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by farmer
May 15th, 2020, 1:51 am
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Topic: the great american novel
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Re: the great american novel

Opening lines to your second novel. Even though you say you have no ambition to write another one, you will.

You are hooked now.
Actually I became a radical justice activist:

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by farmer
April 20th, 2020, 6:52 pm
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Topic: Good things that come out of this pandemic...
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Re: Good things that come out of this pandemic...

The math for commodity options should be simpler without the 0 lower bound and no asymmetric skew.
by farmer
April 12th, 2020, 5:05 pm
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Topic: Book Club
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Re: Book Club

I just responded to your comment here (I haven't read your book past the first page).
That pretty accurately reflects the extent of my knowledge of how to write books. I know you are supposed to get a reaction from the reader in the first page. After that it is like blah blah blah.
by farmer
April 12th, 2020, 2:56 pm
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Topic: Book Club
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Views: 2530

Re: Book Club

I don't need extra education on the kinds of functional or dysfunctional scum inhabiting this planet, but I understand the Southern Gothic genre wasn't born from nothing. Who knows, maybe you'll be another Carsen McCullens? You already have a funny hairstyle. You dislike the narrator. You have an e...
by farmer
April 11th, 2020, 10:38 pm
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Topic: the great american novel
Replies: 5
Views: 1647

Re: the great american novel

Even though you say you have no ambition to write another one, you will. You are hooked now. I wrote that only because I experienced one event in my whole life that I thought was worth writing about. But I also wrote a psychological profile of the Gilgo Beach murderer . It is something I was always...
by farmer
March 21st, 2020, 8:53 am
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Topic: Book Club
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I can imagine it set in The Simpson's universe, with Homer Simpson replacing Bogart as as Marlow. It is in the Simpson's universe. That's what made the book worth writing. It's like if Moe Szyslak and Barney Gumble were gay, and they framed Ralph Wiggum for murder. It's like if Mr. Burns were unemp...
by farmer
March 19th, 2020, 4:44 pm
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Topic: Book Club
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Re: Book Club

Only read a few chapters. Not easy on a screen. But very enjoyable so far. A sort of primitive noir. (Meant in a good way.) It's a murder mystery, along the lines of "The Big Sleep." But with actual physical evidence from a real event. From section III page 63: Smolarek said she "perceived" that bl...
by farmer
March 11th, 2020, 11:28 pm
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Topic: the great american novel
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Views: 1647

Re: the great american novel

Painful? I am watching a man in a gratuitous shirt play steel drums at the Parrot Island lounge, I feel no pain whatsoever.

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by farmer
March 11th, 2020, 11:02 pm
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Topic: coronavirus kill rate
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Views: 1601

Re: coronavirus kill rate

I contemplated whether a killoff of old people in countries where people smoke a lot (or don't control pollution) could actually help the stock market. My conclusion is the cost would far outweigh the benefit. It is devastating to have people die, at any age or financial condition, in any political ...
by farmer
March 11th, 2020, 10:55 pm
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Topic: coronavirus kill rate
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Views: 1601

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I see this thread has a lot of views. I don't know if that is just random Internet garbage. On the small chance people are actually curious to know what to make of this crisis, here is something. It is a somewhat overblown panic. Rush Limbaugh's instincts on this are good beyond what you or I can un...
by farmer
March 11th, 2020, 10:24 pm
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Topic: coronavirus kill rate
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Re: coronavirus kill rate

One of the funner parts of coronavirus was when my heart stopped while I was driving from coughing after taking too much albuterol. I woke up and saw I had crashed through the fence of the largest cattle rancher in Florida. A Mexican ranch hand pulled off to ask me if I passed out. I did not know wh...
by farmer
March 11th, 2020, 10:00 pm
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Topic: the great american novel
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the great american novel

I tried to take a shot at writing "The Great American Novel." Traditionally, this is a novel which uniquely captures the American experience, as contrasted against the British or European experience. I updated the concept by trying to capture the Florida experience. Unfortunately, I believe I failed...
by farmer
March 11th, 2020, 9:52 pm
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Topic: coronavirus kill rate
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Views: 1601

Re: coronavirus kill rate

I assume I had the slow/mild subtype. They never would have thought to test me for coronavirus. But they wanted to test me for THC, even though I said I didn't vape or smoke weed. Because a lot of people don't tell the hospital if they vape THC. People come into the hospital with congested lungs. Th...
by farmer
March 11th, 2020, 1:29 am
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Topic: the dark matter of politics
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the dark matter of politics

I have long observed that nihilists play a significant role in democratic elections. Here is an example. Suppose you point out to supporters of Bernie Sanders for US President, that his policies would result in poverty and correlated suffering and death. Without admitting to it, many of his supporte...
by farmer
March 11th, 2020, 1:15 am
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Topic: coronavirus kill rate
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Views: 1601

coronavirus kill rate

I got the novel coronavirus back in January. It is totally a lung infection. It's mortality is totally dependent on how irritated, unhealthy, or inflamed your lungs already are. For that reason, because of the low smoking rate in the USA, and the clean indoor air, I estimate kill rate in the USA to ...
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