Archives: October 2006

We’re Hiding in the House With the Lights Off

Because we ran out of candy about 10 minutes ago. Holy crap! We gave away not only all of our candy, but the candy our neighbor brought over because he had to leave. We had about 150 kids or so. And we can still hear them out there walking up and down the street. Next

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Hey, that’s my name!

I was perusing a 37 signals blog post from last week on some changes they made to backpack, and noticed in some of the screenshots, the designer Ryan Singer used my name in the mock-up of his new sharing information object. Hee! Apparently, I’m sharing some documents with some folks. 2022-03-16 Update: I should deprecate

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links for 2006-10-31

The Top 10 Conservative Idiots, No. 266 With just over a week to go, things are getting increasingly scary for Republicans – and it’s showing. Rush Limbaugh (1) proves he’s a boil on the ass of humanity, Dick Cheney (2) admits to waterboarding, and George Allen’s (3) “gotcha” falls flat. (tags: conservatives republicans politics idiots

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Interoffice Games

A list of games to play at work, shamelessly cribbed from Jane McGonigal’s gaming blog, but she received it in e-mail from her mom, so fair sharing must apply. I recognize some of these from some of my other lists of pranks you can play. How many points can you rack up in a day?

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Indy Star survey on Marriage Equality

The Indy Star has an online poll on it’s front page, asking: Should the Indiana General Assembly amend the state constitution to ban same-sex marriages? Please go vote NO on the poll.

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links for 2006-10-30

The Fibonacci Rabbit sequence – the Golden String (tags: science Math) Boing Boing: Fake boarding pass guy reports he was visited by FBI – UPDATED Bloomington native creates a fake boarding pass generator to illustrate how easy it is to break the security — and gets in trouble for whistleblowing. (tags: terrorism whistleblowing Indiana Security)

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The number 8 rabbit

The white rabbit with the number eight on it from Lost is in Stephen King’s book “On Writing.” I haven’t read a whole lot of Stephen King, so I don’t know if it’s a plot point in one of his fiction novels also.

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links for 2006-10-28

Hillary changes position on marriage equality for gay people “I believe in full equality of benefits, nothing left out,” she said. “From my perspective there is a greater likelihood of us getting to that point in civil unions or domestic partnerships and that is my very considered assessment.” (tags: glbt marriage equality rights) Images: The

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Local progressive websites I added to my newsreader

A couple of local progressive websites I discovered through actblue.com, the online donation clearinghouse for democratic candidates. I added them to my feedreader under politics. http://www.indianaprogressives.com/ http://indyfordemocracy.com/

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A Commonplacebook Candidate Endorsements

These are Marion County, Indiana Democratic candidates who have shown strong stances and leadership on progressive issues including improving education, finding health care solutions for all Hoosiers, property tax reform and equality for GLBT citizens. I’ve personally shaken hands with all of these candidates at one time or another and discussed issues with them. I

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links for 2006-10-27

Indiana's Hostettler Issues Nasty Homophobic Campaign Ad "Pelosi will then put in motion her radical plan to advance the homosexual agenda, led by Barney Frank, reprimanded by the House after paying for sex with a man who ran a gay brothel out of U.S. Rep. Frank's home," the narrator says. (tags: homophobia election) Video of

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links for 2006-10-26

Squirl: A Site for Collectors (tags: community collaboration socialsoftware) NJ Supreme Court Backs Same-Sex Unions – Yahoo! News In a 4-3 decision the New Jersey Supreme Court held that “although we cannot find that a fundamental right to same-sex marriage exists in this State, the unequal dispensation of rights and benefits to committed same-sex partners

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Crazy Week

I’ve been trying to catch a few minutes to write about the blogger forum with progressive candidates that I attended last Friday, but it’s been such a hectic week I haven’t had a chance. Among other things, I joined the Y this week. I’ve been going regularly for water aerobics, and eventually you have to

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links for 2006-10-25

Joe. My. God.: Another October Surprise It appears that the Foley emails that leaked to the press came from somewhere in the HRC office. Wow. Someone at HRC actually has some balls. Good on ya! (tags: foley politics whistleblowing republicans conservatives) outside.in (tags: community local maps blogging city) 5ives » Five Halloween safety tips (tags:

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Fun with javascript

via the J-Walk Blog: Try this: 1. Highlight the text below 2. Press Ctrl+C 3. Paste into your address bar 4. Press Enter javascript:R=0; x1=.1; y1=.05; x2=.25; y2=.24; x3=1.6; y3=.24; x4=300; y4=200; x5=300; y5=200; DI=document.getElementsByTagName(“img”); DIL=DI.length; function A(){for(i=0; i-DIL; i++){DIS=DI[ i ].style; DIS.position=’absolute’; DIS.left=(Math.sin(R*x1+i*x2+x3)*x4+x5)+”px”; DIS.top=(Math.cos(R*y1+i*y2+y3)*y4+y5)+”px”}R++}setInterval(‘A()’,5); void(0); Refresh the page to get back to normal. It

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links for 2006-10-24

Radio Earwax Download Page – Radio’s Music (tags: mp3) Amazon.com: Getting Out: Your Guide to Leaving America (Process Self-reliance Series): Books: Mark Ehrman Book on how to move to another country. (tags: books reading Amazon shopping) Think Progress » Bush: ‘We’ve Never Been Stay The Course’ On ABC’s This Week, President Bush tried to distance

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links for 2006-10-23

The Democrat’s “First 100 Hours” – washingtonpost.com If the Democrats take control of the house, what they will do in the first 100 hours. “break the link between lobbyists and legislation.” (tags: democrats news politics election) NEWSWEEK Poll: American Supports Dem’s “first 100 hours” plan – MSNBC.com An overwhelming majority says allowing the government to

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Worldview Quiz Results

Worldview Quiz Your rating on science vs. non-science: 8 Your rating on progress for humankind: 10 Your position on the worldview spectrum: (10,8) Here is my placement onf the chart, with the “projected” worldview of some famous people.

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I wish it really were The Onion

The news satire paper The Onion is going to need to step it up a notch if they’re going to keep ahead of the ridiculousness of current real news, these days, There are three articles I’ve read this week online that I at first expected to be articles from that paper; turns out they aren’t,

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to do crap

The remaining stuff from last weekend, plus some more. Buy two truckload of mulch and spread on the flowerbeds Sweep/spray out the back of my truck Put my truck bed cover on the truck Clean the kitchen and downstairs bathroom Vacuum whole first floor Vacuum in the basement attach lattice to the back porch Add

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a scarily addictive little song…

This is as bad as the Dance Dance Revolution song “Butterfly” that can’t help singing along with in the car. Things I do when I should be writing up my blogger forum notes or getting a load of mulch for the flowerbeds.

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links for 2006-10-21

[print version] Shakespeare coming to a virtual world | CNET News.com I hate it when an idea I had gets implemented before I can do it. (tags: Shakespeare geek videogames) Scrabble Tile Mosaic Table I hate it when an idea I had gets implemented before I can do it. (tags: designIdeas) scrabble “tile holder” benches

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Blogger Forum with Progressive Candidates

I attended a blogger forum at lunch to day, where three local progressive candidates for office met with local bloggers to answer questions and talk about their political issues and campaigns. The candidates were: Russell Brown ( Democratic candidate, Senate District 31) Dr. David Orentlicher (Democratic Representative, House District 86) John Barnes (Democratic candidate, House

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Eric Dickerson’s not just slinging Mud

Indy Star Matt Tully’s analysis of the recent polling in the Carson/Dickerson battle for made my jaw drop in shock: No mudslinging: Carson took hard personal shots at Dickerson last month, but the Republican remained positive. He knows there is nothing to gain by trading potshots and respectfully argues that Carson’s time as an effective

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links for 2006-10-20

AG: Voter warning linked to GOP campaign – Yahoo! News State investigators have linked a Republican campaign to letters sent to thousands of Orange County Hispanics warning them they could go to jail or be deported if they vote next month, a spokesman for the attorney general said. (tags: politics republicans conservatives election fraud) Livia

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Video Games I’d Love to Play

I’ve picked these up several times in the store, but they’re PC games, and I have a Mac, so I haven’t bought ’em. I wish they made more games like this for the Xbox — I tend to not be interested in the “kill kill kill, die die die” shooting games, but that’s most of

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Mark Foley blames crimes on being abused

Priest comes forward to tell of his inappropriate behavior with Mark Foley when Foley was young. Let me make it really clear: I was not molested as a kid. Most of my gay friends were never molested as kids. I have several friends who were molested. Some of them are straight and some are gay,

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links for 2006-10-19

Hudson Institute – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (tags: politics conservative Indiana thinktank) Sagamore Institute for Policy Research (tags: politics conservatives Indiana thinktank) Moving Ideas Network (tags: progressive sustainability politics thinktank activism) Think tank – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (tags: politics reference thinktank research) Open Society Institute and Soros Foundation Network (tags: progressive politics reference research)

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IYG Wishlist

From their mission statement: Indiana Youth Group provides a safe place, a confidential environment, youth development programs and support services which foster personal strength and wellness among self-identified lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people. IYG advocates on their behalf in schools, on the streets, and in the community. IYG builds friendships and explores individualism

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Even more on Outing

I’ve talked about the subject of “Outing” in the past several times. Scott tackled the issue recently on Bilerico, and along with a lot of others, I commented. I wanted to pull my comment over here, though, because it’s a refinement of some of my previous ideas. I’ve pointed this out in the past —

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links for 2006-10-18

Can You Tell a Sunni From a Shiite? – New York Times “Do you know the difference between a Sunni and a Shiite?” But so far, most American officials I’ve interviewed don’t have a clue. That includes not just intelligence and law enforcement officials, but also members of Congress who have important r (tags: religion

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Worst. Roofers. Ever.

Our roofer from Woodbury was supposed to work on three projects: 1) Reshingling the roof. 2) Rebuilding the historic, built-in gutters and replacing rotted wood trim. 3) Redecking the balcony and repairing the roof under it to stop the water leaking into the kitchen. People can check out houston contracting company, for the best roofing

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Books I’ve read Recently

Garden Accents: Simple-To-Build Projects to Enhance Your Yard or Garden (How-to Gardening) Quite a few interesting building projects for hardscaping your garden. I read this over while drawing up plans for our flowerbeds. Pit of Vipers (Nancy Drew (All New) Girl Detective) #18 by Carolyn Keene There are 21 books out now in this all

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links for 2006-10-17

British universities encouraged to spy on ‘Asian-looking’ students – Yahoo! News Lecturers and staff at British universities will be asked to spy on “Asian-looking” and Muslim students they suspect of supporting terrorist acts and involvement in Islamic extremism, The Guardian reported. (tags: surveillance privacy prejudice) The Top 10 Conservative Idiots, No. 264 George W. Bush

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Mark Foley, and “real” gay relationships

In an opinion piece for the LA Times, Michelangelo Signorile says that the media should have “outed” Mark Foley as gay soon after his hypocritical votes in favor of anti-gay legislation. I agree with Signorile about “outing” hypocritical public figures, and consistently always have. But there’s something else in the article that I wanted to

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People You Meet While Gardening

I met two interesting people this weekend while planting bulbs in my front yard. One of the is our neighbor, Craig, who owns the house to the north of us, and is moving back in. He’s not new to our neighborhood — his family has owned the house for decades — but he’s just now

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Marriage, children and equal rights

Good As You presents an especially apt point about the fallaciousness of the “reserving marriage for the nuturing of children” argument: Hmm..you know why the judges “ignored is that marriage is not primarily about adults; marriage is about the nurturing and development of children?” Because marriage certificates don’t legalize unions with the caveat that those

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links for 2006-10-16

Boing Boing: Tibetan refugees shot by PRC forces, witnesses silenced: video A group of ethnic Tibetans trying to flee Tibet were shot dead by Chinese troops on September 30, at a Himalayan pass near the border of China and Nepal (Tibet is an “autonomous region” of China, having been taken over by the PRC in

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Projects Around the House (Revised)

Revised list of stuff I’d like to accomplish this weekend, if I have time… Help the neighbors clean up brush Sweep out the back of my truck Put my truck bed cover on the truck Rearrange the living room furniture We got part of this done. We still need to move my desk Rearrange the

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links for 2006-10-14

Bush Confounded by the ‘Unacceptable’ – washingtonpost.com In speeches, statements and news conferences this year, the president has repeatedly declared a range of problems “unacceptable,” including rising health costs, immigrants who live outside the law, North Korea’s claimed nuclear test, genocide in Sudan and (tags: news politics language) IS IT CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS — OR IS

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Mark Foley, and “real” gay relationships

In an opinion piece for the LA Times, Michelangelo Signorile says that the media should have “outed” Mark Foley as gay soon after his hypocritcal votes in favor of anti-gay legislation. I agree with Signorile about “outing” hypocritical public figures, and always have. But there’s something else in the article that I wanted to highlight…

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A snippet of brilliance from Shakespeare’s Sister

From the comments on this post about feminism — this statement, that is one of those “yes, that’s what I feel too, if only the thought had come out fully formed, but it didn’t” for me. It’s a little nuance thing, but makes a huge difference. If I post on a t-shirt that I find

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links for 2006-10-13

Suspicion Surrounds Retreat In Gas Prices, Poll Finds – washingtonpost.com People think the drop in gas prices is deliberate and tied to the upcoming election. Color me surprised — I said the same thing. (tags: politics election economy) Awesome Steampunk laptop Wow. I so want to build one. (tags: Steampunk technology inspiration art) The One-Click

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What flavor of crack do you think these guys are smoking?

From an article on BBC News: Air passengers ‘could be tagged’ Electronically tagging passengers at airports could help the fight against terrorism, scientists have said. The prototype technology is to be tested at an airport in Hungary, and could, if successful, become a reality “in two years”. The work is being carried out at a

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Projects Around the House

Stuff I’d like to accomplish this weekend, if I have time… Plant the rest of the bulbs in the flowerbeds plant edging pavers into side flower bed Add step to bottom of basement stairs Install coat rack bar in Dining Room Closet Install additional shelf in Laundry room attach lattice to the back porch install

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links for 2006-10-12

Study Claims Iraq’s ‘Excess’ Death Toll Has Reached 655,000 – washingtonpost.com 655,000 more people have died in Iraq since coalition forces arrived in March 2003 than would have died if the invasion had not occurred. Out of a total population of 35 million — an unbearable number. (tags: bush Iraq military war) Bush: Iraqis Are

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Friends of Tom Delay plan attack ads on behalf of Indiana’s Chris Chocola

Associates of disgraced former house majority leader Tom Delay are funding attack ads under the name “Americans for Honesty” for nine Republican congressional candidates in embattled districts, including on behalf of Representative Chris Chocola of Indiana, according to the New York Times. A previously unknown group led by a Republican political consultant in Houston is

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Oh my god, Did Bauer just throw us under the bus?

Thanks to Bil for pointing out this jaw-dropping statement from Indiana Minority Leader Pat Bauer, D-South Bend: “I just think that the only way for (Republicans) not to (continue to) demagogue it is to have a redundancy. It’s too bad it has to go in the constitution, but so be it,” Bauer said. “It’s not

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National Coming Out Day

Okay, I’ve been officially called out by one of my gay friends for being flip about National Coming Out Day, so I’ll ‘straighten’ my act out and give the day the attention it deserves. Nineteen years ago on October 11, 1987, I was a student at Ball State University. I had been out of the

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Writely integrated into Google

Writely, one of my favorite online apps, was purchased by Google awhile back, and now it’s integrated into Google Spreadsheets, which I also use quite a bit to collaborate with my girlfriend on planning household projects and household inventory. I haven’t played with it in the new Google interface yet; I’ll have to see how

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Susan Fuldauer Fundraiser

We are strapped for cash and time, so we can’t go to this, but I wanted to be sure to pass it along because it’s an EXCELLENT cause… Get tickets to this event to raise money for Susan Fuldauer. You will get food, drink, comedy and the pleasure that your donation is going toward removing

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links for 2006-10-11

The Atlantic Online | When North Korea Falls | Robert D. Kaplan Yet for all Kim’s canniness, there is evidence that he may be losing his edge. And that may be reason to worry: totalitarian regimes close to demise are apt to get panicky and do rash things. The weaker North Korea gets, the more

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Tomorrow is Take Your Teddy Bear to Work Day

National Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work/School Day is observed annually on the second Wednesday in October. This is a day to spend with your cuddly friend. Of course, it’s also National Coming Out Day – but I’ve been honest about my sexual orientation since 1986, so that’s sort of a moot point for me.

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Drive In Upset by Daylight Saving Time

A photo from a northern Indiana Drive-in, passed along by (original link, no longer active -http://www.takingdownwords.com/taking_down_words/2006/10/sign_of_the_tim.html) Taking Down Words. That’s an aspect of the Daylight Savings debate that I never took into account before — how it affects Drive Ins, who now have to start movies an hour later than before. 2022-03-16 Update: Looks like

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Life in Baghdad

Jane Arraf, an NBC News Correspondent describes what life is like in Baghdad, where she’s covering the war every day… Some readers and viewers think we journalists are exaggerating about the situation in Iraq. I can almost understand that because who would want to believe that things are this bad? Particularly when so many people

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What Liberals Believe

Liberalism is defined in the Chicago Tribune by Geoffrey R. Stone, a law professor at the University of Chicago. (via Shakespeare’s Sister.) The article in full — For most of the past four decades, liberals have been in retreat. Since the election of Richard Nixon in 1968, Republicans have controlled the White House 70 percent

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links for 2006-10-10

Sense of justice discovered in the brain – New Scientist Tech Scientists have discovered the switch that turns on a sense of selfless justice and fairness towards others. Someone please flip the switch on Bush. (tags: logic biology brain Science) A Real FA-Q to Customers An article on the ridiculousness of FAQ pages on corporate

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links for 2006-10-09

Tesla Motors (tags: designCool) Paper Forest: Spooky Stuff and Long Time, No Post. (tags: paper papercraft halloween craft) bride-of-monster-mash.com (tags: mashup mp3 halloween) The Top 10 Conservative Idiots, No. 263 This week’s list is all the news that’s safe to print about Mark Foley. (tags: conservatives idiots politics republicans scandals)

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links for 2006-10-08

Big Car (tags: art Indianapolis) HINDU TEMPLE OF CENTRAL INDIANA HTCI INDIANAPOLIS TEMPLE (tags: Indianapolis) Creating Passionate Users: Brain death by dull cubicle The importance of a stimulating working environment. (tags: architecture interiorDesign Productivity) 10 seeeeeriously cool workplaces (tags: architecture interior Productivity) Seed: The Reinvention of the Self (tags: learning psychology Productivity)

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Homophobia and anonymity online

Kim Ficera of Afterellen.com does some research on anonymous posters and homophobia on youtube.com and in online sites like myspace.com, after reading the story of a woman who had a fake myspace page created by her disgruntled students, who falsely claimed she was gay. After delving deep into the world of anonymous webspaces and open

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Indy Undercover – Vague Recollections

You know, now that I think back, there was a version of Indy Undercover several years ago that was not anonymous. It was not a blog (this was before blogspot existed); it was a website. Maybe run by php-nuke or something? But the proprietor dude had his picture and bio on it. It was about

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links for 2006-10-07

The Glass Book of the Dream Eaters Damn! They don’t deliver to the U.S. Hey, Stacy…. (tags: books literature scifi steampunk) Craigslist’s Missed Connections: The Breakdown – Gawker (tags: craigslist funny nyc subway) Prosopagnosia – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Sometimes I think I have a mild form of this. (tags: health science disorder psychology) IU

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Crazy Busy

We’ve been crazy busy, and we’re still at it — Stephanie is showing her house to people to rent, Mine is still for sale, we’re mowing all three lawns every week, and the gardening attempts are ongoing. In addition to the ball room dancing and the water aerobics, Stephanie is teaching basic skills in figure

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links for 2006-10-06

right-wing hit sites out Foley victims Sure, because it’s not enough that these kids are the victims of a sex predator and a cover up — they need to be dragged through the media, too. (tags: Propaganda hate politics) Scrubbing Foley from websites Numerous websites featuring pictues of Mark Foley, especially the numerous pictures of

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I got called the D-Word

No, no, not “difficult.” The other D-Word. The one that’s the equivalent of the N-word. You know… the one that if you had the balls to say it to my face, you’d be riding to the hospital in an ambulance. Yeah. THAT D-word. And who busted out this lovely phrase? Only our Indianapolis’ Finest —

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links for 2006-10-05

List of French phrases – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia tout de suite! (tags: language reference french) eBay Motors: Volkswagen : Bus/Vanagon (item 170035398310 end time Oct-08-06 19:57:50 PDT) (tags: ebay Volkswagen auction) A custom vintage beetle with a bike. (tags: vw volkswagen custom) Fox News labels disgraced Republican Mark Foley as a Democrat During their

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Veronica Mars & Fall TV Schedule 2006

“Here it is… first day of college. What do you say Veronica? New school, fresh start, how about you try not to piss anyone off this time around.” Heh. Barely made it home to watch the season premiere after water aerobics last night — which I must repeat, I am really enjoying. We managed to

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Dan’s Turnovers

These were one of the main dishes served at our friend’s wedding reception, and we enjoyed them, so we asked for the recipes. 6 filling types, recipes for 16 turnovers each. Dough: 1 lb (3.25 C) flour 1/4 lb (one stick) butter 1/4 lb (1/2 C) vegetable shortening (contains soy) 1 t salt 3/4 C

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links for 2006-10-04

Five Things Feminism has Done for me. I don’t have time to write my own for these meme, but I hope to in the future. (tags: feminism women rights politics) Taking passwords to the grave | CNET News.com Making mental notes of what to pass along… (tags: family Personal planning privacy living) Political Cortex: The

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links for 2006-10-03

The Polis Center | Project on Religion and Urban Culture (tags: culture Indiana Indianapolis project research urban) Penguin Books – a photoset on Flickr (tags: bookcovers art design inspiration illustration) snoopydance Occasionally, you need to look at this page. (tags: funny snoopy meme) My Life in the Bush of Ghosts (tags: designCool entertainment artist mp3

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Ben Stein is fucking batshit crazy

Former Nixon speechwriter and Ferris Bueller actor Ben Stein weighs in on the Foley scandal in the American Spectator, illustrating that he’s not only homophobic as hell, but off his damned rocker. We have a Republican man in Congress who sent e-mails to teenage boys asking them what they were wearing, and an entire party,

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Simply Naughty Emails

The White House referred to Republican Representative Mark Foley’s sexual contact with underage congressional pages as “simply naughty emails.” SNOW: Yes, look, I hate to tell you, but it’s not always pretty up there on Capitol Hill. And there have been other scandals, as you know, that have been more than simply naughty e-mails. Does

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links for 2006-10-02

Wired News: It Is ‘One Small Step for a Man’ (tags: english grammar history language space) Wired 14.10: Map Quest Providing more accurate driving directions to online cartography tools. (tags: maps business cartography gps) Daniels, DNR ‘exploring’ coal mining in wildlife area : Sports Columns : Evansville Courier Press Yeah, we’re mining in a wildlife

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links for 2006-10-01

Volvo with almost 2.5 million miles on it – Yahoo! Finance (tags: cars auto cool) Woodward Excerpt Appears in ‘Post’ With New 9/11 Bombshell The 9/11 commission was never told about a meeting between George Tenet and Condi Rice about Tenet’s certainty about bin Laden’s danger. Rice blew him off, and Bush called it “swating

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