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3 years ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Unseen Aca... · 1 reply · +7 points
4 years ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Making Mon... · 0 replies · +22 points
I can't blame the crowd for staring 🤣
4 years ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Making Mon... · 1 reply · +14 points
4 years ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Making Mon... · 0 replies · +13 points
4 years ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Wintersmit... · 2 replies · +24 points
She picked up her cup of hot tea, curling her hand around it. Then she reached out with her other hand and took Tiffany’s hand.
“Ready?” said Granny.
“For wha—” Tiffany began, and then she felt her hand get hot. The heat spread up her arm, warming it to the bone.
The warmth died away. And Granny Weatherwax, still watching Tiffany’s face, turned the teacup upside down.
The tea dropped out in one lump. It was frozen solid.
Tiffany was old enough not to say, “How did you do that?” Granny Weatherwax didn’t answer silly questions or, for that matter, many questions at all.
“You moved the heat,” Tiffany said. “You took the heat out of the tea and moved it through you to me, yes?”
“Yes, but it never touched me,” said Granny triumphantly. “It’s all about balance, do you see? Balance is the trick. Keep the balance and—” She stopped. “You’ve ridden on a seesaw? One end goes up, one end goes down. But the bit in the middle, right in the middle, that stays where it is. Upness and downness go right through it. Don’t matter how high or low the ends go, it keeps the balance.” She sniffed. “Magic is mostly movin’ stuff around.”
“Can I learn that?”
“I daresay. It’s not hard, if you get your mind right.”
4 years ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Thud!': Pa... · 1 reply · +12 points
4 years ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Going Post... · 1 reply · +18 points
The footnote bothers me slightly because, after explicitly saying "it's wrong to judge by appearances", it then goes on to provide two examples where making a judgement based on someone's appearance is at least implied to be the correct thing to do. This is, of course, to provide a humorous juxtaposition of ideas, but it still leans towards saying "it's wrong to judge by appearances, except sometimes when you think the judgement is obviously correct". Which so devalues the criticism of judging by appearances as to override it entirely.
4 years ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Going Post... · 1 reply · +9 points
4 years ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Going Post... · 6 replies · +6 points
4 years ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Going Post... · 2 replies · +7 points
I don't have a cheque book, and never have (I'm 37). I've never needed one. Payment in the mail in Australia is uncommon enough that, if I had to do it, I'd have to go into my bank and get them to give me a bank cheque!