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Mar 16, 2014 duckgirlie commented on Checking In, with Baggage.
she dies in the trailer, it's not a spoiler
Mar 1, 2013 duckgirlie commented on Holy Shit the Patti Smith Show at the Neptune Was Amazing.
I saw her when she played an Irish music festival over the summer, and it was AMAZING
Nov 21, 2012 duckgirlie commented on On Audiobooks vs Regular-Type Books.
I used to have an incredibly boring job in an office, and I burned through a huge chunk of Pratchett in the months I spent filing things.

At the moment though, I mainly listen to audiobooks when I'm commuting.
Mar 31, 2012 duckgirlie commented on Keith Olbermann Has Been Fired: What Do You Think?.
Hah. He gets hired, he gets fired, he angrily talks about how those bastards fired him. Soon, it's just going to be him and a webcam, until the webcam ups and leaves. (He will then accuse the webcam of being inauthentic and form his own web-cam company.)

He's starting to sound like that guy who complains that all his ex-girlfriends are bitches.

Also, one of his tweets yesterday compared himself to the lawyer they made Philadelphia about.
Mar 31, 2012 duckgirlie commented on SL Letters of the Day: Campsite Rulers.
YLR, there's every chance your friends think you're being skeezy and are trying to subtly hint at it without stating it outright.

There's nothing wrong with being concerned about people you care about, and there are certain situations where that concern is more pronounced. I've known quite a few people with minor to moderate age gaps that have had successful relationships, but I've known far more of those relationships to be awkward at best, and downright destructive at worst.

There are a lot of people out there who will use any advantage they have to "win" relationship battles. And while these people aren't necessarily all dating younger people, the less romantic experience an individual has, the more likely they are to be unable to notice those negative patterns.
Jan 27, 2012 duckgirlie commented on Lowering the Minimum Wage for Tipped Employees: Yes or No?.
They actually changed the law in the UK a while ago to make it illegal for restaurants to use "service charges" to make up wages.

For what it's worth, I'm a "tipped employee", (though a barista, not a waitress) and I'm pretty sure I'd be fucked if my wages went down by two dollars - I average about 33 hours a week, that's a drop of more then $200 a month. Does whoever wrote this proposal think that we consider tips to be "splurging" money? Almost everyone I work with already factors their expected tips into their budget.
Sep 9, 2011 duckgirlie commented on Did You Just Feel the Earth Shake?.
I'm in Vancouver, but I didn't feel it at all. Though apparently some people up the street did, but they were on a high floor in a largely glass building, whereas I was in a brick one-storey.
Sep 9, 2011 duckgirlie commented on Paperback Book Sales Dive Off a Cliff.
Does the publishing industry view ebooks sales as directly replacing paperbacks, or as only a partially overlapping market?

I interact with ebooks and paperbacks (and the occasional secondhand hardback) in very different ways. I'd say about 50% of my reading is very disposable - books I am only going to read once, at most twice, and books that I'm unlikely to have any deep and meaningful thoughts about - these are perfect for ereaders. The books I love - often books I've already read, but know I'm going to read again and again - I track down hard copies of, because I know the investment is worth it. A lot of my ebooks are bought on sale, or borrowed from the library - a much smaller cash investment means I can afford to widen the types of books and authors I read - I don't make enough money to buy everything I want in hard copies, and as awesome as my city's library is, it doesn't have everything. It's also physically easier to read, and means I can spend almost every standing-around-waiting second reading something, when before I wouldn't always be able/willing to take a big hardcover out of my bag for only a short reading period.

Secondly, I'm currently in a transitional living situation - just moved from one continent to another, will probably undertake another big move in about a year - so amassing a huge collection of books just isn't practical.
Jul 19, 2011 duckgirlie commented on You've Come a Long Way, Baby.
I've never seen a production of Cloud 9, but I remember absolutely hating it when I read it. I'll try and check it out, see if it works better on stage.
Jul 1, 2011 duckgirlie commented on Distribution of Scientology Literature Banned in Russia.
Generally, I would say there isn't a massive difference, but one clear one is in the difference between the mainstream and the extremes. Scientology's mainstream ideas are much closer to the extreme end of the spectrum when compared to the bigger religions.

Just one example: In Scientology, it's considered pretty much mandatory to cut people out of your life if they leave the church. They practice attempted complete isolation of those they view as having abandoned the faith. Whilst *individual* Catholics might cut people out of their lives, the church itself doesn't advocate this, and members aren't pressurised to cut people out of their lives just for leaving the church.