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Carpe Diem

A light blue dusk, turning green trees slowly into darkened silhouettes.

Red walls, yellow lights in the cafe... front wall of glass, China outside. The large bay doors showing that light blue dusk.

Working on a brushed-metal thin laptop, encased in a smooth clear plastic protective case. My fingers click-clicking satisyingly on the keys.

1990's rap music plays in the white headphones, transmitted from the computer... the music is streaming from Youtube, accessed through a VPN connection to bypass the Great Firewall.

Ladies and gentlemen, we'd like to welcome to you All the way from the slums of Shaolin Special uninvited guests Came in through the back door Ladies and gentlemen, it's them!

Don't underestimate biochemistry!

If you know a guy who is a really decent, nice guy, but is a real jerk when he's drunk... and you come across him at some annual party, and he's drunk, and being a jerk... then what do you think about him?

Do you think, "He's a really jerk"?

No, of course not.

You think, "Ah, it's just the liquor."

We all know that alcohol and intoxicants change your biochemistry, how you act, and your personality. And we cut people a bit of slack for acting differently than normal on those sorts of things.

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