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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: 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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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
Date: 2015-09-17 14:12
Subject: FreeWill's Cakra's Are Bent Like A Paperclip
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Tags:astrology, god, horoscope, love, relationship, religion, sex, the future, what do you have to say?, who am i, zodiac
Sagittarius Horoscope for week of September 17, 2015

The Adamites were devotees of an ancient Christian sect that practiced sacred nudism. One of their central premises: How could anyone possibly know God while wearing clothes? I am not necessarily recommending that you make their practice a permanent part of your spiritual repertoire, but I think you might find value in it during the coming weeks. Your erotic and transcendent yearnings will be rising to a crescendo at the same time. You will have the chance to explore states where horniness and holiness overlap. Lusty prayers? Reverent sex? Ecstatic illumination?

The problem I have is, why attempt sexual relationships with anybody you don't really get along with in the first place?

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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
Date: 2015-08-26 14:48
Subject: FreeWill Looks Up From The Want Ads
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Tags:astrology, career, fate, horoscope, the future, work, zodiac
Sagittarius Horoscope for week of August 27, 2015

The sun and the expansive planet Jupiter are currently making a joyful noise in the sign of Virgo, which is your astrological House of Career and Ambition. This does not necessarily mean that a boon to your career and ambition will fall into your lap, although such an event is more likely than usual. More importantly, this omen suggests that you will influence luck, fate, and your subconscious mind to work in your favor if you take dramatic practical action to advance your career and ambitions.

It so happened that I applied for a position at Cirrus' new operation at Knoxville's major airport overnight.  Jet Set, me?  Who knew?

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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
Date: 2015-08-18 21:09
Subject: FreeWill Is Free To Fail
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Tags:astrology, dysfunction, horoscope, place, tennessee, the future, zodiac
Sagittarius Horoscope for week of August 20, 2015

Located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the Museum of Failed Products is a warehouse full of consumer goods that companies created but no one wanted to buy. It includes caffeinated beer, yogurt shampoo, fortune cookies for dogs, and breath mints that resemble vials of crack cocaine. The most frequent visitors to the museum are executives seeking to educate themselves about what errors to avoid in their own companies' future product development. I encourage you to be inspired by this place, Sagittarius. Take an inventory of the wrong turns you've made in the past. Use what you learn to create a revised master plan.

I think the wrongest turn I ever made was moving to Tennessee.  But I can't do anything about that.

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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
Date: 2015-08-12 15:44
Subject: FreeWill Homes In
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Tags:astrology, film, home, horoscope, ideas, movies, the future, who am i, zodiac
Sagittarius Horoscope for week of August 13, 2015

In some phases of your life, you have been a wanderer. You've had a fuzzy sense of where you belong. It has been a challenge to know which target you should aim your arrows at. During those times, you may have been forceful but not as productive as you'd like to be; you may have been energetic but a bit too inefficient to accomplish wonders and marvels. From what I can tell, one of those wandering seasons is now coming to a close. In the months ahead, you will have a growing clarity about where your future power spot is located -- and may even find the elusive sanctuary called "home." Here's a good way to prepare for this transition: Spend a few hours telling yourself the story of your origins. Remember all the major events of your life as if you were watching a movie.

Now that I have a copy of the "Save The Cat" model of storytelling perhaps I could apply it to my life history and see what appears.  Watch this space.

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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
Date: 2015-07-30 12:35
Subject: Purr-tificial Gravity
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Tags:cats, comics, fame, humor, mathematics, robots, science, science-fiction, tv
Originally posted by dieselsweet at Purr-tificial Gravity


sleep is dumb

Let’s mix it up with some of my theoretical physics research tonight.

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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
Date: 2015-07-28 23:33
Subject: FreeWill Takes A Walk
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Tags:astrology, errands, horoscope, rain, summer, the future, travel, weather, zodiac
Sagittarius Horoscope for week of July 30, 2015

Much of the action in the world's novels takes place inside buildings, according to author Robert Bringhurst. But characters in older Russian literature are an exception, he says. They are always out in the forests, traveling and rambling. In accordance with astrological omens, I suggest that you draw inspiration from the Russians' example in the coming days. As often and as long as you can, put yourself in locations where the sky is overhead. Nature is the preferred setting, but even urban spots are good. Your luck, wisdom, and courage are likely to increase in direct proportion to how much time you spend outdoors.

If it weren't this place's rainy season...

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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
Date: 2015-07-02 00:48
Subject: FreeWill Looks Quizzical
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Tags:astrology, horoscope, learning, life, magic, quality of life, quizzes, research addict, science, the future, zodiac
Sagittarius Horoscope for week of July 2, 2015

There are lots of inquiries and invitations coming your way -- perhaps too many. I don't think you should pursue all of them. In fact, I suspect that only one would ultimately make you a better human being and a braver explorer and a wiser lover. And that one, at first glance, may have not as much initial appeal as some of the others. So your first task is to dig deep to identify the propositions that are attractive on the surface but not very substantial. Then you're more likely to recognize the offer that will have lasting value even if it doesn't make a spectacular first impression.

You WOULD have to say that to a research addict, would you?

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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
Date: 2015-06-16 15:03
Subject: FreeWill Has A Case of the Giggles
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Tags:astrology, depression, horoscope, mental health, the future, zodiac
Sagittarius Horoscope for week of June 18, 2015

Each of us has at least one pesky ghost or nagging demon that occupies a dark corner of our psyches. It may have been there for years, or we might have picked it up more recently during a phase of temporary insanity. In any case, most of us can benefit from conducting a periodic banishing ritual. Now would be prime time for you to do just that. Ready? With your imagination, draw a clockwise circle of your favorite-colored light on the floor or ground. Next, identify an image that makes you feel happy and safe, and visualize four versions of it at the four cardinal points, hovering three feet above your circle. Then say this: "I dissolve any hex and banish any pest that has been draining my energy. I purge any wasteful emotions, unsound ideas, and trivial desires that I may have grown attached to." To put the seal on your magic, laugh for two minutes.

Who has the breath to laugh for two solid minutes?

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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
Date: 2015-05-26 20:03
Subject: FreeWill Looks For Love In All The Wrong Places
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Tags:astrology, chillin' out, creative muse, creative process, depression, hatred, horoscope, love, mental health, the future, writing, zodiac
Sagittarius Horoscope for week of May 28, 2015

Petrarch was an influential 14th-century Italian poet whose main work was Song Book. It's a collection of 366 poems, most of which are dedicated to Laura, the woman he loved. For 40 years he churned out testaments of longing and appreciation for her, despite the fact that he and she never spent time together. She was married to another man, and was wrapped up in raising her eleven children. Should we judge Petrarch harshly for choosing a muse who was so unavailable? I don't. Muse-choosing is a mysterious and sacred process that transcends logic. I'm bringing the subject to your attention because you're entering a new phase in your relationship with muses. It's either time to choose a new one (or two?) or else adjust your bonds with your current muses.

My morale has been very low lately, and I have to apologize to the human race that I've been very poor company to keep.  I'm mulling over re-configuring Chillin' Out for a possible Kindle Store, and other news in my life has me trying to figure out the usual depression and demoralization from outright self-loathing and anger.  I don't know what would make me feel better.

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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
Date: 2015-05-13 00:40
Subject: FreeWill Zeros In
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Tags:astrology, horoscope, ideas, sports, the future, things carried, zodiac
Sagittarius Horoscope for week of May 14, 2015

Sagittarian Matt Stutzman competes in the sport of archery. He's the world's record holder for longest accurate shot, having hit a target 230 yards away. What makes his accomplishment so extraordinary is the fact that he was born without any arms. He holds each arrow in his mouth and grasps the bow with his right foot and the help of a chest harness. In the spirit of this armless archer, and in accordance with your current astrological omens, I invite you to initiate an attempt to triumph over one of your so-called disadvantages.

I actually have a number of Matt Stutzman trading cards.

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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
Date: 2015-05-02 19:37
Subject: I Shouldn't Mind That I'm Too Old...
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Tags:age, culture, history, music, pop charts, pop culture, pop music, r&b, research addict, rock, school, time, time machines
...But I am afraid that I'll be the wrong kind of old just as I was the wrong kind of young.

 My Research Addiction brought me to the website of a classic rock radio station that regularly polls listeners and then publishes the results of these polls.  I've just pored over the latest "favorite songs of all time" list, and while I expected that the songs of not only my childhood AND my high school years would be old enough for "classic rock", it turns out that the music of my COLLEGE years qualify now as well!  It shouldn't have surprised me but it did.

The good news is that now I've found a bunch of acts I've probably HEARD but don't so much KNOW about.
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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
Date: 2015-04-21 20:05
Subject: FreeWill Doesn't Want To Be Touchy-Feely This Time
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Tags:astrology, dread, horoscope, models, money, poison, shopping, the future, zodiac
Sagittarius Horoscope for week of April 23, 2015

As I climb the first hill along my regular hike, both sides of the path are dominated by a plant with glossy, three-lobed leaves. They're so exuberant and cheerful, I'm tempted to caress them, even rub my face in their bright greenery. But I refrain, because they are poison oak. One touch would cause my skin to break out in an inflamed rash that would last for days. I encourage you, too, to forgo contact with any influence in your own sphere that is metaphorically equivalent to the alluring leaves of the poison oak.

I am now in possession of a gift card for my favorite hobby store.  But I'm in perhaps the roughest stages of rumination as to whether I should buy something off the shelves now or wait for a bargain to come along.  It is wonderful and horrible all at once.

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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
Date: 2015-04-07 20:38
Subject: FreeWill Gets Industrious
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Tags:astrology, creative muse, creative process, horoscope, the future, work, writing, zodiac
Sagittarius Horoscope for week of April 9, 2015

The English term "engine" refers primarily to a machine that transforms energy into mechanical power. But its roots are in the Old French word engin, which meant skill or wit, and in the Latin word ingenium, defined as "inborn talent." I'd like to borrow the original meanings to devise your horoscope this week. According to my reading of the astrological omens, your "engine" is unusually strong right now, which means that your cultivated skills and innate talents are functioning at peak levels. I suggest you make intensive use of them to produce maximum amounts of energy and gather more of the clout you'd love to wield.

I do want to start writing again.  I just hope I have some good opportunities.

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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
Date: 2015-03-20 15:40
Subject: The Price Is "Yeah, Right"...or Inflation Hopscotch
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Tags:geoeconomics, history, life on mars, money, reading. life, research addict, time, time machines, who am i

It's about time I did something like this, if only for my own notes.  I found This Inflation Calculator today while referencing something on Tumblr, so I'll play with it and show how a Dollar isn't a Dollar over a lifetime.  Hmm...backwards or forwards?

* 2010: I go to Tech school after a Spring Break trip to Florida.
What would cost $1 (2010) ~ $1.07 (2015)

* 2006: I attend GenCon Indy with my buddies.
What would cost $1 (2006) ~ $1.16 (2015)

* 1999: I'm working in Gatlinburg for $10/hour as a Night Auditor.
What would cost $1 (1999)
~ $1.40 (2015)

* 1995: I move to Tennessee.
What would cost $1 (1995)
~ $1.53 (2015)

* 1992: I get my A.S. degree from Saint Petersburg College.
What would cost $1 (1992)
~ $1.67 (2015)

* 1988: My sister gets married to her first husband and my brother graduates High School.
What would cost $1 (1988)
~ $2.00 (2015)

* 1985: I leave High School with a G.E.D.
What would cost $1 (1985)
~ $2.17 (2015)

* 1982: My frosh/sophomore year in High School.
What would cost $1 (1982)
~ $2.50 (2015)

* 1979: My family moves from Pennsylvania to Florida.
What would cost $1 (1979)
~ $3.22 (2015)

* 1976: My family moves from Waterford to Gibsonia.  Hurray for the Bicentennial!
What would cost $1 (1976)
~ $4.11 (2015)

* 1974: Is there LIFE ON MARS?  My family moves to Waterford, PA from Chilicothe, OH.
What would cost $1 (1974)
~ $4.75 (2015)

* 1971: My brother is an infant; my family moves from Erie, PA to Chilicothe.
What would cost $1 (1971)
~ $5.77 (2015)

* 1969: If you believe, they put a Man On The Moon.
What would cost $1 (1969)
~ $6.37 (2015)

* 1967: I'm an infant, my sister is a terrible Two.
What would cost $1 (1967)
~ $7.00 (2015)

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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
Date: 2015-03-10 15:20
Subject: FreeWill's At A Pleasant Elevation
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Tags:angst, astrology, balloons, depression, drugs, horoscope, mental health, paranoia, the future, thinkers, zodiac
Sagittarius Horoscope for week of March 12, 2015

One of your important assignments in the coming week is to get high without the use of drugs and alcohol. Let me elaborate. In my oracular opinion, you simply must escape the numbing trance of the daily rhythm. Experiencing altered states of awareness will provide you with crucial benefits. At the same time, you can't afford to risk hurting yourself, and it's essential to avoid stupidly excessive behavior that has negative repercussions. So what do you think? Do you have any methods to get sozzled and squiffed or jiggled and jingled that will also keep you sane and healthy?

I've got some balloons but I need helium gas.  In theory I can get a cheapy tank at WallyWorld...but would it be worth the hassle?

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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬
Date: 2015-02-24 15:57
Subject: FreeWill Takes A Load Off
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Tags:astrology, horoscope, pop culture, pop music, the future, things carried, zodiac
Sagittarius Horoscope for week of February 26, 2015

"Don't worry, even if things get heavy, we'll all float on." So sings Modest Mouse's vocalist Isaac Brock on the band's song "Float On." I recommend you try that approach yourself, Sagittarius. Things will no doubt get heavy in the coming days. But if you float on, the heaviness will be a good, rich, soulful heaviness. It'll be a purifying heaviness that purges any glib or shallow influences that are in your vicinity. It'll be a healing heaviness that gives you just the kind of graceful gravitas you will need.

And here on Saturday I have the prospect of making my office and workshop portable for a lecture at HobbyTown at Turkey Creek.

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