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Nov. 18th, 2011

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Writer's Block: A few good men

Which U.S. President has made the most positive impact?


Tough one to answer. Normally I would knee-jerk an answer of FDR for his leadership during WWII and for signing in a social safety net for America's workforce.

However, others could certainly be argued and I've found that an arbitrary #1 is somewhat unfair, as if we were downplaying the accomplishments of others in office. Lincoln kept the country together when it could have been ripped apart. Ike signed in the US Highway system that ushered in decades of economic prosperity. LBJ signed in the Civil Rights act, despite the fact that it meant democrats would decline in the south. TR ushered in antitrust laws and our conservationist movements. Jefferson doubled the size of our country. Obama (yes, Obama) pushed to make sure that children had the health care they need in this country.

Edit: Forgot Gerry Ford. Signing away a political future to mend a country and make sure it runs takes courage.

Nov. 17th, 2011

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Writer's Block (with sarcastic answers): The happiest movies on earth

What is your favorite Disney movie?


Definately "The Black Hole." ;)

Nov. 15th, 2011

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Writer's Block: It's payday!

What would you do if you had a million dollars?


Pay lots of taxes on the means that I acquired said money?

Nov. 9th, 2011

green arrow

Writer's Block: Hobby Lobby

What do you like to collect?


Magic cards, heroclix, Green Arrow pics and action figures... lots of things of favorite characters, like the Count Dooku fig on my desk. RPG books... sets of pointy ears (need to have lots in case a pair breaks!)... dice... this is why it is that my place is so cluttered. I'm such a packrat along with my nerdiness!

Nov. 4th, 2011

Natural "1"

Writer's Block: The last bite

What would be your last meal?

The carrot that I gag on?

Oct. 14th, 2010

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The things I pick up

Sometimes my grandmother comes out in the oddest little phrases that I say. Usually, it is the "slower than molasses in January" saying that I picked up from her, but occasionally one of her other unusual idioms pops out of my mouth. In this case, I described our winters as "colder than a welldigger's toes."

Miss you Grandma.

Apr. 22nd, 2010

Julian

Parental woes

My seven year old is suffering from one of the same problems that I did when I was little: being able to do math problems mentally when they ask that work be shown. While asking him to slow down to write out everything, I was cringing the entire way.

It creates for an interesting dilemma: do I encourage a talent that he's obviously practiced, or do I make sure that he does what the assignment wants? Right now I'm sticking to the latter, and it PAINS me. If I don't, they'll grade him down and then he won't get the right-paced instruction later. Same thing happened when I was his age, only later and I was accused of cheating.

The idea of showing his work seemed completely alien to him too. To him, one just solves the problem and done. I had to take more time with him explaining that he should be writing in the minutia that he was taught than it took him to do the entire page. Very frustrating.

Apr. 1st, 2010

Legolas cosplay

The knife

I'm going to have my ears surgically pointed today. Hopefully this will save on time on the make-up job required for costuming, as well as, in the long term, money spent on spirit gum, ear tips, and makeup. Just a little scared about only having a local anesthetic when they break the cartilage and sew the tip into place.

I'll post pics after I get it done!

Edit: Happy April Fool's Day everyone!
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Jan. 11th, 2010

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Writer's Block: Abandon hope, all ye who enter here

Do you think Web sites containing "adult content" should be legally required to post warnings? How would you personally define the rating scale? Do you fear this would place a chill on free/creative expression?


Legally required? Never. "Adult content" is naturally undefined and nobody is qualified to make that sort of judgement. This especially becomes apparent when certain aspects of political speech become "adult content".

I know that some would say that they don't want to read offensive material. I have news for these people: they chose to become offended. No one can make someone else feel something, only give a stimuli that they react to. In addition, you can *gasp* NOT READ IT. What a concept!

Note that this does not apply to self-censorship, which is kind and responsible. That's one of the reasons why we have the lj-cut option, not just for long posts. We also have custom filters for the same reason, we have the freedom to say what we wish, and we should have the freedom to choose whom we say it to.

Dec. 23rd, 2009

Natural "1"

Oh hai!

I won't be posting here quite as often for at least a little while as my motherboard decided to fry on me. Of course, I realize that I haven't exactly been the most prolific of posters recently. I'd say I'm sorry about that, but I didn't exactly want to burden the list with fluff and drama.

On the other hand, HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE!!

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