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If I acquired super powers, say Spider-Man's powers, my first thought would be "How can I use this to make money?" Some people just start robbing banks, but that only causes trouble in the long run--and often in the short run, too.

I'd like to see a comic book in which the main character gets super powers, then finds discreet ways to monetize them over a period of years.

With great power can come great responsibility, but also great financial gain.
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It's also useful to put aside a piece of writing for a long time so that it falls out of your short-term memory.

I spent 5 years trying to write, rewrite and publish a scholarly journal article. At one point, I left the text aside for a full year. When I came back, I found a major stylistic error in the first sentence.

I had read that document so many times, but missed that error because I was so used to my own text.
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This is a good point. I considered phrasing the headline that way, but decided to go with one that was punchier but less precise. Sometimes there is a trade-off.
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If you threw me back in time to before the age of the internet (or, rather, the world wide web), I think that I could adapt fairly well. But I would be hard for me to cope without word processing.
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There's an old Western tradition of attributing human behavior to bears. About a year ago, I read the book The Bear: History of a Fallen King, which is a history of the bear as a symbol. Medieval Europeans believed that bears were human's closest relatives among animals. They also commonly believed that bears and humans were interfertile--that they could successfully mate with each other and produce young.
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The San Antonio River Walk is indeed a nice place. It's quite romantic, especially at night. My wife and I have enjoyed its ambiance.

The battlefield park at Vicksburg is also great. It's my favorite Civil War battlefield park.
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