Archives: December 2003

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

Coming Summer of 2004, starring Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow & Jude Law. Thus guaranteeing that I, Doug and Amy will all be in the theater to watch. Very 1930’s Art Deco style movie, with Angelina in uniform, flying a plane. I will so be there. Gwyneth is a reporter. I wasn’t paying that much attention

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Pope speaks out against equal marriage rights for gay people

On Sunday, Pope John Paul spoke out against equal marriage rights for gay and lesbian people. “In our times, a misunderstood sense of rights has sometimes disturbed the nature of the family institution and conjugal bond itself,” John Paul said. Let me repeat: never setting foot in a Catholic church again.

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Mind the Gap

My sister Stacy sent my brother Gary a t-shirt for Xmas that says “Mind the Gap” the famous phrase that is announced on London Underground platforms as the trains are coming in to warn people not to step into the gap between the train carriage and the platform. Here’s a website that examines the origin

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Gay Gatherings Removed from Video Footage at Lincoln Memorial

According to 365 Gay News: (Washington, D.C.) All images of gay gatherings at national sites, including the Millennium March on the Washington Mall have been ordered removed from videotapes that have been shown at the Lincoln Memorial since 1995 according to a civil service group. Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) says that the directive

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Xmas Update

My mother knitted me a cool winter hat, and also got me a Bundt pan to make Monkey Bread (because I dropped HUGE hints about wanting one!). The Year of the Monkey is coming up (Jan 22nd), you know. I know because I was born in the Year of the Monkey. and Monkeys Are Cool

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Village Voice: Our 25 Favorite Books of 2003

The Village Voice Actress in the House By Joseph McElroy OVER OK, 432 PP., $26.95 Buy this book It begins with a stage-slap, witnessed by a man named Daley, then spirals into cul-de-sacs of memory, ruminations on love and aging, ever returning to the linear narrative–the coupling of the actress and the man–before setting out

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Newbery Medal Winners

The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. 2005 — Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata 2004 — The Tale of Despereaux:

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FARK: Inappropriate Product Placement

Fark.com hosts a photoshop contest asking for photoshoppers to insert inappropriate product placement advertising into their favorite movies. Hilarity ensues. My favorites: the black and decker ad in the background of Psycho, Charlie Tuna in in Finding Nemo (although they could have put him more subtlety in the background), The Magic Eight Ball in the

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The Alchemical Egg Tarot Cards

Several years ago, I had my tarot cards read. This was before I knew much about what the Tarot was, and I didn’t realize there were many decks, etc. and different interpretations. Keep in mind that I’m a bit practically-minded and this is something I think is fun, but about on the same scale as

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Return to Orange?

U.S. intelligence agencies have heard from numerous credible sources that terrorists might try to strike the USA in another horrific 9/11-like attack, possibly using aircraft as weapons again.

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Indiana Hate Crime: Man attempts to kill female partner of his ex-wife

From the Indy Star: A Shelbyville man shot and wounded his estranged wife’s female companion early this morning at their home and then killed himself at his home, Franklin police said. Arnita Petre, a 44-year-old special education caseworker from Franklin, was listed in critical condition at Methodist Hospital on this afternoon. James Enyart, 34, was

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Onion: Non-Widescreen Version Of DVD Received As Hanukkah Gift

The Onion wries a news story that sounds vaguely like my friend Douglas: A hilarious story about a kid who’s disappointed to receive the “full-screen” version of the Matrix Reloaded as a gift, as opposed to the more desirable letter-boxed, or “wide-screen” version. “With approximately a third of the movie’s visual content missing, thanks to

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Living Room floors repaired

My living room floor and foyer floor are now repaired, thanks to Mullin Remodeling. They came Tuesday and tore up the burned section of the living room floor and replaced the plank flooring, and they also repaired a section in the foyer that was bad, where an old furnace intake vent used to be. Pictures

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9/11 Chair: Attack Was Preventable

For the first time, the chairman of the independent commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks is saying publicly that 9/11 could have and should have been prevented, reports CBS News Correspondent Randall Pinkston. “This is a very, very important part of history and we’ve got to tell it right,” said Thomas Kean. “As you read

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grimoire

n : a manual of black magic (for invoking spirits and demons)

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Xmas presents

My dad gave me a compound mitre saw for Xmas. It’s very cool. Plus, I get a brad nailer free as a bonus. That’s really cool! Now I have everything I need to do the baseboards in the living room, and I can do crown moulding, too. Excellent. The carpenters are coming tomorrow to repair

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Bush Administration

I predicted that the Bush Administration is trying to figure out where they can try Saddam by putting out trial balloons via the Voice of America on the idea of him being tried in a military or U.S. court system, versus an international court. I was right about that. They’re testing the idea of trying

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Awesome

Sadaam Hussein was captured. Cool. I’m surprised they took him alive. Because now they have to put him on trial… and that will be interesting. I wonder how they’ll do it. It will have to be an international court.

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U.S. Marines execute an Iraqi to the cheers of fellow marines

Video of Marines executing a wounded Iraqi prisoner after he was subdued and no longer a threat. The Video clip was first posted by Information Clearing House, and subsequently aired on CNN October 26, 2003. Quote from another military man about the video: I too, am recently returned from seven months in Iraq, with a

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Idiot President tries to justify punishing other countries

From the Washington Post: The expenditure of U.S. dollars will reflect the fact that U.S. troops and other troops risk their life . . . ,” Bush said. “It’s very simple. Our people risk their lives. Coalition — friendly coalition folks risk their lives. And therefore, the contracting is going to reflect that. And that’s

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New Favorite Quote

Again from the Television Without Pity recap of Carnivale, this time from the season finale: “Libby crosses the carnival to find Sofie hanging out by a tent, and they both kick off their date by lighting cigarettes. Flick…ahh. Then they stare deep into each other’s eyes and kiss. I think it’s kind of sad that

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Bush Punishes “anti war” countries by denying contracts

“The Pentagon will bar companies from France, Germany, Russia and other countries that opposed the war in Iraq from bidding on $18.6 billion in prime contracts for reconstruction of the country, according to a memo released yesterday.” Of course, it’s okay that we’re asking these countries to send soldiers to die in Iraq, but they

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Bush Administration Shields Christian Terrorists

Salon Magazine has an article about Christian Terrorist Clayton Waagner, the man who was convicted last week of sending over 550 envelopes of fake anthrax letters to women’s health clinics across the country, including Planned Parenthood clinics here in Indianapolis. Prior to the anthrax threats, Waager had escaped prison where he was being held on

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New Marsh Store Opens in Noblesville

“Marsh Supermarkets on Monday opened its new lifestyle market at 14450 Mundy Drive in Noblesville. Immediately, customers grabbed the store’s 250 grocery carts, and many more waited in line for their turn to shop.” I believe this is the store that’s near my mom’s house. Which is pretty cool.

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Gore Endorses Dean for President

Woo hoo! I guess Lieberman was a little pissed off. Poor Joe. Now the speculation is… who will be Dean’s VP? I like Clark, but speculation is that it will have to be someone with experience in Washington (Edwards?) because Dean doesn’t have any. Evan Bayh, anyone?

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“Mary Sue” in Online Fan Fiction

MARY SUE (n.): 1. A variety of story, first identified in the fan fiction community, but quickly recognized as occurring elsewhere, in which normal story values are grossly subordinated to inadequately transformed personal wish-fulfillment fantasies, often involving heroic or romantic interactions with the cast of characters of some popular entertainment. 2. A distinctive type of

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Project on Government Secrecy

This is a cool site… it’s going in my list of bookmarks to look at regularly. “Through research, advocacy, and public education, the FAS Project on Government Secrecy works to challenge excessive government secrecy and to promote public oversight.”

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Nancy Reagan Opposes Putting Ronald on the Dime

Yeah, Nancy. It’s nice to know that cooler heads prevail at times. “When our country chooses to honor a great President such as Franklin Roosevelt by placing his likeness on our currency, it would be wrong to remove him and replace him with another,” she said. “It is my hope that the proposed legislation will

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The Christmas Letter

I just finished my Christmas letter, which will be going out with my Christmas cards in the mail shortly. I will post it here, too, but not until after I send them out, so as not to spoil the surprise for those of you who kindly sent my your addresses. I think it’s quite funny,

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Miserable Failure

Old Fashioned Patriot has succeeded in one of his web projects… getting bloggers all over the web to link to George W. Bush’s white house biography using the term Miserable Failure as the link, so that eventually, when one searches for “Miserable Failure” on Google, the bio is the first thing that pops up. Way

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Bush Background Generator

Now you can determine Bush’s talking points by generating the text that will appear behind him as he stands at the podium… includes the infamous “Mission Accomplished” backdrop, where you can fill in something more accurate, like “Mission Impossible” or “Operation Vietnam” or make “Total Waste of Taxpayer Money.” My personal favorite, which I tried

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Thanksgiving 2003

I drove to my grandmother’s house in Brighton, Iowa on Wednesday last week. Brighton is in south eastern Iowa, an hour north and west of Burlington. My younger brother Gary went with me, and he was very cool to ride with because he’s interesting and funny, despite the constant backseat driving. 🙂 He’s twenty-five, single

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Narnia Movie

They’re doing a film version of the Chronicles of Narnia. That’s so cool. I loved these books when I was a kid, and I bought the boxed set a few years back and re-read them. The film version is being done by Peter Jackson, the producer of the Lord of the Rings, and will use

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Definition of Terrorism

“The unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence by a person or an organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating or coercing societies or governments, often for ideological or political reasons.” — Source: The American Heritage� Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition Copyright � 2000 by Houghton Mifflin

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Thanksgiving

I spent Thanksgiving weekend at my Grandparent’s house in Brighton, Iowa with the rest of my family. I should post more about it, but I have a ton of stuff to do at work today and not very much time to do it in, so more later.

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