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Date:2011-03-26 09:23
Subject:Quote of the Day
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"But the fact of the matter is that when we don’t talk to the American people — we’re debating the most important foreign policy issues that we face, and the American people have a right to know. It is not just Washington insiders that — are part of the debate that has to take place with respect to how we’re going to shift our foreign policy. This is a seminal question." — Barack Obama

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Date:2011-03-24 09:35
Subject:Ethnic Cleansing of the Day
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 Thousands of Christians Displaced in Ethiopia After Muslim Extremists Torch Churches, Homes

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Date:2011-03-20 09:30
Subject:Quote of the Day
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 "Ladies and gentlemen, I drafted an outline of what I think the Constitutional limits [garbled] have on the President with the War Clause. I went to five leading scholars, Constitutional scholars, and they drafted a treatise for me that is being distributed to every Senator. And I want to make it clear, and I’ll make it clear to the President: that if he takes this nation to war... without Congressional approval, I will make it my business to impeach him."

- Joe Biden

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Date:2011-03-19 16:23
Subject:Quote of the Day
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 "The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation."

- Barack Obama

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Date:2011-02-21 08:53
Subject:Brittan Fail
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 www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1356388/Villagers-outraged-police-order-protect-garden-sheds.html

"Residents in Surrey and Kent villages have been ordered by police to remove wire mesh from their windows as burglars could be injured."

I have said it before, and I'll say it again.  The U.K. has become a full-fledged dystopia.  This is simply the latest in a long line of totally insane things the English have allowed their government to force upon them.

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Date:2011-02-17 19:25
Subject:Quote of the day
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“Meticulous attention should be paid to the special relations and obligations of public servants to the public itself and to the Government….The process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service.”

“[a] strike of public employees manifests nothing less than an intent on their part to obstruct the operations of government until their demands are satisfied. Such action looking toward the paralysis of government by those who have sworn to support it is unthinkable and intolerable.”

- President Franklin Roosevelt

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Date:2011-02-08 19:34
Subject:Quote of the day
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 "Our true choice is not between tax reduction on the one hand and the avoidance of large federal deficits on the other. It is increasingly clear that no matter what party is in power, so long as our national security needs keep rising, an economy hampered by restrictive tax rates will never produce enough revenues to balance our budget just as it will never produce enough jobs or enough profits. Surely the lesson of the last decade is that budget deficits are not caused by wild-eyed spenders but by slow economic growth and periodic recessions. And any new recession would break all deficit records. In short, it is a paradoxical truth that tax rates are too high today and tax revenues are too low -- and the soundest way to raise the revenues in the long run is to cut the rates now."

- President John F. Kennedy

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Date:2011-01-11 20:45
Subject:Quote of the day
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 "In your statement you assert that our actions, even though peaceful, must be condemned because they precipitate violence. But is this a logical assertion? Isn't this like condemning a robbed man because his possession of money precipitated the evil act of robbery? Isn't this like condemning Socrates because his unswerving commitment to truth and his philosophical inquiries precipitated the act by the misguided populace in which they made him drink hemlock? Isn't this like condemning Jesus because his unique God-consciousness and never-ceasing devotion to God's will precipitated the evil act of crucifixion? We must come to see that, as the federal courts have consistently affirmed, it is wrong to urge an individual to cease his efforts to gain his basic constitutional rights because the quest may precipitate violence. Society must protect the robbed and punish the robber."

- Martin Luther King, Jr

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Date:2010-11-04 20:06
Subject:Easy way to support a charity for free
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Mood: contemplative

 I just recently discovered something called www.goodsearch.com/ which is a search engine (Yahoo! powered) which gives $0.01 per search to the charity you designate.  There are over ninety four thousand different charities, non-profits, and schools registered.  I use Google for darn near everything, but in this case it's worth my while to make a switch.

The only other way I know of to do something like this is the Pepsi Refresh Project, which requires giving Pepsico some personal information and only works for your cause if enough people vote for it.  Still worthwhile, but I prefer the way Goodsearch does things.

Does anyone else know of other free ways to generate money for charity online?

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Date:2010-05-17 00:33
Subject:Damn it! Why am I arguing shit on the web again?
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Mood: dirty

This sums up the situation nicely.

YouTube comments are the unwashed asshole of the internet.  I have never before encountered such a collection of ignorant, degenerate, racist jackasses.  I don't know why I keep subjecting myself to this crap, I must be a closet masochist.  I seriously need to put a post-it on my monitor reminding me to never ever under any circumstances look at video comments.

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Date:2010-05-15 11:09
Subject:Armed Forces Day
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Mood: accomplished

Well I haven't posted here in some... years, but there is something I wanted to bring up. Today is Armed Forces Day here in America, and in the midst of all the politics it is easy to forget that there are real men and women out there putting their lives on the line to keep us safe. I have little to offer to reward their sacrifice, but want to offer up what I can.

In that spirit, I am making a donation through Soldiers' Angels, of a care package which they will distribute to one of our deployed soldiers. I encourage others to do the same, and it is easy to do with pre-assembled care packages available for as little as $20 from Soldiers' Angels, or with cash donations to support organizations such as USO. The item that caught my eye is the First Response Backpack, which is a kit designed specifically for wounded soldiers. If you can afford to finance one, please do, but if you can't, any donation is better than none at all.

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Date:2007-05-16 19:24
Subject:I got to play hero today
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Mood: accomplished

Today at work there was a jewelry inventory. In this context, that means that reps from corperate come to our store and check our entire stock of jewelry to make sure that their list of what they think we have matches our stock.

And it didn't.

Our jewelry department was short a little under $600 in stock. I found out about this when our intentory team leader called me in a mild panic to ask me to look up a vendor charge back (a recall) from back in January that happened to match what they were missing. Our computer system isn't that good though, it won't let me look up VCBs from two weeks ago, let alone 4 months ago. So I ended up digging through all the paper records for that department for the past year. No file matched their missing stock, which brought their panic level up from mild to "shit!"

So I start digging around my area. After a little while, I find a jewelry recall that was supposed to have shipped out 7 months ago (I, BTW, have had this job for less than 3 months, so my ass was not on the line for this). I call the inventory team leader back and tell her "I found something. What was your recall number again?"

"The recall number? 1234."

"Oh, well I found one from October, 7890."

So I brought that over so they could add it to the inventory, and went back to the hunt. I decided that the main place I hadn't looked was the old supply cabinet that they lost the key to. Lucky for me, my manager got sick of it and just cut the lock off of it last month. So I open it up and notice that there are a number of unlabled, sealed boxes in there. Being a supply cabinet, I had previously assumed they had supplies in them. Tape and pens and the like. But hey, I've looked everywhere else. First box... labels. Second box... tape. Third box... jewelry! But it's the wrong jewelry, again. Fourth box... jewelry! (Still not the ones they are missing.) Fifth box... has a sheet of paper on the top inside with the details of a recall, with the content of the recall under it. The recall. Triumphant, I take the box down to the inventory office where no less than 6 managers are gathered trying to sort this out, including mine. (They aren't actually helping to look for this stuff, so I can only suppose they are there for moral support.) I walk in and announce, "I think I found it," and hand over the recall sheet.

"That's it. You found four pieces right?"

"Four?" I say and think, looking at the box. There were a lot more than four of them.

My manager starts going through the box. "Here's one... worth $1400. Here's another... worth $1600..." Bear in mind they were looking for less than $600.

The inventory team leader is more than a little relieved. "Thank you so much! I'm buying you lunch."

"You're welcome. I'll be back in a minute with the rest of it."

Everyone's eyes go wide. "There's more?"

"Yep." I go and come back with the other two boxes I found. "Here you go."

The softlines manager (jewelry and clothes) looks at it and goes, "Oh my God. Thank you so much. I'm taking you to Disneyland."

She stopped by my area later to thank me again (and give me more work) and she told me that in all, I found about ten thousand dollars worth of jewlery they didn't even know was missing. "You totally saved my ass," was how I think she put it.

At least two people could have theoretically have been fired over this (again, not me), so I feel like I got my good deed for the day in today.

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Date:2007-04-01 08:58
Subject:2007 Hugo award Japanese alternatives (under contruction)
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This past week the list of nominees for the 2007 Hugo Awards, to be held in Yokohama, Japan, was released. From this, there has arisen some controversy over the fact that there is not a single Japanese nominee in any category. However, throughout the numerous blog and web forum posts I've seen mentioning this apparent oversight, I have not seen one suggestion for a work that could have been a nominee. So I'm going to offer some options for discussion. If anyone reading this has any suggestions, please leave a comment with the category, title, and author. Oh, there is no manga/graphic novel category, sorry.

Rules (for a complete list of the current rules, click here):
3.2.1: Unless otherwise specified, Hugo Awards are given for work in the field of science fiction or fantasy appearing for the first time during the previous calendar year (2006 in this case).
3.2.2: A work originally appearing in a language other than English shall also be eligible for the year in which it is first issued in English translation (commercially, fansubs don't count).

Categories
*Hugo Award for Best Novel
(titles with (+) have the best reviews)
Birthday by Koji Suzuki
+Boogiepop And Others by Kouhei Kadono and Kouji Ogata
+Boogiepop Returns: Vs. Imaginator Part 1 by Kohei Kadano and Kouji Ogata
+Boogiepop Returns: Vs. Imaginator Part 2 by Kohei Kadano and Kouji Ogata
-Fullmetal Alchemist Volume 2: The Abducted Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa and Makoto Inoue
-Fullmetal Alchemist Volume 3: The Valley of White Petals by Hiromu Arakawa and Makoto Inoue
-Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Volume 1: The Lost Memory by Junichi Fujisaku
-Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Volume 2: Revenge Of The Cold Machines by Junichi Fujisaku
-Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Volume 3: White Maze by Junichi Fujisaku
+Kino no Tabi Volume 1: Book one of The Beautiful World by Keiichi Sigsawa
Paradise by Koji Suzuki
+Scrapped Princess Novel 1: A Tale of Destiny by Ichiro Sakaki
+Seikai: Crest of the Stars Volume 1: Princess of the Empire by Morioka Hiroyuki
-Vampire Hunter D Volume 3: Demon Deathchase by Hideyuki Kikuchi and Yoshitaka Amano
-Vampire Hunter D Volume 4: Tale Of The Dead Town by Hideyuki Kikuchi and Yoshitaka Amano
-Vampire Hunter D Volume 5: The Stuff Of Dreams by Hideyuki Kikuchi and Yoshitaka Amano
-Vampire Hunter D Volume 6: Pilgrimage of the Sacred and the Profane by Junichi Fujisaku and Yoshitaka Amano

*Hugo Award for Best Novella

*Hugo Award for Best Novelette

*Hugo Award for Best Short Story
+Grownup Country by Keiichi Sigsawa

*Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form
I'm sure there are some good Japanese movies that came out in English in 2006, but I don't know what they are.

*Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form (restricted to the best of the year, since there are so many shows)
Fullmetal Alchemist episodes 25-51
Gankutsuou episodes 5-24
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd Gig episodes 9-26
Planetes episodes 19-26
Scrapped Princess episodes 21-24

There are more categories, but I don't know enough to offer any suggestions for those fields.

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Date:2007-03-16 17:56
Subject:I love my library
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Browsing through the online catalogue, I noticed that my library now carries all of Gankutsuou, Samurai 7, Twelve Kingdoms, and all three seasons of Beast Wars on DVD. Looks like I'll be putting off my Netflix subscription for a while yet. ^_^

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Date:2007-03-15 17:47
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Mood: Insomnia

I was reading an article about A Canticle for Leibowitz and I just learned that the bikini was named after Bikini Atoll, the site of nuclear weapon tests in the Marshall Islands, on the reasoning that the burst of excitement the outfit would cause would be like the nuclear device.

Is it me, or is that kind of fucked up?

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Date:2007-02-01 16:18
Subject:Quote of the day
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Mood: tired

"You know... I used to think that it was awful that life was so unfair. Then I thought, wouldn't it be much worse if life were fair, and all the terrible things that happen to us come because we actually deserve them? So, now I take great comfort in the general hostility and unfairness of the universe."

- Marcus Cole, Babylon 5 - Late Delivery from Avalon

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Date:2006-11-22 15:12
Subject:Titus quote of the day
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Mood: giggly

"Every time a car falls on me, something bad happens." - Christopher Titus

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Date:2006-11-21 17:58
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Mood: exhausted

Someone called me "straight-as-an-arrow" today. And given that this person's job is to nail criminals, this was good to hear. ;-)

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Date:2006-11-15 20:30
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Mood: nerdy

As part of a growing trend, I stumbled on the readthealphabet community today, and this is another neat idea. So here is where I'm trying to put together my list of 26 for future reading (with backups in case I don't like the first book):
The List: A-ZCollapse )
Orson Scott Card is on there three times not so much because I have a burning desire to read his work as that he had the only "X" title I could think of wanting to read. Since "Xenocide" is the third in a series, I might as well read them too, and I might as well have the other two books on the list.

Q, X, and Z were the naturally the hardest letters to find an interesting title for. It also took a surprising amount of time to find something for "T" that I was happy with.

If you know any good novels that have titles that start with Q or X please list them (no X-Files, Xena, or X-men please), as the ones I listed are there since I couldn't think of any others.

I started into "A Cavern of Black Ice" about a month ago, so I figure I have eleven months left.

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Date:2006-11-14 23:10
Subject:From the Stacks Winter Reading Challenge
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Mood: bookish

I just stumbled on this a few minutes ago while I was looking for something completely unrelated on Google. It's a nice little contest. Simply put, you pick five books you own right now (no buying new books for the contest) but haven't read yet, and read them by the end of January. Needless to say, I think this is a great idea. I had been meaning to dive into my collection of unreads and a little extra motivation never hurt.

So, after much soul-searching, here are my five:

1. "A Wizard of Earthsea" by Ursula Le Guin
2. "Rendezvous With Rama" by Arthur C. Clarke
3. "The Lions of Al-Rassan" by Guy Gavriel Kay
4. "The Sailor On The Seas Of Fate" by Michael Moorcock
5. "American Gods" by Neil Gaiman

That's quite a list of names I've got there. When the least famous author in a list is someone who helped write "The Silmarillion", you know you're dealing with heavyweights.

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