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Definitely looks like Flyball material.
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Oooh, recumbents rule! What kind was it? http://www.waltzking.org/potd/20110318.html
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Did you say "Staples"?
Toggle Commented Sep 19, 2008 on i be a pensive pirate, me hearties at WWdN: In Exile
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Now here's something interesting: a couple of years ago I decided to reread all of Heinlein's juveniles after having read them, oh, 35 years ago or so. Oh all right, probably more like 40 years. Anyway, I remember really liking Red Planet when I read it, so I was really looking forward to the reread. What a disappointment! I have to think it's one of the worst of his juveniles; I almost couldn't finish it. Maybe I'm getting old :-( Oh the other hand, I envy Nolan; I would love to be able to read Heinlein's books for the first time.
Toggle Commented Dec 4, 2007 on in the name of Scalzi! at WWdN: In Exile
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I did a mix tape for my wedding in (cough cough) 1977. Reel-to-reel tape, it was. This year I tracked down a lot of the original recordings and redid it on CDs and mp3's for our 30th anniversary.
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I think my favorite xkcd is the sudo one: http://xkcd.com/c149.html I still wonder what's going to happen in a park in Cambridge on Sept. 23: http://xkcd.com/c240.htm
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New: "The Time Traveler's Wife" by Audrey Niffenegger. You Must Read This Book. Old: mmm, that's a bit harder. Maybe I'll go with "Have Spacesuit, Will Travel" by Heinlein. I think that was the first SF I ever read.
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Quothe Wil: "Incidentally, nothing in this story is true; I've created the entire thing from stuff I scraped out of my brains, piled up on the dinner table and sculpted with a fork." Oh! And here I thought it was autobiographical! I am _so_ disappointed.
Toggle Commented Apr 12, 2007 on Poor Places - Interlude at WWdN: In Exile
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Wil, Interesting reading, well written, but since I'm not at all a poker person I found myself not getting some of the action that depended on knowing the jargon. I went and did some research on some of the terms but even then it wasn't all clear to me. For example, this sequence: --------------------- The laughter died when a ten fell on the turn. "YES!" The kid smacked the table and leaned back in his chair, hands behind his head. "Aw, fuck." Eddie said to himself. "Nice hand, kid." He looked over his shoulder and called out, "Checks on two, Angela!" A gasp at the table, and a now familiar thump turned him around to see the river jack. The kid had dropped his head onto the rail. He looked up, stricken. "Dude . . ." he said. "Nice catch," Joel said, as the dealer pushed the pot Eddie's way. -------------------- Even now I'm not sure exactly what happened; I gather that the kid thought he had won at some point but then didn't win. My point is that really good writers can write in jargon in such a way that even those of us who don't know the jargon can figure out what's going on. You want to be inclusive of as many readers as you can be; even better you can teach the jargon to those who don't know it (and if you're *really* good you can do this in such a way that we don't realize we're being taught). Most nerds and geeks don't bother to do this, and hence we come off as arrogant. Good writers *do* bother to do this and hence come off as interesting, entertaining, and educational. The style of course is reminiscent of detective-type novels, which is ok as long as you don't overdo it. I mean, I'm enjoying the story but having trouble not being annoyed by the jargon.
Toggle Commented Apr 12, 2007 on Poor Places, Part II at WWdN: In Exile
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Chuck Norris could beat up the Swayze with one hand tied behind his back!
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OMG, don't you people get it? It's a terrorist plot to get us to ignore these things next time they appear. Next time, see, they're not going to be harmless LED figures, they're going to be real bombs. We'll be all complacent because, because, see, their nefarious plot is working! Ahhh!!!
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