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Month: July 2012

Basic Box Step

  Here’s a corporate bedtime story about a Montana forest fire in 1949. The crew chief, a firefighter named Wagner Dodge, leads fifteen “smokejumpers” into the fire. The story is excerpted from Leadership Presence, a handbook for shy executives.  “Dodge and his men parachuted into a place called Mann Gulch to get ahead of the fire. Suddenly the wind picked up, and the fire jumped…

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the end of the line

  “There is a second side to playing fish beyond just tiring them out. That is the psychological. If you can destroy their will to fight, you can subdue them more quickly. That’s the reason why I let fish run on a completely slack line. They think they’re free. They’ve just made a great effort and, suddenly, the pressure is gone. They swim a ways…

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Gaelic Void

  B. Realms of Value  1. Ethics. The nature of good and evil. The problems of conduct and ultimate objectives.    a. The worth of living.  (1) Optimism. Existence is good. Life is worth living. Our outlook can be hopeful. (2) Pessimism. Existence is evil. Life is not worth the struggle; we should escape it by some means.  (3) Meliorism. Conclusions as to the goodness…

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get a dog

  “What is the medical name for a sinking feeling in the pit of the stomach? Epigastric sensation.”   from the Handy Science Answer Book  I picked up a DVD of the movie Crash this weekend at a Lawn Sale. (50 cents) Finding Crash felt serendipitous for a couple of reasons. First, because Lonely Crazy Housewife No.1 has been heavy on my mind lately, and I have been thinking…

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Mani Pedi

  “And that madness—talking to animals, trees, that part of themselves which suffocates and explodes, that transference—you find it in all women, including women of the middle class. It’s what I call their neurosis. Neurosis in women is so ancient, thousands of years old—all women are neurotic in my opinion—that people are used to their behavior. . . Of course women express this neurosis differently in…

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Am I Real? and other horrible questions

“This happened back during the time when I still believed, if it could properly be called believing, that humans were the sole repository for a person, and that there was only one person filling each repository, a single person crammed into each casing of blood and flesh and bone. Before I understood that everyone, whatever the nature of their casing, was legion.” —Brian Evenson, from…

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Mine

  “It might be useful to conceive of enculturation as an internalization of culture and an organization of individual differences. Different personalities may adhere to cultural norms and play socially defined roles in a variety of ways but within acceptable limits. Their presentation of self may be quite similar, but not identical. Individuals internalize lessons of enculturation yet remain somewhat unique. Enculturation is not an…

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BEST VACUUM EVER!

  Law and Order: Criminal Intent, The Bill Cunningham show, Charlie Rose, Bob the Builder, Taste This, The Fugitive, Emperatriz, Corazon Apasianado, Gunsmoke, Rosa Diamanté, Super Why!, America’s Court with Judge Ross, Superfood Juicer, Insanity Workout, Family Bible Reading Workshop, Quien Tiene la Razon?, Fancy-Cut Diamond Jewelry, Total Gym For $14.95 Offer with Free S & H, Nu Wave Portable Cooktop, Best Vacuum Ever, Bosley…

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instead of a bum

[flowplayer src=’http://www.bootrundle.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/insteadofabum1.m4v’ splash=’http://www.bootrundle.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Screen-Shot-2012-07-01-at-4.04.08-PM.png’]   “What is a picture? On film, it’s the result of the clustering of silver halide or dye molecules into black dots or points of color. Look closely enough, and the image disappears. On videotape it is a magnetized signal that will cause a video tube to create a pattern of light, dark, and color on a television screen. In digital video…

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They May Not Want to Talk to You

  “There was hatred in some glances, but generally more curiosity than hatred.  We were representatives of an enemy power that had employed a weapon far more terrible and deadly than poison gas, yet in the four hours we spent in Hiroshima none so much as spat at us, nor threw a stone. We later asked the naval lieutenant, who once lived in Sacramento, to…

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Operation Big Buzz

“An article published in 1999 details several experiments conducted by the United States to perfect yellow fever as a weapon: Operations Bellwether, Big Buzz, Magic Sword, and Big Itch. Some were conducted by a military contractor, Lewis P. Gebhardt, then the head of the Department of Bacteriology at the University of Utah, and by the Chemical Corps. In two field trials conducted in 1959, known…

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the truth about me

“I’ve mentioned Sister’s beauty. There’s no denying that I was the ugly duckling, thanks to my fat and my pimples. Sister was the top Bankhead girl until I got into the theater. She liked to dance and swim and ride. She was an excellent student, I was an indifferent one. Sister was the party girl. I was the homebody. She liked to be up at…

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