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Egyptian wants to sue Israel for biblical plagues

Sure, why not.

Moses Parting Sea (Charlton Heston)We want compensation for the plagues that were inflicted upon [us] as a result of the curses that the Jews’ ancient forefathers [cast] upon our ancient forefathers, who did not deserve to pay for the mistake that Egypt’s ruler at the time, Pharaoh, committed,” the cranky journalist wrote, according to a translation provided by the Middle East Media Research Institute. Source:  Israel to pay for 10 Plagues?

Mistake being subjecting the Hebrews to 400 years of slavery.  See, the Hebrews weren’t aware of the concepts of unionization, and thus one could hardly blame the Egyptians for treating them like Walmart employees for all those years.

Another upside to being introverts: we don’t spread killer diseases like extroverts do

I may not have any friends but I’ll at least survive the Zombie Apocalypse.

These guys say they’ve discovered a small group of special individuals in a city that act as super-spreaders of disease. These people have unusually large numbers of contacts with others and so spread illness far and wide, when they become infected. That’s handy because these individuals should become infected first during any epidemic. So a system to monitor them would act as an important early warning indicator of an incipient epidemic and give authorities a crucial early warning of potential disaster.

It comes as some comfort knowing I wouldn’t be one of those people who likely would have their heads blown off at the first sign of turning zombie by the Singapore authorities.  In fact I find it even more comforting the notion that I could play my part in saving the world by embarking in the funsie activity of decapitating those obnoxious extroverts I’ve always hated because they got all the girls, and not just them, but all their obnoxious friends and girlfriends too.

Because you know, I gotta save the world.  Nothing personal, you see.

Well, this was timely…

Dating new people is fun and exciting. It’s also likely to cause even the most rational, level-headed people to make really dumb decisions. Don’t worry, though. Your brain is supposed to do that. Sort of. Scientifically speaking, human attraction is still a pretty big mystery. (Source Link)

The article also mentions emotional intelligence as a stopgap against making bad decisions while awash in goo-goo feelings (or panic attacks, depending on what spectrum of the emotional prism you’re dancing around here).

I wonder how our decision making process is affected after the feelings dissipate. What do you do at that moment when the bloom comes off the rose? When Elvis has left the building? When the cheese has slid off the cracker? When the pizza was delivered without the pepperoni? When the Broncos are playing without Peyton?

Do I decide then that the feelings I had were never real to begin with? Or maybe perhaps they WERE real, but they needed a foundation to stand on in order to be reignited again, becoming stronger and more powerful over time? I always likened relationships to a fire, first starting with that initial “spark”, but a spark that can die off quickly if you haven’t added kindle to keep it going, and then finally and slowly, the logs so the fire can grow and sustain itself in a slow burn. After the relatively difficult effort to build a fire after you’ve created that spark, it becomes much easier afterward to keep it alive, as long as you toss in an occasional log or two.

Seems simplistic, but it rings true to me.

I am a special INFJ snowflake

Loved reading the following link, which really parses out many of the various traits of having an INFJ personality.  Too lazy to fisk it out in depth on my blog though, but go take a look if you’re curious about what makes me tick.  Might also help you understand why I have a tendency to feel like I’m right about… oh… everything?

INFJs are, by definition, rare, reserved, and unlikely to initiate anything, which means that many of them can end up alone and misunderstood. To help with things, I’ve compiled a list of points which I think would be of great use to anyone considering dating someone who identifies as an INFJ. (Source Link)

Great flaming amazeballs of awesome, this discovery engine actually works!

I hate how there’s a great discovery tool that’s been around for years that I could have used to expand my horizon on books, games, movies and whatnot, and yet I don’t find out about it until now.  Bah.

I provide recommendations and help you discover new music, movies, shows, books, authors or games, based on what you like. Some call me a recommendation system or a discovery engine, but I prefer to simply be called TasteKid. Explore your taste! (Source Link)

Enlightened Australian woman demonstrates love can be found in all forms (Alternative Title: Bat crazy broad can’t attract men, marries an inanimate object instead)

Ok, so this happened:

An Australian woman has taken her desire for the ‘strong and silent’-type to a new extreme when she married a bridge. Jodi Rose married Le Pont du Diable Bridge in Céret, southern France after falling head over heels for the ‘sensual’ 14th century stone structure. (Source Link)

A few obvious questions springs to mind: what did the bridge ever do to her? Did the bridge agree to “support” her? And judging by the photos, CAN it support her? And is this girl content in knowing women of every stripe will be walking all over her husband?

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