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Apr 04, 2013 07:03AM

46344 Magdelanye wrote: "I'm still trying to deal with my problems with facebook/
I have resorted to signing in with them because I can't remember ever getting a GR password and it seemed expedient.
But I hate the way they..."

When you arrive back in Canada, find some youngster under 30 to show you how to use adblock, control the GR-FB connection, delete FB friends, and so on. The digi-kids do this stuff in their sleep...
April 1-15 (8 new)
Apr 03, 2013 11:43PM

46344 Reading Epitaph of a Small Winner, Doctor Faustus, and The Ice-Shirt. It's a strange combination, but so far my sanity hasn't slipped -- I don't think it has...
Pilgrimage (31 new)
Apr 02, 2013 11:08AM

46344 Paulo's responses begin at post #554

Apr 01, 2013 12:29PM

46344 Magdelanye wrote: "Rather than start a new topic, I feel this is as good a place as any to voice some of my concerns about something I just found out about today, that being the announcement of the merger between GR ..."

There are many chicken-littles who have been freaking out all weekend long imagining all kinds of apocalyptic scenarios and cursing the unborn children of Otis for selling GR to Amazon. They've taken every bad news story they've ever heard about Amazon, superimposed it on a nightmare image of GRamazon and created thousands of gallons of stomach acid for themselves. A fair number have opened accounts in LT and elsewhere, while still maintaining their accounts here. A small number of people have deleted their books and reviews and left GR entirely. There is very little love for Amazon for reasons that don't need to be repeated here.

Like Ellie and Traveller, I'm not going anywhere anytime soon. I've been an Amazon customer since the 90's and have never had a single problem with them. A side-effect of their business model and carnivorous business practices has been the decimation of Main Street, but they did it with the full cooperation of consumers like me and the other millions, so who am I to complain about their latest acquisition? If GR becomes untenable, we can easily regroup elsewhere, as Ellie suggested. I also opened an LT account last year for the fun of it (jimnoir). We could easily re-form over there.

We'll all be around here for you while you wander, and so as Ford Prefect reminded Arthur Dent, always carry a towel and Don't Panic!!
march2=15 (14 new)
Mar 13, 2013 01:22PM

46344 Magdelanye wrote: "and as for Miss McIntosh, I could have sworn it was Ellie who was readingthis,and that I even thanked her for reminding me of it as it was an absolute favorite of mine some while ago. So I looked it up and lo, she is reading it now too. Is this planned? ..."

It's a current read in Brain Pain. It's quite dense and the original plan of reading 120 pages per week has quickly gone awry. Our original 10 week plan is likely to stretch much longer...
march2=15 (14 new)
Mar 06, 2013 02:38AM

46344 Ice wrote: "It may be age or the self published acquisition of 'competent (good)reader' status, but enjoying the plot and disliking the style of writing is fairly new to me."

I don't know which is harder to support - bad style or bad story. In a pinch, I could endure style problems if the plot is engaging. I see Game of Thrones in stores everywhere, so I'll save it for an occasion when I find myself sans un livre in an airport or something like that.

BTW, I'm going to FNAC in Bordeaux tomorrow to look at a KOBO ereader. Anyone have any experience with KOBOs? I'm trying to avoid the Kindle/Nook war of attrition. Plan to use it for Project Gutenberg reading.
march2=15 (14 new)
Mar 06, 2013 01:22AM

46344 Ice wrote: "Popular books A Game of Thrones sometimes fall short of expectation."

Sorry to hear that. So many people have 5-starred the book I was thinking about reading it as a guilty pleasure and/or beach read.

Reading Miss MacIntosh, My Darling 1 which has a Proustian density I wasn't expecting.

Also reading The Master and Margarita which is fun for reasons I can't yet discern. Maybe it's because of the cat who can hold a glass of vodka in his paw? Or Pontius Pilate talking comparative theology with Yeshua? Or something about the disappearances from apartment 50? Time will tell...
Feb 15-30 (12 new)
Feb 21, 2013 04:34AM

46344 Reading The Motorcycle Diaries

As underwhelmed by the book as I was by the movie...
Jan 15 = Feb15 (17 new)
Jan 21, 2013 01:45AM

46344 Ellie wrote: "Good to hear from you Magdelanye, always. Is the rain in Spain more beautiful?"

Yes, but only on the plain. (sorry! couldn't resist)
Jan 13, 2013 11:51PM

46344 Ice wrote: "Well it be snowing today (yippee) - but we have a chequerboard or is it checkerboard - with the number of winged visitors. Boiled the Kettle and unfroze the waterbaths."

That explains the adverts for "Ice's Hot Springs"

BTW, I'm curious about Anna Kavan and her novel Ice. Have any of my fellow Flight Pathians read it, or know about her work?
Jan 11, 2013 01:06AM

46344 Ice wrote: "mmmm friends, more of a deterrent from eating the spring bulbs and stealing the bird's food.

They say that the UK has reducing Starling and Sparrow populations. We don't - they have just all emigrated to our garden ! ..."

Word on the street is that you're a soft touch when it comes to feeding the birds, which explains the graffiti scratched into tree trunks along their migration routes: "For a good feed, stop in at Ice's place!" LOL!!
Jan 10, 2013 11:29PM

46344 Ice wrote: "Me and Mine not kindle (yet)

First opportunity to order a book on the kindle, and I ended up with a Squirrel box feeder and a DAB Digital radio, which were a little more important at the time..."

Dinner and music for your furry friends? You are a kind soul...
Reading Plans (74 new)
Jan 09, 2013 11:56PM

46344 Ice wrote: ""Look at me no plan no backup (no weapons worth a damn) or and something else I dont have , I dont have anything to lose"!

Dr Who - Pandorica

This morning it just felt appropriate"

"Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose"
- Kris Kristofferson

"I have no money, no resources, no hopes. I am the happiest man alive."
- Henry Miller

- Answer to the koan, "What is Zen to a dog?"
Jan 07, 2013 04:41AM

46344 Currently re-reading To the Lighthouse, which I last read in 1980. What a difference a few decades makes!! Now that I'm the Ramsay's age, I'm seeing their concerns and worldview with benefit of age and wisdom in ways I couldn't know when I was 19. I loved the book then, but for different reasons.

Also skimming a re-read of Swann's Way with the Year of Reading Proust group.

About half way through The Golden Ass: Or Metamorphoses. Life was a lot sexier before the christians made everyone wear pants, LOL!!
Jan 07, 2013 04:38AM

46344 Ice wrote: "Started thinking on new paths:

Do I try our my wife's new kindle HD ?

Should I set myself a Reading Challenge in what will be a busy year ?

And can I sink my tbr below 100 !!

Currently reading ..."

Couldn't hurt to try the Kindle -- I don't think!!?

We've gone past the 5th, so I'm going to open a new thread
46344 Ice wrote: "Ho Ho Ho

Merry Christmas one and all, and Happy New Year

(I am assuming that we outlive today !!)

Be back 2013 ......"

Enjoy your holiday and best wishes for you and yours!
46344 Ice wrote: "For me that might be fifty shades of a Kindle cover, or watching the film version of Life of Pi."

That should do it!
46344 Ice wrote: "So my wife has a Kindle fire for Christmas and we are going away late December, oh the temptation to download a book to read is ringing bells in my head.

How long can I keep the electronic wolves ..."

Maybe you can download something really terrible, and then you'll associate the kindle with bad literature and be able to keep your distance!!
46344 Ellie wrote: "Thanks Jim! Good perspective-check, lol. :-)

I know reading the denser books slowed me down but not all books are created equal & I'm glad to have spent time on quality not just quantity.

I keep ..."

De nada!

Just remember DFW's joke "This is water". Or "Keep on keepin' on" or whatever it takes to get those boxes emptied and those cabinets filled. Most of all take care of yourself so you can take care of your family and friends. 'Tis the season to be.
46344 Ellie wrote: "I'm going to fail my challenge this year-I can't believe it but we moved yesterday & there's still so much to be done-including more moving. (Not to mention the time I waste freaking out about the ..."

Well, from the glass half-full perspective, 138 books is not exactly slacking off, don't you think?

Good luck finishing your move!
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