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  2. s.smigiel

    So what happened to YOU today?

    In my experience people tend to parse out what they feel like are the important bits and ignore the rest. You said "Friday," so that became the deadline regardless of your intention. If perhaps you'd said something like "No later than Thursday," the desired outcome might have been achieved. In the case of the pizza, I interpreted that the same as you.
  3. editengine

    So what happened to YOU today?

    " A programmer is going to the grocery store and his wife tells him, "Buy a gallon of milk, and if there are eggs, buy a dozen." So the programmer goes, buys everything, and drives back to his house. Upon arrival, his wife angrily asks him, "Why did you get 13 gallons of milk?" The programmer says, "There were eggs!" " I once got in an argument with my wife who asked to order a pizza that was, "half with ham and pineapple and half with onions." She was upset when the pizza had just onions on one half, just as she requested. In this case, I thought I was being very clear. But 90% of people I asked said they would interpret my statement to mean "end of business on Friday". Well, the other intern candidate was very pleased.
  4. s.smigiel

    So what happened to YOU today?

    I'm confused, today is Tuesday. Generally speaking, probably #1. In the context of the modern work place where most coworkers (present company excluded of course) don't pay attention, you should expect #2.
  5. editengine

    So what happened to YOU today?

    OK, poll time. If I tell you to "get back to me by Friday" does that mean I want to hear from you 1. On or before Thursday or 2. 3pm on Friday afternoon?
  6. heavyboots

    What are YOU reading?

    If you're not in the Tor free e-Book of the Month club, this is a good month to join. They're giving away Ian McDonald's Luna: New Moon.
  7. Last week
  8. remotevoices

    What are YOU reading?

    our reading...hope you're finding something worthwhile among the random! The Twilight Pariah - Jeffrey Ford - a tor novella, so quick easy read. I kind of expected more from it to be honest, it was fine, but I'm not sure there was anything here that we haven't seen in a number of horror films/stories. Three friends come together during the holidays, likely one of the last times they will see each other as they go to different universities and drift apart. Our narrator is an aspiring writer and he tells the story, one of the friends has decided that she wants to be an archaeologist, so she drags him and scholarship football player they are friends with along to a remote country house. Here she plans to hold an illegal excavation for fun and practice, but, of course, they unearth something - a skeleton of something that is humanoid, but not human. And the haunting starts. A Frozen Night - Laura Ambrose - a romance serial by Laura Lam writing under an alternative name - instead of her recent science fiction novels, she is trying her hand at something different. Two young women meet online, one writes fantasy the other literary fiction, but they become friends. This story tells their first meeting, where they wonder if the online flirting will become more. Short and explicit. An introduction at least initially available for free for signing up to her mailing list, and prologue to the novella which has come out recently. A Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy - Douglas Adams - while I have seen at least one film, a TV series, listened to the radio play, I have never read the book. A friend bought me the omnibus edition and insisted I read. So i've read book 1 so far. It is super familiar with all that previous encounter. I was unsure it would work, given its reputation and coming to it at this point. But it did, the familiar was nice and enjoyable and the unfamiliar added to the whole. Lonely Werewolf Girl - Martin Millar - after recent read of Supercute Futures, I felt I should really catch up with the Kalix the series. Kalix is 17, after a fight with her father that got out of control she has run away from their home in Scotland and is now living homeless in London, with a drug problem, an eating disorder and a certain level of anxiety/depression. The fact that she is a werewolf complicates matters, and the fact that her dying father is the head of the werewolf clan makes things worse. She is wanted by the clan and is being tracked by werewolf hunters. Probably Millar's most complex and dense work, though his stuff is always pretty easy reading, with a certain punk undertone. Kalix is given protection by her fashion designer sister, shacks up with two random students, bumps into her punk rock cousins, and gets into all kinds of fights as her death becomes the decider in a battle for succession. Mad cap page turner, I'm half way through, but loving it so far. On A Sunbeam - Tillie Walden - this is the 2nd graphic novel by Tillie Walden I've read after her autobiographical Spinning (about her time as a competitive skater, moved from one city to another, and discovering her sexuality). Sunbeam was serialised online, and I read bits of it then, but this is a big thick collected hardback of the science fiction epic. Mia has taken up a job in reconstruction with the crew of a spaceship - humans scattered across the galaxy too fast, leaving abandoned properties behind, as they catch back up with themselves they need crews to refurbish the asteroid properties, from religious outposts to office blocks. Along the way Mia slowly bonds with the other women on the crew, but also remembers her years in a boarding school, where despite being smart she became board and restless and troubled. Until she meets Grace, a mysterious new girl to the school, whom she decides to befriend and then falls in love with. The story works between the two timelines, building a strong cast of mostly women characters, each with their own journey and emotional depth. The strength of the characters combined with the sweep of the worlds that are built around them makes this a real delight. Still online http://www.onasunbeam.com/ as well as being available in complete book form.
  9. heavyboots

    So what happened to YOU today?

    See I went the other way and shut down everything except Twitter. And SnapChat, I guess… Anyways, what happened to me yesterday was I went and swiped my credit card at the Temple of Apple and toddled out with an ugprade to the XS. (Pronounced Excess in my brain, despite Apple's best marketing attempts.) Amazingly easy to forget about the fact it has not button, except that I did practice my biometrics panic locking a bit because, holy crap, is it easy to accidentally unlock just by waking it up. If you don't disable biometric unlock it and are ever in a police/border patrol/robbery situation they are going to be able to force an unlock in seconds just by holding the phone up to your face. (Unless you can keep your eyes closed the entire time.)
  10. heavyboots

    what are YOU lookin' at?

    I am pretty sure if you liked Destination Wedding you'll like Juliet Naked too, although DW is still on my to-see list. Puzzle — Kelly Macdonald plays a stay-at-home house wife whose kids are about to leave the nest and whose husband is a little to controlling for his own good. She gets a puzzle for her birthday and suddenly discovers there's something that gives her a sense of satisfaction and challenge that's been missing from her life. Horizons are broadened, roles and relationships are cast into doubt, etc etc. As usual, Macdonald is fantastic in her part and her puzzle partner Irrfan Khan is really good too. Annnd I am still working my way very timidly through Skate Kitchen. The film is great so far, but the emotions in it are so fraught that I can only take 10 or 15 minutes at a time.
  11. heavyboots

    What are YOU reading?

    The Tiger Flu by Larissa Lai — This has an interesting start and vaguely reminds me of the same struggle to make sense of what's going on that you get in Oryx and Crake, but alas, it kind of fell apart at the end IMHO. There comes a point where you're like, wait… they did what out of left field??? Might still be worth it if you want to embed in a really effed up post-apocalyptic future where screwing around with genetics has done us in and possibly also saved us to some extent.
  12. editengine

    So what happened to YOU today?

    There are very few choices I have ever made that later I look back on and think, "good job, you! that was a great decision!" But quitting social media was certainly one of them. I still have a linkedin and an FB page that I push out work stuff through but I don't ever use SM otherwise.
  13. gil

    So what happened to YOU today?

    Damn Twitter! I have a theory that Bill's workday is shorter as a result of his Twitter input. I have just about 50 people I follow, but have never been able to find time to keep up with my twitter stream even for one day!
  14. editengine

    what are YOU lookin' at?

    We enjoyed that, it helps that I find Winona Ryder super hot and the high level of DGAF from both of them was fun. Other good things I am watching; Mrs Maisel season 2 (the first ep was meh but it gets better) Endeavor series 4 Gimme Danger - Jim Jarmusch biopic on Iggy Pop and the Stooges. A well done history/biography/philosophy piece it touches a lot on the history of punk and of course the addiction and record business stories. I found Iggy's thoughts on the role of punk in art to be more interesting. Not a great choice if you want to hear a lot of music, but if you like the music history of this period you'll like it. Salt Fat Acid Heat - a cooking show but not really. If Wes Anderson produced Anthony Bourdain but back when he liked cooking and eating this might be what you get. Beautifully filmed, it talks about the simplest elements of cooking and how they vary with quality and how they are used together. This won't make you a better cook but it might make you better appreciate what you are eating.
  15. Wanderer

    What are YOU reading?

    Last week: 2001, Space Odyssey. I like both the movie and the book. Although they're the same story, they are just completely different works. Not only are some of the major plot points slightly different the book and movie also have a completely different tone. The book is much closer to a classic sci-fi story, with Clarke going into minute technical detail (as he does) and explaining much more than the movie does (and perhaps just a bit too much). I first read it when I was a teenager (before even seeing the movie), having recently seen the movie in a proper theater setting, I figured a re-read was in order. This week: Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore, which is about a dude reincarnating over and over to try and achieve perfection, or else... I'm not far in yet but quite enjoying it. It's got hints of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, so probably a decent amount of people here would enjoy it as well...
  16. Wanderer

    what are YOU lookin' at?

    We only just now got Netflix, so we spent the weekend doing not much else but watch Better Call Saul episodes.
  17. GreenRobot

    what are YOU lookin' at?

    Destination Wedding - Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder as an unlikely pairing thrown together at a, as the title suggests, destination wedding. Reminded me of those Ethan Hawke/Richard Linklater movies with Julie Delpy, but snarky and (charmingly) awkward.
  18. editengine

    What are YOU reading?

    You get that I just take what you read and search my local library for these titles and download whatever they have right? Keep it up!
  19. db

    Antici...

    ...pation:
  20. editengine

    So what happened to YOU today?

    Amazon email I just received. We're writing about the order you placed on October 01, 2018 (Order# 113-9814357-0396253). Unfortunately, the release date for the item(s) listed below has changed, and we need to provide you with a new delivery estimate based on the new release date: Gibson, William "Agency" Estimated arrival date: September 03, 2019
  21. editengine

    The Exercise Thread

    Loved that movie! lol Killing time today before the gym but its leg day so I anticipate whining like a child tomorrow about how bad my legs hurt
  22. heavyboots

    The Exercise Thread

    I really wanna respond to that with a "gun show" gif from Logan Lucky, but I can't find one, damn it! Had a nice 10mi 45 minute mountain bike ride last night. And 40 of those minutes were dry even, so I was just barely reaching "soaked" status as I pedaled furiously up to the car.
  23. editengine

    The Exercise Thread

    Hit arms yesterday for a bonus workout, then hit them again today with my normal back day. Gun Show Time!
  24. gil

    what are YOU lookin' at?

    The last series of The Big Bang Theory. It was really running out of steam in the last few series, but we think series 12 is better than we expected.
  25. heavyboots

    what are YOU lookin' at?

    Endeavor is a lot of fun. I went through it shortly after Mrs Fisher's Murder Mysteries (which I highly recommend to anyone who hasn't seen them yet). And speaking of highly recommended, check out Juliet, Naked. I just watched it on Netflix last night and it was great! Chris O'Dowd & Rose Byrne have been a couple for 15 years and the whole time he's been obsessed with Tucker Carlson (Ethan Hawke) who was a rock star that had one amazing album and suddenly disappeared. Chris runs a website dedicated to the fans of Tucker and one day when he really pisses off Rose with his obsession, she fights back by logging onto the fan site and posting a scathing review about how the new demo version of his CD is just a huge money grab. Much to her surprise, Tucker himself writes her and says she nailed it. They start corresponding and hijinks ensue. Basically, I laughed a lot while watching this. Chris O'Dowd, in particular has a perfect comedic touch and all the main actors did a wonderful job of making a film about small lives that really did give them a treatment that felt both real and somewhat surprising at the same time, even if it does follow a romantic comedy formula pretty closely.
  26. Chris H

    Creative Endeavors

    After completely rewriting the lyrics I'm kinda pleased with this. https://headfirstonly.bandcamp.com/track/off-the-edge
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