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Ron last won the day on August 19 2014

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  1. Congratulations on this furthering promotion, Parker Owens.
  2. For those who might be interested: Amazon has Microsoft Office Home download at $99 (six users) for one year. While this is the usual offer, if you look on the page where it says Version, you'll see a box that reads Home + $50 Amazon.com Giftcard. Click on that and make the purchase, and you'll get a download version of Microsoft Office Home (six users) for $49.99 +tax and an Amazon gift card for $50 in the mail. This is a darn good deal if you know you will use the gift card at some point. I currently use the least expensive version of Word 2013 (not even Office), so I made the leap to subscription and bought the deal, which I will share with family (who don't live with me - because you can do that, it's allowed) with each person getting 1TB of One Drive storage. This is a today only deal people.

    1. Reader1810


      I currently have the student version of MS 2011 as I didn’t want to pay big bucks for something I use at home. 


      This is sounds like a good deal.


      Thanks for the the heads up, Ron. 



  3. Author, are you a wordsmith? If not, beware...


    The Word Police


    I thought this linked article from the Boston Globe an interesting read worth sharing.

    1. Daddydavek


      A "badass" article!

  4. I read it once online and then again when I bought the graphic novels—to support the artist/author, plus as a thanks for putting it online for everyone to read. Maybe it’s time for me to revisit the boys.
  5. Ron

    Boston Harbor Hotel

    Hey, it's Boston's waterfront. A couple of years ago I helped celibrate my brothers 55th birthday at the Meritage restaurant at the Boston Harbor Hotel, absolutely delicious, if expensive, and highly recommended. It looks much better at night when it's all lit up than it does during the day.
  6. This may be taking Valentine's Day just a little too far... Heart shaped hamburgers in the meat counter at Whole Foods! But, on the flip side, a lot of people love a good hamburger. So maybe it's okay afterall.

  7. I hear ya. Two thoughts... Have the same compassion for yourself that you would freely offer to anyone else. Don’t be so hard on yourself! You seem to have a good grasp of your anxiety triggers and the resulting fallout. What’s the next step?
  8. It seems you are already transparent enough as it is... I privately thought that you were The One in this particular matrix, too.
  9. I'm currently reading three author's works, two on Kindle and one paperback (from wayback). I'm reading Elantris (revised 10th anniversary edition) by Brandon Sanderson, after having read it first back in 2005, and The Dragon Bone Chair: Book One of Memory, Sorrow and Thorn (again an anniversary edition) by Tad Williams, which I first read way back in the late 1980's (I think, at least once more after that) -- both on Kindle. The paperback book is a favorite from wayback (I know, another one) that was first published in 1980 (now out of print) by David Brin called Sundiver ( @Palantir you might well like this series - human engineered sentient dolphins, among other species) which is the first part of what eventually became a devided six book series: The Uplift novels. Anyway, some good books are worth rereading and I can highly recommend each of these. All of these stories I read long enough ago that there is a lot of refreshing going on in my mind. Of course, it all seems familiar, too, and that's why I'm able to do three works at a time. Tad Williams' work is left to my time at the laundromat, Sundiver is a just-before-bedtime story (paperback - no artificial light from my iPhone or iPad) and Elantris is a whenever story. My reading list is part of why I haven't been as active on GA as I have been in the past. Mostly, what I'm trying to do is write my own science fiction work and I've been reading new things and old as part research, and also toward getting my mind in the right groove. We'll see.
  10. Apple iTunes is having a huge sale on movies: Lots of Criterion Collection @$10 (including old Kung Fu movies), Warner Brothers classics (low, low prices), newer 4K movies at reduced prices and just about something for everyone to watch on the cheap or near-cheap.

  11. Ron

    A Shifting Life

    Best of luck to you on your journey.
  12. Okay—don’t laugh—I have one tatoo that I got in seventh grade middle school. It’s a blue dot on the left cheek of my derrière. What size is it? Well, it is of a size that a Bic, blue-ink pen will make if someone (a girl) pokes you in the ass with one in order to get your attention. God, women are brutal! I’ve carried it around all these years, forty-six of them.
  13. Well, and that explains that... doesn't it? No, I don't mean to be flippant, here. Now, not that I ever had any pressing need to know -- though I do admit to the occasional bout of curiosity as to whether you were male or female -- I always chose when referring to you and during correspondence with you not to use male- or female-specific pronouns. Quite frankly I took my cue from you, because you didn't refer to yourself as either. Even your posted photos seemed to present you as non-specific in gender. What I knew for sure before this blog post was that you are a talented writer (my viewpoint hasn't changed) and that you had other artistic interests. Other than that, I expected that you were being the best you that you can be. And, as it turns out, you are.
  14. Mr. Rain sure did live a long life. I hope it was a good one. I've purchased the new 4K Ultra High Definition release of 2001: A Space Odyssey and I can't wait to see it. Unfortunately, I do have to wait because the darn amp in my last usable subwoofer went out just a couple of days before the movie arrived. I'm waiting for new amps to arrive courtesy of Definitive Technology and I'll install them and reset my system up and enjoy the movie once again (I have watched this movie many times over the years). Mr. Rain's dry delivery of Hal 9000's voice is perfection. As an aside folks, if you're ever interested in a bang-for-the-buck subwoofer, and excellent customer service to boot. I can highly recommend Definitive Technology. I purchased my subs back in 2008 (three year warranty, at the time) and Def-Tech will have replaced the amps twice at no charge -- Ten Years -- and out of warranty both times. I'm not saying everyone will have such a great experience but... come on, who does this anymore?! So, worth a mention, I think.
  15. "When you learn someone is a jerk, don't stick around to find out what kind." - Nick Galifianakis (for The Washington Post) This may seem more of an advisory than something inspirational, but if it pops into your head at the right moment... and inspires you to get going...
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