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The first five people to respond to this post will get something made by me! My choice. For you. (You can hint what you'd like, I may or may not listen)

This offer does have some restrictions and limitations:
- I make no guarantees that you will like what I make!
- What I create will be just for you.
- It'll be done this year.
- You have no clue what it's going to be. It may be a story. It may be poetry. I may draw or paint or fold something. I may bake you something and mail it to you. (But lets be realistic here, eh?) Who knows? Not you, that's for sure!
- I reserve the right to do something extremely strange.

The catch? Oh, the catch is that you have to repost. We can all make stuff!!

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Yay!   Go PRESIDENT Obama!

Yay!   Go AWAY Bush!

Yay!   Americans abroad no longer need to pretend they're Canadian!


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Teacher Sells Ads On Tests

Posted by samzenpus on Tuesday December 02, @01:37PM
from the pay-the-bills dept.
Tom Farber, a calculus teacher at Rancho Bernardo high school in San Diego, has come up with a unique way of covering district cuts to his supplies budget. He sells ads on his tests. "Tough times call for tough actions," Tom says. The price of an ad on a Mr. Farber Calc test is as follows: $10 for a quiz, $20 for a chapter test, and $30 for a semester final. Most of the ads are messages from parents but about a third of them come from local businesses. Principal Paul Robinson says reaction has been "mixed," but adds, "It's not like, 'This test is brought to you by McDonald's or Nike.'" I see his point. Being a local business whore is much better than being a multinational conglomerate whore.
I know a number of teachers.  Can't wait to hear their take on this...
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Want to help someone experience something that is simultaneously simple, sophisticated, stunning and sublime?

Then get them a gift certificate for a high performance sailplane ride.

Of course, the weather has to be good, and not everyone likes flying, and yes, you'll probably have to take a loong ride out to a small airport.

But if everything lines up right, whomever the ride is for can soar literally just like an eagle for over an hour... catching terminals and being lifted up, gliding nearly silently around the sky to a little lower altitude, all the time with an awesome view, and then repeat for as long as the pilot can find areas of lift.

And here's the kicker: This weekend it turned out to be one of the BEST gifts we grown-up children ever got for... our Mom!

Holy Sainted Soaring Septuagenarians Batman! Gravity-free Grannies are Gliding above us!

Yes, early in the afternoon of July 4th, there was a grandmother who was celebrating her independence from the ground, swooping around, just a dot in the sky until she (and the pilot) came in for a perfect landing!

Highly recommended.


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It was good!  It was fun!  It was very good and fun actually, but maybe that's because I had my daughter along and it was just a couple of years ago that I had read the book aloud to her.  There were of course differences between it and the book, but none that made either of us mad.  And they did a great job animating and voicing Reepicheep.

Battle scenes were definitely influenced by LOTR, but that was ok, they were still gripping.  Definitely a see-it-on-a-big-screen movie.

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To quote Jon Stewart "And so, on a Tuesday, a prominent politician talked to the American Public about race, as if they were, adults."

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Inventor of the Geosynchronous Satellite dies at age 90.

Damn, Gygax might have been a bigger influence on me at 12 and been big in the world of fantasy, but Clarke was a bigger influence on both the real world and the world of science fiction.

(Besides, sure he was 90, but he needed to live for another decade or two so I could finally getting my own writing career into gear and co-author a book or two with him!)

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Did you know that those two overly polite rodents (who occasionally made appearances in cartoons on the Bugs Bunny show) actually had names?  I didn't until I looked them up when a friend was wondering if they were chipmunks.   (That was a different pair of rodents, Chip n Dale, from Disney)

Ok, now for the extra trivia points, lets switch over to other old cartoons (not necessarily Warner Bros.):

What were the names of the two crows?   ___________ n __________
What did the initials F.H. stand for on the hat that Dudley Doright's horse wore?
Who did voice of Captain Kirk on the animated version of Star Trek?


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