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Fun, and funny. And I'm surprised to see this chosen as a subject for humor!

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: September 08, 2014, 09:32:32 AM »
Chris23, thanks very much for the feedback. I'm glad you enjoyed the story!

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: August 28, 2014, 12:53:42 PM »
I recently read Suttree for the first time, and loved it. It was great to see McCarthy working in a different mode - funnier and more personal. Still very harsh, though.

We still sell CDs, but it does seem like people are less inclined to talk about them, whether they liked them or not. Maybe people are worried we'll be offended if they have any comments other than pure praise, but that's not true. Not every new release can be everyone's favorite, we realize.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Aphex Twin
« on: August 18, 2014, 07:22:07 PM »
I've been getting all excited since the announcement, until I remembered that I didn't particularly love Drukqs. I mean, it was a decent enough album, but not that kind of thing to make me line up at midnight outside the record store the night before release day to make sure I get a copy, you know?

It's just good to know that he's going to get back to releasing music again.

I hadn't seen the thread in several days, and it's only now come to my attention that things seem to have derailed here. I've skimmed the whole thread, and I'm going to lock this while I determine which posts to delete and which members get warned or banned.

Hello, Lance. I hope you'll find everyone friendly here.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: August 11, 2014, 11:20:29 AM »
Didn't see this over the weekend, as Lena and I were traveling for our anniversary -- but I'm glad your copy has arrived. Hope you'll enjoy!

Welcome, Chris!

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.

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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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