Being misunderstood (some prewriting for the day)

Just as other people don’t necessarily understand my work, I don’t understand how hard it is to drive a truck for 12 hours a day, to pick lettuce year in and year out, to raise a child with autism, to struggle with an anxiety disorder, to not understand math no matter how hard you try, or to do any number of things I never will have to do or have…

The folly of rewarding A while wishing for B

We rail against sequels, we talk about how we want original titles, but–according to the indisputable sales data–continue to lap up unimaginative, derivative sequel after unimaginative, derivative sequel. Is it any wonder, then, that companies continue to crank out sequel after roster update after sequel? They’re financially rewarded for doing so! –Vladimir Cole –The folly of rewarding A while wishing for B (Joystiq)

2006 version 1.1

As I grow older, new years don’t feel so new any more. Take this year for instance, it is totally packed with teaching and other tasks until the 10th of February. In the first 7 weeks of the semester I will be doing all my teaching this semester and next (until 1st of October). I have known this since August, nothing new about it. That’s why I have decided to…

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Tragic turn stuns families

The tragic miscommunication began when rescue workers deep in the mine called the rescue command center at the surface at 11:45 p.m. to report that the other 12 miners had been found alive. Gene Kitts, senior vice president at International Coal, said the call came into the command center over an open speaker and was heard by about 30 people. As soon as the words “12 are alive” were heard,…