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here’s a post so a stupid thing I wrote 4 years ago isn’t at the top of the page

30 July 2017, 3:22 am
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Goddamn, a lot can change in four years, huh?

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A book I’m searching for

1 June 2013, 11:45 am
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(I may have some details wrong)
* probably targeted for what we’d now call the “tween” market (middle grade)
* published mid-late 70s
* book jacket copy mentions people suddenly finding large quantities of dead spiders
* I think jacket copy included rhetorical questions (e.g., “what is killing all the spiders?”)
* plot point: spiders we know here on Earth […]

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IFF Boston 2011 : Documentary Shorts 1

8 May 2011, 7:07 am
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I didn’t think the documentary shorts program we saw was quite as impressive overall as the narrative shorts program, but I enjoyed it a lot. The unifying theme here was character studies, most of which offer a surprise (which I will not spoil).
Charles Fairbanks’ “Irma” spends a good proportion of its running length on the […]

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paranormal inactivity

1 November 2009, 8:40 am
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It’s really hard to talk about Paranormal Activity without spoilers, but I’ll do my best. It has a somewhat different trick from Blair Witch Project, but like the earlier film it is a one-trick pony; it has some of the same strengths, but suffers from all of the same flaws. It depends on surprise for […]

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DI*T is a 4-character expression

30 May 2008, 5:30 am
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Weight Watchers’ slogan, on this flyer posted on all the office fridges, is “DI*T is a four-letter word.”
But we’re an engineering shop, you see, so I read this as “the derivative of i multiplied by t.”
“t” is obviously time. So what is “i”? I ask.
The mot juste response from a co-worker arrives with alacrity:
“Intake”

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memo to prospective employers

8 July 2006, 12:42 pm
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Hello, whoever you are.
There’s been a lot of talk lately about one’s prospective future employers should always be considered as members of the audience for whatever one writes on the Internets. At the moment, you have to be pretty diligent to find your way here by searching on my surname, but the Internets are nothing […]

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meta meta meta

1 December 1999, 10:01 am
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