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Rob Garbin's Blog

I started out by just testing the waters of what I wanted to say in this blog. I found it nice to get feedback on my thoughts and ideas. Now; however, I find it to be a place where I can vent the ideas that constantly plague me when I view what is going on in the world. At times I know I sound like a pundant, but I feel that I do try to take a more sensible look at the world, which I hope I am able to express here. In addition, I hope to find more to talk about than the politics of the world. We'll see.

  1. Practicing Prose

    by , January 2nd, 2013 at 10:10 PM (Rob Garbin's Blog)
    This is an updated version of something I posted on my wordpress blog. I knew I was probably going to play with it more but I did not want to post it again their and it has been a while since I posted here.

    My Bones are Dry


    Robert Garbin

    My bones are dry. The blasted sands and desiccated winds of time hollow them beyond memory of flesh. They groan with the sound of their own splintering, while abandonment whistles through their brittle ...
  2. Survey

    by , October 31st, 2012 at 12:15 AM (Rob Garbin's Blog)
    I could use some help over at my new blog if anyone is willing, Robert Garbin's Blog. I have created a short 3 question survey to get some data for a future post and I would like to get answers from anyone that is willing. Please, don't take offense over the questions because none is intended. I am only looking for data. Thanks.
  3. New Blog

    I just want to let everyone know that I have moved my blog to The new address is Robert Garbin's Blog.
  4. Day Brightner

    Having had a frustrating week of itching due to a case of poison ivy, I was feeling, shall we say, less than friendly. Late last night I decided to check my podcasts for my Zune, which I had not downloaded for a while, and got a happy suprise.

    A new Squonk tale by P.M. Butler. Who is Squonk you say? Well, he is a Dragon who has appeared in two short stories read on the fantasy site I became aquainted with him in his adventure "Squonk and the horde of apprentices" ...
  5. I Want it Back

    I just want to state here and now, that if by some freak occurance the Republicans get total control of the government and do away with Social Security, I want all the money I put in back. I beleive that is my right as a citizen. If I am never to see any service for the money I put in, then I deserve a refund. Think of the costs to a Republican government if we all stood up for our rights and demanded our money back for lack of fulfilling their obligation. We were made to give them money because ...
  6. Weak Political Sign

    I came across a sign that an obvious republican small business owner put up at their business. It said "Socialism is equal sharing of Misery." I found this extremely funny because of how poorly thought out it was given that most of these same republican's define themselves as morally upstanding Christians. Is not sharing the burdens of the downtrodden what Christ asks of us. Talk about moral conflicts.
  7. Where's the Water?

    Here is another thought for the math people, concerning our resources. One of the resources that is becoming increasingly scarce in our modern time is fresh water. There are of course many reasons for our diminishing water supply from over use, pollution, and waste, but here is one I think no one considers, us.

    My thoughts are as follows:

    1. The human body is, I beleive, 75% water.

    2. Our population has increased drastically from early civilization ...
  8. Where is the Metal?

    Question for you scientific minded people, what effect does moving large amounts of metal ores from deep within the earth to concentrated areas on the surface (cities) have on the magnetism of the earth? I realize that the core carries most of the power for our system, but consider that the ores on the mantel have accumulated over millenia, while the bulk of the changes we have made have occured in only a few centuries and the quantities are staggering. Just something I feel no one has thought ...

    Updated May 23rd, 2012 at 04:07 PM by Gkarlives

  9. Food for Thought, Old Chaps

    by , April 27th, 2012 at 09:23 PM (Rob Garbin's Blog)
    This one goes out to the American Tea Party who proudly wave their "Don't Tread on Me" flags. Do you realize that you have chosen for your mascot one of the most despised creatures on earth. First, the creature is cold blooded. Wait a minute, that might fit your one solution only, cold blooded approach to government. Second, many snakes are dangerous to humans. Third, the snake is associated with the fall of man. Fourth, when man was cast out of Eden, the snake was cast out as well ...
  10. Money Equals Speech

    by , April 12th, 2012 at 07:23 PM (Rob Garbin's Blog)
    Here is a surprise for many that read this blog. I actually agree with a Republican, well at least in a conditional sense. The title of this post gives away the person who is, of course, Karl Rove. To begin with, I would like to state my feelings toward Mr. Rove. Personally, I feel that he, President Bush, Dick Cheney, and a vast number of their cohorts should be in jail for War Crimes, treason to our democracy, and most likely a whole host of unknown other crimes. With that said, I find that ...

    Updated April 14th, 2012 at 11:19 PM by Gkarlives (Forgot something)

  11. Confidence and Delusion Part IV

    by , April 12th, 2012 at 01:50 PM (Rob Garbin's Blog)
    Risk continued

    I hinted at the main issue with risk in our economy, but did not specifically say it or explain the true consequences. The truth is that every economic venture has a risk that someone must bear. The true consequence of this statement results when risk is not shared fairly. Basically, if the creators of a venture do not share in the risk, then someone else does. The bailout of Wall Street is a perfect example of the situation. Most of the major players in the risky ...
  12. What Have You Wrought?

    by , April 12th, 2012 at 12:58 PM (Rob Garbin's Blog)
    I recently began reading the first book in the Pelbar Cycle by Paul O. Williams that describes a world devastated by war and just beginning to recover. The story focuses on a society that is matriarchal, meaning it is run by women, which to my western eyes seems farfetched given history, European roots, and current reality. I know that there are vast differences across the multitude of cultures present on the earth but women have been on the receiving end of more injustice than men. However, ...
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  13. Submission Hint

    For those that have always wondered what the standard manuscript format is when asked by or embarassed by a publisher, here is a link to what Beneath Ceaseless Skies considers standard. Of course, I was the embarassie in this case because if I had taken more time, I would have seen this link.

    Stardard Manuscript Format

    Updated April 4th, 2012 at 08:45 PM by Gkarlives

  14. The Review to "Against All Things Ending" I Forgot to Post

    by , March 17th, 2012 at 08:21 PM (Rob Garbin's Blog)
    This is the third book inthe Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant. The story picks up right where the second book "Fatal Revenant" left off, only seconds in this case. For me the story is much better than the second book, which at the end seemed very derivative of the events in "The Wounded Land". Basically, the events felt too contrived for me. With "Against All Things Ending" more revelations of the Lands past are revealed through Thomas Covenant's current condition. ...

    Updated March 17th, 2012 at 08:23 PM by Gkarlives

  15. More Thoughts

    I want to express some of my thoughts, not my position mind you, but my thoughts on the abortion issue.

    First, there are those out there who feel that women who get abortions should be ostracized for being murderers. Does this go equally well for the husbands and fathers who force women to have abortions? Are they held equally accountable for the child they created? Why do women carry the greatest burden of this shame?

    Second, the same people who ostracize a woman ...

    Updated March 6th, 2012 at 10:04 PM by Gkarlives

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