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Co-worker fun fact # 8

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My co-workers regularly say things that would get them fired in an office. They’re not afraid to be politically incorrect, or to insult and threaten each other. But it’s a rough job, and they need some way to keep things interesting; anyway, they say, they’ve all been working together too long.

It think it’s refreshing and funny most of the time. Here’s a great example from today, after I did some quality mason-work:

Grizzled Foreman: Good job James, I like how you’ve been showing initiative. I’m promoting you to lead temporary.

Other Temp: So I guess I should start working harder?

Boss-man: You could show some initiative by taking that brick and hitting [grizzled foreman] in the head.

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July 30, 2007 at 8:43 pm

Family Guy Plagiarism

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A pretty compelling case that’s it’s all been done before, and Butters/Dr. Chaos once found on South Park, it’s been done by the Simpsons.

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July 30, 2007 at 8:31 pm

Autism and Deception

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Cool Article.

People are often trying to define what it means to be human, and what separates us from other forms of life. Baron-Cohen’s answer: “Dishonesty is one defining characteristic of what it is to be human.”


Written by James Bailey

July 24, 2007 at 8:57 pm

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Sin and Guilt-the Ultimate Reader Challenge

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If anyone comes up with a satisfactory answer on this one, I’m buying them a pizza and getting them a book deal, for starters.

This question concerns what I see as the biggest problem with Christianity / the biggest obstacle to my faith.

Why should we feel responsible for our sins if God created us to live as sinful creatures?

Preemptive response#1:   Yes, the Fall had to happen before we were sinful creatures.  But I would contend that the Fall was really a part of our creation, fully planned on.

Preemptive response #2:  I realize that a Free Will response is the easiest answer to this question.  I’d still love to hear one, but this question is directed especially at Presbyterians and other predestination-ists.

Looking forward to hearing from you all, whoever you are.

Written by James Bailey

July 24, 2007 at 3:01 am

The Loser Decision

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Dilbert guy tells us how his ego screwed up a great opportunity. Of course, this served as a life lesson and things worked out for him in the end.

By his analysis, I think my “winner decision” would be taking a merit scholarship at a school no one in Maine had heard of instead of going to a more respected institution and graduating with $80,000 in debt.

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July 23, 2007 at 8:52 pm

Co-worker fun fact #7

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Why work when you could get payed not to?

Our crew consists of 5 regular guys, 2 summer guys (myself included), and one boss-man.

I just finished my 5th week, and we’ve had the full crew in for a grand total of one day.

Taking my first day off next week, for El’s birthday!

Written by James Bailey

July 21, 2007 at 3:37 am

Coffee Snobery

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It’s hard to find a good Americano in this town.  But I’m on the trail and getting closer.

Antiques Marketplace and Cafe: “What’s an Americano?” *Consults the menu to find out*

Starbucks: “Would you like it hot?”

Borders: “How much cream would you like?”

Getting closer each time… it seems Borders is the best bet here.

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July 21, 2007 at 3:33 am

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