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  1. I believe you do the following: 1. Draw any acute triangle. 2. Draw the altitudes. (These are the line segments from an interior angle of the triangle to the opposite side, that are perpendicular to the opposite side.) 3. The three points where the altitudes hit the opposite sides are called the "foots of the altitudes". These give three points. 4. The midpoint of each side of the triangle gives another three points. 5. The three altitudes intersect in a single point, called the orthocenter. 6. The points halfway from each vertex to the orthocenter give another three points. 7. It is an old theorem that the nine points above all lie on a unique circle, the nine-point circle. See: nine-point circle link Every acute triangle has such a 9-point circle. Going from a circle to its 9 points, you need to have in mind a triangle somewhere. There are many different choices for the 9 points. But not every choice of 9 points will work.
  2. Yes, give it a cost. The cost might be that it won't work again for 3 hours. Or they have a bit of bad luck afterward. Or...
  3. My theory is that Harmony is eventually going to become:
  4. It just struck me. As Brandon told us, Doomslug eats mushrooms. The prevailing theory is that Doomslug is a key component to the hyperdrive. Couldn't it be that the ship requests mushrooms due to a subconscious effort to have food available so the Doomslug will stay onboard?
  5. Random conjecture:
  6. I'm surprised that there hasn't been a thread pointing out the faces in the White Sands 2 graphic novel. Of course, it took me many months before I finally broke down and bought it. If you've found any faces, point them out here.
  7. I had a dream about this very thing, about 4 years ago. I wrote about it here--Sazed's future
  8. That...was...awesome and disturbing.
  9. Finally got my hands on it.
  10. Just wanted to add my "ditto" this this!
  11. I agree with all of this (even in the theological setting). Great way of putting it! I agree. I think you bring up an interesting point as well: we expect people to face their failings in order to be redeemed. But we don't expect them to do it all at once, and we don't expect them not to fall again in the process (ergo Dalinar's 3rd oath). It is sadly poetic that Elhokar had to face Moash's wrath, for an act he never made reparations for. Can we look past that, as Elhokar is starting to find his way, or must we insist on the tragic justice of it all? My take: I think it is doubly sad because by seeking vengeance, Moash destroyed a man seeking redemption, and also betrayed his friend, and contributed to more pain in the world. That's often how vengeance works, it just adds more misery, even if it might look justified.
  12. I'd say yes and no. Let me wax a little philosophical (and also take "redemption" to its literal limit). Those sentiments were are actually quite accurate, in my opinion, because nobody deserves redemption. Nobody earns redemption. Sure, you, me, Elhokar, or anyone else could try to pay off the debts we've incurred in our lives, but we'll fail. Especially when it involves taking the life of another; it just can't be undone. Redemption must be bought by someone else, usually the only one who can pay for our past misdeeds (namely God). The question isn't whether someone earns their redemption, it is what they do with the opportunity given to them to change. We leave it to God to make things right, in the end; and only expect people to do the best they can with what they have at the moment. (We pay what we can, and forgive the 100 pence debts. God pays the 1000 talent debts we cannot pay.) That said, I understand you are using redemption in a more limited way, dealing with how a person's actions make us more prone to be forgiving, more trusting. It is hard to believe in forgiveness when someone isn't changed yet. I think this is a struggle for us, not only in Elhokar's case, but in our daily lives. We want the bad guys to lose, and lose big. We aren't rooting for Moash, or our neighbor across the street who offended us, to find forgiveness. We want justice. Thus, this not only says a lot about where Elhokar was (and as another poster says; the tragedy of his early demise, when it looked like he was changing), but also where WE are.
  13. "....he didn't deserve redemption..." This is something I struggle with. I think of Darth Vader, a mass murderer, one who betrayed those who trusted him, blew up planets, etc... and I'm supposed to just forget about all of those things because he finally did something right and stopped the Emporer? Not going to happen. The word "redeem" literally means to buy back. Redemption isn't complete until all wrongs have been righted. This is literally impossible for us humans to obtain. But we recognize when people are on the track to righting past wrongs. We often give the benefit of the doubt to those have started on that path. In Elhokar's case, he is guilty of murdering innocents, and waging a genocidal war. Can he right those wrongs? It would take an extreme amount of change in his life. In Dalinar's case, he is guilty of murdering innocents, and waging a genocidal war (at the behest of his king). Can he right those wrongs? It is still taking a lot of effort on his part, but the fact he keeps standing up and doing better tells me he is trying.
  14. Remember that kandra use hemalurgy (to stay alive!).
  15. Regarding the words of the Diagram that Odium couldn't see. My wife mentioned that perhaps they were written on metal (or some other metal, specific to Oidum), which would make it harder for a shard to see.