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13th-Mar-2014 09:17 am - Seen on Twitter
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"Daylight Slavings Time is our just punishment for allowing the government to tell us what time it is." - Scott Bieser
30th-Jul-2013 09:30 am - A PETA conspiracy?
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As if Lyme disease weren't reason enough to fear ticks, now the bite of a particular type of tick can cause one to become allergic to red meat. Has PETA gone and genetically modified it?
15th-Jul-2011 09:42 am - My little Serenity
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This one is for Sunni.
11th-Apr-2011 07:47 am - Poem of the Day
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A Poem Like A Grenade
It is made to be rolled down
a flight of stairs,
placed under a guilty hat,
or casually dropped into a basket
among the desks
of the wrongheaded statesmen.

As it tumbled on the carpeted stairs
or settles quietly
in its wire-wicker nest,
it begins to unfold,
a ragged flower whose raw petals
burn and scar...

Its wastepaper soil catches fire,
the hat is blown from its hook.
Five or six faces are suddenly,
permanently changed...

There will be many poems written
in the shape of a grenade -
one hard piece of metal flying off
might even topple a government.

- John Haines

1st-Apr-2011 01:23 pm - Exactly
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Can't find anything to disagree with in Wendy's lasted blog post - Do Not Squander Your Life. Thank you, Wendy.
1st-Mar-2011 08:09 pm - Exactly
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" Rights belong to individuals, not groups: Just because all the other kids jump off the bridge, it doesn't mean you can push me off, too."
--Tamara K.
4th-Jan-2011 08:28 am - Addendum to Book List
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Back in October, I posted a list of books I remembered that I'd read up to that point.  Here's an addendum:

Tony Judt: Memory Chalet
Tim Ferris: 4 Hour Week
Henryk M. Broder: Hurra, wir kapitulieren
Friedrich Ani: Idylle der Hyänen
Robert B. Parker: Painted Ladies
James Salter: 1. Burning the Days; 2. A Sport and a Pastime
Helene Hegemann: Axolotl Roadkill
Paul Celan: Poems of Paul Celan
Norbert Krapf: Blue-Eyed Grass: Poems of Germany
Oskar Maria Graf: Das bayrische Dekameron

19th-Nov-2010 09:12 am - German e-books
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Can anyone recommend a good source for purchasing German-language e-books?  I can use Calibre to convert most e-pubs for use on my Kindle, so format shouldn't be an issue. I'm looking for more contemporary authors rather than stuff on Project Gutenberg.
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