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Books / Re: 2018 Reading List?
« on: March 19, 2019, 04:23:09 PM »
15. kingdom of the blind, Louise Penny-- 3/5.
16. the witch elm, Tana French. -- 3/5.


1. Binti, Nnedi Okorafor. 4.5/5
2. Snowblind, Christopher Golden. 2/5
3. Blackfish City, Sam Miller. 3/5
4. Medusa Uploaded, Emily Devenport. 4/5
5. Semiosis, by Sue Burke. 5/5

5. Finished Semiosis. excellent. human colony on a new planet. each chapter told by a character in subsequent generations, tho there is some back and forth between generations near the end and a few sections are told from an alien's POV. interesting structure, interesting story, interesting take on a first contact situation. best book i've read in a while. would be deserving of a hugo win.

6. Binti: home, by Nnedi Okorafor-- in progress. longer than the initial novella, tho not by much. good follow-up story. will probably be finishing it in the next day or two. would probably have finished it the other night if i didn't get yelled at for keeping the light on too late.

Diablo 3 / Re: Season 16: The Season of Grandeur
« on: March 19, 2019, 04:13:28 PM »
congrats!  8)

The Argument Chamber / Re: UK general election
« on: March 13, 2019, 07:57:34 PM »
they'll end up with an extension. it's a giant game of chicken at this point.

General Discussion / Re: Marijuana
« on: March 10, 2019, 05:53:10 PM »
seeing more marijuana toxicity cases at work. apparently there's a population of dogs that love eating left over goodies. effects are about what you'd expect. usually not serious tho i did see a dog hospitalized for an extended period when i was in school. concentrated oils can be bad.

best anecdote: dog #1 ate a tray of pot brownies, barfed all over the backyard. treated with supportive care, did just fine. unbeknownst to the family, dog #2 decided that eating the chocolate pot barf was an excellent idea. ended up with more serious symptoms. all was well in the end, but dogs are gross.

Books / Re: 2018 Reading List?
« on: March 08, 2019, 03:02:27 PM »
not sure there's enough activity here to justify a new thread. but to wrap up last year's list...

15. kingdom of the blind, Louise Penny-- 3/5. mystery, set in quebec. two parallel stories; the minor one being a continuation of the arc through the entire series and the major one being a new independent story. a lot of this series has had this sort or structure. in this one, the primary story was not as interesting and much less important than the minor (ongoing) thread. so it goes. apparently Penny didn't plan to continue the series before she ended up writing this book, but then she did and the ending was open-ended, so guessing there will be more. will read them if they appear.

realized looking at the stack of books in my read pile that i forgot to list the witch elm last year, so here it is:

16. the witch elm, Tana French. -- 3/5. she writes a series of police procedurals set in/around Dublin. a continuation here, the twist being it was told from the perspective of the primary suspect. was a fun twist, tho it probably still wasn't as good as her first few books in the series. would also continue this series.


1. Binti, Nnedi Okorafor. 4.5/5. hugo and nebula winning novella in its year. can see why it won. short, just under 100pg. far future SF, sort of an alien first-contact story. have the next in this series in the to-read pile.

2. Snowblind, Christopher Golden. 2/5. meh. similar to an average dean koontz book. there's a niche there. fast read, not particularly satisfying.

3. Blackfish City, Sam Miller. 3/5. near future SF, interesting spin on post-apocalyptic scifi, tho that element was mostly background here. took a bit to really get into it, but finished well. would read another by the author.

4. Medusa Uploaded, Emily Devenport. 4/5. far future SF, politics/revolution on a generation ship. great start but meandered a bit. would also read more by this author.

5. Semiosis, by Sue Burke-- off to a promising start.

Gaming General / Re: Games to look at on PC
« on: February 26, 2019, 01:40:01 PM »
thanks for the advice.

playing axton, just ticked over to level 38.

decided to wait on the DLC, and push through tvhm as fast as possible.

Gaming General / Re: Games to look at on PC
« on: February 25, 2019, 06:18:21 PM »
If you find you love and want to play through UVHM I would recommend one path.  If not I will recommend another.

i would appreciate those suggestions! just finished the main story on normal. not sure about playing to UVHM.

edit: i dipped a toe into the tiny tina stuff as per the rec above, and promptly started getting 1-shot by creatures. gear/lvl problems, i assume.

Diablo 3 / Re: Season 16: The Season of Grandeur
« on: February 19, 2019, 09:12:46 PM »
i'm playing an invoker at the moment. a bit one-note but durable, well represented on the leaderboards so far as i've seen, and not so reliant on timered skills like falling sword.

The Argument Chamber / Re: Trump continued
« on: February 17, 2019, 06:09:50 PM »
Japanese Primer Minister Shinzō Abe nominated President Donald Trump for a Nobel Peace Prize after the U.S. government “informally” requested the nomination, the Asahi newspaper reported Sunday.


so freaking pathetic.

Diablo 3 / Re: Season 16: The Season of Grandeur
« on: February 11, 2019, 07:41:41 AM »
also using LoN, on a crusader. using a mishmash of skills but primarily blessed hammer. getting close to changing to a class set.

haven't played a crusader in forever, was there a defensive buff boost for this class? i looked through the possible cube bonuses and did not see anything close to the barb's band of might, or the DH gear previously mentioned.

Sports / Re: Superbowl predictions?
« on: February 03, 2019, 08:16:22 PM »
best tweet of the night:

"these teams are playing like they know the winner has to go to the whitehouse"

Diablo 3 / Re: Season 16: The Season of Grandeur
« on: February 01, 2019, 07:59:26 PM »
you don't need the weapon to get the complete set bonus, do you? could alway equip some cheap blue/cracked bow/whatever and enjoy 13000% of that.

Sports / Re: Superbowl predictions?
« on: January 31, 2019, 05:10:01 PM »
pats, 35-31

Diablo 3 / Re: Season 16: The Season of Grandeur
« on: January 29, 2019, 01:55:32 PM »
Harrington Waistguard used to be good about 6 yrs ago.  Kinda like Echoing Fury and Mempo of Twilight.

yeah. essentially useless for GR. extraneous for everything else given power creep. yahoo!!!

Diablo 3 / Re: Season 16: The Season of Grandeur
« on: January 29, 2019, 11:12:49 AM »
got my GR70 gift primal, a harrington waistguard. have maybe 15 10 (overestimated) non-seasonal primal items, and naturally this was already one of them.

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