The Friend Zone and Vending Machines

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When I was a young-un, I played a game called Harvest Moon. I played a game called Harvest Moon a lot. It was a simple premise: be a farmer, live a rustic, peaceful life, bring home the $$KACHING(CASHREGISTERNOISE)DOH$$. You could also get married, but you didn’t have to go to all of the trouble of actually ATTRACTING someone. Nope. If you gave them enough flowers or milk or bugs or whatever they liked, they’d fall madly in love with you, bear you children, and love you until the day you die.

Just like real life.

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“Songs of Innocence” is a Fantastic Experience

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Quick. Go to your iTunes and check your “purchased” page. U2 gave ya a little something something.

On Tuesday, during the Apple Conference keynote address, the band played their new single, “The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)” and announced that they were giving every iTunes user their 11-track album FOR FREE. In fact, Apple has placed it in your purchased page already. You already have it. That move has been called a lack of consumer choice, and has angered many, but when has anyone complained about free stuff before? Also, you don’t have to download it.

Though you totally should, because its fantastic.

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A Hiatus, But Only of Consistency

KNOTS Readers,

Due to the fact that I’m getting married in only a little over a month, moving to Virginia, engaged in a few writing contests, and generally tapped out mentally and chronologically, I can no longer promise you a consistent KNOTS experience. After October, things should have quieted down and I can resume something like a normal posting schedule. Until then, expect posts intermittently, and mostly of the personal nature as that takes far less effort on my part.

In the meantime, check out some of my past articles and leave me some argumentative comments to keep my brain sharp as a Velociraptor’s claw.

I want to thank you all for reading and engaging in my crazy antics, and I hope you continue to do so through this trying time and hereafter.

Regards,

Nate Gutman

P.S. This is how big a Velociraptor apparently was and I’m sad. 

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A Rant

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Imagine, for a moment, that you live in the future. Nations have risen and fallen, and it’s your duty to write a history textbook on the American people as they existed in the beginning of the 21st century. You look at their inventions, technology, and most notably, their culture. You learn that there was an annual celebration of music and culture that was broadcast on a channel called “Music Television,” and you decide to look at records of the event through both pictures and video.

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6 Things in List Format About Beginning College

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Here, at long last, is the post you’ve all been waiting for, directionless youths: How To College.

It’s been more than a year and a half since I graduated. That seems like a long time, but some of the habits I picked up  are still here. They connect me to my past.

I generally stay up way too late regardless of what day it is,  and constantly count the hours of sleep I’d get if I went to bed right NOW. I also have a love of drink, specifically beer. Although I didn’t realize it at the time, my college days were pretty great. They were  filled with colorful people and events the likes of which I’ll probably never see again, at least in so concentrated a place.

So, since I’m feeling nostalgic and I can’t think of anything else to write, and because so many young un’s are moving on up to the next rung of learning, and because lists are apparently what gives you your readership, I give you 6 things.

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Reading and the eBook, A Speculation

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I’ve always been a very vocal enemy of Kindles, Nooks, and eBook’s in general; not because I think they don’t work, but because I don’t like what thy seem to represent. For me, a crucial piece of reading is always the cracking open of a book and the crisp, clean look of its pages. There’s nothing better than the smell of a used bookstore, and its a joy to see little hand written notes on the inside covers, like each book holds a portions of the person who’s read it.

With the ever-increasing popularity of digital reading, I’m worried that all of that will go away, and, if it does, how will we showcase our vast amounts of knowledge and brag to guests as we sit in our library in our smoking jackets? A lone iPad just isn’t the spectacle that shelves of books are.

But that’s besides the point.

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