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by eightysevendegrees
Sun Sep 13, 2009 6:49 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Cool Chapter Titles
Replies: 5
Views: 3460

Re: Cool Chapter Titles

I don't normally pay much attention to chapter titles, but in two of the Discworld books, Going Postal and Making Money, there are little descriptions of each chapter at the start. These are usually such bizarre-sounding clues like "no unkindness to bears." You read them at the start of th...
by eightysevendegrees
Tue Sep 08, 2009 5:58 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: New sci-fi thriller
Replies: 7
Views: 2904

Re: New sci-fi thriller

TheNextCaesar wrote:Will more copies be available to order from the US from Amazon?

You should be able to get the UK version of Amazon to ship internationally. It's also on www.bookdepository.co.uk which has free international shipping (the price is actually a few pence cheaper than Amazon).
by eightysevendegrees
Sat Sep 05, 2009 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: New sci-fi thriller
Replies: 7
Views: 2904

Re: New sci-fi thriller

I've posted another extract.

There's also now a website for the book at http://www.childofthehive.com.
by eightysevendegrees
Mon Aug 31, 2009 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Kindle, Nook, E-Reader and other Ebooks
Replies: 106
Views: 23207

Re: Ebook readers discussion.

So it's not a cellphone-like device, where you can drop it and it's (mostly) fine. That being said, if you show a modicum of responsibility you'll be ok. I guess that rules out me ever getting a Kindle. High on my lists of requirements for any electronic device is the ability to still work after I'...
by eightysevendegrees
Sun Aug 30, 2009 8:24 am UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: New sci-fi thriller
Replies: 7
Views: 2904

Re: New sci-fi thriller

A first time published author in hardcover? Impressive :D I'll have to look out for this at work. I wish you all the best with it though. (btw you messed up a little on your pre-order link) Oops. Fixed the link issue. Thanks for pointing that out. My publisher said that the first print run is more ...
by eightysevendegrees
Sun Aug 30, 2009 7:59 am UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: New sci-fi thriller
Replies: 7
Views: 2904

New sci-fi thriller

My first novel, Child of the Hive , is coming out next month and I'm incredibly excited about this. I've wanted to be an author since... well, pretty much since I learned how to pick up a pen. The book is a science fiction thriller about the people who get caught in the middle of a conflict between ...
by eightysevendegrees
Wed Mar 11, 2009 5:15 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: The Martial Arts Thread
Replies: 366
Views: 22388

Re: The Martial Arts Thread

Well my school is apparently even more hard-ass, regardless how hard I train I won't get a belt! Oh.. Wait, you were all talking karate? Ah well.. "Yeah, I study kung fu." "Cool! Are you a black belt yet?" "Um... no." I think I've had a conversation along these lines a...
by eightysevendegrees
Tue Mar 10, 2009 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: The Martial Arts Thread
Replies: 366
Views: 22388

Re: The Martial Arts Thread

I think it might be a combination of dry skin and increased wear on the feet. I think this is the answer. I've always prefered going around barefoot whenever I can get away with it, so I've always had pretty tough callouses on my feet and they do sometimes crack a little. The same happens with my m...
by eightysevendegrees
Sun Mar 08, 2009 7:45 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Writing?
Replies: 95
Views: 14250

Re: Writing a book

I think this is going to be a very long term project as I can only get creative when I'm in the right mood, and I'm just not in the mood that much. I realise that approach to writing is a very personal thing, but I think that if you wait until you're in the right mood each time, it will take decade...
by eightysevendegrees
Thu Feb 26, 2009 5:55 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: The best realised universe
Replies: 64
Views: 8278

Re: The best realised universe

I read Thief Of Time recently and loved how Pratchett essentially gave himself a continuity-guarantee device. Anything that doesn't work out is the History Monks doing as well as they can. I also love how Pratchett manages to escape his little slip-ups in consistency in places by just saying that p...
by eightysevendegrees
Mon Feb 23, 2009 6:04 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: The best realised universe
Replies: 64
Views: 8278

Re: The best realised universe

I'm surprised by people answering Star Wars. I love the films (well, the original three anyway) but I would not have described it as being a well-realised universe. Most of the planets are ridiculous! A city all over a planet would have incredible implications in terms of food imported, waste export...
by eightysevendegrees
Wed Feb 18, 2009 5:58 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: The Martial Arts Thread
Replies: 366
Views: 22388

Re: The Martial Arts Thread

c) TMA schools, again especially in the USA, tend to focus more on children and teens than adults. I agree with the previous two points, but not this. If anything, I've noticed the reverse -- modern, sporty martial arts like taekwondo and judo tend to have a lot of kids, and more 'theoretical' arts...
by eightysevendegrees
Fri Feb 13, 2009 5:12 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Hardcore Diet! What do you think?
Replies: 20
Views: 2062

Re: Hardcore Diet! What do you think?

Variety is not just recommended, it is NECESSARY in a person's diet. You will probably end up with some vitamin or mineral deficiencies if you continue on this diet for long periods of time. Not to mention, you'll get incredibly bored and be desperate to eat just about anything just for a little va...
by eightysevendegrees
Wed Feb 11, 2009 6:28 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Writing?
Replies: 95
Views: 14250

Re: Writing a book

It still amazes me as to the absolute lack of talent I come into contact with in my 500 level writing classes. If you're just writing cheap Eragon knock-offs (which I hope to hell don't exist) then you might as well not bother with the after finishing part (even though, to the disgrace of literatur...
by eightysevendegrees
Mon Feb 09, 2009 5:31 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Weird issue.
Replies: 7
Views: 1146

Re: Weird issue.

That isnt actually possible, unless you are weighing yourself with food inside and without food inside and/or with different levels of hydration. 600 calories cannot make two pounds. Definitely true. If you weigh yourself, eat a pound of celery and then weigh yourself again, you will be a pound hea...
by eightysevendegrees
Sun Feb 08, 2009 12:20 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Writing?
Replies: 95
Views: 14250

Re: Writing a book

yes, a novel is different from a shortstory. but: if you cannot manage to write a 20 or 40 pages coherent text - then chances are high you will never be able to complete a novel ... ;) 20 pages of coherent text is one thing. A good short story with a coherent plot, developed characters and a sensib...
by eightysevendegrees
Sat Feb 07, 2009 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Writing?
Replies: 95
Views: 14250

Re: Writing a book

Start small, maybe, such as short stories submitted to websites in whatever genres/subjects/fandoms you fancy. You will likely not be paid for this, but it'll be good practise. I would disagree with this. Writing short stories is very different from writing a novel. It takes a very different approa...
by eightysevendegrees
Sun Feb 01, 2009 8:41 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: The Martial Arts Thread
Replies: 366
Views: 22388

Re: The Martial Arts Thread

I've been to a couple of sparring classes now and we have similar rules about not hitting hard. We have a session with pads where we hit as hard as we like (I was actually told by my instructor to try and break the hand of the guy holding the pad :D ) but then the pads go away. With the pads away, w...
by eightysevendegrees
Fri Jan 30, 2009 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: 2009 marks the beginning of an era of change
Replies: 51
Views: 4025

Re: 2009 marks the beginning of an era of change

Klotz wrote:Well boys, we tried.

And girls. We're not a completely non-existent lifeform on this forum.
by eightysevendegrees
Tue Jan 27, 2009 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: 2009 marks the beginning of an era of change
Replies: 51
Views: 4025

Re: 2009 marks the beginning of an era of change

Maybe there are different health and safety regulations in the UK because every single gym I've been to (OK, that makes a grand total of three) has an induction. No one is allowed to use any of the equipment until a member of staff walks them through how it works and how to use it safely. It doesn't...
by eightysevendegrees
Mon Jan 26, 2009 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Feedback on my own book
Replies: 16
Views: 1718

Re: Feedback on my own book

I've read as far as the first break and it's mildly amusing. Not great literature, but entertaining enough. I'd agree with the assessment of it being light-hearted holiday reading. I would also agree that you need to go easy on the footnotes. I liked the ones on page two but would have got rid of th...
by eightysevendegrees
Mon Jan 26, 2009 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Five weeks to get in shape.
Replies: 39
Views: 4295

Re: Five weeks to get in shape.

Klotz wrote:If you can already do a real push up you're ahead of most women.


I blame breasts. They make us top-heavy.
by eightysevendegrees
Sun Jan 25, 2009 10:48 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Five weeks to get in shape.
Replies: 39
Views: 4295

Re: Five weeks to get in shape.

Go to things like the aerobics classes or group gym sessions or anything where there's an instructor to yell at/encourage you. If you're worried about "falling off the wagon" it's a good idea to sign up to some regular activity. That way, other people will know if you're being lazy so you'...
by eightysevendegrees
Sat Jan 24, 2009 6:14 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: 2009 marks the beginning of an era of change
Replies: 51
Views: 4025

Re: 2009 marks the beginning of an era of change

Make sure to have a high-protein snack after all gym sessions. What would you recommend? I'd prefer something naturalish. I refuse to try muscle milk. Eggs are excellent protein, or something like jerky. I'll often go for a tuna sandwich with a lot of tuna. It's perfectly possible to eat things hig...
by eightysevendegrees
Sat Jan 24, 2009 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: 2009 marks the beginning of an era of change
Replies: 51
Views: 4025

Re: 2009 marks the beginning of an era of change

My kung fu instructor gave a load of toning exercises that strengthen various parts of the body. A lot of these are focussed on the legs since he's of the theory that your legs support your body so there's no point having your top half strong if your bottom half weak. It's up to you though. If you w...
by eightysevendegrees
Sat Jan 24, 2009 8:13 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: The Martial Arts Thread
Replies: 366
Views: 22388

Re: The Martial Arts Thread

well done eightyseven :) I was always terrified before gradings (especially as the gradng centre was right in the middle of a dodgy bit of town, and had no changing rooms so you had to walk 500m from the car park in your white suit trying not to invite beatings from the locals).... I am once more g...
by eightysevendegrees
Sat Jan 24, 2009 8:03 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Aaargh, injuries
Replies: 4
Views: 784

Re: Aaargh, injuries

I'm mostly in agreement with psyck0, except about avoiding elipticals. You can get a very good work out on one of those machines. If I get the settings right, I probably get as much exercise from a session on an eliptical trainer as I would running for the same length of time. But I would definitely...
by eightysevendegrees
Fri Jan 23, 2009 6:04 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Starting Discworld?
Replies: 27
Views: 6846

Re: Starting Discworld?

in my opinion, Night Watch is the best book... but you can't start with that, because it doesn't make enough sense unless you're already familiar with the Watch. It's a good choice to read, say, Feet Of Clay or Jingo first. I agree about Night Watch being best, and about not starting with it, but i...
by eightysevendegrees
Fri Jan 23, 2009 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: The Martial Arts Thread
Replies: 366
Views: 22388

Re: The Martial Arts Thread

I took my first foundation grade in kung fu on Sunday and I passed!!! It wasn't nearly as bad as I was expecting, mainly because it wasn't the head instructor actually doing the gradings. That guy scares me. I spent the train journey there with a couple of people who were going for later gradings an...
by eightysevendegrees
Tue Jan 20, 2009 10:07 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: The Martial Arts Thread
Replies: 366
Views: 22388

Re: The Martial Arts Thread

If you're going to kick toward the head or make a knee toward the head you just slow it down even more than the other techniques and your opponent will get a solid chance to react. Kick towards the head? Not going to happen for a while yet. Not unless I'm against someone very short. Ribs I can mana...
by eightysevendegrees
Tue Jan 20, 2009 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: What does fitness mean to you.
Replies: 10
Views: 1208

Re: What does fitness mean to you.

Being able to climb the stairs to my desk at work without feeling out of breath. Playing a game of badminton, coming off court and being fine with going straight back on again without a break. Not being the first person to collapse needing a break when doing horrible stomach exercises in the kung fu...
by eightysevendegrees
Mon Jan 19, 2009 5:29 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: The Martial Arts Thread
Replies: 366
Views: 22388

Re: The Martial Arts Thread

Once we have our basic techniques down and have developed the sense to not go all out when working combinations/blocking with a partner we got sparring in our ordinary practice. Extra classes had sparring from the beginning but beginners weren't allowed until we'd picked up the basics. I've not don...
by eightysevendegrees
Sun Jan 18, 2009 8:17 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: The Martial Arts Thread
Replies: 366
Views: 22388

Re: The Martial Arts Thread

Hmm, we do bow at the beginning and end of class, at least for one of our instructors. I think he wants us to great our partner with a bow too, but it hasn't stuck with most of us. Sometimes our more talkative instructor will tell us some history or background for this or that, but he's recommended...
by eightysevendegrees
Sat Jan 17, 2009 6:27 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Quick Question
Replies: 1
Views: 616

Re: Quick Question

In some ways, it's a form of interactive narrative. You choose which links to follow in what order, so different readers can get a different experience from the story. The term I've read describing this sort of story is hypertext fiction, sometimes hyperlink fiction.
by eightysevendegrees
Wed Jan 14, 2009 5:35 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Unanswered Harry Potter Questions (Spoilers Ahoy!)
Replies: 74
Views: 9311

Re: Unanswered Harry Potter Questions (Spoilers Ahoy!)

There's one thing that bothered me about the books. They had a potion that forced people to tell the truth. How come Sirius got wrongfully sent to prison? I know there's a comment in one of the books about him being sent to Azkaban without trial, but it wouldn't take that long to make him swallow a ...
by eightysevendegrees
Tue Jan 06, 2009 5:23 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Who's better: River Tam(Firefly) or Trinity(Matrix)?
Replies: 69
Views: 8649

Re: Who's better: River Tam(Firefly) or Trinity(Matrix)?

Fighting: River (Hordes of people and Reavers? Oh heck yes!) Intelligence: River again (Super genius who started correcting spelling at the age of three) Attractiveness: Trinity, I guess. She's supposed to be hot, but I never really saw it. River is not particularly sexy, per se, but she is pretty ...
by eightysevendegrees
Mon Jan 05, 2009 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Bunch of Amateurs
Replies: 1
Views: 597

Bunch of Amateurs

This is a UK film, so I'm expecting a limited response. It's a film that most cinemas appear to have never heard of, so I'm expecting an even more limited response. But I'm interested to see if anyone else has seen it and what they thought. The idea of the film is that Hollywood star Jefferson Steel...
by eightysevendegrees
Sun Jan 04, 2009 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Who's better: River Tam(Firefly) or Trinity(Matrix)?
Replies: 69
Views: 8649

Re: Who's better: River Tam(Firefly) or Trinity(Matrix)?

let's see ... futurama's in the process of four movies. family guy was cancelled then picked up again with a bigger paycheck for its creator (a hundred million dollar contract for green and joss's got what? a new show that's on the verge of cancellation). I thought Futurama happened after Firefly. ...
by eightysevendegrees
Sun Jan 04, 2009 9:22 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Who's better: River Tam(Firefly) or Trinity(Matrix)?
Replies: 69
Views: 8649

Re: Who's better: River Tam(Firefly) or Trinity(Matrix)?

and besides, as i recall, the matrix finished. firefly was cancelled and the movie did less than mediocre business, so by default trinity wipes her ass with river tam by virtue of success. if you want to go by a different metric on who's more known, matrix again wipes her ass with river. Firefly wa...
by eightysevendegrees
Sat Jan 03, 2009 11:30 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: The "Dune" Thread -- Remember to wear your crysknife!
Replies: 79
Views: 233831

Re: The "Dune" Thread -- Remember to wear your crysknife!

I love Dune. It's one of my favourite books. It has so much depth, so many varied characters and such well-woven plots. I especially loved the way it was never really clear whether Paul really was someone fulfilling the local prophecies, or whether the prophecies had been written intentionally vague...

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