Posts By: Hawthorn Mineart

Our sink is empty. Our dishes are clean.

First order of business – I’ve been laid off from my job. I started working for Pearson when it was Macmillan Publishing on April 25, 1994. I just cross the threshold of 26 years at the same job. In the middle of May, my position was eliminated, along with a number of other co-workers who

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Broken Links Corrected

I did a design theme update to the site, so it looks a bit different these days. There will be some more tweaks as I customize the theme a bit more, but it looks a lot more simple than it did. I have also gone through the entire site and updated all of the broken

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2019 Indiana State Legislature: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Source: Indiana Senate Democrats – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: 2019 Edition The Ugly Bias Crimes This session, Governor Holcomb made it a priority to pass bias crimes legislation. With the governor’s support, Senate Democrats were confident that Indiana would finally get a comprehensive bias crimes law on the books. Sen. Greg Taylor

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The New Ride – a Honda CR-V

After a great deal of research involving spreadsheets, auto shows, test drives and quite a few anxious phone calls with Stephanie’s dad (who had lots of opinions about what we were buying) I bought a new Honda CR-V on March 27th. It is “Dark Olive Metallic.” It is nicknamed Godzilla. I finally gave up on

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Salem and Baxter

Our new kitten Salem was born on August 15th, and we adopted him on October 15th. Our new puppy Baxter was born on November 29th, and we adopted him on February 2nd. His mom is a Corgi. We’re not sure about dad. He may have been a spaniel? We think that’s possible because of the

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Who I am

I was “born as” a baby – 5 lbs, 16 inches. The clothes my parents gave me then don’t fit me anymore than the arbitrary labels they gave me as identity markers, so I changed them to real ones. In 48 years I’ve outgrown onesies and other people’s expectations and grown into the person I

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Death of blogger Gary Welsh officially ruled suicide

Goodness knows I did not love prolific local blogger and attorney Gary Welsh. Over the many years he wrote about local and national politics, he penned things that were complete libelous falsehoods, and he should have been sued many times over. Fortunately for himself, he was shrewd enough to aim his worst defamatory lies at

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I’m legally changing my first and middle names

I’m changing my first and middle names. I am getting rid of Stephanie Ann. My first name is going to be Hawthorn. (no e- like the tree, not the author.) My middle name is chosen, but I’m keeping to myself for now. This is something I’ve been actively planning for over two years, but I’ve

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2015 List of “Best of” Lists

Source: The Year in Fungi – The New Yorker Five mycological highlights from 2015, including banana killers, rainmakers, and the zombie cure. Source: Top 25 News Photos of 2015 – The Atlantic The past year has been a series of tumultuous news stories, from the massive migration crisis and the war and terror those migrants

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“Arabian Street Artists” Bomb Homeland: Why We Hacked an Award-Winning Series | Heba Amin

The series has garnered the reputation of being the most bigoted show on television for its inaccurate, undifferentiated and highly biased depiction of Arabs, Pakistanis, and Afghans, as well as its gross misrepresentations of the cities of Beirut, Islamabad- and the so-called Muslim world in general. For four seasons, and entering its fifth, “Homeland” has

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2015-10-13 Recently Read

Down the Rabbit Hole The rise, and rise, of literary annotation Press Rewind by Brendan Fitzgerald What one journalist learned by vicariously sitting in on David Carr’s master class—with only his teacher’s reputation, extant syllabus, and students’ recollections to guide the way. Press Play David Carr’s journalism syllabus – “Making and distributing content in the

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This is why I no longer read anything from DC Comics

This is a scene from the brand-new video game Batman Arkham Knight, in which Batgirl (Barbara Gordon), after she has been injured and is in a wheelchair, is held captive under the control of the Joker, and is made to kill herself in front of Batman. The scene is “Fake” in that she’s “not really

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2015-05-27 Recently Read

Wikipedia: Mudra A mudra is a symbolic or ritual gesture in Hinduism and Buddhism. While some mudras involve the entire body, most are performed with the hands and fingers. A mudrā is a spiritual gesture and an energetic seal of authenticity employed in the iconography and spiritual practice of Indian religions. The classical sources for

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2015-03-15 Recently Read

Cool stuff I’ve read recently. Andrew Keir: Split ink Fountain Printing ypically when printing, a single colour only is used in each ink fountain (pictures to follow), and while gradients can be printed using modern process colour printing – the standard mix of cyan, magenta, yellow and black found in your average home/office printer –

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2015-02-19 Recently Read

The New Yorker: R U There? “A new counseling service harnesses the power of the text message.” David Carr, New York Times: “Calling Out Bill Cosby’s Media Enablers, Including Myself” “What took so long is that those in the know kept it mostly to themselves. No one wanted to disturb the Natural Order of Things,

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2015-02-09 Recently Read

Subtraction: Color Grading Movies How digital color manipulation of a movie can drastically change the tone and meaning of the subject. The Morning News: The Books A long and fun essay on the subject of a couple combining their library after having lived together for sometime. One of the things Stephanie and I have never

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2015-01-29 Recently Read

Grantland: How ‘Selma’ Got Smeared As a member of more than one marginalized group of people, I can attest that these sorts of conversations with allies happen all the time wherein the needs of the marginalized group end up being subservient to the plans of their allies, who have more power and are able to

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Werner Herzog: Develop your own voice

Via Jason Kottke: 24 pieces of life advice from Werner Herzog Paul Cronin’s book of conversations with filmmaker Werner Herzog is called Werner Herzog – A Guide for the Perplexed. On the back cover of the book, Herzog offers a list of advice for filmmakers that doubles as general purpose life advice. 1. Always take

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Recently Read: Preserving Artist Mary Nohl’s Home

Via Hyperallergic: A Single Woman Is a Witch: Battling to Save the Art Environment of Mary Nohl Over a period of 50 years, the artist Mary Nohl transformed her yard as well as the interior and exterior of her cottage into an environment that stands in conversation with the surrounding land, lake, and her childhood

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Myers-Briggs Personality Test Result

I don’t remember getting this test result in the past, but I’d have to search my Facebook timeline for the last time I took it to see. Who knows how long that test page will be around, so I’m copying the whole INFP results here: INFP PERSONALITY INFP personalities are true idealists, always looking for

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Smithsonian’s museums of Asian art available for download

The Smithsonian’s Freer|Sackler art galleries put more than 40,000 works of art online that are downloadable for non-commercial artistic purposes. With a new year, the Freer|Sackler launches a new initiative: Open F|S. We’ve digitized our entire collection and today, we’re making it available to the public. That’s thousands of works now ready for you to

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Woody Guthrie’s New Year’s Rulins

Song writer Woody Guthrie’s new years resolutions as written in his journal for the year 1942. #19 is my particular favorite. Transcript NEW YEAR’S RULIN’S WORK MORE AND BETTER WORK BY A SCHEDULE WASH TEETH IF ANY SHAVE TAKE BATH EAT GOOD – FRUIT – VEGETABLES – MILK DRINK VERY SCANT IF ANY WRITE A

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New Year’s Resolutions – 2015

My theme for 2015 will be “Simplicity.” My goal to shed clutter in all areas – streamlining, simplifying, focusing on the important and finding a state of zen. Some things I hope I can accomplish: Be more active – painting, cleaning, organizing and discarding are activities that will help. Finish writing and figure out how

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2014 Year in Review

For our household, the year 2014 was overshadowed by Stephanie’s mother passing away in mid-May from cancer. She didn’t want an obituary, funeral or memorial service, but I’m unable to let go of the year without acknowledging the kind of person she was. This song makes me think of her. Stephanie’s mom was well-read and

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Annual “Best of” Lists for 2014

A small selection of “best of” lists from 2014. The Man Booker Prize – 2014 Finalists — awarded to The Narrow Road to the Deep North: A novel by Richard Flanagan Pulitzer Prize – The 2014 Winners Fiction Finalists — Awarded to The Goldfinch: A Novel by Donna Tartt Newbery Medal Award 2014 Finalists —

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NaNoWriMo 2014 Winner

This is my fourth consecutive win. It sort of feels a little less-satisfying that the others. For one thing, I’m writing something that’s intensely personal, so I kind of felt pretty drained by it. Also, there was a lot of research involved because it’s historical fiction, so even when I wasn’t writing, the topic was

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The Naming of Cats

by T. S. Eliot The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter, It isn’t just one of your holiday games; You may think at first I’m as mad as a hatter When I tell you, a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES. First of all, there’s the name that the family use daily, Such as

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Transgender Day of Remembrance 2014

Transgender Day of Remembrance is observed to memorialize people killed by prejudice against transgender and gender-variant people. It also raises public awareness of hate crimes committed against transgender people – an action the media doesn’t do well, as we saw during the reporting of Indianapolis resident Ashley Sherman’s death. Day of Remembrance publicly identifies (where

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NaNoWriMo 2014 Book Cover and Current Word Count

The working cover I made for my 2014 NaNoWriMo novel. (Spoiler alert: some words might not actually be true.) Also, a handy graphic that updates with my word count so you can see what I’ve got going. I’m at 8670 words, above word count for day 4, and I have a pretty good idea what’s

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Publisher’s Weekly: The Top 10 Essays Since 1950

From Publisher’s Weekly: The Top 10 Essays Since 1950. Robert Atwan, the founder of The Best American Essays series, picks the 10 best essays of the postwar period. Links to the essays are provided when available. Fortunately, when I worked with Joyce Carol Oates on The Best American Essays of the Century (that’s the last

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100 novels everyone should read – Telegraph

Another “books you should read” list, this time from the telegraph. The one’s I’ve read are crossed off. This is actually a pretty good list – mostly classics, and not a single Ayn Rand title on it. Source: Telegraph “100 novels everyone should read” The best novels of all time from Tolkien to Proust and

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Boxed In: Employment Of Behind-The-Scenes And On-Screen Women In 2013-14 Prime-Time Television

From the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film: San Diego State University, the annual report on women in television The report is available in a downloadable PDF file: Boxed In: Employment Of Behind-The-Scenes And On-Screen Women In 2013-14 Prime-Time Television In 2013-14, women comprised 27% of creators, executive producers, producers, writers,

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East of the Sun and West of the Moon

Wikipedia: “East of the Sun and West of the Moon” is a Norwegian folk tale. The White Bear approaches a poor peasant and asks if he will give him his youngest daughter; in return, he will make the man rich. The girl is reluctant, so the peasant asks the bear to return, and persuades her

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Same-sex marriage is legal in Indiana

Yesterday, a federal court judge threw out Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriage, ruling that the Gay marriage ban violates Equal Protection Clause and Due Process Clause. See the the summary judgement here [pdf]. Because there was no stay on the ruling, Indiana couples could begin marrying immediately, and the Marion County Clerk’s office was prepared

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Read 26 Indy Reading Challenge for 2014

Early in January of 2014, Indy Star Reporter Michael Anthony Adams issued a challenge to Indiana residents for the new year: New Year’s resolutions are rarely acted on. I’m guilty of it, and you’re guilty of it. The trick is to have support, which is exactly what #Read26Indy is. But instead of having a few

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2014-06-06 Jamaica Playlist

Feeling Good / Nina Simone / 2:53 / Soundtrack One Love / Bob Marley / 2:48 / Reggae Soolaimon / Brother Love’s Travelling Salvation Show (Live) / Neil Diamond / 9:34 / Pop Love Is The Seventh Wave / Sting / 3:32 / Alternative I Choose You / Sara Bareilles / 3:39 / Pop I

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Jamaican Sun

We are headed to Jamaica tomorrow for my youngest brother Gary’s wedding. This is incredibly exciting because we’ve had a lot of traumatic stuff going on lately, including Stephanie’s mom’s long illness and death from liver cancer on May 19th of this year. We really need a vacation, we need relaxation and fun and frivolity

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2015-06-02 Recently Read

NY Times: Storme DeLarverie, Early Leader in the Gay Rights Movement, Dies at 93 “Nobody knows who threw the first punch, but it’s rumored that she did, and she said she did,” said Ms. Cannistraci, an owner of the Village lesbian bar Henrietta Hudson. “She told me she did.” Ms. DeLarverie was a member of

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A Brave and Startling Truth – Maya Angelou

NY Times: Maya Angelou, Lyrical Witness of the Jim Crow South, Dies at 86 We, this people, on a small and lonely planet Traveling through casual space Past aloof stars, across the way of indifferent suns To a destination where all signs tell us It is possible and imperative that we learn A brave and

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Powerful Essay on the World Trade Center Attacks

By Steve Kandell on Buzzfeed [The Worst Day Of My Life Is Now New York’s Hottest Tourist Attraction]: The fact that everyone else here has VIP status grimly similar to mine is the lone saving grace; the prospect of experiencing this stroll down waking nightmare lane with tuned-out schoolkids or spectacle-seekers would be too much.

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What Girls Wear in Summer Time

From Role Reboot: A Message To Teenage Girls About Summer Dress Codes By Chelsea Cristene The other day while driving home from work, I saw a shirtless man who looked about my age—mid 20′s—mowing his lawn. I did not roll down my window and cat call, or yell to him that I’d like a piece

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Things I’ve been doing lately (instead of blogging)

Things I’ve been doing instead of blogging: Taking a scene writing class from the Indiana Writer’s Center (I also took a world building class at IWC taught by Maurice Broaddus). I don’t know yet if this is helping me write better, but it is helping me procrastinate. Taking a sewing class from Crimson Tate our

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The Art Assignment #3: Intimate, Indispensable GIF

In which The Art Assignment visits New York-based artist Toyin Odutola and receives the challenge to create a GIF! But not just any GIF–it must articulate something intimate that is indispensable to you. My Entry: My (current) favorite words EPISODE 03 INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Think of something intimate that is indispensable to you. (It doesn’t have

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Essential Follow-up Reading on HJR-3

Indy Star — The intrigue behind the curtain cloaking the HJR-3 debate “When the Indiana Senate cast its vote Monday on the proposed same-sex marriage ban, it all seemed pretty straightforward, even predictable. The vast majority of Republicans voted for the measure and it passed 32-17. But outside public view, another story was playing out.

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Excerpt: Untitled Short Story

I would not mind your thoughts on this, the beginning of a short story I’m working on (that is due Sunday! but we’ll just gloss over that for now). I’m hoping this will be a series of related short stories. It is in a particular genre, but I’d rather get further before I disclose that.

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The End of HJR-3 for 2014 (with some thoughts on HB-1153)

Because in the past, I’ve been terrible about writing down the follow-up of the Indiana Marriage Discrimination Amendment, here’s a wrap-up post in case this comes up again in two years – HJR-3 passed through the state legislature, but we essentially “won” because we succeeded in keeping it off the ballot in 2014. After my

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Volkswagen Microbus 2014 and Concepts of the Past

Volkswagen has a long history of threatening to bring back the classic Volkswagen Microbus, with lots of concept cars produced, but no versions that are actually available in the United States. I’ve gotten excited about every potential version and blogged about it repeatedly, but we never actually see anything interesting come out of it. I

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How Marriage Equality Opponents’ Three National Strategies All Contradict Each Other

From Think Progress: How Marriage Equality Opponents’ Three National Strategies All Contradict Each Other. At the federal level, opponents currently have three proposed strategies for rolling back some of the recognition that same-sex couples now have. Particularly in the wake of the Utah and Oklahoma decisions, groups like the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) and

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HJR-3 to be heard in the Indiana House Monday at 1:30 p.m.

After some committee shenanigans, (in which Brian Bosma moved the bill from House Judiciary committee to the Elections and Apportionment committee when it became clear that it wouldn’t pass the first one) HJR-3 passed out of committee on Wednesday, and will be heard on the floor of the Indiana House on Monday at 1:30 p.m.

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Writing off Jennifer Weiner

I don’t know how it’s possible, but after reading this New Yorker profile “Written Off” by Rebecca Mead, I love Jennifer Weiner more than I did before reading it, although it’s widely being described as “a take-down” piece. The profile starts out fine, but about half-way through, the paragraph that starts “Weiner has also taken

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Hoppin’ John

There are many versions of Hoppin’ John, but this is mine. 4 cups of chicken broth 1/2 cups of brown rice 4 pork chops thawed & uncooked, cut in square chunks 1 can of black-eyed peas 1 can of seasoned black beans 1/2 of a large onion, diced 2 cloves of garlic, crushed 3 tablespoons

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New Year’s Resolutions – 2014

As I’ve done with years past, I’m going to put down some goals instead of resolutions. If I don’t make them because life intervenes, oh well. But Work: those goals I’ll share with my boss. But I have high hopes and am working on a project I really like. Health: Eat healthier and be more

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2013 Year in Review

So, what all did I get accomplished in 2013? Let’s start by looking at my goals for last year. These are really more goals than resolutions; they are things I’d like to make priorities to focus my energy and money on. If I don’t get them done, it’s cool; this is a big pile of

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Annual “Best of” Lists for 2013

I’ve put together much more comprehensive lists like this in the past, but time and priorities have interfered this year. Here are the end-of-year retrospectives that I was able to review and enjoy this December. 100 Notable Books of 2013 – New York Times 50 Book Covers for 2013 – The Casual Optimist The Best

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If Only…

There’s a reason why every teen lesbian in the country watched The Facts of Life religiously in the 1980s. I would have bought that Jo Polniaczek and Blair Warner hated each other a little bit more if it hadn’t looked like they wanted to make out in ever scene they were in together.

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Disturbing Things I’ve Read Today

In the discussion forums on Bleeding Cool, covering an article on sexism in the comics industry, was this little commentary by a fellow who calls himself comics2read: After this thread (regarding a restraining order against a comic book artist for violence directed at a female comic book artist) and the various Brian Wood threads, the

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How the Media Failed Women in 2013

Courtesy of The Representation Project, an overview of how the media failed women. There was a lot to celebrate this year for women in the media, but there was still a lot of crazy stuff going on. Here’s a bunch of stuff that showed up on the news that you may have missed.

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Shopping-Related Madness?

So Just How Dangerous Did Black Friday Get Around The Country? – Jezebel.com If you picked any date – say, April 13, 2011 – and counted up the number of shopping-related nonsenses that people get up to in stores, I’m convinced it wouldn’t be much different, per capita, than any “Black Friday.” Has anyone ever

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Winner Winner, Turkey Dinner – 2013 NaNoWriMo Finish

50,119 Words, validated, means that I “win” National Novel Writing Month. I’m very grateful to Stephanie, who has been really supportive of me doing this, even though she’s had a lot of difficulties going on right now. We’re adjusting to her lengthy commute to her new job and a family illness, so it’s been a

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Conceit via. Wikipedia

via Wikipedia, Conceit: In literature, a conceit is an extended metaphor with a complex logic that governs a poetic passage or entire poem. By juxtaposing, usurping and manipulating images and ideas in surprising ways, a conceit invites the reader into a more sophisticated understanding of an object of comparison. Extended conceits in English are part

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Estoppel – Wikipedia

From Wikipedia: Estoppel. Estoppel in its broadest sense is a legal term referring to a series of legal and equitable doctrines that preclude “a person from denying or asserting anything to the contrary of that which has, in contemplation of law, been established as the truth, either by the acts of judicial or legislative officers,

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‘Azimuth’ via Wikipedia

via: Azimuth – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. An azimuth i/ˈæzɪməθ/; from Arabic السمت as‑samt, meaning “a way, a part, or quarter” is an angular measurement in a spherical coordinate system. The vector from an observer origin to a point of interest is projected perpendicularly onto a reference plane; the angle between the projected vector and

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NaNoWriMo 2013 Wordcount, day 19

I’m three fifths of the way through National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and still on track for word count. I wouldn’t say the last few days are works of genius or anything. Or even spelled correctly. But they are word strung together on a page in some sort of semi-coherent fashion. So there’s that. Week

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Life Cycles of Online Social Networks

The “funny but true” ones The one that started it all: The life of a Usenet newsgroup The Natural Life Cycle of Mailing Lists The Life Cycle of Online Discussions And the boring serious analysis Four Stages of Social Movements The Lifecycle of Groups

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NaNoWriMo 2013

I’m participating in National Novel Writing Month again this year. I’ve undertaken this challenge in 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2012, and I “won” twice – in 2011 and 2012 by writing 50,000 words each year. That novel is pretty close to being complete, but needs some major revisions and finishing work, and I’m pretty

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Jamaican Jerk Pork Slow Cook

Borrowed from Complete Slow Cooker Cookbook, Carol Heding Munson I’m trying this out today; first time I’ve made this.I’m going to serve this with brown rice and some steamed veggies. Medium Crockery Pot Makes 4 Servings 2 cups (480 mL) fat-free beef broth 2 teaspoons dried minced onions 1 teaspoon dried thyme 1 teaspoon garlic

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Skipping Ender’s Game

Geeks OUT wants you to Skip Ender’s Game, and they have some compelling reasons why. As I’ve noted here back in 2005, Orson Scott Card is a homophobic nut who has said some terrible and dangerous things about gay people. Geeks OUT compiles a larger, more complete list of how he had harmed gay people:

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Potential Web Hosting Replacements for Media Temple

After yesterday’s announcement of GoDaddy buying Media Temple, (more about this on TechCrunch) I’ll need to move. But it’s going to be a couple months before I can do that, so these are some notes about hosts to research when I get some free time to make the switch. These were all recommended to me

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GoDaddy buys Media Temple and I lose my mind

I was checking my email this afternoon, all unsuspecting, and suddenly this crap bomb appeared in my inbox from my web hosting provider Media Temple: I am proud to share some momentous news with you today. GoDaddy, the Internet’s largest platform for small businesses, has acquired (mt) Media Temple. We will continue operating as an

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Grilled Flank Steak with Onions

From Weight Watchers Prep time: 10min Cook time: 25min Serves: 6 Value: 5 PointsPlus® Value Ingredients 3 Tbsp red wine vinegar 1 Tbsp olive oil 2 tsp dried oregano 2 tsp minced garlic 1/4 tsp black pepper, freshly ground 1 1/2 pound(s) uncooked lean flank steak 3/4 tsp table salt, divided 1 large uncooked red

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Homemade Italian Breadcrumbs

From Alton Brown on the Food Network. Ingredients 4 ounces stale bread, cut or torn into 1-inch pieces 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt Directions Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Place all of the ingredients into a blender carafe, cover and pulse until coarse crumbs form, about

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Stephanie’s Apple Crisp

Stephanie makes this from a recipe she picked up online in 2004. I can’t find the original online anymore, so I guess this one now officially belongs to Stephanie. Fruit Mixture 4 cups sliced, peeled cooking apples (about 1 1/3rd pounds or 3 to 4 medium) 3 tablespoons apple juice Crumb Mixture 2/3 cup firmly

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Classic Baked Acorn Squash

Stephanie has made this recipe several times in the past, so I know it’s good. I’m going to try it out with the acorn squash I bought yesterday. From Simply Recipes Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 1 hour, 15 minutes Yield: Serves 2 to 4, depending on how much squash you like to eat.

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Spaghetti Squash with Lemon and Capers

We have one of these, so I’m going to give this recipe a shot. From The Food Network. Ingredients 2 large spaghetti squash 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil Salt and pepper 8 tablespoons sweet butter 2 tablespoons capers, drained 1/4 cup diced zucchini (rind only) 1/4 cup diced red bell pepper 4 tablespoons fresh lemon

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Beer Slow-Cooker Chicken

4-6 Chicken Breasts or 1 Whole or cut up Chicken 1 Can of any kind of Beer 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder 1/2 tsp Basil 1/2 tsp Paprika 1/2 tsp Black Pepper 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt *You can use whatever spices you like Put all ingredients into crockpot If frozen cook on high 4-5 hours or

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Crockpot Chicken And Noodle Soup

Borrowed from Creatively Domestic via Pinterest. 5 cups of chicken broth (boxed or can is fine) One 10.75 oz can cream of chicken soup 1/2 cup onions, chopped fine 1/2 cup celery, chopped fine 1/2 cup carrots, chopped fine 1/2 cup green onions, sliced One 15 oz can of whole kernel corn, drained Salt and

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Commonly Prepared Meals

Originally published on: Apr 11, 2005. I’m updating this list because Stephanie is going back to work next week, and I’m going to take over many of the cooking responsibilities because she has a long commute. I’ve been looking at various recipe and grocery shopping apps, but I haven’t discovered quite the right combination that

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Todd Rokita embarrasses Indiana twice (at least)

Indiana State Representative Todd Rokita (R) has been making the news cycles recently to discuss his ignominious role in the government shutdown. He’s blissfully unaware of how ridiculous he sounds in this soundbite that gets prominent discussion on The Daily Show yesterday evening: But what takes the cake is Rokita’s sexist remarks to a CNN

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Some government shutdown reading

First – let’s be clear on who’s responsible for this debacle: The truth of what happened Monday night, as almost all political reporters know full well, is that “Republicans staged a series of last-ditch efforts to use a once-routine budget procedure to force Democrats to abandon their efforts to extend U.S. health insurance.” (Thank you,

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Crock-Pot BBQ Ribs Recipe

The meat falls off the bone as you take them out of the crock pot! Ingredients: 4 pounds Ribs of your choice 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce 1 teaspoons vinegar salt and pepper to taste 1 bottle of sweet baby rays BBQ 2 tablespoons brown sugar 1 teaspoons oregano Directions: In a bowl, mix together all

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My Coat of Arms, drawn by me at age 11

This is my coat of arms, that I drew when I was 11 and I was in love with Princess Diana and all things British, so I read books on heraldry and ignored most of what I learned and drew some badass unicorn horns and swords and arrows. And some gender ambiguous people hanging out,

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The Pope’s “new stance” on homosexuality

Let me do the TL;DR up front – it’s the same as the old stance. Several new stories have come out today about a recent interview Pope Francis did where he expanded on his comments from July on homosexuality and women’s roles in the church. I’ll link to some articles about what he had to

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NaNoWriMo 2013 Preparation

I decided to get serious about plot, rather than just pantsing-it completely. I transferred the handy chart I got at GenCon to my bulletin board. And noted the troublesome spot where my plots commonly end up. The chart is from the “Fiction Fundamentals Part 1: Plotting and Planning” led by Lawrence Connolly & William Horner

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erg workout playlist for 10 minute/3 minute intervals

This one is still in progress; I’m trying to arrange so lower intensity songs land in the intervals, but it’s difficult to get it exactly. Brave – Sara Bareilles – 3:43 Roar – Katy Perry – 3:45 I Love It – Icona Pop – 2:39 Feel This Moment – Pitbull feat. Christina Aguilera – 3:52

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My DC Comics Pull List Purge

The only comment that DC Comics has made so far about the epic fuck-up that they have made with Batwoman and refusing to allow her to be married [Batwoman writers leave DC Comics over ban on same-sex marriage] is this: “As acknowledged by the creators involved, the editorial differences with the writers of BATWOMAN had

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Batwoman writers leave DC Comics over ban on same-sex marriage

J.H. Williams III and Haden Blackman — longtime writers of the Batwoman comic book — are leaving DC Comics over a dispute about editorial changes to their planned story lines, including being forbidden to show the main character marrying her same-sex partner. Cross-posted by the authors to both author sites: Unfortunately, in recent months, DC

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Road Trip: New Jersey

We have a number of weddings to attend this fall, and the first is Stephanie’s cousin Alex’s, which is taking place in New Jersey. This road trip we’ll be seeing the other half of Stephanie’s family; we saw most of her mom’s family last fall. Lance is ready to roadtrip. The ear pieces from my

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Gen Con Writer’s Symposium 2013, Saturday in Review

WKS1345346 (Fiction Fundamentals Part 3: Putting on the Polish on Sat at 08:00 AM – 3 hours) Lawrence Connolly, William Horner III “In-depth workshop: learn how to make your story sing through application of effective revision and editing techniques.” I was really sorry to miss this workshop because the other two these guys did on

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Gen Con Writer’s Symposium 2013, Thursday and Friday in Review

Thursday WKS1345344 (Fiction Fundamentals Part 1: Plotting and Planning on Thu at 08:00 AM – 3 hours) Lawrence Connolly, William Horner III “In-depth workshop: learn how to avoid extra work by planning your story and all of its elements from the beginning.” This was easily the most useful of the day’s programs to me, although

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Go Ahead and Play Project Photos

A slide-show of photos of many of the piano’s from the Women’s Fund of Central Indiana’s “Go Ahead and Play” Project. Now that the pianos are out and about through the downtown area, check out some photos of the various artist’s work. And visit the pianos while you’re out at GenCon or IndyFringe this weekend.

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My Gen Con Writer’s Symposium Schedule

I think I’m probably a bit over-scheduled for GenCon this coming weekend – I’m signed up for these writing workshops and seminars. I’m thinking my brain is going to be pretty fried if I attempt to do all of this, so I’ll probably skip out on some of them strategically. Fortunately they’re all in the

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Documenting the increasing violence towards LGBT people in Russia

In June 2013, Russia passed draconian new laws targeting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people, which have led to roving bands of neo Nazis and Russian military groups attacking, torturing and killing gay people. Attacks against individuals perceived to be gay or lesbian are on the rise over the last several weeks. Gay Teenager Kidnapped

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The Gender Flipped Character in Elysium

A couple of comments I added to the article at The Mary Sue “Add Elysium’s Secretary Delacourt To The List Of Characters Written For Men And Played By Women“: The Entertainment weekly quote from that article: Her role was created as Secretary Rhodes, who was male. But then Blomkamp woke up one morning and it

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Supergirl First

The case for why DC should tackle a Supergirl movie before a Wonder Woman movie. I wrote a little bit a few weeks ago about the importance of getting the Wonder Woman storyline right when she is written in comics, books, television and movies. If I had a huge ego, I’d say the folks at

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On Giving Credit to Feminist Writers

Sady Doyle writes “For the Record” on sadybusiness: …and I’m mad at the trend of anonymizing and erasing women who do feminist work, attributing every single fucking idea and cultural gain to vaguely defined “feminists” rather than the actual people who sat down, wrote the pieces, made deadline, and endured harassment over it, only to

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Decision Day: DOMA and Prop-8 Fall

Defense of Marriage Act is Unconstitutional as a deprivation of the equal liberty of persons that is protected by the Fifth Amendment.. Link to the decision: UNITED STATES v. WINDSOR, EXECUTOR OF THE ESTATE OF SPYER, ET AL. From SCOTUSblog: So does this mean that I’ll be able to file joint taxes with my wife?

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Favorite Quotes – Mario Savio

There is a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can’t take part. You can’t even passively take part! And you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you’ve got to

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ACLU takes Indiana BMV back to court over IYG Plates

The American Civil Liberties Union announced today that it is take the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles back to court over their refusal to begin re-issuing new IYG license plates. Here is the press release by the ACLU about this recent action: IYG v. BMV 6-19-2013 [PDF] Text of the release: Indiana Youth Group Fights

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BMV seeks ‘clarity’ on Indiana Youth Group license plates

Despite the fact that a recent judge’s ruling determined that the state improperly revoked IYG’s specialty license plate, the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles is asking for ‘clarity’ on the issue, before resuming sales of the specialty plate that both benefits the Indiana Youth Group and earns the State additional tax revenue. I’ve written about

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Multiple Deadly Attacks on Women in Pakistan

NBC News: Pakistan militants bomb women on bus, then seize hospital in deadly attack “QUETTA, Pakistan — Militants in western Pakistan bombed a bus carrying women university students on Saturday and then seized part of the hospital where survivors of the attack were taken, killing at least 12 people, officials said.” CNN News: Pakistan militants

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The Standard You Walk Past Is The Standard You Accept

The Standard You Walk Past Is The Standard You Accept via Yes Means Yes Blog. Nice blog post – specifically about how officials in Australia’s Army are changing things for women in the army, but broadly about women and their place in the world, and about power and how it should not be built on humiliating

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Character lists in famous novels

The characters in these lists are main characters and key secondary characters in these stories. In some cases there are additional secondary and minor characters not listed here. This list may be updated periodically with additional famous novels and their character lists. The Great Gatsby Characters: 10 Nick Carraway Jay Gatsby Daisy Buchanan Tom Buchanan

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Amor Fati – New Shirt Design

A new addition to my Redbubble t-shirt shop – Amor Fati. The three Moirai, the Fates, Clotho (the spinner), Lachesis (the allotter) and Atropos (the inexorable). This is one I didn’t draw myself, but found an old wood carving image (copyright free, of course) and scanned and cleaned it up in Illustrator. I’ve had it

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The 25th Annual Circle City Pride Celebration, June 8th

The Circle City Pride Celebration is a week of events, culminating in the Pride Parade and Festival on Saturday, June 8th. Visit their site for a list of the events; there’s lots to do this year throughout the week. But definitely the highlights are the parade and festival on Saturday. The Cadillac Barbie Pride Parade

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Favorite Quotes: White Dude Mating Calls

It’s a tedious way of saying “Don’t make me feel bad for being an asshole”, which seems to be the mating call of a whole lot of white dudes. — from Women in Secularism 2: Breaking News: Even at WiS, we have to defend the purpose of WiS!

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Kinsey 6 Shirt

In time for pride, my new shirt design. You can buy yours here… If you were curious about what it means, here’s some information on the Kinsey Scale.

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Anti-Gay Churches will not have booths at Pride this year

After meeting with concerned LGBT citizens and with the two churches who had purchased vendor booths for the 25th Circle City Pride Festival this year, the organizers of Indy Pride have decided to return their booth fees and decline their attendance at the festival. I’m very glad that this has been worked out, and that

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Anti-gay churches have booths at Indianapolis Gay Pride event

2013-05-29 UPDATE: According to a facebook note from the Indy Pride Organizers, These two churches will no longer have booths at this year’s Pride celebration. Last year and for the past few years apparently, there have been two churches from Indianapolis — Castleview Baptist Church and A.C.T. For The Gospel — who have had booths

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Mayor Ballard’s Land Bank Scandal

Required reading: 11-03-2012 IBJ-Cory Schouten: City bans bulk land-bank sales after lopsided deal with not-for-profit 05-21-2013 IBJ-Cory Schouten: FBI searches City-County Building, makes multiple arrests in Land Bank probe 05-21-2013 IBJ-Cory Schouten: Feds used wire tap, undercover agent in Land Bank probe 05-21-2013 Indy Star-Dan Carpenter: Indy Land Bank indictments may be too late for

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IYG and the homophobic Indiana State Legislature

Indiana Youth Group is a social advocacy group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered youth that has been around since 1987. They provide lots of important services to help young LGBT people in Indiana, including counseling and social services for at risk youth, advocacy on their behalf in schools, and health education. IYG has been

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All hail Greg Ballard, our new Mayor King

It’s official – Governor Pence signed SB 621, the bill that drastically reworks Indianapolis city government to take power away from the Indianapolis City-County Council and hand it over to the Mayors office. If you want to understand a bit more about what this bill does, read more about it here: [The Brutal Republican Power

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Indianapolis Cultural Trail Official Opening Celebration

Speaking of Indianapolis infrastructure – here is some news on a public works project that actually creates a positive impact on a large chunk of the city – The Indianapolis Cultural Trail “officially” opens on Saturday, May 11, with a round of celebrations called “Get Down On It.” (cute!) The celebration includes a pretty massive

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TED Talk: Violence & Silence – Jackson Katz on Gender Violence

Excellent TEDx talk on Gender Violence and why it’s a men’s issue by Jackson Katz. Why you should listen to Jackson Katz: Jackson Katz, Phd, is an anti-sexist activist and expert on violence, media and masculinities. An author, filmmaker, educator and social theorist, Katz has worked in gender violence prevention work with diverse groups of

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Indiana’s 10 Most Endangered Places 2013

Indiana Landmarks calls your attention to the 2013 list of Indiana’s 10 Most Endangered historic places. Jeopardized by neglect, deterioration, and lack of development prospects, these irreplaceable landmarks face imminent threats. Included on this years’ list: Anderson Athletic Park Pool, Anderson Bowen House, Delphi Brookview-Irvington Park & State Boulevard, Fort Wayne Eagle Cotton Mill, Madison

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Hey You Guys (Electric Company)

Rita Moreno and Bill Cosby deliver a bottle of milk. I had forgotten what this skit was about; all I remembered was Rita Moreno shouting “Hey, you guys!” When I was a little kid, we still had milk delivered to a box on the front porch. Now the “Milk Man” is one of those obsolete

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You can go into buildings on Google Street View?

I was looking up street names in London to update this page on funny British place names, and as I was playing on Street View, I found myself inside a London pub. Pop into this pub yourself, if you’d like. No one was there to give me a drink, so I left. Apparently this is

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Cat Tower Brainstorming

Some ideas I have for a project I’d like to do – a cat tower piece of furniture for the cats to have someplace to sit. The first was an idea I got from a cartoon. The other idea I’ve been knocking around is a combo clock/cat bed tower. Not sure whether to combine these

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Androgyny: The Bem Sex-Role Inventory Test

Courtesy Wikipedia: The Bem Sex-Role Inventory was created by Sandra Bem in an effort to measure androgyny. It was published in 1974. Stereotypical masculine and feminine traits were found by surveying 100 Stanford undergraduate students on which traits they found to be socially desirable for each sex. The original list of 200 traits was narrowed

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Death of a Revolutionary: Shulamith Firestone

Susan Faludi in The New Yorker writes about the death of radical feminist Shulamith Firestone and what it means in the context of contemporary feminism. In the late nineteen-sixties, Firestone and a small cadre of her “sisters” were at the radical edge of a movement that profoundly changed American society. At the time, women held

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Infill Before Density: Some Ideas for Indy Velocity

Erika Smith from the Indy Star fills us in on a new plan for development in downtown Indianapolis that includes improving residential as well as retail and business development. Here’s some basics about the plan: This is the thinking behind a new strategic plan called Velocity. Led by IDI, this year-long process — with the

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Wonder Woman’s Invisible Plane

We popped into Rocket Fizz on Monument Circle yesterday during a walk, and I picked up this Wonder Woman Candy Can that contains candy stars. I didn’t realize it also had this awesomeness inside – plans for building Wonder Woman’s Invisible Plane: My Desktop Comics just got 50% more awesome.

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How Movies Teach Manhood: Colin Stokes

More about this TED Talk: When Colin Stokes’ 3-year-old son caught a glimpse of Star Wars, he was instantly obsessed. But what messages did he absorb from the sci-fi classic? Stokes asks for more movies that send positive messages to boys: that cooperation is heroic, and respecting women is as manly as defeating the villain.

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Mayor Ballard wants cricket venue in Indy, but can we afford it?

In a move that recalls his repeated “We need a chinatown in Indianapolis” public gaffe from early in his first term, Greg Ballard told business leaders in India today that he wants to build a cricket venue in Indianapolis [Ballard wants cricket venue in Indy, he tells business leaders in India., Indianapolis Star]: Indianapolis Mayor

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Rage of Thrones (by Axis of Awesome)

I waited six years for Dance with Dragons… a bit NSFW. Although it’s a little problematic that they cast the “newbie wannabe geek” that he yells at as a woman. In my experience, I know as many women who’ve read the books as men have. Although I do know a lot of book worms, so…

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The REAL Harlem Shake Compilation

A compilation of people doing the original (real) Harlem Shake video. And an article on The Atlantic about how the meme of the “Harlem Shake” went viral – not through word of mouth, but through a company promoting a song – How Memes Are Orchestrated by the Man And an article on Al B, the

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Reasons not to stretch

From the NY Times phys Ed blog: Now, two new studies are giving us additional reasons not to stretch. One, a study being published this month in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, concluded that if you stretch before you lift weights, you may find yourself feeling weaker and wobblier than you expect during

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Indy 5×5 Presentations: Make Indy

We’re at the second of Make 5×5 – four events designed to fund and celebrate ideas and innovation in Indianapolis. Five presenters have five slides and 5 minutes to explain their vision for a project that would make Indianapolis a better place. The audience votes, and the winner gets $10,000 dollars to make their project

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Warehouse 13: Endless Wonder

Nice video recap of the first 4 seasons of Warehouse 13 to promote the show’s 5th season starting April 29th. “Single brunette female seeks same for hologram play and rope tricks” – glad they kept H.G. Wells in the mix. Fun explanation of her relationship with Mika.

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‘The Wild Hunt’ via wikipedia

via Wikipedia, the Wild Hunt: The Wild Hunt is an ancient folk myth prevalent across Northern, Western and Central Europe. The fundamental premise in all instances is the same: a phantasmal, spectral group of huntsmen with the accoutrements of hunting, with horses and hounds in mad pursuit across the skies or along the ground, or

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Fantastic Article on Teaching Consent

Yes Means Yes has a Fantastic article on teaching consent as a part of sex education. They walk through how a curriculum of teaching some basic concepts to young men in school… Teach young men about legal consent Teach young men to see women’s humanity, instead of seeing them as sexual objects for male pleasure

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Voyageur Cap

Source: Wayback Machine Archive, Charitable Crafters Site Author: Tina Shaddox Tina’s Note: I did not write this pattern, it was an old pattern that I acquired and was written not only poorly but also incorrectly. It is a fun and cute hat and worth making. I hope I have improved upon it. — Tina Shaddox

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Camp NaNoWriMo 2013 Participant

Yep, so I’m going to do Camp NaNoWriMo 2013 for April. My project for this writing commitment is to finish the novel I worked on (and “won” with) in 2011 and 2012. Prior to today’s additions, it was at 78,391 words. (I wrote 50,000+ words for it in November 2011, threw out over half of

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The Oxford Cambridge Boat Race 2013

“The Boat Race” is this weekend on Sunday, and we’ll be watching at a pub before joining the rest of the family for Easter dinner. Helpful summary from wikipedia: The Boat Race is an annual rowing race between the Oxford University Boat Club and the Cambridge University Boat Club, rowed between competing eights on the

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“Suspended’ Coffee

Italian tradition of ‘suspended coffee’ takes hold elsewhere in tough economic times | The Raw Story. Can’t afford coffee? No matter. In Bulgaria, an old Italian tradition that sees good souls buying hot drinks for those who struggle to make ends meet has taken hold after weeks of tensions over deepening poverty. More than 150

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Prototyping Responsive Typography

By viljamis.com: Prototyping Responsive Typography: Basically, a typography prototype is a single web page that consists of the project’s actual content. It’s designed in the browser using real web fonts and tools like Typecast. A typography prototype includes font choices, styles for the basic text content and a typographic scale, but nothing else. All our

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Week 1: What is gender? Theories and views

Gender Through Comic Books Online Course at Canvas.net. The Course Syllabus Class hasn’t started, but I can already tell by the reading materials that I’m going to be FIRED UP about some of this week’s subject, because I’ve written about it before! The readings from Lorber are definitely a feminist take on gender, but it’s

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‘Beasts of battle’ via Wikipedia

Via wikipedia: Beasts of battle: The Beasts of battle is a poetic trope in Old English and Old Norse literature. It consists of the wolf, the raven, and the eagle, traditional animals accompanying the warriors to feast on the bodies of the slain. It occurs in eight Old English poems and in the Old Norse

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Batgirl’s Equal Pay Public Service Announcement

How cool is this that the actors from the Batman TV show starred in a political public ad in the early 1960’s? You’d never see this today. In case you were wondering after watching the below video, the Equal Pay Act of 1963 did get passed, and has improved women’s salaries, but needs to be

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Indianapolis Museum of Art’s unnecessary budget cut backs

There’s a lot to unpack in this article on the IMA’s recent decision to cut it’s budget under director Charles Venable – [The sad, unnecessary situations at MOCA, Indy | Tyler Green: Modern Art Notes | ARTINFO.com.] But it’s well worth reading the whole article to tease out the details, especially if you are a

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Damsel in Distress: Part 1 – Tropes vs Women in Video Games

The first video from Anita Sarkeesian’s kickstarter project “Tropes vs. Women in Video Games” is up and running, covering the “Damsel in Distress” trope. You might remember that when Sarkeesian started this Kickstarter project, there was a huge surge of harassment directed at her for even starting the research, before she had even expressed her

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Oceanographer Edith Widder: How we found the giant squid

Oceanographer Dr. Edith Widder talks about how she invented the camera rig designed to attract and film the giant squid recently filmed and shown in the Discover documentary. Dr. Widder is the president, senior scientist and CEO of the Ocean Research and Conservation Association. And she is a total bad ass. A really cool example

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Team Pie and Team Cake Shirts

I’ve been meaning to make these shirts since the first Twilight movie came out, because I never cared much for Edward or Jacob, but I do care a lot about dessert. I also have a vague recollection of having a (semi-sober) discussion (argument) with someone about whether cake or pie was better, which was quite

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Jennifer Hudson – ‘I Can’t Let Go’ on Smash

I know it’s fashionable to hate on Smash recently, but you gotta at least admit that Jennifer Hudson KILLS this song. I’ve been playing this on repeat all week. Favorite line – “And when heartache comes a’calling, / I won’t even try to run / Cause it’s all that makes me know that I’m alive.”

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Awesome fan-made Wonder Woman video

She actually fights Nazis in this video, which is supposed to be her thing, unlike today where she’s just fighting greek mythology or some such. And her boots are really cool. Female Super Hero Fan Film from Jesse V. Johnson on Vimeo.

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Oh, yeah. Happy President’s Day.

I almost forgot to post this very important video. Maybe that’s not your cup of tea, though. (Tea, get it?) Maybe try this instead. Or, it could be that you like drag queens. That’s your choice. You’ll probably love Dina Martina.

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Gender Through Comic Books Online Course

Very cool news from comic writer Mark Waid: For the last few months, a talented university teacher named Christy Blanch has been putting together a college-level course called “Gender Through Comic Books”–but it’s not limited to college students. It’s the world’s first comics-related Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)–meaning that it will be FREELY AVAILABLE to

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Women in technology and harassment

Almost 6 years ago, in March of 2007, technologist and public speaker Kathy Sierra shuttered her online site and declined her speaking engagement at O’Reilly ETech because she had been threatened and harassed online and feared personal attacks in real life. [Geek Feminism Wiki: Kathy Sierra Incident] At the time, it generated an outpouring of

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Thought for the week

Instead of assuming that people are dumb, ignorant, and making mistakes, assume they are smart, doing their best, and that you lack context. — Nicholas C. Zakas (@slicknet) February 10, 2013 This particular tweet has stuck in my head all week long because I need to remember it when I’m considering other folks and things

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Unreliable Narrator Shirt

I was reading The Story Within the other day, and in the middle of the chapter about points of view, they have a section on the concept of The Unreliable Narrator [An unreliable narrator is a narrator, whether in literature, film, or theatre, whose credibility has been seriously compromised.] which is concept I’ve always loved.

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Online Housecleaning

I’ve been doing a lot of housecleaning, site-wise over the past several weeks. I’m in the process of converting over some of my older blog sites to wordpress, shuttering others, and putting up fresh new “coming eventually” pages at all of the URLs I own. I’ve been playing with Foundation by Zurb as a CSS

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Sorry, Glee. We are never, ever ever getting back together

Don’t worry; I have no illusions that anyone from Glee would actually see this. I just couldn’t resist the post title. It seems perhaps the good folks from Glee have become alarmed (amused?) by the loss of lesbian viewers of their show due to their outright derision towards the “Lesbian Blogger Community“, and vowed that

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Aesthetics Department T-Shirt

I saw some sweatshirts like this years ago in a catalog when I was too poor to buy one. Now that I’m older and have more disposable income, I haven’t found one like it – at least not a nicely designed one. So I made one for me. For sale on Redbubble.com. Aesthetics Department Shirt

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Nancy Drew “Girl Detective” T-shirt

I’ve loved Nancy Drew since I was a kid, and I had a cool shirt with Pamela Sue Martin’s face on in when I was in elementary school. I always wished I had one with the silhouette on it, so I made one for myself. And you, if you want to buy one. They’re for

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Indiana Senate Bill 621 (SB 621)

Bill introduced in the Indiana State legislature this week: Indiana Senate Bill 621 (SB 621) The analysis of this bill by Indy Democrat Blog: “Where to begin? It’s pretty easy. Almost everything in this bill is designed to reduce the power of Democrats in Marion County. From reducing the power of the County Commissioners (the

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useful feminist and online conversational references

The Tone Argument “A tone argument is an argument used in discussions, sometimes by Concern trolls and sometimes as a Derailment, in which it is suggested that feminists would be more successful if only they expressed themselves in a more pleasant tone. This is also sometimes described as catching more flies with honey than with

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You Belong With Me, deconstructed

Or, why Taylor Swift is a Nice Guy(tm). Courtesy of NinjaCate on Jezebel, this analysis of Taylor Swift’s song as a demo for why she’s problematic when it comes to women’s issues. You’re on the phone with your girlfriend, she’s upset She’s going off about something that you said ‘Cause she doesn’t get your humor

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Comedian Mae Martin

This is hilarious. And I’m posting mainly to prove to my wife that I’m not the only one who reads silly lesbian Harry Potter fan fiction on the internet.

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New Year’s Resolutions – 2013

These are really more goals than resolutions; they are things I’d like to make priorities to focus my energy and money on. If I don’t get them done, it’s cool; this is a big pile of ambitious. But these are all areas I want to make progress in for the coming year. 750 words a

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Annual “Best of” Lists for 2012

Top 10 Science Stories of 2012 – Discover Magazine 2012: The Year in Pictures – New York Times 2012 Year in Pictures: Part I – The Big Picture, Boston.com 2012 Year in Pictures: Part II – The Big Picture, Boston.com 2012 Year in Pictures: Part III – The Big Picture, Boston.com The 140 Best Twitter

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I am a feminist and I’m not afraid to say so

Everyone’s afraid of the stigma of calling themselves a feminist, but they want to say things that are empowering to women. I feel like I’m back in the 1980s, when I came out as gay, and everyone else came out as bisexual first and then came out as gay five years later. The problem is

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Ryan Murphy does hate lesbians, apparently

Via Vulture magazine, some interesting commentary of last night’s Glee episode, which I have yet to see. Glee Recap: Carefully Chosen Bells and Whistles — Vulture. Speaking of chaos, if you’re a casual Glee fan, you might have missed out on exactly how directly last night’s episode knocked down the fourth wall between it and

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Adorable Gay Men get marriage license

Via the Maddow Blog – Pic: Way past wonderful – The Maddow Blog, these two adorable gay men are applying for a marriage license in Washington: Randy and Larry Get Married One month after Washington State voters approved the state’s marriage equality law in Ref. 74, same-sex couples get marriage licenses for the first time

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jPanelMenu

via jPanelMenu | A jQuery Plugin for Awesome Navigation: jPanelMenu is a jQuery plugin that creates a paneled-style menu (like the type seen in the mobile versions of Facebook and Google, as well as in many native iPhone applications). Just click on the menu button (the top left of this page) to see it in

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For Good – Kristen Chenoweth and Anna Kendrick

Posting in case Stephanie hasn’t seen this awesomesauce yet… Kristen Chenoweth and Anna Kendrick singing “for Good” at the Trevor Projects‘ Trevor Live benefit. Not only is the song really good, the reactions of the women filming the song are pretty adorable, too. (Stephanie has a crush on Anna Kendrick. Kirsten Chenoweth is on my

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Some other NaNoWriMo Thoughts

Trying to write 50,000 words in a month felt like holding my breath under water – everything else was suspended while I worked on writing. I basically ate, slept, went to work and wrote. I cut out television, most socializing and practically all other stuff that invades my day. Trying to keep the house clean,

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NaNoWriMo 2012 – Validated

So.. I won NaNoWriMo again this year. I finished three days early – with 50,058 words written this year added to what I wrote last year. Now I need to write the actual final chapters and not just scenes from the climactic ending, but hey – I’m a lot closer to a complete work than

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Adorable Trans Teen Couple

From the Daily Mail is this story on the cutest trans teen couple ever: To the casual observer, this young couple look just like any other teenagers in love. But pretty Katie Hill and her boyfriend Arin Andrews share a unique bond – they were both born as the opposite sex. Katie, 18, spent the

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NaNoWriMo 2012 – Day 9

8. 13,336 – 2750 (14497, +1161) Those are my notations for Day 8 of National Novel Writing Month. 13,336 – that’s “par for the course” or the least word count for day 8 to stay on track to “win.” 2750 – the number of words I wrote yesterday. 14497 – total word count for November

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NaNoWriMo 2012

Yup, I’m going to do this again. I’m basically going to add 50,000 words to my novel from last year in hopes of finishing it. Wish me luck. I did it once; I can do it again. Of course last time I took a week off work to do it, and this time I’ve already

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Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina

After our corn maze excursion, we visited Stephanie’s grandparent’s gravesite at Arlington Cemetery. And we rounded out the rest of our vacation with visits to Stephanie’s cousin in Philadelphia, one of Stephanie’s childhood friends in Lynchburg, Virginia, and then a visit with our friends Lisa and Jason in Durham. We also met for dinner with

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Lichtenstein: A Retrospective

This special exhibit at the National Gallery was enlightening. I benefited from seeing a collection of Lichtenstein’s work in person; context is quite meaningful in the case of his work – it is, in fact, the point of his work. It’s one thing to see digital representations of his comic-inspired works and to compare the

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Washington DC

Decisions, decisions. We’re in the DC area for several days to visit Stephanie’s family. Today we’re doing some sightseeing. UPDATE: We spent the afternoon in the national gallery. The Biglin Brothers Racing, 1872. Thomas Eakins. Oarsmen at Chatou, 1879. Auguste Renoir. The Capitol, Washington, DC

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Lesbian Avengers

Via Lesbian Avengers, the awesome lesbian direct action group that was active in the 1980s and 1990s. On June 28, 1992 six activist dykes threw down the gauntlet: “LESBIANS! DYKES! GAY WOMEN!… We’re wasting our lives being careful. Imagine what your life could be. Aren’t you ready to make it happen?” By 1994, a multitude

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Evolutionary Psychology and its Top Ten Failures

This is worth reading… Via Dr. Beetle: Evolutionary Psychology and its Top Ten Failures. The dreadful pseudo science of evolutionary psychology is founded upon concepts such as survival of the fittest, selfish genes, inherited instincts and mind modules. It has shot to prominence in science and societies’ thinking, and found many a willing ear.

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Pop Culture Memes for Old People: Gangnam Style

Q. What is it? A. A pop song and video from a South Korean group called PSY. Q. Why? A. Kids these days. It’s been played on the radio, parodied in various forms and has recently appeared on Saturday Night Live. Do I give a crap? A. Probably not, but in case you want to

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Style Tiles

via Style Tiles. Style Tiles are a design deliverable consisting of fonts, colors and interface elements that communicate the essence of a visual brand for the web. They help form a common visual language between the designers and the stakeholders and provide a catalyst for discussions around the preferences and goals of the client.

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A Different Kind of Economic “Bubble”

A Different Kind of Economic “Bubble” by Sheila Kennedy. Some interesting points Sheila makes in her class, based on the book “The Price of Inequality: How Today’s Divided Society Endangers Our Future” by Joseph Stiglitz on how the 1% rig the economic system to continuously give themselves an advantage: According to Stiglitz, the vaunted American

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It’s like we’re not even watching the same show

“Glee” Recap (4.01): Marley & Me | AfterEllen.com. I can’t read this recap of Glee. You read it for me. I couldn’t get through the first paragraph, because it’s like the writer and I aren’t even watching the same show. Or sitting on the same planet, even. The crazy; it burns. I thought her recaps

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Wheaton’s Law

Wheaton’s Law via Know Your Meme. Wheaton’s law is, of course, “Don’t be a dick.” I had never seen the Know Your Meme website before; it’s a nice idea, run by the Cheezburger folks.

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25 Ways To Plot, Plan and Prep Your Story

25 Ways To Plot, Plan and Prep Your Story. I’m struggling with my novel quite a bit right now, trying to untangle the plot and see if I can figure out what I’m trying to convey. I had a really frustrating time last weekend trying to work it out. The “fly by the seat of

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How to be a fan of problematic things

Cool article: “How to be a fan of problematic things” by Social Justice League. Liking problematic things doesn’t make you an asshole. In fact, you can like really problematic things and still be not only a good person, but a good social justice activist (TM)! After all, most texts have some problematic elements in them,

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Weekend Update, end of August 2012

This past week I attended An Event Apart, a major web design conference in Chicago, which was pretty awesome. I learned a lot of cool stuff especially about mobile-friendly design that I now need time to go over before I forget or lose track of it. It was held at the Westin just north of

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Random Cool: Horse Fight

I have a folder on my hard drive titled “random cool” that contains images I’ve collected over the years that don’t seem to lend themselves to obvious categorization. Occasionally I’ll flip through it if I want to decoupage something, or if I want design ideas, but mostly I keep it to entertain myself. Today I

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Welcome to Brighton, Iowa Shirt

Brighton, Iowa is the small town my dad’s family is from – my grandparents owned a family farm there for over 80 years and many of my extended family members still live there. Until a few years ago, there was a painted sign when you entered town that said “Welcome to Brighton, Home of Lake

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Things I Won’t Do Again

2012 Update: Going through my drafts folder, I found this old post from Aug 24, 2010 that I never put up, but should have. AKA, my “Fuck It” list. Inspired by Unclutterer, who was in turn inspired by Amy KR. I will never again: feel guilty for not attending every event I’m invited to. feel

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Wonder Woman and Superman? Why?

Entertainment Weekly reveals that in an upcoming issue of the Justice League, Wonder Woman and Superman will start knocking boots. Yup. From the reaction I saw on Facebook and the comments at DC Women Kicking Ass, fans don’t seem to be into it, and it doesn’t break down across male/female gender lines the way discussions

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Todd Akins triggers some good writing, at least

You’ve heard about Todd Akins, the Republican nominee for Senate in Missouri, right? The guy who actually said: “First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare,” Akin told KTVI-TV. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” Obviously

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Typography, believability, and what literacy means

Via the NYTimes.com – Hear, All Ye People; Hearken, O Earth. The first part of this two-part series from The New York Times discusses the impact of different fonts on people’s opinions – the font used in a document appears to have an impact on whether people believe the content to be true and/or take

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The Terrible Tragedy of the Healthy Eater

Link: The Terrible Tragedy of the Healthy Eater via Northwest Edible Life. I know you. We have a lot in common. You have been doing some reading and now you are pretty sure everything in the grocery store and your kitchen cupboards is going to kill you. The article is meant to be funny, but’s

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Captain Marvel T-Shirt

I added my first Marvel Comics title to my comic book pull list today – Captain Marvel. The “new” Captain Marvel is the former “Ms. Marvel” — Carol Danvers the female adjunct to Captain Marvel from the old comics, before he died. She’s had a comic for years, but Marvel has reworked her costume and

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Dostoevsky on the Problem of Evil

Dostoevsky on the Problem of Evil. … And if the sufferings of children go to swell the sum of sufferings which was necessary to pay for truth, then I protest that the truth is not worth such a price. I don’t want the mother to embrace the oppressor who threw her son to the dogs!

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Aaron Sorkin’s ‘The Newsroom’

(‘The Newsroom’: Yesterday’s News, Today – Entertainment – The Atlantic Wire) This whole review is worth reading if you’re at all interested in Aaron Sorkin or his new HBO program “the Newsroom” (a fictional take on Cable News networks), but this particular quote is pithy and a good summary of the failure of the show:

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More on the rowing….

…with some pretty pictures, because my posts are too boring otherwise. I decided not to blow off the rest of my classes, despite my frustration, and that turned out to be a good thing. We went out in a quad and sculled with a “guest coach” – this dude Andy who rowed for Yale –

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Rowing at a Crossroads

I’m having some frustrations with rowing lately, and I think I need to work out on paper some of my thoughts. Indoor rowing – love the heck out of it, and I plan to do it for the rest of my life. I’m looking around for a used ergometer for home so I can erg

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DoubleXplainer: What is a vagina?

Double X Science: DoubleXplainer: What is a vagina?. What is a vagina? First, let’s just practice saying the word. Vagina. Vuh-ji-nuh. VAGINA! OK. Why are we practicing this? So that we can avoid suffering from the fluttery sensibilities of one Rep. Mike Callton of Michigan who, upon hearing colleague Rep. Lisa Brown use the word

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Park 16 Apartment Fire

This evening, fire broke out in the “Park 16” apartments being build at 16th and Broadway Avenue in Indianapolis, a few blocks from our house. We ran up the street to take photos, and were able to get remarkably close. The Park 16 Apartment complex (formerly called Caravelle Commons) was controversial, which I wrote about

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Pixar story rules

The Pixar Touch – history of Pixar – Blog – Pixar story rules (one version). These are some fantastic story writing rules from Pixar Writer Emma Coats, as collected from her twitter feed. Pixar story artist Emma Coats has tweeted a series of “story basics” over the past month and a half — guidelines that she

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The Weekend Was a Crazy Liberal Idea

In 1886, 7 union members died in the US fighting for the 40 hour work week and 8 hour work day. We seem to forget that many freedoms we take for granted were ideals people had to die for – including the deaths of people who weren’t trained soldiers, but average people who were just

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Is This Feminist?

Sweet Jesus is this funny…. via Is This Feminist?. This woman is doing laundry. IS THIS FEMINIST? No. As much as we admire the expression of real and legitimate anger, stemming from an unequal and sexist burden of housework based upon normative gender roles, we still can’t endorse just shoving the camera guy into the

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Arty Bollocks Generator

via Instant artist statement: Arty Bollocks Generator. Wanna sound like a pretentious ass? Generate your own artist statement for free, and if you don’t like it, generate another one. Feel free to use the statements with funding applications, exhibitions, curriculum vitae, websites…

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Indiana Governor’s Race: Dumb vs. Dumber

I was incredulous yesterday when the John Gregg, the Democratic candidate for Indiana Governor actually went on record as being against same-sex marriage, because – how dumb can you be? That position is clearly on the wrong side of history, is clearly not a Democratic position, and will lose you your base in Indiana. It

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Rowing Updates

I’ve completed Learn to Row 1 and Learn to Row 2 classes at the Indianapolis Rowing Center, although we had enough rain-outs that I’m still not very comfortable on the water. I’m going to take Learn to Row 2 again this summer so I can get more of the basics down. Meanwhile, I’ve been trying

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HTML9 Responsive Boilerstrap JS

Ha ha ha. That’s awesome. H9RBS.js (v0.0001) is a flexible, dependency-free, lightweight, device-agnostic, modular, baked-in, component framework MVC library shoelacestrap to help you kickstart your responsive CSS-based app architecture backbone kitchensink tweetybirds. via HTML9 Responsive Boilerstrap JS.

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Indiana Romance Writers of America: Golden Opportunities Contest

From the Indiana chapter of Romance Writers of AmericaIndiana Golden Opportunity Contest. We welcome you to help us celebrate the 22nd anniversary of Indiana’s Golden Opportunity (IGO), one of the Midwest’s premier contests. The Indiana chapter of Romance Writers of America® (IRWA) has a well-deserved reputation for offering detailed, encouraging comments to our contest entrants

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Thoughts on Azzarello’s Wonder Woman

From Vanessa Gabriel: Thoughts on Azzarello’s Wonder Woman |. In the last three issues of Azzarello’s Wonder Woman, I find myself less than inspired. What started off strong is now bringing diminished returns in the form of Diana’s intellect, or lack thereof. Diana is repeatedly being tricked or lied to in some monumental way, and

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On Wonder Woman #8, Fanboy Flakkers & The Sanctity Of Myth

On Wonder Woman #8, Fanboy Flakkers & The Sanctity Of Myth (Part 1 of 2) by “Too Busy Thinking About My Comics”. It seems that Azzarello has been granted free reign by the flakkers to reinterpret anything at all except for those aspects which serve to perpetuate misogyny. The supposed vileness of Queen Hippolyta and

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The Semantic Grid System

Set column and gutter widths, choose the number of columns, and switch between pixels and percentages.All without any .grid_x classes in your markup. Oh, and did we mention it’s responsive? Runs on LESS, SCSS, or Stylus. Read up on Smashing Mag. via The Semantic Grid System.

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Female Superheroes – No, It’s Not Equal

Kelly Thompson takes a really close look at female superheroes and body type portrayals, and the vast difference between male and female superheroes in an article called No, It’s Not Equal on Comic Book Resources. When I look at the way characters are rendered in superhero comics for more academic purposes, I look at four

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The 5 Best Foods You Aren’t Eating

From Livestrong.com: The 5 Best Foods You Aren’t Eating | LIVESTRONG.COM. Read the whole article for why they’re healthy. NUTRITIONAL YEAST HOW TO EAT IT: Stir 1-2 tablespoons into sauces, soups, or stir-fries to add rich flavor and a protein boost without a lot of extra calories (2 tablespoons has about 60 calories). Chia Seeds

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Losing my religion for equality

President Jimmy Carter chooses to leave his church rather than support inequality for women. His explanation here: Losing my religion for equality. Excerpts from his piece: Women and girls have been discriminated against for too long in a twisted interpretation of the word of God. I HAVE been a practising Christian all my life and

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Movie Trailer for Bully

This year, over 5 million American kids will be bullied at school, online, on the bus, at home, through their cell phones and on the streets of their towns, making it the most common form of violence young people in this country experience. The Bully Project is the first feature documentary film to show how

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Guinness World Record for largest kinetic tension experiment

Indianapolis teens Andre Jefferson and Miles Parnell set a world record Saturday, March 24, for the largest stick bomb, which is a mechanical spring-loaded device constructed out of flat sticks woven together under tension. A stick bomb works similarly to a line of dominoes; setting off the kinetic tension of the woven sticks causes them

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How to Commit to a Goal

How to Commit to a Goal via How to Commit to a Goal — PsyBlog. The key, according to PsyBlog, is not to simply fantasize about how much better it will be when you achieve your goal, or to wallow in how unhappy you are now, but to contrast those two with each other each

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Homophobic = Probably Gay

Written and directed by Katie Goodman and Soren Kisiel. Featuring, left to right, Erin Roberg, Katie Goodman, and Maggie Garver. Filmed by Ryan Stumpe and AVERIngenuity. Edited by Soren Kisiel and Ryan Stumpe.

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Coolest roadside attractions

Courtesy of guyism.com, Coolest roadside attractions | Cadillac Ranch | Largest ball of twine: 10. Martini Drinking Elephant – Fortville, Indiana 9. Bigfoot Discovery Museum – Felton, California 8. Jimmy Carter Peanut – Plains, Georgia 7. 7 POPS Diner – Arcadia, Oklahoma 6. Burt Reynolds and Friends Museum – Jupiter, Florida 5. W’eel Turtle Sculpture-

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Quotable

Stephanie, on why she doesn’t want to see Titanic in 3-D: I thought it was overhyped in the first place. And at the scene were the ship hits the iceberg, and the guy says “How long do we have?!” I looked at my watch and said “You have an hour and a half.”

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Well, Howdy

Hey, I finally got my site all moved over to my host and just as importantly, to my new content management system. The design is quite different, and not yet mine. I’ve done some customization of the theme, but I have a lot more work planned on that end. And there’s a lot of clean

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Vivian Maier | Photographer

Vivian Maier | Vivian Maier Photographer. Vivian Maier (February 1, 1926 – April 21, 2009) was an American street photographer born in New York City. Although born in the U.S., it was in France that Maier spent most of her youth. Maier returned to the U.S. in 1951 where she took up work as a

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Window Watchers in a City of Strangers

Window Watchers in a City of Strangers – NYTimes.com. The ability to observe the private lives of strangers from the windows of our homes — and the knowledge that they can often watch us, as well — has long been a staple of city life, one that was immortalized in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1954 film “Rear

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Tear down wall of denial so we can fix broken IPS

former IPS School Board President Kelly Bentley has some thoughts about how to fix IPS in this Indy Star editorial: Tear down wall of denial so we can fix broken IPS | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com. Even recent good news about IPS is tempered by the reality that the numbers often aren’t as positive as

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Episodic v. Serial – Complications Ensue

Episodic v. Serial – Complications Ensue: So when we actually saw Rob Thomas (creator of VERONICA MARS) giving a talk at Banff, DMc asked him about his thoughts on episodic vs. serial. Rob busted out a factoid I’d heard before, but which really hadn’t sunk in. When people say they watch a show, on average,

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The Waltimate

Hamburger, onion, cheese, lettuce, bacon, peanut butter, jalepenos. From Red Lion Grog House in Fountain Square This is my very favoritest burger ever. You’d think peanut butter and jalepenos would be terrible, but it’s DELICIOUS.

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Brainstorming and Groupthink

From the New Yorker – Groupthink: The brainstorming myth, by Jonah Lehrer In the late nineteen-forties, Alex Osborn, a partner in the advertising agency B.B.D.O., decided to write a book in which he shared his creative secrets…. His book “Your Creative Power” was published in 1948. An amalgam of pop science and business anecdote, it

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Goodbye, Movable Type

Pardon the dust, please; I’m moving this site out of Movable Type and into Word Press, and from an old-school host to Media Temple. I took the week off to make this move because I have to configure Word Press and get plugins in place, and I have over 6,000 posts and hundreds of images

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Post-Super Bowl

As a Naptown native, it was quite fun to see how the city transformed for the event – sad that it takes a sporting event for the city to suddenly infuse the local arts scene and local businesses with cash so we can put cool murals and public sculptures in place and promote local restaurants

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12 Indy Conversation-Starter Spots To Visit

Historic Indianapolis has a nice list of historical landmarks and site-seeing spots in Indianapolis. Places with connections to Abraham Lincoln, Benjamin Harrison, C.J. Walker, and a confederate prison camp are some of the intriguing spots to visit around Circle City.

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10 Anthems for a Feminist Revolution

According to spinner magazine, these are the tops: (linked to mp3 download or album on Amazon.com) 10. Salt-n-Pepa, ‘None Of Your Business‘ (from the album Very Necessary) 9. Carole King, ‘(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman‘ (from the album Her Greatest Hits (Songs Of Long Ago)) 8. Aretha Franklin, ‘Respect‘ (from the album

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Current Knitting Project: Doctor Who Scarf

I’m really in love with the way this scarf is looking. It took me a bit of trial and error to get the colors right; they don’t match the original perfectly (the purple should be more red, the green more brown-ish and the brown should be more orange), but they do balance well together the

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Indianapolis: Super Bowl City

A collection of recent articles about Indianapolis, many from an outsider’s point of view: Explore Indy’s Surprising Food Scene – PBS.org This week the world turns its attention to Indianapolis, as the Midwestern city plays host to Super Bowl XLVI. Long known as a haven for chain restaurants, in recent years the city has undergone

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Buffy Vs. Edward – Pop-up Video style

Rebellious Pixels produces this cool video mash-up remix of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Edward from the Twilight series, highlighting how creepy and stalker-like inappropriate Edward’s behavior is during Twilight, and how Buffy would have handled the behavior in a healthier way than Bella does. This latest version contains “pop up video” annotations that provide

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How is sexual orientation defined?

Me, on the question of how sexual orientation is decided: This comes down to the argument of “is it your attractions that decide your sexual orientation, or your behaviors?” And within the gay community, there is fierce argument over that question. Which is why I always go back to the Kinsey scale, which is based

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2012 Resolutions Check In – January

It’s not quite the end of January, but I thought I’d check in a bit early on my year’s goals because next weekend promises to be chaotic both “internally” (meaning: with my own writing plans) and “externally” (meaning: with the Super Bowl going on in the city and whatnot). So how am I doing? 1)

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Word Counts of Famous Short Stories (organized)

Shamelessly cribbed from Classic Short Stories and re-organized by word count from shortest to longest for comparison purposes. We’re discussing short stories with the Indy NaNoWriMo group this afternoon, and I thought it might help to have a word count chart similar to the one I did for Famous Novels back in November. Of the

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New Year’s Resolutions – 2012

A bit past the first of the year, but I had to spend some time working out what I want to do, and that took some time. This year I have three resolutions: 1) Follow the 12 month writing resolutions plan that I wrote about previously. 2) Keep up with rowing in the new year.

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Steph’s Top 40 Tunes from the 80s

I put this playlist together several years back when I had a big 80s party, but after that I managed to lose it, except that I had a copy on CD, thankfully. So here are my favorite 80s tunes, mostly in order from “pretty cheesy” to “really good.” Love’s Been A Little Bit Hard On

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Apps I may need someday

Business Model Toolbox The Business Model Toolbox combines the speed of a napkin sketch with the smarts of a spreadsheet. It enables you to map, test, and iterate your business ideas – fast. With the Business Model Toolbox you will be able to: – Sketch your business model using the practical methodology from the best-selling

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You are awful, too

Whenever you confront, or see confronted, sexism on the internet, there is almost always a chorus of people doing a couple of things in response: 1) excusing the behavior of the people who are sexist, or 2) trying to defend the community in which the sexism is taking place by arguments such as “not all

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Writing Resolutions

Wordplay has a nice list of 12 writing resolutions – 1 for each month of the year. Pretty good stuff, and I plan to adopt them. In January, I resolve to…schedule a regular writing time. In February, I resolve to… create a roadmap to publication. In March, I resolve to… stop procrastinating. In April, I

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Friday Night Lights

While I’m working through my CD ripping project, I’ve been knitting and doing some marathon Netflix watching. I can’t remember what prompted me to start watching Friday Night Lights, but I’ve been working my way through the first several seasons – and it’s GOOD. The writing is amazing. I wish I’d been watching this all

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CD Ripping Project

I’ve had the last several days off work here at the end of the year, so I’ve been working on re-ripping all of our CDs to mp3 format. Several years back we had a hard-drive crash and I’m trying to recover a lot of my music. I’ve been ripping Stephanie’s CDs here and there for

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I really fucking love rowing

So, I joined a rowing class for the next couple months. Not in boats, at least not for winter – it’s indoor rowing on Ergometers. It’s a class through the Indianapolis Rowing Center, and it’s their winter training through January and February. The winter classes are held at the Rivera Club near 56th and Meridian.

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Golden Globes Nominations 2012. Wha?

Looking over the list of nominations for the Golden Globes for 2012 is just oddness. I’ve read an number of allegations that this particular awards ceremony is basically just bought and sold pretty freely, and it somewhat makes sense looking at the nominations. How on earth is New Girl nominated but for “Best Television Series

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State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

December’s book club book was State of Wonder and I managed to get it read this time. (It’s been hit-or-miss the last several book club meetings because I’ve been doing my own writing or reading other books or *ahem* reading tons of fan fiction.) The synopsis — which I usually tend to steal from somewhere

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NaNoWriMo 2011: Validated.

I’m validated at 50163 words. Technically I’m “done” writing my National Novel Writing Month project. Except that I still need to write chapters 12-15 and chapters 2 and 5. But 50163 words makes it “finished” for the purposes of the contest. I’m a winner. I’ve written more than Slaughterhouse Five and The Great Gatsby. Not

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NaNoWriMo 2011: Still chugging along.

I’m at 43,506 words. That’s 6,494 words away from “winning.” And I have 4 days. I think it’s a safe bet that I’ll get there, especially since I have all day tomorrow to work on it. I didn’t write at all on Thanksgiving Day, but I wrote in the car both to and from Iowa

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Men are bad at sex (writing)

The Literary Review’s “Bad Sex in Fiction” award is dominated year after year by men. (heh. See what I just did there?) I do find the thought that men can’t write sex well very funny. And there are some prominent male authors on the list, too, which is odd, because what’s so interesting about their

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NaNoWriMo Update: Still on target

My word count is now 35,521 words. Not quite beating out Ole Yeller on the “famous books word count list.” I’m under par by 1,153 words, but I should have time to get caught up (and hopefully ahead) tomorrow on the road to Iowa for the family Thanksgiving. Stephanie is driving, and I’m planning on

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Word Count for Famous Novels (organized)

Word count for famous novels, in ascending order by number of words. Based on this list compiled by Nicole Humphrey Cook. (Thanks Nicole, and sorry for stealing; I wanted to see the list in order.) For average word counts based on genre, see this handy reference. Also, here’s another list I may swipe and add

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Confusing Sex and Rape

The New York Times addresses a topic that feminists have been trying to illuminate for years – the use by journalists of the word ‘sex’ in descriptions of non-consensual criminal acts that more properly should be called “rape” instead, and the importance of correcting that error for our common understanding of what constitutes a crime

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XKCD’s megachart on money

(via Boing Boing): “MONEY: A chart with almost all of it, where it is, and what it can do.” This is an awesome, zoomable infographic on who owns what. (Hint: you are probably a very tiny piece chart.)

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Nanowrimo 2011: Still in the game

I’m at 28,932 words – above par for the first time since the first week. (Par for day 17 is 28,339.) Around 115 pages. Parts of this story are poor, parts of it make me really happy and there are large chunks that need to be better researched. I know what the end will be

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NaNoWriMo2011 – Still Cautiously Optimistic

It is NaNoWriMo 2011 Day 13, par for yesterday’s work (Day 12) should have been 20,004 words/80 pages. Mine was 17,234 words – about 68 pages. I’m 2770 words behind par, which isn’t too bad. This is definitely more than I have ever written before in a single sustained effort on any single subject, so

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Personal Truth

I’ve posted this quote before, but it came up in conversation recently, and I was struck again by how very beautiful it is. May Sarton, from Journal of a Solitude: “My own belief is that one regards oneself, if one is a serious writer, as an instrument for experiencing. Life–all of it–flows through this instrument

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NaNoWriMo 2011: very tentative outline

I spent some time yesterday trying to work out how my story is going to go, and came up with some potential chapter titles. Which, looking at them now seem completely over the top and fraught with the possibility of failure, but what the hell. I may as well look stupid. It wouldn’t be the

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NaNoWriMo2011 – Outlook: Cautiously Optimistic.

I didn’t say anything about joining National Novel Writing Month this year because I haven’t gotten very far with this in the past, and I’ve learned talking about stuff tends to kill projects before they get off the ground. I’m doing much better this year, though, and I’ve managed to keep my word count up

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The dangers of being a woman online

“You should have your tongue ripped out”: the reality of sexist abuse online by Helen Lewis-Hasteley – 03 November 2011 12:51 Accounts from several women, some prominent figures and some more anonymous, describing the nature of abuse that gets directed at them online because they are women.

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Cabins

Free Cabin Porn – A photo blog of cool cabins. “Inspiration for your quiet place somewhere.” All safe for work; feel free to browse. 🙂

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‘The Ancient of Days’, ‘Thumos’ via wikipedia

via wikipedia: The Ancient of Days The title “Ancient of Days” has been used as a source of inspiration in art and music, denoting the Creator’s aspects of eternity combined with perfection. William Blake’s watercolour and relief etching entitled “The Ancient of Days” is one such example. The Ancient of Days is the title of

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Garden Cart

Garden cart – another cart project in the works. We assembled this cart so Stephanie can use it to deliver the neighborhood newsletter. Also because it’s really cool, like a red wagon on steroids.

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Mostly finished bike cart

I haven’t decided yet quite how to create "sides" – whether to use wooden slats, to use lawn chair webbing, or to just get cargo nets and bungee cords to stretch over what I might want tote. I think I’ll wait until spring to make that decision, as the weather is changing and making it

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Open Letter to that 53% Guy

Max Udargo on the Daily Kos delivers a great response to to the guy calling people whiners for not working 70 hours a week, and telling people to “suck it up” and stop blaming Wall Street. Read the whole response, because it’s worth it. But this particular bit stuck out to me (emphasis mine): Here’s

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Pondering feed readers

Do people use feed readers anymore? It seems odd to me that this never quite caught on in a big way amongst people I know. I use a feed reader and I know my wife does, but other than web geeks, I’m not sure many other folks do. Maybe it’s not simple enough? How do

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Recently Read for October 11, 2001

Happy National Coming Out Day! I’ve been out 24 years, as of this date. I’ve been a very lucky woman – able to be open about my romantic life with everyone, happily married to a really wonderful woman. I’ve faced approximately my fair share of homophobia, but not for many many years. For those still

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We totally put this flag on the mailbox

We did a bunch of cleaning and repair work at the rental house over the weekend. We had thought we were done, but the property manager came back with a big fat list of stuff they wanted done before they would agree to list the house. So back over there we went to knock out

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Bike Trailer Cart Project

Hell, now that I have to blog for real instead of just saving links, I may as well go for broke. Here’s something I’ve been working on lately – making a cargo trailer for my bike out of an old kids bike trailer. I picked one up for $3 at the Goodwill Outlet. That’s a

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Oh darn – delicious links auto-publishing died

Shoot. My blogging crutch went away. For the past five or six years I’ve been using a little-known and not very well supported delicious links tool to auto-publish the links I’ve saved to my site. It was easy because I could hit a bookmarklet when I was on an interesting page and delicious would save

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links for 2011-09-27

The Big Sexy Problem with Superheroines and Their 'Liberated Sexuality' – ComicsAlliance | Comic book culture, news, humor, commentary, and reviews These aren't those women. They're how dudes want to imagine those women would be — what Wire creator David Simon called writing "men with t*ts." They read like men's voices coming out of women's

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links for 2011-09-26

FlashZebra.com: Multipurpose Hotshoe Adapter (Item #0064) I may need this at some point… (tags: hotshoe flash camera photography) My second trailer: a flatbed this time, also based on Burley's kid trailer. I'm in the middle of building something roughly like this. (tags: diy bikeCart)

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links for 2011-09-24

Indianapolis Announces Really Embarrassing Bid For 2020 Summer Olympics | The Onion – America's Finest News Source (tags: Onion indianapolis) Why Women Aren’t Crazy — The Good Men Project It’s a whole lot easier to emotionally manipulate someone who has been conditioned by our society to accept it. We continue to burden women because they

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links for 2011-09-23

Scientists discover bisexual squid of the deep Yes, squids are bisexual. And promiscuous. Keep that in mind when that giant squid attacks your ship. You may have an out, if you're really cute. (tags: Squids bisexuals)

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links for 2011-09-22

5K Obstacle Course Zombie Race – Run For Your Lives A Zombie Infested 5K obstacle course. Protect your brain and run for your life. This is one race where your legs giving out are the least of your problems. Run For Your Lives is a first-of-its-kind event, one part 5K, one part obstacle course, one

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links for 2011-09-21

Ruth Belville Greenwich Time Lady | The Mary Sue Equipped with a pocket watch that was certified by the Greenwich Observatory every week, Ruth Belville sold the time to the clockmakers of London. She performed this duty between the years 1836 and 1840, helping these clockmakers set their products according to the watch, which was

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Robert Reich Debunks 6 Big GOP Lies About The Economy

Worth watching. The lies are these – (watch the video to see how he debunks them): Tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations will trickle down to benefit the middle class and the poor. Corporations are having higher profits now than we have seen in 35 years. Ratio of profits to wages is higher now

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links for 2011-09-16

iTunes – Music – Pulse – Single by Chi Sherman & Gabriel Harley My friend Chi has a spoken word single up on iTunes; you should check that out. 🙂 (tags: iTunes music spokenWord friends) Ultimate List of Superheroes and Villains Man, is that a big fat list. (tags: reference comics heroes villains art history)

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links for 2011-09-15

10 Revolting TV Shows That Need to Die | | AlterNet Television influences our culture and mental health. Here are shows that we need to kill like a virus. (tags: sexism misogyny racism greed childabuse)

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links for 2011-09-12

Online Comic Book Store for T-Shirts, Etched Glass, Statues, Graphic Novels & More | GoodGuyComics.com This site has quote a few wonder woman shirts in all sizes, not just tiny ones. Their selection for batgirl and batwoman is small, and they don't carry all the sizes I'd like. Also, I think some of their logos

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links for 2011-09-08

What we SHOULD have been taught in our senior year of high school – The Oatmeal All true, but the math is particularly funny. (tags: education cartoons) Hey, Bioware: Stop Crowdsourcing Your Gender Politics | The Mary Sue The Mary Sue illustrates how not to do crowdsourcing – don't let people vote on stuff that

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links for 2011-09-07

Fictional Food | Bringing food from page to plate! Recipes for fictional foods from books, television, movies and comics. (tags: recipes fiction books movies television) Fridge Horror – Television Tropes & Idioms Fridge Horror is, simply put, when something becomes terrifying after the fact. Maybe you thought about this or that plot point a little

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Super Hero Cape

This is one of my current knitting projects – super hero capes for kids. I’m making at least three and possibly four of them; two red, (for Superman and Supergirl) one blue (Batgirl) and one white with gold trim (oh Mighty Isis), for some small folks I know. I started Saturday and made significant progress

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links for 2011-09-01

Stupid Game of Thrones Characters – Dorkly Article If you’re a fan of Game of Thrones, you’re undoubtedly familiar with the Stupid Ned Stark meme. Hilarious as it is, the other idiots get off scot-free. Let’s fix that. (WARNING: SPOILERS) (tags: GameOfThrones memes funny) Don't talk down to little girls: Lisa Bloom explains why Ask

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links for 2011-08-31

Ugly Guy, Hot Wife – Television Tropes & Idioms Nothing will make me turn the channel faster than this trope.   (tags: movies television tropes misogyny) Oak | Acne Navy Normandie Mono Crop Off Turtleneck Sweater Oak Couldn't be too expensive to make; only one arm. (tags: Sweaters Design Funny) Twenty Iconic Male Movie Roles

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links for 2011-08-26

The New Wonder Woman Comic Is a Horror Comic — A Pantsless Horror Comic Hmmm. In general, I'm not a fan of horror anything – so the jury is out for me. But I'm still going to collect them for awhile just to see. (tags: WonderWoman DCComics) Words of war: Understanding military jargon – US

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links for 2011-08-25

Indiana stage collapse lawsuits could challenge state's rules on gay marriage | WBEZ Attorney Kenneth Allen said his clients were recently married in Hawaii, a state that allows same sex civil unions. Beth Urschel was injured in the stage collapse. Her spouse, Tammy VanDam, died from the incident. Allen said the lawsuits address a legal

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links for 2011-08-24

Noah Stokes – Front End Developer and Other Crap That is a funny page. And this page aside, his site designs are really nice. (tags: funny webdev humor) Aquabarrel.com – Rain Barrels, Downspout Diverters and Filters, Rain Barrel Kits – Aquabarrel(R) (tags: green sustainability home rainbarrels)

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links for 2011-08-21

Refraction – The Alphabet on Vimeo Beautiful photography of the alphabet refracted through bubbles, set to Richard Pryor saying the alphabet on Sesame Street.  (tags: photography typography video) Indianapolis Recycle and Reuse Guide | Indy Recycling | KIBI Wow – you select what you want to recycle, and they give you a list of locations

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links for 2011-08-18

The Fashion of the New DCU This is a HILARIOUS critique of the new DC Comics reboot uniforms. I hope someone at DC reads this, because it's funny as hell. (tags: comics DCComics fashion superheroes) The COMPLETE definitive Catwoman origin Catwoman is one of the DC Comics heroes bereft of a identifiable backstory – many

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Wonder Woman, Batwoman and the new DC Comics

I’ve always been on the verge of being a comic book geek, without every quite arriving. As a kid I was a fan of the girl super heroes — I loved Wonder Woman, Isis and Batgirl on television, but my family wasn’t much into comic books and my lack of transport to a comics shop

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links for 2011-08-13

Amazon.com: Read Fantastic, Female-Friendly Comic Book Trades A list of female friendly comic book trades. (tags: DCComics comics graphicNovels Batgirl WonderWoman) Indiana Anti-Gay Lawmaker Offers Teen Boy $80 for Sex | The Bilerico Project D'oh! Anti-gay Indiana lawmaker gets caught in a gay sex scandal – and it's not his first time paying for gay

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links for 2011-08-11

Dangerous Minds | CAPTCHAs to keep idiots out of comment threads Genius. (tags: grammar humor design) The Elvis-Kiss Mystery-Solved! | Culture | Vanity Fair (tags: photography elvis mysteries) The Fantasy Novelist's Exam Or, how to make your fantasy novel suck balls. (tags: funny reference fantasy writing literature plots characters) Do Nothing for Two Minutes don't

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links for 2011-08-10

Vintage Clothing – Unique Vintage – Homecoming 2011, Swimwear & Bathing Suits – Bridesmaid & Wedding Dresses COOL clothes, and not very expensive either. Awesome. Look forward to seeing Stephanie dressed like this. (tags: clothes vintage retro shopping)

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links for 2011-08-08

Buffy's Marti Noxon on Joining Glee, Why Brittany is More "Evolved" Than Most – omg! news on Yahoo! Oh, great. Marti Noxon is embracing the junk science "sexual fluidity" bandwagon. Fabulous. My favorite show is going to make me froth with rage, I can just fucking tell. (tags: glee junkScience sexualFluidity BULLSHIT)

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links for 2011-08-05

Would you like to buy a monkey? — TheBloggess.com The Bloggess finds a stuffed monkey in a thrift store and proceeds to adopt it, despite the fact that it appears to be a serial killer monkey. Awesome funny. Why didn't I had her to my feed reader the last time I found an article she

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Want to Do Bad Things Mix

Bad Things (The Theme to “True Blood”) / Jace Everett / 2:43 Sundown / Elwood / 3:57 The Forgotten People / Thievery Corporation / 3:11 Ain’t No Grave / Crooked Still / 3:22 Death Trip / Bad Livers / 4:27 Waves / Holly Miranda / 5:05 The Way / The Pierces / 4:46 Valerie /

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links for 2011-08-04

Pony Up Haters: How 4chan Gave Birth to the Bronies | Betabeat — News, gossip and intel from Silicon Alley 2.0. I love the ideal of 4chan. If I started getting on it regularly, I have a feeling I'd disappear there forever. Which would be lovely, but I really do have to accomplish things. (tags:

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links for 2011-08-03

Who is that hot ad girl? A blog that helps you find out who that hot chick in your favorite ad is. (tags: women advertising cool) Boobs Don't Work That Way Hilarious blog that critiques illustrations of women (primarily comics, but also other) and outlines why their renderings of boobs are wrong. Totally fucking wrong.

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Space Girl Mix-a-Mix

Space Girl / The Imagined Village / 3:57 Pumped Up Kicks / Foster the People / 3:58 Skinny Genes / Eliza Doolittle / 3:05 King of Anything / Sara Bareilles / 3:29 Chinese Translation / M. Ward / 4:01 Annabelle Lee / Sarah Jarosz / 3:10 Two Weeks / Grizzly Bear / 4:03 Walcott /

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links for 2011-08-02

Kinsey scale – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Given the frequent firestorms on lesbian websites about what is meant by "bisexual" and what is meant by "lesbian" I've started using numbers on the kinsey scale occasionally to make references to sexual orientation. Dunno if it helps any, but at least there's no dispute over definitions. (tags:

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links for 2011-07-29

Firefly Banjo Ukulele – Flea Market Music (tags: muic banjo ukelele) How To Explain What A Meme Is In One Image: Pics, Videos, Links, News The internet. It is all for you. Learn it. Know it. Grow. (tags: memes viralmarketing funny)

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links for 2011-07-27

The Most Hilariously Effective Signs Supporting Gay Marriage | Happy Place If you don't like gay marriage, blame straight people. They're the ones who keep having gay babies. (tags: funny lgbt marriage signs) The Science of Sexism: Primate Behavior and the Culture of Sexual Coercion Bonobos are as closely related to us as chimpanzees are

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links for 2011-07-26

#362947 color hex (tags: 362947 hexidecimal colors) The Positive Integer 362947 (tags: 362947 integers) The news coverage of the Norway mass-killings was fact-free conjecture | Charlie Brooker | Comment is free | The Guardian On Saturday morning I saw a Fox News anchor tell former US diplomat John Bolton that Norwegian police were saying this

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links for 2011-07-24

The Ol’ Switcheroo: A Consideration of Gender-Bending in Geek Culture | The Mary Sue Well yeah, because half the heroes I want to play are guys. (tags: cosplay gender genderBending) A Three Step Plan for Giving Up Diet Soda Part 2 – Aspartame Withdrawal and Sugar Cravings Interesting that a chromium supplement can reduce sugar

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links for 2011-07-23

Damn You Auto Correct! » The Top 15 Most Popular DYAC Texts Of All Time Making a fool of myself laughing at this out loud in front of others. You should too. (tags: iphone autocorrect lol) http://headjs.com/ "Non-blocking loading is the key to fast pages. Moreover Head JS loads scripts in parallel no matter how

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Free Beats

A guy sets up in Union Square for 48 hours and lets anyone rap who wants to. I love Indianapolis, but this makes me want to live in New York. Or learn how to beatbox, one of the two. These people are awesome.

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links for 2011-07-22

Neville Longbottom: How to Successfully Travel Through Matt Lewis (AKA Neville Longbottom) goes from goofy-looking kid to hot adult over the course of the Harry Potter series. Check out the photographic time line. (tags: HarryPotter movies) How Forever 21 Keeps Getting Away With Designer Knockoffs Between Urban Outfitters and this shit – obnoxious. (tags: ripoffArtists)

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links for 2011-07-21

BBC News – Americanisms: 50 of your most noted examples I'd like to get on this train with them. (tags: language english america linguistics) Defend Your Research: Hurt Feelings? You Could Take a Pain Reliever… – Harvard Business Review The University of Kentucky’s C. Nathan DeWall asked 62 undergraduates to take 1,000 milligrams of acetaminophen

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EZ Reusable Grocery Bags

Stephanie and I picked up some EZ Bag Reusable Grocery Shopping Tote Bags when we were in Iowa City, and they’ve come in really handy, because we remember to use them. They roll up into a ball you can clip to your bag, so you carry it around with you all the time. I still

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All Caught Up

I spent the weekend editing and uploading my entire backlog of photos since November. I’v been perpetually several months behind since we went to England last year and I had the overwhelming backlog of photos to deal with. It took me practically the entire two days, but my Flickr photostream is now up to date.

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links for 2011-07-14

Tattly™ Designy Temporary Tattoos — Welcome Awesome temporary tattoos you can purchase. (tags: tattoo shopping cool) George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire may turn out to be eight books instead of seven I don't care – I still enjoy it. It can be eight books. And it's clear from the Martin quote that

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links for 2011-07-13

Richard Dawkins Gets into a Comments War with Feminists – National – The Atlantic Wire Aw, Dawkins. I love you, dude, but you're going to lose this one, because for the first time in my hearing at least, you're dead wrong. (tags: feminism sexism gender skepticism Dawkins media)

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links for 2011-07-10

How To Break A Diet Soda Addiction: Tips From A Former (Diet) Cokehead Lots of great advice, including tips for Sassy Water and Italian Soda. (tags: soda nutrition health)

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links for 2011-07-06

Daily diet soda tied to higher heart attack risk – Health – Diet and nutrition – msnbc.com The study, which followed more than 2,500 New Yorkers for nine or more years, found that people who drank diet soda every day had a 61 percent higher risk of vascular events, including stroke and heart attack, than

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Cheese Sauce

From the kitchen of: David Speakman 3 tablespoons butter 3 tablespoons flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon ground black or white pepper (I use white) 1 1/2 cups milk 2 cups grated cheese Preparation: Melt butter; remove from heat. Stir in flour and seasonings. Gradually add milk, stirring until well mixed. Cook over low heat,

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Lesbian Web Series

There aren’t too many mainstream television shows with lesbian main characters, but there is no shortage of online web series and shorts. Many of them are independently produced and rely on viewer contributions to keep production going. I’ve only seen the Girl Trash series so far, but have read reviews here and there — enough

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links for 2011-07-01

If Women Ruled World of Warcraft | The Mary Sue A bunch of World of Warcraft community Youtubers and Machinima makers (Machinimists? Machinimators?) got together to give us all a look at what personal interaction in WoW might look like if gender ratios were reversed and men were treated to some of the same stuff

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links for 2011-06-30

iPhoneTracker @ GitHub This open-source application maps the information that your iPhone is recording about your movements. It doesn't record anything itself, it only displays files that are already hidden on your computer. (tags: tools visualization software privacy)

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10 minutes of Santana

This has appeared on every lesbian website on the planet, so I’m just following the crowd, kiddies. Santana Lopez, being a badass, as is her wont. (p.s. – see how I used the word “wont” in a sentence. I’m so proud of myself today.)

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Weekend Update – My Fair Lady, Roller Derby and Canasta

Stephanie and I went with our friend Elizabeth to Bloomington, Ind. this weekend to visit Joe and see My Fair Lady performed by the Cardinal Stage Company at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. I’ve never seen the show onstage; I’ve only seen the movie musical and that was when I was young, so I didn’t have full

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links for 2011-06-25

Indiana Economy Stronger Than Others, but at a Cost – NYTimes.com The cost being that despite massive spending cuts and privatization, the economic realities of the country still exist here in Indiana – people are unemployed and businesses are not moving to the state to employ them. Unless they start, all the cost cutting in

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links for 2011-06-23

People Argue Just to Win, Scholars Assert – NYTimes.com Well, as an explanation for comfirmation bias, it makes sense. I guess. If it's supposed to. Heh. (tags: reason science debate rationality) And that’s why you should learn to pick your battles. — TheBloggess.com "So he loaded it onto a trolley, but Beyoncé was surprisingly unstable,

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Crushable: Hannah Hart

I posted a few of the awesome “My Drunk Kitchen” videos a while back, and now the cute-as-a-button Hannah Hart is on Episode 8 of her cooking drinking show (plus a couple of bonuses like a song and an not-so-advice video) and she’s received some major attention. This week she’s the subject of a Time

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links for 2011-06-21

8 Real Women Who Deserve Their Own Movies | The Mary Sue I'm effing in love with the blog "The Mary Sue." Can you effing tell that? Because I'm totes posting links to all their articles. And you should read this one too. (tags: funny history culture women movies) 11 of the most egregious lies

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Space Girls

The song is by The Imagined Village. Source in order of appearance: Raumpatroille Lost In Space Outer Limits Doctor Who The Giant Behemoth Twilight Zone Attack Of The 50 ft Woman Invasion Of The Body Snatchers Avengers Forbidden Planet Queen of Outer Space Space 1999 V Sapphire And Steel UFO Star Trek Logans Run 5th

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links for 2011-06-19

'Glee': Six Join Writing Staff for Season 3 – Hollywood Reporter Awesome – Marti Noxon will be one of them, and Alison Adler is another; I really like both of their work.. This will do wonders for fixing the uneven story lines and making the characters more consistent. I'm really looking forward to next season. 

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links for 2011-06-18

Help the Cheerleader "A Silsbee High School cheerleader took her school to court when they kicked her off the squad for refusing to cheer her own rapist. The week of May 5, 2011 the Supreme Court refused to hear the case and is requiring her family pay the school $45,000 in legal fees." This site

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links for 2011-06-17

Eleven Doctors: Guess Which One Is David Tennant Damn it. I really need to make TeeFury my homepage so I see it every day. I can't believe I missed this shirt. Damn it. (tags: DoctorWho shirts) Petri Dish Jello | The Mary Sue Bookmarking for Halloween planning. (tags: science jello nerdy halloween)

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links for 2011-06-16

When You Lose Your Virginity, And When You Get Divorced – Jezebel Teen girls who's "first" sexual experience was rape are more likely to get divorced later on in life. (tags: rape sexuality relationships)

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links for 2011-06-11

Tracy Morgan's Meltdown? | News | The Advocate Lots more groups are sitting up and taking notice of the story (tags: 30Rock television homophobia) WHY I NO LONGER "LIKE" Tracy Morgan – A MUST READ A first-hand account of the rant that Tracy Morgan went into at a comedy show. Really upsetting to hear, and

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links for 2011-06-09

Blag Hag: Why is the G-spot still such a mystery? Because they're asking the wrong people, maybe? This isn't rocket science. Well, I guess it actually IS, but fortunately for me, I'm a rocket scientist, so I can tell you – yes, it's there. And I can show it to you. Grab a torch and

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Striped garter-stitch length-wise scarf

Finished up this striped garter-stitch scarf knit length-wise. This is going to be one of my favorites to wear this winter; it’s made of Jo Sharp Tweed, which makes it really warm but also soft with lots of texture. It matches my favorite big brown wool coat, too. Because it’s knit the long way, it

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links for 2011-06-03

Horse herpes outbreak forces rodeo queens to ride stick ponies – ksl.com I kid you not this is the real news story: "FARMINGTON — While the state has yet to officially cancel any events involving horses that might have been exposed to a local recent equine herpes outbreak, owners and arenas are taking precautions. Because

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links for 2011-06-02

Giant Cardigan Sweater Big Enough for Two People | Geekosystem I totally want to make this – no joke. (tags: knitting) The 'Times' As Tardy Leader and the History of Women's Suffrage | The Awl Long and interesting article examining the New York Times editorial policies, and their role in reporting on women's suffrage as

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links for 2011-06-01

Effing Dykes: From July to the End of September Lots more on what lesbians wear to the beach. (tags: fashion Swimwear) Autostraddle — Autostraddle’s Swimsuit Issue: Butches, Bois, Femmes, Dykes, Grrrls and Otherwise-Identified Beachgoers What lesbians wear to the beach.  (tags: fashion Swimwear) Ninety gaffes in ninety years – The Independent Shit the Queen's husband

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links for 2011-05-28

Simple for beginners, rich for aficionados: How Starbuck’s drink framework and ordering language 
engage customers at all levels AKA Starbucks for beginners: how to figure out that menu. (tags: food language marketing)

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links for 2011-05-27

Why does everyone want to fix "Glee"? – Glee – Salon.com Lots of valid criticism here, too, Glee. And some good ideas for fixing some of the problems. (tags: glee television writing) Styling ordered list numbers | 456 Berea Street If you (well, your client) can live with list item numbers not having any special

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links for 2011-05-26

The Marriage Cure | NewAmerica.net There's no such thing as "pulling yourself up by your bootstraps" – poverty begets poverty and no amount of hard work will guarantee that you break the cycle. Marriage isn't solution (tags: wealth poverty marriage race) Steven Tyler's Teenage Girlfriend Tells Her Side Of The Abortion Story – Jezebel Wow,

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links for 2011-05-25

Legislator Says Women Should Plan For Post-Rape Abortion, Since "I Have A Spare Tire" – Jezebel During the House's debate, Rep. Pete DeGraaf, a Mulvane Republican who supports the bill, told her: "We do need to plan ahead, don't we, in life?" Bollier asked him, "And so women need to plan ahead for issues that

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links for 2011-05-24

Doctor Who Artwork by Bill Mudron – Art Nouveau Amy Pond | Once Upon a Geek (tags: DoctorWho) The Bedtime Book for Guilty Parents — New York Magazine The bedtime book you don't dare read to your kids — "There’s a reason that the No. 1 title on Amazon last week was a still-unpublished rhyming

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links for 2011-05-21

Alice Austen: Early Female Photographer Alice Austen was one of the first American women to become a photographer, and the style she developed anticipated the genre of documentary photography. She lived the life of an independent, genteel woman during the Victorian Age, but she also defied convention and challenged stereotypes in both her work and

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links for 2011-05-20

Roseanne Barr on the Lack of Change in the TV Industry — New York Magazine "Roseanne Barr was a sitcom star, a creator and a product, the agitator and the abused, a domestic goddess and a feminist pioneer. That was twenty years ago. But as far as she’s concerned, not much has changed." (tags: feminism

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links for 2011-05-19

Feng-GUI – Attention Analysis for Websites and Advertisements Feng-GUI simulates human vision during the first 5 seconds of exposure to visuals, and creates heatmaps based on an algorithm that predicts what a real human would be most likely to look at. (tags: design webdesign visualization)

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links for 2011-05-17

The world's most inspiring bookstores – Travel content by Trazzler – Salon.com Wow. Some of these are going into my travel plans for the future (tags: design books bookstores)

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links for 2011-05-16

And we shall call this “Moff’s Law” Of all the varieties of irritating comment out there, the absolute most annoying has to be “Why can’t you just watch the movie for what it is??? Why can’t you just enjoy it? Why do you have to analyze it???” Believe me, the person who is annoying you

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links for 2011-05-14

Create a new Fiddle – jsFiddle – Online Editor for the Web (JavaScript, MooTools, jQuery, Prototype, YUI, Glow and Dojo, HTML, CSS) JsFiddle is a playground for web developers, a tool which may be used in many ways. One can use it as an online editor for snippets build from HTML, CSS and JavaScript. The

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links for 2011-05-13

Majesty 2: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim (Mac) | GameAgent.com There's finally a sequel out? Man, I loved this game back in 2000. Hmmmm. Do I have time to get sucked into this? I did love the hell out of this game. (tags: gamesVideo) FREEwilliamsburg » Citing modesty concerns, hipster website removes “sexually suggestive” male images

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links for 2011-05-10

Hitting the Bottle – NYTimes.com BPA free bottles might not be any better for you if they're plastic – some are made with equally bad chemicals. Apparently, glass is the way to go? (tags: bpa plastic bottle) Why Geek Girls Shall Inherit The Earth – Jezebel that social exclusion as a teenager can be one

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Message

We’re staying at the Sheraton in Iowa City. Right outside is a nice pedestrian mall with shops and restaurants. It’s the University of Iowa’s graduation weekend, so the whole place was full of roaming drunk graduates last night. I know I’m old, because I think I’m still in college but I’m looking at these kids

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Destination: Iowa

After getting back from Boston, we’re out the door again heading to Iowa for a family wedding. As always, we have a house sitter when we’re out, so stalkers and burglars beware. It will be nice to visit Iowa in spring weather; nice lighting for photos.

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Surprising Literary Marketing

In the New York Times – How Writers Build the Brand The surprising ways that some classic authors did some marketing prostitution (ahem) to promote their literary endeavors. “Bloomsbury set regularly posed for fashion shoots in British Vogue in the 1920s. The frumpy Virginia Woolf even went on a “Pretty Woman”-style shopping expedition at French

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links for 2011-04-27

Liposuction does not permanently remove fat | Obesity Panacea However, a hot-off-the-press study by Hernandez and colleagues suggests something less ideal than this scenario. Indeed, the authors found that a year after liposuction was performed the fat initially removed is basically all replaced, but not necessarily where you’d want it to go. Specifically, while fat

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links for 2011-04-22

Wonder Woman pilot script rewrites make her more badass… sort of Wow, this sounds like the stupidest thing possible. Did they not watch the train wreck that was the Bionic Woman remake and take notes or something? I hate David E. Kelley with a passion now. (tags: WonderWoman television stupid)

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Produce as much as you consume project

In the spirit of this article I linked to the other day on Jimiyo, And a challenge from the unmarketing blog on twitter: “For one day this week, stop consuming info and create something.” I’m going to try to set aside at least one day a week, (Saturdays) and possibly two (Wednesdays) in which I

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links for 2011-04-19

Startling Stats: Women in TV and movies… | Statette In the 2009-10 prime-time television season, women accounted for 27% of all creators, executive producers, producers, directors, writers, editors, and directors of photography working on situation comedies, dramas, and reality programs airing on the broadcast networks. (tags: women statistics sexism feminism)

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A Song of Ice and Fire

The HBO series A Game of Thrones starts tonight, and author George R. R. Martin responds on his blog to the off-base New York Times article by Ginia Bellafante claiming that the fantasy genre of literature is “boy fiction” and that his series attracts women by spicing up his novels with graphic sex. As he

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links for 2011-04-16

How to Make Lots of Whatever. Produce Not Consume. « JIMIYO This is my stumbling block every time – and exactly what I need to dig myself out of right now. (tags: creativity success art) 50 Creative, Cheap Ways to Have Fun | Tiny Buddha: Wisdom Quotes, Letting Go, Letting Happiness In (tags: money creativity

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I like

Nice colors. I especially love them because they would get rid of a whole bunch of clutter in our cupboards. Alas, I don’t think I can talk Stephanie into it.

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links for 2011-04-14

Bret Easton Ellis' homophobia shows Wow. What a douche bag. God. (tags: homophobia) Ladies, It's Time To Stop Giving Things Up Best quote: "Framing women's desire for various things — usually, things that are imposed on them by society in the first place — in terms of what they'd sacrifice in order to achieve them

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links for 2011-04-12

Duotrope's Digest Duotrope's Digest, an award-winning, free writers' resource listing over 3350 current Fiction and Poetry publications. Use this page to search for markets that may make a fine home for the piece you just polished. (tags: writing publishing fiction reference) How much does a short story earn in a magazine? | johnaugust.com These are

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Crushable: Women with awesome voices

In my catalog of “hot women” I have a special category for women with awesome voices – and I don’t just mean singing voices, but speaking voices as well. There are a handful of women to whom I would just sit for hours upon hours and listen while they talked – and two of them

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Paula Cole: Mississippi

This song falls under the heading of really awesome music I’ve rediscovered in my music library recently. Of course I was listening to Paula Cole something like 10 years ago (1996 – so 15 years ago.) At a particular time in my life when I was completely in love with a woman who was in

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Stand with Planned Parenthood

Please take a few moments to go and sign this petition against defunding Planned Parenthood: After months of budget negotiations, extreme anti-choice members of Congress are trying to force a shutdown of the federal government. This shutdown is not about disagreements over spending or taxes — it’s about a single-minded vendetta against Planned Parenthood and

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links for 2011-04-07

People You Might Not Want to Have Casual Sex With | The Hairpin At least I finally effing know how to pronounce "Ayn Rand." Who knew it was pronounced " self-servicing biggoted tea party ho-bag"? (tags: funny) Stamps these days: “Polar bears, lots of women and blacks no one has ever heard of” Conservative dude

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swimming across the current

You know how you have those stories that affect you but they aren’t exactly yours to tell, so you hesitate to bring them up? I’ve been going back and forth with that lately. I wrote at the beginning of March about dealing with our rental house and the clean-up efforts post-tenant occupation. Stephanie’s dad came

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links for 2011-04-06

Lying Around Listening To Music All Day Linked To Depression "The kids who listened to the most music were the most likely to be depressed; kids who read the most were the least likely." I knew books were good therapy. (tags: reading music depression) Woman Attacked Gaugin Because It Was So Totally Gay Maybe she's

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links for 2011-04-05

Childless by choice – Boing Boing Brian Frazer in Details magazine talks about choosing not to have kids, in a conversation that could be verbatim what Stephanie and I have had: Our individual philosophies on the subject fell somewhere between casual indifference and acute apathy. "You want kids?" "I don't know…do you?" "Um…not sure." "I'll

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links for 2011-04-02

Feature films with 4 or more Harry Potter Wizards Interesting idea, but one of the worst infographics I've ever seen. Practically impossible to read, and the graphic treatment is terrible, too. (tags: HarryPotter visualization movie) Watch a Cute Blooper Reel From Season Two of Parks and Recreation — Vulture I almost wish I worked there.

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Sucker Punch Disney Mashup

Apparently the Sucker Punch movie I was excited about seeing a few weeks back (but didn’t get around to, due to recent events) turned out to have been very bad indeed. So, good thing I didn’t waste my money. But this came out of it, which is quite funny – a mashup of the trailer

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links for 2011-04-01

Buffy Speak – Television Tropes & Idioms Badger: "You think you're better than other people!" Mal: "Just the ones I'm better than." (tags: tropes language television) Growing The Beard – Television Tropes & Idioms The point a which a show transforms from good to great. (tags: StarTrek tropes television) The Sunk Cost Fallacy « You

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links for 2011-03-31

Terrible Pick-Up Lines | The Hairpin Funny but sad. (tags: notsomuchreally love funny) 20 Sad Etsy Boyfriends – Urlesque Guys modeling their girlfriends handmade items for etsy. They're not happy about it. (tags: funny photography crafts) Wonder Woman's Costume: Not As Bad As We Thought! Now that's way better. Not as shiny, and the boots

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links for 2011-03-26

Scott Adams (Dilbert), deleted post • tinysprout Wow, talk about an angry angry woman-hating man. What a sad little douche nozzle Dilbert's creator is. "The reality is that women are treated differently by society for exactly the same reason that children and the mentally handicapped are treated differently. It’s just easier this way for everyone.

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GIRLTRASH All Night Long – official trailer

Another on the list of movies I’m going to see one way or another. It probably won’t come here, so I’ll have to buy the video. Produced by Power Up, the people who made D.E.B.S. Created by Angela Robinson, based on her extremely successful Web series from Showtime.

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It Gets Better: Pearson Employees

This is from my company – an “It gets better” message from some of the LGBT employees where I work. When I first saw that they had put it together, I thought “hey that’s pretty cool” – then I started watching it, and teared up. Damn. I do occasionally get frustrated with my job, but

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links for 2011-03-25

Effing Dykes: Did You Want to Try That On Oh, this is so a convo that I need to have with a friend of mine – the subject of "Sport Fishing" – not actual fishing, but straight girls flirting with gay girls to see if they can get a reaction. Yes this happens. Sometimes it's

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For Those With Vaginas

Transcript: Hello, I am a woman. I am a woman. I’m a woman. A female of the species. You can tell because of the whole vagina having thing. Often American women depend on Planned Parenthood for medical care. It’s like doctors and stuff. Otherwise many women can’t afford basic care. Period. It’s come to my

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Rainbow Noise: IMMA HOMO

I cannot wait for these guys to put out this song as an mp3, because I want to drive around town with my truck windows down blasting this on the stereo. “RainbowNoise is an entertainment company that specializes in marketing lesbian and gay talent to commercial and mainstream audiences without compromising the artists’ individual style

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links for 2011-03-24

The 50 books every child should read – News, Books – The Independent Recommended reading for 11 year olds. There are some great books on this list, and some I need to add to my own reading list. (tags: children literature reading education) Tainted soil is urban gardener's new challenge | The Indianapolis Star |

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Things I totally did not do at work

“The Tiger could be riding atop a firebolt that is dripping blood, while holding a scotch in one hand and a snickers in the other.” The results of a far-ranging discussion about what our team name and t-shirt design should be for the Global Corporate Challenge that our company is participating in at work. UPDATE:

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links for 2011-03-23

50 Unexplainable Black & White Photos: Pics, Videos, Links, News People in the olden days did some crazy shit in photos, too. (tags: funny vintage photography weird) Ceaser – CSS Easing Animation Tool – Matthew Lein (tags: css3 animation development) Tina Fey Submits to a Gay Pop Culture Quiz — Vulture This is the one

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links for 2011-03-19

'Wonder Woman': First look at Adrianne Palicki in costume Holy crap that costume is shiny. Yikes! (tags: comics tv WonderWoman) The HTML5 test – How well does your browser support HTML5? Handy site to test what your browser supports. (tags: tools standards html5 testing) GOP Bill Would Force IRS to Conduct Abortion Audits | Mother

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links for 2011-03-18

Real World Moderation: Lessons from 11 Years of Community at SXSW Interactive 2011 | Lanyrd Excellent info from the founders of metafilter on how to handle moderation on a highly trafficked community website. (tags: community socialmedia toread video) » How Your Coffee Mug Controls Your Feelings (& What You Can Do About It) Johnny Holland

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links for 2011-03-17

Teen Boy Invents Leather And Pizza-Scented Candles For Men I think that's what candles are meant to mask the scent of, actually. #missingThePoint (tags: fail) Mug shot of Nancy Cowman, 21 February 1924, probably Central Police Station, Sydney "Special Photograph no. 1098. Nancy Cowman, 19, and Vera Crichton, 23, are listed in the NSW Police

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links for 2011-03-13

State Senator Jane Cunningham Wants to Put Missouri Kids to Work – St. Louis News – Daily RFT Crazy-ass Missouri Republican wants to repeal child labor laws and put kids to work. Barking mad, I tell you. What is the world coming to? Busting labor unions and putting kids to work – this is outright

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The importance of solitude

I linked yesterday to an article in the Boston Globe about studies on the importance of solitude. I read that article and re-read it and wanted to say some things about my reaction to it, because I’m still thinking about solitude, social interactions and how I relate to loved ones and friends. And I’m thinking

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links for 2011-03-11

The power of lonely – The Boston Globe But an emerging body of research is suggesting that spending time alone, if done right, can be good for us — that certain tasks and thought processes are best carried out without anyone else around, and that even the most socially motivated among us should regularly be

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links for 2011-03-10

How a Web Design Goes Straight to Hell – The Oatmeal So achingly familiar. (tags: webdesign comic funny) Stitch Simply Knitting Aid A knitting tool to help to people with arthritis or problems with their hands – awesome. (tags: knitting arthritis tools awesome) Public Schools Are Damned One Way or Another – Walt Gardner's Reality

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links for 2011-03-09

Autostraddle — Pure Poetry #14: Sady Doyle on the Great Poet Diane Di Prima "And yet, when you refer to “the Beats,” to whom are you typically referring? Kerouac, Burroughs, Ginsberg. Corso and Snyder, maybe. You rarely refer to Diane Di Prima. Which is one of the key things about being a “great woman poet,”

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International Women’s Day/Feminist Coming Out Day

International Women’s Day IWD is now an official holiday in Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China (for women only), Cuba, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Madagascar (for women only), Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nepal (for women only), Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zambia. The tradition sees men honouring their mothers,

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The Flood

As you may already know, Stephanie and I have a rental property on the east side of Indy – we’ve had tenants there for the last two years and they’ve just now moved out, so we went over on Sunday to take a look at the house. The property manager had already done an inspection

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links for 2011-03-08

Gender Differences and Casual Sex: The New Research « An interesting study about casual sex – women say no to casual sex with men not because they're not interested, but often because they don't feel safe from violence and because they don't have confidence the man involved can guarantee they'll have an orgasm. But women

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Do you have the right kind of wife for it?

Ad Copy: Can your wife bake her own bread? Can she get a kid’s leg stitched and not phone you at the office until it’s all over? Find something to talk about when the TV set goes on the blink? Does she worry about the Bomb? Make your neighbor’s children wish she were their mother?

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links for 2011-03-06

Nine Herbs Charm – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The Nine Herbs Charm is an Old English charm recorded in the 10th century[1] Lacnunga manuscript.[2] The charm is intended for treatment of poison and infection through the preparation of nine herbs. (tags: folklore charms alchemy) Ninety-Nines – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The Ninety-Nines: International Organization of

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links for 2011-03-05

26-Year-Old Writer Makes Millions On eBooks – But How, And Why? Clearly, I need to get to work. (tags: self-publishing) The Disposable Woman – NYTimes.com Why Charlie Sheen's history of abusive behavior should be taken into account in the current media circus about his behavior, and why we should be viewing his antics as disturbing,

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links for 2011-03-03

Amazon.com: Panasonic Lumix 12.5mm f/12 3D G Lens for Micro Four Thirds Interchangeable Lens Cameras: Camera & Photo How on earth did I miss that this existed? A 3-D lens for my camera. Holy shit. Add to wish list indeed. Sadly, I was just assuring Stephanie last night that I wasn't going to buy anything

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links for 2011-02-27

Autostraddle — 9 to 5 For Radicals: How to Survive Your Soul-Sucking Office Job The whole section about writing at work and going off the grid – verbatim a conversation I had last night with a friend. Yup. (tags: writing)

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Sucker Punch

Holy crap. I’m seeing this movie. On the day it comes out. I put a reminder on my calendar, even. Wanna go with? UPDATE: Yeah, after I read the reviews and heard how god-awful sexist it was, I didn’t go. So that was a letdown.

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links for 2011-02-26

CSS Properties Index – Jens O. Meiert A continuously updated list of all CSS properties (tags: css reference webdesign resources) Run multiple sites from the same code base (multi-site) | drupal.org learnings. I need some more of them. Gotta get my sites in order, babies. (tags: drupal multisite tutorial reference howto) How to create multiple

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links for 2011-02-25

The Smart Set: The Doctors and the Divine – February 15, 2011 In its romantic form, genius is irrational and beyond our control. In fact, true genius requires a loss of control. In a way, the romantics shift genius away from what we do and toward what we feel, from what we create to what

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Cooler than Dick Tracy

When I was a kid I thought it was the coolest thing that Dick Tracy could call people on his watch and see them on the tiny TV screen, and I thought it would be awesome if, some day far in future, I could have a watch like that that really worked. I was reminded

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links for 2011-02-24

Browse The NYPL Digital Picture Collection(P) Wow – very cool picture library. (tags: images history photography library) OBlog: Five Years of 100 Days: Observers Room: Design Observer Michael Bierut's course at the Yale School of Fine Art asked students to engage in a design project repeated every day for 100 days. Lots of really wonderful,

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Photography Fail

And this afternoon I realized that I missed both the Weegee exhibit at the IMA and the Henri Cartier-Bresson exhibit at the Art Institute in Chicago. I knew about both and had plans to see them, but somehow never managed to get to either one. That blows.

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Way to go, Ace

Had an accident in the parking lot at work. Yeah, I’m feeling like I own the world right about now. Yeah. I kinda want to crawl into bed for a week and not come out, given this and a whole host of other stuff. I need to take some vacation days.

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Question: Just not that into you…

Anon Question: Have you ever been dating someone who is obviously more into you than you are them? How did you handle it? That that scenario has really never come up for me. I have to be really into someone to start dating them, actually. If I wasn’t very into someone, I turned them down.

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links for 2011-02-22

Ghost Signs in Chicago Very cool survey/photo collection of ghost signs (painted signs for businesses no longer in existence) in Chicago. (tags: advertising chicago history signs)

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Question: birthday redos

Anon Question: If you had to live your 16th birthday or your 21st birthday over and over for a month, which would you choose? I wish I remembered either one well, actually. I have a terrible memory and don’t recall what I was doing either time. That really is why I take photos and why

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links for 2011-02-19

Secy of State Clinton espouses pure cognitive dissonance strategy | Beyond The Beyond It's really funny to read Bruce calling out Hillary on this kind of rhetorical gymnastics because I've written paragraphs like that myself in the past – trying to achieve some state of saying and not-saying what I know is complete bull crap,

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Amber Benson’ Death’s Daughter Book Contest

I should probably not add competitors to my own contest entry, but if you’re at all a fan of Amber Benson’s Death’s Daughter series, the third book in the series ( Serpent’s Storm ) is coming out in the next few days, and you can win a copy of it in a contest at Bitten

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Questions & Answers

Question from a friend: How risqué are we allowed to get with these questions? 😉 Oh, what the heck. As risqué as you want. Bring it, baby! I say that now, but watch me get bashful when you actually ask them. Anon Question from Formspring: If you could spend three days (two nights) anywhere in

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links for 2011-02-18

Maureen Johnson Books » Blog Archive » MANIFESTO A really awesome "manifesto" about how to engage with other folks online. I need to do much better at engaging with folks who talk to me online. (tags: writing publishing internet)

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Question: Have you bought any clothing in the last week?

Yes, I’m hunting around for things to write about, and picking random questions from the internet. My friend Matt has been doing a 30 day blogging project, and I was sort of interested in doing something similar except not the same. Possibly something that makes no sense. And that doesn’t obligate me to write everyday

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Overdue Crushable: My Wife

Since I’ve been talking about crushable women a bunch lately, I realize I’ve been remiss about writing about the most crushable of them all – my beautiful wife Stephanie. I know I talk about her occasionally and post photos, but I haven’t really gone all out very many times, have I? I know I’m probably

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links for 2011-02-13

All sizes | Doctor Who Infographic | Flickr – Photo Sharing! According to this, the doctor can regenerate up to 500 times, not just 13. So I could be one of the Doctors some day. Cool. (tags: tv reference awesome) Explorations in Typography / Mastering the Art of Fine Typesetting Wonderful typography site. (tags: typography

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Elizabeth Mitchell confesses

Shamelessly cribbed from Dorothy Snarker’s very nice blog post about Elizabeth Mitchell: this cute video of her “confessing” to TV Guide magazine. Gosh, she is really funny. I thought she was a great actress in Lost, but had no idea what she was like as a person. Dorky and cute, as seen here.

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links for 2011-02-09

GLEE! LIVE! IN CONCERT! : Glee What I want for my birthday. THIS IS A GIANT HINT. HINT, HINT. => Birthday present idea. (tags: GLEE Birthday concert) How to Fold Bed Sheets (Without Ending Up with a Sloppy Mess) Wait, this has to be an article on lifehacker? Didn't your mom teach you this shit

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Glee Recaps

I really enjoy reading recaps of Glee episodes because it’s funny to read someone trying to write a coherent narrative about a program that doesn’t actually make any fucking sense whatsoever. It’s mostly “and then this happened” followed by “yeah, I don’t know what that was about, either. WTF.” And yet I watch the show

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25 ways to know you’re grown up

1. Your house plants are alive & you can’t smoke any of them. 2. Having sex in a twin bed is out of the question. 3. You keep more food than beer in the fridge. 4. 06:00 AM is when you get up, not when you go to bed. 5. You hear your favorite song

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links for 2011-02-08

opubWriter – Home opubWriter is an online wysiwyg editor that allows you to create books in the epub format, following the Open Publication Structure (OPS). (tags: tools ebooks epub software) Suffering Sappho! A Look At The Creator & Creation of Wonder Woman – Comic Book Resources Marston believed that submission to "loving authority" was the

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links for 2011-02-06

Home | LimeJS LimeJS is a HTML5 game framework for building fast, native-experience games for all modern touchscreens and desktop browsers. (tags: javascript html5 framework)

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Justin Beiber has a forehead

Finally. If that kid is going to be all over my TV and internet, I want him to brush his hair back out of his damn face — as much as I want teenagers in the street to pull up their idiot pants and wear a belt. I’m old and cranky; do as I say,

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Born This Way Blog

Okay while you’re looking at gay blogs, check out Born This Way Blog. It is safe for work viewing, and is cute as a button – gay and lesbian folks sending in pictures of themselves as children – usually photos of them doing something outside of what little boys or little girls are expected to

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I’m Free to do what I want any old time

Finally out of the house after the crappy ice storm. Sadly, I’m thrilled to be at work. My life, she is so exciting, yes? We made it through three days being stuck at home, although not without casualties. Eddie (that would be Stephanie’s Rabbit, for those who may be joining us late) suffered a flat

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Lady Sybil Crawley

My latest TV crush: Lady Sybil, the third daughter of Lord and Lady Crawley on the BBC Mini-series Downton Abbey. Played by actress Jessica Brown-Findlay. The story is set in a huge country manor house in the years just before World War I, and Lady Sybil is the firebrand youngest child; a suffragist, feminist and

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links for 2011-02-03

Cracking the Scratch Lottery Code | Magazine Interesting link about how they create seemingly random tickets but control the number of outcomes. But his methods for figuring them out may have been taken into account – and the tricky part is: once you can separate winning tickets from non-winning ones, can you purchase only winning

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Skins: British vs. American

Skins is a British TV show finishing it’s fourth season in the UK. It’s fictional, set in Bristol, England, it focuses on teenagers, and it’s very raw and realistic, covering drug and alcohol abuse and sexuality as topics. It’s raunchy and hugely popular in Britain. I’ve been watching the British version streaming through Netflix, and

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Car door iced shut

Signs of the Icepocalypse 2011. We managed to chip through it to start the cars. But we’re due to get more, so we’ll see. Working from home today.

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links for 2011-02-01

The 50 Most Loathsome Americans of 2010 | The Beast So far, #33 is my favorite, but I suspect #1 will ultimately be the best. (tags: humor bestof2010 humour) Does filtering cheap vodka through a Brita filter really work? – Spirits – Chowhound If you read the comments – probably cheaper and better for you

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links for 2011-01-29

Yes, Chick-fil-A Says, We Explicitly Do Not Like Same-Sex Couples | Gay Rights | Change.org Forget you, chick-fil-a. You get no money from me. (tags: chick-fil-a rights equality marriage)

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Quote of the day

In the comments of this Jezebel article on a weird guy who hates Emma Watson on his blog: “Honestly who can hate Emma Watson? She’s yet to do one annoying thing in public and she’s as adorable as a bucket of kittens.” True dat. Leave the poor girl alone to get her degree, people.

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links for 2011-01-26

6 Pieces of Music That Mean The Opposite of What You Think | Cracked.com "Ride of the Valkyries" from Die Walkure by Richard Wagner: "You assume that, when this was played in Die Walkure, a crew of badass, spear-wielding chicks must have been up on the stage engaged in some serious goddamn lady-fighting. Or, you

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links for 2011-01-25

Is Fireworks better than Photoshop? yes (tags: fireworks photoshop reference resources) Anne Hathaway Will Probably Make a Surprisingly Good Catwoman | The Hairpin Two lines from this article: "If they can edit him out of that movie entirely as some kind of DVD extra, maybe have that movie be two naked Anne Hathaways and Gyllenhaal-less,

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links for 2011-01-21

Justin E. H. Smith: On the Internet | berfrois "Consider the institution of friendship. Every time I hear someone say that Facebook ‘friendship’ should be understood in scare quotes, or that Facebook interaction is not real social interaction, I feel like asking in reply: What makes you think real-world friendships are real? Have you not

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links for 2011-01-20

Gwyneth Paltrow's Bonfire Of The Inanities Gwyneth really kinda needs me as a life editor. Because darned if she isn't a really likable girl, but someone needs to have the job of throwing in a "hold up, girl, that's really just not a good idea, and here's why:" in her path every now and again

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links for 2011-01-19

50% Of Sent Emails Probably Make You Look Like A Dolt I don't get it. (tags: funny communication) Folk Art Quilt Quilting Ribbons Supplies Hand Dyed Velvet Wool Electric Quilt CD For Sale Ohio Found this women's site through our friend Syd in California – I should a whole post so you could see pictures

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links for 2011-01-15

Foods By State A map of which foods states are famous for. Indiana is popcorn according to them. That makes sense; Orville Redenbacher's is here in Indiana. They could also have gone with sugar cream pie or pork tenderloins. (tags: food usa map)

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links for 2011-01-14

Fan Fiction: A Day In The Life Of Your Standard Manic Pixie Dream Girl « : Crushable – Crushable gives you the celebrity news, style and scoop on the stuff you care about. WARNING: not actual fan fiction because there's no sex. (there's always sex in fan fiction right?) but it's fun. And a silly

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links for 2011-01-13

skywarrior108 – The Truth About Quinn Fabray Sure, I can totally get behind all of this. Faberry forever. (tags: glee rachel/quinn funny totally-true) Tiger Beatdown › The Arizona Shooting: An FAQ Sady puts together a much more coherent argument than mine about why the tea party is to blame, rather than mental illness. (tags: teabaggers

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President Obama’s speech at the Arizona Memorial

The loss of these wonderful people should make every one of us strive to be better in our private lives – to be better friends and neighbors, co-workers and parents. And if, as has been discussed in recent days, their deaths help usher in more civility in our public discourse, let’s remember that it is not because a simple lack of civility caused this tragedy, but rather because only a more civil and honest public discourse can help us face up to our challenges as a nation, in a way that would make them proud. It should be because we want to live up to the example of public servants like John Roll and Gabby Giffords, who knew first and foremost that we are all Americans, and that we can question each other’s ideas without questioning each other’s love of country, and that our task, working together, is to constantly widen the circle of our concern so that we bequeath the American dream to future generations.

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mental illness and violence

Can we stop pronouncing Loughner mentally ill on scant evidence? It does a disservice to all mentally ill people. The facts are these: Most murders are committed by people who are NOT mentally ill, and most mentally ill people pose no danger to anyone around them. Full stop. Sure, the man’s rants on YouTube seem

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links for 2011-01-12

Interesting Times: Arguing Tucson : The New Yorker In fact, there is no balance—none whatsoever. Only one side has made the rhetoric of armed revolt against an oppressive tyranny the guiding spirit of its grassroots movement and its midterm campaign. Only one side routinely invokes the Second Amendment as a form of swagger and intimidation,

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links for 2011-01-11

Our Desperate, 250-Year-Long Search for a Gender-Neutral Pronoun | The Awl The answer to Scalia's recent comments about women not being protected by the Equal Protection Clause of 14th amendment: "There is no she, or her, or hers, in the tax laws," concluded (Susan B.) Anthony, blasting her opponents to smithereens. "The same is true

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I don’t get it at all

A Democratic congressperson was SHOT in the head. Six people were killed. And the media is STILL allowing things to be said like “We don’t know the motivation of the shooter?” We don’t? Because *I* do. I follow politics, and I’m not an idiot – I can see exactly what happened here. And Republicans in

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links for 2011-01-08

Op-Ed Columnist – Death by Gadget in Congo – NYTimes.com Warlords finance their predations in part through the sale of mineral ore containing tantalum, tungsten, tin and gold. For example, tantalum from Congo is used to make electrical capacitors that go into phones, computers and gaming devices. (tags: technology misogyny rape violence) Chick-Fil-A’s WinShape Foundation:

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links for 2011-01-07

Autostraddle — Top Ten Sweatpants A thoughtful and thorough article on sweatpants. No kidding, really. I liked it, even. It made me want to buy more. Of course it's an autostraddle article, so you know; sweatpants are a thing. (tags: clothing sweatpants girl-on-girl) Short-Lived 70s Groupie Magazine Star Now Online | The Hairpin "SUPERFOX is

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links for 2011-01-05

Resolved: Eat Better, Not Less, for a Healthier Diet I have friends who've outline similar cooking styles – have a few core recipes where ingredients can be swapped in and out, depending on what you have in your refrigerator. We really need to adopt a system like this so we aren't always scrambling. (tags: cooking

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Cooking Templates

via Jezebel – Resolved: Eat Better, Not Less, for a Healthier Diet Jezebel’s article on healthy eating covers an approach that I’ve heard from many of my thin friends: What you need are a few core recipes that you’re good at, or can get good at, that can be adapted for almost any combination of

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links for 2011-01-04

2010 Year Lists – Fimoculous.com The giant list of 2010 "Best of" Lists. Lots of fun stuff there. (tags: lists books 2010bestof music culture) 2010’s Gayest Glee Moments | Little Gold Men | Vanity Fair Isn't the whole show one big gay moment? No? Okay, if you must break it down. (tags: glee television gay

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Ringing out 2010

Yesterday we had a mini earthquake here in Indiana and this time I actually felt it, because I was still lying in bed like a lazy person on vacation, because I was a lazy person on vacation. It felt like a harbinger, a bellwether. I have been significantly lackadaisical lately about nearly everything except work.

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links for 2010-12-24

A Rock and an Island – a Rizzoli & Isles fanfic – FanFiction.Net Holy crap. Read this. It's really excellent. I really hope this author has a day job writing fiction, because… wow. (tags: television fanfiction)

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links for 2010-12-23

Repeal Of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Paves Way For Gay Sex Right On Battlefield, Opponents Fantasize | The Onion – America's Finest News Source OMG. I love the Onion (tags: military humor gay DADT)

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links for 2010-12-17

Some Shit I’m Sick of Hearing Regarding Rape and Assange « Kate Harding kate covers all the issues. (tags: rape women politics gender feminism) The Man Repeller I'm not sure whether I'm intrigued or repelled. (tags: fashion humor blogs) Winona Ryder, Mel Gibson & The "Oven Dodger" Joke Horrified. (tags: celebrity bigotry hate)

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links for 2010-12-16

Cable TV’s Top Shows For 2010: ‘The Walking Dead,’ ‘Rizzoli & Isles,’ ‘The Closer,’ ‘Jersey Shore,’ ‘Deadliest Catch’ See? I'm not the only one who thinks you should be watching Rizzoli & Isles. (tags: television) A Call to Men An organization for men committed to ending violence against women. (tags: men activism feminism violence)

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links for 2010-12-14

The Boardgame Remix Kit – new ways to play your favourite board games reworking older games into new ones – I've been wanting to do this for years. To some extent we do this anyway by changing rules to make the game what we want it to be. This just gives more ideas. (tags: games

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links for 2010-12-13

The Women of World War I (tags: women wwi history gender feminism) 5. The History of Girls' School Stories reading notes. (tags: literature history women education)

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We need a little christmas

Mame (1966 Original Broadway Cast) Mame: Haul out the holly; Put up the tree before my spirit falls again. Fill up the stocking, I may be rushing things, but deck the halls again now. For we need a little Christmas Right this very minute, Candles in the window, Carols at the spinet. Yes, we need

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Another thing I love about fanfiction.net

The site has great mobile stylesheets You can read on your mobile device, which is why I was the only blissfully happy person standing amidst a crowd of very disgruntled people for an hour and a half in the security line at La Guardia. So yes, I was basically reading what amounts to very light

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Well, hello there, hot cop.

Call me a juvenile goofball, but this email made me the teensiest bit giggly this afternoon: Ahem – For your reading enjoyment: Fanfiction.net’s Rizzoli and Isles channel. I haven’t read fan fiction in quite a few years because it was always so hard to hunt down good stuff and separate it from the crap. But

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links for 2010-12-08

Shambhala Sun – How to do Mindfulness Meditation Something I would like to start in the new year – the trick will be to find the right location in our home. (tags: consciousness brain stressreduction relaxation health)

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links for 2010-12-07

Oliver! FanFiction Archive – FanFiction.Net You know, I love fan fiction, but this is just too silly even for me. Come on, guys. (tags: fanfiction funny absurd)

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links for 2010-12-06

Chris Burden's latest project "a portrait of LA" "For a piece called Metropolis II, artist Chris Burden is building a huge track and put 1200 Hot Wheels cars on it" – I hate this guy, because I want to do what he's doing. 🙂 How do people make a living playing with cars? Troubleshooting 101

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links for 2010-12-04

Olga Kotelko, the 91-Year-Old Track Star – NYTimes.com Wow. Intense training can help you fight off aging, but there possibly some genetic component as well. But the fact that she didn't begin her intense training until her 70s leaves me with some hope. I can start now and have some hope of holding on. (tags:

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Fringe: Better than the X-Files

A smart, funny, brainy show with the strongest female lead I’ve ever seen and interesting story lines. A version of the X-Files done right, and infinitely smarter; It doesn’t go off the rails or take itself so seriously that it’s over blown the way Mulder and Scully did. I don’t know what I can say

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links for 2010-12-03

ThinkProgress » Tea Party Nation President Says It ‘Makes A Lot Of Sense’ To Restrict Voting Only To Property Owners PHILLIPS: "The Founding Fathers originally said, they put certain restrictions on who gets the right to vote. It wasn’t you were just a citizen and you got to vote. Some of the restrictions, you know,

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Nuvo Arts Blog Writer Chi Sherman

Speaking of things I’ve been remiss in writing about this year – several months ago, our good friend Chi Sherman became a writer for Nuvo Newsweekly (our local alt weekly, for non-Indy residents.) She’s on the arts/writing/entertainment beat writing about all the cool happenings going on about town, and much of our new awareness of

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New leg warmers

My ankles are always cold in the winter, so I’m whipping up another pair of leg warmers to wear over my socks. I plan to make several pairs of these this winter so I can rotate.

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links for 2010-12-01

Knitted Bliss: Pattern: Stockholm Scarf Wow. Love this pattern. (tags: knitting cowl patterns) Factory Farm Map Oh my. Um, the big red area in the center of the map is a concern. (tags: agriculture animals environment farms pollution sustainability)

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The Indiana Humanities Council

Yes, I have gotten really lazy with the blogging, as MJ calls me out in a comment on the last link blog post I just put up. Indiana Humanities Council :: Home Page "the Council encourages Hoosiers to think, read ­and talk. How? By creating its own programs, such as Community Conversations, Evenings at the

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links for 2010-11-29

Indiana Humanities Council :: Home Page "the Council encourages Hoosiers to think, read ­and talk. How? By creating its own programs, such as Community Conversations, Evenings at the House and Novel Conversations; by providing grants for humanities programs throughout the state; and by providing a space—physically and digitally—for people to connect and converse." (tags: indiana

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links for 2010-11-25

fantastic journal: the all seeing eye One of the many strange scenes in Powell and Pressburger's 1946 masterpiece A Matter of Life and Death – a film choc-full of fabulous strangeness – involves a camera obscura, an optical device which projects an image of its surroundings onto a screen. (tags: movies optics cameraObscura)

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links for 2010-11-23

Floorplanner.com Create floor plans, house plans and home plans online with Floorplanner.com. (tags: architecture drawing furniture floorplan house home) Cindy's Take on Tech» Blog Archive » An Open Letter to Wired Magazine "I met one of your female editors, Rebecca Hurd, at SXSW. We had a nice chat, and she politely said that if I