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Rants and Stuff / Re: New Official Unofficial TWG holiday! (details inside)
« on: December 15, 2010, 12:11:25 PM »
I think we should either change the date to Spriggan's birthday or the date in between Peter's and Spriggan's (a la president's day) to celebrate the forum rising again on the third month (though it was only down for slightly less than two months). Sacrilege. I has it. Nov 26 - Dec 14 could be our holiday season. We'd have to split it up into bits though so it wasn't just one long sameyness. Like the 12 days of Christmas, but more Time Wastery.

Or we could make the resurrection of the forum a different holiday. Like Thanksgiving is to Christmas.

When was the forum created? If that's nearby, stuff should be done.

Books / Re: Are Star Wars books worth reading?
« on: September 12, 2010, 04:40:25 AM »
Growing up, my house had every. single. book. I read quite a few. Grand Admiral Thrawn is pretty cool, and I agree on the X-Wing books. If you like novellas, the Tales of... series is a good starting point (esp. the bounty hunter one). I stopped enjoying them when the New Jedi Order series came out*.

If you're into SciFi, go ahead and read a spread of recommended authors to see if it's your cup of tea. The writing is varied, as has been said, and many famous authors have contributed to the series. Whether that's a good or bad thing is open to debate. I hated R.A. Salvatore briefly because of what he did to [spoiler]....

*Whether this is because they started sucking or because I grew tired of them is unknown to me. I haven't read one since 9th grade, so my opinion may have changed.

Dan Wells / Re: IANASK Typos
« on: September 11, 2010, 07:03:40 AM »
Re-read the book on my flight out east, and ran across a possible goof. US trade paperback, pages 80 and 230 don't agree. 80 says that there are streetlights (John says that they're safe because the house and street lights are on) while 230 says that there aren't (John is glad that they don't (or, NO LONGER???;)) have streetlights because it makes it easier to sneak about).

Mistborn: TFE wins for me. I haven't read WoK or any of his unreleased works, so we'll see if this changes when I get around to those. TFE lands somewhere in my top ten overall. Probably.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Shards (Elantris and WoK spoilers)
« on: September 07, 2010, 07:10:26 PM »
This topic has ever so quickly left the straight and narrow of on topicness and has veered into the wild, wild wastes of mind screwdom.  And it took, what, three, four posts?  Dang, you might as well have invoked Gamespren on us!
I do not know this Gamespren (Is he like game hen?). I do, however, know what happened. I was there. Or here. The place where the event you are referencing took place.

Andynasalyum was exploded, and the shard of on-topicness was absorbed by the Jade Knight. Without his presence, this thread is doomed to wander the banal reaches of madness until either Munin remembers what we were talking about before I was sidetracked or I'm cured of my shardiness.

The real question here is why am I the one that's creating all of this chaos? Shouldn't Chaos do that? Or little wilson? I mean, this kind of thing isn't remotely covered in my job description. Then again, the fact that I'm doing the unexpected means that I'm actually doing my job very well.

I would like to take this opportunity to plug pie. Pie is very delicious and good for you if you have nothing more healthy and delicious on hand. It is worthy of a plug. Sometimes it is kinda runny, so a plug is good and necessary, though I don't think that a pie plug has been invented yet. I just invented it. It is two pieces of plastic that are each the radius of your pie pan/tin/platter, connected by a waterproof hinge, and having soft plastic like windshield wipers on the edges that touch the container. Also, the edge that goes next to the slanting outside of the container will be contoured to fit perfectly. As you cut and serve your pie, merely place the plug in the void that was once occupied (har) by your eaten slices and expand it to fit the angle needed to plug the runoff.

I would put something on-topic here, but it would seem like sacrilege.

Music / Re: What are you Listening to?
« on: September 07, 2010, 06:41:27 PM »
Kamelot! Their new album comes out in a week. I am pretty psyched! The first single's music video has been released, and can be seen here: (Kamelot - The Great Pandemonium) It's the first track on the album, and probably the hardest. Kamelot has a tradition of making the first track a bit harder than their standard, so while I'm not a fan of all of the screaming, the rest of the album should be awesome.

While the previews are getting me excited, the album title? Not so much. Nightwish's The Poet and the Pendulum was huge, and released just a few years ago. Thus, "Poetry for the Poisoned" is not acceptable as an album title in this genre for a few years yet. Of course, I've never been a fan of Kamelot's album titles, so meh. Some of their songs have awesome titles though.

In related news, their vocalist, Khan, is sick. Literally ill. The most unwell singer to be born. But seriously, all jokes aside, they just announced that he has some undisclosed sickness. I hope he is able to overcome it and continue singing. It would be a shame to lose a great talent like his.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Book Signings
« on: September 07, 2010, 04:05:57 PM »
Does this apply only to the long-timers who were around back when he still posted here, or would it include the newcomers like me?
He loves all Time Wasters! After all, this is his fan forum (though it's combined with a few other things). I love how this place is a fan site for several authors as well as being a nice place for aspiring writers and pumping out a sweet review every once in a while.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Shards (Elantris and WoK spoilers)
« on: September 07, 2010, 04:14:24 AM »
Or not enough
Yes, yes. It must be that. I must stay here more. I must refresh the unread topics page every minute. I must read everything in real-time.  I must code out a program that converts the entire TWG into a chat room on my personal computer. But first, I must get that intravenous feeding system I've always wanted.

Aside: Something about that just sounded a whole lot like a friend of mine. Are you secretly stalking me from Colorado, SEM? Hmm? Hmm? HMM? It's cool if you are. Even though I know you aren't. Did I just change who I was talking to half way through this paragraph? Only if Munin is not who I'm fairly certain he is not, but could possibly be. Did I just change who I was talking to twice in this paragraph?... *headasplode*

Brandon Sanderson / Shards (Elantris and WoK spoilers)
« on: September 07, 2010, 03:00:18 AM »
It seems to be about as spoilerish as the thread titles of the WoK threads. I haven't seen anything earth-shattering here. Basically just a few names we didn't know at the time.

But yes, this extra information does come from WoK.

(Man, I was able to stick to 666 posts for so long. It's sad to see it go. EDIT: Long=two days? I spend way too much time on this site.)

Music / Re: Korean Music
« on: September 04, 2010, 02:04:51 PM »
Sounds kinda like Outsider, Korea's fastest speed rapper (one of the top in the world). I don't listen to him, but it really sounds a lot like what I've heard of him with just a touch of Drunken Tiger mixed in. Then again, whoever this is doesn't go very fast in this song, and I assume that Outsider does that in every song as a signature move. I'll look up some of the lyrics and see if I can't come up with something more definite.

EDIT: Just checked Outsider. The voice is definitely different. I will keep searching.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Finished Elantris - Questions **MAJOR SPOILERS**
« on: September 03, 2010, 10:25:23 PM »
Chaos! He knows what he's talking about. Not me. Listen to that guy.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Finished Elantris - Questions **MAJOR SPOILERS**
« on: September 03, 2010, 05:10:14 PM »
... I got the sense that AonDor is just one specific manifestation of the Dor as a whole.
This is correct. All magic in Elantris is powered by a single shard. The Dakhor monks use the same magic, just they modify their bodies with their local runes instead of drawing them wherever they go. This is why they don't lose power away from their homeland (their bodies wouldn't revert just because they left the land they use the runes of).

I think that basically, if you draw a map centered around you, it will work the same as the Elantrian magic no matter where you are. So, one could feasibly (well, and Elantrian, anyway) make a map of the entire world, allowing them access to the Dor anywhere on-world. I assume that it wasn't quite as simple as just making a map, but once you got what stood for what, making a more complex map would be somewhat simple. Elantris could probably be expanded to incorporate a larger area, making the Elantris-centered magic work further out.

I was fairly certain that Raoden ran from the Pool to the center of Elantris, then[/i] drew the corrected Dor. He needed to be at the central point for him to fix it properly.

Books / Re: Which book, help!
« on: September 03, 2010, 08:27:50 AM »
Unless you can stretch the rest of WoT over a few years, you have to break up the series anyway, so you may as well start WoK now.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Quality of Wok book
« on: September 03, 2010, 12:53:02 AM »
Brandon said that they went with a fancier and more expensive printing process for this book, so I assume that its durability is above average. I don't have one yet, so I can't tell you for sure what the deal is. Maybe the books were not tightly packed and faced spine down, letting gravity mess with the pages a little?

Brandon Sanderson / Re: STL WoK Signing Pics and Video (Video forthcoming)
« on: September 03, 2010, 12:48:09 AM »
No, that is what I was assuming you meant, it was some sort of 'pet' box, good luck charm, etc.  But I am just saying I did not see him bring it along with him at the TGS signing he had in my area. But, as I said, I guess I could have missed it. Will look for it at his Chicago signing this next Thursday.
Sometimes he doesn't take him out of his bag if he's in a hurry, but if you ask him if you can see Miyabi, I'm sure he'll pull him out for you.
Wonder what sort of metallurgical abilities he would provide. An increase in font color perhaps.
Maybe that's what turned part of my signature red. I eat an awful lot of mac'n'cheese. Some of it was probably related to Miyabi.
I like how you slipped the reference to their mascot into the sacred writing from America's moneys there.

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