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Writer's Block: Name your talent [Nov. 15th, 2009|07:38 pm]
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A photographic memory for speed-read documents.

If you could have one extraordinary talent, what would you choose and why?

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Writer's Block: So funny I forgot to laugh [Oct. 23rd, 2009|11:52 am]
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If a friend cracks a corny joke, do you force yourself to laugh politely? What about if it's your boss or teacher? Do you get annoyed if someone else pretends to be amused?

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I'm usually offering the joke. If it's a positive joke, I usually try to add on.
If it's derogatory, let it pass, or gently chide the speaker.
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Writer's Block: Finders keepers? [Sep. 9th, 2009|08:29 pm]
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Turn it in.
You may feel you're getting away with something, but the eye of the Almighty never blinks.
If you take the loot, when something bad happens, you'll know why.

If you found a $100 at the library, would you pocket it or turn it in? What about at a diner or pub? Confess!

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Absolutely funny stuff. [Sep. 8th, 2009|05:25 pm]
Guy starts to IM me on Google. Job offer. I assume a headhunter, politely demure.
He thinks I'm mocking him. I pick up on a detail in his profile, ask a question.
No, he can't make that event. I give him a JE link, and he replies:
"Oh noze! I thought I was talking to my brother!"
So we enjoyed an online laugh.
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Writer's Block: Last Meal [Jun. 10th, 2009|11:19 pm]
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What do you want your last meal to be?

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Once upon a time, I made a loaf of cheese and onion bread in a bread machine. I used smoked cheddar.
With the leftover cheese and some spinach, I made an omelette that was out of control. The smoke in the cheese married beautifully with the spinach into a rich, earthy flavor.
About two bites in, I realized I was enjoying the best omelette of my life.
In a sense, I've already had that which I want my last meal to be. Fortunately, I can blog about it.
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Writer's Block: Significant Choices [Jun. 7th, 2009|11:28 pm]
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Wife, all the way.

If you had to choose between your friends and your significant other, who would you choose?

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Meeting Muslims at CPAC [Mar. 1st, 2009|10:49 pm]
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Rarely have I anything substantial to add. Let the pros blog, and I'll kibitz.
CPAC was fun, but do we need yet another JTP shot?Collapse )
More important than the Everydude were the Muslims For America gentlemen at CPAC, who are worth a few bytes of blogosphere.
Michelle Malkin makes attractive digressionCollapse )
Timing, timing, location, locationCollapse )
During the afternoon, I dropped by for some conversation with Muhammed Ali Hasan, and the younger fellow of whose name I'm unsure (whoops).
They seemed decent chaps. I was pleased and encouraged at their presence at CPAC, and friendliness.
Later, before the under-publicized, but nevertheless packed screening of Fitnah, they passed out a flyer that said "Geert Wilders is Ill-Informed". You had to expect some response, and one cannot find fault with this. Once the door opened, they stood in the room. Pamela Geller emceed the event, and was followed by Andy Bostom and Robert Spencer, who rather firmly rebutted the flyer the MFA had circulated beforehand. Wilder's speech was substantially similar to the one he'd given in New York a few days prior.
After all that, the movie was anticlimactic. There are quotations, possibly lacking sufficient context, clips of various speakers making assertions that are challenging to view dispassionately, and images that make a Stephen King flick seem like a Warner Brothers cartoon. The only thing merciful about Fitnah is its brevity. Afterward, I walked to the side wall where the MFA guys were standing, shook Hasan's hand, and said "I know that ain't you". I think they may have been just a little uncertain about the reaction to the film, and I hope the rest of the crowd was as gracious with them.
Besides rejecting the violence depicted, it seemed the overarching issue was freedom of speech. Wilder's struggle not to have the Dutch courts used against him is just a brick in a larger, Orwellian wall. I'm more a geek than a psychologist, so I can't puzzle out the masochistic synergy between European liberalism and extremism. However, peering into the future, the story doesn't seem to end well for those of European stock.
Whether or not you agree with Mr. Wilders, his fate is yours, with just a few years separating the two. He may dress more snazzily than Joe the Plumber, and certainly has better hair, but it is imperative that those of us who enjoy life outside the media spotlight support those on the cutting edge of the struggle for basic rights.
However, this post is really about the MFA. I genuinely want to believe them moderate, and learn more about these fellows, and Islam in particular. I want to believe that, just as Christianity produces the occasional Koresh monster, so too the terrorists are aberrations. I also hope that things progress to the point that the reaction to what is considered blasphemous can be prayer for the artist (may the Almighty forgive Serrano, who knows not what he does with his waste).
Again, let's spend some time getting to know Muslims. I daresay the social conservatives in the crowd may have more in common with Muslims than, say, most of Hollywood.
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Admirable sportsman [Feb. 18th, 2009|11:12 pm]


I love my country, and yes, there was a day when athletes did noble things.
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Reagan... [Feb. 12th, 2009|04:31 pm]
Tears:
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Plutocrats be all bummin' and stuff [Jan. 25th, 2009|06:09 pm]
World's Elite Visit Davos in Doubt

"The capitalist myth is lovely and youthful. It kicked off the industrial revolution, but maybe we need a new one," says Richard Olivier, son of the late British actor Sir Laurence Olivier. Mr. Olivier, who owns a company that gives seminars, will give a dinner talk on business leadership at Davos, based on Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth. The tale shows a heroic soldier turned bad, led to self-delusion by his own ambition and greed -- think Lehman Brothers, says Mr. Olivier.


What capitalism? The problems seem more correlated with government distortion of markets.
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