Archives: May 2003

freak escalator accident

On 13 May, an escalator at City Hall MRT station suddenly reversed, flinging some 20 people on it backwards including a woman who was pregnant.

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Outsider Art

Works of art — produced by people who have had little or no formal training in art and who produce (or at least began by producing) art without regard to the mainstream art world’s recognition or marketplace. Folk and outsider art online Henry Darger Adolf Wolfi, Images Inez Nathaniel Walker James Hampton, The Throne of

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Mildred’s House of Signage

Tracy Jo Seneca has been roaming the streets of Chicago with a camera in search of interesting, unusual and strange signs. My favorite so far: The Mexican Pagoda Sign. Kind of reminds me of a restaurant here in Indianapolis called the “Oriental Smorgasbord.” Also, Rosario’s Italian Sausage, where the pigs just happily jump into the

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Your help is needed to save Florida’s cats

On May 30, 2003, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will vote on a proposed policy to “prohibit the release, feeding or protection of cats” throughout Florida. If this policy is adopted, FWC will kill hundreds of thousands of feral and free-roaming cats in Florida.

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Combatting Terrorism

“What I mean by that is: the best way to stop any illegal act, terrorist or otherwise, is to make sure that those terrorists do not have support structures in society in general. In order to eliminate those support structures, you have to make sure life is good and secure and that the people around

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Vertigo, then and now

Before and after images of various San Francisco locations used in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 masterpiece. My favorite Hitchock movie, right after Rear Window.

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SUV Drivers will get a tax cut

Under current law, people who drive SUVs can deduct $25,000 from their taxes after purchasing the vehicle. A new law proposed in the senate will increase that deduction to $100,000. So basically you can buy a hummer and write the whole thing off on your taxes. Meanwhile, the $2,000 deduction for driving a fuel-efficient gas-electric

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ACTIVE U.S. HATE GROUPS IN 2002

The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project counted 708 active hate groups in the United States in 2002. Really interesting map of the US gives an overview of where hate groups are located. Click on any state, say Indiana, to see where the hate groups are. And boy, check out South Carolina.

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Shamless Self-Promotion

Download the Alexa toolbar: http://www.alexa.com/. (PC users only; there’s no Mac toolbar at this time. Dammit!) Then spend some time clicking around my site looking at all the stuff on it. This will boost my traffic ratings. Update: Lori e-mailed me to tell me that Alexa is considered to be spyware. Technically, it’s not. Spyware

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Trucker hats: yet another fashion trend I started

Back in 1997 I had one of these hats that was blue mesh, with a blue bill, and I wore it around everywhere. After that, I had a pioneer seed corn one, and now I have a blue one with white mesh, and a brown one with yellow mesh. Just now, they’re coming into style.

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Graphic Design Stuff

This is one of those areas of graphic design that I always thought was really cool: antique seed packets. A while back I had an option to design a landscaping website for a friend (it didn’t work out) but this was one of my plans, to create a design like this. Another cool example of

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Change of Scenery

It’s been pointed out to me, and probably rightly so, that I write a lot about our Stupid President. Well yes. And I write a lot of mean things. Well yes. And the person pointing this out mentioned it not because she likes the Stupid President (she doesn’t) but because she was concerned about how

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Indianapolis Star News Coverage

So I’m persuing the Indy Star website, because I just can’t bring myself to actually subscribe to the paper, and I ran across this little gem of an article. It’s about coffee mugs. The author of the article is comparison shopping coffee mugs. Indianapolis is an urban city of over a million people. We have

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You Were Watching What?

So I’m reading my friend Lori’s website, and she has this post about the Amber Alert System: So, i’m watching the sunday night repeat of The Practice on channel 6 and the tv goes freaky – buzzing and making weird noises…then at the top of the screen there’s an announcement about a Civil Alert for

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Debunking conspiracy theorists’ paranoid fantasies about Sept. 11

“One of the wilder stories circulating about Sept 11, and one that has attracted something of a cult following amongst conspiracy buffs is that it was carried out by 19 fanatical Arab hijackers, masterminded by an evil genius named Osama bin Laden, with no apparent motivation other than that they ‘hate our freedoms.’”

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The “Rescue” of Private Jessica Lynch

Interesting article on how Jessica Lynch was “rescued” when she wasn’t actually a prisoner, from Iraq doctors that were giving her excellent care, in a staged event where the U.S. soldiers had blanks in their guns. Nice.What do you want to bet this never makes mainstream news? Interesting how Clinton got slammed as a liar

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Texas Democrats protest redistricting

Here’s the skinny on what happened in Texas. Every ten years, new voting districts are redrawn in conjunction with the census. Districts were redrawn two years ago, and they didn’t come out the way the Republicans wanted (giving them more votes). So the Republicans tried to introduce a bill to redistrict again this year, to

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Ban Trans Fats Site

A really interesting web site on Trans Fats and how unhealthy they are. Update: site has gone away, but read more here. I had previously read a lot about them in Dr. Atkin’s New Diet Revolution and also in The Okinawa Program. Both of them say essentially the same thing; that trans fats lower good

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What is the Matrix?

A glorious, left-wing, liberal vision of a future world. If there were any justice in the world, right-wingers and Republicans would be allowed to see it, no matter how much they wanted to — because they aren’t smart enough to get what the movie is supposed to mean. If they were, they wouldn’t be Republicans.

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Calling all Ball State Gay Alumni

The current Ball State Gay and Lesbian Student Association [called “Spectrum”] is seeking GLBT alumni to contact them. They would like to get 200 alums to send in contact information (name, address, phone, etc.) to be listed with the University Alumni Association, so they can be and official part of the Alumni Association, which means

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Man paints house green with purple polka dots

Frustrated because his city’s Historic Preservation Commission wouldn’t approve his designs for a new porch, An Atlanta man called in painters to paint his house lime green with purple polka dots. This is a man after my own heart.

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Smart Op/Ed piece by Monica Lewinsky

From Talk Left: ‘Tell Mama’ by Monica Lewinsky Interesting discussion on a recent, intelligently written Op/Ed piece in the LA Times, written by Monica Lewinsky on the need for parent/child privilege in courtrooms. Few people are aware that, in our country, parents can be forced to testify against their children and vice versa; there is

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‘we own you, you don’t have any legal rights’

It happened at Oakland High. The discussion was about the war in Iraq. That’s when two students made comments about the President of the United States. While the exact wording is up for debate, the teacher didn’t consider it mere criticism, but a direct threat and she called the Secret Service.

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Bush At War

Right on the heels of Bush in his spiffy military garb, several papers are investigating Bush’s National Guard Service (or rather his lack thereof) during the Vietnam War. Here is some complete coverage of the NY Times, Washington Journal and Globe reports: Daily Howler Investigation, part 1 Daily Howler Investigation, part 2 Daily Howler Investigation,

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Covering Bush’s Ass: White House refuses to release Sept. 11 info

The White House is attempting to block the publication of at 900 page congressional report on the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. They’re claiming that it contains sensitive intelligence information, yet that information is readily available elsewhere on the internet and has been discussed in print and broadcast previously. Excerpt: The Bush administration

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Fraud, Enron, Bush!

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Number of Times Buffy Has Saved The World

Six, according the USA Today. Actually, that’s only in season enders. She also saved the world in midseason, in episodes “Innocence”, “The Zeppo” and “Doomed”. And technically last season, it wasn’t Buffy that saved the world, but Xander, and Giles. So she’s saved in eight times, so far. I’m guessing number 9 is coming in

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Here’s a post for my older brother

Hog Heaven: Celebrating 100 Years of the Harley-Davidson. Brought to you by the Library of Congress, this retrospective explains how the modest “transport vehicle” became an American icon.

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Deep Throat Uncovered

The University of Illinois Department of Journalism has uncovered who they think is the mysterious informant who brought down the Nixon White House, after four years of intense research. Fascinating.

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House Photos – almost there

I’ve spent a massive amount of time reworking my house photos, ordering them by room and then chronologically since I moved in. The difference is worth the effort — it helps to see sections of the house seperately to follow along with different projects that I’ve worked on. And it really becomes apparent how much

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America Sides with Anti-Female Thug Countries

U.S. Stands up in favor of rape, forced pregnancy, domestic violence. “The American delegation joined with Iran, Pakistan, Sudan, Libya and others in efforts to delete a phrase – included in previously agreed-upon UN statements dating back a decade – that calls on countries to condemn violence against women and “refrain from invoking any custom,

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