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Book Update; entry 7

Oops, I skipped a couple earlier. Fixing that:

18. The Walking Dead Vol 10
19. The Walking Dead Vol 11

And now the books I finished this weekend:

20. F in Exams
Very funny. I enjoyed it a lot. First saw it at work and we’d had a few laughs out of it there. I bought it on Kindle when it was a deal, and was totally worth it.

21. The Walking Dead Vol 14
All I can say about this volume is that I knew this was coming, but HOLY CRAP, I wasn’t expecting that!

my read shelf:
J.'s book recommendations, liked quotes, book clubs, book trivia, book lists (read shelf)

Hope This Helps

I find this phrase one of the most offensive (one of many) I hear or see on a regular basis, especially used by disingenuous and/or stupid internet folk. Here’s a typical scene for this phrase’s usage:

User1: Hi, I need to know XYZ.
User2: Hi, X and Y, plus Z because “go to hell”
User1: Thanks!
User3: User2, you’re so totally wrong because “apes are monkeys”
User4: Here’s what I found on the internets (provides link). Hope this helps!
(User4 is ignored for the rest of the conversation because info is irrelevant and non-useful).


“Hope this helps” comments are usually posted by two kinds of people:
-People who actually believe that their comment/link/opinion is true and will instantly stop any argument about said topic.
-People who are trolling.

I hate this phrase so much that I actively want to slap people who use it. Do you really hope this will help? Or are you saying that because you are just passively/aggressively dropping a comment in an argument that you actually care about but don’t want to really get involved in? Or do you really believe that this throw-away, dropped here comment will actually help? Are you so sure of your comment that you only need the drive-by “hope this helps” as a sort of hat-tip to the peons as you go through life?

In short, I hope this post helps you not sound like the arrogant jerkwad you may not be, even though you sound like it.

Book Update; entry 6

I am trying to figure out my next post that will be of substance. However, I’ve been reading (as you do) and this is the result.

16. The Peacekeepers
Sadly, what struck me the most was the fact that Troi, Worf, and Picard were on the cover, but it was a Data and LaForge story. Not a bad tale, a little different from what you’d expect from a traditional Prime Directive violation story. A little speculative on the Trek science (I don’t care much for Chief Argyle, btw) but I do acknowledge that it was written very early in the series.

17. The Physics of the Buffyverse
A solid 3 out of 5 for a pop science book. Very light. If I wasn’t already above this level of pop science, I would have enjoyed this a lot more. Towards the end, I wished that the author had included the comic series, but I also realized the book was published in 2006. Had the first half of the book been was well written as the latter half, I might have rated a little higher.

my read shelf:
J.'s book recommendations, liked quotes, book clubs, book trivia, book lists (read shelf)

Book Update; entry 5

I’ve been slacking when it comes to posting, but not when it comes to reading. Here’s a quick rundown.

11. The Walking Dead, Vol 12
I am in love with this series. I wasn’t initially going to include my trade paperback comic books in this year’s reading, but they are too pricey not to, I mean, if I’m going to spend $15 on a bound mass of paper that tells a story, it’s going to count!

12. The Walking Dead, Vol 13
See above comment…

13. Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops
Several of us at work read this together, since, you know, we work in a bookstore. I thought we’d heard it all, but I was wrong. We should write the Community College version! Can’t wait until the next one.

14. The Secret Wedding Dress
Sometimes, I am weak and I need to read something for brain candy. This Harlequin Kiss novel was just that.

15. Encounter at Farpoint (ST:TNG Novelization)
Ostensibly, the novelization of the pilot episode of ST:TNG. Really, could have been a script with notes. There was a little extra, things from certain perspectives. There were a few inaccuracies, and the ever irritation contractions used by Data. I mostly just want to watch the episode again. Very easy read, felt like comfort food.

my read shelf:
J.'s book recommendations, liked quotes, book clubs, book trivia, book lists (read shelf)