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PostPosted: Fri Dec 31, 2010 5:07 am 
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OK so after doing a file-> search there is a mention of "Loading up equipment" before that part

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 31, 2010 5:32 am 
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Told you so!

Still, I understand your confusion. The short story isn't my native medium and I hit this one with a hard limit of 15 pages. I would have reinforced that detail and done more on the aftermath if I had given myself another page, but I refused to (for better or worse).

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 31, 2010 5:37 am 
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Why did you limit yourself to 15 pages? I imagine that format can present unique challenges, a balance between back story and forward looking action.

The Sherlock/Chthulu short you linked succeeded simply because it was able to indirectly leverage an enormous backstory - something that would be nearly impossible to achieve in 15 pages otherwise.

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It was just the craftsman's goal for the story. I often do these sorts of things with short stories to build and hone certain skills (in this case brevity). Writing is a skill that takes intense practice and always writing within my comfort zone would be rather limiting.

So far only you've commented negatively on the length, so I would say that I was maybe 70% successful in being effectively brief. Not so bad.

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Yeah, it was a great story, as usual. Just wanted it to go into a bit more detail on certain areas.

Aren't you working on a full length novel?

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It was alright! Not my best work by any means.

Yes. The first draft of it is finished actually.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 7:07 am 
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Tried Bad Company.

Battlefield is the same bad game it's always been. The helicopter has the most nonsense control scheme imaginable and the whole thing is just a huge clusterfuck. Occasionally I'd stumble on a squad of guys and kill them all by myself, while most of the time I'd just be spawning and immediately dying. Once I had a Medic revive me 6 times in the same spot that had all sorts of rockets and machine guns and shit being fired at it. Every time I stood up I would just be killed. I thought I might have fun in a tank, but apparently the swivel on the turret is really rusty and it can't turn at all. Another time me and another teammate spawned next to a guy in our squad only to have all three of us die to a previously unseen grenade.

The people that enjoy this game are:

1) People that are willing to put in the hours of frustration necessary to learn its ins and outs. And yes I watched the stupid tutorial vid you linked. I hit q to spot. Great.
2) People that have been playing BF since 1942.
3) Masochists

As I am none of these things, I am not going to be playing this game. Uninstalled. Added to The List.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 2011 10:11 pm 
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If you guys do get a case for the Kindle, stay clear of the 6" official Amazon non-lighted versions. The lighted versions are apparently fine.

The clips that the Amazon cases use to hold the kindle in place are metal, and apparently double as the electrical conductors to external devices (like the light). The non-lighted case has metal contacts but nothing actually hooked up, it's some sort of dud circuit. Anyway, there is some issue where it leads to frequent lockups. Alex had his lock up six times already, we removed it from the case and it's been fine. The lighted cases, on the other hand the circuit actually does something (The lighting equipment) and apparently doesn't suffer from lockups? Yeah, it sounds strange. You would think the problems would be the other way around.

Anyway, Amazon doesn't know why this happens with some combinations of cases/kindles, so they did a recall on the 6" non-lighted cases. We just called them up, gave them the order #, and within a few minutes they gave us a $60 credit no-questions-asked on our account so we could buy the lighted version. Alternatively they would have accepted a return and a $25 credit. They don't even want the old case shipped back. My dad has the lighted version and it's nicer than I thought, otherwise it's the same attractive design.

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That is a really odd problem. But thanks for the advice. This is actually quite timely, as I was planning on getting a Kindle case today.

I ordered a third party one for 25 dollars.

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Naelok so you said you haven't read any Lovecraft, but I think you may enjoy these two. I ran across them over the last few days in my readings. A lot of Lovecraft's work has nothing to do with Cthulu. So much of his work is simply about unknowable ancient things.

"Ex Oblivione"
http://www.hplovecraft.com/writings/tex ... ion/eo.asp

So much of his work is concerned with the dream world, and this ultra short story just begs to be slowly read, savoring each line. I think it's his most beautiful story.

"From beyond"
http://www.hplovecraft.com/writings/tex ... ion/fb.asp

This is about as 'scary' as he gets, and this short story has all his trademark elements.

Bonus story:
http://www.hplovecraft.com/writings/tex ... ion/ca.asp

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A follow up on the kindle case saga:

Nicki posted on some amazon discussion thread about the case locking up. She did this about a week ago, before we called in and got the $60 credit. Her amazon account is separate from mine, so her order history shows nothing relating to a kindle or a case at all.

Today we got a call to our house phone at 8PM from an Amazon representative following up on "her Kindle problems". He offered to give us a $60 credit and next-day shipping on anything we needed. She explained that the kindle was bought under my account, and the case was a gift -- they looked up my info via email address and kicked up the shipping priority since I had already ordered a replacement. I mean, they already did good by giving us a $60 credit on a $35 gift, this was just insane. That's some pretty amazing customer service. It'd be like Walmart monitoring a discussion thread and calling folks who had problems. Pretty impressed.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 15, 2011 5:04 am 
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I hate starting new threads. I imagine this angers Fradener.

So I picked up Dead Rising 2 during the steam sales. This is just a fantastically fun game. Simple. You find shit to beat over zombie's heads. I knew Alex would like it, so without asking permission from the mom, I let him have a go at it tonight.

This was the result: We found the casino bar and I showed him how he could mix alcoholic drinks in the blender to restore health. He decided to carry as much back to the safe room as he could and drink it all in front of his daughter.

http://www.xfire.com/video/3f096f/

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 15, 2011 11:55 am 
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The 25 dollar Kindle case I have is pretty sleek. A solid purchase. I don't know how the official one is, but this one fits my Kindle snugly and is pretty comfortable to hold. It also seems pretty solid so no more worries about damaging my Kindle somehow anymore.

Though yeah that is some pretty impressive Amazon customer service.

I'll read those short stories after I've cleared some backlog.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 2011 4:17 pm 
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Okay I am just lost, I do not know what to get for a kindle cover.

main concern is something to keep dust/particles off of the screen.

I don't really want something that's meant to be used at all times that adds a lot of weight to it.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 2011 7:30 pm 
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But when you're talking about a device that only weighs a few ounces itself, any case you look at is going to at least double the weight. Unless you just get one of those plastic baggie things. But that obviously doesn't help protect it from any drops. My dad took his out of the case and then stepped on it late at night. Had to order a replacement. Ouch.

If you're not concerned about that kind of protection, I think this one looks pretty great and has good reviews.
http://www.amazon.com/Marware-SportGrip ... 44&sr=1-16

Add on this to protect the screen from dust and scratches
http://www.amazon.com/Anti-Glare-Grantw ... y_e_text_b

For something that's kind of inbetween, where you remove the pouch while reading, I also think these look OK
http://www.amazon.com/M-Edge-Convertibl ... 05&sr=1-38

For more heavyduty/permanent cases:
I have an M-Edge case that looks like this:
http://www.amazon.com/M-Edge-Kindle-Peb ... 767&sr=1-7

It's a good quality, the exterior is a nice leathery texture, the inside is a very pleasing fabric that is enjoyable to touch. Since you will be holding this case every time you use the kindle, I believe the tactile experience is an important consideration. After 8 months of using the m-edge case you can kind of see a slightly grubby area on the gray interior fabric where the left palm holds the case, but that can be washed away with a little water. The fabric hasn't worn down at all. It seems to collect dark pet fur easily.

Alex and my father have the Amazon Kindle case and it is probably the most attractive and well constructed one out there. Make sure you get a lighted case, since as stated earlier, there appear to be some hardware issues with the non-lighted one. The exterior and interior are handsome and feel nice. The interior of the kindle case is a darker and somewhat more robust fabric than the m-edge, so it seems likely that it will hold up better in the long run. The stitching also seems of a higher quality. The lighting addon isn't as gimmicky as I thought it would be.

I don't know what kind Naelok got.

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I got this.

It's smooth and leathery, which makes it easy on the touch. It's also solid which makes me much less nervous about tossing my Kindle into my bag where it might get a bit of a knock around. It's also fairly cheap. I honestly don't really want much more than that from a Kindle case so this one works for me.

I echo Osi's sentiment about weight. The Kindle is lighter than a DS, adding a case isn't going to do much.

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Have you had an opportunity to try Castlevania yet, just curious your opinion, if you want to go with me circle yes or no. That kind of thing. I know it's far out of cannon, but it was done in a way that nods very friendly towards it.

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Also, why are you such a penis?

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need to finish Batman first

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