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Random Raves Fifty-one: Anticipation of Joy!

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Birdjaguar, Aug 3, 2020.

  1. Hygro

    Hygro soundcloud.com/hygro/

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    I am torn between disliking this and finding it hilarious.
     
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  2. Valka D'Ur

    Valka D'Ur Hosting Iron Pen in A&E Retired Moderator

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    Yes, I know. But the point is that they are fantasy-themed. Foxes, crows, tortoises, and hares don't really speak and interact as they do in the fables.

    Kyriakos is too nice to be that creep.
     
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  3. Takhisis

    Takhisis Free Hong Kong

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    Certainly she's rad.
     
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  4. Ajidica

    Ajidica High Quality Person

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    I echo this. The Broken Sword is an excellent high fantasy novel. Norse elves fighting the armies of the Finnish Troll-King in longships on a storm-driven sea. Sworn oaths and bloody revenge. What more does one really need?
     
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  5. GenMarshall

    GenMarshall Blood Elven Ghost Agent

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    Did someone say, elves? :3
     
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  6. Synsensa

    Synsensa Deity Retired Moderator

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    why am i a leafs fan
     
  7. Kyriakos

    Kyriakos Alien spiral maker

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    Sorry, I just dislike high fantasy.
    The seminar is about all fantasy (well, the main types), so high fantasy even nominally already was just 1/5 of that. Besides, some serious authors (ie those before Tolkien) also wrote stuff which can be termed as high fantasy (cause they had elves/gnomes/Gnoles/fairies etc), and I can focus on them. It is just that, inevitably, Tolkien has to be mentioned.

    Some examples of what is included for fantasy tied to high fantasy (but not really that):
    Goethe's The Erlkoenig
    Heine's Lorelei
    Mythos stories by Machen
     
  8. Kyriakos

    Kyriakos Alien spiral maker

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    Anyway, it does look like part 1 will overflow so I will have to move 2000-3000 words from it to parts 2 & 3. Maybe more.

    Which means I already am over 50% of the seminar, so according to schedule.

    All this for a few thousand euros more.

     
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  9. Valka D'Ur

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    There are worse things you could do for a few thousand euros. As I said, if I were doing this, I'd have more trouble deciding what had to be left out, rather than scrambling to find something to put in.

    I had the pleasure of meeting Poul Anderson and his wife, Karen, back in the early 1980s, at a convention in Calgary. Karen Anderson co-authored some of the historical fantasy novels he wrote, and she was also active in fandom. She joined the Saturday night filking session we had and taught us some songs popular in the region where they lived but hadn't made it this far north.

    Fun fact: their daughter, Astrid, married a science fiction author named Greg Bear - who writes both original and media tie-in novels. At the time I met him at a later convention, the only book I knew about that he'd written was a Star Trek novel.

    Fun little story about Astrid when she was a little kid... at that time, Poul Anderson was participating in a literacy program at a local prison, teaching inmates to read. One day in school, Astrid's teacher asked the kids to stand up and tell the class what their fathers did for a living. Little Astrid announced, "My daddy is a writer. He often goes to jail."
     
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  10. Kyriakos

    Kyriakos Alien spiral maker

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    Those few thousand euros are over the course of a full year* :)
    Pay upfront is just 500 euro. The rest are from percentage of the profits.

    *going by my previous seminar with the same company. Now I will have two seminars, so maybe more thousand euros.
     
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  11. hobbsyoyo

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    One thing I was not at all prepared for with regards to pregnancy was how nail-biting and stress inducing all of the check ups would be. There's been multiple hiccups we've had to face but the most worrisome was during the gender-reveal ultrasound where the doctor said she found something troubling in the baby's bowels right after telling us the gender. She completely crushed all excitement we had and ended up referring us to get a $200 genetic test (and our insurance forked over thousands) and then a follow up with a specialist ultrasound lab.

    The specialist had fun explaining that the original doctor had her equipment calibrated for the average obese woman and that if she had turned down the power on the ultrasound for my not-obese wife, she never would have thought there was a problem...because there is no problem.

    We're having a healthy boy!
     
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  12. Synsensa

    Synsensa Deity Retired Moderator

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    Deciding your child's gender before they're even born is abuse. :mad:

    (Congrats!)

    Name him Davy, after me yourself.
     
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  13. Kyriakos

    Kyriakos Alien spiral maker

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    A smaller rave:
    My indie psycho horror interactive fiction game got accepted in a collection of games to be sold.
    Not sure if this will sell considerably, so maybe the overall pay for me won't exceed a couple hundred dollars. But it's cool that it got accepted :)

     
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  14. Takhisis

    Takhisis Free Hong Kong

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    Actually Tolkien's work was very serious. It's just that most popular descriptions are crap.
     
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  15. Kyriakos

    Kyriakos Alien spiral maker

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    Possibly. But the haze on my monocle will have none of that.
     
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  16. JohannaK

    JohannaK Heroically Clueless

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    Don't trust specialists. I was supposed to be a girl, and when I was born I had a ding dong... But I guess the doctor was right after all...
     
  17. Kyriakos

    Kyriakos Alien spiral maker

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    Great :) I wish he is lucky as well as healthy.
     
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  18. Birdjaguar

    Birdjaguar Hanafubuki Retired Moderator Supporter

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    Our daughter just went through that ultra sound and found out she was having a boy too. In addition, the ultra sound showed a CF (cystic fibrosis marker in the bowel area). Ahhhh panic!!! But both parent have to be carriers for a baby to be afflicted. It was a false positive. Back when we had kids Down's Syndrome was about the only thing that could be tested for. Life was simpler with fewer prenatal worries. When you had your baby, you counted the fingers and toes and were happy with whatever you got. I hope your wife is doing well. :)
     
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  19. hobbsyoyo

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    She is doing very well. She is in the honeymoon phase where she's over morning sickness but is not yet carrying around a human beach ball. :)
     
  20. Synsensa

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    Drink enough beer and you can beat her to the latter.
     

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