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Post 20

Tuesday, March 8, 2005 - 6:37pmSanction this postReply
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The only Objective way to settle a competition between Chris and Robert on SOLO is, naturally, by ATLAS points. And I notice that you are both at three.



Post 21

Tuesday, March 8, 2005 - 7:08pmSanction this postReply
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Yes, but please note that I earned my three Atlas points in fewer posts than Chris, and much faster. Hey Sciabarra, look in your rearview mirror for the last time, fella, 'cause soon you're gonna be eatin' my dust...

(I see that this running gag is corrupting every thread now, regardless of topic. Ah well...)





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Tuesday, March 8, 2005 - 7:21pmSanction this postReply
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Robert – that is all very fine & good, but history is littered with incorrect predictions based upon faulty extrapolations of a few time points. I'm quite confident that if Chris merely put forth a modicum of effort – say by doing less shameless promotion and dropping the polish – he'd be at four ATLAS points in no time at all.

Of course, someone could always just start a poll...




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Tuesday, March 8, 2005 - 11:07pmSanction this postReply
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Kernon, do you mean to say, "Chris should drop the polish," or "Chris should drop the Polish?" Because there's no way he's getting any sanction votes from me without those polished good looks!



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Post 24

Wednesday, March 9, 2005 - 8:01amSanction this postReply
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I have to admit that every so often I get so frustrated with this forum.  The screaming, the yelling, the throwing down of the gauntlet.  Even the EATING OF DUST. :)

But how can I stay away when "running gags" corrupt everything?  I mean EVERYTHING.  It must have something to do with the corrupt "sense of life" of "Sense of Life Objectivists" ... or at least their warped, corrupt Sense of Humor.  :)

But SOHO is too well known for being a neighborhood in London or New York.  So I guess we'll have to stick with SOLO.

Sigh.

And Kernon, you wanna see my Atlas Points go up?  All I'll have to do is author an article with the title:  "I Was Wrong About the Iraq War."

Of course, I'd have to post that one on April 1st.  :)




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Wednesday, March 9, 2005 - 8:16amSanction this postReply
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But Chris, you ARE wrong about the Iraq war. Yet we are all ethical whores here, wallowing in what David Kelley called the "virtue of tolerance," so we won't repudiate you.

Yet.

My repudiation of Barbara, though, is another matter -- a matter of public record. Given that my reputation for consistency is now on the line, my repudiation of her (and oh yes, George) must now remain life-long, and (how do they put it over at ARI?) -- oh yes! -- "irrevocable."

Just watch your step, pal. And your rearview mirror.




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Post 26

Wednesday, March 9, 2005 - 8:25amSanction this postReply
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Hey, Bidinotto... isn't that last name Italian?  If so... from what part of Italy do your ancestors come?

Remember, I'm half-Greek.  But the other half is SICILIAN.  And I was born and raised and still reside... in Brooklyn.

If you want, we could settle this the Old Fashioned Way.  ;)




Post 27

Wednesday, March 9, 2005 - 8:35amSanction this postReply
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(Music from "The Godfather" soundtrack playing in background)

You talkin' to me?

You talkin' to ME?





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Wednesday, March 9, 2005 - 8:36amSanction this postReply
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Chris says: And Kernon, you wanna see my Atlas Points go up?  All I'll have to do is author an article with the title:  "I Was Wrong About the Iraq War."

I believe you should post it on Easter - the day of resurrection from the dead.

Doubting Thomas




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Wednesday, March 9, 2005 - 8:42amSanction this postReply
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Bidinotto says: Given that my reputation for consistency is now on the line, my repudiation of her (and oh yes, George) must now remain life-long, and (how do they put it over at ARI?) -- oh yes! -- "Irrevocable."

 

Yeah right, irrevocable my ass !  

 

Watch this folks, watch me expose Bidinotto’s hypocrisy - pay attention to Bidinotto’s response after I make the below comment.

 

Robert, there is no longer any doubt – there is no longer any question – your Blog  IS superior to Sciabarra’s, in every way and in every aspect!

 

George




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Wednesday, March 9, 2005 - 8:43amSanction this postReply
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I love you, George.



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Post 31

Wednesday, March 9, 2005 - 8:46amSanction this postReply
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Well, Bidinotto, I think this establishes me as the ultimate LINKS whore. 

(Music from "The Godfather" soundtrack playing in background)

... now prepare to sleep with the fishes. 




Post 32

Wednesday, March 9, 2005 - 11:22amSanction this postReply
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Just give you another vote *klick*. You are sicilian, that must be the origin of your humor, for greeks have not much to laugh about since the olympics and the last Soccer European Championship.

So, it is your southern hot-bloodedness that gives you the urge to post soo many links.

*runs* (You never know what to think about people from Brooklyn)




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Wednesday, March 9, 2005 - 1:31pmSanction this postReply
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A question to Chris - the links whore.

Did you go to some strange IT university whre they told you that the value of a sentence can only be judged by the link it provides? Or are you just paying off your mafia dues before Guido comes around to break your kneecaps with a baseball bat?




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Wednesday, March 9, 2005 - 1:51pmSanction this postReply
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Great catch Barbara.

I liked the last bit:

These days, Europe reminds me of an old woman who, with shaking hands, frantically hides her last pieces of jewelry when she notices a robber breaking into a neighbor's house.

Appeasement? Europe, thy name is Cowardice

(Edited by Robert Davison
on 3/09, 1:52pm)




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Post 35

Wednesday, March 9, 2005 - 1:59pmSanction this postReply
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Well, Marcus, here's the story:  You see, if you open any one of my books, you'll find lots of substance in the text, but a whole new world in the footnotes.  I've been told by undergraduate and graduate students for years that I've got, in my footnotes alone, a treasure trove of follow-up for the curious to discover and explore.   Plenty of student and scholarly papers have been borne of this footnote frenzy, I'm happy to say. 

So, the moment I became aware of the possibilities of hyperlinks as cyber-"footnotes," it opened up a whole new electronic world.  And, like footnotes in a book, instead of cluttering up the text with lots of asides and alternative paths of information, interpretation, or knowledge, I leave it to the reader to follow the links---or not.

Fortunately, I'm not the only one who does this.  The blogosphere and the Internet are expanding exponentially through a network of links to links to links.  It also has the added practical benefit of networking through search engines, thus making one's writing available to a much larger audience.

So, I suppose that as much as I joke about my "whoredom," it really comes down to my willingness to use the possibilities of electronic media and electronic networking.  And it means a lot to me because I don't work in the traditional academic job market, and anything that expands the frontiers of electronic links potentially expands the number of people with whom I will come into contact.

Ironically, something like this happened to me some months ago.  A link to my article on the movie "Ben-Hur" provoked correspondence from the producers of an upcoming DVD release of the film, and I was happy to be of assistance in this project.

The Yankee Clipper, Joe DiMaggio, once told Derek Jeter, current shortstop of the New York Yankees, that he always went out on the field and played the best game he possibly could.  He said, in essence, "you never know if people will be watching your game for the first time, and you want to give them the best opportunity to see what you have to offer."

I think of virtually every post I make, every article and book I write, as a window to the best I have to offer; if providing a link here or there allows people to explore what I have to offer in greater detail, I'm pleased.

And if it merely annoys others, at least they don't have to follow the links.

So here's a post and a reply---without a single link.  :)




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Post 36

Wednesday, March 9, 2005 - 2:04pmSanction this postReply
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I think of virtually every post I make, every article and book I write, as a window to the best I have to offer

Chris, this is a great sentiment.  It states explicitly a policy I'd doubted myself about holding implicitly.  I wondered if I was being too stringent with myself, but now I'm happy I am.  Ah, the power of stating something explicitly!

Jason




Post 37

Wednesday, March 9, 2005 - 3:36pmSanction this postReply
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Thanks for that Chris. Great post.

Make sure you link your post about the positive power of links in your next entry link on Not A Blog ;-)




Post 38

Wednesday, March 9, 2005 - 4:16pmSanction this postReply
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Andrew,

I meant drop the "Polish" (I noticed the possible ambiguity but figured that, considering the FULL CONTEXT, it was sufficiently clear!)



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Post 39

Wednesday, March 9, 2005 - 7:48pmSanction this postReply
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Chris,

One question. Do you have any idea what EFT means? Linz teases but he ain't talking. Any old link or footnote will do.

Michael




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