Archives: August 2003

Nutjobs write to Judge in Kobe Bryant Case

The Smoking Gun: The People Speak: Letters To Kobe Judge AUGUST 22–Everyone seems to have an opinion about the Kobe Bryant matter–and some people have decided to share theirs with the Colorado judge presiding over the NBA star’s case. Below you’ll find several kooky letters sent to Eagle County District Court Judge Frederick Gannett. TSG’s

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New York Overheard Yahoo Group

A yahoo group for New Yorkers to post conversations they’ve overheard on the street. My favorite message so far: Pooh-bah: “No, I don’t believe we’ve met” Japanese woman: (quietly) “Oh yes we have. On 9/11 when we were all trying to get away, you took my cab outside of Grand Central Station.” Pooh-bah: Uncomfortable silence

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Power Point is Evil – By Edward Tufte

For those who don’t know who Edward Tufte is, he’s the god of design, and the pre-eminent scholar of graphical representation. He’s written some amazing books which are very expensive but must-owns for designers: – The Visual Display of Quantitative Information – Envisioning Information – Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative Tutfe, it

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Current Fate of Women in Iraq

From Iraqi blogger Riverbend: “Females can no longer leave their homes alone. Each time I go out, E. and either a father, uncle or cousin has to accompany me. It feels like we�ve gone back 50 years ever since the beginning of the occupation … “We are seeing an increase of fundamentalism in Iraq which

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Dante’s Inferno

DISCLAIMER: The only reason I’m in the seventh level is because that is where Dante stuck all the gay people, and I answered all the gay questions correctly. I have no idea why he considered gay people “violent”. The Dante’s Inferno Test has banished you to the Seventh Level of Hell!Here is how you matched

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We did say “major.” I swear we did.

In his May 1 speech on the USS Abraham Lincoln, Bush declared: “Combat operations in Iraq have ended.” The white house posted a transcript of the speech stating this with the headline “President Bush Announces Combat Operations in Iraq Have Ended.” Now, however, the White House is backing off that statement, saying that they meant

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Bush’s September 11 “Clean Air” Lie

From CBS WASHINGTON (AP): An investigation by the Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector general has found that White House officials instructed the agency to be less alarming and more reassuring to the public in the first few days after the Sept. 11 attacks, The New York Times reports in its Saturday editions. The investigation specifically cites

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Speaking of Interesting Books…

An excerpt from Joe Conason’s new book, Big Lies: The Right-Wing Propaganda Machine and How It Distorts the Truth. If your workplace is safe; if your children go to school rather than being forced into labor; if you are paid a living wage, including overtime; if you enjoy a 40-hour week and you are allowed

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I am so tired

I just want to go home and sleep. But even if I did that, I would have to change the sheets and sweep the floor for cat hair before I could, because otherwise I wouldn’t be able to breathe. 🙁 Next weekend I’m sleeping the whole weekend.

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Nuvo Article about the house across the street

A Nuvo article about the house being built across the street from me. I have some photos but I haven’t got them on the site yet. I know that they have torn up the newly-landscaped right of way in front of my house because they were searching for the water-lines. Other than that, very nice

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Cat Furniture

Never mind this, I’m just saving a link for future reference, since I’ll be building something like this soon.

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September 14: Old Northside Neighborhood Home Tour

Old Northside is the neighborhood just to the south of mine in Downtown Indianapolis. It was the home, during the second half of the 19th century, of the principal leaders of Indianapolis social, political, commercial and industrial life, as well as the location of leading religious and educational institutions. The Old Northside reached its peak

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Microchipping Your Pets

I just spent some time calling around to get this information for my new kitties, so I thought I’d share for the convenience of other pet owners. A microchip ID is safe, quick and easy lifetime protection that takes just minutes to complete. Should your pet become lost or stolen, your pet can be scanned

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I’m Glad That’s Over

According to the New York Post, Roseanne Barr’s new “cooking” show, Domestic Goddess, has been cancelled. There’s no word on the fate of her “reality” , The Real Roseanne about the making of the “cooking” show, but it’s fate is likely not good. And that makes me happy, because I watched part of the first

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Barney, Beloved Beagle and TV Favorite, Dies at 14

I just heard on the news that Barney the Beagle, the longtime partner of TV personality Dick Wolfsie, from channel 8 News, died on Friday at the grand old age of 14. I’ll miss you Barney. I got to meet Barney back in January of 2002 when I was on the news with Dick Wolfsie

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An Honest Gay Personal Ad

No, not mine; some guy’s. Entitled “Eleven reasons you should not date me.” I’m thinking he must be holding back the good reasons not to date him, because these are not so bad. I’ve dated women with much worse reasons.

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Republican Sesame Street: Language of Hate

In 1990, then Republican House Whip Newt Gingrich (later Speaker of the House) hired a pollster to devise a lexicon of demonization. In a memo that Gingrich circulated, “Language: A Key Mechanism of Control,” Republicans were instructed that “words and phrases are powerful” and that the list that had been test-marketed should be “memorized.” They

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COOL: GPS Tags for your dog, kid or elderly parent

Mr. Wozniak described WozNet as a simple and inexpensive wireless network that uses radio signals and global positioning satellite data to keep track of a cluster of inexpensive tags within a one- or two-mile radius of each base station. WozNet, he said, will include a home-base station that has the ability to track the location

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Fair And Balanced? Hmmm.

Faux News is suing Al Franken because he titled his book, Lies, and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right using the words “fair and balanced” which Faux News holds a copyright on. The issue is ridiculous. I really need to wear my new “Faux News” shirt more

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Kids?

Children: I’m against them. Really, they’re loud and annoying and they seem kind of retarded. Except those of my family members. Children in my family are beautiful geniuses who are charming. And any children I have will of course be tiny little gods or goddesses. But other people’s children, the kind you run into in

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Top Ten Conservative Idiots, Number 121

From Democratic Underground. They’ve got the link to the Flightsuit George doll, too, and here’s what they have to say, We can’t wait for Blue Box’s next authentic and historically accurate figure, Elite Force Aviator: George W. Bush – Draft Dodger and AWOL Coke Snorter 12″ Action Figure, complete with a 1:6 scale letter from

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George Bush “Action Figure”?

Oh, My God, Kill Me Now. Check out the latest G.I. Joe type toy… Flight Suit George W. Bush. Aaaaaaaauuuuuuuuugggggghhhhhhh, my brain hurts. On the other hand… Hmmmm. I wonder what my Ken Dolls and “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Joe would make of flight suit George. I wonder if you can take the flight suit

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Police State

According to the New York Times: A federal judge in Manhattan criticized police officials yesterday for the way demonstrators against the war in Iraq were interrogated earlier this year, and he made clear that civil liberties lawyers could seek to hold the city in contempt of court in the future if the police violate people’s

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Funniest T-Shirts of 2003

According to Washington Post readers, these are the funniest t-shirts they’ve seen worn in public this year. Part One, and Part Two. “Buckle Up. It Makes It Harder for the Aliens to Snatch You From Your Car” “Welcome to Tennessee — Set Your Watch Back 20 Years” “Heck Is Where People Go Who Don’t Believe

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NY Apartment, 160 square feet, sells for $135,000

An interesting article on Manhattan closets… ahem… I mean co-ops, that are selling for outrageous prices in New York. The reason? “But the building is the epitome of location, location location.” What the hell could be around there that’s so damned compelling? Please. Just a side note: I paid $74,000 for my 2,300 square foot,

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More on The Murdered Indianapolis Trans Teen

From the Indy Star: An initial hearing in the case of the teen’s murder was held for an Indianapolis man who has been arrested for the murder of Gregory Johnson and his friend Brandie Coleman. According to the hearing, the gun belonging to Paul Anthony Moore, 20, was matched to the bullets that killed the

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Fall TV Schedule, Revised

I reworked my fall tv schedule to highlight new shows as well as show I’m planning on watching. I also linked all the new shows to their websites and linked all the shows I’m planning on watching as well. Next, I’m going to put a tiny pink triangle next to shows that have gay or

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Top Ten Conservative Idiots, Number 120

Oops, forgot to link to this yesterday, on my designated “say shitty things about the retard in the oval office” day. So here it is, the list. Last week, little Georgie held his very own press conference with out any extra help from the grownups. They don’t let him do that very often (only 9

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Samuel Pepys’ Weblog (Diary)

Samuel Pepys was an English gentleman who lived in the mid 1600’s, whose well-known and beloved diary serves as an excellent history of his era. Pepys was a practical man of business but also had a wide-ranging appetite for knowledge. His classical and mathematical education was the basis from which he explored the arts and

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The Appendix: a Colorful Guide

The appendix (A) is a small worm-like pouch attached to the large bowel (B) right after the small intestine (C). The function of the appendix is uncertain and there seems to be no long-term problems in living without it. Which is a darn good thing, because I’m going to be living without mine after Thursday,

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2003-2004 Fall TV Schedule

Here’s what I plan on watching. [Link to deleted page removed] Sad, isn’t it? Oh, well, now that I have a DVR, I never have to worry about missing a show if I go out instead.

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Mars to pass unusually close to the Earth

Throughout the month of August, and culminating on August 27th, Mars will pass closer to the Earth than it has in 5,000 years (or will again in the next 60,000), and will be the brightest object in the night sky. At that time, Mars should appear to be approximately 85 times brighter in the sky

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Federal Marriage Discrimination Constitutional Amendment

First of all, I don’t believe such a thing will actually pass and become law in the United States. The amount of work it takes to pass an amendment is phenomenal, and I really believe the anti-gay hate-mongers like George Bush just don’t have the numbers. But if, on the off-chance it did pass, I

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The Magdalene Sisters Documentary

I wrote a few months back about the Magdelene Laundries – In Mid-20th Century Ireland (until the last one closed in 1996), the Catholic Church ran commercial laundries, run by nuns, that were essentially prisons for wayward girls, who were deposited there by their families when they became pregnant, got in trouble or otherwise upset

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American Rhetoric

A have a few of my favorite speeches here on my own site: [Martin Luther King, John F Kennedy] but here’s a website that has everything… AmericanRhetoric.com. Tons of the best speeches ever delivered in the United States. I wonder a bit about a site that has more speeches by Georgie boy than by Bill

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Million for Marriage Petition

Every American family deserves the rights and�responsibilities that come with marriage.� Sign the petition and HRC will deliver your message to key leaders in Congress and in state legislatures around the country.

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