A Snip of Wisdom #8

Apparently, flies take off backwards from resting positions. Swat at flies so they cannot escape, and your life will be full … of dead flies.

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A Snip of Wisdom #5

Always feed your friends.

A Snip of Wisdom #4

Sometimes you can’t help what people think of you. Even if you try to change their mind, what people want to believe, they will.

A Snip of Wisdom #3

No matter how hard you try not to, you may end up breaking a few hearts. The only way to make it better is to mend someone else’s.

A Snip of Wisdom #2

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy has this to say on the subject of flying.

There is an art, it says, or, rather, a knack to flying.
The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.

… DO NOT WAVE AT ANYBODY

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A Snip of Wisdom #1

Never refuse a breath mint, no matter who is offering

So, I heard I’m Unique

Apparently, everyone is unique.  At least, that is the message I’ve been getting lately from assignments and interviews. Whatever man, think what you’ve gotta think.

I really hate that question with a passion. I have qualities, yes, and I’m pretty sure its the sum of all my qualities that makes me unique.  Well, that  is what everyone seems to think.

I’d argue however, that it is your motivation to do these things that makes you unique instead. But how do you really say that to a person asking the question?

I know that this post is completely fueled by frustration and anger, which is fine. I mean, sometimes you just have to vent. But this question is the worst one I get asked on a regular basis, because they just want you to brag about yourself.

This is how I imagine a conversation going:

Do you have any hobbies? Yes, I play violin,  I like to read, and basically I’m just a huge nerd with a surprisingly social life.

Why do you want this (job, position, whatever)? I want it. That’s enough. There are a lot of reasons, money, fame, to make a difference, the list goes on.

What makes you unique? … and this is the kicker… I’m pretty sure I’ve already told you, so why are you asking me again? Weren’t you listening before? … uh, let me think, maybe I’m a hard worker, I have a lot of experience in another field which I can apply, I actually talk to people like they are people and not deities or peasants I am trying to address?

I really don’t know how I am going to answer this, but I hope it works out, because I’m working my rear off trying to impress people without sounding annoying. If anyone has advice, I’ll gladly take it.

Such a Beautiful Moment

Such a Beautiful Moment

So there’s been some buzz around the web with things you can do in sub zero temperatures. If you’re hoping to try some soon, please only the safe ones. Nobody needs to lose a finger over boiling water mishaps.
I’d be very disappointed in all of you, if that happened.
Not that I’m nagging, I’m just saying, don’t be dumb.
Which is actually my motto for this year. And the point of this whole thing.

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On Books

So they always tell you to never judge a book by its cover, but I disagree. You can judge a book by its inside cover, especially if the summary ends with a question.

I know quite a few writers, and they usually write the summaries themselves, which is why it is so funny to read them. You get a taste of the style of the book, and see if they are humble, or want to brag a bit, which they completely deserve, for actually writing a book unlike the rest of us mere mortals.

Now, all inside covers that end with questions aren’t necessarily horrible, it depends on the quality of the question. Say you have a book that is a romantic type and the cover says something along the lines of: can she do the thing and get the guy, I’d say you should probably skip it. Unless you’re just looking for a standard plot with a clichéd ending. Its no big deal, those are fun occasionally, but quality writing in that genre is hard to find.

If it is a social commentary and ends with something that ties in to the book, you can probably bet its a satire and a quality read. AKA, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, or Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde (not kinky so far, I swear, but indeed a quality read).

The cheap mystery novels are my favorite to judge though. The ones with a male lead normally have him being an ex cop with an attitude. The question would be something like: Will the murder shake the city or will Mystery Solver save the day?
Female detective novels are usually of two strains, either a journalist or wannabe cop thrust into a private eye role or an ordinary woman who gets wrapped up in some risky business at the wrong time. She usually ends up with a man, because writers are super in to adding romance to widen the demographic of the book. No big deal.

With all the literature available in today’s day and age, you need to be a little discerning if you ever want to leave the library again, so think about reading inside covers, you’ll discover things you never knew, and maybe never wanted to know.

Happy New Year

You know, a lot of people make a resolution to start a blog. Now, I have absolutely no data to back this up, but I’m a pretty good guesser. Good for them, I’m really happy for all these strangers!

I’ve been in the blogging business for all of two entire months, and let me tell you, I’ve been around the block a time or two.

So if you have any questions that a seasoned blogging veteran could answer, hit me up!

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