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  1. scottyboy

    The Return of the Fifty Book Challenge

    I just counted 17 for me. I'm confident of finishing a couple more this month; but I'm thinking I've got to read one more from the stack to at least get a piss-poor 20. I finally broke my non-fiction duck (that One Market Under God that I mentioned in this or the other thread; eventually got into once I forced myself to read a chapter a day or ditch it for good), though; work has become sane of late and next year I'm betting on not spending months half-dying from dengue and consequent pneumonia. Ahem. So I'm determined to make next year another 50+ one, come hell or high water (though another fucking mosquito just could still be my undoing, I fear) and think I've got the pace going now. I also want to make War and Peace one of those 50 next year (read some of his short stories this year and have decided he's indeed the real deal). Can't actually find a copy though. Never thought I'd A. be in an despotic Asian bookshop and NOT see War and Peace, and B. be bummed about it. Might even go nuts and get another Kindle.
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    Celebrity Dead Pool 2018

    I'd still prefer it to be duplicated here, even if it's just updates and no banter. I'm on FB and in the group but I detest the former, and only log in probably about once a week. I actually deactivated mine around the same time as I think ca_gere, but eventually cracked (and "reactivating" pretty much was just logging in) because it seems getting hold of some (esp. old) friends is only possibly via FB. It even seems the main medium for job hunting how. Sigh. But if it's too much hassle, fair enough.
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    Celebrity Dead Pool 2018

    Points finally. and for quite a few people; Bush sr...
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    Your current read?

    Blitzed is also on my huge to-read list.
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    Quick Questions

    In the same, but less flippant, vein of my post above: I'd be surprised if this didn't have some blowback for WWE, if the event's going ahead soon. (If anyone's not been reading the news: a Saudi hit squad -not even going to say allegedly - tortured and murdered an exiled Saudi dissident in their Turkish consulate; the Turks had better espionage/surveillance than the Saudis were presumably expecting and allegedly - more warranted here - have audio of the whole thing). Even the McMahon family's beloved Republicans are going apeshit (in Congress; White House is trying to find a way to say they don't give a fuck, not very successfully). A tangent, but also a quick question. edit: I just noticed Lemonade mentioned this above. Ahem.
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    Quick Questions

    Not the only list he's got with half the people on it dead...
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    Podcasts

    Daniel and Jorge Explain the Universe. It's yet another 2-guys-explain-stuff podcast from How Stuff Works, but thus far pretty good (and better than the other presumed SYSK variations I ignored). One is a particle physicist at CERN and the other is the PHD comics cartoonist. So a bit like StarTalk (astrophysicist and comedian) but thus far it never deviates from physics (unlike StarTalk or Stuff to Blow Your Mind etc.), while staying light and accessible. Bet your enthralled already.
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    Worst gig you ever played.

    Nah, it was a James something (my handle is actually my middle name).
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    Worst gig you ever played.

    Ah, the Broch. Told (bitched about) this story on here before I'm sure, but: when I was a student a couple of police detectives (so no uniforms; my massive flatmate, who was playing playstation in the wee hours like a regular student, damn near attacked them) climbed through our window in the middle of the night (they rang the bell, but no sane person answers a doorbell in student accommodation in the dead of night). I was woken up by the whole thing, and the guy they were looking for shared a first name with me (and the first name was all I got). After several minutes of very confusing (to me) questions about abandoned cars and gods know what else, and them getting "uh, no" from me, they double checked the full name. Which wasn't me. (they then angrily told me to "wake up"; I replied "I just did", at a ludicrous time of their choosing). Anyway, the /coolstory is that the guy they were looking for (who previously lived there) was from the Broch. So I for one hold the place in high esteem.
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    Ab-mus memories

    Forgot all about Biz too, until I saw that. Seemed to know a few things about drums I recall, but, yeah, that final quoted post (I couldn't stomach more than the bookends...talking about the Sparkles thread; not the Smith hoax thread, which I do vaguely remember) was a yet a bit more weird (leaving aside the bit about the teenage girls, and their imagined mums, and if they'd been a bit older.... uh, yeah, "weird" doesn't quite cover that) than I recall. No idea who the man behind the avatar is /was though.Which I guess is a good thing.
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    Celebrity Dead Pool 2018

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/aug/25/john-mccain-influential-us-senator-and-ex-presidential-candidate-dies-aged-81 McSlain...
  12. Total Guitar!? (OK, it's the poppier, easiest - for instruction purposes - end of guitar mags; although I'd say that's more impressive, given the genre, than ending up in Guitar Techniques brief, tiny flirtation with anything but tuition), but still. I recall there being various incarnations of up-and-comerspieces, most/all of which (bands) got nowhere big AKAIK.... but still if I got in there I wouldn't have chucked it, no. I think Sikth got mentioned multiple times (readers writing in raving about them; non-plussing the staff) without ever getting a photo, let alone a tab.
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    Celebrity Dead Pool 2018

    Someone tried to kill Nicholas Maduro the other day. I thought I'd had him on my team the last couple of years; seems he just stayed on the transfer target list. The sight of his bodyguard and military parade just fleeing past him on the podium and leaving him to fend for himself was pretty funny.
  14. OK. Morbid curiosity has overcome my horror: what is "snapping" exactly, medically speaking?
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    Pet Hates!

    You're literally describing toddlers in a classroom. One decides they're dying of thirst or going to piss themselves (and in this case, they really might piss themselves, so saying "no" is the greater evil), and as one goes out the rest all decide they need to go out, too. Pet hate.
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