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An African Miracle – Perspective Corrections

“Another day, another impala”, thought Kefir. “Jeez! Sure, it’s great to have food again, but come on… how about some variety?” He harrumphed as he grudgingly munched on his impala. Variety or not, he wasn’t stupid enough to go hungry on principle. You… seem confused. Right. Maybe a bit of preface...

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Floody rains in the desert

You don’t normally think of rains in the desert. Deserts are supposed to be… deserty, right? And the Middle East is the desertiest of all known deserts. When you think of the Middle Eastern desert, you think of an Arab nomad herding a line of camels on top of dry...

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What a bargain…?

I am a poor negotiator – nay, I’m a fantastically awful one. There’s simply no denying that. I’ve probably bled out more cash on random trinkets than any man alive… with the possible exception of my dad. That’s how I know that negotiation skills are genetic. My dad is awesome at a...

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Killing your drive

I know a lot of people who are passionate about driving. Something about the roar of the engine, the high of being in control, the weird psychological feeling that it’s an extension of your personal space – I’m not sure exactly what drives the passion, but it’s irrefutable. There are...

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Hamish Joy: Salsa man

Ask anyone about the connection between me and salsa – I’m taking friends, family, acquaintances, maybe even strangers who have seen me hone my craft – and they will all agree – Yep, Hamish is ALL about salsa. There’s an undeniable natural flair that draws me to salsa. There is...

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The Great Dubai Househunt

Over the last year or so, I’ve been routinely throwing away all my spare time on a dead-end project – my office commute. That’s somewhere over 100 hours per month on one of the most misery-inducing activity on the planet. I thought of moving closer to office, but the rents...

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The Crawling Dread

Eyes sagging, half drowsing, and virtually devoid of life, the hungry, tired masses form a crowd in the desolate landscape, rotting under the scorching sun. Slowly, they move, inch by inch, hungry and irritated, blaring and wailing at each other. That’s not a glimpse into a generic horror movie trope. That’s...

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My experiments in time

Fiction is amazing. Without it, all we would have is the cold, hard truth, and often, that’s a hard pill to swallow without washing down with a glass full of euphemistic diplomacy covered in white lies. And without fiction, we would have no science fiction, and that would be devastating...

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The Neverending dream

Dreams are fascinating… and mysterious. There is no real consensus on WHY we dream. Is it an evolutionary mechanism to stir us awake every now and then to ward off predators? Is it a spillover of the unconscious processing of the day’s experience? Or is it just a subconscious rebellion...

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Pee-brained idiots in flight

Human knowledge is a wonderful thing. Our entire civilization is built on information; with every generation, people collectively know more and more about everything by adding on to the wealth of knowledge gathered by our ancestors. At some point in human history, I imagine Oog the caveman decided that the...

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