Posts By: Hawthorn Mineart

links for 2010-02-21

It’s Not Your Money | Ian Welsh Most people get this, but libertarians seem to have a hard time with it – "It seems like every time I discuss taxation, some libertarian will waltz in and say 'it’s my money and I don’t see why the government should be able to take it.' So let’s

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links for 2010-02-20

Designing with Progressive Enhancement: Building the web that works for everyone. By Filament Group: Todd Parker, Patty Toland, Scott Jehl, Maggie Costello Wachs Designing with Progressive Enhancement is a practical guide that both explains the principles and benefits of progressive enhancement, and explores detailed examples to teach you how, where, and when to implement specific

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links for 2010-02-19

Officials: Austin Plane Crash May Be Intentional : NPR And he was a tea bagger railing against the IRS for taking "his" money awa from him. Domestic terrorism. (tags: terrorism teabaggers Texas) The Richest 1% Have Captured America's Wealth | Economy | AlterNet The U.S. already had the highest inequality of wealth in the industrialized

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links for 2010-02-18

Economic Perspectives from Kansas City: Wall Street Still Doesn’t Get It An interesting perspective. Dunno what I think about it yet — "A Wall Streeter buys the life insurance policies of individuals with terminal illnesses, packages them into securities, and profits when the underlying collateral dies. In his most recent movie, Michael Moore documented the

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Politics vs. Policy

It’s thrilling to see Rachel Maddow continue each night to point out the Republican’s hypocrisy in favoring politics over policy – trashing bills that they know have substance and will be good for their constituents. I really enjoy watching her show every day. I think I’ve learned more from it than any other news program

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links for 2010-02-16

Get This: Warming Planet Can Mean More Snow : NPR "The fact that the oceans are warmer now than they were, say, 30 years ago means there's about on average 4 percent more water vapor lurking around over the oceans than there was, say, in the 1970s," he says. Warmer water means more water vapor

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New Baby Dillon

My brother Scott and his wife Bethany have a new baby boy named Dillon. He’s my first nephew, and was he was born on February 13th at 5:24 p.m.

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links for 2010-02-13

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle series stars a small lady who lives in an "upside-down" house in a lively neighborhood inhabited mainly by children who have bad habits. (tags: books children stories) Figure Skating Video, Schedules, Results, TV, News | NBC Olympics The all-important information we need to know for

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links for 2010-02-12

List of cognitive biases – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (tags: science lifehacks psychology logic) May Wright Sewall – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Indianapolis' resident suffragette and feminist. (tags: feminism suffrage voting women) National American Woman Suffrage Association – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia If you look at the section "background conflict" there are some really interesting

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links for 2010-02-11

CSS3 Hover Tabs without JavaScript « Kamikazemusic.com (tags: css3 webdesign tutorial) Figure Skating: The Olympics' Broken Sport : NPR The prime purpose of the new and unimproved scoring system was to better quantify the various elements in a program — required jumps and spins — so that the famously nefarious judges would have less latitude

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February Blahs

Seasonal Affective Disorder has hit me full in the face in the last several weeks, and sadly, my 365 project is a casualty. Between a number or projects at work and the weather, I can’t seem to get photos processed and online. I’m actually not far behind on taking the pictures, but my enthusiasm for

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links for 2010-02-09

Exercises may reduce severity of sleep apnea | Reuters And some actual descriptions of the exercises at the end of this article. (tags: exercise sleep apnea health) Tongue exercises for sleep apnea? | Doctor Steven Y. Park, MD | New York, NY | Integrative Solutions for Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome, and Snoring

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links for 2010-02-08

'How's That Hopey, Changey Stuff?' Palin Asks : NPR I'm pretty happy with the hopey, changey thing so far, actually. The changey part could be moving a bit faster, but when you take a good look at what's already been changed, they hopey part gets a lot hope-ier. (tags: palin idiots teabaggers) Love's language: Couples

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links for 2010-02-07

Knit and Crochet Pattern Search – Planet Purl (tags: knitting pattern) Tea Party opening speaker suggests law that kept blacks be kept from voting be reinstated | Raw Story Except that most blacks would pass the test with ease, but Tea Party candidates would all be excluded. (tags: idiots racism teabaggers)

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links for 2010-02-06

Palin e-mails reveal a powerful ‘first dude’ – Politics- msnbc.com Whoa. Unethical crap EVERWHERE in those emails. (tags: Palin alaska politics) Peter Daou: Male Monsters — Girl Buried Alive for Being a Girl and the World Shrugs More heartache at violence against women for being women. A 16-year-old girl killed for talking to boys. (tags:

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links for 2010-02-05

On Language – Crash Blossoms – NYTimes.com Classic headline screw ups – “Squad Helps Dog Bite Victim” and “Red Tape Holds Up New Bridge.” (tags: writing headlines nytimes humor language) This is the title of a typical incendiary blog post – Coyote Crossing This sentence claims that there are many people who do not agree

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links for 2010-02-04

Coats registered to vote in Virginia, not Indiana – Ben Smith – POLITICO.com Carpetbagger Dan Coats, resident of Virginia, plans to run for Evan Bayh's senate seat in Indiana. Crud, I was going to vote against Bayh in the primary. (tags: indiana politics) AIG Bonuses In 2010 Total $100 Million So, when are we going

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links for 2010-02-03

Daily Kos :: State of the Nation very disturbing poll of Republicans about their beliefs. (tags: republicans poll demographics politics culture) IMPD officer admits sex with suspect | IndyStar.com | The Indianapolis Star No, he didn't "have sex" with a suspect, Indy Star. He RAPED her. Fix your goddamned headline. (tags: misogyny newspapers headlines mistakes)

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links for 2010-02-02

The U.S. National Archives' collections on Flickr Awesome. (tags: photography history government flickr) 10 Americans Arrested In Haiti, Accused Of Child Trafficking Idaho Baptist group tried to smuggle 33 kids out of Haiti through the Dominican Republic. Some of the children knew their parents were alive, and just hadn't been reunited with them yet. (tags:

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links for 2010-02-01

5 things that are wrong with chivalry — Feministe Respect for women means respecting our wants, irrespective of your ideas of what’s best for us. It means making our lives easier through substantial change rather than through “courtesies” that make you feel good and make us feel less than. It means working for that everywhere

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links for 2010-01-31

Tiger Beatdown › SEXIST BEATDOWN: Oh I Couldn’t Possibly Tell You Which Edition It Is, I Am Just A Girl Edition Sadly, I do this far too often myself. I should really be ashamed. Ha! (tags: feminism women culture socialization shaming)

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links for 2010-01-30

IMA bets with NOMA over Superbowl – a masterpiece is the bet Wow – that's better than the Mayor's rinky-dink shrimp bet. Way to raise the stakes, IMA. (tags: superbowl museum sports IMA) Cameras Roll As Obama Schools GOP I cannot WAIT to see the video of this. (tags: Obama republicans funny) 30 Stylish jQuery

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links for 2010-01-29

Twisted Drop Stitch Scarf Pattern « Kis*Knit Bookmarking because I needed this: "Create a twisted drop stitch: Insert needle into the stitch as if to knit. Instead of wrapping the yarn around the back needle to create a regular knit stitch, wrap yarn around both needles and then wrap around the back needle. Complete stitch

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links for 2010-01-28

The secret lives of married men – Times Online A better title for this would be "The Secret Life of a mentally under-developed London Times writer/sexist douchbag." (tags: sexism misogyny equality rights women) Dorothy Surrenders: A movie of our own Dorothy breaks down the box office numbers on movies about lesbians, and throws out hope

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links for 2010-01-27

8 guides to apply jQuery and ImageSwitch in web design | HieuUK (tags: flipclock) Indianapolis, New Orleans mayors place Super Bowl wagers | IndyStar.com | The Indianapolis Star Yeah, we're going them shrimp from St. Elmo's. Yes, you read that right; we sending SHRIMP south, to NEW ORLEANS. Which is probably where we flew it

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Knitting and Design and Flow

It struck me on the way in to work this morning that the reason I love knitting so much is because it’s design in almost pure form. With web design, there are so many hurdles you have to jump through to get your design into a working state – css attributes to learn, scripting languages

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links for 2010-01-26

Bauer defends comment comparing poor people to stray animals – WIS News 10 – Columbia, South Carolina | South Carolina Lt. governor Andre Bauer says they should stop feeling poor kids free lunches because "feeding stray animals" causes them to "breed." South Carolina seems to be just chock-full of elected idiots. (tags: racism classism bigotry

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At Yack Arena

Watching the ice dancing competition and waiting for Stephanie’s competition. (in Wyandotte, Michigan.) She passed her Bronze moves in the field test this morning, so she’s really excited. She’s been working hard on the test requirements for the last several months, so this is quite a validation of her work. I’m really proud of her.

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On the road again

Headed to Michigan to visit our friends Dan and Melissa and to go to Stephanie’s skating competition in Wyandotte, MI. Left the pooch home with our petsitter for this trip; too far for the little dude. Stephanie is also testing for her bronze moves in the field.

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links for 2010-01-22

Obama: Daddy of the United States of America You don't have to win, we were told at the positive-discipline workshop. Your child is not damaged, morally, if your child wins, if the battle is withdrawn, or, better yet, never joined. Our culture has viewed parenthood in terms of decisive moments, but it's better to view

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links for 2010-01-21

The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House What follows is a brief discussion of Audre Lorde's often-quoted statement, "The master's tools will never dismantle the master's house." (tags: feminism Lorde ideas) Hej Cyklist! Copenhagen Has a New Bike-friendly Feature – GOOD Blog – GOOD Copenhagen installs food rests for cyclists stopped at lights.

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links for 2010-01-20

John Travolta to Airlift Desperately Needed E-Meters to People of Haiti – Disasters – Gawker Scientologists have mobilized to seize on the promotional and recruitment opportunities presented by the horror going on in Haiti, and John Travolta has personally arranged to fly "volunteer ministers" to Haiti to inflict his junk science on victims there. (tags:

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Weekend Update 2010-01-19

Nope, I haven’t quit the 365 photo project, I’m just behind on putting the photos I’ve taken up. I know – three day weekend for me and I couldn’t get it done. But I was working on the project — I want to do some portrait work, and we have a southern-exposure window that I

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links for 2010-01-19

The Dirtiest Player: Profiles: GQ GQ story about former Colts player Marvin Harrison. (tags: sports football crime Colts) Thousand and One Words The photo blog of Ryan, the character from the Office. Yeah, it's pretty funny. (tags: photography funny office television parody) BBC – Magazine Monitor: 100 things we didn't know last year BBC's annual

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links for 2010-01-17

The Observer – Responsibility for offensive comic Comparing a cartoon about gay bashing someone into a vegetable to Harry Reid's misplace remarks about President Obama is the definition of "not getting it." (tags: homophobia indiana NotreDame) Wow. Apparently Gay Bashing is Funny at Notre Dame | The Bilerico Project So not cool. (tags: homophobia indiana

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links for 2010-01-16

Of Rats and Jen » From Childhood Toy to Fiber Art Ploy A yarn swift from tinker toys. That rocks. (tags: knitting howto tinkertoys) Progress Trackers in Web Design: Examples and Best Practices – Smashing Magazine Sweet – I'm in the middle of redesigning one, so this is quite a dandy help. (tags: webdesign navigation

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Dealbreakers

You know how you find a site that you really like, and you read it and enjoy it and show it to everyone you know? And you go along and after awhile the site changes, and you find yourself enjoying it less and less, and then there gets to be a point at which you

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links for 2010-01-15

How to repair a broken iPhone display – O'Reilly Answers If you don't mind taking it apart yourself, apparently, the screen can be fixed for $20.00. Damn. (tags: iPhone howto diy)

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links for 2010-01-14

Pat Robertson: Haitians 'Swore A Pact To The Devil' (VIDEO) | TPM LiveWire "Pat Robertson, a Christian televangelist, speaking today about the devastating earthquake in Haiti, said Haitians had collectively "sworn a pact to the devil," which brought on the country's extreme poverty and the earthquake." — There's certainly something evil going on here, but

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links for 2010-01-13

Study sees parking lot dust as a cancer risk – Environment- msnbc.com Cancer-causing chemicals used to coat parking lots are showing up in people's homes, tracked in from outside on their shoes. (tags: cancer chemicals health)

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365 project – Day 12: Stephanie’s Scarf

I’m absolutely in love with this one – a scarf I’m making for Stephanie in two different varigated yarns, alternating rows, in a rib pattern that I got from Stephanie Pearl-McPhee’s site. I finally got settled down with all the indecision about what new project I was going to try, and all the thought I

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365 project – Day 10: Knitting at Home

I dithered back and forth about what new yarn to use and what new stitch pattern to try, until I drove myself nuts. Stephanie’s not feeling well, and I don’t feel great either, so I opted for comfort, and grabbed scrap yarn and the Roku remote. I’ve been watching Season 2 of MI:5 and knitting

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links for 2010-01-08

Walk Away From Your Mortgage! – NYTimes.com Makes sense – big businesses do it all the time. Cut your losses and move on, don't stay in a house that's underwater. (tags: economy government nytimes mortgage economics)

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365 project – Day 7: Snow, snow, snow

I need to work on my snow photos, because this isn’t all that stellar. But it is a slice of life; we had several inches today. I also finished up this hat today, which I’m quite proud of. It goes with the scarf I made earlier. In all, I need to stop taking photos in

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links for 2010-01-06

I Am For Sale, Who Will Buy Me? « A heartrending plea from a Afghan woman who wants to get her education and get out of an impossible situation. (tags: afghanistan feminism education women equality rights)

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365 project – Day 5: The Happy Hank Experiment

Today, we’re going to test out this monkey present I got from Stephanie’s niece for Christmas. He supposedly grows to 600% his current size Here’s all the terms of service and such. It takes 10 whole days for him to grow, so we’ll have to come back to see what he looks like. He sure

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links for 2010-01-05

Ammonia-treated burgers, tainted with E. Coli! | Grist McDonalds uses this – OMG this is gross. "Evidently, scraps of cow flesh, swept up from slaughterhouse floors and pulverized into a kind of paste, are moving through the tubes, subjected to a lashings of ammonium hydroxide to kill bacteria.The scene ends with those heavily protected workers

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365 project – Day 4

The view from my window at work. BRRRRRR. I hate leaving the house in cold weather. When does spring roll around? Oh, wait, we have a lot to do before then. Like prepping for our trip to England. We’re taking my mom to see my sister and her kids. Should be fun. Dunno how I’d

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365 project – Day 3

D’oh! I forgot to take a photo. But this is why it’s about setting a goal, not making a resolution — I’m not going to make it a habit if I stop now that I’ve blown the perfect record. (And so early in the game, too!) I spend a good chunk of the day getting

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365 project – Day 2

I remembered at the end of the day that I was trying to learn this new habit of taking a photo every day – so I quickly snapped a picture of Stephanie while she sat at her computer. I’ll do my best to avoid a lot of “quick take a photo” moments.

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365 project – Day 1

Anti-choice protesters (forced birth advocates) outside my neighbor’s house on New Year’s Day. My neighbor works for Planned Parenthood. Yeah, in our residential neighborhood. In front of my house. MF assholes. They spent an hour shouting obnoxious statements and disturbing the peace.

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Farewell, 2009 (a year in pictures)

Try JibJab Sendables® eCards today! We had a pretty calm but eventful year in 2009. I spend a chunk of January getting our staircase room painted, and we also stripped the wallpaper and painted a bedroom at Stephanie’s rental house. I also went back on a walk through of my former home at 2165 N.

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links for 2009-12-30

A Less Than Honest Policy – NYTimes.com The bill that passed the Senate with such fanfare on Christmas Eve would impose a confiscatory 40 percent excise tax on so-called Cadillac health plans, which are popularly viewed as over-the-top plans held only by the very wealthy. In fact, it’s a tax that in a few years

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Health Care Reform passes Senate

According to MSNBC.com: WASHINGTON – Senate Democrats passed a landmark health care bill Thursday that could define President Barack Obama’s legacy and usher in near-universal medical coverage for the first time in the country’s history. The 60-39 vote on a cold Christmas Eve morning capped months of arduous negotiations and 24 days of floor debate.

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links for 2009-12-23

Think Progress » Sen. Coburn: ‘People Ought To Pray’ That A Senator ‘Can’t Make The Vote Tonight’ He meant that he wanted people to pray that 92-year-old Robert Byrd would become ill or die so he couldn't vote. Which is exactly what people did – calling in to right wing radio shows and proudly exclaiming

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links for 2009-12-22

Jester type hats (tags: knitting patterns hat jester square) Jayne Cobb Hat! (with pattern) – KNITTING How to make the Jayne Cobb hat. (tags: television patterns how-to joss knitting firefly) The World’s Biggest Stash? at Mochimochi Blog Wow. Just wow. (tags: knitting blog stash yarn) Jayne Hat Knit-a-Thon For those who might not know what

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links for 2009-12-21

One-Liners Of The Decade: Pics, Videos, Links, News (tags: quotes bestof2000s) James Chartrand’s Constructed Masculinity Goes Far Beyond the Pen Name – The Sexist – Washington City Paper Aw crap. She was successful not just because she took a man's name, but also because she write like a sexist man who treated women badly. That

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links for 2009-12-19

Lying and Creativity : The Frontal Cortex chronic confabulation is often seen in patients with frontal lobe damage. Like SB, these people invent fantastical fictions about their lives, telling stories that make little literal sense. They lie about anything and everything, if only because the truth is too confusing. Such confabulations tells us something important

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Gazpacho

From Rachel 2 medium cucumbers, peeled/chopped 5 medium tomatoes, peeled/chopped 1 medium green pepper, peeled/chopped 1 large onion, peeled/chopped 2 tsp. finely chopped garlic 4 cups crumbled french/italian bread, crusts trimmed off 4 cups cold water 1 cup red wine vinegar 4 tsp. salt 4 Tbsp. olive oil 1 Tbsp. tomato paste Garnish: 1 cup

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links for 2009-12-18

Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity | Video on TED.com (tags: creativity ideas teaching children innovation) Tiger Beatdown › And Now I Am Your Women’s Studies Professor: The Tiger Beatdown Book List A great list that I need to study further and put into some format by which I actually buy some of these books.

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links for 2009-12-16

Welcome to Pictory – Pictory (tags: photography photos photoblog pictory) Why James Chartrand Wears Women's Underpants | Copyblogger "Taking a man’s name opened up a new world. It helped me earn double and triple the income of my true name, with the same work and service. No hassles. Higher acceptance. And gratifying respect for my

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I vote for “Not Joe Liberman”

About 2010, here is one thing I can say with certainty. Every cent of every dollar I spend on political contributions in the year 2010 is going to go to whatever Democrat is running against Joe Lieberman in his next election. I don’t care who it is, as long as it isn’t Joe. According to

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links for 2009-12-12

Build a Website – Squarespace (tags: webhosting blogging) The Salvation Army's bigotted position on Homosexuality Why you should not put money in those red buckets every year at Christmas, and should give to charities that don't discriminate against and victimize people instead. (tags: homophobia equality rights lgbt)

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links for 2009-12-11

Uganda debates death penalty for gays – Africa – msnbc.com KAMPALA, Uganda – Proposed legislation would impose the death penalty for some gay Ugandans, and their family and friends could face up to seven years in jail if they fail to report them to authorities. Even landlords could be imprisoned for renting to homosexuals. American

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links for 2009-12-10

Essay – When Bad Covers Happen to Good Books – NYTimes.com (tags: design books arts) The Noughtie List: the 2000s in Review (kottke.org) List of "Best of the Decades" lists from all over the web. (tags: bestof2000s bestof2009) How to Make Romance Last – MSN Relationships – article According to the article — "Men and

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links for 2009-12-09

EasyRGB – The inimitable RGB and COLOR search engine! Matches digital color numbers to actual paint colors (tags: tool colors design branding reference) ACORN Report Finds No Illegal Conduct | TPMMuckraker That's because it was all made up by Republicans. (tags: election2008 republicans corruption)

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links for 2009-12-08

École Polytechnique massacre – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (tags: history feminism misogyny crime violence) Lessons of the Montreal Massacre – thestar.com The Montreal Massacre was different. Lépine had a specific target: women. He blamed them for his own failures. His suicide note listed other women he'd set in his sights: a politician, a union leader,

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December? Oh my.

Wow – time to wrap up the year, and I’m utterly at loose ends with various projects. I’ve been working steadily on knitting projects, and organizing the house, two areas where we’ve made some pretty big gains. We’re steadily getting through the mounds of papers that need to be filed or thrown out, with the

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links for 2009-12-01

Go Away (tags: funny blogs writing letters) Edge: THE MOUNTAIN AND THE CLOCK "The entire Journey is actually a set up for the secret payoff. Having passed through the stresses of the Labyrinth the traveler is relieved to find the apparent payoff. But since the Apparent Payoff is anticipated, it can never be entirely satisfying.

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links for 2009-11-29

Turkey City Lexicon – A Primer for SF Workshops A lexicon of poor tropes in SF writing that should be avoided. (tags: tropes funny reference writing scifi) Amazon.com: know more about Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallander mysteries Swedish mystery writer that seems to be very popular amonst literary folk, (tags: books reading mysteries) Language Log: The

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links for 2009-11-25

Andy Warhol's Illustrations for The Little Red Hen From The Best in Children's Books Nelson Doubleday 1958. I personally like how the little red hen is actually pink throughout. (tags: art books illustration education warhol)

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links for 2009-11-24

Tiger Beatdown › The Edward Cullen Underpants Conundrum Sady illustrates for us why Twilight is really just conservative porn for Ladeez. And she's right, too. (tags: twilight feminism movies sexism celebrity) Depressed Woman Loses Health Benefits for Happy Pics on Facebook Judging by the comments on this article, there are a whole lot of people

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links for 2009-11-23

David Vines: If It Were Me, I'd Be Embarrassed A 17 year old Palin supporter has her facts mixed up, and gets all up in arms when a reporter confronts her with facts to correct her misinformation. (tags: Palin idiots republicans) Palin Booed By Book Tour Crowd She left 300 some people standing in the

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links for 2009-11-22

7 Popular 'Chick Flicks' That Secretly Hate Women | Cracked.com Wow, an amazingly astute feminist article from cracked.com of all places. Will wonders never cease? Brava, cracked.com (tags: movies cracked feminism misogyny women)

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links for 2009-11-20

Palin snubs local media on tour Uh huh. (tags: politics media) Area Man Passionate Defender Of What He Imagines Constitution To Be | The Onion – America's Finest News Source "Our very way of life is under siege," said Mortensen, whose understanding of the Constitution derives not from a close reading of the document but

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links for 2009-11-18

International Klein Blue – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The hex triplet for International Klein Blue – useful. (tags: klein colors colour paintings design fun)

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links for 2009-11-17

Free Knitting Pattern: Log Cabin Afghan Square (tags: knitting pattern logcabin) Knit Flix « hAMImono Movies with people knitting in them. (tags: movies knitting lists funny) Chicken Viking Hat by Sarah @ Aloha Misc. Media House (tags: knitting patterns) Fingerstaches are pretty cool. Yes, they are. (tags: knitting patterns)

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links for 2009-11-14

Meet The Predators « Really astounding evidence identifying who the average rapist is and how they go about committing their crimes. These are new stats that the main stream media really should be shouting from the rooftops, because they would give police and communities new ways to prevent rape and crime directed at women. (tags:

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links for 2009-11-12

Tom Richmond iPhone App rejected » The Daily Cartoonist MAD Magazine artist Tom Richmond has been working on an iPhone app with movie director/entrepreneur Ray Griggs that allows users to search a database for contact information of every congressman. Tom did 540 caricatures – one for every representative in union and territories – for the

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links for 2009-11-11

Junk Food Turns Rats Into Addicts / Science News These reward pathway deficits persisted for weeks after the rats stopped eating the junk food, the researchers found. “It’s almost as if you break these things, it’s very, very hard to go back to the way things were before,” Kenny says. When the junk food was

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links for 2009-11-09

On North Concord, it's desolation row | The Indianapolis Star Shocked that Mayor Ballard's plan to deal with vacant housing hasn't worked. Gee Mayor, what could be the problem? (tags: indianapolis economy housing politics)

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links for 2009-11-08

Custom Postcards: Create and Send Them Worldwide with HazelMail! More postcard mailers from your own postcards (tags: photos postcards lifehacks) Postful: The Web's Printer Another place that lest you send postcards of your own pictures. (tags: lifehacks snailmail postal postcards) AmazingMail – Product Selection lets you send your own pictures as postcards. (tags: photos postcards)

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links for 2009-11-07

Knitting Pattern Central – Free Toy Knitting Pattern Link Directory Ideas for the giant stash of yarn Stephanie picked up for a song. (tags: patterns knitting toys)

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links for 2009-11-06

MYTH BUSTED: Internet Use Doesn’t Lead to Isolation cool. (tags: research media internet socialnetworking) Website Maintenance Tips for Front-End Developers – Smashing Magazine (tags: webdev webdesign resources)

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links for 2009-11-05

DavidMixner.com – Enough, No More, Enough "Call this campaign against us what it is – Gay Apartheid. Refuse to allow any of our fellow Americans, President Obama or our allies to view this as a political issue who time hasn't quite come. America is in the process of creating a system of Gay Apartheid. We

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links for 2009-11-04

The App Garden on Flickr (tags: api flickr photography webdesign applications development) flogr – Project Hosting on Google Code (tags: flickr gallery software)

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Things I’ve Learned on the Internet

The long and involved commented I posted on this Cute Overload post, just because it’s one of those things I’ve finally figured out after being on the internet for over 20 years. When I’m walking down the hall and I accidentally step on someone’s toes, I apologize for it and take a moment to make

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links for 2009-11-03

Prairie Lights Bookstore Iowa City's premiere independent bookseller in Iowa City. I'm bookmarking with the intent of visiting when we're in Iowa for family thanksgiving. (tags: bookstore iowa reading books shopping) Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award Who will be the next Kurt Vonnegut or James Whitcomb Riley? The Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana

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links for 2009-11-02

Bobbs-Merrill Company – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (tags: education reading) 20th-Century American Bestsellers: House of a Thousand Candles information about the Indianapolis written novel. (tags: ideas Indiana novel MeredithNicholson) The House of a Thousand Candles (1936) – Overview – MSN Movies Synopsis of the movie, which seems much different to me than the book I

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links for 2009-10-31

Home — Second Story Second Story is a non-profit writing project serving kids, schools and community organizations in Indianapolis, Ind. Programs include in-class writing instruction at local schools, as well as after-school tutoring, creative-writing workshops and other events. (tags: writing creative children eucation fun) The Secret Headquarters Dr. Fredric Rinehart has been credited with developing

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links for 2009-10-30

GOOD.is | The GOOD 100, or so GOOD Magazine's list of the most important, exciting and innovative people, ideas and products making our world better. The list is made up of of projects, people and ideas nominated by a combination of the extended GOOD team, and its readers. It's a great and inspiring list; Good

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links for 2009-10-29

Get Great Gadgets. And Keep Them. – Last Year's Model I can take the pledge – I still use my generation One iPhone, even after I stepped on it and cracked the screen (tags: sustainability gadget funny lifehacks consumerism frugality) Alt Text: New Cult Spares Members From Early Adopters’ Pain | Underwire | Wired.com This

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links for 2009-10-28

A Rolling Stone Leads to Rome – Schott’s Vocab Blog – NYTimes.com All’s fair in love and lemonade. If life gives you lemons, make war. (tags: english vocabulary) Story Structure & Plot – Novel Writing Tips (tags: plotting novel NaNoWriMo)

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links for 2009-10-22

How Photographers Created Rock And Roll – The Picture Show Blog : NPR Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History 1955-Present. Want. (tags: photography) Localwashing: How corporate America is co-opting “local” This new variation on corporate greenwashing—localwashing—is, like the buy-local movement itself, most advanced in the context of food. Hellmann’s, the mayonnaise brand owned

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links for 2009-10-20

sevensevennine.com | nick turpin on street photography | Photochart This Venn diagram needs to go on my bulletin board. (tags: charts photography visualization toPrint) Chris Jordan Photography: albatross These photographs of albatross chicks were made just a few weeks ago on Midway Atoll, a tiny stretch of sand and coral near the middle of the

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links for 2009-10-16

Eric & the Dread Gazebo :: DreadGazebo :: Roleplaying Resources Beware the Dread Gazebo. (tags: gaming rpg story comedy funny) Does the Brain Like E-Books? – Room for Debate Blog – NYTimes.com This is relevant to my interests. (tags: ebooks kindle technology books reading learning) OpEdNews – Article: Has There Been a Virtual Coup D'Etat

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links for 2009-10-15

mental_floss Blog » He Took a Polaroid Every Day, Until the Day He Died a collection of Polaroids, one per day, from March 31, 1979 through October 25, 1997. (tags: photography projects) The Referendum – Happy Days Blog – NYTimes.com Slap bang on for me! – "The Referendum is a phenomenon typical of (but not

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links for 2009-10-14

Buyer-Linked Foundation: Who Gave, And Where Did The Money Go? | TPMMuckraker The foundation closely linked to Rep. Steve Buyer (R-IN) that's taken nearly a million dollars from companies with interest in legislation moving through his committees, but given out nothing for its stated purpose, college scholarships for Indiana students. (tags: indiana politics lobbying scandal)

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Richard Dawkins

I went with our friend Mike down to Bloomington to visit our friend Joe and to see Richard Dawkins speak at the IU auditorium last night. He was there to read from and discuss his newest book The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution. I don’t have the book and haven’t read it,

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Downtown Indianapolis Restaurant Delivery Options

I put together this list of downtown Indianapolis delivery options for my own reference. If you happen to know of others or if this list needs an update, please comment with suggestions. Aunt Polly’s – 317-632-3663 Bazbeaux Pizza – 317-636-7662 Best Taste China Buffet – 317-684-1818 Bob’s Tu Your Door – 317-358-2627 China King –

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links for 2009-10-11

CAMBAGS.COM Camera Bag Review Resource for DSLR Cameras A review site that explains how much gear you can get into any camera bag – sweet! (tags: photography cameras bags gear)

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links for 2009-10-10

Shakesville: Rape Culture 101 What is it? You're soaking in it. Melissa assembles all the pieces, connecting the dots into the overwhelming pattern that makes this picture impossible to ignore or deny. (tags: misogyny violence crime women equality culture)

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links for 2009-10-09

atypically.knit – Hogwarts house scarves I made up my own pattern for mine and it came out well, but these are more polished that mind and I think I'll make one like this, too. (tags: knitting HarryPotter scarf) Yarn, Patterns, Knitting and Crocheting (tags: knitting catalog shop supplies) One Family’s Roots, a Nation’s History –

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links for 2009-10-08

Caterina.net: Working hard is overrated Much more important than working hard is knowing how to find the right thing to work on. Paying attention to what is going on in the world. Seeing patterns. Seeing things as they are rather than how you want them to be. Being able to read what people want. Putting

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Last weekend in photographs

On Friday evening, we went to Trina O’Connor’s solo photography show at the The Language and Culture International Gallery. 158 East 14th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202. More on the show here. Trina is part of the “Indy Women in Focus” Photography group that I participate in. She has moved from being a professional photojournalist to

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Vonnegut’s eight rules for writing a short story

Cribbed from Kurt Vonnegut’s Wikipedia entry: In his book Bagombo Snuff Box: Uncollected Short Fiction, Vonnegut listed eight rules for writing a short story: Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted. Give the reader at least one character he or

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links for 2009-10-06

Welcome | MagCloud Publish your own printed magazine. Check out the photo mag done in just 31 hours from beginning to finished product. Sweet. (tags: magazine printondemand self-publishing photography design) Pitchfork: Staff Lists: The Top 200 Albums of the 2000s: 20-1 Yeah, mostly. (tags: music lists best) Photographers – Toughest Shot | Outside Online Photographers

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links for 2009-10-05

Fat Cat Software – iPhoto Library Manager a piece of software that fixes crap that iPhoto does. Gee, too bad none of this functionality is actually in iPhoto itself. Harumph. (tags: photography tools apple iphoto) Roman Polanski: ‘Everyone else fancies little girls too’ – Telegraph Blogs Polanski quote in 1979: "“If I had killed somebody,

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links for 2009-10-03

Wonkette : Deleted: ‘Peggy Noonan Will Educate The Young Princes, Now’ Ah, Wonkette, your commentors are a delight. (tags: funny) Where to buy? Battery for E-620 – Fourthirdsphoto Forum Bookmarking for future reference. I haven't run my current camera battery down, but I may need a replacement sometime soon. (tags: cameras) The Smoking Gun: Polanski

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links for 2009-10-02

chrismm | Celebrities supporting the Roman Polanski arrest A nice compilation of famous folks who've spoken out in favor of his arrest. (tags: polanski crime justice) Roman the Rapist – Rasmussen Reports™ Rape is a crime against the state, as well as a civil wrong against the individual. The victim is free not to pursue

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Conservatives against Women’s Right to Vote

Transcript discussed by Think Progress: John Derbyshire, a British-American conservative author and columnist for the National Review, has written a new book titled We Are Doomed: Reclaiming Conservative Pessimism. The book contains a section called “The Case Against Female Suffrage.” Yesterday on his radio show, Alan Colmes asked Derbyshire to articulate his argument. “What is

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links for 2009-10-01

Banned Books Week More about the event (tags: reference books censorship freedom) Banned Books Week Crap – we're in the middle of banned books week, and I keep forgetting to blog about it. Hey, here's some info on Banned Books week. Go out and buy a banned book (tags: books censorship) Newsmax columnist: Military coup

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About Roman Polanski

I’m sure you’ve had an opportunity to read all the media circus surrounding the arrest of movie director Roman Polanski. Over on Shakesville, Melissa McEwan notes and discusses several of the high-profile people defending him, including Harvey Weinstein, Debra Winger and Whoopi Goldberg. And on another blog post, she lists others. I’m deeply disappointed by

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links for 2009-09-30

Shakesville: Her Reasons Are Not Yours "The simple answer for that is because justice doesn't operate on the principle of what's best for the victim; it operates on the principle of what's best for the community. (That's why prosecutors represent "the people.") Particularly in a case of sexual assault of a minor, there is additional

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links for 2009-09-28

Barack Obama's amazingly consistent smile And Barack seems to have the same talent for consistent facial expressions in pictures (tags: photography posing Obama) YTMND – Paris Hilton doesn't change facial expressions (original sound) Animation illustrating how Paris Hilton has studied her appearance and always smiles for cameras in the same way. (tags: animation photos celebrity)

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links for 2009-09-25

National Punctuation Day Wow, I should have been celebrating all day. This needs to go on the Odd Holidays Calendar. (tags: reference language punctuation writing holidays) ‘Hello … my name is Eileen … and I’m … an ellipsis abuser …’ | Article | Homepage articles "It had gotten to the point where I couldn’t pause

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links for 2009-09-23

Jim C. Hines – 20 Neil Gaiman Facts Sample fact: "Hitler actually won World War II. Then Neil Gaiman wrote an alternate-history story in which the allies won, and reality was too intimidated to argue the point." (tags: writing neilgaiman funny lists facts awesome)

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links for 2009-09-20

Cap’n Dyke, Lesbian Pirate Queen & Rogue Blogger In honor of "Talk Like a Pirate Day." (tags: blogs pirate) Joe Wilson is Your Pre-Existing Condition He sure is. He's the reason 45,000 people died from lack of health care in America last year. (tags: awesome funny healthcare conservatives) Meet Your Conservative Movement – a set

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links for 2009-09-19

Jobs at flickr.com (tags: design flickr) The Taste of Climate Change "But what if you could make climate change edible, not just visible? Could you create a Climate Change Tasting Menu? As a sort of amuse-bouche, the Climate Change Tasting Menu could offer local foods and drink that actually taste worse because of climate change

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links for 2009-09-18

Tiger Beatdown › Beyond Good And Evil, Straight To Annoying: A Few Thoughts on Michael Moore Tiger Beatdown again with the awesome: "I mean: the thought of Tarantino applying this to World War Fucking Two was really not appealing to me. I’ve heard there’s not even that much violence in the movie, that it’s all

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Sexual Assault Prevention Tips Guaranteed to Work!

Written by Shane Austen and posted here; Shane had this to say about the list: Kat reposted a nice piece about true rape prevention, which reminded me of this little list I whipped up a few months ago. As I just did a college RA training yesterday, re-reading this made me laugh. I mean seriously,

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Only rapists can prevent rape

A lovely list written by unknown, and passed along by Kat O’Leary, who posted it on this page of her site. (if you step back through the links, it has been reposted many times by other cool people.) A lot has been said about how to prevent rape. Women should learn self-defense. Women should lock

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links for 2009-09-16

Wait a Second. Why Shouldn’t We Insure Illegals? | Print Article | Newsweek.com The only problem? From a purely economic standpoint, insuring illegal immigrants makes a lot of sense—and not just for them, but for everyone. (tags: healthcare) Stop-and-Frisk Campaign | NYCLU The NYPD’s stop-and-frisk practices raise serious concerns over racial profiling, illegal stops and

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Obama’s speech, and my thoughts

After the jump, the full text of President Barack Obama’s address to Congress on health care reform yesterday, as prepared for delivery and provided by the White House. My thoughts: he filled in the gaps of what I didn’t know, and reinforced what I did. I am surprised at all the gaps I had in

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links for 2009-09-09

bassistance.de » jQuery plugin: Validation (tags: jquery forms) Font Squirrel | Handpicked free fonts for graphic designers with commercial-use licenses. (tags: font freefonts fonts freeware)

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links for 2009-09-08

Why Exercise Won't Make You Thin – TIME The conclusion is that exercise makes you crave more calories than you just expended. Better to walk around the block several times per day and garden & play outside to burn calories than to get on the elliptical. Use the stairs instead of the elevator, take a

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links for 2009-09-07

Miley Talks Movies, Shopping, and More | GlamBuzz Miley Cyrus explains to us why we should read "The Catcher in the Rye": "It’s a really good story. Plus, when I was reading the book, I thought that I was a little similar to the main character. He over-thinks everything and I’m like that. In the

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Costochondritis

According to WebMD: Costochondritis is an inflammation of the junctions where the upper ribs join with the cartilage that holds them to the breastbone or sternum. The condition causes localized chest pain that you can reproduce by pushing on the cartilage in the front of your ribcage. Costochondritis is a relatively harmless condition and usually

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links for 2009-09-06

It Happened… But Nobody Noticed In 1982 Gustav Records issued the compilation LP “It Happened But Nobody Noticed” containing 13 bands chronicling this fertile concentration of creativity. The album stood for over 25 years as a testament to the impressive talents of this Connecticut musical collective. (tags: music punk)

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links for 2009-09-05

School Won’t Air President’s Speech – The Daily Beast This is absurd. I can't believe the level of hysteria by people on the right. These people need a good shunning until they understand their actions are out of bounds in a civil society. No, it shouldn't be illegal to cry empty-headed nonsense, but we should

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2009 Fall TV Season

Checking out EW’s cheat sheet of when the fall TV shows premiere, — either they left shows off here (Lost is the only one I noticed missing) or I just don’t watch that much TV anymore. My selections this year: Wednesday, September 9: Glee, 9 p.m. (Fox) Thursday, September 17: Bones, 8 p.m. (Fox) The

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My commitment to healthcare reform

According to the current political forecasting, it appears that health care reform efforts in congress are failing, and that a health care reform bill will not pass this year. I’m writing to all of my elected officials to let them know that I expect a health care reform bill to pass this fall. If it

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links for 2009-09-02

Cellphones Cause Brain Tumors, Says New Report By International EMF Collaborative Great. And they mean "cordless phones and cellphones" here – the handheld cordless presents the same risk, apparently. (tags: science health technology cellphone cancer)

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links for 2009-09-01

Roger Ebert: The plague of movie trivia "I know the answers. Not everybody can be expected to. Therefore, I am smarter than you? No, we just know different things." (tags: ebert trivia movies)

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Weekend Updates 2009-08-31

I took Thursday and Friday of last week off and created for myself a four day weekend. That was fun. I got some organizing projects done around the house, and played around a bit with a photography project. The end result of the photography project wasn’t great – but I know what I need to

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links for 2009-08-29

Tiger Beatdown › Stephen Moyer Thinks You Want To Be Raped By Your Vampire Boyfriend He would be quite wrong about that, in fact. Tiger Beatdown delivers the goods unto you on this subject matter. (tags: awesome feminism) Tiger Beatdown › “The concept for our video is, ‘Things You Can Airbrush Onto Your Van.’” This

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links for 2009-08-28

The Great White Hope – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia This is a racist term which is clear in this article, which does a good job debunking the current media apologists trying to white wash the use of it in Republican political policy against Barack Obama. (tags: racism language republicans) Flickr Photo Download: Mythical Creatures Oh,

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links for 2009-08-27

WHEN NOVELISTS SOBER UP | More Intelligent Life Sadly, the first thing I thought after reading this was "maybe I'd be a better writer if I took up drinking!" Missing the point entire, I suspect. (tags: literature drinking criticism culture)

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Grilled Lemony Chicken with Asparagus

Source: Cookstr 2 garlic cloves 4 boneless and skinless chicken breasts, about 7 ounces each 1 pound asparagus ½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon herbes de Provence or ¼ teaspoon each dried thyme, basil, rosemary, and sage Yield: 4 SERVINGS

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links for 2009-08-26

Wikipedia Celebrates 750 Years Of American Independence | The Onion – America's Finest News Source Founding Fathers, Patriots, Mr. T. Honored (tags: funny onion wikipedia) kung fu grippe – Making the Clackity Noise LOOK! We have keyboards! Literally right in front of us this second. (tags: inspiration writing creativity storytelling awesome)

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links for 2009-08-25

Pitchfork: Staff Lists: The Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s: 20-1 Interesting list. I like it. (tags: pitchfork music lists) xkcd – A Webcomic – Tech Support Cheat Sheet What "computer experts" do to fix your problem (and how you can do it yourself. (tags: cartoons funny technology awesome) Why the Gang of Six is

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links for 2009-08-21

Shakesville: Here's Your Big Chance to Ask: What About the Men? I don't guess I need to say that I am all for giving women around the world every tool, every resource, every dollar and dinar, every bit of choice and opportunity and access, everything possible to lift themselves up and achieve everything they could

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links for 2009-08-20

Majority of Republicans Say "Keep Gov. Out of Medicare!" (Really) | OurFuture.org 62% of Republicans say that the federal government should stay out of Medicare! – Yes, the vast majority of Republicans actually believe that the federal government should stay out of Medicare, a federal government-run health care system. The Stupid. It Burns. (tags: healthcare

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links for 2009-08-19

How to treat an eye twitch – Eye twitching Preventative measures are important. Since stress causes almost all muscle problems, including blepharospasm, to worsen, it is important to minimize and avoid stress. Whether this means embarking upon stress management through cognitive therapy, occupational therapy, or other types of group therapy or support meetings, these methods

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Maddow skewers Obama on backing off the Public Option

Rachel shows that the Health Care industry, the folks making a fortune of you getting sick, is jubilant that Obama is considering getting rid of the “public option” in health care reform. The “public option” would allow you to get insurance through the government, and provide competition for the health care industry. One of the

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links for 2009-08-18

The C-Monster.net Taxonomy of Art. at C-MONSTER.net Nothing beats a good venn diagram. (tags: art fun humor) When literary magazines get tiny: Abe’s Penny. at C-MONSTER.net A postcard magazine. Cool concept. (tags: magazines photography) Afghan Husbands Win Right to Starve Wives – The Lede Blog – NYTimes.com And we're letting them get away with this

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links for 2009-08-16

Flickr Photo: Free Ideas For Right Wing Poster Artists (AKA Pharmaceutical Interns). A) Portrait of iconic liberal antagonist. B) freakish pop-culture facial affectation. C) Name of a nasty political system you googled. (tags: funny posters extremism republicans healthcare propaganda)

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links for 2009-08-15

New Jersey Homeowner Calls Cops on Bob Dylan – ABC News And the police actually arrested him – for walking around in the rain. In someone's neighborhood. Because that's suspicious. God forbid we walk around the neighborhood in the rain. Stupid (tags: police falsearrest idiots) Shakesville: The Terrible Bargain We Have Regretfully Struck "Why do

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links for 2009-08-14

White House | Health Insurance Reform Reality Check Straight from the President – Get the facts about the stability and security you get from health insurance reform. (tags: healthcare WhiteHouse facts) High-Fat Diet May Make You Stupid and Lazy – Yahoo! News Bad headline for an interesting study. (tags: nutrition health diet brain) File:Challenge vs

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links for 2009-08-13

Rosa Parks Poster Torn Up At McCaskill Town Hall (VIDEO) She and a few other women had brought posters to the town hall, but they rolled them up after being booed and berated by the crowd. When the woman unrolled one to show to a journalist, an angry man in the crowd rushed over and

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links for 2009-08-11

Nearly Getting Arrested in Downtown Atlanta Well known travel photographer gets threatened with arrest for photographing Coke Museum in Atlanta, Georgia. As has been mentioned here numerous times, photography is protected under the first amendment, and there are no laws against photographing buildings in public places. (tags: photography Atlanta legal Coke) Shakesville: Actual Headline "Put

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Weekend Update, early August

So, we got a scooter. The plan is to ride it to work. For now, Stephanie and I are both going to share the Buddy 125, and later, if it works out money-wise, I’ll get my own Scooter. It’s been 20-some years since I rode my brother’s moped, so I’m shaky on the corners, but

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links for 2009-08-09

Op-Ed Columnist – Women at Risk – NYTimes.com "We profess to being shocked at one or another of these outlandish crimes, but the shock wears off quickly in an environment in which the rape, murder and humiliation of females is not only a staple of the news, but an important cornerstone of the nation’s entertainment."

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Stephanie’s New Scooter

We got a Buddy Scooter from Genuine Scooter Company for Stephanie to ride. We’ll both get our motorcycle licenses learning on this cutey, and later I’ll get the scooter I’ve been looking at.

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links for 2009-08-07

Photoshop JavaScript (tags: photography javascript programming scripting) Tony Kuyper Photography—Using Luminosity Masks—Introduction (tags: photoshop tutorials lighting photography toread) CAF Tours – Architecture River Cruise CAF-certified expert docents interpret the world-class architecture along the Chicago River. Marvel at Chicago’s soaring towers while enjoying a 90-minute, narrated river cruise. This tour spotlights more than 50 architecturally significant

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links for 2009-08-06

How Different Groups Spend Their Day – Interactive Graphic – NYTimes.com Interesting. I can't tell if they lump reading under "other leisure" – that would make a difference to me. (tags: visualization demographics america statistics society) Hamlet – The Text Adventure It's so unfair! You're in trouble again, just because you called your uncle –

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Insurance Industry organizing at Town Hall Meetings

Rachel Maddow exposes the thuggish behavior that Insurance Industry lobbyists are organizing at town hall meetings on health care that are taking place around the country during the congressional break. Paid for by the health insurance industry– loud, semi-violent and threatening crowds of Republicans are disrupting democratic town hall meetings being held by congressional representatives

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links for 2009-08-05

Industry-Backed Anti-Health Care Reform Group: Yeah, We're Packing And Disrupting The Health Care Town Halls | TPMDC So the Insurance Industry has conned the tea baggers into disrupting town hall meetings on health care with thuggish, bordering on illegal behavior. Sounds about right; tea baggers are the right stooges for this gambit. (tags: healthcare insurance

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Blue Meanies

I’ve been in quite a blue funk lately. A large chunk of that is due to hitting 41, which seems to have affected me more than 40 did by a large margin. The “thinking about mortality” issues that advance with each turn of the year tend to thrust themselves into my conscious mind with alarming

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links for 2009-08-03

BrushPortfolio.com – Free high quality Photoshop brushes » Blog Archive » Passport-Mail Stamps (tags: photoshop brushes) Let's make the web faster – Google Code (tags: webdesign webdev css performance bestpractices) Mirror neuron – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia A mirror neuron is a neuron that fires both when an animal acts and when the animal observes

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links for 2009-08-01

aM laboratory I could play with this for hours. (tags: sequencer synthesizer design music flash actionscript) Rejuvenation's Mid-Century Lighting & Hardware Wowee wow wow wow. Courtesy of the Atomic Indy blog, this fantasmic site that sells mid-century modern designed new lighting and household fixtures. I'd buy have the inventory if I had places to put

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links for 2009-07-31

Greg Rutter's Definitive List of The 99 Things You Should Have Already Experienced On The Internet Unless You're a Loser or Old or Something (tags: funny memes reference lists) Jargon (stop it!) « Usability Matters (tags: usability) Rusty Evans Rusty Evans, with his Martin guitar and a book full of self penned country rock tunes

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links for 2009-07-28

Krugman – An Incoherent Truth – NYTimes.com "Right now the fate of health care reform seems to rest in the hands of relatively conservative Democrats — mainly members of the Blue Dog Coalition, created in 1995." (tags: healthcare reform) Health Insurance “Innovation” « The Baseline Scenario "The This American Life crew has a segment in

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links for 2009-07-26

The 'Bechdel Rule,' Defining Pop-Culture Character : NPR The Bechdel Rule is this: Only go see a movie if it satisfies 3 basic requirements – 1) It has to have at least two women in it. 2) The two women talk to each other. 3) They're talking about something besides a man. (tags: feminism movies

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Henry Louis Gates Jr. Arrested

I would like an apology from the police unions for acting like despicable douche bags. For those of you who may have tuned in late, Police in Cambridge, Massachusetts arrested Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., noted scholar, because he got angry with them. He got angry with them because they accosted him while he

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links for 2009-07-24

NPR: Dear Pixar, From All The Girls With Band-Aids On Their Knees I have nothing against princesses. I have nothing against movies with princesses. But don't the Disney princesses pretty much have us covered? If we had to wait for your thirteenth movie for you to make one with a girl at the center, couldn't

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links for 2009-07-21

Clay Enos Photography (tags: photographers inspiration lighting) The Second Pass The Second Pass is an exclusively online publication devoted to reviews, essays, and blog posts about books new and old. It is updated every weekday. (tags: books literature writing magazine) Fired from the Canon Below is a list of ten books that will be pressed

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Weakest Shade of Blue

Pernice Brothers won’t you come away with me and begin something we can’t understand i’m as lonely as the Irish Sea i’m as willing as the sand could it be so wrong, so wrong? could it be so wrong, so wrong? won’t you come unbury me could you light me up like a lemon grove

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links for 2009-07-18

Some E-Books Are More Equal Than Others – Pogue’s Posts Blog – NYTimes.com "Publishers and other content providers make a grave error when they ensure that legitimately purchasing their products involves more hassle and uncertainty than simply pirating them." – one of the comments. Very true. (tags: books copyright amazon kindle DRM) Crocs Shoe Company

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links for 2009-07-17

A List Apart: Articles: CSS Sprites: Image Slicing’s Kiss of Death (tags: graphics images) Remembering Apollo 11 – The Big Picture – Boston.com Really amazing photos of the Apollo 11 space flight. My great uncle is somewhere in picture number 12. (tags: apollo11 moon nasa space photography) Infinite Summer » Blog Archive » How to

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links for 2009-07-16

List Hover Effect with jQuery – Curtis Henson (tags: jquery lists) The Great American Bubble Machine : Rolling Stone READ THIS. — "The first thing you need to know about Goldman Sachs is that it's everywhere. The world's most powerful investment bank is a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming

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links for 2009-07-15

Oh Snap! Our Step-By-Step Guide To Getting Shot By The Sartorialist -Refinery29 Pipeline- The chart would have to be modified for me – the first step would be "fly to New York…" (tags: funny visualization sartorialist diagram)

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links for 2009-07-14

Oh Snap! Our Step-By-Step Guide To Getting Shot By The Sartorialist -Refinery29 Pipeline- The chart would have to be modified for me – the first step would be "fly to New York…" (tags: funny visualization sartorialist diagram) UI Pattern Documentation Review – Boxes and Arrows: The design behind the design (tags: designpatterns interface reference) Sudan:

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links for 2009-07-13

Let me google that for you (tags: funny google tools) Lost Garden: Flash Love Letter (2009) Part 1 A good analysis of making money online included with this analysis of flash games. (tags: business marketing economics money) Tales of the Rampant Coyote: The Black Triangle Afterwards, we came to refer to certain types of accomplishments

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links for 2009-07-10

Dan Witz Street artist. (tags: publicArt artist graffiti paintings) Create a Realistic Hover Effect With jQuery « Blog and Web Design Portfolio of Adrian Pelletier (tags: jquery webdev animation) Timothy van Sas – Animate a hover with jQuery (tags: jquery tutorials plugin webdesign) Test Animated hover Stubbornella » Blog Archive » Object Oriented CSS, Grids

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links for 2009-07-09

Tweeting Too Hard "Where self-important tweets get the recognition they deserve." Too fucking funny. (tags: funny twitter socialnetworks narcissism) Pagetest – where web sites go to get FAST! (tags: webdesign tools analysis) 5 Reasons You’re Always Starving Eat breakfast. (tags: food nutrition)

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5th Sentence, recurrent

I’ve done this meme a half-dozen times before, but it’s always different because the books is never the same. Rules for this Experiment: Grab the book nearest you. Right now. Turn to page 56. Find the fifth sentence. Post that sentence along with these instructions. “Here is Queen Victoria photographed in 1893 by George W.

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links for 2009-07-08

Ptak Science Books: The World's "Best" Address? POB 1663, Santa Fe. Home of the Atomic Bomb. The address the makers of the atomic bomb lived at while building it. (tags: science nuclear addresses) Flickr: Three Wolf Moon My three wolf brethren asked me to join their group. How could I refuse? (tags: funny threewolfmoon amazon)

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Books I’ve Read Recently – July 2009 updated

I’ve finished two of my Project Fill-in-the-gaps books – The Book Thief and Motherless Brooklyn, and filled in with some paperback mysteries and fun stuff. Right now I’m slogging through some titles for work, and enjoying the guilty pleasure of Ana Marie Cox’s thinly-veiled political fiction. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak Motherless Brooklyn –

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links for 2009-07-07

Fancy Fast Food – Tapas de Castillo Blanco (Fancy White Castle) by… White Castle ingredients, reworked as tapas dishes. Still bad to eat, but much more appetizing. (tags: food funny) WWIII Propaganda Posters – a set on Flickr "Loose tweets sink fleets" – awesome! (tags: propaganda posters funny socialmedia) Palin attorney decries 'defamatory' rumors: Gov.

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links for 2009-07-06

Top 10 Reasons Why The BMI Is Bogus : NPR (tags: science health exercise npr) The Great American Road Trip – NBC Site (tags: television) Chase Jarvis Blog: Fake Photojournalism Wins "Two French students were awarded the annual Grand Prix du Photoreportage Etudiant last week to honor a photographic story that presented images documenting the

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links for 2009-06-30

Matt Taibbi – Fareed Zakaria’s Manifesto Taibbi: "From a distance I’ve always vaguely admired the skills of Newsweek’s Fareed Zakaria, who is maybe this country’s preeminent propagandist…. It’s one thing to say Wall Street bankers felt pressure to chase profits; it’s another thing to say they achieved those profits by systematically robbing a whole generation

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links for 2009-06-29

Scooterworks USA – Everything for Scooters (tags: scooters shopping) Midwest Emerging Artists | MEA (tags: local artists) scoot.net (tags: scooters) Gasoline Rally 2009 (tags: indianapolis) Photography.Book.Now: Home A competition for self-published photography books. This is relevant to my interests. (tags: photography books competition contest blurb todo)

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links for 2009-06-27

BMV: Training For A Motorcycle License Or Endorsement (tags: indianapolis BMV motorcycle) Welcome to ABATE Online american bikers aimed towards education. The training you have to pass to get your motorcycle license. (tags: class motorcycle BMV Indiana)

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Almost Packed

We’re in the final throes of packing for our trip. This year we put together a spreadsheet on Google Docs of all the stuff we know we need to take, and we’re going through and checking off items as we speak. Phoebe is cleaned up and ready to be loaded. And the pets are all

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links for 2009-06-23

TuwA : Green, Natural & Eco Friendly Products For Healthy Living Lafayette based business selling green products. Local and environmentally friendly – bonus! (tags: Indiana local green organic climate) The Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company (tags: funny designCool) Design Observer: Susan Boyle and The Beauty of Crochet Time and again, they and other visitors to the

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Lime Mint Iced Tea

A new iced tea recipe I plan to try. Since I gave up soda, I’ve been drinking lots of tea, and want some variations for entertainment. I’m leaving out the sugar; I’m not really a fan of sweet tea. 1 quart water, boiling 4 tea bags 1 3/4 cups fresh mint leaves 1/4 cup sugar

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links for 2009-06-21

Creating the Juno Opening Credits Look : Adobe After Effects Tutorial Adobe After Effects tutorial to create famous handmade juno opening sequence. (tags: inspiration tutorials motiongraphics juno) Geometries – a set on Flickr Interesting polaroids of geometric designs. (tags: color photography design ideas geometries)

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links for 2009-06-20

Flickr: Looking Into the Past Photo of a past scene held up at a current scene. Very beautiful the polariods of hospital staff working at a now closed hospital are poignant. (tags: photography history photos flickr ideas)

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Roswell R2K Road Trip Prep

Today is my last Friday of work before vacation – 2 weeks of it! We’re going to go to the official Last Roswell R2K New Beetle event – this is the annual New Beetle car show that Stephanie attends in Roswell, New Mexico. It’s the 10th Anniversary of the Volkswagen New Beetle, and Stephanie’s car

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links for 2009-06-17

Jim's Printable Minis 1:24 scale miniature stuff. (tags: diorama) Olympus E-P1 (tags: cameras) Top 7 Conservative New Media FAILS So Far this Year | TPMDC The just can't get a hang on that dang ol' internets. (tags: socialmedia politics funny dinosaurs) Collection: [Design Solutions] (tags: designpatterns webdesign ui) Web Form Design: Filling In the Blanks

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links for 2009-06-15

Op-Ed Columnist – The Obama Haters’ Silent Enablers – NYTimes.com Conservative party leaders have an obligation to step in and curb the dialog of hate and potential violence against the Obama administration. (tags: violence racism conservatives republicans)

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links for 2009-06-13

Signage : Bikeway Signage (tags: design icons iconography signage) Pose | Asian Poses Stereotypical asian poses for photographs. Some of these are pretty funny. At least they seem happy to have their picture taken, unlike bozo Americans. (tags: culture photography) The TSA Blog: Message In a Carry-On Part of the reason flying is such a

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links for 2009-06-12

Rockstar energy drink threatens Bilerico Project with lawsuit | The Bilerico Project Rockstar Energy drink is owned by the homophobic Weiner family, headed by radio personality Michael "Savage" Weiner. Several websites have pointed about he connection, and are now being threatened. (tags: homophobia business censorship internet) Boagworld (tags: webdesign reference webstandards webdevelopment boagworld designCool inspiration)

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links for 2009-06-09

Why I’m Not Upgrading to the iPhone 3GS – Blog – 148Apps – iPhone App and Game Reviews and News AT&T hates iPhone users even though they could be the only reason they are still in business. (tags: iphone)

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links for 2009-06-08

Autolandschaften / : Fabian Schlichting photography miniatures. (tags: photography photographer auto miniature) Microsoft's bing.com censors 'sex' for Indians! Rediff Money (tags: censorship search google bing)

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links for 2009-06-04

Pixelmator (tags: design pixelmator image) Professional Sports & Outdoor Photography by Mike Olivella (tags: photographer) Nice Web Type – Nice Web Type likes (tags: typography webdesign fonts) The Style Master Blog » Apple’s Navigation bar using only CSS (tags: css3 webdesign) It Needed To Be Said # Your blog is not important. # Joss Whedon’s

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links for 2009-06-03

Scientist at Work – Viktor Deak – Where Art and Paleontology Intersect, Fossils Become Faces – NYTimes.com (tags: artist photographer history) Sentinel | Hoefler & Frere-Jones For everyone who’s ever wished Clarendons had italics, everyone whose favorite slab serif is shy a few weights, and everyone who’s ever needed a slab serif to thrive in

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links for 2009-06-02

Warmer, Fuzzier – The Refreshed Logo – NYTimes.com (tags: design logos identity branding) Women's Travel Vest from SCOTTEVEST/SeV Safari Vests for Women – Hiking Jacket Vest (tags: travel technology clothes photography) A List Apart: Burnout "Are there aspects of your job that do not align with your personal goals and values?" "Are you not doing

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links for 2009-06-01

Google Friend Connect (tags: community google social socialnetworking) 2009 Indy 500 Car Tracker | IndyStar.com | The Indianapolis Star Visually follow the action on the track from the green flag to the checkered flag. (tags: visualization infographics interactive racing) The Real Time Web is a Beautiful Distraction – Opposable Planets A much more eloquent description

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My Lenses – Let me show you them!

I’ve been knee-deep in photography-related activities lately but have barely written about them here, other than posting a few pictures. Let me fill you in on how things have been going. Looks like I wrote about my camera back in July after I got it, outlining how I made the decision to go with my

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Where is your anger?

It’s a question I’m asking myself. I get caught up in the day to day struggle of just getting through the work week, and I feel like I’m not doing enough and I’m letting too many things go.

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links for 2009-05-27

25 And Over « Tomato Nation ast the quarter-century mark, you see, certain actions, attitudes, and behaviors will simply no longer do, and while it might seem unpleasant to feign a maturity and solicitousness towards others that you may not genuinely feel, it is not only appreciated by others but necessary for your continued survival.

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links for 2009-05-23

Infinite Summer The Challenge: Read Infinite Jest over the summer of 2009 – You've been meaning to do it for over a decade. Now join endurance bibliophiles from around the web as we tackle and comment upon David Foster Wallace's masterwork, June 21st to September 22nd. A thousand pages1 ÷ 93 days = 75 pages

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links for 2009-05-20

25 logos with hidden messages – Amazing Graphic Designing tricks! | Graphic Design Blog (tags: logo design) To score, keep your goals to yourself: Study a series of experiments shows that when others take notice of our plans, performance is compromised because we gain "a premature sense of completeness" about the goal. (tags: productivity psychology

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links for 2009-05-18

The Circle City Sidewalk Stompers Clown Band We met Ed Toll from this band downtown while taking a stroll, and he let me take his photo, so I'm saving the link so I can add it to the photo caption. (tags: indianapolis music) cavil – Definition from the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary to raise trivial and

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Lamb Brains

Taken with my camera phone at a yard sale in Herron-Morton Place. I didn’t have time to compose the shot because Stephanie didn’t care for the can at all and really wanted me to put it down and get in the car. But I couldn’t let it go, so I bought the can so I

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links for 2009-05-15

Amazon.com: Customer Reviews: Three Wolf Moon T-Shirt, Available in Various Sizes For those folks who don't get my repeated jokes about why werewolves are cool. (tags: funny amazon) Lifehacker – TiltShift Makes Your Photos Look Like Miniatures – Tilt-Shift Photography (tags: photomanipulation photofinishing photography) Penguin considering DK options | theBookseller.com Interesting, since I'm currently redesigning

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links for 2009-05-14

Airport AirStreamTM Professional photography equipment – camera bags, camera cases – from Think Tank Photo (tags: wishlist photography camerabag cameras) Photography Pinhole Products and Prices by Lenox Laser, Your Photo Pinhole Source Pinhole lenses for DSLR cameras. (tags: photography camera equipment pinhole) Photoshop Insider Blog By Scott Kelby » Blog Archive » It’s “Guest Blog

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links for 2009-05-12

Better Living Through Torture I hear that torturers make the big bucks and have lots of career advancements. I gotta get into that business. (tags: torture Bush corruption violence)

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links for 2009-05-10

Geotagger 2.0 software download – Mac OS X – VersionTracker (tags: geotag geotagging metadata geocoding gps) My Photography Workflow 2009 | Thomas Hawk Digital Connection (tags: photography workflow)

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links for 2009-05-08

graphpaper.com – Who Watches the Watchman? An elegant solution, designed and patented in 1901 by the German engineer A.A. Newman, is called the “watchclock”. It’s an ingenious mechanical device, slung over the shoulder like a canteen and powered by a simple wind-up spring mechanism. (tags: gadget design history time security)

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links for 2009-05-06

Digital Photography Tutorials (tags: photography tools tutorial) Joe The Plumber Slurs Gay People: I Would Never Let "Queers" Near My Children I wouldn't let Joe the Plumber near my children, so I guess we're even. Except that I don't enjoy the same basic civil rights that Joe enjoys, causing me anguish and frustration and heartache

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links for 2009-05-03

[link deprecated: http://www.indianapolismonthly.com/articleNew.aspx?id=77262 ] The Great Families – Indianapolis Monthly Prominent Indianapolis families (tags: indianapolis indiana history)

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links for 2009-05-02

Digital SLR Camera Disassembled An "exploded" view of an DSLR camera so you can see all the bells and whistles – very cool. (tags: illustration graphics photography camera)

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Whence this fragrance wafting through the air?

What sweet feelings does it’s scent transmute? Whence this perfume floating everywhere? Don’t you know, it’s that dear forbidden fruit. It’s that time of year again – Time to sing one of my favorite songs ever… The Lusty Month of May. (Preference goes to the version sung by the divine Julie Andrews, of course.) Happy

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Conservatives

I don’t dislike conservatives as people, I just think the conservative ideology is morally and ethically bankrupt, utterly repugnant, intellectually stunted, and should be eliminated from the philosophical arena. Conservatives themselves are just fine, so long as they don’t either act on their conservative ideology or demand special privileges such as being able to vote.

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links for 2009-04-30

8 Simple Ways to Improve Typography In Your Designs • Blog Archive • AisleOne (tags: typography webdev webdesign) Pattern Tap : Organized Web Design Collection of User Interfaces for Inspiration and Ideas. The CSS Gallery Alternative – Pattern Tap (tags: reference webdesign inspiration tools ideas) Unfortunate Implications – Television Tropes & Idioms "Fiction has come a long

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links for 2009-04-29

(postmodernbarney.com) » Uncomfortable Plot Summaries "AUNTIE MAME: Spinster exposes child to sexual fetishists, socialists; thwarts marriage to good Republican girl." Ha! (tags: funny books movies satire) NYMPHOTO BOOKS: CONVERSATIONS VOLUME 1 | By Nymphoto | Category: Arts & Photography | Blurb (tags: books photography) Ancient Artifacts of Mystery – a set on Flickr DIY golden

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Books I’ve Read – April, 2009

Larry Burrows: Vietnam by Larry Burrows A classic, iconographic photography book. Burrows was a Life Magazine photographer covering the Vietnam war, and his images shot over 9 years helped shape the American public’s understanding and opinions about it. He was killed over Cambodia when his helicopter was shot down. 100 Photographs that Changed the World

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What motivates me

I’m not motivated by a bunch of platitudes about “finding the edge” and “exploiting your potential.” I’m not motivated by people who engage in competitive behavior with people they should be collaborating with. I’m not motivated by people who rest on their laurels and do the bare minimum to get by, or people who spend

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links for 2009-04-28

Crimes committed by Ferris Bueller during his Day off. | Ask Metafilter I could be accomplishing so much more in my day off. (tags: movies funny research) The Irony of Satire: Political Ideology and the Motivation to See What You Want to See in The Colbert Report — LaMarre et al. 14 (2): 212 —

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links for 2009-04-27

Photo Artist: Peter Funch Funch uses photography as a collage, documenting NYC street scenes by creating composite photos of urban life. (tags: photography inspiration collage street urban cool)

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links for 2009-04-26

Four Essential Members of a Great Design Team | Michael Roller Have you ever wondered why you can successfully collaborate with another designer in your office? Maybe you share similar ideas, but there’s also a good chance you’re nothing alike. (tags: design visualization organization strategy)

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links for 2009-04-24

In Iraq, a story of rape, shame and 'honor killing' – Los Angeles Times It's stories like this that make me want to be a ninja, sneaking around third-world countries and putting down the guys who do this sort of thing, and the guys who let them get away with it. (tags: misogyny violence feminism)

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links for 2009-04-23

A List Apart: Articles: In Defense of Eye Candy (tags: webdesign design aesthetics inspiration psychology) Children Playing Grocery Store at the Indiana State Training School Umm… The Indiana Historical Society can't claim copyright on images in the public domain, kids. I'm gonna have to say "What the… what?" here. The photo was taken in 1936,

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links for 2009-04-22

Kitty's Neverwear: in which we judge another contest…. Gaiman fans suggest ideas for T-shirt homages to his work. If you want a one-stop destination for choice quotes from his books, here you go. Cool stuff. (tags: books ideas cool) Is the DHS watching returning veterans? Only when they join far-right hate groups (tags: terrorism violence

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links for 2009-04-21

Earth Mosaic Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing on Earth Day – 22 April 2009, we’re asking you to take photographs of the world around you, select your best one, send it to us, and we'll use them to make a giant mosaic. (tags: photography projects earthday) Birdhouse — A notepad for Twitter If you

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Coca Cola Bottling Plant

This former Coca-Cola bottling plant complex was built in 1931, with updates in 1940 and 1949. The exterior is faced with glazed terracotta tile while the interior has travertine walls. The buildings are now used as a public school bus facility.

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links for 2009-04-20

Emptywheel » Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Was Waterboarded 183 Times in One Month If I were drown 183 times in a single month, I'd pretty much tell you anything you wanted to hear. Although I'd just give up and drown part way through, because why the fuck go on living if this the life you have

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links for 2009-04-17

10 Most Offensive Tea Party Signs (PHOTOS) I have some real jems in my photos of the Indianapolis tea bagging (to come soon) but here are some lowlights from a national standpoint. (tags: teabaggers politics racism signs) Flickr Trends Trend kittens vs. sunsets for 2008 (tags: trends photos flickr) 20 Outstanding & Outrageous Concept Cars

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links for 2009-04-15

Online Backup from Backblaze (tags: backup storage utilities technology) Million Dollar Babies – The Morning News While debt and credit were replacing cold hard cash as the dominant form of global capital, Mark Wagner was doggedly turning forsaken dollar bills into smart and playful collages. In Wagner’s work, George Washington spends his newfound free time

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links for 2009-04-14

Dork Yearbook Ah, youth. Sweet awkwardness & gawky self-consciousness, how I don't miss you a bit. (tags: photos geek dork) ExpressionEngine Developer's Toolbox | Developer's Toolbox | Smashing Magazine (tags: webdesign expressionengine tools tutorials) PXtoEM.com: PX to EM conversion made simple. (tags: typography webdesign) Amazonfail: A Call to Boycott Amazon : Edward Champion’s Reluctant Habits

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links for 2009-04-11

11-Year-Old Hangs Himself after Enduring Daily Anti-Gay Bullying An 11-year-old Massachusetts boy, Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover, hung himself Monday after enduring bullying at school, including daily taunts of being gay, despite his mother’s weekly pleas to the school to address the problem. This is at least the fourth suicide of a middle-school aged child linked to

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Project Fill-in-the-Gaps

Project Fill-in-the-Gaps created by Moonrat on her blog Editorial Ass: fill in the gaps in your reading lists of classics and contemporary fiction. Make a list of 100 titles, give yourself 5 years to complete reading the list, and give yourself 25% “accident forgiveness” – consider the task accomplished if you achieve 75 titles in

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links for 2009-04-09

Report Calls CIA Detainee Treatment 'Inhuman' – washingtonpost.com Medical officers who oversaw interrogations of terrorism suspects in CIA secret prisons committed gross violations of medical ethics and in some cases essentially participated in torture, the International Committee of the Red Cross concluded in a confidential report that labeled the CIA program "inhuman." (tags: corruption torture

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More Go Iowa! news

Iowa State Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal’s speech on the State Senate floor, explaining why he will not support an effort to amend the state’s constitution to reverse the recent unanimous ruling legalizing same-sex marriage in Iowa. That’s just awesome.

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links for 2009-04-08

Colin Pantall's blog: how not to photograph All the rules I plan tp break. (tags: photography howto tips) Open Left:: Existential Question: What The F%$@! Are We Doing? Thanks to the economic meltdown, ensuing AIG bonuses, and promotion of economic criminals to top White House jobs, it has never been more clear that the American

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links for 2009-04-07

Striking Web Sites with Font Stacks that Inspire – Inspiration Bit (tags: typography webdesign inspiration fontstacks) Graphic & web design portfolio of a usability & accessibility enthusiast. (tags: typography illustration webdesign) 8 Definitive Web Font Stacks [Design Tips & Tricks] (tags: webdesign fonts typography type) Font Matrix Matrix of fonts bundled with Mac and Windows

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Stimulating Reading

My feed reader is often a bloodbath; I add to and purge my regular web reading ruthlessly, and yet it’s always overstuffed and I’m perpetually behind. There are some mainstays; ego surfing my own feeds and some friends to whom I would feel embarrassed conversing In Real Life if I hadn’t kept up with their

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links for 2009-04-05

How to Save the Suburbs: Solutions from the Man Who Saw the Whole Thing Coming » INFRASTRUCTURIST Interesting. I'm not a fan of suburban living, and Indianapolis clearly has a suburbia problem. (tags: urban urbanPlanning economics housing crisis) Unsung Indy – The Definitive Guide to the Circle City’s Unique Urban Neighborhoods. Indianapolis is on the

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links for 2009-04-04

Unanimous ruling: Iowa marriage no longer limited to one man, one woman | DesMoinesRegister.com | The Des Moines Register Holy Toledo – we're now officially married in Iowa. OMFG. AWESOME. (tags: lgbt rights equality marriage)

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Books I’ve Read – First quarter 2009

Wow, I’ve done horribly at documenting my reading for this year. Maybe I need to just give up trying to do posts for every book and just aggregate them into 1 post each quarter. Here’s what I’ve read in the first quarter of 2009: D’Aulaires’ Book of Norse Myths by Ingri D’Aulaire I loved D’Aulaires’

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links for 2009-04-03

Afghan leader accused of bid to legalise rape – Asia, World – The Independent Afghanistan's President, Hamid Karzai, has signed a law which legalises rape, women's groups and the United Nations warn. Critics claim the president helped rush the bill through parliament in a bid to appease Islamic fundamentalists ahead of elections in August. (tags:

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links for 2009-04-02

Introducing the World's First Laptop for Dogs | Toshiba PetBook K9 Oh, man. The dog is really going to want his own blog now. (tags: aprilfools funny) Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia This bill, passed in 1999, repealed Depression era regulations to keep banks from engaging in risky investments – This bill is

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links for 2009-04-01

Editorial Ass: Project Fill-in-the-Gaps I may never be able to read 1,001 titles, but I think I can do this… (tags: books reading) Bushy Eyebrows Make A Comeback woo hoo! I knew I was on the right track. (tags: funny) Civil Unions vs. Gay Marriage Why Civil Unions don't allow the same rights as Marriage,

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links for 2009-03-31

Peachpit: Handcrafted CSS: More Bulletproof Web Design, Rough Cuts (tags: webdesign css) Table of Condiments That Periodically Go Bad Good stuff to know, but it seems like it should be arranged differently – perhaps ordered by date? (tags: reference food funny science geek) Home – Octavia Hill Octavia Hill (1838-1912) was a woman ahead of her time.

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Thank Maude for Spring

At some point I HAVE to sit down and finally create and install a real masthead for this blog. It was one of those things I just didn’t get around to when I was reworking the site – and it was a small enough piece that I thought I would squeeze it in. But every

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links for 2009-03-30

The Quiet Coup – The Atlantic (May 2009) The crash has laid bare many unpleasant truths about the United States. One of the most alarming, says a former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund, is that the finance industry has effectively captured our government—a state of affairs that more typically describes emerging markets, and

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links for 2009-03-28

Flickr: BigKid BigProblems' Photostream (tags: graffiti photos) The Golden Age of Gang Graffiti – a set on Flickr Interesting. There's a symbolic language embedded in tagging that you can figure out or learn… (tags: graffiti photography history flickr folklore design) Bad Paintings of Barack Obama. Oh, yeah. That's what I'm talking about. (tags: awesome funny

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links for 2009-03-27

OmniGraffle UX Template | Konigi (tags: userexperience omnigraffle webdesign) Same Sex Kiss Day, April 15, 2009 "LGBT couples have yet to be granted the same rights to file our taxes jointly on a Federal level, and we can still be fired for being openly gay in the workplace. That's why you're encouraged to be seen

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Where The Wild Things Are Trailer

Wow. I have a million images in my head. I’m struck by how much it looks like the book – the colors, especially, are exactly like the color palettes in the book, and the hand drawn font evokes the like quality of the book, too. Interesting.

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Revolt (or something) at the Statehouse

If you know anything about local Indiana politics, you’ll understand why this video is really damned funny. UPDATE: As I was watching this, I was struck at how prescient local artist and commentator StAllio! was when he wrote about the event planning for this shindig a month ago: if you even know what all that

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links for 2009-03-26

#Beginner – IRC Commands, the Basics Wow has it been a long time since I've used IRC. (tags: chat howto reference irc mirc) A Technical Camelot — The Story from American Public Media Jean Bartik's first job was as a "computer" – a human one. She went on to help program one of the world's

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Ada Lovelace Day – Blogging About Women in Technology

Who is Ada Lovelace? She is mainly known for having written a description of Charles Babbage’s early mechanical general-purpose computer, the analytical engine. She is today appreciated as the “first programmer” since she was writing programs–that is, manipulating symbols according to rules–for a machine that Babbage had not yet built. She also foresaw the capability

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links for 2009-03-24

Vintage Pachinko – Nishijin Models We just bought one of these… we have Model B. (tags: pachinko Nishijin games) Subtraction 7.1: Black Dogs Face a Hard Choice at Shelters If you’re considering adopting a dog anytime in the foreseeable future, you might consider helping to counteract a terrible trend at animal shelters: large dogs with

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Economic Meltdown Articles of Interest

There are a couple news items about the economy that I found to be tremendously helpful. I’ve linked to them from one or another of my links posts, but it’s very much worth it to pull them out and highlight them, because knowledge is power, and more average people need a really good understanding of

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links for 2009-03-23

At the coalface – Idiom Definition – UsingEnglish.com If you work at the coalface, you deal with the real problems and issues, rather than sitting in a office discussing things in a detached way. (tags: english definitions ideas)

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links for 2009-03-22

The Big Takeover : Rolling Stone People are pissed off about this financial crisis, and about this bailout, but they're not pissed off enough. The reality is that the worldwide economic meltdown and the bailout that followed were together a kind of revolution, a coup d'état. They cemented and formalized a political trend that has

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links for 2009-03-20

Web fonts with @font-face – CSS3 . Info (tags: webdesign typography design css) Shakesville: Feminism 101: On Language and the Commodification of Sex Via Humor Melissa McEwan is brilliant. (tags: feminism misogyny equality)

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links for 2009-03-19

Werewolf 359 (tags: gams gamesOnline gamesPublic) American Adults Flunk Basic Science Only 53% of adults know how long it takes for the Earth to revolve around the Sun. Only 59% of adults know that the earliest humans and dinosaurs did not live at the same time. Only 47% of adults can roughly approximate the percent

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links for 2009-03-14

S. Africa gangs using rape to 'cure' lesbians – Africa – msnbc.com (tags: homophobia evil) Tent cities spring up around Sacramento – 3/10/09 – San Francisco News – abc7news.com They're actually springing up all over the country, but Sacramento is particularly noteworthy (tags: economy homeless poverty) U.S. Halted Some Raids in Afghanistan – NYTimes.com Joint

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links for 2009-03-13

Roger Ebert's Journal: Hunt not the Snark but the Snarker But it has grown entirely out of hand. It is time to put away childish things. I must restore my balance, view the world in a fair way, hope to inspire more appreciation than ridicule. No doubt there will always be a role for snarking,

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I’m Not Here To Make Friends

A video aggregate of the number one thing I hate about reality TV — people acting like asses for money. This is why the love of money is the root of all evil. Just once I’d like to see someone make friends and try to win the cash, too.

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links for 2009-03-12

Girl sues school over prom tux denial | IndyStar.com | The Indianapolis Star I can't believe the balls on that principal – who the fuck does he think he is? Fucker. I'm calling him. (tags: homophobia Indiana local lgbt) Cocktail Recipes for the Recession: The New Yorker Long Island Iced 401-K — Put hopes in

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Indiana Girl sues school over prom tux denial

I so shocked by this that I can’t believe it. I’m giving the school a call later today to tell them what I think, because I can’t imagine how on earth this principal dares to do such a thing. The audacity. You have GOT to be kidding me about this. There is no way in

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New Urbanism – Study at home

Cordelia at the Phenomenal Field proposes a home study course in New Urbanism, based on recommended reading over at the Where blog. I’ll sign up for this home study course – this has been a subject burgeoning at the base of my brain for awhile. I’ve had Jane Jacob’s book (The Death and Life of

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links for 2009-03-10

Paperprop A site to view some images used to produce Theatre. (tags: theater props movies) Smart Growth Redevelopment District Partnership Sustainable Design Assessment Team assistance will work with stakeholders to explore a model redevelopment district on the near-north side of Indianapolis centered at 22nd Street and the Monon Trail. (tags: indianapolis realestate local)

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links for 2009-03-09

Digital Overload Is Frying Our Brains | Wired Science from Wired.com Paying attention isn't a simple act of self-discipline, but a cognitive ability with deep neurobiological roots — and this complex faculty, says Maggie Jackson, is being woefully undermined by how we're living. (tags: productivity psychology creativity attention memory)

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Life Shuffle

Having been tagged by Cordelia, I cheerfully submit my answers to this meme. The Instructions: 1. Put your music player on shuffle. 2. Press forward for each question. 3. Use the song title as the answer to the question even if it doesn’t make sense. NO CHEATING! (I’m going to break the rules right away,

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links for 2009-03-08

Dr. Manhattan's Penis offends Conservative Critics // Current Of all the concepts in The Watchmen, conservatives are most upset and angered about seeing 'Lower Manhattan'? Alan Moore must be either gleeful or suicidal. Holy Missing The Point, Batman! (tags: conservatives funny movies Watchmen)

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All good things…

So it’s Friday, and my last full day of vacation. It’s interesting to me that I spent so long feeling like I was missing some sort of creative outlet, but when I had a bunch of free time, I didn’t sit down and start a creative project, but instead did a hundred little projects around

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links for 2009-03-06

America’s Unhappiest Cities: Indianapolis city, Ind. – BusinessWeek Woo hoo! Indianapolis is #16. We're so good… at being unhappy. Yeah, can I get a high-five on that? No? (tags: local urban indianapolis happiness)

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A little of this, a little of that

It’s Thursday, and I have yet to do a real non-link related blog post, despite the fact that I’ve been off work all week. So what the hell have I been doing all this time? De-stressing. And it’s been fantastic. I’ve spent the whole time without any agenda. Well, that’s actually not true; I had

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links for 2009-03-05

Amazon.com: The Design Entrepreneur: Turning Graphic Design Into Goods That Sell (Design Field Guide): Steven Heller, Lita Talarico: Books (tags: design bools) The New LEGO room on Flickr – Photo Sharing! And people said I'm crazy because I collect buttons. Check out this dude and his Lego collecting. (tags: flickr collections funny) Flickr: The Flickr

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links for 2009-03-04

Shakesville: Serious DOMA Challenge Under Way in MA The Massachusetts case will go to the Supreme Court – and more than likely, DOMA will be struck down eventually. This is fantastic. (tags: equality marriage rights) Recreating the button | stopdesign (tags: webdesign inspiration buttons GUI)

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links for 2009-03-03

: : NG ART GALLERY : : Lizzie Buckmaster Dove – Cacophony: Rip Rack Roar (tags: art collage inspiration) : : NG ART GALLERY : : Lizzie Buckmaster Dove – Cacophony: Toot Tweet Twitter I love these pieces (tags: art collage) 15+ Incredibly Useful Mac Apps For Freelance Web Designers (tags: webdev webdesign apple applications)

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links for 2009-03-02

Talking Business – Desperately Protecting A.I.G.’s House of Cards – NYTimes.com This will keep me awake at night. (tags: banking economy) Why the Japanese Hate the iPhone | Gadget Lab from Wired.com The Japanese are way ahead of is technologically, and our puny iPhone and expensive price tag doesn't cut it. (tags: technology japan iphone

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links for 2009-02-27

Politics of the Plate: The Price of Tomatoes: 2000s Archive : gourmet.com If you have eaten a tomato this winter, chances are very good that it was picked by a person who lives in virtual slavery. (tags: economics rights food local agriculture)

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3 Things Meme

Copy, paste, delete my answers and type in your answers. Tag a few good friends! The theory is that you will learn a lot of little known things about each other. Three Names I go by: 1. Steph 2. Electrasteph 3. [secret blog name redacted} Three Jobs I have had in my life: 1. page

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links for 2009-02-26

Wonkette : Republican Mayor Sends Hilarious Not-Racist White House ‘n Watermelon Joke Wow, that's the best these guys can do these days; send out racist pictures. No wonder the GOP is so unpopular if this is all they have to show. (tags: racism republicans conservatives) Creating Drop-Down Navigation with Movable Type | MovableType.org – Home

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links for 2009-02-24

Point and shoot tips from the old masters Some good points there…. (tags: photography tips creativity) There's Something Queer about That Face: Scientific American Yep. (tags: science lgbt)

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Ruining It for the Rest of Us

I only follow a couple of podcasts regularly because my drive to work is relatively short, and I otherwise can’t keep up. But I happened to read about one particular episode of This American Life – entitled Ruining It for the Rest of Us – on a blog somewhere, and was interested enough to loop

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Steph Needs

DIRECTIONS: Type your name and the word NEEDS in quotes (e.g., “John Needs”) into Google and see what comes up. Steph needs someone to CoNfOrT HeR. Steph needs another new start Stephanie needs to get the women together in an alliance because the men Stephanie needs cash-fast-but times are tough, and soon she’s forced to

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Ennui

I’ve been rather blue lately. I’m feeling creatively frustrated. I have some idea in my head that I can’t quite get out – like that time when you had that really fantastic dream, and just as you woke up, you thought “I gotta remember this!” at the same time all the details start sliding away

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links for 2009-02-19

10 useful ExpressionEngine extensions | 3 Roads Media Blog (tags: expressionengine tips webdev) Dynamic Drive DHTML Scripts- Simple Controls Gallery (tags: webdesign jquery photos rotator) The Galveston County Daily News Interesting to read intelligent comments on news stories in a daily paper. Even where people disagree, they use correct grammar and spelling. Unlike on the

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links for 2009-02-18

Publishing Careers: Beware of Resume Scams Given the number of people I know who are job-hunting right now; I got a lot out of this post – highly recommended you check it out. (tags: jobs resumes careers) Indiana Citizens Alliance for Transit Interesting idea. Check them out (tags: indianapolis transportation) fd's Flickr Toys: Do fun

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PR or related job?

I have a good friend who is looking for a PR or similar job right now – PR, writing, editing, proofreading, etc. She’s been working for a public relations firm for several years and is now on the hunt for a new position. If you know of a position like this in the Indianapolis area

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Sarah Haskins – Target Women: Chocolate

Usually, the point of Target: Women is to highlight how inane and absurd advertising targeted to women is — pointing out where ads insult women’s intelligence and where they try to create an artificial demand for stuff we don’t really want or need. The problem is in the case of chocolate, I actually DO want

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links for 2009-02-13

Fun way to oppose misogyny on valentines day Opposing a right-wing Hindu group who attack women who go to pubs by mailing them pink panties and then visiting a pub on Feb. 14 to have a few drinks. (tags: feminism misogyny rights)

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links for 2009-02-12

Seth's Blog: Calling your bluff (tags: business plans ideas) SAMBA Blog: Hamster Burial Kits & 998 Other Business Ideas (tags: business startup ideas) Bailed-Out Firms Distributing Cash Rewards: "Please Do Not Call It A Bonus" Not a trace of remorse amongst these people for wrongdoing — Just covering their asses and covering their tracks. Torches,

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How the world almost came to an end on Sept. 18th

How a run on Money Market accounts on September 18th almost collapsed the global economy – terrifying stuff that is just coming out now about what the Treasury and Congress were doing behind the scenes. Quoting from Zero Hedge: LiveLeak has caught a scary moment of previously undisclosed insight by Paul Kanjorski where he reveals

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links for 2009-02-11

Dow Drops Sharply Honestly, I really would like to punch Wall Street in the balls right about now. WTF? You don't think you're getting bailed out the way you want? Consider it punishment for getting us into this fiasco. (tags: economy news finance) #105 – Pretentious Indie Music Know-It-All « Oh, the temptation to send

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I can has?

I think if he just went to the Capitol like this, those Republicans would get their heads straight pretty quickly. They’re selling these things on eBay for $80.00.

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links for 2009-02-10

The random beauty of Facebook's "25 Random Things About Me" | Salon Life First of all, this isn't a new meme. This same meme has been passed around in email since 1998. Second, I'm sick of the endless "oh, the crazy internet; I'm so above all this" articles endlessly. You're not above it. You're just

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links for 2009-02-09

I feel good! I knew that I would! – Roger Ebert's Journal A very moving essay about very moving movies. Inspirational for anyone who creates. (tags: psychology elevation inspiration) YouTube – Have You Seen The Missing Muffin, Man? (tags: bigThings funny) A year in review, 2008. (Kid pics, 33 of them) What a fun set

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Rachel Maddow Must-See

If you didn’t catch Friday night’s Rachel Maddow show, take the time to watch it now. What she has to say on the Senate’s vote about the economic stimulus bill is critical.

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links for 2009-02-08

Gay woman fights over hospital visitation rights in Miami court A gay woman not allowed to visit her dying partner at Jackson Memorial Hospital in 2007 hopes a federal judge will allow her claims of emotional distress and negligence to go to trial. (tags: equality rights marriage lgbt)

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links for 2009-02-07

CSS Animation Coming to Safari, Already in iPhone. Less Dependence on Flash? – Mac Rumors (tags: webdesign animation css iphone) Italian Senate to weigh comatose woman's fate – CNN.com Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi needs to be removed from power immediately. By whatever means necessary. Hop to it, Italy. (tags: misogyny feminism equality rights) Washington

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links for 2009-02-06

Cheney Dunk Tank Raises $800 Billion For Nation | The Onion – America's Finest News Source Best line: "former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice having not yet received a single customer at her kissing booth." (tags: funny onion satire) I LEGO N.Y. – NYTimes.com Lego renderings of iconic NYC items. (tags: illustration visualization toys fun)

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links for 2009-02-05

Robots Cool robots. (tags: sculpture cool art) Rachel Maddow e-cards Um. Wow. I'll get started sending these out. Heh. (tags: msnbc Maddow eCards funny) Professional Photographers vs. "Hobby" Status (i.e. Working for Free) Interesting lesson on doing your profession for free. You devalue your work. (tags: business advice)

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links for 2009-02-04

princess lasertron Artist who does some cool stuff with buttons. (tags: crafts blog fabricartist art) ProtoShare: Collaborative Website Wireframe and Prototype Tool (tags: webdesign development tools webapp wireframing) Eco Billboard Bags Bags made from recycled billboard materials. (tags: green recycling bags shopping)

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So… what would the opposite of koumpounophobia be?

Why do I ask? No reason, really. Ahem. I’m really looking forward to Coraline hitting theaters! (My weird obsession with buttons started when I was a little kid. The pillowcases my grandmother made had tiny button closures, and I would play when them while falling asleep. It’s a comfort thing.)

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links for 2009-02-03

How to Make a Friendship Bracelet (with pictures) – wikiHow (tags: crafts macrame howto) How To Make Friendship Bracelets (tags: crafts macrame howto) Diagonal Friendship Bracelet (tags: crafts macrame howto) You've been sentenced board game Read a really positive review of this game; seems like it's right up my alley. (tags: gamesBoard games) The Simple

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links for 2009-02-02

Spy Lens at The Photojojo Store Very cool. (tags: photography tools wishlist gadgets) Make Something Cool Every Day – a set on Flickr (tags: design inspiration graphics) Flickr: The Make Something Cool Every Day Pool (tags: design creativity graphics gtd) S/FJ: who is on twitter (tags: humor technology lists twitter)

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links for 2009-01-31

Department of Administrative Services DAS Web Style Guide (tags: styleguide guidelines) Design Style Guide for Vendors | Amherst College (tags: styleguide guidelines) Duke DHTS Webservices : Web Design Style Guide (tags: styleguide guidelines) UNK | Web Design Style Guide (tags: styleguide guidelines) Sun Microsystems Web Design Style Guide (tags: styleguide guidelines) Facebook ID theft targets

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links for 2009-01-30

Orlando-Bound Passengers Trapped In Frozen Plane – Local News Story – WESH Orlando Wow this sounds familiar. (tags: airports) The $300 Million Button We were wrong about the first-time shoppers. They did mind registering. They resented having to register when they encountered the page. As one shopper told us, "I'm not here to enter into

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links for 2009-01-29

California Man Kills Wife, 5 Kids, Himself After Being Fired It was the fifth mass death of a Southern California family by murder or suicide in a year. Police urged those facing tough economic times to get help rather than resort to violence. (Help where?) (tags: economy violence) Bailout Recipients Hosted Call To Defeat Key

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Comments Elsewhere: It’s Official: L’explorateur to Close

Regarding Indianapolis and 4-Star restaurants, comments posted elsewhere: For context: visit this link. It’s Official: L’explorateur to Close Honestly, I think it says more about Indianapolis budgets than our dining habits, and it says more about restauranteurs not really understanding the Indy market. I’ve never had the money to go to L’explorateur, and I certainly

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Pig Candy Recipe

( modified by “unmarrieddaughter” from Sweet Potato Queen, and Alton Brown) Software: 1 lb. bacon medium cut 2 Cups brown sugar (see note) 1/8 tsp ground chili/Cayenne of some sort (optional) Hardware: cookie sheet Aluminum Foil Pam Cooling rack that fits cookie sheet Line cookie sheet with aluminum foil. spray cooling rack with Pam, put

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links for 2009-01-27

ChangeDetection – Know when any web page changes Cool. I can think of several pages I want to use this on. (tags: changedetection monitoring tracking tools) 10 Homemade Laundry Soap Detergent Recipes : TipNut.com Stephanie has recently begun making our own detergent – MUCH cheaper, works great, doesn't take long to do. (tags: laundry lifehacks

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Goodbye, Twitter

There are lots of Twitter critics out there, and I have rolled my eyes at their criticism over the past several years in blog posts on this site. My opinion of most of their opinions has changed very little. I still believe most of them are wrong about their objections. For the most part, Twitter

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links for 2009-01-26

Originals: Rayguns : Weta Collectibles, Exclusive Polystone Collectibles (tags: steampunk fantasy sculpture) Curious Goods (tags: steampunk crafts fantasy books) Father Geoff Farrow Roman Catholic priest fired for speaking out against California's Prop 8. (tags: religion politics lbgt) Gov. Daniels proposes canceling WFYI's cash | IndyStar.com | The Indianapolis Star Daniel's proposed to fix the economy

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links for 2009-01-24

'We're All Gonna Die – 100 meters of existence' A 100 meter long photo. Cool. (tags: photography panorama) How I Made a 1,474-Megapixel Photo During President Obama’s Inaugural Address | David Bergman — ALL ACCESS — sports, concert, and music photographer (tags: gigapan photography election2008 Obama) Gossip: Ted Haggard – THE WEEK He also said

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links for 2009-01-23

Stories Behind 10 Famous Food Logos – Neatorama (tags: logos advertising design history) Movie/website name mashups – (37signals) 37signals applies their famous "booking bands" concept to movies and websites. (tags: movies web funny) Antique Investigative Reports cool, cool, cool. (tags: design inspiration designCool designideas)

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links for 2009-01-22

Fourthirdsphoto Member’s Articles » Blog Archive » GPS and the E-3 (tags: photography gps fourthirds) HoudahGeo – See your photos in Google Earth HoudahGeo is a photo geocoding & geotagging tool. It enables you to assign pictures to the locations where they were taken. (tags: photography travel software gps) Transcript – Inaugural Poem – Text

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Painting the Staircase Room

Painting the staircase room. This room really needed a good paint job, but we haven’t had a chance yet in the 2 and 1/2 years we’ve been in the house. We decided to rearrange some furniture so the room is empty temporarily. So I got up the gumption to start covering up the very boring

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Text of the Obama Inauguration Speech

My fellow citizens: I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition. Forty-four Americans have now

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links for 2009-01-17

A List Apart: Articles: CSS Sprites2 – It's JavaScript Time (tags: design webdesign animation css jquery) Artist Coosje van Bruggen, who with her husband designed the “Shuttlecocks” sculptures at the Nelson, has died – Kansas City Star I've seen several of these sculptures, include the one in Münster, Germany. I had no idea they were

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In the news

Scary bits in the news, all coming at once. Publisher O’Reilly lays off 14% of it’s staff – 30 of 222 employees. Indianapolis insurer Wellpoint lays off 600 people. Circuit City closes and liquidates remaining stores. Citigroup reports $8.29 billion loss; twice as much as expected. Bank of America Posts Quarterly Loss After Bailout Lots

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links for 2009-01-16

CHDK – CHDK Wiki interesting camera hack for canons. (tags: cameras hacks freeware) Bargain Hunting in Beverly Hills – The Daily Beast I like the article design, especially the pagination and the comment treatment. Bookmarking for future projects. (tags: designCool designIdeas) Fourth-grader's tongue stuck to metal pole | IndyStar.com "In a scene straight out of

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links for 2009-01-15

derrick cruz (tags: artists portfolio artSpace photography) Photo Clichés Collecting pictures of people being uniquely hilarious, just like all the other people who took the same photo. (tags: photography culture humor) howtographics.com (tags: howto visualization illustration) Who wrote “Footprints in the Sand”? You know that "Footprints of Jesus" poem? Several alleged authors of it are

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Oprah interviews Kate Winslet

Oprah interviewing Kate Winslet after her two golden globe wins for Revolutionary Road and The Reader. In this clip, Oprah is talking about scenes from The Reader. Note – in searching for links for this clip, I couldn’t find news sites that DIDN’T make double entendres with their “Winslet’s Golden Globes!” headlines. Golden indeed. Dorothy

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links for 2009-01-14

Public Art Indianapolis » Towering Kinetic Sculptures By Renowned Artist George Rickey Coming to Indianapolis in 2009 I'm loving the temporary art installations around downtown, and this one I'm REALLY excited about. I'll be photographing these in detail when they're installed in May. (tags: art publicArt publicSpace Indianapolis) Health insurer accused of overcharging millions –

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links for 2009-01-13

bush-map.gif (GIF Image, 1500×818 pixels) Bush 2000 to 2008 comparison statistics. (tags: stats maps visualization) Pretty Loaded A gallery of flash pre-loaders. (tags: flash animation)

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links for 2009-01-12

Zoe Strauss Photographer Zoe Strauss. (tags: photography documentary) ‘One Writer’s Beginnings’ – The New York Times > Photos In the mid-1930s, as her writing career was just starting to take off, Eudora Welty thought she might become a photographer. (tags: photography history)

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Guaranteed Not To Tax Your Mind

1. Two antennas met on a roof, fell in love and got married. The ceremony wasn’t much, but the reception was excellent. 2. A jumper cable walks into a bar. The bartender says, ‘I’ll serve you, but don’t start anything.’ 3. Two peanuts walk into a bar, and one was a salted. 4. A dyslexic

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links for 2009-01-11

The Art of Web ~ CSS: border-radius and -moz-border-radius How to do roundy corners completely in css. Neato! (tags: webdesign css development) Code: Flickr Developer Blog » Front-end Performance: Doing More With Less Interesting and applicable to our workplace. (tags: webdesign development performance images)

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links for 2009-01-10

tiltshiftmaker.com – Transform your photos into tilt-shift style miniatures How the city hurts your brain – Boston.com Just being in an urban environment, impairs our basic mental processes. After spending a few minutes on a crowded city street, the brain is less able to hold things in memory, and suffers from reduced self-control. While it's

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links for 2009-01-09

100 (Really) Beautiful iPhone Wallpapers | Graphics | Smashing Magazine (tags: designCool designIdeas inspiration) A brief history of John Fell, Peter De Walpergen and the Fell Types < The Fell Types (tags: typography designCool designIdeas) Light Box / Light Tent Photo Gallery by Bill Huber at pbase.com (tags: photography diy tools lightbox) PROPNOMICON: Cthulhu Clip

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New Year’s Resolutions – 2009

Eight days into the new year, and I’m finally getting around to making some resolutions. So I’m already off to a great start! Woo Hoo! This should be great. 1) I need to get physically fit. I need to be stronger, more flexible and have better balance and stamina. The photography hobby I’ve taken up

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Addendum to Books I Read in 2008

I had the time to get some extra reading in over the holidays, and I managed to add a couple of books to my list at the end of the year. And good ones, too. The Big Book Of Lesbian Horse Stories by Alisa Surkis and Monica Nolan No, the horses aren’t lesbians. The lesbians

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links for 2009-01-08

People Who Deserve It Socially responsible reasons to punch someone in theface. (tags: funny awesome blogs) Having a wonderful time, wish you could hear – Roger Ebert's Journal "Sita Sings The Blues — An animated version of the epic Indian tale of Ramayana set to the 1920's jazz vocals of Annette Hanshaw" — wow, I

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links for 2009-01-07

Adopt-a-Bot More ROBOTS!! (tags: robots) Flickr: ROBOT ROBOTS! R-O-B-O-T-S. robots. (tags: robots) Exclusive Trailer: The World's Best Gadget Designers Speak in Objectified OOooo. I'm going to see this movie. (tags: design movies inspiration)

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links for 2009-01-06

Flickr Photo Download: Air Force Blog Assessment Very nice assessment of how the Air Force responds to blog posts. Good rules of thumb for anyone, actually. (tags: blogging business comments) The Labyrinth Coalition – Labyrinths in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio (tags: mazes labyrinths)

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links for 2009-01-05

Radical Obama acting like he won the election – 236.com – News According to the Washington Post, right-wingers are angry with Obama for…not being right-wing. It seems they're upset that Obama isn't appointing the same people John McCain would have appointed if he had won. (tags: funny politics whiners)

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links for 2009-01-04

Feeling Stuck? 100 Ways to Change your Life | Wise Bread "You've got 20 minutes to change your life in 100 ways. Go." (tags: inspiration lifehacks creativity howto)

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links for 2009-01-02

The Online Photographer: When A**holes Do Good Work Insightful essay on human nature — what to make of people who do good work but also can be jerks. (tags: photography philosophy)

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links for 2009-01-01

Banished Words List Lake Superior State University "maverick" word-watchers, fresh from the holiday "staycation" but without an economic "bailout" even after a "desperate search," have issued their 34th annual List of Words to Be Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness. (tags: bestof2008 funny english language) 2008 – The Year in

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links for 2008-12-31

An Oral History of the Bush White House: Politics & Power: vanityfair.com "How did one two-term presidency go so wrong? A sweeping draft of history—distilled from scores of interviews—offers fresh insight into the roles of George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and other key players." (tags: bush history vanityfair) Post some fucking cataloguers! LOL Librarians. Ha!

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Hanging around the house

Yup, I have the whole week off. My one thing I really need to accomplish is to come up with a site design for my friend Chi. Other than that, I can kick around for the whole week. Yay! We spend the last several days visiting family for the holidays. We spent Christmas Eve with

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links for 2008-12-26

95 Old School Games You Can Play Online | AMOG – Alpha Males of the Group (tags: gamesVideo gamesOnline) Installation Art, Sculpture, and Public Commissions by Devorah Sperber, New York City (NYC) Really cool pixel art – similar in concept to the bottle cap art car we did. (tags: art pixel media) The Buzzwords of

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links for 2008-12-25

Furoshiki Furoshiki is a Japanese cloth used for wrapping gifts. Green folks are encouraging adopting the practice to cut down on wasteful Christmas wrapping paper. (tags: culture reference japan crafts green christmas) Tutorial: Festive Engraved Type | The FontFeed (tags: design typography tutorials) Smashing Texture Contest Results | Graphics | Smashing Magazine (tags: texture stock

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Merry Christmas 2008!

I’ll be taking a few days off from hanging out on the internet in order to spend time with family and friends. Here are several Christmas hits from years past for your holiday enjoyment: The Three Kings Of Cologne — A Legend Of The Middle Ages You Might Be A Scrooge If… Christmas Fruitcake Recipe

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links for 2008-12-24

Katrina's Hidden Race War Roving bands of white men with guns drove around the post-Katrina south, shooting anyone black. More violence was perpetrated by whites than by blacks during and after Katrina. (tags: racism violence crime katrina) Original Essay: The Not Rape Epidemic (tags: rape violence women sociology) Neutral's Room Escape Games Play Christmas Escape

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links for 2008-12-23

$200 Billion Broadband Scandal Do you have a 45 Mbps, bi-directional service to your home, paying around $40? Do you have 500+ channels and can choose any competitive service? You paid an estimated $2000 for this product even though you did not receive it and it may never be available. Do you want your money

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links for 2008-12-21

Flash photography website (tags: photography gallery) DIY – Create your own Bokeh | DIYPhotography.net This is a fun idea… (tags: photography fun bokeh) The Art of the Prank » Blog Archive » Marc S. Dreier Fakeout (tags: fraud finance) "Pixo & Confusion" The Changing Face of Brazil's Pixação Brazilian graffiti (tags: graffiti) Dollar Bill and

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links for 2008-12-20

Credit-Card Users Feel Pain as U.S. Banks Reap Gain They get rich off the government bailouts while you get screwed. Of course. You expected something else from rich assholes? (tags: corruption greed economy)

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DJ Shiva’s Take on Obama and Warren

DJ Shiva wrote an excellent blog post on Obama’s decision to pick Rick Warren to do the inaugural invocation, which I’m just going to quote the whole thing of, since it’s awesome. But go read her blog regularly; it’s good. fuck you, obama. i was gonna write a long-winded piece about how hard gays and

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links for 2008-12-19

Worst. President. Ever.—By Scott Horton (Harper's Magazine) “It would be difficult to identify a President who, facing major international and domestic crises, has failed in both as clearly as President Bush,” concluded one respondent. (tags: bush presidency failure) Obama's inaugural choice sparks outrage – CNN.com Still disappointed. (tags: homophobia lgbt religion)

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I am disagreeable

Obama had this to say today regarding the angry reaction gay people and feminists are having at his choice of Rick Warren to deliver the inaugural invocation: I am fierce advocate for equality for gay and — well, let me start by talking about my own views. I think it is no secret that I

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Rage and Frothing at the mouth

According to CNN, this lovely shit-sandwich, delivered right to my plate, courtesy of President-Elect Obama: President-elect Barack Obama’s swearing-in ceremony will feature big names like minister Rick Warren and legendary singer Aretha Franklin, the Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies announced Wednesday. Warren, the prominent evangelical and founder of the Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California,

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links for 2008-12-18

Gay community slams Obama on inauguration pastor pick That just sucks. Every time I get to feeling excited about Obama, he does something to shoot me down. (tags: lgbt homophobia) Odd: Iowa Town Uses Garlic Salt To De-Ice The Roads Ankeny, Iowa is the town I grew up in. (tags: funny) Design Highlights '08 |

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Glare Ice

I carved a truck out of a block of ice this morning and drove it to work. I’m quite proud of my sculpting skills. It looks just like a red Ford Ranger with a silver shell cap. We’ve been managing to keep up with things a bit better lately. Of course, this has a lot

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links for 2008-12-17

Save OurTunes (tags: music mp3 iTunes) ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive: Coraline Mystery Boxes! The crew of Coraline – the movie of the book by Neil Gaiman – creates and sends these awesome, one of a kind boxes to bloggers who are writing about the movie. That's some cool marketing right there. (tags: awesome movies literature) Horizon:

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links for 2008-12-16

Cooper Undercover… on Flickr – Photo Sharing! attach a mini digital camera to the cat, set it to take photos every 2 minutes. (tags: photos projects) gridr buildrrr (tags: grids webdesign webdev) The Top 10 Everything of 2008 – TIME Time decides to cover more than just books. (tags: bestof2008) Horn Book Fanfare , Fanfare

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links for 2008-12-15

Finally, Bring Home the Hollywood Classics in HD – Popular Mechanics Interesting what it takes to clean up movies for high def. (tags: movies DVD blu-ray) Dark Roasted Blend: Dieselpunk: Love Affair with a Machine (tags: designIdeas designCool) Tomorrow Museum » Archive » Matching Books and Readers: Publishers Need Better Websites (tags: publishing books)

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links for 2008-12-12

53 CSS-Techniques You Couldn't Live Without | CSS | Smashing Magazine (tags: css webdesign webdev) Foreign Policy: The Top 10 Stories You Missed in 2008 (tags: bestof2008) The Simple Dollar » Clutter Is Money Absolutely true. you have to manage all your stuff. (tags: organization lifehacks clutter) Family Traditions: What Children Really Want for Christmas

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A Message To The Spoiled Under-30 Crowd

Note: This is from one of those fun email forwards… When I was a kid, adults used to bore me to tears with their tedious diatribes about how hard things were when they were growing up; what with walking twenty-five miles to school every morning… uphill BOTH ways yadda, yadda, yadda. And I remember promising

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Real Biblical Marriage

Passed along from a friend via email If we were to create a constitutional amendment defining marriage based on the teachings of the Bible, it would look like this: A. Marriage in the United States shall consist of a union between one man and one or more women. (Gen 29:17-28; II Sam 3:2-5) B. Marriage

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links for 2008-12-11

Children’s Books, Lost and Found (tags: children literature books) Op-Ed Columnist – While Detroit Slept – NYTimes.com Ooo, real workable electric car models. Yum (tags: business transportation auto) Public Art Indianapolis » PublicArt Main Page (tags: Indianapolis publicSpace publicArt) 14 free tools that reveal why people abandon your website | Conversion Rate Experts (tags: webdesign

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links for 2008-12-10

Magnum Blog / Wear Good Shoes: Advice to young photographers (tags: photography inspiration) LETTER TO A YOUNG COLLAGE ARTIST (tags: artists awesome) snopes.com: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Rudolph was created as an advertisement for Montgomery Ward Department stores in 1939. (tags: christmas traditions fun advertising)

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links for 2008-12-09

Mural painted by Lilly employees sets record | IndyStar.com | The Indianapolis Star I have a number of photos of the mural in my flickr. (tags: mural Indianapolis art) Long-lost Oscar Wilde letters are found – Theatre & Arts, Entertainment – Belfasttelegraph.co.uk (tags: literature)

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Books I Read in 2008

It’s my 12th Annual end of the year reading recap. Grand total: 30 books. I don’t think that’s my lowest total, but it’s no 98 titles like in 1997. And boy, oh boy did I hit the genre fiction this year. It did help to have lots of fun light reading while all the wedding

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Books I’ve Read – November and December 2008

A Grave Talent (Kate Martinelli Mysteries) by Laurie R. King To Play The Fool (Kate Martinelli Mysteries) by Laurie R. King With Child (Kate Martinelli Mysteries) by Laurie R. King Earlier this year, I read the fourth and fifth books in the Kate Martinelli Series. This time I circled back around and read the first

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links for 2008-12-07

Kowloon Walled City fascinating labyrintic outlaw city, Hong Kong (tags: urban culture Sociology) Profile: Author M.T. Anderson Challenges Young Adults With Complex Narratives Interesting (tags: books review toread) Shopping Mall History Malls are such an ingrained part of my life experience that it seems strange that they are a recent phenomenon, and that they might

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links for 2008-12-05

TraceyClean Home Page Green, enviromentally-sound cleaning products, produced here in Indiana. (tags: Indiana cleaning) Indy Photo Coach (tags: photography Indianapolis)

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links for 2008-12-04

PW's Best Books of the Year – 11/3/2008 – Publishers Weekly (tags: bestof2008 books) Holiday Books – 100 Notable Books of 2008 – NYTimes.com (tags: bestof2008 books) Thomas Frank: Health-Care Reform Could Kill the GOP "But it pleases me even more to think that the conservatives' nightmare of permanent defeat might come true simply if

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Xmas Busy Busy Busy

Last night I did some major decorating of the front porch – we have garlands around all the porch posts with big red bows on them, and giant red bells hanging. Stephanie gave me candle lights for the windows for Xmas last year — they’re cool because they’re wireless and come on automagically, so you

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links for 2008-12-03

The “broken windows” theory of crime is correct | Can the can | The Economist This is why the upswing in graffiti downtown has me so bent out of shape. (tags: graffiti psychology crime Sociology) The Grid System The ultimate resource in grid systems. (tags: grids webdesign tools css webdev)

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Priorities

A man was walking up the street, when he passed by a Catholic Church. He noticed smoke pouring out of the building. He ran inside, and yelled to the Priest, “Father, Father!! Your Church is on Fire!” The Priest grabbed the New Testament, and ran out. A little farther up the road, the man passed

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Message of Welcome to the UU Church

As we welcome our new members and visitors, it is only fair to let them know what we Unitarian Universalists are like and what we expect. We are friendly. If you are not friendly, out you go! We are genuine people. Even our phonies are real phonies. We are always sincere, even if we have

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You may be a Unitarian Universalist if:

You think socks are too formal for a Summer service. You know at least 5 ways to say “Happy holidays!” Your idea of a guy’s night out is going to a N.O.W. rally. Unleavened bread is part of your Easter Brunch. You refer to construction paper as “paper of color.” The name of your church

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links for 2008-12-02

24/7 Wall St.: The Black Friday Ten: Retailers Who May Not See 2009 (tags: economy business) Craft Project: Origami LED Light Embellishments (tags: crafts) Holiday light ball (tags: crafts lights) The Book Design Review's Favorite Book Covers of 2008 Many of these I agree with. (tags: bestof2008 bookcovers) Three fire engines turn up to rescue

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Blogiversary?

Way back in the dark ages when I started this site, I didn’t manage to keep track of the date. It was before blogger software, and before it was even affordable to own a domain name for a personal site (it cost in the $200 range to purchase one). I believe – but am not

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links for 2008-12-01

Web Design Inspiration – a set on Flickr (tags: webdesign inspiration) Best Of 2008: Most Popular Top 10's of 2008 (tags: bestof2008) Amazon.com: Best of 2008: Books: Books (tags: bestof2008 books)

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links for 2008-11-27

Maxing out your Triangle — jackcheng.com Everything I'm doing is wrong. 🙂 Hmmmm. Maybe that IS the problem. (tags: visualization philosophy lifehacks inspiration) Category:Pejorative terms for people – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia New and exciting ways to insult my fellow man. Yippie. (tags: funny language wikipedia)

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links for 2008-11-26

Tomorrow Museum » Archive » Is the fantasy genre inherently uncool? (tags: toread) Ladywood Estates Condominiums A condominium complex by noted mid-century architect Avriel Shull. (tags: architecture Indiana) :: Atomic Indy :: Mid-Century Modern Indianapolis: Waiting around offers a time to thank others Some mid-century modern architectural info around Indianapolis/Carmel (tags: architecture Indiana awesome) Goodbye,

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links for 2008-11-24

Twistory (tags: mashup twitter history tool) CRW / Corporate Risk Watch Interesting roll overs. Nice design. (tags: webdesign inspiration designCool designIdeas) Dezeen » Blog Archive » Pipe Light by Triptyque Interesting light/architectural sculpture. (tags: architecture lighting ideas design) Technorati: State of the Blogosphere 2008 94% of blogs are abandoned. (tags: blogging trends)

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links for 2008-11-20

The (Mostly) True Story of Helvetica and the New York City Subway: Voice: AIGA Journal of Design: Writing: AIGA If you like typography and design, you'll enjoy this article. You huge geek, you. (tags: typography design awesome) Andy Borowitz: Obama's Use of Complete Sentences Stirs Controversy But Mr. Obama's decision to use complete sentences in

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links for 2008-11-19

Bush delivers "The Shocker" Um. WTF? Just… Nevermind. (tags: photos) 10 sure-fire signs you're about to be made redundant (Guru) Like my stomach wasn't already in knots. (tags: employment)

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Recently Acquired Books

Books I just picked up from the book store: Full Frontal Feminism: A Young Woman’s Guide to Why Feminism Matters by Jessica Valenti Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

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links for 2008-11-17

How to Tell if Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You (tags: funny illustration awesome pets humor) Newspaper Website Design: Trends And Examples | Design Showcase | Smashing Magazine (tags: webdesign inspiration designIdeas) Gaslighting – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia "Gaslighting is a form of psychological abuse. It involves an increasing frequency of systematically withholding factual

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links for 2008-11-16

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Gets a Remake Why? There's no reason. Just watch the original. (tags: movies) Truly scrumptious – The man who turned his Land Rover into Chitty Chitty Bang Bang | Mail Online Curse you for doing it first. But hey, where are the instructions? (tags: artCars)

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links for 2008-11-13

Indy Food Coop This is a really interesting idea that we're considering joining. You can become a founding member and get discounts on local foods. (tags: food local nutrition) Locally Grown Gardens A local produce market on 54th Street in Indianapolis. I stopped by on the way home and got free-range eggs, Honey crisp apples,

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Locally Grown Gardens

I read about Locally Grown Gardens, a new local food market on Urban Indy today, and was interested enough to drop by on the way home. It’s located at 1050 E. 54th Street, just off College Ave. and across the street from Mama Carolla’s restaurant. They carry lots of product from local farms, are open

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links for 2008-11-10

9 Free Tools to Analyze and Improve Your Website | Smiley Cat Web Design (tags: webdesign webdev tools free) Spell with flickr (tags: api flickr letters tool)

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links for 2008-11-08

Art Cars Calendar (tags: artCars) Function Web Design & Development [ Blog ] » 50 Stunning Examples of a great redesign: My Top Picks (tags: webdesign inspiration) You Can Forget My Taxes – The Daily Beast Melissa Etheridge points out — hey, if we aren't represented by government, why are we paying taxes? Good point.

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Buy a book this weekend

Editorial Ass has some good advice for those in the book publishing industry. Since I’m one of those people, and I’m married to one, and most of my friends have something to do with publishing, I’m going to quote quite a bit of this blog post: Let’s talk a little bit about what happened in

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links for 2008-11-07

Motel Hell – a set on Flickr (tags: signs) death does come, of this we are sure (tags: architecture death memorial designCool inspiration designIdeas) Facebook | Karl Baden's Photos – Discreet Deaths Heads: a Collection Collection of Death's Heads (skulls) hidden in mystery novel book covers. (tags: bookcovers) The Best Inventions of the Year –

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Still I Rise

Maya Angelou You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies, You may trod me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I’ll rise. Does my sassiness upset you? Why are you beset with gloom? ‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells Pumping in my living room. Just like moons

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The Onion on Obama Victory

The Onion on Obama Victory: Nation Finally Shitty Enough To Make Social Progress Carrying a majority of the popular vote, Obama did especially well among women and young voters, who polls showed were particularly sensitive to the current climate of everything being fucked. Another contributing factor to Obama’s victory, political experts said, may have been

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Mixed emotions

So many reasons to be happy, and yet… California and Prop 8 is still to close to call. And as the NY Times explains — “Ban-gay-marriage amendments were approved in Arizona and Florida, and gay rights forces suffered a loss in Arkansas, where voters approved a measure banning unmarried couples from serving as adoptive or

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links for 2008-11-04

FiveThirtyEight.com: Electoral Projections Done Right: What A McCain Win Looks Like… (tags: election2008 politics) Chris Kelly: The Quotable Palin "I wonder if Churchill would have enjoyed Sarah Palin's joke about reading prisoners their rights, or if he would have thought she was kind of an asshole. I know this sounds nitpicky. But she's the one

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Bottle Cap Art Car Project – the finale

We took the Art Car to Michigan City this weekend to turn it over to Stephanie’s niece Raven. Stephanie went up on Saturday and taught her how to drive a stick, and I went up on Sunday to help finish up work on the car and to drive Stephanie home. We ended up finishing most

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Barack Obama on saggy pants

In an MTV interview – Obama tells you to pull up your pants. He does it more politely than I do to teenagers in target. Sway: Our next question comes from Eric out of Huntington Beach, California: “There are numerous cultures and subcultures in the United States today. Powers-that-be set statutes with monetary penalty on

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links for 2008-11-03

Elegant Web Typography – SlideShare Haven't watched this yet, but the designer internets are raving about it so I'm bookmarking for reference. (tags: reference typography webdev) Vote for Change | Voter Protection Center Know the facts to make sure your vote is counted tomorrow. (tags: election2008 voting rights) Blue Indiana:: Look what happened at my

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links for 2008-11-01

Restatement of the Law, Second, Torts, § 652 Federal laws regarding photography (tags: photography rights privacy reference) Links for Photography Law, Legal Aspects of Taking and Publishing Photos (tags: photography rights privacy freedom) USATODAY.com – New digital camera? Know how, where you can use it (tags: rights photography privacy freedom) Photographers' Guide to Privacy (tags:

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links for 2008-10-30

Lookybook A site that lets you see picture books before you buy, so you can pick out the best ones for your kids. Very cool. (tags: books reading kids) McCain Camp Buses In School Kids To Fill Crowd A local school district official confirmed after the event that of the 6,000 people estimated by the

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links for 2008-10-29

The Bilerico Project | Indiana | Rednecks 4 Obama Rednecks for Obama. That's funny. (tags: election2008) Daughter of slave votes for Obama Amanda Jones, 109, the daughter of a man born into slavery, has lived a life long enough to touch three centuries. And after voting consistently as a Democrat for 70 years, she has

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links for 2008-10-28

Dozens Of Call Center Workers Walk Off Job In Protest Rather Than Read McCain Script Attacking Obama Some three dozen workers at a telemarketing call center in Indiana walked off the job rather than read an incendiary McCain campaign script attacking Barack Obama, according to two workers at the center and one of their parents.

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links for 2008-10-27

THE BROKERS WITH HANDS ON THEIR FACES BLOG In case you need a stock photo of the current economic crisis while blogging about it. (tags: economy photos) Roger Hagadone Photography Some particularly nice photos of bigfoot. (tags: inspiration photography) The Wire: Writing Into Your Arc | 43 Folders (tags: writing inspiration television) Terrorist 'tweets'? US

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links for 2008-10-26

Blow Up – A Bond Art + Science Fair Project Very nice flickr photogallery tools. (tags: flickr photogallery) Lars Willem Veldkampf's photosets on Flickr (tags: illustration design interesting) RJ Eskow: But Wait … By Palin's Definition, Mohamed Atta Isn't A Terrorist Palin re-writes the definition of terrorist because she supports health clinic bomber Eric Rudolph

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Voted early

I don’t always vote straight party, but I did this time. I knew who all the down party people were for the most part, and the few I didn’t know I looked up before I went. The lines were quite long, but the moved very quickly in the city-county building. Very much worth it to

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Rachel Maddow in the NY Times

The New York Times interviews Rachel Maddow at home, and includes this excellent picture. I had no idea she lived at our house in the corner of our library. Pardon me, I’ll be back in the stacks.

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links for 2008-10-25

McCain Communications Director Gave Reporters Incendiary Version Of "Carved B" Story Before Facts Were Known McCain's campaign pushed the false version to media before police announced the true details of the investigation. (tags: election2008 racism hoax) The Associated Press: Excerpts from Joe McCain 911, police calls I guess I shouldn't be embarrassed for calling when

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David Sedaris on Undecided Voters

From this week’s New Yorker: Then you’ll see this man or woman– someone, I always think, who looks very happy to be on TV. “Well, Charlie,” they say, “I’ve gone back and forth on the issues and whatnot, but I just can’t seem to make up my mind!” Some insist that there’s very little difference

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links for 2008-10-24

Action Method Online :: Pricing & Signup Very nicely designed online project management tool. (tags: productivity planning) Coolest Homemade Robot Costume Ideas (tags: costumes) Al-Qaeda Support for McCain – washingtonpost.com Ah ha ha ha ha! The terrorists want McCain to win! Ha ha ha!!! (tags: election2008 terrorism) Callie Shell – Obama – Digital Journalist Awesome

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Published Photographer

I completely failed to mention this before, but I’ve had several more of my photos published. Previously, my pictures were in Indiana Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities, and Other Offbeat Stuff by Dick Wolfsie. Recently, some of my Route 66 photos were published in the Journal for the Society of Commercial Archeology (yes, a real

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Meteor Crater

Pretty big hole in the ground. Formed 50,000 years ago when a 150 foot-long meteor hit the ground. The crater is 3/4 miles across.

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links for 2008-10-17

Just Try Voting Here: 11 of America's Worst Places to Cast a Ballot (or Try) Machines that count backward, slice-and-dice districts, felon baiting, phone jamming, and plenty of dirty tricks (tags: election2008) toledoblade.com — 'Joe the plumber' isn’t licensed I'll bet Joe is sweating bullets that he ever stepped into the limelight now. (tags: election2008)

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Arizona here we come

We’re headed out to visit my Dad in Arizona for a few days. Our friend and regular house sitter is coming over to hang with the pets and hold down the fort. So for the next couple days I’ll be blogging from the road. Expect lots of pictures; we’re going to be doing some sightseeing.

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Message to McCain about Rape and Choice

I haven’t talked about it much in years, but when I was in college I was raped and became pregnant, and within a short period of time miscarried. The idea that I would be forced to carry a baby to term against my will by the McCain/Palin government makes me more than a little angry.

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CNN: Money Fact check: Plumber Joe’s taxes

According to CNN Money small business owners will not see an increase in taxes. McCain has entrepreneurs spooked about tax hikes, but fewer than 2% of small business owners would pay more under Obama’s plan. … Should small business owners fear for their wallets if Obama is elected? Not the vast majority, business and tax

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The Debate in 90 Seconds

The few things that jumped out at me — John McCain does “air quotes” while talking about the health of the mother in emergency abortion situations — so apparently the health of the mother is irrelevant? Wow. So let me get the Republican position straight here — when I get raped, I’ll be forced to

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links for 2008-10-16

The Gist of the ACORN Story If I successfully register Mickey Mouse to vote, on election day, Mickey Mouse will still be a cartoon character who cannot go to the local voting station and vote. Logically speaking there's very little way a few phony names on the voting rolls could be used to commit actual

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links for 2008-10-15

You Stole Our Obama Sign on Flickr – Photo Sharing! We bought another sign = more money to Obama. Suckers (tags: election2008 photos flickr) Barack Obama and Joe Biden: Change We Need | Tax Calculator Calculate the taxes you'll save under the Obama economic plan (tags: economics finance tools election2008) Turn a Boring Bar Graph

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Best of the Worst: McCain Mobs Compiled

Brave New Films and Color of Change have compiled the “best of the worst” video footage of lynch mob-like crowds attending McCain/Palin rallies over the past several weeks, documenting the racism and violent threats. Color of Change is sending a public letter to their campaign asking them to take responsibility for changing the tone of

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links for 2008-10-14

Greg Palast » BBC-TV: “Set up to steal it again.” Is 2008 already fixed? They keep stealing these elections! And they stole it in 2000, they stole it in 2004, and they’re all set up to steal it again! – Robert Kennedy Jr. (tags: election2008 corruption) Barack Obama and Joe Biden's Rescue Plan for the

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More Racist McCain Supporters

Anyone who’s resisted the idea that there are racist McCain supporters out there won’t be able to get past this video. As Ta-nehisi Coates at the Atlantic points out — It’s not just disturbing that this guy is so obviously evil, but it’s further upsetting that the no one in the crowd around him admonishes

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More than just the last couple weeks

Over the weekend, we got caught up on watching our saved Rachel Maddow shows — one thing that struck me was than when she interviewed Pat Buchanan, he keep going to the same talking point — “McCain is suffering in the polls over the last three weeks because of the economy taking a nose dive!”

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links for 2008-10-12

Ethics report: Palin abused authority – Decision '08- msnbc.com ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Sarah Palin unlawfully abused her power as governor by trying to have her former brother-in-law fired as a state trooper, the chief investigator of an Alaska legislative panel concluded Friday. (tags: election2008) Talking Points Memo | Weird. Sad. Surreal This afternoon on the

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links for 2008-10-11

Download Fire Vox A screen reader to test for accessibility for vision impaired. (tags: screenreader accessibility webdev) American Experience | The Murder of Emmett Till | People & Events (tags: racism politics) Make-Believe Maverick : Rolling Stone (tags: election2008)

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Even more crazy McCain crowds

I updated my post from earlier this morning with even more news of death threats issued to Obama during McCain rallies this week. (Threats of “off with his head” came out this morning reported by the Wall Street Journal.) Here are even more sidewalk interviews with angry McCain supporters who are waiting to get into

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Dooce’s Hypothetical Question

A few days ago, Heather Armstrong posed a question on her blog: Indulge me for a second and consider this scenario: let’s say you’re given the opportunity to donate some money to a desperate family who would use it to feed their children, but were only able to do so if you donated the same

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The Dangerously Angry Crowds of McCain and Palin

In the past, politicians with honor would correct and shape the crowds who attended their rallies when they shouted things that were incorrect or unfair to their opponents. But in the past two weeks, McCain and Palin have been egging their crowds on in ways that are loathsome and potentially dangerous to Obama and his

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The American Dream

Reading this article today on what the AIG executives did after the nation bailed out their company nearly made me throw up with anger: Have you heard of anything more outrageous – a week after taxpayers commit $85 billion dollars to rescue AIG, the company’s leading insurance executives spend hundreds of thousands of dollars at

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Compact Fluorescents in Indianapolis

A handy tip from Green Piece Indy: Indianapolis Power & Light has partnered with several other Indianapolis hardware stores to offer discounted CFLs. Visit your favorite local hardware store today to stock up: * White’s Ace Hardware at Geist * Central Ace Hardware * Whites’ Ace Hardware at Nora * Mr. Mikes Ace Hardware *

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Transcript of Palin, Biden debate

I grabbed the transcript of the debate because I want to go back and read it later to go over Joe Biden’s answers. I spent a lot of time focusing on her, (mainly because of the bingo game we were playing) that I didn’t get all the nuance the Biden provided. I know he gave

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Palin Debate Flowchart

Courtesy of Adennak.com: With some choice words from Aden Nak: I’d like to do a bit of a run down. A list, if you will, of the things we’ve learned about Sarah Palin from her very limited, groomed, handled private interviews with Charlie Gibson and Katie Couric. Sarah Palin isn’t sure what the Bush Doctrine

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What Palin reminded me of

Palin’s cutesy “You betchas” and folksy expressions were painful to watch. I thought Tina Fey’s “finger guns” were a bit over when I first saw her impression, but after watching the debate last night, they were dead on, and a really damning impression. As one commenter said on the MSNBC poll – “It’s like going

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Biden debates McCain because Palin didn’t show up

I’ll have more commentary in the morning, but that was my initial impression of the debate — Biden took on McCain on every single answer because Palin didn’t bother to actually answer any of the questions, and instead fell back on buzz words and drivel and cutesy, folksy nonsense. I thought it was a clear

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Des Moines Register – Liberal Media Elitists!

That damned liberal media of the Des Moines Register (those gosh darned volvo-driving, latte-drinking, er… corn farmers!) take John McCain to the cleaners and don’t even give him back his pocket change or dryer lint. And, the paper had already endorsed him, before he acts like a total prick while being interviewed. My favorite highlight:

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Some economic legislation IS needed

I know I spoke out against bailing out greedy rich Wall Street investors last week, and I still feel that way. But even at that time, I understood that some sort of financial intervention into the economy needed to happen — preferably one that helps the middle and lower classes. I sort of assumed that

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Shorter Debate McCain

I got a pen right here. (That’s a sharpie, John.) You only get Miss Congeniality if you vote 100% with Bush. My 90% makes me a MAVERICK. MAVERICK! DID YOU HEAR ME! Back in my day, we went to war in our bare feet. Uphill, both ways in the snow; you just don’t understand. You

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Pop Quiz!

You are riding on a beautiful white horse. On your right side is a drop off. On your left side are several ostriches being chased by a lion. In front of you are four large gazelles that won’t get out of your way and you can’t seem to overtake them. Behind you is a stampede

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An alternate proposal

Here’s an idea we all floated around the table at lunch, and Democrats and Republicans all agreed it was great: Rather than use the $700 billion (or whatever the hell number) to bail out failing banks, why not take that money and pay off the mortgages of every single American who makes under $1 million

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Republicans derail talks with infighting

I want to hear a debate tonight. If McCain flew to Washington to fuck up talks about the bailout and to drag Obama into the weeds with him, he better stand up in front of me and explain himself. If if he’s too much of a chicken to do so, then Obama should appear without

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I heard the news today, oh boy…

I’ve tried numerous times to stop blogging about political matters. I’m not any sort of expert on them, and they do make me frazzled in a way that isn’t always healthy. There are lots of cool things going on in our lives that I should be talking about instead. But like many people I know,

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Barack Obama on the Economy

Candidate Obama addresses what’s happened in the last few days. Every time I hear him speak, I think this guy is the most presidential guy I’ve seen in years. Does Barack need to suspend the campaign and return home? Here’s an astute analysis from metafilter: This is entirely needless. Yes, they’re both Senators, but that

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Obama’s Steady Hand

“It’s my belief that this is exactly the time when the American people need to hear from the person who in approximately 40 days will be responsible for dealing with this mess,” said Obama. “Part of the president’s job is to deal with more than one thing at once.”

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Rachel Maddow on the Bailout

My favorite part of this is the Bush quote “now is not the time to be partisan. We need to come together…” I disagree. I think this is a GREAT time to be partisan. The best possible time, actually. The Republicans FUCKED UP. There’s just no other way to see this. The fuck-ups don’t get

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Mary Ann Sullivan for State Representative

Mary Ann Sullivan is the Democratic candidate for my district – Indiana House District 97. She’s running against ‘cut and run’ Jon Elrod, who was going to leave the District high and dry to run against Andre Carson, but then ran back to District 97 when he realized he couldn’t beat Andre. I’ve met Mary

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Clinton on the Administration’s Proposal to Restore Stability to U.S. Financial Markets

Statement of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton on the Administration’s Proposal to Restore Stability to U.S. Financial Markets WASHINGTON, DC – Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton made the following statement on the administration’s proposal to restore stability to U.S. financial markets. “When the American people, facing a foreclosure crisis and struggling economy, turned to this administration for

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Jill Long Thompson gaining in Indiana Gov. Race

The latest Indy Star poll that showed Obama edging out McCain by 3 percent also shows Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Jill Long Thompson moving up in the polls – within spittin’ distance of ol’ Ditch Mitch, actually. Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels holds a four-point lead in his bid for a second term, including support from one

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Indiana as a swing state

Last night we were watching Anderson Cooper’s 360 and the identified Indiana as one of the five states they’re watching as “battleground” states. No kidding — we were not red, but “pink” on their chart. Blue Indiana notes that a new Star poll coming out will show Obama on top, and sure enough — WTHR

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You say Goth like it’s a bad thing…

I was kinda surprised at this NYTimes headline this morning on the front page: “Goth: Seems Like You Just Can’t Kill It” Given that goth kids get harassed and are the targets of violence all over the country, the headline seems rather inflammatory. And besides that — does someone want Goth to go away? The

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To Middle Class, Economic Crisis isn’t News

Barack Obama outlines exactly what he wants to do to fix the economy. You can read more about his plan here. Transcript of the Video: In the past few weeks, Wall Street’s been rocked as banks closed and markets tumbled. But for many of you — the people I’ve met in town halls, backyards and

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McCain supporter Richard Cohen calls him a liar

Richard Cohen is a weekly columnist for the Washington Post and has steadfastly supported McCain this election — until now. It’s hard to pick just a small section of this column to quote, because he’s damning McCain throughout it. You really should read the whole thing. “We know that those two ads are untrue,” Behar

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A couple more links

I think the media’s obsession with Palin is pretty out of line with the reality of what’s going on in the election right now — lots of McCain lies and distortions of the facts that seem pretty desperate — and Obama raising a record amount of money in August — so I’m going to lay

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Tina Fey as Sarah Palin on SNL

In the comments on MetaFilter, posted by Naberius: Oh my god. OH MY GOD! I see the way clear to a better future. We vote in John McCain. Then, stay with me, stay with me… we KIDNAP SARAH PALIN AND REPLACE HER WITH TINA FEY!! She’d totally pull it off. She’s perfect. If Sarah Palin’s

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David Foster Wallace Dead at 46

Writer David Foster Wallace hung himself on Friday at the age of 46. That’s really awful. My heart goes out to his family. Would it be completely inappropriate to point out that he’s wearing my wool coat in this photo? I’m just saying.

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Racist McCain Ad

Ordering a black man to show you respect you is pretty over the top in 2008. I’m sure McCain’s constituency in the South and perhaps right here in Indiana will recognize the terminology from their (thankfully) long ago heydays of sundown towns and lynch mob gatherings, though, and respond accordingly. There’s only one response to

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So NOW they create a sandbox template!

After I pretty much got everything in place, Movable Type comes out with a plugin and set of sandbox templates — similar to what WordPress has — that allows you to install a really basic default set of templates and then create your own design on top of the template elements — similar to what

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John McCain’s Critical Thinking Skills

John McCain on why Palin would be qualified to be Commander in Chief if something happened to him in an interview with an NBC affiliate in Portland, ME: Q: Well, you say you’re sure that she has the experience, but again, I’m just asking for an example. What experience does she have in the field

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Favorite children’s book character?

This came out of a discussion at work — who’s your favorite children’s book character? Obviously, mine is Curious George, but there are lots on my list. Who is on yours? The Complete Adventures of Curious George: 70th Anniversary Edition

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Reflection on the World Trade Center Attack

In 2005, I said this about the World Trade Center attacks: “I’m so glad to read personal accounts because that was what struck me about the media coverage from that day — and for about a week or so after — the grand hype machine had stopped, and all we heard about were real people.”

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More site updates

I’ve been doing some further site tweaking over the last several days. The major thing I accomplished was getting my Big Things photo galleries into the content management system, which will make it infinitely easier to edit the content on those pages. Which I desperately need to do. There are lots of new photos I

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The Power of Day Dreaming

The most common criticism I received when I was a kid was that I daydreamed too much, especially in class. Even though my classwork was high quality, staring off into space would set my teachers off all the time, and it was one of the things I was always very upset about, because it never

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Impromptu Ikea Trip

Stephanie and I were invited to show our art car at a show in Columbus, Ohio this past weekend, and our original plans were to take advantage of that offer. But Spike seemed to be having so much trouble that we decided to stay home Friday night. It was the right decision, because he needed

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Unemployment climbs to 5-year high of 6.1 percent

According to the Associated Press: By JEANNINE AVERSA – 1 day ago WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s unemployment rate bolted above the psychologically important 6 percent level last month for the first time in five years — and it’s likely to go even higher in the months ahead, possibly throwing the economy into a tailspin

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Yahoo’s Election 2008 Political Dashboard

The Yahoo Election 2008 Political Dashboard is a nice visualization of where the presidential election is currently. They’re using poll data averaged to draw a map of where the candidates stand nationwide, and how the electoral votes are projected.

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Quote of the Day: Reform

Courtesy “O Brother Where Art Thou“: Reform? I’ll reform you, you soft-headed sonofabitch! How we gonna run reform when we’re the damn incumbent! Y’ignorant slope-shouldered sack a guts! Why we’d look like a buncha satchel-ass Johnnie-Come-Latelies braggin’ on our own midget! Don’t matter how stumpy! And that’s the goddamn problem right there – people think

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Spike health update

I didn’t mention it here yet, but the other thing I’ve been doing all week is looking after my dog Spike. I little while ago, we discovered a small tumor on his neck, and on Tuesday, I took him in for surgery to have it removed. He’s been under the weather ever since; the incision

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Movable Type 4.2 upgrade recap

I’ve got my Movable Type software upgraded to 4.2 and replaced my old templates with default ones, which I’ve done some customizing on, with more to come. So far, so good. It’s MUCH faster – my faith is restored. For the most part. I started by installing the Professional Pack templates, and after I got

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Democracy Now producer Nicole Salazar films her own arrest

I mentioned in an earlier post that the Minneapolis police arrested journalist Amy Goodman outside the Republican National Convention when she came outside from the floor of the convention after hearing that her producers had been arrested while reporting on the protests outside. This was reported widely in the mainstream press — here is an

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Republicanism Shown To Be Genetic In Origin

The discovery that affiliation with the Republican Party is genetically determined was announced by scientists in the current issue of the journal NURTURE, causing uproar among traditionalists who believe it is a chosen lifestyle. Reports of the gene coding for political conservatism, discovered after a decades-long study of quintuplets in Orange County, CA, has sent shock waves through the medical, political, and golfing communities.

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blog software update day(s?) – AKA ‘wreck stuff day’

A while back I put off upgrading my blog to Movable Type 4.2 because the upgrade would break the site, according to my webhost. Well, now I’m on a blogging vacation, and I’m ready to blow this puppy to smithereens. Because my custom templates are centuries old now, I’m going to install default templates and

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Palin was a member of a fringe political party

ABC News blogs are reporting that before Sarah Palin joined the Republican Party, she was a member of an Independent Party that has a plank suggesting that Alaska has a legal right to secede from the United States. UPDATE: This story has been debunked as untrue. The person making the claim has backed off the

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We’ve always been at war with Eurasia

Bush quietly seeks to expand the already bloated powers of the executive branch further, according to Raw Story: As the nation focuses on Sen. John McCain’s choice of running mate, President Bush has quietly moved to expand the reach of presidential power by ensuring that America remains in a state of permanent war. Buried in

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Funny Error in Time News Story

A bit of a slip up in a Times Magazine article on Bush & Cheney skipping the Republican National Convention: President Bush, Vice President Cheney and prominent governors decided on Sunday to skip the Republican National Convention, and the party considered shortening its big four-day event as Hurricane Gustav approached the Gulf Coast with potentially

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Using the Sexism on the Left

Zuzu has an interesting post at Shakesville about how the choice of Palin may be an attempt to use the unchecked sexism within the Democratic Party against it: Right on cue, the sexist attacks against Palin began on the left– which the McCain people were undoubtedly counting on. Let’s look at how McCain’s selection of

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Sarah Palin and John McCain’s Judgment and Health

For progressives and Democrats, there’s lots to dislike about the GOP VP choice Sarah Palin. As Melissa McEwan notes: For the record, there is plenty about which to criticize Palin that has absolutely fuck-all to do with her sex. She’s anti-choice, against marriage equality, pro-death penalty, pro-guns, and loves Big Business. (In other words, she’s

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Historical significance

Barack Obama will, if elected, be the first Illinois legislator to occupy the White House since Abraham Lincoln. That would be certainly be poetry of the American spirit, right there. What a beautiful first family this will be.

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Election 2008 – Sarah Palin

Barack gave a great speech last night. Happy to be voting for the guy. Let’s get this party started. On Sarah Palin as McCain’s VP — I don’t think that will do what he thinks it will. I know a lot of disenchanted Hillary supporters, but none of them want to vote McCain in the

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Damned if she does and damned if she doesn’t

The day after Hillary Clinton delivered one of the best political speeches in American history — CNN has come out with this bit of fucking loveliness: (CNN) — What did Hillary Clinton’s body language give away at the Democratic National Convention? Dan Hill, a body language expert and author of “Face Time,” told CNN that

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To be a woman, with a vote.

From the comments at Shakesville: Her voice was careful and quiet (she was clearly holding herself together so hard for the cameras, the weight of it all very heavy on her) and even with the tears, it still felt fitting, because this–this wondering and thinking and finally deciding on your own vote–this is what the

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Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Democratic Convention Speech

The following is a transcript of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s speech at the Democratic National Convention, as provided by CQ Transcriptions. I have to say, it’s one of the best speeches I’ve heard delivered live (rather than listening later through recordings.) Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Democratic Convention Speech – Part 1 Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Democratic Convention

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Words that end in “-ist” for a thousand, Alex

In creating my current “recently read” list today, I noticed an oddity in my reading choices… The Archivist: A Novel by Martha Cooley The Egyptologist: A Novel by Arthur Phillips Here Lies the Librarian by Richard Peck Maps and Legends by Michael Chabon The Fencing Master by Arturo Perez-Reverte Previously, my reading list included The

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Recent Photo Sets

As promised, several sets of photos recently taken. Indianapolis Indians vs. Durham Bulls Monument Circle Photo Walk I went with local photographers I met recently on a photo walk around the circle. Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk The Indianapolis location was Massachusetts Avenue; there were about 40+ photographers. I managed to accidentally underexpose my photos

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Random News from Home

Friday was Stephanie’s birthday, so I took a lot of pictures. While were were hanging out outside Barcelona Tapas talking, I took a bunch of pictures at the Corner of Alabama and Ohio Street. We spent all day Sunday putting more bottle caps on the car. Last night we went to see the Indianapolis Indians

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Photography is not a crime

I had a run-in with one of our neighbors the other day because I was out in the street taking photos. I happened to be taking pictures of one of the cars parked in front of my house. The car I was photographing didn’t belong to the neighbor who came to confront me — she

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Giant Inflatable Dog Crap Escapes Moorings, Wreaks Havoc

I shit you not — Paul McCartney American Artist Paul McCarthy created, for an art exhibit called “East of Eden: A Garden Show” at the Paul Klee Art Center in Switzerland, a giant inflatable dog shit balloon. On July 31, it was the victim of high winds and blew several hundred meters, damaging power lines

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Hoosier Political Report

Taking Down Words was one of my favorite local political blogs for a long time, and I really miss it. Since Jennifer Wagner switched over to a new URL and format — Hoosier Political Report — things just haven’t been the same, and sadly, it’s going to get booted from my feed reader soon. Rather

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Financial Times Columnist fails at life

This lovely article on The Financial Times: Lunch with the FT: Gloria Steinem, says By Chrystia Freeland: For most of this decade, the conventional wisdom has had it that feminism in America is dead – or, at least, irrelevant. The New York Times talked to female students at Yale and found them to be mostly

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Damn, where’d all my free time go?

I’m sitting here making out our “To Do” list for this weekend, which includes: Putting together new treadmill discarding non-functioning television putting loads of stuff on ebay or craigslist. taking all the recycling to the recycling center laundry, laundry & more laundry Garrett’s birthday Church on Sunday Visit the rental house & install locks and

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Save Public Funding for the Arts

I believe I may have mentioned Mayor Chinatownz recent decision to cut public arts funding 100% over the next 3 years. The city is, unfortunately, running a massive deficit – primarily because Our Man Bitch shifted the burden of many state taxes to local governments to balance the state’s budget (see: Robbing Peter to Pay

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I Kissed a Squirrel

Of course this is completely untrue: everyone knows that the squirrels are my sworn enemies. And I’d get them, too, if it weren’t for those meddling kids.

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Exxon has record profit again on soaring oil prices

From Reuters: NEW YORK (Reuters) – Exxon Mobil Corp said on Thursday soaring oil prices pushed its second-quarter earnings up 14 percent, again breaking its own record for the highest-ever profit by a U.S. company. Net income in the quarter rose to $11.68 billion, or $2.22 a share, from $