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

ALL. THE. AWESOME.

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!
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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. 
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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
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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. 
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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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Youth in the Church / Re: Welcome to the YSA (not what you thought)
« on: October 13, 2017, 01:28:29 am »
Honestly, I don't see anything WRONG with it, per se.  I just feel the BSA has become bloated and financially exploitative, and I despise the fact that it is the primary activity wing of the YM program for that fact--especially because it means the resources and personnel dedicated to the YM and YW programs (as well as cubs vs activity days) are so ridiculously out of balance.  So if the change prompts a split between the Church and the BSA, I'm all for it, even though I don't care much about the change myself.  I can't see that happening, though.  As KQ said, they are not doing coed units right now, so there is no reason the Church has to change anything about how they run stuff.  The only hope I have is that some people might say, "Hey look, now we have no reason not to add scouting for girls, too.  If it's good enough for the YM program, it's good enough for the YW program, and now the BSA covers both!"  Which would be balked at, which in turn will prompt examination. 
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Youth in the Church / Re: Welcome to the YSA (not what you thought)
« on: October 12, 2017, 12:03:42 pm »
Every time I see an announcement like this, I get sooooo excited and hopeful that it will finally be the impetus to help the Church break away from the BSA. 
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General Discussion / Re: The Feel-Good Thread
« on: October 04, 2017, 07:04:30 pm »
OK, so here is a multi-part personal event of both miracles and goodness in humanity and even the occasional corporation.

Nearly a month ago we ordered a bagger we could scarcely afford for our riding mower.  It was expensive, but it was the only one that worked with the mower and we are getting desperate.  Financed it on the Home Depot card, and a few days later we got a notice that it was ready to be picked up by the shipper and should be delivered around the 13th.
In Georgia.  Right before the hurricane.
A day or two later we got a notice that the estimated delivery was changed to the 17th, but then the updates stopped.  The status then hung in limbo, saying 'ready to be picked up by shipper' for the next 2.5 weeks.  So last Thursday I called Home Depot.  I told them I wasn't mad, because I figured it was the hurricane that messed things up, but we really needed the bagger, and could they check on it?  The guy on the phone was awesome.  No excuses, no hemming or hawing, he just opened an ETA case (basically an investigation to find it) and credited me $75 without me even complaining.  Then Monday another Home Depot rep called me back and explained that they had finished their investigation, and they couldn't find the bagger.  It had been ready to go, then hurricane, and they couldn't find it and now they were out of stock and were we in a hurry?  I said yes, we needed it quite a lot, so she told me that since the item was lost and they were out of stock, they were cancelling the order and refunding my money, and then giving us a gift certificate for the full price of the mower so we could buy it again when it came back in stock.
I was so blown away that it took me a few times of repeating her back to fully comprehend it.  You mean, just because it was late due to a natural disaster not your fault, you are not only returning our money, but basically paying us another $350 to buy it?!  Yes, that's what they did.
And then this morning I got a notice it was back in stock, so I took that gift certificate and bought the bagger, paying only the $20 in sales tax.
I am blown away.  God knew how much we needed that money.  Home Depot didn't.  But God works through good people.
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Writing Questions/Discussion / Re: Online writing courses
« on: October 02, 2017, 10:27:46 am »
Sorry, I forgot you lived in Arizona.  Checked out ANWA (American Night Writers Association).  It's a quite well established LDS writing organization based in Arizona.  It costs a little money per year, but they have local (all over the west) and online chapters to discuss craft and do some critiquing, as well as an annual conference and retreats.
As I said, LDS characters are sometimes created by members of these groups, but are not the norm.  Some even write fiction that would make some LDS clutch their pearls.  But we tend to be respectful, and give people warnings if the content is PG-13 or higher.  That doesn't happen much (if at all) with most non-LDS writing communities, as I understand it. 

As to the distance being a barrier: I live in SW Idaho.  Not close to any of those communities, either.  But as the meetings are either online or only 1-2 times/year, it's not a barrier to interacting.  I do have to ration my conferences and retreats (I can really only afford 1 of each per year right now, and that's pushing it), but I don't have a shortage of interaction. :)
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Writing Questions/Discussion / Re: Online writing courses
« on: October 01, 2017, 09:58:09 pm »
I personally feel that online classes are entirely unnecessary.  There is a WEALTH of conferences, retreats, and other instructive resources for writers, especially in Utah.  I know of 3 conferences, 2 of them only about $60 each, in Utah in the last month alone, and that's off the top of my head, without having looked into it at all (I can't afford to go anywhere right now).  Some things of note:
- I got a bachelor's degree in writing.  It was awesome, but that was mostly because I love school.  I have learned FAR more about how to improve my writing from other resources.
- conferences and such not only teach you tons, but they help you network with other writers to socialize, find resources, and learn things you didn't realize you needed to know. 
- networking helps with finding critique partners, which are invaluable.
- most conferences and other writing events also deal heavily in the whole publishing process, from traditional publishing by bringing in agents and editors and publishers and getting you in with them, to indie publishing and the things you need to consider when going that route and resources you will need. 

Some other things you can look into down there:
  • LUW (the League of Utah Writers) is a great resources with tons of small groups and chapters and workshops and such all over the state. 
  • David Farland is also Utah based and has helped a ton of major writers as a mentor and instructor.  He offers different services that are actually reasonably priced.
  • Brandon Sanderson also happens to have an MFA in creative writing and teaches at BYU.  An entire semester of his lectures was recorded for someone's school project a few years back and it was so wildly popular that they redid it more professionally last year.  They are all available on YouTube now (the old Write About Dragons site is no more) here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLH3mK1NZn9QqOSj3ObrP3xL8tEJQ12-vL
  • If you want to listen to more stuff in small chunks, the Writing Excuses podcast with Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, and a few others has been going for years and I have heard nothing but good about it.  They are only 15 minutes each.
  • I find out about most of this stuff from Facebook, but there are lots of resources.  My favorite groups there are the Storymakers Tribe and LDS Beta Readers.  Both are primarily made up of LDS members, but neither deals with just LDS fiction (in fact, very little LDS writing in general). 

Hopefully this helps!

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General Conference / Re: The Family, A Proclamation to the World
« on: September 30, 2017, 11:24:06 pm »
kaz, I didn't think YOU felt that way.  I just know too many people who do. :(
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General Discussion / Re: Mid-life crises
« on: September 29, 2017, 03:02:09 am »
I find it less like a switch that turns on, and more like a progression.  As in, I've always questioned all my life choices, but it gets worse every year and it shifts from the somewhat tolerable, "I need to figure out how to fix this and do it," to the despairing, "oh crap I can't fix this anymore."
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Forum and Member News / Re: Life changes
« on: September 21, 2017, 12:01:38 pm »
I'm sorry for your loss, Roper.  I am so, so glad you are there, though, and settled in enough that you could have some space to deal with the loss.  What an incredible blessing.
I am down in Utah occasionally, I will try to go a little further south one of these days to give you a holler. :)
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