Forum posts made by dlizze

Topic What is the longest story you have written?
Posted 25 May 2014 16:55

On this site?
24,157 words - Minuet In G

Topic Tact & Diplomacy
Posted 23 May 2014 17:51

A young Army officer was severely wounded by a blast from a grenade. The the only visible, permanent injury was that both of his ears were amputated, although his hearing was unaffected. Since this didn't affect his ability to function, he remained in the Army.

Many years later he eventually rose to the rank of Major General. He was, however, very sensitive about his appearance. One day he was interviewing three servicemen who were candidates for his headquarters staff.

The first was a Captain, a tactical helicopter pilot, and it was a great interview. At the end of the interview the General asked him, 'Do you notice anything different about me?'

The young officer answered, 'Why, yes, Sir, I couldn't help but notice that you have no ears.'

The general was displeased with his lack of tact and dismissed him.

The second interview was with a Navy Lieutenant, and he was even better. The General then asked him the same question,

'Do you notice anything different about me?' He replied sheepishly,

'Well, sir, you have no ears.' The General dismissed him also.

The third interview was with an old Sergeant Major, an Infantryman and staff-trained NCO.
He was smart, articulate, fit, looked sharp, and seemed to know more than the two officers combined.

The General liked this guy, and went ahead with the same question, 'Do you notice anything different about me?' To his surprise the Sergeant Major said; 'Yes, sir, you're wearing contact lenses.'

The General was very impressed and thought, 'What an incredibly observant NCO.' He asked, 'Sergeant Major, how did you guess I wear contacts?'

'Well, sir,' the soldier replied, 'it's pretty difficult to wear glasses with no fucking ears.'

Topic Would you or Could you be offended by anything sexual, that your partner asked you to do?
Posted 08 May 2014 23:16

Offended? Never. But as some have said, I would probably be a little afraid of letting someone too far into my fantasy world, or of admitting some (what I consider to be ) kinky fantasies. I guess what it comes down to is how willing are you t let yourself be vulnerable? BY the time anyone becomes a sexual partner, we know each other well enough, and are comfortable enough together that I like to think I wouldn't feel as if I needed to keep any secrets. So my vulnerability wouldn't scare me so much as the possibility that I am stranger, odder, wilder, kinkier (select whatever word you like) than she, and it would put her off, or worse, ruin the relationship..

Topic Remembering where you were on 9-11-01.
Posted 04 May 2014 21:23

My 2 cents I recall thinking when the buildings collapsed that there was something very strange going on.

I am a licensed professional civil engineer. At the time I was working for a structural engineering firm, and even though my expertise is hydraulics and hydrology, I picked up enough structural knowledge along the way to know that (a) aircraft fuel does not burn hot enough to melt steel (high octane aviation fuel has a very low flash point); and, (b) those buildings should not have collapsed from being hit that high above the base.

My first assumption was that the contractor had somehow gotten away with putting far less steel into the buildings than was supposed to have been there, and my second thought was that those buildings were taken down by explosive charges placed at or very near their base.

Topic Editing Caution
Posted 17 Apr 2014 20:11

you, my love, have a free pass, anytime you wish :)

You're just saying that, 'cause she has a vagina.

stumps off , grumbling... goddamn sexist bitches.... just 'cause a guy's got a dick.....well, fuck them....mumble mumble... and no fucking thanks or story awards either.. fuck it... I'm gonna go out in the garden and eat worms......

Topic Editing Caution
Posted 17 Apr 2014 19:34

Liz said this, in her post on April 17: "It may seem like a throwaway, thoughtless statement, but you imply favouritism and therefore unfairness. That has never been the case."

I am walking proof of that. I have never received either a Recommended Read or an Editor's Pick award, yet I have been a story verifier for a little over a year now. My writing is not good enough that it should be awarded as outstanding, and I know that. I would be embarrassed to accept an award that implied I was in a class with Jaymal, or Frank_Lee, or LauraLee_sugah, or any of a number of other clearly excellent writers on this site.

I was invited to become a moderator; I did not ask for the position. I accepted because it was an honor, and because I felt I had something in the way of technical ability to offer writers, and because I have a deep respect for the rules on this site. I don't want accolades, or honors, or even special mention when I edit a piece for an aspiring author; it is reward enough to see authors improve because of suggestions I have made to them over the course of reviewing their work. I have had a few thank you notes, and I always try to share them with the other mods; they make our job a little easier, and our day a little brighter.

I DO get a little miffed though, when I feel I or any of my fellow moderators are unduly castigated or vilified. And I get more than a little miffed, when, even after the accusation has been politely denied, the accuser continues to make it, and refuses to apologize.

Topic Never tolerate the intolerant
Posted 11 Apr 2014 20:14

It was either Voltaire or Evelyn Beatrice Hall. Can't trust wikipedia 100% on something like this.

Still a very appropriate quote.

I didn't check Wiki - I was quoting from my somewhat untrustworthy memory. On further reflection, I think it may have been either stated or repeated by Benjamin Franklin or Samuel Adams.

Topic Never tolerate the intolerant
Posted 10 Apr 2014 20:27

I believe it wasVoltaire who said (I'm paraphrasing) I disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.

I agree with him. Because of that I may appear to tolerate intolerance. So be it. I have to look in the mirror each morning to shave. I prefer to look at someone whom I like.

Topic Why is the universe so big?
Posted 01 Apr 2014 09:13

Not sure if this is what DLizze is referring to, but the obvious reason why the universe is so big is of course that we're so incredibly small.

Actually, I was making a humorous reference to Doug Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide trilogy.

Topic Why is the universe so big?
Posted 30 Mar 2014 21:30

I think this is the wrong place to be asking why the universe is so big. If you want the real answer (and NOT just a simplistic 42), you need to go ask the mice.

Topic Howard Zinn's People's History of the United States.
Posted 30 Mar 2014 20:54

It isn't odd at all. To quote (I forget who - probably Shakespeare - certainly, Mr. Natural - thank you, Robert Crum), " 'Twas ever thus."

I strongly believe Zinn's assessment of why things happened as they did is correct. Throughout human existence, strength has been the deciding factor in what occurs. Strength at least since the reign of Ethelred, has lain with the moneyed. Probably it can be traced back to the origins of money, or whatever passed for it in pre-historic times. That is, of course, not true in all societies, but it certainly applies to all of American history since the Europeans invaded this land.

The New Republic review did not reference the quote fully. (i.e.) chapter, page, etc. I took their word for it that they had correctly reproduced his statement. In general, New Republic is what I would consider "Liberal" in their bias; so I suspect they did not intend to vilify his work, but merely were pointing out what they considered to be scholarly errors.

You are certainly correct about eye-witness accounts; there are plenty of people wrongly incarcerated because of faulty witnesses. People tend to see what they expect to.

Your assessment of Lee and Grant is also correct. They were products of their education (West Point) and neither one believed in attempting new or unused methods. They also both believed, though they said otherwise, that common troops were expendable. In consideration of the carnage of that conflict, some weight must be lent to advances in weaponry as well, though. The Civil War was the first major conflict fought with rifled shoulder arms with an accurate range of about 200 yards. Entrenched troops, faced with a charging line, could aim at and hit individuals. That was not the case with the smoothbore weapons that were standard issue prior to 1835.

I am not discounting his work, though; I am bemoaning that because of those trivial errors, it doesn't force the powers that be to accept it. Mr. Zinn seemed to discount that he was "fighting an uphill battle" in trying to have his views on history and society widely disseminated.

Topic would you let a woman pay for just your company?
Posted 30 Mar 2014 19:33

I suppose I might, though I'm sure I'd feel odd, accepting money just for spending time with someone. I think I'd be picky though: I don't care what she looks like, or even if she has all her teeth, but she'd have to be reasonably intelligent.

Topic Favorite Line You've written
Posted 30 Mar 2014 09:56

From a piece of flash fiction, Shut Out published on the blue site:

“I love you, you know. But I’m in love with her.”

Topic Howard Zinn's People's History of the United States.
Posted 29 Mar 2014 21:10

Here are several examples of what I mean when I say his scholarship is shoddy:

I am , as I said, about halfway through. However, I am in the middle of reading about the Civil War, and just today read that Gatling guns were used in the Civil War. That is not so. Gatling presented his weapon after obtaining a patent for it) in 1862 to General Butler, who was in charge of procurement, but Butler said it was too complicated, and too expensive. He could buy three parrot rifles (field pieces, firing six-pound ammunition) for the cost of one Gatling gun.

Eventually, Richard Gatling convinced the Army t allow him to demonstrate them in battle. Two were brought out and demonstrated at the Battle of Petersburg, but were retired after emptying their hoppers of ammunition (each hopper held 500 rounds of ammunition, and was capable of firing up to 200 rounds per minute). The is no record of whether the fire had any effect on the Confederate troops. Richard Gatling also convinced the Navy to mount some six or eight (accounts vary) on gunboats. There is no record so far as I know of the gunboat-mounted weapons ever being used, except in demonstrations of range firing.
To make the blanket statement that Gatling guns were used in the Civil War is a bit of a sweeping generalization, an misleads the reader into think that was the first war I which rapid-firing weapons were used. (Actually, rapid-firing weapons were used as early as the Seven Years' War, between France and England. Gatling's patent was for the hopper and gravity feed mechanism which allowed for rapid reloading.)

A review in the New Republic says that Zinn states that Nixon and Agnew were pardoned; that is not true: Agnew pled nolo contendere , a plea which was accepted by the courts. Because of the plea, he was removed from office; Nixon was pardoned by Ford. Admittedly, this could be considered a "fine point" but I think it is something that substantially weakens the work.

His description of Shay's rebellion has too many people killed at the Springfield armory. Several years ago, I donated John Hale's Daybook from his general store in Longmeadow, Mass. to the Long Meadow Historical Society (I had inherited it) The Town of Longmeadow is located across the Connecticut River from Springfield. As I remember it, John Hale's entry reads, "Commenced the sivil war this day. Ab't seventy of Shay's men gathered at the armory, intending to arm themselves and their friends. They were met by the militia and fired upon. Seven men were wounded, three of them mortally." Here., agaion, it appears Mr. Zinn has failed to consult primary sources, prior to making his statements.

His descriptions of the factory strike in Lowell is, as I recall, correct, as are many others of his descriptions of uprisings that were put down by the powers that be. My concern ios not that he is telling history from the viewpoint of the "commoner", but that some "facts" are not strictly correct. Because of that, he allows the entire work to be called into question.

I spent the first several years of undergraduate work as a serious student of history, particularly American history. I was fortunate enough to have had professors (surprisingly, at the Community College level) who taught about the on-going class struggles. One course I took was ,"US History, Treaty of Paris to Attack on Fort Sumter". The professor, Ward Eisenhauer, told us that we would have to select and area of research for a term paper. I mentioned to him that I had in my posession, all 52 issues of the Springfield Republican for the year 1835, and was interested in some sort of topic that would allow me to read them. He suggested I attempt to put together two timelines for the year: one based on actions of elected officials, and the monied class; and, one based on reports of what was going on with the lower classes. (This was in 1969, so you can imagine what an eye-opener that was for me as a regular demonstrator against the Vietnam War, Nixon and his policies; and as a recently discharged veteran.)

Topic Howard Zinn's People's History of the United States.
Posted 29 Mar 2014 09:05

When I heard in the news that several elected officials were attempting to have Howard Zinn's book, A People's History of the United States banned from the classroom, I decided I should read it, to see what all the hoopla was about.

Now, halfway through it, I have mixed feelings. I can see why mainstream scholars might not like it. It violates the first rule of scholarly writing, in that Mr. Zinn admits his prejudices at the outset, rather than hiding them behind a veil of supposed unbiased research. That aside though, (in fact I felt tat was a refreshing change) I generally find the work to be unscholarly, and somewhat haphazardly pieced together. There is no clear way a student can place the actions described in the book in the context of a timeline of the world. Consequently, unless one brings a solid background of historical timeline of events to a reading, it will appear to be a hodgepodge of happenings, jumping as it does from the seventeenth century to the twentieth and back again.

I doubt that is why the powers that be are trying to have it banned, though. Rather I suspect they find the continual descriptions of class struggle between "haves" and "have-nots" a bit too subversive. My feeling is that it should be retained as supplemental reading, but should not supplant mainstream texts.

Has anyone else read this work?
Do you care to offer an opinion?

Topic Have you followed the story of Belle Knox?
Posted 29 Mar 2014 08:49

While I applaud her willingness to follow this path in her attempt to empower and legitimize women, and porn stars in particular, I suspect she has dug herself into a very deep hole. One cannot individually and openly flaunt society's rules, and not expect to be quashed. Her notoriety however, may prove to be a means of getting her message out, and could conceivably lead to public speaking engagements. Should that happen, her future is dependent on her ability to articulate her position.

Topic Duty and Desire
Posted 29 Mar 2014 08:41

Just got finished skyping with a friend in Serbia. He's far more pessimistic that I was. He sees wwIII as almost inevitable. If not now, after the Russians take the next country or the country after that.

Is this off-topic, or have I misunderstood something? dontknow

Topic Duty and Desire
Posted 14 Mar 2014 20:38

Duty is external; desire is duty turned inwards. Greed is misdirected desire.

I have a duty to society to be a good person; but I also desire that, because it makes me feel good inside. I want a jillion bucks; but that's just greed.

"Oh, Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz?" Janis Joplin

Topic The Ukraine Crisis
Posted 02 Mar 2014 18:42

He didn't intimidate the soviets. He drove the cold war arms race at such a fevered pace that he pushed them to near economic collapse before we could get there. If he had any genius it was in that strategy. However, the cold war would have done that to the Soviet Union anyway in an additional decade or two. Reagan merely accelerated the pace. And, the US has been paying the cost of Reagan's Cold War machine since the 1980's.
Ronald Reagan wasn't that smart. Look to the money behind him. President Reagan was merely good at reading cue cards, hitting his spots, and acting "presidentially".

But to come forward to today - This is just a continuation of the old historians adage that the cold Russian bear wants to dip its paw into warm waters.
Ukraine is Russia's gateway to the Mediterranean sea. Vladimir Putin, as someone on here has already said, is merely doing what any national leader would do in a similar circumstance.

Remember, this isn't about people, democracy, sovereignty, or power; it is about money. Always, always, always follow the money.

Topic Have you ever Secretly played with yourself on the phone with someone?
Posted 21 Feb 2014 20:03

I had to say "No", assuming the operative word in that question was "secretly".

Topic Skirts
Posted 21 Feb 2014 20:00

In general, loose and flowing - there's a lot to be said for leaving things to the imagination.
Now, if she wants to be "in charge" that's a whole different story, and severity should be the rule, rather than the exception. It is difficult to argue with a strong-willed woman wearing a severely-cut suit, with a pencil skirt and CFM heels, especially if there's a hint of lace at the vee of her buttoned jacket, her hair is in a tight bun, and she is tentatively swishing the air with a riding crop. a1089

Topic The Superbowl Coke Ad, for those who saw it.
Posted 05 Feb 2014 23:01

I did not watch either the stupor bowl or the ad, but I have since seen the ad, and read many discussions about it. The thing I find most interesting about the discussions is the amount of ignorance showing up. Most people do not realize America The Beautiful was written by a lesbian socialist. I suspect if they did, we'd have heard a hue and cry about that. Rush Limbaugh said something to the effect of Coca Cola better start printing labels in different languages. I guess he didn't know they have been doing that for many years. I have an old-style coke bottle - the kind with the raised letters in the glass - that has Coca-Cola on one side and something I can't read, written in what I think is Arabic on the other. I can't recall offhand what city is on the bottom, but I want to say Cairo. Of course, that could be Cairo, Illinois or Cairo, New York, but I tend to doubt it is either of those.

Topic NFL Football Fans
Posted 03 Feb 2014 10:52

I wonder how much the bookies made on this one. Always, always, always, follow the money.

Topic FAIL Thread
Posted 03 Feb 2014 10:36

This image is NOT photo shopped; it actually happened, when they didn't get the roller completely onto the lowboy trailer.

Topic Poly relationships
Posted 03 Feb 2014 09:58

I lived for seven years, from 1973 to 1980, in a polyandrous relationship. Like any marriage, it had its ups and downs. But as many will tell you, the relationship complications seem to vary as the square of the number of the people involved. A relationship of three people sometimes is more than twice as difficult than a relationship of two.

Topic Canadian Oil and the XL Keystone Pipeline
Posted 02 Feb 2014 20:44

So, this Canuck is inclined to say "might as well let it go ahead" because denying it really fixes/solves nothing and might make things worse through more use of rail to move crude.

Selecting something because it is the lesser of two evils is, IMO, a bad option. I say fight the extraction of tar sands oils altogether. How you ask? Fight for stability in the Middle East, so that the price of oil goes back down to where it should be, thus making tar sand extraction economically unfeasible. Lobby your elected representatives to end the wars in the Middle East. Lobby the UN to declare the United States out of order. Vote for third party candidates. If everyone fought against the constant erosion of politics with corporate money, we could turn that trend around.

Topic What was your most memorable moment of 2013 and what do you most want to forget?
Posted 01 Feb 2014 21:00

Best: A week vacation (the first in over twenty years) that I spent with a very dear friend.
Second best, but darned close: Moving into the house I am renting. I love this place.

Worst: The folding of Rich Rice's Blues In The Night Orchestra, because his cancer flared up again.

Topic Where do you sit on the Kinsey scale?
Posted 26 Jan 2014 21:52

I think I am a 2. I haven't had sex with a male since my very late teens, and that was just mutual masturbation. But I have fantasized about the possibility, and I suspect if the right person came along, I'd be up for it. (all puns intended) That said, I' rather live with a woman. I LIKE having a woman around the house as a friend/partner/sounding board. - and, yes, I'll admit to being sexist and objectifying a bit - I like looking at them. :)

Topic UCSF says sugar is toxic to human body and should be regulated and taxed like alcohol
Posted 25 Jan 2014 16:15

Well put mazza.

A couple of interesting bits:

hyperglycemia makes you feel "hungry" so it's a self serving cycle. You eat to much sugar(of any other refined carbohydrate) your blood sugar skyrockets, triggering responses in your body that make you want yo eat more, so you eat more sugary, carbohydrate laden snacks, causing another spike, leading to more hunger. Is it any wonder we are burn out our beta cells (the bits that create insulin)? (We also build resistance to insulin from this cycle)

Now to understand a little better the role insulin plays in the body, think of your cells like a room. In order to function you need energy in the room (like people coming to a party) insulin opens the door to the cell allowing the glucose to come in. (Like a key in the door) exercise builds more doors to the room/cell. (More doors=more oppurtunities to pull glucose in to the cell and out of the bloodstream) so if we don't exercise and eat to much sugary foods, we are essentially making it extremely hard for the cells to function properly.

Okay, I'll stop lecturing now. But I see the posts in fb all the time "help us find a cure for diabetes." We've got the prevention, we just have to motivate to do it: exercise!


Topic Is cyber sex cheating?
Posted 25 Jan 2014 16:02

Anything you have to hide from your partner is cheating on the relationship. Many people say that masturbation is not cheating, but it is if you deny that you do it. The same with fantasizing (at any time - alone, or with your partner). You don't have to describe your fantasies to your partner, but refusing to admit to having them is cheating. Faking an orgasm is cheating. I guess what I am saying is, if you are lying to your partner, then you are cheating on the relationship. I would go one step further; you are cheating yourself, as well. When you lie or hide things from your partner, you demean yourself. You lower yourself from being someone who can look the world in the eye and call yourself an honest person.