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I'm always disappointed when I see the word "Puritan" tossed around as shorthand for a bunch of generic, boring, stupid, judgmental killjoys. Because to me, they are very specific, fascinating, sometimes brilliant, judgmental killjoys....

If that piques your curiosity about the Puritans, I recommend Sarah Vowell's The Wordy Shipmates. (quote above, p.22) If you're a public radio geek like me, you've heard her on This American Life.

more from the book: American stupidity from the witch trials to the present dayCollapse )
for those who read Karinny's journal --
related to this -- http://karinny.livejournal.com/555695.html


On the front page of NOISE (a free weekly paper associated with the Lansing State Journal) this week is:


CORNHOLE!


FIND OUT WHY TOSSING BEAN BAGS HAS BECOME A BIG GAME IN LANSING



I can link you to the story (http://hub.lsj.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080917/NOISE05/809170324/1104/HUB) but it doesn't have

CORNHOLE!

plastered across the screen the way the paper has on the front page.

The online version does have a video captioned "Tailgaters at the recent Eastern vs. MSU football game discuss cornhole strategy." And someone in the video says, "When... it gets in that hole, that's when you know you're a man!"
So, I've got a migraine, but it's cloudy out (sun + migraine = doubleplusungood), so I figure I'll go to a party.

I'm late, of course, and there are few cars outside of Mel's house, so I completely missed it, or it's been cancelled, or moved. I knock, and Jerry informs me the shower has been moved to Jason's Beaners.

I've never actually been to Jason's Beaners, so I ask Jerry where it is, but as he's telling me, I remember I've seen it, I see it in my mind's eye, so I'm like "yeah yeah yeah" to Jerry, and I leave.

So I'm driving again, and I realize I can see this Beaners in my mind's eye, but I don't know what street it's on, and I should have listened to Jerry. I'm trying to reconcile this visual memory with what I can remember of what Jerry told me, and it's not matching up, and the sun is starting to break through the clouds and I'm starting to feel really, really ill. And I find myself heading out of downtown back to 496.

Sorry I missed it. Hope y'all had a good time. Hugs to SarahKate & Robbie.
 Happy Birthday, Desiree!!

memeage

fashionbeast wrote:

This isn't a meme or anything, although you're more than welcome to use it as such.

Now it’s a meme.



SFX, a British Sci-Fi magazine, recently posted a list of the 100 top sf&f writers according to reader votes.

The ones I've read are in bold. 

late, cos that's how I roll

sick of me yet?

Hmm. I keep matching up with silverbriar this month.






You Are a Mermaid



You are a total daydreamer, and people tend to think you're flakier than you actually are.

While your head is often in the clouds, you'll always come back to earth to help someone in need.

Beyond being a caring person, you are also very intelligent and rational.

You understand the connections of the universe better than almost anyone else.

meme

Choose one word to describe me ... just one single word. Leave it in my comments.

Then post this message on your journal (or not) and see how many strange and interesting things people say about you.



edit-- I offer: slow.

dice quiz. AWEsome.



I am a d4


Take the quiz at dicepool.com



You are a four-sided die, a d4. Otherwise known as a tetrahedron, a "Caltrop", or (to a lesser degree) "Ol' Pointy". This crap bores you, so I'll get to the point. Others tend to see you as petty, conniving, manipulative, argumentative, defensive, greedy, and needlessly antagonistic. You see yourself as focused, effective, efficient, influencing, shrewd, tactical, and direct. Both points of view are in fact correct. You always know the best way to get things done, a fact that never wins sympathy with others. Whenever you manage to gain control of a situation, your solutions are swift and brutal. Unfortunately everyone else is convinced that granting you such power is, "a bad thing" and often conspire to keep it out of your hands. Such short-sighted fools!



This survey is completely scientific. Despite the mind-boggling complexity of mankind, the billions of distinctly different personalities found on Earth can easily be divided into seven simple categories that correspond to the five Platonic solids, a pseudo polyhedron, and whatever the hell a d100 is. The results of this quiz should be considered not only meaningful but also infallible, and pertinent to your success as a fully realized individual. If you feel the results of this examination do not match your perceived personality, you should take whatever drastic measures are needed to cram your superego back into proper alignment, as described by the quiz results.

And if you believe that, we have some really great critical-hit insurance to sell you.