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Print Story Thoughts on the riots
By TheophileEscargot (Sat Aug 13, 2011 at 03:29:23 AM EST) Riots, economics, politics, society (all tags)
Some thoughts on the background, responsibility, causes of and responses to the English riots of 2011.

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Print Story On the way between there and here.
By technician (Mon Aug 01, 2011 at 04:22:19 PM EST) (all tags)
"You think when you wake up in the mornin' that yesterday don't count. But yesterday is all that does count. What else is there? Your life is made out of the days it’s made out of. Nothin' else."

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Print Story So where was I?
By technician (Wed Jul 06, 2011 at 01:27:21 PM EST) (all tags)
"Our waking life's desire to shape the world to our convenience invites all manner of paradox and difficulty." - Cormac McCarthy

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Working life
By Gedvondur (Fri Jul 01, 2011 at 04:16:59 PM EST) work, best buy, assholes (all tags)
Just a quick anicqdote from my days working part time (2nd job) at Best Buy in the 90s.

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Print Story We owe it to each other to tell stories.
By toxicfur (Sun May 22, 2011 at 02:54:27 PM EST) (all tags)
If I there's anything that sums up my philosophy on writing, it's this:
Remember your name.
Do not lose hope - what you seek will be found.
Trust ghosts. Trust those that you have helped
to help you in their turn.
Trust dreams
Trust your heart, and trust your story.

It's from Neil Gaiman's poem "Instructions," which is about what you should do should you find yourself in a fairy tale. It was turned into a children's book, illustrated by Charles Vess, and I bought copies for my two nephews. As of Friday, I have these lines tattooed on my upper left arm.

Update: Pictures of the tattoos are here.

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Print Story There was, once.
By technician (Mon May 09, 2011 at 11:53:05 AM EST) (all tags)
Over a couple of very dark beers, some very dark times.

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Print Story Another good moment
By toxicfur (Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 08:44:38 PM EST) (all tags)
This one was on Easter Sunday.

I have stories I want to tell -- more of that memoir, creative non-fiction stuff I write -- but for now, I just have the time and energy to write about moments I don't want to forget.

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Print Story There's almost certainly a word in German for it
By technician (Thu Apr 21, 2011 at 12:36:12 PM EST) (all tags)
A word that is too many characters and not enough vowels.

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Print Story Lying
By toxicfur (Sun Apr 10, 2011 at 02:28:07 PM EST) (all tags)
I was fifteen years old, a tenth grader, when I finally stopped lying. I played basketball and tennis, and I'd grown too many inches too quickly, so I tripped over my feet. I was quiet and precocious and dealing with things at home that I had no capacity to deal with.

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Print Story Safety
By toxicfur (Sun Mar 27, 2011 at 02:16:12 PM EST) (all tags)
Friday was the 100-year anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. I read a story once, by Michael Cunningham I believe, that was based in part on that fire or one very much like it. The images of women trapped behind locked fire doors, pushing to escape the flames, or holding hands and leaping to their death haunt me. I'm not sure why this disaster, among so many, fills me with such an intense sick dread. The disaster could've been avoided if common sense safety measures had been in place. The doors should have opened out instead of in. They should not have been locked to prevent unauthorized breaks. There should have been enough exits that women weren't crushed as they tried to escape the flames.

The response from companies to increased safety regulations was also sickeningly familiar -- these new regulations would cost too much money. They would force the prices of goods up to the point that they would destroy the economy. Surely, was the implicit message, these few lost lives (in the grand scheme of monocles and yachts for the company owners) were a worthwhile price to pay for cheap goods and increased profits.

It's all about the money.

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