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It's Been Awhile, But Tuesday Is Here So Have Some Philosophy

Before this begins, we all saw the post from Annalee regarding the passing of an original Niner, Serenada. I didn't know her as some of you did, but I remember a lot of her material throughout the past few years. As I moved from lurker to commenter on io9 and the O-Deck, Serenada's presence was always known. She was one of the good one's.

"Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them." - George Eliot

"Death is a challenge. It tells us not to waste time... It tells us to tell each other right now that we love each other." - Leo Buscaglia


"When I was human I died, and that showed me that life is precious and it must be protected at all costs, even a life as pig-headed as a Winchester's." - Castiel

Now for some levity:

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the universe, and therefore that any perceived defects in product

quality are the consumer's own fault.

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acts are all entirely predetermined by the blind mechanical nature of

the universe and are therefore unavoidable and inescapable, he or she

will still incur a legal responsibility and liability for any torts,

violations, misdemeanors, or felonies he or she commits.

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Because knowledge is defined for the purpose of this product

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that they "know" any of the information provided with this product to

be true, correct, complete, or consistent because they cannot

demonstrate their internal belief states through the principle of

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Cartesian Evil Genius Alert:

The reader is advised that he or she may be subject to an illusion

generated by an evil genius, and that his or her "sensory fibers" may

be falsely manipulated at any time with neither advance warning nor

any possible legal remedy.

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The consumer must understand that due to the a-priori impossibility

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the advertising material, product literature, instructions, or safety

warnings (including this one), associated with this product may

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Non-Universal Ethics Notice:

Due to the possibility that a common notion of ethics are not

universally shared by all sentient beings, and that therefore the

manufacturer may have entirely different concept of "fairness",

"equity", "honesty", and "integrity" than the consumer, the consumer

should not expect the product purchased to conform in any way to the

advertised properties of the product.

Godelian Product Disclaimer:

As it has been proven that there are many true but unproveable

statements, the manufacturer cannot be held liable for any of its

unsupported product claims.

Penrose Addendum to Godelian Disclaimer:

Despite the above warning, the manufacturer is confident that all its

product claims are true because of its mystically acquired and

computationally unrepudiable organic intuition. Unfortunately, the

manufacturer cannot in any way demonstrate that its intuition is

correct, or indeed that it has an intuition.


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