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Same principle as used when blue eye shadow makes off-blue eyes look true blue by association.
They do this in grocery stores with orange mesh bags for oranges. Oranges sold this way look ripe and sweet and good through the mesh, when they're not; they're dull and yellow and bitter, you wouldn't buy those otherwise. And you get used to it, so that one day you get a /real/ orange and you're stunned by how good it is.
That's not the only trick there. For example, next time you're in the produce section pick up anything of any color and watch it while you move it away from the bin; the color changes, becomes dull. They use special lighting to make fruit and vegetables look attractive. They can't afford to light the whole store with glamorous lights like that, but they don't have to; packages of things can be any color manufacturers choose.

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I love her sci-fi and the way that she looks at the future from a very different lens. Unlike the cold steril future many writers predict Butler gives us a view of an organic future of color and life.
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I feel that this kind of thing could happen to almost anyone. It takes the right amount of fatigue, distraction, and maybe a shake-up of routine to forget something as simple as a parking brake.
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I recently attended a workshop on the publishing process and there's more to these books, more specifically the production it, than meets the eye.

Every creative decision done to the book design from the type of paper to the way they are bound adds a special value and significance to how the books are presented. It's not all about the text, as they would say, although it does form the bulk of what readers would find valuable. But it doesn't end there.

There are just certain things that e-books cannot provide. The feeling of flipping through pages, as Andrew mentions, the smell of the paper wafting through your nose, as well as the texture of the cover of the book and the inside paper, all of these things factor in to the experience of the book.

If you just want to get information, then there are tons of sources online to find them. But books still hold a special place in culture and history, so I don't see them going out of style any time soon. In fact, the publishers say that the time of e-books has passed. The trend has died down and we're all going back to the real deal.

On the other hand, bookstores might have a bit of trouble, especially with Amazon coming in to the brick-and-mortar scene, apart from their online shelves. But even then, I think book lovers and enthusiasts would know the importance still of your good ol' second hand bookshops or even Barnes & Noble.
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That's an interesting story, FM - thank you for sharing.

I'm so sorry to hear about your mother. My mom just passed away a little over a month ago, and I know how you feel.
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Amazing what enough TLC will do for a scruffy-looking cat! Years ago I took a stray off the streets. Because she was a long-hair, her coat was quite unkempt, so I named her Ragamuffin. Too bad I don't have any pictures of her when I first found her, but after getting a few good brushings she was a very different cat. Gorgeous - and pregnant.
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