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Thursday, September 22, 2011
"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid."
-- Albert Einstein
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Wednesday, September 21, 2011
I've always been fascinated by the Dungeons & Dragons concept of alignment. It makes as much sense to me as any MMPI or Myers-Briggs personality type, and it's far more accessible. It's basically a two-axis rating: Good vs. Evil, and Law vs. Chaos.
Here's a handy test, hosted by Wizards of the Coast, current owners of the D&D trademark.
And here's a bunch of amusing pictures I found to illustrate the concept of alignment (click for embiggenation)...
One from Firefly that I like slightly better:
Star Trek: Deep Space 9:
Big Bang Theory:
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Monday, September 19, 2011
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Monday, September 5, 2011
A little girl just came to the door trying to sell worthless crap that nobody wants to raise money for camp.
Look people, it's real simple: Buy a truckload of movie-theater-sized candy bars, mark them up to make some profit, and give every kid as many boxes as they can carry. PEOPLE WILL BUY THEM.
Nobody wants a $10 tin of stale popcorn that will arrive in 6 to 8 weeks. Offer an immediate exchange for something they actually want (or could be tempted to want), and the money will pour in. All of this wrapping paper, cheap gewgaws, "festive holiday tins", and all that other garbage is just some sad second-rate marketer's idea of how to unload the Christmas overstock from 3 years ago that's been rotting in a warehouse in Poughkeepsie.
Again: Stuff people actually want. Immediate exchange for cash. Boom, kid goes to camp, everybody's happy.
I told the little girl I wasn't interested in anything in her catalog, and gave her $20 as a donation instead.
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