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#576 2011-03-13 09:53:18

Seitherin
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Re: Latest acquisitions dos

The Wise Man's Fear was waiting for me when I got  home Friday for Spring break. I've started The Name of the Wind re-read 'cause I haven't a clue what happened in the first book. Too long between volumes for me to remember.


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#577 2011-03-13 11:34:35

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Re: Latest acquisitions dos

Edit: Ooops, wrong thread!

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#578 2011-03-14 08:10:33

Olaf
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Re: Latest acquisitions dos

Arriving today from Amazon:

Il trono del drago (that is the Dragonbone Chair in Italian):)


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#579 2011-03-17 00:12:23

Genisis X
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Re: Latest acquisitions dos

The Complete Stories: v. 1 -Isaac Asimov
A Feast for Crows, George R.R.R.R.R.R.R. Martin
Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert Heinlein
The Wise Man's Fear, Patrick Rothfuss

And Digital Painting Techniques, so I can learn to use my graphics tablet more effectively ;)

Wheeee!

(should be here first week of next month!)

-X


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#580 2011-03-17 11:07:02

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Re: Latest acquisitions dos

I've been getting into airplane models lately.  I'm halfway through finishing a model of a C-47 Skytrain (a modified DC-3).  Lately, this has attracted classic WWII airplane buffs and veterans throughout the company.  One long-timer stopped by my desk the other day and regaled me with stories of B-17 and B-24 production lines, and the glory days when Boeing and Ford could put out 15 airplanes a day.

Sooooo... naturally I went right to the store and picked up a model for a Consolidated B-24 Liberator.

Incidentally, my cubicle at work is currently festooned with 18 small scale model airplanes from WWII.  It's like a tiny museum in here.


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#581 2011-04-19 17:34:23

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Re: Latest acquisitions dos

I got a nice white Fuji Roubaix 2.0 road bike last Friday.  It's nice and light and speedy.  I rode it to work today.  Wouldn't you know it ... flat tire.  First day.  This reminds me of the first time I rode to work a long time ago on my Diamondback.  Also flat tire.

They really need to sweep the roads around here.


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#582 2014-05-06 12:10:54

ylvs
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Re: Latest acquisitions dos

Postman brought mega shiny new iPad mini. No more crashs due to outdated software.

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#583 2014-05-06 13:42:18

Ad1tu
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Re: Latest acquisitions dos

Apparently we have 12lbs of Haribo gummy bears on the way. And I thought *I* couldn't be trusted on Amazon!


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#584 2014-12-14 08:06:25

Kenan
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Re: Latest acquisitions dos

No one can be trusted on Amazon :) How's it going with the gummy bears?

I just made an order for these books:
The Rosie Project: Don Tillman 1
Simsion, Graeme

The Childhood of Jesus
Coetzee, J M

The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Flanagan, Richard

Number9dream
Mitchell, David

The Martian
Weir, Andy

Intrusion
MacLeod, Ken

The Vagrants
Li, Yiyun

The Luminaries
Eleanor Catton


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#585 2016-02-05 13:13:46

ylvs
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Re: Latest acquisitions dos

*dusts thread*

I just bought a wonderful [url=http://boingboing.net/2016/02/05/gauzy-literary-scarves-poe-h.html]literary scarf with the map of Middle Earth on it. Can't show you because I got the last one and the pic is down now.

Magpie, check out the Marauder's Map

Beautiful!

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#586 2016-02-05 14:00:55

Magpie
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Re: Latest acquisitions dos

Don't tell me such things when I've just recently been thinking about how I don't have any Harry Potter things, apart from the books and a pencil.


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#587 2016-02-05 15:25:43

Auros
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Re: Latest acquisitions dos

I bought a fancy hiking tripod recently, which should be good for doing photos, as well as for mounting my satellite modem, in interesting faraway places...  (The link reviews the carbon fiber version.  There's also an aluminum version that costs about 35-40% less, though it weighs in at 2.2 pounds instead of 1.8.)  The general consensus of reviewers seemed to be "it's almost as good as the top-of-the-line $600+ models, for less than half the price."


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#588 2016-02-05 21:04:14

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Re: Latest acquisitions dos

ylvs wrote:

*dusts thread*

I just bought a wonderful literary scarf with the map of Middle Earth on it. Can't show you because I got the last one and the pic is down now.

Oooh, neat!


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#589 2016-02-05 21:09:19

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Re: Latest acquisitions dos

Auros wrote:

I bought a fancy hiking tripod recently, which should be good for doing photos, as well as for mounting my satellite modem, in interesting faraway places...  (The link reviews the carbon fiber version.  There's also an aluminum version that costs about 35-40% less, though it weighs in at 2.2 pounds instead of 1.8.)  The general consensus of reviewers seemed to be "it's almost as good as the top-of-the-line $600+ models, for less than half the price."

Sweet!

Wait... how/why do you mount a modem to it? I have never heard of this, and I'm curious. I have satellite hotspot on my phone, but don't know why it would be beneficial for it to be on a tripod.


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#590 2016-02-06 00:47:46

Auros
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Re: Latest acquisitions dos

Firsfron of Ronchester wrote:

Wait... how/why do you mount a modem to it? I have never heard of this, and I'm curious. I have satellite hotspot on my phone, but don't know why it would be beneficial for it to be on a tripod.

This is not built into a phone.  Has a screw mount on the back that you can attach a quick-release plate to, similar to a camera.  Though I need to figure out if I can get an M2 screw to work in there, to replace the 1/4" that the plate came with...  (It also has an arm on the back that you can fold down and just set it on the ground or on a table, but as with most antenna type things, it works better if you can raise it up off the ground.  And the whole point of having it is to stash it in a backpack and take it to the kind of place where you don't necessarily find tables, or level ground...)

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#591 2017-05-21 09:27:42

ylvs
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Re: Latest acquisitions dos

The sound in Denmark really does make me happy this year. So glad I bought this mighty gadget.

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