Archives: September 2003

Ten Technologies That Deserve to Die

From Technology Review: Interesting… I would have picked a couple of these (like cosmetic implants and landmines), but some I never thought of the car as a technology that should go away. But their arguments for finding good replacements make sense. 1. Nuclear Weapons, 2. Coal-Based Power, 3. The Internal-Combustion Engine (yeah, the car), 4.

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I have a new truck

A shiny red Ford Ranger that I bought on Saturday. I love it. I got a very good deal on it from Paul Harvey Ford, especially since my younger brother Todd bought one from there Saturday, too. I was originally just looking, but they had what I wanted, and I needed to trade in my

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Bar Joke

A Texan, a New Yorker, and a Bostonian are in a bar up in the Yukon during the gold rush. The Texan orders a bottle of tequila, drinks a shot, throws the bottle in the air, and shoots it in midair. The New Yorker and the Bostonian look at the Texan kinda funny, and the

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The Top Ten Conservative Idiots (No. 128)

By the Democratic Underground. California Schemin’ Edition: Once upon a time there was an idealistic, principled conservative named Darrell Issa. And Darrell thought that the governor of California, the evil Gray Davis, was doing a terrible, terrible job of looking after the state (despite the fact that all the governors in the country were in

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This is the reason why Bush should be impeached

In July, two White House officials, in retaliation for former ambassador Joseph Wilson’s criticism of Bush’s false WMD info, revealed that Wilson’s wife, Valerie Plame, is a CIA operative. To reveal something like this is illegal and a breach of national security. Apparently these two officials called six different reporters for different papers to illegally

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Yikes.

Odigo, the instant messaging service, says that two of its workers received messages two hours before the Twin Towers attack on September 11 predicting the attack would happen, and the company has been cooperating with Israeli and American law enforcement, including the FBI, in trying to find the original sender of the message predicting the

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Wuthering Heights? Is that the cover of Wuthering Heights?

Okay… WTF? Seriously, did they do this to one of my favorite novels? This is the kind of thing that makes me want kick someone in the shins. Preferable the person that did it. I really don’t think this is an “update” of the book, just a modern cover. So strange.

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More on Electronic Voting: Not Ready For Prime Time

Salon has an excellent article that covers a great deal more about the flaws in the electronic voting system. It’s a subscription article, but well worth the one day subscription. There’s also a free to read article about the investigator who found many of these flaws. In addition to being notoriously easy to hack, there’s

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September 20th, 2002

Everybody seems to be remarking on the 1-year anniversary of the tornado that struck Indianapolis. I tend to remember the date because it was day I learned that my cat Idgie was dying. I had to have her put to sleep the next day. I sat down today with Dru and Huck and Annabelle and

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Buffy The Canine Spayer

You might be aware that one of my favorite shows is Animal Cops on the Animal Planet network. Here’s a guy who doesn’t have cable (!) and saw the show for the first time at his grandmother’s house. Then he started riffing on other potential Animal Planet shows. Like “Welcome Back Otter” and “Queer Eye

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Dubya: My Anti-Drug

Fark photo-contest: create your own Anti-Drug ad. This one’s getting my vote. “Would you like to end up like this man? Sure you’ll get to be President… … but imagine living life with a single digit IQ. This is what Cocaine can do to you. DUBYA… my anti-drug”

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Top Ten Conservative Idiots (#127)

Bush has to back-track and deny all the claims he made about a connection between 9/11 and Sadaam Hussein, without actually admitting that he made all those claims. Also, the Republicans are made that the California recall has been delayed, but the delay was based on the Supreme Court’s decision in the 2000 election —

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Voting Machines and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

The IEEE has written a draft electronic voting machine standard, and there are some concerns about that standard, and how it doesn’t necessarily solve the problems of electronic voting. Also, there is some concern that certain vendors are hoping to create a standard that locks out smaller or independent voting machine vendors. Read more about

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Why the Patriot Act is so dangerous…

Because it can be misused by individuals, in much the same fashion that this traffic camera system was misused by the police. There’s no accountability if someone decides to used the tools provided in a way that wasn’t intended.

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Arrgh. It be “International Talk Like a Pirate” Day!

The pirate speaks,”September 19 be officially “International Talk Like a Pirate” Day.” Why? Because talking like a pirate is fun, that’s why. In case you’re having trouble talking like a pirate, there’s a translator here. And if you want, you can create your own Pirate Name. Incidentally, my co-worker Brent is out today because his

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Marcus Cadman

I missed the Indian Market this year because of my magical exploding appendix, so I didn’t get to see any more work by Marcus Cadman, a contemporary Native American artist. I went last year and was blown away by his paintings, which you should check out because I can’t adequately describe them. He uses money,

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Bush Redecorates State Department with Own Photos

Apparently, the historic photos of great diplomatic moments from the entire history of our country weren’t appropriate in a prominent State Department corridor, so he’s replaced them with photos of himself. Glad I don’t work there. All the new photos would have little mustaches and horns.

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Quotes

“Our loyalty is due entirely to the United States. It is due to the President only and exactly to the degree in which he efficiently serves the United States. It is our duty to support him when he serves the United States well. It is our duty to oppose him when he serves it badly.”

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Iraqi Death Toll

Total U.S. Dead since March 20th: 295 Total Coalition Dead since March 20th: 347 Total Deaths since May 1st (“end of combat”): 156 Total US Wounded since March 20th: 1491 See the complete figures.

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The Top Ten Conservative Idiots (No. 126)

For this week, Bush asks for another $87 Billion (three times the amount Bush intends to spend on education this year). Halliburton can’t figure out how to spend that wisely, the FCC throws support to Schwarzenegger. Also, aside from being a poacher on protected game preserves (something I’ve written about here in the past, Ted

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Entertaining Hate Mail I’ve Received

This was posted on Here Is The Big Gay Agenda and I removed it to not give them a pingback and pulled it up to address it separately. Hate to say it, but your [sic] wrong. If the homosexual community wanted to be left alone then they should have just shut up years ago. People

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Wow, John Ritter Died

That was certainly a surprising thing to read. He was so young. I didn’t realize that he was the son of Tex Ritter, the country musician.

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September 11… The Image I Can’t Forget

What shocked and upset me most on September 11 and the days afterward was the photograph… everyone knows, probably, what one I’m talking about. The photograph of the falling man, the man who jumped to his death from the towers. It ran in the papers only once, and there was very brief video footage on

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Onion Headline Says it All…

Relations break down between U.S. and Them After decades of antagonism between the two global powers, the U.S. has officially severed relations with Them, Bush administration officials announced Tuesday. “They have refused to comply with the U.S. time and time again,” Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said, following failed 11th-hour negotiations Monday night. “It’s always unfortunate

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I got your gay reality show right here….

Apparently, Julie Millam from the Montana Family Coalition doesn’t like the “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” show on TV: “To me, that’s not a reality show about gay people. A really good reality show for gay people would be five gay men dying of AIDS.” No… A REALLY good reality show for gay people

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Bush Goes Totally Delusional

“The military also announced the deaths of two more American soldiers, killed by makeshift bombs in Baghdad, as President Bush (news – web sites) appealed to other nations to set aside “past bickering” to help with peacekeeping and reconstruction.” PAST BICKERING? On what planet was there preliminary events of the Iraq invasion called “past bickering?”

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Republicans Say Democrats are Terrorists, Wall Street Journal Agrees

From the NY Times: “With costs and casualties rising in the war on terrorism, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld struck back today at the administration’s widening circle of critics, saying they were complicating an already difficult task. Mr. Rumsfeld did not mention any of the domestic critics by name. But he suggested that those who

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The Golden Days of Usenet: Godwin’s Law

Godwin’s Law: prov. [Usenet] “As a Usenet argument grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one.” There is a tradition in many groups that, once this occurs, that thread is over, and whoever mentioned the Nazis has automatically lost whatever argument was in progress. Godwin’s Law thus practically guarantees the

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Toynbee Idea’s in Kubrick’s 2001 Resurrect Dead on Planet Jupiter

Toynbee Tiles are tiles embedded into city streets with a odd messages on them – and they appear on hundreds of streets in dozens of cities, including here in Indianapolis, Indiana. The messages are almost all alike and contain some variation of “Toynbee Idea’s in Kubrick’s 2001 Resurrect Dead on Planet Jupiter.” The tile in

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Another URL Lori Pointed out

Lori sent me this Fark Photoshop contest of Ann Coulter shooting something in her backyard. See the original photo from her site here. Several of the photoshoppers emphasized something interesting about the picture of Ann… she’s white trash. Look at the house, look at the people on the porch. Jesus if she’s really got a

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Buy the House Next Door to Me

The house next to mine is going up for sale at the Sheriff’s auction on September 17th. The auction is held in Room 260 of the City-County building, and bids can be put in starting at 10 a.m. The auction starts after 3:30 p.m. It would be really wonderful if someone bought and renovated this

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Don’t forget to tip your waiter…

Funny link I found on my friend Lori’s site about tipping waiters. Apparently there’s a gay waiter who’s a bit pissed off. I wonder why he’s mentioned the name Ben Solomon… I can’t tell if he’s dissing Ben or not. Ben is one of the wealthy gay men in town. I also like the other

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How Much Is In A Sharpie?

Rob Cockerman does it again, with a great experiment that I’m glad that I didn’t have to carry out myself because I don’t have that kind of time. Hell, I don’t even have time to find homes for kittens.

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House Painting

The guys started work on my house today – repairing siding and scraping paint, which will go on for the first week or so, while they do the prep work before painting. I’m so excited about it, that I almost went home for lunch to see what they have done so far. But I decided

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TV Dogs

Brush up on your canine TV history with this list of fictional dogs in live-action television. “What’s that Lassie? Timmy fell down the well?!”

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The Top Ten Conservative Idiots (No. 125)

September 8, 2003 – The Hands And Knees Edition. As in “Bush comes crawling on….” because he has to ask the UN, whom he spent months dissing, for help. Among other things, Snopes.com admits that they were wrong, and that Osama bin Laden’s family really was gathered up by the government while the entire country

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Cool: I Want One of These

Madame Tarra Fortune Teller. Crap; they cost thousands of dollars. Hmmm. Or I could just take a trailer to Vegas and steal one from the Strip. [evil grin].

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Jenny Everywhere

OPEN SOURCE COMIC CHARACTER SEEKS SENSITIVE CREATOR-TYPES She’s open source! She’s multidimensional! That’s right, the character of Jenny Everywhere may be used without permission by anyone. And you won’t have any continuity concerns with The Shifter, because… because she shifts.

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Raves, Clubbing Losing their appeal

“But now dance music, the genre that revolutionised people’s clothing, drinking, drug-taking and socialising habits beyond recognition, is battling for survival.” Interesting, considering that I heard a rumor that the hot new nightclub near my house, Talbott Street, will be closing in the next few months due to poor attendance.

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I don’t care how “sexy” Ben Affleck is…

He simply does not cause lesbians to want to have sex with him. Believe me. Icky. Icky. Icky. I’m sorry, but the culture police need to write him a ticket for Gigli AND Chasing Amy. Seriously, if Ben Affleck wanted to have sex with me, I might auction the option off to my gay male

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Impeach Bush

“U.S. intelligence officials now say the administration was lied to by Iraqi �migr�s. That excuse for the U.S. intelligence failure in Iraq would be laughable were the circumstances not so appalling. It means Bush ignored all the cautions of career diplomats and intelligence experts in every branch of the U.S. government over the unsubstantiated word

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How Democrats see George W. Bush

Salon: Why Dean and Franken are so hot right now And what is the temper of the Democratic Party base? They loathe Bush and everything he stands for — he’s become a lightning rod for dark and febrile passions in the same way Bill Clinton was (and is) for the GOP core. It’s not just

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The Top Ten Conservative Idiots (No. 124)

This week, the Bush Administration admits there are no Weapons of Mass Destruction, but says that the information they had was planted by Iraqi agents because Saddam wanted America to invade his country and kill him. Yeah, of course. Also, Faux News (Wholly Without Merit) can’t do the math on American deaths in Iraq, Arnold

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A deluge of rose water and flowers

What George Bush’s national-security officials expected to happen when we invaded Iraq: “Within a year, he said, Iraq would be a beacon of democracy and stability in the Middle East.” I don’t know what that smell is, but I don’t think it’s rose water and flowers.

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