Lyanna Stark

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About Lyanna Stark

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    My spite was sharp as broken glass
  • Birthday 07/02/1976

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  • Location IKEA Empire
  • Interests Just for the record, I would like to crush some rumours and state once and for all: no, I don't drink left over wine in the morning. At that time of day I prefer my alcohol clear.

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  1. This Board is not like the book

    I think you would be mouse! Smart, well read and lawyerlywith lots of class. karaddin is a better me than I am, so I know she would be me in a "Who's who at Westeros" test. Although that time Hereward impersonated me he was also a better version of me than I am! I would be Anathema7. EDIT: *hugs* @ Elder Sister. I thought of you today since I saw someone on the internet had put fairy lights in a creepy baby doll head and I do believe you need this in your life.
  2. Eurovision 2016: We can't let Australia go...

    Yay Westeros chat. Been avoiding the board since fl00b, but it seems to be up again. Perhaps interesting, the last couple of years the Swedish Eurovision qualification has been fairly well matched with Spotify streaming statistics, and the Spotify statistics for Eurovision are interesting and do not match the betting insititutes' strong favouring of Russia. While I'd view the Swedish song with some suspicions since, it's interesting to note that if spotify holds some truth, then the Scandinavian countries, Netherlands, France and Australia are looking good for this year. Interesting to note is that Germany is listed as far more popular on spotify than on the betting sites, by a LOT. Russia isn't doing badly, but judging by Spotify, it's also not a winner.
  3. Eurovision 2016: We can't let Australia go...

    Apparently Russia is listed as the absolute favourite, but I find the song super-cheesy and really old-skool, as something Sakis would have considered in 2008, but probably ditches cos it was just a bit too dated. I'm kinda fond of the Swedish entry because it's not the typical Eurovision fare, sort of like the Dutch more mellow entry from a couple of years ago. Not sure it will work in Eastern Europe tho. It has no disco tempo, no fit Russian dudes and no beauty contest winners in the video. I'm rather hoping Croatia will take it tho. Their song is actually really good. More Balkan in the Eurovision! So what gives guys? Is Russia this year's golden boy? Or Will it be Australia or Croatia instead? How much is the UK going to complain about political voting after once again sending an abysmal entry?
  4. What's annoying you today? Part the grievous

    Our basement is flooded >< Kid the younger is also super ill with a bad cold and fever. Yay for weekends.
  5. What is the biggest problem in the world? CORRUPTION

    Oh absolutely, but this sort of thing makes it more difficult, at least for people in Europe and non-US countries, to hide their wealth. Apparently Delaware and Indiana are now listed as some of the absolute top locations for shell companies, so there is that. As for what happens now? The Icelandic prime minister seems like he is about to resign, Cameron in the UK is having some issues. One of the largest Scandinavian banks, previously part nationalised during the banking crisis, is in the spotlight and needs to explain why it was managing some 4000 shell companies for rich people. Not that I ever expect the ruleset for rich people to be the same as for poor people, but now it has become more visible just how extreme it is. The more visible it gets, then maybe eventually we get political change. It is unfortunately the only way. Not that I think it will solve everything, far from it. Once we get the huge trade agreements in place where corporations can easily sue countries, then we're royally fucked, but who knows? I'm just thinking, there is a limit to how much big money can steamroll people. Or I hope so, at least.
  6. US Elections: When Murder isn't Murder

    Good grief. If you think the EU is socialist...well, then your definition of "socialist" is basically "almost everything that walks and talks and exists". The EU is many things, but "socialist" is not one of them.
  7. Video Games: Doing Archaeology With A Shotgun

    A sad, sad day. Nostalrius vanilla WoW servers have been shut down by Blizzard, while they are still refusing to set up legacy servers themselves. Ah well, I guess those 15k players during peak time on the PvP server and 4k on the PvE server just don't know what they want. What is worse, I didn't even get my Benediction! Doing real, old-skool AV once more before I die was absolutely freaking amazing though. Oh my God it was the best. Haven't enjoyed a game so much in, well, years and years. Everything good must end, I guess. Just thinking about going back to freaking shite retail makes me feel ill.
  8. What is the biggest problem in the world? CORRUPTION

    It seems to me this is mostly about shining a light on companies hiding out from regulation. This article lays it out in some detail, and basically explains that even if to a lot of people, hiding wealth is immoral and really sucks, what is perhaps even worse is that offshore companies are used to launder money for criminal activities and outright warfare. I'm all for tax dodgers to get the what for, but long term, it seems to me the more important fallout is that legal companies operating under the radar and enabling criminals, terrorists, warlords etc. access to lots and lots of money need to be stopped. As for politicians, most of them seem like small potatoes, apart from the ones we sort of already knew were rotten. It should come as a surprise to almost no one that Putin can manage an emporium of wealth and bribery while also keeping his own hands relatively clean. He's like Littlefinger in that regard. Thoroughly rotten, but difficult to make anything really stick to him.
  9. Paris attacks 13-11-15

    The article from the Guardian I read on my way to work this morning was actually very critical of the poor integration, poor organisation within the police, that it was understaffed and not enough had been done to coordinate efforts and to catch the culprits. I am uncertain how you ended up at your conclusion that left leaning media is somehow arguing that we should all hug a terrorist as some sort of panacea. Not to mention that political point scoring on the backs of a tragedy of this scale is really in poor taste. Also: just like not everything you hear on TV is true, not everything you read on right-wing extremist pages (or any extremist page, for that matter) is true. This may come as somewhat of a surprise. EDIT: also, more left-leaning media being critical of how this was handled, and certainly not recommending cuddling with extremists. You mean there is a problem with policing hate speech on social media? Who would have thought? Twitter and Facebook are cesspits of idiocy with random things being deleted all the time, while hate speech, threats of violence and murder get to stay. This is a huge problem, but it is not a new problem, and a separate one from the one discussed in this thread. I would suggest opening up a new thread to discuss the poor enforcing of rules on social media platforms.
  10. Sansa and Arya

    Which, I might add, is another one of her Lessons Learned. If you compare that Sansa, to the Sansa at the end of AFFC who thinks "Lies and Arbor Gold" and then the Alayne in the TWOW spoiler chapter, there is tremendous character growth. Sansa has constantly learnt from her mistakes, and it seems to me she won't make them again. She's gone from inadvertently trusting Dontos, to mistrusting LF, to even second guessing the loyalties of people even LF is sure of. You can always compare her pretty straight development from naive to dawning understanding to clever to in the future, probably masterful, with someone like Tyrion, who five novels down the line still hasn't learnt to keep his mouth shut, and he is one of the cleverest characters in the novels.
  11. The Will to Change: Rereading Sandor II

    Oh, great work with sorting out all the old posts Milady. The new quote function is indeed troublesome and almost unworkable. I'm glad we got started on the Ivanhoe discussion! It is such rich source material to look into, and so many things stand out as obviously "inherited" into ASOIAF. The Tourney at Ashford de la Zouche is definitely the most obvious one, but there are so many others. I don't know if Scott knew about the affair of the Spanish king, but it is certainly not impossible, and perhaps Scott made a moral/class commentary in his version, while GRRM made his own variety thereof with Jenny of Oldstones and the prince of Dragonflies. Going against the social order has a cost. Indeed. Especially since Rebecca's plea is quite similar to Sansa's. She is specifically after someone to champion her cause. It's also interesting as Rebecca is presented as a genuinely good person, almost a uniting person, fairly clever about the ways of the world, yet strident in arguing for what is right and good. Some of her discussions with Bois-Guilbert about chivalry are extremely interesting compared to Sansa's discussions with Sandor, I think. The development of Bois-Guilbert vs Sandor are different, of course, as Sandor is an efficient but not blustering or gilded hot-head, unlike Bois-Guilbert. However, there is consternation in both when their "lady love" doesn't acknowledge their heroics. Sandor admonishes Sansa for not thanking him after the bread riots, and Bois-Guilbert, being Bois-Guilbert, has at least one good rant about how he protected Rebecca with his shield during the flight from Torquilstone, at great risk to his own life, how he meant to champion her, etc etc. We also have them both aligned with the ladies' respective captors. Sandor is a Lannister man and Joffrey's dog, Bois-Guilbert is a Templar Preceptor and answers to Lucas de Beaumont, the Templar Grand Master. Both Sandor and Bois-Guilbert also directly disobey their masters and offer Sansa and Rebecca a way out, which both ladies decline. Ivanhoe has a lot of commentary on how loyalty in the game of politics can earn you favour, what with the Templars and de Bracy backing Prince John, and then when King Richard comes back, his supporters gain influence, lands etc. Coeur de Lion certainly rewarded Ivanhoe for his bravery, but very likely also supported him since he created a nice bridge between the bickering Normans and Saxons. Politicking! Indeed, I think de Bracy is a fairly LF like figure. I was surprised on reading the original version of Ivanhoe for the first time that de Bracy is a pretty funny guy, he quips and cracks jokes and is far more realistic in some ways than the hot headed, acerbic and passionate Bois-Guilbert or the brutish Front de Boeuf. While de Bracy has obvious designs on Rowena's "great tracts of land" (I do believe those are the exact words he uses! I can almost see him making the pause between "great" and "tracts" ) he is obviously enchanted by her looks as well, but monetary concerns is foremost in his mind, not unlike LF, who quips and help scheme, and have large...monetary concerns, too. If we are looking at the themes of knighthood, which I think is central to Sandor's arc, and Ivanhoe as an inspiration for ASOIAF, then GRRM is making his own commentary on knighthood and chivalry, just like perhaps Scott did with Wilfred of Ivanhoe and Bois-Guilbert. Strangely, back then Wilfred of Ivanhoe was probably the best example of the "perfect" knight, while today, we might find Bois-Guilbert more interesting since he encompasses far more contradictions of knighthood, which GRRM takes an even closer look at. Bois-Guilbert has grasped completely that a knight is a man with a sword and a horse, and he is, like Sandor, extremely good at his job. This makes him valuable. While Sandor chooses not to be a knight because he sees the falsehood in the concept, Bois-Guilbert takes a different, but somewhat similar approach: he embraces that it is a corrupted concept and uses the fact. He balances his skill and how valued he is, against the vice he can engage in; so that he can drink, get rich, dress lavishly and have whatever mistresses on the side he wishes, should he choose to. He also within the story comments on the hypocrisy and seems to think it's ridiculous that these rules are trotted out every now and again, but that most of the time, people turn a blind eye. Not far of Sandor's scathing remarks on knighthood. Even when he lays out his proposition to Rebecca, he also has the time to share his views on his small-minded compatriots and colleagues: While Bois-Guilbert is about a hundred times more proud of himself than Sandor, there are the similarities that a. his reputation and skills would earn him a welcome to serve another master (although one may think Bois-Guilbert is perhaps aiming a bit too high ) b. he would do this to switch to a more traditional life, with a family c. which means he is full willing to leave the order of the Templars. Like Sandor, he joined a knightly order not because he always dreamt of it. in Bois-Guilbert's case he was too poor and not famous enough, and when he got to that point, his lady love had abandoned him for another. In Sandor's case, he was haunted by Gregor and his own scars. Neither of them had any ambition for settling down with a family, up until the plot of the novels. When it comes to character growth and change, there is certainly that dynamic between Brienne and Jaime and between Sansa and Sandor. Their interactions bring them to that crossroads of "oaths, so many oaths" and all the conflicting pressures of knighthood. Bois-Guilbert and Rebecca also address this, to a degree. Interesting words, considering how Jaime thought he wanted to be Ser Arthur Dayne, but ended up more like the Smiling Knight. Also, while Bois-Guilbert claims he must remain as he always was, his actions belie his words, especially if the screenwriter ending can be seen as a reasonable interpretation. Even so, he dies of "conflicting passions". Perhaps in a way, Bois-Guilbert's death is one example of the conflicting pressures of knighthood. Which master to serve, to be just a killer with a sword and a horse, or something else, but in that case what?
  12. Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    Way too complicated a question to ask like that without giving you a ten page essay on how our culture devalues femininity. If you are interested for real and not just asking it as a rhetorical question, then read "Whipping Girl" by Serano. It lays it out clearly. Kate Daniels are definitely not among the worse examples in the genre by far, also agreed on Mercy Thompson (from what I have read of it, which is not a lot since I cba with it).
  13. March 2016 Reads

    I suppose you read it in English? It's actually more readable and less full of itself translated. Normally I would never ever in a million years recommend to read Swedish poetry translated, since you lose both the ambivalence created by the grammar and the laconic quality which I value very highly (and which makes English poetry so often vexing for me to read: too many words!) but Runeberg...yep, he is actually improved by someone reworking that high-handed blather. (I actually had to google the English version just to compare it. Normally I would do a lot to avoid Runeberg completely! Him, Esias Tegnér and Erik Axel Karlfeldt are on my NOPE list. )
  14. Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    The main problems with Kate Daniels is that it is both extremely heteronormative and that it has some pretty dull internalised sexism. It's kinda...second wave feminist in that regard? Like, women are just as kick-ass as the men, they have to be just as tough, or tougher, they never cry or show much of any softer emotion (not that the dudes do either, cos their version of masculinity does not allow it). While also totally denigrating anything feminine and offending male characters with comparing them to women. I can live with the first part, since the deviations from that norm is almost useless to try and find cos they are rarer than pigshit, but the second... you know, it's pretty simple stuff. It just jars when you have a female character using stuff like "cry like a girl" to bring a male character down. Like yeah, female character just made herself a unique snowflake woman, belittled her entire gender and also made a totally useless sexist remark. Whoop-tee-doo.
  15. March 2016 Reads

    Why would you do that to yourself?