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This thread will probably not survive for too long......but I am hoping this is where you will come to get the bad things off your chest or mind without hurting anyone.........

 

 


Posted 28 August 2013 - 11:53 AM


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Currently hating Amazon because the e-book of Sorrow not out until November and Peril is released 1st of October..........obviously I have a love/hate relationship with Amazon...........


Posted 29 August 2013 - 11:02 AM


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Umm...I preordered the ebook of Sorrow on Kindle months ago and it downloaded for me right on the release date (8/27).  I did have to go to my account and "send" it to my device though.  Have you checked to see if it's already part of your cloud, but just hasn't auto-downloaded to your device?


Posted 29 August 2013 - 12:00 PM


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Kindle releases can be a bit off if you're in the UK. I always try to buy my kindle releases from Amazon US. 

Back in the day I got my mother a kindle that had to be shipped over from the States since her mobility issues were hitting her hands and making it awkward to hold books and turn pages, so that was always linked to the US site. Since I've used both to buy other things, I've found it simpler to link my kindle for pc to the US site as well.

 

Of course, sometimes they'll pick up on you being from the UK and won't show Kindle releases that won't get released over in Europe for awhile.

I ended up getting an epub version of Sorrow via Harlequin.

 

On the venting side (and non literary) I'm annoyed because my Saints Row IV pre-order got cancelled 3 days before the release. For some totally bizarre reason there are absolutely no physical copies of the PC version available throughout the UK. If I want to play the game at the moment, I have to spend £6 /$10 more and get the digital download version.  So .. not having a physical disk & case costs more. >_<

And there's no explanation for WHY there's no physical copies available. I could buy one from the US and get it shipped across, but that would take another week or so and cost even more.  Dammit Deep Silver! I want to give you my money but you won't provide the gorram game except through download!


Posted 29 August 2013 - 04:33 PM

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I get peeved when iTunes will include a digital booklet with a digital release and several others do not...... :angry: :angry: :angry:


Posted 29 August 2013 - 10:22 PM


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Ahhhh!!

 

Half the girls I know are ridiculously excited because they've announced the actor who is going to play the lead part in the film adaption of Fifty Shades of Grey.

I'm like "But..but.. the books are bad!! They're badly written! They're badly edited! They're bad bdsm!!"  and my friends are all "We don't care. He's hot!!" <_<

 

I don't know, there's something about them that just set me off. Partially that they started off as Twilight fanfiction erotica, and then a publisher basically said "Change the names so it won't fall under copyright and I'll publish them"... and partially because they are just sooo damn bad. Also, I find it just a wee bit scary how so many people got into them, and are doing the dabbling toes in the water of those areas because it's really not well done.

 

Hm, now I'll apologise if this is wandering into dangerous territory but I just have to follow that rant with a quote from a blog article concerning those books:

 


  "It’s not even that it’s about BDSM - it’s just that the writing is so damn bad and it’s SO misleading… Ok, so I read a *little* of it. The thing is, Bella is reading it - and getting very turned on by it. She admits herself that it’s awful and that the writing is the sort of thing a 9-year-old turns out… but the situation is hot and she enjoys the fact that the main character act a lot like I do at times. The thing is, she’s educated about the reality of BDSM, she has no illusions about it. So many women (say the 100’s of thousands who’ve bought the books) have NO idea about the real ways that BDSM works… And I’m worried that a lot of these women (and girls) are going to be taken advantage of, or worse, because of their interest in the lifestyle.

You see, if I’m honest about it, about 70% of the men who *claim* to be dominants are really just assholes who like to hit girls and claim that it’s kinky. And I know that these guys are all just rubbing their hands together in glee at the idea of all this fresh meat coming into the lifestyle; girls they can abuse, slap around and do god knows what to but who don’t know any better. This idea scares the SHIT out of me. I feel like its akin to giving a gun to kids who don’t really understand that it fires real bullets. Anyone who’s older and educated about it (like Bella or other friends of mine) will be fine - it’s puerile and stupid, but kind of a turn-on. For so many women though, they have no idea of the risks, the nature of consensual non-consent or the safety precautions necessary in BDSM. All of this together makes this, in my view, a catastrophe waiting to happen."


Posted 03 September 2013 - 09:32 AM

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Hm, now I'll apologise if this is wandering into dangerous territory but I just have to follow that rant with a quote from a blog article concerning those books:

 

It’s edging into territory I’d prefer not to enter. I understand all of the reasons why Twilight and etc., are considered harmful; I also understand why the opposite is true (if you have a young woman who refuses to read, Twilight almost always grabs them). But the discussion of the accuracy of BDSM as presented in 50 Shades is granular enough I’d ask that it be left to boards in which BDSM is the more prominent, expert discussion.


Posted 03 September 2013 - 03:33 PM


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Certainly.

 

Heh, I'm still amused by the point out that the relationship in Twilight between Edward and Bella in Twilight meet all 15 criteria set by the National Domestic Violence hotline for being in an abusive relationship.


Posted 03 September 2013 - 05:16 PM

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I just find it truly scary that a lot of people will take anything written in a fiction novel to be a fair and accurate description or depiction of something. :ph34r:


Posted 07 September 2013 - 11:07 AM


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My sister recently moved into a new place, and she did a flying visit here to day..

 

Apparently she's got a creepy neighbour with no social skills who stares at the windows from a distance and sets her dog barking. Along with such things as trying to talk to her with lines of "oh, I love dogs. If you're having trouble getting time, feel free to give me a key to your place and I'll go in and take him out for a walk during the day when you're at work."  blink.png


Posted 07 September 2013 - 04:26 PM

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My sister recently moved into a new place, and she did a flying visit here to day..

 

Apparently she's got a creepy neighbour with no social skills who stares at the windows from a distance and sets her dog barking. Along with such things as trying to talk to her with lines of "oh, I love dogs. If you're having trouble getting time, feel free to give me a key to your place and I'll go in and take him out for a walk during the day when you're at work."  blink.png

:ph34r: :blink: :huh: ..........you are joking.......seriously?  I would be tempted to offer your sister a couple or ten supersoakers and a metric-****-tonne of zip ties and handcuffs.......but that would be solely due to the fact that I use those on people who annoy me......and.....only because security confiscated my catapults and caltrops... :blink:


Posted 07 September 2013 - 04:45 PM


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:angry: :unsure: :blink: :ph34r:  Results are in.......not only do I have to be vegan.....one without chocolate, cocoa, carob, caffeine, alcohol, tannin, legumes, nuts, rye, fructose, lactose, galactose, mannitol, sorbitol, xylitol,apsartame...and so forth....I am also now allergic to gluten, wheat, oats, barley, sorghum, teff, flax, goji, millet, ...........and chillies, xanthum gum..........seriously the new list goes on for three pages..............and the original list is even longer......I'm off to drown my sorrows in a glass of water....I think I am allowed that... :unsure:


Posted 13 September 2013 - 01:45 PM


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I shall simply say.. Ouch.. and my condolences. I will avoid mentioning the exceptionally unhealthy "Super-Burger" I allowed myself last night.. :P


Posted 14 September 2013 - 08:18 PM

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Just found out the next member of my merry band of schoolhood companions is leaving the fine club of bachelorhood and has successfully proposed to the love of his life. It's reaching that point where the engaged, married and/or are now parents are starting to outnumber the pure bachelors.. I guess this means we are all growing up... shifty.gif


Posted 16 September 2013 - 04:46 PM

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Just found out the next member of my merry band of schoolhood companions is leaving the fine club of bachelorhood and has successfully proposed to the love of his life. It's reaching that point where the engaged, married and/or are now parents are starting to outnumber the pure bachelors.. I guess this means we are all growing up... shifty.gif

 

Errr....no it just means you have managed to hold onto your money and good sense.......and more importantly a good night's sleep.............. ;)

 

More importantly how was your burger? Seriously how good.....are we talking beef, steak or venison? :blink:  Ketchup? Mustard? Relish? Chillies?

 

Hey I will admit that on occasion I have been known to enjoy the aroma of the chocolate biscuit jar........ :wacko:


Posted 17 September 2013 - 07:31 PM


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Well, it was a burger from the local kebab shop. It is literally called "The Super Burger."

 

Technically, it was 3/4 lbs of freshly cooked-in-front-of-your-face-meat (I think beef, but you never can tell....), with slices of cheese between each piece, slatherings of assorted salad : lettuce, slice tomato, onions, pickles, a few other odds and ends, some mayonnaise and relish, all between two lightly toasted baps...

 

Heh, I was actually at a wedding for one of the guys a few months ago. Of course, he married a girl from Mexico, so the theory went "English side of family about a dozen people with various friends, Mexican side of the family about a few hundred, along with various friends. So the wedding was in Mexico. About two hours drive outside Mexico City. I went over with him for three weeks since I was the Best Man. Interesting thing, they don't actually have a "Best Man" as such in Mexican weddings. So the best translation came out as 'Padrino de Boda" which has a more literal translation as "Godfather of the Wedding."

 

Then I had to give the Best Man speech in Spanish to  several hundred Mexicans, and about 8 English folks. And technically, I don't speak Espanola. ^_^

That and the father of the bride wandered over and was all "Tequila, Si?" in a very firm tone before hand, and you just don't say "No" to that senor.

 

I have no idea how I was able to be polite and charming by the end of that night. I'd had about 5 tequila shots, 3 beers, a glass of champagne, and about 4 or 5 mojitos. yet somehow I was still upright, talking sensibly, and even got asked by the Bride to safely escort her cousin back to their hotel. Which I did accomplish.


Posted 17 September 2013 - 08:37 PM

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I am impressed..........with both the burger and the 'Godfather' duties.....you acquitted yourself rather well............ :)


Posted 18 September 2013 - 05:09 PM


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Heh, although pale-skinned English folks in formal wedding suits certainly stand out in the middle of a Mexican country town..

 

And this was the church:

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Posted 18 September 2013 - 05:30 PM

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Beats the hell out of the small neglected parish churches you find in the UK....... :)


Posted 18 September 2013 - 07:28 PM


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Having one of those grouchy, tired, lost moments.  The trouble with freelance based work is the months of not getting work. Putting in weeks on a potential project only to have it not go anywhere, putting in the prep work, writing out the initial documentation, making the pitch and getting it rejected. Especially annoying when you do get feedback of "Oh yes, you've identified a problem we have, and we do think that you could offer us a solution. But we're not comfortable with how your methodology initially came from the MoD, so we're not going to go with it."  >_<

 

Surviving on the money I get from the government for being a primary carer for a disabled parent and having things like a blown up computer eat up your savings gets very tiresome when the actual job side of things has been going nowhere for month after month.


Posted 21 September 2013 - 06:04 PM

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