• Sancho's Avatar
    Today, 03:47 PM
    Crikey! I’m writing like someone who majored in a science. I meant Phelps and Spitz can dog paddle faster than 99% of the people on earth can swim...
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    Today, 12:07 PM
    Bah, I was just joking around with the PV=nrT equation. Any second year engineering student would point out the fallacy of modeling a fat man on the...
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    01-26-2023, 03:59 PM
    ‘Stros won it, dominated in fact, as would an MLB pinch hitter playing whiffle ball in the park. I was hoping for a Padres - Mariners matchup. That’d...
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    01-24-2023, 12:59 PM
    Bah-hahaha Those guys should be in the marching band. They’re all in step. If I had to put money on the foot race, I’d back the 19th-hole guy, he’s...
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    01-24-2023, 12:14 AM
    Sancho replied to a thread RIP David Crosby in General Chat
    Thanks Danik. I’ll pass it along to La Señora. She got a visa awhile back with the intention of coming along with me to Brazil on a trip, but it...
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    01-23-2023, 05:57 PM
    Hah! Great stuff, bounty. They don’t have windmills and giant day-glo orange jumping frogs in the PGA. Alrighty-right. I like a challenge, and...
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  • Logos's Avatar
    01-23-2023, 01:46 AM
    For years I used Chrome browser. It does random super secret sneaky updates so all of a sudden last year I guess after an update I could not stay...
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    01-22-2023, 01:07 PM
    Sancho replied to a thread RIP David Crosby in General Chat
    I hear you, Danik. Seems to me in the past ten years, life here in the U. S. of A. has coarsened as well. I’m hoping it’s a normal cycle and we get...
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  • Sancho's Avatar
    01-22-2023, 12:13 PM
    Hah! Good questions. I’ll bet a pro bowler, with a little practice, would kill at skee-ball. My guess is, on his home course, a Putt-Putt hero...
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    01-22-2023, 02:01 AM
    What about curling? It’s in the Olympics. As for the basketball team, bounty — bigger stronger faster and I’ll add — smarter. I’m not saying MJ...
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  • Sancho's Avatar
    01-21-2023, 03:01 PM
    Uhh, I don’t know, man. Seems to me basketball as a sport has moved on from the old timer’s team. It’d be like a Model T racing an Indy Car. Now...
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    01-21-2023, 02:33 PM
    Sancho replied to a thread RIP David Crosby in General Chat
    No doubt about it, music is a huge part of the history of the U.S. in the sixties and seventies. And the San Francisco music scene was in many ways...
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    01-20-2023, 01:27 PM
    Sancho replied to a thread RIP David Crosby in General Chat
    Man! These old hippies are dropping like flies. Before long there won’t be any left. Gone, like patchouli in the wind. RIP David Crosby. You sure...
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  • Sancho's Avatar
    01-19-2023, 04:56 PM
    Screwed up the quote. The contest was called - whack an intern.
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    01-19-2023, 04:53 PM
    True dat. I paid extra for the cable company to run a line to my house. Just streamed Facing Nolan on Netflix, good documentary. 7 no-hitters seems...
    64 replies | 3139 view(s)
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    01-18-2023, 02:30 PM
    Hey, that gives me an idea for new thread: The Literature Of The Counterculture. I can feel myself slouching towards Bethlehem already. Nah. I’ve...
    64 replies | 3139 view(s)
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    01-18-2023, 10:52 AM
    The elephant in the room for the Frazier/Ali fight was whether you were for or against the Vietnam war. Ali famously said - “no Vietnamese ever...
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    01-18-2023, 03:10 AM
    Shocking epiphany, bounty, the bevy of books in boxes in my basement don’t need to be organized and categorized like the stacks at the library, I’ll...
    64 replies | 3139 view(s)
  • Sancho's Avatar
    01-14-2023, 05:41 PM
    I think you and I have a similar problem, except my books are in the basement instead of the garage. I have box after disorganized box of books and...
    64 replies | 3139 view(s)
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    01-13-2023, 03:34 PM
    Alright then back to baseball, the kingly sport. One thing I find unique to baseball is that I like to listen to it on the radio. A well-called...
    64 replies | 3139 view(s)
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    01-13-2023, 01:33 AM
    Sancho replied to a thread RIP Jeff Beck in General Chat
    I like some of the fairly recent stuff he did with Imelda May Black Tears: https://youtu.be/S2xmzjKujGs RIP Jeff Beck Also, is it just my...
    4 replies | 194 view(s)
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    01-13-2023, 01:21 AM
    I wonder if the producers of the TV show skipped over the movie and went back to the book when they created Charles Emerson Winchester III MD. He’s a...
    64 replies | 3139 view(s)
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    01-12-2023, 12:44 AM
    I don’t want to spoil anything, bounty, but tragedy lies ahead in the book. Ya know, tailor, Seattle has changed a lot since the 50s and...
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    01-11-2023, 03:24 AM
    I’m not sure what Harriet’s motivation was for shooting Roy, but I’m pretty sure karma was paying Roy a visit. I mean he’s aged 19 and on a train...
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    01-10-2023, 04:15 PM
    Yep, he got shot. Derailed his whole career. He’s an old guy by the time he makes it to The NY Knights. I’ve got that Nolan Ryan documentary in my...
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    01-08-2023, 08:20 PM
    It's letting me post now. After all these years still an idiot when it comes to computer settings however. Private messages still unable to reply...
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    01-08-2023, 08:15 PM
    mtpspur replied to a thread Do you miss Lit-net? in General Chat
    I pop in and out as a whim strikes me remembering old times. There are some people met then that are still active in my life from here.
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    01-08-2023, 10:13 AM
    Logos replied to a thread Do you miss Lit-net? in General Chat
    I'm here :) I read the forums :) I'm here to help if I can. As I've said elsewhere and in private messages... basically the site, for quite some...
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    01-07-2023, 12:17 PM
    Nice. Hand-eye coordination wise, I think Ted Williams was a freak of nature, or at least way out to the right side of the bell curve, several...
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    01-03-2023, 12:52 PM
    Sancho replied to a thread Nature Writing in General Literature
    This one is about the joys of sleeping out in the open. It’s from Cheryl Strayed’s book about solo hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, Wild. The day...
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by The Comedian on 01-03-2016 at 10:30 PM
It's been a long time since I last read Stoic philosophy. I think the last work of this type that I read was the brief Handbook of Epictetus as an undergraduate. I didn't like it much. Mostly because my girlfriend at the time (who was a major repair-job) loved it. She was using the emotional detachment ideas to get over this jerk she dated before me. Nice. As a result, I thought that stoicism was just a mask that emotionally weak people wore to hide the honest and hard-earned scars on their souls.

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I Think of the Small Things. . . .

by The Comedian on 01-03-2016 at 10:28 PM
We just finished final presentations in my classes. I teach -- community college, English & Philosophy (picked up Masters Degree #2 in Philosophy a couple years ago; this enables me to teach the love of wisdom to American CC students). I think of Sara's presentation of whether American Literature matters: it was expertly organized and focused on emotional intelligence. Sure, she picked up on a thread that I was communicatin' to them: that one of literature's practical uses is to train us emotionally.

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What I Read in 2012

by The Comedian on 12-31-2012 at 10:48 AM
Here's a list of what I read last year with a brief rating of each book. At the bottom of the list are some reflections the reading year.

The Diaries of Adam and Eve by Mark Twain. 4/5

Metamorphoses by Ovid (Charles Martin translation) 4.5/5

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. 4/5

Letters from the Earth by Mark Twain. 4.5/5

How To Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas Forester. 4/5

Candide by Voltaire (Translated by Robert

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R.I.P Vanilla, a beloved pet rat

by The Comedian on 10-08-2012 at 12:50 PM
R.I.P Vanilla, a beloved pet rat

Vanilla was an albino rat, a "fancy rat" her tag in the pet store called her. We purchased her and her fellow female friend, later named Smokey, almost one year ago.

Vanilla, being an albino, couldn't see that well. And I could recognize this trait in her. As she crawled on my lap or on the arm of the Lazy-boy recliner that I was on, she'd extend her nose along the edges to test by feel and by smell whether there was anymore

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HARD TIMES and the Kitchen Counter

by The Comedian on 06-21-2012 at 11:53 AM
I'm nearly finished with Charles' Dickens' Hard Times -- quite an accomplishment for me. I hate Dickens. But I try to read him every year because, somehow, I feel that by not liking him (at least a little), then he wins. And I like to win. A very much lot, I do.

And here's the thing: I love Hard Times. If only I had tried to read this before Little Dorritt or A Tale of Two Cities then maybe I could have defeated my anti-Dickensian-ness much earlier. And I would have spared me from

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