Archives: 2005

how much brush is on that ranch, anyway?

From three recent White Houlse press briefings: December 27 Good morning. Let me update you on the President’s schedule. Yesterday, after arriving, he went out and did some cutting and clearing brush, and then was at his home on the ranch. December 28 The President had his normal intelligence and daily briefings this morning, and

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100 things we (the BBC) didn’t know this time last year

According to the BBC. Here are a few of them…. 7. Baboons can tell the difference between English and French. Zoo keepers at Port Lympne wild animal park in Kent are having to learn French to communicate with the baboons which had been transferred from Paris zoo. 17. Bosses at Madame Tussauds spent £10,000 separating

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Nature’s Harmonious Money Cycle

Fafblog explains how trickle-down economics work for you: That’s right! You’re the tiny microscopic planktony thing about to get eaten by the octopus! You’re right next to the leprechaun with the magical pot of pixie gold who’s gonna pay down the national debt. So if you’re feelin cold, sick and hungry this winter while Larry

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Buy Blue Local

Buyblue.org is setting up local chapters to help gather data and spread information on Democrat friendly local businesses. You can contact them if you are interested in setting up a buy blue local group in your area.

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DIY Chess Figures

Site that tells how to build your own chess figures out of Nuts and Bolts. Quite a while back I saw a chess set in the background of a TV show that was a chess set made of different sizes and styles of salt and pepper shakers, and I wanted to create that. But when

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The NonSequitur

My new favorite political blog is The NonSequitur — a blog run by Logic professors that analyze failure of reasoning and logical fallacies of right-wing pundits. Found via one of my other favorite blogs, Americablog.com. I also discovered that Overheard in New York, a site the recounts funny conversations that people overhear, is now a

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A Feast for Crows: starting the book

I started reading one of the books I bought with my Barnes and Noble gift cards, A Feast for Crows this week. It’s the fourth book in the fantasy series “A Song of Ice and Fire” by George R. R. Martin. I really enjoy this series because it turns many of the tired fantasy cliches

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Outrageous Firsts in TV History

YesButNoButYes lists controversial first in TV broadcast history. 1947: First Couple to Share a Bed – Mary Kay and Johnny, on…Mary Kay and Johnny 1957: First Toilet on Television. – Leave it to Beaver 1957: First Exposed Rack on Television – Jayne Mansfield, 1957 Academy Awards 1967: First Time the Word Hell was Used on

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mental notes

I need to remember to set the DVR in January for: Fox’s “Skating With Celebrities” – Wednesday, January 18th Showtime’s “The L Word” – Sunday, Jan. 8th “My Name is Earl” – Thursday, Jan 5th NBC’s “The Office” – Thursday, Jan 5th CBS’s “Love Monkey” – Tuesday, Jan 17th CBS’s “The New Adventures of Old

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The RCA Dome blows

I was reading this entry from the Indy Star blog’s “In Touch” section where people are arguing over increasing taxes and building a new Colts stadium. I had reservations about a new stadium, too, until we went to a Colts game earlier in the season. I discovered at the game that the RCA Dome blows

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Brokeback Mountain does well at box office

According to the Associated Press, Brokeback Moutain is doing well at the box office in limited release, and may appeal to audiences in wide release as well. The movie is playing here at Keystone Art Cinemas at the Keystone at the Crossing mall. We’re planning on seeing it this evening…

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2006 Library Booksale Schedule

Courtesy my friend Melissa, here’s the schedule for the library sales in 2006. Not that I need any more books than I already have. That has to be one of my New Years Resolutions: no buying books other than for Book Club. Holy crap! They have an online zShop at Amazon.com, too.

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The “Where Should I live?” quiz

Rowhouse ‘Hood You scored 32 out of 40 on urban-rural and 24 out of 40 land intensity. People know you as: The Bohemian Gentrifier Quote: “That crack house just needed a little paint.” Your score indicates that you are a city-dweller of the old-school. You like a dense, finely grained neighborhood with restaurants, churches and

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Indiana Bill Watch

If you’re at all curious about the Indiana State Legislature, you may find the Bill Watch section of the state’s website interesting. It posts text of the bills that are currently being considered in the State legislature. You can also search for particular bills if you know the number if them, and do keyword searches.

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What I Read in 2005 (51 Titles)

I’m going to change around a bit how I record the books I’ve read. This coming year, I’ll log titles by doing a short blog entry about them, instead of doing a running list as I have in years past.

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blowing up commuter trains, weddings, and churches?

Really? When did this happen? In Crawford, Texas, where Bush is spending the holidays, his spokesman, Trent Duffy, defended what he called a “limited program.” “This is not about monitoring phone calls designed to arrange Little League practice or what to bring to a potluck dinner,” he told reporters. “These are designed to monitor calls

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Gourmet Amigurumi

I’ve mentioned before Gourmet Amigurumi, the business run by Beth Doherty that makes great crochet animal dolls. I had Beth make this figure skating monkey for Christmas for Stephanie… along with a monkey for me, too. If you look at Beth’s Flickr photos of her work, she’s got some really amazing dolls. She just recently

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New Yorker Article on P. L. Travers

New Yorker article discusses how much author P. L. Travers dislike the movie version of her Mary Poppins book, even though it made her rich. In examining some details about Travers’ life, it become evident that the movie seems to have an opposite message from the one she may have intended.

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My 2005 Christmas Loot

Everyone’s blogging about how wonderful it was to spend time with their friends and family. I could do that, but I talk about how great they are all the time. Instead, here’s a list of the cool stuff they got me, because they are awesome. (I still have to exchange presents with my friends Dan

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A Christmas Tradition is Born

Author Unknown One particular Christmas season a long time ago, Santa was getting ready for his annual trip … but there were problems everywhere. Four of his elves got sick, and the trainee elves did not produce the toys as fast as the regular ones so Santa was beginning to feel the pressure of being

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ACLU Announces Lawsuit against Santa Claus

by David Bibb CHICAGO – The American CivilLiberties Union announced today that it was bringing a lawsuit against Santa Claus for violations of the civil rights of children. An ACLU spokesman, Mr. E. Scrooge stated that, "Mr. Claus has been violating children’s right to privacy and has been putting that information in a vast database.

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Christmas Fruitcake Recipe

Author Unknown You’ll need the following: 1 C water 1 C sugar 4 large eggs 2 C dried fruit 1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. salt 1 C brown sugar lemon juice nuts 1 FULL bottle of your favorite whiskey (Sample the whiskey to check for quality). Take a large bowl. Check the whiskey again

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Cool Cologne Poster by eBoy

eBoy is an artist who makes lots of interesting “pixel art” drawings and posters. He recently produced this one of the city of Cologne, Germany that really rocks. I visited this city in 1997 when I went to Europe to see my friend Cate. If you look at the row of colored buildings on the

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Current Music Videos

My niece pointed this site out to me last weekend at my Dad’s house: Codesandlyrics.com let’s you see current music videos, listen to the music, and grab code to embed the videos into your site. While there, I discoved the video for the song Laffy Taffy, which explains why this page on my site has

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Brokeback Mountain opens Wednesday, Dec. 28th

Due to the large box-office success in its limited run, the movie Brokeback Mountain will open in Indianapolis on Wednesday, December 28th at the Keystone Arts Cinema, rather than the originally scheduled mid-January release date. Who wants to go? Stephanie and I are seeing it…

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Motorola RAZR Phone

I got a Motorola RAZR phone last night. Stephanie and I upgraded our phones together on a family plan with Cingular, so we could call each other for free any time. She’s had the same phone for over four years, and she really needed to upgrade, so we did it together to save money. So

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Time on Two Crosses–The Collected Writings of Bayard Rustin

My friend Marti passed along this quote from Bayard Rustin, who was a friend of Martin Luther King’s, and who worked alongside him during the civil rights movement: “Indeed, if you want to know whether today people believe in democracy, if you want to know whether they are true democrats, if you want to know

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Movies I Need to See (or see again)

Movies that I’ve never seen, or need to see again because it’s been a long time. 2001: A Space Odyssey “The 400 Blows” (1959) Francois Truffaut “8 1/2” (1963) Federico Fellini A Bout de Souffle A Room With a View A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) Aguirre: The Wrath of God Around the World in 80

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Chairman Mao’s Little Red Book

I heard this report first that a student from UMass Dartmouth had received a visit from the Department of Homeland Security after reserving a copy of Mao Tse-Tung’s “Little Red Book” of quotes through inter-library loan. My initial impulse was to buy a copy of the book to see what would happen. Thankfully, I didn’t,

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Inherit The Wind

I happened to catch the 1960 screenplay of Inherit The Wind on Showtime this afternoon, and was blown away. I wish I had recorded it, because it’s extraordinarily timely. I’m guessing that a lot of other people haven’t seen it either. [grin]

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The Dynamic of a Bush Scandal: How the Spying Story Will Unfold (and Fade)

Sadly, Peter Daou’s analysis of the current spying scandal, in the context of the numerous other impeachable offenses the president has committed, is entirely correct. Bush commits a crime, the media fumbles the story, the Republicans front for him, the Democrats back down, the public gets confused, and eventually the story fades and the crimes

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Either Or And Why? #4

From belicove.com: Sugar or Splenda? Sugar, after hearing Elizabeth’s brother talk about Splenda at Thanksgiving. Paper Clips or Staples? Staples, unless I have to separate the pages later. Fish or Birds? Fish. Window Shades or Window Blinds? Curtains, then blinds, then shades. Online Bill Pay or Mail Them a Check? Online. Mountain Bike, Road Bike/Cruiser?

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Weird text at the bottom of a spam email

A spam message I received this morning had this text at the bottom. I wonder where it came from? I’m guessing from the stuff I’ve seen in the past that they grab text from a website somewhere and insert it into their spam. Exactly! roared Sykes. And do you believe Johnny St. Jay would willingly

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Cool bumperstickers and magnets

I clicked through an ad from my site to the Pro-Democrat Progressive Anti-Right Wing Products and had a fun time looking around, so I thought I’d give them an extra plug. I loved their flag bedecked ribbon magnet that says “Just pretend it’s all okay” and the “F the President” sticker designed like the “W”

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Absolute Power corrupts absolutely

Obsidian wings has some commentary: September 11 started the war. When will it end? Maybe never. Where is the battlefield? The entire world, including the United States. Who is an enemy combatant? Anyone the President says is an enemy combatant, including a U.S. citizen–no need for a charge, no need for a trial, no need

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Goth Embroidery (and pirates, and monkeys!)

Sublime Stitching‘s site says, “This ain’t you gramma’s embroidery!” And they’re quite right. With patterns for everything from tikis, sushi bars, goth patterns, mexican wrestlers, pirates and monkeys, they make a really boring craft into something fun and hip. Well, okay, about as hip as embroidery can get, anyway.

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Bomb Threat at the City-County building

People were evacuated from the City-County building today at 12:20 due to a phoned in bomb threat. Hmm. I’m guessing people are a little upset at last night’s city-county council meeting.

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Local FBI spying on vegan groups

In another article about the domestic spying on left-wing organizations, this time from the New York Times, the article mentions in passing: One F.B.I. document indicates that agents in Indianapolis planned to conduct surveillance as part of a “Vegan Community Project.” Wow. If they’re spying on vegetarians in Indy, what do you think they’re doing

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Prop 622 passed, 15-14

Proposition 622 passed at the City-Council this evening, 15-14. My councilor, Patrice Abduallah voted for the ordinance. And we’re on the fox news at 10 again. I’m very tired, and I’m going to bed.

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If you can’t maim them, Auntie Mame them

Mame Dennis: Well, now, uh, read me all the words you don’t understand. Patrick Dennis: Libido, inferiority complex, stinko, blotto, free love, bathtub gin, monkey glands, Karl Marx… is he one of the Marx Brothers? Patrick Dennis: …Neurotic, heterosexual… Mame Dennis: Oh, my my my my, what an eager little mind. [takes the list] Mame

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I have a cold

This is one of those completely self-involved, totally uninteresting to anyone but me posts… I have a bad cold. I’m a human snot factory right now, and I have cold shivers. Fortunately I’m on vacation this week, and I was planning on hanging about the house anyway. But this sort of takes some of the

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Belief-O-Matic

I discovered this via my friend Mikal… Belief.net has an interesting quiz on personal beliefs about faith and religion.. Here’s how I stack up: 1. Neo-Pagan (100%) 2. Unitarian Universalism (96%) 3. Liberal Quakers (88%) 4. New Age (87%) 5. Mahayana Buddhism (86%) See how the rest of my beliefs stack up below the jump…

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People outside of Indianapolis coming here to tell us how to live

One of the things that needs to be pointed out about Proposition 622 is that many of the people opposing it don’t live in Indianapolis and wouldn’t be affected by it. For example, in today’s Indy Star, there are several letters from people opposing this ordinance. One of them is from Eric Miller, the director

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I’m blogging because Fox 59 News is filming me right now

The News came to talk to us about Proposition 622, and I’m doing an action shot right now where they’re filming me at the computer, so I have do something. So I’m writing this blog entry. Say hi to the news!! I’ll be on Fox 59 news tomorrow night at 10 p.m., so don’t forget

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Bush Illegally spies on US Citizens

According to the New York Times, and later also reported by the Washington Post: Bush Secretly Lifted Some Limits on Spying in U.S. After 9/11, Officials Say Months after the Sept. 11 attacks, President Bush secretly authorized the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on Americans and others inside the United States to search for evidence

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All I Want

All I want to do with my life is to go to work, work hard all day, come home, and sit down with my dog and my girlfriend and read some books. And then later, take a walk around the block. Why is it I can’t seem to make that happen? Why does everything always

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Hate Crime Legislation: A Respectful Response to Common Assertions

I had this article on my site a few years ago while the State legislature was debating the hate crimes legislation. It was written by Chris Douglas. I’m re-posting it because he needed to find it again, and because it’s an informative and well-written piece. It’s quite long, though, so I’m putting the body of

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Cute Overload

Cute Overload is a site devoted entirely to posting pictures of cute animals. Like this, for example: I’m thinking of sending them the movies of my dog humping his favorite pillow. That’ll show ’em.

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Weekly Grocery Lists for Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist, Summer 1962

WEEK ONE Beans Bacon Coffee Whiskey WEEK TWO Beans Ham Coffee Whiskey WEEK THREE Beans Bacon Coffee Whiskey K-Y WEEK FOUR Beans Pancetta Coffee (espresso grind) Whiskey 2 tubes K-Y WEEK FIVE Fresh fava beans Jasmine rice Prosciutto, approx. 8 ounces, thinly sliced Medallions of veal Porcini mushrooms 1/2 pint of heavy whipping cream 1

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Penguin Books is Podcasting “A Christmas Carol”

Penguin is podcasting Dicken’s A Christmas Carol in serial form, beginning today. You can download the mp3, link to the files via RSS, or get them from iTunes. I tried the direct download, but I’m having trouble getting it to start. Looks like they have a lot of traffic.

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New Year’s Resolution: More Gay Sex

Right-wing “media advocates” Accuracy in Media (AIM) are urging people to “Quit Gay Sex” and promoting a false parallel to news organizations that are urging people to “Quit to Live” smoking. They claim, falsely, that: gay people are in “the dangerous and addictive homosexual lifestyle” and “Life-threatening sexually transmitted diseases among homosexuals are on the

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Communism is an economic structure, not a political one

[link deprecated: http://navywxman.journalspace.com/?cmd=displaycomments&dcid=44&entryid=44] Navywxman is a leftist. [link deprecated: http://odysseus.journalspace.com/?cmd=displaycomments&dcid=211&entryid=211] Odysseus is a right-wing dude. They’ve been having an argument on Navywxman’s space about Communism and fascist states. Navywxman claims that there has never been a true communist state, that they were all run by right-wing governments. Odysseus is disputing that Russia wasn’t a communist

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The difference between “blogs” and sites and pages

Channel 8 news this morning had a news story on about a 25 year old male student teacher from a local high school who has been accused of having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a student. During the course of the story, they show a web page they called his “blog” and mentioned that students

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Oldest Blog Ever

I signed up for Media Matter’s Blog Registration the other day, and the sent me back an e-mail saying I had the oldest blog they’d every seen. (I have entries dating back to 1995). Yup. I’ve been around that long, keeping my journal online, using BBEdit, long before blog software was invented. Most of the

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Under Pressure From KKK, Ford Pulls Ads From Black Media

The Holmes Report is a large corporate communications/PR publication, and the above headline is on an article on their site. Ford is doing a hell of job damaging their brand if this kind of article is showing up in heterosexual corporate publications.

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Melissa Etheridge and other cool stuff

My friend Amy gave me Greatest Hits: The Road Less Traveled by Melissa Etheridge a few weeks ago. I’ve been listening to it, but didn’t get around to paying attention to some of the new tunes on it until this week. There’s a very beautiful song called “This Is Not Goodbye” about going into surgery

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Prop 622 passed out of committee; vote to be Monday

Last night, Proposition 622 to amend the Human Rights ordinance passed out of committee by a vote of 5 to 3. It will be voted on in the full committee in a special session on Monday night. I’ll post details of time and room as soon as I hear them. Here are the undecided councilors

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Bush on the Constitution: ‘It’s just a goddamned piece of paper’

Capitol Hill Blue: GOP leaders told Bush that his hardcore push to renew the more onerous provisions of the act could further alienate conservatives still mad at the President from his botched attempt to nominate White House Counsel Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court. “I don’t give a goddamn,” Bush retorted. “I’m the President and

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Prop 622 information and updates

Your help is needed to get the HRO passed and to stop discrimination. Task #1 – – Contact your City-County Councillor and tell him/her that discrimination is wrong and that they should support the HRO amendment. Write, call, phone or all three –just do it. Find out who your Councillor is by calling 327-4242 or

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City-Council President Steve Talley backs Prop 622

Thanks to the tireless work of Indiana Equality Region 8 (especially Bil Browning, Jerame Davis, Jeff Newman, Seth Kreigh, Gary Welsh and many others including the folks from Greater Indianapolis Fairness Alliance) in getting information and education about anti-gay descrimination to the city-county council, the president of the council, Steve Talley (D) has decided to

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What is my robot name?

2012 Update: Sadly, the meme at cyborg namedecoder seems to be no longer working. But you can generate your own robot nickname over at Rhetorical Ramblings. Mine is “Defensive Suit Gonlion”

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The Chronicles of Narnia Movie

I so wanted to like this movie, because I loved the books as a kid. I re-read the books in 1997 and didn’t enjoy them as much as I had when I was young, but there still was a lot of the magic there, even though some of the story bothered me. But this movie…

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Christmas 2005, so far

I’m way behind in my Christmas obligations this year. I’m not done shopping, which I usually have finished before Thanksgiving. I haven’t got my Christmas cards sent, which I usually have in the mail the Monday after Thanksgiving. I haven’t got my house decorated, which I usually do the first week of December. This year,

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Want a cat? Seriously, it’s cute.

Shithead is a stray kitten that showed up on my girlfriend’s porch last night. He’s currently residing in my bathroom until I can take him (her?) to a shelter. Want a kitten? We’re only calling it shithead because it’s a bit inconvenient right now for us to deal with it. But it’s a very cute,

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You’ll need to tell me more before you get my money

I got a fundraising letter from a local gay organization today (quoted below the jump line) in my inbox today… the kind that drives me absolutely bananas. I’ve written it on my site and on the gayindy.org mailing list dozens of times, and I’ll say it again: this is not enough information for me to

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Either/Or

Courtesy of Mikal Belicove: Books or Magazines? Books. Disneyland or Disney World? Don’t know the difference. Laptop Computer or Desktop Computer? laptop. I like to work all over the house. Chronicles of Narnia or King Kong? Oh, come on. Really. Skateboards or Rollerblades? Skateboards. Robert De Niro or Al Pacino? Neither. House Plants or Gardening?

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Either/Or

I’m catching up on a backlog of Either/Or memes from Mikal… Courtesy of Mikal Belicove: Trampoline or Ping-Pong Table? . Trampoline; more fun due to possibility of injury. Maple or Oak? Maple. Prettier leaves. Thanksgiving or Christmas? Christmas! Strip Mall or Shopping Mall? Shopping. Mornings or Evenings? Mornings. Sunday’s Newspaper Cartoons or Saturday’s Television Cartoons?

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Either Or

Courtesy of Mikal Belicove: Cats or Dogs? I can’t answer: I have both and don’t want to get in trouble at home. Beer or Wine? Beer. Sunday paper: In bed or On the couch? On the couch. Too messy for bed. Baked Potatoes or Mashed Potatoes? Baked; I like the skin Target or Wal-Mart. Normally

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Good and Bad Reasons for Believing

Richard Dawkins letter to his daughter Juliet on good and bad reasons for believing things. The way scientists use evidence to learn about the world is much cleverer and more complicated than I can say in a short letter. But now I want to move on from evidence, which is a good reason for believing

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Great, now I have to buy a new truck

According to the Advocate: The antigay American Family Association claimed a cultural victory on Thursday and called off its threatened boycott of Ford Motor Co. On Friday, Ford spokesman Mike Moran confirmed to Advocate.com that the company will stop advertising its Jaguar and Land Rover brands in gay publications but insisted it was strictly a

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Last night’s City county council meeting about the HRO

Advance Indiana does an excellent job of narrating the action from last night’s city county council meeting, so I won’t duplicate the effort here. If you want to see it for yourself, the committee meeting will be broadcast several times on Channel 16, so haul out your TIVO. I was asked to speak at the

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Here’s a story that terrifies me

This just makes me want to stay home with the doors locked all the time: A 17-year-old girl went to police at the urging of her friends after she was allegedly gang-raped by three men, including her boyfriend. The men testified that the act was consensual. After reviewing all the information and statements, prosecutors decided

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Thomas Jefferson

“Bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will, to be rightful, must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal laws must protect, and to violate would be oppression.” –Thomas Jefferson: 1st Inaugural, 1801. ME 3:318

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Lost for the Lost

I watch Lost religiously, and I actually picked up a few tidbits of information from this article on the show by Paul Scheer. I didn’t catch that there were six Dharma Initiative science stations around the Island. I didn’t catch the Dharma Initiative logo on the shark, or that ghost Walt was speaking backwards. Ethan

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Training the Iraqi army to do what?

Zbigniew Brzezinski, in an interview with American Prospect makes this incredibly astute observation: I think our course with the Iraqi forces verges on the absurd: It is all about us training them. The question arises: Training them to do what? If it is a matter of knowing how to use a Kalishnikov in order to

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Monday December 5th hearing on amending the HRO

I will be at this meeting. Please, please, please come with me, or meet me there. If you’ve never been to the city-county building, it’s very easy to find parking; just east of the building, where Market Square used to stand is a parking lot that charges 3 dollars. You can park there easily. I’ll

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Oh, no, they did not go there

According to the IndyStar: Leaders from a dozen African-American churches held a prayer vigil today in the City-Council building in advance of an upcoming vote on a proposal to protect gays from discrimination — a proposal the church leaders firmly oppose. Taking turns praying by name for each of the 29 members of the City-County

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The Senate’s Recent “Open Forum on Decency”

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation held an “Open Forum on Decency” yesterday to discussion media standards, including sexual content on cable television channels and satellite radio broadcasting. The forum was hosted by Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) and was attended by executives from radio, television and media outlets to discuss the subject of

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Bill O’Reilly’s Hit List

Faux News pundit Bill O’Reilly has been on a rampage on his show lately about “left-wing bloggers” (a term defined as “anyone who disagrees with Bill O’Reilly.”) claiming that they are repeating lies and slander (or saying the word falafel) about him. Bill has been threatening repeatedly over the last few weeks to publish a

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10 Reasons Why Gay Marriage is Wrong

I’m completely ripping off my friend Bil. 1. Homosexuality is not natural. Real Americans always reject unnatural things like eyeglasses, polyester, and air conditioning. 2. Gay marriage will encourage people to be gay, in the same way that hanging around tall people will make you tall. 3. Legalizing gay marriage will open the door to

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If Your Life Was a Movie, What Genre Would It Be?

The Movie Of Your Life Is A Cult Classic Quirky, offbeat, and even a little campy – your life appeals to a select few. But if someone’s obsessed with you, look out! Your fans are downright freaky. Your best movie matches: Office Space, Showgirls, The Big Lebowski If Your Life Was a Movie, What Genre

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Indianapolis’ Human Rights Ordinance

If you have a few minutes to write to your city-county councilors asking them to amend the city’s Human Rights Ordinance to include sexual orientation and gender identity protections (aka Proposition 622), please take some time to do so. If you’ve been discriminated against, or if you know someone who has (here’s a hint I

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Dog Vs. Squirrel: A Comedy

So the other day, I was outside raking leaves, and Spike was chasing squirrels. If you’ve never seen my dog, look at a picture of him, because knowing what he looks like is somewhat key to understanding Spike’s relationship to the squirrels. He thinks he’s chasing them. The squirrels, on the other hand, are composing

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Cats in the Attic

I don’t know if that’s akin to “Bats in the Belfry” but it seems about right. This morning, while I was busy trying to get ready for our trip to Iowa to see my family for Thanksgiving, my cat Huckleberry came down the hall crying at the top of his lungs. His paws were black

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White House planned to Bomb News Outlet

Via Stallio, I discovered this story being discussed widely in Britain and the middle east — about Bush wanting to bomb Al-Jazeera, the arab media outlet that happens to be located in Quatar, a ally nation of ours, according to a new memo leaked from No. 10 Downing Street. He was talked out of it

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King Kong Game for Xbox Day

I should blog about last night’s city-county council meeting, which I attended to view the introduction of Proposal 622 to amend the Human Rights Ordinance. But I’m too excited to do that because the King Kong game for Xbox is released today, and I have to go get my copy. According to the King Kong

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Reassessing Priorities 2

I decided against moving my site to a different URL or restricting access for the time being. Either of those defeat the purpose of what I want for this site, and to me the site is more important than other stuff. I did make a small change that I hope isn’t noticable, and there might

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Favorite Movie List

I answered this movie meme several years ago. I need to update it quite a bit, but since I received another meme recently asking the 10 movies I hate, I thought I’d combine them. 10 Favorite Comedies Auntie Mame Amelie Shakespeare in Love Twelfth Night Much Ado About Nothing There’s Something About Mary Breakfast At

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Time’s 100 Best Novels 1923-present

Bil asked the question: how many of Time’s list of 100 Best Novels have you read? 41 of them. Most of them in high school or college English classes. When I read the list I was disappointed at what was missing and some of the crap they included. These people can’t tell me they actually

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Show Up Monday Night for the Re-Introduction of the Human Rights Ordinance

From Pepper Partin: Did you know that walking from your car to the Indianapolis City-County Building will burn 1 million calories? Enjoy a guiltless Thanksgiving and look great in your new holiday wear this year by attending the City-County Council meeting this Monday night. Why? In addition to burning calories so your body will be

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Reassessing Priorities

This website is one of the the most important things I do. I’m sure no one in particular cares much about it other than me, but for me at least, it’s a creative outlet that I need to survive. I don’t think I could have gotten through this past year without it, and as far

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A few words

Looks like I’m not going to get a chance to blog about New York, because I’m going to be working late for a while. But you can get the general idea of the trip from my photo gallery on flickr. But I do want to say this: the reason the trip was great was because

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Home from New York

Stephanie and I are home from New York. It was quite a trip; we had a wonderful time and her cousin Kerry’s wedding was beautiful and fun and amazing. I met most of Stephanie’s mom’s side of the family and they are such nice, fun people. I have a lot to write about because we

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MIT Study: Tinfoil hats don’t work

According to a study by MIT students, tinfoil hats actually enhance (rather than scramble) invasive radio signals. Darn, I guess I’ll have to start making tinfoil origami animals with all that extra Reynolds Wrap I have laying around.

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Flickr: What is it?

Telstar posts a photo of some electronic gadget purchased at a flea Market, and asks “What is it?” Madness ensues. I actually have a what is it pic I need to post on Flickr sometime, when we get back from New York. If I remember to.

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Childhood Memories

Passed along from my friend Matt. Typically I add these to the big fat list I’ve compiled of quizzes about me, but right now I don’t have time to merge the two. I should also link a bunch of the answers below to pages on the site, but no time for that either. 1. What

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Not My Man

Caught sight of this over on Taking Down Words: a site dedicated to ripping on Mitch Daniels called NotMyMan.org. Now the design is a bit squidgy — aside from the big ol’ typo in a graphic on the front page and suspect rounded corners, the text doesn’t play well with CSS/web standards. And I question

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Going to New York

Stephanie and I are going to New York City this weekend to go to her cousin’s wedding. Just an FYI, in case you were wondering. We haven’t settled on what to do and see on our free day, yet, so if you have suggestions, we’ll consider them…

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Anti-Gay Christians Burn Flag at Bloomington Business

According to the Indiana Daily Student: About 25 members of the Old Paths Baptist Church protested Monday afternoon outside The Inner Chef, chanting anti-gay slogans, burning a gay pride flag and brandishing signs with messages like “Fags Die, God Laughs.” Bobb Easterbrook, a clerk at the store, was the only person working there at the

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Pennsylvania understands education

In yesterday’s elections, all eight members of the Pennsylvania school board that introduced intelligent design as an alternative to evolution in biology class were swept out of office.

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Movie Theater Police States

Boing Boing has an article on movie theaters introducing the idea of patting down customers and “coat checking” camera phones and cameras to prevent “copyright infringement” of movies. Apparently this is common at previews in California and is now making it’s way to Toronto and other theaters. Yeah, good idea. I’m giving you my camera?

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Indoor home composting machine

I ran across this product on a design site I read regularly, because it get’s good reviews for usability. It’s a compost machine that you keep in the kitchen next to your trashcan. Since Stephanie and I have been dating, I’ve moved toward recycling almost everything: aluminum cans go to a scrap metal place where

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Welcome, WISH-TV Viewers

If you’re here because you saw Dick Wolfsie’s report on the news this morning, thanks for thinking of me. My pictures of “Big Things” are here. I think when I talked to Dick I mentioned some “Lost Big Things” that I took pictures of at one time or another which are no longer around. I

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VW to make Hybrid cars

According to Wired Blogs, VW is working with the Hybrid Technologies company (see the press release on their site) to develop a concept car in North Carolina, using lithium ion batteries. The announced in September their plans to build a hybrid car to be sold in China. The Wired blogger is rooting for a hybrid

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A nice cake is waiting for you: recent fortune cookies

A nice cake is waiting for you. I’m being stalked by a cake. That’s just scary. Your winsome smile will be your sure protection. Um, can I have a ball bat instead? I’d feel more secure. You are never bitter, deceptive, or petty. Oops, I got someone else’s fortune. A modest man never talks to

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World Usability Day

It’s World Usability Day, people. Today we celebrate creating a better user experience in designing products. For those of us who design stuff every day, this is an important concept.

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Light pole number 69

This is an interesting chart: a representation of the Golden Gate Bridge, and where people who have committed suicide (1,218 since the bridge was built) were standing when they jumped off. So other than the purient, what’s the explanation for the most popular jumping spot being light pole number 69? I can’t imagine that the

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1st Place 2005 Journalism: Commonplacebook.com

I’m going to be on WISH-TV’s morning news on Friday morning for my “Big Things” photographs again. I did an updated interview with Dick Wolfsie a few weeks ago, and it will air then. So check me out being all famous and stuff. On top of that… I won first place in the (original link,

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Biomimicry, the law of unintended consequences, Chinese water torture

Via wikipedia: Biomimicry Biomimicry or biomimetics is the examination of nature, its models, systems, processes, and elements to emulate or take inspiration from in order to solve human problems. The term biomimicry and biomimetics come from the Greek words bios, meaning life, and mimesis, meaning to imitate. Similar terms include bionics. Law of unintended consequences

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Family Recipes

My friend Jen, who is also our primary food reviewer on IndyScribe, now has a blog where she’s scanning in her grandmother’s recipes for public consumption. It’s fascinating, because the recipes are certainly from a different era than ours. Check out the recipe for lime jello with chicken and curry. I have some old cookbooks

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Cheese, Peas and Chocolate Pudding

Original publication “Cheese, Peas and Chocolate Pudding”, by Betty Van Witsen, Humpty Dumpty’s Magazine, Copyright 1955, Bank Street College of Education. Subsequently published in Believe and Make-Believe (Sheldon Basic Reading Series) When I was in second grade, the following story was in my school reader, (which I’ve since discovered was called “Believe and Make-Believe (Sheldon

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A Halloween Story

A Halloween Story Author Unknown A man was walking home alone late one night when he hears a…….           BUMP…           BUMP…           BUMP… behind him.           Walking faster he looks back, and makes out the image of an

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Bad Halloween Jokes

Author Unknown Q. Why don’t witches like to ride their brooms when they’re angry? A. They’re afraid of flying off the handle! Q. Who won the skeleton beauty contest? A. No body Q. What do skeletons say before they begin dining? A. Bone appetit ! Q. Where do baby ghosts go during the day? A.

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CD Mixes converted

In my continuing quest to move my static html pages into Movable Type, early this morning I finished up entering my CD Mix Playlists. I also added a number of playlists that for one reason or other (mainly because it was a pain to do the old way) I never made a page for. 2019

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Transamerica Movie Trailer

Apple has a fascinating movie trailer for the movie Transamerica, starring Felicity Huffman. Really interesting, and it appears sympathetic, movie about a MtF transgendered person.

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Home made flame throwers and marshmallow guns

Last year, I posted a link to instructions on making yourself a flame thrower. Here’s another site with different instructions, in case you want to do it yourself. I think I’ll just stick with making my own marshmallow gun. Otherwise I’ll be setting myself on fire. The site that hosts the marshmallow gun instructions is

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Shop at Barnes and Noble in Noblesville

If you’re buying books for the holidays, consider taking a short drive up to the Noblesville Barnes and Noble on 37. (Stony Creek Marketplace, 17090 Mercantile Blvd., Noblesville, IN 46060 317-773-7952). My mom works there part time now, and you can go in a visit her (find Pat Mineart and say “Hi, Steph’s Mom!) and

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Aptronym

a Wikipedia entry via Kotte.org: Aptronym, a word allegedly coined by United States newspaper columnist Franklin P. Adams, refers to a name that is aptly suited to its owner. Fictional examples of aptronyms include Mr. Talkative and Mr. Worldly Wiseman in John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress. One of my new cardiologists (who is taking over

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My Flickr Photoset of Amy’s Birthday

Check out the pictures of Amy’s Birthday. We helped my friend Amy celebrate her birthday this year by visiting Chicago (from Indianapolis) to see the musical Wicked, and going out to eat at the Rainforest Cafe. We met up with all our friends at Millenium Park near the Cloud Gate sculpture, and then walked to

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Walmart secret memo reveals hiring practices

According to the New York Times, a secret Walmart memo reveals the corporation had numerous plans to hold down expenses by engaging in unfair hiring practices and by trying to reduce employee benefits. Also, two websites I’ve discovered recently focus entirely on Walmart news, and both have rss feeds. Visit Walmart Watch for reference materials

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RSS feed changes

I switched my RSS feed over to a feedburner feed, which will be more robust and will tie in my flickr photos into my feed. So if you’re subscribing to my RSS feed already, you might want to grab the feedburner link instead. http://feeds.feedburner.com/electrasteph Also, I’m converting all my old static content into Movable Type,

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Where I’ve Been Map

States I’ve Visited create your own visited states map Countries I’ve Visited create your own visited countries map Sad isn’t it? I need to get out more. In contrast, my friend Cate could probably cover the globe.

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Political Compass, revisited

I posted a link to this site back in 2003, but I thought I should mention it again. The Political Compass site measures where you fall on the political landscape, based on your answers to fiscal questions as well as social liberty questions. Rather than place you on a scale, though, it puts you on

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Celebrating Fitzmas

You know, Fitzmas — the holiday where DOJ Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald (pictured) indicts White House officials for outing a CIA officer in retaliation for their lies about WMD being exposed. Reuters is predicting that it will occur this week, so we should be prepared. Americablog readers give their ideas for this brand-new holiday: I’m

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Weekend Update 2005-10-24

The end of my vacation went out with a bang. On Saturday, we went up to Chicago to celebrate my friend Amy’s birthday by seeing the musical Wicked at the beautiful Ford Oriental Theatre. Then we had dinner and Rainforest Cafe and drove home. Sunday my friend Kathy came over and helped Stephanie and I

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Boycott Target

This kills me to write it, but it looks like I have to boycott Target. According to Planned Parenthood, they’re standing behind one of their pharmacists that refused to fill a woman’s emergency contraception prescription. It also appears that their CEO is a far-right Republican who’s donated tons of money to wacko Republican causes.

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Working on Fireplace Tiles

For the past couple days, I’ve been working on stripping the paint and crap off the fireplace tiles and fireplace surround in my living room. See my flickr photo set for pictures of the project. My dad, as a Christmas present for me, crafted the fireplace mantel you see in the pictures. He found two

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Testing, 1, 2, 3

I may or may not have my Movable Type upgraded. I have to check everything out and see if it works. Yep, it seems to be functioning. Hmm. Now I can see if I can install the photo gallery templates for a photoblog, and see if I can get that up and running. MT has

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My Photo Galleries

So, I have this dilemma about the photo galleries I have on my site, and what to do with them going forward. I’ve had them ever since I got a digital camera in 1999, and since then they’ve been a major feature of my site, although it’s one I never managed particularly well. My Big

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Old Navy doesn’t support the Safari Browser

I’m astonished. I just tried to visit the Old Navy online store (where I’ve bought lots of clothes in the past!) and I got this message: We’re sorry, but we do not support the version of the browser you are using. Our site works best with the following browsers: PC users Internet Explorer 5.5 and

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Phillip Pullman can kick C.S. Lewis’s ass

Reading a BBC News story on Phillip Pullman’s (author of the His Dark Materials series) critique of the coming C. S. Lewis movie and the subject matter of the books in general. I loved the Narnia series as a kid, but they don’t hold up entirely from a discerning adult point of view, for exactly

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Wasted Time

It’s only the first morning of my vacation, and it’s already shaping up to be as craptastic as the last vacation I took, in which I spent 70% of the time running around doing shit for other people, 30% doing work on my house (which didn’t make a dent in what I had to get

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Handmade Quilts for Katrina Victims

I mentioned back in April of 2004 that my mom has made hats for premies babies and hats for soldiers. Lately, though she volunteered with the Quiltmakers shop in Fishers that coordinated a large-scale event last Saturday where quilters sewed quilts for Katrina victims using materials donated by fabric companies. They made 51 quilts. That’s

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Curious George Movie Trailer

In theaters February 2006. Yeah! A couple things bother me, though. He’s very cute, but he doesn’t look enough like George from the books. And Will Ferrell as the man in the Yellow Hat? Um, no. Sorry, that’s wrong.

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Gourmet Amigurumi – amazing crochet animals

I stumbled across Beth Doherty’s amazing crochet creations on Flickr and from there discovered that she sells these adorable creations at an online shopping service called “Etsy” that works very similarly to eBay, only for handmade creations. Very cool animals, and the shop is a very cool idea, too.

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eBay: Unfortunate Leather Pants

Check out this eBay entry from a guy selling leather pants; it’s hilarious: You are bidding on a mistake. We all make mistakes. We date the wrong people for too long. We chew gum with our mouths open. We say inappropriate things in front of the wrong people. And we buy leather pants. I can

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Stuff I’m Doing This weekend (so I don’t lose track)

1) Mailing eBay package 2) Mailing Stacy’s birthday present (only a month late!) 3) Finishing Bil’s logo 4) Helping mom pack up stuff from garage sale & haul to good will 5) burning stuff in Mike’s yard 6) Helping David and Garrett scrape and paint their house 7) Make multiple copies of CD for CD

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NY Subway Terror Threat a Hoax

Gee, wonder what dog was getting wagged with that tail? UPDATE: Keith Olbermann of MSNBC documents the juxtaposition of terror alert increases with political events unfavorable to the President. The tail really is wagging the dog.

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speaking of hating stuff: antiseptic hand sanitizer

I think that Methodist Hospital has gone back to using the hand sanitizer I loathe the smell of. When I was in the hospital for the heart surgery, I know for certain the brand (and scent) was different than the foul stuff that they used back when I had my appendix emergency two years ago.

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Who do you hate?

Scott asked the question on his blog. I think it’s probably wrong to feel so strongly about someone that you HATE them, and I try to always give people the benefit of the doubt and to curb my emotions when I can. Sometimes I’m actually successful at that. There are lots of people whom I

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Don’t lift anything heavier than a shoe or a telephone

… is what my surgeon, Dr. Beckman told me this morning when I went to see him. I didn’t ask what sort of telephone he meant. Cell phone, or the large old-fashioned Ma Bell special? I do have some swelling in my chest, but that is apparently strained muscle tissue from lifting too much stuff

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commonplace books

Years and years ago, (1998) I was sitting around reading my copy of Benet’s Readers Encyclopedia, which is a somewhat obscure reference book. I came across a passage about “commonplace books” which described them as a type of journal from the 1800s where people would collect scraps of poetry, ideas and their own writing along

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Congress to give MORE corporate welfare to Oil companies

Despite the fact that oil companies made record profits last year, AND the fact that they just got a huge present of tax cuts in the recent “energy” bill, AND the fact that oil companies were throttling their refinery production to boost prices (and profits) before Katrina hit, the house is still considering throwing out

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Bush Polls Hit New lows

According to a CBS News Poll: DIRECTION OF THE COUNTRY Right direction- 26% Wrong track – 69% PRESIDENT BUSH’S JOB APPROVAL Approve All – 37% Reps. – 79% Dems. – 14% Inds. – 29% Disapprove All – 58% Reps. – 13% Dems. – 84% Inds. – 64% PRES. BUSH JOB APPROVALS Overall – 37% Terrorism

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A Doozie of a Recession

Alternet has the story: A Doozie of a Recession: Recessions begin when consumers suddenly discover they can no longer keep pace with their bills. And this one has already begun. No kidding.

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Rove’s about to be indicted

Karl Rove is suddenly not appearing at major White House events (like the Miers announcement) and his lawyer has changed his statements from last Friday’s “Karl is not a target of the investigation” to “no comment.” Also swirling around the blogosphere are rumors that indictments are about to be handed down, and prosecutor Fitzgerald’s office

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Patricia Miller’s failed Orwell plot

Regarding Indiana’s proposed Orwellian plan to criminalize “unauthorized reproduction”: State Sen. Patricia Miller, R-Indianapolis, issued a one-sentence statement this afternoon saying: “The issue has become more complex than anticipated and will be withdrawn from consideration by the Health Finance Commission.” Scott was lamenting yesterday that we look even more like hicks now that the entire

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Dolphins sing Batman theme

I hate to follow up such a serious post with something silly, but I couldn’t pass on mentioning this: according to ABC science news, scientists have taught dolphins to sing the Batman theme song. The down-side of this is that now I have the Batman theme stuck in my head.

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Criminal Penalties for women concieving out of wedlock

Yep, that’s what state lawmaker Patricia Miller (R) is proposing legislation for here in Indiana. A bill will be heard by the Health Finance Commission intended to restrict any form of “assisted reproduction” defined as “causing pregnancy by means other than sexual intercourse, including intrauterine insemination, donation of an egg, donation of an embryo, in-vitro

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I came home around noon

The conclusion the doctors reached was that I lifted too much and put strain on my sternum. Funny, I could have told them that when I went in. I did, actually. So I have painkillers, which didn’t do much. I still think there’s something more wrong than that, but they didn’t, so I’m home.

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Emergency room fun

I’m on my way to the emergency room because I think whatever I did this weekend was pretty serious and now I can’t really lie down or even sit without pain shooting through my chest and back, when I breathe, it hurts like hell. I think I must have hurt my sternum. Stephanie’s coming to

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The sternum is an important part of the body

Which you find out when you have your sternum cut up for surgery. It’s been five months since my surgery, and my sternum still bothers me regularly, and hurts like hell, especially when I lift heavy stuff, like I did this weekend. Today it’s been particularly bad, to the point where when I breathe out

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Wagging the dog: supreme court nomination to hide plame investigation

The inquiry into the leaking of a CIA agent’s identity is set to wrap up this week, so the President was quick to nominate a supreme court justice to distract the press from the coming scandal when White House officials will be indicted. Especially since there is new information that Bush and Cheney were actively

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Delay scandal widening; fissures in GOP party are starting to show

Quote from CBSNews.com, with internal links to wikipedia for more information on the players in the wide-scale GOP corruption: The indictment sent a shock wave through the GOP establishment, which is already reeling from a swath of criminal and ethics investigations. Three individuals, eight corporations and two political action committees connected to DeLay have been

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Arnold vetos gay marriage bill

From Reuters: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill that would allow gay marriage in the state of California. Now, I’m confused. First the right-wing tells us that the “activist judges” aren’t allowed to rule on gay marriage laws, saying the laws have to be written by congress, the body elected to represent the will of

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Troops still buying their own body armor

This scandal has never been resolved, even though the GOP would try to lead you to believe it was: troops are still have to buy their own body armor to ensure their protection in Iraq, and the military is refusing to reimburse them for necessary, life-saving equipment. Supporting our soldiers, indeed.

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commonplacebook.com nominated for a journalism award

On November 5th, 2005, Nuvolab XII will announce the top two Journalism Award winners. The best independent blogs will be awarded for promotion of equality, political insight, creativity, and presentation. Award winners will receive custom award images to display on their site, as well as permanent recognition here on Nuvolab. Third, fourth, and fifth place

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The Tom Delay Corruption Scandal

Salon Magazine writes a very readable, informative article on how wide-spread the corruption scandal really is. It’s pretty amazing to read, because you start to understand how many GOPers and how much money is involved, and how much campaign finance laws have been flattened by the government machine; enough that had it not been for

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Woo hoo! Indictments for all the GOP!

Not only did Tom Delay get indicted for criminal conspiracy and had to step down as Majority Leader, but Bill Frist is officially under investigation by the SEC for insider trading. And you’ll feel something akin to the electric thrill I once enjoyed when Gilmore, Pat Conway, The Great Creatore, W.C. Handy and John Philip

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Banned Books Week

This week is Banned Books Week. Go check out a challenged or banned book from your local library and celebrate freedom from censorship. Also be sure to stand up against book banning. The American Library Association has a list of other great things you can do this week.

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Job Posting: Executive Director, Indiana Youth Group, Inc.

If you know anyone qualified for this position, please pass this along. Indiana Youth Group is a lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender youth agency with a 15 year history in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Executive Director (ED) is a member of a two-person management team directly responsible for the organization’s achievement of its mission. The ED and the Operations Director

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You conserve gas so the president doesn’t have to

A current Associated Press story: “WASHINGTON (Sept. 26) – President George W. Bush urged Americans to cut back on unnecessary travel to make up for fuel shortages caused by Hurricane Rita as he prepared to take his seventh trip to the Gulf Coast.” Then a few paragraphs later: “The president returned Sunday from a three-day

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Weather Icons

This guy compiles and compares the weather icons used by all the major news reporting sites.

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Rory Gilmore Sex Boat

Googling the above doesn’t get you a marketing page from the show, much to my sadness. They shouldn’t tease us like that.

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More prisoner abuse by the U.S. military

Time Magazine reports: The U.S. Army has launched a criminal investigation into new allegations of serious prisoner abuse in Iraq and Afghanistan made by a decorated former Captain in the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, an Army spokesman has confirmed to TIME. Meanwhile, Americablog is bringing to light a story about U. S. soldiers trading digital

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Bill Frist Stock Scandal

Senate leader Bill Frist is in some trouble regarding stock sales. He and other insiders apparently sold off stock in a company that he partially owns, just before the stock price went down, ala Martha Stewart. The Associated Press has the basic story. And ABC News exposes Frist’s lies that he didn’t know anything about

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100+ Funny British Place Names

April 26, 2013 update from Steph: Updated this page to add links to as many of the towns and streets as I could find in google maps. I originally added this list to my site on September 26, 2005, but I never verified whether the names were real places or not, until someone asked in

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Reports of anarchy at Superdome overstated

All those ultra-conservatives who sent around e-mails decrying the “chaos and break-down of society” in the wake of Katrina (the fault of poor people and liberals, of course) — full of crap, reports the the Seattle Times: Following days of internationally reported murders, rapes and gang violence inside the stadium, the doctor from FEMA —

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How to tie popular knots

A scouting troop reference guide to tying “popular” knots. I guess the unpopular knots don’t get asked to prom. Stephanie and I were trying to tie down stuff to my truck the other day, and I was very frustrated because I couldn’t figure out how my dad ties knots; he has some sort of slipknot

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Geek Bling Bag

This guy’s got the same idea I do, only he puts together an inexpensive version of the geek bling bag that he could potentially lose if something happened. I thought it was funny that he chose an army navy surplus bag to carry his stuff, too. This guy’s got the same thing, too!! I’m obviously

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PledgeBank

PledgeBank is a site where you can sign up to pledge to do something — but only if other people will do it. You can either make your own pledge, or find a pledge that someone else has proposed and add yourself to their list, thust providing support for each other.

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Lori points out the best car magnet ever!

Courtesy of my friend Lori, a pointer to the best car magnet ever on northern sun’s site… the “support our pants” magnet. I currently have two magnets on my car — a rainbow one, which I bought, and a Women’s heart health one I got free from Clarian for spending $43,000 of my insurance company’s

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Falling George

First my friend Jen sent me this, which was creepy: Falling Girl You can click and drag the falling girl around. Then Bilerico posted this other one, which is way more fun!! Falling George I currently have him stuck in the middle of several bubbles where I can bonk his head back and forth. Cheered

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Howdy, Mumbai!

I upgraded my google vistors map to include the last 100 visitors to my site. Yea! Australia, Australia, Australia, we love you, amen! Crack two! Hey, whomever it is in Hong Kong — e-mail me. I want a pen pal from Hong Kong. Antartica, however, is sadly not represented.

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Indiana Peace Rally this Saturday, Sept. 24th

Indiana Peace Rally Date: Saturday, September 24, 2005 at noon Time: All Day Location: Monument Circle In concert with the peace rally taking place in Washington D.C., join millions across the nation, from many walks of life, for many different reasons, on Sept. 24th to rally for peace… www.indianapeacerally.org what they are saying: * End

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Ian William’s list of emergency items

A bit on the tinfoil hat side, and from a guy who’s downright sensible and well-written otherwise, this is a list of emergency items that one would need to be self-sufficient for a year.

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Sterling Silver Monkey Straw

From tiffany’s: a sterling silver straw with a small monkey climbing up it. For $155. How completely ridiculous and useless. But pretty.

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Giant Pink Bunny in Italy

Lori pointed out this strange and sorta creepy big thing: A giant pink bunny constructed by artists on a mountainside in northern Italy.

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Propaganda Posters – Remixed

Worth1000.com put together a great photoshopping contest of old WWII propaganda posters. Along the same lines, only with a political purpose, The Propaganda Remix Project has numerous reworked posters, including some for sale. Seems like I’ve seen another link like this someplace, but I don’t seem to have it bookmarked. UPDATE: I found the link;

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10 things to do during nesting month

This is an awesome list of stuff to do around the house before winter hits. I have a good portion of this stuff done already, with more lined up. I have to ad winterizing the house (plastic over windows, adding insulation) to my list.

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Library of Congress: Women of Protest

The Library of Congrss Photographs from the Records of the National Woman’s Party The National Woman’s Party, representing the militant wing of the suffrage movement, utilized open public demonstrations to gain popular attention for the right of women to vote in the United States. Their picketing, pageants, parades, and demonstrations–as well as their subsequent arrests,

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Ten Stupidest Utopias

From Strange Horizons. yep, stupid is a good assessment. I know I shouldn’t say this out loud, but I will: you could add several of the all-female, feminist dystopias from popular lesbian sci-fi novels into the list of “stupidest,” like Daughters of a Coral Dawn, and the one I read recently, Ammonite. As annoying as

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Indianapolis City Council figures it out

When an amendment to the city’s Human Rights Ordinance was proposed to the city council last year which would introduce protections for sexual orientation and gender identity, the council was bombarded with e-mail from the religious right — most of it from outside of Indianapolis, and some of it from even outside the state of

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The Normality of Gay Marriages

A New York Times opinion piece: There’s nothing like a touch of real-world experience to inject some reason into the inflammatory national debate over gay marriages. Take Massachusetts, where the state’s highest court held in late 2003 that under the State Constitution, same-sex couples have a right to marry. The State Legislature moved to undo

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The Bilderberg Group

Back in 1997, when I was visiting my friend Cate in Germany, we took a trip down the Rhine River. We started in Cologne , and traveled on a tourist boat to Drachenfels Castle at Konigswinter, where we took a trip up the mountain on the Drachenfelsbahn to see the castle, then walked back down.

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Your invitation: Dance Dance Revolution

Stephanie and I are planning to have a Dance Dance Revolution get together sometime soon; a small gathering, not a big one, where people can play in the comfort of my living room. We’ll probably wait until Dan and Doug get back from Europe, because they want to play too. If you want to come,

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There were not 2,000 school buses

Conservative pundits have been hammering the idea that there were “2000 school buses” that New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin could have commandeered to get the poor people of the city evacuated. According to Media Matters, this falsehood has been repeated over and over again. In fact, the city of New Orleans has 364 school buses,

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Indiana Rep. Mike Pence plans looting of New Orleans by Big Business

According to the Wall Street Journal: Congressional Republicans, backed by the White House, say they are using relief measures for the hurricane-ravaged Gulf coast to achieve a broad range of conservative economic and social policies, both in the storm zone and beyond. Some new measures are already taking shape. In the past week, the Bush

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Smoking Monkey

My friend Lori sent me this movie someone made of a smoking monkey — People have the weirdest things in their heads sometimes.

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On eBay: Soviet Space Monkey’s Flight Pants

Listed on eBay: It’s offered to your attention the “space pants” for macaque small monkey to wear it during the experimental space flight. This pants has been used for animals (monkeys) experiments in 1950-s – 1960-s in the USSR Institute of Biomedical Problems (IMBP, Moscow). The monkey’s “space pants” are designed with many clasps to

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If Goths Ruled

Fun photoshop contest on what the world would look like if Goths were in charge.

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Condi, I need a potty break

Yep, it’s a real photo from Reuters, of President Bush writing a note to Condoleezza Rice during a Security Council meeting at the UN on September 14th. World leaders are exploring ways to revitalize the United Nations at a summit on Wednesday. In case you can’t see it, the note says “I think I may

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Pipelines more important than hospitals to Dick Cheney

According to the Hattiesburg America, a small Mississippi newspaper, Dick Cheney’s office called the South Mississippi Electric Power Association and ordered them to prioritize restoring power to Colonial Pipeline Co. before restoring power to two rural hospitals. “I considered it a presidential directive to get those pipelines operating,” said Jim Compton, general manager of the

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Fox’s “Katrina Timeline” Omits Key Facts

Courtesy of Media Matters, Fox News tries to spin the devastating timeline that illustrates the total imcompetence of the Bush Administration by leaving off some key facts. Too bad the internet exists and we can find accurate timelines ourselves… The September 12 edition of Fox News’ Hannity & Colmes included a deceptive on-screen Hurricane Katrina

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Dodging Bullets

First Secretary Michael Chertoff said it: I remember on Tuesday morning picking up newspapers and I saw headlines, ‘New Orleans Dodged The Bullet.’” Then Gen. Richard Myers said it: The headline, of course, in most of the papers on Tuesday — “New Orleans Dodged a Bullet,” or words to that effect. At that time, when

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Bush Eats Baby, Republicans Defend President

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Republicans across the nation are scrambling to defend President George W. Bush after he ate a baby during a visit to the White House kitchen early last evening. Eye witnesses report that the president left the White House residence at around 8:05 p.m. eastern time wearing what appeared to be a crudely

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Say that again? ‘Things are going relatively well’

From the Chicago Sun-Times, Say that again? ‘Things are going relatively well’ is Richard Roeper’s hall-of-shame article on the worst quotes from famous people, especially government officials, regarding the Katrina disaster. It would be very funny if it weren’t so desperately sad.

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Overheard remarks

Wow. I’m not the only one that’s horrified by the reactions of the people around them to the hurricane. For those of you scolding me for getting upset at my friend’s racist emails… Read this L. A. Weekly piece by Tim Wise talking about the people sitting at a table near him in a restaurant.

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“How Bush Blew It”

The Newsweek article: The reality, say several aides who did not wish to be quoted because it might displease the president, did not really sink in until Thursday night. Some White House staffers were watching the evening news and thought the president needed to see the horrific reports coming out of New Orleans. Counselor Bartlett

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DeLay to evacuees: ‘Is this kind of fun?’

From Houston Chronicle blog: U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay’s visit to Reliant Park this morning offered him a glimpse of what it’s like to be living in shelter. While on the tour with top administration officials from Washington, including U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao and U.S. Treasury Secretary John W. Snow, DeLay

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Gore airlifts victims from New Orleans

According to CNN: Al Gore helped airlift some 270 Katrina evacuees on two private charters from New Orleans, acting at the urging of a doctor who saved the life of the former vice president’s son. Gore… refused to be interviewed about the mercy missions he financed and flew on September 3 and 4. Dr. David

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Vacation Update

Over the weekend, Stephanie and I bagged up six large bags of clothes to take to North Meadow Circle of Friends, who are putting them on a truck to New Orleans. I took pictures of all the t-shirts I donated so I could finish up my t-shirt project before I shipped them off. I put

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Jesus Christ

The “friend” that sent me the two e-mails below, the ones I found really upsetting because of their subtle and overt racism, just sent me an angry e-mail. She’s upset because I objected, through e-mail, to getting evil shit like this in my inbox. Here’s what she said: Look lets stop this RIGHT NOW. we

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Real “man-made” contributions to the Katrina tragedy

Two things that human beings did contributed to the enormity of the New Orleans tragedy: The erosion of the wetlands due to casino and resort building Unnaturally warm ocean water in the gulf increased the strength of the hurricane, caused by global warming Both of these man-made contributions to the Katrina disaster come to you

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Unbelievably Racist E-mail

03/12/2022 Update: I had to edit this today to fix the broken links to the 35(!) images that came with this email. I took them out rather than trying to replace the images; too much work for something this malevolent. Also, why is this person still in my friend list? This is the other racist

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A Completely Racist Diatribe

A friend forwarded the following diatribe to me. She sent me another one earlier in the week that was equally bad and which originated with the KKK. This is apparently the kind of crap that’s getting passed around by right-wing nut jobs though e-mail. I know I keep saying this, but it needs to be

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Download This!: George Bush Don’t Care About Black People

This remix of Kanye West’s Gold Digger is GREAT. Remixed by The Legendary K.O, Words by Big Mon and Damien a/k/a Dem Knock-Out Boyz. Five days in this motherfucking attic I can’t use the cellphone I keep getting static Dying ’cause they lying instead of telling us the truth (…) Screwed ’cause they say they’re

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Dumbledore is Not Dead

Some good news: Dumbledore is not dead, according to this site. Read their analysis of the clues hidden in the books to find out why they believe this. It’s been my belief all along, mainly because of Fawkes, the Phoenix, but I didn’t reason it out the way these guys did. Their explanations make a

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Bush eliminates prevailing wage for Katrina rebuilding workers

Check out the very last paragraph of this Reuters article: Bush also issued an executive order on Thursday allowing federal contractors rebuilding in the aftermath of the hurricane to pay below the prevailing wage, drawing rebukes from two congressional Democrats who said stricken families need good wages to rebuild their lives. Here’s the executive order

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How popular is your name?

Check it out on the Baby Name Wizard. Mine was on the ascent in the late 60’s when I got it, and it peaked in the late 80’s.

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Good Night, And Good Luck

The trailer for ‘Good Night, And Good Luck.’ George Clooney directs and co-stars in this story of legendary newsman Edward R. Murrow. I will definitely be seeing this movie in the theater.

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Onion Headlines

They underwent a redesign recently, too. God Outdoes Terrorists Yet Again Officials Uncertain Whether To Save Or Shoot Victims Nation’s Politicians Applaud Great Job They’re Doing Area Man Drives Food There His Goddamned Self Bush: ‘It Has Been Brought To My Attention That There Was Recently A Bad Storm’ Louisiana National Guard Offers Help By

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“Freedom” — Bush Style

In case you hadn’t heard, Bush is throwing a 9/11 party in Washington D.C. on Sunday, to celebrate the tragedy that brought him the political capital to play toy soldier in the middle east. But he’s taking some pretty extraordinary steps to make sure that no one gets to crash his celebration, according to the

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Fafblog Presents: The Do-It-Yourself Emergency Management Guide!

For those of you who want to heed Bill O’Reilly’s advice that the government can’t protect you, and you should fend for yourself, read up on Fafblog’s plan for emergency disaster relief, including: Make-And-Bake Clay Levee! How to Make a Paper Helicopter Do-It-Yourself National Guard!

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Revisited: Things I have to do on Vacation

In revisiting my list, I’m running into a small snag. One of the items is the key problem: Work on a logo for Bil and Jerame Go for a Crown Hill walk with Lori Mail my sister’s birthday present Take clothes to a donation point Take garage sale stuff to my mom’s house Help my

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I’m more qualified to run FEMA than Michael Brown

Newsday and Time magazine are both doing investigations into FEMA (Fucking Everything More than it is Already) Director Michael Brown’s background, and discovering a bit of resume padding. To put it lightly. They’re checking each bullet point on his FEMA bio and contacting the businesses, universities and associations he claimed to work for and asking

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More Pet Help

More info courtesy of Scott: Best Friends Pet Motel (near 82nd and Bash) is taking a shipment of items down to Louisiana to help with the rescue/recovery/fostering and adoption of pets that were left behind after the hurricane. If you have any items that you’d like to donate, I believe they’re accepting donations through this

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Because of Katrina, Bush Wants to Privatize Social Security

From the Mother Jones blog: It’s an old business myth that the Chinese character for “crisis” combines the characters for “danger” and “opportunity.” It doesn’t. But I’m not sure anyone’s told the Bush administration, judging from this little tidbit in CongressDaily today: “[White House spokesman Trent] Duffy asserted that the vast spending that would be

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MacGuffin

Wikipedia definition of the Alfred Hitchcock concept of a MacGuffin. In fiction, a MacGuffin (sometimes McGuffin) is a plot device in the form of some goal, desired object, or other motivator that the protagonist pursues, often with little or no narrative explanation. The MacGuffin’s importance to the plot is not the object itself, but rather

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Katrina Help Wiki

Katrina help Info Where to get information on missing people, enter data to let people know you’re okay.

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It’s about a nuclear terrorist attack, stupid.

Forget about who did or didn’t fix the levees, how long we knew about Katrina coming, people who refused to evacuate, building below sea level; forget all of that — because it’s just noise from the Republican spin machine. In the event of a nuclear terrorist attack, your President and Republican-run federal government would do

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Schwarzenegger will veto equal marriage rights bill

Apparently, the will of the people won’t prevail after all. Governor Schwarzenegger is promising to veto the equal marriage rights bill that was just passed in the California legislature. So let me get this straight… we can’t take our civil rights issues to court, because when the courts make a ruling, they’re called “activist judges”

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8 great lies the Bush Administration is telling

Media Matters examines the facts surrounding each of these bogus Republican claims. 1. Bush: “I don’t think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees” 2. Chertoff strained credulity in defense of Bush, claimed levee breaks and massive flooding came as a surprise — more than 12 hours after local media reported them 3. Brown: “We’ve

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More Media Censorship

Brian Williams of MSNBC talks about the military threatening reporters and restricting what they can and can’t put on the news. The lie they’re telling now is that they don’t want people to see their dead relatives on the news. I’d rather see my relative on the news than never find out what happened to

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When people don’t want to play the blame game, they’re to blame

To quote one of today’s great minds, Jon Stewart. The press hammers Scott McClellan for the second day in a row. As I pointed out, I can volunteer, donate and hold people’s feet to the fire all at once. I don’t need to “wait until the crisis is over” to identify who is responsible, and

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Paramedics give their account of being stranded in New Orleans

From Metamute comes this story; please read it… by Larry Bradshaw and Lorrie Beth Slonsky Two paramedics stranded in New Orleans in the wake of hurricane Katrina give their account of self-organisation and abandonment in the disaster zone From a woman with a battery powered radio we learned that the media was talking about us.

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A first-person account of the New Orleans convention center

This is a story being passed along through e-mail. I don’t have any information on whether it’s true or not, but it rings true. It’s the account of a woman trapped at the convention center and what really happened there. From her account, the people “looting” and running around with guns were helping people and

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More Media Censorship: rape, murder in the Astrodome

Boing Boing is updating regularly on techie Jacob Appelbaum doing homebrewed media reports from inside the Astrodome, and their struggles to stay in the dome despite threats from authorities. They are documenting reports from evacuees of rapes, beatings and murders inside the ASTRODOME not the superdome. Another evacuee: “Over 20 rapes per night happening inside

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Wish You Were Here

From Kazamatsuri via Boing Boing: Two photos taken on the same day last week — one of a grieving New Orleans survivor, the other of President Bush in flagrante photo opp in San Diego. See also A tale of Two Photos for some other photos taken within hours of one another.

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Which Asshole Conservative Response Is Your Favorite?

Pandagon lists all the typical Conservative responses. Here are just a couple: Religious Conservative: God hates faggots and the rich white unmarried college kids who travel down to the French Quarter every year to drink, carouse, and deposit various genital secretions on or in each other. Thus, he killed a bunch of straight black people

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NEWSFLASH TO BUSH: You already FAILED

Nancy Peloski on a conversation she had with President Bush: She related that she had urged Bush at the White House on Tuesday to fire Michael Brown. ” ‘He said ‘Why would I do that?”’ Pelosi said. ”’I said because of all that went wrong, of all that didn’t go right last week.’ And he

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Media being banned from New Orleans

According to Reuters: The U.S. government agency leading the rescue efforts after Hurricane Katrina said on Tuesday it does not want the news media to take photographs of the dead as they are recovered from the flooded New Orleans area. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, heavily criticized for its slow response to the devastation caused

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The Katrina Timeline

I’ve attempted to do some timeline drawing on my site, but this page is the complete detailed picture of what happened and when, and it’s damning for President Bush. It’s just damning. It’s so clear that the problem started at the top. The more I read through this, the angrier I get. PLEASE, PLEASE e-mail

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California Legislature Passes Same-Sex Marriage

From the San Francisco Gate: Sacramento — The state Assembly, in a stunning victory for the gay rights movement, approved a landmark bill allowing same-sex marriage Tuesday night and sent it to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The measure, which passed with no votes to spare, marks the first time that a legislative body in the United

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Things I have to do on vacation next week

I’m on vacation next week from the 12th through the 16th. Here’s what I’ll be doing: Work on a logo for Bil and Jerame Go for a Crown Hill walk with Lori Mail my sister’s birthday present Take clothes to a donation point Take garage sale stuff to my mom’s house Help my mom clean

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Mitch “The Blade” Daniels and the New Orleans Disaster

I put this story in the middle of several others yesterday, but I realize now that it needs special attention on it’s own: Mitch “The Blade” Daniels and the New Orleans Disaster: Mike Parker, the former head of the Army Corps of Engineers, was forced to resign in 2002 over budget disagreements with the White

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Donating Clothes

One of my friends passed along this information: My church, St. Monica, is accepting clothing donations through Friday (Sep 9). Details can be found here. The address is 6131 N. Michigan Rd. Radio stations are also putting together food and clothing drives, as are local fire stations. Check radio station websites for details, and ask

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40,000 expected dead

From a funeral director deployed to handle bodies in New Orleans: “DMort is telling us to expect up to 40,000 bodies,” Dan Buckner said, quoting officials with the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team, a volunteer arm of Homeland Security. His partner, Dan Hicks, of Paducah, Ky., was deployed Monday. Buckner, of Dickson, is on standby.

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Coast Guard has “Missing Person Submission Request” for New Orleans

If you need to locate someone in New Orleans and have not heard from them, you can submit a report requesting they search for someone. George Bush on Friday: We’ve got a lot of rebuilding to do. First, we’re going to save lives and stabilize the situation. And then we’re going to help these communities

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Helicopters

All last week and again this morning, there have been numerous helicopters over downtown Indianapolis. Normally there are some; the news helicopters fly over in the morning doing traffic reports, and the lifeline helicopter takes off and lands on the roof of Methodist Hospital. We’re used to hearing helicopters. This is beyond that, though. They’re

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Washington Post and Newsweek print correction over Bush Lies

The Washington Post printed their correction first, then Newsweek printed theirs. Both had incorrectly stated that as of Saturday, Louisiana Gov. Blanco still hadn’t gotten around to declaring a state of emergency, and this was the reason why federal response was so slow. In fact, Blanco issued a state of emergency on Friday, August 26th,

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FEMA and Homeland Security were briefed BEFORE the storm

From Editor and Publisher: Max Mayfield, director of the National Hurricane Center, told the Times-Picayune Sunday afternoon that officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security, including FEMA Director Mike Brown and Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, listened in on electronic briefings given by his staff in advance of Hurricane

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People not even safe yet, but Bush team has plan to Cover Their Asses

New York Times Article: “White House Enacts a Plan to Ease Political Damage” Under the command of President Bush’s two senior political advisers, the White House rolled out a plan this weekend to contain the political damage from the administration’s response to Hurricane Katrina. It orchestrated visits by cabinet members to the region, leading up

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Sen. Landrieu Threatens to ‘Punch’ President

From Editor and Publisher: Sen. Landrieu Threatens to ‘Punch’ President if He Keeps Hitting Local Response to Katrina Senator Mary Landrieu, the Democrat of Louisiana (whose father was a mayor of New Orleans), appears to have finally found her voice after offering only cautious criticism of the federal relief effort in the hurricane catastrophe earlier

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How to help, and current reading

I might have a lead on where to take clothes: I’m emailing with a guy from one of the local churches who is providing aid. If I get more information, I’ll post it here ASAP. Of course, donate money to the Red Cross if you haven’t already. Helpful info from people’s comments to this site:

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Watch this video

On Meet the Press – Aaron Brousard, President of Jackson Parrish, Louisiana. At the end of the video, when he starts talking about city employees who have worked hard to repair the levees and provide emergency services, he begins talking about the man who is keeping the building he’s in running. The man’s mother was

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Bush Fakes levee fixes for photo op

from U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, D-La., yesterday afternoon: “I understand that the U.S. Forest Service had water-tanker aircraft available to help douse the fires raging on our riverfront, but FEMA has yet to accept the aid. When Amtrak offered trains to evacuate significant numbers of victims – far more efficiently than buses – FEMA again

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T-shirt Challenge Revisited

A while back I decided, since I have way too many t-shirts (over 100), I would wear all of them without repeating, and photograph each one. I didn’t get too far into the project before photographing all of them became too much to keep up with. I’ve still be cycling through them, and I have

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I was forced to watch Faux News

Turns out the only 24-hour “news” channel at Stephanie’s house on basic cable is Fox. (She hardly watches TV, so she doesn’t have a full package). No wonder so many lower-income people who can only afford basic cable have such a skewed idea of what’s going on in the world. While we were watching the

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Evil Republicans are blaming the Governor and Mayor

Before the hurricane struck, the Mayor and Governor were begging for federal help to put sandbags at the levees and to get rescue trucks in to evacuate people; they weren’t just asking people to leave, they were asking for federal help to get people who didn’t have transportation out. See the letter asking for help

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CNN trashes Bush for photo op

You can tell the people at CNN are taking their reporter’s situations very personally. Just now on CNN: Daryn Kagen: I gotta say that was rather an odd thing to be watching. The president finally making it to the gulf coast after five days, and then spending a big chunk of time, when he could

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Bush tries to justify playing guitar while people died

It’s not about politics, it’s about the fact that people are dying because you’re a dumbfuck. From the New York Times on the “politics.” White House officials, already sensitive that Mr. Bush is suffering the lowest approval ratings of his presidency and under pressure to manage a catastrophe of what they called biblical proportions, reacted

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New Bush Talking Point: Blame Dem. Governor

Americablog notes that Fox News is pushing a new talking point, in the quote by FEMA director Michael Brown: Brown of FEMA: We work closely with the state government. The federal government didn not just come in here and tell the state governor how or what to do. We came in here and said, ‘What

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Bush Budget Cuts delayed flood control work in New Orleans

From Reuters: WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Bush administration funding cuts forced federal engineers to delay improvements on the levees, floodgates and pumping stations that failed to protect New Orleans from Hurricane Katrina’s floodwaters, agency documents showed on Thursday. The former head of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the agency that handles the infrastructure of the

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Why the hell is he going down there to “survey the damage”?

Because you know all the security that they’ll provide to him will take away from the relief efforts while he’s checking out what he could be viewing on video from the White House. Dumbass! Send the helicopters down their WITHOUT YOU IN THEM to help people out. Take over all the major passenger bus lines

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White House to Refugees: Just Die

Today from the White House Reporter: Regarding the president’s zero tolerance for insurance fraud, looting, price gouging. Does he make any allowance for people who have yet to receive aid who are taking things like water or food or shoes to walk among the debris? Scott McClellan: I think you heard from the president earlier

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New Bush Talking Point: New Orleans Deserved It

Among several similar quotes from different Bush Administration officials is this one from FEMA director Michael Brown today: “…to help those who are stranded, who chose not to evacuate, who chose not to leave the city…” They’re POOR. They didn’t “choose not to leave the city.” They have no cars, no money, and no way

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Dead grandmothers in wheelchairs, while Condi shops for shoes

From Gawker: According to Drudge, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has recently enjoyed a little Broadway entertainment. And Page Six reports that she’s also working on her backhand with Monica Seles. So the Gulf Coast has gone all Mad Max, women are being raped in the Superdome, and Rice is enjoying a brief vacation in

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An article from 2001 predicting this disaster

The Houston Chronicle had an article about what would happen in New Orleans if a major hurricane should hit — back in December of 2001. Amazing that the White House intended to cut funding for for the Army Corp. of Engineers, given that it was well known what the problems were.

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Neighbors Tore Up My Backyard & Patio

If you recall last year in mid-September, I took a week off work and put in a new patio and walkway in my backyard, with a great deal of help from my friend Kathy and a lot of hard work myself. I dug out the pit for the walkway and laid the pavers for it

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Devastating Flickr Photos of Katrina

See recent photos tagged with keywords related to the hurricane: Katrina, Hurricane, New Orleans, Louisiana, Biloxi I’m not only donating money to the Red Cross, I’m also sorting out clothes and other items that we had left over from the garage sale to donate to charity, especially if I can find a group that is

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That didn’t take long

Of course, as Bush was pulling a “My Pet Goat II” by vacationing, eating cake and playing his “official presidential seal” guitar while Katrina devastated the south, the religious right was pinning the blame for Hurricane Katrina on gay people. Ethan puts it best in his post: Nice Guitar, Asshole.

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Tragic

Louisiana’s disaster planning funds were relocated by the president to fund Iraq and for your tax cuts. New Orleans district of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers federal funding was cut by $71.2 million in June. Mississippi and Louisiana National Guard troops are not available to help flood relief because they are serving in Iraq.

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FCC is seeking to expand it’s reach into cable

According to Salon Magazine, Commissioner Kevin J. Martin of the FCC has been meeting quietly with religious leaders and industry leaders to try to organize a push for new stricter standards on what is broadcast over cable stations. Pardon me, please, because I’m going to lose it right here. USE YOUR FUCKING ‘V’ CHIP, PEOPLE.

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Find a Grave

Not sure whether I find this to be morbid or fascinating: Find a Grave: a website that lists gravesites and burial information for millions of people. Of course I immediately searched for my families names. My grandfather on my mom’s side isn’t listed, but there are some others that are probably relatives from her site

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The Long Tail

[Navigated to by way of Steven Johnson’s Blog. Johnson is the author of Everything Bad Is Good for You: How Today’s Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter which I read recently.] Quoting from Wikipedia: The phrase The Long Tail, as a proper noun, was first coined by Chris Anderson. Beginning in a series of

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Dance Dance Revolution

Oh, I forgot to mention that Stephanie and I got out the Xbox game Dance Dance Revolution for the first time this Sunday and played it. I am an uncoordinated dork, but it’s incredibly fun. Hopefully the more I play the less of an uncoordinated dork I will become.

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Catholic Church moves to ban gay priests

The Pope is considering banning gay men from becoming priests and removing priests who are gay from service. Interesting on so many levels, really. My thoughts: I wonder when they’re going to remove all the lesbian nuns. The pedophile scandals will continue, because the priests molesting kids aren’t gay, and the gay priests aren’t molesting

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Weekend Update 2005-08-29

We had out garage sale over the weekend, and it was a lot of work for very little result, unfortunately. I made $63, Stephanie made something like $20, and both of us practically killed ourselves preparing and tearing everything down. Most of it was that we didn’t have enough traffic; there were lots of people

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Drowning in Debt

Scary, the new statistics on both personal and national debt. I read another statistic in this month’s Utne Magazine, that if the entire world consumed the way that Americans consume, we would need five earths to provide resources for all that we needed to produce.

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Robertson and Venezuela

I try not to cut and paste other people’s writing wholesale into my blog, because I think my blog should be my writing, not other peoples. But I have done it recently, and I’m doing it again today, because there’s a lot of information in a recent post from Americablog that’s worth thinking about: A

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The Flying Spaghetti Monster and “Pastafarianism”

I put a new emblem on my car last night. It’s the image of the “Flying Spaghetti Monster.” Wikipedia explains it best: Flying Spaghetti Monsterism is a parody religion created to protest the decision by the Kansas State Board of Education to allow intelligent design to be taught in science classes alongside evolution. The “religion”

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Herron High School

Coming soon to a neighborhood near me… a Charter high school focusing on the classic Liberal Arts education. Awesome.

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Instant labeling tape

Hannes Koch created this cool labeling tape, where you simply black out some lines with a black marker to create the words you want. Fun. I love labels. They are fun. This makes me want to go home and play with my label maker.

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Bullshit Protector – I NEED some of these!

From the National Post: Bill Moyer, 73, wears a “Bullshit Protector” flap over his ear while President George W. Bush addresses the Veterans of Foreign Wars. ** EDS NOTE OBSCENITY – CORRECTS MOYER’S SERVICE IN WWII AS POST-WAR OCCUPATION OF GERMANY, NOT IN THE WAR ITSELF ** Bill Moyer, 73, wears a “Bullshit Protector” flap

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Difference between civil rights and civil liberties

Author: Sheila Suess Kennedy Quick — what’s the difference between civil liberties and civil rights? If you aren’t quite certain, you have a lot of company. The distinction is lost on most of my students, and — far more troubling — on a good number of city and state legislators. Civil liberties are rights that

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We’re not critical to the evolution of democracy?

In a discussion of the Iraqi attempts to write a constitution that occurred on Meet the Press, guest Reuel Marc Gerecht, former Middle Eastern specialist with the CIA and author of “The Islamic Paradox” had this to say: MR. GERECHT: Actually, I’m not terribly worried about this. I mean, one hopes that the Iraqis protect

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Our State Fair is a Great State Fair

Stephanie and I went to the State Fair on Saturday: see the pictures on IndyScribe. Also, I just recently found Godwin’s Law explained on Wikipedia, which is very cool. I thought it came into being long before 1991, though. I remember it being referred to when I was on USENET back in college, which would

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Public Space Games: Ministry of Reshelving

I’m a bit behind on reading Boing Boing, so I’m just now perusing Wednesday’s post about a new city-wide game: the Ministry of Reshelving, by Avant Game, a woman’s personal blog where she discusses some of the public games she’s created and participated in. Basically, following certain rules, you go to a bookstore and take

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Underage Marriage in Afghanistan

According the United Nations, more than 45% of all marriage in Afghanistan involve girls under the age of 16. Some girls as young as six are being married off as “property” arrangements to resolve disputes between families. Everytime I hear a story like this, I think of living in a country like that, and being

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Spike goes to the doggie hospital

I had to drop Spike off at the emergency vet today. He’s apparently having some sort of gastronomic distress and was having bloody diarrhea this morning. We knew he was having some problem; I took him to the regular vet on Saturday because he didn’t seem to want to eat or poop, and he refused

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Herron Morton Place Neighborhood Garage Sale

My neighborhood will be having its annual garage sale next Saturday, August 27, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and I and many other people will be participating. There will be maps of the neighborhood at each participating house. Herron-Morton Place is downtown east of Meridian; the boundaries are East 16th Street on the south,

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Dating via weird high-tech tattoos and cell phones

1. Use this site to create a UPC bar code that contains your personal data. 2. Tattoo your new bar code on your body. 3. Find people who own one of these camera cell phones, and have them scan your tattoo to read your data. I’m not kidding; this is a real dating phenomenon.

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Juliet and Juliet

Apparently, Boston’s famous swan couple are a same-sex couple. Testing recently revealed that the swans who have been promoted by the city as a Shakespearean romantic dream are actually both female. How very appropriate. This, however, is not: ”Each year when the swans go in, the kids immediately come to us and say, ‘Which one’s

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Gender Roles

There are lots of things that I like that are traditionally considered feminine. For example: big poofy white wedding dresses. There are lots of things of things that I like that are traditionally considered masculine. Like pipe tobacco smoke (which is because I have memories of my dad smoking a pipe when I was a

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My Library

I’m started cataloging my library using Booxter software, by Deep Prose. Since 1997, I’ve kept lists of all the books I’ve read, but I’ve never been good at keeping track of the books I actually own and haven’t yet read, or books that I want to purchase. And for insurance reasons, I should have an

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21 Bush Admin Officials who should see criminal charges

An excellent article on the 21 white house officials who were involved in the illegal leaking of a CIA agent’s identity to the public, and the details of how they were involved. If you want to sort out the details and see who this generations version of “The Watergate 5” are, here’s your article.

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Kinetic Sculptures from Old Junk

I’ve posted several of these links before, but I wanted to aggregate them all in the same spot because they’re interesting. They’re all sculptures made of found objects. We were talking about this in Louisville this past weekend, because I was brainstorming some things I’d like to make, and there were a couple artists in

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Republicans have small penises

According to a Cornell University study, when men feel their masculinity is threatened, they over compensate by adopting attitudes in support of the Iraq war, expressing interest in buying SUVs, and making homophobic threats. We needed a study to tell us this?

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Interesting Advertising

This should interest my friend Doug: newspaper readers in the UK are currently being treated to a truly great series of print ads. The Stella Artois adverts place objects that may be familiar to you from various movies into a single landscape, and the challenge is to figure out what movies all the images are

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Chicago Pictures

We wound up our long weekend on Monday by going to Chicago with Stephanie and Lisa to visit the Art Institute, do a little site-seeing, and shop at the Fluevog store for some super cool new shoes.

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The Importance of Sleep

Harvard study on the importance of sleep: Van Cauter also showed that sleep-deprived subjects had reduced levels of leptin, a molecule secreted by fat cells that acts in the brain to inhibit appetite. “During nights of sleep deprivation, you feel that your eating goes wacky,” says Stickgold. “Up at 2 a.m., working on a paper,

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the nine reasons we don’t do what we should

Via Lifehack: a great article on why we don’t get stuff done that we should. Fear Lack of Self-Confidence Lack of Knowledge Trying to Do Too Much Alone Trying to Do Too Much Loss of Self Lack of Energy Lack of Reward It Can’t Be Done UPDATE: the more closely I read the article, the

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What the fish?

Oh, c’mon. I figured out the fish puzzle years ago, along with everyone else in my workplace. It’s not that hard, for pete’s sake, and I’d challenge that “98% of people can’t figure it out” claim. Everyone I work with figured it out. It’s a simple logic puzzle.

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Six Feet Under

Given everything that’s happened in my life in the last couple years, why would this weeks episode of Six Feet Under be the thing that keeps me awake half the night terrified of death?

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“Outing” Revisited

Way back in March of 1998, I wrote a long article/essay/diatribe on the subject of “outing” people. Reading it today, I realize it wasn’t as much about “outing” people as it was about complaining about prevalence of opportunistic gay people who stay in the closet to prey on people who are out while avoiding the

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Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab

It’s probably high time for me to write a BPAL review. I got into this through Stephanie, who heard about it from her friends Lisa and Sarah who always know all the cool stuff first. Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab is a perfume/essential oils small business, run primarily on the web, with some small boutique availability.

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

We went to see Tim Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory yesterday. I know this is complete sacrilege, but I liked the storyline better in this version than in the Gene Wilder Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory version. There were more satisfying explanations for everything than the original, especially for the ending, which wrapped

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Errors

Ever have one of those days where you make mistakes and EVERYONE points them out to you? Family members, co-workers, complete strangers on the street stop you to tell you your wrong? You do a ton of work and get 7000 things perfectly correct, perform miracles and move mountains, but you overlook one thing and

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A list of Post-Modern novels

A MetaFilter list of suggested “sprawling post-modern novels”. Off the top of my head, I have these that are on their list. delillo’s underworld infinite jest house of leaves Umberto Eco’s Foucault’s Pendulum Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children and Ground Beneath Her Feet Death on the Installment Plan by Celine Neal Stephenson – Cryptonomicon The Tin Drum

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Kentucky Art Car Weekend/Chicago Trip

Stephanie and I are going down to Louisville, Kentucky, again this weekend, this time to meet her friend Lisa from North Carolina, who is road-tripping up for the Kentucky Art Car Weekend. Lisa is coming up in a caravan with her friend Sarah, who has an art car in the art car show. Lisa will

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“Fair” Tax is only fair to the Rich

Read this great threat at TMPCafe for information about why — including the most enlightening comments. Also, for all Democrats who desperately need to brush up on this issue before the GOP blitz, here’s a great site: TaxWisdom.org Paper towels: One roll for 99 cents, 3 for $2.50. If you can buy three rolls right

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Money better spent

A great New York Times op/ed piece on how bottled water is not really better for you, and how it’s an enormous waste of money and natural resources. Here’s the real kicker, though: Clean water could be provided to everyone on earth for an outlay of $1.7 billion a year beyond current spending on water

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Secret Societies

I’m in the middle of reading: Secret Societies Handbook by Michael Bradley A History of Secret Societies by Arkon Daraul And I’m fascinated, especially by the Handbook, because it lists the Bilderberg Group, the Club of Rome and the Council on Foreign Relations; all are real groups that seem to have major influence on world

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Stopping Nightmares

Psychology Today Lucid Dreaming 2019 Update: Not sure why I was having nightmares or why I thought these articles would help. I guess I got over it.

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Open-Heart Surgery on TV

Battlestar Galactica: on a recent episode, Captain Adama was shot, and was starting to code blue. Not having a defibulator handy, the medic opted to crack open his chest and massage his heart to restart it. Immediately after the procedure they show him lying on the table, with very few monitors around, with a simple

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Shorthand

No time, just recording these: Renegade Art Batman’s bust Something to read further Pre-1960s Bollywood posters

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Weekend Update: King Kong at IMA

Stephanie and I saw King Kong with Dan and Doug, Josh, and David and Garrett on the Terrace at the IMA. It was great fun; the sound was much better than in the past, and I love seeing movies with Dan and Doug; I haven’t done that much recently, and I miss it. I spent

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Mini review: The Radioactive Boy Scout

The Radioactive Boy Scout: The Frightening True Story of a Whiz Kid and His Homemade Nuclear Reactor by Ken Silverstein In 1997, teenage Boy Scout David Hahn, who had been engaging in home-brewed science experiments for years in his parent’s backyard in Detroit, Michigan, built himself a functioning model nuclear reactor in his mother’s garden

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The Aristocrats Joke

I’m posting this so I can peruse it from home… Dead Frog features what has been described by the New York Times as “The Greatest Dirty Joke Ever Told” – The Aristocrats. Inspired by the forthcoming film from Paul Provenza and Penn Jillette which features 100 comics talking about and telling their versions of the

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Hucklebuck

One of my cats is named Huckleberry, but I frequently shorten his name or call him some variation on that, like Huck, or Hucklebuck. I had no idea that hucklebuck is a word that other people use, though. Today I happened to be reading about the Flickr photo of Shaving Cream that was mysteriously changing

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King Kong – Retro Style

Stephanie and I are going to see King Kong (the classic 1933 Fay Wray/Empire State building version, not the 1970s Jessica Lange/Twin Towers/so bad it’s funny version) on the terrace at the Indianapolis Museum of Art this Friday evening. I’m taking advantage of my summer hours program to go early and stake out a spot,

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Mini Reviews

I’ve been meaning to write reviews for all these things for a while, but I’ve been so busy I haven’t had time. So here are my mini reviews, because I can’t seem to keep up with everything. All the President’s Men I watched this movie for the first time this past weekend, and it was

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Cool Blue Photos

Really cool photography featuring the color blue. Also, 24 different ways to lace your shoes. Something I need: How to learn from you mistakes. And last but not least, Signs of Religion in the American South. Scroll down a bit and see the link to an interesting slide show of religious based church and business

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‘Cultural Generations’ via wikipedia

via wikipedia, Cultural generations , i.e., “Baby Boomer” and “Generation X.” Generation X: Generation X, commonly abbreviated to Gen X, is the generation born after the Western Post–World War II baby boom. Demographers, historians and commentators use beginning birth dates from the early 1960s to the early 1980s. The term was popularized by Douglas Coupland’s

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Homophobia in the News

Gay teenager forced by parents to go into a “sexual re-orientation” camp to “cure” him of his homosexuality. Nevermind that all licensed, legitimate psychological and psychiatric professionals say it isn’t possible to change sexual orientation because it isn’t a disease. Read Salon’s four part expose on these “ex-gay” camps. The New York Pizza Depot in

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Martha Stewart

Martha has just wrapped up filming of her “Apprentice” reality TV show, which will probably air in the fall. That makes me really sad, actually, and I think going for this kind of a show was a bad move on her part. It will cement her image in people’s minds as a wealthy executive, and

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Editor and Publisher’s take on Rove Scandal

Reporter Malpractice, Texas Hold-em & the Plame Game. Exactly. That’s what I was trying to write, except that I couldn’t sort out my thoughts on it adequately. When Bob Whitehouse dropped Plame’s identity on Miller, he immediately breached his contract with her. An agreement of confidentiality binds both parties, not just the reporter. When the

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Harry Potter book covers from different countries

The New York Times has a slideshow of the release of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince around the world, and when you view it, it becomes apparent that different countries have quite different book covers for the book. The Australian cover is the one we found online the other day at a rumor

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Cult of the Giant Teapot

A group of people in Malaysia belonging the the Sky Kingdom religion sect reported that their giant teapot, which they built to symbolize the importance of the healing purity of water, was attacked by a Muslim group who were upset at the number of converts they were losing.

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Indy Star’s InTouch “Blogs” Censorship

I recently posted a comment to an “blog” post on the Indy Star’s INTouch page, and they have refused to post the comment to the entry in question. Here’s the entry by Kevin Bain, regarding “attacking” Christians. Unfortunately, I didn’t save a personal copy of my comments, but I promise, I was very tame. I

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I have glue in my hair

I had two health appointments last night and this morning: my follow-up sleep study to see how well I’m doing on my CPAP machine, and my follow-up cardiologist appointment to see how I’m doing after my surgery. I didn’t manage to get all the glue washed out of my hair from the electrodes that were

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Choosing the right cookware

Stephanie and I have had several discussions lately about cookware, including one with her dad, who’s an engineer and who has tried cookware made from several different materials. Make Magazine posted this interesting article on cookware materials from an engineering perspective. About halfway down the page are charts comparing the various materials. I didn’t have

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Refurbishing an Old Gas Grill

Having just finished (or almost finished) this task, I’m infinitely qualified to give advice on the subject. So here’s a step-by-step guide on how to get the most out of an old gas grill: 1. Throw the old gas grill in the back of your truck. 2. Drive to the local landfill. 3. Give the

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

I finished reading the new Harry Potter book last night. Throughout the book I had a notion in my head of the answers to two of the mysteries; who the half-blood prince is, and who dies in the book (don’t yell at me about spoilers; the death is commonly known!).

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Make your own wind turbine

An article on how to create your own wind turbine — two years ago, I was searching the web to find plans to make one of these. I don’t know why; I just though it would be a cool thing to learn about. Don’t know that I’d ever actually attempt to make one myself.

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London bombing the result of Bush Admin info leak

Two years ago, a man named Mohammed Naeem Noor Khan was captured by Pakistani authorities. He was an Al Qaeda operative responsible for planning an attack on the London Underground and other attacks. On his laptop, which was recovered by intelligence officials, he had information about the plans, and about Al Qaeda operatives in London.

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Father kills 3-year old son because he thinks child is gay

In Tampa, Florida, the 21-year old father of a small boy went on trial this week for killing his son, whom he was boxing with because he thought the boy was gay. Even though the boy would shake and wet himself, his father, Ronnie Paris Jr., would box with the 3-year-old, slapping him in the

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Over 100 Quick and Easy Healthy Foods

I’ll have to take a look at this site later. Stephanie and I have been trying to build our regular cooking menu with things that are easy to prepare and healthy. Because we don’t live together yet, we have an extra time-crunch due to traveling back and forth from one house to another, so we

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blog for city-wide games

I’m going to have to look at this site in more detail later — it’s a site based in New York City that holds city-wide games, such as capture the flag, and man hunt. Sounds like fun. I know there’s a site like it in San Francisco, because Ernie from Little Yellow Different particpated at

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Stuff on My Cat

None of my cats would sit still long enough to put stuff on them. And I’m sure some of these pictures are photoshopped. Just make sure you don’t put too much stuff on your cat, or your cat could become one of these. Ya know, people pick tan carpet all the time because they think

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‘Human-brained’ monkeys

SCIENTISTS have been warned that their latest experiments may accidently produce monkeys with brains more human than animal. In cutting-edge experiments, scientists have injected human brain cells into monkey fetuses to study the effects. Critics argue that if these fetuses are allowed to develop into self-aware subjects, science will be thrown into an ethical nightmare.

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Age Maps

Bobby Neel Adams has an interesting photography project: “Two photographs of the same person, from different periods of time (child and adult) are spliced together.” I can’t truly recreate the effect of their project for myself without a lot more work, but the idea of two different pictures from completely different ages is interesting. 2019

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Weekend Update 2005-07-11

We received a company e-mail this morning to tell us that one of our company’s employees from their London offices has been missing since Thursday’s attack. That’s very distressing news. I was discussing in an e-mail with my sister, who lives with her husband in a town outside London, the terrorist’s choice of targets. They’re

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Painter of Dark

Not only does Lewis Barrett paint cool gothic style pictures that look like Thomas Kinkade’s nighmares, he does them on commission and will paint pictures of the house of your choice. Hmmmmm.

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Long-delayed t-shirt blogging

I started out with such great intentions. I was so determined. I as going to take a picture every day, and blog it right away. How quickly I got sidetracked. Curse you, real life! How dare you get in the way of my silly website projects? Well, anyway, here’s the catch-up… see the main photo

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National Guard?

Call me crazy, but I’d feel more secure if our national guard were actually here, guarding our nation, and not in some other country fighting people who had nothing to do with the Al Qaeda who are obviously active and busy. And as several security agents pointed out this morning on TV, these attacks had

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The Ridiculously Thorough Guide to Making Your Own Pizza

By Billy Reisinger, The Ridiculously Thorough Guide to Making Your Own Pizza is a great tutorial on doing it yourself, and although I made pizza from scratch for years in my mother’s kitchen, this is an excellent refresher course and covers detail (such as moisture levels in cheese) I’d never thought of before.

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GPS Tagging photos

I’m really going to have to do this with my Big Things photos… tagging pictures with GPS coordinates. Sigh. So much to do; so little time.

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Roomba News

A couple links for my girlfriend, who has one of these clever little vacuums. New Roomba Scheduler lets you upgrade your current Roomba! The iRobot Scheduler is a complete scheduling system that can be used with any of our current Roomba productsProgram the days and times and Roomba will clean when you’re not at home,

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Gap Clothes and Saipan Slave Labor, courtesy of Tom Delay

The island of Saipan is part of a U.S. Commonwealth, located in the Pacific, near Guam and the Philipines. Because of this, clothes made there can carry the “Made in the U.S.A” label, although that’s just a technicality. These clothes can also come into the U.S. tariff-free and quota-free, to highly profitable U.S. markets. What

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Happy 4th of July!!!

“You can support the troops but not the president” -Representative Tom Delay (R-TX) “[The] President…is once again releasing American military might on a foreign country with an ill-defined objective and no exit strategy. He has yet to tell the Congress how much this operation will cost. And he has not informed our nation’s armed forces

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Vivid Dreams

The first dream I had was about a house that I owned with my brothers. We were renting it out to a friend of mine, and I found out that he had a dog, which was okay, but he was keeping it in the crawlspace beneath the house, which was not okay. So the whole

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Stranger Things Happen

I’ve had the Kelly Link short story collection “Stranger Things Happen” on my to-buy list for quite some time, and for one reason or another have never gotten around to purchasing it. Now she’s written another short story collection (Magic for Beginners), and to help promote it, has made the previous book available for free

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Stephanie’s Feeling Well

Stephanie had her surgery today and everything went fine. The surgeon removed two lumps from her breast, and she came out okay and is home now recovering. She’ll be home tomorrow taking it easy and relaxing, as recommended by the doctor.

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King Kong Movie Trailer

The trailer for the King Kong movie is out!!! Movie to be released December 14th. I can’t wait!! What sucks, though, is that the only downloads they have at the site are AIM icons. I want desktop wallpaper, people. The photos are a disappointment as well, because they only show the cast members. Here is

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Big Things: Giant Barrel, mechanical puppet in France

Photos of a giant barrel at a Jules Verne celebration in France. Inside is a giant mechanical puppet, that interacts with a strange elephant with a cathedral on it’s back. They parade through the streets, and eventually the puppet puts on aviator glasses and jumps in a giant barrel-like rocket and blasts off. Looks like

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tshirt blogging; day 4, 5, & 6

[edit needed: update photos] A really old t-shirt that I love because it has a cool tiger on the front. It’s not really in the wearable pile anymore either, but I’ll try to do something with the logo. Why do I keep sticking my hands in my pockets? A new Old Navy ringer shirt. I

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Why Yawning Is Contagious

I’m linking to this because my girlfriend is one of the most easily suggestible yawners around — it’s the cutest thing. She’ll yawn if the dog yawns. She’ll yawn if you say the word “yawn.” She’s probably yawning right now, reading this. And for good measure: Emilie’s Don’t Yawn Game.

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Friday Afternoon News Cycle: We Have Mad Cow

If you watch the news much you learn that the White House routinely releases information it wants you to ignore on late Friday afternoons, so that it misses the last news cycle of the day and doesn’t get much attention over the weekend. Some bloggers pay special attention to the Friday afternoon news cycle for

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June Photos — Stephanie gets a hair cut!

[edit needed: update photos] I adore her new hair cut. I think it looks amazing. She’s still getting used to it. She donated her long hair to Locks of Love. [correct link/photos/2005/06.30_june/index.html] Check out my other photos to see my neighbor’s yard sign — the one about Patrice Abduallah, our City-county council representative, who’s not

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Ken Mehlman needs to resign, too

Republican Party Chairman Ken Mehlman (and closeted homo), speaking in Puerto Rico, said there was no need to apologize because “what Karl Rove said is true.” White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card, asked about the Rove dispute on CNN, noted, “We have seen pretty hot rhetoric from both sides of the aisle lately.” Again,

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Karl Rove’s Lies about Democrat’s response to 9/11

NEW YORK – Speaking in a Manhattan ballroom just a few miles north of ground zero, Karl Rove said on Wednesday night that the Democratic party did not understand the consequences of the Sept. 11 attacks. “Liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for

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The Great T-Shirt Challenge: Day 2

I have photos of me wearing this shirt in Germany, back in 1997, so I’ve had it a long time. I haven’t worn this shirt in a while, because I don’t usually wear red; I think the color makes my face look too red. It’s also one of the shirts where the sleeves are too

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Giant Table and Chairs

In Hampstead Heath, England: 30ft sculpture of a table and chair. And if that weren’t enough, Snapple attempted to create the world’s largest popsicle, but were confounded by the heat and cooling system failure, which caused their creation to melt, flooding Union Square in New York with 17 tons of bright red slush. Iowans were

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The Pledge of Allegiance

A young Star Trek fan was suspended from school for reciting his own version of the Pledge of Allegiance, in which he pledged to the United Federation of Planets. His mom has posted the story: “So, anyway. What did he do?” I picked at the hem of my sweatshirt, looked just to the right of

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The Great T-Shirt Challenge

We watched the first installment of Morgan Spurlock’s “30” this past week, (the one where he and his girlfriend live on minimum wage) and now I’m analyzing every cent I spend. So this morning while I was folding clothes, I answered a question that’s been bothering me for a while — “How many T-shirts do

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Grammar Police

I’m posting this link on grammar crimes to amuse my editor girlfriend, who constantly edits signs, billboards and other public writing in her head, to my great amusement. I really should set her up with a photo blog of her own for this sort of thing.

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Those hills aren’t alive with the sound of music…

‘Possessed’ nun crucified after row with priest — A Romanian Orthodox priest who faces a murder charge after ordering the crucifixion of a young nun because she was “possessed by the devil” was unrepentant as he conducted a funeral mass for his alleged victim. Prosecutors said they had charged the priest and four nuns from

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Republican Senators Attack the Red Cross

Yeah, THE Red Cross… you know, the wonderful folks who come and save your ass after natural disasters. I’ll be this goes over as well as when they attacked the beloved AARP. Here, read about it for yourself: Republican Senators believe the US should reconsider funds allocated to the International Committee of the Red Cross

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A-List?

A site called “blogebrity” (I won’t even start bitching about that weird mash-up name) is ranking Blogs by category: A-List, B-List, and C-List. I don’t make the list anywhere (Of course. Like I would). But what’s weird is that 98% of the people on the A-List I’ve never even heard of. And I’ve been reading

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Vaccinations and Autism

Salon Magazine has an scary article on the connection between vaccines containing the preservative thimerosal (a form of mercury) and autism. People were vaccinated with thimerosal preserved medicines since the 1930s, but in 1989 the number of vaccinations given to children went from 3 to 22, increasing children’s exposure to the preservative. What’s even more

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Operation Clambake: The Inner Secrets of Scientology

What a fun site documenting the nuttiness of Scientology. Run, Katie, run!!! Favorite quote: But respecting and tolerating the opinions of others does not mean one either has to agree or suppress one’s disagreement. The freedom to stand up and express critical opinions and views is what makes human thought evolve and is the core

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City-County council member Virginia Cain

Advance Indiana has a very interesting in-depth article on homophobe and city-county council member Virginia Cain. Among her choice quotes: Homosexuals have a shorter life span, are more likely to contract HIV/AIDS, experience serious bouts of depression and even suicide…. Thus, we need to help those who are entrapped in any kind of unhealthy lifestyle.

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Top Ten Conservative Idiots (#201)

I usually link to one of my favorite Top Ten lists on Mondays, but this week I’m late. Of course they count down the best of conservative misbehavior, only this week, they included the best reader submissions. Here’s an sample of my very favorite: Back in 1991-92 I was a volunteer escort at an abortion

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More on those wacky Mormons

This time they’re kicking out teenage boys (hundreds of them) so there’s less competition for the men who are marrying as many as a dozen teenage girls. Read the story in the L.A. Times. Gideon is one of the “Lost Boys,” a group of more than 400 teenagers — some as young as 13 —

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Rep. Espich on supporting bigotry: “I sure do!”

Representative Jeff Espich (R 82) was asked, “You don’t support bigotry do you, Sir?” His reply? “I sure do!” There were around 150 people protesting against House Speaker Brian Bosma’s Beer Bash for Cash last night at the Rathskeller in the Antheaneum, and my partner Stephanie and I were two of them. The problem with

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Haunted Paper Toys

Really cool site that lets you download word files and use them to print out foldable gothic toys, like killer robots and haunted mansions. The site’s kinda slow, though, because it’s been mentioned on some big sites and thus is getting lots of traffic.

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Fashion Critique of Homphobic Hate Group Westboro Baptist Church

Utter Wonder does a hilarous Blackwell critique on the fashion choices of the homophobic hate group Westboro Baptist Church. These are the fine folks who travel around the country, holding up signs saying “Gay people deserve death” and “Matthew Shepard’s in Hell” and other uplifting messages.

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Weekend Update 2005-06-13

Stephanie and I went to Valparaiso for the weekend to attend her 15 year class reunion. As a couple. The only gay couple there. It was like a mini pride celebration all by itself (since we missed the big event downtown). We even slow danced together during the evening. Very fun. No one seemed to

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Commonplace Books

About nine years after I did, the editor of technology review suddenly realizes the parallels between “Commonplace Books” and personal websites and weblogs. Too bad he came late to the party and didn’t get the URL he wanted, and had to settle for “New Commonplace” instead. Sucker.

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Monkeys Make Bad Pets

Despite the fact that I love monkeys, and have said several times that I want one, I know that monkeys aren’t good pets, something that’s come up in the news lately. They’re too intelligent and social to live with people and not with other monkeys, and they become bored and tend to overgroom and self-injure.

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Freeway Blogger hits the big time

The original Freeway Blogger, my idol and inspiration, has hit the big time with a news article in the San Francisco Guardian. I’ve corresponded with him a bit in the past (he visited my site and commented on one of my posts once).

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More doctors

Yesterday, Stephanie went to her regular physician for an annual physical (because I insisted that she go) and the doctor found a lump in her breast. She went for a mammogram (several of them, and ultrasounds, too) this afternoon. The doctors believe the lump is benign, because it’s not the shape or texture of a

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The Pod Caravan

VW owners might love this… Pod Caravans are retro trailers that resembled the old-fashioned teardrop trailers from the 50’s.

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House of Books

Sculptor Livio De Marchi has crafted an entire house that appears to be made of books, including the furniture.

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So Dick Wolfsie called me this morning…

From WISH-TV morning news. We’re going to do another interview about my “Big Things” photography, on June 29th. This time we’re going to film first and they’ll put it all together and broadcast it, and they’ll go grab shots of some of my favorite stuff around the city. I have to decide which Big Thing

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U.S. Confirms the Quran was abused

The Pentagon finally admitted that Newsweek wasn’t actually wrong, and that the Quran was abused at Guantanamo Bay. Of course they did this late Friday, after the evening news was already on, so that it would miss the news cycle over the weekend. U.S. military officials say no guard at the Guantanamo Bay prison for

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Back at Work

I’m back at work today for the first time. Woo hoo! It hasn’t bothered me too much, so far. My sternum is still healing, so it still hurts when I move my arms a lot. But I finished up taking the Darvocet last week and I’m just taking Ibuprofen for pain. I can sleep a

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Downing Street Memo Smoking Gun

So far, the republican controlled main stream media are trying to keep a lid on the smoking gun memo from Tony Blair’s office that reveals that Bush was planning to attack Iraq long before there was any intelligence about WMD or terrorist involvement. Help out with the campaign to blow the lid off this powder

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Irresponsible Pet Ownership

In the past couple of months, I’ve run across a person who was planning to dump a cat outdoors at a known cat colony, thinking it would “survive and fit in there” and a family that no longer wants their perfectly behaved, affectionate cat, because they have a child and “don’t have enough time to

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Things to do before I die

Having 2 near-death experiences in the past 3 years has been eye-opening. I need to make some changes in my life, and feel like I’m enjoying life and not just living through it. Self-improvement: Lose 50 pounds run in the mini-marathon Take up a sport that I do every day Learn another language Learn PHP

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Things I want to accomplish in the next year

My birthday is next Monday, so I made a list of things that I want to accomplish in the next year. Carry out my local freeway blogger project Run in the Mini-marathon Lose 50 lbs Get the trim and baseboards in my foyer replaced Cut the old water pipes out of my kitchen repaint my

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More language mangling from the Moron in Chief

It would be funny if it weren’t completely painful and just sad. So sad. “It seemed like to me they based some of their decisions on the word of — and the allegations — by people who were held in detention, people who hate America, people that had been trained in some instances to disassemble

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Tagged: About books

Scott tagged me with this book meme that’s going around, and now I have to tag others. 1. Estimate the total number of books you’ve owned in your life. I *think* I have about 3,000 books in my current library. Probably double that for what I’ve owned over my lifetime. I took a picture of

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Not in Our Neighborhood!

Brian Bosma, Speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives and one of Indiana’s leading opponent of GLBT rights, is holding his annual “Junetoberfest” campaign fundraiser on Monday, June 13th at the Rathskellar Biergarten, right in the heart of Massachusetts Avenue, in an area whose revitalization was driven by the GLBT community. Bosma is apparently willing

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Ohio’s GOP Money scandal: investing government money in coins

Yep, you read that right. The GOP “invested” $50 million of the taxpayer’s money not in secure investments, but in rare coins, an autograph of Jackie Kennedy and a picture of Lincoln without a beard, among other things. The fund was controlled by GOP fundraiser Tom Noe, who then apparently embezzled about $10 million dollars

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Anti-Gay Cross Burnings in Durham, NC

Durham, North Carolina had three cross burnings last night, that are apparently anti-gay related. The seem to be in response to a production of the Laramie Project, and also targeting a gay-friendly church, although none of the news outlets are willing to make that connection, except the pastor of the church, who mentioned it as

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Indianapolis Judge: Parent’s can’t teach children their religion

Wonderful; this local story is making national political websites. Now we look like total hillbillies in front of all of America. Thanks, bigots. Indianapolis judge, prevents parents from teaching their religion to their children. Just to be clear; the divorced couple are both Wiccans and both want their kid taught their religion, it’s just the

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Wee Ones

My friend Scott put up his kindergarten class picture and challenged everyone to pic out which kid he was. Unfortunately, I don’t have access to any of my class pictures (they’re in an end table at my Mom’s house and we get threatened with death any time we try to look through them) but I

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Christian Iraqis to US Christians: We were here before you

Christian Iraqis are pissed at American Evangelicals who are flooding Iraq with Bibles and attempting to “convert” their youth to Christianity, because as they rightly point out, the Judeo-Christian religion was born in Iraq, and the’ve been Christians for 10 centuries longer than American Christians. Iraq’s Christians have been in existence for almost 10-times longer

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Orson Scott Card

Aw, man. I suspected when we were reading Ender’s Game for my book club that mormon Orson Scott Card was a conservative nutjob. Turns out he is indeed: he actually writes an article attempting to rehabilitate the Sith and the dark side, claiming that the Jedis are the force of evil, not Darth Vader. That

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right-wing nutjob school

I had no idea something like this existed — Morton Blackwell’s Leadership Institute is a school for conservatives that teaches them how to rig elections and engage in dirty politics. Among it’s graduates: Karl Rove, the man who runs the White House, and his boyfriend, gay prostitute/fake journalist Jeff Gannon. No wonder the religious right

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The Top 10 Conservative Idiots (No. 199)

Hip, Hip… Hypocrisy! Edition I’ve been pointing out Republican hypocrisy for quite a while now — Democratic Underground covers the recent blatant examples of it. The upshot is that pretty much any conservative who lectures on “family” values is either gay, a wife beater, a child molester or a white collar criminal. Because for them

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New York Times — clueless

The New York Times headline actually reads — I’M NOT KIDDING — “A Modest Victory for Bush, but Challenging Tests Lie Ahead.” Apparently that’s the headline from Bizarro World, because, um, that filibuster compromise wasn’t a victory for Bush, y’all. Unless you count Bush getting his ass kicked as a “victory.” Which wouldn’t surprise me

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Possibly because he’s a dumb jerkface?

According to USA Today, Bush’s ratings have dropped to an all-time low: President Bush’s approval ratings for handling the economy, Iraq and Social Security have fallen to the lowest levels of his White House tenure, according to a USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll taken Friday through Sunday. Satisfaction with congressional Republicans also has sagged. By 47%-36%, those

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Sure, there’s no racism anymore

A North Texas school district is having four pages of its high school yearbook reprinted to correct a photo caption that identified a student as “Black Girl.” All white students are identified by name in the photograph of Waxahachie High School’s chapter of the National Honor Society. The teen identified as “Black Girl” is the

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Polka Music

I’m sitting in my dining room, and suddenly, I hear polka music outside. Just a sec, I’ll investigate. It was a car stopped at the light nearby. Strange, it was really loud, like somebody playing an accordian right outside my door, or something.

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This is just too cool….

Unusual Cards — collage cards by Francesca Berrini are greeting cards made of old retro images combined together, like old school books with kids playing combined with dinosaur illustrations, or old pictures of 60’s casseroles overlayed on landscapes as “giant food.”

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Digital Theater

Interesting article via Boing Boing on digital theater and how George Lucas was hoping to cause a switch-over to digital projection with his new installments of Star Wars. From what I understand, the resistance on the part of theater owners is because of the cost of switching to digital equipment, and the probability that digital

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Rush Limbaugh is a crack whore

I’m sorry, but I’m sick of people defending Rush Limbaugh’s drug addiction and giving Howard Dean a hard time for bashing Rush’s hypocrisy because he attacked others for drug use while he was higher than a kite. I’ve been prescribed OxyContin (which is basically Vicodin) and Darvocet for my open heart surgery, which is far

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Cooking

I’m not that great of a cook. I’m not terrible, either, but I find cooking to be very stressful, mainly because I have difficulty getting the timing of multi-course meals down correctly; I seem to never manage to get things all heated up at the same time in order to serve a meal. I’m not

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Isn’t that precious?

Apparently some fine folks in Arizona are traveling around the state in a nice “Please Hate Homos” semi-trailer truck called the “Marriage Mobile.” Beautiful. Why not just stick a nice burning cross on the top of that thing, and make it complete? If you take a good look at the statistics about gay marriage in

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Four For Friday 2005-05-20

Courtesy of Mikal Belicove: Q1: How do you feel about television, newspaper, magazine, or web site news reports that rely wholly or in part on ‘unnamed’ sources? It’s acceptable in many cases, if there is follow-up reporting that supports the information from the source. The exception would be where the unnamed source does something illegal,

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New Monkey Species Discovered

Yeah! Scientists discover a new species of monkey in Africa. The BBC story includes a picture of the new guy, called the Highland Mangabey. “This exciting discovery demonstrates once again how little we know about our closest living relatives, the nonhuman primates,” said Russell Mittermeier, chairman of the Primate Specialist Group of IUCN-The World Conservation

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Creepy Cat Robots

This Japanese company makes some weird cat robots called Necoro cats. They’re lifelike enough to be creepy. Call me when you make some monkey robots, people.

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I so need this: Rotating electrical plugs

Cool: from the site 360 electrical – outlet plugs that rotate, so if the plug you have is too big and blocks the other outlet, you can rotate the plug. I need this for practically every outlet in my house.

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The Brawny Man

Nuvo has an article on the Brawny Man website, where the paper-towel icon stars in some short movies that are basically cheesy romance novels come to life. I saw one of them broadcast as a commercial during daytime TV the other day, so they’ll probably be making their way to prime time eventually. As NUVO

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I don’t need your dictionary; I gots my own lexicon

Merriam-Webster gives us a list of their favorite top-ten words that are not in the dictionary. I’ve heard ginormous before, and my sister has used slickery on occasion. I have my own lexicon of made up words and phrases, although because of cognitive displaysia, there are some things I’ve forgotten to add.

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Hanzi Smatter

My friend Lori’s site pointed me in the direction of this: Hanzi Smatter is a site that looks at Chinese or Japanese language characters that Americans have adopted as logos or tattoos and analyzes what they really mean. Which is often not at all what the American intended it to mean. Sort of their revenge

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George Bush = Evil Empire

Tom Tomorrow has an interesting discussion on the politics of the new Star Wars movie, and how George Lucas himself says that he intends the movies to be commentary on how the Republicans are destroying democracy and the American people. So where does Lucas stand in this political polemic? “I’m more on the liberal side

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TV Shows on DVD

My friend Doug loaned me the DVDs for several TV shows to watch while I’m home recuperating from heart surgery. So my girlfriend and I watched the first season of “Mad About You” over the last couple weeks. I always liked the sitcom about a happy New York couple, Paul and Jamie Buchmann (played by

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Roomba

Stephanie bought a Roomba vacuum cleaner this weekend at Target, for half price. It was originally $150, marked down to $75. She needed a vacuum cleaner, and I was looking for a dust buster in the same aisle, so she picked it up. We were busy yesterday, so she didn’t have a chance to set

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Ahead of his time

A true quote, according to Snopes.com: “Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes that you can do these things. Among them are

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$2 Bills Rock Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS — Rock Indiana Campaign for Equality announced today their statewide $2 bill campaign. The campaign, which began two weeks ago with a saturation period, will last through the summer. “Because of the vast discrimination that is being wielded against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Hoosiers, we feel it is important to send a message

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Catholics refuse communion to people who support gays

According to an AP story, A priest in St. Paul, Minnesota denied communion to more than 100 parisioners on Sunday because they wore rainbow color sashes in support of gay and lesbian Catholics. A Roman Catholic priest denied communion to more than 100 people Sunday, saying they could not receive the sacrament because they wore

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How Gay Is The Religious Right?

Very, very gay, according to Frank Rich in the New York Times, who gives us a nice overview of several anti-gay religious zealots have been outed as leading secret gay lives. We’ve been saying it for years, and it’s finally showing in the papers — people who protest too much have something to hide.

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Real ID Act

I keep saying it’s getting worse, and then it gets even more worse. I keep thinking, “surely, cooler heads will prevail, here, and this will get scotched, right?” but then stuff like the Real ID Act gets passed, and I’m dumbfounded. Wil Wheaton’s got a good explanation of what’s going on here. Basically, the government

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What’s Your Kinsey Number?

I think the number on this quiz is probably right, but the quiz itself isn’t the actual Kinsey quiz, just so you know if you plan on taking it. Your Kinsey Number is 5.7 Predominantly Homosexual, Incidentally Heterosexual What’s Your Kinsey Number? More Great Quizzes from Quiz Diva

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Louisville, Kentucky

It’s been a couple of weeks, but I finally got my pictures edited from our Big Things photography trip to Louisville, Kentucky. I love this city! In a lot of ways it’s more sophisticated that Indianapolis. Much better arts. Their historic areas are huge and much better preserved than in Indianapolis, and their downtown is

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Pointless car chases

I’m in the middle of watching the movie Paycheck… and I was enjoying the somewhat interesting techno-thriller, until the middle section of the movie, where they threw in a completely ridiculous, pointless and mind-numbing car chase into it. Now it have in on pause because I had to get up and leave after that annoying

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I wanted to be a Darwinist, but I wasn’t selected

If you’re following the news at all, you’ve read that Kansas is having a second Scopes Monkey trial wherein they’re planning on teaching creationism in the classroom as a form of science. In 1999, Kansas decided to drop the teaching of evolution in the classroom (this decision has since been reversed). But today the Kansas

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Human Factors Engineer

If you look closely at the potential examples for job titles at “BullShitJob.com” you can see my actual job title is one of the possible generated ones. Hee hee. Don’t look at me, I didn’t make it up.

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Smoking Gun Memo on WMD

On May 1st, a memo leaked to the London Times was published that exposed the Bush Administration’s dirty secret — that they, along with Tony Blair and British intelligence agencies, knew there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, but they doctored intelligence reports to make it appear that there was so they could

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The Nuclear Option

Salon magazine has a great primer on the “nuclear option” the Republican’s plans to eliminate the filibuster, as their first step in attempting to dismantle democracy and make our country over into a theocracy governed by Christian Terrorists.

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Stuff I’ve Read Lately

The Broom of the System David Foster Wallace I read this for my book group, so I’m not going say much about it before we meet to talk about it, because the first rule of book group is “don’t talk about the book before book group.” But as far as David Foster Wallace goes, I

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Veronica Mars

Just finished watching the season finale of Veronica Mars — and I have to admit I didn’t piece the whole thing together before the end, although all the elements were there and I should have figured it out. I did predict that Aaron Echolls was the one who had the cameras in the boat house,

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I really want to be proud of where I live

But it’s really hard to do when my elected officials embarrass the crap out of me every time I turn around. Turns out the Evan Bayh and Richard Lugar are both at the top of the list of politicians who take sleazy free vacations from lobbyists. Way to represent, guys. And because I was in

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Horse Head Pillow

For your favorite Godfather movie fan, a horse head Pillow. I’m just surprised that it hasn’t been done before, really,

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World Jump Day – July 20, 2006

The idea is that if millions of people jump at the exact same time on the same day, the earth will change it’s orbit and cure global warming. uh huh. Sure it will. But you know I’m totally going to do it anyway, just because it’s so stupid.

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The House Next Door

The owner of the house next door is getting tons of stuff done on it. It’s moving along at a really great pace and should look amazing when it’s done. They’ve finished replacing all the windows and on Friday they started on a new roof. And inside, they’re done with the major mechanicals and are

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I haven’t blogged in over a week

That’s pretty unusual. I’m feeling a lot better; typing doesn’t feel like it’s pulling on my incision like it did before, so I’m not as uncomfortable. Stephanie went back to work today, so me and Spike are hanging out at home together, staying out of trouble. I already went for my morning walk, all by

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Wow, I had open-heart surgery!

I can’t believe it. I keep walking around the house thinking “wow, I had open-heart surgery. I can’t believe it!” Then I move wrong and I believe it, alright. It’s funny, the doctors and nurses keep saying “You’re not allowed to drive for four weeks! Don’t even think about it!” And I’m thinking I’d rather

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Happy Anniversary!

It’s Stephanie’s and my first anniversary together. A year ago we went to Iaria’s Restaurant on our second date and stood on my patio and kissed at the end of the night. I love her so much and just wanted to say again how amazing she is. She has been so wonderful and supportive through

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Feeling slightly better

I didn’t sleep much last night either (dreams, and just inability to sleep) but I’m feeling alright today. Typing is not easy to do, however, so not much blogging. Mainly I’ve been watching TV/DVDs and reading magazines.

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worst nightmares I’ve ever had

I’m not sure whether it’s the heart surgery or the Vicodin I’m on, or some terrible combination of both, but I just had two of the most horrible nightmares I’ve ever had. Something is seriously wrong. There is no way I’m going to sleep again tonight.

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yep, I’m home

I’ve been home since this afternoon trying to take it easy. Just for the record, typing with a large chest incision is NOT FUN and I won’t be doing a whole lot of it for a while. Owwww! When Stephanie said earlier that my incision looks really good, she of course meant that in the

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Psych!

So I get a phone call at lunchtime (I went in to work for a few hours this morning): “Dr. Beckman just came in and he said I can go home!” “WHAT?! Oh, my God!” I hurried to Steph’s house to pick out clothes for her to come home in and rushed over to the

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Up and walking

The brochure they gave Steph before the surgery said that she’d walk 50 feet three times today. She actually walked 250 feet three times. She got more tubes out again, too. Her color is better again, and she’s talking a lot more. She’s still pretty tired, but I hope she’ll sleep better tonight. I asked

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Phone call

I talked to Steph just now. They put the phone closer to her bed so she could use it. She walked already this morning (!) and had some breakfast, and the doctor just came to see her and said she’s doing well. She sounds better again today, and she said she feels pretty good, although

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A new room

When I got to the hospital this morning, the nurse told me that Steph had already had some Jell-O and broth for breakfast and they were going to put her in the chair soon and take some tubes out. After she got up into the chair, they had me help give her a bath, which

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Morning update

I woke up early this morning because I had a dream that they wouldn’t tell me how Steph was doing, so I called to check on her (the nurse told me last night that I could). She’s doing really well, and they were already done with all her morning stuff. She had some clear liquids,

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Steph’s doing great!

Just a quick update before I run back to the hospital — Steph’s surgery went really well this morning. They were able to repair her mitral valve, which sounds (from the surgeon’s description) like it was even more damaged than they previously thought. There is no leak remaining at all, which is wonderful. We got

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Are you nervous?

Heck yes. It’s funny, that’s the question that nearly everyone has asked me. I am really nervous. So I’m just in denial about the whole thing, for now. I’m sure I’ll lose it once I get to the hospital. 🙂 Seriously, though, I think I’ll be just fine. I’m young and strong and pretty healthy,

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Movie Primers

This is a site I need to return to and read in the future; GreenCine’s Movie Primers, which are mini-guides to key movie genres. Excellent for figuring out what the heck is up with French New Wave films. Without, you know, actually having to see them.

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I’ll have what he’s having, please

JC: What I’ll say is that I think Eric Alterman and Ann Coulter engage in the same kind of debate. I’m not sure what crack John Cloud of Time Magazine is smoking, but whatever it is, I’d like some, please. Because it’s got to be really amazing stuff for him to compare these two people.

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Individual-i

The Individual-i website promotes personal freedom by making the Individual-i symbol, which represents protection of individual rights, freely available for anyone to use. They also link to sites where people are selling Individual-i products. Download a logo for your own use or buy a shirt or other items.

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Surgery details and information

I go in for surgery at 5:30 a.m. this Friday at Methodist Hospital in downtown Indianapolis. 1701 N. Senate Blvd. Indianapolis, IN 46206. 1-800-248-1199 is the toll-free number to call for information. If you want to see me in the hospital before surgery, please come at 5:30. If you are visiting while I’m in surgery,

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Top Ten Conservative Idiots (#194)

This week’s list covers several issues of personal interest to me… the “Day of Truth” crap, Eric Rudolph’s nutjob anti-gay statements: “with force if necessary.” (Really, Eric? I can fight fire with fire), anti-gay nutjob Arthur Finkelstein’s gay marriage, and Jeff “Defense of Marriage” Miller’s adulterous behavior, which makes yet another addition to the right-wing

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Big Things Louisville Trip

Stephanie and I took a trip to Louisville this weekend to take some Big Things pictures. On Saturday, we visited the giant Colgate clock, the giant bat at Louisville Slugger Museum (another giant bat at the costume shop down the street) and a huge coffee pot at the Lynn’s Paradise Cafe. We also went to

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CPAP Breathing Machine

I’ve been using the breathing machine for my sleep apnea since Thursday evening, and I think it’s a success. I feel much better rested now and able to concentrate. The mask part of the machine is somewhat annoying; I can’t read before falling asleep because I can’t wear my glasses, and I have to take

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Guest Blogger

Just testing — I’ll be guest blogging and providing updates while Steph is in the hospital. Looks like my new laptop works just fine at Steph’s house. Woo hoo!

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Additional Living Will Pointers

The Onion provides a few Living Will pointers I hadn’t thought of, but will now factor into my surgery preparation plans. Among them: Leave at least one reasonably flattering photo for the press. This point cannot be emphasized enough. Explain in no uncertain terms that, should you die and return as a zombie, loved ones

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Bash a Fag For Jesus

Shoot, yesterday was the National Day of Silence, and I missed blogging about it. This is a project where high school students, to protest the harrassment and bullying that gay and lesbian teenagers experience at school every day, choose to go through their day without speaking. Started in 1998, it’s swelled into a nationally recognized

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Dining out For Life – Today!!

Dining Out for Life is an annual fundraising event held in 33 cities across America with all the proceeds benefiting respective HIV/AIDS organizations in their communities. On Thursday, April 14th, these fine restaurants will be contributing 25% of their food sales to The Damien Center. (The Damien Center provides and coordinates comprehensive services and education

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More about our shallow culture

Wow. A researcher at the University of Alberta has shown that parents are more likely to give better care and pay closer attention to good-looking children compared to unattractive ones. Dr. Andrew Harrell presented his findings recently at the Warren E. Kalbach Population Conference in Edmonton, Alberta. Harrell’s findings are based on an observational study

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Sleep Study Results

Sleep apnea is defined as the absence of airflow at the nose and mouth for longer than 10 seconds during sleep. Sleep apnea syndrome (SAS) is described as the occurrence of more than 30 apnea episodes over a seven-hour period of nocturnal sleep. My doctor says I had 150 – 160 episodes during my study

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Truck Cover Stolen

Last night someone stole the vinyl truck bed cover from my truck where it was parked behind my house. It will be $250 to replace the cover, and I don’t know if I want to do that, considering it might just get stolen again. It’s not like when my rainbow flag was stolen over and

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Freecycling – Giving away your stuff

Freecycling networks harness the power of the Internet to connect people who have stuff to throw away with others in their area who would like that stuff, so it doesn’t wind up in a landfill. We ALL have things in our garages, closets, attics, offices, etc., that we don’t need. Freecycle lets you find someone

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Our Shallow Culture

A study on how appearance affects pays scale: A study by economists Daniel Hamermesh and Jeff Biddle uses survey data to examine the impact that appearance has on a person’s earnings. In each survey, the interviewer who asked the questions also rated the respondents’ physical appearance. Respondents were classified into one of the following groups:

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Poor Henry

A young gibbon monkey named Henry in a zoo in Minnesota is going to a new home because his parents have rejected him. The zoo has found him a surrogate mom in a zoo in Nashville, who will hopefully teach him socialization skills. Currently Henry’s only friend is a pillow named Fuzzy, that he holds

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Fable Walkthrough Tips

The Bella Online walkthrough was most helpful in figuring out what I was doing wrong in the archery test. Also, see the comments for another walkthrough that I used to figure out stuff. Also, I used the walkthrough here: http://faqs.ign.com/articles/553/553965p1.html I’m currently stuck in Hobbe Cave, so I don’t know some of the rest of

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Sleep Test

I went to the hospital yesterday evening to participate in a sleep test to figure out why I stop breathing at night. I ended up getting not a lot of sleep at all, and I was so exhausted yesterday I went home from work and crashed. I’m still worn out today, and scrambling to keep

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Pick Two

Interesting post and subsequent design discussion at kottke.org on the old design adage of “good, fast, or cheap: pick two.”

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Cognitive Decline?

In writing about my upcoming heart surgery for IndyScribe, I stumbled across some information during research that is really disturbing, and may change my mind about having open-heart surgery. According to research, being on a heart and lungs machine during the operation can cause “cognitive decline” in 42% of patients — in other words, brain

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How to Have Open Heart Surgery in Indianapolis

I’m kidding, of course; I’m not suggesting you should deliberately go out and have open-heart surgery. Unless, of course, your doctor says you need to. But since I’ll be doing it soon, I’m certain it will be all the rage and everyone will want a fashionable chest scar like I’ll have. Since that’s the case,

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Monkey Cuckoo

I’ve been looking around for an inexpensive Cuckoo clock for a while — and Rich just sent me a link to this one that has a monkey that peeks out of the door. Hee hee. Sadly, I don’t really have an extra $50.00 to spend on him.

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Upper Ranks? Who defines these things anyway?

Two articles on the subject of blogging showed up in today’s Arts and Letters Daily about how the “Upper ranks” of bloggers are dominated by white males. One article says that it’s so and calls for greater diversity. The other article says it’s so also, but claims that it’s the case because women and minorities

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Strategic Non-violence Video Game

This is NOT an April fools joke: Sponsored by the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict, the game, called “A Force More Powerful,” resembles a cross between a political science model and one of the popular city-builder games. The player represents the chief of staff of a non-violent resistance movement. He gives orders to various characters

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check the calendar

Google announces new drink product: Google Gulp Think Geek announces new products; among them: USB Fondue set The iCopulate ipod-to-ipod transfer thingy If you buy anything over $10 on thinkgeek, you get the fake April 1st t-shirt. For real. The Boing Boing Parody — Boring Boring Also, Motorola’s new iTunes enabled phone.

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The Pope

I pray that God bless and care for the Pope and ease his suffering, and forgive him for persecuting gay people. Pope John Paul II in Failing Health

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DIY VW Microbus

A new Japanese craze is modding a Suzuki van to look like a VW Micro Bus. Cool. Since I can’t actually get a new microbus (VW decided not to produce the new concept car) I might have to do this, instead. Judging by how many there are, this seems like a pretty big trend over

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Cool Headstones

In the event that I die, which I’m quite certain will be 50 years from now and not any time soon, I really want to have this cool headstone from Lundgren Monuments. Because it’s glass and is really cool looking.

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Tired

I started to leave for lunch to get some sunshine a little while ago. Unfortunately, although I remembered my wallet and key card, I forgot to take my car keys with me. And on my car keys is the elevator fob to get past the security block on the elevator. So to get back to

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World Beard and Mustache Championships

I wrote a couple of years ago about one of my favorite quirky contests, the World Beard and Mustache Championships. Now National Geographic covers the contest in a recent issue. This years event occurs October 1st in Berlin.

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Living Wills

Stephanie and I met with an attorney last night to arrange to get living wills. She’ll draw them up and then send them to us next week. She charges $230 an hour (wow!) and it should take her a couple of hours to get it done. Ouch. But it’s better than the alternative. Here in

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What? No Christian Terrorists?

Of course they don’t consider Christian Terrorists like bomber Eric Rudolph and the Anthrax killer “Terrorists.” Because these are the people who give money to Republican election campaigns. Can’t offend the people who put you in office, even if they do blow shit up and kill democrats and gay people. The Department of Homeland Security

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In honor of me getting my living will this afternoon…

Some bittersweet political humor on the subject of living wills, shared on the occasion of me getting a living will in preparation for my upcoming heart surgery. By ROBERT FRIEDMAN, Perspective Editor Published March 27, 2005 Like many of you, I have been compelled by recent events (Terri Schiavo) to prepare a more detailed advance

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people kicked out of Bush “town hall” because of bumpersticker

I’ve noted it before, but President Bush’s “town hall” meetings aren’t really open to the public. The people allowed inside are hand-picked by the president’s staff. Here’s even more evidence of that: a local news story on how three people were removed from a town hall meeting because of a bumpersticker on their car.

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Parallels

“Reflecting on that time, The American Heritage Dictionary (Houghton Mifflin Company, 1983) left us this definition of the form of government the German democracy had become through Hitler’s close alliance with the largest German corporations and his policy of using war as a tool to keep power: “fas-cism (fbsh’iz’em) n. A system of government that

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Fascinating article on religious extremism

In the New York Times, Paul Krugman discusses the rise of religious extremism (what I like to refer to as “religious nujobs”) and how they are endangering democracy here in America and around the world. How does one balance a desire to respect and protect differences of opinion, when some people’s opinions are intent on

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Uncyclopedia

I have found a new place to spend unearthly amounts of time reading and writing and amusing myself no end. Like I needed another place like that. I love technology. Technology is the best. I pity the Amish. And people from the olden days. They had no technology. They must have been very sad. And

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Make it yourself iPod dock

Piers has a pattern for creating your own iPod dock. It’s a PDF file that you download, print out, attach to cardboard and shape to hold your iPod. Pretty fun, and saves you $35.

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Michigan Preparing To Let Doctors Refuse To Treat Gays

This is truly frightening. Not letting us get married is one thing, but refusing to provide health care to gay people is chilling, nazi-esque “load up the trains” behavior. Doctors or other health care providers could not be disciplined or sued if they refuse to treat gay patients under legislation passed Wednesday by the Michigan

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Walmart Vs. Target

Rob at Cockeyed.com does a price comparison of numerous items at Walmart and Target. His conclusion — Walmart is slightly cheaper, but not by much. For the same 20 items, he spent $115.51 at Walmart, and $120.40 at Target, with Target being cheaper on 6 items. And he isn’t factoring in the fact that Walmart

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Favorite Literary Characters

The Independent put together a list of well-known literati’s picks for their favorite literary characters. I’m sure I’ll think of more later, but here are mine, off the top of my head: 1. Anne Elliot, from Jane Austen’s Persuasion. 2. Rosalind, from Shakespeare’s As You Like It. 3. Auntie Mame, from Patrick Dennis’ Auntie Mame

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Frustration

I think the thing that bothers me most right now is that there are so many things I’m not supposed to do. In any given day, I do probably 40 or 50 things that are now on the list of restricted activities that aren’t allowed lest they give me congestive heart failure and leave me

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Fun Sites to Buy Stuff

Boys Stuff dunno about the title, because there’s a lot of stuff girls like too. Lots of cool techie toys. PLUS: The best Monkey toy ever. Archie McPhee Always a classic, I’ve blogged about Archie McPhee before. I’ve ordered lots of stuff from them for myself and as gifts. This is where I bought my

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Dining Out For Life – Thursday, April 14th

Dining Out for Life is an annual fundraising event held in 33 cities across America with all the proceeds benefiting respective HIV/AIDS organizations in their communities. On Thursday, April 14th, these fine restaurants will be contributing 25% of their food sales to The Damien Center. (The Damien Center provides and coordinates comprehensive services and education

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Xbox.com

I bought an Xbox at lunch today. I got it used, but just barely. The guy who had it played it once and brought it back to exchange for the new Playstation 2. It’s the limited edition Halo box, which came with the Halo game and is transparent green. I also got a second controller

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Take another little piece of my heart now, baby

After he heard about my heart surgery, Brad said he thought about sending me a copy of Melissa Etheridge’s cover of Janis Joplin’s “Pieces of My Heart.” I guess he hesitated because he was worried I’m be offended. But no, I think that’s pretty funny.

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Poetic Justice: Road Rage Fun

Stories of poetic justice are great, and they’re even better when they involve reckless SUV drivers on cellphones who get pulled over by cops for flipping people off, and even better than that when the victim has a digital camera with them to photograph the incident. 2019 Update: Aw, those happy golden years when cell

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Slow Food U.S.A.

Recognizing that the enjoyment of wholesome food is essential to the pursuit of happiness, Slow Food U.S.A. is an educational organization dedicated to promoting stewardship of the land and ecologically sound food production; reviving the kitchen and the table as the centers of pleasure, culture, and community; invigorating and proliferating regional, seasonal culinary traditions; creating

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Free Bird!!

Source: Wall Street Journal: “Rock’s Oldest Joke: Yelling ‘Freebird!’ In a Crowded Theater” A history of the phenomenon of people shouting “Freebird!” at concerts. The best part is the last paragraph, where Lynyrd Skynyrd band member Johnny Van Sant admits he’s done it himself at a Cher concert.

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Red Marble Games (Mac video games)

I got a free download of the Holiday Express video game (similar to a Tetris game) with my .mac account through Apple, and because I enjoyed it, I looked up the company that made it, Red Marble Games, and played a few of their other free demos. I ended up buying Digby’s Donuts, which is

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Crazy Cat Lady Action Figure

The company that makes all sorts of cool weird action figures has come out with a new one: Crazy Cat Lady, the lady with lots of kitties. Ohh, cool. This site also has a monkey that does somersaults.

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April 22nd – My Surgery Date

So my surgery will be April 22nd. From what Dr. Beckman and his staff told me, it won’t be nearly as difficult a recovery as I’ve been expecting from the reading I’ve been doing. I’ll only be in the hospital about 5 days. After that I will be home, but I won’t be bedridden. I’ll

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Animal Instinct

The other day when I was sitting in the Cardiologist’s waiting room, there was a video playing about health issues and medical breakthroughs. One of the stories was about a woman who had devastating epileptic seizures and who couldn’t live on her own because of them. They came without warning and rendered her helpless, so

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Living Will

Wow, reading this about Terri Schiavo’s case makes it clear why it’s important for me (and everyone!!) to have a living will. As much as the idea of creating that document frightens me, the idea of something like this happening to me frightens me more. God forbid my life become a political football for the

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Dr. Daniel Beckman, M. D.

Here’s some information about Dr. Beckman, who will be my heart surgeon, apparently. And here’s another bio page on him. Also, here’s some info on some rare procedure that Dr. Beckman is pioneering (not what I need done). Here’s a video [real player required] of Dr. Beckman talking about some rare procedure he’s done on

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Extraterrestrial Abduction Day

Don’t forget; today is Extraterrestrial Abduction Day. Don’t forget to wear your Aluminum Foil Deflector Beanie. Last year on this day we celebrated with a huge party at my house.

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TEE Test Update

My Transesphogeal Echocardiogram test went really smoothly yesterday. It’s a relatively painless procedure and all I have is a slight sore throat now which I’m sure will go away soon. And they drugs they give you to knock you out are fantastic. I felt really good after the procedure. I apparently asked Doctor Trippi the

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Wild Divine

When I first started looking at this bio-feedback game called Wild Divine I thought it was pretty hokey, (I tend to take Deepak Chopra with a grain of salt) but watching the demo made me think it might be pretty fun to play around with. You have a machine hooked up to your fingertips that

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Four For Friday

As always, courtesy of Mikal at Belicove.com: Q1: Which do you use the most… microwave oven, toaster oven, or conventional oven? Which do you prefer to use? A1: use most: Microwave. Prefer: conventional oven. I like the way food tastes cooked on the stove top better, and I LOVE the smell of anything baking. I

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Betrapped!

I’m at work right now, so I can’t play this interesting game Betrapped, so I’m saving the link for later. It looks like a combination of Clue (my favorite!!!) and Minesweeper. You have to clear a room of traps (the minesweeper bit) and interrogate suspects (like Clue) to solve the crime. Here’s their synopsis: A

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Transesophageal Echocardiogram Today

I go in for my Transesophageal Echocardiogram (TEE Test) today at 3 at Methodist Hospital downtown. I had a big breakfast because I can’t eat 5 hours before the test, since they stick a tube down my throat to do an ultrasound from inside my body. They also have to sedate me, so Stephanie’s coming

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Menorahs and clocks made out of crazy old junk

I’ve posted several things recently about cool stuff made out of old junk, and here’s another… Roger Wood at Klockwerks has expanded from making super-cool clocks to making super-cool menorahs out of old stuff. I LOVE stuff like this. I have several old parts of stuff that I bought at the salvage yard with this

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Pixar’s cool workspaces

Ain’t it cool news writes about a visit to Pixar studios, and publishes some kick-ass photos of the work spaces of Pixar animators. Instead of cubicles, they have little cottages, with doors, windows and addresses. Walking through the space is “like walking through a neighborhood for dwarves.”

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Unconscious Mutterings 2005-03-17

Courtesy of Luna Nina: Shape up:: ship out New Orleans:: Marde Gras In the bedroom:: yawn All the time:: 24/7 Philosophy:: thought Tyler:: Durden Disturbed:: bothered French kiss:: Stephanie Solidify:: Formulate Furtive:: hidden

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This is why my sister should have a blog

She never stops cracking me up: Why, that’s just not true. In addition to good vibes, I can send you goodies for after surgery. Of course, I can’t send anything funny, or you’ll laugh and your chest will hurt. And I can’t send you anything sad because you’ll cry and your chest will hurt. And

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Stuff you read on the internet that scares the crap out of you

From this page: Expectations after surgery: The rate of success of heart valve surgery is high — and increasing. The operation provides symptom relief and prolongs life. The death rate varies depending on the heart valve and averages 2% to 5%. Approximately 2 of every 3 patients who received an artificial mitral valve are still

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Open Heart Surgery

I’ve waited a bit to write about this, because I need to talk to my family and friends first. It appears that I will need to have open heart surgery to repair my defective heart valves. I’m hoping to get some other opinions and information on less invasive types of surgery, but that appears to

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Factual Errors in anti-gay amendment arguments

Courtesy of Jeramy Townsley, Adjunct Faculty, Psychology, IUPUI and Univ of Indpls Below are numerous factual errors from the anti-equal marriage rights advocates who are seeking to prevent equal marriage rights for gay people, with factual analysis and studies included illustrating the mistaken ideas in their arguments.

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Judge rules California marriage law is unconstitutional

According to the Associate Press: SAN FRANCISCO — A Superior Court judge has ruled that California’s law limiting marriage to a union between a man and a woman is unconstitutional. The lawsuits were brought by the city of San Francisco and a dozen same-sex couples last March, after the California Supreme Court halted the four-week

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Brother Bush’s Travelin’ Salvation Show

As the Washington Post reveals, Bush’s “conversations” with “the people” about social security are anything but that. They are orchestrated, scripted, staged “meetings” with people put in place specifically to agree with him, and the whole point is for the local news to film the “event” and put it on TV as propaganda for Bush’s

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Weekend Update 2005-03-14

In addition to the rally we attended last week, Stephanie landed her loop during her skating lesson on Thursday, which is a major breakthrough and something she’s been working on for a long time. One of her fellow skaters filmed her doing the loop on his digital camera, so I’m hoping to see it soon.

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Looby Lu’s Softies

Designer Looby Lu is an illustrator/cartoonist who is starting an online business selling adorable dolls she’s designed and hand made. When I saw them I thought of some of the things my mom has made.

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Blog Frustration

I have Movable Type up and running on my site, and this blog you see is in it now. However, I’m still working on moving my old blog posts from Blogger into Movable type, and I’m only about half done. The difficulty is with Blogger, not with the new content management system. Within Blogger, I

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Fortune Cookie

“An upward movement initiated in time can counteract fate.” I got this one last week, and it’s easily the strangest, most mysterious fortune cookie I’ve ever received. This is what a fortune cookie should be; inscrutable.

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Transesophageal Echocardiogram

More health-related googling and blogging for me. Transesophageal Echocardiogram TEE or Transesophageal Echo Basically, I have to have one of these soon to see what’s actually going on inside my heart. Today I went to the cardiologist (Dr. Yee, Cardiac Care Center, Methodist Hospital) to talk about the results of my recent echocardiogram. While I

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Wanted for Crimes Against the Constitution

Recently the Indiana Senate passed Senate Joint Resolution 7 on a vote of 42 to 8. The proposal to amend Indiana’s Constitution to ban same-sex marriage now moves to the Indiana House of Representatives for their consideration. Authored by Senator Brandt Hershman (R-Wheatfield), SJR 7 would also bar similar legal structures such as civil unions,

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Numa Numa

Um. this is totally Mike’s fault that I have this “Numa Numa” song stuck in my head. I’m not planning on forgiving him. But check out the site; the guy (Gary Brolsma) singing along on his web cam is priceless. Here’s another site of him singing; it’s great. I guess this same thing was featured

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We Kissed Inside The Statehouse

Photo Set: 2005 Rally Against SJR-7 We had a wonderful, successful rally at the Indiana Statehouse yesterday! Hundreds of people showed up with extraordinary signs to protest the SJR7 legislation. We were getting people’s contact information, and of the people who agreed to sign up, we got 757 contact addresses. That was about 3/4ths of

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Three Companies to Avoid

What follows has been lifted from an article called “Top Ten “Anti-Gay” Companies” that was published in a Christian magazine called Business Reform (hence the anti-gay language). Don’t shop here: 4. Meijer Inc. Industry: Retail Why We Picked Them: Meijer made the number 9 spot in 2004 on Forbes’ list of the 200 Largest Private

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Unconscious Mutterings 2005-03-07

Usher:: Rap Music Cherish:: “Is the word I use to remind me of your love” Mistreat:: Pets Forum:: bulletin board Systematic::  thorough Warning:: caution Wash:: cloth I wish:: I had a million dollars Candles:: Stephanie Metallic:: shiny!

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My Girlfriend Will Love This

The Eggcorn Database is a collection of commonly misused phrases; like “beside manor” instead of “bedside manner” or “vintage point” when they really mean “vantage point.” I remember several years ago on the gayindy mailing list one of the troublemakers on the list accused someone else of “acting in an unethical manor.” Which made me

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Movin’ on up, to the east side…

I’m getting ready to convert my blog over to the Movable Type publishing system, from Blogger. MT is much more customizable and robust, and I’ve learned how to bend and shape it to my will in creating IndyScribe, so I’m hoping the transition will go smoothly in moving this blog. (Oh, it never does, does

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Governor Daniels calls Democrats Terrorists

House Democrats in Indiana were concerned about two bills that threatened the rights of Hoosiers; a bill that created an “Inspector General” position for the Governor’s office, which would allow the Governor to appoint his own prosecutor and basically screw up the balance of power between government branches, and a bill requiring voters to present

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Bill O’Reilly threatens bloggers for linking to his column

According to the fun folks at News Hounds, the syndication site that produces Bill O’Reilly’s columns are threatening their site because they linked to one of O’Reilly’s articles — this one on Buster Bunny. “Creators Syndicate demands that you immediately cease and desist from your unauthorized use of the link to Bill O’Reilly’s column on

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The Memory Hole

If you’ve never seen it before, check out The Memory Hole on you free time sometime. They publish on their site information that’s been “Lost” by the goverment — for example, the website of the US Commission on Civil Rights has been purged of 20 reports that didn’t meet the agenda of the agency’s Republican

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Repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” – for a draft?

Because they need the bodies, and they can’t risk any more people getting out of service by taking advantage of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” Congress is planning to repeal it. I feel so much better that they’re not going to discriminate against me anymore, but only because they hope to get me shot at. Now

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Heart Update

I got a call from the nurse… my cholesterol is down from last time I had it checked. It’s 181, which is considered normal. All my other bloodwork is good, too, including my potassium and calcium levels, so the doctor is quite happy with that, and I need to keep eating healthy and not let

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Nice Try, Though

Sometimes a building’s architectural style is so identified with its original business that it’s hard to shake the association, even when the business is long gone. Here’s a photo gallery of bad building conversions around Indianapolis. Let me know about the ones you’ve spotted around town… This Indian Restaurant on east 38th Street doesn’t disguise

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Like my blog? Fill out this survey

Fill out this survey and enter my site on questions 15 and 16 to give me some more exposure… It’s being done by blogads.com, which I will be putting in place on my site soon to help defray costs.

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Echocardiogram fun

I had my test yesterday, but I don’t find out the results of it for a couple more days. It went really smoothly, though, I think. It was very interesting and I want to write more about it when I get some time. I’m hoping that I can write enough about it to make a

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Indiana Women To Row Across The Ocean

In November of this year, two young Indiana college students, Sarah Kessans and Emily Kohl, will attempt to row across the Atlantic Ocean in a 2,900 nautical mile rowing race from the Canary Islands to the West Indies. The race is one of the most extreme physical sports challenges in the world; more people have

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Unconscious Mutterings 2005-02-28

Free association–a psychoanalytic procedure in which a person is encouraged to give free rein to his or her thoughts and feelings, verbalizing whatever comes into the mind without monitoring its content–is what this post is all about. Each week, Patricia over at Luna Nina posts ten words to which anyone can respond to with the

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Heart Matters

What an echo-cardiogram is. Also, the dangers of Endocarditis, also known as heart valve infection. I’m googling these things because I have to go get an echo-cardiogram for the first time since I was a kid. I have a congenital heart murmur, which has apparently gotten worse in the last two years. More specifically, I

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Poker with Dick Cheney

I read this classic blog post from The Poor Man last year when it was first posted, but it’s won some awards since then and I had a chance to re-read it. Check out the whole post, because it’s one of the funniest things you’ll ever read. Unfortunately, the page is screwed up a bit,

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Statehouse Rally for Equal Marriage Rights – March 8

I will be attending this rally on March 8th, and I’m inviting you all to join me. I will be one of the crowd-control folks in a lovely orange vest. If you want to get together for a sign-making party, please let me know; this event is only a few short days away. In response

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Statehouse Rally for Equal Marriage Rights – March 8

In response to the State Legislature’s current bill (SJR 7) seeking to limit equal marriage rights for same-sex couples by amending the constitution, gay rights advocates and their friends and families are planning a Rally/Silent Protest at the east steps of the Indiana Statehouse on Tuesday, March 8 at 11 a.m. to protest this piece

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Making Your Own CD Rack

I’ve linked to the awesome magazine ReadyMade before, but they’ve got more back issues online now, including this article on how to build your own awesome CD rack. I think my girlfriend’s dad would love the heck out of this magazine; he’s a whiz at building his own stuff in the basement.

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New Bush Social Security Strategy: Attack the AARP

By now you probably know that the hugely powerful, hugely popular, non-partisan senior organization, the AARP, has done the math on the Social Security “Crisis” and realized that Bush’s plan will cost individuals huge money, while making a bundle for big businesses. So they are lobbying against Bush’s plan. Here’s how Bush’s man Karl Rove

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My letter to the Indy Star about SJR-7

I’m writing to the citizens of Indiana regarding Senate Bill SJR-7, the anti-gay hate bill that just passed the Senate and will be moving to the house soon. It’s fascinating to me that at the turn of the last century, Indianapolis was a mover and shaker on the national cultural scene. This city was at

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Marriage Discrimination Amendment Bill Passes Senate (SJR-7)

You may have read that yesterday the Senate passed SJR7, the bill designed to codify hate and discrimination against gay people into the Indiana Constitution. Soon it will pass the House, and then it will need to pass in another legislative season, and be voted on by the people of Indiana before it becomes the

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The Jeff Gannon/James Guckert Scandal

For those of you who may not have followed the whole story… First, On February 9th, Keith Olbermann aired on MSNBC a report about a “reporter” named “Jeff” who routinely sat in White House press conferences and asked questions that were clearly intended to promote a right-wing agenda, even addressing a question a few weeks

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Exhibit: Glimpses of the African-American Artist

My friend Chizoma Sherman has some art which will be featured at the Collective Art Gallery (1043 Virginia Ave, just before the fountain in Fountain Square on the corner of Virginia and Woodlawn) in their exhibit titled Glimpses of the African-American Artist, a juried art competition for African-American Artists. The exhibit is open until February

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This is the reason why I want to be rich….

and why I want to live in a huge house. So I can fill it with stuff this guy Kaden Harris makes. Or even stuff from this other guy. Or better yet, I need to start making this kind of stuff myself. Hmmm.

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Memesville

I haven’t been able to post lately, because I have been sicker than a dog. I’m still sick, but I’m at work anyway, because I have to get some stuff done. Anyway, courtesy of Lisa at Another Pink World, here’s a meme for you. 1. Total amount of music files on your computer? 0 files

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My Top Ten Favorite Love Songs

10. Crimson and Clover – Joan Jett Because that guitar rocks. 9. Set the Prairie On Fire – Shawn Colvin A lush, scorching song about the intoxication of sex that never once mentions the word.

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The Top 20 Reasons Dogs Don’t Use Computers

Author Unknown 20. Can’t stick their heads out of Windows ’95. 19. Fetch command not available on all platforms. 18. Hard to read the monitor with your head cocked to one side. 17. Too difficult to "mark" every website they visit. 16. Can’t help attacking the screen when they hear "You’ve Got Mail." 15. Fire

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Computer One-Liners

Author Unknown Abandon all hope, ye who PRESS ENTER here (A)bort, (R)etry, (I)gnore? (A)bort, (R)etry, (P)retend it didn’t happen? Any given program will expand to fit available memory plus 1K Backup not found: (A)bort (R)etry (K)ill something Calm down — it’s only ones and zeroes Computers are like the Old Testament God — lots of

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Review: The Settlers of Catan

At first glance, you wouldn’t expect The Settlers of Catan game to be as addictive as everyone who’s played it claims that it is. For one thing, there are two thick, daunting rule books (“Game Rules” and “Almanac”) and the playing pieces themselves are fairly non-descript wooden block-like house structures and “little rectangles” that turn

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Review: Georgia O’Keeffe – Visions of the Sublime

Check out the review I wrote on IndyScribe about the exhibit currently displayed at the Eiteljorg Museum downtown. Also, the whole IndyScribe team of writers were interviewed this afternoon by a reporter for INtake Weekly newspaper, the competitor to Nuvo. We’re also going to a photoshoot for that newspaper as well. So I’ll have my

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Georgia O’Keeffe: Visions of the Sublime

One of the first stops for the Giant Red Arrow in its tour of Indianapolis cultural events is the Georgia O’Keeffe exhibit at the Eiteljorg Museum. My familiarity with O’Keeffe was with her paintings of flowers and of animal bones in western landscapes, but Georgia O’Keeffe: Visions of the Sublime contains only a few of

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Rock Indiana Counter Rally Key Information

WHEN, WHERE AND WHAT TIME? Tuesday, March 8th at the State House – Capitol Ave. East steps (facing Capitol Ave.) From 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Parking will be a free for all, but Circle Center Garage may offer the best option. Carpool if you can. Make it as fun as possible – under the

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I so want to do this

These guys took photos of themselves, blew them up to poster size, and then took them to a baseball game to wave at the TV. That’s just too fun. Unfortunately, I’d be unhappy with all the pictures I took of myself, and would never get to the posterizing stage. 🙂 Except maybe this picture. I

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New Job Interview Techniques

Take the prospective employees you are trying to place and put them in a room with only a table and two chairs. Leave them alone for two hours, without any instruction. At the end of that time, go back and see what they are doing.

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Same-Sex Marriage – That Happy Golden Feeling

Just a reminder of what was going on last year at this time… In S.F., debate on gay nuptials marked by joy “Boston and San Francisco are often compared for their similarities. But of the two cities that bookended a historic week in the debate on gay marriage, I know which place I’d rather have

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100 Best Things About Being a Gay Man

1. You truly don’t care who Julia Roberts is sleeping with. 2. You understand the difference between 43 brands of imported vodka. 3. You can call anyone "honey" including pets. 4. You know someone who definitely was in the emergency room with Richard Gere and the gerbil. 5. You understand the immense importance of good

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Books about Indianapolis and Indiana

Several members of the IndyScribe team have been perusing Indianapolis and Indiana literature during research for the writing we’re doing, and for education and entertainment about the city we live in. Since we’ve been passing books around between us, I thought it might help us (and maybe you) to put together a list of books

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Bub’s Burgers and Ice Cream

Situated right off the Monon on Main Street in downtown Carmel, Bubs is a popular lunch location, especially for (as my friend Mike pointed out) beefy white guys in corporate attire. It was so popular that we had to put our name in and wait fifteen minutes to get a table, and because we specified

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Herron-Morton Place Neighborhood

Herron-Morton Place is an historic residential neighborhood in Downtown Indianapolis, comprising a 25 square block area just east of Meridian Street, and north of the bustling downtown area. It is beautiful, quiet, pedestrian-friendly, and is just close enough to downtown to walk or bike to major events, but just far enough north to be outside

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Creationism Museum Opens – “Adam walked with dinosaurs”

The new multi-million-dollar Museum of Creation, which will open this spring in Kentucky, will be aimed at the “growing ranks” of fundamentalist Christians in the United States. It aims to promote the view that man was created in his present shape by God rather than by a Darwinian process of evolution. The centerpiece of the

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Your Inlaws Are Coming to Live With You

The Social Security issue is a bit complex, and because of this the lies Bush is telling about it are hitting home with the average American who doesn’t understand the 3-ton elephant that is about to sit on their heads. I actually had a friend say to me the other day, {cue Republican soundbite} “It’s

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ROCK INDIANA – On MARCH 8th!

This is a rally I’m planning on attending to speak out against SJR7, which will put anti-gay hatred into the Indiana constitution. We are going to step outside of our homes and places of employment for one day – March 8th – to demonstrate and protest – not only against Eric Miller and his pro-marriage

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Post-Groundhog Day

I had a really crummy day yesterday, but fortunately I have a wonderful girlfriend who made me feel much better. She fixed a wonderful dinner and we got to spend time together. I am so lucky.

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Question

I’m trying to figure out when, before the holocaust, the first Jews who escaped said “Oh, crap. We’d better get out of here.” At what point did they realize that staying and trying to combat the political situation wasn’t going to work, and that they’d better get out if they wanted to keep their lives?

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Great Political Reading

Some key political books that have been talked about extensively in the news, including books I’ve reviewed in my journal.

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Republican Payola of the “So-Called Liberal Media” – widening scandal

A few weeks ago, the news story broke that Armstrong Williams, a conservative African-American print, radio and television pundit, was paid $240,000 to help promote Bush’s No Child Left Behind program to minority audiences, but was instructed to do so without disclosing he had been paid to by the government. So he appeared on numerous

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Fake S.W.A.T. Van and Other Weird Stuff I See Driving To Work

I drive north on college from downtown everyday on the way to work on the north side. And every day I pass this cool fake S.W.A.T. van (which appears to be an old delivery van repainted) that’s usually parked on the street near the intersection of 49th Street and College Avenue. And everyday, I think,

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Extremely Cool Kitchen Appliances

Elmira Stove Works makes kitchen appliances that look retro — 1890’s retro or 1950’s retro. That is so cool. Damn, I want some money. I need cool appliances, damn it.

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‘Doctor Who’ via wikipedia

Wikipedia article on Dr. Who. I understood very little about the program, other than I caught a few episodes on cable when I was a kid in the 1980s, and had a crush on Sarah Jane Smith. An article like this would have been very helpful when I was young. It has since become one

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Trivial Pursuit: Book Lover’s Edition

The Book Lover’s Edition is played very similarly to the regular editions of Trivial Pursuit; the goal is to collect pieces of pie representing different categories of questions, and then to land directly on the center of the board to answer a final question in the category chosen for you by your opponents. Unlike other

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