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  that cafe has expensive cake

Norma’s plan actually failed, because when Abby calculated whether eating the granola bar was worth it, she factored in both the $5 she would save AND the $5 Norma was going to give her. She did not agree to eat the granola bar for less than a total of $10, so Norma is now honor-bound to pay her the promised $5.


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For some reason I always say 'vicious diarrhea,' and John called me on it once... this is my answer.

I guess Abby had another encounter with the woman from strip 1095? Her explanation for that woman’s assumptions is perhaps more realistic this time… but I still think Abby’s experience with diarrhea is due more to her consumption of sugar than her consumption of vegetables.


“It’s like Spock and his mind-meld in ‘The Devil in the Dark.’ How could that blobby creature tell him telepathically that it was called a Horta? How could it be called a Horta? Did it have a spoken language with human-pronounceable words, and did it, for some reason, just never attempt using that language with the humans? Did it have a sound-based language that wasn’t human-pronounceable, and was “Horta” just as close as Spock could get to saying its word for its species?”

There’s a new blog post at Erikahammerschmidt.com! The Alien F-Word, and other twists of science-fictional linguistics.


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remember, abstinence is murder

Not existing might be better than being raised by someone who would make a terrible parent, and/or doesn’t even want to raise you. That’s why my mind is so torn about the idea of selecting embryos for certain genes, or selective abortion when an embryo or fetus tests positive for a disorder. Eugenics sucks, but if parents don’t want to raise a certain kind of child, they probably shouldn’t be having that kind of child. (Or any child at all, but they’re never gonna listen to THAT advice.)

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Alanis Morissette is an anagram for 'Lame-asset ironist'


Maybe he sarcastically thought “Well, isn’t this nice,” not knowing that it really was one of the nicest things to ever happen to the world, because another passenger on the plane was a genocidal madman who would otherwise have gone on to start a planet-destroying nuclear war.

In that case, his words had a deeper meaning of which he was unaware, which would have fit within the category of the “dramatic irony” that my high-school English teachers talked about.


“Fat is the body’s stored fuel, and if you stop adding more fuel, your body has to burn up that fuel in order to keep functioning. Otherwise you would be a perpetual motion machine, which is physically impossible.

But that doesn’t mean weight loss isn’t affected by genetics. Every machine will exhaust its fuel source if it runs long enough, but some machines are more fuel-efficient than others.”

There’s a new blog post at Erikahammerschmidt.com! The cost of good mental health, and my fuel-efficient body.


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