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Books / Re: "Classics"
« on: August 01, 2017, 11:35:35 PM »
Godji has good taste!

Ditto to TM's suggestion of Paradise Lost, if you can suffer through it - the first time through is a brutal slog.

More suggestions:
Illiad and Odyssey if you haven't already read them.
Aeneid by Virgil.
Oedipus Rex by Sophocles.
The Divine Comedy by Dante
Faust by Goethe
Sappho's poetic fragments
Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

Books / Re: "Classics"
« on: July 30, 2017, 01:19:02 AM »
Twain seems appropriate:

A classic is something everybody wants to have read, but no one wants to read.

On your list I'd apply that definition to Tolstoy, Dickens and Joyce. Read the first paragraph of A Tale of Two Cities, and think about whether you really want to subject yourself to that shit. Ulysses doesn't have a plot. Tolstoy is the Russian version of Dickens (read Dostoevsky, Bulgakov, and Turgenev instead if you want Russians).

In terms of changes/additions (from a quick scan through my shelves - note that I'm assuming you mean fiction, given that you've solely listed fiction titles. I'm also assuming you've put 'Science Fiction' in with 'Fantasy' as your previous reading

I'd swap out The Brothers Karamazov for Crime and Punishment (but it is a more difficult read), or The Idiot if you want something not quite as dark. Nobody gets the human condition like Dostoevsky, and the Brothers K is his definitive masterpiece.

Moby Dick changed my life. I still vividly remember reading it for the first time. It was one of the first 'classic' stories I'd read where I couldn't put it down - although I raced through the chapters on biology to get to the story.

Short stories of Edgar Allen Poe should be on the list. Not sure this needs an explanation.

'Everything that Rises Must Converge' and 'Wise Blood' by Flannery O'Connor (anything by Flannery O'Connor really) must be on it. A darkly funny writer, who has a habit of turning the very things she mocks back on the characters and readers of her stories. She wrote as an outsider (an unmarried Catholic women in the deep south in the 50s), and her writing is like nothing else.

Also Evelyn Waugh for American authors. A lovely writer, with impeccable prose.

Absolutely something by Kafka.

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, which is perhaps one of the funniest books ever written.

Night by Elie Wiesel, which everyone should read - a first hand accounting of surviving a concentration camp. Haunting.

The Plague by Albert Camus.

I might add some more later.

Movies & TV / Re: What are you watching?
« on: July 25, 2017, 10:29:50 PM »
Just watched all 6 Resident Evil movies over two nights.  Yes, they get worse as they go on.  No, I didn't care.

I love those movies in all their terribleness. I still have to see the last one, though.

As for me, I recently bought and am working my way through all 5 Underworld movies. Because Kate Beckinsale. <3

Yesssssssssss. Resident Evil and Underworld are both so much fun.

Books / Re: 2017 reading list
« on: July 19, 2017, 10:47:29 PM »
Two more books: The Unbearable Lightness of Being which I hadn't read since high school. It was... not as good as I remembered. Also, God, Medicine, and Suffering by theologian Stanley Hauerwas, which was a decidedly nontraditional take on the whole theodicy thing.

I'm finding that I'm drawn to doing a lot of rereading of books that I haven't read in ages. I've been eyeing Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis, which I haven't read in ages. Also Sickness unto Death by Kierkegaard. But I do need to knock some more titles off my unread shelves. Ugh. TOO MANY CHOICES.


1. Clapp's Rock by William Rowe
2. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
3. A History of Reading by Alberto Manguel
4. The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot
5. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
6. God, Medicine, and Suffering by Stanley Hauerwas

Books / Re: 2017 reading list
« on: July 11, 2017, 01:01:01 PM »
As a family, we decided to greatly restrict our technology use for the summer, which has been absolutely fantastic for the kids. As a result, I've been reading a lot more than usual. In the past ten days I've read:

Clapp's Rock - an older, Canadian political satire about a politician from Newfoundland. It was meh.

American Gods - this was a re-read. Fantastic book, really made me want to watch the show.

A History of Reading by Alberto Manguel - a lovely, meandering romp through the history of reading. The book has a near complete lack of structure, which is entirely in line with one of the key themes in which the reader ultimately contextualizes books and their information. Chapters are loosely organized around different metaphors and perspectives on books and reading, and Manguel is more concerned with the journey than the destination. Which makes it excellent summer reading.

The Waste Land, T.S. Eliot - Lemony Snicket might say that (tongue-in-cheek) that Eliot is "too opaque" for many to understand, but we both know that's part of the charm of his poetry.

Uh he's a "Please update your account to enable 3rd party hosting"?  :P

I haven't read the article, but, the subtitle...

Video game consumers often deride industry changes as ‘money-grubbing’ actions – but is that fair? We spoke to developers and publishers to find out

This kind of seems like asking the banks whether subprime mortgages were predatory, doesn't it?

Ok, fess up - this is someone's alt account, isn't it?  :P

Quote from: the rascal idiot
so you mean that those parents are fools who want to educate there childerns ? and those childerns are smart who want to play for there whole life ? ( just see the fun ) and i have to accept such an **rascal dog** like you ( just see the folly )
Stop moving goal posts. You stated that parents (no qualifier) could not be foolish. I observed that this was the statement of an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. Parents are not foolish for wanting to educate their children, but the desire to educate them does not make them wise, if they teach them lies.

Just like believing your mother is stupid, if she is a lying whore.

Quote from: the gormless douchnozzle
nah nah ( rascal dog ) dont **impose** ( or shift burdon of proof ) other authoritieis on us ( The Hare Krishnas ) without explaining anything at all.
But that's exactly what you did - you came here, and asserted your Hare Krishna bullshit without demonstrating that your authorities were worth listening to. I believe I called you out on this point on the very first post.

YOU are the one who hasn't explained anything.

Quote from: the witless fuck-spigot
if you were alive than you would have recalled everything and proved yourself.
You first. You tell us everything that has happened to you every second from your birth. If that's what we need to do to prove you should listen to us, then the same rule should apply to you. Seems fair, no?

so child is not interested for education.
Actually, I'm very interested in education. You should see my library.

But, as the seer said "Those who speak do not know. Those who know do not speak."

But it is the duty of the father to make him educated, sometimes father  punish him. So a child may be foolish, but how the parents can be foolish?” 
what is your answer ??
Easy, there's plenty of idiot parents out there. Like the ones in Alberta who tried to treat their kid's meningitis with ginger root. Fucking anti-vaxxers.

and there is no intelligence also. there is no intelligence also. and if there is any intelligence at all. then ( fertile brain ) recall everything which you have thought or done on each second within`1 minute and prove it that there is intelligence at all. come on ( fertile brain ) for its an open challenge.

and now let us hope that such an *rascal fool* like you will recall anything at all.

If you had read the Gita, or Sarte, or the Tao Te Ching, or any of the old masters in fact, you would know that knowledge and existence are one and the same - I could no more explain my thoughts in a moment without also explaining nearly 40 years of being. But if you insist.

This morning, as a part of my daily zhan zhuang meditation, I stood for about 20 minutes. In one of those minutes I took 9 breaths, my heart beat 54 times, I had to shift my weight slightly twice to compensate for a knee problem I recently re-aggravated, my awareness moved from through my pelvis, down my thighs to my knees, and lingered at my knees for a moment (hence the weight shift), to my ankles, through to the soles of my feet and the hickory wood beneath them, back up through my ankles to my knees (lingering once more) and by now it has been more than a minute. I *could* have been more descriptive, but I chose not to.

I doubt this will satisfy you - your arrogance will not allow it. You pretend to speak about things you have no knowledge of, you bray like a donkey about the proof you possess when you should know that the proofs of spirituality are lies, and until you free yourself of them you will not experience the enlightenment you claim to possess. At the end, your chanting shall be meaningless, your proofs shall be meaningless, and your attempts at proselytizing will be meaningless. They will have served nothing but your ego.

Now fuck off eh.

I was going to delete this thread. But dammit, Narsica's response deserves to be enshrined. I'll leave it be.


and ( rascal idiot )
You seem angry. It's really not doing anything for your whole spiritual happiness shtick.

now [/b]You can avoid the creator, but you cannot say He doesn't exist. Whether or not you accept the creator's authority is your business; but you cannot say there is no creator.
I can say that he doesn't exist - I just can't prove that he doesn't exist. Same as you can say he exists, but cannot prove it.

For example :- there are so many outlaws who say, "We don't want to obey the government." If you don't like the government, that is your business. But there is a government -- you can't deny that.
Yes, but the existence of government is a verifiable fact - Donald Trump's twitter is a sad and constant remind of both the fact that government exists and the fact that Americans aren't very good at it.

Seriously, try the "Buddy Christ buddy Christ buddy buddy buddy Christ Christ Christ" thing. I swear it works.

Practical Explanation ( For Example ) :- `1st of all can you tell me every single seconds detail from that time when you born ?? ( i need every seconds detail ?? that what- what you have thought and done on every single second )

can you tell me every single detail of your `1 cheapest Minute Or your whole hour, day, week, month, year or your whole life ??
uhhhhh, this is a stupid request. I wouldn't even want to remember every second of my life. But let's see where this is going..

if you are not able to tell me about this life
Wait, just because I don't remember every second of my past doesn't mean that I can't tell you about my life. I *can* tell you about life, but by the way this is going, I'm not sure you're going to want to hear it...

then what proof do you have that you didn't forget your past ? and that you will not forget this present life in the future ?
I've already admitted that I've forgotten parts of my past! And I'm sure I'll forget more in the future! But what the fuck does that have to do with anything?

that is Fact that Supreme Lord Krishna exists but we posses no such intelligence to understand him.
Ohhhhh, shit. I should have seen the religious thing coming. Okay, here goes.

The existence of the Supreme Lord Krishna is not a fact. It is a belief. And I sincerely doubt you are about to blow the lid off philosophy in the next 250 words.

there is also next life. and i already proved you
You haven't proved shit. You asserted that Krishna exists as an observable fact, which is demonstrably false.

that no scientist, no politician, no so-called intelligent man in this world is able to understand this Truth. cuz they are imagining.
I'm pretty sure you're imagining that you're making sense here, but you're really not.

and you cannot imagine what is god, who is god, what is after life etc.
I can totally imagine what god is. I've seen plenty of Monty Python.
for example :Your father existed before your birth. you cannot say that before your birth your father don,t exists.
Uhhhhhhh, okay?

So you have to ask from mother, "Who is my father?" And if she says, "This gentleman is your father," then it is all right. It is easy.
Unless your mother is a whore.

Otherwise, if you makes research, "Who is my father?" go on searching for life; you'll never find your father.
If you don't know who your father is, research is a pretty good way to try and find out.

( now maybe...maybe you will say that i will search my father from D.N.A, or i will prove it by photo's, or many other thing's which i will get from my mother and prove it that who is my Real father.{ So you have to believe the authority. who is that authority ? she is your mother. you cannot claim of any photo's, D.N.A or many other things without authority ( or ur mother ).
So, DNA testing is equivalent to just asking your mother? I don't think you understand this whole appeal to authority thing.

if you will show D.N.A, photo's, and many other proofs from other women then your mother. then what is use of those proofs ??} )
They might be exceptionally useful proofs, if your mother is a lying whore.

same you have to follow real authority. "Whatever You have spoken, I accept it," Then there is no difficulty. And You are accepted by Devala, Narada, Vyasa, and You are speaking Yourself, and later on, all the acaryas have accepted. Then I'll follow.
I'll have to follow great personalities. The same reason mother says, this gentleman is my father. That's all. Finish business. Where is the necessity of making research?
Again, you don't seem to understand this whole appeal to authority issue. If science is not real authority than who is? According to whom? and why?

All authorities accept Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. You accept it; then your searching after God is finished.
Pretty sure the Pope doesn't accept it. And he's an authority.

Why should you waste your time?
I don't even know.

all that is you need is to hear from authority ( same like mother ). and i heard this truth from authority " Srila Prabhupada " he is my spiritual master.
im not talking these all things from my own.
So this gobbledygook isn't even your own? Shame.

in this world no `1 can be Peace full. this is all along Fact.
If you can't give me peace, why am I listening to this shit?

cuz we all are suffering in this world 4 Problems which are Disease, Old age, Death, and Birth after Birth.
You can add a fifth, "Donald Trump".

tell me are you really happy ??
Sure, pretty happy.

you can,t be happy if you will ignore these 4 main problem. then still you will be Forced by Nature.
I'm reasonably confident there's an element in happiness which is specifically not thinking about those 4 things (5, including Trump). They're depressing! (And yes, also inevitable).

if you really want to be happy then follow these 6 Things which are No illicit s.ex,

No g.ambling,
Ugh, this suuuuuuucks.

No d.rugs ( No tea & coffee )

No meat-eating ( No onion & garlic's )

5th thing is whatever you eat `1st offer it to Supreme Lord Krishna. ( if you know it what is Guru parama-para then offer them food not direct Supreme Lord Krishna )
Pretty sure my kids do this already, judging by the state of the floor after dinner.

and 6th " Main Thing " is you have to Chant " hare krishna hare krishna krishna krishna hare hare hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare ".
I say something similar, mainly after I have stubbed my toe. Does that qualify?

If your not able to follow these 4 things no illicit s.ex, no g.ambling, no d.rugs, no meat-eating then don,t worry

but chanting of this holy name ( Hare Krishna Maha-Mantra ) is very-very and very important.

Chant " hare krishna hare krishna krishna krishna hare hare hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare " and be happy.
I might need to throw a "lama-ding-dong" there in the middle to actually be happy about chanting this.

if you still don,t believe on me then chant any other name for 5 Min's and chant this holy name for 5 Min's and you will see effect. i promise you it works And chanting at least 16 rounds ( each round of 108 beads ) of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra daily.

Just tried chanting this for about 3 minutes (all I could honestly manage) and it made me waaaaaaay happier to chant "Buddy Christ buddy Christ buddy buddy buddy Christ". Seriously. Try it. You'll never go back.

Here is no Question of Holy Books quotes, Personal Experiences, Faith or Belief. i accept that Sometimes Faith is also Blind. Here is already Practical explanation which already proved that every`1 else in this world is nothing more then Busy Foolish and totally idiot.
I think we've proved who the idiot is.

every `1 is already Blind in this world and if you will follow another Blind then you both will fall in hole. so try to follow that person who have Spiritual Eyes who can Guide you on Actual Right Path. ( my Authority & Guide is my Spiritual Master " Srila Prabhupada " )
But if everyone is blind, then Srila Prabhupada is blind too isn't he? (I just blew your mind didn't I?)

if you want to see Actual Purpose of human life then see this link : ( triple w ( d . o . t ) asitis ( d . o . t ) c . o . m {Bookmark it })
Sure, let's visit a website recommended by someone on the internet that is trying to sell me on alternative happiness! There's nothing that could possibly go wrong with that!

read it complete. ( i promise only readers of this book that they { he/she } will get every single answer which they want to know about why im in this material world, who im, what will happen after this life, what is best thing which will make Human Life Perfect, and what is perfection of Human Life. ) purpose of human life is not to live like animal cuz every`1 at present time doing 4 thing which are sleeping, eating, s.ex & fear. purpose of human life is to become freed from Birth after birth, Old Age, Disease, and Death.
I'm pretty sure if we all didn't do the sleeping, eating, sex and fear stuff, we'd be extinct as a species. Just saying.

Man, I feel dirty after all that. I should probably go surf some porn or something.

Music / new Queens of the Stone Age
« on: June 16, 2017, 03:38:35 PM »
is out!! (I know, it actually came out yesterday, but I didn't get a chance to catch it)

The Way You Used to Do

Ugh. So good. Less freewheeling than their usual sound - people are saying it sounds "tighter" but they've always been a really tight band. It's more compact. Still the catchy guitar riffs, but less jazzy improv (a bit of a loss, to be sure). Guitars sound fucking awesome, super aggressive.

Really looking forward to the album.

Gaming General / Re: General gaming chatter
« on: June 07, 2017, 09:49:05 PM »
The Story Behind Mass Effect's Troubled Five Year Development

Really interesting article, that goes a long way towards explaining why ME:A wasn't nearly what fans were expecting.

tl;dr version - Many of the major parts of the game were built in the 18 months prior to release, including the story, characters, major worlds, etc. Originally ME:A was intended to be a story driven version of No Man's Sky with hundreds of procedurally-generated planets where you piloted a star ship through space to find them. Way too ambitious, and they didn't start scaling back the vision until it was much, much too late.

It's actually seriously amazing how well it turned out for basically being done in a year and a half.

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