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10Feb/17Off

Get Rich Slowly

Get Rich Slowly

 

Interesting.  Wordpress inserted previews for other links but not this one.  I wonder what the difference is.

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28Oct/16Off

Tired, depressed

Yeah, that.  And my home phone is ringing.  I hate my home phone.  Why do I have one?

 

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17Sep/14Off

His Robot Girlfriend by Wesley Allison

His Robot Girlfriend by Wesley Allison

2014-09-16 / 2014-09-17

1.5

2014-09-17: Wow, what an extreme dose of meh. I wasn't expecting much, and that's good because all I got was a bunch of bland... blandness. Nothing important really happens. No moral/philosophical points are explored. A guys buys a robot. The robot is just peachy keen in every way. It organizes his finances, and gets him to the gym and improves his diet and (you'd never guess this part) it has an awesome body and enjoys lingerie and related activities. It evens beats up another robot for him! But again, nothing really happens and the "story" was light and pleasant but nothing happened. Did I mention that nothing happened? I mean some stuff happened but it was minor and, you know, whatever.

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15Sep/14Off

The Human Division by John Scalzi

Title by Author: The Human Division (Omnibus) by John Scalzi

2014-09-07 / 2014-09-14

Rating: 4.5


2014-09-12: Enjoying this very much. I like the serial format, with very different "chapters" that still move the overall story ahead.

2014-09-15: That was good stuff. The serial format really worked for me. I loved that the stories were so different but all pointed to the one central story line. I hated that the central story line didn't get resolved. I guess that leaves him room for more books though. The one issue I have is that many of the characters speak in Scalzi's voice.  I might not notice this if I didn't read his blog but I notice that a lot of the characters (Harry, Hart, Danielle, even Abumwe to an extent) sound a lot like his blog posts. They have that same kind of snarky, sarcastic style that I enjoy so much, possibly because it's similar to my own style, but when so many characters have a similar voice it becomes noticeable. I found it slightly jarring when even the aliens were being snarky.  That worked in a book like Year Zero which was in no way attempting to be serious, but in THD it was a little off putting. So much so that I was forced to knock off an half a star, well, that and the fact that I have trouble giving a five to a book that's pure entertainment.

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10Sep/14Off

I’d like to include covers…

... but WordPress is resisting.

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15Feb/14Off

Litany of Shit

I don't know where the stray thought came from but it involved something I read the other day about the secret to samurai success being "calm". I'm down with that idea and that collided with the litany against fear and my dual mottos, "shit happens" and "this too shall pass" and the following emerged.  Not sure if I like it but I think it might be useful right now.

 

Shit happens.
Sometimes it's good, sometimes it's bad.
Good or bad, I will meet it with calm resolve.
I will permit it to pass over and through me,
remembering always that this too shall pass,
but I will remain.

 

It's pretty compact. Might try to haikuize it.

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26Sep/13Off

Pocket Zero!!!

My reading list on Pocket, which was once over 400 articles, is presently at zero.

Now to start on Instapaper. 🙂

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16Sep/13Off

Joe Satriani at the Atlanta Symphony Hall

My first concert last night, Joe Satriani at the Atlanta Symphony Hall.  As is usual for me I waffled a lot on whether to go but in the end I thought I'd really regret if I didn't.  KW went with me but was bored as she's not into instrumental music.

Opener was the Steve Morse Band.  Good stuff and one song sounded like it might have been Dixie Dregs material.  I would have enjoyed a bit more of that.

I enjoyed the show though I thought they needed to make some sound adjustments as the bass & drum were so loud I couldn't hear Satriani at times.  Could have been me though as I was down one hearing aid so removed the other one as it was making no difference by itself.  As stated, I enjoyed myself but couldn't really get into it. Part of my issue was that I knew KW was bored, part was that I wasn't hearing the lead guitar very well.  I'll certainly give it another go when he comes to town next, assuming I have both HAs available.

Joe Satriani band line-up: Mike KeneallyMarco Minnemann and Bryan Beller.  It turns out that they've played together as KMB so I'll have to look them up as they were all quite good.

Joe certainly seemed to be enjoying himself as was the band. Marco did an awesome drum solo at one point and Bryan had repeated short sessions of bassy goodness.  I think Mike was playing an awesome guitar but as mentioned I wasn't really hearing the high end.

 

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9Aug/13Off

Two Steps to Improve Your Emotional Life | In Their Own Words | Big Think

Two Steps to Improve Your Emotional Life | In Their Own Words | Big Think

My summary of the article:

Goals

  1. To be able to choose what we become emotional about and when we become emotional.
  2. To be able to choose how we act when we are emotional.

Solutions:

  1. Keep a daily diary of when you become emotional and use this to identify what is triggering your emotions.
  2. Use that information to learn to recognize those triggers before they set off your emotions and respond more appropriately.

 

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28Feb/13Off

Litany Against Fear — Litany Against Anger

From Dune, obviously. If you haven't read it go do it now, it's awesome.

I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.

My conversion to a litany against anger...

I must not submit to my anger.
Anger is the ravager.
Anger is the destroyer, sowing chaos and pain.
I will face my anger.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has passed I will turn to see its path.
Where the anger has gone there will be nothing.
Only I remain.

Not sure I like lines 2 and 3 but I'm better with two after reading the definition of ravager. I like "sowing chaos and pain" as it indicates what you do to others. Also not sure about line one, it was originally "give in" and I can't decide which I like.

I've never really liked the last line.  I always thought "will" was unnecessary.

BTW, the litany again anger is useful for me but really needed by others in my life.  My own anger has always been brief and then set aside with apologies where needed.

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My own edit of the litany against fear.  I just chopped out anything I felt wasn't useful and made one substitution.

I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings oblivion.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has passed I will turn to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I remain.