Archives: November 2006

links for 2006-11-30

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Avoid the loony Zune Yes, Microsoft’s new Zune digital music player is just plain dreadful. (tags: zune music portable) 100 Notable Books of the Year – The New York Times Book Review Notable books of 2006, reviewed since Dec. 2005. (tags: booklists literature reading book reviews 2006) Wake up, gov! / nuvo.net /

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links for 2006-11-29

RetailMeNot.com – coupon codes for online stores Many online stores allow for a “coupon” or “promotion” code when you order to automatically assign discounts, deals and freebies (kinda like money for nothing). (tags: lifehacks promo reference) Pogrom – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (tags: definitions language) WWJD? — Christian Coalition pres.-elect leaves over poverty, environment The

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Bio information on the internet

Several of my favorite websites are noting that when it comes to searching for information on Martin Luther King, Jr., there’s a site run by white supremacists that ranks rather high in search engine results. I won’t link to it to avoid adding to the problem, but the site sits at martinlutherkingdotorg if you feel

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Kingman, Barstow, San Bernardino: 2007 Route 66 caravan to Roswell

As you may know, Stephanie like to drive her New Beetle to Roswell, New Mexico in the summertime for a large New Beetle car show called Roswell2K. It’s been going on since 2000, and Stephanie usually joins a caravan of cars from the east coast to attend the show, and they drive together. Stephanie’s friend

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Ah, sweet internet, how I love you

Our router was acting up at home, so we’ve been offline all weekend since we returned home from Thanksgiving. I finally isolated the problem as the router’s power source, and fixed the problem and reset everything this morning. So our home network is back online, thank goodness. Sort of ironic, given that I was so

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links for 2006-11-26

Don’t bet on Barack | Exclusive | Advocate.com “LGBT voters may want to think twice about throwing their support behind 2008’s great blue hope.” Commentary by the Reverend Irene Monroe about Obama’s stance regarding equal marriage rights. (tags: glbt rights equality)

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Happy Thanksgiving!

We’re getting ready to head out to Grandma’s for Thanksgiving day. Our trip yesterday was pretty uneventful. We drove Stephanie’s Beetle (named Phoebe, for those of you who are just joining us) because it’s a fun roadtrip car and somewhat more comfortable than my truck. So I had the opportunity to take pictures out the

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The Super-8 in Washington, Iowa has wireless

We’re in Iowa to visit my family at my grandma’s farm for Thanksgiving/Christmas, and normally we’re without internet access the whole trip. This year the Super 8 has wireless. Woo hoo! Farm blogging!

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links for 2006-11-22

Human Rights Campaign | Buying for Equality 2007 | Home Every day, you make decisions about whom to support in corporate America. The Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Buying for Equality can help you easily support companies that support equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans. (tags: shopping equality rights glbt) Newly Supported CSS Selectors

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links for 2006-11-21

Bootstrap Productions: You’re up at bat (tags: blog writing) Wikipedia Brown and the Case of the Captured Koala (tags: funny fiction satire) U.S. mint pushes new $1 coin with images of past presidents – Nov. 20, 2006 The Mint on Monday revealed the design of the new U.S. $1 coin, which will be issued in

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links for 2006-11-20

The Top 10 Conservative Idiots, No. 269 Freepers send fake anthrax to prominent liberals, Bush goes to Vietnam and says we shouldn’t have pulled out of that country, Fox News calls the recent election “the end of the world” in an internal memo, and various other hijinks. (tags: conservatives republicans idiots politics)

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10 Weird Things/Habits/Little Known Facts About Yourself

Picked up from Lisa. This is a hard meme, because, what haven’t I shared at one time of another? This site is 12 years old, I never shut up (ever), and I’ve answered all you questions, officer. But I’ll give it a shot. 1. I ate the tequila worm once at a party on a

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20 Questions

I copied these 20 questions off of Matt Barton’s blog, ’cause he said I could. Feel free to share your answers, especially on your own blog. 1. Explain what ended your last relationship? I’m currently in a wonderful relationship. My previous relationship ended because it was just too hard on both of us, and it

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links for 2006-11-18

Cool Tool: Micro-Loans Online micro-loan is as little as a few hundred dollars invested into a one-person business with minimal qualifications. That tiny borrowed amount can launch a vegetable stand, repair shop, or bicycle taxi — a living in other words. As each micro-loan is repaid (tags: activism charity micropayments poverty finance) Glow-In-The Dark Garden

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The Catholic Church Has a New Policy on Gay People

This happened earlier in the week, but I haven’t had time to address it before now. If you know me, you know I grew up Catholic and have had somethings to say in the past about the Catholic Church and their behavior towards gay people. Catholic Bishops have officially approved new guidelines concerning ministry to

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Note to the Media: The Democrats haven’t even taken power yet

Apparently the right-wing biased mainstream media is busy chortling and high-fiving because soon to be Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi had some tough leadership elections. Here’s what the Washington Post is saying: The new House speaker, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, had a disastrous post-election week in which her first priority seemed to be settling scores

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links for 2006-11-17

Polar bear survival rate falls as climate warms: study | Science | Reuters.com Polar bears are drowning because of climate change due to global warming. Damn it people. (tags: environment green ecology) Scientists mapping Neanderthal genome – Yahoo! News Scientists are mapping DNA from an old bone. (tags: history news science) [BREAKING NEWS]: Student shot

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links for 2006-11-16

Hamilton County real estate transactions | IndyStar.com (tags: realestate) Edinburgh Time Gun The Time-Gun Map of Edinburgh “was produced in 1861 to show the time taken for the sound of the one o’clock gun to travel from Edinburgh Castle to different parts of Edinburgh and Leith” (tags: physics sound visualization map) Darkon – Trailer Awesome

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links for 2006-11-15

South Africa parliament OKs gay marriages – Yahoo! News Allows for a civil marriage, and lets religious groups decided whether or not to perform ceremonies, to preserve freedom of religion. Nice, and interesting that they’re ahead of the U.S. on this issue. (tags: marriage equality rights politics religion glbt) Up to 150 People Kidnapped in

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Soulforce urges people to write compassionate letters to Haggard

Soulforce is urging gay people to write compassionate letters to Ted Haggard now that he’s being targeted for “spiritual restoration.” In response to the news that Rev. Ted Haggard has been dismissed by New Life Church and resigned as President of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE), Soulforce has urged the gay community to respond

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Emergency Room Visit

I’m having another flare-up of pleurisy (this would be the fifth since my surgery, if we’re counting) and last night I was having a lot of trouble breathing. I also had a different symptom than previously — I had a sharp pain on the left side of my chest on Sunday evening. It went away

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links for 2006-11-14

The Top 10 Conservative Idiots, No. 268 Ha ha! (tags: politics republicans conservatives idiots) Wal-Mart is selling Nazi SS skull t-shirts One of the more obscure SS logos, a skull that was the symbol of the SS Totenkopf Division, made it’s way onto t-shirts that are for sale at Wal-Mart. The Totenkopfs were notorious concentration

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Say what?

From Bush’s Radio Address this weekend: Whatever your opinion of the outcome, all Americans can take pride in the example our democracy sets for the world by holding elections even in a time of war. “Even in a time of war”? – Like there was a possibility that we wouldn’t?

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links for 2006-11-13

I’m so mean… on Flickr – Photo Sharing! Dina says “This guy got really really pissed off when I took his pic, and he told me I had to delete it. Sooo, I pressed the upload button, then said, ‘it’s gone.’ And he believed me.” Hee. (tags: photos funny) Boing Boing: I am in thy

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NaNoWRiMo Update

I’m hopelessly behind and have no reasonable expectation of ever catching up by the end of November deadline. I know what the general story is, but when it comes to writing scenes that make any sort of sense, I’m completely stalled. And the stress of being so far behind is really interfering with my actually

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I Love Water Aerobics

I keep meaning to blog that… I’ve been going for the past several weeks, and I ended up joining the Jordan YMCA because I really like the classes, and I started going more than once a week. Get this – I actually got out of bed and made it to Saturday morning classes at 8

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House District 97 Vote Recounts

Taking Down Words gives a nice run-down of what’s going on in my district with the “still-up-in-the-air-due-to-polling-screw-ups” race between Mahern and Elrod, who are just 65 votes apart. Seems that the touch-screen voting stations available at each of the polling places weren’t counted, and the state has just now decided to turn them on and

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Books I’ve Read Recently

Company: A Novel by Max Barry Amazon Description: “With broad strokes, Barry once again satirizes corporate America in his third caustic novel (after Jennifer Government). This time, he takes aim at the perennial corporate crime of turning people into cogs in a machine. Recent b-school grad Stephen Jones, a fresh-faced new hire at a Seattle-based

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links for 2006-11-10

Like Visual Search Find things by Appearance with our new Likeness technology (tags: search Shopping images) the Right Was Right Now that the election is behind us, and the Democrats control one or possibly both houses of Congress, there’s no reason not to admit it: the Right was right about us all along. Here is

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links for 2006-11-09

Virtual Tour of Steve’s Weird House – VR Seattle (tags: weird tourism museum house) Zapping sleepers’ brains boosts memory – health – 05 November 2006 – New Scientist “Applying a gentle electric current to the brain during sleep can significantly boost memory, researchers report.” – this article doesn’t say how the electric current was applied

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Four Indianapolis Races Affected by Missing Votes

According to the Indianapolis Star: Sadler said vote tally cards from 66 precincts remain out or have been misplaced with other election material. Election workers are searching for those documents this morning. She said the initial emphasis is on the 27 precincts that are involved in the four tight races. Sadler said that voting machines

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On the subject of gloating

Keep in mind what the GOP said after the 2004 elections (hat tip to several blogs for pointing this out): DeLay himself drew the line sharply the day after the 2004 elections. “The Republican Party is a permanent majority for the future of this country,” DeLay declared. “We’re going to be able to lead this

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Oh, What A Beautiful Morning!

Oh, What A Beautiful Morning! Oklahoma! Soundtrack Music by Richard Rodgers, lyric by Oscar Hammerstein II There’s a bright golden haze on the meadow, There’s a bright golden haze on the meadow, The corn is as high as an elephant’s eye, An’ it looks like its climbin’ clear up to the sky. Chorus: Oh what

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links for 2006-11-08

Sadly, No! » Memories Some snapshots of George Bush’s finest moments. (tags: Bush republicans conservatives) Election Day Report: Judge orders late hours in Delaware Co. | IndyStar.com Problems with voting around the state, including in Indianapolis. (tags: election voting 2006) Bobby (2006 film) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia New film about the assassination of Bobby

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I voted

First time I’ve voted in the new neighborhood – at the Old Centrum church on 12th and Central. It’s a bit easier to get into and park than the firestation I used to vote at. Jon Elrod was there, as well as one of Mahern’s nephews, handing out campaign literature. I forgot to wear my

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No Change!

The message on the answering machine from my cardiologist says that there’s no change in my heart and everything is fine. Yay! I’m apparently a paranoid lunatic for worrying about it. But I’m a healthy paranoid lunatic, and that’s what matters. That’s quite a relief.

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links for 2006-11-07

Inquisitor – Instant Search Interesting search tool that searches google, yahoo, a9 and other search sites. (tags: search mashups ajax) Mrs. Betty Bowers’ Words of Christian Concern for Ted Haggard’s Delicious Disgrace But if Haggard’s unblinking congregation could sit and listen to such a liturgical Liberace week after week and not realize they were in

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David Foster Wallace

All the hipsters were reading him, so I actually talked my book group into reading one of his early works – Broom of the System — or as I call it “Broom of the Fucking System.” I actually read the whole thing thinking that sooner or later there actually had to be a plot there,

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Tomorrow is Election Day

Please remember – The polls close at 6 p.m. in Indiana, so vote early! Try to vote before work or at lunch. People often skip voting in mid-term elections, which is unfortunate since they tend to have a much greater impact on your daily life than the national elections. If you don’t know who your

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links for 2006-11-04

YouTube – 1970 Chiffon Margarine ad – Not nice to fool Mother Nature I always LOVED this commercial! (tags: video commercial television) IDeA: IUPUI Digital Archive: Home (tags: education reference databases) The Digital Collections of IUPUI University Library | IUPUI Image Collection (tags: Indianapolis education reference images databases) Two versions of Dubya’s Yale grades Grades

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Nanowrimo: Day 3

Okay, I really, really have the plot all worked out and I’m very excited by my idea, which I think is fun, entertaining, and a Big Idea, also. But I have to do some more research, in the form of purchasing the Historic Plan for our neighborhood, at a cost of $5, from the Indianapolis

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Slush Mug Commecial

We used to have these. Now that I recall, we had this type of Slush Mug, then later another version. I still have my second, newer one; mom gave it to me a couple years ago when we were cleaning out stuff at her house.

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Bush publishes info on how to build a Nuke

From the New York Times: Last March, the federal government set up a Web site to make public a vast archive of Iraqi documents captured during the war. The Bush administration did so under pressure from Congressional Republicans who had said they hoped to “leverage the Internet” to find new evidence of the prewar dangers

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Cardio Appointment

Okay, I have to write about this, because it’s been worrying me for a day, and I have get it out of my head. I went to my cardiologist yesterday for my “routine once a year post-surgery” visit. I had a vague expectation that I would be getting and EKG and seeing the doctor, and

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links for 2006-11-03

Daniels’ dream home is going up after all | IndyStar.com Governor Daniels is building a $2Million dollar mansion in a gated community in Carmel. Too bad that he’s legally required to live in Indianapolis. Maybe he doesn’t plan on another term? (tags: politics Indiana) Urban Dictionary: gayface (tags: language words) Research Beyond Google: 119 Authoritative,

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Drinking Liberally Election Night Party

Drinking Liberally Election Night Party Election Night — Tuesday, 11/7 6pm-whenever Spencer’s Stadium Tavern 802 S. West St (SW Corner of West & McCarty) Drinking Liberally Indianapolis is having a special “Election Night” edition of their regular weekly gathering (usually held on Thursday nights, but switched to Tuesday this week for the election.) I haven’t

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Nanowrimo: Day 1

My word count for day 1: 1281 words. That sucks! I spent most of the day trying to figure out the plot, which I should have had outline in October. It didn’t help that I had my teeth cleaning appointment and the chimney sweeping appointment. Also, the dog barked all day along. Apparently Cthulhu is

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links for 2006-11-02

Wacom Cintiq 21UX Graphics Tablet (tags: wishlist monitor drawing) Sacred king – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (tags: history mythology religion folklore) The Golden Bough – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (tags: books literature folklore lovecraft) The Call of Cthulhu – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (tags: lovecraft mythology literature) Pathetic fallacy – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (tags:

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