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Postby Wind Swept » Fri Feb 15, 2008 3:55 pm

I wanted to bump the old thread, but it doesn't exist anymore.

Does anyone here have one? I just signed up for a new account because a bunch of guys in the GCOM department here have been playing around with it. ChrisFried Looming, if anyone wants to add me as a friend.
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Postby Caspian » Fri Feb 15, 2008 5:49 pm

I should get a first one before I start worrying about a second one.
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Postby eriador » Fri Feb 15, 2008 8:10 pm

Join the club Cas.

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Postby Luet » Sat Feb 16, 2008 9:54 am

Except he's not serious considering he has a wife and also a baby on the way.
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Postby Eaquae Legit » Sat Feb 16, 2008 10:06 am

I should get a first one before I start worrying about a second one.
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Postby jotabe » Sat Feb 16, 2008 10:56 am

Grad students don't get lives.
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Hence i can only allow myself having a second life. In my case, the game where i still hang out with my best friend (and ex :D ), FFXI.
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Postby SaintDrogo » Sat Feb 16, 2008 1:44 pm

I tried to download and play Second Life last week, actually, but my graphics card (nVidia) doesn't support it for some reason. I play WoW, but I have to re-install it thanks to windows vista. So uh... I know I've asked before, but... anybody up here play WoW and interested in playing on the free servers?
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Postby hive_king » Sat Feb 16, 2008 9:56 pm

My 40-something lit professor plays half-life, I really think it's going to get funny when we start discussing snow crash (the class is sci-fi & fantasy in literature)

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Postby jotabe » Sun Feb 17, 2008 5:24 am

I don't see how half-life can appeal to a lit. prof... i mean, the main character is a physics phd, and the game is about saving scientist from having their brains eaten by space mutants! :lol:
Btw, what is "snow crash"?
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Postby Dr. Mobius » Sun Feb 17, 2008 10:24 am

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Postby eriador » Sun Feb 17, 2008 1:10 pm

Best book ever!

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Postby SaintDrogo » Mon Feb 18, 2008 9:37 am

SNOW CRASH IS AWESOME!

That's what it is. I remember a roommate gave it to me when I lived in Wilmington. I loved it, went around for days pretending in my mind I was YT.
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Postby jotabe » Mon Feb 18, 2008 10:26 am

Just reading the main ideas, sounds like a dystopy similar to the premises of Jennifer Government (which i haven't read either).
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Postby eriador » Mon Feb 18, 2008 11:23 am

Oh... but it's so much more that just a dystopia. It's an entire philosophy.

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Postby SaintDrogo » Mon Feb 18, 2008 12:59 pm

Plus the Mi of Enki? Actually a studied thing, from what I've heard on the internet before. Pretty cool concepts, and I love when they snow crash people. The whole avatar thing was a little "duh, I lived through the 90s, I know what an avatar is!" but they do take it a step farther, I'll admit.
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Postby eriador » Mon Feb 18, 2008 1:11 pm

Well, the Metaverse is pretty standard... but the whole idea of where our society is going in 50 years (and in 100 years in The Diamond Age) is compelling.

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Postby SaintDrogo » Mon Feb 18, 2008 1:18 pm

I didn't read past Snow Crash. Not that it's in the same series or anything, but I read it at about the same time and got it from the same guy; you ever read On A Pale Horse? This dude walks in on Death and shoots him, having to take over his job.
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Postby eriador » Mon Feb 18, 2008 1:46 pm

Is that a Stephenson book?

Anyway, I can highly recommend that you read The Diamond Age. It's a brilliant book. In some ways I think it's better than Snow Crash, though it's also a bit weirder.

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Postby SaintDrogo » Mon Feb 18, 2008 2:28 pm

I honestly don't remember. It was one of thousands this guy had stacked everywhere, no semblance of order. The cover is orange, though, with a guy in Death's hood.

I'll definitely have to check the other one out. I've been at loose ends lately for something to do, so maybe I need a book.
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Postby Eaquae Legit » Mon Feb 18, 2008 2:30 pm

On A Pale Horse sounds like it's one of Piers Anthony's Incarnations of Immortality novels. Own them, still haven't gotten to them yet.
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Postby SaintDrogo » Mon Feb 18, 2008 11:06 pm

That, in fact, IS part of that series. One's for Time, one for Mars, one for one of the Fates, etc. That's the only one I've read, but I was intrigued by the idea. The other titles are like Wielding a Red Sword and something about a Skein, right?
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Postby Mich » Tue Feb 19, 2008 2:59 am

Is that a Stephenson book?

Anyway, I can highly recommend that you read The Diamond Age. It's a brilliant book. In some ways I think it's better than Snow Crash, though it's also a bit weirder.
I enjoy Snow Crash for its ground-breaking things, and accurate predictions of where technology was heading in the late 80's, plus I like throwing the fact that Stephenson pretty much coined the term avatar in our modern usage with that book. But I like The Diamond Age just so much more as a book. I love the characters more, although Hiro and YT always shall remain close to my heart, I love the predictions it makes further with technology, I just love the story.

So, yeah. Read Diamond Age, Drogo. And maybe check out some of The Baroque Cycle. Cryptonomicon is worth a look, too, although it's not quite as memorable, other than the fact that it mentions the Palouse. :p
On A Pale Horse sounds like it's one of Piers Anthony's Incarnations of Immortality novels. Own them, still haven't gotten to them yet.
Also true. Not by Stephenson, but Anthony. Also good.
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