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General Misc. / Re: How would you end it
« Last post by Wilshire on December 01, 2020, 07:59:15 pm »
... and could be used to focus/reorient the reader to what was important in PON/TAE that was missed by readers.
What do you think was important that we missed?

As a reader, I'm sure I wouldn't know lol.
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General Misc. / Re: How would you end it
« Last post by H on December 01, 2020, 03:13:01 pm »
I'm going to come back to this once I am done with The Phenomenology of Spirit but certainly I'd have Mimara look at the sarcophagus and answer the No-God's questions.
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General Misc. / Re: How would you end it
« Last post by TaoHorror on November 30, 2020, 10:35:23 pm »
... and could be used to focus/reorient the reader to what was important in PON/TAE that was missed by readers.

What do you think was important that we missed?
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General Misc. / Re: How would you end it
« Last post by sciborg2 on November 30, 2020, 09:19:32 pm »
The Outside is shorn from the Inside as far as souls are concerned, but the ability to comprehend paradox remains due to a shift in the relationship between the two.

So the characters all think they've saved humanity from the Hundred, while their souls are actually being eternally tortured. Why the Inverse Fire was always correct, and no one could actually be saved.
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Literature / Re: Yearly Reading Targets 2020
« Last post by Wilshire on November 30, 2020, 06:01:13 pm »
The Fall of Hyperion by Dan Simmons (35)

The Fall is definitely an important part of the Hyperion saga, and it really does make Hyperion a better book. That said, it still wasn't as good as nostalgia memories say it ought to have been. I'm not exactly sure what I missed this time around, but its still a great pair of books. The Ousters remain some of my favorite "aliens" - despite them not technically being aliens at all.

I really must say though, after all the philosophizing, calling The Void Which Binds a consciousness that grows as consciousness in animals grows, but then reducing back to simply being "love" is something of a letdown.

I dont think I'll make it to my goal of 40, but hopefully I can get to one or two more this year.
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General Misc. / Re: How would you end it
« Last post by Wilshire on November 30, 2020, 05:36:06 pm »
Earwa seems to repeat histories, in part and in full. I think an interesting ending would be to tell the story of The Sagas starting from the point where the initial Ordeal fails and Seswatha flees back to the Three Seas.

This does half the job of finishing the series, and could be used to focus/reorient the reader to what was important in PON/TAE that was missed by readers. It also carries less emotional baggage than finishing the series, while still continuing to expand on the worldbuilding of TSA.

Though that is maybe answering a slightly different question, moreso How Should The Story Continue, rather than "end". It seems full Bakker to skip Return of the King entirely and jump right into Silmarillion.

And maybe it would help with what I am guessing is writers block, given years of radio silence regarding progress on TNG. We've already got the highlights of The Sagas, "just" fill in the blanks ;) . Experiment with some long form epic poetry too, just for the fun (and I imagine the nonman of old loved to have philosophy battles of the mind, so room to throw some of that in).
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General Misc. / How would you end it
« Last post by TaoHorror on November 30, 2020, 05:11:30 pm »
Putting this in General as I don't think we have a fan fiction section ( I know, FF is crap, but since we have so much time on our hands waiting for the next installment, FIT! ). How would you end the series? Feel free to include as much detail as you like, total free form question here.
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News/Announcements / Re: Scheduled Downtime
« Last post by Wilshire on November 25, 2020, 04:37:48 pm »
Thank you both for your comments. Still working on contacting Sovin, but I'll be sure to bring it up.
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News/Announcements / Re: Scheduled Downtime
« Last post by SmilerLoki on November 25, 2020, 03:31:21 pm »
Note: It appears that your database may require an upgrade. Your forum's files are currently at version SMF 2.0.17, while your database is at version 2.0.4. The above error might possibly go away if you execute the latest version of upgrade.php.
Ah, this pretty much explains everything, the upgrade wasn't finished.
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News/Announcements / Re: Scheduled Downtime
« Last post by TaoHorror on November 24, 2020, 03:32:06 pm »
New error, or at least newly discovered since I don't normally hit New Replies but clicked it on accident. Was redirected to this page:

DATABASE ERROR
Expression #1 of ORDER BY clause is not in SELECT list, references column 'saproduction.t.id_last_msg' which is not in SELECT list; this is incompatible with DISTINCT
File: /var/www/www.second-apocalypse.com/Sources/Recent.php
Line: 1105

Note: It appears that your database may require an upgrade. Your forum's files are currently at version SMF 2.0.17, while your database is at version 2.0.4. The above error might possibly go away if you execute the latest version of upgrade.php.

Well, I would certainly know how to fix this error if given access to the database calling code ( it's either from application call to the database or stored code in the database ). If a patch fixes this, then it's 50/50 it can be fixed in the code ( meaning the code could be fine as written, but triggering a database bug ).
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