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  2. I think Tyrion sounds like Tyrian. Tyrian Purple was produced by the ancient Phoenicians from Murex snails they found around a place called Tyre. Because they had to use thousands of snails to dye a small amount of fabric, clothing in Tyrian Purple colour was very expensive. Only very rich people, like royalty or high nobility, could afford it. Well, Tyrion is from a rich family. Tyre is also a Biblical name meaning strength; rock; sharp. Tyrion is sharp in his mind, and his home is Casterly Rock. He may not have that much physical strength, but you could argue a lifetime of society and his own family looking down upon him has made his strong in character.
  3. Yes thank you that''s exactly what I was trying to say. And that I sympathise with the rest of your post - that men often have to maintain a facade of machismo and being a tough guy and just being "one of the lads". I didn't mean to come across as say dimissive of men; I across actully really sympathise with many young boys and men who feel left out because they arent super machismo (probably a much better word than masculine as toxic masculinity can be misleading and sound like an attack on men...when it isnt) Men absolutely don' seem to talk about sensitive issues with each other and it' not out of hatred and contempt for men that I don' want to talk to them but I also think it would be mentally and emotionally healthy for men to be able to talk about certain sensitive topics amongst themselves - and fear no judgement. If they have problems with aggression for example and earnestly want to work on it I think other men (who are genuinely sympathetic and not mocking) would be a better outlet for understanding and help. I am a bit (a lot sleep deprived) and angry/frustrated with this board atm but I honestly care about the men in my life and I question how much help I can offer sometimes with things I don't really understand. I don' want to segregate men and women and frankly I think that was v unfair of mankytoes to claim - I just want men to be able to talk about sensitive issues that affect them more and yes - women absolutely might be better at talki g about sensitive issues and empathy but I wish we could get to a point where men as a collective are good at this too and it has to start sometime
  4. So I read through it twice (and this post is really a mess; try to consolidate your thoughts in the future ) looking for the part where none of Ned's other children are legitimate. Is it that idea that Ned was already married when he married Cat, and therefore none of those children are legit? Or do we have Ned being cuckolded by a Tully-looking gentleman all these years? If it's just the marriage thing, then illegitimacy would be in the eye of the beholder: married in front of trees = no good in the south, including the Daynes who apparently worship the 7 now; married by a septon = no good in the north, theoretically anyway, but considering all of the northern houses rally to Robb's banner, this does not seem to be an issue. And I agree with above that the biggest hole in the Ned + Ashara theory, each and every time it comes up, is the fact that Ned never things about her, not once -- not even in the black cells as he is running through all the regrets of his life.
  5. Can't wait for all the Pitt fans who have been shitting on the football program all season here in Pittsburgh to pronounce them as next seasons' ACC champs like they did last year when they upset Clemson...
  6. You don't say.
  7. They had access to state of the art military hardware including giant explosive guns that shoot uranium bullets, ED-209, Robocop itself, and they essentially bought their own city. In that movie it was less that they had access to super awesome tech and more that they had all the really cool normal stuff and everyone else had fuckall.
  8. Welp....Miami just pulled a West Virginia, it would seem.
  9. My internship is done I can go back to getting enough sleep and attending/skipping classes with people who are actually within fifteen years of my age. Going to watch Moana with wine to celebrate now. Hey, we agree on something Frozen-related.
  10. I got what you were trying to say, though I assume it was both the word 'space' that was misleading and your understandibly frustrated observation of men saying they aren't listening to women that was only tangetially related to your argument. Your first point was that in the current cultural climate (and I assume the difference between Germany and the US in this regard isn't so large as to affect my understanding of it), men simply do not dare to talk about sensitive issues with other men, was it not? And your second was that, not having the option to turn to female friends (because we are tought that men and women can't be friends after all...), they instead have to turn to their girlfriends, making them the sole confidant in regards to all of their emotional baggage. And of course this is problematic, it either puts that one person under a lot of pressure to give the right advice or if the man in question doesn't have a partner, they are forced to just 'suck it up'. Though I'd say that you shouldn't believe those people saying that they don't listen to their girlfriend. I am fairly sure that they are just saying shit like this to keep up their 'tough guy image'. Which is the entire reason why things are fucked up as they are. Let's just look at the Average Joe I remember from my peer groups back in school or whenever I watch groups of boys or men sitting together somewhere. It's already clear that they can't have female friends, so their male peers are the ones they hang out with in their free time. From what I have experienced myself or witnessed, these groups all have in common that their conversations and actions revolve around having fun, having to entertain each other. Men are encouraged to keep up this act of being impeccable and daring in each other's company. Every sign of weakness is just an invitation for the others to seek their entertainment in mocking you instead. So you just don't. And avoid conversations about personal problems like hell, you just have to laugh it off and keep up the tough guy act. That's the single reason why men don't have that space to confide in other men and why we really need to hammer home into young boys that there is no problem in showing weakness and that we all need to stand up against those who make a mockery out of those who do, instead of joining in on the 'fun' as I have experienced countless times. Fine, I may be a burned child in more ways than one, so I might have exaggerated this, but I am sure to a certain degree every man has to put up with this kind of group mentality when dealing with other men, even if their peer group doesn't devolve into a bunch of bullies. I have just noticed that, at least for someone like me who is sick of keeping up such a 'tough guy act' and prefers to just be himself, it is far easier to get along with women than with men. Because I just... don't need to behave in any way that would be against my nature and don't have to fear any repercussions for doing so. In an ideal world however, this shouldn't even be an issue, we should be able to be ourselves when hanging out with people we call friends and we should be able to trust them with personal issues, regardless of their gender.
  11. Where does he forbid anyone? He says "Never ask me about Jon" and then Cat notes the whispering stopped and Ashara's name was never mentioned again. But she doesn't say anything about Ned forbidding them to talk about Ashara. Because Brandon was already betrothed, but Ned was single. Ashara being dishonoured would be bad enough, but getting knocked up by a man already promised to someone else would be even more shameful. And that's not even taking into consideration the mystery surrounding Ashara's potential role at the TOJ. We don't know what (if anything) Arthur/Rhaegar/Ned roped her into. The Daynes may or may not even be aware of the truth. There may be other reasons to cover it up, that will be revealed in later books.
  12. Not over just yet!
  13. Just finished a draft to propose a paper on detective stories and family mysteries in A Song of Ice and Fire for a symposium next year. I haven't felt this excited about research in years! And the best part is, if my proposal does get accepted, writing the paper will be a piece of cake thanks to this forum. This would be so much fun. Wish me luck guys, and thanks to everyone here ( @Ran first and foremost) for making this kind of thing possible!
  14. In Barbrey's own words: Brandon had a thing for deflowering virgins.
  15. If Ashara hooked up with Brandon, then why does a Dayne believe Ashara and Ned fell in at Harrenhal?
  16. Awesome way to shut the door. Suck it, Miami!
  17. I'm atheist, secular humanist and rationalist. I am intrigued from a scientific perspective to understand what preceded the Big Bang and the other unknowable information about and beyond our universe. But I don't call that god and I bitterly reject the claims of religions based on divine revelation. I was raised Catholic, never really believed (how can parents tell kids that Santa Claus isn't real and claim that god is? -- it's exactly the same thing!), and by age 14 I insisted that I be excused from religious instruction at school (which was a staple in public school in Ireland at that time; hopefully no longer). I used to be a combative atheist but I've suppressed that for a long time after marrying a religious wife. She is otherwise perfect and I made my peace with this compromise long ago, as did she. It concerns me to see my son raised in the brainwashing of belief but his personality and mental inclinations are so similar to mine that I'm confident he'll find his own truth in time. I consider myself to be an ethical and moral person, and see no need for someone else to claim god told them how I should behave. I've studied philosophy and ethics myself because it was not part of my formal education, even though religious instruction was a daily class through end of high school. IMO the need for belief among most of our population stems from poor upbringing: brainwashing at a young age and failing to prepare children cognitively and emotionally to handle the responsibility and uncertainty of adulthood, so god becomes a surrogate parent and crutch for the illusion of control. A lot of atheists, especially in America, stay quiet to avoid emotional harm to those who will never change; just like I speak slowly and kindly to someone with an extra chromosome, and don't use the word retarded. It has become simple good manners not to make a point of their emotional and cognitive frailty. They can no longer help it. Every theist has heard of atheism and rejected it, and vice versa. I honestly don't know why there are any attempts at proselytizing by either side.
  18. I have two objections to this. Firstly the loose thread in Barristan thinking that Dany looks like Asharas daughter which, if true, mucks your theory up. Secondly I think that Barristan means that he should have crowned Ashara and thus preventing her from turning to Stark and thus preventing her from being dishonoured. Its ambiguously written to be sure but I still think its there for a reason, kind of like an untrustworthy clue. (The Daynes have so much going on, with Dawn, Ashara, Gerold, Darkstar, Allyria and Ned, purple eyes originating not from Valyria and not from the Targs. Other than Dany's conquest and Nymerias wolf-army, finding out what the hell is up with the Daynes is my main interest right now. Really hope GRRM won't sit on all of it until Spring though. )
  19. I would take that even further and suggest that it was all Brandon's idea, and Ned was his cover to go and chat up Ashara for himself. He's apparently doing his shy, plain brother a favour by asking her to dance, so to everyone else there (including Ashara) he looks like a good guy. Ned was just a smokescreen all along for Brandon to secretly hook up with her.
  20. I read Autonomous recently and liked it quite a lot.
  21. I was entirely mistaken on the Alysanne thing, which I thought I noted in the podcast but editing may have lost it. I was mis-remembering the fact that when we first got the Wordstar Targaryen tree -- this was over a decade ago, and not the same family tree George had sent to us for TWoIaF/AWoIaF -- it was very difficult to figure out family connections because the em-dash lines George had set didn't show up when we translated it to doc. So we guessed things, and one of the guesses was that Alysanne was descended from Maegor, which GRRM corrected us on as we turned the tree into a visual file. So, yeah, there's nothing to that. Re: Dany and Maegor, I was conflating things between the quote in AGoT that Rhaenys points out, and the later quote where Dany is exclusively descended from Aegon and Rhaenys. Podcast chats like this are fun, but sometimes one blathers a bit too much and gets things crossed.
  22. And they have brought in their back-up QB to try and make the comeback with 10 minutes left. Talk about an odd decision. ETA: Holy shit. The Pitt QB just tried to give the game away but it turned into a huge 1st down.
  23. Miami has looked like complete shit today against Pitt. The U isn't back just quite yet apparently...
  24. Would we get to see Rooney at the centre of a back three? An aged-potato, deep-lying quarterback!
  25. Perhaps this is the original oath used at the Night Fort. The password to open the Black Gate:
  26. I've changed this section to a sentence from AGOT, which is the only thing that I could find that might hint towarsd Alysanne having originally been planned to be Maegor's daughter. In Daenerys IX, she states that she is the blood of Aegon the Conqueror and Maegor the Cruel. The only thing that I could find that sort of matches the description of the sentence you originally wrote is this: "The three heads were Aegon and his sisters." "Visenya and Rhaenys," she recalled. "I am descended from Aegon and Rhaenys through their son Aenys and their grandson Jaehaerys." From Daenerys V ACOK. I did a google-search to see if this is a sentence which has been changed between versions, but I could not find anything pointing in that direction.
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