Archives: March 2006

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 and that is what the lawyers for DUI charges also feels like. “Vacation” means driving through Amish Country or

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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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