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April 14, 2014 (log) by BookReader

I don't know how much the local news gets into the national or international circuit, but events in my hometown have supposedly been drawing a lot of media attention. They have been here, anyway.

The Albuquerque Police Department has recently gotten itself into some trouble due to their absurd number of lethal shootings, the most egregious (but not the latest) one being the shooting of James Boyd, an extremely troubled man by all accounts who is probably the only homeless man in the entire...

oxytocin (thing) by Bitriot

Researching oxytocin takes you in one of two directions.

Explaining its chemistry is not something that can be done easily with plain language. Greek tells you that it means "quick birth." This tells you nothing.

Oxytocin is a nonapeptide. Peptides are combinations of amino acids. "nona" is nine — Oxytocin is a combination of nine amino acids. If you are a neurologist, you probably wrote down and memorized a mnemonic expressing the order of these acids to better...

affluenza (thing) by Pandeism Fish
Affluenza has cropped up more recently as a criminal defense, and even as an after-the fact consideration in criminal sentencing. Two recent criminal cases highlight this. The first was the case of Ethan Couch, a Texas teenager who killed four people while driving drunk. His defense as articulated in testimony on his behalf by a psychologist was, literally:
“He never learned that sometimes you don’t get your way.... He had the cars and he had the money. He had freedoms that no
Christ, what an asshole (idea) by Clockmaker
This is the phrase which, according to tradition, will improve any given New Yorker cartoon if substituted for the caption. It should strictly be formatted as a line of dialogue: »Christ, what an asshole.« Try it; it's surprisingly effective. 39...

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BrevityQuest. We want your writeups, 300 words or fewer.

  • The quest starts Thursday, April 3, and ends Wednesday, April 30, E2 server time.
  • We're looking for well-crafted fact or fiction, both poetry and prose. New writeups only.
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April 1: New York Eaten by Giant Rats!
April 1: Check out the new User Poll!
April 2: Hans Christian Andersen born.
April 3: Check out Glowing Fish's new project, thoroughly reviewing High Maintenance.
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April 6: borgo's birthday!
April 7: Tem42's birthday!
April 7: William Wordsworth born.
April 12: Beverly Cleary born.
April 16: moeyz's birthday!
April 22: Earth Day
April 23: William Shakespeare died, 1616.
April 26: William Shakespeare was baptized, 1564 (birthdate unknown).

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03/01 Cheers to Zephronias, Demeter, and drownzsurf on finding six perfect words.
03/02 Check out the new user poll!
03/07 International Women's Day.
03/11 E2 author Lucy-s is running a Kickstarter for her newest project.
03/13 Check out Pandeism Fish's Homonym-verse contest.
03/14 Pi Day
03/21 World Poetry Day
03/24 World Tuberculosis Day
03/25 International Tolkien Reading Day
03/27 World Theatre Day
03/31 Happy Birthday to mad girl's love song!

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