I rely upon Amazon book reviews to decide whether to buy a book. This means sorting thru the gunk of real reviews by real readers who actually paid real money to buy the book, and invested real hours in reading it, from the ‘other stuff’.
One thing indie authors will do, and its not a horrible thing as it were, is have friends, or forum buddies post a positive review. You can identify these, sometimes, by their calling the writer by his first name (Another great effort by Chris! Keep up the good work, buddy!), or by the statement, ‘I don’t usually read [genre], but this book is the awesome!’ I have this statement mentally downvoted.
Another thing is handing out free copies in return for a review. Since these guys tend themselves to be writers, they will use marketing speak like ‘thrill ride’, ‘nonstop action from cover to cover!’, etc. I mentally downvote these, too.
Then, there are the paid shills, who make their living writing fake reviews of books they have never read. I hope writers will not stoop so low, but sadly, many do. You can look at their review history, or lack of it.
Sometimes, and it is mostly libs and progs who do this, but conservatives do it as well, people will give a book a one star based upon their perception of the writers political stance, or because of misogyny, (their definition, anyways) or accuse the writer of being a fascist because the liberal characters are the bad guys.
I understand this can be hard to take, but if a book is good, its good! I have read plenty of sci-fi written by libs positively dripping with their disdain for conservatives, and I don’t think I have ever knocked off stars for that alone. Luckily, the genres that I read now are mostly populated by libertarians and libertarian leaning authors. You don’t find many zombie apocalypse novels written by progs, for instance.
I discount the reviews obviously written by people who write for a living, or hope to, that use flamboyant over the top words that sound like they came from a movie review, downvotes for having prog bad guys, or killing off all the urban left leaning demographic (which would obviously happen in a ZA situation), or that mention the writer by his first name.
If a book had many 5 or 4 star reviews, I look at the 1 stars and go from there. If they claim the author can’t write, or point out significant problems with editing and pacing and plot, I take that into account as well.
It’s an intuitive game, yes! But with practice, you can learn to parse book reviews.
omgosh, iToons is a disaster. I fret every time I have to open it up, and I am afraid to press the ‘sync’ button, just to get ONE SONG TO MY PHONE IT TAKES FOREVER!
I miss how easy it was to copy music onto my Android phone. Just plug in, drop and drag.
Islamo-fascists ISIS nabs US weapons, 1/2 billion in USD, & a whole bunch of gold bullion.
I believe the US government somehow arranged this. These people are dangerous and must be resisted.
rant: if yer gonna require authentication for your game to play online, even on a private server, u should make sure your auth servers never go down
Hollywood accounting comes to crime stats! How the pols in Chicago leverage changes in patronage and conspire to lie to the public about the crime rate by administratively re-classifying violent crimes.
A willing coroner? Check!
Willing police brass? Check!
And bam! Crime rates are down!
If I ever get kidnapped by terrorists, and the terrorists demand an exchange, find out who is so important to these creeps, and blow their brains out in front of the whole world.
Don’t worry about what will happen to me. I go up.
Every time I zip a folder using the CLI on Linux, I have to google the arguments. This has been going on for years.
I like my iPhone, but I hate syncing it. Its so much easier to add music to Android devices. Just plug in, drop and drag.
And, why does iTunes copy all my podcasts from my computer to my phone? My phone has already downloaded them! Can iTunes not check with the Podcast app to see if the files already exist? Plus, I think iTunes overwrites the settings on the phone with the settings from the computer.
The Podcast app def needs a All Unplayed tab, and a ‘Mark all as played and/or delete’ button, too.
And don’t get me started on photos. I have utterly no idea whats going on there. Thank goodness for Dropbox, which backs up my pictures for me. I am totally confused about iPhoto on my MBA, too.
Apple. this is your call to action! Round out these annoyances, plz, thx.
As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard the crowd going by, he asked what was happening.
They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” He called out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Those who led the way rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” “Lord, I want to see,” he replied.
Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.”
Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God.
When all the people saw it, they also praised God.
Jesus referred to blind man’s faith.
Blind man did not say, ‘Thank you, Jesus, for healing me.”
Blind man said, “Heal me! Have mercy on me!”
Blind man called Jesus, “Son of David”.
Blind man asked to be healed.
Blind man kept asking.
Jesus said blind man had faith.
Blind man’s actions as recorded, from which we infer must have contained an expression of faith, mainly were asking.
Asking is an act of faith.
Keeping on asking is an act of faith.
Jesus healed the man who kept asking.
Jesus healed the man who said, “Have mercy on me”.
Jesus healed the man who said, “I have a problem, and You can fix it. Please fix it.”
Todd’s Buttermilk Waffles
- 3 1/4-1/2 cup buttermilk
- 2 egg
- 4 tsp melted butter
- 14 oz flour
- 4 tbsp sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
Whisk liquids, whisk dry stuff, then pour dry into liquids and stir gently until just combined. Add a bit more buttermilk if necessary. Makes about 6-8 belgian waffles.