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  1. 4 points
    Stacyejaye

    Plans for the weekend? 4.16.21

    I am going to make my booktube intro video! YAY!! Weather here sucks too, so cheers for artificial lights I will also try to finish The Sword of Kaigen. For those of you reading The Poppy War, you need to read this book too. It is AMAZING! If the weather behaves I hope to go to a little backyard to table restaurant in my neighborhood. It is mostly outdoor seating, so praying for no rain during the lunch hour tomorrow. I hope you all have a great weekend.
  2. 4 points
    Jolien Reads

    Plans for the weekend? 4.16.21

    I'm going to try to film in batch. But at this point I've lost all faith in myself that I can make it happen. At the very least I want to have one video up tomorrow and one on Sunday, so film and edit 2 videos. Shouldn't be too hard. Other than that not much. Our garden is finally being handled, but as a result the dogs can't go out, so I'll probably need to make a thousands walks to keep them calm. Luckily the weather isn't too bad so going out actually fun.
  3. 3 points
    Lasraik

    Panel of Book Reviewers?

    I agreed to read and review Crackle and Fire about a month ago, and posted the review on Goodreads a few weeks ago. I received this email: Have any of you joined a panel like this before?
  4. 3 points
    I'm still planning to join. You know I didn't like the book, but can see why it has a cult following. At the very least we can talk about some of the technology in the book and about the many derivatives this story has inspired.
  5. 3 points
    Pasanda

    Plans for the weekend? 4.16.21

    Weather here is lovely for the time of year (it's all relative i guess). I'm trying to fit an electric curtain track to a bay window, but the only angles the track comes with (90 and 135 degrees) cannot be made to fit my bay, which is a 5 side not quite a semi-circle. I'm going to soldier on a bit, but may have to get in a carpenter to modify the pelmet housing. The reason for all this faff, is that I'm trying to buy a new TV and only way i can fit it, is into the window bay. That means you cannot easily open and close the curtains by hand. I've managed to get my wife to agree to this only if we get Alexa-controlled curtains. Painting the garden cabin. It'll probably take a few weekends, but we have the paint. I'm desperately trying to think of excuses to avoid it. Got loads of films to watch. Top of my list right now are: Nobody, Happily and Minari. I also have a new transfer of Star Trek 2009 that i want to experience. But it's 4k and that doesn't work so well on my 1080p TV (YET!!!!! See above). Cooking Thai Chicken Panang curry tonight. Not sure about tomorrow yet. Playing more PC games with my boy.
  6. 2 points
    Lasraik

    Plans for the weekend? 4.16.21

    Back to work for me tonight and again tomorrow, then our meetup Sunday for Neuromancer. Weather here has really sucked, so I haven't been doing anything outdoors lately.
  7. 2 points
    I’ll be there. Don’t want to leave you hanging. It will be good to laugh about how none of us got it.
  8. 2 points
    Glad to hear, that’s what I figured too
  9. 2 points
    Boag

    Plans for the weekend? 4.16.21

    Weather here lately is either all day rain or all day sun. Have to work but may try and grill after depending on the weather. And find something to get the kids off the computers.
  10. 2 points
    BrandieNoel

    Plans for the weekend? 4.16.21

    Hubs is going back to work today I will be reading a bunch until he is off again. Finishing up Last Argument of Kings and then going to get started on Kings of Ash... with a few romance novel pallet cleansers.
  11. 2 points
    Dunnar

    Plans for the weekend? 4.16.21

    Weather has been hit or miss here, so I'm not grilling out tonight ... but may try to golf Sunday. Daughter is taking the ACT, so I have to drive her. Patching bathroom towel bar. Apparently my children believe its a weight bearing pull up bar. Patching, sanding, patching, sanding, painting, rehang ... good times. This is my second time. I am going to adjust the position and bought some stronger fasteners. Hopefully its the last time
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  13. 2 points
    Had a nice chat with J. Allen, about 120 minutes. Video will be up Sunday at 9am MST
  14. 2 points
    Pasanda

    Horizon Zero Dawn

    Do you have the Frozen Wilds expansion? That adds a big part of the map to the NE passage. Not huge - i'd guess around 20%, but it's worth it. Plus it gives you a chance to use that armour you found, which isn't really available until near the end of the main game, and you're not permitted to wear for the main end-game play either. No point in going there earlier, as the first things you encounter are really tough at high level. Talking of that ancient tech armour. Reading around it might lead you to believe it's practically invulnerable. Thankfully that's not true. But it does effectively add another health bar, which recharges fairly rapidly out of combat (you can kite-recharge, if not hit for 3-5 seconds). There is another suit, which seems uber, from a leader in the Frozen Wilds, but i didn't buy it or test it. I had to look up the location of the last power cell to get the armour, as i'd been everywhere, but not found it. Turns out i'd almost tripped over it and missed it, so I didn't feel too bad about searching the web. I would not have liked to find that stalker on a low level. There's 2 places in Frozen Wilds where you come across 4-5 of them at once. Nasty! There are several aspects of the game that i experienced, but never really pursued, due mostly to my play style. I preferred killing mobs myself, to using override - tired it half a dozen times, and it was fun, but that was it. I preferred running around instead of riding around, as i discovered more things, and preferred the pace. although i did use the campfire port a lot toward the end. Some things you have to override to progress the game, of course. such as the wonderful Longnecks. Agree, the animation and audio was excellent throughout, but no more so than with the Longnecks. Thankfully, there are others. Overriding them opens up the map of that area. I think that's the main point of them. I never really used the teardown arrows. They do hardly any damage, and i was never desperate enough to gather the materials that dropped off, rather than just killing them ASAP. If an when you do some of the trials, it teaches you to stun and farm things like blaze from the underbelly of some of the larger machines (the ones that look like 2 legged dinosaurs...). I didn't really buy into the trials either, as they didn't seem to move either me or the game forward. although the main hunting lodge chain of trials could have been interesting. Good to hear it worked well on your abacus-GTX. p.s. I just couldn't imagine facing some of the corrupted bosses at the end of Frozen Wilds without that Ancient armour. Even with it, i must had died a dozen times.
  15. 2 points
    Elovia

    Horizon Zero Dawn

    I probably have maybe less than a third of the map exposed. And I ran into the same Stalker you did, same quest, too, but I stumbled onto it while still fairly lowish level. In that encounter, I met two new machines in short order: my first encounter with a Longleg, and then the Stalker ... not to mention random Scrappers showing up during combat with the Longleg (where I was the chicken running around). Good thing I had some help from the Quest-giving NPCs. Anyway, to clear the Stalker, I just started laying a lot of random wire traps hither and yon. Eventually the stalker crossed one, and ... bingo! there it is ... but I was certainly uncomfortable exposing myself to a potential single shot death just to lure it out into the traps. I like playing cat and mouse, just not playing as the mouse. It's an interesting machine mechanic, for sure. I found a bunker cave with some ancient tech armor locked away in a visible but inaccessible area. I need to find some power cells to access it. I have found one. I can look online for spoilers, but that might take away some of the fun of exploring. I also cleared my first cauldron (Sigma), so I can now override Sawtooths and other small machines. In a related story, I rescued a couple of dudes "treed" by a pair of Sawtooths in an ancient building ruin. I overrode one of them, and it promptly attacked the other, and then, after the first went down, I launched a fire arrow into the downed one's exposed abdominal blaze stash (normally a difficult target to hit) thus exploding and almost killing the victorious Sawtooth (by that time, it was no longer overidden). A few more deftly placed arrows and that was the end of that. I like how there are multiple paths to solving these types of problems. Speaking of overriding, I'm not sure there is much value in using selected machines (e.g., Striders, Broadheads, etc.) as transportation. The process and mechanics of riding seem cumbersome, and it is difficult to keep situational awareness because when you turn the camera to look around, the machine steers in the direction the camera points. I have tons of materials (my inventory slots are bursting with them), and creating travel packs is easy enough that traveling to distant campfires seems better and faster than trying to steer a mechanical ... ahem ... steer to wherever it is you want to go. In the same ruined city area as the two "treed" dudes, I also accessed my first Longneck, which was quite the thrill of a climb. Again, I think the game's animators did a wonderful job overall. Given the graphics, I was afraid my old potato of a computer would choke, but I have (almost) everything turned up to the max graphical settings and it does fine. The fans on the video card and CPU run louder than normal, but they seem to be taking care of business as they should. Kind of makes sense, I guess. The game came out for Playstation about 5 years after I built my computer, and that was over ten years ago.
  16. 2 points
    Pasanda

    Drug Use in the Workplace

    I've learned that, no matter what my own views are on such things, don't act on them. Always take advice from your employer. It hurts, having spent a career leading myself. But i've got close to hot water for taking my own steer around delicate subjects like this.
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  18. 2 points
    Favorite 90's T.V. commercial? Or any other 90's related questions. I loved the 90's!
  19. 2 points
    Stacyejaye

    Channel name suggestions

    Ok my friends. I'm giving some serious thought to starting my own booktube channel. What do you think about Stacey Reads A Lot for a channel name? Please be honest, don't be shy. Also, if you have a suggestion, let me know. TIA
  20. 2 points
    Raul Reads

    Neuromancer Discussion Stream

    Yes . I use my iPhone. No headphones as that gives weird audio.
  21. 2 points
    Lasraik

    Neuromancer Discussion Stream

    Yeah, I think @Raul Reads uses his iphone
  22. 2 points
    Stacyejaye

    Neuromancer Discussion Thread

    DNF at 54% I just didn't find the story compelling enough to endure the writing. At first I thought the technology (this being a 40 year old book) was intriguing, but then I would get lost and not understand what the heck they were talking about.
  23. 1 point
    I probably won't be able to join this one. Sorry! I only got to page 16 or 18 so I wouldn't have much to add to the conversation. I will definitely check it out when you post it to your channel though so I can hear all of your thoughts on what I missed.
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  25. 1 point
    It's one thing to know you'll eventually return to Earth and your loved ones, and another to know that you probably won't. I imagine that there's also a lot of stress in that even the tiniest of mistakes, or temporary lapse of attention (or judgement), could prove fatal - not just for you but also for everyone else on the voyage. I'd say you'd have to be psychologically off in some small way just to tolerate and endure the mission ... not just a cause-effect from it.
  26. 1 point
    I'm currently at chapter 9. Listening to the audiobook (once again thanks Steve ) so I'l have a look in the book tomorrow if I can find some spoilers I want to share. For now: really liking this one.
  27. 1 point
    Spoilers up until chapter 22: Such Sweet Sorrow
  28. 1 point
    Dunnar

    NFL 2021 Season

    I agree. However, if he's healthy, he can be great. It is a show me contract so I'm good with the risk. We also signed another former first round D end on a show me deal. Its about talent and depth to get to the QB and they are stockpiling that ... even before the draft.
  29. 1 point
    Elovia

    Drug Use in the Workplace

    No direct personal experience with this specific situation, but you should seek council from HR. An addiction, even to illegal substances, may be considered a disability under ADA (your HR should know for sure specific to the circumstances), and if so, the employer may be required to provide reasonable accommodations to that disability; what that means depends on the action taken. Also, company policy and history of policy enforcement can be an issue (e.g., is it an immediate termination offense? And does the company have a history of consistently enforcing the policy?). If the employee claims his addiction is a disability, and he is actually addicted (not just a casual illegal drug user), the path toward termination or rehabilitation may become a legal issue since disabilities are a protected class against discrimination. Also be cognizant of any potential confidentiality requirements surrounding personnel issues (including potential disciplinary action); this person's situation and company response should not be common knowledge among the company's employees. The best you can do is privately show empathy as a friend toward the individual and his addiction problem. You can't necessarily fix his problem or situation. You also should be careful of any supervisor-employee power dynamic between you, so that any action you take as a friendly supervisor doesn't jeopardize the company's legal options or obligations. At minimum, he should seek treatment for his addiction (and NM may have social programs to help in that regard), but whether he has a future with your company is a separate matter. It's a shitty situation to be in, for sure.
  30. 1 point
    BrandieNoel

    Questions for author H.B. Diaz

    What is her favorite horror author?
  31. 1 point
    BrandieNoel

    Channel name suggestions

    Looking forward to your channel! I like that name!
  32. 1 point
    Lasraik

    Red Harvest Moon

    I will be giving away a copy of Red Harvest Moon to support the author and because I enjoyed the book and more people should read it. The first person to post will receive a copy via Amazon - your choice of ebook or paperback.
  33. 1 point
    Boag

    USB 3.0 Powered Hub Suggestions

    Also I ran the Oculus Rift 2 connectivity test on it and it passed that with just a small drop off from the pc USB port.
  34. 1 point
    Lasraik

    The Poppy War #1 Discussion

    Discussion stream for the first book in the Poppy War, please RSVP
  35. 1 point
    Lasraik

    The Poppy War Group Read

    1pm is good, I'm getting used to getting up around that time I know there were a few people interested in it, so I'll spread the word this week. Thank you Liz, this is going to be fun! Let me know which ones you'd like to host, or if all of them I'm good with that too!
  36. 1 point
    Lasraik

    Neuromancer Discussion Thread

    Yeah of course! It'll be a good time even if it's negative I finished it, but honestly I have no idea WTF was going on most of the time. It will be a two or three read situation before it makes sense for my little brain. I think I'll have to take @Beauregard's example and check some wiki's
  37. 1 point
    Lasraik

    Frog Leap Studios on YouTube

    A friend of mine was telling me about this channel. The creator covers songs but puts a metal twist on them, playing all the instruments himself. Some are hit and miss, but here are some of my favorites. Obviously, the WAP video has very explicit lyrics
  38. 1 point
    Raul Reads

    Neuromancer Discussion Stream

    Positive vibes lol
  39. 1 point
    Nakia's Hideaway

    Neuromancer Discussion Stream

    Thank you @Lasraik and @Raul Reads! I just hope I don't have technical difficulties on the actual day.
  40. 1 point
    Lasraik

    The Poppy War Group Read

    Hope the video helped with navigation! The 23rd works for me, looks like that weekend is clear. What time zone are you in? Would either 12pm or 1pm mst be convenient?
  41. 1 point
    Beauregard

    What's on your April TBR?

    Neuromancer House of Suns - Alastair Reynolds The Devil’s Hand - Jack Carr Dance Hall of the Dead - Tony Hillerman
  42. 1 point
    Beauregard

    Neuromancer Discussion Thread

    I was reading the book and listening to the audio at the same time so I could get it all in (audio and visually speaking) but I got really far behind with the audio and kept plowing through reading it. I referred to Wikipedia to make sure I understood the plot. I did that multiple times. I tried not to read ahead on the Wikipedia plot page so as not to spoil it for me. Wikipedia helped me get through the first half. I found the second half of the book a little easier to get through.
  43. 1 point
    Raul Reads

    Neuromancer Discussion Thread

    haha i told you Steve . I literally couldn’t tell what was going on most of the time. I have to restart so many time to make sure I understood it
  44. 1 point
    Lasraik

    Neuromancer Discussion Thread

    OK, maybe I'm just a knucklehead but is anyone else feeling lost occasionally while reading this one? Sometimes I turn back to a few pages to make sure I didn't skip a page or miss something, not always following who is who and since it depends on if they are in the real world or cyberspace it's a little confusing. ... or is it just me?
  45. 1 point
    Stacyejaye

    Neuromancer Discussion Thread

    This book is hurting my brain. Gibson uses more commas than a CSV file. I don't care for his writing style at all. It is choppy and incoherent. CH. 2
  46. 1 point

    Ill be attending
  47. 1 point
    I’m excited to get to this
  48. 1 point
    Lasraik

    Godzilla vs. Kong

    Going into this movie I turned my brain off and just wanted some stupid fun, but I was surprised how bad of a movie it was. The special effects are top notch, though.
  49. 1 point
    I'm excited for this series. I bought Malice months ago because of all the reviews I'd seen on booktube. Until now I was hesitant to start it. I guess I was worried it might be overhyped. But now, even if I don't like it at least it will be an interesting discussion!
  50. 1 point
    Mine came in today!
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