Archives: 2002

Xmas Update

So. Xmas was very fun. There was a lot stuff going on around my house, but not much that’s interesting, except stuff about my girlfriend, which there’s no way I’m gonna talk about here. So, hey, I got nothin’ to write about. Hope everyone had a happy holiday. I’m doing New Year’s at Dan and

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Free State Project

Now, the concept behind the “Free State Project” is interesting. What they want to do is get a whole bunch of people who have roughly the same libertarian sort of political beliefs and have them all move to one state, where they would have enough voting power to run the state the way they wanted.

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Booker Prize Winners

The Booker Prize, judged in England, is awarded to the best novel written in English by a citizen of the UK, the Commonwealth, Eire, Pakistan, or South Africa, and has been awarded since 1969.

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Betty Berzon

I’ve always been a big fan of Betty Berzon and have several of her books. She writes a regular column for Planet Out, too, which I read whenever I can. Here she has a great column helping gay people deal with their relatives over the holidays. My favorite line: The second thing is to understand

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Christmas Sampler

Two daughters had been given parts in a Christmas pageant at their Church. At dinner that night, they got into an argument as to who had the most important role.

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Dear Santa from Billy Gates

How are you doing? I hope you’ve had a successful year and have come up with a lot of interesting toys. It’s really neat how you’re able to do that year after year. I guess that’s how you stay number one in the Christmas presents business business.

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English Xmas Kitties

Stacy Mineart Today was yet another day in that inevitable annual melee we call christmas preparation. The rarity of Sunday opening hours in England necesitates that on such occasions every able-bodied individual must pile onto the high street to take advantage of the extra shopping opportunity whether they need anything or not. Thus, when I

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‘Twas the Night Before Christmas: Internet Version

Author Unknown ‘Twas the night before Christmas, and throughout the net, not a modem was chirping; (It wasn’t mail-hour yet). The peripherals down and backed up with care, In hopes that St. Echo soon would be there. The grad students home all snug in their beds, with hi-res dreams abuzz in their heads. We Sysops

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Microsoft Acquires Christmas

MICROSOFT announced an agreement with Santa Claus Industries to acquire Christmas at a press conference held via sattelite from Santa’s summer estate somewhere in the southern hemisphere. In the deal, Microsoft would gain exclusive rights to Christmas, Reindeer, and other unspecified inventions. In addition, Microsoft will gain access to millions of households through the Santa Sleigh.

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The Net Before Christmas

by Jim Trudeau & Jay Trudeau (1991) ‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the nets Not a mousie was stirring, not even the pets. The floppies were stacked by the modem with care In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there. The files were nestled all snug in a folder The screen

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Things Not to Say When Hanging the Lights

Did you know that hanging lights on a Christmas tree is one of the three most stressful situations in an on-going relationship? One Psychiatrist claims the other two danger zones are teaching your mate to drive and wallpapering. He is rarely wrong on these things. We rush to print with an emergency prompt list of Things Not To Say When Hanging Lights on the Christmas Tree.

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Company Christmas Party Memo

I’m happy to inform you that the company Christmas Party will take place on December 23, starting at noon in the banquet room at Luigi’s Open Pit Barbecue. No-host bar, but plenty of eggnog! We’ll have a small band playing traditional carols…feel free to sing along. And don’t be surprised if our CEO shows up dressed as Santa Claus!

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‘Twas The Night Before Techmas

‘Twas the nocturnal segment of the diurnal period preceding the annual Yuletide celebration, and throughout our place of residence, kinetic activity was not in evidence among the possessors of this potential, including that species of domestic rodent known as Mus musculus.

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The Next Stop

A little boy was playing in the living room with his new Electric Train set that he’d just gotten for Christmas. His mother was in the kitchen doing dishes.

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You Might Be A Scrooge If…

If your favorite pastime is putting defective bulbs in your neighbors’ string of Christmas lights or defacing Christmas lawn characters with eggnog – you just might be a Scrooge

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A Martha Stewart Christmas

The following are entries submitted in the Washington Post’s "Style Invitational," a weekly humor contest. This time, folks were asked to submit entries for Martha Stewart’s December-January calendar (the winning entry, by the way, is shown for Jan. 31.)

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Dear Santa, about Martha…

If you think the dogs are spoiled, listen to how Martha treats her friends: She gave one friend all 272 books from the Knopf Everyman Library. It didn’t cost much. Pocket change, really. Just $5,000. But what price friendship, right?

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The 10 Worst Gifts A Man Can Buy A Woman For The Holidays

Any lingerie made of flannel, such as a pair of feet pajamas with a trap door in back. A Little Mermaid or Barney cartoon character nightgown. It gives her the idea that you do not consider her the sexy woman that she is. Take out that wallet and buy her something sexy from Victoria Secret (just like you did for your girlfriend).

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The Three Wise Firefighters

In a small southern town there was a nativity scene that showed great skill and talent had gone into creating it. However, one small feature bothered me. The three wise men were wearing firemen’s helmets. Totally unable to come up with a reason or explanation, I left.

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Beer Fairy

Holy crap — it’s the beer fairy, a Japanese cartoon character. That’s almost even cuter than my dog. Not quite, but close. Beer fairy. heh heh. funny. Now how the hell do I buy this stuff? Dammit, the Japanese sites are so hard to use. I guess you can only buy this stuff in stores

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The 50 Most Loathsome People in America 2002

This is one of the funniest pieces of social/political writing I’ve read in a long time, and something I wish I was smart enough to have written myself. My favorite so far: SEAN HANNITY Aesthetic: Repressed kid from Long Island who got to college, was scared of sex, discovered other repressed white kids in conservative

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Information about the Civil War Draft Riots

Information about the Civil War Draft Riots; the back story of the movie Gangs of New York: Salon Magazine’s Review of Gangs of New York A FIRSTHAND ACCOUNT OF THE DRAFT RIOTS New York City Draft Riots: A Result of Mounting Tensions New York City Draft Riots New York Draft Riots (July 11-13, 1863) N.Y.

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Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. This was one of my favorite encyclopedia entries as a kid. I was also fascinated by the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Easter Island, And the Rainbow Bridge National Monument.

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Just Horsing Around

My friend Rich just sent this link to a funny flash video to me… “Just Horsing Around.” Click on the horses to get them to sing. It’s best when you start with the horse on the far left first, then the second horse from the right. Once you get them going, throw in the horse

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Weekend Update 2002-12-17

The weekend was fun — Kathy took me on a date to the Morris-Butler House for the Victorian Xmas Celebration — it was cool. The have people in period clothes singing Christmas carols, and you see what dinner would have been like, and then they do a reading of “Twas the Night Before Xmas.” You

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Film and American Studies

Interesting… Ray Carney, film critic, has this very interesting website about Film and American Studies. I know very little about the classics of cinema and the art of filmmaking, and want to learn more.

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Paper Airplanes

Okay, we just had a paper airplane flying contest at work… from the third floor balcony down into the lobby, with the object to hit the center pole on the revolving doors, a distance of about 60 feet. AND I WON. Me! I won! All the guys were busy aerodynamically designing their planes and test

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Puppy dog lunch

I went home at lunch to play with Spike. He’s so cute. He’s the cutest doggie ever. I miss Idgie, still, but I can’t get over how big a dog person I’ve turned into.

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Photo Bombing

If only I could get away with putting one of these in my yard…. And, have you ever been taking a photo and had a stranger jump in the shot? Now you can post photos of those losers and maybe find out who they are.

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He Said, She Said

I read this article by Keith Olberman in Salon Magazine, and I had a quite a bit to say about it. So I wrote the following letter back to him, through Salon’s “Letter’s to the Editor”.

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Furnace Issues

Well, the furnace wasn’t as big a problem as I was worried it might be. It was fairly cheap and I learned a hell of a lot about my furnace that wasn’t in any of my “do it yourself” manuals. The problem was a sensor that needs to be cleaned once a year — I

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Car Troubles

My transmission is out on my car. Again, within 18 months of me having it rebuilt. And, sometime last night, my furnace stopped blowing hot air and is now blowing cold air. So I have a service call into the heating and cooling guys to check it out. I’ll be completely out of money, and

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Chihuahua Puppies?

Men steal puppies, thinking they’re pit bull puppies. Really, they’re chihuahua puppies. Come on now… that’s really stupid.

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Car Troubles

My cars is in the shop, so I’m driving a rental. I’m deeply stressed about that, so I’m not going to go into detail. I spent the weekend taking care of that, doing some Xmas shopping, getting out the Xmas decor, and putting lights on the tree. I got to spend a lot of time

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Crazy Cat owners

This is… well… interesting. Homeowner kept his 170 cats out of family’s view. Hmmmm. I’ve never heard of a “crazy cat guy” before. Usually it’s a “crazy cat lady.”

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Put a Target Downtown!!

Do me a huge favor — e-mail Target and tell them to put a Target store at 16th and Central in Downtown Indianapolis. I’ll tell you exactly how to do it: Go to this page of the website, and click on the link “For questions about our stores, products�and services, click here.” You’ll see a

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Songs That Cheer Me Up

01 – I Believe I Can Fly (Radio Edit) – R. Kelly – Club Mix ’98 (Disc 2) – 4:39 02 – Wonder – Natalie Merchant – Tigerlily – 4:27 03 – O-O-H Child – The 5 Stairsteps – Chicken Soup For The Soul -Triumph Of The Spirit – 3:16 04 – Everything is Beautful

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Books To Buy

Books to add to my “to buy” list: “The Cave” by Jos� Saramago “The History of the Siege of Lisbon” by Jos� Saramago “All Is Vanity” by Christina Schwarz “The Virgin in the Garden” by A.S. Byatt “Still Life” by A.S. Byatt “A Whistling Woman” by A.S. Byatt

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Fun Sites

I will definitely be ordering some clothes from this website in the future. I love clothes that are sturdy and confortable. And this has to be the worst name any woman’s ever had. Also, Jesus apparently has at least five residences in the U.S., including one in California and one in Florida. He must like

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Dream a little dream

Stars shining bright above you, Night breezes seem to whisper, “I love you”; Birds singin’ in the sycamore tree; Dream a little dream of me… Say “nighty-night” and kiss me, Just hold me tight and tell me you’ll miss me; While I’m alone and blue as can be, Dream a little dream of me… Stars

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Winona Ryder

Check out what the prosecutors want Winona Ryder’s shoplifting punishment to be. Highlights — the girl had a lot of drugs on her at the time of her arrest, all with perscriptions, but from different doctors, and some of them under a fake name “Emily Thompson.” Also she has to complete 60 days of community

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Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving was really great. I went to Iowa with my brother Todd and his wife Denise and stayed at my Grandparents house. Saw the aunts, uncles, cousins, ate way too much food, went shopping and generally had a good time. I missed Spike the whole time, though. He stayed at Dan and Doug’s house. I

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Unusual Kentucky

Unusual Kentucky. Fortunately, these people have taken all the photos, so I never need to go down there on a road trip. Although the site is cool, it definitely leaves a person with a eerie, uncomfortable feeling about the state.

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Home for the Holidays

A man in Florida, in his 80s, calls his son in New York. The father says to the son, "I hate to tell you, but we’ve got some troubles here in the house.

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government “Big Brother” database

Great — our government is using the new Homeland Security measures to build a “Big Brother” database to track what you purchase. Geek News: Pentagon confirms development of “Big Brother” test database The Pentagon confirmed the development of a prototype database to track consumer and business transactions under an initiative called the Total Information Awareness

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Things to do this weekend

caulk leaky downspout trim tree clean out gutters and sweep roof rake and bag leaves splice wire finish pulling nails from living room ceiling set up router finish organizing decor in spare room meet a nice girl attend Barry’s wedding reception go to Dan and Doug’s party

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Frustration Recovery

I’ve recovered from the crappy weekend, somewhat. In the evenings, I’ve been doing a bunch of small, “finish-it-in-one-shot” projects that have gotten small, niggling problems out of the way. And I’ve still had plenty of time to play with Spike, so he seems happy. I think if I keep working this way, I’ll get through

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Crappy Weekend

I had a really crappy weekend. I worked all day Saturday on the house, especially the living room, and I got nothing at all done. I managed to get the old nails pulled out of the ceiling joists for only 1/3rd of the ceiling. I got the blocks of wood nailed up that will support

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Vincent the Haunted Mirror

When I was in college I had friends who lived in this house in Muncie. The friends were these three women (who we called ‘the gorgon sisters’ behind their backs, but that’s another story) and we used to go to their house and play cards all the time, because it was one of those houses

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Which Firearm are you?

Okay, I got a bunch of e-mail about the below test I took. Hostile e-mail from people who don’t believe in guns. Fortunately for me, they don’t believe in guns. Here’s the thing, we were on a site at work for one of the authors of one of our books. And he had the test

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Ani DiFranco

You know, I own one Ani DiFranco album, and I’ve never been able to listen to the whole thing all the way through. This is one of those things I’ve never admitted to anyone, because everyone seems to think she’s the shit, despite that fact that you never actually hear anyone out just humming one

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At least they were in France

At least they were in France. Americans can all breathe a sigh of relief. (2014 Update: No idea to what wacky article this link to the Weekly World News was. But, apparently, fuck France. France.)

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Osama bin Laden really is alive after all

So, it seems Osama bin Laden really is alive after all: [He’s ba-a-ck! America’s public enemy No. 1 has suddenly reappeared — and the White House doesn’t care – JOE CONASON] Considering that we’ve totally fucked up Afghanistan and this ass is still alive, why they hell are we talking about Iraq? Please, please tell

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The Second Coming — W. B Yeats

From the Book: The Collected Poems of William Butler Yeats TURNING and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction,

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Scavenger Hunt Ideas

http://www.lcm.org/scav/scav.html How not to organize a scavenger hunt Several lists of different hunts Scavenger Hunt Party For My 30th Birthday! Bachelorette Scavenger Hunt (Checklist) University of Chicago Scavenger Hunt of 1993 (urban legend)

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How much is in a keg?

New from Rob at cockeyed.com: another science experiment… “How much is in a keg?” I’m pretty sure we did this experiment at one time or another in college, but I forgot what the answer was.

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Weekend Update 2001-11-11

I had a fantastic three-day weekend in which I accomplished a ton of stuff around the house and otherwise, complete with photos. I raked all the leaves around my house, raked them off the roof, and cleaned out the gutters. I finished the cellar door and opened up the blocked off back door, trashed all

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March 8, 2003 Website

Some sort of new publicity campaign, for a book, I’m guessing. Apparently something dramatic “will be revealed to the world” on March 8 on this website, which spins a conspiracy theory story, much like the advanced publicity for the Blair Witch Project.

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Happily Ever After

I believe in happily ever after. No I’m not the whole rainbows and unicorns type of person, but I do believe in a loving relationship that can stand the test of time. I know it can happen because I’ve seen it in action. My grandparents have been married for over 60 years. They treat each

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campaign your friends for political office

Look at this, I’m blogging on my new PowerBook. This is so extremely cool. Here’s a fun prank to play on your friends: campaign them for political office without their knowledge. Now that’s funny.

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Lunch at Home

While visiting my dog at lunch, I discovered I received another threatening phone message and a rather vicious e-mail from Pepper. Nice.

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Disputes with friends are never dignified

I just got a cell phone call from Pepper ordering me to take down my previous post. I told her I wouldn’t, and she said I’d hear from her lawyer. I said go ahead. She said, “Aren’t you afraid of libel?” I informed her that the legal definition of libel states that the statement I’m

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Talbott Street Bar Issues

Here’s the whole story on the previous rant I posted: I live next to the Talbott Street Bar, and I’ve had a lot of problems with the bar patrons parking in my backyard and also parking in front of my house, waking me up late, leaving piles of beer bottles and fast food trash in

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No Parking

I thought I had communicated this to all of my friends, but apparently the message isn’t getting across. I AM NOT THE AUXILIARY PARKING LOT FOR THE TALBOTT STREET BAR. IF YOU PARK AT MY HOUSE FOR ANY REASON OTHER THAN TO SEE ME, I WILL HAVE YOU TOWED. What does it take to get

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Book Crossing

Here’s something I’m going to be doing in the near future. Once I get my library finished.

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American Science and Surplus

American Science and Surplus. I love this site. I used to get the catalog and buy all kinds of goofy science gadgets. Now I can order them online.

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Tom Greene / Drew Barrymore divorce

Okay, check out the divorce papers of Tom Greene and Drew Barrymore, and compare what Tom claims are his intellectual property rights versus the intellectual property Drew owns. Hmmm. I think in this divorce, Drew must get to keep the talent. The trouble is that Tom is claiming intellectual ownership of “The Subway Monkey Hour.”

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Karl and Maggie

Karl and Maggie (who just got married the other day) are moving to Green Bay tomorrow. 🙁 I stopped by their house at lunch to say goodbye, and also to get a couple of cases of beer they had in the fridge, and Karl’s complete beer brewing kit. So I have everything I need to

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This weekend was BUSY

This weekend was BUSY. Friday night was girls game night, Saturday night was the Mutual Friends AutumnFest, and Sunday Deb helped me build a cellar door. DEB RULES, by the way. She kicked ass on the door. I’ll have photos of the work and the door up soon. I have to do some finishing work;

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Girls Game Night

Had a fun time at girls game night last night. I need to go to that more often now that softball is over.

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Girls Kissing

No, I didn’t open this link at work. I just copied it to paste here and look at later. So don’t blame me if it opens twelve pop-up windows. (2014 update: this is one of the few links from back in 2002 that’s still alive and well and didn’t need to be update. Of course;

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Favorite TV shows

Favorite TV shows, in order: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Gilmore Girls Six Feet Under West Wing CSI The Sopranos

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Big Business

More evidence of why Big Business CEOs and the Republicans who support them should be taken out and shot.

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house plans

I’m going to finish working on my living room, and open up the back door for entry and exit. Then I’m going to close off the extra entry doors and make them back into windows. Hopefully I’ll have all this done by spring, because at that point I’m going to put the house on the

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Talbott Street Bar

So you may be aware that I live right nearby the new Talbott Street Bar. Because of the noise and traffic there, I didn’t get much sleep last night, and I have so much work to do in the yard today.

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cockeyed.com

I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: I really like Rob, from cockeyed.com. He has some great pranks, like this one, where he got a bunch of old trophies from a friend, and gave them away to people on the street. That’s just fun.

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DC Sniper – Terrorism?

Interesting. I sort-of half wondered myself why no one was using the word “terrorism” in connection to the D.C. area sniper shootings. Apparently, I’m no the only one thinking along those lines. I guess according to this other article, “authorities” are afraid it would cause a panic.

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Spike, the doggie host

Pepper came over to see Spike last night. Spike was quite the host. First he humped Pepper (I’ve never seen him do that before!) and then he peed on the carpet. Twice. Which makes him almost as good a host as I am. 🙂 I love my dog. I think I should send Mark Ryden

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Invisible libraries, fake band names, and gardens of forking paths

Funny and/or cool websites I’ve noticed lately: Garden of Forking Paths Welcome to the Garden of Forking Paths, one of the most intriguing areas of the Libyrinth of Allexamina. Here you will find access to the garden planted by J.L. Borges, the Argentine writer, poet and philosopher. Although I tend the garden as well as

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Onion: Newly Out Gay Man

I could make a big fat list of guys I know who are just like this…. Newly Out Gay Man Overdoing It PENSACOLA, FL—Calling his flamboyant air and effeminate mannerisms “a bit forced,” friends of recently out-of-the-closet homosexual Mark Glynn, 23, say he’s overdoing it. “When Mark first told us he was gay, everybody was

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My friend Karl got married

My friend Karl got married on Friday to Maggie (also a friend) and they had a fun reception at Oak Hill. I had a fun week with Spike. I’m at work right now, and I miss him. I can’t wait to go home and play with him. He’s so cute.

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Doggie News

Spike went to the vet today. He got his first shot, and he got flea medicine. He also got some gluecose, because he has low blood sugar, which is common for tiny doggies. That’s why they shiver even when it’s not cold. He just has to have glucose three times a day at meals. Fortunately,

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Bill Clinton on Saddam Hussein and how to handle Iraq

Thank god I’m not the only one who misses Bill Clinton terribly, or the only one who thinks he was a highly-competent leader. I knew there was a good reason why I’ve always loved the British. Excerpt from Clinton’s very popular peech to the Labor Party Conference in Blackpool, England: … I am profoundly grateful

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My Precious New Baby

Tonight after work I get to bring my brand new puppy Spike home. I think I have everything ready. We’ve got: kennel, baby gates, collar, leash, tie-up line for outside, puppy chow, canned puppy food, puppy biscuits, training treats, nylabones, chew bones, a kong toy, a stuffed hippo, a brush, a fine-tooth comb, puppy shampoo,

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What a brilliant idea: Bush / Saddam Duel

What a brilliant idea. I can’t see a downside to this. There’s just no way we could lose. An Iraqi vice-president has proposed that Saddam Hussein and George W Bush should fight a duel to settle their differences. “Bush wants to attack the whole [of] Iraq, the army and the infrastructure,” the Iraqi vice-president said.

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Americans For Victory Over Terrorism

There’s a brand-new group, headed by Bill Bennett, called [a href=”http://www.avot.org/”] American’s For Victory Over Terrorism (AVOT). They are targeting “threats” to America, both “external and internal.” Who do they classify as threats? People who don’t support GW Bush’s intentions to invade Iraq. Now, where do I sign up to get on the list of

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Missing Idgie, and visiting Spike

Whenever I’m home, I hear a noise, and think it’s Idgie. I start to look around, and then I remember. When I walk in the door after work, I open the door and say, “I’m home!” to the cat. I didn’t realize I did that every day until last night when I did it, and

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Tim Goldman

Look, it’s Tim Goldman, a friend from college. At my job, we’ve been looking for an illustrator to do some work for us, and Rich was talking about this friend of a friend, a guy named Tim Goldman who lives in New York and does great artwork… and then it dawned on me it was

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Goodby, Idgie

I had to put Idgie to sleep this morning. There was nothing they could do for her; her kidneys were already in failure and they couldn’t operate. I just lost my best friend.

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My cat Idgie is very sick

My cat Idgie is very sick. It appears from x-rays that she had kidney stones. She’s staying at the vet’s tonight, and tomorrow we have to have another x-ray to make sure that’s what the problem is. If so, I may have to have her put to sleep.

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Bushisms

Slate’s Complete Bushisms: three years later, he still hasn’t learned a damned thing about coherent thought, much less English or public speaking. I posted a link to this article on Slate a couple of years ago, before the election. I checked back today to see if they keep it updated. Turns out they do, and

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Wabi Sabi

I’ve written about it here before, but here are a few links about wabi Sabi: http://phpwiki.sourceforge.net/phpwiki/WabiSabi http://www.stonebridge.com/wabisabi.html And a couple of books available: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0879058498/ http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1586850105/

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Chicken Hawks

You know what Bush and all those right-wing politicians and pundits who want to invade Iraq were doing during the Vietnam war? I’ll give you a hint… it wasn’t fighting. Apparently it’s okay for YOU to go to war, but not them.

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Bill Clinton on the Path to Peace

I didn’t realize until I read this piece on Salon Magazine how much I missed the man… Salon: The path to peace Our security policy should include five major elements: First, we should support President Bush and our military in finishing the job of getting Osama bin Laden and the other al-Qaida leaders out of

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Overview of Changes to Legal Rights

In addition to the people we lost at the World Trade Center and at the Pentagon a year ago, we’ve lost some things that are also fundamentally important to our nation. We are no long a free country… our basic rights as Americans have been eroded in the name of “security” when in reality our

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Lost U.S. city found as lake dries up

“Lost U.S. city found as lake dries up” All I can say is… cool. There’s apparently an old town under Geist Reservoir here in Indianapolis, too. On one of the online map companies, if you search for Geist, they still have a label for Germantown appearing in the center of the lake. I’ll endeavor to

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Art Nouveau

Just collecting ideas about Art Nouveau for a new web design project I’m doing. Anatomy of an Exhibition – Art Nouveau, 1890-1914 Art Nouveau… the movement, the styles Art Nouveau Ceramic Tiles New York Museums Alphonse Mucha Alphonse Mucha Alphonse Mucha, l’apog de l’Art Nouveau Art Periods in France: ART NOUVEAU Art Nouveau Fonts from

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schadenfreude

It took them an entire study to realize that schadenfreude (glee at the misfortune of others) happens when people resent those who have privileges without working for or deserving them, and those privileged people suddenly fall from grace. I would have thought that was self-evident. I have to take issue with one paragraph that’s totally

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Ernie from Little.Yellow.Different

Ernie from Little.Yellow.Different is going to be on The Weakest Link sometime between November and February. I’ll have to actually watch the show now, because’s Ernie’s so cute. For a boy.

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Car trouble/ big brother

Driving home from work — no annoying noise at all. I hope it was a fluke. I have an idea — when Roddy get’s voted off Big Brother 3 tonight (and he will) lets go to his house and kick his ass for making Amy Crews cry. What a dick.

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Car trouble

So I went out to pay some bills at lunch, and as I was driving back, my car is making some wierd noise. I hope to god that it was a temporary thing, because there’s no way in hell I can afford to get anything fixed right now. Stupid car.

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Labor Day Weekend Update

I had a hugely productive labor day weekend. I constructed my floor-to-ceiling bookcases and unpacked and organized all my books, which has had a profound effect on my psyche. I can read again! I feel so less… constrained. I also feel really rich — I have so many good books I can read, and I

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Little.Yellow.Different.com

This is Ernie, from Little.Yellow.Different.com. Ernie is a web developer and his job, from what I can tell on his weblog posts, is pretty damned close to mine. Ernie is Asian-American. He’s cute. He’s gay. And he lives in San Francisco. I can’t figure out why he doesn’t have a boyfriend, because he’s adorable. And

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Brushes With Fame

We’ve been having an e-mail discussion of brushes with fame this morning, so here’s mine: 1. I interviewed Chastity Bono for a newsletter. 2. I know Dick Wolfsie, the local news channel 8 morning guy who did a report on my “Big Things” photo gallery. Dick is friends with tons of famous people, including Al

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Salon Advice column by Cary Tennis

I’m reprinting this Question and Answer from the Salon Advice column by Cary Tennis. Dear Cary, I ought to be jumping for joy. I’m in my first serious relationship since the big split about two years ago. Holly is beautiful, she’s kind and she adores me. Her values are compatible with my values. The sex

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Living downtown is cool, hip and trendy

Hey here’s an article on something I figured out back in 1992: Living downtown is cool, hip and trendy. “The death and life of America’s cities” – Fred Siegel, The Public Interest But do you own a cool Victorian there? I thought not. (2014 update: Yes, in 2002 I was obliviously quoting an article from

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Go vote in this Channel 6 survey

Go vote in this Channel 6 News survey right now. Of course, you should vote in favor of same-sex unions. The Indiana Civil Liberties Union is suing the state of Indiana for not recognizing the Vermont same-sex unions of three couples in Indiana. Read an excellent analysis of the suits here. Its much better than

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neighbors

I don’t feel so bad about bitching about my stupid freakish next door neighbors. Clearly, I’m not the only one who has problems like this. Why can’t I get cool neighbors, like these people who built a starwars treehouse? Sure it’s gaudy, but at least it’s professionally done. Okay, really I wouldn’t want this next

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Marcellas

Check out the website of the company that employs Marcellas from Big Brother 3. Also, check out the page for Marcellas himself under the male models. Looking good, M.

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Left-Handed People and the Catholic Church

Did you know that “Centuries ago, the Catholic Church declared left-handed people to be servants of the Devil? For generations, left-handers who attended Catholic schools were forced to become right-handed. They justified this belief on the basis of several bible quotations that stigmatized left-handedness. There are also quite a few superstitions about being left-handed. It

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Letter to America

Wow, this letter to America is an eye-opener. To the rest of America, that is– they seem to be freaking out about this letter all over the net. I, on the other hand, have been saying some of the same things, in nicer ways, for a long time. America does need to wake up and

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Wil Wheaton

An article on celebrity weblogs, including one of my favorites, Wil Wheaton’s. Wil, at least, is a regular guy, unlike most of these other celebrities, who are pretty damned clueless and seem to use their weblogs as promotions of whatever crap they’re working on. If I’m not interesting in watching Entertainment Tonight’s blanket coverage of

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Greedy CEOs

Because our stupid firewall at work blocks out anything AOL related, I can’t read this much lauded article from Fortune magazine on greedy CEOs. But I can link to it and read it at home, so there.

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DVD Easter Eggs

DVD Easter Eggs are hidden menu options on DVDs that lead to extra deleted scenes, interviews, credits, photos, etc. For example, on Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone there are more deleted scenes if you go through a series of steps. On the Simpsons, Season One, you can find mgazine covers and info about a

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cockeyed.com

I’ve posted this link before, but I’m doing it again, because Rob has posted more stuff: Cockeyed.com. Rob likes to test things and do amateur scientific experiments, like How much is in a can of EZ Cheese? His latest is How Much is in a Million Dollars. I like that one. He also plays pranks

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weekend update 2002-08-19

It wasn’t the best weekend I’ve ever had. My sister’s going back to England to live, and I had to say goodbye to her Saturday. I’m happy for her that’s she’s going back, because she really likes it there, but I’ll miss her. On Sunday, I went to Kokomo and Peru Indiana to photograph big

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Drag Kings

DC Drag Kings — Lucky Dog Productions – DK The Kings of the World – NYC The Kingz – Denver The Drag Kings of Club Casanova – NYC Madkats! – where Drag is King!

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future of the interenet and technology

Fantastic Salon article on the future of the internet and technology. Basically the same thing that was said in a really great book published back in 1999, Digital Darwinism. The book pointed out, during the height of the internet boom, the simply throwing money at any internet business was doomed to fail; that only businesses

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Big Brother 3 live feeds

That’s one advantage about seeing the live feeds for Big Brother 3… you get to hear all the really good Amy Crews quotes that didn’t make it to the TV show. God damn that girl is funny. Now I wish she had been a little more diplomatic about dealing with the couples alliance, maybe she

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weekend update 2002-08-12

So, today is the first day of my new physical fitness program. So far so good. We got our family photos done this weekend. Next weekend my sister is moving back to England. The last Fever game of the regular season was last night, and we signed up to get season tickets for next years

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Monkeys In The News

As we all know, monkeys are cool(tm). Apparently, the UK thinks so too: they have a town that elected a monkey as mayor. That’s some monkey love for ya. Other fun monkey links: Monkey Wire — news of monkeys and apes Famous Monkeys Through History Hanuman The Monkey God — The story of the Hindu

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House Photos

I just finished updating all of my photo galleries: both the regular gallery , and the house photos. I finished the thumbnail pages so you can see all the photos in a section at once, then click for the large photo. I was a bit behind (6 months) on doing that! UPDATE: I later took

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The Sex Chart

Here’s a hip new trend I won’t be participating in: The Sexchart. Basically a map of everyone you’ve had sex with, and everyone they’ve had sex with, and so on. Why won’t I? I have a pretty good idea of what mine would look like. And it’d get me in a lot of trouble.

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I’ve been sick since Wednesday

Ended up taking Wednesday, part of Thursday and Friday off work, and I also laid around in bed all day Saturday, too with a stuffy head/runny nose/sore throat. Yikes. Thursday night was the single women’s dinner at Rock Bottom — met a bunch of nice women. And the Fever won again on Saturday night. Very

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FBI and customer discount cards

According to Fox News: Store Customer Cards a Source for FBI? So you have a secret craving for Little Debbie peanut butter bars and a penchant for Kendall-Jackson merlot? While that customer loyalty card at the supermarket might perceivably save you a few pennies at the checkout counter, your buying habits could end up in

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1984 vs. George W. Bush

Fascinating comparison of circumstances from George Orwell’s book 1984 to today’s Bush administration and the “War on Terror.” Well, fascinating and also scary as hell.

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liberal european cultures and fundamentalist Muslims

This is a really fascinating article on the difficulties liberal european cultures face when fundamentalist Muslims emigrate to their countries. Muslims, who believe that homosexuals and women who are raped should be put to death, are trying to maintain their beliefs and even change the laws of the countries they live in to reflect their

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The Meaning of Courage

“for the same basic choice of courage or compliance continually faces us all, whether we fear the anger of constituents, friends, a board of directors or our union, whenever we stand against the flow of opinion on strongly contested issues…. A man does what he must-in spite of personal consequence, in spite of obstacles and

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the “Possibilities” commercial

Have you seen the “Possibilities” commercial for Colorado Tourism? They play it alot on BBC America, and it’s annoying. It’s scary to discover that the online version is extended and even more doofy than the one they play on TV. The dialogue is really silly and on top of that, the actors are really bad.

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Funny Links

–Great. Its’ not enough that we have citizens informing on their neighbors. Now we’re starting up new Hitler Youth groups right here in America. — Then again, maybe we don’t have to worry about the government going off the deep end, since we seem to have a giant asteroid bearing down on us. –A site

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The caipirinha

Look, the recipe for the ultimate summer drink, the caipirinha. Made by mixing the sugar cane liqueur Cacha�a with lime juice. Cate made this drink for me when she came to visit.

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CEOs and business

a great quote from this Salon article on CEOs and business: McNealy’s attitude is the culmination of the last decade’s ascendant ethos for U.S. business: near worship and lavish compensation for people who “make things happen” coupled with near contempt and minimal rewards for people who “make things work.” It goes on to discuss how

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Weekend Update 2002-07-22

This weekend I finished painting the foyer and entryway, which now looks great. I also bought a round table for the foyer ($20) and a hat rack ($12) both of which I need to refinish. I got started on both yesterday afternoon. The table isn’t perfect, but it’s the right size. I’m thinking of painting

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1000 Blank White Cards

1000 Blank White Cards, a game that’s making the rounds of weblogs lately. Basically, you use blank index cards and draw the rules of the game as you go along, awarding points for certain things. Here’sanother explanation of the games rules (or lack thereof). Also, a slide-deck from the creator of the game on Philosophy

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Spy on your neighbors for the Federal Government

Okay, check out this unbelieveable shit… you can sign up to spy on your neighbors for the Federal Government. “Operation TIPS will be a national system for reporting suspicious, and potentially terrorist-related activity. The program will involve the millions of American workers who, in the daily course of their work, are in a unique position

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Leather Tuscadero

Strange things that come up in conversations at work: Leather Tuscadero from Happy Days (Suzi Quatro). Until I saw the pictures, I really didn’t remember her, and now I’m wondering why I didn’t, because I have a vague memory of Mom hating that character and saying she wasn’t very feminine. You’d think I would have

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fun with Macromedia Flash

Some people have way too much fun with Macromedia Flash. Damn them for being cool. After you’re done playing with all of the cool games at the beginning, enter the site and look through his links. He’s got some damned cool links you could sit and surf through all day. Which reminds me, I need

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rights you no longer have

A breakdown of the rights you no longer have under the U. S. Patriot Act. War on Terror my ass. More like a war on the U. S. Constitution. What I did this weekend… scraped and painted more of the house, stripped and refinished the window to go in the entry hallway. Now I need

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Crop Circles

Just in time for the new M. Night Shyamalan movie “Signs” to come out, there’s a fantastic new crop circle near Stonehenge. Who want’s to bet this is a massive marketing stunt? Here are some other great links to crop circle sites that will explain that the phenomenon is not as unusual or as uncommon

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How to Lose Weight

Explanation from a Plastic user on how he lost weight: I don’t watch fat cals. I don’t eat bread, pasta, and rarely eat white potatoes. I only eat brown rice, early in the day. A typical day of eating is: Breakfast: protein drink or a few egg whites with a cup of oatmeal, with a

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Online Spirograph

Cool as hell — an online spirograph. I sat and played with this forever. Ignore the boring math stuff at the top of the page and go directly to the spirograph and dink around. You’ll get the hang of it.

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Random Acts of Freedom

It’s been a tough year for Americans. We’ve endured one of the worst events in our nation’s history — the stealing of an election by a man who didn’t win the office. We’ve also had to deal with a terrible terrorist attack on our own shores… something we never imagined could happen. And since then,

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Popular Baby Names – Social Security Administration

I saw this link (Popular Baby Names) once, a few years ago, and have been trying to remember where it was located ever since. Turns out it was the Social Security Administration, not the U.S. Census Bureau. It’s come up in discussions a number of times, and I kept saying “there’s this link…” Well, here

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Scooby Snacks Anonymous

Scooby Snacks Anonymous: Do you have a problem with scooby snacks? Only you can answer that question for yourself. However, taking the following quiz may help to put your relationship to scooby snacks in perspective for you. If you end up answering “yes” to three or more questions, you may want to take a good

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Our Rights Were Derived From God? What?

On the recent ruling about removing the words “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance: President Bush found the ruling “ridiculous,” saying today it was “out of step with the traditions and history of America” as he promised to appoint “commonsense judges who understand that our rights were derived from God.” Okay, this man CANNOT

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Gay Pride celebrations

This really sums up, better than I can do it, what I feel about Gay Pride celebrations, and why we should change ours in Indianapolis.

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Pledge of Allegiance

9th Circuit Court Judges Ban Pledge of Allegiance From Schools, Citing ‘Under God’ A federal appeals court here declared today that the Pledge of Allegiance is unconstitutional because the phrase ”one nation under God” violates the separation of church and state. In a decision that drew protest across the political spectrum, a three-member panel of

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What’s on my Amazon Wish List?

What’s on my Amazon Wish List? Hippolyta. Or the always popular Wonder Woman. Goody, I’ve always wanted my own Amazon for Xmas. Wait a minute. You can’t get Amazons at Amazon.com? what a gyp.

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I went home at lunch

I went home at lunch to look at my gutters again while it was full-scale raining. I don’t think the top gutters are still leaking. I think it’s just that there is rain dripping from then naturally. There was plenty of water running down the downspout. I’ll be able to tell more if I watch

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Burglar Alarm

So I set off the burglar alarm this morning by accident. Oops. I climbed out on the roof to cut down some tree limbs so they wouldn’t grow into the roof. Then I went downstairs to move them and take pictures of the new gutters, etc., and I forgot to turn off the alarm when

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Parodies of Indigo Girls Songs

Okay, you have to be an Indigo Girls fan for this one: Parodies of Indigo Girls Songs. There’s a parody of “Don’t Give That Girl a Gun” entitled “Go Give That Girl Some Gum.” Now that’s funny. Also a christmas version of “Burn All the Letters” that’s called “Return All The Sweaters.” It may not

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weekend update and fan fiction

So, this weekend, I saw Minority Report on Friday with Dan and Doug, then went to the Metro softball diamond to watch the Mutual Friends softball game and hang out with Michelle, Deb, Lisa & the team. Then I went to Dan and Dougs and fell asleep watching Atlantis (very boring Disney movie). I went

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Indigo Girls

New favorite lyric: “You are so baroque; all of those words, just to tell me no.” — from”Yield”, Become You, the Indigo Girls

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weekend update 2002-06-18

Over the weekend, I painted the picket fence out in front of my house. I also finished painting first floor on the south side of the house and I put up a small wire garden fence and no parking signs in the backyard around the parking area, to prevent people from driving onto my lawn.

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Links for 2002-06-17

I’d love to add my name to this letter on Prominent Americans who refuse to sign on to the “war on terror.” Scientific American magazine gives us 15 Answers to Creationist Nonsense. Here’s a fun link: celebrity gossip. I don’t believe a word of it. And I did read every word on the page. Check

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Sports Teams with Funny Names

I got a bunch of questions about why I posted all these sports teams… um, because their names are funny. See? Appleknockers! That’s a real team name! Ha! Funny! Okay, maybe it’s just me. But my cousins went to a school where the team name is “The Maroons.” You can guess how some people pronounced

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Maneki Neko and the Legend of “Goutokuji” Temple

At the beginning of Edo period (17th century), there was a rundown temple in Setagaya, the western part of Tokyo. The priest of the temple kept a pet cat, named Tama, and he though he was very poor, he always was sure to feed Tama first. One day, Naotaka Ii who was the lord of

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In a Snob-Free Zone

In a Snob-Free Zone, By Joseph Epstein My cousin Sherwin’s way into the snob-free zone was simple enough: Care only about one’s work, judge people only by their skill at their own work, and permit nothing else outside one’s work to signify in any serious way. View the rest of the world as a more

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Amusement Park Extravaganza 2002

Check it out: my friend Rich is on a 10 day amusement park road trip… “Amusement Park Extravaganza 2002” — 10 days, 8 amusement parks, 58 roller coasters in all. He’s on day 2 today.

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Winona Ryder shoplifting case

Now that’s the first time I heard this: in the Winona Ryder shoplifting case, the security guard says they found the security sensor tags cut off several items of clothing and stuffed in the chair of the dressing room Winona had been in. The cut material on the tags matched holes in the clothes she

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Origami Boulder

Okay, if you are going to buy me something for my birthday (and you should, because I’m famous — see post below) don’t buy me an origami boulder. I already have some that I made myself for the cat.

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Happy Birthday to me

Happy Birthday to me. Happy Birthday to me. Happy Birthday, dear me. Happy Birthday to me. In case I hadn’t mentioned it, today is my birthday. Yesterday, I had someone come up to me and say “I recognize you from somewhere.” And after we went through a big list of places (work, college, high school,

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Cat Property Laws

1. If I like it, it’s mine. 2. If I saw it first, it’s mine. 3. If it’s in my paw, it’s mine. 4. If it looks like mine, it’s mine. 5. If I had it a little while ago, it’s mine. 6. If I can take it away from you, it’s mine. 7. If

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Politically correct cat definitions

My cat does not barf hairballs; he is a floor/rug redecorator. My cat does not break things; she helps gravity do its job. My cat does not fear dogs; they are merely sprint practice tools. My cat does not gobble; she eats with alacrity. My cat does not scratch; he is a furniture/rug/skin ventilator. My

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Rules for cats to live by

BATHROOMS: Always accompany guests to the bathroom. It is not necessary to do anything. Just sit and stare. Or, you could read this article to learn more about bathroom services. DOORS: Do not allow any closed doors in any room. To get door open, stand on hind legs and hammer with forepaws. Once door is

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Cat Psychological Test

Answer the following questions to determine if your cat has psychological problems that require treatment by a professional therapist. Does your cat sleep 22 hours a day, and spend the other two hours in non-stop eating? Does your cat take frequent naps in annoying places, such as in the center of the dinner table, in

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Why God created animals

A newly discovered chapter in the Book of Genesis has provided the answer to “Where do pets come from?” Adam said, “Lord, when I was in the garden, you walked with me everyday. Now I do not see you anymore. I am lonesome here and it is difficult for me to remember how much you

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Outsider Videos

This is really cool — the best of underground “outsider” video. Orson Welles drunk. Anna Nicole Smith stoned. A wierd movie pitch. Part of a cult recruitment video. Just watch.

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Webcam??

The webcam may be a very real possibility… it’s much easier and cheaper than I thought to rig one up. I foresee this being a lot of fun. (2014 update: never got a webcam. Just venting frustration.)

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Backyard torn up again

I got home from work yesterday and discovered that, for the third time, someone had driven through my backyard and torn up the grass. I’m going to rig a webcam up to the back window of my house. In other news, be sure to send this link to your younger brothers: University Of Toronto Study

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Weekend Update 2002-05-28

So, I should probably say something about Memorial Day weekend. I wouldn’t say it was the best weekend of my life. I did get to spend Saturday with my Mom and my niece Riley, which was very cool. We picked out a bunch of flowers for hanging pots and then put together the ones for

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Webby Awards

Hey, write me in as a candidate in the “personal website” award section of the Webby Awards. (2014 update: Ha ha ha ha ha. Right. Good one.)

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Squelching Dissent Is Unpatriotic

Democrats are being unjustly browbeaten by the rightwingers over their questions about intelligence reports surrounding the 9/11 attacks. I’ve seen all the democratic comments and not one of them is attacking the White House — they are merely asking questions. Suggesting that asking questions is unpatriotic, or that it shouldn’t be done in time of

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Scooby-Dooby-Doo, where are you?

Scooby-Dooby-Doo, where are you? We got some work to do now. Scooby-Dooby-Doo, where are you? We need some help from you now. Come on Scooby-Doo, I see you… pretending you got a sliver. But you’re not fooling me, cause I can see, the way you shake and shiver. You know we got a mystery to

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President Bush speaking about Cuba

President Bush speaking about Cuba: “All elections in Castro’s Cuba have been a fraud. The voices of the Cuban people have been suppressed, and their votes have been meaningless. That’s the truth.” And how, exactly is that different than here in the United States, where the man in the White House is not the one

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Banned Books Links

Banned Books Week Banned Books Week is the national book community’s annual celebration of the freedom to read. Hundreds of libraries and bookstores around the country draw attention to the problem of censorship by mounting displays of challenged books and hosting a variety of events. Banned Books Week is held annually on the second to

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Brown Bobby Triangle Donut Machine

My grandmother makes donuts several times a year, only instead of being round, they’re in the shape of triangles. They are a family favorite that everyone looks forward to, and frosting and eating the donuts at Thanksgiving is a family tradition. You can also try this link https://ownashipleydonuts.com/qsr-industry for the best donuts. She makes them

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Primary Elections, 2002

Voted in the primary this morning for Julia Carson. Also, I voted for my neighbor Linda Perdue for precinct something or other. And I bought the Globe tabloid because there’s an expos� in it about Winona Ryder having a hot lesbian sex romp with Brittany Murphy. They’re kissin’ in the street and everything. Woo hoo!

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Weekend Update 2002-05-06

Spent the entire weekend working on the flowerbeds in the front yard… I was exhausted by the time I was done. But check them out; they look pretty good. Now just need to get fertilizer for the flowers.

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Anti-Women’s Suffrage Buttons

Under the heading of “HOLY CRAP!” :Check out the price on this eBay auction. Now I know that women’s right to vote memorabilia does go for a lot of money, in general, but I’ve never seen anything like this. UPDATE: since the item is no longer there, more info: the object was a simple lapel

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InformIT.com

Today we went live with our redesign of InformIT — the website I work for as a web designer or “Human Factors Engineer” to be official about it. I’m terribly proud of the design — it’s minimalist and light on graphics, and very readable. There’s a lot of me in there, along with my co-workers

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Junkbot Lego Game

I spent a couple hours last night Junkbot, playing this online game from Lego. Unbelievable addictive. Very cool.

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Relationships and the Importance of Gay Marriage

This article in the New York Times, in a nutshell, explains what I’ve been saying for 15 years about why it is important for gay and lesbian people to be allowed to get married. “Marriage, for instance, isn’t just about the relationship of two people. Other people have to recognize the couple as a couple.

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extended keyboards

Yeah! I got an extended keyboard here at work to replace the small macintosh keyboard that came with the G3. I now have a forward delete key!!! Also, no more fat-finger misspellings. (2014 Update: Sadly, I did not know you could forward delete using the function + delete key at the time.)

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enough rainbows!

I have to say, even though it’s probably politically incorrect, that I’m really sick of rainbow crap. I certainly don’t want to hide the fact that I’m gay. But I don’t think I need tacky tchotckes and knick-nacks anymore to let everyone know that I am. I still have my first March on Washington t-shirt

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We’ll call it…

Why is it that when someone utters the phrase “We’ll call it….” when trying to introduce a new phrase or idiom, that whatever they come up with is invariably stupid? Idioms don’t come from pronouncements. They happen colloquially. In case you’re wondering, this is in reference to something specific someone said to me. Don’t worry,

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Links for friends

Also, a link my brother Todd will find interesting: Why the flat tax is a stupid idea. And Cate… I want one of these.

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Viva Las Vegas!

Wow. So that was Las Vegas. Wow. And I didn’t lose much money. Cool. This was a great trip! I didn’t think I’d care for Vegas because it’s so artificial, but I LOVED it. Hello! We went for a friend’s wedding and stayed at Circus Circus. I went with Dan and Douglas, and we spent

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Stuff I haven’t blogged about

I realized that for some reason, there are always major things going on in my life that I for one reason or another fail to mention in my weblog. Why? Hmmm. Major things: 1) I’ve been buying lots ($$$$) of things on eBay. What? Not telling; don’t want to encourage people to bid against me.

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How to be a web designer

How to be a web designer. I can think of some people to send this link to. But even I’m not that mean. So I’ll just post it here, and maybe they’ll see it.

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Fun god! Sun god! Ra! Ra! Ra!

Funny thing I read today in a religious flamewar (christians against everyone else) on a discussion board: We want the fun god! We want the sun god! Fun god! Sun god! Ra! Ra! Ra!

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A variety of fun links to check out

Google Technology run by pidgeons. Bin Laden arrested in New Delhi, India. (Psych! not true.) Dalnet to sell Bahamut ircd to Microsoft. AOL buying up the most popular weblogs. Can’t be true–they haven’t contact me yet. 🙂 BBSpot — now part of the MSN network of sites. Thinkgeek has the new “Wheatonix” software platform for

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Liza Minnelli’s Wedding

So what’s the deal with people freaking out that Liza Minelli married a gay man? So? Her mother married a gay man. Her grandmother married a gay man. It’s a family tradition. Leave them alone. I think it’d be weird if Liza married a straight guy.

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Top Willow/Tara euphemisms for Sex

I found this, and must repeat it on my site: TOP *THIRTEEN* WILLOW/TARA EUPHEMISMS FOR SEX 13. Searching the Nether Realms 12. Practicing Dianic rituals 11. Not driving stick 10. Working as a “single delicate implement” 9. Dripping wax on the Wymmin Power Shrine 8. Doing the “Wiccan Wiggle” 7. Riding the broomstick 6. Plucking

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My junior high tennis shoes

Hey, look! It’s the tennis shoes that got my ass kicked in junior high school. Some genius has scanned the 1980 JC Penney catalog and put it online for you to peruse. I wonder if they also have the “Chic” jeans my mom made me wear; the ones that got me beat up in the

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Hats in the Belfrey

Another of my favorite websites ever: Hats in the Belfrey. They put new stuff up all the time that I like.

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Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting

Cool websites: Peacefire: Open Access for the Net Generation. Also: Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting. Also, the Michael Moore book – Stupid White Men: And Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation! my brother Todd recommended really rocks. I’m about half-way through. Good stuff.

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Living Room Ceilings

Ripped down half of the crumbling plaster ceiling in the living room last night. It was remarkably easy. Just have to do some clean-up tonight and finish the ripping down, do some clean up tomorrow night, and I’ll be ready to do drywall. Dunno whether to work on the floor before drywalling or not. Pictures

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Enron Republicans

Fascinating…. proof that the the Enron scandal was not just caused by greed corporate leaders, but was literally caused by the Republican party: If it wasn’t for the fact that the Republican Congress was bought off by Enron, most of this wouldn’t have happened. If they’d have passed [former SEC chair Arthur] Levitt’s reforms, separating

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Fox News Faux Pas

If you needed more evidence that Fox News isn’t exactly “news” and is more right-wing hysterical polemic: Fox news mistakes a parody site for a right-wing news site, has founder of parody site on show to comment on “real” news. Parody site founder deliberately doesn’t tell Fox he’s a humorist so that he can savor

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Bush waves at Stevie Wonder

From the Washington Post: Here’s a vignette we’re dying to see on the ABC broadcast of Sunday’s Ford’s Theatre Presidential Gala: When Stevie Wonder sat down at the keyboard center stage, President Bush in the front row got very excited. He smiled and started waving at Wonder, who understandably did not respond. After a moment

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Invading Iraq

Maybe Daschle will get crucified for stating the truth, but there’s nothing you can do to me for saying it: If we don’t get Osama bin Laden, there’s no way in hell we should be considering taking action against other countries like Iran, Iraq, and North Korea. All this “axis of evil” is just bull-shit

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Goodbye Pumpkin House

Turned in the keys to my old house Thursday. Got a quote this morning on installing a washer hookup in my new house. Oh boy. I’m gonna be saving my pennies, because this is going to cost a lot.

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Rosie Comes Out

“They’re saying I’m not gay enough. They say I lied because I said I love Tom Cruise. I do love Tom Cruise. What do I have to do, have sex with Angelina Jolie on TV?” — Rosie O’Donnell, lashing out at people who quibble with her coming-out technique at a benefit for ovarian cancer in

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Honor Killings

Every day, I find more stuff out about the world I live in, that pisses me off. National Geographic — Thousands of Women Killed for Family “Honor” Hundreds, if not thousands, of women are murdered by their families each year in the name of family “honor.” It’s difficult to get precise numbers on the phenomenon

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Homestarrunner

One of my favorite cartoons… Homestarrunner. Check out my newest role model, Strong Bad. He answers e-mail every Monday.

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All Moved

Okay, so I’m all moved into the new house. Well, except for the handful of extra stuff like cleaning supplies that I need to use first then bring home. 🙂 The cat is thrilled by the new place. When I moved in the past, she hid under the bed for a day or two before

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Sky City / Pyramid City urban development projects

Some stuff I’ll have to photograph – Discovery Channel’s Engineering the Impossible – someday. Tokyo’s Sky City It would house 35,000 residents and host 100,000 daily workers, students and visitors. This space-age city in the sky might seem like science fiction, but it answers some questions about where humans might live as our most crowded

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Gay People Blamed for Enron

And if it’s not enough that the right-wing nutjobs are trying to kill us and attempting to steal our children away, now they are blaming gay people for the fall of Enron Corporation. Enron was YOU GUYS. Republicans. With all your deregulation, and your corporate welfare, and tax breaks for the rich, and thwarting campaign

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cool movie reviews

And as an apology for ranting so much today, here’s a site with the funniest, most interesting movie reviews I’ve ever read. Before I go see a movie in the theatre, I read the review here first.

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parental rights of gay people

Okay, time for another rant, on the subject of gay people getting their children taken away from them: I have reproductive organs, I’m going to use them, and I don’t give a flying god damn what anyone thinks about it. I’m a lesbian, I’m going to have kids, I’m going to raise them well, and

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executing gay people

I’ve pointed out to my family members, at various times, that there are people who want to kill me, and that these people have connections to the Republicans they keep putting into office, but I don’t think they’ve ever taken me very seriously. “Let us give thanks,” Army of God “chaplain” Rev. Michael Bray proclaimed

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Pallas Athena

The Goddess of Wisdom and Battle, the future patron of Greece’s golden city of Athens, and arguably the most important figure in the Greek pantheon, was born.

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Buffy The Vampire Slayer

As long as there have been vampires, there has been the Slayer. One girl in all the world, to find them where they gather and to stop the spread of their evil and the swell of their members. She is the Slayer.

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Revolutionary Girl Utena

An awesome Japanese comic book turned TV series about a cross-dressing young girl, Utena Tenjou, who is rescued by a prince, and as a result, decides to become a prince herself.

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Saint Joan of Arc

Saint Joan was one of my favorite childhood heroines; a teenage girl who lead the French army to victory against the British in the early 1400’s, inspired by heavenly voices.

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Phone service at new house

So after Ameritech finally got my phone service turned on at my new address, they shut it off at my old one… when they weren’t supposed to until the end of the month. So I called and yelled at them. And supposedly, they fixed it. We’ll see.

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My Chinese horoscope

Figuring out my Chinese horoscope. Birthday/time: June 6th, 1968, 7:01 a.m. Latitude and Longitude where I was born: West Des Moines, IA (US): 41n35, 93w43, Iowa. Timezone: -6 GMT. You are Red Sheep, born in the year of Brown Monkey. The first character in DAY represents you. So you are equivalent to Fire. Lucky element:

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Computer Hillbilly

Author Unknown (to the tune of ‘The Beverly Hillbillies’) Come and listen to a story ’bout a man named Jed, A poor college kid, barely kept his family fed, But then one day he was talking to a recruiter, Who said, "they pay big bucks if ya work on a computer…" Windows, that is …

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What If People Bought Cars Like They Buy Computers?

Author Unknown General Motors doesn’t have a "help line" for people who don’t know how to drive, because people don’t buy cars like they buy computers – but imagine if they did? HELPLINE: "General Motors Helpline, how can I help you?" CUSTOMER: "I got in my car and closed the door, and nothing happened!" HELPLINE:

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Computer One-Liners

Author Unknown Home is where you hang your @ The E-mail of the species is more deadly than the mail. A journey of a thousand sites begins with a single click. You can’t teach a new mouse old clicks. Great groups from little icons grow. Speak softly and carry a cellular phone. C: is the

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Utilities turned on

On Saturday, the phone guy and the cable guy redid the lines to my new house. The cable’s working fine, but the phone still needs to be worked on–apparently at the central office. But I cleaned out the shed at the back of the house, and got some of the linoleum off the living room

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Economics and Republican fantasy

I’ve said it before, but let me repeat it: There is a finite amount of money. I’m not a communist… I love capitalism. But reality prompts me to point out that we don’t have unlimited amounts of cash. If we increase our spending at the same time we cut taxes, we’re going to wind up

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sanding floors

On the homefront — I sanded Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It sucked. It was really hard and the sander I used didn’t do a very good job. I picked the square buffer-type sander because the drum sander is too big for me to control easily. The square sander is also really hard to control, and

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Republican Anti-Intellectualism and the dumbing down of American Culture

“Brain Drain” by Mark Crispin Miller: For reasons too complex for us to hazard here, the anti‑intellectuals are finally on the side of power at its most unforgiving and voracious. And so they give a pass to those professors who are at the service of such power, while jeering anyone–inside or outside the Academy–who thinks

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Working On Floors

Rich came over Tuesday night and we finished ripping up the foyer and the entryway. Last night I went back over and removed more of the baseboards and ripped up some of the plywood that’s still around the edges of the room. I still need to get the baseboards in the living room and then

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Celebrity Tattoos

Cool: Celebrity Tattoos. On Sunday I finished the ripping up the living room and most of the foyer, with Gary’s help. Good thing in the foyer; where the window was broken, all the plywood was rotten and molding. If I hadn’t decided to rip it up, it would have been a huge mold problem in

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living room work

Rich came over last night at helped me pull up the plywood floor in the living room…. discovered two things: 1) I’m definitely doing the right thing pulling up all the crap floor to get at the hard wood. 2) It might take longer than I thought. The floor in the living room looks… right.

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Don’t Leave the Baby Out in the Rain

I had a dream last night that I was babysitting for people I didn’t know, and I accidentally left the baby out in the rain. Then the parents came home, and said, hey, where’s the baby? And I went out and found it in the backyard. It was soaking wet, but in good shape. Although

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I can’t tell an anecdote anymore

Okay it’s creeping me out a bit the number of people who I’ve started to tell a story to, and they say, “yeah, I read that on your site.” First because I’m scared that my friends actually check my journal regularly, and second, that I’m ruining all my small talk. I can’t tell the same

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Removing drop ceilings, ripping up floors

Last night I ripped out the rest of the drop ceiling in the living room. Above it, someone had blown in cotton insulation (three garbage bags full), which I had to bag and take to the attic for later dispersal. And I carried all the panels for the drop ceiling out to the backyard, along

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Chocolate Cake Frosting

From the kitchen of: Pat Mineart. Goes with my mom’s Chocolate Crazy Cake, or Chocolate “Save A Day” Cake. 1/4 cup melted margarine or butter 1/2 cup cocoa 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup milk 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar Combine dry ingredients, add liquids. Add more milk to thin or sugar

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I’m a homeowner!

So I closed this afternoon on the house. I’m officially a homeowner! That’s “home OWNER” not “homo”…. I was officially one of those years ago. (My brother Todd pointed out that joke.) So I immediately went to the house and started taking out the drop ceiling in the living room and pulling up the carpets.

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Rob at Cockeyed.com

This is a very fun website: http://www.cockeyed.com/. This guy makes paper maché stuff, cool costumes, and tests how much whiz there is in a cheese whiz can. Cool. He covered his entire car with aluminum foil, just to see how much of his car he could cover with one package. He made a “paparazzi” costume

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settlement statement

Just got my settlement statement telling me how much I owe at closing. BIG HUGE SIGH OF RELIEF. Yep, that number works for me.

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Dear Mr. Robertson

Dear Mr. Robertson, by Mighty Ponygirl: Dear Mr. Robertson: We here at the Holy Book of the Month club are very excited that you have been enjoying our flagship Holy Book “The Old Testament” so thoroughly. Many readers have become quite enamoured of it, as a dark, brooding tale of sin and vengeance from an

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house purchasing news

Insurance is paid, floor should be done Wednesday as well as follow-up appraisal. Closing tomorrow afternoon. How am I ever going to kill the next two days waiting? This is worst than any Christmas ever. With the luck I’ve had so far, the floor won’t pass the appraisal and the closing will be pushed back.

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insurance done

Don’t pay attention to my last post; I was freaking out because I was having a hard time lining up my insurance. But I got it done. There are some things I’m going to have to do in a different order than I originally planned as far as big expenditures go, and some things will

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More last-minute frustration

Really, why does this have to be so hard? If it’s not one thing, it’s another, and the problems just keep multiplying and pushing back any resolution. No wonder I never tried to buy a house before now. And honestly, I wouldn’t recommend the idea to anyone else. If I hadn’t made such a commitment

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Last minute house fixing items

Everything seems to be falling apart at the last minute. The insurance agent I lined up suddenly came back with a price that’s twice what she originally quoted to me, so I have to scramble to get another insurance agent before next week. Also, the appraiser is asking for the owner to fix part of

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Bon Jovi?

So, do you think that David Kelley happened to see an HBO rerun of “Moonlight and Valentino” and, because he couldn’t think of anything new to write, decided to lift part of the plot and drop it in Ally McBeal, Bon Jovi and all?

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Closing date

So my close date on the new house is probably January 23rd, which seems like forever but is only nine days away. Very cool! The appraisal’s done, so I just have to find out how much it is, and get the insurance paid for, and everything is pretty much set.

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I’m Going To Be on TV

So, yes, I’m going to be on television at 5:50 am tomorrow morning, on channel 8 Daybreak news, with Dick Wolfsie and Barney the Dog. He’s interviewing me about my Big Things Photo Gallery from the Ralph’s Muffler shop on 16th street where Mr. Bendo is located. Set your VCR!!!

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house loan approved

So my loan is approved. The inspection today was good, and unless something unexpected comes up, it looks like everything’s a go on the house. I just have to get the insurance set up, the sewer line fixed, and the appraisal done. If all goes well, I might get to close early. Very cool.

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Enron investigation

Okay, politics: We need a special investigator looking into Enron and examining the involvement of the current presidential administration in the company. War aside, this isn’t the kind of thing that can be overlooked. And the other thing we need is some explanation of the election reform process that will be in place before the

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Sewer Lines and Inspections

We found a good quote on the sewer line, so that’s one hurdle out of the way, now I’m just waiting on the loan stuff. I’m going for a different kind of loan to make the house a bit easier to get, but the loan itself is tougher to qualify for than the other loan

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Accepted Offer

Okay, so I have an accepted offer. 🙂 Unfortunately, we’re not out of the woods yet. I have to find someone to fix a cracked sewer line for less than $2,500, and I have to hope to god my loan stuff goes through. Otherwise, I’m screwed again. I just wish I were having fun getting

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house buying woes

So… once again I’m at that crucial point where I have an offer on the table and things aren’t going well. In this case, the seller isn’t willing to give anything in the negotiations at all, and I’m basically walking in screwed from the start. Looks like I’m going to lose another one, which will

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Zombie

Don the Beachcomber’s Zombie, From the book Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails

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