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  2. Outside In by Bi Janus

    Peter, I agree with your comment about James Baldwin and your conclusion that it's what Outside In is about. The essential dialogue is that between Richard and his mother and between Richard and Joseph Freeman. Bi Janus has put us in Richard's head and we're reading what he's thinking and seeing how it's shaping his life. This is a powerful story that I'll reread and remember. Bravo, Bi Janus! Colin
  3. A simple rule we learned in school

    There's a very interesting and fun to read article on the Washington Post — a link is here so you can read it. It has some statistics that fly in the face of what we learned in elementary school. Colin
  4. The Knight's Cowboy's Tale of 33 Names

    And a worthwhile and amusing story it is! Thanks, Paul. And thanks to Corey (wherever he is) for coming up with the list. Colin
  5. The Knight's Cowboy's Tale of 33 Names

    Oh, ha, sorry, my thanks were aimed rather sloppily. I had desired to thank you for enjoying my story and Colin for calling attention to it. No, I wasn't Codey's editor, just a user of the site and participant in the forum. When Corey, another user, posted that list of words it gave me the idea of seeing if I could work them all into a story.
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    Breaking other people's code is/can be fun. I run a web application development department and we are always, purposely, intent on breaking our applications with the objective to fix them. If we don't find the bugs, then our customers will. That's usually not a comfortable situation! I remember back when I took a coding class in high school the instructor said, "There's no program that has at least four lines of code that's entirely bug-free." That's especially true when you have at least 4,000 lines of code. Colin
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    Thanks, Colin. That kind of mistake really embarrasses me. And as a retired programmer, I understand about the complexities. I've always said that the biggest impediment to programming is a lack of imagination (about how something will be used). I also love trying to break other people's code. :)
  8. Doing Something ~ Chapter 12 of a Novel by Cole Parker. A sixteen year old boy faces major life changes, ones he hates, and there isn’t anything he can do about them but make the best of it. High School Hero ~ Chapter 2 of a New Novel by Cole Parker. High school is part wonderful, part wrenching for most everyone. Along the way, for the lucky ones, personal growth occurs. Liam ~ A Short Story by Grant Bentley. How do you go from trying to survive on the wintery streets of a Canadian city to Aberystwyth University, School of Art in Wales? Featured stories are from our archive and we think you'll enjoy reading them again — or for the first time. One Perfect Boyfriend ~ A Short Story by Colin Kelly. You know it takes a while for a guy to find a boyfriend. Then when you do, will he be the one perfect boyfriend you’ve been looking for? Click here to read the hundreds of serial novels, short stories, flash fiction, and poems on the Codey's World site.
  9. Doing Something ~ Chapter 12 of a Novel by Cole Parker. A sixteen year old boy faces major life changes, ones he hates, and there isn’t anything he can do about them but make the best of it. High School Hero ~ Chapter 2 of a New Novel by Cole Parker. High school is part wonderful, part wrenching for most everyone. Along the way, for the lucky ones, personal growth occurs. Liam ~ A Short Story by Grant Bentley. How do you go from trying to survive on the wintery streets of a Canadian city to Aberystwyth University, School of Art in Wales? Featured stories are from our archive and we think you'll enjoy reading them again — or for the first time. One Perfect Boyfriend ~ A Short Story by Colin Kelly. You know it takes a while for a guy to find a boyfriend. Then when you do, will he be the one perfect boyfriend you’ve been looking for? Click here to read the hundreds of serial novels, short stories, flash fiction, and poems on the Codey's World site.
  10. The Knight's Cowboy's Tale of 33 Names

    Wow! Well, I can't take credit for bringing it back. The "What's New at Codey's World" part of the AD home page currently shows it, under the Featured heading. I happily followed that link: it was a fun story to read. Since you are obviously not Codey, I would guess that you were his editor, or one of them. I would love to hear any other anecdotes from those times. Anyway, thanks for writing the story and for providing this background.
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  12. The Knight's Cowboy's Tale of 33 Names

    Oddsbodikins, I'd completely forgotten about that! My file copy shows that it was almost exactly ten years ago, March 2007. The Codey's World Forums were a fun place. In fact, my naming my protagonist "Sir Yea of Verilyforsooth" stemmed from a good-natured contretemps Codey and I had there over whether "yeah" should be spelled "yeah" or "yea." He favored "yea," and I countered that there already was a word so spelled and was pronounced as in the phrase "yea, verily, forsooth." He wasn't convinced, and I hit on this name as a sort of gentle tweak. Thanks for bringing it back!
  13. A simple rule we learned in school

    Does the rule really apply to foreign words that have shouldered their way into English. And I guess I just used one of the 108! C
  14. i before e except after c weird! In fact, according to this list on Wiktionary there are more than the 108 words they have listed that don't follow this rule. My personal favorite is zeitgeist. Colin
  15. The Knight's Cowboy's Tale of 33 Names

    Peter, No problema... I deleted the other two topics of the same name. There were no responses to either of them. Mike installed an update to the IPS forum software; it (through no fault of AD) can be a bit wonky. IPS seems to rely on administrative users to finish beta testing of releases. That's probably the only way to do it — IPS can't know every possible way their software is being used. This is complex code! Colin
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    Man o man, do I ever have you beat. I knew 7 of them! C
  17. The Knight's Cowboy's Tale of 33 Names

    And here I thought Tang was a breakfast drink. Yeowch!
  18. The Knight's Cowboy's Tale of 33 Names

    Apologies for the triple posting. AD server problem: I wish I'd written down the error message, but who knew it would do this? I would appreciate it if someone with administrative access could delete the other two.
  19. Nothing serious here, but this really appeals to my inner word-geek: http://www.codeysworld.com/guest-authors/the-33-words.htm I already knew 6 of the 33. Unimpressive, I know.
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  21. Despair

    Despair by Desmond Rutherford Stop it! Just stop it. Such bickering and immature behaviour, Belongs in the schoolyard shithole. The least you could do is install a bidet, So that your shitholes are clean, But no, you'd rather play games, With our lives, And the life of our planet. Why do good people even try, To get you crazy, power mad politicians, To seek a way to live together in harmony, Or minimally, in quiet solitude, Where love can flourish, Instead of fascism festering, In baths of communal hatred? So unnecessary, so stupid. Does no one see the inevitable, Desolation of mind and body if, We do not stop this scourge of, Racist mistrust of our fellow humans, This sickening maltreatment and mistrust, Of each other, This impending horror of the loss of all reason? Are we to suffer extinction by ignorance?
  22. For those of you who may have missed it in my AwesomeDude 2018 announcement, we have -for the time being- reduced our posting schedule to once a week. I realize this comes as a surprise to some of you who don't read Dude's Desk postings word-for-word, but as of January 2018 we are now updating the site every Saturday. This comes as our day-to-day staff at AD is now one person... me. I hope that not having to update twice a week will contribute much needed time to orderly mainten the site, i.e. updating author pages and other housekeeping tasks, and will allow more time to produce enhanced visual representations of our authors' stories as well as to seek out and bring on more excellent stories and talented authors. I've also added a notice on the AwesomeDude Home Page announcing the posting schedule. AD is not going away, we're just trying to make the site better and might even be able to improve the visual presentations of legacy stories posted over the past 14 years before HTML5 and CSS became the norm. If you have suggestions for the AD Site/Forums or a question and aren't yet a member of the AD Forums, you'll find it is now much easier to join as automated registration has been restored as of January 1st 2018. As always, any questions about anything at AD should go to dude@awesomedude.com Thanks for your continuing support! Mike
  23. I was culling the contents of my attic and came across a little book first printed in 1991.’Bluff Your Way in Whisky’ ISBN 18543648. I thought the first paragraph of the introduction worth sharing:- “The wonderful thing about whisky - apart from drinking it - is that it contains more bluffing elements than almost any other subject: far more than supply-side economics, more even than wine. Wine can breed envy, discord and snobbery. Supply-side economics produced Donald Trump.” Bluffer’s Guides are/were a series of little books containing facts, jargon and all you need to know for instant expertise. They were usually written by people who were professionals in the subject.
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  26. Doing Something ~ Chapter 11 of a Novel by Cole Parker. A sixteen year old boy faces major life changes, ones he hates, and there isn’t anything he can do about them but make the best of it. High School Hero ~ Chapter 1 of a New Novel by Cole Parker. High school is part wonderful, part wrenching for most everyone. Along the way, for the lucky ones, personal growth occurs. Featured stories are from our archive and we think you'll enjoy reading them again — or for the first time. The Knight's Cowboy's Tale of 33 Names ~ A Short Story by Anonymous. This is... something truly unusual. Paul has taken a list of 33 words provided by Corey and written a truly strange tale — using all of those words — that's inventive and hilarious. Read on; you'll enjoy. Click here to read the hundreds of serial novels, short stories, flash fiction, and poems on the Codey's World site.
  27. High School Hero by Cole Parker

    Thanks, Chris. A ways to go still. C
  28. "Of course I won't laugh," said the nurse to the patient, "I'm a professional. In over twenty years I've never laughed at a patient." "Okay then," said Bob, and he proceeded to drop his trousers, revealing the smallest adult male organ the nurse had ever seen in her life.. In length and width it was almost identical to a AAA battery. Unable to control herself, the nurse tried to stop a giggle, but it just came out. And then she started laughing at the fact that she was laughing. Feeling very badly that she had laughed at the man's private part, she composed herself as well as she could. "I am so sorry," she said, "I don't know what came over me. On my honor as a nurse and a lady, I promise that it won't happen again. Now, tell me, what seems to be the problem?" "It's swollen," Bob replied. She ran out of the room. (Thanks to kiwi for this one. May he rest in peace.)
  29. High School Hero by Cole Parker

    Anticipation...that is the one word I am left with at this point in Cole's story. I admire the way he has presented us with the main character at different points in life. This story will keep me occupied for some time to come, and perhaps in a few weeks there will be more to say, but I like it. Thanks, Cole...and now I am left with anticipation, and a smile.
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