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Literate Chaotic / Re: Malazan: Book of the Fallen part one thread
« on: February 21, 2015, 12:48:59 am »
 :lulz:

Were you aware it was book 8 in the series when you first read it?

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Skywind is still being worked on.  I mean, its in Alpha, and probably will be until 2016 at earliest.   But it's still being worked on, and it looks pretty amazing.

The minute that shit is public released, I will be all over it.  There are only two things I don't like about Morrowind: the combat system, and the outdated graphics.  Skywind solves both of those problems.

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Yeah...there are reasons undergrads do not get the full grad student experience.  I mean, c'mon, it's University.  It's fair to assume at least some fairly intelligent people had a had in designing the appropriate levels of work for various different degree types.

Sounds like typical "Imma super smart grad student" syndrome.

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Here's a quick primer on their feud

http://www.lowyinterpreter.org/post/2008/06/10/Sageman-vs-Hoffman-The-new-war-of-ideas.aspx?COLLCC=741964328&

I lean more towards Sageman's analysis, though I think AQ Central still plays a role (a vastly reduced role).

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Thanks.  It is, of course, only one factor among many, but it's one to consider.  They own oil fields, and are smugging priceless artifacts out of Syria.  Obviously, there's a means to an end element to that, you need money to wage war etc. but it's also quite likely a factor in and of itself for some people in ISIS.

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: ORIGINS thread.
« on: February 20, 2015, 02:07:27 pm »
Cain now runs a school for superhero sidekicks, which is located in Switzerland, London, and Liverpool, changing locations seemingly at random.

This definitely deels like the case at times.  And was well worth waiting to finish my essay to read.

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Looking foward to my next set of essays...I'm currently leaning towards "Competing analyses of al-Qaeda give rise to competing counter-terrorism responses – Discuss".  Theories on Al-Qaeda?  Sure, I can name 4 different ones off the top of my head.  Hell, I can name an author who gives 4 in the intro to his book, and I'm not including him in that first count.  I mean, we all know it'll basically come down to Sageman versus Hoffman and "bunch of guys" versus "clandestine cells commanded from the Khyber Pass", but getting there will at least not want to make me tear my teeth out in frustration.

As for the other one, I'm leaning towards "To what extent do Richard English’s seven policy recommendations in Terrorism: How to Respond apply when conceiving responses to far right terrorism and political violence?"  It's a bit dull, but the problem with the elective essays are that they're a lot shorter than the others.  As such, it's easy to get carried away, try to show off, and end up having to cut most of it and hand in a substandard paper instead.  Which is precisely what happened with my Nazi paper.  Either that or I'll go for "To what extent have governments been ‘blind in the right eye’?"

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Literate Chaotic / Re: Malazan: Book of the Fallen part one thread
« on: February 20, 2015, 01:30:22 pm »
Lorn can barely compete with Tavore Paran.  Like Fiddler says in one of the later books "The Adjunct’s not our Hood-damned mother, Sinter. She’s the will behind the fist and we’re the fist. And sometimes we get bloodied, but that’s what comes when you’re hammering an enemy in the face.’

Ganoes and Feliesin also, as you would expect, make some interesting observations on their sister and her personality.

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RPG Ghetto / Re: The Emperor's blockparty RPG ghetto style
« on: February 20, 2015, 01:01:47 pm »
I cant speak to Abnett's novels, but Sandy Mictchell's are hilarious.  He has the dark comedy down perfect, and having the novels focus on the cannon fodder that are the Imperial Guard was an inspired touch.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: Malazan: Book of the Fallen part one thread
« on: February 20, 2015, 12:51:39 pm »
I'm pretty sure that was designed to give you whiplash.  Just as it looks like the Wickans would pull through...Mallick Rel and Korbolo Dom make their move.  But that story arc definitely aint over yet.  Tavore Paran's on her way, and she's...well, you'll just have to see her. When Korbolo Dom says “I mean to cripple Tavore before she even sets foot on this continent.  I mean to make her too furious to think.  I mean to crack that façade so she dreams of vengeance day and night, poisoning her every decision” he just shows how badly he understands her.

And yes, the T'lan Imass are genocidal dicks. But at the same time, their ability to engage in self-sacrifice is legendary and with good reason.  Like when they massacred the First Empire, after their disastrous experimentation with Soletaken and D'ivers.  Like Trake says "we tore a warren to pieces on that distant continent.  Turned the eastlands into molten stone that cooled and became something that defied sorcery.  The T’lan Imass sacrificed thousands to cut away the cancer we had become."  Silverfox also has some things to say on that subject.

Also, wait until you see the Grey Swords in action.  Brukhalian and Itkovian are awesome.

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The Heart of Lorkhan: not even once.

Quote from: When Dead Gods Dream
"But Dagoth Ur was not at the outside of the Wheel observing the ‘I’ from there. No, he was at the center looking out; and what would you see if you were at the very center of a wheel and looked toward the rim, something resembling an ‘I’ extending forever – a false symbolism for the false dreamer, from the center he would have his viewpoint and his “world of reference” for seeing his false symbolism. And what did Dagoth Ur do before his fall, he attempted to create all his servants “in his flesh, and of his flesh” and controlled their minds as one – so perhaps he was molding the world around him to suite his own ‘I’, making them all ‘A whole World of Him’. As the Cultists said “He is All Things”, or at least he strove to be."

An interesting end to Morrowind would've been convincing Dagoth Ur he was wrong about being at the centre of the Wheel, because, if I'm not mistaken, he then would've zero-summed.

Possibly a bit esoteric, but it wouldn't have been any worse than, say, convincing Saren to kill himself in Mass Effect 1.  Only with a more convoluted reasoning.

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RPG Ghetto / Re: The Emperor's blockparty RPG ghetto style
« on: February 20, 2015, 11:58:57 am »
WH40K is the single most hilarious thing Games Workshop has ever done.  I never played the tabletop version, I preferred Fantasy Warhammer (High Elves, Dogs of War), but the setting is so purposefully GRIMDARK it becomes a self-perpetuating parody of itself, while remaining aware of the fact.  It's actually pretty brilliant.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: "Stupid wingnut says something stupid" thread
« on: February 20, 2015, 11:11:48 am »
 :horrormirth:

Also, according to a UKIP supporter who is a friend of Suu on Facebook, the EU has banned the flying of the Union Jack and Cross of St George.  And noone living in Central Manchester speaks English any more.

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It is mentioned in Gods and Worship.  Aedra, having spent their power in the creation of Mundus, do require worship to maintain influence over events in Mundus.  But Talos isn't an Aedra, probably has CHIM and may even function as a metaphysical Tower.

Which isn't to say it isn't impossible to undo him, only that the current Thalmor effort at banning Talos worship wont do it alone.  It may just be that banning Talos worship is a tactical move designed to divide the Empire, while working on other methods (Eye of Magnus, perhaps the Dragon Cult) to undo him.

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Yup.  That's why Dagoth Ur has to mantle him.  Hence why Dagoth Ur is keen on getting the Neverarine to Red Mountain, to replicate the Enantionmorph with the Sharmat, Hortator and Witness.  By mantling Lorkhan, he breaks the Dragon and the Serpent and, in theory, removes the upstart Talos' influence over the world.  Of course, in practice, Talos has achieved CHIM, which kinda screws up all plans of that kind.  Dagoth Ur may have succeeded, since he had achieved a kind of anti-CHIM, if you believe his mad ravings, but the Thalmor certainly wont.

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