False Dmytro

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  1. Books, books, books...

    Alright, sorry busy with work for a while there. I'd be interested in reading something American; perhaps Pynchon, Nabokov or Bellow? I've read V., Lolita and More Die of Heartbreak (as well as some of Bellow's essays) and I'm interested in more from all three. Otherwise Coetzee interests me. Or if you are not adverse to poetry, I could settle for a headache and Milton? But this is just me looking at my shelf, tell me where your interest lies?
  2. Books, books, books...

    Would any of you be interested in starting a book club? I feel that discussion and being forced to clearly articulate my thoughts and ideas about what I read really helps me learn from and think about literature - the closes you can get to literary. Due to my inclinations I'd prefer "literary" fiction (by that I don't mean obscure postmodernists or arcane Restoration-era poets but rather good adult stories with some style) which we would decide on and read together. What do you think?
  3. Dark Souls(Demon's Souls successor)

    This is where I lament that I sold my Playstation… Anyway, here is how I'd explain the things going on and WHY it is hailed as such a great game. Note: These points are all gathered from my extensive experience with the predecessor, but after viewing some videos of the sucessor I think I'm same in my assumption that they are the same for both. The system of discovery, learning and understanding which makes the core concept so rewarding. Nigh-perfect combat mechanis (it only suffers in pratice at some points) coupled with perfect tactility of controls. The implementation of character development is such that it directly translates to your performance in combat (i.e. you feel every stat-point, ability and weapon. More or less). A fiction and aesthetic which fits the systems of the game very well to how it is presented and looks. You are lonely, you don't know what the hell is going on, everything is opaque. These things, synthesized so well together, is what makes the game so compelling to me.
  4. Movie/TV recommendations

    I just finished Cambridge Spies (loyal comrades). While it was a bit too British and poor in some cases it was still nice to see a spy-fiction in which people aren't cynic alcoholics (while some of the cast become) but rather ideological warriors, fighting for their cause.
  5. Life

    It's annoying that you don't absorb artistry from fine art as you do from reading literature. I'm not saying that the Old Masters et al haven't got anything to teach, but it's just that fine art have a component of motoric and spatial skill that writing doesn't (or if it does, it is eradicated in the finished "product"). I wish I could paint a Rubens or a Goya, or for that matter a Turner or *****. Oh well. The forum filter seems to ruin Francis вacoп...
  6. Books, books, books...

    Why are you quoting Cato in your signature?
  7. Deus Ex 3

    I feel that game design is the last thing you'd want to outsource? Seeing as it is one of the most essential parts of a game. I can't imagine what thinking was behind this.
  8. Movie/TV recommendations

    To be fair, the dissonance between Thor's attitude and the reality of life on earth is pretty hilarious, especially in the diner.
  9. Life

    Then we disagree! But can't you click in the left/right corner for some physical response? I'm pretty sure I can do that on my MBP, will check later.
  10. Movie/TV recommendations

    I saw Incendies last night. It was probably the most harrowing experience I've had in years (I won't tell). I don't really know what to do to get it out of my head. I don't even know what to say.
  11. Obligatory comical YouTube thread

    This is really really weird? What is this game? I don't really like Patrick as much as the other Giant Bomb guys, he's not as charming. He does some nice stories that doesn't feel very much Giant Bomb though...
  12. New people: Read this, say hi.

    Well... Think less Turing more Twombly!
  13. Life

    Just want to make sure we are on the same page: This is how the 'pad looks on a 1st gen MacBook Air. The area above* the elevation works as on a MacBook Pro; it is clickable and can be used for everything if activated! I hardly ever use the elevated area for anything unless I'm trying to copy something (or highlight in Diigo). * Bellow? Above the elevated area on the picture. Topographically it is bellow the elevated area. Obviously.
  14. Life

    So I traded my 2-year old MacBook Pro for a 1st gen MacBook Air. Here are some of my thoughts: This Mac isn't as dirty as my old one (physically), and is much cleaner (digitally) and faster. [iI] I love how light this computer is, will be even easier to haul about. [iII] The touchpad is kind of ugly with the "clicking" part being elevated. Activating "tapping" on the touchpad makes the elevated part redundant... Stupid is what it is! [iV] The fans make much less noise which is nice (I've got a tendency to keep 20-tabs or so open at all times which strains the computer). [V] It seems to run 720p Youtube with no problem – I don't do anything heavier with my computer than this... [VI] The new charger is better connected, but feels less secure. [VII] Sound is generally worse – both the built-in speakers but also when wearing headphones. Overall, I enjoy it. I would have enjoyed a second generation MacBook Air even more though. Considering the SSD and all…
  15. Books, books, books...

    Feeling is the best thing about poetry! For me, meaning comes from the contextualizing of the poem either in history (cultural & social trends, studying the poet etc) or to your own experiences, knowledge and life.
  16. New people: Read this, say hi.

    Think more Slavic.
  17. New people: Read this, say hi.

    I'm sorry - it's too easy to make the assumption and mistake I just did.
  18. Movie/TV recommendations

    Is Limitless the Bradley Cooper/DiNero joint? If so I've seen it but can hardly remember anything else than thinking it was an incredibly shallow and ridiculous movie. It seems that won't see eye-to-eye on many things…
  19. To be fair, he had a pretty good angry-voice.
  20. New people: Read this, say hi.

    He's going in a different direction with this. You are more on the right track, but check out Ἔτος Κτίσεως Κόσμου. There is more than one timeline for these things.

    I'll repost this here, we got slightly distracted by my curious mythologizing. I'm still curious about you Americans' opinions!
  22. Life

    And that's the part you question? Thank you, I'll direct my questions there.
  23. Video Game Podcast Name Help

    Well, this makes me think of Mary Jane in the most hilarious way possible. Chris & Co. smokes one up to get loose & ready for some thumbing.
  24. The Dancing Thumb (aka: music recommendations)

    I've been listening a lot to Herbie Mann a lot recently, Jazz flutist supreme. It is funny how such a weird little instrument can produce so intoxicating melodies. jiCV4Xna684
  25. Life

    Stalin did historians no favors, Kremlin is of no help either. I believe that my truth, along with certain other truths regarding the steppes and Mitteleuropa, still are hidden deep beneath Lubyanka. Free us and usher a new era of revisionism!