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Jessie
How to Tell if You’re in a MFA Workshop Story - http://the-toast.net/2014...
How to Tell if You’re in a MFA Workshop Story
"You sit at the bar and have a drink. When you finish your drink you have another. You drink in a way that is simple and direct and not at all in imitation of Hemingway or Carver, and if it is then it’s an homage, a subtle, searingly thought-provoking homage, and the bartender is a charming old gent who calls you “hoss” and not a college girl with a swallow tattoo on her breastbone." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Her laugh was like the jangle of a charm bracelet, or like the wind whispering in the branches of an aspen, or like waves crashing on the beach, or like something else that doesn’t really sound at all like laughter, or even any sound a human can make, to be honest." - Jessie
"There is an ethnic person nearby, but they are dispensing with excellent advice. Their voice is cracked and earthy, like the earth. If they were your father they would say they loved you, to your face and to your heart. “Chile,” they say, “sho nuff, this crazy world goes on a-spinnin’ and don’t nobody know where it gon’ stop.” You nod sagely. It is good to take the G Train." - Jessie
"The love of a good woman will save you. A good woman will place her cool hand upon your feverish brow and not like the bands you don’t like. A good woman will know she is a metaphor, and accept it." - Jessie
"And even through the buffer of this short story, female readers are probably becoming barren just by encountering the power of your thoughts, right at this minute, right now." - Victor Ganata
....and if it is then it’s an homage, a subtle, searingly thought-provoking homage.... - WarLord
Hahahahahaha the comments: "In my one graduate level writing course a woman wrote a non-fiction story about the time she got into a car accident (in the US) after visiting a bakery and how the bagels she had bought spilled onto the road and the professor chewed her out for a painfully long time about the careless and racist way she had invoked images of Palestinian terrorism, so. " - Jessie
Also: "The other day a friend read me a sentence from a writing workshop piece (not his) that said, hand to god: "She cupped her chin in her girlish fingers and stared at me with penstemon-sparked eyes." I had to look up penstemon; apparently it's a flower, alternately called beardtongue. Sexy. " - Jessie
I guess everything really is a metaphor :D #darmok - Victor Ganata
Victor Ganata
Why the ‘diet’ on your soda may be misleading - PBS http://www.pbs.org/newshou...
"A study published Wednesday in the journal Nature suggests that consuming artificial sweeteners may increase the risk of elevated blood sugar levels." - Victor Ganata
n=7 so, yeah, the study has major limitations, but this makes sense from what we know: after all artificial sweeteners like xylitol are touted for their anti-bacterial properties, so I'm not particularly shocked by the idea that other artificial sweeteners might significantly alter gut flora. And we know that the composition of gut flora has an impact on the development of obesity. - Victor Ganata
Still, the study also suggests that this isn't a generalizable phenomenon and that maybe only certain individuals are prone to this effect, depending on their own genetic makeup and their specific gut microbiome. - Victor Ganata
"The fact that we have shown that some subset of individuals may be reacting adversely to artificial sweetener use does not mean that we are in any way directly or indirectly recommending that anyone change his or her diet. And especially we are not recommending for people to increase their sugar consumption rather than consuming artificial sweeteners." - Victor Ganata
Artificial sweeteners induce glucose intolerance by altering the gut microbiota - Nature - 2014 Sep 17 http://www.nature.com/nature... - Victor Ganata
I've gone rounds w/damn Dr prescribed nutritionist about this very thing. She swears I must switch to these man made sweeteners instead of cane sugar. She wrote a nasty gram in my chart that I'm non-compliant. Well duh. That shit is bad for a body no matter how it's presented. - Lnorigb from FFHound!
The study is way too small to be able to really tell what each artificial sweetener does, and the authors do still recommend not drinking sugar, though. It's really a risk-benefit/lesser of evils assessment. - Victor Ganata
And as always, too much of anything can't be all that good for you, so as long as you aren't littering your daily intake with artificial sweeteners or sugar, you're probably fine occasionally indulging. - Hookuh Tinypants
Andrew C (✔)
RT @shrillcosby: Dude is a New York Times political reporter who studied history at Yale. http://t.co/Ozqc6PccIL
RT @shrillcosby: Dude is a New York Times political reporter who studied history at Yale. http://t.co/Ozqc6PccIL
Wow, just. Honestly, I've got nothing. - Jennifer Dittrich
Wut. How does anyone get out of college not knowing that in some form or fashion? - Hookuh Tinypants
I think that's sixth grade Shakespeare if I remember correctly - Steve C Team Marina
A lot of grade/middle/high schools leave "The Merchant of Venice" out of the curriculum in favor of plays with less antisemitism, but I'd expect someone with a vaguely related humanities degree to at least know the historical use of the term. - Jennifer Dittrich
We never read it in high school, and my college Shakespeare class didn't read that play. Still, I've I've known the reference since I was a teen. - Katy S from iPhone
Yeah, that's the other part of it - it was something I knew long before I read the play (though I did that on my own in HS,) and the character was specifically discussed in our AP English Lit class (along with several others for works we didn't have time to read.) - Jennifer Dittrich
His ignorance of the term is shocking. - Stephen Mack
Had to look up context of this comment. Oh, Joe Biden /facepalm - Victor Ganata
Just in case it saves someone some searching: http://www.cnn.com/2014... - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I really, truly can't recall this term. You can color me ignorant, but I don't seek it out. - Eric - Poppa Large
I guess I'm doubly ignorant: Not only do I not know what the term means, I wasn't aware of the controversy. - Brian Johns
^this - ETA - that said, I don't know that I've ever even heard the term "shylock", so I certainly wouldn't have used it in any context. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
But it was John Travolta in that weird movie with uma therman. Not just Shakespeare. C'mon! - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra from Android
All the shylocks I know are Italian, not Jewish. - April Russo
Sarah G.
RT @darth: these are great! MT @theglipper: @vanessablum: Calif Bar Suspends Lawyer for Photoshopping Herself Into Celeb Shots http://t.co/VqNbu3GJj8
RT @darth: these are great! MT @theglipper:  @vanessablum: Calif Bar Suspends Lawyer for Photoshopping Herself Into Celeb Shots http://t.co/VqNbu3GJj8
LOL, wut? Suspended? Although I guess it is kind of sketchy to post that on your professional website under "publicity" http://californiacivillawyer.com/publici... - Victor Ganata
In the Matter of SVITLANA E. SANGARY - State Bar Court of California - Los Angeles http://members.calbar.ca.gov/courtDo... - Victor Ganata
Her responses to the Bar Court are… pretty entertaining. - Victor Ganata
Here, Victor, lawyers should not put out anything which might call into question their integrity. See http://www.lawgazette.co.uk/practic... for a recent example - Pete : Team Marina
"In her response, Respondent denied the allegations contained in the [Notice of Disciplinary Charges] and then wrote a 16-page soliloquy with little to no rational connection to the charges at hand." :D - Victor Ganata
"Respondent attached 30 exhibits to her response, including an extensive write-up on Natalie Portman and an email from Barack Obama requesting that Respondent '[c]hip in $3 or more' to help the Democratic Party." - Victor Ganata
"Instead of focusing on the only allegation in the NDC, i.e. whether or not Respondent failed to cooperate with a State Bar investigation, Respondent denied the allegation and proceeded to compose another bizarre soliloquy…." - Victor Ganata
I guess she mostly got suspended for not showing up to Bar Court proceedings, really. - Victor Ganata
Victor Ganata
'Heat storm' preparations start months earlier at Southern California utilities - SCPR http://www.scpr.org/news...
Seems like the climate models are at least good enough for utility companies to anticipate energy needs several months in advance, so…. - Victor Ganata
Micah
Two guards stand at a fork in the road, and only one way leads to paradise. One guard always lies, the other likes big butts and cannot lie.
I ask if the other guard likes to stay and play. - Steele Lawman
LOL, the Epimenides/Sir Mix-a-lot paradox? - Victor Ganata
Well that makes that puzzle easier. - Arlan K.
The unstated assumption is that you only get one question, right? Because otherwise my first question is "How many fingers am I holding up?" or some other statement whose truth value I already know. - Deborah Fitchett
Bridgekeeper: Stop. Who would cross the Bridge of Death must answer me these questions three, ere the other side he see. - WarLord
Without my permission, no one may cross. http://www.youtube.com/watch... - Betsy
I just say, "I'm going to paradise" and cross, because I know the other brothers can't deny. - Stephen Mack
Victor Ganata
People jump all over people who don't use Standard American English as their first language for minor spelling and grammar mistakes, but if someone who is supposedly educated has no idea that a word is a well-attested offensive ethnic/racial slur, we should just let it slide?
I'm thinking… maybe we shouldn't judge people for their ignorance? Or nah? - Victor Ganata
It's one thing not to know the word or phrase. It is an entirely different thing to then claim that your ignorance of it means that it isn't offensive or shouldn't be offensive. The latter is much more troubling to me. It's more than a little solipstistic. - Katy S
Victor Ganata
It's pretty weird how having an irrational fear can actually give you a sense of control, but, there it is.
I guess, really, I'm afraid of not being afraid. - Victor Ganata
Victor Ganata
More Dudes Who Will Not Be Ignored: 'Remind Me to Slap Your Momma' - Jezebel http://jezebel.com/more-du...
"…men aren't taught that pillar of adulthood, disappointment management." - Victor Ganata
Sarah G.
I have the theme song to the Jeffersons stuck in my head. This is not a complaint.
Now I want pie. - Victor Ganata
You can finally have a piece, V. - Marie
yep, definitely getting sick. The "fish don't fry in the kitchen, beans don't burn on the grill" line also made me want to hurl. - sglassme
ooh! there's a song I love that samples that tune. this guy who goes by "80 Dimes" from Baltimore did it years ago and it's still one of my all-time faves. it's called "Whoa Now." that particular line isn't in it, so you can enjoy safely. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
I just listened to that theme song a few days ago. Must be in the ethers. Or you are moving on up because you finally got a piece of the pie. - Corinne L
Andrew C (✔)
The only good part about THE PHANTOM MENACE, to me, was Darth Maul and Qui-Gonn/Obi-Wan throwing down.
If it weren't 1999, it could've totally just been a video game intro or a YouTube video. - Victor Ganata
Victor Ganata
The wheat-and-the-weeds parable/metaphor is pretty deeply embedded in my mind. Just because it's usually a choice between a greater evil and a lesser evil doesn't mean there isn't some good somewhere in the mix, however obscured and choked by weeds.
To use another cliché: throwing the baby out with the bathwater is generally the worst course of action. - Victor Ganata
Yeah, but the bathwater isn't saying you're drowning the baby ;) *mixed metaphor DJ* - Pete : Team Marina
Bath water and babies are both pretty gross, though. - Anika
Yes, we sometimes have to choose. But the choices are often poor and the people asking for you to choose are poor too. - Pete : Team Marina
But basically, I agree with Victor. - Pete : Team Marina
Jessie
A Movie Star Names Things - http://the-toast.net/2014...
A Movie Star Names Things
"MOVIE STAR: BRING ME MY PAIN TWIN DIRECTOR: do you mean your stunt double MOVIE STAR: BRING ME MY AGONY SHADOW WHO SUFFERS FOR ME" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"MOVIE STAR: WHERE IS MY PHANTOM WIFE DIRECTOR: your costar she’s your costar MOVIE STAR: WHERE IS THE WOMAN WHO WEARS THE SAME CLOTHES EVERY DAY AND PRETENDS TO LOVE ME WHEN THE MIRROR SEES US" - Jessie
LOL, it's like Thor was a movie star. Although I guess I could see Rainier Wolfcastle saying these things :D - Victor Ganata
Victor Ganata
Richard Dawkins basically throws in with the MRAs - Pharyngula http://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyng...
"As you might guess, the MRAs are jubilant about this. Richard Dawkins is 'one of us!', they say. Atheism is officially and asymmetrically split, with the authoritarians of the Dawkins/Harris alliance happily embracing MRAs, and the mob of the Skepchick/FtB axis standing apart, looking appalled." - Victor Ganata
What is with these "they're just faking outrage" people, anyways? - Andrew C (✔)
Well, it's certainly easier than admitting other people's experience's don't match yours. - Jennifer Dittrich
So disappointing. The Ancestor's Tale is one of my favourite non-fiction books; such a shame it has to be written by someone becoming more and more a complete tool every time he opens his mouth. - Mark H
Do authors increase their book sales by faking fake outrage? I wonder... - Todd Hoff
Victor Ganata
"Only trust people who like big butts. They cannot lie." (via alfienumeric) http://instagram.com/p...
*trustworthy*-----> - MoTO: Team Marina from Android
Correlation does not prove causation. - Steele Lawman
LOL, true. I mean, it might be actually true in Sir Mix-a-lot's case, but it's not necessarily generalizable. - Victor Ganata
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Didn't get a pic of a hipster in pink summer shorts, a long sleeve sweater, and a wool hat. I don't understand that. I really don't.
That's totally how Southern Californians dress for winter. - Victor Ganata
Andrew C (✔)
I'm so old I remember when it seemed like everyone liked U2.
I guess it was pretty much over when their song was played at the inauguration :) - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Victor Ganata
OKCupid Dude Will Not Be Ignored: 'You Self Involved Princess' - Jezebel http://jezebel.com/okcupid...
Is it messed up that, despite my own utter lack of game, these things make me feel a lot better about myself? :D - Victor Ganata
Y'know, in screenwriting advice, I commonly come across the point that you'll never succeed if you only compare yourself to the worst stuff out there. - Andrew C (✔)
LOL, well, that's OK. "Trying is the first step to failure." "Aim low. Aim so low that no one will even care if you succeed." - Victor Ganata
Funny this came up as I just started going back to that site. I guess we can fail together, Vic. - Arlan K.
I mean, sure, I'm probably not going to convince anyone to go out with me if my only goal is to not act like a totally needy, narcissistic douche bag with poor impulse control, but I'm starting to count not leaving these kind of deranged messages as winning :D - Victor Ganata
You *should* feel better about yourself, Victor. That site brings out the wackadoodle in some folks. - Corinne L
https://twitter.com/JeanGre... (and the one-up by @jenhasgreathair is ... much worse.) - Andrew C (✔)
LOL, I'm gonna change mine to "cool, calm, and collectivist." Not that I'm chatting up a bunch of Randian Objectivists, but that should definitely keep them away. - Victor Ganata
OK, that username. Damn! :D - Victor Ganata
Jessie
Dirtbag Teddy Roosevelt - http://the-toast.net/2014...
Dirtbag Teddy Roosevelt
"TAFT HAVE YOU HEARD OF THIS STANDARD OIL BUSINESS yes, sir THEY’RE A MONOPOLY yes, sir THAT ISN’T SPORTING AT ALL no, sir BRING ME STANDARD OIL I’M GOING TO PUNCH IT MANFULLY IN THE FACE" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"TAFT GET IN HERE THIS INSTANT THE BOYS IN THE WAR DEPARTMENT ARE LETTING ME USE THEM TO RECREATE THE BATTLE OF SAN JUAN HILL AND WE NEED YOU TO PLAY SAN JUAN HILL" - Jessie
"I PROPOSE TO RIDE YOU LIKE A PONY ALL THE WAY TO MANILA please don’t ride me like a pony, sir… NOW OPEN YOUR MOUTH SO I CAN GET THIS BRIDLE FITTED" - Victor Ganata
"TAFT WHAT’S GOING ON WHY ARE THESE BOYS TAKING MY THINGS OUT OF THE OFFICE you’re not the President anymore, sir WHY ON EARTH NOT you’ve already served two terms we had another election WELL WHO IS THE PRESIDENT NOW I am, sir WHAT... WELL I I’M GOING TO GO TO AFRICA AND KILL EVERYTHING I SEE THERE" - Jessie
I love history. - Steele Lawman
"I PROPOSE TO ACQUIRE IT THROUGH THE STRATEGIC USE OF COLD BATHS, STRENUOUS MOUNTAIN HIKES, AND BARE-KNUCKLE BOXING" Teddy was my hero growing up. - MoTO: Team Marina
"TOO LATE, TAFT I’M ALREADY ON MY WAY GOING TO DO LUNGES ACROSS THE ATLANTIC SHOULD BE IN MOSCOW BY NOON I’LL WIRE WHEN I GET THERE" This is great stuff. - MoTO: Team Marina
"YOU SWOLLEN CARAPACE YOU’VE NEVER EVEN RIDDEN A BEAR NOR STRUCK A MOUNTAIN NOR EATEN A LIVE HORSE WHILE RIDING ON THE BACK OF A DIFFERENT HORSE HOW CAN YOU BE PRESIDENT, YOU HUNK OF UNDERCOOKED LIVER" *dead* - MoTO: Team Marina
Andrew C (✔)
RT @billmon1: 8. So tribe defined by skin color shapes every aspect of our politics, coloring (pun intended) issues that logically should be class issues.
Hmm. Thinking about these tweets, I'm now wondering if race and class are really orthogonal classifications, and not just a merged duality. This phenomenon isn't just limited to the U.S., either. In many developing ex-colonies, social class and skin tone are very closely linked. - Victor Ganata
Andrew C (✔)
.@NCTACable for all the money you telco/cable guys are making with your monopoly power, how are you hiring such bad PR?
When you have a monopoly, you don't have to be liked. - April Russo
The diminishing returns of turd polishing? - Victor Ganata
This was actually a reply to their really dumb promoted tweet. - Andrew C (✔)
Victor Ganata
If Scotland votes for independence, does that mean Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and Tuvalu will have to change their flag, too?
And Hawai'i - Pete : Team Marina
Oh, and Ontario, Manitoba, and British Columbia :D - Victor Ganata
Victor Ganata
The problem with both the Fahrenheit scale and the Celsius scale is that 100°F or 100°C is not twice as hot as 50°F or 50°C respectively. #KelvinFTW
Did I already tell you all that the heat makes me feel crazy? Because the heat makes me feel crazy. - Victor Ganata
It sure feels twice as hot. - John (bird whisperer)
Cooking a chicken at 750°F won't cook it in half the time as 375°F. Heat and temperature are not linear. - Joe
750°F = 672K and 375°F = 463K, so does that mean it will only cook about 1.4x as fast? ;) - Victor Ganata
Monique Judge
Victor Ganata
Got Questions About the Ebola Outbreak? Ask Reddit Anything - Vocativ https://www.vocativ.com/culture... - busting some myths regarding the Ebola epidemic
"FALSE: Ebola patients bleed profusely out of every orifice." - Victor Ganata
"FALSE: A global pandemic is inevitable." - Victor Ganata
Andrew C (✔)
Dang, we're only five years and change from Arno Stark, aka Iron Man 2020. ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki... )
2020 seemed so much further away back in 1984. - Andrew C (✔)
Marvel really should create a character with the last name Lannister just to make the circle complete :D - Victor Ganata
Victor Ganata
There’s Another “Game Of Thrones” Theory And It Changes Everything - Buzzfeed http://www.buzzfeed.com/lukebai... - WARNING: POTENTIAL SPOILERS
I mean, there's got to be a reason why Tyrion is headed towards [redacted] in ADwD, right? - Victor Ganata
Victor Ganata
Kenny Loggins mod for Skyrim: replaces all combat music with "Danger Zone" (via face-down-asgard-up) http://face-down-asgard-up.tumblr.com/post...
This would be perfect for Sterling Archer. - Victor Ganata
is there a "Nightwatch" mod? - Big Joe Silence
Sarah G.
Jacobite Heir happens to be this guy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki... Childess 81 year old Bavarian Duke. Royalty is fun!
Hah, is there a worry that if independence passes, they'll try to re-establish a monarchy and overthrow the nascent republic? - Victor Ganata
guess if they don't want that they can spike the guy's house grounds with moles. there's precedent. - RepoRat
I have asked the same qq before. The Wittlesbachs do not actively pursue their Bavarian or Jacobite claims. - Pete : Team Marina
I just read the Constitution included in the independence bill and it looks like Queen Elizabeth II will still be the Queen of Scotland either way. - Victor Ganata
Yeah, they're not going the whole hog. Just yet ;) - Pete : Team Marina
Jacobite restorations have tended not to do too well, so keeping Queen Elizabeth II is probably for the best. - John (bird whisperer)
Yeah, if the independence bill passes, I won't be surprised if there's another vote to try and abolish the monarchy. - Victor Ganata
I was somewhat surprised to see it not part of the deal, but I guess they didn't want that to muddy the issue. - Sarah G.
I think it would have pushed many to no. - Pete : Team Marina
They'd be pushing Prince Hot Ginger at all sorts of events in Scotland. - Sarah G.
Point of order: it's QE I of Scotland, actually. Elizabeth I of England and Ireland was never queen of Scotland. (I know this because my Isle of Skye tour operator was Much Exercised about it.) - RepoRat
And QE II should be QE I - Pete : Team Marina
lol jinx - RepoRat
Mine was a follow up to yours ;) She shoud *currently* be QE I of UK, but numbers never worked out that way. - Pete : Team Marina
QE II & I - John (bird whisperer)
Andrew C (✔)
But hey, if that $8 WF banh mi had been great, I'd be a hero right now.
Was that... a sandwich pun? - Jennifer Dittrich
It wasn't when I started, but sure, why not. - Andrew C (✔)
It was more that in the FB discussion about this, my friends were castigating me for buying it in the first place, and I defended the decision - though not the sandwich - on the grounds that I had to know, that I was almost an explorer of sorts. - Andrew C (✔)
Sometimes infectious gastroenteritis is the best teacher ;) - Victor Ganata
Well, to that point, http://friendfeed.com/arc315... . =) - Andrew C (✔)
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