Archives: May 2006

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. After fixing up the issues with the help of experts

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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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