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    • Gwenllian The weather is supposed to warm up to eight or nine degrees by Sunday, so I'm really worried that the poor folks in western New York state may experience massive flooding on top of that horrendous snowstorm. What on earth is Mother Nature thinking? ☺ I totally know what you mean about that sense of disconnection. I hardly know any of my neighbours here, and I wish I did. So I like to sit outside in the summertime and chat with whoever else is out there. I will unfortunately miss your presentation on the day itself--I have an important committee meeting that evening--but I will check out the archive for sure.
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    • Gwenllian Yum, clam chowder! One of my favourites, and a good choice for a nasty, blustery day like this. Your soup-choosing senses did you proud. ☺ I'm wondering if the National Braille Press would be interested in publishing your book once it's written. They publish a lot of tutorial and self-help books written by and for blind people, so I bet yours would be of interest as well. Of course, they don't just publish in Braille; they provide books in a number of electronic formats too. The CNIB does jack all for folk like us in most cases. Mind you, I'm very grateful for the library services, especially because I can't afford something like Audible. My rent and bills are just too high, and for me, Audible would be a luxury.
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    • Gwenllian What, you don't like musicals? You heathen you! You are officially blackballed! ☺ I expect you just haven't heard the right musicals. Methinks some of them would be more palatable to you than others. Sondheim is bloody brilliant, both as a composer and a lyricist. Sara has to introduce you to Sondheim if you haven't heard much of him yet. Darn it woman, do your duty, if you're listening. ☺ Your fiance is an uneducated plebeian! ☺
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    • Gwenllian Erm, I mean the oatcakes are not to be eaten with coffee. Hehehe.
    • Gwenllian Irn Bru is awesome! Yes, it would be a 500Mil bottle. Dandelion and Burdock is my favourite British softdrink, but I'll take irn bru any time. A. G. Barr of Scotland manufactures both Irn Bru and D&B. I do agree with you that Irn Bru has a sculpted taste, but that would be thanks to those thirty-two flavouring agents it contains. It is definitely not a sports drink though. Humbugs are lovely! I prefer the ones with hard centres, but I'll take the Tavener's soft-centred ones if I can't get anything else. Tell me you got the Stockan oat cakes of Orkney. Those are delicious! Not to be drunk with coffee though; they are purely to be accompanied by tea if you want to be really Scottish about it. They are not sweet.
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    • Gwenllian You're not odd at all! I love to listen to things with people, and even read books together, for the exact same reason. In fact, I'm hoping that if Sara comes to visit me later in the month, she might like to read How Green Was My Valley with me. I know she's read it before, but it was years ago. I have the version narrated by Ralph Cosham. Anyway, hope the two of you have a fabulous time!
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    • Gwenllian I wanted to try that Longos Jerk Chicken, but when I ordered it, they were out of stock. Rats! Oh well, another time. Please do let us know what you think of it when you try it. I tried the Longos chicken curry last time I did a Grocery Gateway order. It was divine!
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    • Gwenllian I'm so happy that Robert liked your idea and that you'll be giving your presentation to a larger audience. I'll mark that date and give it a listen. I expect that a lot of what you'll be talking about will be for iDevices, and of course I don't have one yet, but I should have by Christmas. I love the orchestral piece you were listening to in this Boo! Very funky and Wagnerian! Do you know of any accessible online RPGs? I would love to try some out, but I don't know how user-friendly some of them are. I love role-playing games. I much prefer that sort of gaming to audio games.
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    • michael.feir The cost I referred to was to make it harder to really do much with my birthday at all. That plus all the other stuff I've put on hold while preparing for this talk. I also inconvenienced my mom who drove me down into rush hour to present. Had the audience been larger, I might have felt somewhat more vindicated but it feels like I put her through a lot of trouble for very little good being accomplished. I didn't have to pay the CNIB any money as things turned out. They could have been more clear about that from the start.
    • Gwenllian I'm really sorry that your birthday turned out to be so disappointing, and that you don't have anyone around to celebrate with this weekend. I understand how lonely-making that can be. Talking to people online is all well and good in its own way, but I absolutely agree that it's not the same as face to face interaction. Maybe you can get together with some folks next weekend instead and hold a belated birthday celebration then. As for the CNIB, I never had much faith in them to begin with. That conference sounded poorly organized, and I still think it's outrageous that you had to pay to give your talk, especially considering how few people showed up. Well, if they ask you again, you can tell them to sod off. =P
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    • Gwenllian I'm sorry to hear that your father got a ransomeware virus. Those things can be really nasty. Has he done a boot-time scan? That might be the only way to get rid of it. Sorry if you've already had him do this and I'm asking irrelevant questions. A friend of mine got a replicating virus a little while ago and it keeps coming back no matter what she does to get rid of it. It duplicates files on her hard drive and fills it up with junk. She's cleaned it up so many times only to have it come back. Poor lady is going to have to do a total re-format I think.
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    • Gwenllian Don't worry, Boos are still called Boos. The AudioBoom people still use that term themselves, so we can too. Eggsmart is awesome! I posted a Boo a few weeks ago from one of the Eggsmart franchises that I went to with my parents. That presentation sounds incredibly stressful. I can't believe they didn't have the handouts in Braille! How ridiculous is that? It seems to me that you put in all kinds of work for nothing. Well, not for nothing, exactly, but for very little return. You sound like the kind of guy who can take things pretty much in stride though.