… and got absolutely nothing done! Maybe my batteries need recharging?
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… except for the annoying marketing department generated signature that I have not managed to disable yet, so until then, here it is again:
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cry of hounds
mute of hounds
pack of hounds
charm of hummingbirds
clan of hyenas
band of jays
party of jays
scold of jays
smack of jellyfish
Jenn Reese has created and posted a well-conceived 8 stage growth cycle of a writer on her journal.
– Jerky Boys
Mamatas: nanoedmo.org – The First and Final Cut.
Another common urge of the beginning writer of realist fiction is to write a novel in the first person, using present tense. The putative reason for this technique is the widely held belief that such a combination is more intimate than either singly. This is not true. Present tense is actually estranging, and consistent present tense undermines first-person narration. When we sit down and recount stories, we as speakers shift tenses according to whim and various unspoken rules of conversation. What these writers want to have their readers experience is the intimate quality of successful literary novels written in the first person, present tense. The intimacy of these novels comes from the skill of the author, not from the person or tense. Using first person with present tense just to generate intimacy is like painting your car red to make it go as fast as the red Formula One race car you saw on television while flipping through the channels this past Sunday. It’s stupid and means that your genitals should be removed if you persist. Like Oliver Wendell Holmes once said, three generations of imbeciles are enough.
I am writing you with much concern after having read of your hearing to decide whether the alternative theory of Intelligent Design should be taught along with the theory of Evolution. I think we can all agree that it is important for students to hear multiple viewpoints so they can choose for themselves the theory that makes the most sense to them. I am concerned, however, that students will only hear one theory of Intelligent Design.
Let us remember that there are multiple theories of Intelligent Design. I and many others around the world are of the strong belief that the universe
was created by a Flying Spaghetti Monster. It was He who created all that we see and all that we feel. We feel strongly that the overwhelming scientific evidence pointing towards evolutionary processes is nothing but a coincidence, put in place by Him.
Dennis Overbye in The New York Times on the New Age Quantum Spirituality Genre:
When it comes to physics, people seem to need to kid themselves. There is a presumption, Dr. Albert said, that if you look deeply enough you will find "some reaffirmation of your own centrality to the world, a reaffirmation of your ability to take control of your own destiny." We want to know that God loves us, that we are the pinnacle of evolution.
But one of the most valuable aspects of science, he said, is precisely the way it resists that temptation to find the answer we want. That is the test that quantum mysticism flunks, and on some level we all flunk.
"Tough day at Le Bureau?"
French TV to make its own version of "The Office".