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  1. Autumn...What Happened to You...?

    Is it just me, or did I remember a time when autumn came and the trees would eventually be crowned with really bright and popping hues of yellows, crimsons, oranges, and ambers? Is it just me, or did I remember a time when you could smell autumn?

    These days the autumn leaves looks so dingy and apathetic. All I smell is road tar. Autumn is my favorite time of the year, but man...what happened to it?
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  2. The cliche....updated (Personal venting ahead)

    “Beware that, when fighting monsters, you yourself do not become a monster... for when you gaze long into the abyss. The abyss gazes also into you." - Friedrich Nietzsche

    This is a tired, overused line given almost sacrosanct status among writers. It is given by pseudo-intellectuals and narcissists alike. And all too often, I find it infuriatingly fitting for people I encounter.

    You see, my lack of writing of late is because I've been delving into the other side ...
  3. Life, happens so quickly.

    You would not believe it. He has been and gone and done it AGAIN. He should have known it was going to be one of those days when he was caught running across a road at a busy junction on the way to the bus-stop.
    A man pushing a pram had said something to him as he ran by and he hadn't heard a word that the man had said.
    "Eh?"
    Man repeated himself.
    Nope! didn't catch a word of it.
    "Whatever" He thought to himself.
    On-wards, and in this ...

    Updated Yesterday at 02:39 PM by dither

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  4. Filling The Pantry (profanity)

    It's tough being "middle class". By definition, folks like us are stuck "in the middle", neither rich nor poor.
    For the rich, the benefits are obvious. Power, comfort, safety, opportunity... the list is long.
    For the poor, you own the moral "high-ground". The poor are "victims" and are given societal benefits and "resources" (i.e. Money).

    The middle class, often referred to as the "working class", our great ...
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  5. Animation vs Live-Action

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    Would it be better if more movies were animated instead of live-action?

    There's a strong desire for people to see things in live action, and that includes me. But on some level I think it actually does a disservice to the concept that's being put on display.

    For one, due to technological limits and budget restraints, there is an issue with sloppy delivery, cut material, or flat out revisions to the original concept. With animation this is not an issue. At least, ...
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  6. [Rantings] This Guy

    A few months ago, I was put back in the dairy department at work. Since then, I've been promoted so that I'm now responsible for dairy, which means that I get to deal one-on-one with the sales reps from the various companies that, well, employ sales reps for our store.

    For the most part, merchandisers and reps stay out of the way unless they absolutely need something, and we try to look out for them as best we can (making sure they've got a cart to work their merchandise from, answering ...
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  7. Academia and Religion/Spiritualism

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    I wonder if there was a way to meld the two...

    The anima that vitalizes the religious spirit is powerful. Religion somehow has the abililty to connect with people on a very deep level. What if you could combine academia and the religious/spiritual being in order to create a culture of people who see knowledge and wisdom of all things as divine?

    What would it be about? It would be about understanding truth and applying knowledge wisely while also developing the character ...
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  8. A Wish

    You've been granted one wish. You can change one thing about yourself, but the change must be a change within the boundaries of nature. This means you cannot wish for superpowers or unnatural things like bear claws or something. You can wish for something like being taller, skinnier, smarter, or something like that.

    If you could wish for that one thing, what would it be?
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  9. kid jokes

    Amidst all the hurricanes and protesting going on here in the US, I am glad to be around kids, as frustrating as they are. My kid came out to me before bed with a moose puppet and proceeded to pull a marble out of the puppet's nose and have the moose puppet eat the marble. Because I have the maturity level of a 7 year old, I found it ridiculous funny, but gave him a critique anyway on better delivery. He tried it again on my husband, who lacks any sense of humor about farts, boogers, or poo. ...
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  10. Why I Love Stephen King's 'Roland'...So Far

    I like what I call "the slight advantage" power systems. Things that don't give you too many powers that are too overpowered and force you to not consider that a mage who can rain down fireballs from the sky could simply light a tiny flame in the hearts of all his opponents and kill them just as quickly with far less effort, flash, and collateral damage.

    I think there is a sort of thematic feel each type of power system evokes in the reader. The feel I'm going for is that ...
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  11. Art Update!

    IM ALIVEEEEEE!!! also, art.
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    sunset
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    Jacksepticeye, a study in profiles
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    Bleps, made for a sticker set
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    study in environments and reflections
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  12. Sacrifice

    Just occurred to me, but...

    Would you say that above all, what is the greatest lesson that the story of Jesus was trying to teach. Inwas thinking about it for a while and at first I thought the obvious answer was 'love', but then I dropped it. Why?

    Because love is something you can't really give...or take. Love is something that is genuine. You don't consciously decide to love someone- though you might consciously decide to act that feeling out as you perceive it. Love ...
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  13. National Preparadness Month

    This IS a joke. And it is not funny.
    I just sat through about 45 of that horrid movie, "This is The End". It wasn't horrid because it was crass and vapid. It horrified me because it seemed too real.
    I'm just going to pick on you Millennials. I can't help but think about your generation when I think of a major disaster, and the die-off that will follow. Gen X at least has a few years of maturity on you, and the Gen Z kids are flexible with a healthy distrust of authority. ...
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  14. India: A Tangled Web

  15. Theory on Teenage Apathy...Frustration...An gst

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    Very short and maybe common sense, but because I do absolutely zero research you can trust me 100%.

    So...why? I think it's obvious, and by think I mean guess, of course. (no actual thinking was involved in this blog post)

    Basically, fantasy clashing with reality. Especially in todays world, children have expectations of life based on delusions from self, media, parents, etc. Then, as they grow older and their lives become less and less localized (home > school ...
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  16. Radioactive Transformations

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    If there is a leak of nuclear material into some form of medium that allows for it's wide dispersal into the environment, then you're likely to start coming across animals of a stranger nature in about one or two generations...

    And when you think about the human body, it's remarkbaly like a computer. It's a very complex thing on the surface, but it's actually a very simply thing under scrutiny. It's ones and zeros arranged in very clever ways to offer up the functionality that ...
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  17. The Path of Mastery...

    ...is lined with failures

    broken promises

    and cowardly natures

    hollow words

    and down cast eyes

    and the shattered remains

    of a million prides


    But the ones who are worthy

    try.
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  18. A Day to Remember That Life is Worth Living

    It's 3 a.m. I look down at my clock and I realize that it's 9/11 and I am in tears. Today we remember those we lost, but also why it is so, so important to live, and of course love. I just finished watching the movie Eat, Pray, Love with Julia Roberts, and my heart just stopped. I had heard it being a rave for years but never bothered to watch it until now. I was floored.

    Throughout all my life, I have wondered if I made the right decisions. Should I have married my first love? Should
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    Updated September 11th, 2017 at 09:11 AM by Articulate Lady

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  19. Depression VII

    I wish I could say things are getting better; my wife has made progress in her recovery, although she still has a long way to go. Just getting dressed and coming to the living room is progress.

    My own depression comes and goes, right now I'm so inundated with bills and problems it's overwhelming.

    A plumbing leak gave me a $400 water bill last month, I thought I fixed it and this month it's still there. Water is expensive here, a few years ago the town came close to running ...
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  20. Running on empty 2...

    Running! Me! The very thought seems beyond ridiculous. I hope that the membership won't object to another "oh woe is me whinge". Maybe one day, when I 'm retired I'll dredge up all my blogs and they'll serve as individual chapters in a memoir. My epitaph. Something to occupy me in my dotage perhaps.
    A couple of weeks ago I posted a blog regarding the inability to connect with others. Well? This one will run along a similar vein, if I can find the words but also the realisation ...
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  21. Dream World Chapter 6

    Dream World © 2017
    Chapter 6
    Cyborg Benefits


    Zidus


    I take back everything I said about not hating being alive. Now, more than ever, I wished to die, after all, whats the point in living, what's the point of anything anymore. So what if I got to eat new foods, so I got to explore, it all meant nothing now. I couldn't go an hour outside the purple room without almost dying. Than there's the fact that everyone I knew was dead, ...
  22. Creative burst...

    I'm alone in a meadow on the cliff top. I can smell the briny sea, hear the waves as they crash in the darkness. A storm rages around me, a rough caress through my short hair. I know she'll be here she always comes. As I watch and wait all I can think is this time it will be different. This time I'll save us. There she is! Her long dark locks flaring out behind her in the storm as she slowly approaches. A smile lights my face as her blue eyes come into view, her timid smile graces her lips as she ...
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  23. Taking a "Break"

    I don't know when I'll be back. I just feel burnt out. Spent.

    I've come up with a way to make Sisyphus' dilemma more torturous, and that would be to surround him with other people who are pushing their rocks to the top successfully. Taunt him with what he'll never have: salvation.

    Tie a pedophile up against a wall. Don't drip water on his forehead. Just hold his eyeballs open, force them to look forward, and play the right images with a projector.

    We don't ...

    Updated September 5th, 2017 at 07:22 PM by Smith

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  24. Bits and Pieces

  25. Consultations

    In a secret room hidden in a secret building on a street that doesn't exist, I took a seat across from a woman. Her body seemed slender at first glance. However, a second glance would reveal the honed and toned muscles of her body. The only reason she may seem slim is because she wasn't human. She is a Dark elf, or Drow, as they prefer to be known.

    This Drow in particular hid much of her physical form. She is cloaked in a blue-black cloth with similarly colored gloves on her hand. The ...
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