Archives: December 2006

New Year’s Resolutions – 2007

I have this trouble where I try very hard not to do something — drop a screw, tip over a paint can, upend a box of packing peanuts — and whatever I’m working so hard to avoid is exactly what I end up doing, because I’m trying way too hard. That same self-defeating thing happens

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links for 2006-12-31

AP Poll: Bush #1 Villain of 2006 (tags: bush politics poll funny) Ancient ice shelf breaks free from Canadian Arctic – CNN.com A giant ice shelf the size of 11,000 football fields has snapped free from Canada’s Arctic, scientists said. (tags: climate globalwarming Environment) BBC NEWS | Things We Didn’t Know Last Year (tags: 2006

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2006 Year In Review

You can see a lot of what we did in 2006 just by looking at my Flickr photos sets, but here are the highlights. 1. Stephanie and I bought a house and moved into it together. Considering that we were just talking about moving in together at the beginning of last year, and we hadn’t

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John Edwards is using Act Blue for Fundraising

That’s pretty cool that John Edward’s campaign website collects contributions by connecting to ActBlue, the website that raises money for democratic candidates. I used Act Blue to solicit campaign contributions during the last election, and found them to be well organized and easy to set up. I like Edward’s website as well; very nicely done.

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links for 2006-12-30

Hussein executed, Iraqi TV stations report – CNN.com (tags: politics law war Iraq) IMDb Bottom 100 Worst films ever, according to IMDb. (tags: movies lists) Wine Spectator | Editors Picks | The Top 100 wines of 2006 (tags: food 2006 drink lists)

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I hate spammers

Ugggh. I’ve had tons of comment spam lately, and a ton of spam come through my contact form. I wish someone would track these guys down and wrench their computers from their evil, annoying hands. “No more computers for you! Ever!”

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My Peculiar Aristocratic Title

My Peculiar Aristocratic Title is: Viscount Hawthorn the Simple of Chalmondley Chumleyton (original link, no longer active – http://www.masquerademaskarts.com/memes/peculiartitle.php) Get your Peculiar Aristocratic Title

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links for 2006-12-28

Former President Ford dies at 93 – CNN.com (tags: news politics) Real estate delays push back Ikea’s West Chester opening – Cincinnati Business Courier: Looks like the IKEA store that’s supposed to be north of Cincinnati won’t be opening until 2008. Crap. (tags: Shopping) Nuvo’s 2006 Year In Review A look at some of the

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links for 2006-12-27

AskPhilosophers.org (tags: philosophy debate resources) Maps of War Animations of how maps have changed over centuries due to politics and religion. (tags: flash animation history military religion tools) Top Ten Stories of 2006 From National Geographic News (tags: 2006 news science) Mortified: Angst Written Mortified is a comic excavation of teen angst artifacts (journals, poems,

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Two things I’ve noticed while watching TV all day

1. There’s a new production of “Annie” out — why does little orphan Annie always have to have a red curly hair helmet wig? It looks bizarre. Why can’t get a girl with real red curly hair, or at least dye the girl’s hair red? In the original stage production with Andrea McArdle, they used

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If you have a few minutes…

My friend Jen had a baby a little over a week ago, and he had to have heart surgery on Dec. 22nd. Sam is recovering now at Riley Hospital, so please send some good thoughts or prayers or karma his direction.

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links for 2006-12-26

James Brown, 73, Dies; ‘Godfather of Soul’ – New York Times (tags: music news culture) Predator Panic (Skeptical Inquirer September/October 2006) Much of the conventional wisdom of regarding sexual predators is overblown. (tags: internet media predator laws) Freud’s Will to Power (tags: psychology history science) Gridding the 960 ~ Authentic Boredom (tags: css layout) Mini

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At Home, Sitting Quietly

I was supposed to go to Valpo today with Stephanie to visit her family, but I’ve been having another bout of pleurisy, and after we got all packed up and got in the car, we realized it was probably a bad idea for me to go because I was having a lot of pain. We

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links for 2006-12-25

Flickr: The The (Annual) Flickr Pets Holiday Cards – 2006 Pool Dressing up your pets for the holidays. (tags: photos pets flickr) So You Think You Know Carols? | Chicago Tribune Christmas carols quiz. I missed #16, but got the rest. (tags: games quiz fun) Bush Censors New York Times – New York Times White

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links for 2006-12-24

The girls on The View::By Mary Grabar “Women, without male guidance, are illogical, frivolous, and incapable of making any decisions beyond what to make for dinner.” – Shut the fuck up, you stupid bitch. (tags: misogyny sexism feminism rights equality) Marines Charged with Murder in Haditha – New York Times The U.S. military on Thursday

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links for 2006-12-23

Christmas Island – a photoset on Flickr Vintage Christmas images and photos. (tags: retro vintage xmas flickr) Pot is called biggest cash crop – Los Angeles Times A report released by a marijuana public policy analyst contends that the market value of pot produced in the U.S. exceeds $35 billion — more than the crop

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All Wrapped Up…

And just ready to have ribbons and bows put on before they go under the tree. But these are just the presents for Stephanie. I still have to wrap the presents for other people. But we’ll work on that together tomorrow. It’s funny, when I was writing out the tags for the presents, I had

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Wrapping Presents

I’m home today on vacation while Stephanie’s at work, so I’m wrapping her presents for Christmas. Of all the holiday events, I’m not a fan of this one. I’m not very good at wrapping, and I get frustrated easily. I have everything in gift boxes, finally, and I just need to wrap each of them.

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links for 2006-12-22

Google Zeitgeist 2006 To compile these year-end lists and graphs, Google reviewed a variety of the most popular search terms that people typed into Google. (tags: 2006 google trends Statistics zeitgeist) Reality check: 95 percent of Americans had premarital sex – CNN.com More than nine out of 10 Americans, men and women alike, have had

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Bush Makes with the Crazy Talk

The Washington Post has a recent interview with Bush in which he, um, talks more crazy than his usual batch. Check out these: As he searches for a new strategy for Iraq, Bush has now adopted the formula advanced by his top military adviser to describe the situation. “We’re not winning, we’re not losing,” Bush

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Book Review – Rough Magicke

Author John Houghton sets his novel Rough Magicke in northwest Indiana, in the fictional county of Annandale originally created by classic Hoosier author Meredith Nicholson in the novel The House of a Thousand Candles – the locale corresponds pretty closely to the city of Culver, Indiana, a town nestled in around Lake Maxinkuckee, south of

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Middle of the Night Guest: Our Roofer

As Stephanie noted on her blog – we got to have our roofer come over and visit our bedroom in the middle of the night last night. His team removed some of the gutters that they’re rebuilding from the front of the house above our room and the guest room, and water was pouring in

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links for 2006-12-21

Monk-e-Mail Write a note for your friend, and a monkey will read your note out loud over email. Yeah, just try it. (tags: monkeys email funny tools cards) Creating Your First Google Maps Mashup (tags: google maps) Exploring Google’s Hidden Features > Google Is a Calculator (tags: google tools reference) Baby Clothes by Little Monkey

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we’ve been going non-stop

And I haven’t had a free moment to blog. Or perhaps I have, but I spent it trying to unwind instead. We’ve been to parties galore, but I haven’t got the pictures off my camera yet. On Saturday morning we went to my company’s warehouse book sale and walked away with 91 books for about

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links for 2006-12-19

Think Progress » John McCain’s War On Blogs Yeah, that’ll get you elected president. Good plan! (tags: blogs rights speech politics) Google Patents Google’s new patent search. (tags: inventions inspiration patents google) Armadillo Run Armadillo Run is a physics-based puzzle game. You have to build structures with the purpose of getting an armadillo to a

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Updating

I realized earlier today that my bio page was horribly out of date. I hadn’t added any information about our new house, there were no photos on it, and according to the outdated page, Annabelle and Huckleberry were still kittens. So after some massive re-writing and cross-linking, the page is all up to date. 2019

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Book Review: Special Topics in Calamity Physics

Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl This is my favorite of the year, and will probably make the list of of my favorite books ever. I’m not sure I can do it justice in reviewing it, but I hope I can do a bit better than Publishers Weekly, whom I’m going to quote

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Admit it…

Forwarded via email, and funny enough that I felt like posting it. Admit it … you feel like doing this to at least one person everyday!

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links for 2006-12-14

pantsketch: Battlestar Galacticsimpsons Battlestar Galactica cast, drawn as Simpsons characters. awesome! (tags: animation cartoons geek scifi television) Paper iPod Covers free from iPaperCraft.com (tags: iPod papercraft) Quirky Bird – art by Dylan Meconis (tags: illustrator) Bennett Robot Works: Robot Index 1 (tags: sculpture designCool inspiration) BBC NEWS | UK ‘terror plot’ charges dropped A Pakistani

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UK Terror Plot – charges dropped on key suspect

Here’s one I’ll bet you don’t hear in the news — and I’m sure it won’t be noted on certain local blogs at all. One of the key suspects in the “War on Liquids on a Plane” boondoggle of August was released due to lack of evidence. A Pakistani judge has ruled there is not

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links for 2006-12-13

24 ways: Compose to a Vertical Rhythm Setting line-height and margins appropriately for optimum readability of text on the web. (tags: css design webdesign reference) Paris by night astonishing panoramic photo of Paris at night – I so want to go there. (tags: photos Paris Travel cities)

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links for 2006-12-12

Fruit & Vegetable Crate Labels – a photoset on Flickr Awesome, colorful collection of crate labels (tags: design art images vintage retro) Amazon’s Best Books of 2006: Customers’ Top 50 Amazon’s end of year list. (tags: books literature 2006) Serious use for Silly String – Yahoo! News soldiers are using it to detect trip wires

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Weekend Update 2006-12-11

Stephanie and I had our first real social event Saturday night, and things went really well. It’s always a challenge to figure out the logistics of socializing in a new place – what rooms will people hang out in? How do people move around the house? How do we greet people, grab their coats, offer

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links for 2006-12-11

Why Women Aren’t Funny: Entertainment & Culture: vanityfair.com Christopher Hitchens writes an article on why he thinks women aren’t funny. In fairness, he’s such an ass that funny women probably don’t hang around him much, so he may not know they exist… (tags: sexism) ECHIDNE OF THE SNAKES – on Chris Hitchens and women’s lack

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links for 2006-12-08

Take Action: Tell Wal-Mart to stop selling the religious right’s violent video game I noted this “kill all the non-converts and gay people” video game earlier this year — now there’s a campaign to urge Wal-Mart not to stock it. (tags: activism) Crap I love: Wesabe | A Whole Lotta Nothing Matt Haughey reviews Wesabe

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links for 2006-12-07

Richest 2 pct own more than half the world: study | Reuters.com Two percent of adults have more than half of the world’s wealth, including property and financial assets, according to a study by the U.N. development research institute published on Tuesday. (tags: poverty finance economics equality politics) Dark Roasted Blend: Incomprehensible Intersections Fantastic aerial

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We Have Achieved Christmas Tree

I’m very excited – we have our tree up, and a few other decorations out. We still have to put ornaments on the tree, but that’s the really fun part. We can put Christmas music on and bebop around the house, although we’ll do that Thursday night, because Stephanie’s teaching skating tonight. I think tonight

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links for 2006-12-06

Companions of Saint Nicholas – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Some of the european traditions surrounding the Christmas holidays, including some medieval folklore. (tags: folklore wikipedia holidays) BELSNICKEL IN INDIANA Some older german holiday traditions existed in Indiana until the early 1900’s. (tags: holidays folklore indiana) Stuwwelpeter This Web edition of Hoffmann’s classic children’s story incorporates

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links for 2006-12-05

The Top 10 Conservative Idiots, No. 270 – The War on Christmas 2006 edition Okay, where are we so far… liberals trying to ruin Christmas, check. Peace symbols = devil worship, check. Animated penguins making children gay, check. iPods helping the terrorists, check. (tags: politics conservatives republicans idiots) Feds Want See-Through Security – CBS News

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Christmas Decora… er, Organizing

We’re having people over to watch Christmas specials on Saturday, so Stephanie and I spent the whole weekend trying to get the house ready. We didn’t get around to starting the Christmas decor yet; we spent hours making a significant dent in the boxes we still haven’t unpacked and sorted out after the move. I’d

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A Rather Blustery Day

I had to run around this morning gathering stuff we had on the front porch from the neighbors yards, and bringing in the flag pole and some of our outdoor decorations before they blew away. The cats were all jumpy because the wind was howling. Seems like tomorrow might be a good day to stay

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links for 2006-12-01

XFN 1.1 profile (tags: identity webstandards socialsoftware) Brown University Excellent site design. (tags: designIdeas designCool) Web 2.0 Validator : We’re the dot in Web 2.0 I scored a 9. But’s it’s not hugely accurate; I do have a fav icon and some other requirements. (tags: satire web2.0 webdev funny geek) How To Attack An Internet

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