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I read an interesting quote this week: “I’m, like, a smart person.” Because of the commas surrounding ‘like’ most Americans would understand the word to be the ubiquitous and unnecessary filler word that we all grew up with. But spoken speech doesn’t speak commas, so a transcriber must have heard brief pauses and volunteered to put those commas around “like” which brings up the interesting situation of someone demanding not “don’t put words in my mouth”, but “don’t put commas in my mouth”.
Suppose the commas weren’t intended by the speaker, then the quote becomes, “I’m like a smart person.” My interpretation of that sentiment is that the speaker is saying the equivalent of Sanka claiming, “I’m like coffee.” Not real coffee, but an approximation of coffee (and all over the world baristas are aghast at the thought of Sanka claiming to being anywhere near like real coffee.) Continue reading
There is an article to be found on the BBC Culture website, entitled in its IP address, “The LSD Cult that Terrified America” and in the article, “The LSD Cult that Transformed America”. As a Southern Californian teenager, way back in the sixties, I’d heard of the Brotherhood but thought at the time they were just another bunch of drug dealing beach hippies. Evidently, they have claim to a more important social influence than my youthful opinion allowed. Still, IMHO and in retrospect, the drug LSD caused immensely more harm than good – one must weigh numerous deaths and the many lives and minds destroyed against short lived spiritual or religious epiphanies. But I digress into a serious subject.
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Today I finally uploaded the Kindle appropriate text and cover files, supplied the necessary information, and clicked on the publish button. So hopefully long before the 72 hours Kindle gives themselves to stock the e-book in the Amazon store the reader will be able to buy it for the ridiculously low price of 99¢. Maybe, in a future post I’ll describe my plans to promote the book into best-sellerdom. For now I’ll content myself with copying book III’s synopsis of the first two books and book III’s intro. Continue reading