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Quotes From Here and There

Any child anywhere knows that Lego’s little plastic bricks are an integral part of life, and any parent anywhere knows that stepping on Lego’s little plastic bricks are an integral part of vicariously teaching your kids to

Vegetarianism is obviously not in the stars for me because I would die before giving up sausage, bacon, and carnitas.there

How much do you think it would cost to send a paperclip to the surface of the Moon?here

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Some are born bored, some achieve boredom, and some have boredom thrust upon

So, among my many tools at work, I have one that we lovingly call the Staff of Ra.there

And then suddenly the picture and text make a mad dash for the left edge of your screen. Before you can catch them, they are gone, and you had not even finished the first paragraph. In their place appears something else—something about new fashions in organic fertilizer or six International Style gas stations to see before you die. What happened to the okapi?here

The phrase “I am not programmed to respond in this area” comes immediately to mind.there

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Just like there is no more fervent believer than the recent convert, there is no more willing spender than the recently

People are people, man. Some are famous, some are not. There are many Wondrous People worthy of a brief interlude, or a photo, in every walk of life.there

And I get that I’ll eventually not be able to outrun the Grim Reaper, it’s not that…’s the whole fact that medicine in some sectors seems to be coming back to an idea not unlike the “you sinned, so you got sick” idea of the medieval erahere

Millions of people tune in to watch TV series and docu-dramas with a questionable grip on facts about the past.there

Quotes From Here and There

It doesn’t matter how well he played. If Thelonius Monk himself decided to set up a solo show in the middle of Chestnut Ridge on a Sunday morning, it would have been every bit as annoying and

This has the awesome implication that someone could actually plant this: a typographic forestry of Borges translations.there

At this stage in my life I’m having a lot more conversations with vegetables, particularly eggplant and

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“Smith fails to mention how the IC will handle purging news stories about the news stories about purging the news stories about purging news stories, or how it will handle purging news stories about purging news stories about the news stories about purging the news stories.”here

The movie, however, is rather hard to follow without either the appropriate amount of revolutionary fervor or, perhaps, hallucinogens.there

Alice Sheldon was born 100 years ago today, which means that in a certain sense, James Tiptree, Jr. is 100, because Sheldon wrote under that

If the great composer Rossini were alive today , he would no doubt have suffered heart failure during one of the opera’s ballet sequences in this production.there

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Never do when you can (Very similar to one of my favorite Mythbusters sayings but totally different context)

I’m sorry to admit, however, that if a spider happens to end up on me in some way, my instincts kick in way before my “Be nice to spiders” moral view does.there

Guys, I hate salons. I FRICKIN FRACKIN HATE SALONS. I’ve been their unwilling victim for years due to the cut/color/yaddayadda requirements of various jobs. Every time, I drag my heels like I’m going to the dentist. (Actually, my dentist’s office is a way more pleasant experience.)here

We look out at the universe through a metaphorical chink in the wall.there

Quotes From Here and There

This has to be one of the more unusual reasons for road resurfacing that I’ve ever

…just how tall are stormtroopers, anyway?there

In terms of my own hometown, I am at the point now where if there are any warnings beyond the most routine, I have to say something on Facebook just to reassure everyone that I am not in fact

Honestly, people, my brain has gone on vacation and left me behind, like the odd sock in the laundromat dryer of life. Just tumbling around all hot and cranky, then kicked under the washer to commune with the dust bunnies.there

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I am a multi race annoyance, looking past color, creed, or gender to bug the hell out of any person or creature I deem worthy of aggravating, or if I’m just bored and want to get on with killing Siths (OMG! Seriously?)

There seems to be a confusion here about what women want, along with more than a touch of the old maxim about designing for The Ladies — shrink it and pink it.there

But some folks don’t listen to naysayers -they just keep at it until they get a chance to show their

This is municipal lip service of the most collagen-injected kind paid to idealistic notions of contemporary urban living.there

As I’ve said or intimated more than once in these scribblings, my mind knows more than I do. I should pay deeper attention to

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“Until we can get out of this ‘me’ culture of ‘my wants, my desires come before everything else,’ I think we’re going to have clashes like this,”here

It turns out that there is no correlation between homework and achievement. According to a 2005 study by the Penn State professors Gerald K. LeTendre and David P. Baker, some of the countries that score higher than the U.S. on testing in the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study—Japan and Denmark, for example—give less homework, while some of those scoring lower, including Thailand and Greece, assign more. Why pile on the homework if it doesn’t make even a testable difference, and in fact may be harmful?there

Superman isn’t good or special because he’s an alien who crashes on Earth and ends up being incredibly powerful. He’s special because after all that he becomes someone who always does the right thing because he was raised by a couple of decent people from

We live strung between either the naïve fantasy of pure choice or the absurd determinism of none.there (This is long and I have only read about half of it so far.)

“Not everything has to be useful because some things are allowed to just make me happy too.”here

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I figured if they were going to judge my skin, I might as well adorn it appropriately. Give them some color atop my offending

First, it’s true that the issue is complicated. But the deeper you dig, the more fraud you find in the case against GMOs. It’s full of errors, fallacies, misconceptions, misrepresentations, and lies. The people who tell you that Monsanto is hiding the truth are themselves hiding evidence that their own allegations about GMOs are false.there

…“flavorful,” that popular foodie term, does not, I believe, necessarily imply that the flavor in question is at all

…we like to buy from producers who offer sermons with which that we want to identify, even when the connections between product and sermon are very weak.there

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This is kind of why I hate having the reputation for being responsible – you drop one ball of the fifteen you’re juggling and everyone points and screams about it, never observing that you’re managing to juggle FOURTEEN FLIPPING TENNIS

Then they snuck their piece into the display area of the exhibit. Its presence raised no eyebrows. In fact, it was promptly awarded a ribbon for merit.there

What do you say when you want people to smile?here

So I’ve bookmarked and copied and watched YouTube videos on how to this that and the other, and I’m not entirely sure “the other” is legal in this state…there

Thought For the Week

It is mildly unnerving to reflect that the whole of meaningful human history – the development of farming, the creation of towns, the rise of mathematics and writing and science and all the rest – has taken place within an atypical patch of fair weather.

Bill Bryson
A Short History of Nearly Everything

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“What’s true for you may not be true for me” is an out-and-out lie. Actual truth is, and can only be, absolute. It is measured against fact, against reality. If it can’t be so measured, then it’s not a case of being true or false – it’s a matter of

I like men, and if they were sexist, I knew a good joke or teasing would change their mind. Feminists just faint and quit, or maybe faint and sue you for harassment. Poor things: acting like Victorian woman who faint at the sight of table legs.there

Why must the “word problems” we give our children to solve be boring? Let the problems capture the imagination, and then math homework will be a

Clothes now have so many labels that a pair of jeans can come with 700 words attached.there (Labels: another good reason to sew your own clothes)

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Social media just lets people be awkward to a bigger

This spring, I haven’t done a whole lot of relaxing in the sun: the weather has seen to it that I am none too relaxed, and, well, there’s hardly any sun.there (slightly TMI?)

Ms Wentzy was never asked to chaperone the 8th grade dance (Probably NSFW. (Wow… TMI followed immediately by NSFW. I’m on a roll this week. Too bad it’s downhill.) )

Because I have that kind of time, and am so very very susceptible to clickbait, I often read stuff like thisthere

Thought For the Week

Human beings make life so interesting. Did you know, that in a universe so full of wonders, they have managed to invent boredom?

— Terry Pratchet

This ‘n’ That

I really fraking hate upgrades! Yesterday I got a notice on my phone that an upgrade needed my approval. It was from AT&T so I figured it was something I needed to do and usually it’s no big deal; nothing changes that I notice. But this time it changed practically everything. Most annoyingly, how to mute the phone or put it on vibrate. Before, I simply held in the right button and a menu popped up that had the options, Power Off, Restart, Airplane Mode, Vibrate, and Mute. Now it just has Power off, Restart, Airplane mode, and Emergency Mode. What the hell is “Emergency Mode”? And where are the rest of the options? I know there must be some way to at least put the phone on vibrate but I have no idea how. Now my only option when I need for it to not make noise is to turn it off completely and that is not acceptable. I am going to look at the AT&T website and see if I can figure it out but this really pisses me off. It should be obvious, or at least easy to figure out own your own.

UPDATE: Okay, I got it. You have to use the volume button. Just turn down the volume down all the way, which makes sense but it’s more “work” and more annoying than the old way.

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Did I already mention this? It’s still in my bookmarks. Wearing a Suit Changes the Way Your Brain Works. People who resist dressing up for anything need to know this. I don’t know… Maybe it wouldn’t make any difference to someone like that. Probably they would see it as another reason to not dress up. I mean, who wants to feel more confident and powerful, right? It’s not all good though. Wearing a suit supposedly also makes you less detail oriented, which would explain a lot about what goes on in the corporate world.

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Did you know that there is an Eat What You Want Day? It was yesterday. I missed it but that’s okay. I pretty much ate what I wanted this past weekend. And the weekend before that. What I really need is a Stop Eating Everything in Sight You Crazy Fool Day. Oh. I guess that should be every day. Seriously, I did really good yesterday and I didn’t even feel especially hungry. I’m planning a really light-eating week and a hopefully not too crazy weekend.

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I am really happy that we have been getting so much rain lately. We need it. But, at the same time, I’m really getting tired of it. It’s been raining almost every day and when it’s not raining it’s still unseasonably cool. Yesterday was sunny but it barely made it up to 70° F. Today is supposed to be the same and tomorrow the rain returns. I’m trying not to be too down about it because rain is good but I am very impatient for warmer weather.

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Last week I found something for a “Thought for the Week” but then I forgot to post it yesterday like I intended so here it is:

“The beautiful thing about learning is that nobody can take it away from you.” — B.B. King

Quotes From Here and There

“Blasphemy should be so widespread that it’s boring”here

Its ridiculousness is precisely the point.there

Today is Mr. Orson Welles’ hundredth birthday, and you really ought to celebrate by watching Citizen Kane, or by hiding in the basement from Martian invaders—whichever is more appealing to (That was May 6th)

And a little piece of me whimpered and died inside, and I crawled off the the bathroom to weep and lick my wounds, and to despair of the world yet to come.there (Probably NSFW)