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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: 2016-02-02 16:21
Subject: FreeWill Finds Wisdom In Folly
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Tags:america, astrology, chaos, elections, horoscope, politics, stupidity, tennessee, the future, voting, wisdom, wishes, wishlist, zodiac
Sagittarius Horoscope for week of February 4, 2016

Richard P. Feynman was a brilliant physicist who won a Nobel Prize in 1965 for his pioneering work in quantum electrodynamics. He also played the bongo drums and was a competent artist. But excessive pride was not a problem for him. "I'm smart enough to know that I'm dumb," he testified. "The first principle is that you must not fool yourself -- and you are the easiest person to fool." I suggest you adopt him as your role model for the next two weeks, Sagittarius. All of us need periodic reminders that we've got a lot to learn, and this is your time. Be extra vigilant in protecting yourself from your own misinformation and misdirection.

I applied to be a Delegate at one of the Presidential Election National Conventions overnight.  I'm not fooling myself in believing that I'll get my ticket--but I sort of feel that my chances are good.  We'll see in March.

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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
Date: 2016-01-28 20:29
Subject: Useless Fact
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Tags:age, childhood, era, film, history, mass media, movies, the 1970s, time, tv
In 1977, the only night of the week on which NONE of the three major U.S. television networks showed a feature film in Prime-Time was TUESDAY.
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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
Date: 2016-01-13 20:01
Subject: FreeWill Is Digging For Filthy Lucre
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Tags:astrology, gambling, gaming, horoscope, lottery, money, the future, zodiac
Sagittarius Horoscope for week of January 14, 2016

Do you want more money, Sagittarius? Are there treasures you wish you could have, but you can't afford them? Do any exciting experiences and life-enhancing adventures remain off-limits because of limited resources? If your answer to any of these questions is yes, now would be an excellent time to formulate plans and take action to gather increased wealth. I don't guarantee total success if you do, but I promise that your chance to make progress will be higher than usual. Cosmic tendencies are leaning in the direction of you getting richer quicker, and if you collaborate with those tendencies, financial magic could materialize.

Oddly enough I'm not playing Powerball.  Not because of any moral issue, just that I'm even more broke than usual and can think of many better ways of spending mad money if I had it.

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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
Date: 2016-01-07 13:53
Subject: FreeWill Sells No Wine AFTER Its Time
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Tags:alcohol, astrology, drinks, health, horoscope, ideas, new year's, resolution progress, resolutions, time, work, writing, zodiac
Sagittarius Horoscope for week of January 7, 2016

A bottle of Chateau Cheval Blanc wine from 1947 sold for $304,000. Three bottles of Chateau Lafite-Rothschild 1869 went for $233,000 apiece. The mystique about aged wine provokes crazy behavior like that. But here's a more mundane fact: Most wine deteriorates with age, and should be sold within a few years of being bottled. I'm thinking about these things as I meditate on your long-term future, Sagittarius. My guess is that your current labor of love will reach full maturity in the next 18 to 20 months. This will be a time to bring all your concentration and ingenuity to bear on making it as good as it can be. By September of 2017, you will have ripened it as much as it can be ripened.

My New Year's Resolution is to get some projects going on Amazon Studios.  More about that after I recover from my current case of head crud.

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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
Date: 2016-01-04 16:04
Subject: Useless Fact
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Tags:batman, comic books, comics, dc comics, geoeconomics, mass media, reading, superheroes, time
The current value of a CentiBatman is 1,100 copies per month--down 200 copies from this time last year.
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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
Date: 2015-12-27 16:15
Subject: Rollover
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Tags:alternative history, fame, geoeconomics, hackett continuum, history, mass media, money, movies, the 1980s, tv

Finally saw the movie Rollover after almost thirty-five years of wanting to; it was on Escape Network overnight.  And it has officially become a part of the Hackett Continuum.

I'm sure you won't mind me spoiling it: at a World Trade Center investment bank, an heiress and her banker partner are eyewitnesses (and unwilling catalysts) to a diabolical scheme by a faction of the Saudi government, who (with help from inside men) engineer a massive panic on Wall Street, causing an existing recession to snowball into an all-out Great Depression.

So, this would go a long way to explaining the Hackett world--global economies often determine cycles of war and peace.  Wealth breeds corruption; poverty breeds brutality.

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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
Date: 2015-12-24 22:47
Subject: Useless Fact
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Tags:flames of war, gambling, games, gaming, stuff i want, wargames, wargaming, weirdness
The standard objective marker in Flames of War is the same shape and size as a European-style poker plaque.
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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
Date: 2015-12-20 13:43
Subject: Tanks But No Tanks?
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Tags:flames of war, games, gaming, military, shopping, stuff i want, tank, wargames, wargaming

On Saturday I played the demo version of the new Team Yankee permutation of Flames of War and again I want to build an army in the worst way.

Years ago I could have gotten diecast tanks in the right size/scale for the game, but now they seem to be scarce, which means I'll probably troll every thrift store I can find in five or six counties for the things, if there are any to be found.  Most of the ones I'd seek would have been made by Motormax or Polyfect, specifically the Cold War designs.  (I'd bought the Motormax Sherman, Churchill and T34-85 for the WW2 version of Flames of War, but I since have gotten rid of those.)

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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
Date: 2015-12-15 14:54
Subject: Useless Fact
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Tags:art, cd-rw drive, dance, humor, mass media, music, theater
Hershy Kay's music to the ballet The Clowns has never, it appears, been recorded for any sort of album release.
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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
Date: 2015-12-08 10:29
Subject: FreeWill Pulls The One-Armed Bandit
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Tags:astrology, dreams, gambling, gaming, horoscope, luck, sleep, the future, truth, zodiac
Sagittarius Horoscope for week of December 10, 2015

My old friend Jeff started working at a gambling casino in Atlantic City. "You've gone over to the dark side!" I kidded. He acknowledged that 90 percent of the casino's visitors lose money gambling. On the bright side, he said, 95 percent of them leave happy. I don't encourage you to do this kind of gambling in the near future, Sagittarius. It's true that you will be riding a lucky streak. But smarter, surer risks will be a better way to channel your good fortune. So here's the bottom line: In whatever way you choose to bet or speculate, don't let your lively spirits trick you into relying on pure impulsiveness. Do the research. Perform your due diligence. It's not enough just to be entertained. The goal is to both have fun and be successful.

Last night I dreamt that there had been a rumor going round that I lost a hand--and people responded by sending me hands in the hopes that one of them could be transplanted on my arm.  Perhaps my view is that while the goodness of people persists, they are being undermined by a lack of truth in the right places.

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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
Date: 2015-11-26 13:11
Subject: FreeWill: Up In The Sky
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Tags:astrology, astronomy, horoscope, planets, space travel, the future, zodiac
Sagittarius Horoscope for week of November 26, 2015

From the dawn of civilization until 1995, humans cataloged about 900 comets in our solar system. But since then, we have expanded that tally by over 3,000. Most of the recent discoveries have been made not by professional astronomers, but by laypersons, including two 13-year-olds. They have used the Internet to access images from the SOHO satellite placed in orbit by NASA and the European Space Agency. After analyzing the astrological omens, I expect you Sagittarians to enjoy a similar run of amateur success. So trust your rookie instincts. Feed your innocent curiosity. Ride your raw enthusiasm.

I don't so much need to see what's "new" but find what's "lost".

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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
Date: 2015-11-03 16:12
Subject: FreeWill Remembers The Fifth of November
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Tags:astrology, holidays, horoscope, the future, what do you have to say?, who am i, zodiac
Sagittarius Horoscope for week of November 5, 2015

Regard the current tensions and detours as camouflaged gifts from the gods of growth. You're being offered a potent opportunity to counteract the effects of a self-sabotage you committed once upon a time. You're getting an excellent chance to develop the strength of character that can blossom from dealing with soul-bending riddles. In fact, I think you'd be wise to feel a surge of gratitude right now. To do so will empower you to take maximum advantage of the disguised blessings.

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Thankless Thanksgiving?  I'm not sure that's possible.

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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
Date: 2015-10-31 19:29
Subject: Completely Useless World Rugby Power Ranking End of 2015 Seasons
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Tags:football, geography, politics, rugby, sports, world cup

With the climax of the World Cup behind us, and the new Sevens season about a month and a half away, I crunched some useless ranking numbers and came up with this.  It is completely unscientific and should not be used as a basis for any kind of wagering.  This is based on the outcomes of the World Cup and the Sevens season.

1) New Zealand
2) South Africa
3) Australia
4 [tie]) Argentina and Scotland
6) England
7) Fiji
8) Wales
9 [tie]) France and Samoa
11 [tie]) Ireland, Japan and the U.S.A.
14) Canada
15) Italy
16) Georgian Republic
17) Tonga
18 [tie]) Kenya and Romania
20) Portugal
21) Namibia
22 [tie]) Brazil and Uruguay
24 [tie]) American Samoa, Belgium, Hong Kong, Papua New Guinea, Russia and Zimbabwe

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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
Date: 2015-10-23 20:10
Subject: Answer for question 4535.
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The Star Wars movies -- do you love 'em or hate 'em? How excited are you for the new movie in December (if at all)? Will you be getting tickets for the 12:01 AM first showing, or are you "eh, whatever" about the whole thing? If you're looking forward to it, what or who are you most excited to see?
I was ten when the first one came out in 1977, so I was the target audience. And I was a big fan of it and EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. But after that, it kind of waned. I didn't care about Episodes I, II or III and haven't seen much of the other stuff.
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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
Date: 2015-10-20 15:49
Subject: FreeWill Comes Undone
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Tags:astrology, dreams, horoscope, the future, who am i, work, zodiac
Sagittarius Horoscope for week of October 22, 2015

Some unraveling is inevitable. What has been woven together must now be partially unwoven. But please refrain from thinking of this mysterious development as a setback. Instead, consider it an opportunity to reexamine and redo any work that was a bit hasty or sloppy. Be glad you will get a second chance to fix and refine what wasn't done quite right the first time. In fact, I suggest you preside over the unraveling yourself. Don't wait for random fate to accomplish it. And for best results, formulate an intention to regard everything that transpires as a blessing.

I had a dream the other night that I had a job--and was fired from it.  Situation normal...

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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
Date: 2015-10-14 21:26
Subject: FreeWill Is All Coiled-Up And Hissing
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Tags:age, astrology, earth, era, horoscope, life, snakes, the future, zodiac
Sagittarius Horoscope for week of October 15, 2015

One afternoon in September, I was hiking along a familiar path in the woods. As I passed my favorite grandmother oak, I spied a thick, six-foot-long snake loitering on the trail in front of me. In hundreds of previous visits, I had never before seen a creature bigger than a mouse. The serpent's tail was hidden in the brush, but its head looked more like a harmless gopher snake's than a dangerous rattler's. I took the opportunity to sing it three songs. It stayed for the duration, then slipped away after I finished. What a great omen! The next day, I made a tough but liberating decision to leave behind a good part of my life so as to focus more fully on a great part. With or without a snake sighting, Sagittarius, I foresee a comparable breakthrough for you sometime soon.

I could use a breakthrough.  I've been trying to reconcile my future with the fragments of my past that I have left.

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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
Date: 2015-10-05 14:21
Subject: Corsair Correction
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Tags:airplanes, errands, models, sevierville, shopping, toys, wargames, wargaming, ww2



Saw in my newsbox that the Hobby Lobby in Sevierville had their Grand Opening today so I went there and got this diecast Corsair, which I'd been hoping to find for quite a while. (They'd sold out at other area locations and I was seriously thinking about going to the one in the Tri-Cities.)

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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
Date: 2015-09-29 14:58
Subject: FreeWill: Disney and Distillation
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Tags:alcohol, astrology, disney, donuts, drinks, history, horoscope, life, mass media, movies, the future, who am i, zodiac
Sagittarius Horoscope for week of October 1, 2015

Your fellow Sagittarian Walt Disney accomplished a lot. He was a pioneer in the art of animation and made movies that won numerous Academy Awards. He built theme parks, created an entertainment empire, and amassed fantastic wealth. Why was he so successful? In part because he had high standards, worked hard, and harbored an obsessive devotion to his quirky vision. If you aspire to cultivate any of those qualities, now is a favorable time to raise your mastery to the next level. Disney had one other trait you might consider working on: He liked to play the game of life by his own rules. For example, his favorite breakfast was doughnuts dipped in Scotch whisky. What would be your equivalent?

Some would say I'm living by my own rules now...but just haven't gotten to that thing that will make it PROFIT.

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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
Date: 2015-09-18 15:05
Subject: Answer for question 4510.
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For those in the U.S. (and other interested parties around the globe), did you watch the GOP debate this past week? What were your opinions of it, and of those who participated?
No, because these people would not let me live if any of them got elected.
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