Marines Corps StoryMarines Corps Story3 years ago in Urban & Spoken Word More Like This
Every now and then, in the middle of the constant barrage of crap that's just pissing us all off these days, we come across a story, a feat, an event that just makes us stop in our tracks. This was one for me.
Cody Green was a 12-year kid in Indiana who was diagnosed with leukemia at 22 months old. He loved the Marines, and his parents said he drew strength and courage from the Marine Corps. As he bravely fought the battle into remission three times. Although he was cancer-free at the time, the chemotherapy had lowered his immune system and he developed a fungus infection that attacked his brain.
Two weeks ago, as he struggled to fend off that infection in the hospital, the Marines wanted to show how much they respected his will to live, his strength, honor and courage. They presented Cody with Marine navigator wings and named him an honorary member of the United States Marine Corps. For one Marine, that wasn't enough...
So that night, before Cody Green passed away, he took it upon him
You Might Be A Liberal If...You Might Be A Liberal If YouYou Might Be A Liberal If...5 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
think the government can spend its way out of debt.
believe we need to fight big business with big government.
claim not to be a socialist, but still want the government to regulate the economy.
defend Obama by arguing "you only hate him because he's black!"
criticize people who call Obama "Hitler," yet had no problem calling Bush "Hitler."
worship wealthy celebrities who preach redistribution of wealth.
think Janeane Garofalo is as intelligent as she is attractive (on second thought, that's an accurate analogy).
think Fox News is biased because Keith Olbermann told you it was.
threw out your radio when Air America went off the air.
think Sarah Palin is the devil incarnate.
label every conservative as a fascist, yet possess no understanding of fascism.
think Bush was the dumbest president ever, yet was smart enough to orchestrate the largest inside job that is allegedly 9/
Mando'a Lesson 4Mando'a Lesson 4Mando'a Lesson 45 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Mando'a Lesson 13Mando'a Lesson 13 "Opposites"Mando'a Lesson 135 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Up Laam Down Daab
East Abesh West Wasuur
North Gaht South Ka'gaht
Right Staabi Left Payt
Happy Briikase Sad Trikar'la
Angry Kaden Calm Udesla
Mando'a Lesson 14Mando'a Lesson 14Mando'a Lesson 145 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
This lesson is going to focus on adjectives and adverbs, because I've only been tossing in descriptive words occasionally throughout these lessons. (And it was harder to create that I realized it would be. Forget learning new languages, I may have to go back to school to relearn my English!)
Like the lesson on verbs, the lesson will be in regular text, round brackets will surround notes from me, and square brackets will be around direct "lesson quotes" from Karen Traviss' Grammar Guide. (Which can be found on her webpage, and I highly recommend downloading it for personal use.)
(Working from a list of common English adjectives and adverbs, I have compiled these lists I will have obviously missed words in the dictionary, please just bear with me.)
[Adjectives and adverbs are formed by the addition of the suffix -la or -yc, depending on which makes pronunciation easier. There is only one form of the adjecti
Mando'a Lesson 15Mando'a Lesson 155 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Mando'a Lesson 15
Olarom! Ner gai Linzero. Jate'urcyce gar. Ni dala. Ni Tay'haai. Ni borari ti solegote, bal ni ori Ka'ra Akaane cuar'tomade.
Ni gana t'ad vode bal nu'ni kartayli. Ni gana munit daryc gemas bal daryc sur'haiie. Ni skotah bal nuh'la.
Ner beskar'gam sale racin ge'tal bal ne'tra. Ni juri solus beskad bal solus tracy'uur. Ner yaim pirebu suumpir bal bic ciryc vaii ni oyacyi. Ni emmuri nuhoyir, epar agol, bal piru gal.
Welcome! My name is Linzero. It's good to meet you. I am a woman. I am a Librarian. I work with computers and I am a big Star Wars Fan.
I have two siblings and I am not married. I have long brown hair and brown eyes. I am short and funny.
My armour colours are pale red and black. I car
The Lonely TravelerI have travelled far and wide.The Lonely Traveler5 years ago in Concrete Poetry More Like This
In search of peace beside.
I have seen creatures big and strange.
From creepy crawlers to trees and grange.
I have seen beautiful women all around.
In search of love, nowhere to be found.
I have seen birds that sing all day.
Their song without a scar or nay.
I have seen men risking their lives in honor.
Their brides sitting and crying in a corner.
I have seen babies crying for a drop of milk.
Covered in some old ladies warm silk.
I have seen children play in their darkest hour.
Even though dead are their mother and father.
I have seen people cry for silly things.
For a bottle of whisky or a bee sting.
I have seen a world of endless possibilities.
But not men with simple abilities.
In this miniscule world of glitz and fashion.
Not even one heart with an endless passion.
The TravelerThis one man,The Traveler5 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Walked a road alone,
He only carried,
He traveled for days,
Along the dusty road,
Not touching anyone,
Not even the road.
He walked for hours,
His shoes red,
His eyes wondered,
Across the land.
Would pass him,
But one would see him,
They'd ask him,
If he needed a ride,
He would say no,
And they were on their way.
This man had a goal,
This goal was simple,
He was the traveler,
By his own means.
He'd travel by day,
When he wanted the sun,
He'd travel by night,
When he wanted the stars.
This man was the traveler,
He'd travel for days,
He'd travel until,
His legs gave.
Mando'a Lesson 12Mando'a Lesson 12Mando'a Lesson 125 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
On Time jat'ca'nara
Week - Ray'ture
What time is it? Tion ca'nara [cuy] ibic?
When are we meeting? Tion'tuur mhi urcie?
Sigil (Symbol on Armour) Aliik
As Diabolus Turns - Ch.3As Diabolus Turns - Ch.34 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
As Diabolus Turns
Part 3: The Bold and the Beautiful
Several hours had passed and there was still no sign of Marty. Harlie cursed silently as he flipped through a hefty stack of papers. His boss had not completed any of the work set out for him, which left his second-in-command in charge of dealing with it. With his already ceiling-high workload, Harlie was not in the mood, nor was he entirely capable of completing everything in the needed time. He knew that even if he worked steadily until sunrise he would still not have a chance at clearing his plate.
What bothered the orange blacorite even more was the unusual behavior Marty had been exhibiting. This business, this entire planet, was Marty's ownership and he had not been fond of letting it fall to ruin. The profits he made from the attractions more than sustained its upkeep, and the success that it accomplished brought him the greatest joy. It was unreal to see him simply not care in the slightest. Even more stra
IfIf I died today.If3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Would your world sway?
If I died tomorrow.
Would your heart be filled with sorrow?
If I died a week from today.
Would you know what to say?
If I died a month from now.
Would your head bow?
If I died in a year.
Would you shed a tear?
Or would you say what a shame?
A life taken in vain.
Would you remember the good?
Or just focus on all my faults?
If I cried for help.
Would it be your ears that heard my pleas?
As I lay in a box of satin.
Would you claim that you were my best friend till the end?
Would you make my eulogy thoughtful?
Would you tell everybody what a caring girl I was?
Would you talk about my giving nature?
Or would you secretly slip in some story about you?
If I died today.
Would you have the heart to say?
How dare she?
Would you be mad at me?
Would hate me for leaving you?
Would you forget me because of your anger?
If I died today.
Would you even remember my name tomorrow?
Mando'a Lesson 11Mando'a Lesson 115 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Mando'a Lesson 11
Happy - Briikase
Hate Or'parguur (VERB)
Love Kar'taylir Darsuum (VERB)
To See Haa'taylir
To Smell - Klesir
To Hear - Susulur
To Taste - Isirir
To Feel Aalar
How are you? Me'vaar ti gar?
I am happy. Ni [cuy] briikase.
I feel angry. Ni aala kaden.
Diabolus of the Dead Ch.1Diabolus of the Dead Ch.14 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Diabolus of the Dead
Tourists lined the streets in the early afternoon, enjoying every shop and attraction their feet carried them to. The days did not last forever on Diabolus; everyone knew they had to take in all they could in the short time available. With so many things to do, it took grand precision and timing to meet their schedules. A challenge to many, but not impossible. Wherever a guest traveled, they were sure to find something worth their while.
Even the popular dining location, "The Stache", was brimming with visitors. Not just anyone could dine at such a high class establishment, but it didn't stop them from trying. Fancy guests with their dry cleaned suits, elegant dresses, and expensive jewelry entered the dining location, their sophisticated mannerisms mirroring the tone of the restaurant. The violinists played their slow, classical tunes to form the mood, and the cloths on the tables were freshly washed. The air smelled of fine cooked meals of
'Lucius' PewDiePie wake up in the morning songWake up in the morning not giving a single sh*t'Lucius' PewDiePie wake up in the morning song3 years ago in Songs & Lyrics More Like This
got my panties and bengt, I'm out the door, I'm gonna hit this mansion,
Before I leave, kill Gene, cause I don't like his smoking
Cause' once I've tasted blood there's no going back
I got that telekinesis on the go, go
What'd you put in these scones, scones?
Head maids about to go, go
I'm sayin, forever more, more
Walking up to the pantry
I'm starting to get a bit, diz-zy
Don't stop, on the dot
deaths in every single spot
tonight, Imma slice
'Til we see the sunlight
Tick tock on the clock
But the killings don't stop, no
Don't stop, now their shocked
And I've only just begun
Tonight, I see dad , and you know that must be bad
I'm the son of satin, hear your fright
Slip, smack, back will crack,
Icicles are gonna, fall
Ain't got a care in world, but I got plenty of weapons
Don't got no rules in my head, but I still get game overs
And now, the clues are lining up, cause Macguffin's here under orders
I got no sense anymore, because I work with
Mando'a Lesson 10Mando'a Lesson 10Mando'a Lesson 105 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
I want to center this post around verbs (conjugating and tenses and the like) because I haven't focused on them the way I should have with the other lessons. Since I was learning myself, it was a lot easier to start with nouns, and learn to rattle those off first, instead of slowly building sentences and workable conversation.
The lesson will be in regular text, I will put round brackets around notes from me, and square brackets around direct "lesson quotes" from Karen Traviss' Grammar Guide. (Which of course, can be found on her webpage, and I highly recommend reading it.)
Similar to most European languages, Mando'a verbs end in either ar, er, ir, or, or ur. Removing the r from the verb produces the stem.
(This is something I think I was forgetting when I tried to conjugate my verbs in previous lessons. Oh, how fun it is to teach oneself. KT could probably make a fortune offering a cla
DoneI don't care.Done11 months ago in Free Verse More Like This
Why should I?
I live out each stupid day.
Breathing with a heart that only aches in pain.
As I long for the touch of another human.
While knowing I can't even feel such creature.
Knowing that there isn't such creature in my eye site.
There never is anyways.
I've put hope in a pipe and smoked it all away.
I can't get it back.
And neither do I want to have the job of holding onto it again.
I don't care that I'm unnoticed.
That's just more sadness my heart can suck up with the blood inside it.
Let this loneliness sting my chest.
As my eyes hold the gaze of being pure ruined as a human.
Call me weak.
Tell me that I'm too young.
That I have my whole life a head of me.
Say whatever you wish.
But I'm done.
Let me be done.
Let me close my eyes once more.
Only to open them and be someone who has completely let their soul drop from its body.
Let me be this freak.
That carries nothing but a permanent sad look on one's face.
Mando'a Lesson Number 1Mando'a Lesson Number 15 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Mando'a Lesson 1
My name is Ner gai _______
Your name is
Mando'a Lesson 7Mando'a Lesson 75 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Mando'a Lesson 7
Sorry (I eat my insult) N'eparavu takisit
Sorry (I kneel) [groveling] Ni ceta
Mando'a Lesson 9Mando'a Lesson 95 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Mando'a Lesson 9
Except UsEveryone knows loveExcept Us3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Regardless of the gender
Or the subject of attraction
Everyone shares this common knowledge
This mutual understanding.
We don't color inside the lines.
At times it seems we speak
Entirely different languages;
At times it seems
We are beyond cohabitation.
We exist in different worlds
And yet your world is the norm.
We exist on your turf
On your terms
But not on your levels
And not by your criteria.
We are, by comparison
As they say, that is.
If we cannot grasp the concepts
So common to even teens
Then clearly we are unlearned
And, therefore, below you
And your 'adult understanding'.
We are 'naive', and 'young',
'Undeveloped', 'still growing',
And, worst of all:
"In need of good teachers".
There is little more terrifying
Than the implications in place
But to say more in defense
Would warrant ire and suspicion.
We are, still, strangers in your s
Mando'a Lesson 5Mando'a Lesson 5Mando'a Lesson 55 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Metamorphosis (Chapter 2)Metamorphosis (Chapter 2)3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
“Are you sure that’s all that happened? That’s all you can remember?” My father asked. My father was extremely anxious and he was pacing my bedroom nonstop. He was still wearing his button down suit and tie with the overcoat...a sure sign that he was upset, because he always took off that coat when he came home. Mom was sitting next to me on the bed with her arm around me. She was gazing at both me and dad, trying her best to remain calm.
“Dad, I told you everything I know!” I replied in frustration. “I just…woke up like this.”
“Did you eat something out of the ordinary last night?” My dad pressed. “You’re not on any drugs are you?”
“Paul, that’s enough!” My mom hissed. “I served all three of us the same dish last night. And I know for a fact that my boy would never do drugs.”
“Would you look at our boy, Stacy!?” My dad bared back. “He
Diabolus of the Dead Ch.3Diabolus of the Dead Ch.33 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Diabolus of the Dead
The night passed swiftly, bringing a new day into the touring planet. The sky was crowded with dark gray clouds; blue streaks of lightning and static flew across each mound. Though the sun never did reveal itself to the surface, the city was alit from the attractions that littered it. Guests already swarmed the streets and workers were set to begin their shifts.
Linda stared out a large window, observing the waking land before her. From way up in the towering building, the visitors looked like mere insects. A streak of static struck out overhead, but the woman was unfazed.
A door to the room swished open and a figure walked in. With back still turned, Linda greeted, "Good morning, Harliebear!"
A bit startled at her sudden welcoming, Harlie came to a stop and hesitantly welcomed in return, "Yeah, uh, good morning to you too."
The woman glanced over her shoulder at him, a typical smile on her face, "You're up forty minutes ea
Parallel Universes"Professor, aren't parallel universes just fiction!?" His young pupil asked while the other child pouted.Parallel Universes3 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Steven chuckled. "Well Becky," He began, "There isn't any scientific proof about it." She flashed a triumphant grin to the blonde boy before Steven concluded, "However there is a possibility they could exist."
"Ha!" The boy retorted. Steven smiled at Tobey shaking his head.
"How is that possible?" Becky asked annoyed at losing.
"Well that goes into a science called 'Quantum Physics.' Something I didn't really study back in college unfortunately." He shrugged. "Although it's a fairly interesting concept, I must say." He said in a wistful tone. "Imagine all the possibilities. I could have been married, or be a chef, or maybe," he added playfully,"a secret agent."
This gained a laugh from the two kids. "Really?" Becky asked in amazement.
"Certainly." Steven finished matter-of-factly. He looked up at the clock. "Kids you better get going or else your parents will be worried sick."