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text 2014-08-08 18:50
What Really Grinds My Gears 2


A lot of things piss me off royally in this world. But few things piss me off as much as deliberately hateful people.


I'm talking about those people in everyone's lives who as much as you try to like, as good as you treat them, will always be hateful towards you for no good reason.


Eww, that kind of rhymed!


But you guys know who I mean right?


I try to never be that person. I always try as hard as possible to be likable and to help people, and even when people make sure I know that they don't like me I never talk about them behind their backs. How is that going to help things? 


And it's not like I did anything to them I deemed wrong, and if I did I always try to apologize for it, because in the end we all just have to try to get along with each other even if we'd rather not. 


I guess it can all just be traced back to good ole fashioned human decency, something many people are sadly lacking these days.


For instance, my relationship with my stepmother. The woman hates me because she thinks I dislike her. And it's not that I really dislike her, I just dislike her actions sometimes and how she tries to look like some kind of bigshot when she isn't. But I've never said that before behind her back until now, and it's not like anyone here knows who I'm talking about so I don't think it will hurt anything to post that here. 


But I don't really talk to her anymore because all she does is put me down, and make me feel miserable, and I realize I don't need that in my life.


Who does?


No one should have to feel bad about themselves or feel that they did something wrong, when they did everything they could to makes things right with someone who wasn't going to like them no matter how much they try. 


So I just distance myself from those kinds of people and wish them the best, even if the action isn't reciprocated, and go on with my life. Because we can't dwell on those things. It's unhealthy.

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review 2013-11-02 06:21
Whatever, Book - you're more 'Reefer Madness!' than '1984'
The Circle - Dave Eggers

I *want* to read '1984' for the Facebook era - I want someone to write a biting, insightful and chilling cautionary tale about the death of personal privacy by powerful corporate interests and human complacency. I am that choir that Dave Eggers is preaching to.


The Circle is not it.


It had all these great basic ingredients, and tons of prime potential, but just such shallow, lightweight results. Unsubtle and overlong, with no tension and every plot point visible from space. If the incredibly un-sexy, cringe-inducing sex scenes (dr b breaks it down at Book Riot ) were edited out, The Circle could be a book I'd hand my 10 year old nephew to read.


The artwork for the cover - Fantastic :] It earned the book a whole rating star on its own.


I get that the author doesn't use social media and didn't research them for his book, and that's all good - didn't stop William Gibson from imagining 'the Matrix' or 'cyberspace' when he wrote Neuromancer on a manual typewriter back in the pre-Interwebs day - but from handling of the book's Big Metaphor, I'm guessing he doesn't watch Shark Week either.


I'm snagging Book Riot's Buy/Borrow/Bypass system, and giving this one a weak Borrow,

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text 2013-10-26 17:41
'The Circle' - Initial impressions
The Circle - Dave Eggers

A third of the way in at this point, and this far in, I have to say 'The Circle' has yet to live up to the hype. I'm getting the impression I'm supposed to be shocked by the various plot points and chilled by the implications, but not so much, no, can't say I am.


I *am* shocked that mainstream media has compared 'The Circle' to Orwell and Aldous Huxley though. William Gibson and Phillip K Dick have nothing to worry about here either.


I guess maybe if you are entirely uncynical world-view about data-mining and personal privacy, the book will have more impact. As it stands for me now, the POV character and world-building feel a bit thinly realized, The prose itself is very smooth and there are some nice turns of phrase.


Here's hoping it's just a slow-build, and the remaining 2/3s have many chills in store.




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