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Brandon Sanderson / Way of Kings Acknowledgments List
« on: April 28, 2010, 08:37:09 PM »
If you think your name should be on this list, tell me. If you see your name on here but feel it should NOT be on here, tell me. Also correct me if your name is spelled wrong or you'd like a different form of it.

Emily Sanderson
Joshua Bilmes
Moshe Feder
Harriet McDougal
Alan Romanczuk
Michael Whelan
Isaac Stewart
Ben McSweeney
Peter & Karen Ahlstrom
Geoff & Rachel Biesinger
Becky Wilson
Ethan Skarstedt
Nathan Hatfield
Dan Wells
Kaylynn ZoBell
Ben Olsen
Alan & Jeanette Layton
Janci Olds
Kristina Kugler
Steve Diamond
Brian Delambre
Mi'chelle Trammel
Josh Walker
Chris King
Austin & Adam Hussey

Post your Photoshoppery here. For details, see today's blog post.

Movies and TV / V
« on: November 09, 2009, 07:31:54 AM »
Did anyone else watch this? We just caught it on Hulu and will be watching more (if the first 4 episodes don't get good ratings, the general understanding is that they won't make more). Parts of it were predictable but the production values were high and the acting was good.

We rewatched the original series last year and though it started out well it just got worse and worse. My childhood memories were shattered like they'd never been shattered before. I hope this show doesn't veer off into stupid too quickly.

Though really I hope that they have a plan for it to go somewhere, anywhere, and not just make stuff up one week at a time. We're tired of those shows like Lost and Heroes.

Movies and TV / 2009-2010 TV Shows
« on: September 03, 2009, 05:07:59 AM »
Wow, I'm interested in precious few shows this coming year, and two of them will be competing for time with two others (hello Hulu).

Monday: House, Lie to Me.
Monday (Winter): Chuck (will Hulu House), Day One (will at least check this out and Hulu Lie to Me)

Wednesday: Eastwick (Will try it, though it could go horribly wrong)

Thursday: FlashForward

That's it. Nothing else looks any good. (Well, may catch the Simpsons every once in a while.) And we don't get cable, so Stargate: Universe will have to wait for DVD.

Books / FlashForward
« on: July 28, 2009, 09:53:30 PM »
Has anyone here read the book FlashForward by Robert J. Sawyer? I'm curious about reading it, but I want to make sure it won't tick me off before I pick it up. Robert J. Sawyer is a proselyting atheist, and the other books I've read from him can't cease harping on the subject and creating straw men. If FlashForward is the same way, I don't want to read it.

I understand he doesn't like religion and that's one of his big themes, but I hope he has written at least some books where he just ignores religion rather than using the book to actively campaign against it.

(Please don't turn this into another religious thread. I just want to know whether the book will tick me off. Sawyer is a good writer and has some nifty ideas, but his unbalanced treatment of religion made his Neanderthal trilogy a very unsatisfying read.)

Brandon Sanderson / Chat with Brandon on Twitter RIGHT NOW
« on: July 08, 2009, 07:10:51 PM »
Explained here:

You're always complaining about how Brandon doesn't come here to the forum, so now's your chance to talk to him.

[EDIT: Chat's over, though he's still answering the backlog of questions that were asked before the hour.]

Brandon Sanderson / Official Typos Thread -- All of Brandon's books
« on: June 24, 2009, 07:37:14 PM »
Brandon asked me to start this thread to collect all of Brandon's typos in one place.

If you've seen a typo or other mistake in one of Brandon's books, please post it here. List what page number it may be found on. Paperback page numbers are preferred since that's the most recent version and likely most correct. (If you find a mistake in a hardback, it may have been fixed already in the paperback.)

I'll also be going through my old notes and previous typos threads and checking the most recent paperback printings to see what still needs to be fixed.

Brandon Sanderson / Worldcon 2009 in Montreal, August 6 through 10
« on: May 29, 2009, 07:55:31 PM »
Okay...the last few Worldcon threads have been in this forum, so I'm putting this one here as well.

Who all is going to Worldcon, and do you have/need hotel rooms? I am going and have not yet arranged for a room. I would like to split with someone. (Going this year, Not A Bookstore Guy Anymore?)

Here's the website:

Aprilynne Pike / She does exist
« on: May 17, 2009, 03:58:02 AM »
I can confirm that Aprilynne really exists, because I saw her today. She had her husband take a picture of her standing next to Brandon in a sexy pose. (Aprilynne, not Brandon.)

We're having a PODS unit delivered to Karen's grandfather's house in West Jordan on Friday and need some help moving a couple heavy furniture items/appliances out of it Saturday morning. When we got the stuff moved in in California it took me and 2 guys from the elder's quorum less than two hours to get everything moved. It should take less time to unload, especially if there's more than just me and Karen's cousin who's there. I asked Skar but he's got weekend National Guard duty.

Karen and I want to have a get-together at our current apartment sometime soon, but we need some of our stuff from the POD before that can happen. :)

Rants and Stuff / Teaching racism
« on: April 29, 2009, 03:18:02 AM »
I had an experience today that really disturbed me. I took my daughter to the park and I was spotting her on the playground equipment. There were several other kids there, and a four-year-old boy walked by and said, "All the kids here can come to our house. But not black people."

I was horrified. I mean, I theoretically knew racism wasn't dead, but I'd never come across it in so blatant a form. I was hoping I'd misheard the kid, but he walked up again five minutes later and said, "You can come to our house if you want." And I said, "But not black people?" And he said yeah and started talking about how whenever black people knocked on their door they started going wild and crazy with their mean dogs. (??) I told him that there were lots of very nice black people and he would meet tons of them in the future and he said, "When I grow up, I'm not going to marry a black woman because they stink." I said, "That's not true!" and he said, "My mommy told me so."

So yeah, it just went from bad to worse. I just don't get it. Why would parents go out of their way to teach this to their children? What motivates them to do it? Do parents have a right to teach their kids racism? I guess so, but what can be done about it?

I've been taught to disagree with some people's practices on ideological grounds, but this "they stink" type of FUD was never part of my upbringing. I don't get why parents would talk about it so much that a four-year-old would spout it off to random strangers in the park.

Anyway, the whole thing was very disturbing.

Everything Else / In Utah for a couple weeks
« on: March 27, 2009, 05:52:19 AM »
I'm in the Salt Lake area as of today and will be here until April 9th. Are there any interesting things happening during this time? (Besides Conference.)

Howard Tayler / Hugo Nomination
« on: March 20, 2009, 01:30:32 AM »
Congrats on the nomination, Howard!

Movies and TV / Kings
« on: March 16, 2009, 06:07:09 AM »
From the commercials, I thought this was going to be about a kingdom starting in the USA. Instead, it's the story of Saul and David in a modern-type setting—even the names are mostly the same! David Shepherd, Goliath tanks from the nation of Gath, Silas instead of Saul, Rev. Samuels, Silas's children are Jack and Michelle, David's mom is Jessie. I was fascinated throughout both hours of the show.

I'm astonished something like this is on TV at all. Astonished.

There was only one part of the show that (at this point) I think was a bad choice—a mention of Franz Liszt (David plays the piano) that made it seem like the world of the show has some kind of relationship with our world. I think instead they should have made it a completely fictional universe.

Anyway, I'm going to keep watching.

Dan Wells / Reviews
« on: March 06, 2009, 11:39:56 PM »
There's one up over at Love Reading, who name it the March 2009 Debut of the Month.

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