I think I just found the coolest employee in the world


I have a suspicion that Shane exists only on the wipe board at his work, but nonetheless, whoever is writing this stuff IS AWESOME

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Grow tall

We begin as little acorns

unable to conceive of becoming tall Oaks,

but wishing for it, evenso.

Looking high at those taller than we,

hoping they see our potential to grow strong

and develop deep roots.

Meanwhile, we miss the sight,

of the aged looking downward,

through their leaves,

marveling at how far they have come,

seeking to shelter us littler twigs from the harshest rays,

as we test our newly uncurled leaves,

and welcome our first birds,

to nest in open limbs.

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The Care and feeding of a Bekki

Congratulations on obtaining your very own Bekki model 1111 XE3!

Please follow these rules of proper handling, treatment, and understanding of your Bekki. Remember, if properly cared for, a Bekki should provide you lasting affection for your entire life.

1) Your Bekki is not an overly social model. It likes people and gatherings, but in small and managable doses. If your Bekki cuts loose in a rare moment of sugar induced hilarity, enjoy the entertainment, but be fully aware that for the next 2 weeks your Bekki will need to recharge and will react negatively to any suggestion of a repeat performance. There is a reason this instance is rare, your Bekki needs to feel completely at ease with those she is in the company with for this rare occurance to manifest. No matter how much you enjoyed the performance, any attempt to force the repeat of this occurance might damage your relationship with your Bekki.

2) Your Bekki loves to sleep, in fact will sleep and sleep and sleep unless something interesting is placed on offer.. This is best done the night before or after sufficiant 8 hours of sleep has passed. For full protection stand away from the sleeping Bekki when enticement is occuring, for your own safety. When in doubt, offering of a Breakfast-type food is a good bet, but may only work until the meal has been consumed and then the opportunity will be lost. Suggesting a follow-up activity will be met with consideration at that time. Time it well, never offer before first bite has been consumed (you have been warned). Activities that have a higher chance of being accepted include the following:

Shopping for anything but clothes
and did we mention Learning?
Activities to avoid:

Shopping for clothes
Shopping for clothes
Sitting Still for long periods
Shopping for clothes
Loud places
Crowded Places
Places where mingling is required
Shopping for clothes.
Wearing a dress is required.
and did we mention shopping for clothes?

3) Your Bekki is a very moral creature. She will not tolerate certain behaviors and will become unresponsive in future if you say or do something she considers unethical, demeaning to others, bigoted or somewhat crass, in nature. Your Bekki loves people but rude people with a lack of polite and kind behavior will quickly find themselves ignored, shut out, or completely unfriended by their Bekki. Her code of conduct will always be to treat others with respect, you may not realize you have offended your Bekki until she stops communcating.

4) Your Bekki has a design flaw. We apologize for this, however to make the Bekki as unique as possible certain flaws have been allowed in the final design and have become an integral part of the system database, to delete this flaw is to lose the entire system in a shut-down. The flaw is that your Bekki cannot pass a bookstore without going inside. The Bekki will freak out if not allowed to enter and may become deeply unresponsive if denied. The Bekki will become physically pained if unable to go inside and indulge her need to learn. The learning program in your Bekki is immense. It was created with an unlimited capacity for learning and, in fact, greatly enjoys adding new input. Your Bekki seems to most enjoy trying things after she has learned about them. She will be drawn to creativity and those who have it. She will respect highly anyone who has knowledge of something that they are passionate about. Even if the subject matter is not something the Bekki wants to pursue herself, your Bekki will have great reverance for those that follow the learning path.

5) Your Bekki comes complete with her own sprituality. Do not attempt to tamper with the religion programming on this unit. The Bekki has layers of belief that are couched in the very center of her programming. To remove her spirituality and insert a dogma of a specific religion will only result in a complete re-set of the unit, as the Bekki will not tolerate the new directives. Your Bekki will have extensive knowledge of all religions, those that she has not encountered will be of great interest to her. While she respects all religions, her selection of her own personal beliefs were solidified and locked into her during an earlier version of this unit.

6) Your Bekki will need reassurance often. This unit wants to be happy and will worry costantly about her connection with you. She will need to know that you are still there and continue to enjoy her company. She is a bit shy, even though, at times, she will appear chatty and extroverted. This program is extemely interested in pleasing others and thus, may appear to be at ease socially. This is a misconception. The Bekki will need more time to re-generate and replenish after any and all social interactions. Though this unit can and will interact with others, it is not a natural part of its being. Your Bekki will be polite at all times, however, it will be needful for you to pay close attention to the unit’s clues and be ready for when it needs to step away from the limelight and be alone. Failure to recognize that your Bekki needs to go home will result in crying, trembling and/or an expression of numbness.

7) Your Bekki has a sense of humor. It will exhibit itself only when the Bekki is at ease. If the Bekki cracks a joke, generally this is a sign that she accepts you as a part of her inner circle. The Bekki has a fear of appearing stupid, and therefore it is a form of high praise to be trusted with her less proper teasing. Once this ease is noted you will encounter signs of her humor at work. She will generally, in public, laugh quietly to herself or mumble something whilst smiling secretly. This is a sign that your Bekki has been amused. Look to where your Bekki is loooking and you may be rewarded with an insight into what has amused her. This could result in a much treasured moment of shared humor.

8) Your Bekki unit is extremely sentimental. She will have stories memorized and filed for re-telling. Every special memory will be pondered over and given great value. You will find, that if you ask, she will regale you with memories you were not aware you were creating. Do not be concerned if your Bekki leaks from her eye sockets at times, this is normal. If your Bekki turns away from you after you have done something particularly kind or loving, do not be alarmed! This is your Bekki’s shy side taking over. When the capacity for tenderness overflows the Bekki may react in this manner as well. It is the units way of hiding slightly, her vulnerability. Be assured your Bekki was extremely moved.

9) Your Bekki loves to travel. Along with learning, your Bekki loves this activity very much. It is something she will seek with the most energy possible, (which may explain the sleeping.) This unit hates to sit still. The Bekki unit that sits still in one place too long will get itself,very quickly, into trouble. If left too long in one place with nothing to do, this unit can and will manufacture something for itself to do. This is not always a good thing. Doodling, mischiefmaking, and shameful oversharing of information to any nearby will override her normal social propriety. This will probably embarrass the unit later as oversharing is not something the Bekki does without consequences. A small problem with this unit  in these situations is that  the Bekki tends to share things she is not filtering properly for her audience.

10) Do not attempt to change your Bekki. She is quirky, opionated, restless, and prone to worry. She is changable in mood, likes to curse at her computer, and will always cry in private, never in public. Treat your Bekki well and she will always trust you. This unit never disconnects a friend once she has made one. Keep this in mind when asking her to delete one that has become unhealthy or unkind to her. She will undestand the need to delete them, but will suffer greatly for the feeling of loss it leaves behind.

Once again, congratulations in obtaining your very own Bekki.

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Shintaro Ohata

“Born in Hiroshima, 1975.
Shintaro Ohata is an artist who depicts little things in everyday life like scenes of a movie and captures all sorts of light in his work with a unique touch: convenience stores at night, city roads on rainy day and fast-food shops at dawn etc. His paintings show us ordinary sceneries as dramas. He is also known for his characteristic style; placing sculptures in front of paintings, and shows them as one work, a combination of 2-D and 3-D world.”

You know you really like an artist, when you would gladly own anything they make without a need to consider. There is not a single piece I don’t find absolutely fascinating.

Find him here:Shintaro Ohata

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The bookbinders daughter

My life is not a post-it note.
You cannot scribble memories
onto a small predetermined square
and not miss a few important sentences.

My thoughts do not stick,
conveniently to surfaces,
where they might lose themselves.
The adhesives are not up to standard,
for the intricate meaning
of my souls folds and textural meanderings.

My life is an intimate tome.
An old fashioned script,
in feathered penmanship
with parchment pages,
and perfumed pressings.

My life is caressed pages,
small tear-stained passages,
and worn sections,
with bookmarked favorites
trailing tasseled ribbon,
like streamers,
to celebrate,
each moment lived.

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Korean Drama Fix

Just finished watching the 1st episode of “I Hear Your Voice” Blew me away. Completely well written and about a topic I hold dear, telling the truth no matter what the cost to self. I can easily see myself getting totally into this one.

Just finished watching the final episode of “Love Myself,or You” very sweet ending. I can really see the difference between Taiwanese drama and Korean. In Taiwanese dramas they like a tidy Love package,everyone ending up better than they began. In Korean dramas, there is always a loser in love, someone who has regrets and longing.

Currently, I am watching “Blademan” and “My Lovely Girl”, both have me checking constantly for new episodes.

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What’s it like, being a writer?

Seriously though, I have the freaking coolest friends.

(Excerpt found here remains completely the sole rights of Clarissa Johal.)

Clarissa Johal:Writer

“What’s it like, being a writer?

I seem to be asked that a lot. Well folks, it’s a lot of signing autographs and hearing readers tell you how awesome you are. It’s receiving huge royalty checks from publishers who deem you indispensable. It’s full of massive amounts of glitz and glam and feeling loved 24/7…

Actually, that’s crap. Let’s get real—what’s it really like to be writer?

It means you wake up with, shower, dine and go to bed with your characters. It gets a little crowded from time-to-time.

It means taking nothing personal when it comes to editing and everything personal when it comes to reviews.

It means your mind is constantly writing sentences—even when you’re sleeping. I’ve woken with full paragraphs in my head. Sleep is for the weak.

It means working longer hours than 99% of the population and for less than minimum wage…and being okay with that.

It means the Writing Chair is yours, and yours alone. Because writing somewhere else doesn’t feel the same—just don’t talk to me. And get the hell out of my Chair.

It means struggling with a constant feeling of inadequacy.

It means you carry a constant paranoia that people will read (unfinished) work over your shoulder vs. the same paranoia they won’t read your (finished) work at all.

It’s a constant pull between Doing What You Love (writing) and Feeling Like an Obnoxious Brat (promoting)

It means hoping people understand that you’re a little quirky but mostly harmless.

It means when people hear you talking to yourself, you’re really not. Your characters are real people, duh.

I love being a writer. I eat, sleep and breathe my characters and stories. I write—not with the goal of “being rich someday,” but with the goal that my readers will look forward to my next book an love the last one they read. When a reader says one of my books “stuck with them” and was “unlike any story they’ve read” it gives me a high that lasts for weeks. On the days I’m struggling and wonder if my stories matter to anyone other than myself, a comment like that will bring tears to my eyes. And I know deep in my heart that if I didn’t write, I’d go cuckoo.

“That’s what being a writer is like.”

I am planning on introducing all my amazing friends in the next few weeks…cause, they amaze me with their creative talent, and I want to be just like them when I grow up.


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