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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Postby Strycher » Mon Jun 04, 2012 5:50 am

Isto wrote:I wonder who among us are the cattle.


That was the angle I thought of first too.

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Postby Isto » Mon Jun 04, 2012 6:03 am

Strycher wrote:
Isto wrote:I wonder who among us are the cattle.


That was the angle I thought of first too.


Probably because we're both passively still following this forum thread! wotf019
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Postby morshana » Mon Jun 04, 2012 7:44 am

"The hiiiiiiiills are aliiiiiiive, with the sound of waaaiiitiiiing! Faaa-la-la-laaaa!"

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Postby francisbruno » Mon Jun 04, 2012 7:54 am

Just dropped my VP app off at the post office.
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Postby gower21 » Mon Jun 04, 2012 8:20 am

Isto wrote:
Strycher wrote:
Isto wrote:I wonder who among us are the cattle.


That was the angle I thought of first too.


Probably because we're both passively still following this forum thread! wotf019


Moo! Mooo!

Obviously, I'm one of the cattle as I ruined the experiment. Next time I'll know better.


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I've been thinking about this, thinking about the purpose(s) of a cattle drive in order to think what the analogy might be. If I understand correctly, a cattle drive delivers the cattle to a market or to a railhead. It allows the meat to transport itself fresh to the destination and feed itself along the way by grazing. The modern alternatives would be either to transport them by vehicle (faster, and the meat still arrives fresh; but there are fuel costs, and herding the cattle into the vehicles is a chore), or to slaughter and butcher them on site and then transport the packaged meat (easier to transport, but the meat's not fresh when it hits the market).

Still thinking on a better analogy, one that's close to the spirit of a cattle drive. Hmmm...



I just send Marin a detailed cattle drive explanation. I spared you all, but I know some people are curious. Cattle drives are fascinating. I don't mind PMing it to others who are interested. It basically boils down to 1. they send them to the mountains to save on feed for the summer 2. possible dangers include: getting lost, cattle getting stolen or killed, and riders are secluded for the duration of the drive, so any medical emergency may result in death if not careful. This year one of the cowboys had a minor stroke, which was a big deal considering he was an hour away from a hospital and it's hard to get to the riders because they're pretty far from the road. There are probably more dangers I just didn't remember while writing this.

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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Postby venvariants » Mon Jun 04, 2012 9:07 am

Space Cows - with astro helmets on. Gliding through space, kicking aimlessly as they float about. That's why you gotta herd 'em. They just kinda float around all over the place. If they are alien Space Cows, then they can be pink.
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Postby Isto » Mon Jun 04, 2012 11:42 am

Space Cows could also be a slang term for space cowards. I see a comedy in the making.
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Postby Martin L. Shoemaker » Mon Jun 04, 2012 12:09 pm

This thread is starting to feel like Last Days of the Permanent Floating Riot Club...
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Postby Isto » Mon Jun 04, 2012 12:16 pm

On May 31st, I joked about hitting 2500 posts. If there's no news this week, we're sure to make it. wotf005
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Postby francisbruno » Mon Jun 04, 2012 5:50 pm

Doing my part to hit 2500...
Nothing else to add. Although I sent my VP app at 11:35, I fully expected results for Q1 & Q2 to hit at 11:36.
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Postby preston » Mon Jun 04, 2012 6:05 pm

I think it might be time to make a sacrifice to the Writing Gods.
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Postby gower21 » Mon Jun 04, 2012 6:20 pm

I also think we can hit 2500 on this thread.
I also think I can hit my 1000 post on here too (might have the majority of my posts in a year and a half in here).
I also think Kary might come back from her cruise and we could still not have results.
I also think Preston needs to put that chicken down.

I say we teepee the writing forum for fun...

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Postby katsincommand » Mon Jun 04, 2012 6:32 pm

Hee.. so is anyone reading these days? :)

I just started Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson. Quite the interesting magic system...
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Postby Martin L. Shoemaker » Mon Jun 04, 2012 6:33 pm

I saw a new press release on PRWeb today, but it was just a guy promoting his novel based on his HM entry. False alarm...
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Postby AlistairKimble » Mon Jun 04, 2012 6:33 pm

My dog in the Q1 fight has long since been submitted elsewhere, but I'll cheer the rest of you on.

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Postby AlistairKimble » Mon Jun 04, 2012 6:36 pm

katsincommand wrote:Hee.. so is anyone reading these days? :)

I just started Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson. Quite the interesting magic system...


Haven't read Warbreaker yet, however, I really, really enjoyed the Mistborn series (another interesting magic system). Right now I'm in the middle of a few books--a horrible habit--all different genres.

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Postby gower21 » Mon Jun 04, 2012 6:41 pm

Flag on the play. Alistair gets a penalty flag for double posting. The forum judges may allow it though.

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Postby Martin L. Shoemaker » Mon Jun 04, 2012 6:45 pm

katsincommand wrote:Hee.. so is anyone reading these days? :)

I just started Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson. Quite the interesting magic system...


I've gone back to Ben Bova's Grand Tour series: nitty gritty Hard SF in the style I like best. I just reread Moonrise and Moonwar, and now I'm going back and picking up the stories I missed in the stores before. I love the Kindle for keeping up with series!
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Postby MJNL » Mon Jun 04, 2012 6:56 pm

katsincommand wrote:Hee.. so is anyone reading these days? :)

I just started Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson. Quite the interesting magic system...


I'm devouring Disc World novels. Finally decided to try them out a couple of weeks ago and now I can't stop...

Surely there's a support group somewhere.
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Postby Jess » Mon Jun 04, 2012 7:20 pm

katsincommand wrote:Hee.. so is anyone reading these days? :)

I just started Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson. Quite the interesting magic system...

Nothing right now. Finished everything on my Kindle in the car to/from Origins, so I need to find something new.
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Postby izanobu » Mon Jun 04, 2012 7:36 pm

I'm reading mostly romances and thrillers these days. Working my way through Jeffery Deaver's books right now. Finished up all the Alex Cross books by Patterson recently. Almost all the way through Sanford's Prey series as well (17 of the 21 books read so far).

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Postby venvariants » Mon Jun 04, 2012 7:37 pm

Bradbury's The October Country, Stephen King's Bag of Bones and various Marvin Kaye collections. wotf022
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Postby dantzel » Mon Jun 04, 2012 8:12 pm

I LOVED Mistborn. I started and finished Lost Boys by Orson Scott card today, and it was awesome and freaky. Card has such a gift for dialogue. Last night I read "That Leviathan, Whom Thou Hast Made" by Eric James Stone and enjoyed THAT immensely.

I've had trouble reading anything besides short stories lately, and I'm happy that my quick novel reading hasn't completely left me.
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Postby onelowerlight » Tue Jun 05, 2012 2:41 am

I also loved Mistborn. Didn't finish Warbreaker, though...maybe I'm just not much of an epic fantasy person. But give me something by David Gemmell, and I'll squee like an anime fangirl.

It isn't science fiction, but I just recently finished The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara. Awesome, awesome book. The one before that was Ali and Nino by Kurban Said, otherwise known as the Romeo and Juliet of the Caucasus.

If you want to try something by Dave Farland, I heartily recommend On My Way to Paradise. I don't know what it is, but there's something about that novel that makes me keep coming back. I've lost count of how many times I've read it, and the longest I've gone between reads is about 18 months. Good stuff--incredibly violent, possibly more so than anything else I've ever read, but really, really good.

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Postby francisbruno » Tue Jun 05, 2012 2:50 am

MJNL wrote:I'm devouring Disc World novels. Finally decided to try them out a couple of weeks ago and now I can't stop...

Surely there's a support group somewhere.

I own every Terry Pratchett book written. I started Discworld in the 90's and I literally spent hundreds tracking down his old stuff. This was before you could buy everything on Amazon. Awesome stuff.
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Postby francisbruno » Tue Jun 05, 2012 7:01 am

I had a crazy dream last night. I dreamt that the list of finalists came out. I looked at the list and I was #3 on a list of 7. I asked where was #8 and was told they were revising the story. I know makes no sense, but hey, it's my crazy dream in this crazy quarter. wotf019
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Postby Martin L. Shoemaker » Tue Jun 05, 2012 7:09 am

francisbruno wrote:I had a crazy dream last night. I dreamt that the list of finalists came out. I looked at the list and I was #3 on a list of 7. I asked where was #8 and was told they were revising the story. I know makes no sense, but hey, it's my crazy dream in this crazy quarter. wotf019


And what other names were on that list?
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Postby francisbruno » Tue Jun 05, 2012 7:41 am

I only saw mine. Strange thing about dreams...
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Postby gower21 » Tue Jun 05, 2012 7:48 am

The dreams this quarter have been crazy. I can't wait to find out which ones will come true...

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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Postby Isto » Tue Jun 05, 2012 5:37 pm

gower21 wrote:I also think we can hit 2500 on this thread.
I also think I can hit my 1000 post on here too (might have the majority of my posts in a year and a half in here).
I also think Kary might come back from her cruise and we could still not have results.
I also think Preston needs to put that chicken down.

I say we teepee the writing forum for fun...

ETA: Oh oh oh!! Isto is about to hit 100 posts!! POST! POST! POST! We can have a post party. (And Martin is about to hit 2000 soon too). Strycher and I are neck and neck for hitting 1k. This is way more exciting than waiting for results!!


Just returned from a marathon session at work to find... nothing. wotf014 It is totally appropriate that my 100th post is on the q1-v29 forum. Just hope my 200th isn't here as well! I have made good use of the time waiting for results. I've researched how to milk a cow. Some stories require odd little touches. wotf007
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