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FreeThinker

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About FreeThinker

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  • Birthday 09/18/1957

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    writing, reading, YouTube, politics, history, science fiction, gay rights,

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  1. As a fan of British mysteries, I fell in love with the story and recommended it to all my friends. And despite the category in which it was listed, there is nothing questionable in the story. I hope to find a sequel with more sleuthing along the Cam!
  2. I was stunned that Oklahoma legalized medicinal marijuana. I thought it was one of the signs of the Apocalypse. I don't use anymore, but I support it's legalization. My nephew was injured in an accident and became addicted to opioids (Big Pharma will burn in Hell for how they have addicted so many in America to their poison). Cannabis can be such a far more effective substitute and far less dangerous. My nephew might be alive today had he had legal access to medicinal cannabis. On a lighter note, I was amused to see a picture of the Canadian flag with the maple leaf substituted by a mar
  3. How did I miss this gem when it first came out? When did it first come out? I love it! I saw the link on the AD Homepage under Dude's Picks and I just finished the first chapter. I'm in love with Aidan. Then again, I have a thing for smart-asses. It's well-written, snarky in that perfect adolescent way, realistic in the way teens think--or the way I think they think forty years after I was a teen. And I am in love with the title pic--copper hair, glasses, that liberal nerdy look... What a great story! Only one chapter in, but I have to say, "Good work, Frederic!"
  4. I quite enjoy Kewl Dad's stories and I believe he may be from my home town, as at least one of his stories is set here. I would like to see his stories here.
  5. I wish I could post Des's comment in the comment section of the article on the Washington Post site. That is priceless!
  6. Once again, Science comes to the rescue! Or, does it? Washington Post
  7. There is an interesting article in The Guardian regarding the evolution of English in the era of the Internet and how one's rules and style vary according to context. Some old fogeys, (me), are sticklers for the old grammatical rules, (my editor might raise an eyebrow reading that), but the new conventions of Internet writing actually make reading easier and more comprehensible (according to the author, the style editor for Buzzfeed--having read Buzzfeed, I think "style editor for Buzzfeed" might be an oxymoron). https://www.theguardian.com/technology/booksblog/2017/dec/07/internet
  8. There is an interesting article in The Guardian regarding the evolution of English in the era of the Internet and how one's rules and style vary according to context. Some old fogeys, (me), are sticklers for the old grammatical rules, (my editor might raise an eyebrow reading that), but the new conventions of Internet writing actually make reading easier and more comprehensible (according to the author, the style editor for Buzzfeed--having read Buzzfeed, I think "style editor for Buzzfeed" might be an oxymoron). https://www.theguardian.com/technology/booksblog/2017/dec/07/internet
  9. Thank you for the kind words everyone. And thanks to Mike for listing Foxwood as a Dude's Pick--and Courage and Passion a few months ago. I am very grateful for the compliments. There are so many fine and talented writers here that I am honored to have my stories hosted here.
  10. This is a powerful story with a message for all. I think too often white people in America think that legislation has removed most racism and, indeed, progress has been made, but there are institutional forms as well as overt forms still present in our society. Often, as well, there are times when we don't realize we are being racist, as happens in this story. We also see both racism and homophobia. Congratulations to Cole on a moving story with nuance, a strong message, and a great ending.
  11. So far, I've read the first two chapters and the prologue and I must say this is one of the best stories I've read this year. Well written, amazing detail. It is an achievement to write from the POV of someone who experiences the world in a completely different way. I had a friend once with twin boys who were high-functioning and I can attest that each person experiences the world differently. Even twins. This is a marvelous story!
  12. Web servers using Open SSL are vulnerable to a new intrusive bug called Heartbleed. The Reuters article specifically mentions Facebook, Google, Yahoo!, and Amazon as either not affected or having taking steps to mitigate the threat. Other sites or services at risk include users of the Tor network and Open VPN. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/10/us-cybersecurity-internet-bug-idUSBREA3804U20140410
  13. I thought you were going to tell us that they read Laika! Now, that would have been newsworthy!
  14. On a serious note, I know exactly what Camy is writing about. I have difficulty sometimes with hair color in a story and I've gone to Wikipedia to look up different colors. This chart is exactly what I've needed in the past. I will save it. Thank you very much, Camy. This is a big help!
  15. How do dirty blonds feel about their characterization? What about rotten blonds and stinking blonds? I was once described as a hideous red and an obnoxious red. And, of course, in the sixties, conservatives used to chant, "Better dead than red." Perhaps a more politically correct term for "dirty blond" could be created. We must be culturally sensitive to the dirty blonds in our midst for theirs is a difficult and troubled life for no other reason than they look... dirty.
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