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Atheist Stephen Fry Delivers Incredible Answer When Asked What He Would Say If He Met God -
Atheist Stephen Fry Delivers Incredible Answer When Asked What He Would Say If He Met God
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""I’ll say: bone cancer in children, what’s that about? How dare you how dare you create a world where there is such misery that’s not our fault? It’s utterly, utterly evil. Why should I respect a capricious, mean-minded, stupid god who creates a world which is so full of injustice and pain? The god who created this universe, if he created this universe, is quite clearly a maniac, an utter maniac, totally selfish. We have to spend our lives on our knees thanking him. What kind of god would do that? Yes the world is very splendid, but it also has in it insects whose whole life cycle is to burrow into the eyes of children and make them blind.”" - Mark H from Bookmarklet
Attenboroughesque :) - Eivind from Android
see also Pratchett's Patrician :) - Pete
God might reply, "when you can create a world without injustice and pain, then we can talk" - Todd Hoff
Worl, as an individual I can't. Nor Stephen. Nor Todd. But God? God *could*. Question is, why not? Ah, theodicy. - Pete
Thus, god is not perfect. - Joe
God never said he was, it's people,that said that. And perfection doesn't aloow for free will, which is a handy thing to have. - Todd Hoff
Granted that the creator of the universe is not perfect. I would also say the force/energy/being is not all knowing either. (Edit to add- I would say that the creator is an experimenter.) - Joe
You guys are in full swing here but I guess I'd ask what your definition of perfect is? - MoTO: #TeamMarina from Android
Generally, that which can't be improved. What is improved? There you go. - Todd Hoff
I think for a lot of us "perfect" is "what satisfies me" - MoTO: #TeamMarina from Android
"The Problem of Evil" is what led me to abandon my faith when I was 11 or 12. No one around me at the time was willing or able to provide an answer to it. I've since reconciled it for myself, more or less, but it's an ongoing struggle, I must admit. - Brent Schaus from iPhone
Recently, for example, I've been reading "The Gulag Archipelago", and it's rattling my faith. I think a part of me seeks to learn about these things for that reason: to rattle my faith, and see how it fares. Probably why I stay on FriendFeed, too LOL - Brent Schaus from iPhone
Yeah, The Problem of Evil in the wake of 9/11 and the subsequent lies leading to the invasion of Iraq broke my belief as well. Coincidentally, I started reading a lot of Philip K Dick novels at the time, and his theodicy is probably the only one I'd be willing to believe: God isn't actually omnipotent. - Victor Ganata
I think Mr. Fry got it in one. Cancer. Why would anyone allow that if they had the power to prevent or stop it? And if they don't have that power, why the hell should we blindly hand over our lives to them? - Heather
Okay, God gets rid of cancer. Then what? - MoTO: #TeamMarina from Android
If God is omnipotent and benevolent, why does cancer even exist in the first place? - Victor Ganata
Then cancer gets rid of God. #notatheologist #noideawhatthatmeans - Stephen Mack from iPhone
*reserves spot to comment from beyond the grave* - Micah from iPhone
Ya'll are going with the assumption that a creator thinks like its creation and feels as its creation feels. That's where modern religion seems to go off the rails in my mind. - Michael W. May
As an atheist myself, I sympathize with Fry's line of thought, but I hope I would show a little less hubris in the presence of god. Maybe start with, "well, this s certainly a surprise!" before launching into the whole cancer bit. - Steele Lawman
A Baha'i friend once asked me 'If you met God and he asked you what you had done with your life, what would you say?' I said 'I might ask the same of you.' - Pete
Could an imperfect human being possessing free will exist in such a way to rail against his creator (or really against the decaying, entropic universe he resides in) if everything was perfect, self-sustaining, and infinite? Guess it depends on what your assumptions or beliefs about God is. If it has human-like attributes but imbued with supreme power, then perhaps we can say the... more... - Mo Kargas
I dunno, wouldn't an omniscient and benevolent God understand and empathize with its creation? - Victor Ganata
I tend to think we imagined God as the omnipotent, omniscient version of ourselves, warts and all. Where we are vengeful, capricious, insecure - God is the Most vengeful, capricious, insecure. I tend to think that *if* there is a "creator," it is indifferent to us entirely. I can imagine that creator's response to Mr. Fry: "Cancer, blindness, bugs...they all fit within a cycle of... more... - Cult Hero from iPhone
Inconsistent human qualities applied to something beyond us. - Mo Kargas
No really, nobody answered my question, what next? - MoTO: #TeamMarina from Android
Well, ok. About what are we talking? The utterly apart Islamic God of Tawhid? The immanent yet transcendent God of the Incarnation? The Demiurge of the Gnostics? The utterly ineffable of Lovecraft? Cos if we don't know *that* all the rest of it is wandering in a maze. - Pete
But the original question isn't about "next". It's about why things are the way they are in the first place. - Victor Ganata
The monotheistic God Fry is likely talking of is *claimed* to value humans. But a Creator does not necessarily have to value or care, at least in a way which is understandable to us. - Pete
Sure, the easiest form of theodicy that doesn't do away with God entirely is to say that God isn't what we think God is, but the obvious logical consequence of that line of thinking is therefore many of the world's religions are utter bullshit. - Victor Ganata
It also assumes that we are the snake in the cage, not the mouse bred for food. - Johnny from iPhone
Well, and quite, Victor. - Pete
The original quote assumes both that God is powerful enough to affect th course of the world and demands worship. The God of many religions fits that. If you change the parameters, you are creating a new context. - Heather
That context will change from human to human regardless, due to that initial assumption. - Mo Kargas
Heather, like Isaac Newton's Clockwork Universe. Put all the pieces together and let it run. - Johnny from iPhone
Letting it run, to me, sounds like not having investment in the proceedings. Which (again just my perspective) would not require devotion and worship. If God made everything and walked away, why follow rules or pray? - Heather
The fact is that many world religions explicitly state that God is active in the proceedings of the Universe, though. - Victor Ganata
OTOH, we give our lives over to many entities that aren't omnipotent or omniscient but are nonetheless more powerful and/or (allegedly) more knowledgeable than we are—government, the free market, etc.—so if God isn't omnipotent nor omniscient, that isn't necessarily a reason not to worship or offer to service to Him/Her/Them. - Victor Ganata
Glen Campbell
I really hate it when I get distracted before I even
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Yeah, - bentley
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Just completed a 10.65 mi run - Long run to finish out the month. #RunKeeper
Just completed a 10.65 mi run - Long run to finish out the month. #RunKeeper
Nice! - Jenny H. from Android
Thanks! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Great job! - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
Andrew C (✔)
Shades of grey I can name: slate, gunmetal, concrete, ash, "nearly black", "almost white", silvery, "dark", "light" … "grey". D'oh.
Damn it, now I had to look it up. - Victor Ganata
TIL so far: gainsboro, Spanish gray (gris) - Victor Ganata
Heh. Confederate gray. - Victor Ganata
Cinereous sounds pretty cool. - Victor Ganata
Charcoal, heather, gravel, dust, mist, steel, elephant - Jennifer Dittrich
"kinda blue in the right light" - Steve C Team Marina
battleship, English sky - Pete
I will accept "charcoal" and "steel" and I guess "elephant" as ones I knew at one point but forgot while writing the original tweet. The rest seem sketchy to me. - Andrew C (✔)
Earl - Brent Schaus from iPhone
Jennifer. - Anika
navy has: haze gray, deck gray, machinery gray (maybe others?) - Christina Pikas
I think Brent wins. :D - Anne Bouey
"About A Dozen Shades of Grey That I Can Name" -- a list-form novel of bondage and quick buck making by Andrew C. - Stephen Mack
list form novels: the "long form" of listicles. - Andrew C (✔)
Windows taskbar gray, old faded black jeans gray, senior hair gray, my black marker is running out of ink gray, overcooked steak gray - April Russo
Heather gray. - Joe
Davis. Spalding. Anatomy. - Corinne L
Jean - Jessie
Joel Grey, Macy Gray - Greg GuitarBuster
Luis Gray - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
Kiss from a rose on the Gray - Micah from FFHound!
Stephen Mack
George RR Martin’s The Winds of Winter: no plans for publication in 2015 [The Guardian] -
George RR Martin’s The Winds of Winter: no plans for publication in 2015 [The Guardian]
From the article: "Another year of waiting for The Winds of Winter to blow is in store for fans of George RR Martin, as his publisher confirmed there are no plans for the much-anticipated latest volume from his A Song of Ice and Fire series to appear in 2015. Instead, readers will have to comfort themselves with an illustrated edition of three previously anthologised novellas set in the world of Westeros." - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
Who's gonna get their next book published last? GRRM or Patrick Rothfuss? - Arlan K.
t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
so this morning I noticed the very obvious reflection of me in this photo I posted to my personal twitter last night... whoops. don't pix while drinking, y'all. let this be a reminder to you. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
Mostly I see your scarf :) - Stephen Mack
Andrew C (✔)
RT @nickwiger: "And gimme some of that lime yogurt." "That's guacamole. It's extra, is that ok?" "How much extra? $500?"
RT @nickwiger: "And gimme some of that lime yogurt." "That's guacamole. It's extra, is that ok?" "How much extra? $500?"
It's actually lime pudding, sir. Do you still want it? - Corinne L
"All right, I'll try this... guacamolo, you called it? And get some for the press corps. And throw in some of those frito-lays." - Stephen Mack
Stephen Mack
Kids always get passes / When they wear new glasses
(Passing grades in class because now he can read the board, that is. Apologies to Dorothy Parker.) - Stephen Mack from iPhone
The Other Yvonne
Logan's a celebrity! This is our Sunnyvale Activity Guide.
That's awesome! - Stephen Mack
Royalties! You are rich I tell you, rich! - Steve C Team Marina
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Happy Birthday, Zoe! - Jennifer Dittrich
Happy birthday, Zoe! - Tamara J. B.
Happy birthday, Zoe! Hopefully you were spoiled today. - Stephan from iPhone
Happy bday Zoe! - Joe
Yay Zoe! - MoTO: #TeamMarina
Happy birthday, Zoe! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Thanks, everyone! <3 - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Mom has a great smile. - MoTO: #TeamMarina
Happy birthday, Li'l Zee :) - Pete
Laura Norvig
RT @gshellen: "7 Things You Need To Know About Telling People They Need To Know 7 Things About A Particular Topic"
I'd NEVER BELIEVE what's in that list... - Walt Crawford
Number 3 will have made me gasp. - Stephen Mack
I will NEVER DO number two AGAIN. No, wait... - bentley
Grant is hilarious. And we have the whole, 'my brother is kinda somebody' thing in common. - Laura Norvig from iPhone
Doctors hate #2 - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
DB, Lil LB's Dad
Photographer sues Nike over Michael Jordan photo copyright - ESPN -
Photographer sues Nike over Michael Jordan photo copyright - ESPN
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Jacobus Rentmeester is suing Nike in federal court in Oregon for copyright infringement. Not only is he asking for profits associated with the Jordan brand, which generated $3.2 billion in retail sales in 2014, but he also is seeking to halt current sales and plans for the brand's future. - DB, Lil LB's Dad from Bookmarklet
Ruh roh! - DB, Lil LB's Dad
This seems a stretch to me. (HA!) The photographer isn't Michael Jordan. Even if every claim the photographer makes in the article is true, they're not using his photo -- they're using a drawing of Michael Jordan doing a particular move, and many elements in the silhouette don't match up. The only person who should own the rights to a silhouette of Michael Jordan is Michael Jordan himself. You can't claim copyrights for poses or ballet moves. - Stephen Mack
That may be true but dude's still gonna get a fat settlement check from this. If I were him though I'd angle for some type of on-going royalty agreement. Do you know how much Jordan branded merchandise Nike sells in a year? - DB, Lil LB's Dad
I think he may have a case, considering Michael even states that it was Rentmeester who originally had him pose in that manner. It wasn't a coincidental shot, but a deliberate action for artistic value. - NOT THE CRICKET
I'm no lawyer but how is a pose copyrightable? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
It's more than pose, you have same subject, same approximate pose, same use of off hand rather than primary. All of that and other factor's combine to create the piece. The image, that was created after and used for several years, before being silhouetted, could possibly attempt to claim derivative work, but that won't hold up because it takes nearly every bit of the prior work and... more... - NOT THE CRICKET
I'm sure Nike will settle this. The guy has what seems like a valid case. - DB, Lil LB's Dad
Happy Birthday Jenica!!
Happy day! - ellbeecee
Happy birthday! - Pete from FFHound(roid)!
Happy birthday! - Galadriel C.
Happy birthday! - RepoRat
Happy birthday! - Laurie Boots
Happy birthday! :D - Jennifer Dittrich
happy happy jenica day! - Sir Shuping is just sir
happy being born! enjoy your day! - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
happy birthday - hope you are feeling better :) - Jen
Happy birthday, Jenica! We are quite happy you were born, those *few* years ago! - WebGoddess
Happy birthday! - Stephen Mack
happy birthday, Jenica! - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Hippo birdies two ewes! - Deborah Fitchett
Many happy returns of the day! - Lily
Happy Birthday!!! - Katy S
Thank you, all! I had a head cold and spent the day napping and cuddling with my kiddo, and then my husband brought me cupcakes and we played video games. It was a good day. :) - Jenica
Happy ((belated) Birthday, Jenica! - MoTO: #TeamMarina
Happy Belated, my dear. - Louise "Weezy" Alcorn
Stephen Mack
Apparently Jason H. was my 1,000th subscription on FF.
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What does he win??? - Steve C Team Marina
I forgot how to count that low. - Louis Gray
SteVe, he wins 1,000 of my likes, to be distributed on future posts. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
The Other Yvonne
Now taking recommendations for cross country car transport. Advice online says to avoid brokers in case of damage to the car, but at this point I'll take anything! Thanks!
Hmm, my family always did it the hard way. I have a cousin who just loved road trips and has done it several times. I've never used a broker but surely there has to be a reliable one? - Stephen Mack
Last time I moved I towed mine behind the moving truck. - laura x
I used Magic Carpet Auto Transport to move my car from NY to CA. I have no complaints. The price was fair and it was delivered on time. - Mary Carmen
Steve and 4 other people
Facebook was down because ____________________.
FriendFeed was up. - imabonehead
I was sleeping and they were waiting for me to awaken. :P - Jenny H. from Android
Friendfeed was down too, that's how I found out Facebook was down. - NOT THE CRICKET
There's a blizzard. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
Sleep is unproductive and a waste of time, Jenny. - Louis Gray
Blizzard Squad - Stephen Mack from iPhone
What ONE Billy Wilder film would you tell people who have never seen a Billy Wilder film that they should watch? I can’t choose.
"The Apartment" - Cult Hero
"Sunset Boulevard" - Big Joe Silence
Double Indemnity, Witness for the Prosecution, Some Like it Hot, and yeah 1, 2 , 3 because Cagney - WarLord
See, this proves the problem I'm having. - Jandy
My first, gut reaction was "Sunset Boulevard." I went with "The Apartment" simply because it won more awards. :) Sabrina would also be a great option, but mainly because of Audrey. - Cult Hero
It'd very hard having said that he was at TEH top of his game with Stalag 17 - WarLord
Stalag 17, Casino Royale, and The Apartment. All so different yet all so great! - Ken Morley
Casino Royale? - Jandy
I guess not really a Wilder film, but I believe he was involved. :P - Ken Morley
Unaccredited writer - f - WarLord
I may be on my own with that pick. :) - Ken Morley
I may have to revisit Witness For the Prosecution Charles Laughton, Elsa Lancaster, Marlene Dietrich - Billy Wilder as Hitchcock - WarLord
Hmmm, interesting, Ken. I didn't realize he'd had a pass at that script. Googled a bit, sounds like his parts of the script were probably largely written over by the end. I'm reading a bio of him now, hopefully it'll go into more detail about that. Anyway, I definitely wouldn't count it as a Wilder film! - Jandy
My memory of Casino Royale ( I was in HS) it was a terribly flawed film trying to cash in on 007 at absolute height of Bond craze. I think it was only Fleming novel not owned by regular 007 franchise#Memory.... - WarLord
There's a TV version of Casino Royale, the 1967 version, and then 1983's Never Say Never Again that are considered "unofficial" - not produced by the Broccolis, I think is the distinction. I liked the '67 version as a hilarious spoof/parody, but yeah, it totally doesn't fit with the other films. Sounds like the Ben Hecht version of the script from '64 would've, though. - Jandy
Okay, not a Wilder film, so I'll substitute Some Like It Hot. Sorry WarLord, it's just not possible for any film with David Niven, Peter Sellers /and/ Woody Allen to be "terribly flawed". ;) - Ken Morley
Some Like It Hot, no question. - Stephen Mack
Stalag 17 or The Apartment. - Hookuh Tinypants
Double Indemnity and Irma la Douce. - Red Label
While I love Sunset Blvd, I'd go with Some Like It Hot. - Corinne L
Andrew C (✔)
The Horrors of the Short-Lived Cathy TV Show -
The Horrors of the Short-Lived Cathy TV Show
The Horrors of the Short-Lived Cathy TV Show
You know, the show was terrible, but I liked it more than the comic strip because whoever the actress was who did her voice SOUNDED warm and attractive and was utterly disarming, deconstructing every horrible thing she said. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
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Sleater-Kinney: "A New Wave" -- Live, Late Night with David Letterman, 2015-Jan-15
Sleater-Kinney: "A New Wave" -- Live, Late Night with David Letterman, 2015-Jan-15
Holy crap, what happens at 2:19 is pure amazing. - Stephen Mack
(Also, this is currently my favorite song from the new album. Can't believe Spin put it at #88 and dissed it as undistinguished in ) - Stephen Mack
Stuck in my head all day today. Not complaining. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Andrew C (✔)
High-Frequency Traders Need a Speed Limit - Bloomberg View -
"In today's electronic financial markets, a single investor can execute more than 10,000 trades a second, meaning that more than 1,000 trades can happen in the blink of an eye. Electronic trading firms are willing to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to shave off even millionths of a second. This raises an important question for human welfare: If real economic activity depends on people doing things, and people can't possibly think or react this fast, who benefits from all the speed?" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"Some earlier research has suggested that batch auctions might eliminate the fleeting arbitrage opportunities that drive the current arms race in trading speed. Now, two researchers -- Austin Gerig of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and Daniel Fricke of Oxford University -- have shown in a detailed analysis of batch execution that the optimal time period between trades... more... - Andrew C (✔)
"A speed limit on trading would probably be bad news for companies currently profiting from the technology-fueled microsecond scrum over information. But markets are supposed to serve investors and the companies they support, not financial intermediaries." - Andrew C (✔)
Yeah, the status quo is insanity. - Stephen Mack
A fraction of a penny per share fee should clean that right up, and yet not really affect actual human traders at all. - Brian Johns
Mark H
I have mispronounced Hartlepool all these years. (There were more I didn't know, but I've never had any reason to pronounce them. (Harlepool is a football team.)) - Eivind
Siobhan's adorable. - Brent Schaus from iPhone
Chronic mispronouncer of ALL THE THINGS---> - Jenny H.
That was cute. - Stephen Mack
At least all the -cesters (and -minsters) are consistent (and I had those correct!) :-) - Nils Sandin
Nothing like a little bit of local knowledge. Near me are two places, Cosham and Bosham. The first is pronounced more-or-less like it's spelt: cosh'm. The second one is bozz'm. No idea why. - Mark H
Stephen Mack
When our family moved to California from England in 1979 (when I was age 12), my brother Phil and I wanted to visit Santa's Village (in Scott's Valley, off Highway 17 on the way to Santa Cruz) more than any other place in the world. -
When our family moved to California from England in 1979 (when I was age 12), my brother Phil and I wanted to visit Santa's Village (in Scott's Valley, off Highway 17 on the way to Santa Cruz) more than any other place in the world.
(Image from a blog post by a woman named Wendy Lawton with her own recollections of visiting Santa's Village.) - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
My father had become tired of living in England, feeling that the tax rate had grown too high and the standard of living had grown too low. There was labor unrest (I recall nurses, taxicab drivers, and garbage collectors all being on strike at the same time) and my father wanted to move us to Silicon Valley. But the house he'd bought wasn't ready yet, so when we moved in the Summer of 1979, we rented an apartment in south San Jose, near Cottle Road. - Stephen Mack
At the time, there was a theme park not too far called Frontier Village.( There wasn't much to do for us in Summer -- my dad was working, we didn't know anyone, so my mother would take me and my brothers Phil and Rob and sister Jo to Frontier Village quite a bit, until we got sick of it. But we saw signs advertising Santa's Village. - Stephen Mack
The ads made the place look magical: Igloos and cabins and sleigh rides and reindeer and elves and mushroom houses and treehouses and snow. - Stephen Mack
We'd pester my mother endlessly to visit. But it was a long and hot summer, and my mother had zero interest in driving over the Santa Cruz mountains on highway 17 to visit the place. (She was always a bit of a nervous driver, and highway 17 had a deservedly awful reputation as a dangerous highway -- before it was upgraded, it was poorly graded, prone to closure due to rockslides, had [and still has] very windy turns, and was frequently shut down due to accidents.) - Stephen Mack
Occasionally we'd go to the beach in Santa Cruz when my mother was feeling brave enough, so we'd drive by the Village in Scotts Valley, catching brief glimpses of it from out the window. And it seemed like it was shut down -- we thought just for the Summer. - Stephen Mack
It got to the point where we'd built it up in our minds as being greater than Disney World, Sea World, Six Flags and Marine World all rolled into one. - Stephen Mack
Eventually our mother promised us a visit when it got closer to Christmas. - Stephen Mack
It became her go-to stick and carrot. "If you don't clean up your room right now, you can forget about Santa's Village." "Good job on that test. When we visit Santa's Village, you can have an extra reindeer ride." - Stephen Mack
And so then the fateful day in October was settled, and we all bundled up in our VW camper van (my mom always liked VW vans) for our visit. - Stephen Mack
We were all so excited it was indescribable. My youngest brother, Rob, was nearly carsick from the windy road. But we finally took the exit for Santa's Village (called, to this day, "SANTAS VILLAGE ROAD" on the exit sign) and drove into the parking lot. - Stephen Mack
The lot was deserted, but we attributed that to us being early (the flyer we had said it was open at 11, but we got there before 10:30). - Stephen Mack
The gates were padlocked. A sign, with the ink from the letters smeared and leaving trails of ink, said: SANTAS VILLAGE CLOSED FOR REMODEL REOPENING CHRISTMAS 1980 - Stephen Mack
We were heartbroken. - Stephen Mack
We hadn't thought to call ahead. - Stephen Mack
The world wide web was not even in an embryonic stage. So there was no web site to consult. - Stephen Mack
Dejectedly, we got back in the car and eventually settled on the steam train rides at Roaring Canyon in nearby Felton. - Stephen Mack
I don't think it's inaccurate to say I was in tears. - Stephen Mack
I never forgot that sign. Starting in November of 1980, a year later, at age 13, I began calling the phone number of the place to find out when it would re-open. - Stephen Mack
The recording on the phone number had few details ("Ho Ho Ho! You've reached Santa's Village. We are currently closed. Please leave your message for our elves after the beep.") And then one day, the number was disconnected. - Stephen Mack
We would hear rumors of remodels and transactions to re-open the place. - Stephen Mack
Every time we'd drive by, the igloos and mushroom buildings and cabins looked a bit more worn down. - Stephen Mack
By about 1985, when I graduated from high school, there was no longer much sign that there had been a theme park there. And honestly I don't think I really gave up on wanting to visit the place until about then. - Stephen Mack
It lives in my mind and heart today as a metaphor -- for longing, for a promise of enchantment, a broken promise. - Stephen Mack
But someday, I will take my children to Santa's Village. We will ride the sleigh ride. We will visit Santa. We will see elves making toys. We will climb the tree house to survey the snow-lined cabins. Christmas is eternal. Somewhere. Someday. Somehow. - Stephen Mack
-- fin -- - Stephen Mack
**claps** finally!! :) - Ken Gidley
I had the great pleasure of visiting Santa's Village several times as a child - but it was in the San Bernadino Mts in So. Cal., near Big Bear Lake. It shut down in 1998, but rumors of a resurrection exist: - Ken Gidley
I can understand how disappointing it must have been for you, Stephen. But can you imagine the disappointment in your parents seeing that sign and realizing the stick and carrot was gone? :) - Stephan from iPhone
Ken, wow, fascinating link, thanks -- maybe there is a chance I will one day take my kids to a Santa's Village. - Stephen Mack
Stephan, I'm sure you're right, but it's also balanced against the fact they never had to hear us beg for a visit anymore... :) - Stephen Mack
I'm in a Santa's Village Facebook group (also one for Frontier Village) and it's really cool to see members' old pictures of their visits. Someone even converted old home movies & posted them. I completely understand the longing you describe - it held a very similar thrall over me too, even when I was a teen living in Ben Lomond seeing the abandoned park every day, it felt like something on my childhood to-do list that I'd never gotten to check off. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
This was the completely opposite of our childhood. When we moved to CA, seeing the ads for Santa's Village freaked us out so much, it became a threat with my mother. "If you don't clean your room/eat your veggies/pass that test, I'm going to take you to Santa's Village!" - Anika
Anika: That's awesome. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
The Other Yvonne
So. So. Tired. Shuttle comes at 4:15 a.m. to pick up my husband and I'm pretty sure we'll be awake until then packing.
*squeeze* - Alix May
Oof, sorry, Yvonne. - Stephen Mack
Still going! - The Other Yvonne
Konking out for a 1 hour nap. - The Other Yvonne
Mary B: #TeamMonique
#ExplainThe90sIn4Words people got rich, temporarily.
smoked all the things - Brent Schaus from iPhone
Grunge. For a while. - Stephen Mack
The origin of jeggings. - April Russo
Amazon Prime Will Be $72 Tomorrow, Here's What That Gets You -
Amazon Prime Will Be $72 Tomorrow, Here's What That Gets You
"On Saturday January 24th, Amazon will make its excellent original series Transparent free to stream, even for those without Amazon Prime. More importantly though, Amazon is discounting Amazon Prime, the best deal in tech at $99, to $72 for the day. Prime is basically never discounted, and $72 is cheaper than the previous $79 that the service went for for years." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
:O - Jessie
Not sure if it's still worth it for me to renew. Ever since tax has been charged for California residents, I haven't ordered as much through Amazon. - Rodfather
Wait, so can I renew at the $72 rate now instead of paying $100 next month when my membership is over? - Anika
Anika, one commenter said they contacted support to ask that, and got a $27 credit. Might be worth a shot. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Thanks for that. I must have comments blocked because I didn't see any on that link. - Anika
No matter which link I follow to find the $72 deal, Amazon says $99. - Greg GuitarBuster
I thought I read it was just for new members. - Laurie Boots from Android
I just looked. "After your free trial, Amazon Prime is just $99/year." - bentley
I emailed customer service and got a really fast response (like in under 20 minutes) that they'd give me the $79 rate when mine renewed next month and refund me $7 (not sure why they have to do it that way, but whatever works) - Sir Shuping is just sir
(Curtis) Alan Jackson
I wonder if there's a name for the intentional delay in replying to a work email during your time off? While I do keep up during the week reading emails, I don't want them to KNOW I'm doing it since it's my time off. :)
Balance? - Stephen Mack
Sanity comes mind as well. :) - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
What's time off? - Kristin
Kristin, that's a good question! If I'm not working the full time job, I'm helping the missus with her business (technically our business but I don't get paid yet) or some schoolwork. Technology sure helps us keep up with things but perhaps too well. - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
"Not time for work yet"? - April Russo
My last manager thought I was crazy answering his emails on my off time, in the middle of the night, which was work time for him (company is located in AU). Crazy, but he appreciated the quick responses to questions, which meant he wouldn't have to wait to reply back to me again, if it was necessary. If I had only answered his emails during my working hours, what was a quick email conversation in almost real-time, would have been dragged out for days, since neither of us worked the same hours. - April Russo
t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
tonight may very well be one of the all time worst professional moments of my life. the event was a train wreck of things gone wrong. boss was pissed. I was just deer in headlights useless. locked myself in the office halfway through and bawled. it was ugly.
upsides: no one died nor got arrested. my volunteers were champions of rolling with the punches. and I didn't screw things up with the mayor. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
hang in there. - Mike Nencetti
hold the phone... bossman just texted to thank me for my hard work. ok so then I have no fucking idea what happened. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
It's rarely as bad as we think, doll. - MoTO: #TeamMarina from Android
Ouch. I'm sorry it was rough. Glad bossman saw it differently than you did. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Just because the windshield is covered in bird crap doesn't mean the whole car is. Wait a bit till you hop out to evaluate :) - Johnny
Self evaluation suck! Be well and tell that little voice in your head to go to hell... - WarLord
*hugs* Maybe you can debrief with boss and volunteers over the next couple of days. But I'm sorry that tonight was so rough on you, my dear. *more hugs* - vicster
I like Johnny's analogy, strange as it is. Courage, sister. *passes out shot glasses* - Corinne L
*hug* ++for Johnny's analogy. - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
**hugs** I'm sorry things were so awful in the thick of it. - Jennifer Dittrich
(((Tamara))) - Jenny H. from Android
**hugs** - Kirsten
thanks so much everyone. it truly was an ordeal and I'm glad it's over. I'm not sure how much longer I'm in for this new gig. I'm waiting for the "wtf" message about all the SNAFUs. I think the text last night was a brief moment of courtesy that isn't going to last long. Also: for the record, I'm not an event planner, nor do I want to be an event planner, and how the hell am I now an event planner? That's MY wtf message. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
and ditto ++ for Johnny windshield analogy... that's a good one. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
Yikes. I hate all the anxiety that it must have caused. Hugs! - Yolanda
Event planning would be near the bottom of my list of unfavorite careers so I hear ya. Networking and maybe informal "event" planning is one thing. High expectation events? NOOOOOooooooooo - Laura Norvig
Tamara, I've done my share of event planning/support for nonprofits, so if you need to vent about specifics or brainstorm ways to address any wtf's they throw at you, give me a holler. - Corinne L
Corinne L
Stephen Mack is one cool dude. Helpful, funny, and kind.
he's aight - MoTO: #TeamMarina
Awwww, thank you! - Stephen Mack
Indeed. He's also one of the most interesting people I've ever met. - Jenny H. from Android
*blush* - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I haven't met him but I hear that when he smiles, birds break out in song. - MoTO: #TeamMarina
It's cos he carries bird seed with him. - Pete
He definitely has a big heart. A truly considerate and caring person. :) - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Mike Nencetti
I just posted something on Google Plus - I forgot It was still around.
My post sits there idle, unanswered. - Mike Nencetti
It's not dead, only sleeping. - Kevin Johnson
I supposedly have 1641 followers. someone must have seen that post - Mike Nencetti
I saw it! Here. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Stephen Mack
eBay to lay off 2,400, could split into three parts [San Jose Mercury News] -
eBay to lay off 2,400, could split into three parts [San Jose Mercury News]
From the article by Jeremy C. Owens, published at 1:33 today: "A PayPal spinoff isn't enough for eBay -- the company now plans to lay off thousands of workers and split off yet another independent company as its auction site suffers. eBay announced Wednesday afternoon that it would slash 2,400 jobs, about 7 percent of its global work force, as it struggles to bounce back from a cyberattack that forced all users to reset their passwords. The e-commerce giant will also split off its eBay Enterprise business, which manages online sales efforts for other businesses." - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
Kevin Fox on twitter: "The day after Obama singles out EBay as a jobs creator in the State of the Union, EBay announces 2,400 layoffs." ( - Stephen Mack
[Liking to follow conversation. Do not like.] - Laura Norvig
Yeah, this is a bad one. Personally, I've never used eBay and never really "got" it. But it's surprising to me they're attributing the drop-off in customers to the password change. - Stephen Mack
I'm a sometimes eBay user. A few times a year. I had completely forgotten about the password thing. - Brian Johns
I attribute the drop-off in users to the increase in other services. eBay stopped being a real "auction" site a while ago (yes, people do still auction things on there, but most of the listings are "buy it now" types of listings), and the whole "buy it now" type of listing is much better represented in places like Amazon now. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
Recovering ebay addict -> - Greg GuitarBuster
eBay junkie, mostly for specific retro type things. Always pleased! - Janet from FFHound!
every christmas i spend way too much on ebay for whatever wade's latest retro passion is ... thunderbirds, pokemon, etc. - Laura Norvig
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