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Everything posted by KarmaTsunami

  1. That's the exact stretch of PRW I live by. It truly is the absolute pits. Also, the fucking littering here? Just the whole of Glasgow? I know it's not the only place in the world with litter but it's just everywhere.
  2. Confession - After living off Paisley Road for three years I'm no longer a Rangers fan. You were all right, they're a bunch of total cunts. I'm moving back to Aberdeen shortly.
  3. YES! I love this fact. They had someone inside it operating it, but if the rubber coating around the big steel t-rex frame had too much water absorbed THE THING MOVED BY ITSELF WHEN IT WASN'T MEANT TO. How shit scary would that be?
  4. Yeah, we lucked out with the place we're renting as well. It's a terraced house, but right on the southside of the Clyde. Quiet, peaceful, 20 minute walk from George Square and a 30 minute walk from my work. My new job is bloody magic too, still Higher Education administration, but at the Royal Conservatoire.
  5. Moved to Glasgow and started a pretty great new job at the Royal Conservatoire.
  6. I fucking loved the Norma episode. Related but not related - http://www.vogue.com/13275586/norma-orange-is-the-new-black-punk-singer/
  7. I think that Vee's death at the end of Season 2 and Suzanne's inability to deal with it (given that she has the mental age of a 6 year old) probably goes a long way to explaining her behaviour this season. As to the guards and what the prisoners are getting away with, I think, again, that Caputo trying to be the 'good guy Warden' goes some way to explaining that. Then you've got the place being bought by a corporation that doesn't care about the inmates, but is essentially turning it into a money-making venture, hiring poorly trained part-time guards and overcrowding the prison which I think again is why the prisoners get away with more. The guard aren't trained to handle them, and the ones that are seem more concerned with their livelihoods being destroyed by the corporate takeover. My own opinion is that it's still good, but nowhere NEAR as good as the second season was. Also fuck Piper. Seriously. She's the new Larry.
  8. A Confederacy of Dunces is absolutely brilliant.
  9. I finally, finally finished Kazuo Ishiguro's The Buried Giant and the only reason it took me nearly two months to finish is because a video game temporarily ruined my life. Otherwise, it's a solidly good book, very strange mix of Arthurian legend and old English folk tales. The ending is very sad, and left me feeling despondent for a good hour or so afterwards. I have also recently read the trade paperbacks of Lumberjanes, Rat Queens and Saga, which puts me at 25 for the year and one book behind schedule to hit sixty by the end of 2015.
  10. We swung by in the car and decided to give it a miss after hearing about folk standing for 3-4 hours before getting in. Some of the costumes look awesome, and hopefully it means a bigger, two-day con in Aberdeen next year. I've been reading Rat Queens and Lumberjanes, both of which are just great. I'm all caught up on Rat Queens and plan to start the second arc of Lumberjanes on my lunch today. I've still got to get caught up on Saga, and got a shot of The Wicked + the Divine as well.
  11. bequietanddrive@kindle.com is mine. Most of what I've got is fiction - literary, fantasy some sci-fi. I do have some non-fiction stuff though. The folk who are reading/have enjoyed Harry Potter - if you've not read Lev Grossman's Magicians Trilogy I've got that and highly recommend it.
  12. It was absolutely brilliant. Great set. Corin coming on and going full front woman for 'Gimme Love' was amazing. 'Little Babies', 'No Rock and Roll Fun', 'I Wanna be your Joey Ramone', 'Dig Me Out'....too many highlights. My voice is still wrecked.
  13. I'm reading a Dragon Age novel because that stupid game has taken over my stupid life.
  14. Or: http://www.amazon.co.uk/VonShef-Professional-Masticating-Efficient-Extraction/dp/B00GOYMPSGwhich I might do if it's the same price on Friday.
  15. You should definitely check out more by JD Salinger. One of my favourite writers. I think 'Franny and Zooey' is his best. I will also never not recommend 'Mrs Dalloway' by Virginia Woolf when it comes to novels that are beautifully written.
  16. PINS confirmed as support, which is very exciting! Well looking forward to this, they've been dropping 'Call the Doctor' and 'I Wanna be Yr Joey Ramone' into their sets. I'm really looking forward to hearing songs from the new album as well. Just so much.
  17. I've got Gatsby on my kindle to read at some point. I'm reading the Patrick Rofthuss novella, 'The Slow Regard of Silent Things'. I enjoying it enough, it's a really well written story focusing on one of the characters from his fantasy series The Kingkiller Chronicles (highly recommended, btw). It's different to his first two books, given that it's from the point of view of the character Auri, who is very different to any other character in the series. I don't think you could read it without having read the first two, but for people who have it's worth investigating.
  18. A great deal. I found myself going back and re-reading passages, particularly conversations between Atticus, Scout and Jem. Genuinely timeless, and it made me really sad to think that a lot of what's written there can still apply to things happening in the world today, i.e Ferguson. I meant 'meaning to read', but clearly I was just so much about the reading that I reading read.
  19. I wish. Fuck knows what happened to them. I can't remember if I've loaned them out to someone and never gotten them back, or if they have been lost at some point during various moves.
  20. I'm playing Dragon Age Inquisition at the moment. This sums it up pretty accurately.
  21. 16 down! 1. Lev Grossman - Magician's Land 2. Christina Faust - Fringe: Zodiac Paradox 3. Benjamin Saez - Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe 4. Catherynne Valente - The Girl who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of her own Making 5. Suki Kim - Without You There is no Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea's Elite 6. Roxane Gay - An Untamed State 7. Eric Lichtblau - The Nazis Next Door: How America Became a Safe Haven for Hitler's Men 8. Megan Abbott - Dare Me 9. Ben Montgomery - Grandma Gatewood's Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman who Saved the Appalachian Trail 10. Ben Aaronovitch - Rivers of London 11. Ben Aaronovitch - Moon over Soho 12. Ben Aaronovitch - Whispers Underground 13. Ben Aaronovitch - Broken Homes 14. Ben Aaronovitch - Foxglove Summer 15. Sylvia Plath - The Bell Jar 16. Harper Lee - To Kill a Mockingbird Started with some relatively light fare (not including the Lev Grossman book - highly recommend the series, brilliant stuff), a little non-fiction and then five books about a London constable who becomes a wizard. Third book in the series is a little weak but overall very entertaining and there's a good continuous arc going that's working up to a big endgame. Last two were ones I've been reading to read for AGES but never got round to. Don't know what to read next, but spoiled for choice.
  22. Finished 'Grandma Gatewood's Walk' which was really good. I'm now reading 'Rivers of London' by Ben Aaronovitch which is excellent so far and means the next few books I read will be the rest of the series.
  23. So far, it's definitely not as amusing as A Walk in the Woods (given that Emma Gatewood was physically and mentally abused by her psychopathic husband throughout her life), but it's still a great read.
  24. I'm reading Grandma Gatewood's Walk by Ben Montgomery. It's about the first woman to hike the whole Appalachian Trail alone in one go (2160 miles). She was 67. She's also considered a pioneer of ultra-light hiking.
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