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Re: The King's Paws (with one holding a bottle of Peri Peri sauce.)
« Reply #10680 on: April 27, 2018, 08:06:14 AM »

This - because I'm too busy to search for one of my own, and because I LOVE it ;D

And Eclipse, that doesn't work with me :P ;)
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Re: The King's Paws (with one holding a bottle of Peri Peri sauce.)
« Reply #10681 on: April 27, 2018, 09:15:49 AM »
I’m called Greg, I work in Waterstones and live in Edinburgh or do I ?  ;)

Truth or lie

Lie. You have no idea about the character you're trying to squeeze into. Man doesn't even like SFF outside comic books so...
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Re: The King's Paws (with one holding a bottle of Peri Peri sauce.)
« Reply #10682 on: April 27, 2018, 11:22:19 AM »
And since you were keen with the board game group, how come you don't come to the Friday pub meetup group? Or maybe you do?
If you don't, Friday next week could be a good occasion to play something together (though I'd only be able to join late, Friday following us best for me) and @OnlyOneHighlander 100% should come and join.

Friday pub meet up group?! That would be great. Where is this magical gathering? Is it every Friday?
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Re: The King's Paws (with one holding a bottle of Peri Peri sauce.)
« Reply #10683 on: April 27, 2018, 02:39:43 PM »
And since you were keen with the board game group, how come you don't come to the Friday pub meetup group? Or maybe you do?
If you don't, Friday next week could be a good occasion to play something together (though I'd only be able to join late, Friday following us best for me) and @OnlyOneHighlander 100% should come and join.

Friday pub meet up group?! That would be great. Where is this magical gathering? Is it every Friday?

Yep. Though not today as our usual venue (McGowans, by the cineworld) is too booked. You can find the group on meetup and/or Fb. Please join, its often great fun and they always have a ton of choice. It's rare that I don't play something new.
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Re: The King's Paws (with one holding a bottle of Peri Peri sauce.)
« Reply #10684 on: April 27, 2018, 05:17:27 PM »
So let me reassure you @Carter, my manager's exact description was "a tall guy, with whispy black hair and bright blue eyes, with a very warm and charming smile". I'm sorry if this didn't ring any bells! He doesn't know your name either.

Now the real rude part : we've met??! Without you disclosing who you are, or did I mishear, or hit my head quite hard and dont remember us meeting? Because as far as I'm aware right now I met Lady Ty on my way out of OZ, the two London boys when Jmack visited, and Bea when she surprised me with a call in.
I'm genuinely unable to recall meeting anyone else (don't I just sound like I'm testifying before congress?)
And since you were keen with the board game group, how come you don't come to the Friday pub meetup group? Or maybe you do?
If you don't, Friday next week could be a good occasion to play something together (though I'd only be able to join late, Friday following us best for me) and @OnlyOneHighlander 100% should come and join.
Anyway please do feel free to come poke me in the arm and say "hey, I'm Carter" while I'm at work. I can't chat idly forever but I sure can have a quick convo.
Here's the thing, since I don't appear to delete my personal messages, I can pretty much say the date and time.  Wednesday 11 October 2017.  Approximately 5.25pm.  In the sci-fi fantasy section, although we then went to a pub on Rose Street.  It came after a sequence of posts at the very end of the Discussion thread for the September writing contest. 
After that, it has only been the once, briefly, while you were at work - I can't be as accurate with the date though!
I should definitely come along to the board game group as well.  I had not really looked for one before (beyond when Greg initially tried to start one in Waterstones) as although I work in Edinburgh, I live a little distance away but I shall definitely seek it out.  It won't be for a couple of weeks though as I'm going to be on holiday but hopefully I'll be able to get along to one once I'm back. 

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Re: The King's Paws (with one holding a bottle of Peri Peri sauce.)
« Reply #10685 on: April 27, 2018, 05:22:00 PM »
Oooooh I love when forum people meet!!!
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Re: The King's Paws (with one holding a bottle of Peri Peri sauce.)
« Reply #10686 on: April 27, 2018, 05:51:19 PM »
Ooooh my goodness! Of course we met! Thing is, you came with your girlfriend and we ended up chatting not so much about the forum, and I remember bugging her about her job at the zoo. Anyway, in my mental map you were "from my shop" - I have a few customers I've gone out for drinks with or gone on walks with, and ended up mentally shelving the two of you as fellow memebers of the SFF world of Edinburgh instead of forum peeps. I'm a total air-head.
(If it's any reassurance, I can't tell who was nighteyes and who was Rostum from our London meet!! I've turned bad with associating who I know from where since I've started living in a hostel. Too many people)
I didn't realise you were part of the board game group. I assume it's a bit far to come on Friday evenings for the meetup, but maybe we could arrange an evening with @OnlyOneHighlander and set out for some board games together?
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Re: The King's Paws (with one holding a bottle of Peri Peri sauce.)
« Reply #10687 on: April 27, 2018, 06:00:28 PM »
Holidays, I'm going on holidays, no work for a week :D
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Re: The King's Paws (with one holding a bottle of Peri Peri sauce.)
« Reply #10688 on: April 27, 2018, 07:18:14 PM »
And I'm finally moving into a flat! Got accepted in a cute wee room in the area of the meadows park. First time living away from the hostel in nearly 2 years. I would have celebrated my 2 years in August, a shitty time of year by all standards there. So, so, soooo glad to finally have a room of my own. One of the Flatmates sounds great too. \o/
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Re: The King's Paws (with one holding a bottle of Peri Peri sauce.)
« Reply #10689 on: April 27, 2018, 08:13:07 PM »
And I'm finally moving into a flat! Got accepted in a cute wee room in the area of the meadows park. First time living away from the hostel in nearly 2 years. I would have celebrated my 2 years in August, a shitty time of year by all standards there. So, so, soooo glad to finally have a room of my own. One of the Flatmates sounds great too. \o/
Happy for you, Nora! :D
I hope you have a great time there
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Re: The King's Paws (with one holding a bottle of Peri Peri sauce.)
« Reply #10690 on: April 27, 2018, 10:57:50 PM »
And I'm finally moving into a flat! Got accepted in a cute wee room in the area of the meadows park. First time living away from the hostel in nearly 2 years. I would have celebrated my 2 years in August, a shitty time of year by all standards there. So, so, soooo glad to finally have a room of my own. One of the Flatmates sounds great too. \o/
Congratulations!  Always a great feeling. 

And don't worry about not realising I was from the forum - it's easy to do.  At least it means I wasn't totally forgettable (or at least that girlfriend isn't...).  Sorting out an evening for board games sounds good.  Although I'm not living in Edinburgh, I'll still be in the city most weekdays so staying there longer after work is far from a problem - I come through almost every Sunday for gaming with a few friends as it is. 

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Re: The King's Paws (with one holding a bottle of Peri Peri sauce.)
« Reply #10691 on: April 28, 2018, 01:19:58 AM »
Holidays, I'm going on holidays, no work for a week :D
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Wishing you a happy restful holiday and enjoy time with your parents. ;D

And I'm finally moving into a flat! Got accepted in a cute wee room in the area of the meadows park. First time living away from the hostel in nearly 2 years. I would have celebrated my 2 years in August, a shitty time of year by all standards there. So, so, soooo glad to finally have a room of my own. One of the Flatmates sounds great too. \o/

Good news, hard to believe nearly two years already. Hope the flatmates are good ones. ;D
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Re: The King's Paws (with one holding a bottle of Peri Peri sauce.)
« Reply #10692 on: April 28, 2018, 04:56:13 PM »
The London Boys! Sounds like a terrible 90s boyband.
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Re: The King's Paws (with one holding a bottle of Peri Peri sauce.)
« Reply #10693 on: April 28, 2018, 06:22:35 PM »
The London Boys! Sounds like a terrible 90s boyband.

A great summary of the situation.

And thanks Lady_Ty. It's going to be some really weird times from now on and for a few days. Getting used to new people and not having all the luxury of the hostel, yet all the luxury of private space...
the hostel is a swamp of sorts. A bog outside of normal Time. In it you live in a bubble society with its own rules and authority. It's biggest perk is the socialising, it's biggest flaw is being so close to people. It changes you and traps you in uneasy limbo. If you're tough enough to stay it becomes hard to leave.
But I truly feel like it was time for me to be gone, and it'll make a world of difference come summer and the festivals.
So I feel morose yet releaved.
I've been extremely anxious since yesterday, with my main contact in that flat being very care free and lazy with answering and proceeding with everything. But I'm truly moving tomorrow and now all I need is a time....
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Re: The King's Paws (with one holding a bottle of Peri Peri sauce.)
« Reply #10694 on: April 28, 2018, 09:20:23 PM »
Always knew this would come in handy!


I chuckled again when I saw this. This really was a very funny moment in the movie. But shortly after it had send me into a bit of a crisis of faith.  ??? It's a funny joke, but the fact that it is a joke that work actually deeply disturbs me.

Except for the "hail satan", nothing in this joke is what I could in any way see as "unchristian". How is the human brain able to confess undying devotion to the principles of "love your enemy" and "turn the other cheek", to acceptance, compassion, and forgiveness, and at the same time being the most hateful and intollerant a person can be? I'm not at all into the Christian mythology but deeply commited to the Christian moral philosophy. And there are people who believe that not following those rules will eternally damn them to hell, yet they do exactly those things their own sacred scripture condemns as evil. And they do the evil in the name of those teachings and regard their actions as furthering those teachings.
Then what is the point of argument and discourse?!  This makes the entire appeal to reason meaningless. Why even try to talk to people with bad believes? You can't convince them with arguments. The brain will simply make all words and reason twist in the most ridiculous ways to make reality fit your established preconceptions.

This had me take a look at some of the more dubious looking links on a fantasy site that I usually like reading for good content (turns out he also has links to far left commenters in the same lists), which led me to the dark and insane world of people who are having serious problems with diversity. Not that they ever say they are against women or non-whites, but they complain about them being forced into all fantasy these days by the "far left establishment" that tries to whipe out their values of heroism and the very concept of masculinity.

One explanation for those people's believes is to say that they are sexist racists, and that would explain it all and end the discussion. But "they are simply evil and that's why we have to crush them by force" is exactly the kind of thinking that makes them terrible people. And there is no denying. There are plenty of people fighting for more tolerance and equality that display exactly this kind of behavior. And I have been worrying about this since the G8 summit in 2007 that took place not too far from where I live and gathered a huge crowd of protesters. Many having genuine grievances, but there was a overwhelming inclusion of absolutely every protest groups, many of which I would consider to be semi-terrorists. (Regular riotings with lots of property damage and inured police counts as "forcing political demands through violence" to me.) And of course it was the violent nutters who got all the public attention, while the moderate groups made no efforts to renounce them to maintain the appearance of a large coherent movement. And there certainly are lots of people like that among activists for a just cause today as well.

They often say that to write about monsters and horror, you have to find out what you fear yourself, and what the contemporary fears of society are. And I was thinking on how this could flow into my own writing. Which had me thinking of a 36 year old quote from Master Yoda:
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"But beware of the Dark Side. Anger, Fear, Agression. The Dark Side of the Force are they. Easily they flow, quick to join you in a fight. Once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny, consume you it will."
That's exactly what's happening.

Good thing about all of this, my puddle of inspiration has turned into an ocean. I've gazed into the abyss, and the abyss is gazing back at me. My cause is just, but my side is full of corruption. The same issue that plagues the opposing side, and which is the whole reason I have a problem with them. Conservative christians are no threat to us. Is the hateful nutters among them. Who are getting all the attention and who have taken over as the voice for decent people. The same could happen to us. Has it already happened to us?
That's already material for at least five books.  8)