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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.

Written by James Bailey

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

Posted in truthiness

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.

Written by James Bailey

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.

Written by James Bailey

July 21, 2007 at 3:33 am

Posted in Coffee

The successes of the Iraq War…

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I’m sure it’s helped cull our army of some people who were cut out for a different world.

Imagination and irresponsibility collide with a brilliant flash.

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July 19, 2007 at 2:05 am

Posted in clever and bored, Iraq

Co-worker fun fact #6

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Traffic cones and bright yellow vests confer upon their bearers an awesome power.   Traffic can be halted and redirected at your command.  The depth of this power was revealed to me today when my co-worker stopped the cops, so our backhoe could cross the road first.

Written by James Bailey

July 16, 2007 at 7:43 pm

Church League Softball

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About a dozen Bangor-area churches set up a league.  It pretty fun and a good way to get to know the people in the church my family is going to.

But above all, its a great opportunity to make offensive jokes and bad puns.

Playing the Latter Day Saints:

“So, have two of them come over to your dugout and asked you to join their team?”

Playing St. Mary’s Catholic tonight,  hoping to avoid a 30-inning war ending in defenestration.

Its good there aren’t any real prosperity-gospel churches here (that I know of); losing a game as a church might cause them to lose their faith, or drive them to a week of penance so God will love them again.

Written by James Bailey

July 13, 2007 at 8:29 pm

Posted in bad jokes, the church