Lord of the Rings Online

(cross posting a couple places to try to get answers, sorry if I spam anyone's friends page)

I am all sorts of excited for the fact that this MMO is going free to play soon...but I am also worried, seeing as the one and only piece of information I can NOT locate anywhere on their site or on DDO's (same company, fairly similar model so I'd assume it would be the same) is how it might work with multiple people playing from the same household. You need a product key to create an account. You are initially limited to one character per server on your account if playing for free. If you get a product key by downloading the game for free, that's all well and good, but then people would get around the character restriction simply by installing the game on multiple computers, so it would be can't be that simple.

I kinda doubt it's going to be possible for both my brother and I to play this game...and if it is I suspect we'll each be bound to a certain installation, which would leave me playing it on the cruddy computer that will probably have issues with running it...So I suspect I'm getting excited over nothing, 'cause that's not worth the trouble.

If anyone knows how the heck this actually works...actually has an LOTRO or DDO account...please let me know...
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Hero and Leander and Lewis and Miller and Davis

There's a judicious review-article of what seems to be a problematic book up at The Nation website: Jordan Davis on Laura Miller's book about the Narnia series.

I thought it was pretty impressive, and had never heard of Davis before, so I went in search of his work. I found some of his verse scattered about the internet, and I'm not sure I totally get it, but I was struck by a longish poem with some classical content, "Hero and Leander." Leander, swimming, sees a girl (except she's not a girl) peeling an orange (except it's not an orange) on the beach.
Leander, seeing, dripping as he came
Onto rocky land said May I
Have a piece of that
It was pomegranate and she
Smiled red and said
Here and he was in intense pain

(The whole thing is online here)

I like that "smiled red" bit, and the general design of the poem (insofar as I understand it).

[cross-posted a couple places]

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Greetings all ye who read!

Greetings and hello.  I'm new here, but am hoping that mayhaps someone will read this and respond.  *bows*

So to get to it...
Me and my sister have been making an LOTR quiz. In it's final form, it will be a flash game with probably 100+ questions in queue (though you only answer 15 to win).

Right now I'm looking for people to help with 2 things:

1: LEGAL Graphics and sound effects for the actual flash game (A good friend has already helped me with the programming side of it). I don't want to just rip some music off of the LOTR soundtrack and some pretty pictures off of the official webpage.

2: I'm hoping to find someone who considers themselves a complete Tolkien nut, to help with the judging of the difficulties of the questions. I suppose it might be good to have 2 people for this; one Tokienologist and one typical fan, for balance's sake.

Anyone interested, just reply. I'd like to keep the number of people helping with the question difficulties to a minimum, so that more people can actually play the final version without knowing what the questions will be. Any one that wants to help out with the graphics is free to do so, though!

KageJim, AKA ShadowJim

P.S.  I will post a link to the final version, whenever it is finally done, here.

but a thread between you and the minotaur


A syndicated story for young people has been running in the newspaper on the back page, complete with its history, vocabulary, and plot and character quizzes; mercifully ousting crucial celebrity news every Monday. The current episodic story is based on the myth of the monster Minotaur and Theseus in the labyrinth, composed by Mike Petersen.

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peter wimsey's maker on making

"That a work of creation struggles and insistently demands to be brought into being is a fact that no genuine artist would think of denying. Often, the demand may impose itself in defiance of the author's considered interests and at the most inconvenient moments. Publisher, bank-balance, and even the conscious intellect may argue that the writer should pursue some fruitful and established undertaking; but they will argue in vain against the passionate vitality of a work that insists on manifestation.
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giants discuss details

"Lewis: The only trouble is that Golding writes so well. In one of his other novels, The Inheritors, the detail of every sensuous impression, the light on the leaves and so on, was so good that you couldn't find out what was happening. I'd say it was almost too well done. All these little details you only notice in real life if you've got a high temperature. You couldn't see the wood in the leaves.

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"Aldiss: You had this in Pincher Martin; every feeling in the rocks, when he's washed ashore, is done with a hallucinatory vividness."

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--"Unreal Estates"