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Is this really a bad translation service or are you arguing with a machine?


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Never mind all that how do I score an ARC for Gin & Magic?

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You could always move to Iowa.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/09/08/iowa-grants-gun-permits-to-the-blind/2780303/

Nobody mentions the American driving licence and how stupidly easy that is to get as well. The death toll from RTA's is still higher than shooting fatalities.


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When i had staff it was very apparent to them what we had to do and by when. Not an issue and no real leadership needed from me as our business was metrics driven and 10% of our pay was at stake for late or bad results. There was no motivation I could provide that could top that so i let them get on with it and find me when there was a problem.

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Took me a long time to get there but kids live in the now. If something scares or worries them it is magnified as the concept of things changing is vague and everything the same is stability to them. So something bad and being worried becomes the norm.
Inversely teenagers do dumb shit because the rational logical part of their brain has melted and is rebuilding itself. Consequences are only blindingly apparent after the stupid deed has gone wrong.

How you manage that and how you make children understand is down to every parent to mess up and ensure years of psychiatric care in their futures.

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managers and execs pay people to do stuff why on earth would they be required to lead as well?
The disconnect is huge in the UK I suspect it is worse in the USA.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Godblind by Anna Stephens
« on: June 21, 2017, 01:26:47 PM »
ahh ninja training!

 I think @CameronJohnston  is a member of Hema. You also have the Stafford's on your doorstep who are a old mean, crusty and mostly broken bunch of Wars of the Roses re-enactors with probably the hardest hitting bill block I ever encountered in 25 years of international playing at hitting people with lumps of steel. Never got on with polaxes myself you need at least half harness to play reasonably safely with these things and I much preferred an open fight to having to stand and take it. By coincidence I found 2 heavy spears i forgot I had in the garage while moving motorbikes around. I much preferred those to a bill or glaive as you are much faster.

You may find this of interest. George silver raging against the adoption of the rapier over the longsword.

http://www.pbm.com/~lindahl/paradoxes.html


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General Discussion / Re: How many of us have sleep problems here?
« on: June 21, 2017, 04:31:13 AM »
yup wide awake now


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Yup and that's the one of the reasons I don't do Facebook, Skype or use google or most of the other web2 nonsense that is usually a solution looking for a problem. Privacy isn't dead but it soon will be as a generation grows up feeling that convenience trumps privacy and security and allow parasitic firms to make money off their information.

@ScarletBea Nobody ever, ever reads the T&C Except maybe the Germans in all the languages they are written in

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Having been harassed, pestered and annoyed by discord since installing it I decided to uninstal it today to find out this is not an option on my hardware and my data such that it is is theirs forever. No problem a couple of minutes to nuke it and regedit it off my system is not the end of the world however that is not the extent of their douchebaggery.

from the Discord ToS:
By uploading, distributing, transmitting or otherwise using Your Data with the Services, you grant to us a nonexclusive, transferable, royalty-free, sublicensable, and worldwide license to use Your Data, subject to the Company’s Privacy Policy.

Yet again if the service is free you are the product. I can only hope this app crawls away into a corner and dies before anyone actually makes money out of it.

Sorry all I won't be joining you on this platform as it is exactly the opposite direction than I feel we aught to be moving in.

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Is this up in upcoming events? why is it always a Thursday? Oh look finish work 06:00 that morning.

@Nighteyes up for this?

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For those in the UK the hardback is £12.99 and with its beautiful cover worth picking up as the paperback is likely to be £8.99+ oh and it's worth the read.

If anybody is struggling to get a copy I am happy to post out to far flung corners of the globe.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Godblind by Anna Stephens
« on: June 20, 2017, 04:12:24 PM »
It's a personal hatred from 30+ years as a toxophilite and you are far from alone in using fired in your writing.
My OCD on the subject hardly makes it's usage wrong but it is a recurring debate on this site.

I am now at about the 200 page mark and curious to know where you researched you spear training?
What I have read so far is spot on if limited.

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I avoided this topic when it appeared and had half thoughts about it at the time. There are a number of emotive issues it could be tempting to self censor for fear of upsetting the intended audience or garnering disapproval. The audience is not writing the work and for the most part will tend to avoid what they don’t want to read. I do not believe the professionally offended and religious fundamentalists should be pandered to. After all Harry Potter is on someone's black list.

I have few issues with rape in writing so long as it is portrayed as horrific, fits the story and is not gratuitous and done for titillation. I think the way it was handled in Prince of Fools met these criteria. A couple of telling lines were far more horrific than pages of description.

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Upcoming Conventions & Book Releases / Re: Godblind UK release date
« on: June 17, 2017, 06:54:39 AM »
yup it was a good night

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