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Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011
1:30 am - Please fill this out
My cousin is trying to finish her master's thesis. To do so she needs to get some answers to a survey.

Please help by filling this out: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5K5JQMH

And please pass this along.

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Friday, December 17th, 2010
10:44 am - Writer's Block: Eye for an eye?
If you bumped into someone who regularly picked on you as a child, what would you say to them?


I would treat them as I would any other person on the street, politely and in a friendly fashion. Kids are cruel and often time the people who were cruelest as children grow up to realize how awful they were and go on to spend lots of time making up for it.

I honestly can't imagine wishing harm on anyone who picked on me as a child. I have grown up and changed as a person and I can't imagine that they haven't. It would be silly to go back there for a moment of pettiness.

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Wednesday, August 4th, 2010
3:13 pm - *does the snoopy HAPPY DANCE*
Prop 8 has been over turned


HUZZAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!

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Monday, July 12th, 2010
8:55 am
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Saturday, July 10th, 2010
8:55 am
  • 11:38 Incredible - looking for my watch for weeks and found it in the place where I had already looked 5 times. #
  • 15:42 @blindgeek Hide-it Monster! I love it. Chris calls them Gerbles...they pick up an item and move it randomly! #
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Friday, July 9th, 2010
8:55 am

  • 20:19 I love Burn Notice! Not only does Fiona kick serious butt, but they totally just mocked CSI: Miami. #

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Wednesday, July 7th, 2010
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Monday, July 5th, 2010
8:55 am

  • 16:09 4th of July BBQ: Slow-grilled herb-stuffed leg of lamb with a cherry port reduction. YUMMMMMM. #

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Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010
8:56 am

  • 09:05 Mango-Avocado Salsa over planked salmon and micro greens....for the most part what I get at home is better than restaurant food. #

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Monday, June 14th, 2010
8:55 am
  • 22:08 @blindgeek Not the same thing. Because of the dense format of comic books, it's almost like another language. #
  • 22:09 @blindgeek Too much is conveyed in a comic non verbally. And there is a lot of detail. Where are movies are short stories...a is a novel. #
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Sunday, June 13th, 2010
8:55 am

  • 23:43 @blindgeek Well yeah. Comic books are a visual media. Hard to translate comic tropes into a non visual media. It assumes too much. #

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Saturday, June 12th, 2010
8:55 am

  • 07:09 Weird dream: Head of City of LA IT called me to ask me to troubleshoot why their helicopters no longer do barrel rolls. It gets stranger. #

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Sunday, June 6th, 2010
8:55 am

  • 23:02 200 Phenomena in the City of Calgary - Google it. Read it. #

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Friday, June 4th, 2010
8:55 am

  • 13:20 @mtn_yote America as a concept is not dead. However you just can't patch stupid. #

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Friday, May 14th, 2010
9:25 pm - I think I have had an epiphany
There is a cycle of fanfic wank. Well there are a lot of cycles to fanfic wank but I am specifically referring to the one about authors wanking about fanfic of their own works.

I will warn you that this is going to be a cooking metaphor because most things in my life end up about cooking, but it's the most easily accessible one I can think of. And I will also preface this with the disclaimer that I don't write fanfic...and when I did, I never showed it to anyone.

Look...basically, an author is like a chef. Using their unique frame of reference, they create, from the available ingredients, a flavor profile. It is unique to them. It is their world of flavors. Everything they write is tinged with those flavors no matter how far afield they roam. Now the thing about chefs, and authors for that matter, is that they are not simply content to mix things up in their own kitchen and share it with a select few. So they open a restaurant and share it with the masses.

And if the idea is good, then the masses are going to want it. And the restaurant will climb the charts of popularity. And this is where it gets sticky for chefs and authors alike. Once you get to that point you make a decision. You either publish a book with your recipes or you don't. If you do decide to publish a book, you are releasing the secrets to your unique mojo.

And if you decide to do that, you can't blame people for wanting to play with that profile. Much like a chef can't get mad that the person who purchased their cookbook changes the ingredients. If you don't want people to play with your recipes, then by all means, KEEP THEM TO YOURSELF*. There is a reason why you can't copyright a recipe, and no matter how much we try and fight it, a story is basically a recipe.

There is a very simple solution to not being fanficed... I mean other than sucking...don't release your work. Once you have crossed that threshold into being published (and all the bennies that come with that), you no longer have the right to bitch. If you think about it, the whole HUGE food blogging world is nothing but a fanfic community by another name. And you don't see Dorie Greenspan or Alton Brown sending threatening letters to fans who make and then publish their recipes. Heck some cookbook authors go as far as to encourage imitation and experimentation.

Why can't fiction authors do the same? Or if they can't...just shut up and take it as the compliment it is.

That's all.




* Funny story: Though it's true that keeping your work limited to a small group of people will generally protect you from fanfic, that is not always the case. *hangs head in shame* A friend of mine let me read his book and one of the characters was so vivid and spoke so clearly to me that I had to fic him. *sheepish look* So um...yeah...I fic'd an unpublished work. I am a bad person.

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Thursday, May 13th, 2010
8:55 am

  • 14:27 Having an insane craving for rice crispie treats...might have to make up a double batch later. #

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Sunday, May 9th, 2010
8:55 am

  • 10:56 @jellyneo I got a Golden Compass from her. #

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Thursday, May 6th, 2010
8:56 am

  • 16:00 Oh God! OH GOD! I have Photshop again. Oh how I missed thee! Oh GOD Photoshop! I think I am going to have a Photoshopgasm! #

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Wednesday, May 5th, 2010
8:56 am
  • 14:47 Though I couldn't ever do it cause I am the only one in the house who can use them, it is appealing to get rid of silverware for chopsticks. #
  • 17:00 @snobahr Let me know how it works. I love the idea! #
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Monday, May 3rd, 2010
8:55 am

  • 14:55 Well then, attempt 1 at zabaglion was more or less a success but way too alcoholic for me. Next time I use juice. #

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