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Friday Afternoon LiveChat Time!

March 6, 2015

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Aww yeah! Two LiveChats in a row! Look at us!

On a technical note, for last week’s LiveChat we mentioned how we’re looking into ways to improve the video quality. We got a new system for it and all, and we were totally stoked…but one of the cables broke. YAAARRGGH! So, sadly, we’re still stuck with basic LiveStreaming for this week. Hopefully next week we’ll get a better cable. Ah!

Special thanks to Hilary from Austin, TX for the awesome books! Really, Martina’s been trying to think about a book she can read when we’re in the Dominican Republic. We’re going to be doing lots of playing around in the pool, but also we’ll be sitting outside for a bit, and hopefully reading some books as well. I’m working through the Outlander series SO SLOWLY. The TV show is great, but the books have so much extra stuff in there that really slow down the pace of the book. When the action hits I can’t put the book down, but once they’re doing stuff around the home, whoa I can barely pick the book up. I’d give it a 2.5 out of 5: the great parts are great and the sucky parts are sucky. I’m halfway through the second book right now. The first half of the first half was a bore. The second half of the first half is great! Someone help! I need some consistent writing in my life!

One of the things we didn’t talk about in the LiveChat about our trip to the Dominican (we’re super excited by now, if you can’t tell. WE ALREADY PACKED OUR LUGGAGE!) is this: we’re thinking about how to deal with potential kids that might be there. Supposedly, there’s an ocean trampoline at this place, and I know as adults we should let the kids play, but I’m kinda tempted to jump really hard on the trampoline, and have my heavier weight spring the smaller children off of the trampoline into the ocean, so that the trampoline can be all mine. Is that…frowned upon? How would something like that work? Ha! No I’m just joking. I have to say that in case any angry moms read this blog. IT WAS A JOKE!

Going back to the books talk: we asked on our Twitter and Facebook a while ago if anyone would be interested in a book club in Seoul. We’re still interested in starting that. We’re now just trying to figure out the best way to do a book club. We’ve never been on one, apart from the reading circles we were in for University, but I’m sure a book club would be different than that, no? I’m not sure. We’re still doing research on it, though. If anyone has suggestions for proper book club etiquette and best practices, we’d love to hear em :D

Otherwise, we missed out on yesterday’s adventure video, but it’s coming today, and soon! It’s a bigger, rather more epic video and took more time to edit. But it’ll be up soon. Hang tight! You’re gonna like it, I’m sure :D

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  1. Best Sci Fi book I ever read – Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle’s Dream Park-future Disney Park with interactive holograms, a Dungeons and Dragon’s SCA combat simulator battlefield, industrial espionage, murder … all set in a scenario from South Asia Cargo Cult mythology – beware the great egg from the sky bird.

    Best Fantasy series – Terry Pratchett’s Discworld: Lord of the Rings meets the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy/Monty Python … for over 30 books … all of them at least good, some are awesome.

    Best Hard Sci Fi – David Weber’s Honor Harrington series.

    Best book I’ve ever read – The Far Pavilions by M.M. Kaye – a young British boy from a high status family is lost and grows up in India during the days of the East India Company and the Raj … a tale of strife, cultural clash, intrigue, murder, love, and war that covers the subcontinent. The best story imagery and writing I have ever read. At least for this story – the author matched any artistry I have seen in any format from any artist on paper, in paint, in sculpture, with a camera, an instrument, or with their voice. I’ve loaned this book to many people … I’ve never gotten ANY of the loaners back, yet, and everyone said they loved it so much they read it over and over … and then shared it with someone else.

    3 years ago
  2. Yay! I missed the live chats! I saw that 50 Shades of Grey news clip. I have no desire to see the movie because I didn’t like the books. I didn’t like the writing style. More importantly I didn’t like how Christian treats Ana. He’s manipulative and emotionally abusive to her. He has no sense of boundaries and theirs is not a “hot” or even a “romantic” relationship. Remember when you made it clear that Now by Troublemaker is in no way portraying a healthy, loving relationship? It’s like that with me with 50 Shades of Grey.

    Have you seen the show Vikings? I just got into that. I PVRd a half hour special on Vikings because I thought it was about actual Vikings, and I found it to be about the show. I need to catch up with the earlier two seasons, but I’m watching the third season along with everyone else.

    The other show I’ve gotten into is Salem. I was a huge fan of The Tudors and the actress who played Katherine Howard is on this show. They ran a mini marathon (three episodes once a week until the season finale) and now I’m all caught up and can’t wait for the third season.

    4 years ago
    • (Psst! The comment above is also me! I wrote it before I linked my Nasty Profile and my Facebook profile together.)

      4 years ago
  3. Book clubs! I used to be in one but then I went to college but now that I’m done I want to be in one again. The one I used to be apart of met monthly with the first meeting of the year being a vote night where everyone brought a few recommendations and then we voted on what to read. The person who recommended the book for the month was the host and it was encouraged to serve food that was either in the book or inspired by the book. Everyone brought questions to ask and we would just talk and eat.

    4 years ago
  4. Is there room at the cafe to create a studio? Or at least hang some baffles to give the illusion of a studio. I have been beginning to question whether or not I need to get a hearing test. I can hear so many things, except you guys.

    4 years ago
  5. Oh, you asked about book clubs, the librarian in me is coming out. For ideas and inspiration, you might want to take a look at the American Library Association’s page with tips for creating book groups: http://www.ala.org/tools/atoz/book-discussion-grps#quick%20start%20guide

    That URL will start you about half way down the page, but it’s got more of the useful stuff I think you’re looking for. Also, if you need discussion questions for a book, many times you can just do an internet search for the title of the book and “discussion questions” or “discussion guide.” At my library, we do that a lot when we create our discussion guides for our book club sets.

    Okay, the librarian in me is satisfied. I hope that helps!

    4 years ago
  6. It was my 2nd livechat but like before, youtube wouldn’t let me post! I was thinking happy thoughts since I can’t ever post them it seems!

    4 years ago
  7. I missed it again D:

    4 years ago
  8. It’s strangeā€¦ the live chat went potato but when you were saying goodbyes, the video quality got as good as the beginning of the live chat. How peculiar.

    The inhabitats of a bed are giant Rilakkuma, smaller korilakkuma, and Steve, the blue Paul Frank sock monkey.

    4 years ago
    • We really don’t get the 30 minute mark thing. It’s like, as soon as we reach over 30 minutes potato quality hits in and we’re using a private internet network!!!! It doesn’t make any sense!!!! WAHHHHHH!!!!

      4 years ago