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Happy Passover. Happy Rites of Spring. Happy whatever it is you celebrate this time of year. Happy me now that my Internet is back up running. Now I can be a nuisance here again. Aren't you glad? (Don't answer that.) …

Well, except for being back on-line, no news of great import re yours truly, so a few bemusing if not amusing tidbits …

Tired of being a starving artist? Looking for a patron, a benefactor? Well, come hustle yourself in San Francisco. My city gets a lot of awards for being the "best," "most liked" or "notorious" for this or that, but here's the latest most curious: San Francisco has now been given the dubious title of "sugar daddy capital of America." (Why are people paid to do this kind of nonsense research? Bored PhDs needing to justify their jobs, I guess.) Anyway, according to the study, there are 3.50 sugar daddies for every 1,000 adult men here; average yearly income, $250k per; average net worth, about $6-million; average amount spent per month on their paramours, almost $4k. Oh, yes, and almost half of them are married. Enjoy the flight if you take it, but bring a parachute.

Speaking of S.F. happenings, being "Sin City" at least means the "religious" have a harder time getting away with it here. The San Francisco district attorney has just successfully prosecuted a Christian radio show host to a sentence of 15 years in state prison for defrauding at least 31 people out of more than $2 million. Jesus saves.

ET stay home? NASA scientists made a rather interesting advisory recently. They wondered if our efforts to contact ETs might be unwise. Given the history of human behavior, it's not improbable they could see us as a kind of insane intelligent virus. Like cancer, we are consuming our host (the planet) to death, consequently killing ourselves, and we're doing this knowingly & willingly. And now that we're becoming able to spread our "disease" to other worlds, they may see it their "moral duty" to exterminate us before we do. So much for the Rapture.

Do you look at porn on the Internet? Is the pope Catholic? Well, we're hardly alone. According to the latest data, porn sites are at the top of the most viewed sites on the Internet. This was not really a surprise; rather it was the vastness of it – tens of billions of page views per month – dwarfs almost everything except giants like Google & Facebook. Cool! Yet, that it's all virtual sex is both poignant & ironic. C'est la vie. More, please.

Well, enough of my babble. Hope you all are well & happy. Now, I'll try to catch up here. Apologies in advance for not being able to comment on all. More as it happens. Oh, and thank you again truly for your friendship…

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KiterieAine Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Funny to read this after getting back from the Smithsonian Air and Space museum yesterday. I was just explaining some of this to my father in law who asked if I believed that there was life out there. I'm a mathematical person... even setting the lowest probability for it... it's inevitable. It was an interesting conversation. Of course that's unsurprising since he's my husband's dad and my hubby is a brilliant brilliant man. I love his dad and talking to him is always interesting.
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gymnosophist Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Professional Writer
:XD: "Certum est, quia impossible est" ("It is certain if it is impossible") as the Roman philosopher, Tertullian, said... And if you read the latest findings & theories in quantum & astro physics, there is an infinite never ending number of universe dimensions that exist & manifest in the Cosmos, so it's indeed impossible that there is not other life & intelligent sentient beings "out there"... :heart:
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KiterieAine Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Exactly, and I think it's a magnificent and fascinating thing to ponder the possibilities of what will happen WHEN humanity finds them. Good or bad it will be interesting.
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gymnosophist Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Professional Writer
:D Indeed. But I've got news for ya. "Encounters" have been happening throughout history. Note me & I'll give you some interesting info... For now, ho ho, it's off to work I go... :heart:
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KiterieAine Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Trust me I know about all that and I'm not one to simply dismiss it, but what I was referring to is hearing a repeatable pattern like the ones we've sent out. There been one case where the scientist heard something but then they weren't able to find it again and it appears to have been an anomaly as far as we can prove. Although the scientist involved did his best to explain it and couldn't. Other than that though we have no demonstrable proof.
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gymnosophist Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Professional Writer
Well, we're not carrying on a "Hi! How are you" conversation with ETs, and none have landed on the White House lawn & said "Take me to your leader," so to speak, but as much as I like the spirit of SETI, trying to contact ETs that way is not really going to work, and any ETs that might be watching us are highly unlikely to want to make a grand entrance... However, there actually is a lot of "proof" re paranormal phenomena for which the only theoretical explanation is something a lot more fantastic than merely beings traveling here from another world... Love to discuss this at length, if you want. E-mail me...
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KiterieAine Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
ah well we'll have to chat more once I get home from my vacation because I've heard that and various other things, but I can't say I honestly know much about any of it.
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gymnosophist Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Professional Writer
:D:D Indeed we shall... As Shakespeare said: "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy..." Take good care... :heart:
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JamesHoppy Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Professional Photographer
lol I might think of going to sanfransico.
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gymnosophist Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Professional Writer
:XD: Cool! When? Hopefully, we'll be able to connect up...
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