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Re: General Discussion Thread
« Reply #17475 on: July 11, 2017, 08:36:28 AM »
17776 is great and I can't get anyone to read it

Maybe I should stop dropping it in various chats my friends are in and telling them to read this cool article on football when they know I don't like football. It's probably suspicious.

Tell them it's an unusual and very cool science fiction story.
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Re: General Discussion Thread
« Reply #17476 on: July 11, 2017, 08:58:03 AM »
That is quite something! I don't have time to read it all right now, but I've gone through the intro and like what I see.
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Re: General Discussion Thread
« Reply #17477 on: July 11, 2017, 09:25:10 AM »
Tell them it's an unusual and very cool science fiction story.

Yes. You're aiming for the wrong audience while missing those who would actually like it.

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Re: General Discussion Thread
« Reply #17478 on: July 11, 2017, 12:56:55 PM »
I binge read the whole thing and I'm not even into football.
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Re: General Discussion Thread
« Reply #17479 on: July 11, 2017, 01:08:03 PM »
I just finished it and. wow. that got deep fast. I relate deeply to 9 because w h a t
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Re: General Discussion Thread
« Reply #17480 on: July 11, 2017, 05:18:10 PM »
This has been going around my FB friends and I finally started looking.

It's all kinds of brilliant.  I don't know what category yet, but it's going on my Hugo ballot next year.

What Football Will Look Like in 17776.

I only read the first parts and I can already see that I'm going to enjoy this, I'll probably finish it when I have access to a computer again
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Re: General Discussion Thread
« Reply #17481 on: July 11, 2017, 06:42:49 PM »
This has been going around my FB friends and I finally started looking.

It's all kinds of brilliant.  I don't know what category yet, but it's going on my Hugo ballot next year.

What Football Will Look Like in 17776.

This is amazing.
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Re: General Discussion Thread
« Reply #17482 on: July 12, 2017, 10:03:28 AM »
I only read the first parts and I can already see that I'm going to enjoy this, I'll probably finish it when I have access to a computer again

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Re: General Discussion Thread
« Reply #17483 on: July 13, 2017, 11:25:37 PM »
Tell them it's an unusual and very cool science fiction story.
Yes. You're aiming for the wrong audience while missing those who would actually like it.
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Re: General Discussion Thread
« Reply #17484 on: July 14, 2017, 10:11:16 AM »
 Bonne Fête Nationale à tous les Minnions français !
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Re: General Discussion Thread
« Reply #17485 on: July 17, 2017, 03:58:56 AM »
Don't know whether to laugh or swear. At present I'm doing both. Weather in southern Australia is extremely bleak at present, temps hovering around zeroC, bucketing sleety rain or rainy sleet with the occasional bit of hail.  So I decided that it was probably unwise to work outdoors all day, but didn't want to spend the day indoors when there were flying stormclouds and beautiful light and flocks of wild birds going over..... Anyway, I decided to work out on the back verandah, where I could still see the sky but had a bit of protection from the wind. Weeded and tidied the plants there, distangled the piles of string and twine, pruned back some of the grapevine, sorted out empty boxes, straightened the chairs, discovered lost tools, that sort of thing.

Then I found my gumboots, which had been knocked down from the boot tree, probably by cats, possums or the owl that hunts along the verandah at night. These are a new, quality pair of gumboots which I bought this Autumn just past, having realised we were in for a bad Winter, and my old ones having started to leak. Went to pick them up, and gave them a shake, this being Australia where venomous wildlife is quite likely to take up residence in neglected boots. Recognised what started to fall out and hastily tipped the boot flat again so as not to dislodge them further.

My gumboots - both of them - have been colonised by bullants in the couple of weeks since I last wore them. I can't tip them out,because in this weather the bullants and their larvae will die. So I moved them, very cautiously, on a shovel, and have put them under the porch ramp where they will be warm but visiting kids won't find them and get bitten. Looks my gumboots are out of commission for the winter. As I said, don't know whether to laugh or swear.
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Re: General Discussion Thread
« Reply #17486 on: July 17, 2017, 04:26:49 AM »
Róisín, thank you for the update on Australian adventures :D I think laugh and swear is an appropriate reaction, to this episode and just Australia in general.

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Re: General Discussion Thread
« Reply #17487 on: July 17, 2017, 08:48:39 AM »
Don't know whether to laugh or swear. At present I'm doing both. Weather in southern Australia is extremely bleak at present, temps hovering around zeroC, bucketing sleety rain or rainy sleet with the occasional bit of hail.  So I decided that it was probably unwise to work outdoors all day, but didn't want to spend the day indoors when there were flying stormclouds and beautiful light and flocks of wild birds going over..... Anyway, I decided to work out on the back verandah, where I could still see the sky but had a bit of protection from the wind. Weeded and tidied the plants there, distangled the piles of string and twine, pruned back some of the grapevine, sorted out empty boxes, straightened the chairs, discovered lost tools, that sort of thing.

Then I found my gumboots, which had been knocked down from the boot tree, probably by cats, possums or the owl that hunts along the verandah at night. These are a new, quality pair of gumboots which I bought this Autumn just past, having realised we were in for a bad Winter, and my old ones having started to leak. Went to pick them up, and gave them a shake, this being Australia where venomous wildlife is quite likely to take up residence in neglected boots. Recognised what started to fall out and hastily tipped the boot flat again so as not to dislodge them further.

My gumboots - both of them - have been colonised by bullants in the couple of weeks since I last wore them. I can't tip them out,because in this weather the bullants and their larvae will die. So I moved them, very cautiously, on a shovel, and have put them under the porch ramp where they will be warm but visiting kids won't find them and get bitten. Looks my gumboots are out of commission for the winter. As I said, don't know whether to laugh or swear.

I'm curious, why do you keep your boots in a tree?
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Re: General Discussion Thread
« Reply #17488 on: July 17, 2017, 09:29:34 AM »
Heh. Hadn't realised what that would sound like. No, a 'boot tree' is a thing that looks a bit like a coat rack, only shorter and with the spikes pointing upward. It is usually placed outside but under cover near the back door, and when you come inside you hang your boots on it, each on its spike, open side down. This allows the boots to dry and the mud to flake off, while discouraging the small but venomous wildlife from taking up residence in your boots. Except that the larger wildlife had knocked my boots down and I hadn't noticed, which is why the bullants had chosen said boots as an overwintering site, which has put the boots out of commission until warmer weather. I'll reclaim them in the Spring, when the bullants will move out and dig an earth nest and build up their numbers again. They overwinter in small numbers - a queen, a few dozen workers and some eggs and larvae - in a warm sheltered spot so they don't freeze or drown.
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Re: General Discussion Thread
« Reply #17489 on: July 17, 2017, 09:50:03 AM »
I've got to say that I like knowing other people who think it's entirely reasonable to go without their boots all winter rather than ruin an ants' nest.

Róisín, I hope you can manage to get another pair of nonleaky boots! you deserve them.