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  1. This series of blog posts has been posted on the board numerous times, but I guess some might not have come across it before, but it covers the trope that the Freman seem to operate under pretty well.
  2. Yeah, the word "prophecy" is used 21 times in the first book, three of which are in the appendix or glossary. Of the remaining, eight are from Irulan's aphorisms (of whatever you call those chapter headings) and none are someone saying it in that line's context. The word prophecy is only used four times in Dune Messiah and never with anyone actually saying it as dialogue. It is used twice in Children of Dune, again, never as dialogue. Also twice in God Emperor of Dune, once as dialogue. Looks like it is made up whole cloth. But I think it's likely a good one.
  3. Yeah, it was a high risk, high (possible) reward move and, of course, they pretty much got maximally punished for it. Like I said though, this is nothing new, it's actually the expectation one should have as a Jets fan. I'd personally rather another lifetime of losing as opposed to that.
  4. I want to say it's unbelievable, but as a Jets fan, this is actually the most believable thing possible.
  5. Bakker has mentioned being inspired by Tolkien, then Herbert. He's never, as far as I remember, explicitly called out the parallels, but it's a little hard to not find them really. At least to me. As for why to include them in the series? Well, I think it's supposed to be some body-horror, plus it highlights just how monstrous the Dûnyain project really is. And it likely is also meant to highlight how notional "intentionality" has demonstrable results on Eärwa (much like how sorcery does as well). I'm still not sure just how well it "works," per se, but I think those are likely some of the points of it.
  6. Have you read the whole Dune series? (As in, the one's written by Herbert.)
  7. Yeah, I think we will very likely do the same. Especially since it is going to just be two of us, not much sense in doing much take-that with that few of players.
  8. Yeah, a pretty wild journey to get it published there. I actually misunderstood the tiers and sort of overbacked, but I decided to not lower it, even though I have no realistic expectation of finding 7 more people to play it with me. The upgraded components ought to be decent quality, so the more the merrier I guess. Yeah, it seems to be to be sort of akin to TM in some ways, but since it tends to get brought up in conversations as somewhat like both TM and Underwater Cities I think there is a fair chance it might be one my wife actually likes, since TM is her favorite game and Underwater Cities is another she likes. In any case I got it on sale, so I feel it will likely be worth it even if we only play it a few times. I know that some people really don't like the "multiplayer solitaire" way it plays most of the time, but my wife hates people messing with her stuff in games, so it works well for us.
  9. 1.2 million on the first day. I figured it would be popular, but that sure is something. Not for me though, I did back Lords of Baseball and Unconscious Minds though. And I have Ark Nova being delivered tomorrow, which I am keen to maybe try out this weekend.
  10. First day and change of free agency, lots of big signings, too many to list. Of course, the Islanders have literally done nothing. Can't wait for a week from now for them to overpay to resign someone so we that have the same team as last year, only worse.
  11. Ah, yeah, I do recall something like that. But as was pointed out, I don't think that "rule" is applied consistently was all I was getting at. This sort of thing does happen in real languages, I think, but I also recall Bakker once saying that part of the inconsistency just comes from moving from different versions of things in different drafts over the years. Or, maybe I just imagine he said that, I don't know, I am old and can't recall things like I used to.
  12. Unfortunately not, since it explicitly indicated the existence of the Indara-Kishauri. C's and K's are always in an odd place for Bakker without much rhyme or reason.
  13. Bakker explicitly said this is the case, yes (way back in 2005 actually). (My bolding to highlight the quote, but include the context too.)
  14. In what sense? Granted, I am biased by my general Hegelianism, but given Bakker's Derridian roots, I think the inconsistency of Earwan metaphysics is very deliberate. And, at this point, I am generally convicted that we ought to be rejecting Dualistic or Monistic thinking about it all, instead trying to think Dialectically, when and where ever possible. Not that this is going to "solve" things, but, in a Hegelian Absolute Knowing sense, at lease move us closer to what is more likely to be the case.
  15. Indeed, can't help but agree. As an Islander fan, we know better than the expect anything besides the worst.
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