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    Okay, I need to buy some flights to a slightly obscure location, from Helsinki to Zadar/Croatia, October 5th there and October 10th back. I can type "cheap flights" in Google and find all these price comparison things, but now I'm wondering - does someone have experience on booking flights and general trends in that. That place doesn't seem to be a holiday location as such, so are flights bound to get cheaper or more expensive as time passes. Should I hold on and look for a windfall of a suddenly cheap flight that doesn't have a 23 hour layover in Arsloch Germany (as many I found do). What I'm maybe asking is the basic… ecosystem of international flights. How much can prices drop, does it pay to wait and hunt and look for a good chance, or just get whatever you can as early as you can?
    • CommentAuthorSteerpike
    • CommentTimeApr 9th 2014
    #buyingflights You might get a deal by going through a specialist travel agency specializing in trips to Croatia. I'm not sure if international flights will drop if you wait - a quick search online suggests possibly not.
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    If you intend to feed the troll, you'll need to use a spoon. You can't direct him to Snopes or Politifact to make the point to him, because those are part of the Librul C'spiracy. Instead, look up those sites' original sources and point him to them. If he has an actual political philosophy he subscribes to (not just parroting whatever he hears on Fear and Loathing News), try to frame argument in terms of its principles. For example, if "government is taking over our lives" then county bureaucrats shouldn't be deciding who a person can marry, or if "this is a Christian nation" then we're commanded by Jesus to care for the sick and the poor. Quotes from Jesus, Reagan, Goldwater, Eisenhower (all of whom were raving liberals by Fox standards) sometimes work. Seek out supporting arguments from old-school conservatives/libertarians whose intellectualism sometimes places them at odds with the political right wing (e.g. P.J. O'Roarke, Andrew Sullivan, David Frum, David Brooks, George Will on a good day).
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    Awesome! Thank you so very much for those suggestions. I will look those people up, as I'm unfamiliar with many of them. As I'd mentioned, I'm not sure I'll do a thing to convince the one cousin in particular, but I've a broad spectrum of people on my facebook feed, not to mention a host of right leaning family members that I suspect are watching this all unfold. The idea that we can discuss these things, regardless of some sweeping conversion, is important to me to present to others. :D
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    For what it's worth, I think you showed amazing restraint with that guy, and in doing so served to highlight even more his cringeworthy, and really pathetic pettiness.
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    Thank you JP! Yeah, that was a bit of my incentive as well. Let the man hang himself with his bitterness! Why help it along?

    (I mentioned it to my Dad via email, and directed him to the conversations with Fred. He saw no fault in Fred's words. Figures.)
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    My apartment is getting clogged with stacked paintings, and we're going to be moving in a couple of months. I need to sell a bunch of art fairly soon, but have had no luck getting into the local galleries (most of which seem to focus solely on terrible mass-produced motel art). Should I look for a local auction house, try my luck on Ebay or Craigslist, or try to get into a group show or craft fair? I know my stuff is good, but it's hard to find a decent venue where I can exhibit to potential buyers. Any help will be much appreciated.
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    Something that works surprisingly well for me is joining a group show in an ARI and then posting pictures of my work on Facebook with the news I'm in a show and here is my work. I've sold pretty well everything I've put on the wall three times now using this technique. That said, most of my new work is very small and I sell it framed, meaning people don't have to put any thought into how and where to hang it.

    At solo shows where the works are larger, I find it harder to sell. I never LOSE money but I make no more from a solo show with its months of preparation, publicity and stress than I do from a group show where the burden is shared.
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    Cheers - a group show might be just what I need.
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    For my novel I'm researching buildings that are extremely physically dominant of the cities/areas they're in. I'm thinking more government buildings, hotels etc than hangers. Not necessarily the tallest, but those with presence. My initial Google trawl came up with the Merchandise Mart building in Chicago and the De Rotterdam on Rotterdam's Maas river, but I wondered if people had other examples.
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    The shard? Aka Satan's dildo...
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    Key Tower kinda dominates the Cleveland skyline.
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeApr 23rd 2014
    The Telegraph thinks these are the worlds 30 ugliest buildings. I'm not sure I agree with most of them, but they certainly are striking.

    The City of London doesn't really have any one thing that dominates despite there being lots of tall towers. There's a rule that no building is allowed to obstruct the sight lines towards St. Paul's Cathedral so you have lots of tower blocks that seem to be trying to lean out of the way. I guess St. Paul's is as good a 'dominating' building in London as any then.

    St. Paul's Cathedral, City of London.

    A little further out, I think you'd be hard pushed to claim that Battersea Power Station doesn't dominate the local area with it's gloomy industrialness.

    Battersea Power Station, Battersea, South London.

    A little closer to home, there's Guildford Cathedral, in all it's red brick glory.

    Church of the Holy Spirit, Guildford, Surrey
    • CommentAuthorSteerpike
    • CommentTimeApr 23rd 2014
    For New York City, possibly the Dakota ( or the Woolworth Building ( Or how about the American Radiator Building ( Definitely Grand Central Station.

    For Chicago, maybe the Lake Point Tower ( or the Tribune Tower (
    • CommentTimeApr 23rd 2014
      CommentAuthorPurple Wyrm
    • CommentTimeApr 23rd 2014 edited

    Maybe the Cathedral of Learning in Pittsburgh? And Buffalo Central Terminal?
    • CommentTimeApr 23rd 2014 edited
    The old Flatiron building in Toronto:

    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeApr 23rd 2014
    Shibuya 109. It greets you as you exit one of the busiest train stations in the world and sits at one of the corners of *the* busiest pedestrian crosswalk in the world. It just kind of stares at you. Also it's filled with up and coming Japanese young women's fashion and is often depicted in animes.

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    Thanks everyone! Some great material there. The Cathedral of Learning and the Woolworth Building in particular are firing off some ideas. I think there is the issue of skyline dominance, but also the aspects it presents in the street. The Flatiron and Shiboya really bring that home.

    I guess in terms of scale I'm thinking about trying to move around them and the building being so immense that it is physically exhausting to circumnavigate. The sheer scale has a physical impact.

    Loads to think about.

    Cheers folks
    • CommentTimeApr 24th 2014

    Philly's City Hall is also AWESOME. It was apparently the tallest building in the world for a brief period of time!