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/
Ricepires: Special AbilitiesIn the Twilight series the so-called vampires *air-quotes* have special, additional abilities that are unique to themselves. Like, how at Coldstone you not only get ice cream (the vampirism) but you also get to choose your own mix-in. Except these mix-ins are powers and you cant choose them, they depend on your traits or skills pre-vampirizing (?). I just realized that that metaphor was pretty much useless. Anyways, *cough* I was thinking what if the vampires from Anne Rices Vampire Chronicles had unique special abilities, just cause Im crazy. But, because they already have REAL powers that do not include sparkling(are you reading this, Edward?), theirs would be more like heightened abilities. So here we go.Ricepires: Special Abilities6 years ago in Humor More Like This
Lestat: Accessorizing/ lovability
Louis: emoness/ability to tolerate Lestat for long periods of time
Armand: seduction; man, woman, or vampire it doesnt matter
The Lonely TravelerI have travelled far and wide.The Lonely Traveler6 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.
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
Ricepires PromMarius: Children, Ive had a great idea!Ricepires Prom6 years ago in Humor More Like This
Marius: Who here is over 2,000 years old, raise your hand please. Oh right, just me.
Armand: I thought that I was your only child *pouts*
Everyone else: *is temporarily dazzled by how pretty he looks when he pouts*
Merrick: Dont look now, but your insecurity is showing.
Armand: Shut up, witch.
Marius: Havent we had enough name-calling? Its like high school.
(Louis and Nikkis catfight, for those of you just joining us.)
Marius: Speaking of high school I just realized that all of you were deprived of a senior prom.
Apparently, Marius is out to help all the underprivileged vampires. If he opens some sort of Red Cross soup kitchen for vampires, Im nominating him for the Nobel Peace Prize. Love this guy.
Louis: Youre not serious? What about Merrick and Quinn?
Mando'a Lesson 4Mando'a Lesson 4Mando'a Lesson 45 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
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
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
PreservationPreservationPreservation4 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
Pairing: Alexander Hamilton/John Laurens
Warnings: Some angst
'If my father could only see the army ' John Laurens paused to observe the assorted groups of soldiers hovering around each other for warmth as the cold breezed through Valley Forge, leaving men shivering in their tattered uniforms and inadequate blankets. 'If Congress could see the army, see the disease and famine, the provision wagons would arrive quicker than we could request them.'
Beside him, Alexander Hamilton observed, 'As long as Congress must beg from the states, it makes no difference whether provisions are detained for two days or two weeks, for they would rather we starve than relinquish authority to Congress.'
Laurens looked at his friend. 'How grave, even for you. I miss your agreeable nonsense.'
'You dream of glory as much as I, my dear Laurens," said Hamilton. 'There is none to be found here.' Adjusting his coat closer, he looked at the pathetic sight around them as they walked to General Wa
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Older Brother/Sister Ori'vod
Baby (under 3)
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Diabolus of the Dead Ch.3Diabolus of the Dead Ch.34 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."
Ricepires Comic Request 4 LEEEA Vampire Chronicles-themed request for LatiasChild:Ricepires Comic Request 4 LEEE6 years ago in Humor More Like This
[Lestat is wearing a red frock coat to his mid-thigh, a white shirt, and red culottes with white stockings, as well as red paste-buckle shoes. Louis is wearing brown full-length breeches and a white shirt with full sleeves, probably some ruffle detail down the front. Both are sitting at a table] -------- denotes change in panel
Lestat: Why so glum? I bet I could put a smile on that melancholy face. *winks*
Louis: I lost my wife and child.
Lestat: *inches closer* So youre single, then?
Lestat: *takes Louis hand*
Louis: *pulls hand away* *backs away from Lestat*
[end of flashback sequence. We see Louis (in a green version of Lestats outfit earlier) and Lestat (in a lavender outfit possibly) sitting by Claudia (who is in a yellow dress)]
Lestat: And thats how I met your father. See, Daddy was smooth! *grins*
Claudia: *blink, blink like WTF?
As Diabolus Turns - Ch.2As Diabolus Turns - Ch.24 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
As Diabolus Turns
Part 2: Love Is a Many Splendored Thing
Harlie stood frozen in astonishment as Marty and Jeeves kept on with their insistent arguing. As their words grew more vicious, they stepped closer, getting in each others' faces. The over seven foot tall Marty easily towered the 6'10" Jeeves, but he did not dare back down. Harlie and Quinn half expected a fist fight to break out at any moment as the volume of their dispute grew louder.
"H-hey!" Harlie dared to break up the fight again, "You two are acting like stupid kids right now fighting like this!"
"Shut up, mom," Marty said to his employee, "Aren't you supposed to be, I dunno, setting up appointments or playing Jenga with Quinn or something?"
"That's my lovely Linda's job," Jeeves said matter-of-factly, "That clearly shows how much you know about her!"
"Well someone clearly doesn't know who runs this entire freakin' planet," Marty shoved the smaller blacorite in the chest with
The Town named Owl CityOwl City is a small little country city near the ocean. It's mayor is Adam Young, a shy yet kind man who is the one who built this humble town. We don't have a very large population, about eh...a couple thousand people. But everyone is very nice and will gladly greet any tourists who come.The Town named Owl City3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
The weather isn't just sunny, cloudy, rainy, and stormy. There's beautiful vanilla twilights, snows that contain peppermints, alligator skies, and on some nights, meteor showers, kamikazes, a helicopter moon, blue lights that are surprisingly fuzzy, and shooting stars that shine the night. You can even see galaxies in the sky clearly that other places couldn't show even with a telescope.
Now Owl City is an ocean town, isn't it? So it must have a beach. And indeed you are right, Owl City does have a beach, Umbrella Beach is it's name. Why is it named Umbrella Beach? Because everyday, there are many umbrellas on the beach, even if the day before had no umbrellas. If you look out the horizon, you may se
Seven SlayersListen my hatchling, for now you shall hearSeven Slayers4 years ago in Songs & Lyrics More Like This
Of the only seven slayers a dragon must fear.
First beware Pride, lest belief in one's might
Has you discount the foeman who is braving you sight.
Never Envy other dragons their wealth, power, or home
For dark plots and plans will bring death to your own.
Your Wrath shouldn't win, when spears strike your scale
Anger kills cunning, which you will need to prevail.
A dragon must rest, but Sloth you should dread
Else long years of napping let assassins to your bed.
'Greed is good,' or so foolish dragons will say
Until piles of treasure bring killing thieves where they lay.
Hungry is your body, and at times you must feed
But Gluttony makes fat dragons who can't fly at their need.
A got Lust for glory, gems, gold, or mates
Leads reckless young drakes to the blackest of fates.
So take heed of this wisdom precious hatchling of mine,
And the long years of dragonhood are sure to be thine.
Diabolus of the Dead Ch.7Diabolus of the Dead Ch.74 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Diabolus of the Dead
The streets were overflowing with sickened, hungry guests. If they had not caught sight of the prior commotion within the building, then the smell of fresh meat caught their current attention. Linda was shocked to see the hoard on the verge of surrounding them within just moments after exiting the broken doors. Marty, however, paid little mind to them. His eyes were glued onto the lobby entrance where Bernard remained lost in the sea of bloody bodies.
"Marty! What do we do?!" the white woman screamed as she clung tightly to the fighting man.
He flailed around, desperate to get loose of her hold. He smacked her lamp weapon out of her grasp and it rolled a few feet away - right into the lumbering mob. Defenseless and frightened, Linda grabbed hold of her boss with her now-freed arm.
"Let go! Let go of me this instant!" Marty cried, not caring that the woman was only trying to save him.
"Marty, quit it! We'll come back for it later!"
"NO!" he s
Fun Facts about Steve IrwinFUN FACTS ABOUT STEVE IRWINFun Facts about Steve Irwin9 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
-Steve Irwin's teeth can bite crocadile teeth in half.
-Steve eats his cereal with snake venom instead of milk.
-Once a python ate Steve alive, and then he carved his way out of it's belly with his fingernails, ground the snake up and served it to his Dog, Sui.
-His dog, Sui, is the only animal besides Steve that can kill Chuck Norris. But they don't kill Chuck because they both like a challenge.
-Steve Irwin was the real inventor of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. He just named it after one of his goldfish.
-When Steve water-skis, he doesn't use skis- he uses live barracudas.
-Once Steve and his family went camping and a bear attacked him. An hour later his son received the biggest, most realistic teddy bear ever for his birthday.
-Steve Irwin flosses his teeth with electric eels.
-Steve let Disney Studios borrow his pet Kraken 'Keebler' to film 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest'.
-Steve Irwin can turn into a wolf at will.
-All of Steve's sense are su
ToH:R5 vs Hoatzin part 17Tapestry of HorrorToH:R5 vs Hoatzin part 174 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Round 5: The Grand Finale
"You you were Ach'M's opponent?" Chordata's heart pounded rapidly in her chest. Hearing those words from anyone else would have meant nothing, but from her valiant and caring Quincy
"Yes " his voice trailed, eyes closed and shoulders sagging. Chordata glanced down at the dingo's hand that was still firmly clasped in her own. Imagining those hands coated in the amphibian man's blood seemed almost implausible.
"I, uh, didn't intend for it to end like it did," Quincy answered, "It was a an accident, you could say."
"It was an accident that he happened to have a knife wound straight through his heart?" Chordata's sharp tone caused the man to flinch.
Her icy blue eyes stared at him like daggers, forcing his gaze to slide away, "I I didn't know he meant that much to you."
"He didn't!" she swiftly defended, her voice g
The SoldierIt's cold in my bunker as I lie here in wait,The Soldier12 years ago in Open More Like This
My rifle in hand and my binoculars raised,
Watching for the enemy to rush through the gate,
Watching and waiting and outward I gazed,
I don't have much food or much water for that,
But war is not the kind or compassionate sort,
Thoughts flooded my mind as onward I sat,
As I long for the day I return to my port,
I think of the deeds I have done these past years,
The blood I have spilled and the blood I have made,
All turning the machine with it's unstoppable gears,
All supporting the ideals and foundations we've laid,
But I'll never forget the look in the enemy's eye,
As my rifle is facing down at his face which is covered in snow,
And what that man silently said before he had to die,
" I fought for what I believed and I'm sorry to go.",
But I'm in this war with the man at my side,
My job is to protect him and his country from pain,
Fighting together on the war's frequent tide,
The bloodshed and fighting and the quite peaceful wane,
I hear s