Saturday Oct 27, 2007

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The Time My Mom Accidentally Shut My Hand in the Car Door: A Very Short Story.

The scenery - green, blue, punctuated by silos, farmhouses, power wires - kept slipping by. I was screaming. Mother screamed.

"What's wrong?"

"Howl," I said. "Shriek."

The salt storage pyramid, the Water Bowl sign, the green road signs. Her mind was wherever minds go.

"Howl," I said again.

I thought...
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Thursday Sep 27, 2007

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glitchwitch:

It ain't free, unfortunately -- you get 50 downloads for 9.99 per month (in US dollars; dunno about Canadian). But if I invite you, I get a token of appreciation from the site in the form of 25 free downloads.

So its more of a winning proposition for me. But if you still want me to invite you, I will. I need an email address, tho'.

And if not, 's all good. smile

awaytothemoon:

yeah, life is crazy like that. but everything happens for a reason, so hopefully everything works out ok.

Thursday Sep 13, 2007

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On life in the vanilla environs of the mid-Midwest United States of America:

There are no mountains here, but the bad vibes from disconsolate, inferiority-complex suffering natives are mountain-sized. There are no oceans, but one must be careful lest he drowns in the dreary, water-thick malaise that afflicts the citizenry.

The frustrating thing: There are uniquely talented, hardworking, driven people here. But they are driven...
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Wednesday Sep 12, 2007

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I know that in the warp speed world of online bullshitting that the Britney performance on the MTV VMAs is old news. But I'm way out of the target demographic for that rubbish anyways, so it's only natural that I'm commenting on it a little late.

I actually intend to comment on the commentary itself, rather than on Britney's performance (which...
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tequilaraymax:

I thought she looked great...

glitchwitch:

And you would be exactly right. This simply isn't a subjective matter.

Monday Sep 10, 2007

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Coin-operated crushes

The back of your tiny hand brushed against my hoof. "You're so Vain" poured through the circular in-ceiling speaker directly above us. You kept running, your ponytail wagging back and forth as if waving goodbye.

Then you stopped. My heart quickened. You were coming back!

But you were just pausing long enough to trigger the automatic door with your tiny feet. I...
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Sunday Sep 09, 2007

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Music: Angels of Light
Book: The Apocalypse Reader: Short stories
Most recent recommendable films: "Superbad" and "Paprika"

Mood: Inconsolable boredom, interrupted at unpredictable intervals by brief (but not brief enough) fits of vague anxiety and fear.

Recent odd phenomenon: Several of my latest dreams have taken on the dimensions of a perfect story, with me waking up right after the dramatic denouement.

Has me terrified...
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Tuesday Sep 04, 2007

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My great-grandmother (Betty, 80-something, Alzheimer's) isn't dead yet, but my family is already parting out her belongings. My loot? Some wine glasses, a couple of tumblers and a few old records. I am listening to one of those old records now -- "50 of the Most Loved Records of Your Life Vol. 1."

To my surprise, it includes a song (the last one on...
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rys:

I like the looting while still alive concept. Means you still have time to ask where the crucial bits and pieces are... "Nan, can you remember where the key to the granfather clock is? Can you tell me when you last cleaned your fridge?" All vital bits of information best not taken to the grave.

Wednesday Aug 22, 2007

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I've been putting off writing this long(ish) story about local street art (graffiti/sticker/stencil/wheatpasting) for the past three days. I have done all of the necessary reporting, transcribing all research. All that is left to do is to just write the fucking thing.

Writing the fucking thing -- any fucking thing -- is increasingly difficult for me to do. It seems like such...
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Tuesday Aug 21, 2007

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Seven and a half things about me:

1. I make my living as a writer for both a daily and weekly paper in the Midwest of the U.S.

2. I only recently decided that flip-flops were acceptable footwear for men.

3. At the moment, I have a fu manchu moustache.

4. I drink at least three -- and up to 12 -- India Pale Ales a...
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vienna:

Lol these are an amazing 7 and a half things I must admit ! smile

Sunday Aug 19, 2007

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The whole nature versus nurture problem is easy to solve: If it's nature, then we can't help it. If it's nurture, we can. We might as well try to help it. If we can't, then we can safely assume it's a matter of nature.




Wednesday Jun 27, 2007

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PROOF

by CK WIlliams

Not to show off, but elaborating some philosophical assertion, "Watch
her open her mouth,"
says the guardian of an elderly, well-dressed retarded woman to the little
circle of ladies
companionably gathered under a just-flowering chestnut this lusciously
balmy Sunday.

She moves her hand in to everyone else an imperceptible gesture, her
charge opens wide,
a peanut, to murmurs of approbation, is...
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rys:

I miss chestnut trees. I really do. All we have is gums. Beautiful gums.

Wednesday Jun 20, 2007

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I'm siting here listening to a promotional copy of the new Colin Hay (formerly known as the guy from the '80s Australian sort-of-new-wave Top 40 sensation Men At Work) album, and it occurred to me just how little he seems to care about appealing to a new (that is, younger) audience. It's this very devil-may-care approach that has won Hay an audience among...
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