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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
Date: 2030-12-31 00:51
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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
Date: 2016-12-01 10:45
Subject: FreeWill Wants To Bust Out
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Tags:astrology, geography, horoscope, place, the future, what do you have to say?, who am i
Sagittarius Horoscope for week of December 1, 2016

A journalist dared composer John Cage to "summarize himself in a nutshell." Cage said, "Get yourself out of whatever cage you find yourself in." He might have added, "Avoid the nutshells that anyone tries to put you in." This is always fun work to attend to, of course, but I especially recommend it to you Sagittarians right now. You're in the time of year that's close to the moment when you first barged out of your mom's womb, where you had been housed for months. The coming weeks will be an excellent phase to attempt a similar if somewhat less extravagant trick.

The problem is I want to go but can't.  At least, not to any place I feel the need that is beyond my usual circles.

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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
Date: 2016-11-07 15:47
Subject: Let's Put Weird And Weird Together
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Tags:childhood, history, japan, military, toys, war, weapons, weirdness

Yes, a Japanese vending toy company is marketing reproductions of the old PP/TimMee "Army Men" postWar toy soldiers that Baby Boomer boys used to have by the bucketload.  I still have about 300 in storage, myself.
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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
Date: 2016-11-02 18:49
Subject: Wargaming Acquisition Weirdness
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Tags:military, shopping, stuff i want, tank, war, wargames, wargaming, weapons, weirdness
Still very much a Team Yankee wanna-be...and still nowhere near having an army ready.

Partly, I'm trying to determine the "character" of my forces, and partly, I'm trying to get the best deal I can on the pieces.  It used to be that diecast tanks in Team Yankee's scale were thick on the ground and you could buy them at just any dollar store toy department.  Not any more.  Now I have to try to scrounge them in antique and thrift stores--if they've got any.
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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
Date: 2016-10-08 00:52
Subject: Something I Forgot To Finish Years Ago
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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
Date: 2016-10-05 15:00
Subject: FreeWill Gets Combative
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Tags:astrology, dreams, horoscope, sleep, the future, time, truth, zodiac
Sagittarius Horoscope for week of October 6, 2016

The coming weeks will be one of the best times ever for wrestling with God or tussling with Fate or grappling with karma. Why do I say that? Because you're likely to emerge triumphant! That's right, you lucky, plucky contender. More than I've seen in a long time, you have the potential to draw on the crafty power and unruly wisdom and resilient compassion you would need to be an unambiguous winner. A winner of what? You tell me. What dilemma would you most like to resolve? What test would you most like to ace? At what game would you most like to be victorious? Now is the time.

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I caught my subconscious in a lie this morning when my sleep cycle was coming to a close.  Maybe I ought to trade it in on a new model.

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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
Date: 2016-09-20 13:27
Subject: And So It Goes
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Tags:animals, comedy, comics, humor, internet, love, webcomics

Sabrina*Online wrapped up this month as an ongoing webcomic. Eric Schwartz promises that more is coming.

This is the penultimate strip.  The final strip isn't exactly family reading.

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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
Date: 2016-09-08 15:35
Subject: Useless Fact
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Tags:books, mass media, military, reading, research addict, war
My 1993-dated copy of the Stuttman Military Yearbook is volume 1 of 6.
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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
Date: 2016-09-04 18:05
Subject: The Pheon Peons?
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Tags:graphics, heraldry, ideas, military, research addict, war, wargames, wargaming

I forget when it was, but I was in a heraldry group with somebody I'm somewhat distantly related to, and we got into a discussion about the symbols on his family coat of arms.  They are called pheons and they are arrowheads as they were in the Middle Ages.  Because of this being so definitive a weapon of war, the pheon has been a frequent symbol in military insignia, and it led me to look for insignia like these for one of my wargaming armies, in the interest of setting their character traits.

The two images above are courtesy of the Pentagon's Institute of Heraldry.  The units are the 128th Aviation Brigade and the 158th Infantry Brigade of the U.S. Army.  They are both training formations in the Deep South of the U.S. (Fort Rucker and Camp Shelby, respectively).

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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
Date: 2016-08-19 22:29
Subject: FreeWill Lets The Wookiee Win
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Tags:animal rights, animals, astrology, death, dysfunction, evil, horoscope, poison, stupidity, water, zodiac
Sagittarius Horoscope for week of August 18, 2016

Some species of weeds become even more robust and entrenched as they develop resistances to the pesticides that are designed to eradicate them. This is one example of how fighting a problem can make the problem worse -- especially if you attack too furiously or use the wrong weapons. I invite you to consider the possibility that this might be a useful metaphor for you to contemplate in the coming weeks. Your desire to solve a knotty dilemma or shed a bad influence is admirable. Just make sure you choose a strategy that actually works.

This summer there has been a mice infestation here at Rather Manor.  We don't know how many of them there are, but their droppings are firm evidence of their movements around the premises.

Dad found one of them dead this morning.  It had drowned in the kitchen wash basin.  I'd had a moral dilemma about buying poison baits to use against the mice, partly because of fear of the possible impact on the surrounding wildlife.  I guess this might be a sign to let stupidity take care of its own.

FP

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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
Date: 2016-08-03 16:04
Subject: Tribble Food
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Tags:breakfast, food, shopping, sugar

https://www.kashi.com/our-foods/cold-cereal/kashi-golean-crisp-cinnamon-crumble-cereal

Got a big box of the above cereal a few days ago and am trying it out.  It's a lot less sugary than what I've usually been eating for breakfasts.

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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
Date: 2016-08-02 19:48
Subject: FreeWill Ratifies the Pact Of (Dull) Wolves
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Tags:astrology, family, horoscope, love, power, the future, who am i, zodiac
Sagittarius Horoscope for week of August 4, 2016


Did you honestly imagine that there would eventually come a future when you'd have your loved ones fully "trained"? Did you fantasize that sooner or later you could get them under control, purged of their imperfections and telepathically responsive to your every mood? If so, now is a good time to face the fact that those longings will never be fulfilled. You finally have the equanimity to accept your loved ones exactly as they are. Uncoincidentally, this adjustment will make you smarter about how to stir up soulful joy in your intimate relationships.

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Absolutely not.  I never really expected to be in control of myself, let alone others.  I'm not in control now, for that matter.  I'm just much better at faking it.
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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
Date: 2016-07-29 16:06
Subject: Armies of the Sort-Of Real
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Tags:flames of war, history, ideas, military, stuff i want, wargames, wargaming

Looking through my archives here I realize that I've been a fan of Flames of War for almost ten years now but have only actually PLAYED it ONCE.  (It was a demo of Team Yankee last year, as you might recall.)

I'd love to put together an army, but I'm more in sticker shock than I am enthused.  That and I tend to think outside the limits of the rulebooks, if history gives me an excuse.

Last year in the After-Holidays Sales, I got a bunch of Phantom jets as "Air Support", and I'll give them a repaint soon.  But that "special ingredient" set what I want to do with the companies I want to build:

* U.S. Army Reserve/National Guard Company (I haven't decided on Armor, Airborne or Airmobile, but I wanted them to be less modern than the regular forces--still stuck with battle bowler helmets and Vietnam-era equipment.)

* French D.O.T. [Defense Ops, Territorial Army] Armored Car Company (Found this in an old publication.  A second-line, rapid reaction unit that would have been in action if the Warsaw Pact invaded the West.)

* Rest of the West Company (A scratch force of Dutch/Belgian/Luxembourger/Dane units.)

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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
Date: 2016-07-28 09:46
Subject: FreeWill Is In The Produce Section--Again
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Tags:astrology, creative muse, dysfunction, horoscope, ideas, stuff i want, the future, zodiac
Sagittarius Horoscope for week of July 28, 2016

Of all the forbidden fruits that you fantasize about, which one is your favorite? Among the intriguing places you consider to be outside of your comfort zone, which might inspire you to redefine the meaning of "comfort"? The coming weeks will be a favorable time to reconfigure your relationship with these potential catalysts. And while you're out on the frontier dreaming of fun experiments, you might also want to flirt with other wild cards and strange attractors. Life is in the mood to tickle you with useful surprises.

That first sentence reminded me of an entry I wrote in 2008:

Yes, I've experienced a number of weird feelings in my life so far...

But now that I'm working with LucasFrancis...

It's as if I'm going from "I'll never get to do anything I want" to "Hey, I could do EVERY DARN THING I want!" and what results is a feeling of "Wait. What have I got to prove?" When my wildest dreams seemed so far away, it was just another drag on my morale. Now my morale is schizoid. What do I want so badly that I need to start work on it RIGHT NOW?
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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
Date: 2016-07-19 23:48
Subject: FreeWill Goes Long
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Tags:age, astrology, dad, horoscope, the future, time, time machines, zodiac
Sagittarius Horoscope for week of July 21, 2016

I regularly travel back through time from the year 2036 so as to be here with you. It's tough to be away from the thrilling transformations that are underway there. But it's in a good cause. The bedraggled era that you live in needs frequent doses of the vigorous optimism that's so widespread in 2036, and I'm happy to disseminate it. Why am I confessing this? Because I suspect you now have an extra talent for gazing into the unknown and exploring undiscovered possibilities. You also have an unprecedented power to set definite intentions about the life you want to be living in the future. Who will you be five years from today? Ten years? Twenty years? Be brave. Be visionary. Be precise.

Twenty years from now (assuming I survive these times) I'll be sixty nine, the same age my dad was the year I had my last regular paying job.  In theory I'd be enjoying retirement but I still don't have a career to provide me one.  I'm screwed.

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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
Date: 2016-07-17 18:10
Subject: Test Post
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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
Date: 2016-07-05 22:04
Subject: FreeWill Runs The Roadblock
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Tags:astrology, career, era, feedback, horoscope, the future, time, who am i, zodiac
Sagittarius Horoscope for week of July 7, 2016


Do you remember that turning point when you came to a fork in the road of your destiny at a moment when your personal power wasn't strong? And do you recall how you couldn't muster the potency to make the most courageous choice, but instead headed in the direction that seemed easier? Well, here's some intriguing news: Your journey has delivered you, via a convoluted route, to a place not too far from that original fork in the road. It's possible you could return there and revisit the options -- which are now more mature and meaningful -- with greater authority. Trust your exuberance.

I find that difficult to believe.  If I had been "courageous", I would have found a way to stay in Florida, where I would have had a better possibility of starting a career.  Granted, I'm only here in Tennessee because of my love for my parents and my hope to see them well.

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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
Date: 2016-06-29 16:13
Subject: For ptpenguino...
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Tags:anime, fandom, fantasy, friends, japan, models, robots, science-fiction, toys, transformers
LET'S FORM VOLTRON!
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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
Date: 2016-06-27 12:54
Subject: Car Stupf
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Tags:auto repair, cars, chevy, crash, dad, destruction, dysfunction, prizm, toyota

To condense a lot of happenstances into something more undestandable:

* My car's brakes were inspected a couple weeks ago.  There's still some horrible noise coming from the rear, but the problem I'd had was for the most part fixed.

* Dad traded in the Cadillac for a Camry--and two weeks later got in an accident with it.  On Wednesday I'll take it to the repair shop for him.

* We were planning on a trip up north to coincide with Dad's high school class reunion, but that may not happen if our money situation has a big crimp in it.

FP

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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
Date: 2016-06-02 11:45
Subject: FreeWill Has Scrambled Eggs--All Over Its Face
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Tags:astrology, birds, breakfast, food, horoscope, ideas, the future, weirdness, zodiac
Sagittarius Horoscope for week of June 2, 2016

Aphorist James Guida contemplates the good results that can come from not imposing expectations on the raw reality that's on its way. "Not to count chickens before they're hatched," he muses, "or eggs before they're laid, chickens who might possibly lay eggs, birds who from afar might be confused with chickens." I recommend this strategy for you in the coming weeks, Sagittarius. Experiment with the pleasure of being wide open to surprises. Cultivate a mood of welcoming one-of-a-kind people, things, and events. Be so empty you have ample room to accommodate an influx of new dispensations. As James Guida concludes: "Not to count or think of chickens."

Breakfast, lunch and dinner of champions.

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