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    ToToToToT: The End

    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 quotes the following two paragraphs from an essay 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.

    Spoiler

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    Oh dear, Peter Pan's grown up.
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    ((((((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....

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    Beefy Onion Rice
    Jambalaya
    Shrimp fried Rice
    Jamaican Rice and Peas

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    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 ______________________________

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    Southern Fried Chicken!

    favourite beef dish...

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

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

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    Peace & Love, Gypsy
    Even a man who is pure in heart and says his prayers by night, may become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms and the autumn moon is bright.


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    Mashed with garlic

    Favourite pasta

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    Lasagna
    Ravioli
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    Spaghetti & meatballs

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    Lasagna... YUMMY!

    sexiest of these sports cars...

    SAAB Aero
    Venturi Fetish
    Citroen Metisse concept
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    http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/08/21/...n-sports-cars/

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    the Tesla Roadster

    the Ouija board or magic 8-ball?

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    Magic 8-ball ( the Ouija board scares me! )

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    Istanbul

    some of my favorite "obscure" Kwan performances :

    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

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    Aranjuez, 2003 Worlds qualifying round

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    Tokyo
    Seoul
    Hanoi
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    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.
    If you want to be creative, get out there and do it. It's not a waste of time" - Michael Giacchino, UP

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    US Nats, though it's increasingly less likely.

    1) see #13

    2) Which US man will you miss more?

    Weir or Lysacek?

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    1) None, unfortunately
    2) Neither and good riddance

    counter
    rocket
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    3 turn
    purple no teknik

    I want to be able to skate like this. (be careful, the video makes a loud screechy noise at the end )

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    purple no teknik....

    Elizaveta Tuktamysheva
    Adelina Sotnikova
    Polina Shelepen
    Anna Ocharova
    Polina Agaronova
    Julia Lipnitskaya
    Darya Medvedeva
    Elena Rodionova

    P.S.
    Thanks for the link.

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    I also like the skating in that video; thanks.

    I'm Tuk's bek.

    Oda or Hanyu?

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    Oda

    Angela Maxwell
    Ellie Kawamura
    Kristine Masademba
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    Maxwell

    Aileen ________

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    Wuornos - MURDEROUS!!! She'll kill a motherf****r!!

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