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General Discussion / Re: What are you watching?
« on: November 18, 2017, 11:03:28 am »
Saw Justice League last night.  It was better than most of the DC universe movies, I'd say 3/5 stars.  The Flash here is very different from the show's character, and while I like the show's character just fine, I like this one a LOT. 

This brings up a handy (okay, super duper cool) thing I found out about:
I was talking to my brother and he told me about this service he heard about on NPR called MoviePass.
  https://www.moviepass.com/ (scroll to the bottom of the page and plug in your zip code to find local theaters that participate.)
"You pay $9.95/month for movies in the theater every day," he said.
I bet my eyes narrowed to slits. "But just in dollar theaters, right?"
"No, I don't think so."
So I checked their website for what local theaters accepted it.
And almost EVERY theater in the Treasure Valley takes it. And definitely all the nice ones.
"This can't be right. It must not work on opening weekend."
"No, it works then."
"Then they must make you sign a contract."
"What is the catch?! THERE MUST BE A CATCH!"
My brother didn't know, so I poked and poked and poked around the website.
No 3D or IMAX movies. OK, I can handle that. No transferring to other people, OK. Only 1 movie a day.  You have to have an Android or iOS smartphone, no problem.  Kids under 18 can't do it...that would be a problem for many, but not for us (they are working on putting together a family plan). 
And that was it. I even read the full terms and conditions that nobody reads. The closest thing to a catch was that if you cancel, you can't re-up for 3 months. As catches go, that seemed really sub-par.
I still didn't believe it, but I thought, "the most I'd be out is the price of a regular movie ticket," so I signed up. My husband signed up, too.
The app is free and not glorious, but it does the job.
It took 10 full business days for our cards to arrive. You have to use the cards, and they look like Visa cards. The system got tracking when they were delivered, so it checked with us that they had arrived and activated the cards automagically, super duper easy.
We're still skeptical, though. This can't work. It's too good to be true. So we went to the theater and did the process. You open the app when you are within 100 feet of the theater and pick the movie you want to check in. This 'loads' the card for that theater, and you just buy the tickets with that card. Separate transaction for each ticket, but that was it. It worked FLAWLESSLY. Even on Justice League, which is a huge release that just came out TODAY.
I think I'm gonna watch Thor: Ragnarok 10 times in the next 12 days. You know. To test it out.
NOTE: right now they are having a sale: a full year for $89.95.  That's only $6.95/month and a small processing fee.  Which is awesome, but you have to pay for it all at once and you can only have 2 per household.  I don't think you can sign up to pay monthly (like we did) until this promotion is over.

I know it won't be helpful for everyone, but it more than paid for itself for this month last night alone.

General Discussion / Re: Urgent advice needed
« on: November 14, 2017, 03:37:29 pm »
Dangit.  Though I have to admit, I have never really seen physical abuse without some psychological abuse with it.

General Discussion / Re: Urgent advice needed
« on: November 12, 2017, 09:36:51 pm »
Jen, I hate to ask, but it can affect the approach: you never mentioned what kind of abuse he is experiencing.  Physical in many ways is more dangerous to life and limb, but also more verifiable and charges can be pressed if need be, not to mention it is easier to prove in child custody battles.  Psychological abuse in many ways is worse, because it often involves being tricked into believing you are not really being abused, but at the same time, leaves no physical evidence so is hard to prove.
Another note: abuse, of course, is about control.  So if he tries to leave, it will be the ultimate loss of control for her, which can result in her words and actions becoming dramatically more extreme very quickly.  Just a warning.

Writers' Showcase / Re: The anthology I'm in comes out in 3 weeks
« on: November 08, 2017, 01:16:12 am »
So, I received an email today showing the Amazon listing for the paperback.  The kindle version only shows 4 authors, but the paperback shows 16 (of the 50+).  Jodi put the authors in order of # of pages written, so the fact that I am #9 on the list is kind of awesome. :)  You can go here if you want to get a better look or even pre-order: http://a.co/4vo3MR1

Writing Questions/Discussion / Re: Grammarly / copywriter
« on: November 07, 2017, 11:11:08 am »
I assume you mean copyright.  The only thing I think MAY be a potential problem is when you use some online services like that, they sometimes have copies of what you checked in their database, which can create issues (especially if they get hacked).  But for the most part I am not very paranoid about it. 

That being said, I don't use Grammarly.  I follow them on Facebook because they are funny and often have good writing tips, but I found ProWritingAid to be a little more helpful because I can download it and use it locally (it even works with Scrivener) and it finds things like cliches that I've let slip into my writing (which I really struggle with).  I haven't used it much--I consider that level of editing near the end, and I haven't had anything I want to publish reach that stage yet. 

General Discussion / Re: What are you watching?
« on: November 03, 2017, 01:27:24 am »
Thor: Ragnarok. 


By far the best of the 3.  Marvel finally found its groove with the character, unleashing the funny.  And SOOOO fun!  Couple of points where I feel they pushed the tropes/gimmicks a little too hard, but for the most part, it was delightful!

General Discussion / Re: Omniscient software?
« on: November 03, 2017, 01:11:01 am »
When it comes to HOV lanes, there are typically hidden traffic cameras that capture both your plate and get enough of an image of the inside of the car to tell if there are multiple people.

You really don't want to research this stuff.  Really.  And it's not nearly as bad in the West (especially away from the biggest cities) as it is in the NE US, and not nearly as bad there as it is in the UK (London, at least), from what I've heard.  But the amount of data being gathered about us CONSTANTLY from our phone (GPS, voice-activated apps), internet usage (metadata is way bigger than most people realize), government records, and in public spaces (anywhere in big cities and on the roads), is positively unnerving.  Even most modern cars have some levels of tech (like built-in GPS or voice activation software) that picks up on your info.

General Discussion / Re: Omniscient software?
« on: November 02, 2017, 11:29:09 am »
Here's a possibility:
It's a fact that devices with voice commands are ALWAYS detecting noise (often recording, while deleting everything after a couple of seconds), listening for their 'awake' word(s).  I suppose it could be possible that Siri is detecting other voices (and they are programmed to try to filter out recorded/broadcast voices, though that's a total crapshoot most of the time) and using that to determine that someone else was in the car.

Writers' Showcase / Re: The anthology I'm in comes out in 3 weeks
« on: November 02, 2017, 11:20:37 am »
Dude!  I haven't even seen the whole thing yet!  (She's sending all the contributors print copies.)  You'll have to let me know if it's good.  I'm nervous.

What I'm wondering is if the men can stay good without getting a lecture every 6 months. ;)

General Discussion / Re: Cooking // Recipe Help
« on: October 29, 2017, 11:28:17 am »
oh crap you explained that before, I think, but I forgot.  I'm sorry. :(  That super duper stinks!  I've heard of fat causing liver and gall bladder issues/pain, but not pancreas.  Ouch!

General Discussion / Re: Cooking // Recipe Help
« on: October 28, 2017, 10:22:24 pm »
Iggy, it's interesting that your doctor is having you on such a low fat diet with your diabetes.  The low-fat protocol has been more and more discredited in studies over the last 20 years at least, and one of the biggest things they've found is that low fat and sugar substitutes RAISE obesity levels like crazy.  I have terrible cholesterol and I'm diabetic, so at first I was trying to avoid things like bacon and eggs and such, but my doctor told me he would rather have me eat bacon and eggs every morning than any kind of cereal, because the sugar control is far more vital and fat SLOWS how fast the glucose goes into your bloodstream, which improves insulin reaction. 

Writers' Showcase / The anthology I'm in comes out in 3 weeks
« on: October 24, 2017, 08:01:35 pm »
I don't know if any of you have read The Sun Still Shines by Jodi Orgill Brown, but she's been putting together an anthology called Rise Above Depression and it comes out in 3 weeks by Fulfill Publishing, and I'm one of the (many) authors who has articles in it.  It's not huge--Fulfill Publishing is teeny, all our submissions were non-compensated and I haven't even seen how my stuff is in it--but it's kind of exciting nevertheless.  Here's some of the endorsements that the book has received so far:

"Since most of us will either experience depression ourselves or be close to someone who does, it is important that we begin to understand the difficult challenges of those affected by this disease. Rise Above Depression is a masterful work exploring this topic through the voices of many who are suffering. Each of their experiences are unique, and yet they all provide encouragement and hope for a better life. This is one of those books that will literally change lives."
— Steve Ostler, CEO Onerefugee

"Jodi's book offers hope to every one suffering from not only depression, but any sort of mental or physical ‘paralysis.’  Her messages of hope versus hopelessness inspired me so much that I've sent the book to others I know who struggle with issues, physical, mental and spiritual. I appreciate the inspiring stories of others who have found themselves in the face of adversity and have been able to move forward with faith and a positive outlook on life." – Chad Hymas, CSP, CPAE. Author of Doing What Must Be Done, Hall of Fame Speaker
"When I first started the book, I thought I was reading to understand and learn more about how I could understand and help those that deal with depression. I soon realized this book is not just for those who suffer from the effects of depression, but it's also for any person looking live a fuller, more purposeful life. This book is filled with simple daily tools and stories you could apply to life regardless of depression.
“It took me through a personal journey of looking how I can better my life and help create more joy for others. I would recommend this book to ALL who want to make a profound difference in their own life and make an impact on other peoples lives, regardless of whether or not you suffer from depression. This book is truly an inspired book and will continue to make a big impact in the world as it is shared and spread." – Andrea Teach, Mother, Speaker, Entrepreneur
"The powerful truth that we are much, much more than our bodies is only the beginning of what Jodi Brown expounds on in this must-read book. Discover keys on how to not only deal with, but overcome the things which in the end make us magnificent. An inspirational page-turner in developing trust and tenacity as we ‘press on’ with the challenges in our lives."
— Jeffery Olsen, Co-Founder @ONE, Best Selling Author of I Knew Their Hearts and Beyond Mile Marker 80

"Someone once said, regarding their search for inner peace, 'In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer' (Albert Camus wiki). Jodi Brown has created and compiled precious principles, insights, and wisdom that will bless anyone suffering from depression, anxiety or emotional trauma, with crucial guides and directions to help find their ‘invincible summer.’ The darkness and despair of depression are dispelled enough for us to take action. Brown's and her co-writers' experiences, insights and counsel—shared with intense personal empathy—provide many of these key anchors of hope and can guide us to our summer."   
— John Paskett, VP of Operation, Personal Strengths Publishing, PTSD Survivor,
 “Rise Above Depression n is a perfect resource for anyone struggling with depression. It lets you peek behind the curtain at many of depression’s contributing factors. It validates, it educates and it comforts; most importantly, it allows realize you are not a victim of depression.”
Jenny Layton, Author, Speaker, and Founder of The Happy Gal

Technical Talk / Re: Password help please
« on: October 18, 2017, 01:49:04 am »
pg: sorry it took me a while to find it because I turned that on YEARS ago and I couldn't remember how I did it!  So I have Google set to sync across my devices and browsers (so all my bookmarks, passwords, etc., are available on my desktop, my laptop, my phone, and my tablet).  If you go into settings, near the very top is the sync settings.  If you hit the right-pointing arrow on the 'sync,' it gives you advanced sync settings, and in there, near the bottom, are Encryption options.  I have it set to encrypt synced passwords with my google username and password.  This means that every time you hit the little eye icon to look at your passwords (well, only once per password-checking session), you have to remember your frick-frackin Google password to see any other passwords.  At least I THINK this is what makes it do that.  I couldn't find anything else that might be doing it. 

Technical Talk / Re: Password help please
« on: October 16, 2017, 09:38:52 pm »
For the record, you can put a master password onto Chrome's storage of your passwords, so no one can look at them in there without the master password.  I also use dual or two-factor authentication with my Google account.

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