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>> No. 6624 Anonymous
9th September 2017
Saturday 9:35 pm
6624 GURPS
anyone know where I can get the PDF's? books are quite expensive...
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>> No. 6662 Anonymous
13th September 2017
Wednesday 9:47 pm
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Just FYI, all the Anne Fine stuff I could find on undernet and bibliotik is in that mega, except for an audiobook of some sort that I skipped for the sake of my ratio.
>> No. 6663 Anonymous
13th September 2017
Wednesday 10:09 pm
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>>6662 thanks
>> No. 6664 Anonymous
14th September 2017
Thursday 12:05 am
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Is GURPS really any good though? I played a bit of Discworld GURPS back in the day and it didn't wow me. I feel like it'd be easier to design my own system than bother learning a new one, tbh...
>> No. 6665 Anonymous
14th September 2017
Thursday 3:49 pm
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Gurps does my nut in for the sheer blandness of it. If you want a system that does nothing to reinforce the individual thematic tone of a setting but gives you a clearly defined set of rules then this is the system for you.

In glorious Soviet regime all other RPG systems are banned as decadent bourgeois opiates of the masses. Praise the Generic Universal Role Playing System of the Soviet People!
>> No. 6666 Anonymous
14th September 2017
Thursday 9:15 pm
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>>6664 For what I want I believe so.

>>6665 if you or anyone else can recommend a role playing system then I'm all ears.

I'll tell you lot what it is and then a recommendation?

its a ww2 style game set in the 80's where Hitler won the war by dropping it on Washington first. it starts as a basic rescue mission and will have a bit of lore that I'm writing for padding out. then it turns into Hitler's mission to Mars and the summoning of Cthulhu by Hitler in exchange for a longer life as he's 85 by '84 but Hitler misunderstood the wrath of the elder gods and the heros end up stopping all of this.
That's the wide arc of this and the problem I had was finding something that fitted with "conventional" weapons pistols, rifles and what not, along with some basic DnD stuff like for example; Arcane strike = experimental rifle that's found.
a lot of this would be home brewed but the struggle is with finding something that works. the Grit mechanic in DnD wasn't appealing so I thought something basic would.

>> No. 5761 Anonymous
8th October 2014
Wednesday 9:35 pm
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Evening, Mumsnet lads.

I'm running low on ideas of what to read to my son [7]. We're working our way through the Mr Gum books and if I can't think of something when we're finished my other half will probably subject him to Enid Blyton. We've read The Hobbit and all of Ronald Dahl's books for children but I don't know where to go next, possibly Harry Potter (although I've never read them so I don't know what they're like) or maybe something by Terry Deary as he's obsessed with ancient Egypt. Goosebumps?

I'd be grateful for any tips. Any books you were particularly fond of from your childhood?
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>> No. 6642 Anonymous
10th September 2017
Sunday 3:45 pm
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>>5761 can fully recommend
"His dark materials" by Phillip Pullman.

"His Dark Materials is an epic trilogy of fantasy novels by Philip Pullman consisting of Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass"

So so good. Nothing like the film.
>> No. 6648 Anonymous
10th September 2017
Sunday 10:12 pm
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>> No. 6650 Anonymous
10th September 2017
Sunday 10:24 pm
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Since this is up top again, I'm going to repeat my support for the Bartimaeus trilogy (>>5762) because they were so much fun when I was young, its about a young twatty kid in a pseudo-alternative reality where the British empire is still on the go, and a certain class of people (aristocracy types) can summon different levels of imps, genies, etc. It's about this kid who gives it a shot at a young age and his adventures with this sassy Djinn called Bartimaeus and how they end up getting involved in higher level politics (that makes it sound dull but it's really not).

Please give it a shot, I might buy the first again since I've lost it. It's not that well known a series but it was my favourite series at the time. I think I read it when I was about 12.

Also, Artemis Fowl. Rich supervillain child gets involved with a (literally) underground civilisation of super technologically advanced 'fairies' who have kept themselves secret from humanity for millenia. He runs into a fairy who is a newbie officer for the L.E.P. Recon unit.

Great stuff.
>> No. 6652 Anonymous
11th September 2017
Monday 12:38 am
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Didn't realise this is the third time I've wanked over this series, sorry. Whinge.
>> No. 6656 Anonymous
11th September 2017
Monday 7:19 pm
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To be fair to hollywood, the religious messages in the book were so offensive to most of America (and enough of the rest of the world) that the only options they had were to massively deviate from the book, or not make it at all.
The correct decision would have been to not make the film at all.

>> No. 6094 Anonymous
6th August 2015
Thursday 1:10 am
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Here's a cute, English girl talking about Philosophy.
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>> No. 6174 Anonymous
30th September 2015
Wednesday 4:56 pm
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I'd love to get Dionysian with her.
>> No. 6175 Anonymous
30th September 2015
Wednesday 5:31 pm
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Is this satyre?
>> No. 6176 Anonymous
30th September 2015
Wednesday 6:15 pm
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Phwoar I'd Noam her Chomsky IYKWIM
>> No. 6177 Anonymous
1st October 2015
Thursday 12:42 pm
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I want to fuck her
>> No. 6620 Anonymous
13th July 2017
Thursday 2:42 pm
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Here's a fit asian talking about books


>> No. 5456 Anonymous
4th April 2014
Friday 3:02 am
5456 Vurt
This was really good.
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>> No. 6604 Anonymous
22nd June 2017
Thursday 9:19 pm
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Of the two, eerie. Sinister was my adjective of choice.
>> No. 6609 Anonymous
27th June 2017
Tuesday 11:07 am
6609 Saul Bellow - Seize the Day
Themes of drowning and eventual rebirth ... great characterisation especially when it comes to Dr. Tamkin, I suspect we've all met one or two people who behave very much like that.

I had a look briefly at some SparkNotes or whatever essays else Google served up on the book and found it curious that a lot of them make a thing about the references made in this book, both ones made explicitly (the writers Tamkin talks about and the listed contents of his bookshelf) and implicitly (connections made to most of the character's names). It's not that they talk about them which is strange, it's that all of them are mentioned only once in the narrative. Except Korzybski, who's referred to by name then later by reference to his book Science and Sanity. You'd think there might be something noteworthy in the man who wrote a book on non-Aristotelian logic being mentioned in passing conjunction with Aristotle himself, but no. The only Google result for 'Korzybski seize the day' simply notes that he's referenced in the book.
I know Korzybski and his Institute of General Semantics aren't terribly popular but I suspect there's more going on in this context at least.
>> No. 6610 Anonymous
9th July 2017
Sunday 3:04 pm
6610 Will Self - The Book of Dave
The Book of Dave is a good book haha
>> No. 6611 Anonymous
9th July 2017
Sunday 3:39 pm
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I kind of enjoyed it but I did find it pretty depressing, not sure why, like a lot of Self's work to be honest. Thought Umbrella was really good.
>> No. 6612 Anonymous
9th July 2017
Sunday 8:17 pm
6612 Anne Cumming - The Love Quest
Absurd title aside, this memoir strikes me as an English, heterosexual equivalent to the Wojnarowicz and Rechy books earlier in the thread. While AIDS did for all three of them in the end, her more matter-of-fact, uncluttered obvious enjoyment of sex and lack of guilt regarding it in a post-war, pre-free-love way is quite admirable.
Her attitude, coming from an obviously very privileged upper class English late colonial background yet still being entirely unconcerned with it also reminds me of Amanda Feilding, although just ... less mental.

>> No. 6605 Anonymous
25th June 2017
Sunday 12:00 pm
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Morning, lads.

It's my birthday coming up and there's very little I actually want so I thought I'd primarily ask for books (I'm >>/job/11278), although I'm not entirely sure which ones to ask for so I'd be grateful for recommendations please, lads.

Authors I like include, but are not limited to, Bill Bryson, Hunter S Thompson, Philip Pullman, Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams, Iain Banks, Jon Ronson, Philip K Dick, John Lanchester, George Orwell, Olaf Stapledon, Kurt Vonnegut, Joseph Heller, Aldous Huxley, etc. That sort of thing.

Thanks, lads.
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>> No. 6606 Anonymous
25th June 2017
Sunday 12:41 pm
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>Aldous Huxley, George Orwell

You'd probably like 'We' by Yevgeny Zamyatin. I've never read it but it is very much in that dystopia style, and I've heard good things.
>> No. 6607 Anonymous
25th June 2017
Sunday 12:54 pm
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You could try Paolo Bacigalupi, Hannu Rajaniemi or Vurt. Stanislaw Lem?
'We' isn't a terribly exciting book if you've already read 1984 and BNW, it's more of the same (although it was written first).
>> No. 6608 Anonymous
25th June 2017
Sunday 2:52 pm
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Seconding Vurt.

Other ones from here I can remember going through are the Illuminatus! trilogy and possibly also the Red Mars series.

>> No. 6587 Anonymous
8th April 2017
Saturday 11:01 pm
6587 Immunology
I'm looking for a book about the human immune system, could any of you lads recommend one? I'm a beginner with no formal training what so ever.
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>> No. 6589 Anonymous
9th April 2017
Sunday 3:14 am
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Who do I call if I have Djinn problem? Is there a halal equivalent of Ghostbusters?
>> No. 6590 Anonymous
9th April 2017
Sunday 7:23 am
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Immunology is a complex topic. Unless you took A-levels in chemistry and biology fairly recently, you're unlikely to learn much from a typical undergraduate immunology textbook. An introductory course in biology from Coursera or Khan Academy might be a good start; if you're really keen, you could do A-levels or an Access to HE course at your local FE college.
>> No. 6591 Anonymous
9th April 2017
Sunday 10:57 am
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Oh do piss off you idiot.
>> No. 6592 Anonymous
9th April 2017
Sunday 3:13 pm
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Immunology looks fascinating and incredibly complex. As the previous poster pointed out, if you have no formal training you're probably going to be reading gibberish. Hell, I have a Chemistry A-level and a degree in Physics (he wrote smugly) and I doubt I'd get much of what I was reading, at least at the level where I wasn't just repeating things by rote.

If you really want to study immunology, which is a highly admirable ambition, I'd recommend first studying chemistry at an adult education college then seeing what mature student courses are available. From what I understand mature students are sought after since they're genuinely pursuing a dream as opposed to wandering into x subject since they assume uni is what they should do at that age.

Either way I wish you all the best m7.
>> No. 6593 Anonymous
13th April 2017
Thursday 3:32 pm
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I'd recommend "Biology: The Science of Life" by Robert A. Wallace, if you can find it. It's just a general biology textbook, but well written and a good introduction.

After that, I have no idea. I used this one:

It will be rough going no matter what. You basically have to memorize an alphabet soup of enzymes and ligands. Worse, everything is unintuitively named because it was discovered by accident or for some reason unrelated to its function. For example, the enzyme "XP" is named after the disease it causes, Xeroderma Pigmentosa, rather than its function (DNA repair).

t. used to work in the immunology department at MIT.

>> No. 6548 Anonymous
9th February 2017
Thursday 9:44 am
6548 Alternative history
About 15 years ago a mate mentioned a series of books in which the Vikings and the Native Americans had the first industrial revolution.

Anyone got an idea what the fuck they are called or who the author was? I don't think it is Alan Smale from what I have read.

I am desperate to read them, because it is really pissing me off that I cannot find them.
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>> No. 6570 Anonymous
11th March 2017
Saturday 7:25 pm
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Gina? Vaginas did not discover America. I meant to say China, fucking autocorrect.
>> No. 6571 Anonymous
12th March 2017
Sunday 11:05 am
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Except it is utter bollocks. But thank you for trying to help, I do appreciate it.
>> No. 6573 Anonymous
13th March 2017
Monday 11:15 pm
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Which part of the book did you find to be falsifiable or far fetched?
>> No. 6576 Anonymous
15th March 2017
Wednesday 5:39 pm
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Well, if I am thinking about the same book, the fact that the thing is utter Chinese propaganda bullshit?
>> No. 6577 Anonymous
15th March 2017
Wednesday 7:19 pm
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<Insert obligatory joke about Columbus being a massive fanny here.>

>> No. 6538 Anonymous
17th January 2017
Tuesday 6:00 am
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The Bo Weevil Club Book: Memoir of a Nerd Child

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>> No. 6539 Anonymous
17th January 2017
Tuesday 1:05 pm
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You're an odd woman.
>> No. 6540 Anonymous
17th January 2017
Tuesday 2:06 pm
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I hope you're well Emily.

>> No. 6528 Anonymous
18th November 2016
Friday 8:31 pm
6528 Audiobooks
This past year I have been listening to audiobooks on my walks and find the experience to be quite enjoyable. However whilst there is no end of recommendations for written works I feel as if there should be a distinction between a good book and a good audio book due to how written work translates into the spoken word and the narrators delivery.

That may or may not sound strange to you but I was hoping we could have an audiobook recommendation thread. Tell us about the works you have enjoyed and why so we can all go for contemplative walks or listen to something on our commute beyond the same songs day-in day-out.

I would like to start by recommending a classic or rather Classic American Short Stories as narrated by William Roberts. It is of course a collection of short stories from authors such as Twain and Bierce that whilst working on a range of themes and styles I feel all work perfectly as something you would hear by a camp-fire.
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>> No. 6530 Anonymous
18th November 2016
Friday 9:03 pm
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I've been spending the past few months listening through the works of Robert A. Heinlein.

It's definitely worth trying at least a few, even if you don't think that science fiction from the 50s and 60s is your cup of tea.

>> No. 6531 Anonymous
18th November 2016
Friday 9:18 pm
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I've been enjoying Lincoln by Gore Vidal recently. Also, I've been told The Things They Carried, narrated by Brian Cranston, is a good listen.
>> No. 6532 Anonymous
20th November 2016
Sunday 5:06 pm
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This talk of science fiction reminded me that I've had Flowers for Algernon on my reading list for some time. There is a torrent floating online for it.

The first person reporting writing style lends itself well to audiobook format and it works well as a story too. By and large what happens has been spoiled by references in pop-culture but its still enjoyable and on some level I relate to the main character because we've all been the dippy lad at work in our teens.

>> No. 6516 Anonymous
11th November 2016
Friday 12:39 am
6516 Journaling
Does anyone here keep a diary or written journal?

As I approach a quarter of a century I start to think more and more that one day I may appreciate having some recollections of my youth. I'm interested as to what techniques or practice anyone here brings to their own personal log, whether written or digital.

Any tips for keeping it up, or discussion on what kind of details you find important to include and those you don't bother with. Tell me about your journals.
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>> No. 6522 Anonymous
12th November 2016
Saturday 6:32 pm
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I used to write in journals daily for a couple of years but then binned the lot after re reading years later.

Like most people that grow up and realise that they were a clueless naive stupid fucker, I didn't want writings to remind me that I was a clueless naive stupid fucker.
>> No. 6523 Anonymous
12th November 2016
Saturday 6:47 pm
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I kept a diary of all my nightly dreams for six months when I was 17. Sadly long since left at the parental house and chucked out. You had to write the dream down fast before it disappears or was forgotten and I remember doing that straight away every morning. It was an interesting discipline to try.
>> No. 6524 Anonymous
12th November 2016
Saturday 8:42 pm
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Taking notes, self-improvement in general, life as a whole?
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12th November 2016
Saturday 8:54 pm
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Pretty much.
>> No. 6526 Anonymous
13th November 2016
Sunday 8:14 pm
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That sounds exactly like my current notebook. There's more shopping lists and WiFi passwords in it than there are memories, so perhaps I'll carry on using it as such. Summarising books you've read sounds tedious to me, but perhaps I should try to reflect on what I read more; I eat my way through fiction and treat books as more of an escape than any way to challenge myself though, so perhaps it's not really translatable.

I'm writing them in the knowledge that I'll grow up and find myself naive and pretentious. I'm alright with it, though it is rather cringe-inducing to read how I wrote even 5 years ago. But that's life, mate.

>> No. 6463 Anonymous
31st August 2016
Wednesday 8:26 pm
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Does anyone know of a good book concerning the translation and interpretation of the Quran in simple English? I would really appreciate it.
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>> No. 6505 Anonymous
25th September 2016
Sunday 5:10 am
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The bible became codified at the Council of Nicaea in 325 AD.

So no, only the interpretation and 'translation' has been changed (parts conveniently ignored and amended to reinforce an interpretation). Weirdly the Torah didn't become codified until the 11th century which makes the Christian account more accurate. The dead sea scrolls are far enough away from either in their content to undermine any concept of divine truth contained within though.
>> No. 6506 Anonymous
25th September 2016
Sunday 1:19 pm
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The proper way to respond to them is to point out that God also hates figs.
>> No. 6507 Anonymous
25th September 2016
Sunday 5:03 pm
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No. The Da Vinci Code is not historically accurate. The Council Of Nicea did not decide which books would go in the Bible, that was decided a century before by a document called the Muratorian Canon. A fragment of it was found and it had a list of books very similar to the New Testament. Furthermore, a search of what the Church men were saying in the second and third century show that they did not mention any extra books that were then removed by the Council.

Purely from a historical perspective, the Quran is the most valid Abrahamic religious text because it was created late enough to have sources from other societies such as the Byzantine and Persian empire comment on it. It was written within one century whereas the Bible is a mish mash of books spanning over five centuries. A lack of independent scrutiny from other civilisations also make the Bible particularly iffy compared to the Quran as we didn't get the account of the Israelites from the Assyrians for example. This is in stark contrast to Islam which faced the wrath of Saint John of Damascus pretty early on.


Furthermore, the archaeological evidence from the various sites mentioned in the Bible do not add up to the historical account. To be fair though, the Quran mentions flying horses and genies and men who were 12 feet tall, so perhaps it's all hogwash.

To GCHQlad: I have a passing interest in theology, this does not make me a radical nor does this deserve being logged
>> No. 6508 Anonymous
25th September 2016
Sunday 7:47 pm
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>The Council Of Nicea did not decide which books would go in the Bible, that was decided a century before by a document called the Muratorian Canon

I stand corrected, I wouldn't touch the 'Da Vinci Code', my source is various public educational institutions which evidently have been telling everyone the wrong thing (it seems to be a common enough misconception the Wikipedia page even mentions it).
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25th September 2016
Sunday 9:02 pm
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>this does not make me a radical nor does this deserve being logged

If you've done nothing wrong, you've nothing to fear lad. I'll mark the file for you.

>> No. 6486 Anonymous
8th September 2016
Thursday 12:32 pm
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I know we have a few writerlads on gs, I was wondering if any of you could give some advice on getting work out there and seen?

I've been submitting my short stories to small zines for years now but nobody seems to read them and the zines themselves tend to be neglected and disappear after not much more than a year or so.
I can't find an audience and it feels like I'm getting nowhere.
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>> No. 6492 Anonymous
8th September 2016
Thursday 8:12 pm
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I know this isn't that relevant, but as I say, I don't know any writers, and I wanted to share what I've discovered as I've tried to become a competent writer. I'm at the stage of writing short stories and bits and pieces of this novel. I think that I would self-publish, if I was able to put a bit of money away and maybe pay for some marketing. I don't have any hopes for making money by selling what I've written, I'm just hugely passionate about it. But there's also websites that will publish books in a better-than-amateur quality for you, like www.lulu.com
>> No. 6493 Anonymous
8th September 2016
Thursday 9:23 pm
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That's not particularly helpful for my situation as I'm shooting myself in the foot by refusing to approach it from a social media angle, but well done. I have a small writer's circle on a nom-de-plume facebook account who, while they're generally more complimentary about my work than anyone else's, aren't really what I'd call fans or an audience.

Personally I'd avoid self-publishing at all. It seems like a shortcut that means you don't get the real validation of beating the literary gate-keepers of publishing, regardless of how much you make from it.
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9th September 2016
Friday 12:52 am
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I have had sex with four attractive women a lot younger than me as a direct result of my extremely modest literary success. It sort of helped that I became single at the same time as the book was coming out. But actually it is also really nice getting feedback from random readers in far-off countries I've never met and probably never will - makes me feel like a more useful human being.
>> No. 6495 Anonymous
9th September 2016
Friday 6:08 pm
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I have no idea what you're all talking about but couldn't you sell short stories as radio programs?
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9th September 2016
Friday 6:27 pm
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You'd need to find a buyer. Here that basically means the BBC. You'd need to find the right commissioning editor during the right commissioning round, not to mention an idea of who might read some of the parts in your play for voices.

>> No. 6449 Anonymous
30th August 2016
Tuesday 8:21 pm
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Does anybody know some good philosophical literature (preferably classic) with themes of employment and productivity? I need to develop an understanding of these topics so I can try and get myself off benefits.
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>> No. 6475 Anonymous
1st September 2016
Thursday 6:51 pm
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"Shoulder to cry one" covers a lot of things. From the biddies who just want a chat but can't just come out and say that they are lonely and are dying for a human contact, to the drunkards who rattle on about their "problems," while you listen and repeat their shite to them.

A real suicidal person doesn't look at suicide as an issue. Freedom is a good thing, not something bad that you have to get talked out of.

It is better to have the option of not feeling pain and enjoyment, rather than feeling pain and seeking out enjoyment for some 80 odd years.
>> No. 6476 Anonymous
1st September 2016
Thursday 7:05 pm
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>I'd been told that a friend of a friend was suicidal and the circumstances involved, and wanted to know what I should do about it. The woman didn't really seem prepared to answer my questions - her answer was basically 'get them to phone us' - but who else am I supposed to call?
I don't know. I will say that with many callers it would become clear that "a friend" was being used as a pseudonym for the caller themselves. So if the woman you were talking to seemed to be avoiding the question, it may have been that she was trying to find out the nature of the question, because a lot of people (older blokes especially) have a hard time saying to a stranger that they have problems and that they're feeling like topping themselves. A lot of calls that started innocuously, on a surface level, about others, or about relatively trivial issues, went on to deeply personal and serious matters. This is a process that can take a long time. People want to know that they're actually being heard before they open up.

Also, Samaritans aren't trained to be therapists, or a citizens advice service. They're trained to listen to and discuss people's problems, not offer solutions. The nature of the service offered - that of being passive listeners, not problem solvers - is something that came up in a lot of calls. If you said that the Samaritans don't really make that clear, well, you'd be right. The argument goes that it's better that way; would you call a suicide line if you didn't think they had the answer? I can't say whether it's the right approach. Within the remit of the Samaritans as an organisation, though, "get them to call us" is the textbook correct answer once you've eliminated the possible needs of the person calling.

Alternatively, you might just have got a shit one on the phone. It happens. The Samaritans also offer an SMS and email service, and you could go back through conversation threads and see a lot of hopelessly tonedeaf advice that some Samaritans had dished out, when they had no business doing so in the first place. I had serious misgivings about both of these services, frankly. The phone lines were generally helpful, as far as I could tell from the branch I worked at, but phonecalls tend to have a definite beginning, middle, and end, and socially we're all more or less familiar with this construct. SMS exchanges do not necessarily follow such a pattern, and it was obvious that a lot of them (if you took the time to read back through the conversation history, and consider how many messages and responses were occurring per day) were perpetuating a daily cycle of misery rather than helping the individuals involved work through their issues. In particular, there were a lot of teenage girls who were texting upwards of 30 times a day, getting a response from a different Samaritan each time, some of whom clearly did not take the time to read through the previous exchanges and were consequently (albeit inadvertently) asking the same questions over and over. Practically, this meant that these girls were being asked if they felt suicidal once every day or so. I don't think that's healthy, or productive. The email service, having no national restrictions, seemed mainly to attract Americans with strong opinions about gun laws, the Illuminati and so on, and whilst in each case you have to consider that such talk may initially be venting, to "sound out" the service before discussing more personal issues, as far as I could tell email exchanges never really went anywhere. Perhaps email is too impersonal, or we consider it too permanent, but whatever the case people did not seem to want to discuss their feelings and problems over it. Both services were rumoured to be due for an overhaul when I was volunteering, back around 2010 (the most pressing being the matching of the same Samaritans to individual service users over time - more systemically complex an issue than it might seem, due to the voluntary nature of the organisation's workforce, and the potential importance of immediacy of response). I hope that occurred, because as it stood I felt they were sometimes doing more harm than good.

>I'm angry that so many people call a toll free number to try and have a hand shandy but somehow not surprised.
It was a surprise to me. Or at least, the volume of it. There was no system in place to flag offenders. They'd only just got around to blacklisting a few dozen numbers that accounted for something staggering like a quarter of all the calls received, and that was seen as an absolute last resort. And with good reason - the guy who's yelling about coming over your whore face one day might well need to talk to someone about their (very real and deep-seated) problems the next.

>Having volunteered for them, would you say charitable donations to them are a good use of any money someone puts aside for philanthropic use? I'm poor as shit but I feel I should give something back.
Despite the reservations above, I think the service as a whole is of great public benefit. If you can't afford a donation they're always looking for volunteers. That doesn't mean being on the phones, my lot were always short on people to go around collecting change in a bucket at public events and that sort of thing.

(Sorry for the derail, OP.)
>> No. 6477 Anonymous
1st September 2016
Thursday 7:41 pm
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Fuck you. What the fuck is wrong with you?
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1st September 2016
Thursday 8:24 pm
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>A real suicidal person doesn't look at suicide as an issue. Freedom is a good thing, not something bad that you have to get talked out of.
And suicidal people reach the conclusion that suicide is a good thing through contemplation, during which they have doubts and can be convinced that their issues can be overcome.

So far as I can see you're either positing that:

A) every suicidal person goes from 0 to 1 on the suicidal scale overnight, and justifies it to themselves on a wholly rational basis (which isn't supported by any literature I'm aware of: research that supports the idea of a sudden impulse in suicide emphasises the emotional aspects, and doesn't use so broad a brush as to say that that covers all cases of suicide)


B) You're making a really tedious semantic argument about how someone considering suicide and who may take their own life without intervention isn't "suicidal" because you've decided that we all must use your personal definition includes only people who are wholly convinced of the merits of suicide.

Neither of which is particularly well considered.
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3rd September 2016
Saturday 2:12 am
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Or, if I may interject to add, of any fucking use at all to man nor beast.

>> No. 6446 Anonymous
20th August 2016
Saturday 5:47 pm
6446 Pvt. Icke
Evening gents. Please recommend me some fine dead trees about private investigations, skip tracing, all that shit. More facts, less fiction.

So far I've read only one by FM Ahearn and I am intrigued.

Thank you.

Some general info about off-shore banking would be nice too. So I can wank off to it whilst my imagination runs wild about being filthy rich.

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