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Books / What are you reading, part 3
« on: July 30, 2006, 02:34:48 AM »
Well, "What are you reading part 2" is three pages back so I'm going to start a new  one.

I just finished "The Gate to Women's Country" by Sheri S. Tepper. This also fits into my "what classics should I be reading" question from ages ago, as post-apocolyptic feminist dystopias are not really my favorite thing in the world.  But I decided that since I'd never read any of her books I should try a few.  Got two more on my night stand and am going to give them a try.  "Gate" was pretty good, but obviously, depressing, and I'm just not into depressing right now.

I'd have enjoyed it more if I were reading it for a class, instead of for fun. It seems like the kind of book that's much better if you're reading it for analysis.

Rants and Stuff / Do we have any linguists on this board?
« on: May 10, 2006, 01:39:38 PM »
I find myself with no local professors I know to discuss these things with.

Is it my imagination, or is "R" the most commonly added/dropped phoneme in English words in various dialects?  Everyone who grew up in Ashland county or any of a few surrounding counties says "warsh" instead of wash.  Never noticed until I moved back here. We went to Indiana last weekend, where we met a guy who grew up in the Terre Haute area, and he said "warsh" too.
Then you have the British english where the "sophisticated" accents often add random 'r' sounds to the ends of words like 'Africa'.  And of course your standard Boston accent that DROPS r's from various things.

Why is it that 'r' does this so much in so many ways, but other phonemes don't seem to?  Do other languages do this with one specific phoneme, or do they have others that just bounce around?  

Everything Else / The Impossible Dream
« on: March 16, 2006, 10:40:22 PM »
So since my husband actually updated his livejournal about this weekend, I figure I can do no less than post the story here.

Tuesday was our anniversary.  We decided to head up to Detroit last weekend and spend the weekend there. There were a couple arcades up there that had BEMANI machines J.T. wanted to play, and a surprising amount of Japanese import stores up there.  And a zoo, for me.  So to Detroit we went.

Meanwhile, he's bidding on a Beatmania arcade machine on eBay, that's still at a ridiculously low price. It's pickup only and the monitor is not working so it's not getting a whole lot of bids.  J.T. figures, hey if he wins it we can swing by Milwaukee on our way out of Detroit and pick it up and take it home.  Little did I know.

Since no one in the family owns a pickup truck any longer, we take his mom's Dodge Grand Caravan, with all the back seats taken off. On paper it should fit.  Then, surprise of surprises, he actually wins the auction for the arcade machine, for about $400, and only about $75 worth of gas.  So we take off early Monday morning and head up to Wisconsin. We get there and find out that yes - you can fit a 750 lb. Beatmania machine in the back of a Grand Caravan.  Very carefully.  Oh, and only if you take off the control panel first. The guy with the forklift who helped us get it in the van was laughing so hard - he'd never had anyone try to pick up an arcade machine in a minivan before and had to take pictures to show his friends.

The cabinet actually fit in with about a foot to spare, but then we had to fit the control panel in the back, which meant we couldn't close the hatch.  So we had to lash it down and drive 8 hours back home in 20 degree weather with the back open.  Then yesterday we enlisted some help and got it out of the van into the barn.  Unfortunately none of the doors in the house is wide enough to get the machine into the house, so it will be staying in the barn until further  notice.  We now are the proud (?) owners of a Beatmania machine with a monitor that doesn't work.  Again - fortunately, J.T. has a friend in Columbus who fixes arcade machines for a living, and doesn't think it will be too hard or expensive to fix.

Anyway, he's going to (apparently) be documenting this on his website for other Beatmania affecionados, so if you like you can take a look at it.

Books / Diane Duane finishing cat wizard trilogy
« on: February 24, 2006, 12:45:49 AM »
For those of you who follow Diane Duane's works but don't read her blog, she has decided to publish the 3rd book in her cat wizard trilogy (the first two being "The Book of Night With Moon" and "To Visit the Queen/On her Majesty's Wizardly Service")

The Big Meow is going to be self-published and she will finish it or not based on donations from fans who want to pay for this book to be completed.

Read the rest of her post here.

Movies and TV / Mazes and Monsters
« on: February 11, 2006, 03:57:06 AM »
The things you find the Wal-Mart DVD dump bin...

Ok, so this was one of them.  A 1982 movie called "Mazes and Monsters", starring Tom Hanks.  Tom Hanks??  Yeah, that's what I thought too.

The back of the case reads: "Bound by a desire to play the fantasy game "Mazes and Monsters" Robbie and his three college classmates decide to move the board game into the local legendary cavern.  But when the game gets out of hand, Robbie begins to have visions and the line between fantasy and reality fuse into a harrowing adventure!"

I talked J.T. into it by saying we should buy it, MST3K it, and then mail it out to Brenna and her husband so they can do the same.   ;D

I'm going to review as I watch and post to my LJ.  You can read it here.

The moral of the movie seems to be that if you have a traumatic childhood and you're a borderline schizophrenic, you shouldn't play Dungeons and Dragons.

Rants and Stuff / How the heck do you buy a new car?
« on: February 08, 2006, 12:00:41 AM »
So.  It's looking likely that the husband and I are going to reach that point in our adult life where we have to bite the bullet and buy a new car, instead of continuing to pour money into used ones.

Does anyone own a Kia?  We're looking into low-cost new cars, really, so probably a Kia or a Saturn.  Probably a Spectra or a Rio, looking at the lineup.  I know Saturns have great safety ratings.  Some of the Kias do ok, and they're on the lists I've found of "low repair cost cars".   And the warranties they offer sound pretty tempting to me right now, after all the car repairs we've had in the last three years.

What a pain being grown up is!

Everything Else / Cool Stuff Found on the Internet, again
« on: February 01, 2006, 01:29:34 AM »
Hey I get to start the thread, with the Forbes Fictional Fifteen!

I didn' t know Forbes had a list of the richest fictional characters, until my husband started researching the biography of Scrooge McDuck. (Don't ask.)

Everything Else / Hey OldieLocks
« on: January 20, 2006, 05:07:40 PM »
Ignore that PM I just sent you, the stupid "reply" button on the PMs is counter-intuitive and annoying and it was meant for someone else.

Also, I got the books, thanks!

Everything Else / Job opportunity X2
« on: November 28, 2005, 01:25:45 PM »
Anyone in California, or who knows anyone, my husband's company, Temple Games, wants to hire someone in the bay area to be their store liason.  They need someone who is already familiar with games, game stores, ccgs, etc who can travel around and demo to local game stores who sell their product.  PM me if interested.

Books / What classics should I be reading?
« on: November 22, 2005, 09:24:58 PM »
I'm back in an odd situation in life where I do have quite a bit of time to read, and some ways to procure cheap books.  So, what ought I be reading?  I'd like some classic stuff to read I think, and I know there are "classic" sci-fi authors I've never read.  Case in point - C.J. Cherryh.  Had never read anything by her before.  Why had I never heard of her works?  (Because no one I know in locally reads sci-fi, anymore.  The major drawback of moving to Ohio.)  Her stuff is hard for me to read, btw - I really have to force my way through the prose, because my instinct is to scan and skip ahead and she seems to take a really long time to get things going.  Or for another example, I'd never read any Robin McKinley until this year when stacer and Chimera talked about a few titles that sounded interesting.

So recommend me some really fabulous books to read.  I don't mind working through some slow prose if the book itself is good.

I'm not off fantasy or anything, just coming to the dark realization that I've read a lot of the fantasy out there and not a lot of the sci-fi.

Rants and Stuff / Where's a lawyer when you need one?
« on: November 09, 2005, 08:15:07 PM »
I'm grumpy because my previous landlords have STOLEN our deposit and we are on the other side of the country and have no idea what to do about it.

We paid a full month's rent deposit when we moved in - $650.  The other couple who rented the other half of the house also gave a full month's rent deposit.  We have not gotten our deposit back and the landlord is not returning our calls.  The other couple says they did not get ANY of theirs back either but the landlords said all the money was used to clean the carpets when they moved out.  $650 to clean the carpets?  I don't think so.  They could replace the carpets in the apartment we lived in at least TWICE for that amount.

Everything Else / Barry Hatter and copyright infringment
« on: October 28, 2005, 08:46:39 PM »

Rants and Stuff / Statute of Limitations on Spoilers?
« on: October 04, 2005, 02:14:14 PM »
What, if any, statute of limitations exists on movie and books spoilers?
This has been an issue lately because my husband never read Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.  We bought the book when it was released. We even got an audio version of the book that he could listen to while at work if he wanted.  He still insists that he never had time to read it, and gets really mad whenever the rest of the family want to talk about it, and then finally last night his mom flat out said the ending in front of him.

I sympathize with him, and I went out of my way never to spoil for him, but it really makes me angry that he's so self-righteous about it but never made an attempt to read the book.  He'd rather play his video games than pick up a book, which is FINE by me - but does he then have the right to complain?

That's the first example, here's a different one.  I never saw the movie 'Psycho' until my second year of college. I sat down and watched it by myself all day, and when it was finished I realized that no one had ever spoiled the ending for me.  Which was pretty cool, but considering how old the movie is, is rather unexpected.  Who, for example, doesn't know the spoiler to the end of Citizen Kane?

So there you go; what is a reasonable statute of limitations on spoilers for books and for movies (since I'm assuming they're different).  With something like Harry Potter, especially - can you consider it invalid once the movie for a particular book comes out?  Before that?  Is there a year limit on movies?

Movies and TV / **Spoilers** Serenity
« on: October 01, 2005, 01:57:59 AM »

How are Zoe and I going to live without Wash?

Everything Else / Dentists
« on: May 15, 2005, 11:27:42 PM »
Does anyone in Utah have a dentist that they would recommend?

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