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Why can’t I get that song out of my head?

Why can’t I get that song out of my head?

| March 5, 2007 | 20 Replies

I might owe some people an apology.   I recently posted about a song from “Scrubs the Musical,” a television episode that aired a few weeks ago.  The title of this tune is presumably “Everything comes Down to Poo.”  It is a clever and funny tune, but it is also dangerous. For me (hopefully not for you) […]

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What do you do when you reach the end of the Internet?

What do you do when you reach the end of the Internet?

| March 5, 2007 | Reply

Check here for instructions.   I’d been looking for this for months.

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On balance . . .

On balance . . .

| March 5, 2007 | Reply

Here’s another quicky post from a site called Dark Roasted Blend.  I haven’t tried any of these elegant balancing acts, but I plan to. 

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Play this!

Play this!

| March 5, 2007 | 10 Replies

I know.  You took lots of lessons and you therefore know how to read music . . . So play any of these, then.  Delightful and impossible.

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Word for the day: omphaloskepsis

Word for the day: omphaloskepsis

| March 4, 2007 | 1 Reply

omphaloskepsis: contemplation of one’s navel as an aid to meditation. Etymology: New Latin, from Greek omphalos + skepsis examination Thanks go to my own mother for advising me today that this word actually exists.

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The Semantics of Secular Labels

The Semantics of Secular Labels

| March 3, 2007 | 71 Replies

Ever since I started doubting the existence of God, I have frequently encountered confusion between the numerous labels used to describe non-theistic belief systems. This is most commonly seen between the words “atheist” and “agnostic,” both of which signify the absence of definitive belief in a deity. At first glance, the distinction may seem obvious: […]

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Stock Market and the IRS: Insult to Injury

Stock Market and the IRS: Insult to Injury

| March 3, 2007 | 2 Replies

I received a letter from the IRS this week. Apparently last spring (when my father died, my mother had a few operations, and other distractions abounded in my life) I forgot to fill out my Schedule D. This is the form that shows how much money I lose in the stock market each year. Because […]

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Ignorance is bliss-or is it?

Ignorance is bliss-or is it?

| March 2, 2007 | 5 Replies

Sometimes I wish I believed in prayer.  I wish that I could plead, I wish that I could sacrifice, I wish that I could count beads or light a flame and a great omnipotent being would be coerced or convinced to grant my desire.  Some people think that you can pray for anything and that […]

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Freddie Mac announces the end of Greed

Freddie Mac announces the end of Greed

| March 2, 2007 | 1 Reply

Financial news is hot right now, what with the stock market plummeting, or ‘correcting itself’ as the more bold would proclaim.  You may have heard that Freddie Mac has decided they will not purchase certain subprime mortgages.  They have a proper position paper, the normal “we’re doing this to look after you,” B.S.,  but more honest […]

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