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One of my favourite authors reports that his agent (also the agent of another of my favourite authors), Ralph Vicinanza, has recently (and suddenly) died in his sleep from a burst aneurysm. This is sad news, but I also find myself envious in this regard: I quite hope that I die in this kind of manner--sudden, quiet, quick, and also a bit unexpectedly.
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One of my favourite authors reports that his agent (also the agent of another of my favourite authors), Ralph Vicinanza, has recently (and suddenly) died in his sleep from a burst aneurysm. This is sad news, but I also find myself envious in this regard: I quite hope that I die in this kind of manner--sudden, quiet, quick, and also a bit unexpectedly.
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Apparently, the Maldives are going to begin saving for a new home in case their current one gets swamped by rising sea levels. For me this raises an interesting question. Would they be better off investing the money in a large-scale land-purchase? Or would they be better off investing the money in technology that could raise large-scale rafts "above" their existing lands? Might seem impractical in a real-world sense, or perhaps not?
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Apparently, the Maldives are going to begin saving for a new home in case their current one gets swamped by rising sea levels. For me this raises an interesting question. Would they be better off investing the money in a large-scale land-purchase? Or would they be better off investing the money in technology that could raise large-scale rafts "above" their existing lands? Might seem impractical in a real-world sense, or perhaps not?
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Last evening, for one reason or another, the question arose: how does one dispose of dynamite? Well, it appears that the most sensible method is: you find a remote place and you blow it up. Safe transport of dynamite seems to involve a sturdy container filled with machine oil.

Neither of which, of course, were followed by Jack Peacock of Kalaheo, Hawai'i. (We stayed a few miles away from where this happened when we were in Kaua'i; but luckily it was a year or two before this happened.)

To get the full effect, you must read the entire linked article. Reporters must live to have just one story like this in their entire careers...
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Last evening, for one reason or another, the question arose: how does one dispose of dynamite? Well, it appears that the most sensible method is: you find a remote place and you blow it up. Safe transport of dynamite seems to involve a sturdy container filled with machine oil.

Neither of which, of course, were followed by Jack Peacock of Kalaheo, Hawai'i. (We stayed a few miles away from where this happened when we were in Kaua'i; but luckily it was a year or two before this happened.)

To get the full effect, you must read the entire linked article. Reporters must live to have just one story like this in their entire careers...
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Piling on to the story like there's no tomorrow, The Register, bastion of "real hi-tech news for you now", sends brave correspondents to the front lines to bring back footage of the ongoing Mediterranean conflict zone for their loyal readership.

(Honestly. They have nothing better to waste their pixels on, those guys?)
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Piling on to the story like there's no tomorrow, The Register, bastion of "real hi-tech news for you now", sends brave correspondents to the front lines to bring back footage of the ongoing Mediterranean conflict zone for their loyal readership.

(Honestly. They have nothing better to waste their pixels on, those guys?)
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It seems to me that there are so many better things that the Greek courts could be doing than hearing this case. I feel somewhat sympathetic: for example, think of all those germanic families with a tradition of naming their sons "Adolph". But, on the other hand, western culture has moved on. Please, suck it up and join us in the brave future. I know it sounds odd, but why not have a referendum to give your island a new name? (says a person native to a town that was once named Berlin, but is now named after an (in)famous British military officer...)
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It seems to me that there are so many better things that the Greek courts could be doing than hearing this case. I feel somewhat sympathetic: for example, think of all those germanic families with a tradition of naming their sons "Adolph". But, on the other hand, western culture has moved on. Please, suck it up and join us in the brave future. I know it sounds odd, but why not have a referendum to give your island a new name? (says a person native to a town that was once named Berlin, but is now named after an (in)famous British military officer...)

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