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  1. @Confused, this is a great first step, but eventually the market for complicated breath based derivatives will have to be regulated as well, and the cartel structure outlined above lacks the flexibility to adequately deal with breath endowed consumer items such as awakened boxer shorts (commanded to "breathe better"), fake mustaches ("make me look older"), hairnets ("protect foodstuffs"), sporks ("feed safely"), Tupperware ("keep food fresh"), etc. etc. Like any finite commodity of strategic importance, the path forward to controlling the market for said commodity should be an agreeable balance of government oversight and private sector initiative. Our best bet is to keep the court of the gods as far away from the regulation of this nascent market as possible, or in other words, to maximize the return on investment we should keep the Returned away from the investments.
  2. @Paranoid King and @I think I am here. those song parodies were fantastic, too bad that like the Highlander, there can be only one true victor. After the votes have been cast and the smoke has cleared, pip pip to whichever of you stands victorious over the heaped and smoldering remains of roasted contestants past. Your victory was well deserved, your roasts expertly constructed and devastatingly delivered. Also, @Herowannabe, I loved the Final Show Down parody too, great stuff all around.
  3. I love Brandon Sanderson's work, but I hate White Sand volume 2. I am a cartoonist, and I have to say, this is the crappiest graphic novel I have ever read. If you disagree, leave now, highly opinionated vitriol follows. I loved the prose version of White Sand, it wasn't Brandon's best work, but I didn't expect it to be. But holy crap, I suffered through volume 1 of this monstrosity, with it's horrible art and truncated nonsensical dialog, but really to expect us to buy 2 more volumes of this horrible crap, to get a watered down, insensible version of the prose story, who does he think we are? For reals? Dedicated fans that will sift through the weird combination of baroque/neoclassical/renassaince/pashtun imagery in order to find some small hint about something of the deeper cosmere,....Admittedly, that is the case, but never before did dedication to a greater goal come at so high a cost. I hate this book, but I am compelled by forces greater than myself to read it, which makes me hate reading this particular book even more. I am a fan of graphic novels, but this is NOT a good graphic novel. Firstly, you shouldn't have a graphic novel where the major hinges of the plot are political and require book length sections of dialog. I'm an illustrator and I know that kind of thing is torture to draw. How many different angry expressions of the interlocutors can you draw before people get tired of the idea that the people who are talking are not happy about what they are talking about. This is totally general criticism of the whole series, but let me get into some of the specific criticism of this particular volume (volume 1 shares a lot of the same faults, but I will limit myself to criticism of the 2nd volume). Brandon said in Arcanum Unbounded that sand mastery lends itself to the graphic novel format. This would be true if sand mastery wasn't depicted as Flying with a crappy swirly line around Kenton and some little "magical" plus signs. I agree that sand mastery would be awesome if properly depicted in the graphic novel, unfortunately it's one of the weakest parts in the prose version as well. It's a magic system kind of specifically set up to make the sand masters look like egotistical jerky show-offs. It works far better in the prose version, they all seem like jerks. What is unforgivable in Vol. 2 is that the illustrator has seemed to have given up on depicting the actual sand, instead he just draws a glow around Kenton and some magical looking plus signs which indicate that some magic stuff is happening. Scratchy line drawings: The characters are not cohesive. Kenton looks 10 years older or younger from panel to panel, this is poor execution. The illustrator is using an aesthetic dodge, the reason the lines are so scratchy and hard to distinguish is because the illustrator is unwilling to commit to a specific presentation. His backgrounds (especially the natural environments) are awesome, but he gets less sure the closer the "camera" gets to the subject. Panel division: This is so poorly done, it is consistent from volume 1 to 2, but why divide the page up like that? It doesn' add anything to the narrative. It doesn't look good, it just makes the reading order of panels unnecessarily hard to determine. It seems like it's done as a further attempt to hide the fact that the illustrator is unable to create anything intrinsically compelling. What the heck, this is ridiculous? Ok, so this is going to be admittedly the biggest entry in this bulleted list, because it is going to have examples (spoilered so you don't have to look at them if you don't want to): A-Delius? What the crap is this depiction supposed to signify??????? This is one of the worst drawn characters I have ever seen. He is eating his wine like a pig at a trough! B-Sand mastery visualized — I bet Brandon had no idea that the grace and majesty of sand mastery would end up looking like this. Very rarely are ribbons of sand depicted, it's more of a magical nimbus of light with little magical plus signs to show spooky action of sand mastery. C-Continuity, continuity, continuity. This illustrator, not content to represent the lossandians as straddling merely three different eras (classical greece in the Diem, Loius the XIV's France in the Admiral's quarters and Florence from the Italian Renaissance in the Artisan's quarters), also unfortunately decided to be free and loose with the simple particulars of a given scene (like the one spoilered below where Ais kils the Kerztian assassin). She fires all five of her arrows at the Kertzian assassin at point blank range, but how they are depicted embedded in the head of the assassin doesn't make any sense, he looks like a pincushion. He has arrows in both temples, one up his nose and an arrow in each eye! How the arrows are arranged it looks like he was hit by 5 different archers from five different positions. Brandon writes incredibly cinematically, his prose visualizations would lend themselves quite well to the graphic novel form, but he should write specifically for the medium not have some other people try to shoe horn a complex political dialog packed thriller into this format. Sorry about the above rant, I don't usually like tearing things apart like this, but I needed to vent because I am compelled to read the entire Volume of this travesty (though it pains me deeply to do so). If I didn't care so much about the content of the book I would have stopped reading this volume after the 2nd page. Not looking forward to volume 3 at all, hopefully the illustrator that finished Volume 2 will be back to do all of Volume 3, his artwork, while not perfect, at least has the continuity down and the weird era straddling backgrounds are toned down substantially.
  4. I love this one! This is graphically incredibly pleasant. I really like your geometric compositions, the thick to thin lines is really nicely done and I love the sense of balance your compositions have. Also, looking at the # 2 pattern art got me wondering, how big are the original drawings (next to the text the pattern #2 drawing looks like it could be Really tiny)
  5. Never has this prestigious award been given to a more deserving candidate. Well done, AonEne, well done.
  6. ON THE PROVERBIAL AONENE, on the It was actually a collection of "just desserts", but sweet things is a winner (you got the custom close up picture of my dog's nose as he is shaking off water award and an upvote for your oh so close guess. @Archer you got an upvote because it's a stroke of genius to realize that Allomancy is really just an anagram for a Loamy clan, don't know if you're a Malazan fan, but that's a perfect description of the T'lan Imass). Excited to see the raps from this coming round, this tournament and the signing updates are the few hooks still buried deep in my soul that keep pulling me back to the shard. And the Nightwatcher boon/bane game. And the fan art...so many hooks, so little soul...
  7. The high king did onetime complain Of unbearable emotional pain Nightblood thought it was "Devi" That he misses poor Evi Whom he forgot once because of his bane
  8. "The Human monster combines the impossible and the forbidden." Collected Jesanach 1171, 20 seconds pre-death. Subject was a bald Shin philosopher. (Michel Foucault, Ethics, Subjectivity and Truth: The Abnormals) "Why did they bow? In him—and as it were behind the question mark of his fragile and miserable appearance—they sensed the superior force that sought to test itself in such a conquest, the strength of will in which they recognized and honored their own strength and delight in dominion" Collected on Vevishes 1173, 104 seconds pre-death. Subject was a dark-eyed Reshi mustache farmer. Sample considered questionable. (Nietzche, Beyond Good and Evil)
  9. So, I got the 2nd collected volume of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach, and stalled for a bit on all things Malazan after reading Crack'd Pot Trail. I love Erickson's writing in the Book of the Fallen series (though he can get a bit preachy and his digressions have digressions). I loved the first 3 B and KB novellas (though the Lees of Laughter was pushing the boundaries of good taste, it was still enjoyable). But Crack'd Pot Trail exposes the thing that I have the hardest time with in Erickson's writing (spoilered below because it's a bit of an adult conversation): I LOVED Blood and Bone, and I am finally getting a sense for what kind of writer ICE is. He is great at creating environment, his exposition is clear, and the uncertainty of his writing makes the world building stronger and more realistic. At first I just wanted him to pick, instead of saying something is like 2 opposite things or wildly different things conjoined with an or (like all of the weird monsters in Jackuruku are described as Divers, Soletaken or something else (this is eventually cleared up nicely by some 'Triss exposition, so it's really sketching out the boundaries of a mystery)). This is a writing tick that he has, that once you get used to it, it's actually kind of endearing and adds a dimension of immersivity to his writing. He is a very visual writer and is really good at describing action in a compelling, streamlined manner. The jungle setting was incredibly well realized, and as I was reading this book I kept instinctively wanting to grab a spray can of Off! The rest of my comments on BaB are going into a spoiler tag: @Ammanas and @TheOrlionThatComesBefore, I thought the Erickson/Fener and Esselmont/Trake analogy and debate were great, but I think that Erickson is by far the better writer, and I hope that he gets back on track with the Witness trilogy. I have a long drive up to Portland and back tomorrow, and an Audible credit to grab Assail with. Life is good my friends, life is good. I voted in the poll too, Toll of the Hounds all the way!
  10. Taking a break a from my long hiatus from the Shard to say, well done @Herowannabe, well done. Brilliant! I also have to say that I wasn't too excited about this round because Sixth of the Dusk and Galladon are two of my least favorite characters in the Cosmere, but such is life. Everytime I hear Sixth of the Dusk's name, I think of the song "Henry the Eighth I am, I am" so I humbly present for your mild amusement (or more likely your extreme stupefaction) Sixth of the Dusk I am, I am:
  11. So pretty simple game, each of the kids in the Family Circus is given a Rosharan Shardic (or near shardic) analog (shown in the diagram below). Then a user posts a caption-less Family Circus cartoon, and the next person has to give the preceding cartoon a caption and then post another caption-less family circus cartoon. Here is the diagram, showing the Family Circus analogs, and to start things out right, it is in need of a caption: * Edited Dramatis Personae update. Dad: Adonalsium Mom: Autonomy I'll update the OP as new cosmere characters are assigned to recurring family circle characters.
  12. I completely agree with this, I was more objecting to this book being based on a Rhythm, which is just a qualifier for speech, like how there are 3 different ways to compose a sentence in English that have vocal intonation patterns that show which type of sentence they are, Interrogative (questions??) Declarative (statements.) and Imperative (commands!). I'm a big fan of @Jofwu's idea about "The Rhythm of War" being an ancient text from the Shadowdays that can now be translated because Dawnchant has been cracked. It could have been written by the ancient Singers, or even a scholar who was studying the conflict with the Singers. Either way a view into the mysteries that existed over 4,500 years ago during the Heraldic Epochs would be awesome, and maybe we'd get some more information on the elusive Dawnshards too (more than the Kaza interlude or that strange Poem of Ista myth with the guy carrying a dawnshard while crawling up the giant steps meant for Heralds towards the grand temple).
  13. Granted, there is no more conflict in the world because, in a single instance, the frontal lobes of every sentient being were removed. The world now looks eerily like the pictures on Jehovah's witness pamphlets, where people are stretched out on picnic blankets sharing food with lions, squirrels, eagles and bears, only all the animals and people are drooling a lot more. I wish that I could melt cheese using just the power of my mind.
  14. Ok, finally figured out exactly how to word this, try reading this out loud and the meaning will be magically reversed: Shall, on the most romantic of nights, I continue to ignore those Veiled looks and resign myself that you are Radiant and that you belong to another? (If you are reading this out loud, substitute an ! for the ?)
  15. Granted. You get a corrosive, radioactive ice cube made of tritiated water. Every hydrogen atom in your ice cube is the radioactive 2 neutron isotope of Hydrogen, tritium. The Nightwatcher put it in your lemonade, you noticed something was off when you saw that your ice cube wasn't floating and that your straw was melting. But don't worry, super heavy water is only mildly radioactive and has a half life of only 2 weeks. Doh, didn't see there was another page... @beantheboy12 Granted, you can now do back flips, unfortunately you always have to land your back flips doing the splits, and then you are compelled to scissor your legs together to rise up to a standing position and finish this move off by saying "Thank you, thank you very much" using your best Elvis impersonation voice ( which I gotta say is pretty decent). I wish I had a watch that uses tritium tubes for illumination in low light conditions because they're freaking awesome, come on Nightwatcher help me out.
  16. RAD!
  17. Good point, it's interesting to speculate how all these threads will play out. Like for instance, how long will Venli be masquerading in Envoy form? Another thing I would love to see would be a strikeforce with Jasnah and some other radiants heading out to take back the horneater peaks, opposed by Odium's forces which happen to include Venli. With how dangerous Shadesmar is, and with book 4 being Eshonai's/Venli's book, it seems like Venli apprenticing under Jasnah to learn how the surge of Transportation works would be a narratively compelling way to explain the mechanics of the surge. Also, it would be nice to see how the transition to the Cognitive Realm works just using a shardpool perpendicularity. I know it's premature, but I'm really starting to get excited for book 4!
  18. The nexus of Art and math is a very sweet spot indeed, just found the amazing work of John Edmark, check out his 3D printed strobe animated sculptures, they are freaking amazing (spoilered below): Here's the link to his Vimeo page where you can see more of his work, awesome stuff!
  19. That would suck, but still I can't see something as fundamentally useful as Elsecalling not being used before book 10, I just hope we get the POV chapters of it being used. I also hope that one of my pet theories is true, namely that Ba-Ado-Mishram is in a perfect gem that has been hidden somewhere in Shadesmar, and the Jasnah and some sort of Radiant team (hopefully featuring Zahel) will have to go to Shadesmar to find it. Totally out there, but that would be awesome to see. It's really based on the fact that the Elsecallers were the guardians of the perfcect gems (from the OB Epigraph to chapter 83):
  20. I like this idea a lot, consider me converted. Hopefully this entails Jasnah using her Elsecalling ability to pop over to Kharbranth to pick up the now translatable dawnchant written copy of Rhythm of War from the Palaneum. I really want to see how Elsecalling works.
  21. Hmmm, not sure I like it. For one it breaks the pattern of each Stormlight Archive title being a reference to an inworld book, and secondly, I was really hoping that this book would go deep into the history of the Singers and was pulling for "The Song of Secrets", as that one sounds like it would have the best information on the Singers' storied past with their gods. I still think we'll be learning a lot about the Last Legion, and probably see Venli and Eshonai's mom in a more lucid state, but a Rhythm is something that qualifies speech, it's not a collection of oral stories about the past. I'm sure we'll see more of the forms of power in book 4, but I really liked the Singer Epigraphs from Words of Radiance and was hoping that we'd get a lot more of them in book 4. Ultimately, I trust Brandon to make the right call, but this one seems off. I hope Brandon rethinks this...
  22. Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire) by the Kinks: This is by far my favorite concept album. The tracks on the album are chronological, and each track is a small vignette from the historical movement of great Britain from a major colonial power to a subordinated world power, essentially just another mouth in the Consumer driven economy. This is also one of those rare albums where you want to listen to the whole album because every track is great. This also has 3 of my favorite songs of all times: Some Mother's Son - Possibly the prettiest anti-war song ever made. Drivin' - Song about the joys of carefree escapism. All the troubled world around, seems an eternity away. And all the Rent collectors, debt collectors, all will be behind us, they'll never find us, cuz we'll be dri-i-i-ivin'. And one of my favorite songs by the Kinks, She's Bought a Hat Like Princess Marina. She's bought a hat like princess Marina, to wear at all her social affairs. She wears it while she's doing the laundry, she wears it while she's scrubbing the stairs. But you will never see her at Ascot, she can't afford the time or the fare, but she's bought a hat like Princess Marina so she don't care. Rain Dogs by Tom Waits This one is more of an atmospherically cohesive concept album, and like a lot of Tom Waits work these songs are all tales sympathetically told about the down but not yet out, the strange characters at the fringes, the dispossessed and/or insane. This is another album that doesn't have a single bad track and it also has some of Wait's best lyrics, like: It's 9th and Hennepin, how come all the prostitutes have names that sound like donuts? The downtown trains are full of all them Brooklyn girls, they try so hard to break out of their little worlds. You wave your arms, they scatter like crows, they have nothing that will ever capture your heart, they're just thorns without the rose, be careful of them in the dark. Auntie Maim has gone insane, she lives in the doorway of an old Hotel. And the radio, is playing Opera, all she ever says is go to Hell. Uncle Violet, was a pilot, made a million during world War 2, but he's a tight wad and a cheapskate and he'll never give a dime to you. Uncle Phil can't live without his pills, he has emphysema and he's almost blind. But we must find out where the money is, get it now before he loses his mind. I See a Darkness by Bonnie Prince Billy This is another loose concept album, the first song is A Minor Place, and that's kind of where this album is. All the songs are in a minor key, and thematically the songs are all pretty dark. This is another album where every song is great, and the song Raining in Darling is one of the prettiest songs ever made, and really encapsulates the bleak yet hopeful feeling that runs through all the songs. Johnny Cash did an amazing cover of the title track, I see a Darkness, for the American recording sessions. I'm Writing this on my phone, I'll edit this later and add some links.
  23. Nice, seems inline with the text and leads to this speculation: Vrye + Jezrien's Honorblade + Yelig-nar + ready supply of Voidlight = terrifying, and possibly even Odium's Champion (if Odium is forced into the Contest of Champions ).
  24. This is a great song.
  25. Nice! I'm excited to re-read those bits of OST. Also, I think you're the one that mentioned using Google books to search for quotes if you don't have a searchable ebook. I just have the physical copies of Stormlight Archives, and I have used the Google book search a ton to find specific scenes from SLA books, that was a great tip!