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The Donut Den / Re: Ice cream news
« Last post by frankiesaxx on Today at 09:10:24 AM »
This is my new favorite:

Add ice cream vanilla. I haven't seen the chocolate or the cookie dough, so haven't tried them, but the vanilla is on par with your Haagen Dazs or B&J.
Pop Culture / Re: Bladerunner 2049: strong aesthetic, weak af story
« Last post by j-Happenstance on March 18, 2018, 10:20:07 PM »
I'll tell you right now, there was nothing that even holds a candle to Roy Batty's "tears in rain" monologue.

I watched it recently on a flight so not the best way to see something like this, but I found it ponderous in a few places and felt like if it cut out a few scenes of dialogue it would have helped some, but overall I wasn't that taken with it either.

The 'Tears in the Rain' scene they seemed to try and pay homage to and offer their version of it at the end of B2049, using the same soundtrack, I think, and the snow falling rather than the rain. Starts at 2.00 in this clip.

The Donut Den / Writers Trying to Be Less Fat
« Last post by frankiesaxx on March 18, 2018, 02:58:44 PM »
This topic is for sharing tips and healthy recipes, workout ideas, and especially encouragement and support.  :heart:

If you need a virtual workout buddy, or a place where you can be publicly accountable for your goals, whatever will help you be a healthier, happier you.

Some resources:
  • Cronometer - the best calorie and food tracking app. Not only can you track your food using foods in the database, but you can add your own, and create recipes. The reason I like Cronometer especially is that the database isn't full of cruft, they vet the community submitted items. (You can also use it to track fitness activity but I use different apps for that.)
  • Strava - if you run or cycle, you probably already know (and likely use) Strava. I find Strava much better than similar apps, like Runkeeper, which have a lot of annoying alserts and notifications. The great thing about Strava is I don't have to babysit the app, it's not constantly crying for my attention. I can turn it on when I start my ride, turn it off when I get home, and I don't have to look at my phone the entire time I'm out.

    Note: Despite what you may have heard from people who were shocked, shocked, to find out a social fitness app is used with the social settings on, other people might see what you're doing, Strava has excellent privacy settings and if you want to turn off the social aspects completely, you can. (That's how I've run mine since day one.)
  • Fitocracy - as seen in xkcd, one of the original fitness gamification sites, where you log your workouts, get points, and level up.

  • On the Regimen - Mike Vacanti is the guy who taught me how to eat. (Some of the best money I ever spent.) His site and newsletter and videos are loaded with sensible, fact and science based fitness and nutrition information. You won't find any smoothie diets or juice cleanses. But you'll see a lot of Ben & Jerry's.

    And Mike is just a really nice person.
  • Darebee - Neila Rey's site has geeky workouts designed for all fitness levels, many of which can be done with no equipment. Why not go on your own Hero's Journey?

    Always be yourself. Unless you can be Batman. Then be Batman.
The Donut Den / MOVED: Music
« Last post by frankiesaxx on March 18, 2018, 12:31:13 PM »
Pop Culture / Bladerunner 2049: strong aesthetic, weak af story
« Last post by frankiesaxx on March 17, 2018, 11:43:24 AM »
We watched Bladerunner 2049 last night. I've been a little reluctant since Bladerunner is a classic.

I'll tell you right now, there was nothing that even holds a candle to Roy Batty's "tears in rain" monologue.

Bladerunner 2049 was beautifully shot, the cinematography and staging. The aesthetic was very Bladerunner. The story was weak as fuck though.

Have you guys seen it?

Pop Culture / Re: New books you're excited about?
« Last post by frankiesaxx on March 17, 2018, 11:08:11 AM »
This is cheating a bit because it's actually out now but I wanted to read this before it was:

The only Julian Barnes I've read so far is Arthur & George. It was a few years ago and I was in a crime fiction phase with a heavy emphasis on Sherlock Holmes, and it was on the English language fiction shelf in the library. I didn't realize when I picked it up that it was based on a real event, not being especially interested in author's personal lives. I expected something in the vein of Stephanie Barron's Jane Austen mysteries. I enjoyed it anyway though.
Pop Culture / Re: New books you're excited about?
« Last post by Ellie on March 16, 2018, 08:32:19 PM »
This is cheating a bit because it's actually out now but I wanted to read this before it was:

Described by some reviewers as a kind of companion piece to Julian Barnes’s Booker Prize-winning novel The Sense of An Ending, The Only Story is a meditation on time, memory and consequence. It is also a book about emotional resonance and the possibility that love might echo throughout a lifetime.

Would you rather love the more, and suffer the more; or love the less, and suffer the less? That is, I think, finally, the only real question.

First love has lifelong consequences, but Paul doesn't know anything about that at nineteen. At nineteen, he's proud of the fact his relationship flies in the face of social convention.

As he grows older, the demands placed on Paul by love become far greater than he could possibly have foreseen. Tender and wise, The Only Story is a deeply moving novel by one of fiction's greatest mappers of the human heart.

I loved 'The Sense of an Ending' and it's typical me really, that nostalgic slightly wafting thing going on.  I pre-ordered it and it arrived a little while ago, currently waiting on my shelf to be read next (at the moment I'm reading, and have been for ages, Zadie Smith's 'Swingtime' which is a v-e-r-y long book).

This is slightly off topic but another book I read not so long ago which had a great impact was 'First Love' by Gwendoline Riley:
What do we sacrifice of ourselves to cleave to another person?

Neve is a writer in her mid-30s married to an older man, Edwyn. For now they are in a place of relative peace, but their past battles have left scars.

As Neve recalls the decisions that led her to this marriage, she tells of other loves and other debts, from her bullying father and her self-involved mother to a musician who played her and a series of lonely flights from place to place. Drawing the reader into the battleground of her relationship, Neve spins a story of helplessness and hostility, an ongoing conflict in which both husband and wife have played a part.

a slim almost quirky book but I thought the insight into human relations and relationships was compelling.

Publication: Queen of Swords Press
Deadline: May 15th, 2018

Genre: sci-fi, fantasy, steampunk, cross-genre
Length: short story 4000 - 7500 words
Payment: $100 for new fiction, $50 for reprints

More details:
seeks short stories for Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space): A Pirate Anthology

We’re looking for stories about pirates who sailed the Caribbean under the Jolly Roger, Barbary Corsairs, pirates in the China Sea, pirates in the Irish Sea, pirates in the ancient Mediterranean, pirates in outer space, pirates in fantastical settings, you name it. We’d like to have a diverse range of stories in terms of locale, time period and protagonists. We’re big fans of women pirates, queer pirates and pirates from diverse and interesting backgrounds, but if you’ve got an original spin on Sir Henry Morgan, Blackbeard or a equivalent historical figure, send them our way.
Pop Culture / New books you're excited about?
« Last post by frankiesaxx on March 16, 2018, 10:44:55 AM »
I'm not really a new books junkie. (There are so many old books I haven't got to yet.) But there are a few I'm jonesing to read.

Critical Failures VI in the Caverns and Creatures series is top of my list. It's supposed to be out this year. Critical Failures IV: The Phantom Pinas is one of the funniest books I've read in ages. There are very few books that make me laugh out loud at all, never mind multiple times. It's basically a 400 page dick joke. And yes, I'm aware I have the soul of an 11 year old boy.

I'm also waiting for Alex Acks' Murder on the Titania. Fortunately I don't have to wait long since it comes out in April. (I dug Alex (Acks) Wells' first novel Hunger Makes the Wolf. Acks/Wells is one of my favorite new writers.)

And one I've been wanting to read: The Rise of Victimhood Culture: Microaggressions, Safe Spaces, and the New Culture Wars which is finally out! I read the Manning & Campbell 2015 paper and found it very interesting, so I'm looking forward to the expansion of their ideas.

Em's looking forward to Dragon Road, the sequel to Skyfarer by Joseph Brassey, which comes out in May.

How about you guys? Anything coming out that you really want to read?
Pop Culture / Re: Game: With Those We Love Alive
« Last post by frankiesaxx on March 16, 2018, 09:24:26 AM »

I can spend way too much time playing browser games. I was a long time Kingdom of Loathing addict. Now I'm hooked on A Dark Room.

I mean, I guess it keeps me off the streets and from running with a bad crowd. Er. Well. Off the streets anyway.
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