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    I think my favorite character with a long lifespan has been Robert Heinlein's Lazarus Long, but I'm a sucker (bad pun intended) for vampire novels and anything to do with time travel.

    On the subject of weird beliefs, I recently read Michael Shermer's The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies---How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths. This was a very interesting book for me, as I've often wondered why people believe things that fly in the face of logic. Shermer investigates what actually happens at the neuron level when people are confronted with data that negates their beliefs, and it makes a lot of sense.

    Another great read was Carl Sagan's The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark, which I plan on giving to my daughter as part of a reading list when she's a little older.

    I really don't care that people believe things I don't, but what scares me is when the people running the world make decisions based on erroneous beliefs. We need to appoint Mr. Spock as vice president in just about every country

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    The only thought going through my mind right now is.......

    AAAAAAAAAGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!

    http://www.movies.com/movie-news/did...d=news&_r=true
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    Quote Originally Posted by srboone View Post
    The only thought going through my mind right now is.......

    AAAAAAAAAGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!

    http://www.movies.com/movie-news/did...d=news&_r=true
    Oh, but that would have been interesting.
    "Dance until your feet hurt. Sing until your lungs hurt. Act until you're William Hurt." - Phil Dunphy ("Modern Family"), from Phil's-osophy.

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    I like Stanley Kubrick, but I can't help but think he made the right decision by saying "no".
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    Quote Originally Posted by srboone View Post
    I like Stanley Kubrick, but I can't help but think he made the right decision by saying "no".
    I agree. And I did say interesting, not necessarily good.
    "Dance until your feet hurt. Sing until your lungs hurt. Act until you're William Hurt." - Phil Dunphy ("Modern Family"), from Phil's-osophy.

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    Have a Rockin' Merry Christmas everybody!



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    Every time I think I'm spending too much money on books, ABE remeinds me that I'm not!

    http://www.abebooks.com/books/RareBo...01cta&abersp=1
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    I've never heard of Abe books but a quick browse left me interested ... this is on my list of sites to give a more thorough digging at some point in the future. Looks a little collectors hard core for me personally, but people's interests are always interesting ... interestingly enough :P

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    Give ABE a try Ron, you can find some pretty good deals on there.
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    Yeah, Abe Books and Alibris are two of my favorites when I want to price check books. I've bought quite a few from both sites, although I had to resist the combination of the asbestos-covered Firestarter along with the asbestos-covered Fahrenheit 451 at (I think) $28,000.

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    This post is for Siep (frick51), whereever he is. He hasn't posted in a while, tho he was last online on 18Dec. This post is my 1530th, surpassing Siep by one. We miss you, man.

    Trying one of my Christmas gifts. The Soda Stream homemade soda maker. Root Beer flavor.

    ..........

    Not bad, I guess. Tastes like root beer. Instructions say 3 blasts with the carbonator is for normal fizz. Will have to try 10-12 blasts next time as 3 blasts is NOT normal fizz.
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    Quote Originally Posted by srboone View Post
    Trying one of my Christmas gifts. The Soda Stream homemade soda maker. Root Beer flavor.

    Not bad, I guess. Tastes like root beer. Instructions say 3 blasts with the carbonator is for normal fizz. Will have to try 10-12 blasts next time as 3 blasts is NOT normal fizz.
    I remember having a Sodastream machine back in the early '80s in Ireland. I do remember pushing the carbonate button until it wouldn't force any more CO2 in there. I think the orange flavor was my favorite. Back then it was a cheap way to enjoy soda, which cost more per fl oz than beer back then.

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    I hope my baby doggy will be ok with her operation today


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    We all wish her the best, Tom. (Next month, my dogs will have the operation.)
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    Thanks mate, it was hard leaving her but i know it is for the best in the long run!

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    Well i have decided to go ahead and self-publish a small story (just over 16,000 words). I'm going to print copies in aid of thedarktower.org 's annual Haven Foundation fundraiser. The story is actually edited and finished (finally) so i'm just waiting on the other 4 pieces of artwork from Glenn Cgadbourne to go with the front cover

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    Very cool!

    p.s. - How did puppy make out?
    "Dance until your feet hurt. Sing until your lungs hurt. Act until you're William Hurt." - Phil Dunphy ("Modern Family"), from Phil's-osophy.

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    She's fine, thanks for asking, up and about and being crazy like normal. It was a real pain to try and keep her calm for the 1st week after the op.

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    Again, ABEBOOKS helps me put the CD experience into perspective...



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    That is not a random thought.That is a Heart attack ack ack ack ack ack.Wow thanks CD for macking collecting fun and inexpensive.

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