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  1. I just finished that. An incredible, moving work. I hope and expect it moved you too, and I encourage others to read it too. For those who don't know, Svetlana Alexievich, the Nobel-winning author, is a journalist by trade, but she prefers to call her reporting documentary fiction. Sigrid Nunez, another writer I enjoy, describes Alexievich's work this way: "Alexievich makes it possible for people to be heard, to get their stories told, whether they can write beautiful sentences or not." (That's a quote from Nunez' beautiful novel _The Friend_, the book I finished just prior to pickin
  2. fyi, and merry christmas: Passions over 'prosperity gospel': Was Jesus wealthy? By John Blake, CNN December 25, 2009 http://www.cnn.com/2009/LIVING/wayoflife/1...esus/index.html
  3. Film critic Kim Morgan concurs. Marvin also makes her badass old guy list. Also: Harvey Keitel: Tura Satana:
  4. blue

    ghosts

    In the spirit of agreement, I suggest we retitle this thread "Wishful Thinking - let's try to take it seriously."
  5. I mostly agree. Croshaw's shtick depends upon contempt. It's a style that relies on ridicule, audience insults & puerile humor, and his frenetic delivery is trying too hard. Speed satire has been done before (and better) by commentators like Charlie Brooker and Ze Frank, and Croshaw's editorials sometimes feel excessively derivative. Still, he's mastered a niche. His fame might not last for more than 15 minutes of broadband time, but for now thousands of gamers enjoy his cartoons -- which are at least zany if not thoughtful or funny. And he's not entirely pessimistic.
  6. Yes, I'm curious. (I've enjoyed some of yr previous commentaries, inc your long-ago react piece on KotOR1). Don't you play all your games that way? Speaking of Obsidian member game commentaries .. thanks Crashie. Your enthusiasm for STALKER was infectious. I've not been especially fond of shooters, but your raves (and ravings) helped convince me to play. Am liking vy much.
  7. Did you post reactions/capsule review? If you've a link handy, I'd appreciate.
  8. Customers looking to resell games (as I often do) weeks or months after purchasing products will be affected by activation caps. I've experienced similar problems when considering the sale of legitimately purchased software. So while resales are a long-term consideration, this is not a far-flung future. Anti-piracy technology sometimes restricts 2nd-hand market opportunities; this is real not hypothetical. For the record: I'm more curious than worried about SecuROM, and I support anti-piracy protections and intellectual property rights. I'll accept Bio's decision and adapt my practic
  9. Customers looking to resell games (as I often do) weeks or months after purchasing products will be affected by activation caps. I've experienced similar problems when considering the sale of legitimately purchased software. So while resales are a long-term consideration, this is not a far-flung future. Anti-piracy technology sometimes restricts 2nd-hand market opportunities; this is real not hypothetical. For the record: I'm more curious than worried about this application of SecuROM, and I support anti-piracy protections and intellectual property rights. I'll accept Bio's decision
  10. You're right; most new product purchasers will be unaffected. Thinking long-term, however, I suspect more than one in 10 million customers will encounter problems. Posters here have raised legitimate concerns about resales & replayability.
  11. Over the last quarter-century, thousands of popular and peer-reviewed articles have discussed Twain
  12. blue

    Family

    Tolstoy wrote that "All happy families resemble one another, but each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." My childhood was unique. Today I am unexceptional.
  13. I agree with what you're saying. Brush clearance and construction can mitigate damage. But fire resistant is not the same as fireproof, and true fireproofing is impractical. Many homes destroyed in the past weeks used fire-wise construction: tile roofs, sealed vents, ember-resistant eaves and so on. Unfortunately, even the best modern structures can't withstand 50-foot high walls of fire hot enough to melt steel. A bigger factor is location and ecology. Laguna & Malibu McMansions are built in secluded canyons surrounded by dry chaparral. Homes sit in the middle of fuel traps,
  14. Such incidents are comparatively rare; the disaster of Danish cuisine is a constant. You lose.
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