Gertie Gertie's Comments (member since Sep 10, 2007)

Gertie's comments from the Apocalypse Whenever group.

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967 I'll be curious to see where that one goes, it seems like it could easily be a good or crap show... hopefully it'll fall on the good side!
967 Though I don't understand what some people believe, I try not to judge people's beliefs (though we all "judge" in some way)... but if their belief involves treating others poorly, that's another story.

If someone thinks that a fart from a purple panda created the universe, well, that'd be weird, but if the Purple Panda tells them to be good, then that's just peachy. If Purple Panda says "thou shalt kick baby otters and children whenever thouest meets one upon thy path" then... I get judge-y.

I always hope that when people encounter something in their religion that supports some sort of cruelty, that they question it. But then it becomes a pick-and-choose religion and I can see how some people within a religion aren't comfortable with that approach.
Mar 14, 2014 10:30AM

967 Sure, you can just send me a message! Click my name anywhere it is a link (like on this comment) then click the "Send Message" button.

Now that I've told you how... I'll give you the easiest way, here is a link: :-P

Message Gertie
967 I had the same thought as G.G., that calling the artifact priceless someone still isn't enough to convince us it's a good reason to go after it, so maybe a little more? I don't mind the shortness of the blurb personally, I personally prefer them like this, succint but giving the general idea, but as long as it isn't extremely long, adding some more details could be useful for those who like more info.

One of the plus sides about the shorter ones is that they can fit inside the default space on Goodreads, before the "more" link - I guess it becomes a matter of putting the right info in that first bit so that people are intrigued enough to click and learn more.
Mar 13, 2014 12:11PM

967 Christina wrote: "I was considering getting rid of Netflix and moving to AP...

That's a good choice. Netflix library is just so much larger than the Amazon one. AP has some decent stuff, every now and then they even have something not on Netflix at the time, and they are starting a program for their own shows, but overall, Netflix is just far superior in how much and what they offer. Totally worth the money (I don't even use anything else and it's still plenty.)
Mar 13, 2014 12:09PM

967 Chris wrote: "Amazon has a new policy of deleting reviews from people you have shipped items to..."

Huh, what is that about? On the surface it certainly seems like a bad move on their part. Do you have any info to link to? I'm just curious what the deal is, what they do exactly, and why.
Mar 13, 2014 10:56AM

967 Randy wrote: "The "add on" item can ONLY be ordered as part of a $25 order. If you try to check out with an order under $25, with one or more "add on" items, Amazon tells you: 'If you check out now, these Add-on Items will be saved for later'..."

That's so annoying... what if you really really want that item? There's no option to just buy it and pay shipping for it? Seems weird.
Mar 13, 2014 10:55AM

967 Jenny wrote: "I would like to point out, if its the free 2 day shipping you like, you can become a member of BAM (books a million) for $25 a year--you then get free 2 days shipping the whole year as well, not mi..."

Thanks for that out Jenny.

For me personally, I don't buy many books from Amazon -that is, I get a lot of ebooks from them, but I *try* not to buy many paperbacks anymore. So the 2 day shipping really does come in handy for all the random stuff I buy. :-P
Mar 13, 2014 09:57AM

967 I usually buy multiple things at once so don't encounter the add-on problem too often. Actually, it kind of confuses me... if you want just one item that is labeled an "add on" do you basically have the choice of paying for shipping immediately, or waiting to include it with another order so it comes with "free" shipping?
Mar 13, 2014 09:43AM

967 I don't use the videos or book loans much either, but I do enjoy the 2 day shipping since I get a lot from them. But at $99... I just don't know. I'm thinking on it, going to watch my spending habits over the next couple of months and do a litle math.
Mar 13, 2014 08:15AM

967 Initial news on this topic recently indicated they may hike it to $119, but it seems they went for $99 instead.

The cynical part of me thinks this was intentional, so that when it went up to 99 instead if 119, members were relieved, and less likely to bail. :-P Another possibility is that they shared the $99-$119 numbers with people to see how they would react, to get a better sense of what the breaking price point would be.
Mar 13, 2014 08:12AM

967 Members of Amazon Prime... what are your thoughts on the price hike of Amazon Prime? How much do you use your AP membership, and what is your favorite part? Will you continue using it with the higher price?

Here is the email Amazon is sending out:


We are writing to provide you advance notice that the price of your Prime membership will be increasing. The annual rate will be $99 when your membership renews on (date here probably varies per individual).

Even as fuel and transportation costs have increased, the price of Prime has remained the same for nine years. Since 2005, the number of items eligible for unlimited free Two-Day Shipping has grown from one million to over 20 million. We also added unlimited access to over 40,000 movies and TV episodes with Prime Instant Video and a selection of over 500,000 books to borrow from the Kindle Owners' Lending Library.

For more information about your Prime membership, visit our Prime membership page at

Sincerely, The Amazon Prime Team

967 Cool, I'll let you know once it is up, so you can review it.
967 Thanks so much Ann and Jennifer - it was certainly an interesting experiment. I think I'm a little more well-armed should we give it another go next time around. Really sorry you didn't get your gifts but thanks for being gracious about it and sticking around!
Mar 12, 2014 01:54PM

967 Hey folks. There is a poll now up for the March movie, it'll only be there for a few days, so go vote now!

If you would like to check out the nominations, ask questions, promote one of them you think we'd like etc., go for it.

Melancholia (has apocalyptic tie-in)
2011, average IMDB rating 7.1, 136 minutes
Netflix, Amazon Prime, HitBliss (free w/ads)

The Colony, pilot/episode 1 (Reality TV, post-apoc scenario)
2009-2011, average IMDB rating 7.9
Netflix, Amazon Prime, free online via various sources

Dredd (dystopian, action)
2012, average IMDB rating 7.0, 95 min
Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hitbliss (free w/ads)

The Host (dystopian, aliens)
2013, average IMDB rating 5.9, 125 min
Netflix, Hitbliss (free w/ads)

The Hunger Games (dystopian, based on the book)
2012, average IMDB rating 7.3, 142 min
Netflix, Redbox, ePix

Donnie Darko
2001, average IMDB rating 8.1, 113 min
Netflix, Hitbliss
967 I started a topic on "what makes a good debate/discussion":
967 Roderick wrote: "Chimp Paradox"...

Haha, that's good, I have never heard this before.
Mar 12, 2014 01:26PM

967 Every now and then a heated discussion arises and I consider this — what makes a good debate?

What's important to you? The free flow of information/beliefs/opinions? Civility? At what point does irritation and disagreement with another person's point of view actually become an unacceptable way of responding? What pushes someone's comment into the realm of personal attack, versus disagreeing with a person's stance? Do you tend to be someone that participates/responds or try to stay out of heated discussions? What convinces you when you are on the fence or uneducated about an issue?

Be as general or as specific as you like. I am just curious about how others perceive this, and thought others might be as well.
967 Hear hear!

I'm always disappointed to see it when people are unable to debate a topic without belittling another person or their point of view, rather than simply disagreeing with them. It isn't that hard to say something like "I disagree wholeheartedly!" instead of "you're a small-minded idiot!". I think you can disagree with someone, and even go so far as to despise the way they see the world, without letting the debate devolve into a round of personal attacks. Yeah, you might think the other person sucks, but telling them that isn't exactly helping your point. Once that happens, people aren't even listening to one another anymore, they start focusing on defending themselves or insulting someone else.

On that note, those who are listening to the conversation (or reading it, in a case like a forum discussion like this one), eventually stop listening as well. I'm willing to hear a person's perspective(whether it is the same as mine or completely different), but once they start treating the other person like shit, I lose respect for/interest in their point of view.

Oh, new topic idea!
Mar 12, 2014 10:57AM

967 Apparently I've read that one and completely forget about it!