Archives: July 2006

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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