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  1. It's that time of year again! NO! NOT CHRISTMAS!!!! The writers are putting up Hugo recs and highlighting what they've published this year! Cat Rambo has officially encouraged authors to post the stuff they've published that is eligible, so if you're behind on reading, this is a great time to go check some stuff out! George's post is here: http://grrm.livejournal.com/509419.html Go forth and suggest stuff! This terrible year is almost done. Take a minute to finish up your reading and spread your favorites around for the holidays.
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    2018 World Cup - Get a Team to Support Here!!!!

    Sweden!!! @Lyanna Stark. I need some goid swears!
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    2018 World Cup - Get a Team to Support Here!!!!

    Did i post in the wrong thread? I've still got nothin. Team me!
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    Hugo time! Your packet is available! 2018

    That's the kind of thing I'm talking about. "Tabling" a self-involved young woman shouldn't have been a boring and gross scene, either (Green Mars). I'll be forever grateful to him for corrupting the phrase, "Wherever you go, there WE are." I've pulled that one into my permanent vernacular, but not sure I can do another doorstopper right now. I will before vote.
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    Hugo time! Your packet is available! 2018

    As far as I know, nobody did. It's on their main page. Once I'm at a computer, I'll edit the first post or start a new thread. I tried to finish KSR'S Mars series. Just couldn't. Kind of dreading 2140, tbh. Tell me what you think.
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    2018 World Cup - Get a Team to Support Here!!!!

    Memememememe. ME!
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    Podcasts and Organizing them

    Hello the board! I have been spending more time at home for a variety of reasons. This has led me to listening to more Podcasts. What are your favorites? I've got Amazon's Echo arriving on the sixth of April. Any advice on using her to organize my current podcasts would also be appreciated.
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    Hugo time! Your packet is available! 2018

    This packet is ginormous. I'm not sure what's an excerpt and what's a whole book yet. My poor kindle is still trying to download. I think it might pop.
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    BIRDS (and how to look at them)

    Now that I am officially going to retire from the human race, I've decided to become a bird. It has occurred to me that I need to determine what KIND of bird. Here is what I know about birds (thank you very much, you know who you are.) I just got some brand new goggles and I'm waiting on my first field guide. I have started sorting "Small / Medium /Large" birds into "sparrow/pigeon/ that's huge". I want to talk about birds. Today, a mystery bird that I have been scratching my head over showed up and sat with the pigeons at the morning business meeting (the telephone wire behind my house). Usually these birds are all grey, and since I'm an amateur I classified it as "about pigeon sized, but not-pigeon". It's smaller than a pigeon but bigger than a sparrow and TODAY, I saw that it had a bright color on it's throat. I suspect sexual dimorphism. IT'S A CLUE!!!!! I am going to get back to my research and try to figure out what kind of not-pigeon it is. If anyone else wants to talk about birds, bird books, bird goggles or bird journaling, pictures of birds, bird telescopes, tripods or birds, I'm here all week. I'm in New Orleans and work right next to city park (BIRD PARK) and will be taking my new goggles and new identification process OUT IN THE FIELD soon. What kind of not-pigeons live near you?
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    Amazing Book Deals V.2

    Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed is $1.99 right now. I liked this book. A romp with good worldbuilding and a grumpy old man as the character. Also A Human Stain by Kelly Robson is still $0.99. Novellette, about a 1 hour read and I liked it.
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    Young Adult Books: Discuss!

    Ah, this was one of my YA picks for this year. She's a Campbell nomineee, definitely worth $1.99. It's a really fun read.
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    Death of Gardner Dozois

    Man this is a bummer. I know it'd mean a lot to friends and fen if we leave regards / stories about him in the comments there. Thanks for posting the article, @Ormond.
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    BIRDS (and how to look at them)

    Birding has been frustrating since I've been home. 1. The fledgling / juveniles are to learn all over again. 2. The FROGS. OMG, The young frogs sounded like cat-sheep-ducks for about two weeks. We have standing water that starts two blocks away regularly, but creeps towards us when it's very, VERY rainy. I thought I had some crazy new birds. The juvie frog voices were NUTS. I do love the frogs, now that I know what they are, and the water is attracting lots of crows, gulls, starlings and the odd egret.
  14. Larry knows how to make coffee. "POUR OVER" Means a holder for a filter that sits on your (my) cup. That filter should contain 3/4 cup of very fine ground, dark roast coffe. 1 cup of hot, but not boiling, water should be poured through the grounds. SLOWLY. Add a dash of cream if you must. Sugar is an abomination to coffee. Tea is for bedtime. I'm fine with whatever as long as it isn't fragrant hot water. No cream EVER. NO SUGAR. Optional lemon.
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    What type of laugh do you have?

    Big Guffaw or a hehehehe. The latter means trouble. The former is usually something on of y'all nerds said.
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    The Drunk Thread Got A Contact High

    I am PLASTERED! I have a bottle of wine in front of me and a cold glass of water. yes. I am drinking both. Fight me! I swear to god I will kill the next person who "helpfully" shows up in this fucking kitchen.
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    Hugo time! Your packet is available! 2018

    While waiting for my packet, I'm going to look at the short stories. Anyone got a favorite?
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    BIRDS (and how to look at them)

    Nerds! I'm in Palestine Texas and I've seen so many BURDS and BUNNIES! Barn Swallows swarming the footlights of the hotel have been zooming past my head in the morning. AMAZING. I've also been watching the Texas Bird of Paradise (Scissor tail Flycatcher) squabbling in the morning. Saw an Eastern Phoebe, some other swallow (chimney swift? Dunno? Lacked the forked tail and didn't sound like a Purple Martin). Red Shouldered hawks. Many Many Turkey Vultures. Some kind of chickadee, red-headed wood-peckers, loads of cardinals and Northern Mockingbirds. Ducks doing duck stuff. This trip was amazing.
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    BIRDS (and how to look at them)

    Northern mockingbird? They repeat and then change tunes. It's fun to count the number of songs they know. Our starlings here have repetitive songs as well without the same frantic rhythm as the mockingbirds and they're fond of whistle. The flock here copies the brakes of the big diesel school busses. It's so strange. I correctly identified a juvenile starling who was all by his loneseome in my yard this morning. Since I was able to examine him for some time, I felt a LOT less like an idiot for not recognizing them in their winter plumage! The ones I raised never got their black / speckled feathers before they flew away. They look so much different without all those glossy black feathers!
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    SPACE OPERA: It will ROCK YOU IN THE FACE

    It gets going and it's pretty fun. I just started letting the words wash over me and it was easier, because....ULTRAPONCE. LOLOLOL
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    Just Like His Hands - More Small Things To Talk About

    You can clearly see the problem. Much easier to rearrange the entire room than to move the Thunder Kat.
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    BIRDS (and how to look at them)

    I will speak to the team, but that looks AWESOME. We gotta stop to eat somewhere.
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    BIRDS (and how to look at them)

    My students and I are driving to remotest Texas on Sunday. We'll travel through Lake Charles and are going to try to see the Roseate Spoonbill on the way! THIS BIRD RIGHT HERE!!!!!
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    May - Reading 2018 - Have another?

    THEY'RE ALL ON Kindle Unlimited! WHY DID I NOT GET THESE AS SUGGESTIONS? MY ALEXA IS DEFINITELY BROKEN!!!! THANK YOU! "Meow or Later" LOLOLOL!
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    Just Like His Hands - More Small Things To Talk About

    I have tried blanket removal and this did not solve the problem. However, after a long talk with TK, the following solution was reached. Please note, I have bad handwriting and it says, "SHEET" Exhibit B
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