Thursday, August 27, 2015

Supreme Court of Westeros, ruling 92

Thursday is court day! 
Welcome to the Supreme Court of Westeros! Every week, three pressing questions from the community will be answered by the esteemed judges Stefan (from your very own Nerdstream Era) and Amin (from A Podcast of Ice and Fire). The rules are simple: we take three questions, and one of us writes a measured analysis. The other one writes a shorter opinion, either concurring or dissenting. The catch is that every week a third judge from the fandom will join us and also write a dissenting or concurring opinion. So if you think you're up to the task - write us an email to stefan_sasse@gmx.de, leave a comment in the post, ask in the APOIAF-forum or contact Amin at his tumblr. Discussion is by no means limited to the court itself, though - feel free to discuss our rulings in the commentary section and ask your own questions through the channels above.
One word on spoilers: we assume that you read all the books, including the Hedge Knight short stories, and watched the current TV episodes. We don't include the spoiler chapters from various sources in the discussion, with the notable exception of Theon I, which was supposed to be in "A Dance with Dragons" anyway.
Casting Call: We need more judges! If you are interest in being judge, even if you have been already, please write us. 
And now, up to ruling 92! Our guest judge this week is Fredrik Fischer, a fan of all things literary with a long history with the Ice and Fire works and an even longer one with curiosity and speculation.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Supreme Court of Westeros, ruling 91

Thursday is court day! Late a day, sorry! 
Welcome to the Supreme Court of Westeros! Every week, three pressing questions from the community will be answered by the esteemed judges Stefan (from your very own Nerdstream Era) and Amin (from A Podcast of Ice and Fire). The rules are simple: we take three questions, and one of us writes a measured analysis. The other one writes a shorter opinion, either concurring or dissenting. The catch is that every week a third judge from the fandom will join us and also write a dissenting or concurring opinion. So if you think you're up to the task - write us an email to stefan_sasse@gmx.de, leave a comment in the post, ask in the APOIAF-forum or contact Amin at his tumblr. Discussion is by no means limited to the court itself, though - feel free to discuss our rulings in the commentary section and ask your own questions through the channels above.
One word on spoilers: we assume that you read all the books, including the Hedge Knight short stories, and watched the current TV episodes. We don't include the spoiler chapters from various sources in the discussion, with the notable exception of Theon I, which was supposed to be in "A Dance with Dragons" anyway.
Casting Call: We need more judges! If you are interest in being judge, even if you have been already, please write us. 
And now, up to ruling 91! Our guest judge this week is James Ranson, the founding director of The Master Wordsmith, a literary business group that provides masterpiece services for entrepreneur authors. He is also a Wall Street Journal bestselling editor, ghostwriter and revision coach, and his first book Your Own Best Editor will be available on Amazon later this year. James first discovered A Song of Ice and Fire in 1998, when he found A Game Of Thrones in the late lamented Davis-Kidd Booksellers store in Nashville, TN. He has since been an inaugural attendee of Ice and Fire Con, a moderator of the online community WesterosSorting, and really confused and disappointed with season 5 of the HBO show. After a year-long road trip covering 38 US states, James now lives in St. Louis, MO. Connect with him @themasterwords and on themasterwordsmith.com.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Supreme Court of Westeros, ruling 90


Thursday is court day!
Welcome to the Supreme Court of Westeros! Every week, three pressing questions from the community will be answered by the esteemed judges Stefan (from your very own Nerdstream Era) and Amin (from A Podcast of Ice and Fire). The rules are simple: we take three questions, and one of us writes a measured analysis. The other one writes a shorter opinion, either concurring or dissenting. The catch is that every week a third judge from the fandom will join us and also write a dissenting or concurring opinion. So if you think you're up to the task - write us an email to stefan_sasse@gmx.de, leave a comment in the post, ask in the APOIAF-forum or contact Amin at his tumblr. Discussion is by no means limited to the court itself, though - feel free to discuss our rulings in the commentary section and ask your own questions through the channels above.
One word on spoilers: we assume that you read all the books, including the Hedge Knight short stories, and watched the current TV episodes. We don't include the spoiler chapters from various sources in the discussion, with the notable exception of Theon I, which was supposed to be in "A Dance with Dragons" anyway.
Casting Call: We need more judges! If you are interest in being judge, even if you have been already, please write us. 
And now, up to ruling 90! Our guest judge this week is Jim Ward, fan of all things Ice and Fire, an adopted Texan who never finished his PhD in History and Philosophy of Science and now manages programmers for a financial firm.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Supreme Court of Westeros, ruling 89


Thursday is court day! We're late this week, sorry!
Welcome to the Supreme Court of Westeros! Every week, three pressing questions from the community will be answered by the esteemed judges Stefan (from your very own Nerdstream Era) and Amin (from A Podcast of Ice and Fire). The rules are simple: we take three questions, and one of us writes a measured analysis. The other one writes a shorter opinion, either concurring or dissenting. The catch is that every week a third judge from the fandom will join us and also write a dissenting or concurring opinion. So if you think you're up to the task - write us an email to stefan_sasse@gmx.de, leave a comment in the post, ask in the APOIAF-forum or contact Amin at his tumblr. Discussion is by no means limited to the court itself, though - feel free to discuss our rulings in the commentary section and ask your own questions through the channels above.
One word on spoilers: we assume that you read all the books, including the Hedge Knight short stories, and watched the current TV episodes. We don't include the spoiler chapters from various sources in the discussion, with the notable exception of Theon I, which was supposed to be in "A Dance with Dragons" anyway.
Casting Call: We need more judges! If you are interest in being judge, even if you have been already, please write us. 
And now, up to ruling 89! Our guest judge this week is Alex, a communications consultant in Washington, D.C. He has studied politics and history and is an anguished member of #TeamStannis.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Supreme Court of Westeros, ruling 88


Thursday is court day!
Welcome to the Supreme Court of Westeros! Every week, three pressing questions from the community will be answered by the esteemed judges Stefan (from your very own Nerdstream Era) and Amin (from A Podcast of Ice and Fire). The rules are simple: we take three questions, and one of us writes a measured analysis. The other one writes a shorter opinion, either concurring or dissenting. The catch is that every week a third judge from the fandom will join us and also write a dissenting or concurring opinion. So if you think you're up to the task - write us an email to stefan_sasse@gmx.de, leave a comment in the post, ask in the APOIAF-forum or contact Amin at his tumblr. Discussion is by no means limited to the court itself, though - feel free to discuss our rulings in the commentary section and ask your own questions through the channels above.
One word on spoilers: we assume that you read all the books, including the Hedge Knight short stories, and watched the current TV episodes. We don't include the spoiler chapters from various sources in the discussion, with the notable exception of Theon I, which was supposed to be in "A Dance with Dragons" anyway.
Casting Call: We need more judges! If you are interest in being judge, even if you have been already, please write us. 
And now, up to ruling 88! Our guest judge this week is Dom Tartaglia, a PhD student at Indiana University in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology. He studies traditional foods and digital folklore, and in his free time he reads tinfoil theories on r/ASIOAF.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Boiled Leather Audio Hour #40

Women of Westeros, Part V: Arya, Lyanna, the Sand Snakes, Arianne, & Ygritte
It’s ladies’ night once again for the Boiled Leather Audio Hour! We’re resuming our irregular series on the women of Westeros after over two years for an episode on a bunch of characters who break the world of Ice and Fire’s gender mold: Arya Stark, Lyanna Stark, the Sand Snakes, Arianne Martell, and Ygritte. Our topics of discussion are as diverse and varied as the women themselves: why Arya is too complex for the hero, victim, or monster labels; how Lyanna’s larger-than-life reputation suits her potential prophetic destiny; the Sand Snakes as Dorne’s answer to the #CarefreeBlackGirls movement-cum-meme; what Arianne has in common with another rebellious scion of a dynasty, Jaime Lannister; how seeing Ygritte exclusively through the eyes of the man who loves her shapes our experience; the true meaning of “strong female character”; and much more. Drop your Needle on that mp3 and tune in! 


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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Supreme Court of Westeros, ruling 87


Thursday is court day!
Welcome to the Supreme Court of Westeros! Every week, three pressing questions from the community will be answered by the esteemed judges Stefan (from your very own Nerdstream Era) and Amin (from A Podcast of Ice and Fire). The rules are simple: we take three questions, and one of us writes a measured analysis. The other one writes a shorter opinion, either concurring or dissenting. The catch is that every week a third judge from the fandom will join us and also write a dissenting or concurring opinion. So if you think you're up to the task - write us an email to stefan_sasse@gmx.de, leave a comment in the post, ask in the APOIAF-forum or contact Amin at his tumblr. Discussion is by no means limited to the court itself, though - feel free to discuss our rulings in the commentary section and ask your own questions through the channels above.
One word on spoilers: we assume that you read all the books, including the Hedge Knight short stories, and watched the current TV episodes. We don't include the spoiler chapters from various sources in the discussion, with the notable exception of Theon I, which was supposed to be in "A Dance with Dragons" anyway.
And now, up to ruling 87! Our guest judge this week is Tara Lynne, who writes for TheGeekiary.com and is co-founder and co-organizer of Ice & Fire Con.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Supreme Court of Westeros, ruling 86


Thursday is court day!
Welcome to the Supreme Court of Westeros! Every week, three pressing questions from the community will be answered by the esteemed judges Stefan (from your very own Nerdstream Era) and Amin (from A Podcast of Ice and Fire). The rules are simple: we take three questions, and one of us writes a measured analysis. The other one writes a shorter opinion, either concurring or dissenting. The catch is that every week a third judge from the fandom will join us and also write a dissenting or concurring opinion. So if you think you're up to the task - write us an email to stefan_sasse@gmx.de, leave a comment in the post, ask in the APOIAF-forum or contact Amin at his tumblr. Discussion is by no means limited to the court itself, though - feel free to discuss our rulings in the commentary section and ask your own questions through the channels above.
One word on spoilers: we assume that you read all the books, including the Hedge Knight short stories, and watched the current TV episodes. We don't include the spoiler chapters from various sources in the discussion, with the notable exception of Theon I, which was supposed to be in "A Dance with Dragons" anyway.
And now, up to ruling 82! Our guest judge this week is Talha Naushad, a professional researcher working in the middle east. When he is not working, he is dabbling his wits in contemporary history and politics and immersing himself in all things concerning A Song of Ice and Fire. He is a member of the community at JonSnow123 at Tower of the Hand and usually lurks around various forums, blogs & podcasts engrossing himself in the theories and analysis of the ASOIAF material and show.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Stop it with the fun, this looks amazing

The trailers for the upcoming DC flicks "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" and "Suicide Squad" have been released. It's been a while since Superman last stomped over Metropolis, and despite me being a bit harder on it than in my review, that stems mainly from pacing and directorial issues than with the often heard criticism that it's too dark and misses all the fun. I'm still behind Nolan's and Snyder's dark version of the DC universe, and I'm glad that they doubled down on this in their upcoming two new movies. Of course, this being my blog and me, I will elaborate a bit on why this is. 

Friday, July 10, 2015

New logo for the Supreme Court

As you may have noticed, our Supreme Court of Westeros now has its own logo, depicting me, our rotating third guest judge and Amin (from left ot right):


The artwork was drawn for us courtesy of Vaarsuvius, an Podcast of Ice and Fire fan formly known as Dickon Mandwoody. Thanks Vaarsuvius, this beautiful peace of art is much appreciated!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Supreme Court of Westeros, ruling 85


Thursday is court day!
Welcome to the Supreme Court of Westeros! Every week, three pressing questions from the community will be answered by the esteemed judges Stefan (from your very own Nerdstream Era) and Amin (from A Podcast of Ice and Fire). The rules are simple: we take three questions, and one of us writes a measured analysis. The other one writes a shorter opinion, either concurring or dissenting. The catch is that every week a third judge from the fandom will join us and also write a dissenting or concurring opinion. So if you think you're up to the task - write us an email to stefan_sasse@gmx.de, leave a comment in the post, ask in the APOIAF-forum or contact Amin at his tumblr. Discussion is by no means limited to the court itself, though - feel free to discuss our rulings in the commentary section and ask your own questions through the channels above.
One word on spoilers: we assume that you read all the books, including the Hedge Knight short stories, and watched the current TV episodes. We don't include the spoiler chapters from various sources in the discussion, with the notable exception of Theon I, which was supposed to be in "A Dance with Dragons" anyway.
And now, up to ruling 85! Our guest judge this week is Alden, an an avid fan of the Song of Ice and Fire, to the point that it has consumed many of his past times. He enjoys studying the world map taking up the entirety of a wall that he pieced together from the Lands of Ice and Fire. He also wrote and performs a hip-hop song in tribute to Septon Meribald’s speech. His dream is to write an entire album based on the series.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Is Catelyn all bad?

Catelyn Stark is one of the most controversial characters of the whole franchise, and in a side-discussion over at the Tower of the Hand I got into an argument with user mirdad, which merits a bigger response, so I used this to let you all take part if you so desire. His argument, edited for clarity:
My main beef with Catelyn is that she doesn't have political savvy in the "real" world. She is like Sansa with the "well, no one would violate guest rights" style of thinking. I have a great question, who was winterfells master of whispers? Who was keeping an eye on the queen during Roberts hunt? not even to spy, but just as a courtesy? Why were the Lannisters not under close watch the entire time? Why didn't Ned have his agents infiltrate all corners of Kings Landing before he arrived? They thought themselves above the game and they got played. Being the man means you have to get your hands a little dirty, I get that Ned and Cat were noble and trust me I loved them at first. But as the series has unfolded we see how hopelessly outgunned they were as far as intelligence gathering and spycraft was concerned. That's my whole point about Jeyne, yeah that wasn't necessarily Catelyn FAULT but damn northerners get your king a few camp followers. A 16 year old after a battle is going to put his dick in something, they should have controlled the something. It's that fantasy of nobility, the "my son is noble and good, and pure, and he is already promised to another' yeah, cuz Ned would never have done that right? oh wait, you raised his bastard after he did the same damn thing. Alleged bastard anyway. This is all viewed through my lenses of having a mother that guided me through the complicated ugliness that is life and death and politics with a deft hand, so Catelyn has always represented that naïve woman over her head surrounded by sharks and thinking she is going to survive with breathing through a straw and reading the good book. [...] I'm conflicted about my feelings on the matter, but it really has bugged me since my first reading. [...]
So, let's go at it.

Analyzing the arcs of "Game of Thrones" Season 5

When you read the books of “A Song of Ice and Fire”, you will notice that several stories are being told at the same time. The War of the Five Kings is surely the most prominent of them, but the Blood of the Dragon (Daenerys’s story) is another one that everyone knows. The cohesiveness splinters a bit in the two novels constituting the second act of the saga, “A Feast for Crows” and “A Dance with Dragons”, to the point where multiple narrative arcs are pursued at the same time. The same is true for the TV series. And as with the books, the inherent beauty, depth and themes (or the lack thereof) need some examining to be appreciated. In the following, I will have a look at the different arcs in the season and try to submit them to a coherent analysis.