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It's ironic we're talking about death on the day that most Christians celebrate the resurrection. :P

Hi guys! Sorry I haven't been around. College is hurting me, specifically Math, plus my involvement in blindness organization stuff and now I'm starting a student organization with some other people.

Now back to homework. Hope everyone's alright!

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What did you read in March 2018
« on: April 01, 2018, 08:54:19 PM »
What the Hell Did I Just Read? by David Wong, the 3rd John novel. If @ultamentkiller is out there, go and pick up a copy of this. Wong is every bit as off the wall as ever. Nothing in this book should make sense, but weirdly enough it does.
You have no idea how much I want to read that book. Unfortunately, other things keep getting in the way. I also still need to read Oathbringer, the new Myke Cole book, Disappearance of Winter's Daughter by Michael J. Sullivan, and Grey Sister? If it's out yet anyway. Oh, and the Core by Peter V. Brett.

Aaaaahhhhhhh! So far behind!

Okay, there's some cool things in your post JMack.

Quaker Dad and Lesbian Mom? I didn't know that was possible! That's a cool combination!

And Strip Battling Tops? What is that?

I feel like I occupy that middle-ground of sensitivity and bluntness. I have cried and will probably cry many times more in front of people I care about when I'm in immense emotional distress. And when I'm fighting for something I want or raging against whatever machine has pissed me off, I am fiery. I'm hesitant to fight, but when I do, I'm fierce. Or I try to be anyway. I feel like my biggest issue is pride. I have humble moments, but when I mess up or don't meet my expectations I feel embarrassed and want to hide. I'm rarely prideful to the point of defending my own actions after I realize my mistake, but I'm prideful in a sense that I hate taking gifts from others because I want to earn everything myself and owe nothing. And then on top of that, I'm willing to give a lot to others, which doesn't make much sense because I hate receiving.

I feel like we're all full of contradictions.

General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: February 19, 2018, 04:16:44 AM »

So the article isn't wrong. There's many lawsuits designed for getting money out of companies rather than addressing ADA violations. However, this is not the way to stop that. This article fails to cover that they don't actually have to fix anything in 60 days. If you read the bill, it basically says they have to make a minimal effort to fix the problem. There's no operational definition of what an effort consists of, so it could basically mean doing a Google search to see what they can do... And that's it. Could legitimate lawsuits overcome this? Absolutely. But that assumes the people with disabilities have the money to do so, which many don't, and it could take months if not years to work through the legal process. We already have enough trouble as it is.

I'm posting it here mainly because I'm frustrated by the coverage. this news source did a terrible job of finding out why specific disability communities oppose the bill, and seemed to pay more attention to the other side. And I know all this other stuff happening with the government is important, but considering that 20% of our population has a disability, it's awful. But let's just sweep them under the rug again, because you know, Russia.

You have a great mind Bradley, but you need to decide whether you want to use it as a microscope that makes your problems seem huge or a telescope that sees the bigger picture and distant destinations worth sailing to.
This quote hit me tonight. Thank you so much TGC.

Hang in there everyone, and we'll keep swimming through this mess together.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: February 19, 2018, 03:53:28 AM »
I've just finished Death Masks (Dresden Files #5), and have to say that this book pretty much got on my nerves. Our favorite chauvinist Dresden got fooled by a pretty face thrice in this novel. Thrice is just way too much for the learning curve, I think.

There's also a repetitive and no-brainer morality issue Dresden had with Michael, which I had to skim through or otherwise I'll end up throwing the novel across the room. So you could say this is quite a poor installment in the series. I hope the next book, Blood Rites, will have some improvements.
But but but... Denarians!

It's okay. Unfortunately, I don't think you'll be blown away by Blood Rites either. It's good, but I don't think the series really picks up again until book 9, or at least Proven Guilty.

yeah, I finished it. I don't think it was worth it. Not as funny as everyone said it would be.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Favorite Christian Fantasy Authors
« on: January 20, 2018, 06:19:40 PM »
For a fun and interesting anti-christian read check out Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials series. It glorifies the fall of man from both the garden of eden and heaven. It portrays god as a dark authoritarian and one of the archangels (can't remember which one) as fighting for the right of self determination / free will for humankind. What's funny is that he doesn't use the devil as the good guy. Probably because that would have been a step too far for the public at the time.

What's even funnier about the books is
Spoiler for Hiden:
that at the end of book 3 he goes on a two page rant about all the things Christianity needs to be replaced with. It's basically his authoritarian view of how the world should be. I found it quite ironic.
Huh. I had no idea. I only read a third of the first book before putting it down, but if that's how it is, I guess I can see why people wouldn't want others reading it.

that being said, if your faith is strong enough, it shouldn't matter what you read.

Discovered I am slowly losing my hearing.

Every time I get Eustachion Tube Dysfunction, the hearing in whatever ear it happens in gets worse. My Ear Nose and Throat doctor already wanted to see me so I have an appointment on Tuesday. Maybe a miracle will happen and they'll find a fix. But as of last time I went, they have no idea why this is happening. By their logic, I shouldn't be getting the tube dysfunctions anymore, much less losing my hearing because of them. That's very abnormal. That combined with my tinitis being different pitches in each year... I don't know anymore.

I am not sure how my life is going to change because of this. I know I'm probably going to have to get a guide dog, something I wasn't planning on doing for several years. I have no idea how I'll ever be able to be a blind-deaf parent. I'm so used to being independent, I don't know how to live depending on people to help me get around. Doing work for classes is going to be much harder. Right now I can read at 650 words per minute because of my speech synthesizer. when I have to use braille, that will cut me down by half. I'm not seeing the positives in this anywhere. I know there are some. I know this will somehow help me accomplish what I need to accomplish before my time here is up. But it's like I had an idea of what that was, and now I'm lost.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Favorite Christian Fantasy Authors
« on: January 19, 2018, 07:31:17 PM »
I studied Mormonism for fun this year, and if you read Sanderson's books, it's pretty loaded with Mormon theology. I didn't notice when I read them, but thinking back to my research, now I see it all. Mormons aren't regarded as Christians by most people, but they consider themselves to be so there's that. McClellan's books don't have any at all though, which is slightly surprising since he's a former student of Sanderson from BYU.

That's really interesting! I've always wondered about how much Mormon stuff there was in the Wheel of Time as well, but I don't know enough to pick out anything except the multiple-wives element.
I haven't read the Sandersons, but if theres Mormonism he must have introduced it because I don't  think Jordan was Mormon. A number of popular fantasy authors are Mormon, though. Tracy Hickman and Shannon Hale are 2 I only recently became aware are Mormons.
That doesn't surprise me at all about the multiple Fantasy author thing. There's definitely a lot of misconceptions about Mormonism in general, but when you start digging deep you can see elements of a potential Fantasy story happening on another world in there. I can't think of a better example than the Cosmere though. Everything we know about it so far is heavily rooted in Mormonism, and I expect once we get to the beginning and the end of that universe it will solidify as such.

I started watching Atypical. Pretty good show, but frustrating at times with how stupid one of the characters is acting.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: January 17, 2018, 06:36:01 PM »
Do you mean main characters? Because there are a lot of males in there for sure. The noble person, a few of the priests or whatever, the guy who owned the fighting ring and the boys in there...

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Favorite Christian Fantasy Authors
« on: January 17, 2018, 05:08:29 PM »
I'm not sure what really comprises Christian fantasy, though. It is fantasy that promotes compassion and charity? Or is it fantasy concerned with monotheistic faith? I mean... GGKay's work is so brimful of humanity and understanding that I find it feels very "with god" to me, but it's much wider in its scope than Christianity only.

My understanding is that (like Christian music and other media) what would be termed "Christian fantasy" explicitly acknowledges Christian religious beliefs as correct, and those beliefs are usually integral to the fantasy itself. Left Behind, one I mentioned, is explicitly based on the evangelical belief that those who have accepted Jesus (as specifically called out in evangelical teachings) will all be raptured, leaving those who were not among the chosen behind on Earth. Its main characters were not raptured for whatever reason when Jesus returned, and the story progresses as the Earth grows more volatile and the anti-Christ gains strength, leading to the apocalypse.

The series was super popular among evangelicals, specifically, but it's among the only fantasy books I've come across that were specifically marketed as Christian fantasy. I'd be curious what else is out there, though!
Just a scary thought to offer here. I was raised with the belief that the Left Behind books represented what would really happen. Sadly, I believed that until the middle of last year.

The church I grew up in said Harry Potter was evil, some Disney shows with magic were evil, His Dark Materials is evil... It's ridiculous. At least in Harry Potter, there's nothing super non-Christian in there. The entire conflict is loves triumph over hatred. That's exactly what Christianity is supposed to be about, but considering how deeply it's been twisted over the last few centuries...

This may surprise some people here, but I would consider Brent Weeks Christian fantasy. It doesn't fit into the standard definition, but if you read his books watching for the Christian symbolism, there's plenty of it. Night Angel has some, but Light Bringer definitely has a lot more.

I studied Mormonism for fun this year, and if you read Sanderson's books, it's pretty loaded with Mormon theology. I didn't notice when I read them, but thinking back to my research, now I see it all. Mormons aren't regarded as Christians by most people, but they consider themselves to be so there's that. McClellan's books don't have any at all though, which is slightly surprising since he's a former student of Sanderson from BYU.

I went straight into talking about books, thinking people cared about what I read without knowing me very well.
I hope this posts right.
Uh... Oops? I'm not good at this apparently. Sorry. Any ideas on how to fix it?
The Rule of Thoughts by James Dashner.
This book was amazing. Not only do I love the Virtual Reality concept of this series, but it has wonderful confrontations throughout the book, as well as an awesome plot twist as the end. The Mortality Doctrine series has secured Dashner as my second favorite author.
Gunner Scale by James Dashner.
This is a quick 30-page Prequel to the Mortality Doctrine, and I'm surprised that even for a short story, it managed to shock me at the end.
The First 3 Mortal Instruments Books: City of Bones, City of Ashes, and City of Glass.
When I started this series, I thought it was pretty good. I was disappointed that guns hadn't been integrated into this magical world, but it wasn't a huge deal. The second book was full of nice little plot twists. Nothing too surprising, but good enough to make me read the third one. Which was an utter disappointment. It ended in such a clichet way it made me angry. I saw what was going to happen and watched it play out over the last 70 pages. So, after that, I decided to not go forward.
The Shadow Ops Trilogy by Myke Cole.
This series was very interesting to me. With the first book, Control Point, it was obvious to me that this book was what I call a "training" novel, where you along with the character are taught about how magic works, as well as given important information about the world. The sequel, Fortress Frontier, was a bit better, mainly because of a character introduced by the name of Sculptor, that shocked me a couple of times. The final installment, Breach Zone, was pretty interesting as well, but no serious plot twists that caught me off guard. I'm actually surprised it made it to number 6 on the Top Fantasy Books of 2014.
That's all I've got.

So the guys this movie's about are my guys. We all have heroes I suppose. They're mine.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Denciie5oA

We always hear things like "things happen for a reason" and stuff like this, and as crass as I can be, I've come to suspect, if not fully believe, that that might be the case sometimes. If my son had not lost an eye, I'd have been with this particular A-team. I've known the Team Sergeant who took the photo below since the mid-90s. The man in the front has a pained look on his face because he has a broken back, but is riding a horse with a heavy pack.

And things come full circle. Some of these guys are struggling now. It's a helluva thing going from that world to normal life. And I've been helpful in that regard to some of them. So maybe things do happen for a reason.
I will be watching this movie as soon as I can.

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