Archives: October 2005

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. I always browse through https://www.stealthbelt.com/ to find any product that would help. Today

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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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