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Display Case / Re: Perfect Casting, part 2
« on: February 10, 2011, 05:01:10 PM »
Maybe Christopher Lloyd could play Cassius (snake Denarian) or even the Merlin.

Display Case / Re: Perfect Casting, part 2
« on: February 10, 2011, 06:58:00 AM »
I stand corrected.  I think I can be forgiven.  They do look alike.  I looked them both up. 

Tim Curry could do Marcone then.  He can do creepy.
What? No, completely wrong look.  Marcone is supposed to look like a football coach.
You might want to see more recent pictures of Mr. Curry, such as images 8 and 9 on his IMDB page.

Display Case / Re: Perfect Casting, part 2
« on: February 10, 2011, 01:27:37 AM »
I still think of Jamey Sheridan as Nicodemus, because of his Randall Flagg role.

This picture makes me think of the parley between Nic and Harry at the aquarium in Small Favor.

Display Case / Re: Perfect Casting, part 2
« on: February 09, 2011, 09:15:09 PM »
I think Brimley is too grumpy grandpa for Eb.
Eb is older but I suspect you don't think of him as a curmudgeon but rather as someone older who's still dangerous.
I imagine this guy As Ebenezar, though he isn't exactly an actor.

Display Case / Re: Perfect Casting, part 2
« on: January 19, 2011, 04:24:50 AM »
How about Noel Fisher for Billy Borden?  He was Cael Malloy in The Riches, and recently played a young coal miner on an episode of Lie to Me.

DF Reference Collection / Re: Unsolved Mysteries Version II
« on: January 18, 2011, 05:49:06 AM »
I recently learned of the doctrine of the "wandering Jew", and came here to see what theories people may have connected to it.  I was surprised to find only two, but perhaps it's just that obscure.  

I'm not a religious person myself, and despite having read the bible, the attempted indoctrination of my childhood was not catholic, so I'd never heard of this odd bit of doctrine that states some random guy wandering by as Jesus spoke "verily I say unto you, there be some standing here which shall not taste of death till they see the son of man coming in his kingdom."(Matthew 16:28, echoed by Mark and Luke) has wandered the world ever since, unable to die.  While it seems plain to me that the line was given to inspire those listening (probably to revolution), the wandering Jew character had to be invented to preserve the idea of taking the bible as literal truth, especially in the case of Jesus-quotes.  

In the Dresdenverse, the "White God" may or may not be truly omnipotent, but the extension of life by supernatural means is possible enough, so it seems that such a figure would literally exist there, as improbable as he is for the real world.  He would be as vanilla as a mortal, apart from the inability to die, no matter how long he is around or what happens to him.  He could be, and likely has been at times, severely incapacitated, but given a world full of magic, even the most crippling injuries could be healed if the patient simply cannot die.  He'd also have a couple thousand years of knowledge.  

Mac, Kincaid, an as-yet unknown?

DF Reference Collection / Re: Questions Specifically for Jim, Part 3
« on: June 11, 2010, 01:00:25 AM »
Thanatos would appear to have changed/deleted the post I intended to respond to here, but I just want to say; I did not intend any personal antagonism, and I apologize for coming across as in any way personally antagonistic.

I would PM this but your inbox is full...

Sorry man, if I did actually offend you. The original nickname or whatever was supposed to be good-natured (thus the :P that was on it), but the comments following it* did prod my mood the other way for a bit. I don't have anything against you personally either.

Peace :)

*Nothing against you either, Curly and Shecky. Though I may not have appreciated your wisdom at the time, thanks for pointing out that what I said might not be interpreted so lightly.

So, uh... how about those Cubs? :P

DF Reference Collection / Nevermind.
« on: June 10, 2010, 05:06:12 PM »

DF Reference Collection / Nevermind.
« on: June 10, 2010, 04:29:36 PM »

DF Reference Collection / Re: Questions Specifically for Jim, Part 3
« on: June 10, 2010, 08:48:21 AM »
This is what Harry likes to think; it may well serve Lash for him to be mistaken here.
...and maybe the entire series is the schizophrenic fantasy of an institutional patient.
Whatever, I'm done.  :)


New question for Jim:
Did Harry name his foundling kitten after Mister Mistoffeles from the play Cats?
After all, that Mister has a magic/stage illusion theme...

DF Reference Collection / Re: Questions Specifically for Jim, Part 3
« on: June 08, 2010, 04:08:54 AM »
I read that as "harry is good at anthropomorphising non-humans he hangs around with for any length of time", fwiw. That it's a perception thing rather than necessarily an entirely real thing.
Sure, that's how it begins, and then the anthromorphisms stick. Lash eventually drifted enough from Lasciel that she sacrificed her existence (or most of it, at least) in order to save Harry. Bob has no reason to have a personality except that Harry treats him as a person. Harry's id may agree with Bob pretty often, but the rest of Harry finds Bob's perverse fascination with sex to be annoying and strange. When it's just one of many air/intellect spirits, or a shadow that lives entirely in Harry's head, there's not a lot of consequence to it developing a more human persona, but even a tiny drift in the mind of a being like Mab could have a huge impact, possibly compounded by the athame. Perhaps it was Margret's.

DF Reference Collection / Re: Questions Specifically for Jim, Part 3
« on: June 06, 2010, 11:34:26 AM »
Well every equinox comes after a solstice, which came after an equinox, which came after a solstice... and that's just a year's worth. Good thing he doesn't live on Discworld with 8 seasons to keep track of! :P

The line was an internal thought, if i recall. The books represent his case files, written up at some unspecified point after each case was closed (much later in the case of Changes, granted). Billy refers to the case files in the DFRPG, and he has all the information in the books up to Small Favor*. So his mental state at the time it was happening shouldn't mess up his vocabulary years later. I mean, if he had permanent psychological our neurological damage at the time of the case file's writeup, he'd have those aphasic mistakes during the whole book.

* I wonder if the DFRPG will be completed as an in-character book in the Dresdenverse, given what happened to Kirby not too long after the "draft" that we see as the RPG-in-progress?

DF Reference Collection / Re: Questions Specifically for Jim, Part 3
« on: June 05, 2010, 08:28:38 PM »
I suppose it could be intentional, meant as a mistake on Harry's part, but I've always thought the books come from his case files. That's the in-character way they're treated in the DFRPG, as well. From the marginalia there, it seems like each was written up at some unspecified time later (much later in the case of Changes, granted) after the case was closed.

Either way, pointing it out can either get it fixed in future editions, or maybe get a confirmation that it was intentional. Arguing about that sort of thing would be pointless and can only screw up the thread.

Thanks for mentioning the equinox/solstice thing, whichever way it turns out. I meant to ask about it myself. In my case, i have the audiobook, so for me there was a third possibility: maybe the draft Mr. Marsters was working from could have been slightly different, if it came from a version prior to the final edit.

DF Reference Collection / Re: Questions Specifically for Jim, Part 3
« on: June 05, 2010, 05:50:14 PM »
I noticed that too, Cass, but I figure that either Jim used the wrong word or the editor changed it to the wrong word. Midsummer/Litha and Midwinter/Yule are indeed solstices. Since so much of Summer Knight is based on that timing, as opposed to the smaller part it plays in Changes, I'll take SK as the dominant reference.

I think modern Druids tend to focus on the solstice & equinox days (using the "Alban-" names), but since in-between times are supposed to be more significant to witches, Wicca considers the halfway points between a solstice and equinox to be it's greater holidays. Since many Celtic groups considered a new day to begin just after sunset, celebrations for Samhain would have begun on the night of the day before (10/31) according to our current calendar that starts the new day at midnight. Thus, if Harry was born after sundown, he's a Samhain baby.

DF Reference Collection / Re: Questions Specifically for Jim, Part 3
« on: June 03, 2010, 08:39:16 AM »
"loves " ?

Harry is the strongest wizard of his generation, and Mab may well know about his nigh-unique power over Outsiders; that's plenty of reason to celebrate exceptionally, without an atom of love involved.

Harry has a history of making nonhuman minds a little more human by the way he interacts with them, such as with Bob and Lash. it's almost as if thinking of them in human terms causes his mortal free will to rub off on them a little. Mab is far more powerful, so her core nature would stay the same, but he may have left some scratches on the surface of the glacier. To someone that's never perceived herself in any way outside her own eternally unchanging nature, that might be significant. That may be part of why she's been acting increasingly odd lately.

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