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The Great Pirates

Through the ingenious scheme of specialization and compartmentalization of knowledge, the Great Pirates were able to expand their business immensely. They were able to expand their influence into different lands through carefully chosen and educated front people. They would chose local strong men in different territories, supply them with what they needed to assume power, educate them to present a proper public facade, but never giving them the knowledge of all the pieces in the game. The local strong man might be maneuvered into a position of King, assumed by his people to be the utmost authority, but in essence simply being another of the specialized agents of the hidden Great Pirates. The Great Pirate would naturally also cultivate agents in the fields of religion, education, science, military, banking, and so forth, and would naturally be able to play them out against each other if any one of them ever got ambitious beyond his assigned role.<


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Posted: November 12th, 2010
at 3:32pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: weaponry,"ninja",et cetera,development,philosophy

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The Trouble with Wizards

You might useAwizard to describe someone who lacks curiosity about what they're doing. They don't know why their actions work, or sometimes even whether they work. They've learned a Pavlovian response to problems: when you see this, do this.

Wizards can be valuable. Sometimes you just need a problem solved and you don't care why the solution works. Someone who doesn't understand what they're doing but can fix your problem quickly may be better than someone who knows what they're doing but works too slowly. But if your problem doesn't quite fit the intended situation for a spell, the wizard is either powerless or harmful.

Wizards can't learn a better way of doing anything because "better" makes no sense. When you see problemAA, carry out procedureAB. That's just what you do. How can you address problemAA better when "solvingAA" means "doAB"? Professional development for a wizard consists of learning more spells for more situations, not learning a better spell or learning why spells work.

Wizards may be able to solve your problem for you, but they can't teach you how to solve your own problems.>

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Posted: November 11th, 2010
at 1:42pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: weaponry,"ninja"

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Thinkers Live in Tents

People who are opinionated and closed minded (sometimes euphemistically characterized as being "strong in their convictions") live in castles. Interested only in the defense of their opinions, they throw up walls and embattlements from which to protect and defend their firmly entrenched beliefs against attack. Castles by their very nature, while good for defense, are set in stone and cannot move, which is just fine with the opinionated person.

In contrast, good critical thinkers live in tents. Interested only in moving their opinions as close to the truth as possible, they must be able to pull up tent stakes and relocate as new arguments and new evidence cause them to reconsider their opinions. Tents by their very nature are not defensible, but that's fine. The critical thinker doesn't regard a criticism or disagreement as an attack to be defended against, but rather as a helpful tip that suggests a better campsite just over the next hill.>

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Posted: November 8th, 2010
at 1:17pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: life,"ninja",development,philosophy

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Albino Candidate Overcomes Prejudice

Tanzania’s first elected albino MP said yesterday the result was a breakthrough for albinos in the east African country, where scores have been murdered for their body parts to be used in sorcery. Salum Khalfani Bar’wani won the southern Tanzania Lindi Town constituency seat, beating a ruling party candidate who had served in parliament for 15 years.>

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Posted: November 7th, 2010
at 6:05pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: politricks,fo' real?,9th dan,ninjas are everyehere

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Ten Minute Writing Tutorial by Stephen King

I know it sounds like an ad for some sleazy writers’ school, but I really am going to tell you everything you need to pursue a successful and financially rewarding career writing fiction, and I really am going to do it in ten minutes, which is exactly how long it took me to learn. It will actually take you twenty minutes or so to read this essay, however, because I have to tell you a story, and then I have to write a second introduction. But these, I argue, should not count in the ten minutes.>

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Posted: November 2nd, 2010
at 4:08pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: weaponry,"ninja",et cetera,language

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Send Your Name to Mars

Send NASA your name and it will be included with others on a microchip on the Mars Science Laboratory rover heading to Mars in 2011!>

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Posted: October 29th, 2010
at 7:28am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: "ninja",space

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(AKA, Hot Ass Mess) If you were to read down this page, you might find an article about certain evil ninjas that we’d rather not be associated with. This guy, however, is A-Okay with me.

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Posted: October 27th, 2010
at 8:44am by Black Ock

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Categories: crime,too good to be true,ninjas are everyehere

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China’s Internet ‘Spin Doctors’

Comments, rumours and opinions can be quickly spread between internet groups in a way that makes it hard for the government to censor.

So instead of just trying to prevent people from having their say, the government is also attempting to change they way they think.

To do this, they use specially trained - and ideologically sound - internet commentators.

They have been dubbed the "50-cent party" because of how much they are reputed to be paid for each positive posting (50 Chinese cents; $0.07; £0.05).

"Almost all government departments face criticism that is beyond their control," said Xiao Qiang, of the University of California at Berkeley.

"There is nothing much they can do, other than organise their own spinning teams to do their public relations," said the journalism professor, who monitors China.>

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Posted: October 22nd, 2010
at 10:47am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: politricks,"ninja",internets

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Stephen Fry : What I’d Wish I’d Known When I Was 18

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