Archives: June 2005

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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