Archives: March 2005

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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