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Monthly Archive: July 2008

Jul 21 2008

Verb Regulation

They’re beiging my language. I’ve tried to learn other languages. I have studied them, but the most that’s consistently stuck with me is “Please,” “Thank you,” and “I speak only a little ______,” all said with pretty decent accents. But every time I’ve tried, especially the year when I was taking French and Spanish at …

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Jul 20 2008

The Nature of Offense

In the corners of the blogosphere where I hang out, offense and the giving and taking thereof have been the topic du jour for quite a few jours now. There’s Crackergate, the “sheet head” letter, the question of what words may be used to point out that someone else is calling names and, as I …

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Jul 18 2008

On Critique

(or, Randy Olson, erv Is Absolutely Right to Be Kicking Your Ass Right Now) Here’s the thing about being an artist. You have to communicate to do art. Communication requires someone on the other end. You require feedback to know whether you’re communicating. Critique requires time, thought and investment in your art by someone else. …

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Jul 16 2008

Walking Away and Back

I know I all but promised a blockbuster post for #101, but I used up a bunch of my intended post on someone else’s blog. I’m thinking the rest will end up as a more general post, but that requires actual thought, so it’s waiting until I have more time. In its place, I offer …

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Jul 15 2008

100th Post

It seems a little silly, celebrating my 100th blog post, when it took me a bleeding year and a half to get here. But looking back at what I’ve written, I’m pretty happy. This blog started as a place to be me on the internet, not just the bits of me that come out when …

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Jul 14 2008

Debunking the Caribou Thing, Again

My husband recently received an email from someone we love dearly: A fellow here at work says he went to the SEC online to look at who owns Caribou and it turns out the holding company is majority owned by people who say they are helping pay for jihad. It’s an Islamic militant organization and …

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Jul 13 2008

Making History

The unit in Belgium had a poor reputation for readiness and morale and John was one of a number of officers and enlisted personnel transferred in to deal with this. When transferred in he was promoted to First Sergeant. It was at this time that John had a frightening brush with death. When he first …

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Jul 11 2008

Post-a-Rejection-Letter Friday

I’ve been a bit busy the last couple of days, watching As the Cracker Crumbles. Thanks, therefore, to Sean C. Green for making it easy for me to quickly weigh in on the Helix “sheet head” fiasco. Here’s my rejection letter: Thank you for submitting “Unwinding” to Strange Horizons, but we’ve decided not to accept …

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Jul 10 2008

Oh, the Horror

Hopkins horror: 90-year-old was slain The woman was found dead in her apartment Monday, the city’s first murder case in nine years. Neighbors and police want answers. I read this article yesterday morning. It immediately pissed me off, but I thought I’d give myself some time before talking about it. It’s still pissing me off. …

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Jul 09 2008

Da Widdle Snakey

Isn’t it adorable? Just needs that pink little tongue sticking out to be irresistible. Okay, I find them irresistible already. Every time we go to the pet store for cat stuff, I make my husband stop by the reptile cages so I can ooh and ah over the sweet little ball pythons. I can’t have …

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