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Dear Discovery Institute/ Ben Stein:

If (a) there is some sort of Designer out there; and (b) said Designer is so intelligent, how come s/he didn't document this #$@% better?

Love always,

Carapace_ "Been-reading-about-bladder-inflammation-for-days-and-days-now-for-the-greater-glory-of-SCIENCE!" Green

P.S.-- Assuming you did Design this, Mr. Designer woman-man-lady-man, I do have to thank you for putting black-and-white pictures in that urogential surgery textbook, and not color ones. But did you have to make the line-drawings of the massage therapy so, um, precise? 'Cause I have to show that to my professor, and it will probably be sort of awkward.
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I guess a year and six months is long enough.

Hey gang,

Long time, eh?

I've decided to revive this clunky old thing. I've missed you guys, and I want to stay on top of the goings-on in your lives. I'm not going to do the whole "here's what I'm eating, here's what I think about Barack Obama," thing, however (not that there's aught wrong with that.)

Instead, every weekend, I'm going to write up a concept from the week's science classes. This quarter, I've got chemistry and developmental bio, so you can expect to learn about sperm biochemistry, organogenisis, molecular shapes, and the like. We'll have that until March or so, at which point, we'll switch to genetics, at which time, I'll be bringing you even more chemistry, plus genetics, plus maybe physiology, depending.

Cheers, everyone. I hope you dig.

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It's worth breaking LJ silence to say,

RIP Octavia Butler.

There's nothing I can say that others haven't already said better. I didn't know her very well. I remember a gentle genius, and a graceful teller of solid truths.

The last time I heard her speak, this is what she said:

"Choose your leaders with wisdom & forethought. To be led by a coward is to be controlled by all that the coward fears. To be lead by a fool is to be lead by the opportunists who control the fool. To be lead by a thief is to offer up your most precious treasures to be stolen. To be lead by a liar is to ask to be lied to. To be lead by a tyrant is to sell yourself & those you love into slavery."

If you've never read her books, read 'em.

If you're a writer or an artist of any kind, it's time to knuckle down. We've lost one of our very best today, and we have an awful lot of fierceness and heart to make up.

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(1) Went to Garden City Hot Pot in Richmond, BC. We had never been to a real hot pot restaurant before, which soon became obvious to the patient, long-suffering wait staff. (They gave us a 10% discount and lots of help.) Among the things we could have ordered but didn't were: ginger snake broth, duck feet, goose intestines (medium), and chicken testicle. If we'd had chef_chopper with us, maybe we'd have had the nerve.

(2) Finished the text of a story about Midge and a Japanese Bobtail (a friend's pet) doing battle with an evil vegetarian babysitter. It may be too long and/or leveled higher than my illustrator wants, so there's some work ahead.

(3) Finished my last TESOL class.

(4) Fell in love with the mellow sounds of noted perve-about-town Serge Gainsbourg. Fell even more deeply in love with Mick Harvey's covers of Serge Gainsbourg.

(5) Saw a Candadian immigration lawer.

(6) Started looking for work in earnest. Bleah.

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There's an interesting discussion going on over at chez the_monkey_king about the best way to critique writers with relatively low skill levels.

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Next month, I'm going to a retreat with writers of a wide range of skill levels. I'm going to try this there, and see how it goes.

Is it awful that I'm tickled by this?

You scored as River Tam. The Fugitive. You are clever and dangerous, which is a nasty combination. The fact you are crazy too just adds to your charm. They did bad things to you, but you know their secrets. They will regret how they made you.


River Tam


Hoban 'Wash' Washburne


The Operative


Capt. Mal Reynolds


Simon Tam


Zoe Alleyne Washburne


Inara Serra


Kaylee Frye


Jayne Cobb


Shepherd Derrial Book


Which Serenity character are you?
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I want to cry.

Damn you, fundies. Those are my goddamn dinosaurs.

Of course, I remember little cafe attached to the Cabazon dinosaur park having a "laser art" clock with the face of Elvis ghosting protectively through the sky above a shiny black semi truck, so maybe this isn't as much of a travesty as it might, at first blush, seem to be.

No, I take that back. It is -exactly- as much of a travesty as it appears to be at first blush. Damn you, fundies.