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Date:2009-12-29 00:36
Subject:Huxley & Emerson Quotations

What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities.
-- Aldous Huxley

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Date:2008-12-27 12:50
Subject:Anderson Quotation

"People spend a lifetime searching for happiness; looking for peace. They chase idle dreams, addictions, religions, even other people, hoping to fill the emptiness that plagues them. The irony is the only place they ever needed to search was within." - Ramona L. Anderson

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Date:2008-11-05 09:31
Subject:Yes We Did

... Ruth Lowe-Tuitt sums up how I feel today. Amen Ruth, amen.

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Date:2008-11-03 22:33
Subject:Rilke Quotation

"If your everyday life seems poor, don't blame it; blame yourself; admit to yourself that you are not enough of a poet to call forth its riches; because for the creator there is no poverty and no indifferent place." - Rainer Maria Rilke

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Date:2008-10-25 22:15
Subject:This Just In!

Good News for Humans, Bad News for Chickens.

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Date:2008-10-25 22:10
Subject:Warning Signs

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Date:2008-10-25 22:04
Subject:Celebrity Sightings

Below, Seattle locals are shot with world famous icons Humpty Dumpty and R2-D2:

Apparently even if you can't pick your friends' noses, but popular strangers' are A-OK!

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Date:2008-10-23 20:57
Subject:Painting on Cloth

At the Ingenuity Festival in Cleveland a few months back, I saw a painting I really liked:

At first I thought the kimono had been painted by hand, but then realized that it was a fabric pattern and the artist had painted over the fabric leaving "empty" space revealing the pattern beneath. A friend and I agreed this would have looked even cooler if it were used to portray full body tattoos.

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Date:2008-10-23 20:49
Subject:Street Art in Cleveland

There's a great restaurant in Cleveland called Fat Cats. While wandering the neighborhood around it, I found some graffiti that I really liked. I couldn't find a tag for the artist, alas.

I wish I could have gotten the car out of the way.

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Date:2008-10-23 20:43
Subject:Diamond Ad


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Date:2008-10-23 20:35
Subject:Moster Species Spreads West!

Bad news folks. You remember when I was in New York last December, and found evidence people were being turned to brass statues by a medusa-like creature? Well, it's not isolated to the East Coast. I recently discovered the Cleveland library is also infested!

The victims may look blissful, but don't be fooled. It probably won't be long now before we're all carrying mirrored shields to save ourselves. Unless we get lucky and the Cascades hold them off...

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Date:2008-10-23 13:30
Subject:Mullets and Passion

A woman last night told me that I was going to grow a mullet. The reason for this is that the hair on my neck grows faster. The reason for THAT is that it is closer to my heart. QED.

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Date:2008-10-18 08:06
Subject:Michael Pollan's Food Policy Manifesto

I never thought I'd find someone outlining a complete revision to the way America produces food moving, but this is. I strongly recommend reading this letter from one of the country's foremost food experts to the next President: Farmer in Chief.

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Date:2008-10-03 13:47
Subject:Halloween Plans?

Is anyone else going to Circus Contraption's Halloween Party this year?

No, I'm a three-toed sloth.
No, I'm going to tell you about something cooler!
Yes, who would miss it?
I want to go, but they sold out before I bought tickets...

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Date:2008-10-02 14:33
Subject:Theater I'm Missing

My friend Andrew Connor sent me an invite to come and see some theater he's doing in Seattle. Unfortunately, I'm out of the city, but I've really enjoyed everything he's done. In case you are in Seattle, and looking for a good time:

‘The Mutant Theatre Caravan’: A traveling road-show of radical performance work from beyond the theatre mainstream

Andrew Connor (The Cody Rivers Show) and Infinity Live have assembled four of the most innovative and daring theatre shows from across the U.S. to tour northwest Washington in the 2008 installment of ‘The Mutant Theatre Caravan’.


‘The Last Hurrah of The Clementines’ by
The Missoula Oblangata (Missoula, MT)

‘Jesus in Montana: Adventures in a Doomsday Cult' by
Barry Smith (Aspen, CO)

'Great Hymn of Thanksgiving/Conversation Storm' by
The Nonsense Company (Madison, WI)

‘Purple Heart’ by
Mike Mathieu (Bellingham, WA) [appearing in Skagit and Bellingham]

‘Murder, Hope’ by
Becky Poole (Seattle, WA) [appearing in Seattle only]

For more info on these shows, please visit: http://infinityliveproductions.com/html/mutant.html

A different double-bill of shows performs each night:
Seattle (at Theatre Off Jackson) - Fri. & Sat., Oct. 3 & 4
Skagit (at The Conway Muse) - Sun. & Mon., Oct. 5 & 6
Bellingham (at the Radio Museum) - Wed.-Sat., Oct. 8 - 11

For schedule and ticket details, please visit: http://infinityliveproductions.com/html/mutant.html

If you go, let me know how it was!

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Date:2008-09-11 14:24
Subject:My First Poll

Poll #1257931 Escape!?

A novel opens as follows: "A few years ago it dawned on me that everybody past a certain age—regardless of how they look on the outside—pretty much constantly dreams of being able to escape from their lives." Agree or Disagree?

I sit upon the fence.

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Date:2008-09-08 14:15
Subject:What We Read...

"What we become depends on what we read after all of the professors have finished with us. The greatest university of all is a collection of books."
- Thomas Carlyle

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Date:2008-09-04 10:55
Subject:Tidbits of Thought

Lots to say about Burning Man, just as soon as I find the time to say it.

For now, some thoughts I ran across that I like:

Life isn't about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain.

The true man wants two things: danger and play. For that reason he wants woman, the most dangerous plaything. -- Friedrich Nietzsche

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Date:2008-08-19 15:30
Subject:Instant Runoff Voting - Political Update (Timely)

A Letter from the IRV TeamCollapse )

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Date:2008-08-09 20:54
Subject:Magic in Denver

Well, I'm in Denver playing Magic Again. I got my second ever feature match (I'm so pseudo-famous!) and made the top 64 cut to the second day of the tournament. Yay!

Bedtime, must rest for the next day of the tournament.

Much love to everyone in Seabeck!

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