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Or Kill Me / Re: Children of the Strange Times
« on: July 16, 2015, 05:25:15 pm »
This is great. It's occurred to me that I enjoy HPL in a totally different way than he would have been appreciated in his own time (or shortly after). This articulates that difference in perspective really well.

Richter: Owns a complete copy of Intermittens #4.

EoC: Not who he claims to be. I left the real EoC folded up inside that couch-bed after a dispute over blankets at the 2011 Memorial Day Meatup.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Puns Forbidden in China
« on: July 09, 2015, 02:33:45 pm »
Ah, ok. I vaguely recalled from some high school history class that one of the Chinese dynasties (Qin, maybe?) created a standardized written language, but I don't really know anything beyond that.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Puns Forbidden in China
« on: July 09, 2015, 01:55:08 pm »
Isn't written Chinese shared by most of the languages in China? The idea that a written language that can cross spoken language barriers isn't somewhat impressive is... well, it sounds exactly like the kind of position Shandor would dig his heels in for.

Literate Chaotic / Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« on: July 05, 2015, 07:10:48 pm »
Black Company series by Glen Cook.  Nearly finished.


Once you're done with that, you really should read The Malazan Books of the Fallen.  It's the Black Company cranked up to 11.

I never thought of it that way, but it totally is. I suppose the glowing endorsement by Glen Cook on the cover of the Malazan paperbacks should have made me realize that.

I've got tonsilitis, high fever,  some kind of stomach thing, and a fucking swollen eye. On top of that, some douchebag friend managed to spoil Game of Thrones, leading me to posit the theory that people who are unable to not spoil movies or series are fundamentally untrustworthy people.

I am in a foul mood.

Damn, dude. That's a lot of nasty to get hit with all at once!

I think I saved myself a lot of problems by not getting into GoT beyond the first book and first two episodes of the show. It seems to cause an awful lot of stress among people I know.

Some education in Civics and US Constitutional law would be a really great start. It would put you well ahead of most Americans, really.

Dark Souls 3 is going to exist. Even if it's the worst of the Souls series I'll probably still like it more than 90% of vidya games.

I almost worked 60 hours last week, including weekend time. I feel like I have committed a great sin. (My capitalist pig-dog iPhone just tried to autocorrect "sin" to "win").

A great Slackening is immenant.

 :eek: what the fuck? :lulz:

The military is, fundamentally, a sociological control mechanism based on authority and discipline. If you're going in with the intent of learning inside info you will spend a lot of time being disappointed.

But maybe it would be good for you anyway.

Well, neither of the jobs I had my heart set on panned out, for reasons I am too disgusted with to mention.

Time to look elsewhere.  I have 3 solid leads and some other shit on the back burner.

No regrets, I would have quit that job without ANY idea of where I was going.

Aw, boo. :sad:

My dog just ate. :)


When I was around that age, a little younger actually, I read a book series with a major character who is a master manipulator, to a nearly superhuman degree (this is the Prince of Nothing series I talk about with Cain sometimes). The character is the prodigy of a monastic cult of hyper-rationalists who live isolated from a word that is full of fanatical, medieval Europe style religion. He can read faces and body language, predict the movement of people's thoughts, and figure out what makes them tick within the span of a single conversation. He is, of course, an absurdly effective character who gets an improbable amount of shit done.

Upon a second re-read a few years later, I put it together that this character is NOT the Good Guy. There's always hope for progress.

Problem: since I moved, there's a Chipotle I can easily access on my way home from work.

(Hopeful) Solution: I still get about 1 to 1.5 hours of vigorous exercise twice a week. Not sure what the calorie exchange is but I guess I'll find out in the next few weeks.

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