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Pete Mortensen
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Regular news sources. Some are terrifying.

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I have said it before, and I will say it again: Cookiewaits just won the Internet. You can shut it down now.
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The most recent episode of Weeds is probably the most I've enjoyed it since, I don't know, Season 2? Fairly clear that the return of Halia is largely responsible.
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Biggest mistake they ever made was losing her and Conrad. Nice to see them try to fix it.
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Three dishes from All Spice in San Mateo, enjoyed last night. Amuse bouche of polenta with a goat cheese foam, spring pea soup with apple gelee and candied chili bacon, and tribute to my wife, which is a beet dish with goat cheese ice cream that rocks.
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San Mateo.. unsung food capital.mmm
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I'm totally baffled by Nike's inability to calculate the distance 500 miles.
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Run 498.9 miles, get 1.1 miles free.
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I love stock photography. I think it's an artform unto itself.
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A far-too-great amount has been written about this essay, which purports to make the case that the digressive style of bloggers can be largely blamed on David Foster Wallace. While I will accede that much of my writing tics can, in some fashion, be traced to poor imitations and half-remembered techniques from the piece on the Illinois State Fair, and I was at one point earning some sort of an income from blogging, the essay as a whole strikes me as terrible.

For an argument with such an inherently inflammatory thesis, it defines poorly what that thesis might happen to be. Is it bad that people tend to write like the people who influence them? Is DFW tainted by his imitators? Does the fact that he wrote "Tense Present" and commented on proper grammar and usage despite frequently violating the spirit of many grammatical principles therefore make him a hypocrite? Should we regard with suspicion anyone who seeks to be sincere, even if he falls short? Should it affect our opinion of the argument that the author of the Times article essay is a poor stylist? Particularly given that this author seems unaware that the central tension of "Tense Present" is in its epic irony (or was at least edited to appear so)?

It is, at any rate, a provocative piece, though not for the reasons I had hoped. Unlike Wallace, Newton seems incapable of simultaneously advancing a convincing case while actually simultaneously acknowledging the complications that, whether named or not, undermine its basic premises. Rather than coming across as an elegant rhetoricist who proudly refuses to simultaneously be a reductionist, Maud Newton just seems confused.
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Drawn in by the title, I started reading with some interest. Then I grew quickly bored and just kind of, you know, went on to something else without giving it too much thought.

As an english major I received a lot of encouragement to find a way to fit my own voice within the rules and constructs of 'proper' grammar and sentence structure and--while I'm all for the concept of language as a living thing--I still believe in having touchstones of style and structure to help distinguish 'good' writing from 'poor' writing.

But that's just sort of my two cents.
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It is amazing that PC-makers are under the impression that humans can answer this question. What makes them different other than price? Other than the ultimateness. At least they use simple-to-understand concepts like cells to explain the difference between batteries. Other than number of hours it can last.
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I kind of enjoy the randomness of watching streaming video on GoogleTV. For some reason, this episode of Oz has decided to only be on the left side of the screen. It's quite dramatic.
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Last bottle at healthy spirits. I win beer. Before you ask, yes, it is green.
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No hangover, so... It's made with spinach and aloe extract.
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It would probably be a good idea if the option to mute a post weren't directly next to the "report abuse" option...
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This movie didn't delight me quite as much as I expected it to, but all of the segments with inventor Aaron Fechter are worth the price of admission. The scenes wandering around the wreckage of Creative Engineering, Inc. felt like some kind of eulogy for the '80s, not just for gimmick theme restaurants with animatronic bands.
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Reader, Writer, Optimator, Celebrator, Salvator, Captivator, Procrastinator, Instigator.
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    Reader, Writer, Optimator, Salvator, Celebrator, Consecrator, Procrastinator, Captivator, Instigator, 2006 - present
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