Archives: April 2006

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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