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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: August 04, 2014, 08:46:23 AM »
Maybe it's just because I'm a fiction writer myself, but I always find it interesting to hear a writer talk about where their story came from, how it developed, and all that kind of "behind the scenes" stuff.

If you're into SF/F at all, the Coode Street Podcast is a wonderful resource to explore. They do a new one every week.

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: August 01, 2014, 09:35:38 AM »
Speaking of Ancillary Justice, though I still haven't read it yet, I just enjoyed a recent episode of the Coode Street Podcast on which Ann Leckie was a guest. It's freely downloadable here:

http://jonathanstrahan.podbean.com/e/episode-192-anne-leckie-gender-and-ancillary-justice/

I listen to this podcast just about every week, and always enjoy Jonathan Strahan and Gary Wolfe's discussions about Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror fiction and publishing.

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: July 21, 2014, 04:00:23 PM »
Ancillary Justice seems to be taking the SF world by storm this year. I just returned from ReaderCon, a big science fiction, fantasy and horror convention in Boston, and lots of people were talking about it. I expect I'll read it soon.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Was this an insult?
« on: July 18, 2014, 08:52:30 AM »
I would probably not worry about it, personally. It sounds offhand, like maybe she'd heard something about some guy in the office living with his parents, and when you mentioned staying at your mother's place she was mixed about who she'd heard that about.

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: LFOUFO
« on: July 07, 2014, 10:32:35 AM »
Cool news, Saul. I'll bookmark it and check it out later.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: World Cup ?
« on: June 27, 2014, 08:17:05 AM »
Well Mike, you might want to 'force' yourself to view the spectacle as the US are through to the last 16 :)

The thing about footer (soccer) is that if you've played it, you realise that it's not as easy as it looks.

I know it's certainly not easy. I believe it's physically difficult, though I think soccer fans are prone to overstating the physical fitness level of pro soccer players relative to other pro athletes.

I was talking about favorite sports (mine's track and field) with a rabid soccer fan in my office and he assured me that most pro soccer players could easily run a sub-4 minute mile, "probably several in a row" if they wanted to. I've found this kind of believe in the athletic superiority of soccer players again and again. Clearly they're more physically fit than many other athletes, but I disagree that they stand above all other athletes in all respects.

If I'm to pin down the aspects of soccer that put me off, it's mostly these:

1. The ridiculously overacted fake injuries. It's an embarrassment to your sport. Any player seen doing this obvious stupid crap -- I don't mean merely flailing the arms to signal the far-away officials that you've been hit, but the writhing and over-the-top histrionics as if you've just had a limb cut off, then bouncing back up immediately once you realize you're not getting the flag, and proceeding as if nothing ever happened  -- should get that player zero respect from the fans ever again. Many of the non-fans I know also laugh at this.

2. The superiority of soccer fans toward non-fans. Tell a rabid soccer fan (at least here in the US) that you don't really enjoy their sport, and 90% of them will tell you it's too sophisticated, and it's your fault you don't "get it." The implication is that not being a soccer fan is proof of low intelligence. It's the same way vegetarians like to imply non-vegetarianism is proof of being a "bad person," in other words, not likely to win over any converts. If someone tells me they don't enjoy my favorite sport, I don't assume it's because of their personal failings, or lack of intelligence or sophistication.

3. Ties. It's ridiculous that a fan of any sports team should be excited that their team struggled to a 0-0 tie. Your sport is fundamentally broken when 0-0 is considered in any sense whatsoever a "victory."

4. Too much time with the ball kicked around aimlessly at midfield. Yes, I realize this is getting into the territory where I'm revealing my ignorance about tactical aspects, but if you tune into a game at random for 5 minutes and the ball mostly gets kicked around sideways near midfield, with both teams exchanging possession and not seeming terribly interested about advancing the ball toward the opponent's goal, that strikes me as not terribly compelling.

Now, if it sounds as if I hate soccer fans in general, I should say that's definitely not true. I've found European soccer fans to be more good-natured about it, probably because they're less insecure about the stature of their game, because the game is well-loved and respected there.

Here in the US, soccer is considered a minor sport, and fans here have a "little brother" syndrome about it, which can sometimes become irritating. So if I come across as a soccer hater, it's probably because I've been lectured a couple of times this week by chubby fellas that couldn't run a half mile if someone offered them a thousand dollar prize at the finish line, about how I "just don't understand sports."

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Everything and Nothing / Re: World Cup ?
« on: June 26, 2014, 09:43:15 AM »
Interest among people I come across during the day (mainly at my day job) has been surprisingly high.  I certainly see a lot of people on Facebook and Twitter talking about it, but it's hard to gauge how many people are interested, compared to disinterested.

I have to admit, soccer has never yet grabbed me, but if the USA makes it to the next round, I will probably try to sit down and watch a game.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Does this woman want me to ask her out?
« on: June 19, 2014, 04:31:26 PM »
I was going to say, this sounds to me like a woman terrified of the idea of saying, "Sorry, not interested" -- at least, until you said SHE suggested lunch. If that's the case, and it wasn't your suggestion, I'm not sure what to say.

Either way, she is definitely not a straightforward person. I would tend to disbelieve her motives, and doubt anything she says she plans to do.

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: June 12, 2014, 10:41:39 AM »
I'd be glad to sign one for you, but you should be aware this is a small paperback, just 102 pages or something like that, and not a "fancy" collectible edition. There were only 50 copies printed which is why it sold out so fast.

Not trying to say it's not kind of a cool thing, or that you should not want it... but it might not stack up against some of your finer editions.

I love to hear about people who still value and prize fine books! My own book collection is just as important to me as my CD collection.

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: June 12, 2014, 08:51:35 AM »
Thanks, Mike.

I should end up having some copies of my own before too long, so if anybody encounters this thread later and is dying for a copy of this book, I'll probably have some available.

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Dredd film
« on: June 11, 2014, 08:42:21 AM »
I love the newest Dredd too.

We need to keep talking this up. It's a good one!

Also, I need to watch it again. Both Lena and I really loved it. Karl Urban is boss.

Also, good to see you back here, 9dragons!

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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Chromecast Fun
« on: June 09, 2014, 11:05:13 AM »
$29 is very cheap, and it sounds like it does most of what our Roku 3 will do.

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Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: Thanks to Mike
« on: June 04, 2014, 07:46:54 AM »
There were almost a hundred separate spam topics I had to delete individually this morning. That spammer was a determined bastard!

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Does this woman want me to ask her out?
« on: June 03, 2014, 03:35:07 PM »
I believe Petekelly is kidding.

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Hypnos Label Releases / RELEASE: Subradial - Ice Diving
« on: May 29, 2014, 08:24:44 AM »
Artist: Subradial
Title: Ice Diving
Label: Hypnos Recordings




Subradial is the musical alias of Tomasz Szatewicz, who was born in the small Polish town of Mragowo. He’s been creating electronic music for twenty years, and has previously released the albums Bioloophorm 1, Bioloophorm 2 and Biorephorm on labels such as dataObscura and AtmoWoroks. His more recent work combines drones, subtle rhythmic loops and textures into churning, visually evocative soundworlds.



Of his inspirations and approach, Tomasz AKA Subradial says: “I was always inspired by listening to the sounds of the environment… I use everything that sounds interesting and what I can further process to create the imagined soundscape, a vision of some place, express my emotions or moods connected with particular times or places, either existing in real life or just imagined/dreamed.”



Ice Diving, his first release for Hypnos Recordings, is an album composed around a theme suggested by the title: a soundtrack to an underwater journey. Like the title, the cover photo (from an actual ice diving expedition in Antarctica) gives a sense of the sound worlds evoked by Subradial’s music. Many ambient recording artists apply titles to their music intending to suggest a theme, but here the effect is especially strong.



Ice Diving is an extraordinarily visual and immersive sound journey, with a wonderful balance between atmospheric/drone elements, and more musical or rhythmic components. We hope the sound samples offered below will convince you to take the trip. Hypnos Recordings presents Subradial’s Ice Diving.

Track listing w/ MP3 clips (follow link at bottom for MP3 jukebox player):
01 Alpha  http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hypnos-s-id-01.mp3
02 Below  http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hypnos-s-id-02.mp3
03 Ice Diver  http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hypnos-s-id-03.mp3
04 Decompression  http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hypnos-s-id-04.mp3
05 D.A.C. Station  http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hypnos-s-id-05.mp3
06 The Mirror  http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hypnos-s-id-06.mp3
07 Dance of Shadows  http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hypnos-s-id-07.mp3
08 Hydrostatic  http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hypnos-s-id-08.mp3
09 Octopus  http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hypnos-s-id-09.mp3
10 Core Oscillations  http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hypnos-s-id-10.mp3
11 Drifting Downward  http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hypnos-s-id-11.mp3
12 Batiskaf  http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hypnos-s-id-12.mp3
13 Out & Dry  http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hypnos-s-id-13.mp3


Purchase direct for $12.99 ($8.99 intro price until 6-5-2014 only)
http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=hyp3367

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: May 27, 2014, 02:28:20 PM »
One last time, I'll mention my novella 'Far From Streets,' as it's about to go out of print  in pre-order. Just three copies left at the publisher.



Far From Streets

Modern life constricts. The swarming city, homogenous suburbs. Overscheduled lives accumulate layers of obligation. We add more, more of what we think life should contain, until we can't stand any more. The clutter starts grinding us away. We dream of escape, a simplier life among open spaces. Forests and rivers. Mountain wilderness.

Reverence for nature balances against the terror of isolation. Mutual dependency leads to resentment. Our fondest dreams drag us toward places that threaten our very survival. When the last remaining tether is cut, time spins away. We no longer recognize ourselves in the mirror. Our surroundings become strange. The end comes rushing.

Far From Streets combines influences such as Von Trier's "Antichrist" and Blackwood's "The Willows" into a confrontational psychodrama of craving and repulsion, emotional drift and dislocation, set deep in the Cascade Mountain forests of Oregon.

It's $7 plus shipping here:
http://dynatox.storenvy.com/collections/240632-all-products/products/7045832-far-from-streets-by-michael-griffin

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Edited to add... the book is now sold out.

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: May 18, 2014, 09:20:18 AM »
Matthew:

I can't really blame you for thinking you wouldn't enjoy King based on the MANY bad TV shows and films of his work. I believe his dislike for the film of The Shining was not so much because he judged it a poor film, but because it changed several central aspects of the story and especially the main character, whom King has since admitted includes many aspects or elements of himself.

The Stand is a great read, and if you want to pursue more of King's work after that, you'll find no shortage of great books. Some of the mid-period work is of mixed quality, like The Tommyknockers and that kind of thing, but his early work is all great up through Christine or Cujo, and his later work improved a lot after he cleaned up his substance abuse problems. Later books like Bag of Bones and Lisey's Story and 11/22/63 are very worthwhile. Also, there's the massive Dark Tower series!

Dave:

Hope you'll enjoy Annihilation.. let me know what you think. I'm curious about Ancillary Justice, too. It just won the Nebula award for "best novel" yesterday. I've heard very good things about it and I love the idea of a writer tackling a big, traditional space opera with their first novel.
 

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: May 16, 2014, 04:49:06 PM »
I just finished reading Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer, the first book in his Southern Reach Trilogy.



VanderMeer's publisher is putting out the entire trilogy within a year, which I think is kind of a cool idea. I hate waiting years between installments in a series.

Anyway,  Annihilation  was really good, slightly weird but also very accessible and straightforward.

Here's the link on Amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/Annihilation-Novel-Southern-Reach-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B00EGJ32A6

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: May 16, 2014, 04:44:34 PM »
Thanks, I appreciate the support!

I've heard of Black Crouch but haven't read him. Pines sounds kind of cool.

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Hello Martyn-

Sorry I've been slow to welcome you here. Life this past week has been frantic! It's always nice to see new people joining up and contributing!

Mike

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