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Comment Re:No nuance allowed. You're for us or against us. (Score 5, Insightful) 550 550

You can't be neutral on GG, honestly.

I can only speak for myself, but I think a lot of others may fall into the same category. Most everything I know about GG is spillover in slashdot discussions. I know there's accusations of journalistic impropriety, and accusations of misogyny, and a lot of harassment, and a huge heaping pile of arguments. But it's such a mess that I still don't even know what someone means when they say they're "anti-GG" for instance, because I don't know which side of which issue that actually means. And frankly, just based on the generally incoherent and overheated arguments that have spilled over here, I'd rather not investigate further.

I know I'm against harassment (of all kinds, against all types). I know I'm against unethical journalism. I'm also disinclined to insert myself into situations of histrionic drama where I'm unlikely to be able to make a difference. So I don't really know what sides of what parts of what sub-issues that puts me in relation to GG, and I don't care to find out. So I'm agnostic, or neutral, or maybe willfully ignorant of enough details to be able to say more. It doesn't seem such an unreasonable stance to take.

Comment Re:First Clue... (Score 1) 217 217

It's like those phone numbers where they use a word with more than 10 letters. The mnemonic can be extra long. Just fill in the blanks until you run out of blanks, whether that's 3, 4, or 6 of them. You definitely don't want to get caught with a mnemonic that's too short, or you're really in trouble.

Comment Re:WTF? (Score 1) 309 309

Interesting. I think it was Belle with the map. Her kingdom does have some French influence, though of course they do all speak and write English in the American movies and books. It seems weird they'd insert a little authenticity into the map and nothing else. I also *think* it was a zero and not even an O, but that's kind of hard to tell sometimes.

Comment Re:I saw a documentary about sleep (Score 1) 159 159

That reminds me of something else I often wonder about myself. Many (most?) people seem to say they don't dream all that much, or never remember them. I'm on the opposite end of the spectrum, where I could swear I'm *always* dreaming, and assuming I don't have to rush, whenever you wake me up I could tell you about the dream in great detail. I cannot remember a time when I woke up and didn't think I'd just been dreaming. I've often wondered if somehow I'm not getting into the deeper sleep that other people do, or what exactly is going on with me.

Comment Re:Exactly 8 (Score 1) 159 159

To time it that well, you must be able to go to sleep pretty quickly? I know there are people like that out there who can lie down and be out in less than 5 minutes, but it's alien to me. I'd say 15 is a minimum, 30-45 minutes is typical before I actually fall asleep. On rare occasions when I'm desperately tired and start to fall asleep in less than 5 minutes, the rapidity of descent actually startles me and tends to wake me up.

Comment Re:Five is plenty (Score 4, Interesting) 159 159

I had a similar discovery with kids, although I concluded it wasn't so much that I was functioning normally as I just didn't feel the pain or notice the fog anymore. As they've gotten older and I've started getting more sleep, that imperviousness to the discomfort of being short on sleep has disappeared again. (I can remember one night, rocking an angry child at 3 a.m. where I thought to myself, "I slept from 11 to 3, so that's 4 hours. Even if she takes forever to go back to sleep this is already a pretty good night!" Yes, I did immediately realize that sounded pretty absurd.)

Outside of the newborn months, I like 8 if I can get it, but 7 is just fine. 6 leaves me tired, and anything under 5 makes me feel foggy. One very occasional night of 5 isn't too big of a deal as long as I get rest the next night, but two in a row of less than 5 and I feel pretty wrecked.

Comment Re:Where's mine? (Score 1) 215 215

spammers -n- scammers, wish I could get them to pay up.

That's your problem. Get called three times a day from a genuine business that can be pulled into court, and you're golden. The scammers probably aren't even based in the same country you are, or at the very least (if they're smart) they don't keep their money there.

Comment Re:E-book prices (Score 1) 97 97

Makes sense. I've been looking into this as a self-published author, and your numbers definitely work out, or should even be maybe more extreme. Selling an ebook through Amazon for $5 gives a 70% royalty, or $3.50. Print versions through CreateSpace are going to vary depending on production values, but may end up being around $5 for the cost of creation, and then Amazon will cite a minimum price (I was seeing around $10 or $12, again depending on the number of pages), though that doesn't give the author the same royalty. I think I had to pick $12.50 (shorter book) and $14 (longer book) to hit the same $3.50 royalty. So at least from the perspective of a self-published author, the ebook can be less than half.

Now that's for print on demand. A traditional publisher run definitely costs less per physical book, so the ratio of electronic to print price ought to be smaller. A 30% discount on electronic may be reasonable.

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