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  1. Didactic Thumbs (Pedantry Corner)

    ret-cons are almost always re-interpretations of past events, usually that insert new info that changes the context or interpretation in an intentional way. For example, Swamp Thing's origin was changed by Moore by revealing the information that the laboratory accident that created him didn't turn the human into a swamp monster, but rather imprinted a shade of his human consciousness on the swamp. This fundamentally changed the character, but didn't properly contradict anything in the past. It just added continuity... retroactively. I haven't seen the new Blade Runner so I can't speak to that, but I am certain your interpretation of a ret-con doesn't confirm to normal usage at all. This definition from the Google definition is pretty solid:
  2. DOTA 2

    KAKA with the save. What a play. Good game.
  3. DOTA 2

    EG losing.
  4. DOTA 2

    Glad to see so many people with good taste (C9) in this thread.
  5. Socialism

    I don't want to sound snarky, but I am curious. Why did you join the DSA without knowing what socialism is?
  6. The Idle Book Club 27: Jesus' Son

    I read Car Crash While Hitchiking online after Denis Johnson died earlier this summer because I read in an obit for him by an author I liked that praised the story: When I went to seek out the story online I also found another piece by Jeffery Eugenides that argues it is "the perfect short story." I wasn't sure anything could live up to that praise, but Johnson's story did. I can easily understand why it's a favorite of so many author's I enjoy. I look forward to reading this collection since it's been on my list for awhile. I just have to get through A Sight for Sore Eyes first.
  7. Still working through this one. I am half way through and spent most of that time not liking the book then suddenly it kind of clicked for me. I am interested to hear their take on it when I finish.
  8. Listeners: Important If Truthers Hosts: Truth Fairies
  9. The Idle Book Club 23: Silence

    The only other novel I can think of like that is Snow by Orhan Pamuk. It's about a Turkish poet trying to reconcile his western values with islam. Probably Pamuk's best book.
  10. The Idle Book Club 23: Silence

    I remember reading Silence the summer before college. I had just read a short story collection by Haruki Murakami from my sister's bookshelf. I think she'd taken it from my dad's bookshelf. Books tended to trickle their way from my dad to my sister to me. I believe Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman was on the trickle down fast path since we all read it within a few weeks of each other. But I remember having a hunger to read Japanese fiction after reading those stories. I guess I believed that everyone who is Japanese would write like Murakami? Anyway, I remember looking through my Dad's bookshelf for the next book to read and settling on Silence. I was more than a little surprised. It was about as far from H. Murakami as you could get. But I still really liked the book. I remember it being a bit somber and the prose style (which switched from epistolary to third person as I recall) was kind of sparse. I think it's pretty close to my preferred prose style to this day. Plus, as a semi-closeted atheist in Oklahoma I remember feeling like the book made me understanding faith a bit more. It's hard to see someone give up something so important to their identity. I later read Deep River by Endo which I liked even more. I have a suspicion that I liked not because it was better, but because I was a bit more mature when I read it. I hope people give Endo a chance, though. I kind of want to return to Silence and may take this as an excuse. I bet I'll get more out of it now than I did as an 18 year old.
  11. Dota 2 - TI 6

    Wings look pretty unstoppable.
  12. Dota 2 - TI 6

    Wings just crushed EG 2-0. They looked really good.
  13. Dota 2 - TI 6

    Yeah. DC's been playing amazing. I don't think I'd let Moo play Timbersaw against me if I was the other team's drafter.
  14. Dota 2 - TI 6

  15. Dota 2 - TI 6

    Holy crap. That was a game for the ages.