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I just finished the Lost Years of Merlin, now I'm reading the Fires of Merlin. Have you ever read the Septimus Heap series? (Angie Sage)

Watchin'

the Big Bang Theory

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Morrowind of course(my favorite!), Fable 2, Fallout 3, and Kameo elements of power.

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Elder Scroll fan6 wrote:
I just finished the Lost Years of Merlin, now I'm reading the Fires of Merlin.

I'm a big fan of the Lost Years of Merlin series - Seven Songs is great. I've been meaning to look into other books by Barron but haven't gotten around to it.

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 Everyone says I'd love Big Bang Theory.

 

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My review of Riberty McKee's "Story," a nonfiction book, of all things. It's an invaluable guide to writing with a focus on screenplay.

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Jeroic wrote:

 Everyone says I'd love Big Bang Theory.

I enjoy it; although, my power went out last night, and I missed the episode.

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For me, the novelty of pretty much exclusively nerd jokes wore off after about six or seven episodes.

Currently reading a tome of stories from the middle ages for French class. I can't tell whether it's good or not.

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Fugu23 wrote:

For me, the novelty of pretty much exclusively nerd jokes wore off after about six or seven episodes.

Currently reading a tome of stories from the middle ages for French class. I can't tell whether it's good or not.

Like what? Chretien de Troyes, that sort of thing?

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Some people think that the rating of 10 on the ten-point scale should be an ideal to be aspired to but never actually reached. I think that is pretty damn stupid. I do, however, agree with the general sentiment that the 10 rating or its equivalent shouldn't be thrown around. So I have here a helpful guide to how and why a piece of art* should be rated as it is.

 

*Here meaning a piece of art that involves a story, fiction or otherwise. Paintings and sculpture are outside my purview.

 

While it will never be easy for any artist for any medium to create a true masterpiece, it is harder in some than in others. I'm going to run it up from the easiest (relatively speaking) to the hardest.

 

The “easiest” piece of storytelling art to write a masterpiece for is for a book, whether it be a short story, short novel, full novel, or piece of nonfiction. That is because the only concern is the actual writing itself, and therefore all attention can go into the writing. Obviously, it's harder than my gross oversimplification makes it sound, as you need to have empathetic (and probably sympathetic) characters with believable backstories and mannerisms, a story that people actually care about that puts those characters through hell and makes them grow. A story that the prose is enjoyable (just killed 90% of the modernist movement with that alone). Further, a great story leaves the reader both thinking and feeling, not one or the other. Damn, I think I just murdered half the postmodernist movement, too.

 

The next up is theater. Not only do you have to worry about all of that, but now you need to add both acting and direction into the mix, as well as all that other stuff. That means that not only is the success or failure delegated to multiple people as opposed to just one, but further it may be a perfect 10 masterpiece one day and awful the next if an actor has a hangover or they get a new director. So the difficulty is up, but the rewards are also potentially greater.

 

Film is second most difficult because not only do you have the combined potential for catastrophe as books and theater, but now you have people moving money behind it who may want to change things, special effects, backroom dealings, compromise. It is entirely possible to find a magnificent screenplay and be thoroughly disgusted by the final product thanks to all the additional steps and people added into the making. As with theater, however, the added layers don't only work one-way. The potential for greatness is there, and soaring higher than either of the others, but is infinitely more difficult to reach. And don't even get me started on adaptations, I'll do that in another piece.

 

Finally, we have video games. This is easily the hardest because the video game industry is the underdog. A masterpiece video game along the lines of Mass Effect 2 needs everything. It needs great writing, but they have less money and time to write the story. It needs good acting, again with not enough money to pay for big-name stars in all but the most exceptional of cases. It needs good direction and visual effects on the shoestring budget, and to go beyond the interactive storytelling needs to be fun to play as well as to experience, similar to enjoyable prose in books. To make it even harder, the doddering old-man government and brainless parents who think that all games are either Pac-Man or Grand Theft Auto: Blood and Prostitutes because they don't listen to Gamestop employees who tell them exactly why they should reconsider buying that M-Rated game for their 6-year-old children and they wave it off with “it's just a game, what is it a yellow dot sprays red dots” before seeing that video games can be very realistic try constantly to censor if not outright eliminate the industry and all the jobs and capital flow it creates. So add attempted censorship to the mix, and it is next to impossible to create a perfect 10 video game, but when it does the results are absolutely magnificent.

 

 

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gro-dhal wrote:

Fugu23 wrote:

For me, the novelty of pretty much exclusively nerd jokes wore off after about six or seven episodes.

Currently reading a tome of stories from the middle ages for French class. I can't tell whether it's good or not.

Like what? Chretien de Troyes, that sort of thing?

Oh wow didn't notice this. Stuff like this.

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TDU2 beta awww yeaaaaa

Downloading now. Time to play dressup and get carboners...

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I look forward to two things on TV nowadays: an old rerun of All In the Family and the Venture Brothers.

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Leon Battista Alberti's On Painting. For my Italian Renaissance Art and Thought class, which kicks a lot of butt (despite being early in the morning in a room thats about 40 farenheit). 

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 I still haven't done No More Heroes. I started Tales of Vesperia and plan on doing the Dragon Age and Mass Effect 2 DLC before moving on to something new. 

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Playing through LoZ:OoT again, been a few years. Also Minecraft, eagerly anticipating the Halloween update.

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Playing: LoK: Blood Omen (getting into the spirit of the season)

Listening: Misfits and Volbeat, various Dutch bands

Drawing: Halloween episode of the comic

Writing: Something that'll be done in time for the 31st (I hope)

Doing: A lot, apparently

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TF2 got a halloween update.

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I just finished watching Firefly through, followed by Serenity. Somebody needs to go back in time and beat to death with a spoon everybody at Fox who was responsible for both playing the series out of order and subsequently canceling it. 

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 I'm still doing my reviews and stuff. I haven't been able to use my Xbox in weeks, so here I am stuck right at the climax of Tales of Vesperia with no way to advance until the painting is done. At least I finished sanding. That's the worst part of painting.

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Jeroic: This might sound stupid, but what part of a painting do you sand? And is it the same kind of sanding as in sanding with sandpaper?

 

I should never walk past bookstores. Ever. I went to a shopping centre the other day to buy some clothes. I didn't actually end up buying any clothes.

  • The Greatest Show on Earth: Evidence for Evolution by Richard Dawkins
  • Thinking of Answers by A. C. Grayling
  • Ideas that Matter by A. C. Grayling
  • Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error by Kathryn Schultz

I think I'm reasonably well-educated in lay science, now. I'm starting to take more of an interest in philosophy, hence the books by Grayling. I nearly bought Daniel Dennett's Consciousness Explained as well, but the bookstore that I have a loyalty card with didn't have stock of it.

I'm also reading Also Sprach Zarathustra by Nietzsche on my phone. Gad, if you think the 36 Lessons are opaque...

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 When you're painting the walls. I'm painting what will eventually be my bedroom since my brother's moved. I've been couch-bound for the better part of a month and it's killer on my back. Not to mention that since it's the living room, if even one other person is awake in the house, then so am I. The up-side is that we won't have to paint again for twenty years if we do it this way. 

 

Anyways, still e-mailing back and forth with Greg Keyes every once in a while. Since he's a published fantasy novelist and I'm an unpublished fantasy novelist and all, it can't hurt. 

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Oh, THAT kind of painting. I thought you were painting a painting, not painting a house.

 

That's awesome. I love it when they mail back. I exchanged a couple of emails with Heat author George Monbiot a while back. Fantastic guy.

I think people really get the wrong idea about radical leftist journalists because they're so caustic and outspoken about the issues they care about. Even Christopher Hitchens is apparently a very nice, easy-going guy when he's not playing the contrarian in a debate.

Which reminds me, I'm also re-reading Monbiot's "Bring On The Apocalypse". I bought it about three years ago when it was first published, but at that point I wasn't that interested in global politics and didn't know enough about it.

Has anyone read anything by Naomi Klein? She likes Monbiot's style, and her first book No Logo sounds like something I should read.

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I just started reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

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I just started reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

 

I heard there were supposed to be ten books, but that the author died between finishing and publishing the fourth. I'm not sure how good that information is, but mind it.

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B wrote:

I just started reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

I saw the movie, it's really good (the whole trilogy), I haven't read the book though.

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My social circle's opinion seems to be divided. Half think its omg great, the other think its way overhyped. I've not read it, and based what I've read about it it doesn't sound like my cup of tea. 

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I'm only 3 chapters into the book, but so far it seems okay.  A friend told me to give it a try.  I guess I'll see how I liked it once I'm finished.  As long as it's an okay read, I'll read all three books.  If this one turns out to be below average, then I won't bother reading the other two.

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Has anyone read anything by Naomi Klein? She likes Monbiot's style, and her first book

No Logo

sounds like something I should read.

 

She's kind of a master of the obvious, or at least what I would hope is obvious to most people with any awareness of how the world works. I suppose if you're foolish enough to get into an argument on youtube or somewhere she's a handy reference.

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The Dark Crystal. 

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Lady N wrote:

The Dark Crystal. 

This.

And this.

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heheh

 

now I know how to pronounce Cthulhu, thanks 

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 Not only is my room done so I can continue Tales of Vesperia, but I accidentally dug up my Pocket Guide to the Empire at last.