Archives: August 2005

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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