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Reading Excuses / October 11th Eerongal Journeyman's Manifesto ch 2
« on: October 12, 2010, 03:06:16 AM »
In this chapter:

We meet two new people, in the midst of some sort of "sham" about to fail miserably, who are also apparently on Thu'dane's "hit list", and our old friend Jobber gets into a bit of a pickle.

(for tags, forgot in the email, sorry, but maybe a little [V]? but that'd be it, if we could even consider any part of it "violence" per say, probably more so "comic mischief" or something)

Reading Excuses / Sept. 27th - Eerongal - The Journeyman's Manifesto Ch. 1
« on: September 27, 2010, 02:47:16 PM »
Synopsis: In this chapter, we meet 3 characters: Jacob "Jobber" Colgan Jr, a lowly street urchin; Zona Alloway Flanegan,  mechanic extraordinaire; and the man who approaches her with a job offer, the mysterious Thu’dane, servant of a currently unknown host.

Journeyman's Manifesto, Ch. 1 3883 Words [L]


I'm gonna throw this up here just to help out a bit with people who don't know what some terms are, in case anyone wants to know. Note that not all might be in there (i found a few real quick though just to make sure its relevant)

Victorian slang

Reading Excuses / A poll concerning previous submissions
« on: September 24, 2010, 04:23:30 AM »
Hi, all!

I got through speaking a bit to Silk about this possibility, and I wanted to get everyone's opinion. I have some webspace i would be more than willing to setup an FTP site on so that we can have an archive and dedicated location for all submitted works. This won't be a public page, so no one will be able to access it just randomly off the web and thus steal your work.

Anyways, i just wanted to offer this up for everyone as an idea, see who likes it, who doesn't, etc. I have more than enough hosting space and bandwidth to do so, so i wanted to see what everyone though, so vote, and comment or suggest other ideas if you want!

Also, with it setup as an FTP site, on a windows (not sure about other OS's but probably can, never tried) PC you can map it onto your PC so it shows just like a drive and/or folder.

Edit: oh, also, FYI, the poll is open for a month, so you have that long to think, discuss, etc.

Also, since there are people who will be against it (2 as of posting this) it can obviously be an optional thing to include your work in the archive.

Brandon Sanderson / STL WoK Signing Pics and Video
« on: September 02, 2010, 03:02:44 PM »
Here's all the pics I took at the signing yesterday, for those interested.

I'll be posting up 1st part of the Q&A later tonight, as soon as I can split the video (i uploaded to youtube last night, but its apparently too long, so i have to split it after work tonight)

Unfortunately, i didnt get the second part of the Q&A on film, my battery ran out just as it started. Which kinda sucks, too, considering i thought all the best questions came out in that one.

Disclaimer: Pics may contain 'rongal and his girlfriend. Viewer discretion is advised.


Videos are now live of the first Q&A
Part 1
Part 2

Books / Choose your own adventure books! (i.e. interactive fiction)
« on: August 31, 2010, 08:26:59 PM »
Anyone ever read these as a kid? When I was young, i used to utterly devour them. Between the ages of about 8 and 14 or so, i would read any I could get my hands on.

Me and a friend were recently talking about them, and that got me thinking, does anyone know if they make adult versions of these styles of books? Not "adult" like erotica versions, but just like more complex stories, maybe spanning several books or something. The old ones i used to read are nice and all, but the stories were.....well...fairly simple.

I found one called "You Are a Miserable Excuse for a Hero!" by Bob Powers, but couldn't find too terribly many more. Anyone else have ideas or suggestions?

Other than that, anyone else have any fun memories of these books?

Brandon Sanderson / WoK amazon page removed!
« on: August 17, 2010, 08:47:20 PM »
Apparently the old amazon page with the fake reviews for the WoK has been removed.

A sad, sad day :(

Edit: i suppose the title for this topic probably could have been worded a bit better.....

Video Games / League of legends
« on: August 11, 2010, 03:36:59 AM »

Anyone else play this game? Me and my friends started playing last week and have been utterly obsessed with it. It's by the people who made DoTA for warcraft 3, and plays similar, but is much more deep.

It's some serious fun.

Movies and TV / Franklyn
« on: June 04, 2010, 04:22:38 AM »

So i totally just watched this movie. Anyone else see it? It's a british indie sci-fi drama film from like 2009 or so. I thought it was most excellent. It had excellent production value, rivaling that of a professional hollywood film (surpassing some in many ways, if you ask me.)

The basic story follows 4 seemingly unconnected characters as they work through their own crises.

*--Minor spoilers--*[/i]

The first is an art student who seems to be obsessed with filming herself committing suicide to strike a blow at her mother.

The second is a man who has recently suffered heartbreak, and is trying to recapture the feeling of his first love.

The third is a man looking for his son.

And finally, the fourth (pictured in the poster), and most interesting, is a man set in a different place than the others. All the others are set in london, where as this man is set in a dystopian steampunk-like society called meanwhile city, where he is a fugitive for not believing in any of the place's religions, which is used as a form of "mind-control" on the populace, and his quest to exact revenge.

*--Minor spoilers--*[/i]

As i said, i thought this was a wonderful movie, especially as things start to come together towards the end. You start seeing the pieces fall into place, and start realizing the connections.

Great flick, i highly recommend it! I watched it on netflix streaming, so if you have netflix, you have almost no excuse for not checking it out!

Everything Else / Scientists create first lab-created organism
« on: May 21, 2010, 09:52:55 PM »
First lab-created organism raises ethical questions

The run down:

Scientists have created, essentially, a new life form in a lab. It's synthesized bacteria where almost all of the DNA has been lab-created out of a known genome sequence (that is, they knew the genome, modified some stuff they know about, then created the DNA out of the necessary proteins and made a bacteria creature out of it).

Thoughts, comments, ideas, praises, fears?

Personally, the idea of this gets me all tingly in the right places! I think it's a great advancement for science, and look forward to the possible advances in the medical community and other such sciences.

That is, as long as legislation doesn't kill it by those who fear it.

Everything Else / Here be dragons - A video about critical thinking
« on: May 17, 2010, 05:47:52 PM »
just thought i'd share this with everyone.

Note that it's rather lengthy (about 40 minutes), and the guy talks about various things that are used commonly these days to get people to buy things that have no real backing to their claims (he focuses a lot of various alternative medicine stuff)

Note that he isn't exactly saying "reject everything that isn't approved by the medical community" but rather "doubt what you hear about outrageous claims" and recommends looking into it further.

Off shoot from here

So yeah, we need a new holiday, namely the "Everyone renames themselves Ookla The Mok (time period)". What's everyone else think? :P

How long should we do it? A day is likely not too much, and thusly many forum posters might not even see it. A month is probably too long and going to get confusing too fast. I think we should go with a week or so. Yay or nay?

Also, when do we want to hold this momentous occasion? Actually, does anyone know peter's birthday? that seems like it would be a pretty awesome time to hold it, to tie it in with the original Ook. :P

Also: Yearly, once, when we feel like it?

Unofficial TWG council (that is, essentially anyone who wants to weigh in) throw in your votes!

Everything Else / The possible implications of this frighten me
« on: April 27, 2010, 05:03:39 AM »


Everything Else / Vader vs Batman
« on: April 22, 2010, 03:54:10 PM »
Batman vs. Darth Vader.  Who would win?

Batman. Darth vader may have skill and the force, but batman has more wits, bravery, and tricks up his sleeve than vader can even begin to comprehend. Plus, he's batman.

Went and saw this last night. Anyone else go see it?

Honestly, i thought it was mediocre at best. I mean, it wasn't terrible, it was quite watchable, but the story was mashed up quite a bit, and it got a firm dose of hollywood "dazzle" on it.

Also: No mechanical owl (outside of a cameo) :(

One of the biggest things that irked me was the fact that they tried to make medusa look appealing, despite the fact that the movie itself claimed that "medusa was so ugly, men who see her turn to stone". So medusa had like a pretty-looking face, and the upper torso of a curvateous woman, with a snake lower body, and snakes for hair (if they didn't do THAT, i would kill someone)

edit: also, while i'm at it ranting about the movie, there's one other thing that was a fairly sizeable detrement to my enjoyment of the film.

This was the addition of a specific new character, who replaces andromeda as the love interest for perseus (andromeda is still in it and plays all the other same roles as before). They basically added a hollywood generic "Butt-kicking female" character to fill said role, likely to make it so that all the women in the movie weren't like "oh noes! We are weak and womanly, please save us big strong mens!" kinda how the older movie went down.

Now, i know this was likely because of the changes in society from then to today, and i dont have any problem generally with this type of character.

However, i do have a problem with them rewriting a classic, and adding something in only to appease a group of their audience, simply because of the mindset differences from now to then.

Rants and Stuff / Anyone else think this is utterly disgusting?
« on: March 31, 2010, 04:31:47 PM »
First off, this is going to be a bit of a lengthy rant, and second off, i just want to say that I'm a very big proponent of free and uncensored speech. However, i think people can take it too far.

So a friend of mine had to go to a funeral over the past couple of days for his brother-in-arms who died in the line of duty. His friend was apparently a homosexual, which is fine by me, no big deal. Do what you want and all that, doesn't bother me.

However, at the funeral people were there protesting it, with signs such as "God hates fags" and things like that.

Like i said previously, i believe people should be allowed to hold and express any views they hold dear. However, in this instance, i really feel they crossed the line in their "free speech".

A funeral of all places is one public/private function people shouldn't be able to protest for ANY reason. Especially not one held in honor of someone who died for this country.

Honestly, I'm not even that big of a patriot, and i've never undertook military service, and heck, i don't even AGREE with the war we have going on. However, that doesn't stop me from respecting anyone who joins the armed forces for the courage and willingness to do what they do. Those who die in the line of duty have my respect even more so, for what they sacrificed believing it will do good for all of us who live here.

This brings me to an even larger area of discussion. For the past few years, people have been protesting at military funerals in general claiming that soldier deaths are the result of the US tolerating homosexuals.

This is even worse, because now not only are they blaming deaths on a group of innocent people, they're attempting to further their own anti-gay agenda by a sort of "shock and awe" campaign.

Luckily, this is very issue is going before the supreme court very soon, and I hope they rule against the protesters.

Anyways, I just mainly wanted to see what everyone else thinks. Are they justified in doing this? Are they going about it correctly? Why or why not?

Note that nothing you can say will convince me that they're in the right, because in my mind, they're so far from it, it's not even funny.


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