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Messages - Vaud

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Apple Talk / Re: My Advice For Noobs Young and Old.
« on: July 24, 2012, 07:10:57 am »
Mittens to the op.  Refreshing.

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Apple Talk / Re: So, my son...
« on: July 24, 2012, 07:05:11 am »
Hot Damn! That's impressive!

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Fuck yeah, Freeky. 

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Literate Chaotic / Re: J.K Rowling is writing a new book.
« on: April 01, 2012, 03:48:04 am »
Call me crazy, and I'm not a huge Rowling fan by any means, but I think a lot of Tolkien's characters had even less depth than Rowlings.  I personally have a hard time finding anything in the fantasy genre worth reading anymore.  George R.R. Martin is fucking top notch, but it's hard to think of anything else I give two shits about.  Tolkien was pretty fun, when he wasn't droning on for 3 pages about what was on the dinner table, but I think many can say the same for Rowlings work.. fun, sure.  What I really look for is character depth though, and very few works in that genre have adequately satisfied that appetite.

Alas, Sturgeon's Law must raise its ugly head when considering fantasy fiction: Ninety percent of everything is crap.


Some of us were discussing fantasy books in another thread. For fantasy with good character depth, I'd recommend:

Malazan, Book of the Fallen series by Steven Erikson (I haven't read it myself, but there's significant overlap between fans of this series and fans of GRR Martin, so I'm planning to give it a look).

The Prince of Nothing trilogy by R. Scott Bakker (nearly half of these books are about what's going on inside the character's heads, and that's a good thing)

The Taltos series by Steven Brust (much lighter-hearted than Martin or the above two recommendations, but still very character-focused)


I'm probably forgetting a bunch, but I'm finding it harder than I thought to distill "focus on character depth" from "focus on plot." I'm a sucker for either if they're well-written, but I can see how one would have a preference for one or the other.
Thanks!  Without really saying it, I was hoping for some good recommendations.  I will definitely check these out, and get back to you when I do.

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Apple Talk / Re: I'm Listening to Sonic Youth Right Now...
« on: March 30, 2012, 11:43:52 pm »
I've always been a big fan of Dirty and Washing Machine, but last year I got into a pretty big kick with The Eternal.  Fantastic band, I'll go along with that.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: J.K Rowling is writing a new book.
« on: March 30, 2012, 11:39:00 pm »
Call me crazy, and I'm not a huge Rowling fan by any means, but I think a lot of Tolkien's characters had even less depth than Rowlings.  I personally have a hard time finding anything in the fantasy genre worth reading anymore.  George R.R. Martin is fucking top notch, but it's hard to think of anything else I give two shits about.  Tolkien was pretty fun, when he wasn't droning on for 3 pages about what was on the dinner table, but I think many can say the same for Rowlings work.. fun, sure.  What I really look for is character depth though, and very few works in that genre have adequately satisfied that appetite.

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Apple Talk / Re: Adventures in Real Life: Finished and Unashamed
« on: February 21, 2012, 07:11:51 pm »
Fantastic and hilarious!

But now I am :sad:.  I've never been sunroofing. 

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Oh christ.  Are you fuckin serious?  I think the adequate phrase goes: die in a fire.
Grow the fuck up ye fkn lemming :D

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Apple Talk / Re: Zalgo is running for president.
« on: July 12, 2011, 12:22:04 am »

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Apple Talk / Re: Invention needed
« on: May 15, 2011, 08:34:03 am »
Biophysics!  Neuroscience!  I'm very interested in this field, and very much plan to invest and research these technologies. 

And it has nothing to do with a desire to build my own Iron Man suit.  Promise.  :evil:

Is neuroscience even viable at this time?

we're making decent strides in eeg controlled doohicks...

Isn't that amazing? Electrical impulses from the brain working externally from the body.
Yes.  Yes it is. 

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Apple Talk / Re: Invention needed
« on: May 14, 2011, 08:43:58 pm »
Biophysics!  Neuroscience!  I'm very interested in this field, and very much plan to invest and research these technologies. 

And it has nothing to do with a desire to build my own Iron Man suit.  Promise.  :evil:

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Apple Talk / Re: CRAMULUS
« on: May 14, 2011, 03:40:05 am »
I talked to Cram briefly after he flounced (before I returned) on Facebook, and he indicated it was much more about IRL Cram stuff than anything wrong with the people here.  He also didn't say anything shitty about Roger that I can remember, or anyone else, and anything between him and anyone else is between all of them, as far I'm concerned.  Both Roger and Cram have each individually been great friends to interact with, and each has also exposed me to a shitload of brilliant fantastic ideas, mostly their own.  I'm glad this didn't blow up too much, at any rate.  It wouldn't have been worth it for any parties.

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Apple Talk / Re: Spagbook
« on: May 14, 2011, 02:47:59 am »
kids is awesome

:lulz: 
That is EPIC!

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