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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.

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.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Fantasy Books Gone Mainstream
« on: December 05, 2017, 09:19:14 PM »
The Hunger Games was definitely mainstream over here. Teachers were reading it to their third-grade classrooms a year and a half before the movie came out. Which seems oddly young, but there it is.

Interesting. I had never heard of The Martian until it was being made a movie. Narnia definitely. the LOTR movies came out a couple years after I was born. The Golden Compass because of its controversy, which is the easiest way to become famous.

While I don't disagree with you, I am curious why The golden Compass would be considered controversial within any rational use of the word? I am well aware of religious discord on Pullmans works because he is an atheist but religious objection to his work with in UK was limited to the  people who believe the Easter Bunny is the work of Satan and some Islamic objection from outliers within that religion. Mostly it concerned his views and not his writing, 'how dare an atheist be given a voice' was the general tone. Was this really a big thing in the States or merely among fundamentalists?
I never finished the book or the series, so I have no idea. I just remember when I was younger the southern baptists screaming "evil book!" Could have been different in other Christian denominations though.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Fantasy Books Gone Mainstream
« on: December 05, 2017, 12:41:32 AM »
Interesting. I had never heard of The Martian until it was being made a movie. Narnia definitely. the LOTR movies came out a couple years after I was born. The Golden Compass because of its controversy, which is the easiest way to become famous.

I can think of sci-fi examples for sure. Ender's Game. It's YA, but The Maze Runner and Divergent. Probably tons more. Fantasy seems harder though.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Fantasy Books Gone Mainstream
« on: December 04, 2017, 09:06:19 PM »
yes, I'm sorry. Eight out of 10 book readers, for the most part. You can pretty much ask anyone on the street about Harry Potter, and they at least know who the main character is and what they do. On the other hand, Game of Thrones wasn't mainstream until the TV show. In fact, what books were mainstreamed before the show or movie? I can think of Hunger Games... Yep. I'm out.

General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: December 04, 2017, 08:57:55 PM »
The tax plan is what's killing me at the moment more than the rest of it. For me, it means a good chance of the Vocational Rehabilitation Agency losing funding, which barely manages to help us with disabilities find jobs with the financial support it has. And the loss of IDEA funding, which ensures K-12 students with disabilities receive the necessary resources. So thanks government.

the loss of net neutrality is terrifying, but I'm more concerned with getting through college at the moment.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Fantasy Books Gone Mainstream
« on: December 01, 2017, 01:00:30 AM »
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.

Congratulations @ultamentkiller on getting your hearing aids. What you are experiencing is completely normal, everything sounding too loud. Those tree leaves rustling like crazy and the toilet flush sounding like Niagara? The microwave is shouting and the spinner on the washing machine howling at you?  ;D

Here are a few comments I hope will be useful, but have just put in Spoiler because it ended up quite long. ;D

Spoiler for Hiden:
It does gradually get better but usually takes between four and six weeks to settle down fully. If it is still much too loud after that you may need to have the volume settings internally adjusted. I hope you are automatically booked in for a review with the audiologist after 6 weeks anyway as that is usual.

If you have not yet used the hearing aids in a big shopping complex it would be best if you make sure you are with someone else. That is probably one of the biggest noise shocks at first and may be very disorienting for you.

The reverb and echoing is increased by the material of the surroundings. The worst places are large areas with lots of tiles, because they do not have anything to absorb the sound such as carpets or curtains. That applies to most public places. Also in restaurants with tiles the cutlery clatters badly. Try and learn which have carpets or choose to sit in a carpeted area. Ask to sit in a corner if you can as the surrounding sound bounces back from both walls away from you; also request to sit furthest from any music speaker or  well away from a large group table.

I hope they have given you a few extra programmes to use. I have three, one for normal one on one, one for listening in a crowded place, where I can cut down on the background and another for public halls which have loop installed specially for HI (Hearing Impaired ) people. You can add some other programmes dependent on your lifestyle,  ie if  you address or attend big meetings, lectures etc or are a classroom teacher. But extra programmes cost more. I have managed fine with my three for years.

I didn't mean to overwhelm you with info, but used to train people in how to manage hearing loss and lecture others on how to make life easier for their customers/clients/employees with hearing loss and I do understand from my own experience the difficulty of getting used to hearing aids at the start. Not a case of "put them in and all is normal" at all. Please do not hesitate to DM if I can be of any further help or if you have particular questions.
Thank you very much for all of the advice. I didn't think about sitting in the corner, so I will definitely try that. My hearing aids barely fill my ear so they don't accidentally distort the directions of sound since that's very important for me. So I hear out of my ear, and I get the extra stuff from the microphones that give me more distance and echolocation. Unfortunately, this makes sitting next to my air conditioner a lot louder, especially with earbuds in.

I only have two programs, and they're both for masking my tinitis. The doctor said I should only have to adjust the volume if I'm in extremely loud environments, but that won't do incredibly much since I can hear pretty well without them in anyway. I'm not sure if I'm saying this right, but my hearing is at the 86% threshold? It's good enough that I could live without them, but I've noticed a big increase in the way I travel so it seems to matter a lot.

@tebakutis I'm quite interested in picking up the series myself, but I've heard that it is rather slow and plodding in many places. Personally, the two seasons of Daredevil and the Defenders are the only marvel netflix series I've finished (got bored through half of Jessica Jones, was planning to get back to it but never does). From this history, would you recommend me to watch the Punisher?
I would give it a shot, but I haven't finished it still. If you got bored with Jessica Jones, you may not like this. It does take a while for everything to unfold. But when it does, it's worth it. At least so far. I'm not confident about how they'll handle the finale, since I've been disappointed with all of the other ones.

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!

General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: November 22, 2017, 07:02:37 PM »
Okay, this cracked me up. It's long, but worth it to the end.

Oof. I wonder if people who live in snow-free parts of the world realise what an infinite variety snow and ice manifests in. The streets and sidewalks are covered with ice, which wouldn't be a problem if it was colder. But the ice is juuust damp enough to be quite slippery. And now we have really fine, powdery snow coming down. If it was wetter and heavier it might create a solid layer to walk on, but it just hides the really slippery parts.
I didn't until I lived in Minneapolis during this past Winter. I saw all of the fun varieties. Ugh.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: November 20, 2017, 07:54:15 PM »
Then I procrastinated by reading wikipedia articles about the decline of polytheism in Rome, religious history of Britian and the history of invasions at that time in the UK, which somehow led me to "sacred marriage" rites which basically meant having sex as part of a coronation, or in some places ritual sex each year as part of a festival.  Oh and I read about the Inquisition for a bit which lasted way longer than I imagined and interestingly was driven largely by the Dominican Order (in places against the Franciscans, my fav. Order). Another note, I don't buy that Constantine's conversion was purely political b/c Christianity was hierarchical and popular among the poor... esp that it ultimately required a huge network of long-standing rituals that legitimated the state and took 300 more years of violent repression against polytheists to eradicate them-- it just seems like a lot of effort, so there must be some elements that are missing from this story.
I'm not a huge proponent of Constantine, but wouldn't it be possible for him to convert because he just... Believed it? Bought into it? Was tricked into it? Whichever phrase makes people more comfortable.

I'm not saying that's what happened, I'm just saying that we shouldn't rule out the possibility just because he's a significant historical and political figure.

Is Amazon even doing well with original streaming content? Based on this and another thing I heard about them not being able to work with some mainstream channels, this feels like a desperate attempt.

Me and a friend were talking about Pirates last night. I still don't regret not watching it. Maybe someday...

The Punisher came out today! Fair warning. Not a lot of action in the beginning like you would expect, so it may seem slow. if I'm being honest, the whole thing so far is pretty slow. But I like the story, and I like the characters, so I'll keep going. Just finished episode 5.

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