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Part of the trouble with all the rhetoric about American Exceptionalism is, whether praiseworthy or critical, it usually ignores the rest of the Western Hemisphere. People who claim that the U.S. isn't exceptional tend to compare this country to the forms and functions of the Eastern hemisphere. People who claim that the United States IS local forms and functions to the eastern hemisphere.

But there's a country north of the U.S. that complains about being America's ignored younger sibling, and there's an ENTIRE CONTINENT south of here that doesn't even bother asking the U.S. to acknowledge them because there's no point by this point.

I don't think the U.S. is especially exceptional myself -- the bit about throwing off the yoke of Monarchy is something the rest of the world has done by now, and the U.S. was (ahem) not exactly (ahem) willing to help them do it. Rather, I believe that the Western Hemisphere as a whole ought to be considered as…

Too Perfect is a theory in the world of performance magic that if a magic trick is too perfect and flawless, it will paradoxically become less impressive to the audience. In some cases, this is because the trick seems easier than it actually was, and the magician is not given credit by the audience for their skill and trick design. In other cases, this is because the gimmick behind the trick becomes glaringly obvious.

For example, if you pass a cigarette slowly and clearly…

Well, I did it. I joined the Iron Noder challenge for the first time ever, even though I was sure I'd never complete it. Before joining, I looked at my track history of noding and how long it normally took me to node this year, and I felt confident I could probably push myself to complete 5 nodes within a month, and if I was very lucky and worked extra hard, I could maybe pie-in-the-sky hope for 10 nodes. 10 nodes was my own personal iron challenge to…

News for Noders

November 1 - The IRON NODER CHALLENGE starts today and runs through December 1. It's never too late to sign up, and all writeups get rewards. /msg mauler if you'd like to participate!

November 1 - Happy Birthday Zephronias!

November 5 - Bonfire Night in the UK.

November 11 - Veterans Day in the US.

November 26 - Thanksgiving in the US.

November 27 - Happy Birthday Estelore!

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October 1: This is the month of We All Float Down Here: The 2017 Halloween Horrorquest.

October 12: Rest in Peace, sarabandegreen.

October 17: Happy Birthday gnarl!

October 31: Something spooky will probably happen today. It usually does.

Get ready for IRON NODER X: XTREME XCELLENCE, coming November 1st!

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September 16 Feliz cumpleaños Ancientsnow!

September 18 Happy birthday Stuart!

September 18 Stanislav Petrov has died.

September 19 Talk like a pirate day. Arrh!

September 27 Happy birthday Uberbanana!

Get ready for the Halloween Horrorquest, coming next month!

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August 4 Happy birthday avalyn!

August 6 広島

August 27 Happy birthday Bitriot

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July 1: Brevity Quest 2017 begins!

July 4: Alice’s Day (AKA Alice in Wonderland Day); also Independence day in the US.

July 19-24: Hemingway Days; party central is Key West, Florida.

July 31: Harry Potter's Birthday.

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