Archives: October 2003

Mad Tea Party

From Alice in Wonderland: The Hatter opened his eyes very wide on hearing this; but all he said was, “Why is a raven like a writing-desk?” “Come, we shall have some fun now!” thought Alice. “I’m glad they’ve begun asking riddles.–I believe I can guess that,” she added aloud. “Do you mean that you think

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Things my girlfriend and I have argued about.com

A British guy, a German girl, a couple of kids and some serious lack of communication. Also, a fascinating story about how the British tabloid the Daily Mail stole the website and printed it in their Sunday edition with all the names changed, and actually thought they might get away with it. They didn’t.

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U.S. Ancestry Maps

This is pretty cool — U.S. maps that show dispersion of people of various ancestry. Interesting where all the people of German ancestry tend to live… in the midwest. Check out the Irish; they all live in Kentucky and Tennessee.

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Most Interesting Theatrical Synopsis

Salon magazine reviews an underground, possibly illegal, play staged in New York, entitled “I’m Going to Kill the President.” The plot, which sounds quite fun, is this (quoted from Salon): The plot, such as it is, centers around Skip, a revolutionary who’s bereaved after his girlfriend, Bess, handcuffs herself to a Southern senator and sets

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Iraq Never Had Nuclear Weapons Program After 1991

According to records made available to The Washington Post and interviews with arms investigators from the United States, Britain and Australia, it did not require a comprehensive survey to find the central assertions of the Bush administration’s prewar nuclear case to be insubstantial or untrue. Although Hussein did not relinquish his nuclear ambitions or technical

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Rock in Tree (Gobbler’s Rock)

In Yellowwood State Forest, there’s a giant limestone boulder in a tree. Back in 2001, I went looking for this, because I had heard of it on RoadsideAmerica.com. A refrigerator sized limestone rock, 40 feet high in a tree. This 1,000 pound wonder sways with the wind way up in an oak tree in the

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Recent News Headlines

I was having a conversation recently with someone from work, who said that they thought things were getting much better for gay people in America and they felt that there are no real incidences of homophobia any more. For their benefit, these news headlines from the past week. Conservative Supreme Court justice ridicules sodomy ruling

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Old Northside Home for Sale

Check out this house for sale… [sale link deprecated, but the address was 1512 Bellfontaine Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202] when I was looking to buy back in 2001, this is one of the houses in Old Northside that I passed on and then regretted later. It was in good shape except that it needed kitchen

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Lamp Glass

Lookee here… glass replacement shades for wall sconces and ceiling lights. Boring, isn’t it? I’m only linking because they have the globes that look like flames, which I need for the wall sconces I have for the living room, and I need to use this link later. They do have some kick-ass retro designs, though,

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Librarian.net

“Putting the rarin’ back in librarian since 1993.” A weblog about library science issues, especially political issues. Pretty cool site. I especially like the “I read, therefore I’m Dangerous. Repeal the Patriot Act.” ad.

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Dude, Where’s My Country?

Michael Moore’s new book, Dude, Where’s My Country? is out at Amazon.com now, and if you buy it from my site, I get a kickback, much like Halliburton is getting from the war their pal Bush started in Iraq. Quote from Amazon.com: His book is intended to serve as a handbook for how people with

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Extreme Pumpkins.com – Pumpkin carving at its wildest!

At what point did the carving of pumpkins turn into a “cute” event? When did boys stop carving pumpkins and moms start? Where did we lose touch with one of the years coolest events? Today we will seize back this ritual. Today is the day we throw away those safe, cute carving tools. Today. We

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Fame Tracker

The farmer’s almanac of celebrity worth. Home of the great feature “Hey, It’s That Guy!”

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Joan of Arcadia

The good folks at teevee.org do a much better job of reviewing the new TV show Joan of Arcadia than I was doing while trying to explain the show to my mom over the weekend. I like this show, and the best explanation I could come up with about why is that “She talks to

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The Top Ten Conservative Idiots (No. 131)

Courtesy of Democratic Underground, go read the whole list. Highlights: This week, Bush wants to ease restrictions on the killing, capturing and importing of endangered species, because apparently he thinks this will increase the populations of endangered species. I’m not sure how that will work, but then I didn’t understand the whole “invade Iraq” logic,

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Iraqi Death Toll

394 Coalition fatalities, 1916 U.S. Soldiers wounded. Total Fatalities since May 1st (“end of combat”): 200. Total deaths since July 2nd (Pres. Bush announces, “Bring Them On”): 134.

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Weekend Update 2003-10-20

Friday night, I went to Kathy’s softball game and then went to girl’s game night at Outword Bound Bookstore, where we played electronic Scattegories and I bought a couple of CDs. On Saturday, I got the tonneau cover put on my truck, and took donuts to the neighbors who were planting trees in the right

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My new favorite hate mail

I get some good hate mail every now and then… This is my new favorite. Apparently god’s going to destroy the earth because of little old me. 🙂 your_email: hotchic01@hotmail.com your_name: ashley your_subject: George Bush your_comment: You stupid fucking bitch. George W. Bush is the only reason you are still alive. FUCK YOU DUMB-ASS. and

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This is why you should by Idiot’s Guides, not dummies books

If you’re using a particular book to make candles or soap, you may have a dangerous chemistry project on your hands. John Wiley & Sons Inc. is recalling 5,400 copies of the instruction book “Candle and Soap Making For Dummies,” which sold in bookstores and discount department stores nationwide in August and September for about

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And in-depth article on the ignorant fox news views phenomenon

I posted a graphic about it a while back, but the Washington Post has more: turns out that an in depth study shows that people who have mistaken ideas about what’s going on in the news are overwhelmingly viewers of Faux News. “People are proceeding from radically different sets of facts, some so different that

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Now that’s funny

Concerned about the appearance of disarray and feuding within his administration as well as growing resistance to his policies in Iraq, President Bush – living up to his recent declaration that he is in charge – told his top officials to “stop the leaks” to the media, or else. News of Bush’s order leaked almost

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Another Article about the House Across the Street

This time it’s written up in the Indy Star. I guess here in a couple of days, they’re going to have a segment on Channel 8 news with Dick Wolfsie, too. It was really interesting watching the “framing” of the house, since it’s made of aerated concrete, which is sturdy, lightweight, environmentally friendly, and fire-resistant.

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Indiana Fall Leaf Guide

Watch the leaves turn color live on Indiana’s tourism site. This is a neat little site that has a lot of other fun ideas for things to do in Indiana. It usually lists all the seasonal festivals (this past weekend and next is the Parke County Covered Bridge Festival) and there’s a cool page that

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Atget Re-Photographic Project

Modern photographers set up and photograph the same Paris scenes as French photographer Eugene Atget, who took over 6,000 photos of the city between 1900 and 1926. Fascinating to see what is the same and what has changed over the decades. Reminds me a lot of a similar project, Vertigo: Then and Now which reproduces

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This weekend

I put down a bunch of new insulation in the attic. I did much of the painting of the living room ceiling. I got a bed mat for my truck. I ordered a tonneau cover for my truck. I went to the Mutual Friends Autumn Fest.

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No means… well it means no, really.

I knew that sooner or later something about the Kobe Bryant case would send me into an apoplectic rage… and here it is. On Thursday, Gregg Easterbrook of the New Republic wrote a little column about how all men know that no doesn’t really mean that: “Because men know this–because in the real world “no”

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Republican Astroturf spreads to the military

By now you might be familiar with the concept of “Republican Astroturf” in which the Republican national committee writes a letter and sends it to “captains” all over the country, who are then instructed to send it in to their local papers as though they wrote it themselves. It’s usually easy to catch these, because

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Rush Admits he’s a drug addict

“Rush Limbaugh is telling his fans that part of what they’ve heard about him is true: he’s addicted to painkillers. In a statement on his radio show today, the conservative commentator said he’s “not making any excuses” and takes full responsibility for his problem. He says he’s no role model and refuses to let people

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2339 Penn

A couple blocks north of me, my neighbors have been renovating their historic home and have done a lot of excellent research on the history of it. This was one of the homes that was up on wheels and moved around when they were redoing the Fall Creek Place neighborhood. I didn’t know that at

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Indiana ranked 13 in list of “smartest states”

Massachusetts and Vermont took top honors on the annual ranking of states by level of intelligence. Iowa ranked #8, Indiana was #13, and California slid in at a not-so-surprising #44. New Mexico took the lowest ranking of #50. The Smartest State Award is based on 21 factors that compare the 50 states in more than

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A Personal Update…

I’ve had a lot of friends ask me for favors lately, and it’s stressing me out pretty badly. I love my friends a lot, and I want to do the stuff they need, but I’m about two months behind schedule on lots of things I need to accomplish in my life due to my appendix

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Bush Drug Guy wants to test school kids for drugs

“BOSTON (AP) — President Bush’s drug czar told New England governors Wednesday that drug testing in schools would be an effective way to combat a growing problem of drug use among young people, but area school officials caution there are problems with it.” I wonder if any of Bush’s people have ever bothered to, say,

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Where that $87 Billion is really going…

Into the pockets of Bush & Cheney’s pals, who are the ones profiting from the Iraqi reconstruction efforts. Salon Magazine has an excellent cheat-sheet for you that outlines who gets what, and exactly how the middle-class American taxpayers are being robbed blind.

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The Magdalene Sisters is at Castleton

There’s tons of stuff going on this weekend, and I have to buy a truck bedliner and cover, but I really really want to see the Magdalene Sisters at Castleton. I wonder if I can make time? The Magdelene Sisters 1:30, 4:15, 7:00, and on Friday and Saturday night only at 9:40 2014 Update: I

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Cool…

I’ve narrowed my choice of vacations spots down further. Florida was out after 2000, now California’s out. I guess if I want to go to Disney, it’ll have to be EuroDisney.

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Mars/Venus Author says stupid shit, gets on my shit list

Men are From Mars, Women are From Venus author Dr John Gray said women should understand that emotional behaviour is often viewed by male work colleagues as a weakness. “Women have to speak the language of men at work,” he said. “For example, if a woman’s idea is stolen at a meeting, she should ensure

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Welcome To Cat Town

Deedle doot doo dee dee, Let’s all go to Cat Town, Deedle doot doo dee dee, It’s time to go to Cat Town, and see everything that’s going down in… Cat Town! El Guapo! Hooray for El Guapo, he is the hero of Cat Town and he always saves the day. Meanwhile, at the cat

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Just in Time for The Anniversary of Matthew Shepard’s Death

Our retarded moron President has declared the week of Oct 12- Oct 18 to be “Marriage Protection Week.” In other words, “Anti-Gay Hatred and Bigotry Week.” Apparently, marriage has to be protected from me. Why, George? Are you afraid I’d do a better job of it than you have? Cause it’s not like I can

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The thing about this “pro-Arnold” sign is….

It’s not a handmade sign from someone in the crowd… It’s an official sign created by Schwarzenegger campaign and handed out to the people in the crowds, who were made to discard their own signs in favor of these. Talk about controlling the spin… sheesh. There are quite a few stories, all related to Republican

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Top Ten Conservative Idiots (#129)

Rush Limbaugh is listed twice (racism and illegal drugs) Arnold is listed twice (assaulting women and Nazi sympathies) and the Bush administration wins practically the rest of the list for illegally outing a CIA Agent in a fit of sullen retaliation. It’s not about the leaks, kids — it’s about the fact that the leak

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Just Got an E-mail from an irate reader

of my site, who is objecting to the fact that I said the word “assault” in my headline of the previous post. Unwanted touching, done without consent, does indeed fall into the category of “assault.” It’s also ILLEGAL. No, Arnold didn’t rape the 14 (now 15) women who have made these statements, but he did

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Arnold Assaults 14 women; people plan to vote for him anyway.

At first there were seven women, over the weekend, seven more have come forward to say that Arnold Schwarzenegger has groped, fondled, manhandled, attempted to undress, or did undress them against them against their will, as recently as 2000. And yet millions of people plan to vote for him anyway. If he wins, I won’t

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World Beard Championships

I have long been a proponent of elaborate, artistic facial hair styles. Sadly, I have little to no influence over my male friends and family in their choice of facial grooming habits, or they would all look like this. Fu manchu! Fu manchu! As my co-workers examine the various facial hair styles available to the

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a Real E-mail Conversation We Had At Work

From: Mundy, Brent Subject: Zeldman on Slashdot [Regarding Zeldman’s Designing With Web Standards] His book was reviewed and got a 9 out of 10! From: Evers, Richard And QUE’s “Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots” is getting some attention! (Is Que finally moving out of the dreary realm of desktop apps? Hmmm.) From: Mineart, Steph

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Overheard at an International Medical Convention

An Israeli doctor says to a small circle of physicians, “Medicine in my country is so advanced that we can take a kidney out of one man, put it in another, and have him looking for work in six weeks.” A German doctor says, “That is nothing, we can take a lung out of one

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