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falling_dance
04-01-2010, 08:00 AM
Prancer's latest post in the "So Many Books..." thread led me to The Second Pass, a nifty blog about reading, writing, and publishing today. One recent entry (http://thesecondpass.com/?p=5081) quotes the following two paragraphs from an essay (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/21/books/21mash.html?ref=books&pagewanted=all) by Michiko Kakutani about the way the Internet has encouraged everyone from Joe Schmo to the late Jane Jacobs to take dismaying shortcuts in their thinking and writing:


For his part Mr. Lanier says that because the Internet is a kind of “pseudoworld” without the qualities of a physical world, it encourages the Peter Pan fantasy of being an entitled child forever, without the responsibilities of adulthood. While this has the virtues of playfulness and optimism, he argues, it can also devolve into a Lord of the Flies-like nastiness, with lots of “bullying, voracious irritability and selfishness” — qualities enhanced, he says, by the anonymity, peer pressure and mob rule that thrive online.

Digital culture, he writes in You Are Not a Gadget, “is comprised of wave after wave of juvenilia,” with rooms of “M.I.T. Ph.D. engineers not seeking cancer cures or sources of safe drinking water for the underdeveloped world but schemes to send little digital pictures of teddy bears and dragons between adult members of social networks.”

Looking back on the several thousand posts that comprise my "body of work" in the This or That (or The Other Thing...or That!) threads, I find in myself a hitherto unexploited capacity for shame, and, beyond that, the possibility of true maturation. I must abandon the annoying online persona I've cultivated--that of a magical Hello Kitty eminence idly condescending to weigh selected baubles of human experience--and begin instead my life as a self-aware adult. It's been fun, but all things, good or bad, must come to an end. I'd wish you well, but I anticipate looking back on these threads as the pilot does on the young islanders in Lord of the Flies.

Oh, and I really don't like Michelle Kwan's skating anymore.

April Fool(s), of course.

Dr.Siouxs
04-01-2010, 01:10 PM
Oh dear, Peter Pan's grown up. :2faced:

Buzz
04-01-2010, 03:30 PM
((((((falling dance))))))) But it has been fun at times hasn't it? :) Well since I cannot find a question I will post one. Of course about food since I am hungry. :)

favourite rice dish....

Wild Mushroom Rice Pilaf
Beefy Onion Rice
Jambalaya
Shrimp fried Rice
Jamaican Rice and Peas

Rex
04-01-2010, 04:24 PM
Jambalaya (I make a great jambalaya)

Fave chicken dish
Chicken tetrazzini
Chicken Maryland
Southern Fried Chicken
Stuffed Cornish Hens
Chicken Alfredo
Chicken Parmesan
Purple Chicken Casserole
or ______________________________

Buzz
04-01-2010, 04:35 PM
Southern Fried Chicken! :cheer2:

favourite beef dish...

goulash
beef wellington
pepper steak
pot roast
sloppy joe
ginger beef
bulgogi

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Beef_dishes

Gypsy
04-01-2010, 05:44 PM
Pot Roast

Favorite Potato

Baked
French Fried
Mashed
Scalloped
Au Gratin
Hash Browns

eusebius
04-01-2010, 05:48 PM
Mashed with garlic :swoon:

Favourite pasta

Fettuccine Alfredo
Lasagna
Ravioli
Baked Ziti
Penne arrabbiata
Spaghetti & meatballs

Buzz
04-01-2010, 06:08 PM
Lasagna... YUMMY!

sexiest of these sports cars...

SAAB Aero
Venturi Fetish
Citroen Metisse concept
Toyota FT-HS
The Tesla Roadster

http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/08/21/transportation-tuesdays-top-5-green-sports-cars/

falling_dance
04-01-2010, 07:04 PM
the Tesla Roadster

the Ouija board or magic 8-ball?

Buzz
04-01-2010, 10:02 PM
Magic 8-ball ( the Ouija board scares me! :eek: )

Istambul
Doha
Amman
Damascus
Dubai
Cairo
Beirut

falling_dance
04-01-2010, 10:05 PM
Istanbul

some of my favorite "obscure" Kwan performances :saint::

Song of India/Sabre Dance, 1993 Evening of Champions
East of Eden, 1995 Nations Cup exhibition
Dante's Prayer, 1998 Grand Slam of FS
Rush, 2000 Masters of FS
Aranjuez, 2002 Campbell's Classic
Aranjuez, 2003 Worlds qualifying round
purple keeping my own counsel

Buzz
04-01-2010, 10:36 PM
Aranjuez, 2003 Worlds qualifying round

Sydney
Tokyo
Seoul
Hanoi
Beijing

LynnW
04-01-2010, 11:30 PM
Sydney.

Which skating competition are you most likely to go to next year?
Nationals for _________________ (insert your country name).
Grand Prix
Worlds
Trophee Eric Bompard
Skate America
Skate Canada
Rostelecom
NHK
Cup of China
None, I like watching skating on my computer.

falling_dance
04-02-2010, 12:40 AM
US Nats, though it's increasingly less likely.

1) see #13

2) Which US man will you miss more?

Weir or Lysacek?

Dr.Siouxs
04-02-2010, 12:48 AM
1) None, unfortunately :(
2) Neither and good riddance ;)

counter
rocket
bracket
3 turn
purple no teknik

I want to be able to skate like this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbFepa7UN5I). :swoon: (be careful, the video makes a loud screechy noise at the end :scream:)