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  1. Player Piano. A re-visit

    The book has aged considerably. Not the contents, the words or the ideas but the actual, physical book. The pages have turned yellow and the paperback cover has developed those little wrinkles that come from nowhere, simply because the materials have aged. I am a careful reader and therefore the back is not broken (I never bend the spine of a book to such a point), but the book is showing that it is a slight relic. Upon opening it the faint smell of dew or some other form of decay reaches me and, ...
  2. The Sentinels Part II (Fiction)

    Slowly, people around the world began to look at the Sentinels as something to be studied, and their amazing properties began to show. As those in Mecca would attest, the Sentinels made no noise upon impact. One could take the heaviest of hammers and smack one Sentinel as hard as possible, and no noise would be produced. It also came to the attention of everybody that they were perfectly polished and frictionless: people that touched them could not feel anything at all other than the resistance ...
  3. The Sentinels Part I (fiction)

    Nobody really knows when the first Sentinel appeared but it is safe to assume that it was at midnight on the night of April 15th, 2016. Midnight across the world, that is, as the strange artifacts began showing up as that hour swept across the globe.
    For millions and millions, the apparition was a scary and frightening one. Many people woke up, sometime around that time or later on, only to have one Sentinel “standing” in their room. Screams were heard around the world, as the pitch black ...
  4. On 3 Pointers

    Amid the barrage of long distance shots that Stephen Curry and the rest of the Golden State Warriors have been burying with the precision of a laser guided missile this season, some old timers have been giving opinions about this new and unstoppable way of playing the game. In this age, the slightest critic of a modern player immediately brings up the PC brigade, those that will not even look at whether the criticism is right or wrong, but will come to the rescue of such a person, regardless of ...

    Updated 03-26-2016 at 07:57 PM by ponchi101

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  5. Novak Djokovic and the legendary Achilles

    The greatest mythological hero of the ancient Greeks was Achilles, the greatest warrior in the Greek army and the son of the great King Peleus (himself not too shabby when it came to matters of the sword) and the sea nymph Thetis. Achilles was the handsomest, bravest and most skilled of all Greek warriors, attributes enhanced by the tiny detail that his mother dipped him in the River Styx, which made him invulnerable except for that infamous heel (one thing about Greek mythology, it makes no sense. ...
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