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General Discussion / Re: Member birthday calendar
« on: Today at 11:06:15 AM »

One of those.

Old and rattly like its owner. It decided to destroy a chain a sprockets over the last week the cause was the nut holding the front sprocket has stripped its thread and was allowing more movement than it should. Part arrived a few minutes ago so I should have it sorted today.

Nice!!! My best buddy in school had a Yamaha-- his was a shiny red R1 tho and he had a whole matching red outfit topped with a sparkly red helmet. Until this girl called him a power ranger then he got a black jacket.

I started on a 1983 Honda then moved up to a new SV-650 back in 06.


Here's an excerpt from Tolkien that I'm reading right now that applies equally to writers obsession with emulating the Hero's Journey as it does to anxieties about the need to be "original"

Such studies are, however, scientific (at least in intent); they are the pursuit of folklorists or anthropologists: that is of people using the stories not as they were meant to be used, but as a quarry from which to dig evidence, or information, about matters in which they are interested. A perfectly legitimate procedure in itself—but ignorance or forgetfulness of the nature of a story (as a thing told in its entirety) has often led such inquirers into strange judgments. To investigators of this sort recurring similarities (such as this matter of the heart) seem specially important. So much so that students of folk-lore are apt to get off their own proper track, or to express themselves in a misleading “shorthand”: misleading in particular, if it gets out of their monographs into books about literature.


We read that Beowulf “is only a version of Dat Erdmänneken”; that “The Black Bull of Norroway is Beauty and the Beast,” or “is the same story as Eros and Psyche”; that the Norse Mastermaid (or the Gaelic Battle of the Birds and its many congeners and variants) is “the same story as the Greek tale of Jason and Medea.”
Statements of that kind may express (in undue abbreviation) some element of truth; but they are not true in a fairy-story sense, they are not true in art or literature. It is precisely the colouring, the atmosphere, the unclassifiable individual details of a story, and above all the general purport that informs with life the undissected bones of the plot, that really count

General Discussion / Re: Member birthday calendar
« on: Today at 09:50:45 AM »
Thanks all spent the day looking at broken bike working out how its going to get me round Holland in a couple of days time   :( Apart from that a good day will be celebrating in a couple of weeks time too much going on at the moment.

What kind of bike is it?

Irritable Male Syndrome. I get it a lot

Don't forget that they're all a bunch of corrupt sociopathic psychos so they're unlikely to do anything unless they perceive direct personal gain

So the internet is out at my place for at least a week if not two, my back is also out so I'm completely bed-ridden and I'm taking a moment to read PDFs on my phone I never got around to, starting with Tolkien's On Fairy Stories.

He goes on this really interesting rant about the idea that fairies are diminutive, tracing the roots of several ideas.  I found this passage especially interesting: "Fairy, as a noun more or less equivalent to elf, is a relatively modern word, hardly used until
the Tudor period. The first quotation in the Oxford Dictionary (the only one before A.D. 1450) is significant. It is taken from the poet Gower: as he were a faierie. But this Gower did not say. He wrote as he were of faierie, “as if he were come from Faërie.” Gower was describing a young gallant who seeks to bewitch the hearts of the maidens in church.". So, the first recorded instance of the word fairies was of a lecherous dude seducing women, which is hyper-heterosexual, if not hypermasculine.  But today we use it as a pejorative term for gays implying hyperfeminity in dudes.  I thought that was super ineresting

Argh, I'm just feeling so angry!
I was sleepy the whole afternoon, then while driving home I started getting angry... I got home and sat outside relaxing, doing killer sudoku and then reading a bit, but it hasn't properly gone away...

I don't know what to do :-\

I regularly get moody I just chalk it up to IMS



Liam Fox kindly fuck off you invite a neo fascist into your home if you choose don't invite him into mine. I's not about embarrassment its about principles. I understand as a career politician you may struggle with the concept.



My favorite quote from that second link was :  ""No prior president has ever abased himself more abjectly before a tyrant,"  by Senator McCain.   Of course Trump supporters will probably never hear that quote, and if they do they probably will forge that McCain is a Repub and a war vet...

General Discussion / Re: Member birthday calendar
« on: July 16, 2018, 01:21:12 PM »
Wow @Rostum  you got a motorcycle cake!!!!! Happy birthday!

6th century BC: Tao Teh Ching -- Lao Tzu**

** = Profoundly in love at the time and deeply marked

I always knew you was a vampire! *excitable pointing*

Sh***t I let it slip!! I do burn very easily. I think I'm reaching my expiration date though

@Eclipse I also read the Deathstroke Cycle long long ago!!!


22nd century BC: Epic of Gilgamesh
6th century BC: Tao Teh Ching -- Lao Tzu**
5th century BC: Antigone
1st century: Medea -- Seneca**
16th century: A Midsummer Night's Dream -- some overrated English dude**
17th century (if not fake): Lesser Key of Solomon
1840s: the Raven -- Edgar Allan Poe**
1870s: The Mabinogion -- Charlotte Guest
1880s: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court -- Mark Twain**
1890s: The Turn of the Screw -- Henry James
1890s: Dracula -- Bram Stoker
1900s: Man and Superman Don Juan in Hell -- George Bernard Shaw
1920s: Ancient Egyptian Legends -- Margaret Alice Murray
1920s: Siddhartha -- Hermann Hesse
1930s: Homage to Catalonia -- George Orwell**
1930s-50s: Hobbit and LoTR --JRR Tolkien
1930s: Out of the Silent Planet
1940s: Animal Farm -- George Orwell
1950s (but really repubbed from 30s-40s): Once and Future King -- T.H. White**
1960s: Dune -- Frank Herbert**
1960s: Chronicles of Pyrdain -- Lloyd Alexander*
1970s: Nine Princes of Amber -- Roger Zelazny
1980s: Dragonlance Legends -- Margaret Weiss and Tracy Hickman*
1990s-2000s: Wheel of Time (pre-Sanderson) -- Robert Jordan*

2010s: I got old, and nothing I read with modern literary conventions has made me feel wonder. I blame Hemmingway and aging brain chemistry

I'm sure there's more I'm just not remembering... :)
** = Profoundly in love at the time and deeply marked
* = Sort of in love with the books at the time

I started to watch the George Lucas production “Willow”, and it was just as terrible as I remembered. A few interesting ideas, but overall goddawful. DNF.

Then I watched “Mythica”, and it was entertaining if pretty lightweight. Basically (and intentionally) a RPG tale, with a solid performance from the MC, a young necromancer discovering her powers. Tried to watch the second (there are 5), but couldn’t muster the interest.

Meanwhile, I’ve been doing a few movies from a Greatest list: Vertigo, Tokyo Story, The Searchers, Bartleship Potemkin. I have Rules of the Game queued up on Amazon, and maybe after that Fellini’s 8 1/2.

Not gonna lie, I loved Willow when I was like 10 or however old I was.  The love stuff made absolutely no sense, but I remember that scene at the end with Bavmorda vs. Sorsha vs. that old lady that was a goat vs. Willow and being like OMG that's the most intense thing I've ever seen!!!!  Oh and the 2 headed thing too in those ruins.  That said I was probably 8 or something at the time i saw it.

On @JMack endorsement I checked out Mythica and OMG it's so much fun!  I was working on some tasks that I didn't quite enjoy, so I'd take a break and watch Mythica for like 10 min then go back to work.  It was good enough that it was a welcome break, but not so good that I couldn't stop it any time I felt like it.  Clearly made on a budget of like 10$, and with Kevin Sorbo!!! He's like in ever B movie ever.  So in investigating how to watch it, I discovered the TubiTV app on my Roku... and theres A TREASURE TROVE OF AWFUL LOW BUDGET FANTASY MOVIES TO WATCH ON DEMAND FOR FREE!!!!  Like zillions of movies you've never heard of: Witchville about.... a king having to exterminate a bunch of witches... a million titles with "Dragon" in the title.  OMG THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT I'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR!!!!  I'm out of good fantasy movies to watch so this is really fantastic. 

Anyway, I was actually really impressed with how well Mythica came together-- it was basically like someone decided to make a movie about their dungeons and dragons adventure-- who wouldn't want to do that????  So I investigated it a little and they put it together with a Kickstarter-- I think that's how they financed the first 3 movies with like 90k they raised on kickstarter!  How cool is that??  The costumes were all really decent, the special effects were clearly low budget but I thought they did a surprisingly good job with the 10 cents they had to work with, and the indy original guitar music actually fit really nice.

Now, if only someone would fund season 3 of JourneyQuest, I'll be super happy!

Read Alongs / Re: The Traitor God, part 3 - chapters 15 to 21
« on: July 14, 2018, 01:47:18 PM »
@ScarletBea I'm pretty terrible at read alongs, or doing anything on schedule for that matter!

Got sucked away for a bit but Wow!!!! These were some exciting chapters.

Spoiler for Hiden:
@JMack I figured the daughter killed that one dude, but I had no idea she was going to be the assassin they turned up.  Complete surprise!  Actually everything was a complete surprise. I ruled out Haralit b/c he was too obvious and I fell for the "he's changed misdirection" and figured it was going to be either Byzant or one of the gods themselves.

I enjoyed the contrast btwn the relationship with Charra and with Cillian

That blood monster thing was fittingly horrific, sort of made me think of Envy from FMA a little :)

General Discussion / Re: Got a blog? Share it!
« on: July 08, 2018, 09:36:10 AM »
My blog is ostensibly about sci-fi/fantasy themes but runs the gamut from book reviews to very short stories to promos for writer/musician friends as they release books/albums.

Oh, I also get exclusive sneak peeks at some really weird and wacky research projects from friends at the County Durham College of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fine Arts. Don't let the name fool you. They have a crack team of quantum theorists, economists and akolouthologists.


The quantimoji bit was really cute


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