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Why does Germany go to Sweden in Fall '01 so often?
I can understand moving to Denmark in spring to keep the threat alive as diplomatic leverage, but by moving to Sweden right away, Germany angers Russia. Germany's usually going to be able to take Sweden away when he chooses anyway if Russia doesn't open strong to Scandinavia, so why are people so eager to make an enemy right off the bat?
kestas has been kind enough to give me a dump of the database with all personal details removed, but all game data is intact. This means that I can produce statistics of any kind, and you can request what you'd like to see here. Ask me for anything, and I'll see if I can make it happen!
Have any of you played on that map? It looks CRAZY. You can only build in one or two places. It allows for more than one unit to occupy the same space, and there are all those crazy extra provinces! WOW.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-17715345 Are we just becoming professional mourners ........ how much time and thought will you spare today thinking about people who died on a boat in 1912?
I'm sure this has been answered before, but I'm not quite sure where. If a country is in CD, what is the order of the his units that are destroyed? I believe I saw somewhere it was the farthest away in a non-SC position first, is that correct?
Oh, Cry Me A River (And then Have Jesus Walk On It Already...)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/14/christians-persecuted-archbishop-canterbury-carey Yeah, no, sorry--you don't get to pull the "Stop picking on me!" card when you're the dominant view in the West, have a billion-plus followers, and, oh yes, have kicked and killed and demonized and persecuted countless millions of Jews and Muslims and Atheists anyone ELSE who dared disagree with your opinion over the last 2000 years.
Favorite (Short) Poems? (And Perhaps We Can Put A Few Of Our Own?)
I think we did this a while back, where we posted different things we'd written...and I've definitely had a "Top ___ Works Ever" thread (or two or four or four thousand) before... So here they are combined--favorite short poems (ie, no Iliad/Paradise Lost/The Waste Land, good as they are, they're longer poems and in another category) and, for the brave...perhaps we can get a Poetry Corner going? :)
1. I like the topic (obviously) and we haven't had a good literary discussion in a while, sharing our favorites and all...plus, given how spread across the map (especially in the Americas and Europe) we are, I'd be interested what some outside the US and possibly UK might consider great work...perhaps Keats and Eliot and Poe aren't so beloved in the Balkans, Almighty Balkan World Cup Team? ;)
2. I'm transferring in a few short weeks (finally!) so I'm really thinking and choosing between time periods and authors, now, to study in-depth my first semester...
3. I said I'd try and get something published before I left my community college, and I've made good on that promise to myself--I submitted a short poem to a poetry magazine...and while I don't expect it at all to get accepted, as this is a REAL literary magazine, even still, at least I can say I tried, and will keep trying...and if I get rejected, hey, I can still say I was rejected by the same magazine that accepted T.S. Eliot's poetry, so at least there's that, and it should be easier and less of a racking experience next time I try... :)
1. There is unfortunately a language barrier here. I know a lot of great Swedish poetry, but I don't know if any of it is translated (well). I can try to look up some stuff, but translating poetry is the most difficult translation work, if at all possible. I write poetry as well, and I managed to get a book published, a cooperation with an artist I know, half poems and half drawings. I've tried to translate my own work but it doesn't work. It relies too much on Swedish.
In English poems, I always return to The Second Coming. It's become like a refrain for me, and lines from it pop up in my head at the oddest of times. The same with Howl and America by Ginsberg, but those aren't short in any way ;)
Good luck with your own writing! I hope you don't get your heart ripped out and stomped on, but that seems to be mandatory.
It's just such a perfect and potent poem...I really don't even know how else to describe it without going on and on about it, but just those opening lines alone...
-"Sonnet 30" by William Shakespeare
Yeah, you knew he'd be on the list...though if you've never read this one, check it out, it's my favorite of his sonnets, at this stage, anyway, I really like the topic and how he approaches it and resolves the matter in the end, I try and remember it when I feel down about someone...
"The Raven" by Edgar Allen Poe
Enough said, moving on...
"Rhapsody on a Windy Night" by T.S. Eliot
TWL and Prufrock are too long, and they're the two big works of Eliot's I love, but his shorter works are great, too, and this one's a great poem on memory and lives lived and all that...and the only redeemable thing that came out of "Cats"--not a fan of that musical, half for it being too pretentious for even me, and half for it mucking about with Eliot's poetry in an over-stylized and theatrical way--is that the song "Memory," which in fairness is a decent song by itself, brings some of the best lines in this poem to life.
"Ode on a Grecian Urn" by John Keats
I have a friend who's in love with Keats...and this poem, and it is a masterpiece, and the end line probably one of the most poignant and puzzling in all poetry, Eliot himself said it either ruined the poem to some extent or else he just couldn't get ...
Most of it is pretentious nonsense....and most lover's of poetry I find simply like what they have been instructed to like by their professors...(eh hem...OBI...cough cough...) Nothing unique or insightful here...move along...move along...