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Jesus cares more about what we do than what we believe.”

“It may not be possible for us to create a world in which no innocent children suffer, but it is possible to create a world in which fewer innocent children suffer. If we try to do that, if we look to the Christians and do not find help, where else will we go?”

“The implication is that this is some sort of victory, a notch in ‘our’ belts. But when we frame evangelism as warfare, it means there will always be loss.”

“Following the young man’s principled opposition to 50 years of settled law concerning the establishment clause of the U.S. Constitution, atheists everywhere were heard to hiss ‘I’m melting!’ as they gave up on their plans to secularize the nation and institute Sharia law. Or they may have just rolled their eyes; reports are mixed.”

“The two trends are mutually reinforcing — the one a manifestation of a darkening time, the other a world view in which those who are not with us are beyond redemption.”

“In the future, everyone gets to be canonized for 15 minutes.”

“Yes, it’s another Objectivist For Christ, on fire with the pure, sweet gospel of selfishness.”

“No it’s not a lie it’s well-documented is phantom hands.”

“Even though energy drink makers might brag about awakeamine, dontfallasleepaurite or other ‘special’ proprietary concoctions designed to keep you peppy, energy drinks don’t work any better than ordinary caffeine at helping people pay attention.”

“It’s like the most interesting whodunnit ever, and somebody’s ripped out the last three pages.” (via)

“Perhaps the most important thing to remember about the MacGuffin is that it contains the word ‘guff,’ which means a load of nonsense.”

“A person capable of repentance has greater possibility than a person who, for the time being, has all the right opinions.”

“We’re moving both toward and away from certainty; we may be less sure about abstract theological questions, but we’re becoming positive that loving our neighbor and do unto others as you would have them do unto you is a good place to start.”

“She sat me down in a chair which I believe had been his chair and she said, ‘Please … just talk to me.’”

Where’s the sanctuary?

Like the Mary Ellen Carter, rise again.”

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  • Lectorel

    Black Blood of the Earth might interest you. It’s, quote, “cold vacuum extraction coffee concentrate,” with less bitterness and a hell of a lot more caffeine. One of the selling points of it was that it tastes like coffee smells.

  • Lori

    You have been very blessed with smart friends, family and coworkers.

  • http://againstjebelallawz.wordpress.com/ Enopoletus Harding

    I wasn’t suggesting that “there were things people were banned from reading based off of their profession”. My question is why a minister would be reading Ayn Rand-I do not think it is all that common for ministers to be reading the writings of atheists (and then basing their politics off the politics of those atheists!).

  • Fusina

    Regarding coffee, yes, smells great–love the smell in the morning–or anytime really, but the taste just doesn’t do anything for me.

    I drink mostly diet coke (HFCS gives me horrid stomach aches) and tea. I tried to drink the suggested amount of water recently while also cutting down on the amount of cola, and ended up with a two week long migraine. Ain’t doing that again in a hurry. And it was the first migraine I’d had in years, too.

  • Jon Maki

    Meh, beer can often look like piss and can often taste just as terrible, and of course, as mentioned, I can’t stand coffee.
    I can’t honestly say that anything tastes like piss, as I’ve never tasted piss. I do know what it smells like, and smell and taste are related, so I think I can safely say that Mountain Dew doesn’t taste like that.
    Anyway, that was years ago. Even when I went back to drinking caffeinated stuff I never actually went back to Dew, and now I only drink diet and have found that Coke Zero and Pepsi Max are the only sugar-free sodas I find palatable.
    (Also, I always thought that Mountain Dew looked more like radioactive waste than piss, and even that didn’t bother me.)

  • Jon Maki

    And in the continuing theme of people having wildly-differing tastes, I absolutely can’t stand Dr. Pepper. I find the idea of liking it to be even more unfathomable than liking coffee.

    I will say that the ads for Diet Dr. Pepper are pretty accurate, though, in that it really does taste like regular Dr. Pepper. Which is to say that it tastes awful.*

    *Per my taste buds.

  • Alix

    The parenthetical I’ll grant you, somewhat, though it’s not exactly an uncommon way for someone to deconvert. I do know quite a few ministers and other church folk who do read atheist writings, because why not? Curiosity, “know your enemy,” whatever.

  • Alix

    Only time I ever hated Dr. Pepper was when I had one on a trip to England. I have no idea why it tasted different – different formulas, maybe? I don’t know. But it tasted vile, and it put me off Dr. Pepper for years, until my (really seriously clueless) brother bought me one and I reconfirmed that it is indeed still my favorite soda.

    Aside from IBC cream soda, which is in a class of its own, and got me stopped by the school cop once, because he was convinced I was brazenly carrying around an open bottle of beer on my high school campus. XD

  • Alix

    Ouch, migraines. *wince*

    I can’t drink the vast majority of diet things – aspartame not only tastes unbearably foul to me, but it gives me raging headaches. Sucralose is better in that it doesn’t give me headaches, but it’s sickeningly sweet.

    Caffeine helps me sleep, if I’m timing things right. Whenever I’ve tried to get off caffeine, I can do it with only a mild headache the first day … but then I end up horribly scatterbrained and with just about zip energy. So.

    Pisses me right off, ’cause I don’t like being addicted to things on general principle, but on the whole I very much like my caffeine, yes. *pats soda*

  • Alix

    I always expected Mountain Dew to glow in the dark, myself, and was horribly disappointed every time it failed to do so. XD

  • http://blog.trenchcoatsoft.com Ross

    I can think offhand of a collection of several thousand people who legally can’t read certain things.

  • Alix

    …my brain is fried today, so all I can think of is people under 18 not legally permitted to read “adult” materials. >.< Which, for the record, I think is stupid.

  • David S.

    You can get most energy drinks in a form carrying as many calories/ml as soda. I’m not sure it’s a good idea, but I’ve downed a 2L of Mountain Dew in one setting, and that can’t have been great for me either.

    I find people’s dislike of energy drinks interesting. I can’t stand beer, but enough people seem to drink it. I drank a brand of canned ice tea for that metallic twang, so perhaps my tastes are a little miscalibrated.

  • EllieMurasaki

    Creators of media that’s been fanficced aren’t generally supposed to read the fanfic, lest they be sued by the fanficcer for subsequent use of the fanficcer’s idea, but I don’t think that’s a legal barrier so much as a legal let’s-be-careful…

  • Alix

    There’s a particular brand of peas I’ll get when under the weather that I get specifically ’cause they’re the perfect mushy-but-not-too-mushy texture, and have the metallic tang from their can. >.>

    ‘Course, as a kid I used to suck on car keys that I’d stuck in electrical sockets to roast for twenty minutes or so, for the coppery taste.

  • Alix

    True. (I didn’t think there was much law governing fanworks, though? I could see that getting really messy if a fan sued…)

  • http://shiftercat.livejournal.com/ ShifterCat

    I understand “acquired taste” to mean that you didn’t like it the first time you tried it, but came to like it later. The first time I had coffee, I liked it.

  • http://shiftercat.livejournal.com/ ShifterCat

    Argh, artificial sweeteners. I wouldn’t have nearly such a hatred for those things if every product that had them were clearly and obviously labeled as such, and if manufacturers didn’t try to come up with ways of fooling customers.

    Dear manufacturers: stop repeating the lie that artificial sweeteners taste like sugar. To many of us, they taste unpalatably nasty.

  • Alix

    I second this entirely, especially the hate for bad labeling. Like I said, aspartame gives me raging headaches, but people try to sneak it in in all sorts of ways, not least by putting ingredients in really really tiny type and hiding the important words in a wall of text. >.<

    It's at the point that if I'm looking over a product and I can't read and identify all the ingredients on the list quickly, I just won't buy it. And it annoys me, because a scary large amount of things have aspartame in them, and it's not always obvious that they would. Gah.

    Clear labeling, people! It helps! Really!

  • http://anonsam.wordpress.com/ AnonymousSam

    Don’t forget the flip side of the coin: non-disclosure agreements. One of those is why I’m not legally allowed to identify myself, so I use a pseudonym to create a certain element of plausible deniability.

  • banancat

    I’m glad someone else cares about the Voynich Manuscript. I am so exited, I actually tweeted the link to that article, just so all 5 of my followers will know.

  • http://blog.trenchcoatsoft.com Ross

    Or why I’m not going to say which people and which documents I was thinking of.

  • Alix

    Fair enough, and I take your point, even if I’m still wallowing in the clueless end of the kiddie pool, here. XD I may have mentioned before I can be more than a bit slow on the uptake.

  • Alix

    I’m fascinated by it, too, but I have to admit it’s hard to keep up with the tug-o-war between “Hoax!” and “Not Hoax!”

    I wish like hell we could crack it once and for all, though. This is the only downside to mysteries, for me – it drives me batty when there’s no solution.

    Which is, admittedly, a problem, since I love these kinds of historical mysteries, and if they had solutions they … wouldn’t be mysteries. XD I never claimed my brain made sense.

  • http://timpanogos.wordpress.com/ Ed Darrell

    Thanks for the shout out (to Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub. Nice collection of thoughts, and Hidden Urchin’s comment goes to a great song and singer, neither of which I knew before.

  • MarkTemporis

    I always mentally conflate ‘guarana’ with ‘guano’, which makes me leery of most energy drinks. In the same vein, the High School class my friend teaches sort of independently came up with the amusing theory that ‘taurine’ was derived from ‘taurus’ and ‘urine’ and was thus bull piss.

  • P J Evans

    I can be more than a bit slow on the uptake.

    That’s not unusual.

  • Alix

    True story: I buy my T-shirts at an art store ($3-ish a shirt is a good deal, dammit! and pretty colors!) and patch or paint them (if I feel like it). One day I’m there and I find the most obnoxiously bright orange shirt I have ever seen in my life. I jokingly ask my mother if she can find a patch that’d work on it, and she goes “Funny you should mention that…” and hands me a little obnoxiously-yellow-and-green patch.

    It reads “I smile because I have no idea what’s going on.”

    …I totally bought that patch and shirt. XD And then inadvertently wore it to my first day volunteering at the new age shop.

    As my grandma said once, at least it means life for me is never boring!

  • Fusina

    If it is the same art shop I get mine at, totally, and the colors are great. Even better, the shirts are well made and good fabric–they don’t get thin and flimsy after a couple washings like some shirts do.

  • Alix

    Yup. It’s pretty sad when I can get good quality shirts in many colors from an art store for a few bucks – in my size, too – when it costs me several times that to get one in a normal clothing store.

  • BaseDeltaZero

    Huh? Wouldn’t the original creator just sue the fanficcer for copyright infringement? Since fanfiction is technically maybe-illegal, only tolerated because people aren’t making a profit from it, since it’s taking the author’s original idea…

  • EllieMurasaki

    Fanfic’s noncommercial transformative fair use, and the parts of it that aren’t fair use are copyright the fanficcer.

  • http://apocalypsereview.wordpress.com/ Invisible Neutrino

    It’s been decided as such then? Interesting news!

    I was always under the impression that fanfic was technically an infringing derivative work, so that is good news.

    The flip side of it, though, that apparently a fanfiction writer can be an asinine arselumpish fuckmook and sue the original canon writer – that really just isn’t on.

  • EllieMurasaki

    I don’t know whether there’s any actual case law. See what the Organization for Transformative Works says.

    Somebody did. I forget who, but they sued, or tried to sue, Marion Zimmer Bradley. Hence the general policy of ‘a media creator does not read fanworks of their media’.

  • http://apocalypsereview.wordpress.com/ Invisible Neutrino

    I suspect that in secret, canon writers sometimes do read fanfic of their stuff. However, in official announcements they always stress that they don’t, and I can see why that would be. Even before fanfic became A Thing in the popular consciousness I recall that some authors would have to explicitly state that they could not accept manuscripts by mail and would return them unopened.

  • http://blog.trenchcoatsoft.com Ross

    Only works can be copyrighted, not ideas. You can copy all the ideas you like, it’s only infringing if someone decides that what you produced counts as a “derived work”

  • http://blog.trenchcoatsoft.com Ross

    Except that “fair use” is defined in law as “Whatever the plaintiff can convince a judge of.” Content owners have long maintained that absolutely nothing even vaguely resembling a derivitive work is fair use, and judges mostly side with publishing companies.

  • EllieMurasaki

    Yeah, being a fanficcer, I’d rather believe the OTW.

  • http://blog.trenchcoatsoft.com Ross

    There’s some folks pioneering a new business model whereby fanfic can get officially published and sold, with the caveat that the original author’s publisher gets a cut and if they find anything in there that they can monetize, they also get to nick any ideas or characters they want, and they have absolute ownership over the IP rights, even to any original characters or situations you include, and they never owe you anything more than that that you got your name out there a bit.

  • banancat

    You might be interested in a book called The Six Unsolved Ciphers. I read it a few years ago and I found it quite fascinating as an amateur with an interest in breaking codes.

  • http://apocalypsereview.wordpress.com/ Invisible Neutrino

    Soft drinks apparently are routinely reformulated for different countries. Canadian Coke and Pepsi both taste different from their American variants and I suspect the principal difference is lack of high-fructose corn syrup.

  • http://apocalypsereview.wordpress.com/ Invisible Neutrino

    I’m not very enthused about that model. given how much of your rights you effectively give away by going in on that amazon.com sponsored thing – like, ISTR that you effectively lose all downstream control over derivative works of your derivative works. One could argue sauce for the goose, etc, but suppose you create an original character as part of your fanfic. What happens when Warner Bros. wants to use that OC in a movie?

  • Alix

    Ooh, I will have to check that out! Thanks for the rec.

  • Alix

    Interesting, and that makes sense.

    Frankly, I prefer the real-sugar sodas, when I can track them down – one drug store in my area (I want to say Walgreen’s, but I don’t recall) used to stock the sugar ones pretty regularly, but I think they stopped. :/ I know they had real-sugar Sprite, at least for a while, and that was pretty good.

  • Fusina

    To me, at least, HFCS tastes lemony, but not the nice one you get from lemons, an artificial lemon flavor–not at all nice– I can tell if I am drinking cola vs diet cola by this. The other downside is that I am HFCS intolerant–it gives me the same symptoms as if I drink milk–and I am lactose intolerant–milk tastes sour to me, in a milk gone off sort of way–with all the usual other effects of the intolerance.

    I switched to diet cola in the mid-eighties. Remember New Coke? My suspicion is that they knew about the lemony flavor some people tasted and so they rolled out the new and improved with a bit of lemon flavor added–I don’t remember anything about the flavor honestly–and then went back to classic coke with the HFCS, only no one noticed because the flavor wasn’t as strong. This is only my theory though. On the other hand, this was about the time when they started using it. And they use it in damn near everything. I read labels too, because they use it in so many things. There are a lot of products I don’t buy because of the HFCS and not wanted to get the horrid stomachaches.

  • AnonaMiss

    Well I don’t chug it: it’s a ratio of one can of Monster to two shots of Jaeger, and it’ll generally last all evening. It’s a pleasant fizzy sipping soda, excellent for multiplayer gaming. The Monster helps keep you out of the fire, and the Jaeger keeps you pleasant despite having to repeatedly remind your raiders not to stand in the fire.

  • AnonaMiss

    Er, a single Monster’s worth of the mixed drink will last all evening, I mean.

  • Headless Unicorn Guy

    “Objectivist for Christ” — gotta remember that!


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