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Re: The King's Paws (with one holding a bottle of Peri Peri sauce.) Either I checked in more recently than I thought, or it's super quiet over here.

I am officially an old person. I got hearing aids yesterday. I'm on a trial run with them right now. I have no idea if my insurance will cover it or not. Either I've been deaf this whole time, or these things are really loud. The first few hours after I got them, I was able to here walls, tree canopies above my head, tables... My echolocation has always been better than most, and maybe it used to be this good, but my brain is having to learn to filter new sounds out. I'm able to hear idoling cars better now, which is good. They've always sounded kind of distant. I thought they were all getting quieter over time. I know that's still happening, but not at the rate I thought. Wearing earbuds is kind of weird, but I'll get used to it I think. Everything sounds incredibly full of reverb. Maybe this is natural?

And the craziness of my life doesn't end there. Two more weeks and I'm done with my first semester of college. I just wrote a 6-page paper in an hour and a half that counts as a final exam grade. I have a holiday concert on Friday, which involved a 3-hour rehearsal yesterday and another one today. I have at least two papers to write this weekend, with a good amount of history reading to catch up on.

I got most of my Christmas shopping done last Friday, including buying the second-gen Amazon Echo for myself. It's pretty nice. Definitely a luxury, but nice. And I've had the chance to read books recently, although nothing Fantasy related. I've basically been reading textbooks about religion. Still interesting though.

I'll stop rambling now. I haven't caught up in here in a while, so figured I would dump a lot out now. Hope everyone is doing well!

November 29, 2017, 08:10:20 PM
Re: Fantasy Books Gone Mainstream I'm not sure. I always see Fantasy books in the New York Times bestselling list, and on the top placements for Amazon Kindle. I don't think that's a good indicator for if something is mainstream or not. To me, it's mainstream if 8 out of 10 people I ask have at least heard of it.
December 01, 2017, 01:00:30 AM
Re: The King's Paws (with one holding a bottle of Peri Peri sauce.) So I've decided I'm taking a brief trip into nature. I went all around my college looking for a quiet field to sit in, but everything is surrounded by people and machines and traffic. I don't like it. So I'm going to go to this 17-acre property and get lost, trusting I will find my way to wherever I need to be.

I realized today that if I want to find the answers I need in life, I need to get away from it.

December 05, 2017, 09:26:30 PM
Re: The King's Paws (with one holding a bottle of Peri Peri sauce.)
Where in PA? That sounds like something I want to do one day...

Anyway, I've been rather quiet here, through business and anti-socialness, but general belated congrats to all of you who've done something awesome recently, its quite a few of you.

My little contribution is this Saturday, me and my wife will finally be together in the same home for good. I'm almost sad that our LDR is finally at an end, that this crazy mad time in my life is no more, that there's going to be someone here to stop me from being an absolute slob... but there we go. Its a definite life upgrade. Now I just have to finish making this flat look halfway wholesome.

Instead of eating Chinese right out of the container, using an upturned drawer for a table, in a room full of cardboard boxes with only one of two curtains and all that good stuff...
You've been in a long-distance marriage? How?

My plans have been derailed by rain... For now. I will get to nature next week. I hope.

December 06, 2017, 11:40:58 PM
Re: Fantasy Books Gone Mainstream I haven't been able to read much Fantasy in the past couple of months, but for that being a mainstream list, I'm shocked at the titles it doesn't mention. Red Sister by Mark Lawrence is one of the biggest hits in the Fantasy community this year. I would think Age of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan, but I haven't finished it yet so maybe I wouldn't put it on the list. It also didn't get nominated for a Goodreads Choice Award so... I'm not sure when this article was written, but Oathbringer? And I know Demon Cycle is disliked in the major part of the Fantasy community, but the mainstream market seems to love it, so where's The Core?

I did recognize some names, and it gets some credibility in my mind for mentioning Broken Earth, even though I don't like the series. The other authors mentioned are popular, but not I think the ones I mentioned above have more popularity in our community over all.

Edit: Just read your original post. You're definitely right.

December 07, 2017, 03:22:31 PM
Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
Doug Jones WON!
Thank God! I shouted for joy when I heard this last night.

December 13, 2017, 03:01:49 PM
Re: Depression, Struggles and Light at the End of Every Tunnel Congratulations!
December 16, 2017, 11:14:44 PM
Re: Which new or old author to you, did you discover in 2017 I'm not sure how this fits, but David Wong. Definitely David Wong.

I'll come back to Fantasy! I swear!

December 16, 2017, 11:39:08 PM
Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
But free college? My Bachelor's degree is potentially worth shit since lots of people have one.
Just bringing the cost down to the value.
This made me laugh really hard. Fair point. But paying for bachelor's degrees could trigger paying for Masters degrees. To be fair though, I'm not sure many would have the willpower to keep going, so that could be worth it.

I just don't want free college. I'm all for college loans, loan-forgiveness for needed jobs, and forgiving loans for demographics with a high unemployment rate. But free college?

Yeah who would want that!
The college costs are paid from taxes. Upon graduation your earning potential is increased by a third and subsequently you pay more tax to educate the next lot through the system. Who loses?

@ultamentkiller as someone who's taught college courses, that system is royally f*ed up too.  Check this out:

And the money doesn't go to profs, 25% of PhDs are on food stamps. Some get paid per course (aka minimum wage) those that have salaries haven't seen salary increases since the 1970s.  The price of education is higher than it's ever been, but it all goes to bloated administrations.

@Rostum Re: socialism--
Spoiler for Hiden:
it's a tricky concept. You're right that it's critics tend to be echoing 1950s propaganda, but it's proponents in the US tend to be equally polarized and there are some things there worth criticizing. I think it worked well in Europe but Latin America, Eastern Europe and Asia didn't have the same experience.
Interesting. This has not been my experience in 2017. I agree the system is screwed up, but it's not like they're not telling you. When I applied for loans, I had to read all of these things that took about an hour. They mentioned over and over again how you shouldn't take out more than you need. they mentioned what happens if you default and cosign. And students who take a basic financial course should know that you never pay the minimum amount on any loan.

I think the problem here is that too many students and parents aren't reading all of the terms and conditions. They're tough to get through, but it's worth it. Beyond that, high schools aren't offering enough classes to help students figure it out. I think we should return to the way it was before the 90s so that there's more responsibility in choosing who gets loans so it doesn't help increase the ever-increasing national debt, but right now, Republicans are too concerned with the size of government to think how the bureaucracy is required for an ever-growing country.

As for the ridiculous costs for college, I understand where part of it is coming from. In the 70s and 80s, students put up with being crammed in a room with another person that you can touch both walls by reaching out. Now, almost every college I see in Georgia has elaborate rooms with fancy bathrooms. And of course the food in the cafeteria must be really really good. And what about that fancy gym with the Olympic- sized swimming pool and the diving board? How could we possibly go to school without that. Administrators definitely get paid too much, but part of the problem is with the parents and the students themselves. We love our luxuries to the point we're willing to go into more debt to have them.

December 18, 2017, 07:49:27 PM
Re: What are you currently reading?
The Dresden Files does take definitely pick up big time as things go on. I'd agree with UK that, for me at least, Codex Alera doesn't reach the Dresden Files' highs, but I'd also say the quality is more consistent.

And I have no idea what Butcher was trying to do with the Cinder Spires but add me to the list of people saying it didn't work. I know people who've enjoyed it but to me it was a pale imitation of himself.
I'm very similar. I love Dresden, and people had urged me to read the Codex, but I never got around to it. I read Cinder Spires and was extremely disappointed. I only finished the book through sheer bloody mindedness and it made up my mind that when it comes to Butcher I'll stick to Dresden.
I hated Cinder Spires, but loved Codex. I think you'll love it too Elfy. You're one of the few around here whose book tastes I am familiar with. Trust me.

December 19, 2017, 02:23:29 PM