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It is my first time doing this, and you know you all deserve it, for making my days brighter every day. From the Holy Land to the planes and mountains of Tamriel, from the courtroom to the Ghost World, from Aperture Laboratories to a desert of gold – meeting you again is always a pleasure.

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Bad Demonology Puns
  • Demonology giving you the creepy-Crowleys? Well, don’t Enoch it ‘till you’ve tried it.
  • Looking for a grimoire? Hold on, Lemegeton for ya.
  • Abramelin the Mage? Sounds like henosis shit.
  • Solomon: Gotta bind 'em all!
  • Introducing Pentagram, the new Goetian social network: Capture and share the world’s demons! (oops, I accidentally Megaten’d)
The Dragonriders of Pun

I’ve been thinking, and… how do Pern’s settlers make any clothes if they keep burning all the Thread?

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Ever heard of the Hatching that resulted in zero new dragonriders? I guess the dragons just weren’t very Impressed.

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Those watchers aren’t quite dragons, but at least they’re pretty good at telling people wher the danger is.

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(Imaginary chat with) Thread during the Long Interval: “Are you going to rain down and burn everything again this time?” “No, we’ll Pass.”

Everyone else after the Long Interval: “Well, Weyr screwed now.”

The same people after Dragonflight: “All right, maybe we’re Lessa screwed.”

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A bonded dragon’s death can Brekke the rider’s mind, but thankfully, it isn’t always permanent.

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When Jaxom Impressed his white dragon, I guess allowing him to keep the bond involved Benden the rules a bit… although the alternative would have been a little too Ruthless. Then again, if they hadn’t, they would have learned to Ruatha day they made that decision.

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Why would anyone want to destroy such AIVAS store of knowledge? That wasn’t a very bright move.

Totally serious Young Wizards question.

So when Filif meets English-speaking humans on wizard business, shouldn’t he be greeting his cousins with “I am an errant tree, and I greet you”?

A lot of people call themselves feminists these days.

And yet there’s something that’s always bothered me about what some of them (not all of them; in my experience, it’s more or less never ‘all of them’) seem to be saying. Things like this:

“Women have to live in fear of men. Women should be afraid of men.”

And then the condemnation of men, fully half of the species, is labeled empowerment. But is it really? When people say certain things, I find, part of the real meaning lies in what they don’t say.

When I hear “Men are predators”, I also hear the whispered “And women are prey.”

When I hear “Men have all the power”, I hear the unspoken echo: “And women are powerless.”

And now? I’m getting to be convinced that a lot of people don’t really care about empowerment at all. Not as much as they care about anger. Because the weaker and more powerless people feel, the easier it is for them to be angry - and to feel justified in their anger.

As for me? I think women - at least in a lot of places, at least in places like the US and the UK where most of the people who say these things seem to be coming from - are stronger, far more powerful and in control of their lives and their fears, than such people would ever care to admit.

So now I ask: Which of these views is truly empowering? To teach people to embrace fear - or to teach them to rise above it?

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On history, and the mechanics of power, privilege, and oppression.

An anonymous person asked me how I defined an oppressor. I’ve thought about that for a long time, even before this, and really? The answer wasn’t too hard to arrive at, in the end, although it is long and complex.

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