Archives: August 2006

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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