Archives: 2001

Vintage International Catalog

Vintage International: Devoted to publishing the best writing of the twentieth century from the world over, Vintage International offers both classic and contemporary fiction and literary nonfiction in elegant paperback editions. Abe, Kobo. Ark Sakura Abe, Kobo. Kangaroo Notebook Abe, Kobo. Woman in the Dunes Aksyonov, Vassily. Generations of Winter Amis, Martin. Dead Babies Amis,

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A Legally correct XMAS Greeting to Everyone

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, our best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress, non-addictive, gender neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions

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My Hobbit Name: Peony Smallburrows of Sandydowns

Okay, so my Hobbit name is: Peony Smallburrows of Sandydowns. Cool. I didn’t get the house, so I guess I’m going to build after all. Should be fun. (2014 update: I didn’t build. Spoilers) Also, here is the comedy website/magazine that hosts my favorite movie reviewer ever, The Self-Made Critic: The Brunching Shuttlecocks. They have

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NyQuil keeps me awake

In science news: NyQuil doesn’t make me sleep. It makes me stay awake. All night, for several nights in a row. I’m a bit out of it right now. Your results may vary. Consult a physician.

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Items on Osama’s Christmas List

11. My First Chemist’s Weapon of Mass Destruction. 10. My Pretty Pony Glue Factory 9. Fisher Price Particle Accelerator 8. Mountain Mike’s Cave Digger Kit 7. sandbox 6. Ali Aibo, electronic pet camel 5. Easy Bake Falafel Oven 4. Sesame Street’s Torture Me Bert 3. Wham-o Exploding Frisbee 2. Bedazzler Beard Decorator 1. Kabul Barbie

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Otto’s Lighthouse

I visited the Pilsum Lighthouse (AKA Otto’s Lighthouse in 1997 when I visited my friend Cate. According to Wikipedia: The Pilsum Lighthouse (German: Pilsumer Leuchtturm) was built in 1891 in order to provide a beacon for the Emshörn channel on Germany’s North Sea coast. It is located on a dyke near the village of Pilsum

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White Elephant Gift Exchange at Buca Di Beppo’s

Dinner at Buca’s wasn’t the raucous blow-out that it was in years past, but it was still great fun. I got a t-shirt with Geupel’s picture on it. Maybe I can use it to pick up chicks with Westies, like in the commercial. 🙂 Now if I can just get a house, I’ll have the

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house hunting

So, I saw the house and took photos and made an offer on it. I’m not going to put any of the photos on the site yet, because every time I do that, I find out I’m not getting the house. This time I’m waiting until I know more, which may be awhile. In the

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house update, and Sims

Well, that house didn’t work out. I have one more possibility, and then if it doesn’t work, I’m going to just give up and try to build a house in Fall Creek Place instead. I’m going to do an official tour of those tomorrow.

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Visited with Cate

I made an offer on the house… it’s pretty cool but needs a lot more work than I had expected. So now we wait. Again. Seeing Cate was great- we went to P.F. Changs and ate and plotted my next visit to Europe, which I hope will be in the fall of next year, and

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The Sims

So tonight I get to see another house– maybe the one I’ll buy. Cool! Also, Cate’s in town and she’s coming over to see it with me, then we’re going out to eat.

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Control of the world cannot be handed over to evil men

In the battle between against evil, when all peaceful options are exhausted, men of good conscience must get up and fight. Control of the world cannot be handed over to evil men by good people too weak-willed to stand up against them. — Krishna, The Bhagavad Gita

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Me on TV!! Woo Hoo!!

My wackiness is finally paying off… I talked with Dick Wolfsie of Channel 8 news this morning about doing a news story on my “Big Things” photo galleries. Woo Hoo! It seems he’s also writing a book on wierd and interesting stuff around Indiana… which is exactly the kind of stuff I like; that’s a

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Interest rates

Damn. Interest rates have been jumping the last couple of days, so if I do find a house, it won’t be as good a deal and I’ll be paying a higher mortgage rate than I would if I’d gotten the Talbott house.

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investors buying houses

Pretty much everything I want to look at in Herron-Morton Place is currently being being bought by investors who are planning to renovate with the bare essentials and then try to flip the property for a profit. The house on 16th that was one of my other possibilities is pending with a deal with investors,

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burglaries

There’s been a whole string of burglaries in Herron-Morton Place this week, and yesterday, Dan and Doug’s house got broken into. But they caught the guy running away, and they think they can link him to all the other burglaries. It looks like it will all work out alright. Photos of the damage to their

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Read the book before the movie

Favorite thing that happened yesterday: I was watching Entertainment Tonight, where they were covering the premiere of Harry Potter in England, and they interviewed all the celebrities going to see the movie, including Cher. And they asked them “Are you excited about the premiere of the movie?” And every one of the had to admit

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house news

So, my offer is still on the table. (actually, we re-wrote it, but it’s all still up in the air) and I may not know anything for a week or two. Which makes it really hard to plan, but… we’ll see. Stacy moved into an apartment in Old Northside this weekend. Actually, she’s mostly moved,

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I’m the one with the money

So, I’m not getting the house. They didn’t bother to respond to my offer letter because “They’re waiting to see what offers they get.” Nevermind that they have to respond within the specified time limit. Here’s a tip for you folks: I’m the one with the money. I’m trying to give it to you. I

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Occam’s Razor

Occam’s Razor: one should not increase, beyond what is necessary, the number of entities required to explain anything.

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You have an ambitious nature

You have an ambitious nature and may make a name for yourself. Executive ability is prominent in your makeup. You have a keen sense of humor and love a good time. Drink to your health! Your luck has been completely changed today. Put the data you have uncovered to beneficial use. That’s an interesting if

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having a will

This is the reason I’m writing up a will. I realized last night that I’m not going to get the house. I won’t know for sure until 10 today, but I’m fairly sure I’m not going to get it. Which means I’m taking my earnest money check and buying a big screen TV this weekend.

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arrrrgh.

I had to raise my offer on the house I wanted to compete with another offer. That SUCKS. Now I have to wait and find out if I’ll even get the house.

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made an offer

I made an offer on the house I like, and I get to see it this afternoon. I’m so excited I can hardly stand it. I hope it all works out or I swear I’m going to be suicidal.

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new lead

I have a lead on a new house that I like. It was one I was looking into before, but the situation was complicated then, so I went for the other house. The situation is a bit less complicated now, and I might have a shot at this house. It’s still in my neighborhood, and

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no pumpkin house

Found out Thursday that I’m not going to get the house I’m renting. The deal fell through on the owner’s side of things. It didn’t appraise for what he was asking for, and he has too much $$ in it to sell for the value. So I’m back to square one — looking for a

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You are open-minded and quick

“You are open-minded and quick to make new friends.” This is less of a “fortune” cookie, and more of an encouraging “wishful-thinking” type cookie “In love you could shine as a brilliant star.” Or, I could be as gooky as a puddle of mud. There’s no telling, really.

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Chapel Perilous

Pretty cool site. So, My closing date is a week away, and I’ve done everything I can possible do, but the termite problem isn’t taken care of, the foundation isn’t taken care of, and the radon is still a problem, all because Barry can’t get on the stick and get this stuff done. So I’m

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war in afghanistan

I’m not against war against the al-Qaida or against Afghanistan. I only hope that we’re waging war in a way we can win, and not ending up in another Vietnam. I wonder whether ground troops are the right answer. 2010 UPDATE: Isn’t this cute that I thought I had any idea about how to conduct

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Indiana University corps special forces unit

This just in….a Indiana University corps special forces unit has surrounded the Bed Bath & Beyond in Keystone at the Crossing in Indianapolis. They believe they have Bed Linen surrounded. More news as it develops…

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Local Political Organizing

I got an e-mail yesterday from a woman I know who’s on the board of directors of an organization I used to do volunteer work for. She was objecting to something I wrote here in my journal. The e-mail was titled “I’m disappointed” and in it, she chastised me for expressing some opinions about some

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Fascinating Letter to the editor

Fascinating Letter to the editor of Salon Magazine, by Alexander Wardwell. He believes that the notion that American foreign policy led to the World Trade Center attacks is simplistic and egocentric. Rather, the attack was a strategy to remove the U.S. from the middle east in the long-term so the Taliban can take over.

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You are going to have some new clothes

“You are going to have some new clothes” When I first read this, I thought, no, I’m buying a house, so I can’t shop for clothes. Then I thought, Emperor’s new clothes? “Life always get’s harder near the summit.” Like, is that supposed to cheer me up?

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Termites!!

The inspection on my house seems to have hit some snags. There are active termites in the basement, and the inspector recommended the foundation needs to be reinforced; two things that won’t pass the FHA. So I have to ask the owner to fix these things, and hope that he agrees to do it. The

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Bert is Evil!!!

THIS IS THE FUNNIEST THING I’VE EVER SEEN: Apparently, an islamic protestor downloaded photos of Osama Bin Laden to create a pro-bin Laden poster for a street protest. One of the photos they happened to grab off the Internet, was from the Bert is Evil website, which had a faked photo of Sesame Street’s Bert

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first offer

So, I put an offer on my house yesterday, and I wrote the earnest money check today. I am so scared. If all goes well, closing will be November 5th. This is going to be the longest month of my entire life. This was the house I was attempting to buy: UPDATE: Ultimately, it was

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What bin Laden was really attacking

This Salon article I found expresses well what I’ve been trying to figure out how to put into words over the last week. I don’t believe the terrorist attacks are something we brought on ourselves because of our foreign policy over the last three decades. I think they’re an attack on modernity. They’re an attack

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emotional roller coaster

This week has been a roller coaster, that’s for certain. It sucks that the week I started to looking for a house to buy (what, I didn’t mention that before?) all of this happened, so I’ve gone from feelings about the WTC (anger, grief, passion) to feelings about taking such a big personal leap (nausea,

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Your happiness is intertwined with your outlook on life

Your happiness is intertwined with your outlook on life. In otherwords, if I’m unhappy, it’s my own fault? Hands that touch this fortune shall remain young and strong. Of course, I made everyone touch the fortune. Got to look out for your friends. Now is the time to try something new. So much for the

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let’s declare war

I know there are people saying that we can’t declare war…. yes we can, and I think, reading between the lines, that that is what the President, Colin Powell, and the congress are saying we will do. If it is Osama Bin Laden, we have the ability to declare war on Afghanistan as a country

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Afghanistan

yes! Bush is saying that we’ll make no distinction between the terrorists and those who harbor them. I hope that means we will wake up to find we have declared war on Afghanistan.

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DECLARE WAR

This is no different than Pearl Harbor. We need to DECLARE WAR. This is a good reason, maybe for the first time in a long time.

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I love America

I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating; I love my country very much. This is the best place in the world to live. It may not be perfect, and I may not always be happy with our government or with the way our corporations behave, but I have more freedom here than anywhere in

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My Photos

I’ve been updating and posting my entire photo galleries over the last few days. With the exception of three new galleries (work, places I’ve lived, around Indy) everything is out there and everything is new. Check them out. UPDATE: I’ve since relocated my photos to Flickr, with selected photos of them posted here occasionally.

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Wabi Sabi

Japanese Aesthetic principle: Wabi-sabi is a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. It is the beauty of things modest and humble. It is the beauty of things unconventional. Material characteristics of wabi-sabi: suggestion of natural process, irregular, intimate, unpretentious, earthy,simple. From UTNE Reader: According to Japanese legend, in the sixteenth century Sen no Rikyu

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Shannen Doherty

“I don’t really like being touched. I’m unbelievably claustrophobic, and I have really bad anxiety. There were a few moments when I was very dramatic and thought, ‘I’m not going to live through this. I’m going to hyperventilate and just die. Right here in jail.’” — Shannen Doherty on the 10 hours she spent in

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Busy Weekends

I like busy weekends where I don’t have to much stuff I’m obligated to do, but lots of stuff I can do. I went out to see Crackhead Patty Friday night at Utopia. Probably an experience I won’t repeat. Then Saturday I stained my end table, went shopping with Dan and Doug, and went to

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weird happy

The whole week has been…. weird and sweet, and, kinda happy in that weird way that happy has happened lately. After last week, with the depression and unhappiness going on… any relief has been good. I realize that much of my unhappiness was self-wrought… I could’ve dealt with it much more matter-of-fact-ly than I did.

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Big fat social weekend

Big fat social weekend it was. I went to the pitch-in looking for Lori, but stayed to talk to Tonya, then went to the State Fair with Dan and Doug and Jim and Chad on Saturday, had a meal at Jim and Chad’s, then went to a party to meet Jason’s boyfriend Chip. Seems like

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reform the electoral process

Here is the only legitimate way to reform the electoral process: EVERY SINGLE CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES NEEDS TO VOTE IN EXACTLY THE SAME WAY. I wasn’t a bit surprised when ol’ Dubya said “we have to respect the state and local election boards”. OF COURSE HE SAID THAT. Because the lack of uniformity

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window air conditioner stolen

So, yes, my window air conditioner really was stolen, although thankfully, nothing else was. I’ve had many interactions with the police over the last few days. Also, I found out that the guy who owns my house moved out because he had two burglaries. Which doesn’t make me want to move out. It makes me

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redesigning

Cool sites I’d love to redesign, if they’d only let me [and if I had the time]: Fark.com and roadsideamerica.com. Both of them have site designs that are on the unpolished side…

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Grandparents 60th Anniversary

I spent the weekend in Iowa at my grandparents 60th wedding anniversary. It was really wonderful (except for the sermon during church in which I was duly informed that I’m decadent and thus going to hell. It’s always exciting to hear you’re going to suffer fire and brimstone. Woo hoo!) But it was fantastic to

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Sexist Billboard

So when I drive down Keystone, there’s a billboard I pass every day, advertising a brand of beer, which I won’t mention. “Never interrupt a man who might buy you a beer” the billboard says, with a picture of a man and a woman in a bar. The man is holding forth on some subject,

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A-Team Dreaming

I speculated the other day that I would, now that I’m working in XML directly in the tags, start having XML dreams like I used to about HTML. But no. The dream I had last night was about the new A-team. The team was me and a bunch of carny workers, driving around in a

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My Cat Hates You

Considering my cat Idgie, you would think this website [mycathatesyou.com] is actually by me. But it’s not. Although my cat will probably be on it soon, when I send in a photo. I thought it might be true, but it’s nice to have facts and figures to support your personal observations – a study by

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Personalized Action Figures

Now, not only can I have an action figure made of myself, I can have my very own trading cards, as well. My superhero dream is finally coming true. And it turned out to be a complete weekend of big bangs… we did fireworks, the city blew up a building, and then [insert diety of

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Fourth of July Party

Party went well. Stacy made a ton of food. We set off tons of fireworks, too. Not everyone came that I hoped would, but oh well. And they blew up Market Square Arena this morning, too. I know that there’s history to the place and all, but it was a really ugly building with uncomfortable

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Phantom of the Opera

Well, nothing like a night at “Phantom of the Opera” to make you lose your melodramatic, overly emotional mood. 🙂 Sometimes I feel just like that Phantom Guy, with people just taking stuff from you and then running away with the hot guy at the end, and leaving you alone with all your gothic decor…..

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Ennui

01 – Origin of Love – Hedwig and The Angry Inch Sountrack – Hedwig and The Angry Inch Sountrack 02 – Sugar Daddy – Hedwig and The Angry Inch Sountrack – Hedwig and The Angry Inch Sountrack 03 – In the Jailhouse Now – The Soggy Bottom Boys – O Brother Where Art Thou? Soundtrack

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cool quote

Garrison Kellior: Frankness is good for friendship: It weeds out puny friendships and strengthens the healthy ones.

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Garrison Kellior: A true friend

Garrison Kellior: A true friend is someone you could call up and say, “I’m a wreck and I’m coming over and staying with you for a couple days.” Or you could say, “I’m sorry to call you at 3 a.m. but I’m sitting in a truck stop confused and missing my pants and need you

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komodo dragon

And now a few words from the komodo dragon on his side of the story. I don’t want to call nobody a liar or nothing. This is just what I know. But one thing I’m tired of hearing about is how I mistake this guy’s foot for a white rat. Komo didn’t make no mistake.

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honesty is the best policy

I like the phrase “honesty is the best policy.” It sort of implies that you’ve tried other policies, and realized they didn’t work. It’s not one of those “because I said so” kind of instructions. It’s like the voice of experience talking. Sort of : “I’ve been a big liar, but it really wasn’t all

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D & D Online Alignment Test

D&D Online Alignment Test Your Character’s Alignment: Based on your answers to the quiz, your character’s most likely alignment is Neutral Good. Neutral Good A neutral good character does the best that a good person can do. He is devoted to helping others. He works with kings and magistrates but does not feel beholden to

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Invictus

Oh holy crap. Timothy McVeigh decided to release as his “final words” before execution the poem “Invictus” which I’ve had on my website in my favorite poem section for five years. I come up at the top of some search engines, so I’ve had almost two hundred thousand hits on this page since this afternoon.

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The Road to Springfield

The Road to Springfield: [link deprecated] Vote on your favorite supporting character in NCAA playoff-style matches. To be eligible, the character must have appeared in at least two episodes. Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie are ineligible. This weekend was laid-back but pretty busy: I went to the lesbian picnic on Friday night. Saturday, we

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Happy Birthday, Riley (vol. 3)

01 – Big Rock Candy Mountain – Harry McClintock 02 – Potato – Cheryl Wheeler 03 – Sugar Sugar – The Archies 04 – Candy Man – Sammy Davis Jr. & The Mike Curb Congregation 05 – Chewy Chewy – Ohio Express 06 – Yummy Yummy Yummy – Ohio Express 07 – Chirpy Chirpy Cheep

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Generosity and perfection are your everlasting goals

Friends long absent are coming back to you. Generosity and perfection are your everlasting goals. This must be another one of those “bizarro world” cookies It is the hopes and dreams that we have that makes us great. No, it’s pursuing and realizing those dreams that make us great.

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Fake Amazon Book

And another Fake (or at least extremely funny) Amazon book: How to Good-Bye Depression : If You Constrict Anus 100 Times Everyday. Malarkey? or Effective Way?

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My Birthday

Dan and Doug took me out to dinner, and gave me North By Northwest and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and My sister gave me a fondue pot, ice crusher, and goth chick Barbie. So my birthday turned out pretty damned cool. Fake book on Amazon: American Foreign Policy by G. W. Bush Fake reviewers on

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birthday!

It’s my birthday, and Beth bought me new new comic book Fray by Joss Whedon, which is very cool. My co-workers took me out to dinner, despite my persistent grumpiness, and I got fortune cookie and free dessert. Doug called to wish me Happy Birthday. Very cool.

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outlook on life

Your happiness is intertwined with your outlook on life. An appropriately remonstrative fortune cookie at precisely the moment I needed it. Thanks.

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Songs about Dangerous Women

I made this CD of songs about dangerous women after a lunch-time conversation with friends about the difference between “devil woman” and “evil woman,” and how there are two different version of “devil woman” and how we were all getting the songs mixed up with “Black Magic Woman.” Then we started a list of all

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Andrew Sullivan and “private behavior”

Joan Walsh says in regards to Andrew Sullivan: “It seems as if there’s a brand-new, very simple standard for when the private behavior of a public figure is news: when he or she writes something that makes enemies.” No, that’s not a fair characterization of what Signorile or others said. Your private behavior becomes newsworthy

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‘Cambrian Explosion’

Remember when you were a kid, and all of the sudden, for no apparent reason, you shot up several inches one summer? Like growth wasn’t a slow, glacial process but an abrupt one? Sort of like some of the theories on evolution that suggest mutations aren’t as gradual as we think. (A Cambrian Explosion, per

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where else would I meet you?

Thought I was smart enough not to say out loud to someone who suggested I go to hell: I must already be there; where else would I meet you?”

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busy weekends

Someday, I’m going to actually have a three-day weekend where I accomplish all the stuff I need to accomplish and yet still have time to relax and enjoy myself. I got a lot done, it’s true. However, the mountain of junk that’s still left to accomplish is threatening to tumble down around me. And I

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happiness begins with a smile

happiness begins with a smile and a wink Unless life decides to slap you for going around winking at it. Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it. Yup. Nature, time and patience are the three great physicians But what about Dr. Carrie Weaver? she’s pretty great. You are a bundle of energy, always on the go

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You are the master of your fate

You are the master of your fate Now doesn’t this defeat the *purpose* of a fortune cookie? Isn’t the point so I can be a sloth and just let my fate be assigned? You will be advanced socially, without any special effort. See, that’s more like it. Fortune cookies that allow me to be lazy

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Healthy Diet

Okay, I don’t have to redo the design of my dad’s website because now I know how to fix what’s bothering me, and it’s fairly simple. I can fix it without much trouble. This whole Okinawa Program is working really well, so far. I feel great, and my diet is so flexible. Soy is really

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coming along

Slowly but surely, it’s coming along. The problem is, now I want to redo the design. GRRR. ARRRRGGG.

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stealing from our fellow beings

Any time we accumulate more than we actually need, we are actually stealing from our fellow beings,” explains Feuerstein. This reminds me of much of the criticism I’ve received lately….

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Stupid Spam

Here’s some great spam of the sort I get all the time: Subject: Hello Steph. Date: Thu, 10 May 2001 01:23:07 -0400 (EDT) From: ETM Dear Steph, My name is John Barister and I work for a company called Electronic Traffic Management. Our Company has done a large amount of market research that has brought

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Gay for Good: Can straight guys become happy homosexuals?

Most mental-health organizations have passed resolutions discouraging the use of so-called reparative therapies intended to change homosexuals into heterosexuals, saying no scientific evidence exists to show they are effective.” – New York Times, May 9, 2001

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mandatory meeting

Today’s memo from our company president: From: Henderson, Ray Sent: Tuesday, May 08, 2001 7:58 AM To: InformIT Teams Subject: Updated: Strategy Offsite–Final Plan When: Thursday, May 10, 2001 10:00 AM-4:00 PM (GMT-05:00) Indiana (East). Where: Indianapolis Motor Speedway Importance: High Update: I tasked Bill Hayes with finding a quiet, meditative place appropriate for a

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So I’m back at work

So I’m back at work after my two-week vacation and my big-fat road trip extravaganza. Yipeee! I had a great party, and a great time, but it’s good to be back to my 130 + work-related e-mails. Swell. Plus I’m in my new cubicle after the latest move at work (happened right before I left).

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webzine2000.com

Independent Web Publishers Unite in San Francisco SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Allies of independent publishing on the internet will gather on July 22nd in San Francisco for an exhibition, forum, and party to celebrate those who create and hope to create for the new medium. WEBZINE 2000 will showcase the web’s finest non-commercial projects and

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people-powered mower

Bought a people-powered mower this weekend and mowed the lawn. Cool. My arms are tired, but the lawn looks great and it’s a small, efficient mower that doesn’t need gas or create air pollution. My lawn is green in every sense of the word. This guy is interesting. He’s got an interesting design and he’s

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productive weekend

Had a really productive weekend, but have discovered that I still have TONS of work to do. i spent the weekend working on the house and the lawn, doing laundry and dishes, hanging pictures, etc. I still have a lot of work to do on my Dad’s website, and I discovered when i logged on

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The Rich and Taxes

Excellent quote from Salon: I am speaking here semi-professionally, as an economics professor (currently at Purdue, but I taught at the University of Chicago for five years, so my conservative bona fides are in order). It is not the case that the rich pay an overwhelming portion of taxes. They pay an overwhelming portion of

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The Mighty Organ

Here’s a cool website that appears to have just started up. The Mighty Organ. Three interesting articles that caught my eye right away – Roscrucians, the Gnome Liberation Front, and Dull Chic. I definitely bookmarked this. My list of stuff to do is getting much longer. But I am getting stuff done, so that’s cool.

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moving to the pumpkin house

The big move took place last Sunday (3/18) and it all went really smoothly. My dad & step-mom, brothers Todd & Scott, sister-in-law Bethany, and sister Stacy all helped out. The one thing I forgot to do was grab my camera and take photos of the move. Everythings in place and most stuff is unpacked

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Poor Customer Service Experience

I bought two mattresses last Saturday (March 10th) at Kittle’s Rooms Express and when I paid for them, I arranged to have them delivered tomorrow (Saturday, March 17th). They were supposed to call me at work and arrange the delivery time. So several days went by, and I got no phone call, and just as

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moving

I’m about half-way moved into the new place and have been staying there for a while; my sister is staying at the old apt with the cat, who’s birthday I missed (the cat’s not the sister’s) in all the hoopla of moving. Fortunately, she can’t read the calendar, so if I give her a bunch

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2000 Election rigged

It turns out that the 2000 Election WAS rigged by the Republicans. Jeb Bush purged 64,000 qualified minority voters from the Florida rolls to prevent them from voting Democrat in the election. If all the people who showed up to vote and got turned away had been able to vote, Gore would have won. Amazing.

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new house

Picked up the keys to my new house today. Went in, figured out how the security alarm works (No, I ain’t gonna tell *you*) and generally wandered around looking in the fridge, oven and closets. Then I decided to look in the cellar and see what was down there. So I hoisted up the door

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Bank seizes HIV, AIDS donations to AIDServe Indiana

According to Gina Barton, the Indianapolis Star [link deprecated: http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/indystar/access/1914935211.html?FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT&date=Feb+22%2C+2001&author=GINA+BARTON&pub=Indianapolis+Star&edition=&startpage=A.1&desc=Bank+seized+HIV%2C+AIDS+donations” title=”Indy Star Article Archives”]: Nearly $175,000 worth of donations for people with HIV and AIDS was seized by Fifth Third Bank to pay off the debts of AIDServe Indiana, a troubled statewide agency that closed in November. The money, raised at the annual AIDS walk

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My sister’s home from England

My sister’s home from England and staying with me. Cool. I took a road-trip to Muncie, Indiana to take pictures of big things — found a few. 🙂 I started packing to move last night. I’m getting excited about the new place.

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Having My Baby…

Two gay men decide to have a baby. They mix their sperm, then have a surrogate mother artificially inseminated. When the baby is born, they rush to the hospital. Two dozen babies are in the ward, 23 of which are crying and screaming. One, over in the corner, is smiling serenely. A nurse comes by,

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The Gay Agenda

I know that many of you have heard Pat Robertson, Jerry Fallwell and others speak of the "Homosexual Agenda," but no one has ever seen a copy of it. Well, I have finally obtained a copy directly from the Head Homosexual. It follows below: 6:00 am Gym 8:00 am Breakfast (oatmeal and egg whites) 9:00

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Attention All Heterosexual Men!

Are you disillusioned by your lifestyle? Do you want more from life besides monster truck shows? Do Budweiser commercials confuse you? Are you tired of being a year behind in fashion? Do you wish you had a nice apartment like the ones you see on "Will & Grace"? YOU ARE NOT ALONE! Act now, and

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service engine soon

I’ve recovered, somewhat, from the stress of this weekend. My “service engine soon” light came on in my car, and I freaked out about that on Friday, but it turns out I didn’t put the gas cap on tight enough when I got gas, so when I got a new tank last night and fired

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Darwin Awards 2001

The Darwin Awards, for those not familiar, are for those individuals who contribute to the survival of the fittest by eliminating themselves from the gene pool before they have a chance to breed.

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Einstein’s Speech

Author Unknown When Albert Einstein was making the rounds of the speaker’s circuit, he usually found himself eagerly longing to get back to his laboratory work. One night as they were driving to yet another rubber-chicken dinner, Einstein mentioned to his chauffeur (a man who somewhat resembled Einstein in looks & manner) that he was

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The Story of Randy the Rooster

Author Unknown A farmer has about 200 hens, but no rooster, and he wants chicks. So he goes down the road to the next farmer and asks if he has a rooster. The other farmer says, "Yeah, I’ve got this great rooster, named Randy; he’ll service every chicken you got, no problem." Well, Randy the

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Ten Signs Your Cat Has Learned Your Internet Password

Author Unknown 10. E-Mail flames from some guy named "Fluffy." 9. Traces of kitty litter in your keyboard. 8. You find you’ve been subscribed to strange newsgroups like alt.recreational.catnap. 7. Your web browser has a new home page: http://www.feline.com/. 6. Your mouse has teeth marks in it … and a strange aroma of tuna. 5.

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Dr. Seuss Explains Computers

Author Unknown If a packet hits a pocket on a socket on a port, and the bus is interrupted as a very last resort, and the address of the memory makes your floppy disk abort, then the socket packet pocket has an error to report. If your cursor finds a menu item followed by a

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Cheesy Hits of the Seventies

This is a creation of my friend Doug, who has thrown a 70s party every year for eleven years that is always a huge hit. Doug put this 9 disc set together several years ago, and it’s a staple of my music library. (Note: not all of these are cheesy songs; we put many iconic

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Jewish English or ‘Hebonics’

The Encino School Board has declared Jewish English a second language. Backers of the move say the district is the first in the nation to recognize Hebonics as the language of many of America’s Jews. Here are some descriptions of the characteristics of the language, and samples of phrases in standard English and Jewish English.

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FABULAIR … Blueprint For The First Gay Airline

Author Unknown Welcome Aboard The Fabulair experience begins when you call our reservations number, 900-FLY-FABU. We know you can make reservations on other airlines for free. But our 900 number is only 28c/minute (50% of all proceeds go to the Human Rights Campaign), and our reservationists are very good on the phone. Your tickets will

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Idgie keeps attacking Texas

Idgie keeps attacking Texas. I have magnets of all the States I’ve been to on my refrigerator (reproducing the map of the U.S., of course) and the cat keeps attacking and stealing Texas (not because it’s the lowest; she can reach them all.) She never goes after Oklahoma, or Arkansas. Just Texas. I think it’s

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weekend update 2001-01-30

1) Went to see Barbara Higbie & Suzanne Westenhoeffer in concert Friday night. Barbara was great and I talked to her mom afterwards. After the concert, I went to Utopia [2019-04-16: former lesbian bar in Indianapolis] and hung out with my friend Jennie. 2) Went with my brother and sister-in-law to an antique mall on

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One of the Benefits of the Y2K Bug

Author Unknown January 1, 2000 Dear Valued Employee: Re: Vacation Pay Our records indicate that you have not used any vacation time over the past 100 year(s). As I’m sure you are aware, employees are granted 3 weeks of paid leave per year or pay in lieu of time off. One additional week is granted

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blackbird

I got home Friday night and found a blackbird in my apartment flying around, scaring the crap out of the cat. I got him to fly out the window, but not before he knocked over everything on ever counter and shelf out of arms reach. My party was great. Lots of people came, we made

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Tomorrow Night is my party!

Tomorrow Night is my party! Yeah! I invited so many people they’ll never fit in my apartment! Yeah! Tomorrow Night is also: Twelfth Night, AKA The Feast of the Epiphany, AKA the Twelfth Day of Christmas. So named because this the the night when the Three Wise Guys arrived at Bethlehem to view the Baby

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Jesus is the reason for the season

There were no riots over the fact that the wrong man is President of the United States, but in Portland, they had a riot because people wanted to see fireworks on New Year’s Eve. I think the people in Portland are a bit dim. Also, it wasn’t a holy-roller that put the “Jesus is the

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