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by Aequitas
Mon Feb 06, 2012 11:31 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Wiki software for Mac?
Replies: 9
Views: 6431

Re: Wiki software for Mac?

I'm a little bit confused by your requirements. A Wiki with only one editor is by definition not a Wiki. Do you want some kind of markup, or revision control? Please elaborate. I mainly want something that has hyper link without me dealing with HTML or some bullshit like that. So, I could be readin...
by Aequitas
Mon Feb 06, 2012 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Wiki software for Mac?
Replies: 9
Views: 6431

Wiki software for Mac?

I'm looking for a Wiki for my own personal use for outlining some novels I'm working on. It doesn't need to be available anywhere besdies my Macbook. Does anyone know of a good wiki that isn't too complicated to install? MediaWiki has all these dependencies and crap I don't want to deal with (I'm a ...
by Aequitas
Wed Aug 04, 2010 2:13 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Book clubs and your experiences with them
Replies: 1
Views: 1317

Book clubs and your experiences with them

I was just curious what kind of experiences folks here have had with book clubs. I've tried out a couple of sci-fi/fantasy book clubs and 50-60% of the stuff they read tends to be stuff I would normally never read (I've lost all interest in reading sci-fi AGAIN). And people end up spending a lot of ...
by Aequitas
Tue Apr 06, 2010 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Looks like we got ourselves a reader...
Replies: 193
Views: 40304

Re: Looks like we got ourselves a reader...

I didn't start reading until I was six, in the first grade, when my school system taught us how to read. My mother and father felt that it was the school system's job to educate me, so they never tried to give me a head start or anything. Which ultimately didn't matter as I'm a natural born student....
by Aequitas
Tue Sep 15, 2009 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Rereading books as you get older
Replies: 38
Views: 7162

Rereading books as you get older

So, I'm currently in midst of rereading All the King's Men, a book I last read when I was 16. I'm 24 now and it's been a really interesting reread. When I was 16, I mostly just appreciated the story itself, but now that I'm 24 I really appreciate the language and relate a bit more to the main charac...
by Aequitas
Wed Aug 26, 2009 2:17 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1824
Views: 483630

Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

I'm currently reading A Fortress in Shadow by Glen Cook, a collection of prequels to his Dread Empire Trilogy. I haven't read The Black Company (his much more well-known work), but I intend to at some point. I'm currently doing some reading to get me in the mood for National Novel Writing Month. I w...
by Aequitas
Fri Jul 24, 2009 12:57 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Is a PhD the right fit for me?
Replies: 2
Views: 836

Is a PhD the right fit for me?

So, I'm a 24 year old computer science B.S. thinking about going back to school for a PhD in history of all things. What I'd like to know is if my preconceptions of what my job as university faculty after I get my PhD are correct and if it is a career suited for me. Major things I think I'd like abo...
by Aequitas
Wed Jun 10, 2009 1:23 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Has any book "marked" you?
Replies: 28
Views: 4227

Has any book "marked" you?

What I mean by "marked" is that this book has become the standard by which you compare all other books, or at least all books of a particular genre. For me, it is the Wheel of Time (a series not a book :-) )and fantasy. I read The Wheel of Time when I was 10 and it was not only the first &...
by Aequitas
Wed Apr 29, 2009 2:32 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: The Lonely Reader
Replies: 23
Views: 4305

The Lonely Reader

I'm curious how many of you have a similar problem to me. My problem is that I'm a big reader with no one around me to talk to books about. I read a lot of books (23 last year) and I read eclectically. I mainly read classics, historical fiction, sci-fi (particularly Hugo and Nebula award winners), a...
by Aequitas
Wed Apr 29, 2009 12:50 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Dog bites man; skeptic frustrated by The Brothers Karamazov.
Replies: 4
Views: 2769

Re: Dog bites man; skeptic frustrated by The Brothers Karamazov.

The Brothers Karamazov is my favorite book, probably by no other reason that my heart was literally racing for the last hundred and fifty pages or so. Yes it is glacial, but it gets intense. As far as Dostoevsky's defense of religion, I read somewhere that he admitted that the non-religious characte...
by Aequitas
Wed Feb 18, 2009 3:03 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Russian Literature Thread
Replies: 11
Views: 3015

Re: Russian Literature Thread

My favorite standalone novel is The Brothers Karamazov. I was recommended Crime & Punishment a few years ago by a friend, loved it (despite finding it a little slow toward the beginning), and then decided to read Karamazov. My heart was literally racing throughout Dmitri's trial. Probably my fav...
by Aequitas
Mon Dec 15, 2008 5:54 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: personal agendas disguised as fiction
Replies: 100
Views: 14134

Re: personal agendas disguised as fiction

I think the problem with a lot of authors who "cram" their message down our throats isn't that the attempt to get across a message or belief, it's just that they do it poorly. I love Atlas Shrugged and the Fountainhead, but the reason a lot of people criticize her (rightfully) is that she ...
by Aequitas
Mon Dec 15, 2008 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Looking for a new major or something...
Replies: 8
Views: 1217

Looking for a new major or something...

I graduated in May of this year with my BS in Computer Science. Yay for me. Sadly, I have discovered that Comp Sci may not be my true passion despite enjoying it in high school and throughout college. Programming in the real world requires different skill sets than the pure problem solving technique...
by Aequitas
Fri Oct 10, 2008 12:34 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Morally Ambiguous Characters
Replies: 42
Views: 19185

Re: Morally Ambiguous Characters

So where is the line between moral ambiguity, and someone that just has a weird glaring flaw in literature and comics? Honestly, it's probably just a matter of opinion. I'm so used to thinking of moral ambiguity equals someone who wants to put humanity on the right course using terrible means, I fo...
by Aequitas
Thu Oct 09, 2008 5:15 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Morally Ambiguous Characters
Replies: 42
Views: 19185

Re: Morally Ambiguous Characters

Go full-out. None of this "hitman with a heart of gold" crap or "hero with a personal code a bit off from the norm". Make the person a wonderful human being, kind and caring to others, donating time and money to charity, involving themselves in several non-profit organizations a...
by Aequitas
Wed Oct 08, 2008 4:28 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Morally Ambiguous Characters
Replies: 42
Views: 19185

Re: Morally Ambiguous Characters

As someone who THRIVES on morally ambiguous characters, I'd like to encourage you to make your main character morally ambiguous. Anyhow, here's how the kind of morally ambiguous characters I create. My goal is to write psychological fantasy and be the Dostoevsky of fantasy. Have the character motiva...
by Aequitas
Fri Oct 03, 2008 4:26 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: His Dark Materials
Replies: 196
Views: 39658

Re: His Dark Materials

I was disappointed with the seperation of Lyla and Will at the end. It struck me as the author artificially placing a cost on them for what they did at the last minute. Surely they could've left a doorway between Lyra and Will's world for their lifetime without all of the Dust going away. Then, as s...
by Aequitas
Fri Oct 03, 2008 4:14 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1824
Views: 483630

Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Reading Greens Mars, the 2nd book of Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars trilogy. Setting is 20-100 years in future (depending on where you're reading) as humanity struggles to colonize and terraform Mars over several generations. It has great drama and politics, and Robinson knows how to write perspective ...
by Aequitas
Thu Sep 11, 2008 2:02 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Your Thoughts on Books
Replies: 14
Views: 2662

Re: Your Thoughts on Books

I'm not interested in things like Kindle due to DRM issues. I typically have 5 or so books sitting on my shelf that I want to read, so being able to "instantly" get a book has no inherent appeal for me as I just instantly move on to the next planned read. Plus, a non-digital book advertise...
by Aequitas
Thu Sep 11, 2008 1:57 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books you like that no one else has heard of
Replies: 88
Views: 20827

Re: Books you like that no one else has heard of

A book series that doesn't seem to get much love outside of wotmania.com is the Malazan Book of the Fallen (it's the name of a series). Malazan is a grittier fantasy series that doesn't have a lot of pure good or pure evil characters, from what I've read of it. It Chronicles a chaotic era of the Mal...
by Aequitas
Thu Sep 11, 2008 1:55 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Science Fiction books you would like to see as anime?
Replies: 80
Views: 18852

Re: Science Fiction books you would like to see as anime?

darwinwins wrote:Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World.


Haibane Renmei is supposedly inspired by the End of the World sections of that book. I've seen Haibane, but haven't read the book.
by Aequitas
Mon Aug 11, 2008 2:51 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Favorite Characters?
Replies: 145
Views: 24857

Re: Favorite Characters?

I really like Rand al'Thor from the Wheel of Time. I enjoy darker main characters and Rand certainly qualifies. There is no question that Rand is a good guy, but he often just wants people to do things his way with or without their willing cooperation. I find his reaction to his plight pretty realis...
by Aequitas
Thu Aug 07, 2008 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Twilight?
Replies: 1018
Views: 154235

Re: Twilight?

What amazes me in all this discussion is that people speak to people in high school who READ. When I was in high school about 7 years ago, nobody seemed to read anything, even the kids in the "smart" English classes (they were too busy doing all sorts of extra-curricular garbage for colleg...
by Aequitas
Mon Aug 04, 2008 8:05 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Looks like we got ourselves a reader...
Replies: 193
Views: 40304

Re: Looks like we got ourselves a reader...

I didn't start reading until I was 6 (when it was taught formally in school). My mom never could get me to sit down to learn (too busy playing NES games and making up stories with action figures) and said that was the school's job anyways. I learned my letters in kindergarten, learned to read when I...
by Aequitas
Mon Aug 04, 2008 7:53 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books you had to read for school that you could not stand
Replies: 778
Views: 212137

Re: Books you had to read for school that you could not stand

I absolutely couldn't stand the Scarlet Letter. My hatred of it will always be exacerbated by the fact that my English teacher told us that if we didn't like The Scarlet Letter we were "terrible human beings." The Scarlet Letter lacked a hero. The major players accept the burden society pl...
by Aequitas
Mon Aug 04, 2008 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What is your favourite book?
Replies: 808
Views: 312007

Re: What is your favourite book?

My first love in books is the Wheel of Time. I've been reading and rereading it since I was 11 years old, and as I've gotten older (23 now) I've only came more and more to realize what a great writer Robert Jordan really was. As for standalone book, it used to be Ken Follet's the Pillars of the Eart...
by Aequitas
Mon Aug 04, 2008 7:42 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2414147

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

I'm Ryan in Roanoke, Virginia. Just moved here in June after graduating from NC State in May. I'm mostly joining to frequent the book forums, as I currently don't have a good place on the internet to discuss my favorite hobby. I also like video games and anime. Currently a programmer, hoping to even...

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