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 on: Today at 09:10:07 PM 
Started by Joost - Last post by tkitna
Against my better judgement, I was persuaded to watch the new cinema release of "IT". In my opinion they missed the "SH" off the beginning of the film's title. What a load of garbage. That clown - supposed to be so frightening - reminded me of The Grinch in white makeup. The jumpy bits you could pre-empt a mile off and the scariest bit of the whole experience for me was the 2017 price of popcorn on the way in.



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 on: Today at 09:07:39 PM 
Started by Ovi - Last post by tkitna
Good write up Mr.M.

Let me add my own lunacy to this thread.  I love reading books and have had many, many recommended to me.  Here's my issue.  I am trying to get through the Bible and I feel guilty if I would start another book without doing so.  I know its crazy and asinine, but i'm just unable to do so.  Biggest problem is that I have about 1/4 of the Bible left, but I havent been able to read it for sometime now.  There are some drastic family issues my wife and I have been going through for this past year (will be revealed when I can) and I havent been able to concentrate on anything.  So in parting, when friends hand me a book that they want me to read and I kindly decline, they look at me as if i'm mad, and sadly I may be.

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 on: Today at 11:02:15 AM 
Started by Ovi - Last post by Mr Mustard
I think the human body will get stranger as coming generations evolve lightning quick thumbs to operate the hand held gadgetry they already seem to find it impossible to live without. Also with ever improving visual media (video then DVD then Blu-Ray etc) future humans may well develop the pin-sharp eyes of an eagle!

I am a voracious reader but have never looked into this Kindle type stuff. I'm not particularly comfortable with technology that forces us to speed up with everything and rush through life to stave off boredom. They're starting to stock the store shelves with Christmas items and it's only September! on Boxing Day the Easter eggs will start appearing! What's the matter with us? Slow down for God's sake!! I do welcome the convenience of modern technology, but some kids today seem to have the attention span of a Guppy, have an inability to be patient and are far too easily "bored". I never learned how to get bored, seriously (until I got to grips with instruction manuals of any type: the one thing guaranteed to glaze me over into a trance - must admit the idiot-proof plug & play attitude of modern manufacturers is a Godsend!). I've sat in waiting rooms (too many times to reflect upon due to family illnesses and hospital emergencies over the past several years) and I've taken great delight in the lost art of daydreaming. It's called having an imagination; I sit back and draw cartoons or write story chapters in my mind as time floats on by: I'm always mildly shocked at the thought that everyone can't do this.

Also I still love the look and feel of a solid, well-bound, real life book - in the same way that some people prefer tangible DVDs or CDs/records rather than this sort of semi-invisible, nebulous download/streaming stuff which many of us just don't grasp. To be honest, to the exasperation of many, I can even see the merits of videotape at times - at least with tape you can physically SEE how much tape is left, observe whether it's re-wound etc, manually record over or after it (but not for much longer as VCRs die out). I can't do this with a disc where all the encoded info is, at a glance, invisible. We know acetate film and magnetic tape eventually deteriorate: has digitised media been around long enough yet to know just how long a shelf life it's ultimately got?

Remember when we were told that these new "compact discs" were crystal-sharp and physically indestructible and would make vinyl records redundant? Paper books have survived for centuries which is good enough for me. Escalators are great but there's still room for ordinary wooden staircases in the world. I suppose I'm just a lazy old Luddite, really.

I was talked into abandoning my CDs (a shelf space issue) in order to embrace "the cloud" (?) and get iTunes on this iPod thing my son got me. But when my computer crashed and the hard drive was lost, my son was only able to bring back what he'd last saved for me on an external hard drive. Since he'd done that, though, I'd significantly updated my iPod with lots of new music from CDs I'd then got rid of. If I try to synchronise my iPod with my computer now, it will be wiped and replaced with the limited behind the times version stored on the hard drive. It means I can never update my iPod with new music, so the Eight Days A Week soundtrack, for example, is annoyingly absent from my listen-on-the-go device. I did have the good sense to hang onto all of my Beatles/solo CDs (and the vinyl before that) but lots of stuff by other artists I got rid of to make room.

The irony is that my son, who talked me into this, is now collecting vinyl??!!??!!??

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 on: Today at 01:34:16 AM 
Started by Ovi - Last post by nimrod
Yep. People knock tech sometimes but I love that part of it. iPhones and kindles and things have taken the pain out of waiting. I wonder if their existence reduces frustration and complaints for people stuck in line for things.

I would think so moog mate.
Its funny that at first I just didn't like reading a book on my phone, but a bit of persistence and now its my favourite way to read. I even read on my phone in bed nowadays !
The human body is strange...

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 on: Yesterday at 11:24:43 PM 
Started by Ovi - Last post by Moogmodule
After some practise I can now read books on my phone, which has a 5.1" screen, I use an app called UB reader, it works very well.

Its great because if Im waiting anywhere, like Doctors etc I can read, I have about 400 books on my phone's SD card so need never be bored again haha

Yep. People knock tech sometimes but I love that part of it. iPhones and kindles and things have taken the pain out of waiting. I wonder if their existence reduces frustration and complaints for people stuck in line for things.

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 on: Yesterday at 11:11:34 PM 
Started by Ovi - Last post by nimrod
After some practise I can now read books on my phone, which has a 5.1" screen, I use an app called UB reader, it works very well.

Its great because if Im waiting anywhere, like Doctors etc I can read, I have about 400 books on my phone's SD card so need never be bored again haha

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 on: Yesterday at 11:07:15 PM 
Started by Joost - Last post by nimrod
Against my better judgement, I was persuaded to watch the new cinema release of "IT". In my opinion they missed the "SH" off the beginning of the film's title. What a load of garbage. That clown - supposed to be so frightening - reminded me of The Grinch in white makeup. The jumpy bits you could pre-empt a mile off and the scariest bit of the whole experience for me was the 2017 price of popcorn on the way in.

Haha, yeah there are so many lousy films made

My last cinema visit was to watch Dunkirk, which I thought was a fabulous film.

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 on: Yesterday at 10:18:21 PM 
Started by Joost - Last post by Mr Mustard
Against my better judgement, I was persuaded to watch the new cinema release of "IT". In my opinion they missed the "SH" off the beginning of the film's title. What a load of garbage. That clown - supposed to be so frightening - reminded me of The Grinch in white makeup. The jumpy bits you could pre-empt a mile off and the scariest bit of the whole experience for me was the 2017 price of popcorn on the way in.

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 on: Yesterday at 10:02:12 AM 
Started by Walrus - Last post by Bobber
A great answer: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/sep/19/ringo-starr-great-drummer-the-beatles-genius?CMP=fb_gu

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 on: Yesterday at 08:44:07 AM 
Started by NotTheWalrus - Last post by Bobber
Love Ringo and have thoroughly enjoyed his last several studio albums..... but this one, pleasant as it is, feels a bit "samey" to me. The title track is more than a little reminiscent of "Never Without You" and the whole feel of the album has that "Y Not"/"Ringo 2012"/"Choose Love" smack about it. A winning formula to my ears, but Ringo sounds like he's become rather stuck in a groove and this growing habit of padding out the tracklist with back catalogue re-treads is wearing pretty thin now. Some catchy rockers though, as always; and aren't we all delighted the little bugger is still enjoying himself and looking so good at 77?

I haven't listened to it yet. But persuaded by tkitna I have listened to Ringo's albums of the last years and I did enjoy them enough. So I will most probably pick this one up as well. And yes, delighted that Ringo is still around and making music that is worth listening to.

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