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by Narsil
Wed Jul 09, 2008 12:24 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Pot
Replies: 291
Views: 23487

Re: Pot

The only time I've been close to high is from secondhand smoke at a concert, and that wasn't really doing whole lot for me. I haven't really pursued it because the pot smokers I've all met have been very sad, angry aimless people. I don't really like them, so I won't do it. However, if there was a g...
by Narsil
Wed Jul 09, 2008 12:01 am UTC
Forum: Comics/Graphic Novels
Topic: Superhero beginnings you just can not believe.
Replies: 112
Views: 74269

Re: Superhero beginnings you just can not believe.

The one I can't believe is X-Men. Random genetic mutations? Evolution? At least try to be close to scientific about it. I would find the pill easier to swallow if only a few people got super powers, but most people with the mutation just got some horrible deformation, like a third leg or no eyebrow...
by Narsil
Tue Jul 08, 2008 11:53 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: XKCD Book Club: July -- White Noise
Replies: 16
Views: 2901

Re: XKCD Book Club: July -- White Noise

I do know that DeLillo only writes about America, and most of his books are of the faults with it. As for the nuclear weapons question, that's a bit difficult as DeLillo is a different writer. None of his books are really reflections of himself, but of America. Opinions never really get expressed; h...
by Narsil
Tue Jul 08, 2008 3:21 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: WALL-E
Replies: 231
Views: 29701

Re: WALL-E

I really enjoyed the nods the movie made to the sci-fi that helped it exist. There was the obvious two pieces of music from 2001: A Space Odyssey , as well as Auto having HAL's glowing red eye. Then there was the not-so-obvious naming of the Leto Deck on the Axiom. This works on several levels: 1) L...
by Narsil
Sun Jul 06, 2008 3:31 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1824
Views: 484493

Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

quintopia wrote:and Wilson's Schrodinger's Cat Trilogy

How is that compared with Illuminatus!? I loved those books. I can never find this in stores, though.
by Narsil
Thu Jul 03, 2008 6:17 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books You Believe Every Book Reader Should Read.
Replies: 189
Views: 35096

Re: Books You Believe Every Book Reader Should Read.

I'm pretty sure Atlas Shrugged is longer than Against the Day, by just a bit, but I've always heard that the longest novel that is easily definable as such, that everyone agrees on is "Romance of the Three Kingdoms" at +2300 pages, 8 x 10^5 words. You know, I wonder how "Infinite Jest...
by Narsil
Thu Jul 03, 2008 12:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Swedish birthday party invitations to be settled in court
Replies: 76
Views: 7586

Re: Swedish birthday party invitations to be settled in court

This is complete cockaigne. There were plenty of parties I never got invited to and still don't. I can't go out and sue.

I wonder, though: could not getting invited to parties when I was in grade school have influenced my shy tendencies today?
by Narsil
Thu Jul 03, 2008 12:21 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: XKCD Book Club: July -- White Noise
Replies: 16
Views: 2901

Re: XKCD Book Club: July -- White Noise

I love the bits and pieces of speech from the radio and TV. Without context it seems meaningless and eerie. Are they cluse to something more sinister or just random babble? This is the message of the book, I think.
by Narsil
Thu Jul 03, 2008 12:17 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books you just bought
Replies: 120
Views: 17635

Re: Books you just bought

Ah, quite a good haul on vacation. Game home with 16 more books; only bought three. Those were: Against the Day , Pynchon Lullaby , Palahniuk The Body Artist , DeLillo The others: Slaughterhouse Five The Sirens of Titan Foucalt's Pendulum A Confederacy of Dunces The Odyssey Catch-22 Heart of Darknes...
by Narsil
Wed Jul 02, 2008 2:30 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Diablo III
Replies: 2188
Views: 398264

Re: I WAITED TILL 5 AM AND ITS HERE DIABLO 3

Damn it. I was all set to buy a PS3, now I'm going to have to get a new computer too. The graphics are okay, but my computer stutters on D2. Please don't make fun of me.
by Narsil
Tue Jul 01, 2008 12:33 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Gravity's Rainbow & other Thomas Pynchon
Replies: 57
Views: 13981

Re: Gravity's Rainbow & other Thomas Pynchon

I hate to say it, but for better or for worse, it does not get any different the further you get into it. If you think it's tough now, it's still going to be tough later. But it's possible to get through it. If you really want to know what's going on, look up a reading companion, there are plenty av...
by Narsil
Mon Jun 30, 2008 10:59 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: The Book Reading Paradox
Replies: 9
Views: 2058

Re: The Book Reading Paradox

Shocking as it may seem, there's a hell of a lot of brilliance out there. And no one will ever, ever write a book so good that nothing else can add to it. Except maybe Thomas Pynchon, but I digress. Just keep reading, the Literature section in a bookstore is your friend for finding the cream of the ...
by Narsil
Sat Jun 21, 2008 5:10 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Kung Fu Panda
Replies: 14
Views: 2080

Re: Kung Fu Panda

Did Samurai Jack ever really go anywhere, or did it just continue as a series of virtually unconnected one-shot episodes that eventually just ended? While a fantastic show, there was virtually no continuity. Friends he met or powers gained in one episode would be forgotten in the next. It was cut d...
by Narsil
Sat Jun 21, 2008 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1824
Views: 484493

Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

So is George playing the role of Dante here, being led in an opposite route from Catholicism and structure to Discordianism and finally, free thought? Hagbard would be his Virgil, then, and Eris his Beatrice. I suppose that could work. It's funny how GR takes this on too, when Pirate leads Katje thr...
by Narsil
Sat Jun 21, 2008 3:46 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1824
Views: 484493

Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

[questions] First, Infinite Jest will probably be just fine for a trip. It's got a highly episodic nature, so you can read one section and then not have to quit in the middle of something. As long as you can keep basic track of characters, you'll be fine. There's a lot of them, but not nearly as mu...
by Narsil
Sat Jun 21, 2008 4:52 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1824
Views: 484493

Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Infinite Jest is somewhat of a break from DFW's admittedly pretentious writing style, I think. It at least refrains from commenting too often on the fact that it is a novel. Now if you want to see pretentious, check out his book "Girl With the Curious Hair," Specifically, "Westward th...
by Narsil
Sat Jun 21, 2008 1:51 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1824
Views: 484493

Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

I just finished both Illuminatus! and Survivor. Illuminatus! was mind-expanding, it's like if Gravity's Rainbow happened in 70's America. Postmodernism never ceases to amaze me. Survivor was okay, I thought. Fairly par for the course with Palahniuk. "Derivative" isn't the right word, but i...
by Narsil
Fri Jun 20, 2008 12:30 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: what is The Happening about?
Replies: 53
Views: 7391

Re: what is The Happening about?

The Mighty Thesaurus wrote:It's about ninety minutes too long.

Considering in had about one minute of actually chilling footage and the total run time was 1:31:00, I'd say you're right on the money.
by Narsil
Thu Jun 19, 2008 9:40 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Kung Fu Panda
Replies: 14
Views: 2080

Re: Kung Fu Panda

I would have liked an entire movie with just the opening anime-style. That would have set it apart from the storm of "digital cartoon animal goes on a quest and is cute" movies. But it's awesome they even put that in there. I thought it was a fantastic movie, and if it's the last digital-c...
by Narsil
Thu Jun 19, 2008 9:29 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books you just bought
Replies: 120
Views: 17635

Re: Books you just bought

That was me, I lost that book when I had to flee my home due to trouble with the law. All my things had been looted when I came back.

You can have it, though.
by Narsil
Wed Jun 18, 2008 4:30 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: GenCon Indy
Replies: 23
Views: 5525

Re: GenCon Indy - FREE BADGES - DEADLINE JUNE 22

David Reyburn (ID: 166094)

There we go, hope that's all you need.
by Narsil
Tue Jun 17, 2008 9:45 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: GenCon Indy
Replies: 23
Views: 5525

Re: GenCon Indy - FREE BADGES

I am definitely interested in volunteering, and am currently registering, but I wanted to know if you receive only one badge for volunteering or if you can bring someone else too. My brother is into this as well, and I'd like to take him around one day. He's 11, though, so I don't know if he can vol...
by Narsil
Sun Jun 15, 2008 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Making the world a weirder place
Replies: 1920
Views: 180763

Re: Making the world a weirder place

I'm not sure how weird this made the world, but last year in school I went to the sign that said "Inner Science Hallway" and put a note that said "warning: extreme science". Later, I saw some graffiti in the bathroom reading "black power" and put another note under it r...
by Narsil
Sun Jun 15, 2008 1:58 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1824
Views: 484493

Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Yes, but those months reading Infinite Book Jest will be amazing. PROTIP: Use two bookmarks. Trust me on this one. I really ought to reread that. I read it too young, expecting a fun adventure book, and wasn't ready for the social commentary and whatnot. I was also a bit shocked by the pissing on a ...
by Narsil
Fri Jun 13, 2008 1:06 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Gravity's Rainbow & other Thomas Pynchon
Replies: 57
Views: 13981

Re: Gravity's Rainbow & other Thomas Pynchon

I think you may be on to something there. The novel to me seemed to have a cyclical quality to it, opening up with 00000, moving to 'present time' with 00001, going back again. Which would signify constant newness, constant progress. Like a rocket. I loved reading this book right before taking AP Ps...
by Narsil
Fri Jun 13, 2008 12:55 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: GenCon Indy
Replies: 23
Views: 5525

Re: GenCon Indy - FREE BADGES

If I don't have a name and registration #, where do I acquire one?
by Narsil
Fri Jun 13, 2008 4:01 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Gravity's Rainbow & other Thomas Pynchon
Replies: 57
Views: 13981

Re: Gravity's Rainbow & other Thomas Pynchon

Here's the link.
It's not really a spoiler, but Slothrop's role as The Fool doesn't come in very strong until The Counterforce. This little tidbit always kind of blew my mind. The sheer amount of knowledge and research that went into this book is...mind-blowing.
by Narsil
Thu Jun 12, 2008 4:48 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: XKCD Book Club -- Suggestions
Replies: 79
Views: 10462

Re: XKCD Book Club -- Suggestions

Oh man, that's a screwjob. DeLillo's books are always hella expensive. Not saying it's not worth it, but most of his books fall in the 200-page category.
by Narsil
Wed Jun 11, 2008 1:58 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Sacred Moments in Fiction
Replies: 44
Views: 6470

Re: Sacred Moments in Fiction

he- HEY!
get the hell away from that kitten! That is my job!

There can only be one grue-avatar guy, and that's me. It's like the highlander.
by Narsil
Tue Jun 10, 2008 8:17 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Donnie Darko 2: Dark Harder
Replies: 88
Views: 10778

Re: Donnie Darko 2: Dark Harder

I really can't come up with any context.

Harold and Donnie go to Guantanamo Bay.
by Narsil
Tue Jun 10, 2008 3:35 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: XKCD Book Club -- Suggestions
Replies: 79
Views: 10462

Re: XKCD Book Club -- Suggestions

Man, it's a close race. Maybe we'll get to see two books fight to the death.
by Narsil
Tue Jun 10, 2008 3:28 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Gravity's Rainbow & other Thomas Pynchon
Replies: 57
Views: 13981

Re: Gravity's Rainbow & other Thomas Pynchon

Oog. That quote makes me cringe a bit. It's the same kind of logic as saying, "I don't need to read War and Peace. I already read The Count of Monte Cristo, and they're about the same length and take place near the same time period, so they must be the same book."
by Narsil
Mon Jun 09, 2008 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: The Dark Tower series?
Replies: 24
Views: 3511

Re: The Dark Tower series?

Is this a worthwhile series? I sounds kind of like it. I find Stephen King to be pretty okay most of the time and this kind of intrigued me. I was deterred from reading the series for a while at least because of the major retconning he did in Insomnia. That was lame.
by Narsil
Mon Jun 09, 2008 4:55 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13432
Views: 1775025

Re: Today You Learned

Today I learned that if some cheap ass shelves look like they can't support your massive book collection, you may be right.
by Narsil
Sun Jun 08, 2008 10:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 4chan user gets arrested, considers it an epic win
Replies: 42
Views: 9237

Re: 4chan user gets arrested, considers it an epic win

I'm really upset that nowhere in the story did the line appear: "Brahm was thrilled when the 4chan Party Van arrived that evening, shouting "Yes!" and throwing his arms up in celebration.
by Narsil
Sun Jun 08, 2008 10:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Levitation, for reals?
Replies: 34
Views: 3885

Re: Levitation, for reals?

bigglesworth wrote:You could use this for train tracks though.

It would require a lot of effort to keep crap off the tacks, but a frictionless train would be rather significant of an invention.
by Narsil
Sun Jun 08, 2008 8:35 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Unpopular movie opinions
Replies: 187
Views: 21020

Re: Unpopular movie opinions

Has anyone ever met a girl who likes sin city? I'm yet to find one. My girlfriend adores that film. I don't understand, as playing "Legend of Zelda" terrifies her and her favorite genre of movies is cartoon musicals with talking animals. (Disclaimer: I am not dating a five year old.) I th...
by Narsil
Sun Jun 08, 2008 7:51 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8673
Views: 1866198

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

Post-post-modernism has finally been invented? Sweet!

I'm going to go make a book titled "book" and instead of writing anything, hollow out the pages and put a mirror inside. Thomas Pynchon aint got nothin' on this.

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