May 09 2012

Poloroid PMID701c

Tag: Life Storieserm @ 5:23 pm

I recently got a Poloroid PMID701C for $89 from Big Lots. I figured it’s been long enough I better break radio silence on my blog and write about my experience.
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May 31 2009

Door to door salesman

Tag: Insanity,Life Storieserm @ 2:29 am

Yesterday a door to door salesman came to my door.

Now usually I’m ok with these people. I’ll listen to their pitch, and then decide what to do next, today was a different story.

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Jan 29 2008

Real American Genius

Tag: Life Stories,Things that make me happyerm @ 4:25 am

Real American Genius - We're all a a little special in our own way


Jan 07 2008

Waste some time, find out if you’re creative.

I guess I’m 80% creative or something.

80%

Want to be a x-ray technician?


Dec 30 2007

Retraction: Detention for using Firefox.

Tag: Insanity,Life Stories,Retractionerm @ 11:10 am

In my post Detention for using Firefox. it was apperently a hoax.

Still if you ask me, it was a good post 🙂


Nov 24 2007

The problems with the internet and blogs

Tag: Insanity,Life Storieserm @ 7:11 am

I love the internet, and there’s nothing like a good blog either.

I find myself getting angry on a daily basis.

it always seems like microsoft, riaa, mpaa, sco, government, some crazy parent, or some crazy kid is pissing me off.

So you read some blog, next thing you know you’re pissed. What do you do … post a comment.

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Nov 24 2007

Look beyond symbols of holidays

Tag: Life Stories,Makes you think ...,Smokingerm @ 6:40 am

Look beyond symbols of holidays

Among my favorite historical stories is the “War on the Sparrows,” which was declared in 1958 by the Maoist government of China.

The Communist Party sought to increase the agricultural yield of its peasant-farmers and identified what it believed to be the chief culprit: the millions of sparrows flitting around the countryside. One study claimed that each sparrow ate four pounds of grain per year, which amounted to hundreds of thousands of tons of lost grain.

The party declared that manual extermination would be the most efficient solution. On Dec. 13, the entire country was mobilized to wave red flags, bang gongs and generally harass the birds until they dropped dead from exhaustion or tiny cardiac arrests. Some sources estimate that 4 million birds died that day. One young man, Yang Seh-mun, was celebrated as a national hero for personally strangling 20,000 nestlings during the nights that followed the big day.
Two years later, a locust plague broke out and the sparrows, their natural enemies, were nowhere to be found. Crop harvests were decimated, and the sparrow eradication program became a byword for a governmental failure that was based on well-meaning symbolism rather than genuine actions that produced long-lasting benefits for actual people.

That story reminds me of what appears to be a universal human propensity to believe that sincere but ultimately empty gestures are the same as genuine actions.

Problems always arise when we substitute well-intentioned or even cynical symbolism over substance. In the case of the sparrows, the Maoists saw an opportunity to unite the people in a massive project that would instill nationalistic pride. For a time, the citizenry’s steps certainly must have carried a bit more swagger.

The truth, though, surfaced as it always does, and the hollow logic of the program was revealed as being, in fact, short-sighted and foolish. The program accomplished less than nothing; it took even more food out of people’s mouths.

Actually the article has nothing to do about smoking, however it does completely make sense in the area of banishing smokers because you’re scared of second hand smoke.
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Nov 18 2007

A Pedophile Lurking Behind Every Dark Corner · Violent Acres

Tag: Insanity,Life Stories,Makes you think ...erm @ 2:21 pm

A Pedophile Lurking Behind Every Dark Corner · Violent Acres

The above blog didn’t have a place to post a comment … so I figured I’d do it here, and see if it registered as a track/trace back.
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