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It is fair to say that this month's output has been dominated by Something Magnificent and Extraordinary, with a word count of 13217. That amounts to roughly 40 pages of text, plus/minus depending on how large the pages are and the size of the font. Fortunately - for everyone involved - the posts do become slightly shorter as time goes on. The introduction has to introduce, and this requires a word or two.

I have also added the opposite of an introduction, which is to say a bibliography. It has the strange quality of being from the future, and could potentially reveal the shape of things to come.

But. Enough introductory words. More links, more posts!


Putting the Google Memo in context: the strangest thing about the discussions about the Google Memo is that is seems to be utterly divorced from larger discussions about US labor conditions. One of those conditions being that if you cause a fuss or a scene - or indeed a kerfuffle - you are fired right there and then, no two words about it. To frame it as a freedom of speech issue is disingenuous, seeing as that very same freedom does not seem to apply even theoretically in other workplaces.

Discursive anomalies

The first five lines of Marty Robbin's Big Iron: the origin story of this post is that I was playing New Vegas one time, where this song is included in the soundtrack. Upon hearing it, I noticed that it did something interesting in terms of storytelling. Some while later, I say myself down to try to figure out what it was. Here it is.

Relationship statues

Contrary to popular belief, not all statues are about cats. Just most of them.

Wait for it: the origin of stories

Cat dates: social non-interaction

It honks: and it wants you to feed it

Motivated buyers: love is, in fact, the greatest pain in the


Avoiding the problem head on: in which I muse about the upcoming new blog project, and the things I worry about with regards to it. Turns out you can tell a lot about someone by what they worry about.


Terminal velocity: your perception of the world changes when you are in a hurry, and things that would otherwise seem impossible become doable by feat of being done.

100% cat: a silly poem about Jaspers, who is cat from head to toe. The interesting part is not the poem itself, however, but the implicit promise that it could go on forever, should there but be a will. Like petting, but poetic.

A relationship horoscope: things never turn out right for the people described in these horrorscopes, do they?

That's all for this round. Remember to stay warm in these arctic times, and to look up every now and again. The sky is not a ceiling.