The Blah Blahs and the Yada Yadas

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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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Pope Culture

I was born a catholic. But that doesn’t matter – I was also born an idiot with zero vocabulary, an uneven temperament, and was easily distracted by jiggling keys. So my state at birth is irrelevant. The point is – technically, I’m a catholic, but I’m not a very religious...

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The anti-marshmallow test

I bet you haven’t read the book, “The Marshmallow Test” yet. Have you? What rock have you been living under? I suggest that you drop everything right now, and get yourself a copy. Read it, understand it, and make short notes. Once you’ve done that, mail me a copy of...

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Belated Reviews: Hitman: Agent 47

First, I have to apologize for the delay in getting this review out; I would have posted this last week, but I was busy looking for a killer-for-hire to take out the movie’s writers. Searching the deep web for sharpshooters is a pain. Especially when all I had to offer was $3.75 and a...

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I saw design and it opened up my eyes, I saw design.

Hello, howdy, hi ya, holla, and hey ho to a brand new ‘The Blah Blahs and the Yada Yadas’. Yes. It’s totally brand new… you can practically smell the digital ink drying on this post… if you try hard enough. It’s got that new-site smell that makes you yearn for...