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  1. Comment on What are you reading these days? #28 in ~books

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    Something similar happened to me when I tried re-reading Lord of the Rings, strangely enough. I just got bored with the long lead-up to the meeting in Rivendell. Also thanks for the Vonnegut...

    Something similar happened to me when I tried re-reading Lord of the Rings, strangely enough. I just got bored with the long lead-up to the meeting in Rivendell.

    Also thanks for the Vonnegut quote, it's really good!

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  2. Comment on What are you reading these days? #28 in ~books

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    Oh, I hope Children of Ruin is good! I absolutely loved Children of Time as well, I can't stop thinking about it.

    Oh, I hope Children of Ruin is good! I absolutely loved Children of Time as well, I can't stop thinking about it.

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  3. Comment on What are you reading these days? #28 in ~books

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    I feel like that's the point of art, right? To use images and tropes that provoke a certain feeling in the reader/viewer, by necessity indirectly since if the feeling is just described, it's lost,...

    A card of a knight will always make one think of a knight, even though other interpretations can be made.

    I feel like that's the point of art, right? To use images and tropes that provoke a certain feeling in the reader/viewer, by necessity indirectly since if the feeling is just described, it's lost, or rather only thought about rather than felt. I'm thinking of the essay "Writing off the Subject" by Richard Hugo here.

    even though the narrator knew the cards were decided through chance, he was absolutely certain his interpretation was the correct one.

    Sounds like all interpretations of art are "correct," or that correctness has nothing to do with interpretation, maybe?

    Either way, this sounds like a great book and will definitely go on my list :)

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  4. Comment on What are you reading these days? #28 in ~books

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    The book I'm currently reading has a few deus ex escapes, and they can be really frustrating.

    At times the characters will escape an event through complete deus ex machina.

    The book I'm currently reading has a few deus ex escapes, and they can be really frustrating.

  5. Comment on What are you reading these days? #28 in ~books

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    I've never read anything by King, but I've heard Pet Sematary is one of his scariest and best! I usually don't watch scary movies either; but do you find that scary books have a similar effect to...

    I've never read anything by King, but I've heard Pet Sematary is one of his scariest and best! I usually don't watch scary movies either; but do you find that scary books have a similar effect to them?

  6. Comment on What are you reading these days? #28 in ~books

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    Oh cool! I've only read one novel based off a popular screen sci-fi series, and that was Star Wars, which obviously is very different. I've been meaning to get into the Star Trek world though, and...

    Oh cool! I've only read one novel based off a popular screen sci-fi series, and that was Star Wars, which obviously is very different. I've been meaning to get into the Star Trek world though, and novels sound like a good way to do it!

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  7. Comment on What are you reading these days? #28 in ~books

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    I'm currently reading Return of the Continuums, by Jennifer Brody, which is the sequel to her novel The 13th Continuum. I read the first book in about a week, which is fast for me; it's got...

    I'm currently reading Return of the Continuums, by Jennifer Brody, which is the sequel to her novel The 13th Continuum. I read the first book in about a week, which is fast for me; it's got breakneck pacing and a really interesting premise that made me devour the whole thing.

    Basically, it takes place a thousand years after a planet-murdering Doom envelopes the earth, and follows the survivors of humanity as they live in these outposts called "Contiuums", under the sea, under the ground, and in space. It's awesome YA fare.

    The second novel is coming along really nicely, albeit with some derivative Lord of the Rings vibes and sort of fractured storytelling. It certainly keeps me reading, though!

    2 votes
  8. What are you reading currently? Fiction or non-fiction or poetry, any genre, any language! Tell us what you're reading, and talk about it a bit. Notes I'm finally going to update the wiki today,...

    What are you reading currently? Fiction or non-fiction or poetry, any genre, any language! Tell us what you're reading, and talk about it a bit.

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    I'm finally going to update the wiki today, hopefully. FYI.

    Previous topics

    Previous topics will be ARE listed in the UPDATED wiki!!! as soon as I update it.

    11 votes
  9. Comment on Tildenet (Not related to tildes.net) in ~tech

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    That's awesome! I only have a tilde.town account (and a tilde.institute, but I don't use it) but if I look into thunix I'll hit you up :)

    That's awesome! I only have a tilde.town account (and a tilde.institute, but I don't use it) but if I look into thunix I'll hit you up :)

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  10. Comment on Tildenet (Not related to tildes.net) in ~tech

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    How would this work? Could I connect my computer to the tildenet and then access stuff on the tildeverse through my own computer, or would I only be able to access the tildenet through my current...

    How would this work? Could I connect my computer to the tildenet and then access stuff on the tildeverse through my own computer, or would I only be able to access the tildenet through my current ssh connection to my tilde server? I don't know how VPNs work, like, at all, but I've been loving what the tildeverse has been doing!

    1 vote
  11. Comment on The gut-wrenching predictions of Satoshi Kon’s masterpiece Perfect Blue came true in ~anime

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    What a great article -- I watched Perfect Blue years ago when I realized Kon was the mastermind behind Paprika and wanted to find anything he'd made, which I realize now is a little ironic given...

    What a great article -- I watched Perfect Blue years ago when I realized Kon was the mastermind behind Paprika and wanted to find anything he'd made, which I realize now is a little ironic given the subject of this article. It's a great movie though; I should rewatch it.

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  12. Comment on What email provider do you use? in ~tech

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    Another +1 for Fastmail here. I've been so happy with the email, contacts, and calendar services. I'm also using the file storage as an image host for my website. My favorite thing about Fastmail...

    Another +1 for Fastmail here. I've been so happy with the email, contacts, and calendar services. I'm also using the file storage as an image host for my website.

    My favorite thing about Fastmail is how standards compliant they are, which may seem silly until you think about Gmail's mess.

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  13. Comment on What are you reading these days? #26 in ~books

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    No worries about lateness! I posted the topic late :) Self-publishing is an area of fiction I have yet to dip my toes into. I guess I'm worried about quality control, but it's not like suits in...

    No worries about lateness! I posted the topic late :)

    Self-publishing is an area of fiction I have yet to dip my toes into. I guess I'm worried about quality control, but it's not like suits in New York necessarily know more about what makes a book good than anyone online. They might just know what books will sell better.

  14. Comment on What are you reading these days? #26 in ~books

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    Earthsea is one of those books that, as soon as I'd read it, I knew that I was going to give it to my children, because I wish I'd read it so much earlier in my life. I need to read it again,...

    Earthsea is one of those books that, as soon as I'd read it, I knew that I was going to give it to my children, because I wish I'd read it so much earlier in my life. I need to read it again, actually.

    Conscious sounds really interesting! Thanks for the rec :)

  15. Comment on What are you reading these days? #27 in ~books

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    Cool, I'll try it when I have time :)

    Cool, I'll try it when I have time :)

  16. Comment on What are you reading these days? #27 in ~books

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    I tried it for about 10 minutes, but it was the very first release. It was a little rough. Is it much better now?

    I tried it for about 10 minutes, but it was the very first release. It was a little rough. Is it much better now?

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  17. Comment on What are you reading these days? #27 in ~books

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    I've actually been on kind of a reading dry spell, lately. But right now I'm working my way through the NeoMutt Guide to get my terminal mail client up to snuff :)

    I've actually been on kind of a reading dry spell, lately. But right now I'm working my way through the NeoMutt Guide to get my terminal mail client up to snuff :)

    1 vote
  18. What are you reading currently? Fiction or non-fiction, any genre, any language! Tell us what you're reading, and talk about it a bit. Notes Sorry this is posted so late! I would've posted it...

    What are you reading currently? Fiction or non-fiction, any genre, any language! Tell us what you're reading, and talk about it a bit.

    Notes

    Sorry this is posted so late! I would've posted it tomorrow, even, but I'm working all day so I won't have the chance. I'll make sure and bump this thread Sunday, so we can talk about our reading. I'll set an alarm for next time!

    Previous topics

    Previous topics will be listed in the wiki as soon as I update it.

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  19. Comment on The magical thinking of guys who love logic in ~misc

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    Ooooof, that's frustrating. And like, phrenology is such obvious bunk, too. Like all that crap. It's like with building the wall at the Mexican border, like (a) that's terrible in so many ways,...

    Ooooof, that's frustrating. And like, phrenology is such obvious bunk, too. Like all that crap. It's like with building the wall at the Mexican border, like (a) that's terrible in so many ways, like you're a bad person for mentioning it, but also (b) it's also just not going to work! Like on a practical level. Ooh that stuff cheeses me off.

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  20. Comment on The magical thinking of guys who love logic in ~misc

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    This is me with a lot of animation-related stuff. The phrase "this is why we can't have nice things" springs to mind. I hope you're able to find a good LOL community someday!

    This is me with a lot of animation-related stuff. The phrase "this is why we can't have nice things" springs to mind.

    I hope you're able to find a good LOL community someday!