Archives: 2006

New Year’s Resolutions – 2007

I have this trouble where I try very hard not to do something — drop a screw, tip over a paint can, upend a box of packing peanuts — and whatever I’m working so hard to avoid is exactly what I end up doing, because I’m trying way too hard. That same self-defeating thing happens

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links for 2006-12-31

AP Poll: Bush #1 Villain of 2006 (tags: bush politics poll funny) Ancient ice shelf breaks free from Canadian Arctic – CNN.com A giant ice shelf the size of 11,000 football fields has snapped free from Canada’s Arctic, scientists said. (tags: climate globalwarming Environment) BBC NEWS | Things We Didn’t Know Last Year (tags: 2006

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2006 Year In Review

You can see a lot of what we did in 2006 just by looking at my Flickr photos sets, but here are the highlights. 1. Stephanie and I bought a house and moved into it together. Considering that we were just talking about moving in together at the beginning of last year, and we hadn’t

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John Edwards is using Act Blue for Fundraising

That’s pretty cool that John Edward’s campaign website collects contributions by connecting to ActBlue, the website that raises money for democratic candidates. I used Act Blue to solicit campaign contributions during the last election, and found them to be well organized and easy to set up. I like Edward’s website as well; very nicely done.

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links for 2006-12-30

Hussein executed, Iraqi TV stations report – CNN.com (tags: politics law war Iraq) IMDb Bottom 100 Worst films ever, according to IMDb. (tags: movies lists) Wine Spectator | Editors Picks | The Top 100 wines of 2006 (tags: food 2006 drink lists)

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I hate spammers

Ugggh. I’ve had tons of comment spam lately, and a ton of spam come through my contact form. I wish someone would track these guys down and wrench their computers from their evil, annoying hands. “No more computers for you! Ever!”

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My Peculiar Aristocratic Title

My Peculiar Aristocratic Title is: Viscount Hawthorn the Simple of Chalmondley Chumleyton (original link, no longer active – http://www.masquerademaskarts.com/memes/peculiartitle.php) Get your Peculiar Aristocratic Title

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links for 2006-12-28

Former President Ford dies at 93 – CNN.com (tags: news politics) Real estate delays push back Ikea’s West Chester opening – Cincinnati Business Courier: Looks like the IKEA store that’s supposed to be north of Cincinnati won’t be opening until 2008. Crap. (tags: Shopping) Nuvo’s 2006 Year In Review A look at some of the

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links for 2006-12-27

AskPhilosophers.org (tags: philosophy debate resources) Maps of War Animations of how maps have changed over centuries due to politics and religion. (tags: flash animation history military religion tools) Top Ten Stories of 2006 From National Geographic News (tags: 2006 news science) Mortified: Angst Written Mortified is a comic excavation of teen angst artifacts (journals, poems,

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Two things I’ve noticed while watching TV all day

1. There’s a new production of “Annie” out — why does little orphan Annie always have to have a red curly hair helmet wig? It looks bizarre. Why can’t get a girl with real red curly hair, or at least dye the girl’s hair red? In the original stage production with Andrea McArdle, they used

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If you have a few minutes…

My friend Jen had a baby a little over a week ago, and he had to have heart surgery on Dec. 22nd. Sam is recovering now at Riley Hospital, so please send some good thoughts or prayers or karma his direction.

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links for 2006-12-26

James Brown, 73, Dies; ‘Godfather of Soul’ – New York Times (tags: music news culture) Predator Panic (Skeptical Inquirer September/October 2006) Much of the conventional wisdom of regarding sexual predators is overblown. (tags: internet media predator laws) Freud’s Will to Power (tags: psychology history science) Gridding the 960 ~ Authentic Boredom (tags: css layout) Mini

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At Home, Sitting Quietly

I was supposed to go to Valpo today with Stephanie to visit her family, but I’ve been having another bout of pleurisy, and after we got all packed up and got in the car, we realized it was probably a bad idea for me to go because I was having a lot of pain. We

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links for 2006-12-25

Flickr: The The (Annual) Flickr Pets Holiday Cards – 2006 Pool Dressing up your pets for the holidays. (tags: photos pets flickr) So You Think You Know Carols? | Chicago Tribune Christmas carols quiz. I missed #16, but got the rest. (tags: games quiz fun) Bush Censors New York Times – New York Times White

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links for 2006-12-24

The girls on The View::By Mary Grabar “Women, without male guidance, are illogical, frivolous, and incapable of making any decisions beyond what to make for dinner.” – Shut the fuck up, you stupid bitch. (tags: misogyny sexism feminism rights equality) Marines Charged with Murder in Haditha – New York Times The U.S. military on Thursday

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links for 2006-12-23

Christmas Island – a photoset on Flickr Vintage Christmas images and photos. (tags: retro vintage xmas flickr) Pot is called biggest cash crop – Los Angeles Times A report released by a marijuana public policy analyst contends that the market value of pot produced in the U.S. exceeds $35 billion — more than the crop

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All Wrapped Up…

And just ready to have ribbons and bows put on before they go under the tree. But these are just the presents for Stephanie. I still have to wrap the presents for other people. But we’ll work on that together tomorrow. It’s funny, when I was writing out the tags for the presents, I had

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Wrapping Presents

I’m home today on vacation while Stephanie’s at work, so I’m wrapping her presents for Christmas. Of all the holiday events, I’m not a fan of this one. I’m not very good at wrapping, and I get frustrated easily. I have everything in gift boxes, finally, and I just need to wrap each of them.

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links for 2006-12-22

Google Zeitgeist 2006 To compile these year-end lists and graphs, Google reviewed a variety of the most popular search terms that people typed into Google. (tags: 2006 google trends Statistics zeitgeist) Reality check: 95 percent of Americans had premarital sex – CNN.com More than nine out of 10 Americans, men and women alike, have had

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Bush Makes with the Crazy Talk

The Washington Post has a recent interview with Bush in which he, um, talks more crazy than his usual batch. Check out these: As he searches for a new strategy for Iraq, Bush has now adopted the formula advanced by his top military adviser to describe the situation. “We’re not winning, we’re not losing,” Bush

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Book Review – Rough Magicke

Author John Houghton sets his novel Rough Magicke in northwest Indiana, in the fictional county of Annandale originally created by classic Hoosier author Meredith Nicholson in the novel The House of a Thousand Candles – the locale corresponds pretty closely to the city of Culver, Indiana, a town nestled in around Lake Maxinkuckee, south of

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Middle of the Night Guest: Our Roofer

As Stephanie noted on her blog – we got to have our roofer come over and visit our bedroom in the middle of the night last night. His team removed some of the gutters that they’re rebuilding from the front of the house above our room and the guest room, and water was pouring in

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links for 2006-12-21

Monk-e-Mail Write a note for your friend, and a monkey will read your note out loud over email. Yeah, just try it. (tags: monkeys email funny tools cards) Creating Your First Google Maps Mashup (tags: google maps) Exploring Google’s Hidden Features > Google Is a Calculator (tags: google tools reference) Baby Clothes by Little Monkey

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we’ve been going non-stop

And I haven’t had a free moment to blog. Or perhaps I have, but I spent it trying to unwind instead. We’ve been to parties galore, but I haven’t got the pictures off my camera yet. On Saturday morning we went to my company’s warehouse book sale and walked away with 91 books for about

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links for 2006-12-19

Think Progress » John McCain’s War On Blogs Yeah, that’ll get you elected president. Good plan! (tags: blogs rights speech politics) Google Patents Google’s new patent search. (tags: inventions inspiration patents google) Armadillo Run Armadillo Run is a physics-based puzzle game. You have to build structures with the purpose of getting an armadillo to a

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Updating

I realized earlier today that my bio page was horribly out of date. I hadn’t added any information about our new house, there were no photos on it, and according to the outdated page, Annabelle and Huckleberry were still kittens. So after some massive re-writing and cross-linking, the page is all up to date. 2019

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Book Review: Special Topics in Calamity Physics

Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl This is my favorite of the year, and will probably make the list of of my favorite books ever. I’m not sure I can do it justice in reviewing it, but I hope I can do a bit better than Publishers Weekly, whom I’m going to quote

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Admit it…

Forwarded via email, and funny enough that I felt like posting it. Admit it … you feel like doing this to at least one person everyday!

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links for 2006-12-14

pantsketch: Battlestar Galacticsimpsons Battlestar Galactica cast, drawn as Simpsons characters. awesome! (tags: animation cartoons geek scifi television) Paper iPod Covers free from iPaperCraft.com (tags: iPod papercraft) Quirky Bird – art by Dylan Meconis (tags: illustrator) Bennett Robot Works: Robot Index 1 (tags: sculpture designCool inspiration) BBC NEWS | UK ‘terror plot’ charges dropped A Pakistani

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UK Terror Plot – charges dropped on key suspect

Here’s one I’ll bet you don’t hear in the news — and I’m sure it won’t be noted on certain local blogs at all. One of the key suspects in the “War on Liquids on a Plane” boondoggle of August was released due to lack of evidence. A Pakistani judge has ruled there is not

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links for 2006-12-13

24 ways: Compose to a Vertical Rhythm Setting line-height and margins appropriately for optimum readability of text on the web. (tags: css design webdesign reference) Paris by night astonishing panoramic photo of Paris at night – I so want to go there. (tags: photos Paris Travel cities)

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links for 2006-12-12

Fruit & Vegetable Crate Labels – a photoset on Flickr Awesome, colorful collection of crate labels (tags: design art images vintage retro) Amazon’s Best Books of 2006: Customers’ Top 50 Amazon’s end of year list. (tags: books literature 2006) Serious use for Silly String – Yahoo! News soldiers are using it to detect trip wires

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Weekend Update 2006-12-11

Stephanie and I had our first real social event Saturday night, and things went really well. It’s always a challenge to figure out the logistics of socializing in a new place – what rooms will people hang out in? How do people move around the house? How do we greet people, grab their coats, offer

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links for 2006-12-11

Why Women Aren’t Funny: Entertainment & Culture: vanityfair.com Christopher Hitchens writes an article on why he thinks women aren’t funny. In fairness, he’s such an ass that funny women probably don’t hang around him much, so he may not know they exist… (tags: sexism) ECHIDNE OF THE SNAKES – on Chris Hitchens and women’s lack

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links for 2006-12-08

Take Action: Tell Wal-Mart to stop selling the religious right’s violent video game I noted this “kill all the non-converts and gay people” video game earlier this year — now there’s a campaign to urge Wal-Mart not to stock it. (tags: activism) Crap I love: Wesabe | A Whole Lotta Nothing Matt Haughey reviews Wesabe

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links for 2006-12-07

Richest 2 pct own more than half the world: study | Reuters.com Two percent of adults have more than half of the world’s wealth, including property and financial assets, according to a study by the U.N. development research institute published on Tuesday. (tags: poverty finance economics equality politics) Dark Roasted Blend: Incomprehensible Intersections Fantastic aerial

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We Have Achieved Christmas Tree

I’m very excited – we have our tree up, and a few other decorations out. We still have to put ornaments on the tree, but that’s the really fun part. We can put Christmas music on and bebop around the house, although we’ll do that Thursday night, because Stephanie’s teaching skating tonight. I think tonight

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links for 2006-12-06

Companions of Saint Nicholas – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Some of the european traditions surrounding the Christmas holidays, including some medieval folklore. (tags: folklore wikipedia holidays) BELSNICKEL IN INDIANA Some older german holiday traditions existed in Indiana until the early 1900’s. (tags: holidays folklore indiana) Stuwwelpeter This Web edition of Hoffmann’s classic children’s story incorporates

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links for 2006-12-05

The Top 10 Conservative Idiots, No. 270 – The War on Christmas 2006 edition Okay, where are we so far… liberals trying to ruin Christmas, check. Peace symbols = devil worship, check. Animated penguins making children gay, check. iPods helping the terrorists, check. (tags: politics conservatives republicans idiots) Feds Want See-Through Security – CBS News

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Christmas Decora… er, Organizing

We’re having people over to watch Christmas specials on Saturday, so Stephanie and I spent the whole weekend trying to get the house ready. We didn’t get around to starting the Christmas decor yet; we spent hours making a significant dent in the boxes we still haven’t unpacked and sorted out after the move. I’d

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A Rather Blustery Day

I had to run around this morning gathering stuff we had on the front porch from the neighbors yards, and bringing in the flag pole and some of our outdoor decorations before they blew away. The cats were all jumpy because the wind was howling. Seems like tomorrow might be a good day to stay

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links for 2006-12-01

XFN 1.1 profile (tags: identity webstandards socialsoftware) Brown University Excellent site design. (tags: designIdeas designCool) Web 2.0 Validator : We’re the dot in Web 2.0 I scored a 9. But’s it’s not hugely accurate; I do have a fav icon and some other requirements. (tags: satire web2.0 webdev funny geek) How To Attack An Internet

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links for 2006-11-30

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Avoid the loony Zune Yes, Microsoft’s new Zune digital music player is just plain dreadful. (tags: zune music portable) 100 Notable Books of the Year – The New York Times Book Review Notable books of 2006, reviewed since Dec. 2005. (tags: booklists literature reading book reviews 2006) Wake up, gov! / nuvo.net /

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links for 2006-11-29

RetailMeNot.com – coupon codes for online stores Many online stores allow for a “coupon” or “promotion” code when you order to automatically assign discounts, deals and freebies (kinda like money for nothing). (tags: lifehacks promo reference) Pogrom – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (tags: definitions language) WWJD? — Christian Coalition pres.-elect leaves over poverty, environment The

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Bio information on the internet

Several of my favorite websites are noting that when it comes to searching for information on Martin Luther King, Jr., there’s a site run by white supremacists that ranks rather high in search engine results. I won’t link to it to avoid adding to the problem, but the site sits at martinlutherkingdotorg if you feel

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Kingman, Barstow, San Bernardino: 2007 Route 66 caravan to Roswell

As you may know, Stephanie like to drive her New Beetle to Roswell, New Mexico in the summertime for a large New Beetle car show called Roswell2K. It’s been going on since 2000, and Stephanie usually joins a caravan of cars from the east coast to attend the show, and they drive together. Stephanie’s friend

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Ah, sweet internet, how I love you

Our router was acting up at home, so we’ve been offline all weekend since we returned home from Thanksgiving. I finally isolated the problem as the router’s power source, and fixed the problem and reset everything this morning. So our home network is back online, thank goodness. Sort of ironic, given that I was so

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links for 2006-11-26

Don’t bet on Barack | Exclusive | Advocate.com “LGBT voters may want to think twice about throwing their support behind 2008’s great blue hope.” Commentary by the Reverend Irene Monroe about Obama’s stance regarding equal marriage rights. (tags: glbt rights equality)

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Happy Thanksgiving!

We’re getting ready to head out to Grandma’s for Thanksgiving day. Our trip yesterday was pretty uneventful. We drove Stephanie’s Beetle (named Phoebe, for those of you who are just joining us) because it’s a fun roadtrip car and somewhat more comfortable than my truck. So I had the opportunity to take pictures out the

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The Super-8 in Washington, Iowa has wireless

We’re in Iowa to visit my family at my grandma’s farm for Thanksgiving/Christmas, and normally we’re without internet access the whole trip. This year the Super 8 has wireless. Woo hoo! Farm blogging!

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links for 2006-11-22

Human Rights Campaign | Buying for Equality 2007 | Home Every day, you make decisions about whom to support in corporate America. The Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Buying for Equality can help you easily support companies that support equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans. (tags: shopping equality rights glbt) Newly Supported CSS Selectors

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links for 2006-11-21

Bootstrap Productions: You’re up at bat (tags: blog writing) Wikipedia Brown and the Case of the Captured Koala (tags: funny fiction satire) U.S. mint pushes new $1 coin with images of past presidents – Nov. 20, 2006 The Mint on Monday revealed the design of the new U.S. $1 coin, which will be issued in

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links for 2006-11-20

The Top 10 Conservative Idiots, No. 269 Freepers send fake anthrax to prominent liberals, Bush goes to Vietnam and says we shouldn’t have pulled out of that country, Fox News calls the recent election “the end of the world” in an internal memo, and various other hijinks. (tags: conservatives republicans idiots politics)

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10 Weird Things/Habits/Little Known Facts About Yourself

Picked up from Lisa. This is a hard meme, because, what haven’t I shared at one time of another? This site is 12 years old, I never shut up (ever), and I’ve answered all you questions, officer. But I’ll give it a shot. 1. I ate the tequila worm once at a party on a

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20 Questions

I copied these 20 questions off of Matt Barton’s blog, ’cause he said I could. Feel free to share your answers, especially on your own blog. 1. Explain what ended your last relationship? I’m currently in a wonderful relationship. My previous relationship ended because it was just too hard on both of us, and it

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links for 2006-11-18

Cool Tool: Micro-Loans Online micro-loan is as little as a few hundred dollars invested into a one-person business with minimal qualifications. That tiny borrowed amount can launch a vegetable stand, repair shop, or bicycle taxi — a living in other words. As each micro-loan is repaid (tags: activism charity micropayments poverty finance) Glow-In-The Dark Garden

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The Catholic Church Has a New Policy on Gay People

This happened earlier in the week, but I haven’t had time to address it before now. If you know me, you know I grew up Catholic and have had somethings to say in the past about the Catholic Church and their behavior towards gay people. Catholic Bishops have officially approved new guidelines concerning ministry to

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Note to the Media: The Democrats haven’t even taken power yet

Apparently the right-wing biased mainstream media is busy chortling and high-fiving because soon to be Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi had some tough leadership elections. Here’s what the Washington Post is saying: The new House speaker, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, had a disastrous post-election week in which her first priority seemed to be settling scores

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links for 2006-11-17

Polar bear survival rate falls as climate warms: study | Science | Reuters.com Polar bears are drowning because of climate change due to global warming. Damn it people. (tags: environment green ecology) Scientists mapping Neanderthal genome – Yahoo! News Scientists are mapping DNA from an old bone. (tags: history news science) [BREAKING NEWS]: Student shot

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links for 2006-11-16

Hamilton County real estate transactions | IndyStar.com (tags: realestate) Edinburgh Time Gun The Time-Gun Map of Edinburgh “was produced in 1861 to show the time taken for the sound of the one o’clock gun to travel from Edinburgh Castle to different parts of Edinburgh and Leith” (tags: physics sound visualization map) Darkon – Trailer Awesome

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links for 2006-11-15

South Africa parliament OKs gay marriages – Yahoo! News Allows for a civil marriage, and lets religious groups decided whether or not to perform ceremonies, to preserve freedom of religion. Nice, and interesting that they’re ahead of the U.S. on this issue. (tags: marriage equality rights politics religion glbt) Up to 150 People Kidnapped in

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Soulforce urges people to write compassionate letters to Haggard

Soulforce is urging gay people to write compassionate letters to Ted Haggard now that he’s being targeted for “spiritual restoration.” In response to the news that Rev. Ted Haggard has been dismissed by New Life Church and resigned as President of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE), Soulforce has urged the gay community to respond

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Emergency Room Visit

I’m having another flare-up of pleurisy (this would be the fifth since my surgery, if we’re counting) and last night I was having a lot of trouble breathing. I also had a different symptom than previously — I had a sharp pain on the left side of my chest on Sunday evening. It went away

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links for 2006-11-14

The Top 10 Conservative Idiots, No. 268 Ha ha! (tags: politics republicans conservatives idiots) Wal-Mart is selling Nazi SS skull t-shirts One of the more obscure SS logos, a skull that was the symbol of the SS Totenkopf Division, made it’s way onto t-shirts that are for sale at Wal-Mart. The Totenkopfs were notorious concentration

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Say what?

From Bush’s Radio Address this weekend: Whatever your opinion of the outcome, all Americans can take pride in the example our democracy sets for the world by holding elections even in a time of war. “Even in a time of war”? – Like there was a possibility that we wouldn’t?

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links for 2006-11-13

I’m so mean… on Flickr – Photo Sharing! Dina says “This guy got really really pissed off when I took his pic, and he told me I had to delete it. Sooo, I pressed the upload button, then said, ‘it’s gone.’ And he believed me.” Hee. (tags: photos funny) Boing Boing: I am in thy

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NaNoWRiMo Update

I’m hopelessly behind and have no reasonable expectation of ever catching up by the end of November deadline. I know what the general story is, but when it comes to writing scenes that make any sort of sense, I’m completely stalled. And the stress of being so far behind is really interfering with my actually

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I Love Water Aerobics

I keep meaning to blog that… I’ve been going for the past several weeks, and I ended up joining the Jordan YMCA because I really like the classes, and I started going more than once a week. Get this – I actually got out of bed and made it to Saturday morning classes at 8

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House District 97 Vote Recounts

Taking Down Words gives a nice run-down of what’s going on in my district with the “still-up-in-the-air-due-to-polling-screw-ups” race between Mahern and Elrod, who are just 65 votes apart. Seems that the touch-screen voting stations available at each of the polling places weren’t counted, and the state has just now decided to turn them on and

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Books I’ve Read Recently

Company: A Novel by Max Barry Amazon Description: “With broad strokes, Barry once again satirizes corporate America in his third caustic novel (after Jennifer Government). This time, he takes aim at the perennial corporate crime of turning people into cogs in a machine. Recent b-school grad Stephen Jones, a fresh-faced new hire at a Seattle-based

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links for 2006-11-10

Like Visual Search Find things by Appearance with our new Likeness technology (tags: search Shopping images) the Right Was Right Now that the election is behind us, and the Democrats control one or possibly both houses of Congress, there’s no reason not to admit it: the Right was right about us all along. Here is

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links for 2006-11-09

Virtual Tour of Steve’s Weird House – VR Seattle (tags: weird tourism museum house) Zapping sleepers’ brains boosts memory – health – 05 November 2006 – New Scientist “Applying a gentle electric current to the brain during sleep can significantly boost memory, researchers report.” – this article doesn’t say how the electric current was applied

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Four Indianapolis Races Affected by Missing Votes

According to the Indianapolis Star: Sadler said vote tally cards from 66 precincts remain out or have been misplaced with other election material. Election workers are searching for those documents this morning. She said the initial emphasis is on the 27 precincts that are involved in the four tight races. Sadler said that voting machines

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On the subject of gloating

Keep in mind what the GOP said after the 2004 elections (hat tip to several blogs for pointing this out): DeLay himself drew the line sharply the day after the 2004 elections. “The Republican Party is a permanent majority for the future of this country,” DeLay declared. “We’re going to be able to lead this

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Oh, What A Beautiful Morning!

Oh, What A Beautiful Morning! Oklahoma! Soundtrack Music by Richard Rodgers, lyric by Oscar Hammerstein II There’s a bright golden haze on the meadow, There’s a bright golden haze on the meadow, The corn is as high as an elephant’s eye, An’ it looks like its climbin’ clear up to the sky. Chorus: Oh what

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links for 2006-11-08

Sadly, No! » Memories Some snapshots of George Bush’s finest moments. (tags: Bush republicans conservatives) Election Day Report: Judge orders late hours in Delaware Co. | IndyStar.com Problems with voting around the state, including in Indianapolis. (tags: election voting 2006) Bobby (2006 film) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia New film about the assassination of Bobby

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I voted

First time I’ve voted in the new neighborhood – at the Old Centrum church on 12th and Central. It’s a bit easier to get into and park than the firestation I used to vote at. Jon Elrod was there, as well as one of Mahern’s nephews, handing out campaign literature. I forgot to wear my

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No Change!

The message on the answering machine from my cardiologist says that there’s no change in my heart and everything is fine. Yay! I’m apparently a paranoid lunatic for worrying about it. But I’m a healthy paranoid lunatic, and that’s what matters. That’s quite a relief.

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links for 2006-11-07

Inquisitor – Instant Search Interesting search tool that searches google, yahoo, a9 and other search sites. (tags: search mashups ajax) Mrs. Betty Bowers’ Words of Christian Concern for Ted Haggard’s Delicious Disgrace But if Haggard’s unblinking congregation could sit and listen to such a liturgical Liberace week after week and not realize they were in

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David Foster Wallace

All the hipsters were reading him, so I actually talked my book group into reading one of his early works – Broom of the System — or as I call it “Broom of the Fucking System.” I actually read the whole thing thinking that sooner or later there actually had to be a plot there,

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Tomorrow is Election Day

Please remember – The polls close at 6 p.m. in Indiana, so vote early! Try to vote before work or at lunch. People often skip voting in mid-term elections, which is unfortunate since they tend to have a much greater impact on your daily life than the national elections. If you don’t know who your

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links for 2006-11-04

YouTube – 1970 Chiffon Margarine ad – Not nice to fool Mother Nature I always LOVED this commercial! (tags: video commercial television) IDeA: IUPUI Digital Archive: Home (tags: education reference databases) The Digital Collections of IUPUI University Library | IUPUI Image Collection (tags: Indianapolis education reference images databases) Two versions of Dubya’s Yale grades Grades

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Nanowrimo: Day 3

Okay, I really, really have the plot all worked out and I’m very excited by my idea, which I think is fun, entertaining, and a Big Idea, also. But I have to do some more research, in the form of purchasing the Historic Plan for our neighborhood, at a cost of $5, from the Indianapolis

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Slush Mug Commecial

We used to have these. Now that I recall, we had this type of Slush Mug, then later another version. I still have my second, newer one; mom gave it to me a couple years ago when we were cleaning out stuff at her house.

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Bush publishes info on how to build a Nuke

From the New York Times: Last March, the federal government set up a Web site to make public a vast archive of Iraqi documents captured during the war. The Bush administration did so under pressure from Congressional Republicans who had said they hoped to “leverage the Internet” to find new evidence of the prewar dangers

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Cardio Appointment

Okay, I have to write about this, because it’s been worrying me for a day, and I have get it out of my head. I went to my cardiologist yesterday for my “routine once a year post-surgery” visit. I had a vague expectation that I would be getting and EKG and seeing the doctor, and

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links for 2006-11-03

Daniels’ dream home is going up after all | IndyStar.com Governor Daniels is building a $2Million dollar mansion in a gated community in Carmel. Too bad that he’s legally required to live in Indianapolis. Maybe he doesn’t plan on another term? (tags: politics Indiana) Urban Dictionary: gayface (tags: language words) Research Beyond Google: 119 Authoritative,

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Drinking Liberally Election Night Party

Drinking Liberally Election Night Party Election Night — Tuesday, 11/7 6pm-whenever Spencer’s Stadium Tavern 802 S. West St (SW Corner of West & McCarty) Drinking Liberally Indianapolis is having a special “Election Night” edition of their regular weekly gathering (usually held on Thursday nights, but switched to Tuesday this week for the election.) I haven’t

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Nanowrimo: Day 1

My word count for day 1: 1281 words. That sucks! I spent most of the day trying to figure out the plot, which I should have had outline in October. It didn’t help that I had my teeth cleaning appointment and the chimney sweeping appointment. Also, the dog barked all day along. Apparently Cthulhu is

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links for 2006-11-02

Wacom Cintiq 21UX Graphics Tablet (tags: wishlist monitor drawing) Sacred king – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (tags: history mythology religion folklore) The Golden Bough – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (tags: books literature folklore lovecraft) The Call of Cthulhu – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (tags: lovecraft mythology literature) Pathetic fallacy – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (tags:

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We’re Hiding in the House With the Lights Off

Because we ran out of candy about 10 minutes ago. Holy crap! We gave away not only all of our candy, but the candy our neighbor brought over because he had to leave. We had about 150 kids or so. And we can still hear them out there walking up and down the street. Next

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Hey, that’s my name!

I was perusing a 37 signals blog post from last week on some changes they made to backpack, and noticed in some of the screenshots, the designer Ryan Singer used my name in the mock-up of his new sharing information object. Hee! Apparently, I’m sharing some documents with some folks. 2022-03-16 Update: I should deprecate

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links for 2006-10-31

The Top 10 Conservative Idiots, No. 266 With just over a week to go, things are getting increasingly scary for Republicans – and it’s showing. Rush Limbaugh (1) proves he’s a boil on the ass of humanity, Dick Cheney (2) admits to waterboarding, and George Allen’s (3) “gotcha” falls flat. (tags: conservatives republicans politics idiots

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Interoffice Games

A list of games to play at work, shamelessly cribbed from Jane McGonigal’s gaming blog, but she received it in e-mail from her mom, so fair sharing must apply. I recognize some of these from some of my other lists of pranks you can play. How many points can you rack up in a day?

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Indy Star survey on Marriage Equality

The Indy Star has an online poll on it’s front page, asking: Should the Indiana General Assembly amend the state constitution to ban same-sex marriages? Please go vote NO on the poll.

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links for 2006-10-30

The Fibonacci Rabbit sequence – the Golden String (tags: science Math) Boing Boing: Fake boarding pass guy reports he was visited by FBI – UPDATED Bloomington native creates a fake boarding pass generator to illustrate how easy it is to break the security — and gets in trouble for whistleblowing. (tags: terrorism whistleblowing Indiana Security)

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The number 8 rabbit

The white rabbit with the number eight on it from Lost is in Stephen King’s book “On Writing.” I haven’t read a whole lot of Stephen King, so I don’t know if it’s a plot point in one of his fiction novels also.

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links for 2006-10-28

Hillary changes position on marriage equality for gay people “I believe in full equality of benefits, nothing left out,” she said. “From my perspective there is a greater likelihood of us getting to that point in civil unions or domestic partnerships and that is my very considered assessment.” (tags: glbt marriage equality rights) Images: The

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Local progressive websites I added to my newsreader

A couple of local progressive websites I discovered through actblue.com, the online donation clearinghouse for democratic candidates. I added them to my feedreader under politics. http://www.indianaprogressives.com/ http://indyfordemocracy.com/

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A Commonplacebook Candidate Endorsements

These are Marion County, Indiana Democratic candidates who have shown strong stances and leadership on progressive issues including improving education, finding health care solutions for all Hoosiers, property tax reform and equality for GLBT citizens. I’ve personally shaken hands with all of these candidates at one time or another and discussed issues with them. I

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links for 2006-10-27

Indiana's Hostettler Issues Nasty Homophobic Campaign Ad "Pelosi will then put in motion her radical plan to advance the homosexual agenda, led by Barney Frank, reprimanded by the House after paying for sex with a man who ran a gay brothel out of U.S. Rep. Frank's home," the narrator says. (tags: homophobia election) Video of

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links for 2006-10-26

Squirl: A Site for Collectors (tags: community collaboration socialsoftware) NJ Supreme Court Backs Same-Sex Unions – Yahoo! News In a 4-3 decision the New Jersey Supreme Court held that “although we cannot find that a fundamental right to same-sex marriage exists in this State, the unequal dispensation of rights and benefits to committed same-sex partners

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Crazy Week

I’ve been trying to catch a few minutes to write about the blogger forum with progressive candidates that I attended last Friday, but it’s been such a hectic week I haven’t had a chance. Among other things, I joined the Y this week. I’ve been going regularly for water aerobics, and eventually you have to

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links for 2006-10-25

Joe. My. God.: Another October Surprise It appears that the Foley emails that leaked to the press came from somewhere in the HRC office. Wow. Someone at HRC actually has some balls. Good on ya! (tags: foley politics whistleblowing republicans conservatives) outside.in (tags: community local maps blogging city) 5ives » Five Halloween safety tips (tags:

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Fun with javascript

via the J-Walk Blog: Try this: 1. Highlight the text below 2. Press Ctrl+C 3. Paste into your address bar 4. Press Enter javascript:R=0; x1=.1; y1=.05; x2=.25; y2=.24; x3=1.6; y3=.24; x4=300; y4=200; x5=300; y5=200; DI=document.getElementsByTagName(“img”); DIL=DI.length; function A(){for(i=0; i-DIL; i++){DIS=DI[ i ].style; DIS.position=’absolute’; DIS.left=(Math.sin(R*x1+i*x2+x3)*x4+x5)+”px”; DIS.top=(Math.cos(R*y1+i*y2+y3)*y4+y5)+”px”}R++}setInterval(‘A()’,5); void(0); Refresh the page to get back to normal. It

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links for 2006-10-24

Radio Earwax Download Page – Radio’s Music (tags: mp3) Amazon.com: Getting Out: Your Guide to Leaving America (Process Self-reliance Series): Books: Mark Ehrman Book on how to move to another country. (tags: books reading Amazon shopping) Think Progress » Bush: ‘We’ve Never Been Stay The Course’ On ABC’s This Week, President Bush tried to distance

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links for 2006-10-23

The Democrat’s “First 100 Hours” – washingtonpost.com If the Democrats take control of the house, what they will do in the first 100 hours. “break the link between lobbyists and legislation.” (tags: democrats news politics election) NEWSWEEK Poll: American Supports Dem’s “first 100 hours” plan – MSNBC.com An overwhelming majority says allowing the government to

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Worldview Quiz Results

Worldview Quiz Your rating on science vs. non-science: 8 Your rating on progress for humankind: 10 Your position on the worldview spectrum: (10,8) Here is my placement onf the chart, with the “projected” worldview of some famous people.

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I wish it really were The Onion

The news satire paper The Onion is going to need to step it up a notch if they’re going to keep ahead of the ridiculousness of current real news, these days, There are three articles I’ve read this week online that I at first expected to be articles from that paper; turns out they aren’t,

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to do crap

The remaining stuff from last weekend, plus some more. Buy two truckload of mulch and spread on the flowerbeds Sweep/spray out the back of my truck Put my truck bed cover on the truck Clean the kitchen and downstairs bathroom Vacuum whole first floor Vacuum in the basement attach lattice to the back porch Add

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a scarily addictive little song…

This is as bad as the Dance Dance Revolution song “Butterfly” that can’t help singing along with in the car. Things I do when I should be writing up my blogger forum notes or getting a load of mulch for the flowerbeds.

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links for 2006-10-21

[print version] Shakespeare coming to a virtual world | CNET News.com I hate it when an idea I had gets implemented before I can do it. (tags: Shakespeare geek videogames) Scrabble Tile Mosaic Table I hate it when an idea I had gets implemented before I can do it. (tags: designIdeas) scrabble “tile holder” benches

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Blogger Forum with Progressive Candidates

I attended a blogger forum at lunch to day, where three local progressive candidates for office met with local bloggers to answer questions and talk about their political issues and campaigns. The candidates were: Russell Brown ( Democratic candidate, Senate District 31) Dr. David Orentlicher (Democratic Representative, House District 86) John Barnes (Democratic candidate, House

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Eric Dickerson’s not just slinging Mud

Indy Star Matt Tully’s analysis of the recent polling in the Carson/Dickerson battle for made my jaw drop in shock: No mudslinging: Carson took hard personal shots at Dickerson last month, but the Republican remained positive. He knows there is nothing to gain by trading potshots and respectfully argues that Carson’s time as an effective

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links for 2006-10-20

AG: Voter warning linked to GOP campaign – Yahoo! News State investigators have linked a Republican campaign to letters sent to thousands of Orange County Hispanics warning them they could go to jail or be deported if they vote next month, a spokesman for the attorney general said. (tags: politics republicans conservatives election fraud) Livia

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Video Games I’d Love to Play

I’ve picked these up several times in the store, but they’re PC games, and I have a Mac, so I haven’t bought ’em. I wish they made more games like this for the Xbox — I tend to not be interested in the “kill kill kill, die die die” shooting games, but that’s most of

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Mark Foley blames crimes on being abused

Priest comes forward to tell of his inappropriate behavior with Mark Foley when Foley was young. Let me make it really clear: I was not molested as a kid. Most of my gay friends were never molested as kids. I have several friends who were molested. Some of them are straight and some are gay,

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links for 2006-10-19

Hudson Institute – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (tags: politics conservative Indiana thinktank) Sagamore Institute for Policy Research (tags: politics conservatives Indiana thinktank) Moving Ideas Network (tags: progressive sustainability politics thinktank activism) Think tank – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (tags: politics reference thinktank research) Open Society Institute and Soros Foundation Network (tags: progressive politics reference research)

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IYG Wishlist

From their mission statement: Indiana Youth Group provides a safe place, a confidential environment, youth development programs and support services which foster personal strength and wellness among self-identified lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people. IYG advocates on their behalf in schools, on the streets, and in the community. IYG builds friendships and explores individualism

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Even more on Outing

I’ve talked about the subject of “Outing” in the past several times. Scott tackled the issue recently on Bilerico, and along with a lot of others, I commented. I wanted to pull my comment over here, though, because it’s a refinement of some of my previous ideas. I’ve pointed this out in the past —

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links for 2006-10-18

Can You Tell a Sunni From a Shiite? – New York Times “Do you know the difference between a Sunni and a Shiite?” But so far, most American officials I’ve interviewed don’t have a clue. That includes not just intelligence and law enforcement officials, but also members of Congress who have important r (tags: religion

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Worst. Roofers. Ever.

Our roofer from Woodbury was supposed to work on three projects: 1) Reshingling the roof. 2) Rebuilding the historic, built-in gutters and replacing rotted wood trim. 3) Redecking the balcony and repairing the roof under it to stop the water leaking into the kitchen. People can check out houston contracting company, for the best roofing

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Books I’ve read Recently

Garden Accents: Simple-To-Build Projects to Enhance Your Yard or Garden (How-to Gardening) Quite a few interesting building projects for hardscaping your garden. I read this over while drawing up plans for our flowerbeds. Pit of Vipers (Nancy Drew (All New) Girl Detective) #18 by Carolyn Keene There are 21 books out now in this all

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links for 2006-10-17

British universities encouraged to spy on ‘Asian-looking’ students – Yahoo! News Lecturers and staff at British universities will be asked to spy on “Asian-looking” and Muslim students they suspect of supporting terrorist acts and involvement in Islamic extremism, The Guardian reported. (tags: surveillance privacy prejudice) The Top 10 Conservative Idiots, No. 264 George W. Bush

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Mark Foley, and “real” gay relationships

In an opinion piece for the LA Times, Michelangelo Signorile says that the media should have “outed” Mark Foley as gay soon after his hypocritical votes in favor of anti-gay legislation. I agree with Signorile about “outing” hypocritical public figures, and consistently always have. But there’s something else in the article that I wanted to

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People You Meet While Gardening

I met two interesting people this weekend while planting bulbs in my front yard. One of the is our neighbor, Craig, who owns the house to the north of us, and is moving back in. He’s not new to our neighborhood — his family has owned the house for decades — but he’s just now

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Marriage, children and equal rights

Good As You presents an especially apt point about the fallaciousness of the “reserving marriage for the nuturing of children” argument: Hmm..you know why the judges “ignored is that marriage is not primarily about adults; marriage is about the nurturing and development of children?” Because marriage certificates don’t legalize unions with the caveat that those

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links for 2006-10-16

Boing Boing: Tibetan refugees shot by PRC forces, witnesses silenced: video A group of ethnic Tibetans trying to flee Tibet were shot dead by Chinese troops on September 30, at a Himalayan pass near the border of China and Nepal (Tibet is an “autonomous region” of China, having been taken over by the PRC in

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Projects Around the House (Revised)

Revised list of stuff I’d like to accomplish this weekend, if I have time… Help the neighbors clean up brush Sweep out the back of my truck Put my truck bed cover on the truck Rearrange the living room furniture We got part of this done. We still need to move my desk Rearrange the

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links for 2006-10-14

Bush Confounded by the ‘Unacceptable’ – washingtonpost.com In speeches, statements and news conferences this year, the president has repeatedly declared a range of problems “unacceptable,” including rising health costs, immigrants who live outside the law, North Korea’s claimed nuclear test, genocide in Sudan and (tags: news politics language) IS IT CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS — OR IS

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Mark Foley, and “real” gay relationships

In an opinion piece for the LA Times, Michelangelo Signorile says that the media should have “outed” Mark Foley as gay soon after his hypocritcal votes in favor of anti-gay legislation. I agree with Signorile about “outing” hypocritical public figures, and always have. But there’s something else in the article that I wanted to highlight…

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A snippet of brilliance from Shakespeare’s Sister

From the comments on this post about feminism — this statement, that is one of those “yes, that’s what I feel too, if only the thought had come out fully formed, but it didn’t” for me. It’s a little nuance thing, but makes a huge difference. If I post on a t-shirt that I find

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links for 2006-10-13

Suspicion Surrounds Retreat In Gas Prices, Poll Finds – washingtonpost.com People think the drop in gas prices is deliberate and tied to the upcoming election. Color me surprised — I said the same thing. (tags: politics election economy) Awesome Steampunk laptop Wow. I so want to build one. (tags: Steampunk technology inspiration art) The One-Click

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What flavor of crack do you think these guys are smoking?

From an article on BBC News: Air passengers ‘could be tagged’ Electronically tagging passengers at airports could help the fight against terrorism, scientists have said. The prototype technology is to be tested at an airport in Hungary, and could, if successful, become a reality “in two years”. The work is being carried out at a

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Projects Around the House

Stuff I’d like to accomplish this weekend, if I have time… Plant the rest of the bulbs in the flowerbeds plant edging pavers into side flower bed Add step to bottom of basement stairs Install coat rack bar in Dining Room Closet Install additional shelf in Laundry room attach lattice to the back porch install

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links for 2006-10-12

Study Claims Iraq’s ‘Excess’ Death Toll Has Reached 655,000 – washingtonpost.com 655,000 more people have died in Iraq since coalition forces arrived in March 2003 than would have died if the invasion had not occurred. Out of a total population of 35 million — an unbearable number. (tags: bush Iraq military war) Bush: Iraqis Are

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Friends of Tom Delay plan attack ads on behalf of Indiana’s Chris Chocola

Associates of disgraced former house majority leader Tom Delay are funding attack ads under the name “Americans for Honesty” for nine Republican congressional candidates in embattled districts, including on behalf of Representative Chris Chocola of Indiana, according to the New York Times. A previously unknown group led by a Republican political consultant in Houston is

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Oh my god, Did Bauer just throw us under the bus?

Thanks to Bil for pointing out this jaw-dropping statement from Indiana Minority Leader Pat Bauer, D-South Bend: “I just think that the only way for (Republicans) not to (continue to) demagogue it is to have a redundancy. It’s too bad it has to go in the constitution, but so be it,” Bauer said. “It’s not

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National Coming Out Day

Okay, I’ve been officially called out by one of my gay friends for being flip about National Coming Out Day, so I’ll ‘straighten’ my act out and give the day the attention it deserves. Nineteen years ago on October 11, 1987, I was a student at Ball State University. I had been out of the

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Writely integrated into Google

Writely, one of my favorite online apps, was purchased by Google awhile back, and now it’s integrated into Google Spreadsheets, which I also use quite a bit to collaborate with my girlfriend on planning household projects and household inventory. I haven’t played with it in the new Google interface yet; I’ll have to see how

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Susan Fuldauer Fundraiser

We are strapped for cash and time, so we can’t go to this, but I wanted to be sure to pass it along because it’s an EXCELLENT cause… Get tickets to this event to raise money for Susan Fuldauer. You will get food, drink, comedy and the pleasure that your donation is going toward removing

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links for 2006-10-11

The Atlantic Online | When North Korea Falls | Robert D. Kaplan Yet for all Kim’s canniness, there is evidence that he may be losing his edge. And that may be reason to worry: totalitarian regimes close to demise are apt to get panicky and do rash things. The weaker North Korea gets, the more

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Tomorrow is Take Your Teddy Bear to Work Day

National Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work/School Day is observed annually on the second Wednesday in October. This is a day to spend with your cuddly friend. Of course, it’s also National Coming Out Day – but I’ve been honest about my sexual orientation since 1986, so that’s sort of a moot point for me.

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Drive In Upset by Daylight Saving Time

A photo from a northern Indiana Drive-in, passed along by (original link, no longer active -http://www.takingdownwords.com/taking_down_words/2006/10/sign_of_the_tim.html) Taking Down Words. That’s an aspect of the Daylight Savings debate that I never took into account before — how it affects Drive Ins, who now have to start movies an hour later than before. 2022-03-16 Update: Looks like

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Life in Baghdad

Jane Arraf, an NBC News Correspondent describes what life is like in Baghdad, where she’s covering the war every day… Some readers and viewers think we journalists are exaggerating about the situation in Iraq. I can almost understand that because who would want to believe that things are this bad? Particularly when so many people

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What Liberals Believe

Liberalism is defined in the Chicago Tribune by Geoffrey R. Stone, a law professor at the University of Chicago. (via Shakespeare’s Sister.) The article in full — For most of the past four decades, liberals have been in retreat. Since the election of Richard Nixon in 1968, Republicans have controlled the White House 70 percent

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links for 2006-10-10

Sense of justice discovered in the brain – New Scientist Tech Scientists have discovered the switch that turns on a sense of selfless justice and fairness towards others. Someone please flip the switch on Bush. (tags: logic biology brain Science) A Real FA-Q to Customers An article on the ridiculousness of FAQ pages on corporate

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links for 2006-10-09

Tesla Motors (tags: designCool) Paper Forest: Spooky Stuff and Long Time, No Post. (tags: paper papercraft halloween craft) bride-of-monster-mash.com (tags: mashup mp3 halloween) The Top 10 Conservative Idiots, No. 263 This week’s list is all the news that’s safe to print about Mark Foley. (tags: conservatives idiots politics republicans scandals)

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links for 2006-10-08

Big Car (tags: art Indianapolis) HINDU TEMPLE OF CENTRAL INDIANA HTCI INDIANAPOLIS TEMPLE (tags: Indianapolis) Creating Passionate Users: Brain death by dull cubicle The importance of a stimulating working environment. (tags: architecture interiorDesign Productivity) 10 seeeeeriously cool workplaces (tags: architecture interior Productivity) Seed: The Reinvention of the Self (tags: learning psychology Productivity)

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Homophobia and anonymity online

Kim Ficera of Afterellen.com does some research on anonymous posters and homophobia on youtube.com and in online sites like myspace.com, after reading the story of a woman who had a fake myspace page created by her disgruntled students, who falsely claimed she was gay. After delving deep into the world of anonymous webspaces and open

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Indy Undercover – Vague Recollections

You know, now that I think back, there was a version of Indy Undercover several years ago that was not anonymous. It was not a blog (this was before blogspot existed); it was a website. Maybe run by php-nuke or something? But the proprietor dude had his picture and bio on it. It was about

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links for 2006-10-07

The Glass Book of the Dream Eaters Damn! They don’t deliver to the U.S. Hey, Stacy…. (tags: books literature scifi steampunk) Craigslist’s Missed Connections: The Breakdown – Gawker (tags: craigslist funny nyc subway) Prosopagnosia – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Sometimes I think I have a mild form of this. (tags: health science disorder psychology) IU

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Crazy Busy

We’ve been crazy busy, and we’re still at it — Stephanie is showing her house to people to rent, Mine is still for sale, we’re mowing all three lawns every week, and the gardening attempts are ongoing. In addition to the ball room dancing and the water aerobics, Stephanie is teaching basic skills in figure

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links for 2006-10-06

right-wing hit sites out Foley victims Sure, because it’s not enough that these kids are the victims of a sex predator and a cover up — they need to be dragged through the media, too. (tags: Propaganda hate politics) Scrubbing Foley from websites Numerous websites featuring pictues of Mark Foley, especially the numerous pictures of

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I got called the D-Word

No, no, not “difficult.” The other D-Word. The one that’s the equivalent of the N-word. You know… the one that if you had the balls to say it to my face, you’d be riding to the hospital in an ambulance. Yeah. THAT D-word. And who busted out this lovely phrase? Only our Indianapolis’ Finest —

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links for 2006-10-05

List of French phrases – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia tout de suite! (tags: language reference french) eBay Motors: Volkswagen : Bus/Vanagon (item 170035398310 end time Oct-08-06 19:57:50 PDT) (tags: ebay Volkswagen auction) A custom vintage beetle with a bike. (tags: vw volkswagen custom) Fox News labels disgraced Republican Mark Foley as a Democrat During their

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Veronica Mars & Fall TV Schedule 2006

“Here it is… first day of college. What do you say Veronica? New school, fresh start, how about you try not to piss anyone off this time around.” Heh. Barely made it home to watch the season premiere after water aerobics last night — which I must repeat, I am really enjoying. We managed to

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Dan’s Turnovers

These were one of the main dishes served at our friend’s wedding reception, and we enjoyed them, so we asked for the recipes. 6 filling types, recipes for 16 turnovers each. Dough: 1 lb (3.25 C) flour 1/4 lb (one stick) butter 1/4 lb (1/2 C) vegetable shortening (contains soy) 1 t salt 3/4 C

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links for 2006-10-04

Five Things Feminism has Done for me. I don’t have time to write my own for these meme, but I hope to in the future. (tags: feminism women rights politics) Taking passwords to the grave | CNET News.com Making mental notes of what to pass along… (tags: family Personal planning privacy living) Political Cortex: The

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links for 2006-10-03

The Polis Center | Project on Religion and Urban Culture (tags: culture Indiana Indianapolis project research urban) Penguin Books – a photoset on Flickr (tags: bookcovers art design inspiration illustration) snoopydance Occasionally, you need to look at this page. (tags: funny snoopy meme) My Life in the Bush of Ghosts (tags: designCool entertainment artist mp3

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Ben Stein is fucking batshit crazy

Former Nixon speechwriter and Ferris Bueller actor Ben Stein weighs in on the Foley scandal in the American Spectator, illustrating that he’s not only homophobic as hell, but off his damned rocker. We have a Republican man in Congress who sent e-mails to teenage boys asking them what they were wearing, and an entire party,

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Simply Naughty Emails

The White House referred to Republican Representative Mark Foley’s sexual contact with underage congressional pages as “simply naughty emails.” SNOW: Yes, look, I hate to tell you, but it’s not always pretty up there on Capitol Hill. And there have been other scandals, as you know, that have been more than simply naughty e-mails. Does

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links for 2006-10-02

Wired News: It Is ‘One Small Step for a Man’ (tags: english grammar history language space) Wired 14.10: Map Quest Providing more accurate driving directions to online cartography tools. (tags: maps business cartography gps) Daniels, DNR ‘exploring’ coal mining in wildlife area : Sports Columns : Evansville Courier Press Yeah, we’re mining in a wildlife

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links for 2006-10-01

Volvo with almost 2.5 million miles on it – Yahoo! Finance (tags: cars auto cool) Woodward Excerpt Appears in ‘Post’ With New 9/11 Bombshell The 9/11 commission was never told about a meeting between George Tenet and Condi Rice about Tenet’s certainty about bin Laden’s danger. Rice blew him off, and Bush called it “swating

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links for 2006-09-30

Snowball calculator – Become debt free at WhatsTheCost.com Stephanie has a spreadsheet version of this that is also excellent. (tags: finance howto lifehacks money tools) Poll: Iraqis back attacks on U.S. troops – Yahoo! News About six in 10 Iraqis say they approve of attacks on U.S.-led forces, and slightly more than that want their

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Chapter Titles in Jim McGreevey’s Book

From “The Late Show With David Letterman,” Top Ten Lists: 10. “The Day I Got Caught Governing Myself” 9. “How to Pretend to Like Girls for 47 Years” 8. “From Schwarzenegger to Pataki: Governors I’d Like to Oil Up” 7. “Another Confession – I Can’t Resist Entenmann’s Pound Cake” 6. “At First I Just Thought

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How long before I get “disappeared”?

Today, the Senate approved the president’s new Torture and Unlimited Detention bill, legalizing torture and permanent detention of “enemy combatants” as well as allowing a broad definition of who fits that description, granting the President sweeping new powers. The bill suspends habeas corpus, and allows the President to decide who is an “enemy combatant” and

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links for 2006-09-28

Nation Sickened By Sight Of Happy Young Couple | The Onion “It’s like they think they’re the first couple to ever fall in love in the history of space and time.” Hee. (tags: humor) The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million – By Daniel Mendelsohn – Books – Review – New York Times

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Do Not Drink the Pool Water

Last night I went to water aerobics at the YMCA with my friend Chi. I’ve taken swimming classes (years ago) but I’ve never done a water aerobics class – it was excellent. It’s high-impact but low stress; you get lots of exercise but you don’t put stress on your joints, or sweat, either. In fact,

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Torture in the name of the USA and Jesus Christ

Regarding all the recent back and forth regarding what the definition of “torture” is and what the Geneva Conventions mean, and whether we should be engaging in torture or “coercive interrogation” — here’s my two cents, for what they’re worth. 1. If you wouldn’t allow someone to do it to your own kids, it’s torture.

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links for 2006-09-27

getbehindjesus.net A photo of Jesus appearing on the ass of dog. Really – not a fake photo. (tags: humor religion christianity dogs) U.S. suspicious about gas prices – Oil & Energy – MSNBC.com Just last night I was cynically remarking that gas price reductions are conveniently falling just before the elections. (tags: bush news politics)

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The “dangerous” gay community

From today’s Indianapolis Star: But lawmakers and judges are a different matter. Legislators have been carrying guns into the Capitol for years, exercising what they say is their Second Amendment right to bear arms. Twenty-five of Indiana’s 150 senators and representatives had permits to carry concealed weapons in 2003, according to a study published by

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There’s something lurking under our porch

I’m not sure what it is, but whatever is hiding under our back deck has turned my dog in Barkley McBarkerson, and he never used to be one of those annoying dogs. Lately he barks all night long, and when he’s outside, he tries to climb under the deck. We’ve seen a bunny in the

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links for 2006-09-26

WTHR – Courthouse no longer on list of endangered landmarks Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana is removing from the Randolph County Courthouse from its list of endangered historic landmarks, crediting the Farmland Bridge Club for saving the building. Awesome. (tags: history Indiana cool) MAKE: Blog: Kids safety labels we want to see… (tags: activism kids

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Spy Agencies Say Iraq War Worsens Terrorism Threat

From the New York Times: WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 — A stark assessment of terrorism trends by American intelligence agencies has found that the American invasion and occupation of Iraq has helped spawn a new generation of Islamic radicalism and that the overall terrorist threat has grown since the Sept. 11 attacks. The classified National Intelligence

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Weekend Update 2006-09-25

Friday night we went to Hogeye Naavy’s concert for “International Talk Like a Pirate day” at the German Liederkranz Club on Washington Street. See the concert photo album Hogeye Naavy is a really fun band that plays sea shantys and traditional folk music of Ireland, Scotland, England, and North America. Their instruments include concertinas, bagpipes,

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links for 2006-09-25

Pileus Flickr Photos Umbrella An umbrella that projects your flickr photostream onto the inside of the umbrella, and that takes pictures you can upload to Flickr. Cool, but must cost a fortune. (tags: flickr photos technology wishlist cool) No One Cares About Your Blog t-shirts Hee. I care about my blog, and that’s enough for

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links for 2006-09-24

18 Tricks To Teach Your Body (tags: lifehacks howto biology fun) FULL TRANSCRIPT: Clinton Takes On Fox News Clinton bitch-slaps Chris Wallace and ABC over their lies about his work to get Bin Laden and Al Qaeda. Wow — that’s some strong words from a guy who’s been very diplomatic with Bush’s White House. (tags:

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links for 2006-09-23

Kwisatz Haderach – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (tags: wiki dune language) ABC News: The Three Hour Diet Diet that emphasizes lean proteins and vegetables, you eat small meals every three hours, and breakfast no later than an hour after getting up. (tags: health nutrition fitness) goats: the comic strip | by jonathan rosenberg (tags: Clothes

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The Hugo Chavez Book Club

When Hugo Chavez spoke to the United Nations on Wednesday, calling George W. Bush “the devil,” he help up a copy of MIT linguistics professor Noam Chomsky’s “Hegemony or Survival: America’s Quest for Global Dominance” and recommended it to the General Assembly and the American people. “The people of the United States should read this…

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links for 2006-09-22

Yahoo! News – Papers show Abramoff friends inside access to White House The White House released the Secret Service visitor logs showing how often Abramoff cronys had access to the white house. Not good news for Bush. (tags: bush corruption politics) Morality clauses, Emergency Contraception, and broken condoms Wow. These are scenario I never think

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Sneaky Uses for Everyday Things

Sneaky Uses for Everyday Things: How to Turn a Penny into a Radio, Make a Flood Alarm with an Aspirin, Change by Cy Tymony ISBN: 0740738593 NON-FICTION – A small guide to how to MacGyvver yourself out of situations using objects you may have with you. I checked the book out from the library, so

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links for 2006-09-21

The Arcade Wire™: Airport Security – Play at Shockwave.com Online game where you’re an Airport Security screener. (tags: onlineGames flash games fun) How to swear like an old prospector (tags: language fun) Yosemite Sam – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The cartoon character was named after Yosemite National Park (tags: cartoons) H. P. Lovecraft – Wikipedia,

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Short Book Reviews

How Nancy Jackson Married Kate Wilson and Other Tales of Rebellious Girls and Daring Young Women by Mark Twain and John R. Cooley Library Journal: “A dozen minor Twain pieces to show how Twain used some of his slight fictions to idealize his daughters Clara and Suzy Clemens as romantic, rebellious, and daring adolescents in

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links for 2006-09-20

indy undercover A right-wing, anti-democrat blog that is supposedly written by an Indianapolis police officer, discussing law enforcement, the recent crime wave in Indianapolis, and the city government. (tags: Indianapolis police blog rightwing law city government) fd’s Flickr Toys (tags: photos flickr fun) Discordance between Sexual Behavior and Self-Reported Sexual Identity A Population-Based Survey of

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The purser wants you to stop that

New Yorker article on a gay couple who were ordered to stop kissing on an airplane: Shortly after takeoff, Varnier nodded off, leaning his head on Tsikhiseli. A stewardess came over to their row. “The purser wants you to stop that,” she said. “I opened my eyes and was, like, ‘Stop what?’ ” Varnier recalled

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A sure-fire way to piss me off on a Tuesday

And article I discovered via Shakespeare’s Sister: Gay Stereotypes: Are They True? Are Gays More Like Straight Men Than We Think? By JOHN STOSSEL and GENA BINKLEY Yes, John Stossel is writing about gay stereotypes. I don’t need to go on do I? ‘Cause — John Stossel?! WTF?! I’m going to stop here before I

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Indy Undercover

I mentioned Indy Undercover on IndyScribe, but I’ve now read several of the posts, and want to comment here on it separately. Indy Undercover a site about law enforcement issues in Indianapolis, purportedly written by an law enforcement officer. It’s getting lots of traffic and comments from other people who claim to be law enforcement

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International Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Aye, it be International Talk Like a Pirate Day, me hearties! Don’t be a land lubber, learn t’ talk like a pirate yerself! Here’s a list o’ stuff pirates say, Or try t’ English t’ Pirate Translator! Arrr! Being a Pirate by Hogeye Naavy from the album: Poor Old Horse

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Ballroom Dancing

Stephanie and I went to our first ballroom dance lessons last night. There were about forty people there, and the instructor was a very nice older gentleman. We learned to waltz, and we started learning the east coast swing. Over the next several lessons we’ll do more with the waltz and we’ll add more to

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links for 2006-09-19

Noblesville High School Class of 1986 – 20th Reunion Photos My high school class reunion. We didn’t go because we were moving. (tags: history personal friends) Jane Espenson – How to Do Things Without Words A guide to editing dialog: 1. I think you’re the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen. 2. You’re the most

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The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald I first read this book when I was still a kid — either in junior high or high school, and I don’t remember caring too much for it, and feeling impatient to ge to the end. We read it again for our book club, and I’m very glad

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Bad Identity Data Follows You Around

Boing Boing details an example of the kind of personal data mining problems I discussed in my review of No Place to Hide: Behind the Scenes of Our Emerging Surveillance Society. One of their readers explains his problem: What, precisely, did it turn up? Ah, the woman could not tell me that, because she herself

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links for 2006-09-18

List of exclamations used by Captain Haddock – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (tags: funny humor wikipedia cartoons Comics Exclamations Tintin) Boing Boing: Amazon Unbox to customers: Eat shit and die Cory Doctorow examines the terms of service for customer-unfriendly Amazon Unbox: “Amazon Unbox user agreement is only a couple femtometers more dignified than being traded

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Polar bears drown amid Arctic thaw

By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent, Reuters, Via Scotman.com News: OSLO (Reuters) – Polar bears are drowning and receding Arctic glaciers have uncovered previously unknown islands in a drastic 2006 summer thaw widely blamed on global warming. Signs of wrenching changes are apparent around the Arctic region due to unusual warmth — the summer minimum for

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links for 2006-09-16

Smog Eaters – Enterprise Technology – MSNBC.com A news item about bricks that “eat” smog, but absorbing carbon monoxide and releasing carbon dioxide and water. An Italian city is paving their streets with these bricks. (tags: green Environment ecology house) Awesome Papercraft Pope Cool print out and fold model for a 3-D version of Herr

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Fall Television Viewing Season

Every year I sit down with my Entertainment Weekly and put together the list of fall TV shows that I think might be interesting viewing. I try to watch the first few episodes of each of them, and some inevitably fall off the viewing chart, never to be heard from again, when I pare my

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Back Street and Alley Committee

In the minutes of our neighborhood meeting, I noticed that our neighborhood has a “Back Streets and Alleys Committee.” Hee. I picture the committee slinking around in leather jackets like West Side Story. “When you’re a Jet, You’re a Jet all the way From your first cigarette To your last dyin’ day….”

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Rosie O’Donnell and Christian Terror Cells in the US

The American Family Association, Concerned Women for America, Faith and Action and World Net Daily are all busy bashing Rosie O’Donnell for saying “Radical Christians are no different than murderous radical Muslims.” God damn it. What she said is way tamer than what I said in the recent past with a big fat list of

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Ballroom Dance Lessons for Same-Sex Couples

From the Outword Bound mailing list: Ballroom Dancing Lessons for GLBTQ people and their allies who are willing to dance with persons of the same sex Mondays from 7:00 to 9:00 PM Jesus MCC, 2950 East 55th Place NO dance partner necessary. $5 per person per 2-hour lesson – please bring cash. Finally, we’ve found

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links for 2006-09-15

one shot tutorial – a photoset on Flickr Make a 16 page mini-zine out of single piece of paper. (tags: comics diy tutorial magazine papercraft) Photoshop Painting Techniques: Hair and Fur How to add realist beards and mustaches to people in Photoshop. I’m so giving myself a pirate mustache. (tags: Photoshop HowTo tutorial fake fun)

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Chertoff: We Can’t Protect the Ports. Scientists: We Must Protect the Ports

At the same time that Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff is telling a Senate committee that we can’t afford to protect our ports from terrorist attack, and that we shouldn’t because Osama’s goal is to drive us into bankruptcy (New York Times article)…. Scientists are telling us that our biggest terrorist threat is a stolen

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Make Sure You’re Registered to Vote!

In all the recent hullabaloo surrounding the GOP purging voter rolls in Indiana, it turns out that although I returned my postcard with my corrected new address on it promptly, my voter registration was not updated. I talked to at least one other person who discovered that they are no longer registered to vote either

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Scary Kid Stuff (with pictures!)

Paul the Spud at Shakespeare’s Sister asks the question “What creeped you out as a kid?” Here are my answers, many of which were from TV shows that I probably shouldn’t have been watching. 1. The Star Trek episode “Miri” where the crew beams down to a planet that at first seems deserted. But they

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Free Will Astrology Analysis

Free Will Astrology for the week of Sept. 13: GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Of all the objects in the world that are made of 22-karat gold, a bathtub in Japan is the biggest. Weighing in at over 300 pounds, it’s in the Funabara Hotel a hundred miles south of Tokyo. I suggest you regard it

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More Gatsby

“Self-control!” Repeated Tom incredulously. “I suppose the latest thing is to sit back and let Mr. Nobody from Nowhere make love to your wife. Well, if that’s the idea you can count me out. . . . Nowadays people begin by sneering at family life and family institutions, and next they’ll throw everything overboard and

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Ann Richards

Former Texas Governor Ann Richards died. That’s too bad, I really loved her. She was an excellent person. “I did not want my tombstone to read, ‘She kept a really clean house.’ I think I’d like them to remember me by saying, ‘She opened government to everyone.’”

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links for 2006-09-14

{ the major arcana } Cool Tarot deck based on traffic sign art. (tags: illustration traffic tarot fun) { atelier coulthart } (tags: design artist designCool) INANIMATE CHARACTER STICKERS Cool stickers of eyes, nose, mouth that you can use to give your inanimate objects a personality. (tags: funny illustration stickers Shopping wishlist) Neatorama » Reverse

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Princeton Researchers Break Voting Machine Security

Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy have proven that they can easily, undetectibly hack Diebold voting machines and alter votes and the outcome of elections, and they’re publishing a paper on their findings. Abstract This paper presents a fully independent security study of a Diebold AccuVote-TS voting machine, including its hardware and software. We

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Air Force chief: Test weapons on testy U.S. mobs

Via my friend Ian at [Link deprecated: http://www.socialoracle.com/node/538] Social Oracle, this CNN article: WASHINGTON (AP) — Nonlethal weapons such as high-power microwave devices should be used on American citizens in crowd-control situations before being used on the battlefield, the Air Force secretary said Tuesday. The object is basically public relations. Domestic use would make it

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links for 2006-09-13

Olberman: This hole in the ground – MSNBC.com All the time, I knew that the very air I breathed contained the remains of thousands of people, including four of my friends, two in the planes and — as I discovered from those “missing posters” seared still into my soul — two more in the Towers.

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Gatsby Quotes

He smiled understandingly—much more than understandingly. It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life. It faced—or seemed to face—the whole external world for an instant, and then concentrated on you with an irresistible prejudice in your favor.

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Progress Report

So far this year, I’ve read 30 books, and many of them have been pretty light reading. I guess I’m quite a bit behind Bush. At this point, I’ve pretty much abandoned my New Years Reading List and gone off on wild tangents, which seems to be a commentary on my life in general somehow.

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The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists

The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists by Gideon Defoe Description from Amazon.com: Not since Moby-Dick… No, not since Treasure Island… Actually, not since Jonah and the Whale has there been a sea saga to rival The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists, featuring the greatest sea-faring hero of all time, the immortal Pirate Captain,

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On Bullshit

On Bullshit by Harry G. Frankfurt A small, funny book I picked up at the library after the author was interviewed on the Daily Show – it’s a scholarly inquiry on the definition of “bullshit.” From the Amazon.com description: “More pertinent is Frankfurt’s focus on intentions–the practice of bullshit, rather than its end result. Bullshitting,

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Journalist under criminal charges for filming Katrina evacuees

A journalist and a TV producer working on a piece about Katrina refugees have been charged with the crime of videotaping a “critical national security structure” in Louisiana… Palast Charged with Journalism in the First Degree: On August 22, for LinkTV and Democracy Now! we videotaped the thousands of Katrina evacuees still held behind a

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links for 2006-09-12

Pictopia Home Page (tags: print posters photos) Top 25 Censored Stories of 2007 The top stories of 2006 that have received little or no attention from the media, but which could have significant impact on people’s lives. (tags: media news politics reference) World of Warcraft: Is It a Game? – Newsweek Technology – MSNBC.com Is

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Real people remember

Joe.My.God’s account of “That Day.” Ian William’s memories of 9/11: “no one wept except the willow” 3 Quarks Daily’s contributors all write about “Five Years Later.” I’m so glad to read personal accounts because that was what struck me about the media coverage from that day — and for about a week or so after

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War’s Critics Abetting Terrorists, Cheney Says

article on the Washington Post: “They can’t beat us in a stand-up fight — they never have — but they’re absolutely convinced they can break our will, [that] the American people don’t have the stomach for the fight,” Cheney said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” The vice president said U.S. allies in Afghanistan and Iraq

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How likely are you to die in a terrorist attack?

Via a friend, this article on Wired News titled “One Million Ways to Die“: But despite the never-ending litany of warnings and endless stories of half-baked plots foiled, how likely are you, statistically speaking, to die from a terrorist attack? Comparing official mortality data with the number of Americans who have been killed inside the

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links for 2006-09-11

Domain Directory – AboutUs A wiki about domain names. Data obtained by bots — I edited my domain information. (tags: wiki datamining internet domains) Waxy.org: Sex Baiting Prank on Craigslist Affects Hundreds Guy creates fake ads for explicit sex on craigslist, then posts the responses (almost all from men) online. This is a synopsis of

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links for 2006-09-10

Lot 49: PodSigns: Hearing Reloaded Archives sign cue cards to show iPod users to communicate — like “do you know CPR?” and “Yo, there’s a line.” (tags: signs funny iPod) TheIndyChannel.com – Officials Reject Hanging Re-Enactment At Former Jail A history tour re-enactment of a 200-year-old hanging event is rejected by Corydon officials. (tags: funny

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More Designy Goodness

I’ve tweaked my new design here and there, made some color use more consistent and added some extra flair. There are still some css layout changes that I need to make to fix a couple of pages, and I have a one-off template or two that need some work here and there. I must say,

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Sundown Towns

Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism by James W. Loewen I threw in the towel and bailed on reading this book in depth, which I’ve resolved not to feel bad about. I did skim a lot of it though. I’m a HUGE fan of sociologist Loewen’s books, and this one is good, but

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Amending the Soil

Our flower beds have very depleted soil, so I picked up a load of compost this morning and spread it around the beds after overturning all the soil. It’s amazing how much compost this requires, really. I’ll need to get another load of crap for the front beds; a truckload only covered the beds on

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Brad Pitt: I’ll marry when everyone can

via Shakesville, this article on Yahoo: “Angie and I will consider tying the knot when everyone else in the country who wants to be married is legally able,” the 42-year-old actor reveals in Esquire magazine’s October issue, on newsstands Sept. 19. That is pretty awesome. I have to admit that at each of the three

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links for 2006-09-09

similicio.us – find similar sites (tags: search socialsoftware) Accuracy aside, ABC’s ‘9/11’ deserves to bomb Chicago Sun-Times delivers a devastating review of the controversial “docudrama” : “Path” is the dullest, worst-shot TV movie since ABC’s disastrous “Ten Commandments” remake. It could not be more amateurish or poorly constructed unless someone had forgo (tags: television terrorism

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Friday Random Image Blogging

I haven’t snapped a picture of any of the cats or the dog this week, so instead of the interweb’s ubiquitous Friday Cat Blogging, you get this lovely picture instead, chosen because I bought a wand just like that from Target at lunch. Isn’t she lovely? Sigh. Yeah, I now have Glinda’s wand, so watch

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International Literacy Day!

Hey, it’s International Literacy Day, according to a UN resolution. I know we don’t take those very seriously here in Amurika, but literacy is important! You too could grow up to get in a readin’ contest with Karl Rove. But in all seriousness: International Literacy Day takes place on September 8 every year to raise

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Secret Cameras in Downtown Indianapolis

With a WISH-TV headline like “Secret Cameras Could Help Keep Indianapolis Safe” — gee, I don’t know what I’m supposed to think about that. I guess, maybe I should feel safer? Whereas the alternate headline “Secret Cameras Could Help Keep Indianapolis Under the Thumb of Big Brother” would be equally accurate, but I guess it

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Local News and Online Reporting

WTHR has this story on their website: Study: Omega 3 can save lives Experts say beefing up intake of Omega 3 fatty acids can save lives more than AED’s and implanted defibrillators. Omega 3 is found in foods like fish and nuts, and some experts believe they can lower the risk for heart attack because

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links for 2006-09-08

UK Gay News – Moscow Gay Pride Under Siege (tags: glbt) Guardian Unlimited | \How Bush’s grandfather helped Hitler’s rise to power Given that the Bush White House is now calling Iraq War detractors “appeasors” — it’s interesting to know that his grandfather was a Nazi war profiteer. (tags: bush history politics) Take Action: Sign

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The Best of All Possible Worlds – Cate’s CD Club Mix

The CD mix I’m working on for my friend Cate’s CD Exchange Club. I still need to finish the liner notes, print them all out and slice up the paper to fit the cases, burn the CDs, and put everything together. And I’m considering substituting in a different song from Hogeye Naavy for one song

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ABC’s false “Docudrama”

The ABC television network unleashed a promotional blitz in the last week for a new “docudrama” called “The Path to 9/11”. ABC has thrown its corporate might behind the two-night production, and bills it as a public service: a TV event, to quote the ABC tagline, “based on the 9/11 Commission Report”. That’s false. “The

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30 year-old virgins

Shakespeare’s Sister has a great post (Who’s Afraid of Virgins?) critiquing this wholly lame Salon article on the “tragedy” of virgins in their 30’s. I don’t have a huge amount to add to the subject, other than “what she said” but I wanted to link to it because I know several people who would find

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Have I mentioned that I’m the preeminent Proust scholar in America?

For a friend’s birthday last night, we went to see Little Miss Sunshine, which I really enjoyed. I think the Entertainment Weekly review was pretty crappy for it, but everyone who saw it seemed to say it was enjoyable, and I agreed. I think my very favorite crappy review is this amateur movie critic blogger

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links for 2006-09-07

AfterEllen.com – The Disappearance of the Tomboy An editorial about the disappearance of the tomboy on network television. (tags: television) List of calculator words – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Words you can spell with your calculator. 334. 5318008. 334. (tags: wikipedia language words funny) Mental Soup Tabloid of Contents (tags: funny)

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For a million dollars…

from the Book of Questions, Via the J-Walk Blog, Would you accept $1,000,000 to leave the country and never set foot in it again? If so, where would you go? Nope — the “never set foot in it again” is the key part of that question. I’d rather see my family and friends regularly —

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links for 2006-09-06

SHAG disney merchandise (tags: illustrator art disney) Stan Lee Writes the Watchman What if the Watchmen were written by Stan Lee? (tags: comics funny parody mashup) Creative Commons Search (tags: copyfree art inspiration search tools) SCIFI.COM | Battlestar Galactica Battlestar Galactica Webisodes (tags: scifi television video fun movie) adaptiveblue – the web your way firefox

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New Site Design

As you may have noticed (or maybe not, if you read via a newsreader) I installed a new site design today. This is one that I’ve been tinkering with for awhile, and it’s not perfect yet, but because I started it in February, before the house buying and other life events occurred, I decided it

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Chicken Over Caesar Salad

Two boneless, skinless chicken breasts red wine vinegar Herbs de Provence Dole Caesar Salad Kit Walnuts Sprinkle two boneless, skinless chicken breasts with Herbs de Provence seasoning on both sides. Pour a little red wine vinegar over each. Bake at 350 until done, turning at about 25 minutes. Slice. Divide one Dole Caesar salad kit

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Recent Photo Sets

Jan and Dan’s Wedding Dan W.’s Birthday Around the House Miscellaneous Photos I’ve Taken Recently

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Chicken Piccata

4 (6 to 7 ounces each) chicken breast halves, boneless and skinless 1/2 cup all-purpose flour Salt and coarsely ground pepper to taste 2 tablespoons butter 1 teaspoon vegetable oil 1/4 cup lemon juice 1/4 cup white wine 3 tablespoons capers, drained and rinsed Working with one chicken breast at a time, place each between

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links for 2006-09-05

Hogeye Navvy Hogeye Navvy is an acoustic, shanty-singing band whose repertoire expands to include the traditional music of Ireland, Scotland, England, and North America. (tags: music Indianapolis folk celtic) Arthur’s Music Store Local music store in Fountain Square. (tags: music shopping guitars banjos Indianapolis) Australia’s “Crocodile Hunter” Irwin dies Wow. (tags: news) Brian Warren :

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links for 2006-09-04

Poincaré conjecture Poincaré conjecture, a century-old conundrum about the characteristics of three-dimensional spheres, which, because it has important implications for mathematics and cosmology and because it has eluded all attempts at solution, is regarded by mathematici (tags: mathematics research science) Evolution of Speechballoons (tags: cartoons comics illustration History) Look, See: Book Covers Archives Chris Ashley

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How To Identify Where A Driver Is From

1. One hand on wheel, one hand on horn: CHICAGO 2. One hand on wheel, one finger out window: NEW YORK 3. One hand on wheel, one finger out window, cutting across all lanes of traffic: NEW JERSEY 4. One hand on wheel, one hand on newspaper, foot solidly on accelerator: BOSTON 5. One hand

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Deja… What?

Author: Stacy Mineart A funny list of definitions written several years ago by my sister. Ok, so the following are other, less common forms of deja vu: Deja boo: The feeling that I’ve been frightened like this before Deja coup: The feeling my government has been overthrown like this before. Deja clue: The feeling that

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10 Dating Tips By Way of Hollywood

author unknown 1. People Who Hate Each Other on Sight Usually End Up Falling in Love ("The Way We Were," "Titanic," most Astaire/Rogers movies). Actually, people who hate each other when they first meet usually work very hard to avoid each other in the future. And if you ever really tried the sort of things

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Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road?

Author Unknown ARISTOTLE: It is the nature of chickens to cross the road. BUDDHA: Asking this question denies your own chicken nature. THE BIBLE: And God came down from the heavens and He said unto the chicken, "Thou shalt cross the road." And the chicken crossed the road and there was much rejoicing. PAT BUCHANAN:

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links for 2006-09-03

BellaPamella: Products: Stella Retro Apron in Scotch Green Fabric (tags: shopping apron cooking) Bomb Or Not? Training For Government Agents! A new version of “Am I hot or not?” that helps people figure out whether something is unsafe to take on a plane. (tags: subversion funny terrorism travel Security) Horrified B-Movie Victims Figure Set –

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Saturday

Today I mowed the yard at my old house, buried St. Joseph, picked up the yard a bit, mowed Dan and Doug’s front yard, put cement blocks away at our house, did some rearranging in the garage, flattened all the cardboard and sorted recycling, rearranged some of the moving boxes that are remaining to be

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links for 2006-09-02

Poodle disguise for Dobermans Dress your doberman up as a poodle so people with stop being afraid of it. Instructions included! (tags: costumes dogs pets funny) 22 Panels That Always Work… Sometimes A great parody response to the previously noted “22 Panels That Always Work.” (tags: comics cartoons illustration layout parody) NPR : Edward Tufte,

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Burying Saint Joe

First Stephanie sent me a link that she saw on MSNBC about the old tradition of burying a statue of St. Joseph in your yard when you sell your house. Then someone on a blog noted it, and now I’ve seen it mentioned on J-Walk Blog. So today I drove by Kreig Brothers downtown, and

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links for 2006-08-31

Google Book Search Starting today, you can go to Google Book Search and download full copies of out-of-copyright books to read at your own pace. You’re free to choose from a diverse collection of public domain titles — from well-known classics to obscure gems. (tags: library literature reading copyfree Google) National Novel Writing Month National

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National Novel Writing Month 2006

National Novel Writing Month is November 1st, and the sign-up for it begins this Friday October 1st (I managed to skip the entire month of September in my head). One of my friends participated in the past and is going to again this year. Here’s the scoop: National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants

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links for 2006-08-30

Deadeye Weed & Grass Killer Non-toxic weed and grass killer. (tags: environment green garden organic) Original WOW! [With Out Weeds] Pre-Emergence Weed Control More safer, non-toxic weed control (tags: garden green environment ecology organic) “They’re made out of meat.” An alien race examines humanity… (tags: scifi funny literature) The History of Sodomy Laws in the

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A joke from our friend Veronica

A man walked into the women’s department of Macy’s and shyly walked up to the woman behind the counter and said, “I’d like to buy a bra for my wife.” What type of bra?” asked the clerk. Type?” inquires the man, “There’s more than one type?” “Look around,” said the saleslady, as she showed a

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links for 2006-08-29

Guy loses iPod, becomes subject of terrorist investigation Whatever you do, don’t drop your iPod in the toilet on an airplane. You’ll be a criminal. It’s against the law to accidentally drop your iPod. I can so see this happening to me. (tags: politics terrorism travel security) I AM NOT A TERRORIST shirt T-shirt with

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Quote

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow

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Don’t I know you?

Don’t I know you? by Karen Shepard FICTION – A mystery/thriller set in 1976 Manhattan about a woman, Gina Engel, who is murdered in her own apartment and discovered by her 12-year-old son Stephen. He narrates the first part of the story as he deals with his grief and tries to piece together anything he

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No Place to Hide

No Place to Hide: Behind the Scenes of Our Emerging Surveillance Society By Robert O’Harrow, Jr. NON-FICTION – Washington Post reporter Robert O’Harrow, Jr. delves into the world of data-collection and surveillance, and puts together a frightening and disheartening portrait of who is gathering personal information about you and why. I started to compile a

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links for 2006-08-27

gorgeous libraries Amazing photos of some of the most beautiful libraries in the world. Sigh. I wish I could live in some of them. (tags: library photos architecture interior)

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links for 2006-08-26

Gay book pulled off teen’s summer reading list Rainbow Boys is on a list of books that students could read — but only two books from the list are required. Rather than have their kids pick other books, parents are demanding that it be removed from the list altogether. (tags: censorship homophobia glbt) Gawker CliffsNotes:

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Fighting Terror with Anti-Terror

Bruce Schneier says what I’ve been saying since day one of the London Terror Plot, only more eloquently. Perhaps he wasn’t burdened with someone poking him with a sharp stick constantly. Another thought experiment: Imagine for a moment that the British government arrested the 23 suspects without fanfare. Imagine that the TSA and its European

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links for 2006-08-25

Bush’s “meeting” with Katrina survivor Rockey Vaccarella was staged The Katrina survivor was recruited by Rove for his “inpromptu” trip to Washington to call on Bush for more government aid. (tags: fraud Bush photo-op politics) American Prospect Online – Mind Matters According to recent research in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the neural

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links for 2006-08-24

Apple Mail plug-ins and tools cool. (tags: osx plugins mail software) Laughing Squid » The Neverwas Haul Project Party & Fundraiser A threes-story victorian house on wheels, powered by steam, to be built for Burning Man. Wow. (tags: burningman steampunk house victorian) Boing Boing: Collateral damage in the airports’ War on Moisture 19 airport workers

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links for 2006-08-23

Welcome to CarMD How to look at the check engine light in your car yourself, before you take it to a mechanic. (tags: auto) Fruitfall Free Web Version tetris like online game (tags: games) Oliver (chimpanzee) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia More info on the chimp that likes to walk upright. (tags: science monkeys) When

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Poor Dan

My friend Dan is having a rough summer. Among other things, this Sunday, he was out riding his bike on the Monon, and he had to brake suddenly to avoid hitting some other bikers who had stopped in the middle of the path. He flipped over his handle bars, hit his head, and broke both

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Picking apart Gary Welsh’s coverage

Gary Welsh has a blog post about a recent Washington Post article on the London Terror Plot, in which he takes the opportunity to make some swipes at my blog posts about the event. “While many bloggers opposed to President Bush’s policies for fighting the war on terror scoffed at initial reports that Islamic terrorists

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links for 2006-08-22

What right wingers see when they read the New York Times Funny! (tags: comedy funny politics parody satire media) Guardian Unlimited | Ryanair threatens government over airport security Gee, who thought that would happen? Oh, yeah… Me. (tags: politics Security travel terrorism) Joel Johnson: Wally Wood’s 22 Panels That Always Work: Unlimited Edition (tags: animation

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An Inconvenient Truth

We went to see “An Inconvenient Truth” over the weekend. You really want to see this movie. You may not know that you want to, but you do. You may be on the fence about the issue, or afraid that it’s boring, or unconcerned. You may think you disagree with the movie. Trust me. You

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links for 2006-08-21

New York Daily News – Home – Girls gone wilding Lesbians beat the crap out of a guy who spits on one of them because she refused his advances. (tags: gay news hate nyc cool)

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links for 2006-08-19

Drawspace.com – Drawing lessons (tags: drawing tutorial howto art illustration) Spark Fun Electronics – Inexpensive solar cells (tags: green solar environment ecology energy) Google Search: solar articles at Make Magazine (tags: solar green environment ecology) HRC | Secured Key Protections and Benefits for Gay Couples the surviving partner (or other non-spouse beneficiary) will now be

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Democracy in Iraq is a fading idea

(Via Shakespeare’ Sister). In a NY Times article on the increased violence in Iraq, and the looming shadow of a civil war there, this revelation shows up at the very end — Bush officials are preparing to abandon the idea of a democracy for the country. Bush administration officials now admit that Iraqi government’s original

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links for 2006-08-18

St. Michael’s professor’s research confiscated at Heathrow Airport Airport security attempted to throw away a Vermont professor’s thumb drives, containing thousands of pages of Shakespeare research. (tags: freedom privacy rights travel) Craig Murray – The UK Terror plot: what’s really going on? Interesting article on how the information about the hair gel bombers was obtained

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links for 2006-08-17

Quech supa style (tags: designCool designIdeas 3dBright) [IP] On the implausibility of the explosives plot. A chemist works out all the scenarios and concludes that the idea of a chemical bomb on a plane isn’t probably at all. (tags: chemistry terrorism news politics) Cool Tool: Anderson Powerpoles 12 volt plug systems (tags: tools diy howto)

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Chemist on the implausibility of the chemical bomb

I knew an analysis like this one would come along sooner or later — a chemist examines the implausibility of taking a chemical bomb on board an airplane and actually having a “successful” event with it. He believes it’s pretty implausible — for a liquid substance especially, because of the instabilities of the liquids. But

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links for 2006-08-16

Design Observer’s Alert System for the Bird Flu (tags: design humor influenza links) BBC NEWS | Americas | US ‘knew of Israel bombing plan’ Israel and the United States were in close contact about Israel’s war on Hezbollah long before it began, a US investigative journalist has claimed. “Israel had devised a plan for attacking

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Fear Itself

From Kung Fu Monkey, via Masson’s Blog: FDR: Oh, I’m sorry, was wiping out our entire Pacific fleet supposed to intimidate us? We have nothing to fear but fear itself, and right now we’re coming to kick your ass with brand new destroyers riveted by waitresses. How’s that going to feel? CHURCHILL: Yeah, you keep

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Happy Birthday, Stephanie!!!

Hey, it’s my wonderful girlfriend’s birthday!! Yay! Go visit her site and tell her happy birthday. If you clicked on an ad or two while you were there, she’d get a few pennies. But only a few things — I don’t want her to get in trouble for click-fraud or anything. 🙂 You know what

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links for 2006-08-15

WISH-TV – Three Homemade Bombs Found in Fishers Neighborhoods (tags: news Indiana) WISH-TV – More Chemical Bombs Found in Hamilton County (tags: news Indiana) Boing Boing: Make a scarf-book to read on UK outbound flights Now that books are banned on planes from the UK, here’s a tutorial on how to print a book only

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Flickr Photo Pools for Indianapolis

Old Northside – Indianapolis http://www.flickr.com/groups/oldnorthside/ Indianapolis, Indiana http://www.flickr.com/groups/indianapolis/ Indianapolis http://www.flickr.com/groups/37996589023@N01/ indianapolis adventure http://www.flickr.com/groups/indianapolisadventure/ Flickr Lovers of Indianapolis http://www.flickr.com/groups/indy-flickr/

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Airports give 11 cases of unopened deodorants to homeless

According to CNN, “Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport planned to give 11 boxes of surrendered items to the city’s human services department, which will give the unopened bottles of shampoo, toothpaste and other items to homeless shelters.” Okay, this shit makes no damned sense whatsoever. If this stuff is potentially explosive, why give it to

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links for 2006-08-14

MacOSX keyboard shortcuts Cool. (tags: osx howto reference) Eons.com Friendster or Myspace for senior citizens — Eons is a company inspiring a generation of boomers and elders to live the biggest life possible. Set goals, celebrate life, get things done, learn, connect with other people 50 plus. (tags: socialsoftware community networking) Utility Smart Meters The

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links for 2006-08-13

The 9 for Friday August 11th (tags: funny links trends cool) Philadelphia Daily News | BUSH AND CHENEY’S REIGN OF ERROR THESE PEOPLE have no shame. Their contempt for democracy is so great they will stop at nothing to undermine it. Their adherence to fundamentalist beliefs that blinds them to reality is frightening. They must

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links for 2006-08-12

InterfaceLIFT: High-Resolution Widescreen Wallpaper (by ratings) High-resolution desktop wallpaper images and photos (tags: wallpaper photos free) Boing Boing: Could the liquid threat be hydrogen cyanide? Why dumping potentially weaponized liquids together in a trash can could be very very bad. (tags: news terrorism) Boing Boing: Can Laura Bush pack lipstick onto Air Force One? Why

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Daily Show: Terror Threat #1…Indiana!

Here’s a show for all you guys who think we’re in such terrible danger — a little examination of all the terrorist targets in the state of Indiana, as reported by our crack team of Department of Homeland Security staffers. Gotta protect those pie-giving angels of Indiana!

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Terrorists Plotting

And this funny is from today’s Wondermark comic: See all the panels on his site. Because keeping grandma from Illinois from carrying her water bottle on the plane is really gonna stop some terrorist activity. Also banning executives from carrying laptops and books on the plane, too, which are part of the air restrictions in

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links for 2006-08-11

Barter-Nomics How can you get what you want without spending a dime? Welcome to the new economy, where trading what you have can get you anything you need-from vintage jewels to a new job. In fact, it’s a cultural revolution that might change the way you shop, work, ev (tags: Shopping culture economics) Mike gets

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iPods and Gatorade

From CNN: CNN: “Terrorists planned to use MP3 players and energy drinks to blow up as many as 10 jetliners bound for the United States, authorities said Thursday. A senior congressional source said it’s believed the plotters planned to mix a ‘British version of Gatorade’ with a gel-like substance to make an explosive that they

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Welcome to the party, kids.

According to WISH-TV: House Republicans want Indiana to lead the way in alternative fuels INDIANAPOLIS House Republicans announced a plan today they say will help Indiana lead the way in alternative fuels such as biodiesel and ethanol. House Republican challengers and incumbents met this morning near the Indiana State Fairgrounds to release their plan for

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“mass murder on an unimaginable scale”

WTF does that mean? Seriously. I’m reading this article on the latest “terror plot” from the BBC News, and UK Officials are providing absolutely no details whatsoever about what the plot actually was, how close it came to being implemented, what kinds of weapons were involved — nothing, but hyperbole and jacked up security regulations.

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links for 2006-08-10

Boing Boing: Sonos music system is fantastic (tags: wifi music howto) haunted house matte painting Create a haunted house from a picture of a contemporary one. (tags: photoshop Tutorials art design) URBAN COUNTERFEITERS Bringing American consumers reports from small companies and artists who have been taken advantage of by large corporations. We wish for these

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“I’m not a bigot”

Via the Consumerist, this incredibly funny quote: Now, I am NOT trying to bash homosexuals and I am not a bigot; however, I feel homosexuality is morally wrong and should not be “promoted” as what is the norm for society. Shorter: “I am not a basher or a bigot, however, I am a basher and

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links for 2006-08-09

LOGOonline.com LGBT Television and Entertainment, Movies, Documentaries, News, Music, Videos, Photos and Blogs (tags: glbt television media culture) KIBI: List of Recycling Options Keep Indianapolis Beautiful’s list of recycling options for the city. (tags: Indianapolis recycling green environment) Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. A great program to help keep the city clean and environmentally friendly… and

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Flickr fussiness

Flickr has been really fussy lately about uploading photos, which is ticking me off quite a bit. I’ve been trying to upload batches of photos, but it won’t take large uploads. So I’ve been reduced to sending them one at a time, and even then it doesn’t always capture the whole image. Grrrr.

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links for 2006-08-08

BookMooch free book trade and exchange community (tags: books exchange online) Allen Safianow | ‘You Can’t Burn History’ Getting Right with the Klan in Noblesville, Indiana | Indiana Magazine of History, 100.2 | The History Cooperative In the summer of 1995 Noblesville, Indiana, drew national attention after the discovery of Klan records dating back to

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“Cloud Atlas” and “The Whole World Over”

I haven’t much time to write a coherent review of each of these books, so I’m going to crib from Amazon to describe the plots. Sorry for that…. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell “… Mitchell’s third novel weaves history, science, suspense, humor and pathos through six separate but loosely related narratives…. this latest foray relies

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why lesbians are bitter and angry

Biff, on “Fundies say the darndest things:” “I’m of the opinion that homosexuals should not be police officers any more than they should join the military. Regarding the humorless of lesbians, perhaps it is because women are designed by God to be fulfilled through childbirth/child raising, so by choosing to be lesbians they deny themselves

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Recycling — our favorite place now takes plastics

Indianapolis Recycled Fiber 1775 S. West St. — just off of I-70 in the industrial hub just southwest of the RCA Dome. We’ve gone there for some time because they take all types of paper and cardboard products, including office paper, paper board, corrugated cardboard, newspaper, phone books, etc. But recently, they added bins for

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Christian terrorist says Gays have sex with infants

A few days ago, Guy Adams, Deputy National Grassroots Director of RenewAmerica appeared on the right wing talk show of fundamentalist activist Stacey Harp, and during the interview, committed blood libel against gay Americans. Pam’s House Blend summarizes some of what was said: * Gays have sex with infants (He says its “The New trend”)

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links for 2006-08-05

Name That Goth! The perfect names for your alternative and goth baby. (tags: names pets baby) Germanic Baby Names A list of Old English, Old Norse, Frisian, and Gothic names. (tags: names pets baby) Forty Winks: Science and Sleep Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep. (tags: biology howto productivity science Sleep)

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RSS Feeds for Online Stores

Here’s one of my favorite applications for RSS feeds… Online stores that use them to present new products in their online catalogs. For huge stores this isn’t very practical, but for specialty stores, it can be a lot of fun, especially if the store also has wishlist capability, like Think Geek does. Archie McPhee: http://www.mcphee.com/mcpheeproductfeed.xml

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Friday Cat and Dog Blogging

Spike helps assemble the Ikea laptop desk. Huckleberry and Drusilla lounging around. Stephanie’s Mom’s dog. Little Monkey Steph and Stephanie. Michelle’s new kitten Spike at Grandpa Doug’s house

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I grew up in a middle-class suburban home

I grew up in the suburbs, first in the town of Ankeny, Iowa, outside of Des Moines, then briefly in a suburb in Canton, Ohio, and then in a nice housing development in Noblesville, Indiana. I lived in the prototypical white, middle-class neighborhood, where we walked to school (back when that was safe) and played

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links for 2006-08-02

FSM HateMail Hate mail sent to the guys who run the Flying Spaghetti Monster website. Proof that schools need to teach critical thinking skills. And grammar. And some spelling, too. (tags: funny religion intolerance bigotry) VintageBus.Com – 1949 to 1967 VW Buses VintageBus.Com is your final stop in your search for split-window VW buses on

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No, English is OUR language

“Lananguage.” Your language is the language of “stupid.” (shamelessly stolen from Shakespear’s Sister.) 2022-03-15 Update: One of the few posts making fun of misspellers where I didn’t make a Grammar mistake.

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links for 2006-08-01

The Neglected Books Page (tags: literature books) First Aid Safety Tips A free booklet you can request via toll-free number. (tags: health firstaid safety free) VOX – See It. Hear It. Vox It. A semi-private blogging tool that allows you to share with just friends and family. (tags: socialsoftware blog software community) NEWSEUM: The Commissar

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Freedom From Religion

From Good As You: I mean just the other day this was chatting with this Jewish friend of mine who keeps kosher, and he was all like, ” Ya know, my religious beliefs tell me that consuming pork is not in my best interest, so I think I’m gonna take that belief to the public,

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Weekend Update 2006-07-31

We spent the weekend doing lots of work on the house — unpacking things on Saturday, and with the help of our friends David and Garrett we moved quite a bit more stuff from Stephanie’s house. There are still a few more loads, but the bulk of the moving is finished. Our house is pretty

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links for 2006-07-31

Electrolytic Rust Removal aka Magic (tags: howto diy tutorial) Dan Dickinson: The Primary Vivid Weblog: QuickSilver – A Better OS X In Just 10 Minutes (tags: quicksilver mac osx tutorial) YouTube – Lake Peigneur (disappearing lake) History Channel footage (tags: history) 787 Cliparts A fun movie of clip art images. (tags: animation clipart fun movie)

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links for 2006-07-29

Taking Professional Looking Photos Without a Professional When taking your own photos, you want lots of light – but not direct light. Direct light will cause harsh shadows, which you don’t want. To achieve this effect, you want soft, diffused light. What I use is a semi clear, frosted plastic Rubbermaid conta (tags: photography tutorial

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links for 2006-07-28

lens culture: Rephotographing Atget Eugene Atget documented Paris from 1888 until his death in 1927. Christopher Rauschenberg is recreating the same pictures to illustrate the changes to the city. (tags: photography Paris history culture) US/Iraq Coffin Counter Graphic illustration of U.S. deaths in Iraq versus deaths of Iraqis. (tags: war iraq) Isreali/Lebanese Coffin Counter Graphic

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Fundies Say the Darndest Things

New edition to my regular online reading (for as long as I can stand it): Fundies Say the Darndest Things A blog that watches Christian message boards, blogs and news groups and culls the most laughable, craziest things that fundamentalists say on the internet. What’s really scary is that these folks are ON THE INTERNET,

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links for 2006-07-27

ScatterChat (tags: privacy secure scatterchat software activism p2p secret) Science Addiction » 95 Theses of Geek Activism Geeks are not known to be political or highly vocal (outside of our own circles)- this must change if we want things to improve. So here is a list of things people of all shapes, sizes and sides

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Video of some of the figure skating from GGVII

Jay and Bradley did an interpretive pairs program of Brokeback Mountain that was really amazing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvGVQZQBwzs Edward Van Campen did a very moving tribute to his brother, who died of AIDS. His performance included his brother’s AIDS quilt, which he then presented to the NAMES Project. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3xlkr-JoRc We discussed creating video of Stephanie’s programs, but

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links for 2006-07-26

Gilbert du Motier, marquis de La Fayette – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The French general that helped us win the Revolutionary War. (tags: history America) House History Aid the Indianapolis-Marion County public library has research tips on hunting down the history of your home. (tags: Indianapolis history historic research resources)

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I am the Troll on the bridge, give me money

Stephanie’s cat Lucy is missing out. Recently, she’s been camping out at the top of the stairs hissing at the other cats when the try to come up, like the Troll under the bridge that doesn’t let people pass. But apparently she didn’t realize she should be charging money to let them by….

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Staceyann Chin’s speech/poem at Gay Games VII

A selection from Stacyann Chin’s speech at the Opening Ceremonies of the Gay Games (this was the part I love so much): I don’t know why but the term lesbian just seems so confrontational to me why can’t you people just say you date other people? Again I say nothing tongue and courage tied with

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links for 2006-07-25

Gay Orbit » Iranian Gay Youths Hanged™ (tags: glbt news) Joe. My. God.: Iranian Mission Vigil: Moving/Frustrating (tags: glbt news) Chatreez Gallery » Susan May Kill You Live Pictures of my friend’s band. (tags: band music photos Indianapolis) Telegraph | Entertainment | Cry of an enfant sauvage For five years, Oxana Malaya lived with dogs

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Gay Games: Team Indiana Takes the Field

Team Indiana marching onto the field at the Opening Ceremonies of GGVII. See all my pictures of the Gay Games Opening Ceremonies, and the pictures Stephanie took from on the field, also. It was a beautiful, surprisingly political ceremony, and I had a great time, even if it was twice as long as planned. Team

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Quotes

“We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.” — George Orwell

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links for 2006-07-24

BoydCreative » Blog Archive » 5 Cool Things To Do With Your iSight! (tags: cool hardware macbook tips) YouTube – Unnessary Censorship (tags: comedy funny video) Threadless T-Shirts – Stat City by Graham Dobson (tags: shirts Shopping wishlist) Easily mispronounced domain names: What are your favorites?– A Grupthink Topic (tags: internet names funny) Technology Rewrites

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Back Home Again

We got home yesterday mid-day from Chicago, and we’ve been hanging out and relaxing. We ended up not going to Ikea on Thursday — we sat in traffic for 3 hours, and finally ended up giving up and going directly to the rink so Stephanie could prepare for her show. We went on Friday instead

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Two Gold Medals

Stephanie won two gold medals in the past two days, at both her competitions. She skated really well – she looks really confident and smooth on the ice. I’m so proud of her. The skating is really amazing. I have tons of photos, but we’re still unable to connect my laptop to the weak signal

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Gay Games, Opening Ceremonies

Stephanie can get on her Dad’s neighbor’s wireless network, but I can’t get on, so I can’t yet upload the bajillion pictures we’ve been taking. We bought a new camera for me — the Canon SD630 I’ve had my eye on for a while, and Stephanie’s adopted my slick little Canon SD10 Powershot, which she

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Gay Games 2006

We’re headed up to Chicago for the Gay Games this week. Stephanie’s skating in two competitions as part of Team Indiana, so we’ll be there all week. (IIf you can’t be an athlete, be an athletic supporter!) We’re staying with Stephanie’s Dad (and taking Spike!) so our internet connections will be sporatic, but we’ll try

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links for 2006-07-15

Chaosmagic.Com :: Immanentizing the 2nd Generation of Chaos Magick (tags: reference gnosis esoteric Indianapolis) Masked crusader An intake weekly article about a guy I know. (tags: Indianapolis subversive) Mr. Silent’s MySpace Page The MySpace page of “mr. Silent, a local superhero. (tags: myspace culture Indianapolis) Copac: Academic & National Library Catalogue A catalog of UK

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the precedent of I Can’t Hear You v. I’m Not Listening

yay! Fafblog is back! That’s why George W. Bush has to take this case to the highester court in the land: the court of George W. Bush. It’s a tough bench alright, but Bush can win this one as long as he exercises his constitutional right to ignore the Constitution. The legal technicalities are pretty

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English “Non-Errors” Examined

I blogged a link yesterday to a site of “Non-Errors” in English — discussion of some language rules that the site argues are not really valid rules of language today. The link is making the rounds of popular blog sites, which is how I picked up on it. I sent it to Stephanie, who is

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Mini Book Reviews

I, Robot Isaac Asimov The classic sci-fi set of short stories by Asimov about Robots and their relationship to man. Asmimov sets out the famous “Three Laws of Robotics” that have influenced much science fiction writing since the stories were originally published in the 1940’s in sci-fi magazines, and then collected in this book published

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links for 2006-07-14

Non-Errors Those usages people keep telling you are wrong but which are actually standard in English. (tags: english language reference writing) Common Errors in English The concept of language errors is a fuzzy one. I’ll leave to linguists the technical definitions. Here we’re concerned only with deviations from the standard use of English as judged

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links for 2006-07-13

Strathmore (tags: design identity branding writing designIdeas) Trusting the Arsonists to Put Out the Fire During the 1800’s (before the formation of today’s FDNY) there were some private New York City “fire departments” who would deliberately set fires then demand payment from property owners to put them out. This is how the Bush Administration is

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Spike Helps Out

Spike helps me build the console table for our entryway. He’s so helpful. He also helped with my taxes, and the paperwork for my house sale. What a great dog. See the pictures on Flickr.

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Prize for killing gay people

Via Good As You: Just a month before the 2006 WorldPride Parade is scheduled to be held in Jerusalem (Aug. 6-12), protest flyers are reportedly being distributed to residents of the capital city offering a cash reward to “anyone who brings about the death of one of the residents of Sodom and Gomorrah.” I haven’t

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links for 2006-07-11

Volksbloggin.com : Reviews, opinions and rants on all things Volkswagen (tags: blog cars vw) AddictingClips – Redneck Rocket Launcher While drinking beer, and smoking cigarettes; this guy builds a launcher. Then he loads it with eight thousand five hundred bottle rockets, and shoots them all at one time. (tags: video funny fireworks) IndyScent Hash House

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Frickin’ Poison Ivy

I’ve had a wicked case of poison ivy for the week and a half. We have a ton on it in our yard, and I’ve been spraying Round Up on it like crazy, but somehow I still managed to get into it, probably while using the weed wacker in the front yard. And I’ve never

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links for 2006-07-10

Amazon.com: The Cambridge Handbook of Expertise and Expert Performance: Books: Neil Charness,Paul J. Feltovich,Robert R. Hoffman,K. Anders Ericsson (tags: business Productivity) Bush Pilot (with English subtitles) – Google Video A hilarious video, where a german dude demonstrates how he controls the George W. Bush robot from behind the scenes. (tags: bush funny politics video) FRONTLINE:

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links for 2006-07-09

The Unitarian Jihad Greetings to the Imprisoned Citizens of the United States. We are Unitarian Jihad. There is only God, unless there is more than one God. The vote of our God subcommittee is 10-8 in favor of one God, with two abstentions. (tags: religion funny Politics unitarian culture terrorism) Unitarian Jihad Name Generator Inspired

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links for 2006-07-08

Ted Steven’s f-ed up explanation of how the internet works Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) explained why he voted against the net neutrality amendment and gave an amazing primer on how the internet works. New rule — understand basics of technology you make laws about. (tags: politics internet netneutrality funny technology) Photoblog | Landscape Photography |

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links for 2006-07-07

Blog Software Breakdown Comparison of various blogging software types and their features. (tags: blog software reference) I’m so proud of you! this is an awesome link. You should click on it. (tags: funny) Bush Correspondence with friend Ken Lay Bush’s team keeps telling us that Ken Lay was just and acquaintance, but their extensive correspondence

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Equality

“Equality is not a concept. It’s not something we should be striving for. It’s a necessity. Equality’s like gravity. We need it to stand on this earth as men and women. The misogyny that is in every culture is not a true part of the human condition. It is life out of balance, and that

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AFA Sues Michigan State To Block Same-Sex Benefits

Advance Indiana comments on a recently announce lawsuit from the American Family Association — suing to block same-sex couples from receiving university health care benefits on the basis of Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriages. I’m blogging this specifically for my mom and other family members — THIS IS THE REASON THESE BANS ARE SO DANGEROUS.

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links for 2006-07-06

Dodging punishment may be its own reward So for some people, getting away with bad behavior is as attractive as getting a reward for doing something well. (tags: science biology brain) Television Without Pity – Big Brother: America’s Vote TWOP does a hilarous recap of this year’s Big Brother premise. My favorite line: “Speaking solely

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Imagine a World

B Tal captured this photo at the New England Holocaust Memorial. Imagine a World “Ilse, a childhood friend of mine, once found a raspberry in the camp and carried it in her pocket all day to present to me that night on a leaf. Imagine a world in which your entire possession is one raspberry

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Two Unrelated Quotes

“The steam that blew the whistle never turned the wheel.” — “Believe me, I sympathize with you; it just comes out as laughter.” — my co-worker Beth.

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Out of Context Landmarks

Worth 1,000’s recent photoshop contest asked competitors to take key landmarks and relocated them. Some of them work well (Lincoln rowing a boat) and other’s don’t seem to quite get the concept. Back in 1997 when I visited Germany to see my friend Cate, one the castles we visited was Burg Vichering, a small 16th

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Cross-dresser doused with gasoline (?)

“Cross-dresser doused with gasoline” is a headline in today’s IndyStar. That’s the kind of headline that makes my heart stop. Fortunately, it didn’t have a tragic outcome. And the story itself seemed to have little to do with the person in question being a cross-dresser, so I wonder why it made a headline, other than

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Fireworks

We discovered last night that we can’t see the downtown fireworks from our backyard, but if we drive four blocks south we can see them on the other side of the overpass. We parked on 10th street, hopped into the back of the truck and had a perfect view. Which means we could host a

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links for 2006-06-30

YouTube – Natural Hallucinogen One of those cool moving picture videos that gives you optical illusions and is hypnotic and relaxing. (tags: video mesmerizing hypnotize) IPD Volunteer Services Volunteer programs with the IPD. (tags: volunteer Indianapolis) Indy Parks Department Volunteering Opportunities for volunteering with the Indy Parks Department. (tags: volunteering Indianapolis parks) Tarot Card Iconography

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Quotes

“… because we watched a debate from the House of Representatives about the Iraq Resolution, and it did seem like – you ever been to Trafalgar Square, where they have the, uh, speaker’s corner where, like, crazy people get up on a box, and go, “Harrumph! And Roosevelt stole my couch!” You know, that kind

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links for 2006-06-29

Moving a Refrigerator Guy showing how he moved two refrigerators — by bicycle. (tags: bicycle moving) Deep Prose Software Booxter software for cataloging your library. (tags: software books booklists mine library) WFMU’s Beware of the Blog: Ice Cream Truck Music, Revisited Mp3s of ice cream truck tunes. Sure to drive you crazy. (tags: mp3 icecream

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Quote

“Never offend people with style when you can offend them with substance.” –Sam Brown

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Social Networking for Bookworms

The Wall Street Journal writes about a new social networking site called LibraryThing.com — for people to create catalogs of their books. Similar to software like Booxter or Delicious Library, you record all of your books in a cataloging data set. But in this case the database is stored online, and is shared with other

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links for 2006-06-27

A Treasury of Macrame Owls We had one of these when I was a kid. I imagine it got sold in a garage sale at some point or another. (tags: owls macrame crafts) 50 Most expensive cities The 50 most expensive cities in the world, according to the cost of items including housing, transportation, food,

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Christian Terrorist Cells in the USA

This week’s Top 10 Conservative Idiots, No. 249 has a nice roundup of recent domestic terrorist incidents perpetrated by Christian Terrorists within the United States. They gathered the list to contrast with the silly drum-banging that the Bush Administration did recently about the so-called Muslim terrorist cell from Miami — the guys who had no

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Recommended Reading

One of my very favorite sites is Good As You — it’s a website that keeps up with GLBT news and provides analysis and witty commentary on same. They keep track of what the religious right is saying about us and provide hilarious and logically directed commentary about why they’re wrong. Every day I find

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links for 2006-06-23

Reading Proust : In Search of Lost Time (Swann’s Way, In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower, The Guermantes Way, Sodom and Gomorrah, The Prisoner and The Fugitive, Finding Time Again) (tags: Literature books proust) CNN.com – ‘Time’: Its time has come – Jun 22, 2006 the 25 most popular nouns according to the

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Movie Quotes Meme

Grabbed this meme from a variety of places, including X-Tra Rant, Torpor Indy, Radical Druid, Legal Quandary, etc. Here are the rules: A. Pick 11 of your favorite movies. B. Then pick one of your favorite quotes from each movie. C. Post the quotes in your journal. D. Have those on your friends list guess

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A year of reading Proust

Next year, I’m going to read Proust. I’m going to tackle In Search of Lost Time (AKA Remembrance of Things Past, or more precisely “À la recherche du temps perdu”), from beginning to end. I say next year because I’m still working my way though this year’s reading plans. I’m made some progress, especially when

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links for 2006-06-22

:Sharron Kraus: :Dark folk music for the new millenium: Recommended by my friend Rob. I need to listen to the mp3s I downloaded and then go back and download some more if I like them. (tags: music artist) Bird Chase Laser – Visual Bird Deterrent – Safe & Humane Bird Control A laser pointer designed

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Hanuman Sightings

Via Reuters: KOLKATA (Reuters) – Thousands of people are flocking to an impoverished Indian village in eastern West Bengal state to worship a man they believe possesses divine powers because he climbs up trees in seconds, gobbles up bananas and has a “tail.” Devotees say 27-year-old villager Chandre Oraon is an incarnation of the Hindu

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links for 2006-06-21

Harrison Center for the Arts Located at 16th and Delaware, in my neighborhood. (tags: art museums artist Indianapolis) nuvo.net / NUVO Cultural Vision Awards When NUVO initiated the Cultural Vision Awards seven years ago, we had at least two goals in mind. We wanted to recognize individuals and organizations doing innovative work in Indianapolis. The

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The Harrison Art Gallery

The Harrison Center For The Arts 1505 North Delaware Indianapolis, IN 46202 An art gallery in our neighborhood – just bookmarking for future reference. The Harrison Gallery boasts a fast-paced gallery schedule featuring monthly shows. Focusing primarily on Indianapolis artists, the gallery provides an entertaining atmosphere that is welcoming to the seasoned gallery hopper and

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links for 2006-06-20

The mysterious appeal of Garrison Keillor By Sam Anderson (tags: radio culture media) Slander and libel – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Definition of defamation. (tags: law writing legal) FARK.com: (2113253) Photoshop theme: Separated at birth (tags: fark photoshop funny) Gasometer – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia I’ve seen several of these around, and always wondered what

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Political Compass 2006

From the OK Cupid site. (Note that I was not on the site for dating purposes.) You are a Social Liberal (88% permissive) and an… Economic Liberal (26% permissive) You are best described as a: Strong Democrat Link: The Politics Test on Ok CupidAlso: The OkCupid Dating Persona Test Here’s a previous political compass I

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Moving Photos

Various pictures of moving activities. Photos of May 2006 on Flickr Pod Arrival Huckleberry hiding under packing materials Annabelle hiding under packing materials pictures of the painting

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Weekend Update 2006-06-19

We had our shower plumbing worked on for the third time Friday, and they finally got it right. The “on” handle was leaking to start out with, then it was fixed but hard to turn on or get good pressure. Now it’s awesome — the kind of water pressure that almost knocks you over it’s

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links for 2006-06-17

The Asian Parking Game Cool online game in which you try to park a smart car in a variety of tiny parking spots. (tags: onlineGames games flash funny) CBS: Big Brother 7 Website for the seventh season Big Brother. (tags: television) FreshBooks – The Fastest Way to Invoice Your Clients (tags: billing business software) On

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Moving is Hard, Barbie

I think I’ve sorta hit the wall as far as moving and unpacking goes. My muscles are so sore that lifting boxes is infinitely harder. And there are boxes everywhere in the new house, including in front of the places we need to unpack stuff. My latent OCD is making me freak out at all

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Bush chastizes blind guy for wearing sunglasses

In case you missed it, yesterday Bush was taking questions in the Rose Garden after his recent Wag the Dog visiting Iraq stunt, and he stopped to give a reporter a hard time for wearing sunglasses while asking him a question. Turns out the reporter is blind. Not the first time the president has made

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links for 2006-06-15

Baby’s Named a Bad, Bad Thing A must-read website for new parents who are thinking of baby names for their kids. Or drag queens trying to come up with stage names. (tags: baby funny names) CNN.com – Drug caches found in Home Depot vanities – Jun 14, 2006 Apparently, we should be shopping at Home

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links for 2006-06-14

The Universal Packing List A Generator that creates a list of items to pack for travel, based on you entering some information about the trip you plan on taking. (tags: travel tools howto packing organization)

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It’s all Cyclical

Elizabeth pointed out a NYT article to me about employers checking myspace and facebook pages on job applicants that I thought was interesting and a bit odd. It strikes me as strange because this has all be done before… It sort of happens in waves over the years as more people get online. A lot

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Party Arrival Times

My favorite quote from the comments on this discussion about what is the optimal time to arrive at a party: This only works if all guests judge by the same criteria. They do not. In many circles, late arrivers are seen as lazy, irreponsible, disorganized, rude, or to posers or strivers who try to cram

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links for 2006-06-13

Students’ Device May Improve Chest Closure After Heart Surgery Interesting article on a new way to fuse the breastbone back together after heart surgery. (tags: biomed heart health) Treehugger: The 4 Stages of Global Warming Denial (tags: politics environment green) Haunted Indianapolis Ghost Walk (tags: history Indianapolis fun) Bacteria in Sun Tea Risk “Sun tea”

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Caylor – Jenkins – Riddle House

Copied from the Old Northside Historic Plan, information on our house: Caylor – Jenkins – Riddle House c. 1876 Built by Joseph Caylor, who lived next door, this Italianate cottage has had its original frame porch replaced by the present brick porch with battered columns. The window sash has also been changed to four over

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Weekend Update 2006-06-12

We spent the weekend moving and unpacking, and unfortunately we missed both Pride and the Talbott Street Art Fair in the process. (We have our rainbow flag out at the new place, though! So we’re trying to represent.) We did get a lot done, although there’s still a huge amount to do. I think I

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links for 2006-06-10

Ann Coulter “Godless” Mrs. Betty Bowers Reviews Ann Coulter — And Her Book, Too. (tags: politics funny satire) Haven’t Been There, Haven’t Done That Reverse snobbery, in which a group of people try to one-up each other by talking about all the shows they haven’t seen, because they’re “above all that.” (tags: culture funny essay

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Drag Queen Names

Joe of Joe.My.God called for submissions of his reader’s favorite drag queen names… and the answers are truly hysterical. Ophelia Pain Hannah Kronistik Summer Clearance Carlotta Tendant Rita Book Bridget of Madison County Anna Nutherthing Iona Trailer Julie Meewunday Hilda Klime Tara Fying Patty O’Furniture Frieda Peoples Aleekie Roof… named after her mother, Aleekie Tubb

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The Post Office Sucks

I filled out my change of address form last week online at the United States Postal Service website. I set up the date to begin forwarding as Monday of this week. The problem with that is this — nowhere on the online form does it state that that is the day they start PROCESSING your

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links for 2006-06-09

The Fantastic in Art and Fiction Coll old illustrations of fantasy images – angels, devils and other fantastic stuff. (tags: fantasy illustration horror art images) Dictionary of Victorian London Victorian History – 19th Century London – Social History (tags: history london victorian reference) Turn your $60 router into a $600 router (tags: router howto hacks)

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A Priceless Quote

Regarding the same-sex marriage ban: “I don’t believe there’s any issue that’s more important than this one,” said Sen. David Vitter, a Louisiana Republican. Note where the guy is from — a state who’s citizens are still displaced all over the country, who had a major U.S. city destroyed last year.

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The furniture is moved

So I spent 6/6/6 packing my house, mostly. I got to mow the lawn at the new house! I love lawn mowing, and the grass was knee-high in the back yard at the new place. On the Old Northside mailing list, they announced a gardening contest — you don’t compete with the neighbors, (we’re out

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links for 2006-06-06

X-Tra Rant » Congressional Attendance : IN-07 Carson (D) This is a really interesting set of statistics — worth noting, definitely. Carson’s been accused of “poor attendance” but her record for the last two years shows no such thing. (tags: politics democrats Indiana) Pride Week at a Glance Pride events for Indianapolis. We might end

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Johnny Socko used to play in our basement

We found out the band that used to practice in the basement of our new house was Johnny Socko. I guess the drummer, Dylan Wissing, lived there for 9 years. That’s pretty cool. span class=”hilightyellow”>2019 update: They actually had the basement tricked out as a studio space and recorded several albums there. Dylan sent us

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Drinking Liberally: Indianapolis

Great idea — Drinking Liberally: “An informal, inclusive progressive drinking club. Raise your spirits while you raise your glass, and share ideas while you share a pitcher. Drinking Liberally gives like-minded, left-leaning individuals a place to talk politics. You don’t need to be a policy expert and this isn’t a book club – just come

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Hell, Michigan

Apparently Hell, Michigan is going to have fun with tomorrow’s date, planning some fun town celebrations, but not all town residents are amused. Elsewhere, Topor Indy notes a variety of other people’s plans (USA Today article) for the “satanic” holiday that is the day of my birth, the 38th anniversary of Robert Kennedy’s death, and

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Monkey Chow

This guy is going on a diet of Monkey Chow — eating only primate food. I didn’t know they made the stuff. Maybe I’ll lose weight. Maybe I’ll gain superhuman monkey strength. Maybe I’ll go crazy. Maybe it’s too late. Check back here every day to follow along with the Monkey Chow Diaries. Comments, criticisms,

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1876, not 1900

This weekend we met Pete Pappas, a long-time resident of our new neighborhood, Old Northside, who told us that our house was built in the 1870’s, not in 1900, as it said on all of our house sale paperwork. And he was right — he showed us a copy of the Old Northside’s neighborhood plan,

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Not funny, people

This is so not funny, people. Get over it. REVELATION 13 is junk, There’s no such thing as armageddon, and it’s my birthday, damn it. 2022-03-15 Update: A) of course the 666 page is still working. No broken links there. B) I notice armageddon has still not happened, although if you read today’s news on

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Pod unpacked

With the help of our friends Jen and Mike, we got the pod unpacked and loaded in the house in record time this morning. Pretty freaking amazing. Then Dan and Doug came over, we all went to lunch at English Ivy’s, and Dan and Doug helped us drag all the ratty carpet out of the

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Mini Book Reviews

Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her by Melanie Rehak A great exploration of the history of the popular girl detective novels and the women who wrote them. I learned a couple of surprising things — that Nancy Drew was far and away the most popular of the Stratmeyer Syndicate’s kid book

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My prediction is…

That someone will call and want to see my house today or tomorrow. Because that is the worst possible thing that could happen right now, so of course it will. I haven’t done laundry, I haven’t done dishes, the house is only half-packed. We have electricians, plumbers and locksmiths coming to the new house, and

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links for 2006-06-02

English mnemonics – Wikiquote I’d need a mnemonic to remember some of these mnemonics. (tags: reference wiki memory) ILoveAnything.Com – Custom I Love T-Shirts and Apparel You type in the last word of the “I love ….” and they ship the shirt to you. I’d get a shirt that says “I love Stephanie” but that

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1898 Sanborn Map of 2165 N. Penn

Sanborn maps were fire insurance maps that showed neighborhoods and houses for the purposes of determining insurance rates. This is the 1898 map of my neighborhood, showing my house as it looked at that time. I used to have a wrap-around front porch. There also appears to have been a stable on the property. See

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Painting the New House

Flickr Photoset of our painting projects in the new house. I have to finish up the set with the completed “after” shots, but you can get a good idea of how much we got done this past weekend.

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links for 2006-06-01

YouTube – Amazing R/C airplane demo Precision flight of a radio-controlled airplane, indoors. (tags: flying video radioControlledPlane) arc90 lab | tools: Sidenote Demo Adding sidenotes to your pages. (tags: css designIdeas) Minty Boost! – USB charger for your gadgets (tags: diy iPod hacks) kitten stuck in toilet Awww. At least he was rescued. (tags: cats)

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Video Game encouraging killing gay people

A description of the new “Left Behind” video game, based on the series of books, the game will be release in October 0f 2006, just in time for Christmas. The synopsis is from the “Talk to Action” website. The game has been previewed at video game exhibitions. Imagine: you are a foot soldier in a

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links for 2006-05-31

Tombstone Generator You can create a tombstone graphic — I refrained from filling one out for myself. I did, however, note the death of democracy in January, 2001. (tags: generator graphics signs) Blog Snobbery 101 | ara pehlivanian hee. (tags: blogging humor) graphpaper.com – Mom’s Design Advice: Take One Thing Off Great idea… (tags: designIdeas)

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Painting, Day Three

Carolyn came for the third day in a row to help us paint yesterday, and we got the library, dining room and living room all finished. Carolyn Elliot is certainly the woman of the hour in our book — she did tons of work and was so helpful and amazing in a hundred little ways.

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Painting, Day Two

With Carolyn’s help, we managed to finish painting the library and get a first coat of paint on the dining room. Tomorrow we start on the living room and finish up the dining room. The colors we picked are exactly what we expected, and they look fantastic. The rooms look much bigger and brighter —

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Painting

The first day of painting was exhausting — but we got a lot done. Our friends Dan, Elizabeth, and Carolyn came over to help, because they are wonderful people and amazing friends. They were awesome, and thank god we had their help. Painting 10-foot-high walls is hard, Barbie. The walls in my old home are

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links for 2006-05-27

Yokel – Directory of local stores and products. Yokel is a search engine for local “things”, similar to GoogleMaps and YahooLocal. The Yokel search engine helps comparison shop online for things you want to buy offline at local stores. Type in what you are looking for and the city or zip code you want (tags:

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For a very short time today, we outranked Lance Armstrong

The seller’s agent for our new home was a bit late to our closing, because he has Lance Armstrong and Robin Williams staying at his house for race weekend. His house is a block and a half from ours, BTW. During our closing, he got paged that they had arrived at his house, but he

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links for 2006-05-26

Video: Hoosier Race Family Some folks in Speedway have their house all decorated for the race — complete with a firepit in the yard, surrounded by toilets for seating. Classy!! (tags: video)

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Freshly Poured Concrete

I went to Bagel Fair this morning to get a bagel and coffee for breakfast. There’s a construction crew around the building on scaffolding working on the exterior, and they were also pouring fresh concrete on the sidewalk in front of the building. To get into the store, you had to walk across a wooden

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links for 2006-05-25

The Web Design Trend Obituary & Death Clock Notes on current design trends and predictions about how long they’ll last. (tags: webdesign trend)

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Towel Day

In honor of Douglas Adams — carry a towel all day long on May 25th.

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Vote for Alan’s Movie

Stephanie’s friend Alan made a little movie for the Boston Market website movie contest, and they’ve asked me to request that you go vote for Alan’s movie, so he wins some cool stuff. The premise of the movie is “My Extra Hour” — in which you show what you’d do with the extra hour that

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Two Days

Stephanie and I close on the new house in just two days–Friday afternoon. We’re so excited; it’s like Christmas. We’ll be at the new house all weekend painting, if you’d like to help out– we could definitely use a hand, and we’ll give you some food and drink. Plus you’ll get a first look at

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links for 2006-05-24

Tree House Home Tree houses that look like cartoon homes; a little off kilter and off balance. Comes with own tree! (tags: treehouse architecture art funny) List of fictional expletives – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (tags: funny language wikipedia) Forty Media – Blog – Top Ten Stock Photography Cliches A great primer on photo shots

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blaming mathematics for your inability to add

From the crushworthy site NonSequitur: So while many liberals may perhaps share the satisfaction of having been right about Iraq and Afghanistan from the very beginning, this does not mean (1) that they are gleeful over the damage that has been done to America, and more perniciously, (2) that they brought it about or desired

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RiShawn Biddle Doesn’t Know Anything About Blogs

I participated in a panel of bloggers this morning, addressing the PRSA (Public Relations Society of America, Hoosier Chapter) to talk about local blogs with public relations people. Here are my fellow panelists: RiShawn Biddle, Editorial Writer, The IndyStar, and Expresso blog Jennifer Wagner, Taking Down Words blog Gary Welsh, Advance Indiana blog Matt Tully,

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links for 2006-05-23

Illusion of control – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia This is pretty funny, and explains why I think I control the weather. (tags: wikipedia) BillMonk (tags: finance management tools) Betty Bowers — America’s Best Christian. (tags: funny satire religion politics) unamerican 4.0 Interesting site for political bumperstickers and activist ideas. (tags: stickers shopping politics activism subversive)

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What the NSA Data Mining really means

Graphpaper.com has an interesting series of articles on what the real implications of the NSA datamining program really are for average Americans and their privacy and freedom from government abuse. The polls are showing that people seem unconcerned about data mining — until they actually have data mining explained to them, and they start to

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links for 2006-05-22

GarbageScout.com – Found treasure map – a recycler’s dream, a cheapskate’s best friend, and a dumpster diver’s companion (tags: freecycle cool google maps) Sandcastle Bundt® Pan (tags: wishlist Shopping cooking)

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My Favorite Flickr Photo Pools

In the Fringe > Alternative category, Flickr has some really funny and interesting photo pools — which anyone and everyone can contribute photos to. Here are some of my favorites, which I subscribe to through the pools’ rss feeds. Adventures with Monkeys Photo Pool I contribute a lot of pictures to this pool — people

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Vonnegut High School

I’m watching the latest episode of Close to Home, and in the storyline, the kids who are suspects of a murder investigation speed away from the scene of the crime in a car with a bumpersticker of “Vonnegut High School.” That’s pretty funny. I wonder if they’ll show exterior shots of Shortridge High School, where

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links for 2006-05-20

Mac vs. PC System Shootouts – Apple 12″ iBook vs. Apple 13″ MacBook (tags: macbook) Persistent Vision 2006: Essential Queer Movie List (tags: glbt movies) Historical Sounds in MP3 Format MP3 audio of notable moments in history, including Apollo 13’s “Houston, we have a problem”, Albert Einstein explaining e-mc^2. (tags: mp3 history download) Freakonomics Blog

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Gay People in Iraq sentenced to Death

From the Times Online UK: THE death threat was delivered to Karazan’s father early in the morning by a masked man wearing a police uniform. The scribbled note was brief. Karazan had to die because he was gay. In the new Baghdad, his sexuality warranted execution by the religious militias. The father was told that

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The Pod is Packed

We finished packing up the pod last night, and even got it mostly full. We managed to pack my entire library in it, as well as lots and lots of other stuff. It will get whisked back to the warehouse today, where it will reside for the next two weeks. I have to say this

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links for 2006-05-19

Django | The Web framework for perfectionists with deadlines (tags: django WebDev) pMachine | Publish Your Universe (tags: cms software tools) WordPress.com » Get a Free Blog Here (tags: cms software) E-Scribe News : Django as superego (tags: django cms)

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The Bible is Fiction

Ian McKellen, cast in the movie The DaVinci Code, had some choice words about the bible in recent interview: Matt Lauer: “There have been calls from some religious groups, they wanted a disclaimer at the beginning of this movie saying it is fiction because one of the themes in the book really knocks Christianity right

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The Schedule

Friday, May 19 – The pod gets picked up from my house. Friday, May 26 – We close on the new house. Saturday, May 27 through Friday, June 2 – Painting, painting painting at the new house. (help wanted) Saturday, June 3 – Pod arrives at new house to be unpacked. (help wanted) Wednesday, June

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The Handmaid’s Tale springs to life?

According to the Washington Post: Forever Pregnant Guidelines: Treat Nearly All Women as Pre-Pregnant New federal guidelines ask all females capable of conceiving a baby to treat themselves — and to be treated by the health care system — as pre-pregnant, regardless of whether they plan to get pregnant anytime soon. Among other things, this

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links for 2006-05-18

Afterglow Studio :: The Work Cool light sculptures made from old junk and tools. (tags: lighting wishlist sculpture) IMA Marriage Exhibit Inspires ‘We Do Too’ LAMP Fine Arts Gallery hosts “We Do Too—Life, Love and Unions”, a collection of 20 photographs of families headed by same-sex couples taken by artists Mark A. Lee and Daniel

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idiots rule

“Everything you love, everything meaningful with depth and history, all passionate authentic experiences will be appropriated, mishandled, watered down, cheapened, repackaged, marketed and sold to the people you hate.” — Mr. Jalopy.

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it went okay…

I managed to get the house in some semblance of order yesterday, despite still feeling a bit wobbly (and I still feel that way, actually.) I don’t think either of the people looking at the house were interested, unfortunately. But it’s in better shape, and if I do some more organizing, packing, and cleaning tonight,

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links for 2006-05-16

Bristol and Bath – The Scale Collection – Kyle (tags: Shopping wishlist bathroom) Secret gov’t source tells ABC News: ‘Get new cellphones’ (tags: bush illegal spying) Hidden Wall Outlet Mini Wall Safe (tags: hidden house wishlist Shopping) Millennium Falcon Mac mini Mod (tags: mac mod starwars fun tutorial) ISO50 – The Visual Work of Scott

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help wanted

Someone e-mailed me with a name of someone who would pack stuff for a reasonable fee — but I can’t locate that e-mail now. If it was you, could you send it again?

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When things go horribly wrong

I’ve been sicker than a dog this weekend; I spent all day yesterday throwing up. Today I don’t feel much better, and I have two different sets of people coming to see the house tonight at 6. They will be seeing the dirtiest, most cluttered house in the city, without a doubt, because I didn’t

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links for 2006-05-14

Fairy Doors of Urban Fairies in Ann arbor (tags: house architecture fairy fun) Garden Decorations – miniature doors and windows for fairies and elves (tags: shopping fairy doors house architecture)

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links for 2006-05-13

FALL OUT BOY // FROM UNDER THE CORK TREE (tags: designCool bands blog) Google Co-op (tags: google social) VOLKSWAGEN’s NEW CAR EXPERIENCE (tags: garage vw beetle cool) Google Trends (tags: google trends Statistics) The Movie Clapper Board Generator (tags: generator movies) Strong Bad Emails DVDs and NEW “Everything Else” DVD! (tags: DVD wishlist shopping) PATCHES

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Adoption

Salon has an interesting article on a new book about women who gave up their children for adoption prior to Roe V. Wade: Ann Fessler’s The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade Spirited away under the pretense of an illness

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The NSA has your phone records

I’m sure you’ve heard the news, but in case you haven’t — as USA Today and hundreds of other media outlets are reporting, several major phone companies, including AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth, turned over all of their customer phone records to the NSA — affecting tens of millions of Americans. They turned over ALL their

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life updates – packing and moving

We’ve been really busy lately packing and cleaning my house in hopes of getting it ready to show, hence very little writing here. We took a truck load of stuff to Goodwill, and have been packing lots. This morning a Pod will arrive so we can begin unloading my house of all the clutter. They’ll

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Study: Lesbians’ Brains React Differently

Via Yahoo News: Lesbians’ brains react differently to sex hormones than those of heterosexual women, new research indicates. That’s in line with an earlier study that had indicated gay men’s brain responses were different from straight men — though the difference for men was more pronounced than has now been found in women. Lesbians’ brains

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Furniture for Sale

In addition to my house being for sale, I’m also selling some furniture to “scale down” for the new place. Click on the link to see pictures of a couple of nice beds and a coffee table we won’t have room for at the new place.

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My Lexicon

A handy guide to my personal idioms and their origins, because I notice that a lot of times people look at me funny when I’m talking. I’ve had this page around for awhile but forgot to transfer it into my new content management system. There seem to be some terms missing, too. "Big Girl" Seats

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Organizational Automatons

The day we took a whirlwind tour of houses for sale to reinforce our idea that this new house was really The One, I noticed that some of the houses where people were still in residence had magazine-spread type homes that were picture perfect and even left little bowls of candy for the folks visiting,

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Alabama needs better sex ed classes. Seriously.

The website goodasyou.com pointed out an anti-gay “sex-ed” (no actual education included) pamphlet distributed by an Alabama Middle School that has a quote that literally made me snort soda out of my nose a few minutes ago. These same sex “unions” cannot provide an adequate means of achieving a genuine physical relationship with another human

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Where was I?

I can play this meme pretty easily. Where was I ten years ago? This post on Same-Sex Marriage I wrote May 14, 1996, just about ten years ago. I had moved into the attic apartment at Mary Byrne’s house the summer of the year before, so I was just starting my first decade in downtown

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We have a house

We came to terms today with the seller of the house we want on the inspection terms. So, basically, we have a house. Woo hoo!!!!!!!!! We should close at the end of May. Which means I need to get my house up for sale ASAP. Holy, shit. I have to sell my house. Oh my

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The Moustache Tattoo

This is just hilarious — people in Federal Hill, Rhode Island have started trend — a tattoo of a moustache, that you get on your finger, so that when you hold your finger up to your upper lip, you appear to have a moustache. Check out the video where they interview the tattoo artist who

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Julia Carson and Fall Creek Place

I can’t believe that I forgot, in my endorsement of Julia Carson, to mention her involvement with developing Fall Creek Place neighborhood — the now thriving neighborhood just north of mine, that is the threshold of an urban renaissance for downtown Indianapolis. Julia was instrumental not only in getting the federal funding to revitalized the

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Indianapolis Progressive Candidates You Might Consider

Below are candidates that have been supportive of GLBT issues and strong on progressive issues in the past. Please consider voting for them tomorrow when you go to the polls for the primaries. Marion County Superior Court Judge Karen Celestino Horseman “Every so often an elected official will go to extraordinary lengths to improve the

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Books I’ve Read Recently

The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus I enjoyed this light, comic novel as a easy summer reading book. I have to admit being frustrated by the level to which “Nanny” — the young female protagonist — put up with the crap of the Manhattan family that hired her to take care of

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Indiana’s Billionaires

According to Forbes Magazine, Indiana is home to three billionaires. William Cook #170 73 , self made Source: medical devices Net Worth: $3.2 bil – Country of citizenship: United States Residence: Bloomington, IN, United States Industry: Health Care Marital Status: married , 1 child Northwestern University, Bachelor of Arts / Science Melvin Simon #355 78

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Second Anniversary

It’s Stephanie’s and my second anniversary today. Two years ago, we went out on a date for Dining Out for Life, came back to my house and hung out, then kissed on the patio behind my house for the first time as she was leaving to go home. For our anniversary, we’re giving each other

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The controversial post about 7th district candidate Kris Kiser

If you’ve been following local politics at all, you may have noticed this little dust-up. Democratic candidate for congress Kris Kiser threatened legal action against a local political blog for a post one of their contributors made about him, alleging some shadiness about his personal life and business dealings when he lived (recently) in Washington

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All my friends are bloggers, too

A long while back, I deleted my blogroll because the software that I was using for it was causing my site to hang while loading. I never got around to researching better software and putting it back, which I’ve always felt kinda guilty about. Lately I’ve noticed some of the big league bloggers are doing

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My “Friends” Map

I’ve been playing around with “Frapper” which is a Googlemap application that lets you create a google map of your own, letting friends add themselves to the map. So here’s mine, and I’d be much obliged if you would add yourself to it. Your e-mail is hidden and your location is based on zipcode, so

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Favorite Quotes

“Cocaine is a drug whose principle effect is to make assholes feel good about themselves.” — from Kent, in the comments on Ian’s blog.

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Current update on the home purchase

We got inspections done, and after received the inspection reports, our realtor wrote up the inspection proposal and sent it on Friday, while we were on vacation. We gave them to May 6th to respond, considering we figured we had asked them to fix enough stuff that they would need some time to have a

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Karen Celestino-Horseman for Judge

Karen Celestino-Horseman is a former member of the Indianapolis Marion County City-County Council, and she’s running for a position as Marion County Superior Court Judge. Please consider voting for her in the upcoming May 2nd primary. In 2002, (then City-County Councilor) Karen Celestino-Horseman introduced Proposal 278, which would have provided domestic partner benefits to Indianapolis

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Home Again

We arrived home yesterday afternoon after a fairly long trip. Before the wedding, we drive out to the countryside to see Big Brutus, the second largest earth mover in the world. It was used in the late sixties and early seventies for strip-mining for coal, before environmental concerns sidelined the giant machine. It’s now a

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Desert Island Meme

From various sources, one of them Bil — Stranded on a desert island (with plenty of electronics) edition… You get to take with you one of each of the following: Album: The Beatles Stereo Box Set Book: Just one? Aw, man. The Complete Pelican Shakespeare Film: The Wizard of Oz Television series: Buffy the Vampire

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Pittsburg, Kansas

We made our way across Missouri today, and into the eastern edge of Kansas, where my aunt Susan and uncle Ron live, with their kids. Sarah is the one getting married tomorrow. Today we photographed: 1. The Gateway Arch in St. Louis (we went up in it!) 2. A giant baseball (we stumbled on this

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St. Louis

So we found the giant catsup bottle in Collinsville, Illinois (hmm. They have lots of “l”s in their name). I have photos to upload of that shortly. Then we headed further towards St. Louis, intending to find a hotel and restaurant, then head out to find a couple of big things. But we noticed a

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Foot High Pies

We’re stopping at the Blue Springs Restaurant near Highland, Illinois, because they advertise foot-high pies. And we discovered they have free wifi at this gloriously gingham-bedecked country-fied cafe. They also offer “Ho-made” pork sausage and “Ho-made” mashed potatoes. I didn’t realize hos were such good cooks. We took pictures of the foot-high pies (whose towering

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Road Trip

I’m just now realizing that in all of the concern and activity around the house, I totally failed to mention that I’m on vacation for a week so we can drive out to my cousin’s wedding in Pittsburg, Kansas. We’re taking 1-70 across Illinois to St. Louis, Missouri; and from there, we’re taking I-44 down

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The Saga Continues…

We went back to look at the house yesterday, with a roofing inspector in tow, along with some friends. The full inspection will be on Wednesday, but we wanted a roofing guy in particular because we knew the roof was a problem. You can look into the site /massandmass.com/lp/roofing-and-repair-services-in-seattle-washington to contact the best contractors for

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Stacy with a little lamb

My sister with an Easter lamb. She assured us that she didn’t bring it home to add to her menagerie. 18 Apr ’06, 6.05am EST PST | ElectraSteph

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Overachieving Kids in Indianapolis

This is deeply scary article — 10 kids in Indianapolis under the age of ten who are over-achievers. One of them actually uses the phrase “extrapolate outward” in a sentence. I wonder how many of these kids will be shooting up the hallways of their high school, or getting their California Ranch raided a few

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Paint colors

Over the weekend, Stephanie and I picked out a few paint colors we want in the new house. I tried to find samples of these online to link to, but Olympic’s color picking tool crashed my browser. Living room – Morning Fog (Olympic D61-1) Library – Two possibilities: Ancestral (D36-3) or High Society (D41-3) Dining

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Diligent tax preparation

Diligent tax preparation Originally uploaded by ElectraSteph. I didn’t know Spike was interested in Income taxes, or I would have had him do mine last year, too.

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Huge Sigh of Relief

I finally bit the bullet and talked to my dad last night about moving, and he was very understand and supportive. Turns out a lot of the concerns I have about my current house, especially the amount of time and money required to renovate it, are things he was concerned about also. It’s great to

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The Accuracy of the King James Bible

While locating the original source of the cartoon below, I came across a post discussing the accuracy of the King James Version of the Bible, in which the author consults a biblical scholar, Dr. David Bosworth, Assistant Professor of Theology and resident Old Testament scholar at Barry University in Miami, Florida, who gives a lengthy,

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Anti-Gay Threat Graffiti at Michigan University

Michigan Technological University had an anti-gay graffiti problem during it’s Pride Week recently. This sort of thing happens fairly often, and it’s easy to gloss over it for that reason… but when you see the language used in the graffiti in these photos, it leaps out as something fairly extreme, and worth calling attention to.

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Offer Accepted

So on Monday, we wrote an offer on the house we’ve been looking at. They countered our offer, and today we accepted the counter offer. So if everything works out with the inspection and we get the loan application squared away, and I sell my house, we’re going to have a new house. I still

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Fame

The time of getting fame for your name on its own is over. Artwork that is only about wanting to be famous will never make you famous. Any fame is a by-product of making something that means something. You don’t go to a restaurant and order a meal because you want to have a shit.

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Ectopic Pregnancies and Pro Life Stances

The New York Times covers the state of affairs in El Salvador, where ectopic pregancies (where the egg becomes embedded in the fallopian tube, rather than the uterus) cannot be terminated “until fetal death or a rupture of the fallopian tube.” When you read a bit more about them, it becomes apparent that ectopic pregnancies

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This makes me feel a lot better

$764,900 for a 827 sqft house in Cupertino Um, yeah. This is why I live in Indy. The house we’re wanting is a 2,300 sq. ft house for… well, a lot less than that. I’m not going to show off pictures of the house, or mention the address until we know we’re going to get

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Mini Book Reviews

I’m currently making my way through a couple of bigger books — The Watchmen (Absolute Edition) by Alan Moore, and A Theory of Fun for Game Design by Raph Koster. But in between I’ve read a couple of shorter, fun books. The World of Kong: A Natural History of Skull Island by Weta Workshop An

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Weekend Update 2006-04-09

On the design front, I’ve been restructuring my cascading style sheets for this site; separating layout markup into a separate style sheet than the one for design (color, font face, size etc.) and doing a bit of testing on that. That will help when I finally get my new design in order and start building.

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Books that caught my eye

Stephanie and I went to the bookstore last night so she could use a gift certificate she received, and I wrote down a bunch of interesting books that I intend to either buy, check out from the library, or investigate further at some point in the future. Let me know if you’ve read any of

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Grass Armchair

A DIY Kit for growing a grass armchair in your yard. I really would love to try that. It’s a British website though, so I suspect the shipping would be cost prohibitive. So my sister should get it, and make the chair, and then invite me over to sit in it.

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Up With Grups

This article hits uncomfortably close to home. She said, pondering her upcoming 38th birthday.

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Stop Looking for Occasions to Be Offended

I’m bookmarking this page entirely for my own self-awareness, but if you happen to find it helpful, that would be cool also. Stop Looking for Occasions to Be Offended When you live at or below ordinary levels of awareness, you spend a great deal of time and energy finding opportunities to be offended. A news

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Stuff we could have bought with Iraq War money

Courtesy my friend Lori — this link to Something Awful’s list of stuff we could have purchased with the money we’ve spend blowing the crap out of Iraq. Like…. 454 of the Tallest Building in the United States more than 80,000 of the world’s biggest truck 156,250 episodes of Arrested Development 298,412,466 Sony Wega 23″

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CSS Naked Day

Crap — I missed CSS Naked Day, which was yesterday. Oh well. It’s the day when you take all the CSS design out of your site, for one day. My [link deprecated: https://commonplacebook.com/testing.shtm] new site design test pages are CSS Naked, mostly, sort of.

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Don’t Be That Guy

Cool Design Guy Brian Veloso has a fun forum called “Don’t Be That Guy” where you can post stories about the people who step on you in traffic, at work, as clients, etc. It’s a funny idea, but I’m afraid I’m too often “that guy” (or girl, if you’re hung up on the gender of

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House Hunting

Sunday we looked at two houses. The first we’ve eliminated from the equation; it was a 802 N. Highland in Cottage Homes. I might throw up the pictures of it later, because we’ve ruled it out. It was a cute little cottage, but was too much work to update the interior. The second house we

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Really?

The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources. — Albert Einstein I’ll have to double-check on that one, because it sounds like one of those quotes that we hope is true, but later find out isn’t.

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Daylight Savings Time and Cable

I noticed with some grumpiness this morning that although my digital cable had adjusted correctly to the new daylight savings time, my DVR settings did not, so my show recordings are all off by an hour — instead of recording Desperate Housewives, then Gray’s Anatomy, my DVR recorded Gray’s Anatomy and the evening news instead.

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37 Signals “Getting Real” Workshop

37 Signals is a web application development company based in Chicago, consisting of 7 guys who produce some very successful products. The day-long workshop called “Getting Real” that we attended was all about how they do that — what methods they have that help them achieve that success with the products they build. [link deprecated:

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How to Evaluate Candidate’s Stands on the issues

On Bilerico, Sheila Kennedy provides a great checklist of things to think about when candidates start talking about their pet issue this campaign season. Read the whole post (it’s great!) but here are the highlights: when Congressional candidate A unveils his “Major Initiative to Solve the Boll Weevil Problem,” I suggest the following four questions

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The Harrison Center and Anti-Gay Religious Groups

This is extremely disturbing, and not a hoax, despite today’s date. An “Ex-Gay” event will take place in Marion, Indiana, planned and sponsored by a church in our downtown neighborhood — the Redeemer Presbyterian Church at 1505 North Delaware, Indianapolis, IN., which is also home of the The Harrison Center art gallery, run by our

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Gleacher Center

I’m logged into the wireless in the Gleacher Center for the conference, so of course, I have to test by blog. I should have brought the prescription Ibuprofen. Other than that, the hotel rocks, and we had fun knocking around Chicago last night. We went to Navy Pier and ate dinner, then went to The

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Chicago

I’m heading up to Chicago for the 37 Signals Getting Real Workshop with my co-worker Mike. We’re heading out this afternoon, because the workshop is all day tomorrow. Should be really interesting. I love the 37 Signals guys; their blog is one of my daily reads.

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Rethinking things

I’ve been re-working my new prototypes for this site quite a bit lately, and rethinking the design, as well. I realized the other day that my dissatisfacting with some of my new direction is due to the quirkiness of the content and how long it’s been around, and how I use the site differently now

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White Trash Test

I am 13% White Trash. I, my friend, have class. I am so not white trash. . I am more than likely Democrat, and my place is neat, and there is a good chance I may never drink wine from a box. Take theWhite Trash Test@ FualiDotCom

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Salon’s Election 2008 analysis of Clinton and other democrats

Salon’s interesting article “The Hillary Juggernaut” gives some strong reasons why Clinton will be the democratic candidate to beat in 2008: But otherwise, you will face in Hillary the most formidable presidential front-runner in modern political history. (And, yes, I am counting George W. Bush in 2000.) Here are 10 reasons why the junior senator

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Homestarrunner Wiki

Homestarrunner has a wiki. Now instead of linking to the main site and urging people to go there, over and over and over again, I can just explain the various viral memes from HR by pointing at the wiki instead.

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Five Things That Inspire Me Creatively

From keith, five several things that inspire me creatively: Clocks Compasses Weather vanes Secret Passageways Wind mills Public Games Subversive Art Graph Paper lightning rods glass eyes ephemera antique medical equipment very well sculptured gardens Phrenology heads anatomical models zeppelins and hot air balloons

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“All Televisions Tuned to Fox News”

No wonder the Vice President is so out of touch with reality — check out his “tour rider” from the Smoking Gun — the list of demands he has of hotels when he travels. Item #6 – “All Televisions Tuned to Fox News” Wouldn’t want to accidentally hear what real people have to say about

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Sock Monkeys

This is one of the reasons why the internets can be BAD — I find sites like SockMonkeyDrawer, wherein I feel I need to buy all the aminals and take them home with me. They make custom, one-of-a-kind cool sock monkeys. You should buy me one.

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At the feet of the masters

I didn’t get to go to the SXSW conference, but many of my favorite designers were there, including Jason Santa Maria, who did a great post-conference round-up on his site. One of the more interesting panels he was on was Holistic Web Design, for which you can find in overview here, along with the PDF

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You Know You’re From Indiana When…

This page gets name-checked in a YouTube video critique of the list, from nthecgirl88. You’ve never met any celebrities. Your idea of a traffic jam is ten cars waiting to pass a tractor on the highway. "Vacation" means driving through Amish Country or going to the State Fair. You’ve seen all the biggest bands ten

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You Know You Were A Little Girl Of The 70’s If:

This is the most accurate of these lists I have ever seen! I’ve checked off all the ones that are mine. You wore that rainbow shirt that was half-sleeves and the rainbow went up one sleeve, across your chest and down the other… You made baby chocolate cakes in your Holly Hobby Easy Bake Oven.

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Conservatives were cry-baby children

That’s just too funny for words: Remember the whiny, insecure kid in nursery school, the one who always thought everyone was out to get him, and was always running to the teacher with complaints? Chances are he grew up to be a conservative. At least, he did if he was one of 95 kids from

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Media Matters calls the mainstream media on their Bush Cheerleading

Jamison Foser nails the mainstream media, who seem to always call in favor of Bush, even when the average person on the street strongly disapproves of him: Think about that for a moment: Lauer suggests that Bush’s low approval rating is a good thing for Republican candidates, because now, they can run away from him.

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Peak Oil

And now for the latest scare to cause you to horde food and panic (no, no, not bird flu. We gays are causing that later) the Peak Oil crisis. Yup. some people are saying that billions of people are going to die because of the scarcity of oil. I wonder if I can move to

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Rabbi: Bird Flu Caused by Gays

Yet another natural disaster being blamed on us for no conceivable reason whatsoever: AN outbreak of deadly bird flu in Israel is God’s punishment for calls in election ads to legalise gay marriages, according to Rabbi David Basri, a prominent sage preaching Kabbalah or Jewish mysticism. “The Bible says that God punishes depravity first through

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The Democratic Agenda

Hat tip to Catholic Democrats for pointing this out… Next time you hear someone say the Democrats don’t have a plan of their own for running the country, say “pshaw” and point them at this website: HouseDemocrats.gov. It’s all there in black and white — a real agenda for creating change, and not just a

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Chatting

I finally sorted out my chatting crap and downloaded a chat client that lets me sign on to AOL Instant Messenger, MSN, yahoo, google talk, jabber, ICQ, and a ton of other chat clients all in the same window, and I configured it for all my different accounts and pulled in all my buddies lists

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Muffler Man Deconstructed

Kyla sent me a link to this picture from the San Fransciso Gate’s Day in Pictures: “Saving face: Gene Lanich normally maintains a brisker pace in Springfield, Ill., but lately he’s been hampered by a large Bunyan. A weekend windstorm decapitated a statue of the legendary lumberjack at a local eatery.” So sad. Hoping that

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Dark Kingdom

I keep seeing the ads for “Dark Kingdom: The Dragon King” on the sci fi network premiering Monday, March 27th — a dragon slayer, a two strong warrior women, a ring of fire — Nibelungenlied? Yep, after further investigation, I called that one correctly. I’ll definitely be watching that; my ancestors are Rhinelanders.

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Weekend Update 2006-03-19

It’s been one of those weekends where I putter about and do a lot of little organizing and putting things away, but the house seems as cluttered as when I started. I hauled a lot of the recycling in (I still need to work on the paper/cardboard recycling) but there are still major areas I

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Destroy All Humans

EB Games finally had the Xbox game “Destroy All Humans” on sale used when I went in there this weekend, so I got it. It’s loads of fun. You’re an alien tasked with invading the planet earth and gathering human DNA, which contains the pure DNA pattern for your alien race, which has degraded over

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McDonalds Employees Make Own Recipes from McD’s Ingredients

Boing Boing links to a Live Journal community of McDonalds employees that make their own recipes (for back room and after hours consumption) using the ingredients from McDonalds foods. We did this back when I was in college and working at Mickey D’s in the summer time, and got in so much trouble for it

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Buy Your Own Tank on Amazon.com

Yep, the Badonkadonk Tank is a real, purchasable Item on Amazon.com. I’ve linked to it with my Amazon Associates ID, so if you decide to buy one, I’ll get a referral fee. Please, please by one. I’m kidding, of course, but do read the reviews on their page, because they are hysterical. 2022-03-15 Update: Sadly,

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Brokeback Mountain

I’ve been biting my tongue listening to all the hype surrounding Brokeback Mountain, both before and after the Oscars, and reading what people, both gay and straight, had to say in movie reviews and on various blogs. Now that Annie Proulx has had her say, I feel a little less constrained about unleashing the hounds.

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Buffy Quotes

A big fat list I had stashed somewhere on my hard drive, that I just recently unearthed. Heh. It’s not comprehensive; it’s missing the last few years of the show. “Anchovies, anchovies you’re so delicious. I love you more than all the other fishes.” -Dawn Summers Buffy: Fire Bad. Tree Pretty. Buffy: “Can you vague

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Really, How Hard Is Pimping?

I think need to watch the movie Hustle and Flow, because there must be something about this pimping business that I’m missing. ‘Cause now that it won an Oscar, I keep hearing the song “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp” and I’m wondering what’s so difficult about it. See, because my understanding of the

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How to Run A Country

Shamelessly stolen from the comments section at Taking Down Words: On his trip to Great Britain, George Bush had a meeting with Queen Elizabeth. He asked her, “How does one manage to run a country so smoothly?” “That`s easy,” she replied, “You surround yourself with intelligent ministers and advisors.” “But how can I tell whether

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Interesting Book: “Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping”

This is a book I’ll be picking up a copy of, eventually: Not Buying It : My Year Without Shopping, by Judith Levine. Levine takes the plunge and attempts to not purchase anything for a year, documenting her endeavor in the process. I believe she made an exception for food and “necessities” but defining what

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Truncated

I finally got wise, and created a new group in my feedreader software called “Truncated” just for people who truncate their posts in their syndication feeds. These are people I love, who are great writers, but the frustration of needing to have a browser window open to read their work is too great, and I

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Netflix Throttling

Friday Fishwrap has an interesting commentary on Netflix policy of “throttling” DVD shipments to people who are heavy users in favor of first-time or light users of their service. Interesting; I agree that it sucks, but I can kind of see the light users point of view, too. If you wanted to get a DVD

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Credit Card company issues card on torn-up application

Rob Cockerham has been conducting fun experiments for years on his site Cockeyed.com, and I’ve linked to more that a few that were great. Here’s one that’s great and disturbing at the same time… Rob wondered if a credit card company would accept an application that had been torn up into tiny pieces, and also

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The Soulforce Equality Riders Arrested at Falwell’s “Liberty” University

I mentioned the planned Equality Rides a few weeks ago — modeled after the student “Freedom Riders” of the 1960s who travelled around to centers of intolerance and bigotry, these students are traveling to Universities and military institutions that ban LGBT students. Yesterday, 20 equality ride students were arrested at Jerry Fallwell’s “Liberty” University. LYNCHBURG,

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Indianapolis Police are big drama queens about uniform design

According to today’s IndyStar, the newly merged IPD has arrived at a badge design, but is still deciding on what color their new uniforms will be. Members of a merger subcommittee endorsed a proposed patch design Friday and indicated they are close to agreeing on a new badge for the combined Indianapolis Police and Marion

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Which VW Are You?

Which VW Are You? by Auto Glass Across America My very favorite VW is a Microbus, but my lack of dope smoking apparently means I’m not actually one of those.

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e-mail – a tool for good, and for evil

Every once it a while, you get an e-mail that’s so shocking that it could either destroy your soul, or make you a completely better person. Recently I got blind carbon-copied on an exchange a friend of mine had with “respected activist” Marla Randolph Stevens, a former resident of Indiana and former “political activist” here

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I give up. I’ll go to the doctor

Sunday morning, I woke up with a stiff neck. I assumed I slept wrong, although this rarely happens as I have some really comfortable pillows. Monday morning my neck was worse, and the pain spread down to my shoulders and back. I had a terrible time concentrating, and I felt achy all over. Tuesday, I

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Consumer Reports Study on Hybrid Cars

Stephanie has crunched these numbers in the past, and come to basically the same conclusion, although she’d still love to own a Prius. What it comes down to is that you buy a hybrid because you care about new technologies and the environment rather than saving money on gas. Consumer Reports Sizes Up Hybrid Costs

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I feel like crap. I really do.

I have a very strange cold, and have felt wonky all week; thus the quiet time, site wise. We went to Doug’s 40th Birthday Party, which I should have both blogged and posted photos about, but I’ve been both crazy-busy and feeling really weird. I’ll put up recent photos soon.

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Which literature classic are you?

Shakespeare: Sonnets. Everyone has heard of you,and almost everybody can find somethingtouching in you. You are calm and controlyourself, even though your wisdom and yourmessages are no lesser than those of others. Which literature classic are you? brought to you by Quizilla

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How Evil Am I?

A bit of evil lurks in your heart, but you hide it well. In some ways, you are the most dangerous kind of evil.

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Texas A&M Hoopsters Total Eclipse of the Heart

Hat tip to Advance Indiana for this one… Texas A&M basketball players get together and lip sync to Bonnie Tyler’s Total Eclipse of the Heart. Shirtless, with killer abs, and complete choreography. Considering the sheer volume of crappy imitation lip syncing videos out there on google video and youtube, (all of which came about after

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Books to Read Before You Die

The British librarian’s organization — “Museum, Libraries and Archives Council” — has put together a List of Books to Read Before You Die. I have a pretty good start on the list. Of the ones I haven’t read yet, I have four on my bookshelves at home, so I’ll probably get to them someday. To

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Advance Indiana, Carson’s Challenger, and Ted Fleischaker

Julia Carson is facing a democratic challenger to her office — a gay man, Kris Kiser, with very little political experience. Much of the GLBT community supports Carson, who has been a friend of ours politically and gone to bat on gay issues with no hesitancy whatsoever. Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) and Rep. Tammy Baldwin

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List of Signature Phrases

Wikipedia has a great list of signature phrases — the unique lines associated with real or fictional characters, and they cover a lot of territory. Read it over; it will bring back some memories. # “Aciao good night!” (Aciao bonsoir!) – P.P.D. the puppet in the French satiric show Les Guignols de l’Info, at the

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Natalie Portman Rapping on SNL

Wow. That’s truly funny, and much better than the Lazy Sunday video. I want an mp3 of this. And the lyrics. Darn it. The video has already been yanked from Youtube.com, so my embedded file no longer works. Well, it’ll be on iTunes; go look at it.

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Motorola SLVR Pisses me off

I no sooner got a cool Razr phone, than Motorola came out with the phone I really wanted — the Slvr, which is very similar, but a bar phone rather than a flip style. Jerks. Every time I see a commercial, I want to accidentally lose my phone so I can get a new one.

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Stakeout on Millennium Drive

I hate throwing in the towel on books. I feel guilty if I can’t get through one, and I will struggle to the end of even the most difficult stuff. And I wanted to like Stakeout on Millennium Drive; I really did. It is, after all, a book set in Indianapolis, by a native writer,

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house hunting ideas

Some notes we’re making about hunting for a new house, that will help us narrow down our search and also help our realtor (yes we have a great realtor) find properties to suggest to us. Things about us we have lots of clothes we have lots of books we have 1 dog & 4 cats

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Republican Spyware

Stallio! has a great post on how the Republican party is handing out CDs that will illegally collect your personal data and stash it at an insecure location. He covers the topic pretty well, so it wouldn’t make sense for me to repeat the whole thing. Beware of Republicans bearing gifts.

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Photoshop Hacks: Choose Your Own Adventure Novels

My brother Todd had a ton of the Choose Your Own Adventure novels (the early version of video games). Check out Something Awful’s photoshop contest for “Rejected CYOA Books.” My favorites are “Don’t Bother, You Die In Most of the Endings Anyway” and “Everyone Wants to Touch My Giant Snake and Jewels.” Also: “Shrödinger’s Cat.

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Photos of the Black Civil Rights Movement

The Birmingham News discovers in its archives dozens of old, previously unpublished photographs from the black civil rights movement. Very cool. Check out the pictures of the freedom riders, and also see the protests at Birmingham high schools when black students enrolled. This is the kind of stuff that people need to see to understand

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Kids suspended for massive food fight

I love kids, and this is why. Rock on, kids. Associated Press, CHESTERTON, Ind. — A massive middle school food fight left several students suspended and the eighth-grade class footing the cleaning bill that included the cost of scraping mashed potatoes off the ceiling. Last week’s fight at Chesterton Middle School left ceiling tiles damaged

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Troops don’t know why they’re in Iraq

Zogby conducted a poll of U.S. troops fighting in Iraq, on a number of different subjects. What jumped out at me is this paragraph, though… The wide-ranging poll also shows that 58% of those serving in country say the U.S. mission in Iraq is clear in their minds, while 42% said it is either somewhat

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Giant Cross in Terre Haute

The Cross Tabernacle Church has erected a nearly 50 cross near U.S. 41 outside Terre Haute. If I’m not mistaken, there are a number of giant things in that area that we’re planning to photograph on a weekend roadtrip already, so we’ll probably grab a picture of it, too.

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AFA boycotting Desperate Housewives

The American Family Association is urging a boycott of Desperate Housewives. Of course my response to TV censorship is always “unplug the TV” — but this time the nutjobs are addressing my retort: Some people have said to pro-family viewers who dislike indecent network TV programming simply to turn it off, Wildmon notes. In response,

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“The Kiterunner” does not contain “pornography”

Some (idiot moron) parents in Lawrence Township schools are objecting to the book “The Kiterunner” being assigned in class, because they claim there is a scene that is “pornographic” in it. The Kiterunner is a story of children living in contemporary Afghanistan, and is a wonderful, amazing book. It is, unfortunately, fairly true to life,

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Either/Or #5

From belicove.com: Favorite Color or Favorite Number? Color. Shower in the Morning or Shower in the Evening? Morning The Grand Canyon or The Great Pyramids of Egypt? Pyramids White Pages or Yellow Pages? White. People are more interesting than businesses. Doll House of Tree House? Tree house. When you were 13 years old or when

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Blogs are a viable form of writing

The Financial Times has an article criticizing the “blogging” phenomenon, which is one of many that have been written in the mainstream press in the last 6 months. This whole “anti-blogging” movement generated by the mainstream press strikes me as really pretentious and absurd on the part of “journalists.” People have been recording their thoughts

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More Things I Learned From The Movies

Signals If a tapping sound or flashing light represents morse code, there’s always someone around that can interpret the message. When Morse Code is used, the interpreter will call out words as they are being sent, rather than letters. Furthermore, a single word is represented by a few "beeps", and all words are sent at

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My Grandfather’s Having Surgery

My grandfather’s having surgery this morning. It’s not a difficult procedure, but because of his age, the doctors are worried about him being under a general anesthetic. So say a few prayers today, if you get a chance.

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Here, here! Well-spoken, Bruce!

From a discussion being held by The Poor Man Institute with a wingnut: The loyalty “owed” a President, or any government official, or any policy of the same, by a private citizen, is this much loyalty: zero. Let me say that again: the loyalty I, or you, or anyone “owes” to someone in the government,

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Cynics Guide to Life

When I’m feeling down, I like to whistle. It makes the neighbor’s dog run to the end of his chain and gag himself.

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The Office

Back when the Ricky Gervais version of “The Office” premiered on BBCAmerica, I watched the first season and loved it. Eventually I had to stop watching, though, not because it wasn’t funny, but because it was too real, and watching it was too much like actually being at work, and there’s only so much of

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Must post this link (think of the kittens!)

I just can’t stop myself. [link deprecated: http://www.uffish.com/2006/02/requiem_to_all_the_toys_ive_lo.html] Uffish: Requiem to all the toys I’ve loved before That’s something I never thought of writing down in a public space. I could write something similar, but I’ll refrain.

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Noblesville High School Class of ’86 Reunion Info

An email from one of my former classmates who is organizing the gathering: Dear NHS Classmates of 1986: Well, as hard as it may seem to believe, 20 years have gone by since our graduation…and it is reunion time again! Our 20 year reunion will be held this year on Saturday, August 5th in the

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A Johari Window of my very own..

Hat tip to Dustbury, who posted about this…. A Johari Window is where you get to talk about how great I am. Yeah, that’s it. Heh. Actually, you can read the real definition here at Wikipedia It’s a personality tool, and there’s an online version, that you can help me with, if you want. Anyway,

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Think Geek’s New Products RSS Feed

Think Geek now has an RSS feed for their new products. Good idea! Too bad their entries don’t show a picture of the new products, or a description. Bad idea! 3/6/2006 UPDATE: Their feeds now have descriptions, pictures and prices. happy happy, joy joy.

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“Marriage Contract” of Iowa Man

Via Smoking Gun: Check out what this guy Travis Frey from Iowa wrote up for his wife as a “marriage contract.” He’s under arrest currently for kidnapping his wife and holding her hostage in their home. I have to admit, I’ve never read anything like this. And I hope never to again. FEBRUARY 17–This country,

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Fun Things To Do in a Public Bathroom

These are jokes, and not intended to be taken seriously. Please view the site disclaimer. Stick your open palm under the stall wall and ask your neighbor, "May I borrow a highlighter?" Say, "Uh oh, I knew I shouldn’t have put my lips on that." Cheer and clap loudly every time somebody breaks the silence

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You Have Had Too Much Of The 90’s If …

You try to enter your password on the microwave. You now think of three espressos as "getting wasted." You haven’t played solitaire with a real deck of cards in years. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of 3.

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Permutations of Borg…

Author Unknown Uuuh, this is like, Butt-Head of Borg. Uh huh huh huh, uh huh huh huh. You will be ass-eliminated, or something. Uh, huh huh huh. Yeah. Heh heh heh m heh heh m heh heh heh. That’s pretty cool. Ass-eliminated. Heh heh heh heh. This is Buzzcut of Borg. You WILL be assimilated.

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The Myth of Big Government Liberals

Atrios has a dead-on post about the myth of “Big Goverment Liberals.” I don’t know any “big government liberals” in the sense that Andy means. I don’t know anybody who gets a stiffy at the thought of raising taxes and increasing government spending as a share of GDP just for the hell of it. Liberals

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Fun RSS Thing to Do

If you read your news in an RSS reader, here’s something fun and informative that you can do… Go to Google News, and to a search on the term “gay.” Look in the left column of the page and grab either the RSS link or Atom link, and add it to your news reader. Then

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Quad Cities Censorship

This is an interesting article in the Quad City Times, about a book called “The Misfits” that was banned at the elementary school level in the Quad Cities. “I knew I had all of those signs of being gay, and I couldn’t make sense of it,” said Howe, who wrote “The Misfits,” a book about

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Bicycle Shops In Indianapolis

I’m thinking of obtaining a new self-propelled vehicle of some kind, so I’m making notes on places I need to check out. Tom Lantz Bicycle Shop 2715 North Post Road, Indianapolis, In (317) 899 1130 Circle City Bicycle & Fitness 5506 Madison Ave., Indianapolis, In (317) 786 9244 www.circlecitybicycles.com A-1 Cyclery 6847 W. Washington, Indianapolis,

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1,325 images – More Abu Graib photos, exclusively on Salon.com

Salon.com does the Australian media one better, by obtaining a huge cache of pictures and secret goverment documents on the Abu Graib scandal. They explain why they are publishing the information and then go on to show you all the new pictures Warning: don’t look at these at work, or after you’ve just eaten. What

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Dick Cheney Shoots Me

And then Dick Cheney shot me, too! That bastard!!! Cheney accidentally shoots fellow hunter ‘Steph was in the line of fire and got peppered pretty good’ Sunday, February 12, 2006; Posted: 9:01 p.m. EST (02:01 GMT) WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot and wounded a companion during a weekend Wabbit hunting trip

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Dick Cheney Shoots Lady Liberty

Passed along to me by my friend Ian.. (Not Really) CNN — Lady Liberty, a 225-year-old Freedom Fighter, was in stable condition, a hospital spokeswoman said. Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot and wounded a companion during a weekend Traitor hunting trip in Texas, spraying the fellow hunter in the face and chest with shotgun

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Weekend Update 2006-02-20

What I accomplished this weekend: Comment Code – I worked on the comment code on my site to accomplish: Cleaner xhtml and css. This was hard, but I got it working well. Displaying the number next to the comment. This wasn’t hard. Displaying comments from me in a different color than others. This seemed to

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Veronica Mars on delay until March

According to AfterEllen.com, UPN is delaying airing new episodes of Veronica Mars until March due to poor ratings. Huh. This is the best show on TV, people. It airs Wednesday nights opposite Lost. I expect each and every one of you to start watching, pronto.

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Laurel Hester Dies

Laurel Hester, the New Jersey woman who fought to get her pension awarded to her female partner died yesterday. She succeeded in making sure that her partner Stacie Andree was able to receive her money and keep their family home, after a long legal battle with county officials.

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Johnny Weir Dodges the Gay Question

Johnny’s flamboyant, but he’s not officially out… “I think it’s funny that people care,” Weir said before ultimately placing fourth. “I don’t have a problem with people saying anything. People could be saying, ‘Oh, let’s poll about Bode Miller. Let’s poll about Michelle Kwan being a lesbian. It’s not a big deal. Who I sleep

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Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Costs $363.8 million

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon’s costs for firing service members for homosexuality under its “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy were nearly twice as high as a government estimate made last year, an independent commission said on Tuesday. A University of California commission of military experts said it cost at least $363.8 million to implement the

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Scaling Down

I borrowed the book “Scaling Down” (by Judi Culbertson and Marj Decker) from my girlfriend Stephanie, because we’re both attempting to sort through the things we own and uh, scale down. We’ve got to figure out how we’re going to merge households, and for two people who both own two-story, multi-bedroom homes packed with stuff,

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Stranger In a Strange Land

This is a book club, book, so of course I have to abide by the first and second rules of book club and not talk about it before we meet. But I have to write about it soon, or I’m going to forget details of what I wanted to say about it. So, book club

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Cool unusual architecture

Unique Daily has a photo gallery of cool unusual architecture, such as this upside down house. 2022-03-15 Update: My original link of unique architecture is long gone, but there are at least 10 upside down houses in the world. Stephanie and I saw the one in Niagara Falls on our honeymoon.

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Guerilla Marketing Tips

I found this interesting post on how the Chick Tracts nuts suggest distributing their mini hate-comics to the public. The comedic, ironic aspects of Chick Tracts aside, they actually have some interesting guerilla marketing techniques on how to get their message across that could be duplicated, say by a GLBT direct action group in Indianapolis.

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2008 GOP Convention in Indianapolis?

The [link deprecated: http://www2.indystar.com/articles/1/243304-2091-127.html] Indy Star reports that our fair metropolis is on the list of cities invited to bid to host the 2008 GOP Convention. Requirements: we have to foot the bill for security. God no. Please no. I’d rather gargle with motor oil than pay for security for wingnuts. Oh, wait. Can I

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LGBTQ Youth Equality Ride Across the U.S.

During March and April The Soulforce Equality Ride will be visiting 19 religious and military schools to give voice to those who can not speak up themselves because of oppressive school policies. Many of these schools expell lgbtq students who come out or are outed. At military and religious colleges around the nation, bans on

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The Dick Button Drinking Game

For those of you watching skating on the Olympics this week, check out the Dick Button Drinking Game written by Trudi Marrapodi. It was written quite a while back, but it’s still perfectly dead on when it comes to Dick’s commentary. Or you could play by watching the sport with my figure skater girlfriend, and

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More Abu Graib Photos

For quite some time, the Bush Administration has been withholding the worst of the photos of torture and prisoner abuse at Abu Graib prison, citing concerns about sparking more terrorism if they release the photos. The courts have ordered the remaining photos released by the White House keeps stalling. I think they’re more worried about

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Quiet time

Sorry about the lack of new and unique writing over the last week or so. I’m writing a couple of long book reviews that are still in draft form, and doing a lot of heavy lifting behind the scenes on the site design to get everything cleaned up, so things have been quiet ’round here.

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Chocolate City

Chocolate City is Parliament song from 1975. Suddenly, Ray Nagin makes sense. And my African-American friends are looking at me like I’m retarded, because everyone knows what he was talking about. I am so white.

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LA Times article on annual physical exams

The L.A. Times has an article on annual physical exams, discussing what doctors look for and suggesting that there should be a different balance between the physical portion of the exam, and the discussion of personal history and health questions and concerns. The problem is the headline and introductory paragraphs, which suggest that going to

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Political Sites I Like

If you’re looking for intelligent stuff about Indiana politics, these guys are great: http://advanceindiana.blogspot.com/ http://www.masson.us/blog/ http://www.takingdownwords.com/taking_down_words/ And on a national level: http://www.democraticunderground.com/ http://www.goodasyou.org/ http://americablog.blogspot.com/ http://www.biggaypicture.com/ http://atrios.blogspot.com/

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Rough Cut: My New Site Design

[/my_design_work/prototypes/commonplacebook/homepage.gif] Here’s what I’ve been working on all weekend. It’s quite rough, still, and needs a lot of refinement. I haven’t picked the correct font for my new logo, and there’s a lot missing and lots of little stuff that still needs cleaned up. But you get the general idea of where I’m headed. [/my_design_work/prototypes/commonplacebook/homepage.gif]

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Close to Home

I’m watching Friday’s episode of “Close to Home” the crime drama set in Indianapolis. I’ve written about it a couple of times on IndyScribe because it’s pretty interesting to see how they portray the city on a national TV show. This episode called the “Romeo and Juliet Murders” has some eerie parallels to a crime

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Friendster

I haven’t been in Friendster for a while, so I logged in a futzed around to see what they’ve upgraded lately. You know what’s stupid? Blogs on Friendster. That was really dumb addition, because the people who wanted a blog already had them set up outside of Friendster, where everyone can see them. No one

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Johnny Weir

Too funny: He has the face of Paul Rubens, the hair of Nick Nolte, and the fashion sense of a gay dolphin caught in a fishing net while reenacting a scene from Showgirls. What’s not to love about U.S. Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir? As Steph mentioned on her blog, Johnny is one of the

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Photos of the Rally at the Statehouse

Marti has photos of yesterday’s Rally at the statehouse, [link deprecated: http://statehouse.transadvocate.com/] from beginning to end. There’s apparently some question of the number of attendees. Fortunately, I know how to count, so I think we can solve the mystery.

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Remember when…

Stolen from Scott, after seeing a couple places. If you read this (even if we don’t speak often or don’t really know each other) please post a comment with a COMPLETELY MADE UP AND FICTIONAL memory of you and me. It can be anything you want — good or bad — BUT IT HAS TO

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A Post about Shoes

I’m probably the furthest thing from a fashion maven. But I do have a thing about shoes. Not a Carrie Bradshaw type thing; I wouldn’t spend $400 on a pair of Manolos. You won’t catch me dead in high heels. Literally; that’s in my will. But I do love the fluevogs, and I have several

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I heart Fafblog

Fafblog is smart and cute. I want to be BFF with Fafblog. Q. Can the president spy on Americans without a warrant? A. The president has to spy on Americans without a warrant! We’re at war, and the president’s gotta defend America, and he’s not gonna wait for a permission slip from a judge or

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When you pay attention to work, you miss all the good stuff

For the past couple days, StAllio! has been covering a fun controversy brewing in Indiana politics concerning the “Bloody 8th” congressional district race between Republican incumbent and right-wing loony John Hostetler, and his hottie Democrat opponent, Sheriff Brad Ellsworth. Ellsworth’s daughter is an IU student, and happened to have a facebook page where she’s alleged

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President Washington Used Electronic Wiretaps

“President Washington, President Lincoln, President Wilson, President Roosevelt have all authorized electronic surveillance on a far broader scale.” — Attorney General Alberto Gonzales while testifying before congress on illegal wiretapping No, I’m not shitting you, he really said that, and you can see the video yourself. Can I also point out that aside from the

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Superhero Reading List

To my Amazon Wish List, I just added: How To Survive a Robot Uprising: Tips on Defending Yourself Against the Coming Rebellion by Daniel H. Wilson The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead by Max Brooks Real Ultimate Power: The Official Ninja Book by Robert Hamburger The Government Manual for New Superheroes

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Georgia Vegan Protestors Arrested for writing down License Plate

In Georgia, the Department of Homeland Security was conducting surveillance of anti-war rallies and vegan protests. At the vegan protest, Caitlin Childs, a vegetarian activist, realized that she was under surveillance and wrote down the license place of the DHS agent who was monitoring her. She was then arrested for doing so. Note, this is

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Pillow Fight Club

More public game ideas — Pillow fight Club is where strangers arrange to get together and have a giant pillow fight, with some specific rules: Tell everyone about Pillow Fight Club. Tell everyone about Pillow Fight Club. Turn up at the arranged Pillow Fight Club venue with pillow hidden in a bag. At the exact

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Daily Monkey

Daily Monkey posts a picture of a monkey every day, along with a monkey related quote. Cool!

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Anti-Gay Killer’s MySpace profile

Of course you’ve heard about the teenager Jacob Robida who went on a rampage at a gay bar in Massachusetts with an axe and a gun, and who was later killed in a police shootout. Checkout his myspace web page. Too bad none of the people he hurt and killed get to have accolades on

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