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Quickie

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New drinking game: every time they play "Chariots of Fire," throw a bottle at the television screen

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Writer's Block: Grammy Awards

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"A Place for Us" from West Side Story. No idea why, lol

What song is stuck in your head?

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Writer's Block: School Ties

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Writing; and I don't know yet. ;)

What is (or was) your college major? Do you use it for your career?

First question listed was submitted by praditmodi. (Follow-up questions, if any, may have been added by LiveJournal.)

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Writer's Block: ONTD Games Giveaway

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The Medic from Team Fortress 2. He's hysterical!

Which video game character would you like to have as your real-life BFF?

One random response will win a $60 Amazon gift card! [Full contest rules here.]

Don't forget to share your favorite gamer moments on ontdgames at 3 p.m. PST for Free For All Friday (FFAF).

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Writer's Block: Learning Curve

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That the man at ABC Liquor is really nice. And that around Gasparilla, rum is very cheap.

It's said that you learn something new every day. What did you learn today?

First question listed was submitted by atomic_joe2. (Follow-up questions, if any, may have been added by LiveJournal.)

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I am Furious and Heartbroken

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Originally posted by hoppytoad79 at I am Furious and Heartbroken
Originally posted by kylecassidy at post
Via Citykitties (emphasis mine):

A good samaritan found this cat today in a gutter by Clark Park, half dead. He is now at the Cat Doctor with a body temperature of 90 (normal is 102) and blood PCV of 8. The Cat Doctor housecat, Diamond, is currently donating blood to save his life. During the exam, the vet found that this cat has a microchip. When called, his "owners" reported that he was acting sick, so they put him outside. If this makes you as angry as it makes us, please channel your anger in one of two ways: visit our website at www.citykitties.org and make a donation to help us pay for his care, or share this post and encourage others to do so.




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Wikipeda

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Originally posted by mountain_hiker at Wikipeda
Please share and reshare all over the social networks! Encourage Wikipedia to go dark next week!

Wikipedia Blackout: Urge Wikipedia To Protest Censorship
Quick request: Wikipedia is considering going dark to protest SOPA and PIPA, the Internet censorship bills.

It'd be huge news, jar rank-and-file Internet users out of complacency, and serve as a turning point in the effort to beat these bills.

Several sites are considering going dark next week -- Reddit's already pledged to do so, but to have the impact it'll take to kill SOPA and PIPA, we need much broader support. A blackout by Wikipedia could be what finally kills these bills.

Will sign you on at right to urge Wikipedia to go on strike to protest censorship? (You'll also generate an email to your lawmakers, with the language at right.)
PETITION TO WIKIPEDIA: We encourage Wikipedia to "go dark" to proest the Internet censorship bills pending before Congress. Millions of Americans would take notice, and it could be what finally turns the corner in the fight against SOPA and PIPA.
Please sign at right to urge Wikipedia to go dark, and to generate an anti-SOPA/PIPA letter to your lawmakers.



Writer's Block: Friday the 13th

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I avoid the typical superstitious things, but I can't explain why. Just an overall sense of  dread around things like Friday the 13th.

Do you believe in any superstitions?

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Writer's Block: Poetry Break

Marvin

Pioneers! O Pioneers! by Walt Whitman

COME my tan-faced children, 
Follow well in order, get your weapons ready, 
Have you your pistols? have you your sharp-edged axes? 
Pioneers! O pioneers!

For we cannot tarry here, 
We must march my darlings, we must bear the brunt of danger, 
We the youthful sinewy races, all the rest on us depend, 
Pioneers! O pioneers!

O you youths, Western youths, 
So impatient, full of action, full of manly pride and friendship, 
Plain I see you Western youths, see you tramping with the foremost, 
Pioneers! O pioneers!

Have the elder races halted? 
Do they droop and end their lesson, wearied over there beyond the 
seas? 
We take up the task eternal, and the burden and the lesson, 
Pioneers! O pioneers!

All the past we leave behind, 
We debouch upon a newer mightier world, varied world, 
Fresh and strong the world we seize, world of labor and the march, 
Pioneers! O pioneers!

We detachments steady throwing, 
Down the edges, through the passes, up the mountains steep, 
Conquering, holding, daring, venturing as we go the unknown ways, 
Pioneers! O pioneers!

We primeval forests felling, 
We the rivers stemming, vexing we and piercing deep the mines 
within, 
We the surface broad surveying, we the virgin soil upheaving, 
Pioneers! O pioneers!

Colorado men are we, 
From the peaks gigantic, from the great sierras and the high 
plateaus, 
From the mine and from the gully, from the hunting trail we come, 
Pioneers! O pioneers!

From Nebraska, from Arkansas, 
Central inland race are we, from Missouri, with the continental 
blood intervein'd, 
All the hands of comrades clasping, all the Southern, all the 
Northern, 
Pioneers! O pioneers!

O resistless restless race! 
O beloved race in all! O my breast aches with tender love for all! 
O I mourn and yet exult, I am rapt with love for all, 
Pioneers! O pioneers!

Raise the mighty mother mistress, 
Waving high the delicate mistress, over all the starry mistress, 
(bend your heads all,) 
Raise the fang'd and warlike mistress, stern, impassive, weapon'd 
mistress, 
Pioneers! O pioneers!

See my children, resolute children, 
By those swarms upon our rear we must never yield or falter, 
Ages back in ghostly millions frowning there behind us urging, 
Pioneers! O pioneers!

On and on the compact ranks, 
With accessions ever waiting, with the places of the dead quickly 
fill'd, 
Through the battle, through defeat, moving yet and never stopping, 
Pioneers! O pioneers!

O to die advancing on! 
Are there some of us to droop and die? has the hour come? 
Then upon the march we fittest die, soon and sure the gap is fill'd. 
Pioneers! O pioneers!

All the pulses of the world, 
Falling in they beat for us, with the Western movement beat, 
Holding single or together, steady moving to the front, all for us, 
Pioneers! O pioneers!

Life's involv'd and varied pageants, 
All the forms and shows, all the workmen at their work, 
All the seamen and the landsmen, all the masters with their slaves, 
Pioneers! O pioneers!

All the hapless silent lovers, 
All the prisoners in the prisons, all the righteous and the wicked, 
All the joyous, all the sorrowing, all the living, all the dying, 
Pioneers! O pioneers!

I too with my soul and body, 
We, a curious trio, picking, wandering on our way, 
Through these shores amid the shadows, with the apparitions 
pressing, 
Pioneers! O pioneers!

Lo, the darting bowling orb! 
Lo, the brother orbs around, all the clustering suns and planets, 
All the dazzling days, all the mystic nights with dreams, 
Pioneers! O pioneers!

These are of us, they are with us, 
All for primal needed work, while the followers there in embryo wait 
behind, 
We to-day's procession heading, we the route for travel clearing, 
Pioneers! O pioneers!

O you daughters of the West! 
O you young and elder daughters! O you mothers and you wives! 
Never must you be divided, in our ranks you move united, 
Pioneers! O pioneers!

Minstrels latent on the prairies! 
(Shrouded bards of other lands, you may rest, you have done your 
work,) 
Soon I hear you coming warbling, soon you rise and tramp amid us, 
Pioneers! O pioneers!

Not for delectations sweet, 
Not the cushion and the slipper, not the peaceful and the studious, 
Not the riches safe and palling, not for us the tame enjoyment, 
Pioneers! O pioneers!

Do the feasters gluttonous feast? 
Do the corpulent sleepers sleep? have they lock'd and bolted doors? 
Still be ours the diet hard, and the blanket on the ground, 
Pioneers! O pioneers!

Has the night descended? 
Was the road of late so toilsome? did we stop discouraged nodding 
on our way? 
Yet a passing hour I yield you in your tracks to pause oblivious, 
Pioneers! O pioneers!

Till with sound of trumpet, 
Far, far off the daybreak call-hark! how loud and clear I hear it 
wind, 
Swift! to the head of the army!-swift! spring to your places, 
Pioneers! O pioneers!

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