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    I'm in a mood lately. I read Afternoons with...

    I'm in a mood lately. I read Afternoons with Harper Lee by Wayne Flynt, followed by Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee, and now am following it up with Atticus Finch: The Biography.
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    I don't think I ever read Huffpo, but it was regularly trashed on a podcast I listened to -- Skeptics Guide to the Universe -- for its favorable coverage, or promotion, of homopathy and such. If I...
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    I just finished: Japan, A Cultural History. It...

    I just finished: Japan, A Cultural History. It was published at some point in the 1970s, so it is dated, but the photography is beautiful, as are the prints. I saw one of a Japanese woman with long...
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    I did a test subscription of it just to hear Wil...

    I did a test subscription of it just to hear Wil Wheaton reading Masters of Doom, and then Redshirts, but I am planning to cancel once I finish Redshirts. I don't have a commute that makes audio...
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    I would have thought this an impossible question...

    I would have thought this an impossible question to answer before hearing "For an Old Kentucky Anarchist". It's not a pretty 'song', as it's more a story told in verse, and the pitch wanders a bit,...
  6. The Plain Reader has been the most challenging to...

    The Plain Reader has been the most challenging to me, and the most rewarding to read; if nothing else, it introduced me to Wendell Berry. The work is a collection of essays submitted to Plain...
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    The preppers I listen to abide by the practice,...

    The preppers I listen to abide by the practice, "Eat what you store and store what you eat". The idea is to view your storage area, whether it's a closet or a big tupperware box, as an extension of...
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    "Prepping"

    I've lived through several hurricanes and many tornadoes that did widespread damage in my part of the world, and as a result I have an interest in disaster preparation. I have plenty of food on hand,...
  9. A fridge, an indoor grill (the "George Foreman"...

    A fridge, an indoor grill (the "George Foreman" kind); crockpot; stove, coffee maker, oven, microwave. The microwave is used to heat up cold coffee, and that's about it. If it ever breaks it won't...
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    Basements and attics. I grew up living in a...

    Basements and attics. I grew up living in a trailer and so did most of my friends, so houses that were actual buildings almost always impressed me (the older the better). Those were homes with actual...
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    Westboro is a family cult that makes a lot of...

    Westboro is a family cult that makes a lot of money by provoking people and them suing people who react. I don't know if Phelps is sincere, deranged, or evil. I think it likely he's shades of all...
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    I haven't had TV since it went all-digital back...

    I haven't had TV since it went all-digital back in...2008, 2009. Haven't missed it a lick. I still watch DVDs from time to time. The funny thing is that I was raised in a home without TV because my...
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    Establishing credit

    I'm 28 years old and have never used a credit card. My parents were always concerned about money as I grew up, so I've always been very suspicious of them; I save and wait for larger purchases. The...
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    My dad worked two jobs to keep the bills paid and...

    My dad worked two jobs to keep the bills paid and food on the table, so while we were never quite poor, they tended to live paycheck to paycheck, and that got worse as my dad grew older and could...
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    Also of note: the Self-Sufficient Gardener. ...

    Also of note: the Self-Sufficient Gardener.
    http://theselfsufficientgardener.com/
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    I don't watch television because the plots of everything are so formulaic. I don't like fake drama; if I get into it, the characters or ideas being bandied about have to be stellar, as in Firefly. I...
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    I just finished digesting The Plain Reader, which...

    I just finished digesting The Plain Reader, which was stirring, and am now starting on Crunchy Cons, which is fantastic so far.
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    Recently I found a podcast which is about living...

    Recently I found a podcast which is about living simply. It's relatively new, only a few months old, and hosted out of Portland. It's called "The Sprocket", because the hosts are wild for bicycles ...
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    Currently I don't use a phone, but if I did, I'd...

    Currently I don't use a phone, but if I did, I'd dig around in an antique job and try to find a working rotary. I don't like the cheap plasticness of modern phones, the constant energy use of their...
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    Since the weather has been so mild, I've been...

    Since the weather has been so mild, I've been biking to work and back, and church on Sundays. Traffic isn't bad; for the most part, people give me a lot of space. So far the only problem I've run...
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    Is a transcript of this available? I find the...

    Is a transcript of this available? I find the mechanized voices too grating to listen to. :-/
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    I've heard a lot of good things about Salatin! He...

    I've heard a lot of good things about Salatin! He appeared in Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma, if I remember correctly.

    As for myself, I'm reading Flushed! How the Plumber Saved...
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    I believe English has more to fear from "txtspk"...

    I believe English has more to fear from "txtspk" than it does from Spanish, Chinese, or Arabic.
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    As I began developing my own sense of...

    As I began developing my own sense of spirituality a few years ago, one idea which I took seriously and incorporated was that of the Sabbath -- that is, setting aside a day for rest and resisting the...
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    I've found a promising thread...

    I've found a promising thread over at BikeForums; the consensus so far is cooler bags, which seem reasonably priced. The key will be finding one that's the appropriate size...I'd rather it be able to...
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