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Firstly, teacher training should go like this.

And secondly, Tesla Coils can be used to synthesize music...including the Doctor Who theme.

That is all.

Blessed be,
~Nathan

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Apparently, wayyyyy back, one of my ancestors was actually robbed of a company payroll by a trio of highwaymen who then placed him on railroad tracks. [Link to a PDF of the article]

Italian highwaymen. With revolvers. In 1904!

I love historical documents.

Blessed be,
~Nathan



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Well, the tree is up and decorated, the presents are beneath it.... and the creche/nativity scene that my dad always insists on is arranged on a nearby table. However, in a change from most years, dad came out of the room where he was setting it up and informed us that:

The birth of baby Jesus is attended by three wise men, a cow that is smaller than the sheep, a snow globe, a snow man, a fire lizard, and a giant Easter bunny.

As my dad said, "It's a tradition. I don't know of what, but it's a tradition." Apparently, species come together from all across the galaxy to celebrate the opening of presents.

Our tree, by the way, includes the starship Defiant and a Klingon Bird-of-Prey.

And now I should go finish up one or two other things; I have a piece of writing I hope to post online tomorrow in honor of the holiday, and there be food to consume (making own herb butter = fun times).

Blessed be,
~Nathan

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Everything I need to know about a sense of patience and delayed gratification, I learned from Sam Vimes and Moist von Lipwig. Hope, they teach, is the greatest gift a person can receive. Jam today just leads to a distinct lack of jam tomorrow, but even the most wretched peasant can live happily if they live in hope of jam tomorrow.

This holiday message has been brought to you by....

Seriously, though, I've recently begun noticing a substantial increase in the sense of satisfaction I derive from the knowledge of jam tomorrow. It also helps save money. Rather than buying a new computer game in the last month or so, I just browsed reviews, looked at critical evaluations, and enjoyed thinking about which ones might be more fun to try sometime in the future. And I've been planning to head into town to get a slice of fancy cake or similar at a coffee shop; first I planned to make that trip at the beginning of Thanksgiving Break, and then when I finished my writing contract, and then when classes were over for the semester (today). Now I'm planning to go get it when I finish my last exam next Thursday. 

This is probably a good thing, considering that teaching is a profession big on jam tomorrow. When you provide education and try to encourage a sense of success and personal worth in kids, you don't actually get to see how you changed their futures until---surprise, surprise---the future, and even then, 99% of them won't be in touch.

And the saving-money bit will be helpful too, considering the pay....

Blessed be,
~Nathan

PS: Also, a good substitute for jam is homemade chocolate covered popcorn.

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Well, I may have to incorporate this particular trick into my novel; I just love the idea of stealing a structure like the Empire State Building as part of a plot...

Truth: It's Stranger than Fiction. It is, as Fox Mulder says, "Out there."

Blessed be,
~Nathan

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Stand back, Scientology; you've got competition in the I-can't-believe-it's-not-dismissed category. Though, I must admit, I think this one is funnier; there are fewer potential evils here, and no brain-washing scam that I can detect thus far.

According to the BBC, the Czech Wallachian Kingdom is under attack.

Founded in 1997 in a mountainous area in southeast Moravia, Wallachia is a real place with a real hat. It also has real restaurants, hotels, and a traditional plum brandy. However, the the currency (the Jurovalsar), the University of the Wallachian Kingdom, and the passports are NOT real.

As Tomas Harabis, creator (co-creator, really) and foreign minister of Wallachia says of the passports, "They are fake. But I did get into Alaska with one."

Apparently, 90,000 people have such passports.

Unfortunately, a clown (literally, actual clown) had himself crowned "Wallachian King, Boleslav I the Gracious, Forever" on his TV show in 1993, four years PRIOR to the creation of the kingdom. At first there was a successful relationship between the two, with King Boleslav being crowned, his signature appearing on passports, and similar---but when he decided to try and control the financial aspects of the kingdom, Harabis declared a 'Palace Coup' and installed a Queen Mother instead.

The clown-king sued the kingdom, and lost, in 2007; the Czech court in Olomouc is now ruling on the final verdict of an appeal. King Boleslav wants the copyright to the Kingdom of Wallachia....

And in the meantime, I appeal to all good people of Wallachia and holders of Wallachian passports: GO TO ALASKA. PLEASE. And then appear on American talkshows and discuss Palin's border security.

Blessed be,
~Nathan

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