The original UK Lord of the Flies book cover
The original UK Lord of the Flies book cover Somehow, I knew almost nothing about William Golding’s The Lord of the Flies prior to my beginning reading it. I had no ideas about any of the characters, the plot, or even the setting. The only thing I had heard about the book came from my cat. Well, to an extent anyhow. I was on the Amazon page for the book when my cat decided it had been long enough since the last time he walked across my keyboard. His paws expertly scrolled my browser down to the product reviews section of [...]
Mon, Mar 17, 2014
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This has nothing to do with my story, but I like the picture.
One afternoon earlier this summer, my daughter was asking me if it was okay to kill animals. I explained to her that my personal feeling was that it was okay as long as you were going to eat the animals. I told her I didn’t believe you should kill animals just for their trophies (antlers, rugs, mounts, etc.) or fur–unless you actually needed it–but it is human nature to eat meat and, therefore, okay. We are omnivorous animals, after all. She thought about this awhile and summarized, “So, if you kill an animal you should eat it?” I said, “Yes. That’s [...]
Mon, Dec 02, 2013
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Alaska State Seal
Alaska Governor Sean Parnell has earned himself a reputation for not being very assertive, a bit of a pushover if you will. Typically, this criticism comes from the governor’s own party. Even Alaska’s lone Congressman has referred to him as a “zero” on more than one occasion. That, coupled with the fact that it is totally en vogue to bash every facet of the federal government, might explain Governor Parnell’s latest bout of nastygrams sent to federal agencies. Last week, the day prior to the end of the federal government shutdown, Governor Parnell sent Interior Secretary Sally Jewell a letter. The [...]
Tue, Oct 22, 2013
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My car after being used by ravens.
You know that thing, where a group of ravens steal a hunk of smoked pork and then proceed to repeatedly drop it on your car in order to break it up into more palatable pieces? My poor car: Found on the ground next to my car: I hate when they do that; don’t you? To answer some of the questions I’ve received about this: I have no idea where the pork came from. In fact, I don’t even know if it’s pork. Luckily, no dents. Yes, I registered scorn with the ravens: I shook my fists at them and referred to them in very disparaging terms. [...]
Wed, May 01, 2013
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Twitter Sewing Machine
What do you make of this? I did a search in TweetDeck for the words “Does anyone”. Scrolling through some results I noticed more than one result that mentioned a sewing machine. Then I realized the tweets were identical. So I did another search for “Does anyone sewing” and came up with dozens of results, all identical. So I went to and ran the search and voilà! Does anyone know what a decent price for a sewing machine? I’m looking at buying one and don’t want to pay too much. — Rai Fidelis(@_raifidelis) April 24, 2013 // Does anyone know what a decent [...]
Wed, Apr 24, 2013
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Kali - Photo Credit: Alaska Zoo
The Alaska Zoo has an adorable polar bear cub, by the name of Kali. The zoo recently posted a video of Kali, purportedly throwing a bit of a fit. I’m not sure he wasn’t actually practicing his Brazilian heavy metal singing voice. [soundcloud url="" params="visual=true" width="100%" height="166" iframe="true" /] (Music Credit: Sepultura ‘Roots’ / Vocals: Kali the Polar Bear) Kali – Photo Credit: Alaska Zoo [...]
Sun, Apr 14, 2013
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It is my intent to review this book without spoiling any of the important plot devices. I dove into this story without a clue as to what I was in for, other than that it was about an Earth that had become overcrowded–and that much can be gleaned from the title. I recommend you do the same: get a hold of this title, whether in print or on Kindle, and consume it. Go. Since you’re reading my words–and not yet the author of the story’s–I suppose you want a little bit more. Robert Bloch">Robert Bloch (best-known for writing ">Psycho, the basis for [...]
Mon, Apr 08, 2013
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This email alert just came to me from UAA (bold formatting mine): UAA Campus Community: Respect is an important value at UAA and safety is our highest priority. For those reasons, we are compelled to inform you that an inappropriate incident involving a female cadaver occurred in the Health Sciences Building’s Gross Anatomy Lab sometime between Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning. In addition, an act of vandalism to building furniture occurred Wednesday afternoon in the same building. Criminal investigations are underway and additional security measures were implemented immediately. Students and staff should take appropriate precautions, including extra vigilance, avoiding isolated areas of buildings, working [...]
Thu, Apr 04, 2013
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If you live in the United States, consider this scenario: Canada is hell-bent on erasing Mexico from the map. Ottawa organizes and funds a militia and sends them to a suburb of D.C. to set up a state within a state, setting into place the resources and framework needed to begin terrorizing Mexico. What’s more, this Canadian militia has no qualms about terrorizing the U.S. to meet their ends; a number of U.S. leaders are assassinated in car bombs if they seem like they might speak out against Ottawa. The Canadian militia regularly moves into neighborhoods in the U.S. Southwest, hiding [...]
Tue, Feb 19, 2013
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So Governor Parnell tweeted: Extreme D legislators say oil tax bill goes too far. AOGA says it doesn’t go far enough. Lends cred to argument the proposal is fair. #AKLeg — Gov. Sean Parnell (@AKGovParnell) January 20, 2013 // This prompted Alaska State Senator Wielechowski to respond: @akgovparnell: Extreme D legislators say oil tax bill goes too far. / What do you say you and I debate this issue on statewide TV? — Bill Wielechowski (@wielechowski) January 20, 2013 // And thus, the stage was set. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer ran a brief story about the exchange. Alaska print and broadcast media weighed in as well. On Thursday, the [...]
Sun, Jan 27, 2013
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