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Reckonaut Michael Clem
Michael Clem
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Dec. 13, 2011, 10:39 a.m.
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I was born in a crossfire hurricane, which was later wired for broadband internet. In lieu of filling out my own profile, Reckonbot has automatically deemed me to be a genial, non-threatening character-actor type best played by either Bonnie Hunt or Bill Paxton.

At last, a real question for the Reckoner!  Yes, I use it.  As the examples make clear, sometimes you need it to make the proper distinction, so may as well get in the habit of using it all the time.  It's not a waste of space, it's proper punctuation!

Shoes on.  I take them off occasionally if I want to get extra comfortable, or if my socks or feet need to breathe. 

Dirt?  That's what the mat at the door is for.  If it's especially muddy or wet or something, then it makes sense to take the shoes off at the door, but not all the time!

It's a winter wonderland when the flakes are coming down and piling up on the ground, and even noise is dampened by the snow.

However, it's a mess when you have to get somewhere and it's turned into ice and slush.  And here in Tulsa, when they get the snowblowers to clear the streets, they totally cover over the sidewalks, which makes biking or walking that much more risky.

So I guess my answer is both:  I like snow, but it's still one big honking mess!

Yep, I had a typewriter course back in high school that was invaluable.  I tried to teach myself to touch type in Junior High and failed miserably.

But then, I also had an old 1920's Underwood typewriter, and that thing would jam pretty easy.  But I'm not sure if QWERTY was developed to slow things down or not.  It seems to me that they looked at common words and tried to lay them out so that alternating hands would strike every other letter, so that should speed up typing, not slow it down, and, on old manual typewriters, it means that most keystrikes would be coming from letters far enough apart to minimize jams.

Now there are those that say that the Dvorak system is better and faster, but I've never seen any convincing evidence of it.   If you want to try Dvorak, or any alternative arrangement, however, it's only a software application and a keyboard overlay away.  In fact, if someone hasn't already done it, they should develop an app that lets you set up your own arrangement.  Might be interesting to see what people could come up with.

Ideally, you should drive right in the middle of your lane, equidistant from botht the center line and the shoulder.  I don't know that being closer to either side is going to be preferable to just being in the middle of the lane.

If I could go back to the past and make changes, that would be very tempting, and dangerous.  However, if it only involves going back and seeing the past, I think I'd rather go to the future and see what's coming instead.  You know say go a thousand years into the future, and hope they've maintained good historical records of the last thousand years.

Wow!  Look at the number of votes on this one!

I loved The Razor's Edge, but what made it so good was that Bill brought some humor to it.  "Pass the soap, Bishop!"  Lost In Translation just lost me, although I loved Scarlet Johanson in it.  She will always be, to me, the girl-next-door type. 

Yes, I thought that Bill Murray's version was better than the original movie version from 1946 with Tyrone Power.  I've never read the book, so I can't say how faithful they are.

I learned how to drive on a manual, and my first couple of cars were manuals, so I don't really need classes now. Driving a manual is a bit more involved, but it's fun!

Jan. 18, 2012, 11:07 a.m.

Rights entail responsibilities.  If you have a gun, you'd better be able to handle it properly and responsibly.  And that's why I would prefer not to have a gun in my house--I don't want that burden.  A friend gave me a pistol once, and I never did anything with it.  I kept it way back in a closet, unloaded, and let it gather dust.  So I decided there was no point in having it and gave it away to someone who appreciates guns.

I had heard something about it, but didn't pay much attention to the details.  After all, it's just another silly law that will have unintended consequences. 

By all means, let your congressman know how you feel on this.  But do you really think there could be a reckoning, given the nature of the political system?  If you only have two, or at best three choices on the congressional ballot, are you really going to do a 180 and vote for the guy with the other party?  The "Two-Party" system is broken from the start.  Now, if you have some other idea in mind when it comes to a "reckoning", I'd love to hear about it.

I had to go with Wheel Of Fortune--it's just more fun to watch.  Jeopardy is essentially just a trivia game--nice to see if you can get the answer, but not much to watch.

The trouble with the Hulk is that his power level isn't constant, it's variable.  So any face-off with the Hulk really depends on how you handle him, and what mood you evoke from him.

You just have to be careful about how you address it.  If she really doesn't care much for cooking, then maybe save the "special" dinners for her.  However, practice makes perfect.  She will get better at cooking if she gets more practice at it.  Maybe instead of arguing about who will do the cooking, you could talk to her about what to cook, instead?  Or even share the cooking occasionally, one does main dish and the other does sides?

But I know what you're talking about.  My ex wasn't much of a cook either, and she was thrilled about making spaghetti!

Yeah, Family Ties.  It was the whole Swing to the Right political vibe, with the liberal father and the conservative son.  A role reversal that really hadn't been seen on TV up to that point.

Jan. 16, 2012, 6:44 p.m.

One trick I learned was to appy some soap to my face and instead of rinsing it off, allow it to dry  This got rid of my pimples fairly quickly.  Much better to get rid of them instead of popping them.

I have mixed feelings about this.  If the music isn't actually used in the movie, I don't think it should be on the soundtrack album.  However, lots of movie music is "incomplete"--it enhances what you see on the screen, but doesn't do much by itself.  Such music is often boring when listening to it outside of the film.  There are exceptions, of course, but the fact is that they ARE exceptions, and not the rule.  Save the soundtrack releases for the exceptional stuff!

Well, it certainly looks pretty top-heavy, but I couldn't tell you how stable it is.  If it has enough ballast, I would think it would be okay, but I rather think that wider is better.

Brazil is definitely more dystopian to me, things just aren't *that* grim in Bladerunner, but I still think Bladerunner is the more enjoyable movie.  Brazil was too pessimistic for me to enjoy.

Overall, I think there's an artistic decisioni involved. 

Have you watched Sin City?  It's a very dark, noir-ish movie with only slight touches of color here and there to emphasize certain things.

They make smaller, 4-cup coffee machines, if you don't care for the taste of Keurig.  Why not go for one of those instead?

As an introverted personality, I'm definitely not comfortable trying to mingle in large groups.  In a smaller group, everyone's automatically included.

They recycle tuna cans?  Not here, they don't!

As I understand it, it's just the end of the Mayan calendar, or rather, the calendar is cyclical, and this is just the end of the major cycle.  A new cycle would begin after that--well, if there any Mayans around to make a new calendar.  Other people decided that the Mayan calendar was predicting the end of the world, not the Mayans.


Exactly!  I think too many superhero movies spend way too much time on the origins, which in many cases isn't all that important.  It's ridiculous to re-tell the origin in a reboot movie.  Movies are expensive to make, compared to monthly comics.  Stick with telling the story and be done with it.

I would agree that it's good that the Hollywood glamour is gone ("glamour", not "glamor"), and that's good, but at the same time, our fascination with celebrities is worse than ever.

Well, it OUGHT to mean two, but yes, it is misused often enough to mean few.   Such is the changing nature of language.

@James - You thought it was, or you *hoped* it was??  ;-)


Jan. 9, 2012, 3:30 p.m.

Man, this just makes me feel old!  Or at least, way out of it.

Wow, a geniunely tough question.  Stark has that suit that just makes him incredibly powerful--maybe not Superman powerful, but he's gone up against the Hulk and can match Thor's power.  Batman just doesn't have that kind of sheer power.  Of course, much like the Superman vs. Batman battle, Batman could pull it off with enough preparation and/or surprise on his side.  But I think Iron Man would most probably win.  A much more level and appropriate match would be Batman and Captain America. 

Hmm...I think I read too many comics when I was younger!

If cold water bothers your teeth, they may be too sensitive.  You might want to check with a dentist.

Brunches are special--I like to do them when going to conventions or some other special event--not a regular weekend affair.

Unless I'm just making my own "brunch" at home!


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