (SA Podcast)
« Last post by H on December 21, 2020, 06:25:58 pm »
It should probably also be noted that White_Lord actually had a better handle on some of the minutia than Bakker did himself, which is why in TTT, Bakker acknowledges him (IIRC).
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General Earwa / Re: TSACast (SA Podcast)
« Last post by H on December 21, 2020, 04:28:17 pm »
A TSACast?!  What year is it?
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General Earwa / Re: TSACast (SA Podcast)
« Last post by Madness on December 20, 2020, 06:51:41 pm »
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News/Announcements / Re: Scheduled Downtime
« Last post by SmilerLoki on December 17, 2020, 01:59:07 am »
I still can't download a database from SMF and I noticed it takes quite a bit of time to clear after we've rejected Spam-Sranc before the pending users notation disappears.

Thanks again for all you guys have done.
I've left a possible explanation for this and other such errors and peculiarities in the quorum channel of the Discord server. It's not super secret or anything, but I don't wanna leave a permanent visible record of it all the same.
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News/Announcements / Re: Scheduled Downtime
« Last post by Madness on December 17, 2020, 01:00:27 am »
I still can't download a database from SMF and I noticed it takes quite a bit of time to clear after we've rejected Spam-Sranc before the pending users notation disappears.

Thanks again for all you guys have done.
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General Misc. / Re: Quotes
« Last post by Madness on December 17, 2020, 12:57:31 am »
Bravo.
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General Misc. / Re: Quotes
« Last post by H on December 16, 2020, 06:52:24 pm »
Quote
There is a self-consciousness for a self-consciousness. Only so is it in fact self-consciousness; for only in this way does the unity of itself in its otherness come to be for it; I, which is the object of its concept, is in fact not object; the object of desire, however, is only independent, for it is the universal indestructible substance, the fluid essence equal-to-its-own-self. When a self-consciousness is the object, the object is just as much I as object.—With this, we already have before us the concept of spirit. What still lies ahead for consciousness is the experience of what spirit is, this absolute substance which, in the perfect freedom and independence of its opposition, viz. of diverse self-consciousnesses that are for themselves, is the unity of these self-consciousnesses: I that is We, and We that is I. It is in self-consciousness, as the concept of spirit, that consciousness first has its turning-point, where it leaves behind the colourful semblance of the sensory here-and-now and the empty night of the supersensible Beyond, and steps out into the spiritual day of presence.

G.W.F. Hegel - The Phenomenology of Spirit

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News/Announcements / Re: Scheduled Downtime
« Last post by Wilshire on December 16, 2020, 06:50:42 pm »
Thanks to SmilerLoki, there have been some fixes to problems that have been plaguing the forum for months. The message box up front should work properly now (limited to 1024 characters rather than 60ish), and we should be able to properly use special character in posts.

Thanks again SmilerLoki.

That said, if other issues arise, please let us know.
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