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    Came across this pic of Xeno with our old dog, Choobie. He really liked Choobie! and Choob loved everyone (except small white dogs).
  3. Never seen them smoke crack *on* the bus before. Better than the hatchet guy on Saturday though.
  4. Random. Or whenever I find where the WGB has moved to.
  5. Fairly impressive custom etched knife!
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    Sign voice car check tribe, and... Thumbs up! Guitar hero number one, hall of fame period. Plastic guitar, say words... .
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    Oh Dctr Who birthday: Call it La La. Tom Baker's EX, with nail gun. Nail gun. Nail gun. Within a few days, at least. Shit. ... 8?One>> Need whatever.
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    This is what happens when someone named Minotaur gets hung up on a second video game which isn't released. Here, at least. Bruce Dickinson, 'Riding with the Angels', ...Where 666? ZYou know it.
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    fck u! It was as if you never like how we kissed you bitch! You ate my mouth and touch my junior
  10. The difference between 50-60% resistance and zero is huge, even if it would be much better to be at 80-90%, not to mention the reduction in mortality. And for me, it clearly separates you from those that do not wish to get it, and the unlucky ones that do not have much hope of getting it any soon. Or are too young to really benefit from it.
  11. Been double-jab vaccinated for a couple months at this point. It's weird but life is definitely getting back to "normal" here. Eight hours days back at the office commence tomorrow. Some restaurants now have servers wandering around without face masks, concert and movie places starting to open back up. Personally I am still avoiding eating indoors and not really down to see an indoor concert or movie any time soon either (5% chance of getting a flu-like version of COVID is still 5% higher than I really want), but I do feel pretty safe just stepping into a supermarket or whatever for 10 minutes without a mask if they don't require it. OTOH, there are also places still requiring you to hand sanitize before entering and full face masks inside, so the normality is not quite evenly distributed yet.
  12. I'm not sure I could one jab as being vaccinated, as likely another 2 months before I get my 2nd. Certainly not especially at point where I feel safe or keen to get back to working in office. Though certainly I have a certain level of privilege inherent in that.
  13. As getting one is a kind of compromise of getting the second (and soon, the third...) jab, I prefer to count it as vaccined. My wife got her second Pfizer yesterday. We decided to spread the risk, so we got different ones, which is why I got Moderna.
  14. Minxilla are both fully vaccinated. Thank fuck Biden won, so something about this pandemic is happening correctly.
  15. depends whether you count a one jab of a two jab vaccine as vaccinated. i've had one pfizer. brother and sister had one AZ. parents had two AZ. locally starting to get round to folk in mid to late 30s for 1st jab.
  16. I have a first dose and will get the second the 14th of June.
  17. Just a poll on how vaccination progresses among our population.
  18. Women should not be As coke up the nose, leg shave: Gentleman Loser. That’s music for you. Like John Belushi guilty Speak at least the truth. Molly was anger, A trigger pull in writing, Not such Linda much. It’s how it turns out, The politics as bait switch, Powerless new sex. Whatever trip you, Send me the details, secret Penned toilet paper. I lobby return To the most immature start Of card character. One time only, tell Me what I missed, what planet Smucks implication. Coke and legs, well yes, But smack desire in words, soul, Personality. Vector: Fill, Fill, Fill, One Two Three Four Five Six plus One and Two then Three. Hit me in the face, And I love you like the breeze Of sobriety.
  19. Lilly pointed out initially on Slack. But I had a few reminders as I've joined the Lolli mailing list. It was a good talk. I enjoyed the stuff about how the writing was inspired by art objects, the objects being so central to the book, then how in turn more objects were inspired by the writing. I didn't catch the artist's name though, I'll need to look that up. I also note I was checking out Mariana Enriquez's short story collection in the book shop the other day, it has quite the eye catching cover. So I've signed up for the talk with her at the same time next week. part of the season on nominees.
  20. Thanks for pointing this out - I watched it and enjoyed it - I picked up an extra copy in an actual book shop and sent it to a friend in the US on Monday.
  21. I got the Employees direct from the publisher. Joys of indie publisher, not necessarily going to be stocked very well. Particularly during current events. Was in book shop for 1st time since like September, and they had some obvious stuff, but very little from my list of things I was looking for.
  22. 4 months later, with patch 1.21, I have finally finished Cyberpunk 2077, with small periods when I tried the patch of the day to see if they had solved my particular crash. It is infuriating, because you can see the tons of work, the potential, the sparks of glory, and it is surrounded by unbreakable railroads, countless bugs and performance problems, and missing opportunities that were well established in other games ten years ago. It is the excellent writing in some side missions and the great atmosphere you get at times what makes it worse when it fails. I tried all of the endings and I am happy that the most satisfactory one was the one I picked first. Quite fitting with the No Future, No happy endings of Cyberpunk literature, but still quite bleak. Keanu clearly invested a lot in his Silverhand role, and it helps, even if you hate him most of the time. The main story is a shambles, you have long pointless conversations, the character progression is random, and the crafting and improvement parts seem bolted in late. But the details really make it for me. How many gigs connect, how events appear in the conversation afterwards. And the non-combat scenes are welcome, at least for me, except for car races. The interface is so buggy and random that it becomes a chore. It has many details of a graphic novel, interspersed with a limited FPS and broken down RPG elements, with astounding visuals and attention to small details. I still like to ramble for 15 minutes in my car, taking the sights and watching the landscape and the people.
  23. I have ben trying, without success, getting The employees in English. And apparently no problems getting it in French. Any comments on the quality of the translation, and if one of the French speakers has read it in French, what is their opinion? As the original is in Danish, I need a translated one anyway, and Spanish is not an option right now. If it gets the booker price I suppose it will be translated in Spanish, but I prefer not to wait. As reading, mainly Spanish literature. Julian Marias connected novels Berta Isla and Tomas Nevinson. The stress of secrets, and what more secret than working for a secret service, and how it affects all around you. Pedantic and overwrought, I love his mastery of the Spanish language. So I can only recommend it if you read it in the original Spanish. I am also reading archeology works on Roman legions, camps and tactics. Mainly pdf through Academia.org. We have several camp ruins nearby, and I also got caught in the mystery of the fate of the IXth legion, and also how British nationalism wanted to have it destroyed by the Caledonians or the Britons. A deep rabbit hole of stele inscriptions and Roman politics, combined with nationalism and a popular series of novels.
  24. Strange Beasts of China by Yan Ge from my Tilted Axis subscription 2020, small press specialising particularly in Asian works we'd likely not see otherwise. I really enjoy books like this, not novels in the traditional sense, but somewhere between short story and collection of anecdotes with little magical/odd elements mixed in. The city of Yong'an is full of beasts and each chapter combines a definition of the beast, the author's encounter with the beast, and elements of the story she writes for the newspaper. In some ways reminds of Calvino's Invisible Cities except with Beasts and Kawakami's Strange Weather in Tokyo, as the author always ends up in the Dolphin bar with her no good friend or her elusive professor's assistant. Whimsical and witty, but also with darkness in places and like Invisible Cities all of the beasts describe people.
  25. https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/olga-ravn-martin-aitken-with-heather-parry And online conversation with Olga abd translator through Edinburgh Book Festival, next week.
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