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Mission statement


Just remember:

This is a dangerous time for dreams. “Vision” has become something you experience after too much dope — a subject for scorn. “Passion” and “desire” are used, nine times out of ten, as euphemisms for lust. It isn’t fashionable to confess powerful desires and then work for their achievement: you risk the derision of those who cannot admit to desire, and the envy of those afraid to have any. Their anger will seduce you into silence, inaction, passive acceptance of what seems unalterable…if you let it.

Dare the dangerous, the ridiculous, the impossible. Find out what you’re for, and get busy being that. “Whatsoever your hands find to do, do it with all your might — for the night cometh, in which no man can work.”

Admit to great desires. Work as if for mighty purposes. You have nothing to lose but the illusion that you make no difference in the world.

Love as if you may some day die suddenly. You will.

Share your joy.

It is better to freelance in Hell than to staffwrite in Heaven.

-http://www.dianeduane.com/outofambit/mission-statement/


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Side note: Does anyone know if she's still alive? The last post from her seems to be someone around the end of 2007... I'd sent an e-mail a month ago, inquiring after The Big Meow (still not done. Slowly beginning to regret my $300 donation towards that cause...), never got a reply back.
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Whee, I finished the first chapter (already). Now to wait err... twoish weeks for the next one.
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First, via [livejournal.com profile] jaiwithani, this amusing bit of news.

AKRON, Ohio - If an Ohio lawmaker's proposal becomes state law, Republicans would be barred from being adoptive parents.

State Sen. Robert Hagan sent out e-mails to fellow lawmakers late Wednesday night, stating that he intends to "introduce legislation in the near future that would ban households with one or more Republican voters from adopting children or acting as foster parents." The e-mail ended with a request for co-sponsorship.

On Thursday, the Youngstown Democrat said he had not yet found a co-sponsor.

Hagan said his "tongue was planted firmly in cheek" when he drafted the proposed legislation. However, Hagan said that the point he is trying to make is nonetheless very serious.

Hagan said his legislation was written in response to a bill introduced in the Ohio House this month by state Rep. Ron Hood, R-Ashville, that is aimed at prohibiting gay adoption.
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[ original | http://www.bradenton.com/mld/bradenton/news/nation/13945272.htm ]

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Google appears to be climbing a bit... and most of the news/panic over dropping prices seem to have gone away. There's more positiveness in media over Google's anti-government request-for-information although most of those echoes have quieted down, and all of the anti-Google&China stuff has gone away.

Don't think I'm going to buy, yet. Still counting me gold pieces after the rather spontaneous donation to Diane Duane...
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More 'bout the donation; We, the readers/fans have apparently managed to clear the $1000 challenge (eh, sorta like a tit-for-tat donation system~ sponsor said he'll match up to $1000~ and as of right now, there's been a total of $1087.50 donated~. Within 36 hours of the announcement. W00t. I feel fuzzy inside. =^^=

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Grah, and I'm way too careless when it comes to exams. Need to... quadruple-check my work. I think Iost at least 10, if not 15 points due to carelessness.

And I half-heartedly did my math exam today. Being that it was at 9AM, and my previous exam ended at 9 PM, the 12 hours between exams just wasn't enough to really study much. As a result, some answers were guessed. =.=

Now to study for ECE329.

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Oh, and I got stopped by a police officer today while on my bike. Apparently it is a bad thing to cross the street while the "don't walk" sign is _blinking_.

WTF? It was just a warning, but seriously. I looked all four ways before going, no one was turning... Hell, there wasn't any moving cars at the intersection when I crossed. Safely is good and all, but if I was to sit at every stop light and wait for a walk signal, I'd double my travel time.

Hmm ...Need to observe other pedestrians.

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Oh, right. I think this would be awesome to keep around. Either it shows how much you use your computer, or how skilled you are. :D
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I dropped $200 towards this:

I'm designating the above chapter-by-chapter payments as "subscription" payments,in order to leave free -- for those who prefer to handle their participation this way -- a separate channel for contribution to the project. My mystery e-mailer added the following good suggestion:

If you like, I give you my permission to publish this note and to convert the $1000.00 USD pledge into a challenge grant where I will match up to $1000 of donations from others, at your discretion.)


I like the sound of that. So I'm going to be establishing a separate payment button (look to the left) where interested parties can add to the challenge grant fund. If the challenge is successful, this will significantly reduce the total costs of the project, and make it possible for me to hit my "earn-out" figure sooner. Those who make contributions to this fund will also be acknowledged in all print versions as "Friends of The Big Meow" or something similar. (US readers, think of the varying levels of support you see advertised in an NPR / PBS pledge drive: this would be like that.) After the challenge amount is achieved, a notification to that effect will be posted on the Big Meow website. The "contribution button" will remain in place, though, for those who want to help the project along in a mode different from the chapter-by-chapter subscription model.

- via This recent post on Diane Duane's "The Big Meow" to-be-written book.

I had 'pledged' $300, actually ^^;;; but I don't know how she'll do subscriptions yet. And... anyhow... this money is coming from err... my liquidated google stocks. >.> I'm not broke...yet.

I'm not the only person donating large sums though... first, there's that $1000. And there was $155 when I got there. And now it's up to $465. Yay~

I think I'm crazy. Time to work harder and do more jobs. Heh. Even at $8/hr for my OnSite job... 3-5 hours per week... it'll still take me a while to make $200 back.

I like being crazy. I think I did well on my ECE391 exam today. ::crosses his fingers:: Math415 at 9 AM (Yargh.) tomorrow. Time to cram!

Oh, SQUEE~

Dec. 13th, 2005 11:33 pm
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In case any of you don't have DD's blog feed syndicated to your livejournal:

She is considering writing the third book in the cat wizards series, The Big Meow, but she needs our input!

To summarize: it would be "publication on demand", which would mean...

...a "trade paperback" perfect-bound copy of The Big Meow is going to cost you hardcover prices, not paperback. If I'm to make any money at all on the deal (by which I mean, at least recoup my publishing and labor expenses), you're going to be paying $20-25 for a copy of this book.

Would you?

If you would, drop me an email at this address:

thebigmeow_a t_youngwizards_do t_com

- via [livejournal.com profile] youngwizards.
>> Original post by D.D. - you should read this, if you plan on including a message.

e-mail sent. Hell, I went ahead and mentioned that I would even be willing to pay in advance. XD

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