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  • #16
    Originally posted by Gravyboat View Post
    I will look that up! In return, I highly recommend the Venus trilogy by Pamela Sargent. The books follow 7 generations of women, from a rural farm town in North America to colonizing Venus. The women are all very distinct, strong-willed, and "alive" and all have their own dreams and ambitions that often do not fall in line with the expectations of the rest of the family (much like in real families). Also, there's a gay main character in the second book who deals with the full spectrum of coming to terms with his sexuality and trying to just live life and be happy in the face of extreme religious intolerance, if that's your bag. (It's my bag)

    Overall, HIGHLY recommended. I've read each book like 8 times at least.
    Oooh I'll definitely add this one to my reading list

    As for making a little grok, I'm afraid you'd have to front some cash my dear working for free is for the birds! (or the veggies!) Though I wouldn't be opposed to taking payment in piles of meat >

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Tigerfeet View Post
      Oooh I'll definitely add this one to my reading list
      Do ittt. The first book plods a little, but the second and third are insane. In roughly chronological order, there's: small-minded alcoholic family members holding others back from personal success, global politics, estranged marriages, awkward gay orgies, a growing police state, deviant sex cults, concentration camp style torture, and even time travel. It's a trilogy the whole family can enjoy!

      As for making a little grok, I'm afraid you'd have to front some cash my dear working for free is for the birds! (or the veggies!) Though I wouldn't be opposed to taking payment in piles of meat >
      I wanted to mention, that little guy is really good! I have worked in Poser enough to know that walks are super difficult to get to a point where they look natural, and I've done enough skinning and pixel art to know how time-consuming and detail-oriented that can be as well. So good job!!

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      • #18
        Originally posted by Tigerfeet View Post
        Oooh I'll definitely add this one to my reading list

        As for making a little grok, I'm afraid you'd have to front some cash my dear working for free is for the birds! (or the veggies!) Though I wouldn't be opposed to taking payment in piles of meat >
        lol I just thought it would be a cute thing to try. Also I don't know how well the postal service would take it if us paleo-types started using it to send envelopes stuffed with bacon to each other.
        "Since going primal, I've found that there are very few problems that cannot be solved with butter and/or bacon fat."

        My amusing take on paleo-blogging: http://whatshouldwecallpaleolife.tumblr.com/

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Corvidae View Post
          No, yeah I think thats a huge part of the issue. But then ive also read stuff by female writers with female characters that arent very good, but ive chalked that up to them learning bad habits from the field being dominated by male-centric paradigmns for decades.

          One of the best portrayals of female characters in SF/F that I've ever read, EVER, comes actually from a male writer. His name is James Alan Gardner, and he has a small collection of books out that are SHOCKINGLY good. I picked up one at a used book store on a whim and BURNED through it in half a day. The first of his books, Expendable, has a female protagonist told through a first person perspective and, frankly, it totally raised the bar in my mind for what to expect from such a character. If you're looking for an example of a good female character, i cannot recommend that book enough.
          Oooh, I'm always looking for good reading. I'm looking this up right now to see if it's something I'd like. ...and who knows, maybe it won't languish on the huuuuge pile of "to read" books already on my night stand, and I'll get right to it. Thanks for the rec!

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          • #20
            Originally posted by Tigerfeet View Post
            Oooh I'll definitely add this one to my reading list

            As for making a little grok, I'm afraid you'd have to front some cash my dear working for free is for the birds! (or the veggies!) Though I wouldn't be opposed to taking payment in piles of meat >
            Heh. This makes me really appreciate Kingdom of Loathing even more, since in that game meat really is the kingdom's currency.

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            • #21
              Hi all, I'm Wonder and I'm a nerd. "Hi, Wonder..."

              Games I like: World of Warcraft (not playing much lately, anyone else on Shadowsong? yes I play on a West Coast server even though I'm East Coast), The Elder Scrolls (played VI and V), Fallout (played 3 and NV), Diablo III (played the beta, looks like somewhat graphically updated Diablo II but I'm still looking forward to it), other games of these sorts. Going to check out Kingdom of Amalur.

              TV/Movies: Firefly (but NOT Serenity), Castle (because Nathan Fillion!), HIMYM (because Neil Patrick Harris!), A Knight's Tale (because it's so NOT period accurate), Dr Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (duh), Warehouse 13 (SyFy original show, fairly recent, pretty good, just started season 2)...probably tons more nerdy films, but I can't think of them right now. Oh and Doctor Who probably counts as pretty nerdy. I have only seen the most recent revival (9, 10, 11), don't like the new actor that much but feel like he finally made his own character instead of being a weird offshoot of David Tenant's Doctor. I enjoyed the first season of Torchwood, but gave up on it after that. Too much drama & whining.

              Other nerdy interests: working on computers (my official title is "help desk specialist", I do technician and troubleshooting stuff primarily on computers, but also printers & servers a bit), BUILDING computers (repaired and built 2, helped a friend make a custom computer as well), learning about viruses, malware and how to remove them (seriously, love this) as well as actually removing them.

              My boyfriend and I are going to PAX East for the second time in April. I am trying to determine when is a good point to ask for that Friday off so I can go all 3 days 'cause I'm also taking a vacation for most of a week mid-March. Last year, I won an awesome new graphics card and my friend won an iPad!
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              • #22
                If forced to pick a label for myself I choose dork (that's because I have no spatial awareness and can fall over my own feet without trying). Though others would say geek - my OH does say I'm a bit like Firefly's Kaylee.
                I've always been geeky/dorky - I was a big bookworm as a kid and loved playing all sorts of pc games. I still love books (sci-fi, horror, crime, manga) and I still play pc games. I've been a big sci-fi fan since I discovered The X Files way back when it started more or less ( can't believe that show is 20 years old now). Since then I've become a 'Gater (yes I even went to GateCon one year), a Firefly fan and other things.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by namelesswonder View Post
                  Hi all, I'm Wonder and I'm a nerd. "Hi, Wonder..."

                  Games I like: World of Warcraft (not playing much lately, anyone else on Shadowsong? yes I play on a West Coast server even though I'm East Coast),
                  I played for 3.5 years, pretty seriously, but not anymore. I was on Tichondrius, but your server name sounds familiar, were you in my battlegroup?
                  "Since going primal, I've found that there are very few problems that cannot be solved with butter and/or bacon fat."

                  My amusing take on paleo-blogging: http://whatshouldwecallpaleolife.tumblr.com/

                  Are you a Primal in San Francisco, or the SF Bay Area in general? Join our facebook group!

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                  • #24
                    Have any of you seen Caprica? It was a Syfy spinoff of BSG that got canceled. I watched all of it but I still can't decide if I liked it or not. I do love the fact that it portrays poly and gay relationships as completely normal, so that's awesome! But the main characters (especially the main main character) are really annoying whiny teenagers, so that just kills it.

                    I'm also an antique glass geek, and there was a scene that briefly features an antique bowl I have. I was super excited.





                    (I also have additional bowls in the same pattern, in green and clear, and in two different sizes. Yes, I realize I may have a problem.)

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by Gravyboat View Post
                      Have any of you seen Caprica? It was a Syfy spinoff of BSG that got canceled. I watched all of it but I still can't decide if I liked it or not. I do love the fact that it portrays poly and gay relationships as completely normal, so that's awesome! But the main characters (especially the main main character) are really annoying whiny teenagers, so that just kills it.

                      My wife watched it, but I could not get into it for much the same reason as you. I wanted to roflstomp the main characters.

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by canio6 View Post
                        My wife watched it, but I could not get into it for much the same reason as you. I wanted to roflstomp the main characters.
                        Yeah, the sound of Zoe's whiny rich girl voice pretty much makes me want to hammer nails into my skull. And her friend always has this dead-eyed expression like she's about to cry...

                        Fortunately, Clarice is CRAZY sexy so that made the show bearable.

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by Gravyboat View Post
                          Fortunately, Clarice is CRAZY sexy so that made the show bearable.
                          She sure made Rome worth watching. Well, it was worth watching anyway, but she definitely helped.

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                          • #28
                            I played WoW for years on Spinebreaker and Gul'Dan.

                            If you're looking for a new MMO to play, the Star Wars: The Old Republic is amazing. The way they handle story is impressive, and the PVP scenarios are very fun. I'd watched the Star Wars movies, but truth be told I didn't really get into the lore until I started playing the game.

                            Let me know if Kingdom of Amalur is any good... that had been on my radar as well.

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                            • #29
                              I gave up WoW for grad school. My geek side has had to take a back seat to my nerd side for the last couple of years.
                              “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde

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                              • #30
                                My WoW account is currently active but I haven't played seriously for years now and pretty much just level alts these days. I'm on Kael'thas, Stormreaver, and Exodar.

                                I'm also bummed out that Star Trek Online sucked. Or at least it did when it was released.

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