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There Have Been Worse Religions

Mr. Fu wrote this in response to a friend who was wondering what happened to “Christmas” stationery (slightly edited):

Yes, the redefining of Christmas into a Winter Holiday.  Like a Winter Holiday is not religious in and of itself? The Druids were up to no good this time of year and everyone whose ancestors painted themselves blue knows it!  While Jewish kids were spinning the dradel Mr. Fu’s ancestors were living in caves, only going out to shove rocks around for a religious experience.

Now that would be a real imposition of religion on someone, drag them out to a field outside of Lincoln, Nebraska and make them stack ten ton rock columns up in the snow.  They think Christianity can be intrusive and obnoxious?  They can just wait until a Druid drops a 20,000 pound rock on their numb foot in the middle of December trying to get the calendar back up and running in time for Winter Solstice!

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This Article Will Teach You

How to be more like Mr. Fu!

Joy is within your reach.  Jesus is too.  Yes, there is a connection.

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Recent Fire

SWEET THING and PROTEIN CRANIUM were uninjured and lost nothing in the recent blaze in the apartment complex where they live. There was a similar fire in the same complex back in 2001. Fortunately no one was killed this time, just minor injuries.

In the untold story side of things, LT. COL. ROCK STARBUSTER and TEAM STARBUSTER successfully defended their home and the homes of others in their neighborhood from the spread of the apartment building fire. The wind was blowing strongly in their direction that day. Fortunately TEAM STARBUSTER was able to locate a couple of retirees and with the help were able to fend off the flames with garden hoses and brute force.

Congratulations to TEAM STARBUSTER on their typical job well done!

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Monkeysphere

SLAPSHOT continues to provide links to interesting stuff. In this case, the Monkeysphere. If ever there was an interesting socio-biological idea, this is it. It explains why capitalism works, and socialism does not. It also explains how you end up with socialism in the first place.

It also explains why it was important that the Lawgiver spoke thusly, “Ape shall not kill ape.” (If you have to go to the link for the Lawgiver contact Mr. Fu, you need help)

UPDATE: It was proposed by British anthropologist Robin Dunbar, who theorized that “this limit is a direct function of relative neocortex size, and that this in turn limits group size … the limit imposed by neocortical processing capacity is simply on the number of individuals with whom a stable inter-personal relationship can be maintained.”  Hence, Dunbar’s number, roughly 150, a measurement of the “cognitive limit to the number of individuals with whom any one person can maintain stable relationships.” Just thought you should know.

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Good Fathers

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Get Busy Living

FOGHORN is most poetic:

All these marvelous paintings in an old hotel lobby in an undistinguished old building in a small city in the middle of the Plains. It makes one wonder what else remains to be discovered, and what losses we’ll never know.

It is in some ways a sad Bleat. But it reminds us to remember to live while you can.

The recent trip to visit family and friends took Mr. Fu by some old places. Many memories, and many good times. Watching CLONE RED experience a large amount of snow made for some great feelings. It is easy to forget that he is growing up in a completely different world from Mr. Fu’s native Nebraska. Though Mr. Fu fears CLONE RED is missing some of the greatness of growing up there. Hopefully some of the wonders of Alabama helps offset any lack in the experience.

As we drove through the state Mr. Fu noted many signs pointed to many towns Mr. Fu has never visited. Mr. Fu remarked on such to COLONEL FU, specifically citing the sign pointing to Bee outside of Seward. The COLONEL said that Bee holds some kind of annual festival. When the COLONEL worked for Volzke in Utica he spend some time drilling irrigation wells. While thus employed he saw quite a few communities in the area around Utica.

THE KAT was noting and photographing some of the more interesting houses we encountered. Mr. Fu was paying attention to the town centers and such. David City had a Runza that looked like it had taken over an old farm implement place and had the drive through passing throught he store front and exiting through the alley. Mr. Fu wonders what was there and is gone in these small communities. “What losses we’ll never know.”

Hopefully the Internet will become a place to preserve those memories of “people and places that went before.” It is also hoped that it will inspire us to keep busy living.

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What Goes On Here?

Mr. Fu was throwing out a bunch of surplus computer parts, cases, motherboards, some dated stuff.  Some of it was still useful though, especially to the young geeks and nerd in the neighborhood to whom Mr. Fu has contributed generously before.  CLONE RED asked about a particular system, “May I have it?”

“You have had your shot at it for weeks.  Why would you want it now?”

“I want to keep it and get it working, so that one day I can tell my kids, ‘Hah, we had big giant boxes like this for computers!'”

Weird, the apple does not fall far from the tree.

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