Archives: November 2005

Oh, no, they did not go there

According to the IndyStar: Leaders from a dozen African-American churches held a prayer vigil today in the City-Council building in advance of an upcoming vote on a proposal to protect gays from discrimination — a proposal the church leaders firmly oppose. Taking turns praying by name for each of the 29 members of the City-County

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The Senate’s Recent “Open Forum on Decency”

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation held an “Open Forum on Decency” yesterday to discussion media standards, including sexual content on cable television channels and satellite radio broadcasting. The forum was hosted by Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) and was attended by executives from radio, television and media outlets to discuss the subject of

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Bill O’Reilly’s Hit List

Faux News pundit Bill O’Reilly has been on a rampage on his show lately about “left-wing bloggers” (a term defined as “anyone who disagrees with Bill O’Reilly.”) claiming that they are repeating lies and slander (or saying the word falafel) about him. Bill has been threatening repeatedly over the last few weeks to publish a

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10 Reasons Why Gay Marriage is Wrong

I’m completely ripping off my friend Bil. 1. Homosexuality is not natural. Real Americans always reject unnatural things like eyeglasses, polyester, and air conditioning. 2. Gay marriage will encourage people to be gay, in the same way that hanging around tall people will make you tall. 3. Legalizing gay marriage will open the door to

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If Your Life Was a Movie, What Genre Would It Be?

The Movie Of Your Life Is A Cult Classic Quirky, offbeat, and even a little campy – your life appeals to a select few. But if someone’s obsessed with you, look out! Your fans are downright freaky. Your best movie matches: Office Space, Showgirls, The Big Lebowski If Your Life Was a Movie, What Genre

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Indianapolis’ Human Rights Ordinance

If you have a few minutes to write to your city-county councilors asking them to amend the city’s Human Rights Ordinance to include sexual orientation and gender identity protections (aka Proposition 622), please take some time to do so. If you’ve been discriminated against, or if you know someone who has (here’s a hint I

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Dog Vs. Squirrel: A Comedy

So the other day, I was outside raking leaves, and Spike was chasing squirrels. If you’ve never seen my dog, look at a picture of him, because knowing what he looks like is somewhat key to understanding Spike’s relationship to the squirrels. You can click to read more here about the best dog services. He

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Cats in the Attic

I don’t know if that’s akin to “Bats in the Belfry” but it seems about right. This morning, while I was busy trying to get ready for our trip to Iowa to see my family for Thanksgiving, my cat Huckleberry came down the hall crying at the top of his lungs. His paws were black

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White House planned to Bomb News Outlet

Via Stallio, I discovered this story being discussed widely in Britain and the middle east — about Bush wanting to bomb Al-Jazeera, the arab media outlet that happens to be located in Quatar, a ally nation of ours, according to a new memo leaked from No. 10 Downing Street. He was talked out of it

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King Kong Game for Xbox Day

I should blog about last night’s city-county council meeting, which I attended to view the introduction of Proposal 622 to amend the Human Rights Ordinance. But I’m too excited to do that because the King Kong game for Xbox is released today, and I have to go get my copy. According to the King Kong

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Reassessing Priorities 2

I decided against moving my site to a different URL or restricting access for the time being. Either of those defeat the purpose of what I want for this site, and to me the site is more important than other stuff. I did make a small change that I hope isn’t noticable, and there might

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Favorite Movie List

I answered this movie meme several years ago. I need to update it quite a bit, but since I received another meme recently asking the 10 movies I hate, I thought I’d combine them. 10 Favorite Comedies Auntie Mame Amelie Shakespeare in Love Twelfth Night Much Ado About Nothing There’s Something About Mary Breakfast At

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Time’s 100 Best Novels 1923-present

Bil asked the question: how many of Time’s list of 100 Best Novels have you read? 41 of them. Most of them in high school or college English classes. When I read the list I was disappointed at what was missing and some of the crap they included. These people can’t tell me they actually

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Show Up Monday Night for the Re-Introduction of the Human Rights Ordinance

From Pepper Partin: Did you know that walking from your car to the Indianapolis City-County Building will burn 1 million calories? Enjoy a guiltless Thanksgiving and look great in your new holiday wear this year by attending the City-County Council meeting this Monday night. Why? In addition to burning calories so your body will be

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Reassessing Priorities

This website is one of the the most important things I do. I’m sure no one in particular cares much about it other than me, but for me at least, it’s a creative outlet that I need to survive. I don’t think I could have gotten through this past year without it, and as far

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A few words

Looks like I’m not going to get a chance to blog about New York, because I’m going to be working late for a while. But you can get the general idea of the trip from my photo gallery on flickr. But I do want to say this: the reason the trip was great was because

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Home from New York

Stephanie and I are home from New York. It was quite a trip; we had a wonderful time and her cousin Kerry’s wedding was beautiful and fun and amazing. I met most of Stephanie’s mom’s side of the family and they are such nice, fun people. I have a lot to write about because we

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MIT Study: Tinfoil hats don’t work

According to a study by MIT students, tinfoil hats actually enhance (rather than scramble) invasive radio signals. Darn, I guess I’ll have to start making tinfoil origami animals with all that extra Reynolds Wrap I have laying around.

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Flickr: What is it?

Telstar posts a photo of some electronic gadget purchased at a flea Market, and asks “What is it?” Madness ensues. I actually have a what is it pic I need to post on Flickr sometime, when we get back from New York. If I remember to.

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Childhood Memories

Passed along from my friend Matt. Typically I add these to the big fat list I’ve compiled of quizzes about me, but right now I don’t have time to merge the two. I should also link a bunch of the answers below to pages on the site, but no time for that either. 1. What

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Not My Man

Caught sight of this over on Taking Down Words: a site dedicated to ripping on Mitch Daniels called NotMyMan.org. Now the design is a bit squidgy — aside from the big ol’ typo in a graphic on the front page and suspect rounded corners, the text doesn’t play well with CSS/web standards. And I question

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Going to New York

Stephanie and I are going to New York City this weekend to go to her cousin’s wedding. Just an FYI, in case you were wondering. We haven’t settled on what to do and see on our free day, yet, so if you have suggestions, we’ll consider them…

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Anti-Gay Christians Burn Flag at Bloomington Business

According to the Indiana Daily Student: About 25 members of the Old Paths Baptist Church protested Monday afternoon outside The Inner Chef, chanting anti-gay slogans, burning a gay pride flag and brandishing signs with messages like “Fags Die, God Laughs.” Bobb Easterbrook, a clerk at the store, was the only person working there at the

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Pennsylvania understands education

In yesterday’s elections, all eight members of the Pennsylvania school board that introduced intelligent design as an alternative to evolution in biology class were swept out of office.

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Movie Theater Police States

Boing Boing has an article on movie theaters introducing the idea of patting down customers and “coat checking” camera phones and cameras to prevent “copyright infringement” of movies. Apparently this is common at previews in California and is now making it’s way to Toronto and other theaters. Yeah, good idea. I’m giving you my camera?

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Indoor home composting machine

I ran across this product on a design site I read regularly, because it get’s good reviews for usability. It’s a compost machine that you keep in the kitchen next to your trashcan. Since Stephanie and I have been dating, I’ve moved toward recycling almost everything: aluminum cans go to a scrap metal place where

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Welcome, WISH-TV Viewers

If you’re here because you saw Dick Wolfsie’s report on the news this morning, thanks for thinking of me. My pictures of “Big Things” are here. I think when I talked to Dick I mentioned some “Lost Big Things” that I took pictures of at one time or another which are no longer around. I

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VW to make Hybrid cars

According to Wired Blogs, VW is working with the Hybrid Technologies company (see the press release on their site) to develop a concept car in North Carolina, using lithium ion batteries. The announced in September their plans to build a hybrid car to be sold in China. The Wired blogger is rooting for a hybrid

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A nice cake is waiting for you: recent fortune cookies

A nice cake is waiting for you. I’m being stalked by a cake. That’s just scary. Your winsome smile will be your sure protection. Um, can I have a ball bat instead? I’d feel more secure. You are never bitter, deceptive, or petty. Oops, I got someone else’s fortune. A modest man never talks to

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World Usability Day

It’s World Usability Day, people. Today we celebrate creating a better user experience in designing products. For those of us who design stuff every day, this is an important concept.

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Light pole number 69

This is an interesting chart: a representation of the Golden Gate Bridge, and where people who have committed suicide (1,218 since the bridge was built) were standing when they jumped off. So other than the purient, what’s the explanation for the most popular jumping spot being light pole number 69? I can’t imagine that the

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1st Place 2005 Journalism: Commonplacebook.com

I’m going to be on WISH-TV’s morning news on Friday morning for my “Big Things” photographs again. I did an updated interview with Dick Wolfsie a few weeks ago, and it will air then. So check me out being all famous and stuff. On top of that… I won first place in the (original link,

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Biomimicry, the law of unintended consequences, Chinese water torture

Via wikipedia: Biomimicry Biomimicry or biomimetics is the examination of nature, its models, systems, processes, and elements to emulate or take inspiration from in order to solve human problems. The term biomimicry and biomimetics come from the Greek words bios, meaning life, and mimesis, meaning to imitate. Similar terms include bionics. Law of unintended consequences

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Family Recipes

My friend Jen, who is also our primary food reviewer on IndyScribe, now has a blog where she’s scanning in her grandmother’s recipes for public consumption. It’s fascinating, because the recipes are certainly from a different era than ours. Check out the recipe for lime jello with chicken and curry. I have some old cookbooks

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