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Is this it? The first (or second) silly question this year (by me at least)? 

Yes!

Of course, before I tell you my choice, I'll have to explain the context (of course).

So... we play board games. A lot. Quite a bit of co-operative ones to boot, which often means Arkham Horror. 

Based on that (and yes, all the other Lovecraft Lore, I guess), someone created a COOKBOOK that's 'inspired' by the Necronomicon! The second I saw it somewhere I was like 'I need this'... and now I have it.

What's the best part about it though? 

It's called the NecroNOMNOMNOM...

Picture is from google because it's really dark inside today but if I ever cook from it I might share my... cute creations. 

But before the picture...

What is the coolest book YOU own? Why is it the coolest?

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Don't hate me for this, but... 

I treasure these because they all mention a certain radio guy, turned web geek, then voiceover! 

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There's also a later version where Paul and Dawn somehow managed to confuse me with another Andy Moore who works in UK radio and TV.  Damn imposter.... lol 

I learned how to drive a desk in the studio that's pictured. Glory days. 

Then once I'd been bitten by the digital bug and got myself into making things work on mobile phones, there were these which all blew my tiny little autodidactic ADHD hyperfocus riddled autistic mind:

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That covers my "Mobile Device Detection" code.

It sold 10,000 copies in the first 24 hours.

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That mentions the detection code, and my "WordPress Mobile Plugin".

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That mentions both Mobile Web projects too. 

Talk about driving downloads! Things went MENTAL and these books helped me get over a hundred thousand users on each of my software projects. 

The radio and dummies ones are both signed, but I love this one the most:

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There are several other publications which mention me but the authors lacked the decency to ask permission or send me a freebie. 

Despite being used to seeing my name in newspapers thanks to my own articles and stupid stunts that earned me column inches over the years, it's weird to read about yourself, even weirder when you see your name in a book's index.

I am still humbled and full of thanks to the authors.

As for reading, I get no pleasure from fiction and have no time for it, if I buy a book it's because it contains something I want to learn: I've a fairly hefty stack of acting based stuff I'm very slowly working my way though.

3 hours ago, katakatica said:

Is this it? The first (or second) silly question this year (by me at least)? 

It isn't silly, it makes a thousand times more sense than those post where people open a data entry gig alongside 83,000 others and wonder why they're not meksellin...

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8 minutes ago, andymoorevoice said:

thanks to my own articles and stupid stunts that earned me column inches over the years, it's weird to read about yourself, even weirder when you see your name in a book's index.

Now you've got me intrigued @andymoorevoice with what these stupid stunts were? Care to make a boring Tuesday more entertaining with some Newspaper snippets?

Were you the only person in history ever recorded as making money out of a background removal gig? 😀

 

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2 hours ago, breals said:

Now you've got me intrigued @andymoorevoice with what these stupid stunts were? Care to make a boring Tuesday more entertaining with some Newspaper snippets?

Damn, what a can o' worms I've just opened for myself..... Oh well, in for a penny, in for a pound, here goes.... 

(Sorry for the thread jacking here but you're all free to wet yourself at my expense, many have already!)

The worst headlines were things like:

  • Big Band turns into big beef but it went out on air
  • Blunder DJ's radio moan in
  • Air Rave
  • Moan DJ's live gaffe

There were great ones too over the years, like folk proposing on air on Valentine's night late night love shows and a charity skydive etc...  

Context for my "blunder": I was working a a crappy little tin pot station in the Yorkshire Dales, was doing the evening show and was on air after an hour of specialist programming which was far too specialist for my liking.

We had these things called "talking bricks", they were speakers that only played that station, we could turn them up and down, but never change channel.

I was doing some prep for my show that Tuesday night, "Big Band night" which sucked, I couldn't stand it as it was waiting to die in a caring home music as far as I was concerned, I was bored so hit the speakerphone on my desk, then called "0500 30 1215" for Virgin Radio's freephone line, when the dude answered I said "I'm at work and there's no radio here, put me on hold please so I can listen to some decent music".

Twenty mins or so later, and half way through an ad break the presenter Robin Banks cut in, we chatted, he'd seen our caller ID on the system, and somehow figured out I was at a radio station, because it was half way through an ad I knew it wasn't on air, so was honest with the guy, told him I thought our output sucked, and I wanted to listen to them for inspiration as to which awesome songs I should play in my show later on that night.

End of story, or so I thought......

Thursday comes and "Radio Magazine" falls on my desk with a little article about how I'd run up Virgin to slag our station off and was live on air, NO it wasn't live, not at all cos you don't cut into an ad break to do an impromptu interview with a plonker like myself.

There were some giggles in the office at my expense, fair play really, and then it all died down for a few weeks.

Then one Friday afternoon comes and I get a call from a hack at the Yorkshire Post (the largest regional paper in the country) but I refused to talk to him, he demanded to speak to the boss and assured him anything said would be positive for the station, so the boss told me to give an interview. I should have defied him and stuck with my gut that it was a stitch up.

Next thing I know some press pap flashing in my face in the studio with the stereotypical headphones and shocked expression on my mug. Looking back I must be the grandfather of that stupid "soy face" expression. Eww. 

The hack, Jeremy Cross, now with the Daily Star, I believe, rang back to ask more questions and in turn I asked where it was gonna be in the paper, kinda expecting it to be just before the classifieds and sport at the back, his reply was "it's the front page for you matey". Funny how some things are still so clear even after all these years. 

It was the definition of a slow news day and I filled the void. 

I thought he was joking till I woke at 05:50 the next morning with the phone going, it was the News Editor of the station saying "get up, get a copy of the Yorkshire Post and call the Chairman to apologise".

The only facial expression I saw that day which was more dumbfoundedly moronic than the mugshot they used, was the dude in the newsagents at 06:00 looking at me buying a paper with my face on the front page, he looked at me, then the paper, then repeated that cycle with huge smile.

Jeremy was at least honest in where it was placed, the rest of the article was complete BS and ever since that day I've always hatefully referred to all journalists as "word twisting b@stards". 

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Saturday: Yorkshire Post. Complete with BS made up quotes, hence my utter disrespect towards anyone here who misquotes me or takes me out of context. 

Sunday: Daily Mirror, The Star, News of The World, The Sunday Sun (on page three of all places), and a few more rags all ran with it. 

Monday: got a call from a mate telling me Chris Moyles on BBC Radio 1's breakfast show was ribbing the hell out of me, then another call from another mate to say JK and Joel on Key 103 in Manchester were doing the same, Joel is a mate so I didn't mind, I was all fair game, I had taken the proverbial on air out of anyone who was stupid enough to do something daft, it was only coming around because I'd dished it out on others in the past. What goes around...

That went on for a couple of weeks, couldn't walk anywhere in that town (Skipton) without getting stupid looks from randomers, and funny comments from people in pubs etc, it was a bit in my face.

Then.... Sunday 31st August happened, Diana was dead. Nobody mentioned it to me after that so I owe her one for taking the heat off me!

I had been hacking the company secretary's voicemail and PC for some time so knew I'd been discussed at a board meeting and I was being let go, the expression on the boss's face as I told him almost word for word the letter he handed me before it was opened was priceless.  

Morale of the story: if you're gonna make a complete fool out of yourself, do it nationwide big. 

Disclaimer: I was 22, I was young, I was stupid, I was only in it for the free stuff and skirt which used to ring up, cos it sure as hell wasn't for the money, that was LOUSY. 

I quit fooling around after that, had the interview for my next job (commercial traffic management) lined up within the hour of getting the letter, left before the notice period was done and found myself working at a station I'd wanted to be part of since I was 15. I hated that new job, got out as soon as the contract was up and moved to the East Midlands to launch a station on FM, and am now with a girl who rang me there up to ask for a song.

I owe Richard Ashcroft a beer, Song for the lovers will always be a monumental life changer of a tune for me.

"Hiya, will you play Richard Ashcroft Song for the Lovers for me please".

"Sure, that's an ace song, who is it for?" Enters hardcore flirt mode.... (yeah, I was a proper little whore back in the day, my shows should have come with a "do not let your daughters listen to this guy" warning!)  

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Were you the only person in history ever recorded as making money out of a background removal gig? 

Nar, nobody has ever made money from one of those gigs unless they're faking orders for reviews! 

Very very real LOLZ 

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@andymoorevoice  Well done!  That made a very boring Tuesday a bit more fun and interesting.  

That's definitely something to tell the grandkids about.

Sounds like your stories would be hilarious to hear over a few beers! 😀

But to stay on topic @katakatica !  Anyone that has kids must agree that the 'Gruffalo' is the best book ever made! It takes pride of place in my daughters rooms 

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Mine. And yes, I ordered the services of a graphic artist to do the cover for me on Fiverr. 
Anyway, it's quite the accomplishment. I have written a non-fic cat care book too, plus a couple of other silly books.

This first one must be the best. I'll keep working on my writing!

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I dunno if I wanna call it "cool"... But I definitely consider it "intriguing"... I have a very dilapidated copy of the First Edition of Reader's Digest Treasury of Wit & Humour from the 50s. Basically this, but in even more rough shape. It's a collection of mainstream North American humour, and it's very much "of its era". It would definitely be cancelled these days, but the glimpse into the past is neat to see. A lot of it would almost count as "advanced dad jokes" these days though.
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What an interesting topic! That cookbook is hilarious and I'm definitely checking it out.

My most interesting book is probably a first edition Old Mr. Boston's Official Bartending Guide.

I used to spend hours in used book stores and at library sales but I live in a small house and have no more room for books these days.

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2 hours ago, melanielm said:

What an interesting topic! That cookbook is hilarious and I'm definitely checking it out.

My most interesting book is probably a first edition Old Mr. Boston's Official Bartending Guide.

I used to spend hours in used book stores and at library sales but I live in a small house and have no more room for books these days.

It's really fun - not very practical to be honest (at least for a non-US person since a lot of the ingredients are from there) and there's two versions of each recipe (a dumbed down one and a 'fancy' one but if anything, it'll look awesome on our new cookbook shelf in the kitchen 😄
I want to go to more old bookstores and find some interesting books but lately I'm more into ready on my phone to be honest!

On 1/18/2023 at 1:45 AM, newsmike said:

Only been solved 3 times since 1934. 

 

We are planning on getting it! Will we solve it? Probably not. But we'll try! I've been waiting for it to go back on sale for a while now (not wanting to pay and 'get it whenever' which is the option Amazon suggests.

 

 

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My coolest, to me, book is one of the Jedi Padawan series. I read them to/with my son, and somehow we ended up with one double, so that's mine, and the feeling and memories when looking at it make it the most valuable book in my shelf. Followed closely by the books that my son gave me as gifts. I also have a more objectively valuable Alice in Wonderland edition, but if I could only keep one book, it would be the Jedi Padawan paperback.

Seen through the eyes of people who've seen my book shelf, the most cool book, or rather books, seem to be the 18 volumes of the original Alice in Borderland manga.

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I have a few "Art of:" and "Complete Works" books, but if you want 'coolest', then this one has a shiny holo-foil cover. Rockman/Megaman Zero Official Complete Works (English-translation, not sure which edition). It's VERY shiny. (That 'holographic' cover makes it tricky to photograph, based on a quick internet search.)

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22 hours ago, katakatica said:

I want to go to more old bookstores and find some interesting books but lately I'm more into ready on my phone to be honest!

 

 

I'm curious, do you get the same type of feeling reading from the phone like you do when you read from paper back? 

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1 hour ago, alphabase said:

I'm curious, do you get the same type of feeling reading from the phone like you do when you read from paper back? 

So the short answer is no. Nothing beats lounging on the sofa with tea and a lovely book that still smells like books and-

The long answer though (which I probably could have explained) I broke my glasses and was without them for two months. I already spend most of my day on the computer and I think reading actual books for some reason was harder. I noticed the same thing when I was without them for years as well, choosing a small but nearby screen over books or a monitor to be able to see better. I also have headaches when I can't see well (go figure) so I guess I just go for the comfier option. 

I hope to be able to read more now that I can see again and my eyes 'zoom' (aka, focus) properly with the new glasses I got a few days back! I still love ebooks though part of it is how fast I can go through them ( I choose shorter ones usually.)

 

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Hmmm 🤔 the first only probably will be “the ride” the classic for custom built motorcycles around the world. 
and second one is Sherlock Holmes in a nice design with gold pages. 
We relocate quite a lot so we can’t take a lot of stuff with us every time but keeping this books with us. 

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