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Yes, please!

H is for Heavy Metal Guitarist. 
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H?? I'm not understand about H,,
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It all comes together just as planned:
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Butterhenge....or Stone Butter
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OMG, don't miss it! SCIENCEY!

via +God Emperor Lionel Lauer via +Rachel Blum via...like a dozen people.











NB4...YES, I know it's not true. So, don't. Just... <sigh>. I'm not a moron. (Why do I even feel the need to...ffs!)
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Teach the controversy! :) :) :) :)
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Most cell phone companies are guilty of this sort of BS. Unless we start refusing the crap they're trying to sell us, they'll keep doing it. 

Things I want from a cell phone company:
1. Work (Mostly that. Effing work. Don't not work.)
2. Don't jerk me around (do what you say and say what you do, and be up front about it).
3. Do not charge me for dumb things (if you put a chip into the back of a phone that is not an "activation," ffs! A trained ferret could do that! Fuck you!)
4. Leave me alone. (Yes! Don't call me unless it is important. Don't send me text messages unless I ask you to. If my bill is three hours late and has never been late before, don't be an ass about it, just assume I am going to pay it, and when I pay it three hours late don't charge me a late fee. That is dick behavior.)
5. Answer my questions when I have one. (That means don't hire morons who can't answer the questions. That means have a means for me to contact you should I actually need your help. And for eff's sake get rid of the motherflipping voice menus. Don't hire a bunch of "Chris"es to hang up on us on purpose or by accident. Just answer the question, guys.)


(That said, I am kind of in love with Republic Wireless...although they'd be cooler if they had a freaking google plus account... help@republicwireless.com, get on the ball, man! The people are angry and you could be their $10 hero!)
 
Dear +Sprint,

I was chatting with a guy on your website when "Chris," the chat guy, totally hung up on me during the chat!! He ended the chat after saying "please wait a minute." Unbelievable. 

I've been a Sprint customer for 20 years and in all that time I've never asked to be treated differently. But now I've cracked my phone screen (1st time I've ever done that, too) & instead of waiting until Sept 14 to get a new phone (note that this is literally 19 days away from today) when my contract is up I get the bullshit "offer" to (1) pay full price for the phone AND (2) pay an extra $100 for early upgrade AND (3) pay a phone activation fee. All of that is horse-shit and customer gouging. 

*Let's talk about the contract requirement"
The contract is supposed to be there for Sprint to earn back the cost of the phone. But if I'm paying FULL PRICE for the phone, what does Sprint need a contract for? I'll tell you what for: to gouge customers. Period. End of story.

How about the $100 "upgrade" fee?
Also total bullshit. I'm already willing to pay upwards of $500 on a new phone (a chunk of change that you'll get immediately instead of monthly over a long period of time) and you want me to spend MORE money on it? Why? Gouging customers, that's why. There is no logical reason for this spurious fee. You already charge us a bullshit $30-$50 "activation fee" on new phones. (So much bullshit.) And now you want even more?? Outrageous.

How to lose a 20-year customer in 10 minutes
So I'm talking nicely & reasonably with your buddy Chris online with the chat feature (he initiated the chat, by the way) and then suddenly he kills off the chat! Wow, that's just... I can't even.

Since T-Mobile passed you in revenue earlier this year, I thought maybe you'd want to change your tune since "customer service" has always been Sprint's worst problem. I've been with Sprint for so long that I've paid for new phones a 100 times over. And no, I don't want to "lease" it, I don't want to "easy pay" it. I have a chunk of money now THAT I WANT TO GIVE YOU for a phone but I'm getting all kinds of hassle and unbelievable gouging for my trouble when I could waltz in the door of a T-mobile shop TODAY and get a new phone and my remaining Sprint contract paid off for free. All with the added benefit of not having to deal with your horrible customer service.

Sprint: Your challenge, should you choose to accept it...
Let me pay you $552 for a new (not pre-owned) Samsung Galaxy S6 -- cash in hand TODAY. DON'T charge me a $100 "early upgrade" fee. DON'T charge me an "activation" fee. (I already have a Galaxy S3 phone on your network so activation entails what? Flipping a switch.) And I'll even give you this: I'll sign the 2-year contract extension if you meet my challenge above.

I await your answer.
(So does T-mobile.)

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PS: If anyone reading this post wants to re-share it publicly, I'd really appreciate it! I want them to hear what I have to say. I've also posted it on Twitter @hbnole
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I see what you did there. ;P
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Word-nerds,
One of my favorite word-nerds is expanding her services.

I have worked with +Karen Conlin​, and she is amazing, thorough, and well worth the price of admission. If you know you need to work on higher order concerns because you are not yet at the proof/edit/polish state, I encourage you to think about a developmental editor. And Conlin is a good one.

 
NEW SERVICE!

As of this writing, I am now offering developmental editing at the level also called critique.

Details are in a shared Google Document; scroll down to INFORMATION/CONTACT ME, and click on the "NEW SERVICE" link.

I'm excited about expanding my offerings, and I'm looking forward to helping more indie authors produce quality work.

#RealEditorsProofBetter  
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I refuse to engage in a Mac'n'Tosh routine without first having a number of cocktails.
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Today, #onthisday, Lovecraft.
 
“There are not many persons who know what wonders are opened to them in the stories and visions of their youth; for when as children we listen and dream, we think but half-formed thoughts, and when as men we try to remember, we are dulled and prosaic with the poison of life. But some of us awake in the night with strange phantasms of enchanted hills and gardens, of fountains that sing in the sun, of golden cliffs overhanging murmuring seas, of plains that stretch down to sleeping cities of bronze and stone, and of shadowy companies of heroes that ride caparisoned white horses along the edges of thick forests; and then we know that we have looked back through the ivory gates into that world of wonder which was ours before we were wise and unhappy.“ (H.P. Lovecraft, “Celephais”)

#onthisday, 125 years ago, H.P. Lovecraft was born in Providence, R.I.

Time for my annual Lovecraft remembrance, as it seems, this time with a repost from last year out of the ongoing #onthisday -series. Maybe with the exception of Tolkien himself, few 20th century authors of the fantastic exercised a more thorough influence on the genre than Lovecraft. Being his own most fantastical creation all by himself, the Recluse of Providence, reduced nowadays to the tip of the iceberg of his homespun myths, creatures that look like a plate of frutti di mare gone berserk and, of course, the dreaded “Necronomicon” tried his best to live a life of a pre-revolutionary country squire dabbling in literature, philosophy and the occult, was unbelievably narrow-minded, racist to a point of xenophobia, an atheistic Puritan who despised everything that had to do with money-making. There is more, of course, since the process of mythmaking, if taken serious, usually involves more than coming up with tales of a few be-tentacled deities and a forbidden book. But read for yourself on:

http://wunderkammertales.blogspot.de/2015/02/an-icon-of-weird-fiction-hp-lovecraft.html

Depicted below is  an imagination of H.P. Lovecraft with probably an Elder Thing in the background, the first extraterrestrial species to come to the Earth, colonising the planet about one billion years ago and breeding the infamous shoggoths (cf http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elder_Thing - picture found onhttp://seanthesorcerer.blogspot.de/2011/06/prophet-lovecraft.html )
 
#americanliterature  #classicalhorror  #cthulhumythos  #hplovecraft  #literature
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How I know I'm not psychic. 

If I were the woman in front of me in the 15 Items or Less aisle would have burst into flames, and/or had some organ spontaneously explode. 

She had no less than 50 items. I am not exaggerating. She had TWO carts. 

I had a can of spray paint and a plastic cup.

The woman behind me had a box of diapers. 

Store managers passed us several times. Is there seriously NO ONE who could have said something like "I'm sorry, ma'am. We reserve this line for small orders. I can take you on (insert whatever number of line isn't reserved for 15 items or less)." The cashier said NOTHING. 

The real question is why didn't I say something instead of just rolling my eyes and shooting her death glares...which if she were observant (say, observant enough to notice a 15 items or less sign) she would have "heard" loud and clear. The lady behind me heard it. And I heard her. 

I am the kind of person who lets people with smaller orders, or people who appear to be at wit's end, ahead of me. I didn't realize this was an anomaly. 

Yet another reason to despise Wallyworld. Shame on me for going there for a "quick" purchase. And shame on you jerks who feel like that line is a suggestion. Take your multi-cart asses to another line. 

Plsthxbai
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Pyrokinesis or Telekinesis would be handy
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Yes. 

Reasons:
1. Margaritas are nice. I like mine less sweet and on the rocks. 
2. People would be super neighborly. How often do you see your neighbors? I don't see mine very often. If we all stood in line to get margaritas we would strike up conversations, and likely all meet on someone's porch to continue them. I like this idea. Come hang out on my porch and drink margaritas with me. 
3. It might reduce drunk driving? Margaritas, I believe, are something people get when they go out. Maybe you all make margaritas at home (invite me), but I don't. I don't have a blender. And those of you who know me already know my hatred of ice cube trays is both ridiculous and excessive. So, instead of driving somewhere to get a margarita and trusting the DD to stay sober (I have trust issues. I am always the DD.), people could have the margarita drive to them. Everybody wins, and drunk folk stay off the road. 
4. The margarita truck could be a very lucrative small business. I am half tempted to start it myself. Think of all the happy people lined up with money in their hands just waiting for you to arrive and make their life better. 
 
Heavy on the tequila, please.

#FindTheGoodInTheDay
(Thanks, +Jill Huxtable​!)
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OMG, FIIIINE! 




I'm going to do all of these things anyway. 






I kid, no one lets me in their "community." I make my own. 
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I want to be the guy they wrote this note about.
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Things that bother me: 

Petticoat Junction had serious water contamination issues. 

#notcute   #NoOneWantsToDrinkThat  
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Beautiful
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Word-nerds,

Tell the painful things because someone else needs to hear them.

I have a hard time with my creative non-fiction sometimes because I care about people's feelings and protecting their privacy. In poetry I can distance myself from accusations of all sorts by claiming poetic license... But in non fiction it's about honesty. And honesty isn't always pretty. Sometimes we have to take very personal risks to tell the story right. So we have to be brave.

The comic is a good message to be brave in speaking your truth. You are never alone.
 
I don't care if the world knows what my secrets are...
Even though my first passion was always fiction, and my training is entirely in fiction, my professional success has almost always been in nonfiction. I don't know if I'm substantially better at no...
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Oh, and it reminds me of the "Speaker For The Dead" concept.  

Wherein one summons the Speaker when someone important to you dies, and they research, and then tell the true story of the dead person's life.  The what and the why's.  
The best concept from the Ender book series, I think.
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I am unsure how to respond to this.

#doggieheadtilt ?
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You should check out +Lamarr Wilson​ 's review of them. Spot on.
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