Archives: January 2005

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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Fox blurs cartoon rear end due to FCC worries

Yeah, you read that right. According to an AP Story, Fox TV blurred out a cartoon character’s butt on a RERUN of a family guy episode, even though the un-blurred posterior appeared on TV without complaint a few years ago. They made the decision to do so voluntarily, to avoid any problems with the FCC.

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Several cool sites to visit.

Courtesy my friend Melissa, I provide you with this link to a BBC quiz on how to identify when people are really smiling versus fake smiling.

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MLK Weekend Update

Stephanie and I had a busy weekend; we did a lot of shopping and a lot cuddling up at home trying to stay warm. We went to see Finding Neverland, which was a much sadder movie than I expected, and had I known that, I might not have gone to see it. We bought a

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Crate and Barrel comes to the Fashion Mall

I caught wind of this a few weeks ago, because my friend Jason works for the construction company that will be building the new store: the IndyChannel is reporting that a Crate and Barrel Store will be going into the location of the the recently vacated for new digs TGIFridays restaurant at Keystone at the

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Hitler’s Hit Parade

A new documentary showing film of Nazi-era German pop culture, especially that directed and produced by the National Socialist party. Displayed without commentary over pop songs of the time, the film is disturbing when we remember the atrocities that were perpetrated by the same people who were producing these romanticized portraits of their time. Some

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Wireless Hotspots in Indianapolis

Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. provides a list of 22 spots where you can get wireless internet access, some of it free and some for a fee. On the other hand, wi-fihotspotlist.com lists 36 wireless locations in Indianapolis. It’s not clear from this list which services are free and which are paid. So an IndyScribe wireless outing/control

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Rain, rain, go the hell away

As another 1.5 inches of rain fell on Indianapolis yesterday, neighborhoods like Frog Hollow (I love that name!) and Ravenswood, which were already battling flood waters are hit hard again. The city closed 12 streets, mainly in these neighborhoods and along Fall Creek and in a neighborhood on the southside near Troy and Harding streets

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May We Suggest “Flat, cheap and out of control?”

According to the Indianapolis Star, the City of Indianapolis is trying to come up with a tagline to define the city, in the same way that Vegas has “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.” Although they hasten to assure us that they’re looking for something less risque. Damn. And I thought we were going

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Story Time At the Zoo

On Saturdays in January, February & March this year,┬áthe Zoo will have a brand new activity for kids – Story Time at the Zoo! See your favorite storybook characters come to life at Story Time at the Zoo. This all new event gives your little ones the chance to meet Lyle Lyle Crocodile, Corduroy Bear,

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Good for Jennifer Aniston

From all the speculation, it seems that Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt broke up because she doesn’t want to have kids, and he does. Well, I can see where she’s coming from. She’s thirty six years old, and she’s just now starting a serious career in movies, after a successful run on TV. If she

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Movie Review: Closer

Dan (Jude Law) is walking down the street one day when he runs into Alice (Natalie Portman) who, while staring at Dan, is hit by a car. He helps her to the hospital, and then begins a romance with her, despite the fact that she looks like jailbait and there’s not a single hint of

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Indianapolis Aerial Photography

Using Indianapolis’ official City website, Indygov.org, you can view maps of Indianapolis much like mapquest, and aerial photographs dating back to 1935 that allow you to view the whole city and also to zoom in close to see, for example, the roof of your house. The initial view of Indianapolis shows a map with a

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Hidden Indy: Broad Ripple Dam

Just east of Westfield Boulevard and north of Broad Ripple Avenue is the Broad Ripple dam, a wooded area of the White River that’s fenced off and not accessible, just north of the Broad Ripple pumping station. On a sunny summer day a few years back, my friends and I climbed up the painted wall

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Hidden Indy: The Catacombs Beneath Sacred Heart Catholic Church

Back in the early nineties, my friend Dennis Williams was a Franciscan friar. We met doing volunteer work, and once we were working on a fundraiser together and we needed folding chairs. Dennis asked the staff of Sacred Heart Church (one of the oldest and the only Franciscan church in Indy) if they would donate

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WTTS 92.3 is playing through their entire catalog

Starting at 6 this morning, WTTS radio station began playing through their entire catalog of songs alphabetically. Currently they’ve finished all songs beginning with “All.” I fully realize that I will get made fun of for posting this, since three writers on our IndyScribe team are in a alt/punk band, but somebody needed to put

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Hidden Indy: The Mystery Tao on Delaware

Back in the early nineties, I lived in the Marleigh Apartment building in the 1400 block of Delaware in downtown Indianapolis, which is in Old Northside neighborhood. Across the street was an impressive array of old Victorian houses with all the gingerbread and other bling they put on houses back in the 1800’s. I used

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D.E.B.S Movie Trailer

I can’t wait for this to come out. I’ll take bets on whether it finds it’s way to Indianapolis, though. It does have an Amazon.com listing so someday it will be out in DVD. Notice that the chick leading the “rescue party” is Tammy Lynn Michaels, Melissa Etheridge’s wife.

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Speaking of Big Things: Giant Book

I came across this link on Amazon.com today… a giant 5×7 foot book about the country of Bhutan, published by Friendly Planet, a not-for-profit organization. The giant photographic book is according to Guinness World Records the largest published book in the world. This edition is limited to 500 published copies, and each copy is built

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Feels a bit chilly in here; there might be a draft

Brethren Agree to Revive ‘Alternative Service’ Draft Programs — Leaders of the Church of the Brethren say they will follow through on a request from the Selective Service to have “alternative service” programs in place for conscientious objectors if a draft is reinstated. As one of the historic “peace churches” that shun military service, Brethren

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My Shirt Designs

The Official Commonplacebook.com Shirts and Gear Store. Now you to can campaign for truth, justice, the American Way, and no illegal left turns on Meridian Street during rush hour.

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The Nuvo Article

We went to Shalimar at lunch and grabbed copies of Nuvo to read while we ate…. The article turned out very cool. Dan Rafter is a great writer and did a great job making sense of my answers to his questions. I have a feeling my girlfriend might have something to say about the headline

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Annual “Best of” Lists for 2004

Kottke.org’s Best Links of 2004 Roger Ebert’s Best Films of 2004 MSNBC’s Year in Pictures 2004 The Washington Post’s best photos of 2004 The NY Times Year in Pictures 2004 Discover chooses the top 100 stories in science for 2004 Amazon’s Best Books of 2004 Amazon’s Best DVDs of 2004 Salon Magazine’s The top 10

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2005: Year of the Moron

Couldn’t be funnier if I made it up myself. Yesterday while addressing a gathering of members of Congress, President Bush told them that entering the political arena is “the ultimate sacrifice.” No word on what the families of the 1,500 soldiers who have died in Iraq think about that statement.

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Book Review: Indiana Curiosities

Indiana Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities, and Other Offbeat Stuff, by local media celebrity Dick Wolfsie. You’ll enjoy this book even if you don’t live in Indiana — and you’ll definitely enjoy it if you do. Packed with the odd and unusual, this book was filled with surprises even for me, and I’ve lived in

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Holiday recap

Between the weekend before Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, my girlfriend Stephanie and I: 1) decorated my house and put up my tree, then did the same at Stephanie’s house. 2) Attended Six family Christmases involving 3 road trips (my Grandma’s in Iowa, my mom, my dad, Stephanie’s mom, Stephanie’s Dad and Stephanie’s friend Michelle’s

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Giant Red Arrow Coming to Indianapolis

A 750-pound, 10-foot-high, 18-foot-long and 8-foot-wide red arrow will travel around Indianapolis to major events throughout the year, to highlight arts and sporting events, building projects and other big attractions, according to Grant County’s Chronicle Tribune, which provides a list of events where the giant red arrow is scheduled to appear. There’s also a list

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Indy Star’s “2005 hotlist” is really not that hot

The Indianapolis Star put together a list of “what and who will be noteworthy in the Indianapolis arts scene this year.” And it’s a big yawner, to say the least. My favorite noteworthy event is that Deer Creek (I refuse to use the corporate name for the concert facility, and you can’t make me) is

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IMA Closes for 4 Months

The Indianapolis Museum of Art will be closed through May 5th while the ongoing $74 million construction project is completed. The project includes a three-story gallery pavilion, a special events pavilion and a glass-enclosed entry pavilion, as well as new and expanded galleries and a fine-dining restaurant. The Lilly House & Gardens will remain open

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Big Things Updates

In preparation for the Nuvo article coming out this week, I’ve been working on and updating my Big Things web pages. I added photos of the big things I took in Valparaiso over the holidays, and updated and added some other photos. The only thing I haven’t added are the pictures my brother Todd gave

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