Archives: July 2002

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´┐Ża 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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