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The Lonely Barricades


On Judgmentalism

Posted by Grantaire , in Observations Dec 14 2012 · 1,441 views

I was planning to start out with a dictionary definition and work from there, but really, slang ‘judgmentalism’ is like dictionary definition of judgmentalism taken to an extreme.
Basing a definition on context, I would define judgmental as ‘judging based off assumption’. This form of presumptuous judgment, I believe, can be divided into three forms; judgmentalism as relating to the soul, actions, and arguments. To be me, I’ll define them as ‘essential judgmentalism’ ‘actional judgmentalism’ and ‘positional judgmentalism’.
For myself especially, I would say that essential judgmentalism is the easiest to fall into, especially in debates. In general, it’s when you assume things about a person’s state of soul, intelligence, or any other facultive part of his being based on insufficient assumption. I do this in debates a lot, judging people mainly by the way they write and argue; granted I rarely if ever let it show, but… I probably (or most definitely) owe a general apology to most people I debate with for presumptions on my part of this nature. Now obviously it is not only in discussion that a person falls into this; dress, mannerisms, and other suchlike accidentals of a person's life also are used in it.
Now, essential judgmentalism does not include those judgments which a person makes regarding the state of a person’s soul or facultive abilities through due knowledge; for instance, ones’ spiritual director or confessor of many years would have the ability to make non judgmental judgments of you, while a random priest you go to confession behind the screen would not, unless you gave him quite a bit of details. A religious example, I know, but the best I could think up on the spur of the moment.
Actional judgmentalism does not judge the person directly, but rather assumes the nature, or other properties of an action without due knowledge. So for instance if I see someone walking out of a store with a bag, and automatically assume they’re a shoplifter (yes, paranoid me does this sometimes, although not quite with this example) then I am engaging in this form of judgmentalism. The second part is when we see an entire action, and based on that knowledge judge a person’s guilt in said action without due knowledge of that person’s intent and knowledge; in short disregarding the three points of guilt; evil action, knowledge, and will.
Positional judgmentalism rests upon the interpretation of positions or arguments of a person without due knowledge of them. I do this a lot, usually because I misread someone’s argument and argue against, well, what they don’t hold. But it also applies to when one takes either a vague or very short point or position and drawing from possible inference either refute a position that the person does not hold, or twist the position to something that the person did not intend. While this can stem from accidental assumption, it is nonetheless an assumptive judgment, and thusly judgmental.
None of these, of course should be confused with judgment, which is of itself by no means wrong (making judgments being what we do by nature of being rational.) Rather, judgmentalism is that judgment which relies heavily on assumptive reasoning, whether judging a person, their action or their positions.


Note to Self

Posted by Grantaire , in Observations, Life Sep 12 2012 · 111 views

Do not, ever, ever, take up Do not bypass the filter! -Kohaku perpetual question (what's on your mind?) on 9/11. People are hardly rational on any day, especially on that.

On the bright side, I have learned that I can take people I've known for ages insulting me to my face without getting anything more than mildly annoyed. I think my chat debates are paying off! :P


Snow White And The Seven Dwarves

Posted by Grantaire , in Movies, Observations Jun 29 2012 · 116 views

Okay, it blew Avengers out of the water for me, And passed out THG and For Greater Glory as well; has to be my favorite movie this year, as of now. It told the fairytale in the traditional sense, insomuch as it ad libbed a good deal,but nonetheless formed a good story. The setting was awesome, especially, ESPECIALLY, the armor. I also had to refrain myself from screaming 'YES' when Snow White prayed at the start. It introduced an interesting underlying theme.

Of course, I was at a drive in, and the first movie playing was... Brave. Didn't like it much at all, honestly, I sympathized greatly with the mother, and the princess annoyed me to no end. The best part of the movie, IMO, was when the queen restored order to the clan-brawl.

There is of course, the woman warrior factor, which I don't think I'll touch on, just because my views are rather unorthodox with those of a great deal of others, and I'm not interested in starting a debate... Let me just say that I liked Snow White's form of woman warrior far more than Brave's.

So yeah, Snow White and the Huntsman, good movie, I want to see it again badly.

In other news, my RPG, Strike From the Shadows, is in second place, solidly. Happy about that. :)


Why I Hate Consoling People

Posted by Grantaire , in Life, Observations May 24 2012 · 148 views

Because I automatically assume they have the same mindset as myself: namely that in grieving, they want people to shut up and not murmur the usual cliche condolences that the fifty+ people before them already said.

Yeah, that's why my way of going to a wake is to pay my respects, say hello, and hide in some obscure corner.



Posted by Grantaire , in Observations Mar 11 2012 · 92 views

So, I'm sure most of you have heard of Kony 2012, and the day of silence this Friday. This got me thinking about that, so I decided to post a blog entry on the universal topic of fasting.

This is not essentially a religious subject, for it has many non religious applications. An atheist or agnostic can fast just as can a Jew or Muslim, and a baptist as much as a Catholic. Fasting can be used as protest, penance, respect for the deeds of others, or aiding in establishing greater self control, and less focus on the self.

So what exactly is fasting? Fasting is the abstaining of a good (A thing that exists in this context, not a piece of merchandise). That is, very simply, its essence. We fast often throughout our lives, whether voluntarily, or by necessity. I think I'll focus on the first: the voluntary abstaining of a good.

Now, we run into the need for some more clarification. Let's say I hate oranges, so I decide to abstain from them. This would be fasting, but would not be hard at all. Therefore, right fasting is a abstaining from a desired good. for instance if I like running a computer (which I do) and I decided to give up running the computer for a week. That would fit it.

But even so, there is still further statement needed. Let's say I decide to abstain from the computer for a week because I killed a moth. That would be... Pointless (unless you believe killing a moth is an intrinsically evil thing). Thus, fasting is the abstaining from a desired good for a just cause.

But let's say I decided, for a good cause, to abstain from food for the rest of my life. Would that be good fasting? No, it would be suicide. So fasting is reasonably abstaining from a desired good for a just cause.

Now, there is still one more thing. I'm sure most everyone knows the term 'Pharisee' and many know the biblical stories of the pharisees, and how they would fast and whatnot not only for a good cause, but to show everyone how holy they were. That is most certainly not true fasting, so the final definition of fasting is reasonably and humbly abstaining from a desired good for a just cause.

Now, in order to retain the the religious neutrality, I will not seek to define what is a just cause. I'll just throw this out for everyone to interpret this their own way.

I hope you will think of this in the light of various fastings being proposed, and enter into what ones you do with a good perspective. I also hope that this entry in no way violates the BZP rules on such matters (I do not think it does) and if it does, am willing to have it permanently drafted.


Did you see them going off to fight?
Children of the barricade that didn't last the night.
They were schoolboys, never held a gun,
Fighting for a new world that would rise up like the sun.
Where's that new world now the fighting's done?

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Zarayna's Review Exchange

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Hello everyone. All writers, myself included, enjoy reviews. So now, I'm proposing an offer to anyone who cares: You give me a short story, epic chapter/short epic (for now) to review, or if you do not have that and still wish to participate, I will attempt to review other artwork you should list, be it drawing or MOCing. In exchange, you review one of the stories I list below. I can't promise that my reviews will be SSCC length, but I will make them a minimum of 100 words; in return I request that you leave a decent review for me.

My Stories

The below stories are listed in order of how badly I want them reviewed. Please note, these are only suggestions to the prospective reader: Although, for instance, one of the stories I want reviews for the most is Safe and Sound, should you desire to read and review We Wanted Those Infidels Dead! instead, I will not have a problem.

Safe and Sound
Posted: Aug 25 2012, 06:24.
Jaurius, son of the highly controversial senator Gementa, sets out to escort his sister home, in his heart hoping that he will only have to do that...
Song: Safe and Sound by Taylor Swift.

The Refugee
Posted: Nov 18 2012, 09:07 PM.
A boy flees from the enemy, but the enemy relents not in their inadvertent encircling of him.

Shredded Radiance
Posted: Oct 24 2012, 09:39 PM.
Templar fic: A traveler walks though the evening woods, his emblem and life alike in tatters.

Destiny's Scourge
Posted: Sep 05 2012, 03:48 PM.
In the capitol of the republic of Dinaru, Makuta is reminded startingly that he has not escape the grasp of Destiny.

We Wanted Those Infidels Dead!
Posted: Oct 21 2012, 09:22 PM.
Templar fic: A group of brigands settles down after a day of plundering, not realizing that a group of warriors have been observing their every move.

And should you wish me to review a longer work (an epic) I will gladly accept in return for a review of this short epic of mine:

Review Topic
Posted: Jun 16th, 1:33 PM.
As the Toa/Dark Hunter war begins, a toa is called from a remote island to the legendary city of Metru Nui.

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If there was a slap for every reference you didn't get, Zar, you would be like a walking bruise.

"Why are we discussing methods of suicide?"
"Because of Zar."
-Grochi and Legolover.

The Outpouring Of Genius

[7:05:53 PM] Legolover-361: Wait.
[7:05:59 PM] Legolover-361: I don't think I've ever been slapped by you before, Zar.
[7:06:02 PM] Legolover-361: Stabbed, yes.
[7:06:04 PM] Legolover-361: Mauled, yes.
[7:06:09 PM] Legolover-361: Killed thrice over, yes.
[7:06:27 PM] Legolover-361: Impaled with arrows till I look like a porcupine, yes.
[7:06:28 PM] Legolover-361: But slapped? Never.

[1:01 PM] Tyler Durden: The Zarayna Syndrome is affecting everyone in Ambage today, it seems.

[1:06:45 PM] Velox: Wait what. Whether someone is made by God or not depends on -Nick-?
[1:07:00 PM] Kal Grochi: Yup.
[1:07:07 PM] Kal Grochi: That's why we call him the Priest Child.

[4:15:38 PM] Tyler Durden: Like, you could seriously drive all the way through brickfair in papal garb riding a chariot drawn by scientologists and I'd buy you a milkshake

[10:19:25 PM] boltgsr: I must be the only person in history to be consulted over a Bionicle powers question because he works at Microsoft.

Eli Grochi takes a large amount of Nick's blood in order to start brewing with.
Zarayna takes his blood back
[10:26:45 PM] Eli Grochi: Hey!!
[10:26:54 PM] Eli Grochi: I stole that from your body fair and square!
[10:26:56 PM] Tyler St. Francis: I would not drink Zar's blood if you held a gun to my head. No offense.

[10:27:34 PM] Aderia: hahaha, i really did miss your literalisms.
need somethign to keep me irritated enough to stick around the chatboxes XP

[00:07:32 22/06/12]Aderia : we're all human, right?
[00:07:40 22/06/12] Aderia : more or less
[00:07:51 22/06/12] @ St. Francis : well, there's rig and zar
[00:07:53 22/06/12] @ St. Francis : questionable
Aderia : definitely questionable
[00:08:13 22/06/12]Aderia: and zar...
[00:08:14 22/06/12] Aderia : yeah

[20:22:04] @ Legolover-361 : I may put this in my BZPower sig.
[20:22:38] @ Legolover-361 : No, BZPower, I'm not interested in joining Russian Love Match for free.

[10:43:07]Aderia : how?
[10:43:13]Aderia: i love the smell of books
[10:43:16]Aderia: LOVE

[20:52:43] @ St. Francis : "So there I am in Applebee's, and the waiter says to me..."
[20:53:02] @ St. Francis : ooh, brb
[20:53:24] Aderia : if a waiter said that to me, i would not tip him very much

[21:30:15] Zarayna : hang on, brb
[21:30:35] Aderia : he's probly finding a truck to hijack
[21:31:33] @ @ Tyler St. Francis : Strangely, I'm not surprised.
[21:32:41] Aderia : like i said, he's been failing to surprise me ever since i found out he didn't know who chuck norris was
[21:32:45] Aderia : or seen finding nemo

[12:34:44] Aderia : holaa
[12:34:48] @ Tyler St. Francis : Hola.
[12:34:53] @ Tyler St. Francis : Drown any kids?
[12:35:49] Aderia : yes

A collection of story fragments is like a hairbrush. Its good for your use, but not to share with your dog because that's just weird. (edit: possibly the best similie i have ever written ^^)


@ Tyler St. Francis : Zar, I'm not sure whether to buy you an outlandishly expensive present or lock you in a psych word for keeping this convo.

[09:01:21] @ Tyler St. Francis : No use arguing with Catholics, mate
[09:01:23] @ Tyler St. Francis : it's not worth it

[09:06:49] Dovydas of Ericlad : And yes.
[09:06:51] Dovydas of Ericlad : You have no honor.
[09:07:03] Dovydas of Ericlad : You'd make a great general and a terrible soldier.

[13:29:33] Dov the Kayranslayer : I'm not too fond of the outdoors too.
[13:29:38]Dov the Kayranslayer : They're so... outdoorish.
[13:29:53] Dov the Kayranslayer : so much space 'round
[13:29:56] Dov the Kayranslayer : it's frightening

If you're afraid of fear, then aren't you scared of being afraid of fear? And thus, afraid of fear of fear of fear? Or afraid of fear of fear of fear of fear of fear of fear of fear of......I think I now have phobophobiaphobia. :wacko:


[12:18:19]@ The Shadowed: [/color]God: "...And so it came to be that Frodo, Bilbo, and Gandalf sailed to the west with the elves." Tolkien: "Really?...All right. Now that I've written this tale of pre-flood history down, I'm going to go make a ton of money off of it by selling it as fiction. Thanks!"

-Before the Great Downtime-

I plagiarized a plagiarist


Hahahaha, ahh, Zarayna Sigur Foireann. *shakes head*. You're the only one I know who could turn a holiday fic into an angst-y SS story about a backwards Le-Matoran.


[14:00:38 02/02/11] @ Aderia : i hate life

[14:00:42 02/02/11] @ Aderia : i hate people

[14:00:51 02/02/11] @ Aderia : i hate crayons

[14:00:54 02/02/11] @ Aderia : i hate meatloaf

[14:00:59 02/02/11] @ Aderia : i hate panda bears

[14:01:03 02/02/11] @ Aderia : i hate doctors

[14:01:05 02/02/11] @ Aderia : i hate medicine

[14:01:08 02/02/11] @ Aderia : i hate tv

[14:01:11 02/02/11] @ Aderia : i hate the interne

[14:01:12 02/02/11] @ Aderia : *t

[14:01:17 02/02/11] @ Aderia : i hate typoes

[14:01:19 02/02/11] @ Aderia : i hate everything

"Interesting idea ... Don't you dare quote this."

"Okay, I won't."

"Darn it, the reverse psychology didn't work! Um, I mean, good."

-Legolover-361 and myself.

[1/19/2011 9:34:40 AM] Dovydas: I advocate independence for adverbs from the tyranny of adjectives.


Ah. 13.

That special age when a person has been chocked full of "facts" and "knowledge" that he truly begins to lose sight of the magics of our world and decides Santa Claus is nonexistant and Hallow's eve is childish.

He decides the Boogey Man is blasphemy and Faeries are fraudulous,
that Centaurs ride in fables, not forests.
That Dragons are Delusions and Pixies are poppycock.

So they do not get that there are things that cannot be seen.
There are hidden worlds all around us.
-Unknown (If you made this quote, PM me so I can give you credit.)

I'll still open a door for a lady; you never know when the girl you might be hanging out with is really a ninja waiting to strike you while your back is turned upon entering a room before her.

Safety first, men.


@ Legolover-361 : If I use one of those corny lines at eighteen, I bet girls will call the police on me.

[20:36:26] @ Legolover-361 : If I try to explain that it's "true love," like people say in Disney movies, they'll slap me and then call the police on me.

[20:36:50] @ Aderia : if you sing them love songs outside their window, the same thing will happen

[20:36:54] @ Legolover-361 : See, Disney, life isn't all about princes falling in love with princesses.
-Legolover-361 and Aderia.

I don't care if these "plastic bricks" were a better marketing decision, or if it gives LEGO employees food, home or clothing, or even if LEGO is a business in the first place. I just want my wooden ducks back because I want to be happy and I'm not going to give up a kid's toyline, not even if there was a similar one being made like it right now with a different name OR they continued the story for the fanbase. LEGO is just a cruel heartless evil greedy big fat meenie head by canceling the ducks.



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if you were true fans to bionicle you would support it's return you are not fans if you don't want it to come back even if you followed the entire story and loved them and bought every set and had joined a website with a large fanbase for them and made tons of friends and talked about bionicle every day and then when it ended you moved on to hero factory and don't want bionicle to come back you aren't a fan then because you thought it was going downhill and didn't like every single little aspect of it and you don't want it to come back and you aren't petitioning lego like mad and throwing temper tantrums left and right and aren't carrying on bionicle's revolutionary legacy means you are all traitors to those who want their most favorite toy back we know our fantasy will come true because we are here we are waiting and we want our bionicle and if star trek fans had as a group said no point in talking about this anymore it's never going to come back it never would have come back and lego is pushing their poorly designed and overpriced hero factory in little kids faces bionicle didn't need it so we have evidence to prove that our toy line which we simply cannot live without is going to come back because we will hold our breath and storm denmark if we don't get our way which we will because we always get our way and get what we want even if it comes back in ten years we can ask for the entire new line of bionicle for our thirtieth birthday and when bionicle comes back we'll have plenty of money to buy them because we didn't betray bionicle and buy hero factory like you all did you annoying little black hearted meanies who call yourselves fans when you're not you stinky shoe wearing snobs who don't agree with the movement to bring bionicle back
-where did i go wrong.