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Old September 3 2008, 07:09 AM   #151
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I just made some fresh coffee and now I'm taking cues from things around me and incorporating them into purple prose. It's one of the silly writing exercises I do.

It's funny you mentioned your book, I was reading my book the other day and came across one of the most brilliant (IMO) things ever and I'm still reflecting on it.
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Old September 3 2008, 07:10 AM   #152
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I just made some fresh coffee and now I'm taking cues from things around me and incorporating them into purple prose. It's one of the silly writing exercises I do.

It's funny you mentioned your book, I was reading my book the other day and came across one of the most brilliant (IMO) things ever and I'm still reflecting on it.
Well, don't keep us in suspense now!
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Old September 3 2008, 07:11 AM   #153
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Ever read "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance"?
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Old September 3 2008, 07:13 AM   #154
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Big move, sounds like fun though. And I hear you on the meet-up thing. Haven't had an NYC one in a year, and most of the guys don't post here anymore, or are on hiatus or something.
They still happen, just organised through another site. Generally I get an email about it, but they are organised slightly different to meetups here. The last one I organised (when the Cheeky Drama Queen was coming to Sydney). I was there at the time, but can't remember when he told me he was coming up.

There is another planned at the moment, I'll wait until later next month, if I'll actually go or not.
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Old September 3 2008, 07:13 AM   #155
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...Can't say that I have, no.
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Old September 3 2008, 07:20 AM   #156
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...Can't say that I have, no.
It's a unigue view on the author's philosophy. One of the main concerns is the approach to owning and riding a motorcycle. Discussing 2 different views, fixing your own bike, and having someone else fix it for you. And delves into those approaches to life in general.

But this one part, they're taking a ride through the countryside and he starts to go into what it's like having a conversation with someone. Specifically, greetings.

He says, too many people say "whats new" when talking to someone. And he says that "what's new" can be both good and bad, since both things happen to people. And he suggests instead to ask "What's good" as that's a much better question to start off with and direct the conversation in a positive flow.

I've been pretty floored by it for over a week now. Changing just that one word, and it's such a profound difference.
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Old September 3 2008, 07:25 AM   #157
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^Interesting. And here I am with my Agatha Christie -- hardly philosophical. But lots of fun!

To tell the truth, philosophy in general isn't my thing, except, perhaps in the realm of AI. I just get quite bored with it all -- is that horribly shallow?
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Old September 3 2008, 07:28 AM   #158
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^Interesting. And here I am with my Agatha Christie -- hardly philosophical. But lots of fun!

To tell the truth, philosophy in general isn't my thing, except, perhaps in the realm of AI. I just get quite bored with it all -- is that horribly shallow?

Not at all, I find it pretty dull too, until I picked up this book after a few recommendations from friends, and it's nothing like the boring classes I remember sitting through for hours upon hours.

It's an amazing practical view of things.

And, Agatha Christie is brilliant. I was reading straight fiction all summer, re-reading some favorites like Neuromancer but then picked this one up after a bunch of people told me too.
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Old September 3 2008, 07:29 AM   #159
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^Well, there you go then. It'd be no good for me. I am determinedly impractical!

Perhaps that's why I can't pin the murder on anyone.
Edit: Oh, yes, I do love Christie. I watched the episode of Doctor Who with Agatha Christie (which I thought was brilliant despite some controversy). I'd heard that the titles of her books were hidden in the dialogue, and rewatched it in hopes of picking them all out. It made me realize how little of her work I've actually read! It was incredible fun finding all the book titles, though.
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Old September 3 2008, 07:34 AM   #160
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i didn't know they were hidden, I admit, I didn't watch that episode with the same watchful eye as I did with "Turn Left" but now I want to go back and pay closer attention.
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Old September 3 2008, 07:40 AM   #161
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The wait for new Doctor Who will be interesting. I loved the second last episode. Haven't watch it again in a while.
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Old September 3 2008, 07:41 AM   #162
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For me, September - December goes so fast, The Christmas Special is right around the bend.
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Old September 3 2008, 07:46 AM   #163
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Normally I watch it on my ABC (Australian Broadcasting Commission), but this year, I decided to watch it via other means (youtube). The quality wasn't as good. But it was still awesome. In case you haven't guessed, Heroes is the show I most want to see at the moment. Probably change my avatar several times a week. Decided against using the Heroes theme with "Admirals Rule!"
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Old September 3 2008, 07:50 AM   #164
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I had no choice to watch it by other means, since I didn't want to wait a month or two. But, I still watched it again when it finally aired here.

Since the Christmas special will air on Christmas in England, but probably not till March here, there's no way I'm looking forward to 3 more months of waiting.
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i didn't know they were hidden, I admit, I didn't watch that episode with the same watchful eye as I did with "Turn Left" but now I want to go back and pay closer attention.
Oh, it's hysterical. I found They Do it With Mirrors, Murder on the Orient Express (well, that one wasn't exactly hidden), Cards on the Table, The Body in the Library, Endless Night, N or M, "Murder at the vicar's rage" alluded to Murder at the Vicarage, and I wouldn't be surprised if the worked in The Man in the Brown Suit, though I'll have to give it another go. I'm sure there are others.
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