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It’s all Downhill from here Friday Giftures

January 17, 2018 Leave a comment

Ben's Bitter Blog

Everyone goes through peaks and valleys or as I like to call them The Middle of the Sun during Summer and Middle of the Antarctic in the winter.  You might reach your peak efficiency of the work week on Wednesday at 10 am, or you might reach you absolute low at 3 pm on Tuesday. Or you might have the best year of your life at 32 or the worst one at 31.  A bitter person has only one peak which is when they are born, and then everything else is downhill from there.   It’s basically like getting to the top of the kiddie slide and just complaining so much about the steep one foot decline that everyone around you thinks it’s the world’s tallest slide.  And they are so tired of hearing you complain about your first world problems that they finally decide to stop following your blog…

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“Don’t try to win over the haters; you are not a jackass whisperer.”

January 10, 2018 Leave a comment

Art of Quotation

“Don’t try to win over the haters; you are not a jackass whisperer.”

— Brené Brown, author, speaker, educator


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Works of Art

December 20, 2017 Leave a comment

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Featured image: Library of Congress P&P, LC-USW36-24

The United States Office of War Information (OWI) was essentially a propaganda agency, promulgated by Franklin D Roosevelt on June 13th, 1942 as a unification of several domestic information agencies.

Many Americans were bewildered by their rapid progression from Great Depression, to Arsenal of Democracy, to co-belligerent in a global conflict. So Roosevelt charged the OWI with using press, radio, movies and other media to inform the domestic population about the war effort and what they were fighting for.

The aesthetics of aircraft construction

Among the OWI’s incredibly talented staff were its official photographer, Alfred T Palmer (1906 – 1993) and one of his staff, Howard R Hollem. And they quickly got to work.

Alfred T Palmer in May 1942, while on assignment at the US Marines' glider training camp, Parris Island, SC. (LoC P&P, LC-USW3- 002348-E) Alfred T Palmer in May 1942, snapped on assignment at the US Marines’ glider training camp, Parris Island, SC. (LoC P&P, LC-USW3- 002348-E)

Through the second half of 1942 and…

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An Interview With Writer M.T. Bass

December 13, 2017 Leave a comment

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M.T. Bass is the author of Murder by Munchausen; here is a link to his website:

 

http://www.mtbass.net/

 

Q: What is Murder by Munchausen about?

A: Technology run amuck—but what’s new about that, right? Well, in the near future, artificial intelligence and robotics have converged. Siri, Alexa and Cortana are not just voices in pods that sit on the coffee table eavesdropping on your life and fetching stuff from the Internet. They have extremely human like bodies – in fact, they are called synthetic humanoids, synthoids for short – and act as “Personal Services Assistants” to free us from dirty jobs and menial chores out in “meatspace.” Of course, mankind being mankind, there are those among us who hijack that technology for ill intent and profit, turning synthoids into contract killers. The police unit that tracks down the hackers and repos the murderous ‘bots is the Artificial Crimes Unit.

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Tech support in the Middle Ages…

December 6, 2017 1 comment

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

This humorous sketch from the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation reminds us that people have always had trouble adjusting to new technology.

(English subtitles at top of screen)

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In Memory: “The busy world was not for me, So I went and found my own”

November 15, 2017 Leave a comment

Art of Quotation

“The busy world was not for me, So I went and found my own”

Steely Dan: Walter Becker and Donald Fagen

Lyricist, songwriter, musician, Walter Becker, 1950-2017, Goodbye in 2017. Lyrics from “The Caves Of Altamira” written by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen,  and recorded by Steely Dan, 1976.


Art Quotes Art

Bison from the Cave Drawings of Altamira

The cave drawings of Altamira – mankind’s earliest efforts at creative expression provide the engine for the Steely Dan song – a song about the need to create that which is missing.

If the current world we live in is not the world we wish to live in – does not express us – what do we do?

Why like this small boy – we create our own. A world containing the wonders that express our innermost thoughts, feelings. Not a ready-made version manufactured by “Hollywood”. — Douglas


“The Caves Of…

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The Only Comma Rules You’ll Ever Need!

November 8, 2017 1 comment

I, too, have a tortured relationship with commas (Rule #2). Just ask my editor.

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The five basic comma rulesCommas are among my favorite tools for building meaning. Used intelligently, commas are wonderful signposts that tell readers which part of a sentence they’ve stumbled into—and then help them make their way out again. I like commas so much I’ve written multiple posts about them.

If comma rules confuse you, take heart! If improving reader comprehension is your goal, there are really only a few “rules” to remember:

Use commas:

Rule 1: After introductory elements.

This is the one most people seem to know about. But I argue that commas are really only necessary when the introductory element gets long enough that readers may miss the lane change back into the main part of the sentence.

So:

After a moment he left the room. (No comma needed unless you want to emphasize a pause.)

But:

After he spent  an extended vacation in a remote village in the Alps, where did…

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