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  1. The way I see it: "Supply side" economics as a theory doesn't hold up. A national economy is kind of like an enormous confidence game that depends on everyone continuing to play in order to work. The trouble comes from some competing interests. Firms want to maximize profits while minimizing costs, a large part of which is often labor. Nevertheless, a majority of firms directly or indirectly depend on consumers to pay them for their goods and services. In other words, no one wants to pay the people they nevertheless expect to purchase their products. The rational ideal is to get someone e
  2. Lawyering is okay. I think I would prefer being a plumber.
  3. True chaotic neutrals wouldn't last long enough to make it to a career of adventuring.
  4. 1. What is your name? Drew 2. How old are you? 32 3. Where do you live? Falls Church, VA 4. What is your favorite color? Blue 5. How many phones do you own? I license 2 lines. I own or co-own 3. 7. Wait, what happened to question six? Code Monkeys 8. Someone has just loaned you a time machine that can take you to any location on the planet during any time period. Where/when do you go? 2080 to find out what happens during my lifetime. 9. If you were forced to change your PDN to something completely unrelated to its current fo
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    Originally Posted By: Ephesos I am so glad we turned image posting back on. I shudder in remembrance of why it was turned off.
  6. A long time, for sure. Too much WoW.
  7. It's been quite a while. Originally Posted By: Terror is tentacles that smirk. China Miéville writes books that are weird. New Weird, actually, but more fantasy than anything else for his Bas-Lag books. Pick up Perdido Street Station and you will get something urban, gritty, sometimes surreal, and quite unlike other fantasy. Also the protagonist is a mad scientist. Glen Cook is somehow overlooked for not one but two extremely long series. The Black Company books, really a trilogy plus a coda plus another sequel series, did a lot to create the genre of military fantasy. They're gritty i
  8. Finished reading the George R.R. Martin books so far in the "Song of Ice and Fire" series a while back, which although pretty solid, fell into the cliched poor-sex-scene trap that so many otherwise solid fantasy novels fall into (GRRM has just *a bit* of a breast fixation). Recently finished "His Majesty's Dragon" by Naomi Novik, which was okay (unfortunately though I've heard the subsequent novels are much worse) and "Gentlemen of the Road" by Michael Chabon, which was very fun and cleverly written, if brief. Working now on "The Yiddish Policemen's Union," which is taking some warming up to,
  9. I've been reading "A Game of Thrones" by George R.R. Martin, and loving every minute of it. I'm very excited for the other two books in the series. EDIT: err, three books, with more forthcoming.
  10. Worst high school read for me was Wuthering Heights in 10th grade, without doubt.
  11. Les Miserables, though my favorite book ever, seems a strange choice for an AP English class. What's next? The Brothers K?
  12. I read "Sword," but found the writing to be abysmal. Thinking I'd give him another shot, I tried "Elfstones" (I think - that's the one with the dying tree, right?), read the first couple of chapters, made a prediction on the ending, verified that I was correct, and that's the last attention I've paid to Terry Brooks' works. If the payoff isn't that great or is pretty obvious, the getting there should at least be worth it, and I found that it wasn't in his writing.
  13. It's come up before in related threads, but I think you'll find that "Dune" doesn't age very well. Just as you have come to spot the religious indoctrination points you missed in "The Chronicals of Narnia," I think you'll find that having learned a lot more about the political complexities involved in how the world works, the author's presentation in "Dune" is hopelessly simplistic.
  14. Kel: actually, it was referred to as a Kalte firesphere in later books. Currently back from vacation; moving on to the ones I never read... 20,000 Leagues under the Sea - not as good as Journey to the Centre of the Earth, in my opinion. While the 19th century take on the science stuff was fun, I don't know if he ever quite succeeded in developing the enigma of Captain Nemo quite enough. Still though - a fun ride.
  15. Hey man, given that I'm remembering those books from 21 years ago or so, I think I'm doing pretty well. Plus, having now gone through the first 6 books online today, I believe it was only ever referred to as a "firesphere" - no "Kalte" included.
  16. Quote: Originally written by Kelandon: I just re-read the Lone Wolf books. They were my original introduction to fantasy literature at about age 5, and they're now free online at Project Aon . Freakin' awesome. Kel - you are awesome for finding that link - thanks so much! I have many fond memories of feeling grateful for hanging on to the firesphere from Book 3(?) through the whole series...
  17. Ah, high school reading. Next stop for you: discovering the fascinating world of Ayn Rand, and then hopefully getting over it before college.
  18. The book and the movie were definitely pretty different. I actually think that I prefer the film.
  19. 1. Unfortunately, since items are labeled with letters, and "g" is one of them, it would get pretty confusing! 2. I think this would be a good idea too.
  20. A moderately-related question: how do you separate a stack of something into smaller stacks? Like, say, healing potions? kkthxbai
  21. Quote: Originally written by Nija: The great sniper makes a typo! This must be preserved! Grow up.
  22. I recently read "Journey to the Centre of the Earth" by Jules Verne on a lark. Completely silly given what we know these days, but still a very enjoyable adventure tale. I also recently read the graphic novel version of "Stardust" by Neil Gaiman. I have to say, I actually preferred the movie version. --- You know, having read three works by Gaiman - "Neverwhere," "American Gods," and "Stardust," I'm finding myself a little underwhelmed by him, and not understanding what all the hype is about. He's okay at telling what happens, but not very good at describing it. "Tristram and Yv
  23. Ah - so that's why he was occasionally darting out of the house. Thanks!
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