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Out of the Blue

Today is day four of our FiOS adventure, which is a bit of a circus. One of our phone numbers is still not working, and I have gotten to experience the startling intricacies of Verizon technical support, where no one seems to actually know what's going on, and there is a complete lack of accountability and follow-up that leads everyone I speak with to attempt to get off the phone with me so it becomes someone else's problem. Every time I am promised they will call back. Every time it's a lie. This morning I got a robo call from them explaining how they have fixed my problem, which is not even remotely accurate. If it sounds like I'm losing patience with this, then I am successfully communicating my internal state, and at some point today this will probably lead to me threatening them with a demand that they come and remove all their expensive equipment, since I think having this residence hooked into the network long-term is the only thing that really motivates them in this situation.

Irate Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Shadez 3: The Moon Miners.
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'Twas The Night Before Scotchmas: A Holiday Guide To Giftable Single Malts.
Stories: 'Game of Thrones' gets super-sized season 3.
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Media: The Glitch. And Behind the Scenes: The Glitch.
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Dad Piggies.
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Follow-up: New Plinkett review up now!! Titanic.

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41. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 19, 2012, 17:16 Beamer
 
1badmf wrote on Dec 19, 2012, 17:12:
wha.. whaaaaaat!?!? you didn't like how it ended? i loved it. may i ask why/what you didn't like?

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the whole eskimo religion thing was a cop-out, I thought. Suddenly it turned into a spiritual thing instead of just a freaky, possibly supernatural bear. Explaining it ruined it. Becoming the lover of Lady Silence? Ug.
 
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40. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 19, 2012, 17:12 1badmf
 
wha.. whaaaaaat!?!? you didn't like how it ended? i loved it. may i ask why/what you didn't like?  
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39. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 19, 2012, 17:00 Beamer
 
1badmf wrote on Dec 19, 2012, 16:56:
no it's the one about the lost Franklin expedition to the arctic. i've always loved historical dramas, and this was among the best. also, i've always been fascinated by how extreme situations and environments can distill people into the barest truth of who they are, and this book really puts its characters through the (frozen) meat grinder.

i don't remember him writing a vampire novel, but that might've been one of his earlier horror novels that i haven't gotten to yet.

The last 100 or 200 pages of Terror nearly ruined it.
 
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38. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 19, 2012, 16:56 1badmf
 
no it's the one about the lost Franklin expedition to the arctic. i've always loved historical dramas, and this was among the best. also, i've always been fascinated by how extreme situations and environments can distill people into the barest truth of who they are, and this book really puts its characters through the (frozen) meat grinder.

i don't remember him writing a vampire novel, but that might've been one of his earlier horror novels that i haven't gotten to yet.
 
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37. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 19, 2012, 16:42 Creston
 
Is the Terror the vampire one? He actually wrote a very interesting vampire novel. (which Guillermo Del Toro then copied quite a lot of for his "The Strain" trilogy...)

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36. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 19, 2012, 16:30 1badmf
 
Creston wrote on Dec 19, 2012, 15:46:
Verno wrote on Dec 19, 2012, 15:04:
I finally got around to The Fall of Hyperion by Dan Simmons too and loved it. People tell me he becomes crazy in later books but oh well. A lot of people like Aleister Crowley too but I couldn't get into his stuff.

Hyperion was okay. Fall of Hyperion is fantastic. The Endymion ones... I'm not sure what to think. They aren't bad, per se, but they are so different from Hyperion, and in the last book he goes crazy with the sick torture porn.

Creston

i actually thought the torture was fitting with the themes of the novel, but simmons has always had a penchant for, shall we say, dripping imagery. i definitely rank hyperion above endymion.

i've read a lot of his works, and by far my favorite is The Terror. it's long as hell, but if you appreciate slow, smokey, sumptuous dramatic buildups, this is king. the payoff is both a mindbender and a heartbreaker.
 
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35. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 19, 2012, 16:16 Cutter
 
Going on beyond post-apocalypse into the creation of god/heaven/hell etc. is To Reign in Hell, Excellent read with an intro from Roger Zelazny. I'd highly recommend it if you're a fan of Zelazny's style of work dealing with mythos, pantheons, etc.
 
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34. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 19, 2012, 15:46 Creston
 
Verno wrote on Dec 19, 2012, 15:04:
I finally got around to The Fall of Hyperion by Dan Simmons too and loved it. People tell me he becomes crazy in later books but oh well. A lot of people like Aleister Crowley too but I couldn't get into his stuff.

Hyperion was okay. Fall of Hyperion is fantastic. The Endymion ones... I'm not sure what to think. They aren't bad, per se, but they are so different from Hyperion, and in the last book he goes crazy with the sick torture porn.

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33. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 19, 2012, 15:44 Creston
 
Murphyfish wrote on Dec 19, 2012, 11:58:
Hello Blue - I'm a long time lurker and fan of the site and had to create an account when I read your experience with Verizon. My experience with their support is identical to yours and that of some of the other posters. The service is great and super fast but god forbid if you have to deal with support. It's an exercise in futility and I've experienced it more than a few times. So I wanted to chime in and offer my solidarity. Hope your issues are resolved soon!

Welcome Murphy.

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32. Jelly Belly Dips Ads Dec 19, 2012, 15:40 jdreyer
 
Is anyone else getting these? They throw up an extremely annoying video overlay every time you mouse over the ad. Sometimes I have two or three, if I've accidentally moused over more than one add.  
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31. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 19, 2012, 15:18 jdreyer
 
mch wrote on Dec 19, 2012, 10:58:
InBlack wrote on Dec 19, 2012, 10:55:
mch wrote on Dec 19, 2012, 10:45:
Are they still splitting book 3 into two seasons? Think I remember hearing that but not sure I ever saw any confirmation.

Yes they are. BTW the UK edition of the novel itself was split into two books. (Fucking greedy if you ask me)

Hmmm. If I remember correctly the biggest events happened towards the end of the book (NO SPOILERS). Wonder if they'll re-arrange the order (since things are often happening at the same time).

It will be interesting to see how they handle books 4 & 5 (if they make it that far) since those books run in parallel. Honestly, I wonder (and perhaps hope?) if they will cut out some characters from 4 & 5 as new so many new characters were introduced as to not be easily trackable even in a miniseries.
 
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30. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 19, 2012, 15:17 Jivaro
 
WarZ pulled from Steam, not a single person is surprised.  
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29. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 19, 2012, 15:12 jdreyer
 
nin wrote on Dec 19, 2012, 10:02:

According to an article from Chicago magazine, which cites a 1995 article by Mandigo, "restructured meat product" contains a mixture of tripe, heart, and scalded stomach, which is then mixed with salt and water to extract proteins from the muscle. The proteins bind all the pork trimmings together so that it can be re-molded into any specific shape in this case, a fake slab of ribs.

Oh, that sounds so delicious.

Er, waste not, want not?
 
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28. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 19, 2012, 15:04 Verno
 
PHJF wrote on Dec 19, 2012, 11:52:
And I'm looking for novels to read. I just finished The Passage, which was OK at best (being a sort of Stephen King pop novel but without his level of quality). I also just read Rainbows End and A Fire Upon the Deep. Can anyone comment on the quality of the followup novel(s) to AFUtD? I'm going to read Point Counter Point right now but I like to keep scifi books in the rotation.

Just random shit I've read (or reread) in the past few months

Hull Zero Three, Greg Bear (cerebral Sci-fi)
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch (fantasy, the sequel blows FYI)
Ship of Fools by Richard Paul Russo (sci-fi/horror)
Armor by John Steakley (mil/sci-fi)
Rendevous with Rama, Arthur C Clarke (classic sci-fi first contact)

I finally got around to The Fall of Hyperion by Dan Simmons too and loved it. People tell me he becomes crazy in later books but oh well. A lot of people like Aleister Crowley too but I couldn't get into his stuff.
 
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27. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 19, 2012, 14:59 Hoop
 
Blue is it just the second phone number thats not working or are there other problems with the TV & Internet yet to resolve?
Hang in there, long term I don't see you having the down time issues you got with cable.
 
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26. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 19, 2012, 13:33 Steelcamp
 
No No No... I have to share it with 3 other people...
I may be important but not THAT important!
 
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25. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 19, 2012, 13:23 nin
 
8ms latency to SWTOR

And your own personal server to run it on.

 
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24. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 19, 2012, 12:42 Steelcamp
 
Blue

Once you go Fiber, you'll never want to go back.
8ms latency to SWTOR, WOW and many BF3 servers
 
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23. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 19, 2012, 11:58 Murphyfish
 
Hello Blue - I'm a long time lurker and fan of the site and had to create an account when I read your experience with Verizon. My experience with their support is identical to yours and that of some of the other posters. The service is great and super fast but god forbid if you have to deal with support. It's an exercise in futility and I've experienced it more than a few times. So I wanted to chime in and offer my solidarity. Hope your issues are resolved soon!  
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22. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 19, 2012, 11:53 Creston
 
mch wrote on Dec 19, 2012, 11:45:
Creston wrote on Dec 19, 2012, 11:39:

Oh, my bad. And yeah, the third book was split in two, and not really a whole lot happens in the first one (it's mostly setting stuff up for the second book). Then again, just about nothing happens at all in books 4 and 5, so this will likely be the last good season of the TV show anyway.

Creston

Hmmm. I'm reading through them now and the third book was just one book for me. The fourth book (weakest of them all so far I thought, I just started book five), was focused on only half of the characters, with book five picking up at the end of book five for the characters that were left out of book four. So that one was split in my opinion. Someone said it was different in the UK/other territories?

Anyway I agree, the third book should make for a solid season(s).

I believe it's different between the UK and US versions.

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