Archives: 2007

links for 2008-01-01

AlterNet: Rights and Liberties: Bigger Than Sports: Why Title IX Matters (tags: feminism education equality) Indianapolis 1950s-1980s. – SkyscraperCity Lots of photos of gorgeous old historic Indianapolis buildings since torn down and replaced by ugly crappy skyscrapers. I guess Indy has the fugly downtown it deserves, now. (tags: Indianapolis history architecture local)

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links for 2007-12-31

WorldCat.org Over 1 billion items in more than 10,000 libraries worldwide. Search for books, music, videos, articles and more in libraries near you. (tags: databases library reference research) 2007 in film – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (tags: 2007 movies reference)

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links for 2007-12-30

Bells, whistles & gas sippers | IndyStar.com They have a picture of a Smart ForTwo. Not long and we’ll be getting ours. (tags: cars local Indianapolis)

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Mini Cooper Clubman

This will be MY next car in a year or two when I can afford to replace the truck. Unless they come put with a hybrid microbus before then.

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Mayor Peterson outlines how Daniels is going to screw Indy

Very interesting article in the Indianapolis Business Journal with outgoing Mayor Bart Peterson, and how Indianapolis is going to get screwed with Daniel’s proposed property tax reform. IBJ: The Legislature is preparing to substantially reform Indiana’s property tax system. Lots of Indianapolis residents are very concerned about their property taxes. They want to see them

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links for 2007-12-29

NUVO.net | The Goldsmith Myth The dirt on former Republican Mayor Steve Goldsmith, whom the new mayor is hell-bent on imitating. (tags: politics local Indianapolis) 50 Most Loathsome People in America, 2007 Very funny. (tags: lists 2007 culture society politics) 10 Signs of Intelligent Life at YouTube (Smart Video Collections) | Open Culture (tags: video

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50 Most Loathsome People of 2007

The Beast’s list of the most loathsome people of 2007 is excellent, especially #9: 9. You Charges: You believe in freedom of speech, until someone says something that offends you. You suddenly give a damn about border integrity, because the automated voice system at your pharmacy asked you to press 9 for Spanish. You cling

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Julia Carson’s replacement should be LGBT Friendly

This is really disturbing – one of the names being discussed as a possibility for Julia Carson’s office by the Democrats is Indiana State Representative Carolene Mays, who voted in favor of SJR-7, the amendment to ban equal marriage rights for same-sex couples. More from Jerame Davis on Bilerico: The passing of Congresswoman Julia Carson

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links for 2007-12-28

Google has been ogling Indy | IndyStar.com Indianapolis Star writes about my butt. Heh. (tags: local Indianapolis google egosurfing) Top 10 ice-skating rinks in the United States – CNN.com (tags: sports skating) Casa Verda Building Projects A local green builder has some great projects for downtown, including renovating a beautiful historic apartment building at 22nd

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Books I Got for Christmas 2007

Part of the awesome loot I got this holiday season from my family. The Daring Book for Girls by Andrea J. Buchanan and Miriam Peskowitz The Best of MAKE Magazine by Mark Frauenfelder and Gareth Branwyn Guerrilla Gardening: A Manualfesto by David Tracey Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight, Volume 1: The Long Way Home

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What I Read in 2007 (38 Titles)

Definitely not a banner year for reading for me. I’m hoping with my New Year’s Resolution to concentrate more on my own library, that I’ll get through a few more books next year. This is the 11th year I’ve recorded everything I’ve read; I began in 1997, a year in which I read 92 books.

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End of Year Reading 2007

I’ve read a lot more the last two months of the year, thanks to the writer’s strike. (Go, writers!) Collage Discovery Workshop: Make Your Own Collage Creations Using Vintage Photos, Found Objects and Ephemera by Claudine Hellmuth One of the best collage craft books I’ve found, I’m going to buy this one for some future

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Spychips by Katherine Albrecht and Liz McIntyre

Recent reading: Spychips: How Major Corporations and Government Plan to Track Your Every Purchase and Watch Your Every Move by Katherine Albrecht and Liz McIntyre From the Electronic Frontier Foundation: Radio-frequency identification (RFID) “tags” are small wireless devices that emit unique identifiers when interrogated by RFID readers or sensors. Today, both government and the private

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links for 2007-12-26

2007 in pictures – International Herald Tribune (tags: 2007 list photography) rogerebert.com: The year’s ten best films (tags: 2007 lists movies)

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brrrrrrr.

we’re in Valparaiso this weekend with Stephanie’s family celebrating Christmas. It was 50 degrees yesterday; today it’s 18 with strong winds. Minus 3 wind chill. We had to put Spike’s hoodie on to take him out. Brrrrr. Yesterday we saw Stephanie’s mom and in the evening we had dinner with Veronica and Raven. Today we

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links for 2007-12-22

Fimoculous.com – misc – Best Blogs of 2007 That You (Maybe) Aren’t Reading (tags: 2007 blogging lists) More regrettable incidents in a life filled with bitter remorse – a photoset on Flickr (tags: art illustration flickr) Newgrange Passage Tomb – Boyne Valley, Ireland Newgrange is a Megalithic tomb that is positioned to be lit up

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links for 2007-12-21

Alki1’s photosets on Flickr Lots of great history of graphic design images. (tags: design art graphics posters research) David A. Bontrager Vintage Letterhead Collection (tags: design identity inspiration vintage) Science Tattoos – a photoset on Flickr (tags: science tattoos photography biology fun) Necker cube – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (tags: illusion ideas perception) The 56

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links for 2007-12-20

Edge 231 – Year-End Science Reading List The edge.org notes that there are few-to-no science titles on many year end “best of” lists, and gives a rundown of the best science reading from this year. (tags: 2007 science books reading lists) MisterFlakes.com Gallery and Store Really amazing paper cut-out snowflakes. (tags: craft cool) McMaster-Carr (tags:

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Dreaming about me

In the past week, I’ve had three different friends tell me they’ve had dreams about me. That’s very odd, to say the least, but entertaining. Our friend David said in his dream, he took me to the prom, and I was crowned queen. That’s so likely! I can picture it now. Oh, wait, no, that’s

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links for 2007-12-18

Pixar In-Jokes and Self-References A big list of Pixar’s inside jokes and self-references throughout their movies. (tags: animation entertainment movies reference) Regret the Error » Crunks 2007: The Year in Media Errors and Corrections (tags: 2007 funny lists) Jason de Caires Taylor – Underwater Sculpture While these underwater sculptures are a really cool thing, I

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links for 2007-12-17

ADL commends N.Y. police for arrests in anti-Semitic subway attack – Haaretz – Israel News The war on Christmas turns violent. Of course the violence comes from Christians, because that’s how they roll. (tags: religion violence christianity intolerance) Matthew Yglesias (December 14, 2007) – Class Warfare (Domestic Policy) How much Bush’s tax cuts helped the

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links for 2007-12-16

Going Jesus: Cavalcade of Bad Nativities (tags: funny religion holidays) 8 important consumer trends for 2008 I think there was a hell of a lot of hot air in this article, but I read it anyway. (tags: 2008 ideas culture green shopping)

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Goodbye, Julia

I did indeed love you. Check out this wonderful video of Julia speaking at the Rosa Parks Memorial. Sparkling, funny and well-loved.

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My ass can be seen from space

Stephanie and I were talking and she pointed out that Google had added the “street view” feature for the city of Indianapolis; this lets you look at city streets as though you’re standing on them, and you can do a panoramic view of the houses rather than just and aerial view. That’s a pretty big

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links for 2007-12-14

Top 100 Biggest Cities Indianapolis is 12. Boston is 25. Quit calling us hicks, ya rubes. (tags: cities data culture)

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links for 2007-12-13

November Fire Pretty cool goth shirts. (tags: shopping clothes shirts goth) Detroit Red Wings Fan Tradition: The Octopus From our lunchtime discussion – why hockey fans throw Octopii onto the ice during games. (tags: traditions sports) Roar (TV series) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia I really liked this show, but it got canceled part way

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links for 2007-12-12

Guardian Unlimited: Jodie Foster comes out – at last! Really? No kidding. (tags: lgbt) Huckabee comment alarms Ryan White’s mom | IndyStar.com Huckabee wanted to quarantine AIDS patients back in 1992, long after it was clear that HIV wasn’t spread through casual contact. He “stands by” his 1992 statements today. (tags: lbgt rights equality homophobia)

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links for 2007-12-11

The 53 Places to Go in 2008 – New York Times we can probably afford to go to Detroit. (tags: tourism travel 2008) AfterEllen.com’s 2007 Naughty or Nice List | AfterEllen.com (tags: lgbt popculture) ‘Cat Lady’ Conundrum, The – New York Times This is the strangest story I’ve seen. And now I’m terrified I have

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links for 2007-12-10

CR Blog » Blog Archive » Dexia Tower and the light fantastic LED light show. I’d love to do this to our house for Christmas. (tags: lighting design technology)

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links for 2007-12-09

The Story of Stuff with Annie Leonard Interesting short documentary about where stuff comes from and where it goes after we use it. A Must-View short film. It’s great. (tags: documentary economics stuff awesome consumer) sneak peek: amy sedaris Amy Sedaris’ house. So cute1 (tags: interiorDesign design fun) Custom Paper Toys (tags: papercraft awesome) Posterwhore

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Moving Trinity Lutheran Church

If you thought the last video was fun, check out this one. In June of 2006, the 100-year old Trinity Lutheran Church was moved across country to Manning, Iowa.

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Christmas lawn decor

There are a couple of photos I’d like to take this year that I’ve missed in past holiday seasons. The first is of a nativity scene at a church somewhere on the north side of Indianapolis. I’ve driven past several years in a row, and noted that the way the scene is set, the three

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links for 2007-12-06

Spam One-liners – a photoset on Flickr (tags: flickr art creativity fun) Flickr: Camera Finder: Apple Yay! the iPhone is finally listed as a camera on Flickr. (tags: flickr iphone)

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Books, Books, Books

This past weekend, Stephanie and I went to my company’s warehouse employee book sale. This is where they lay out all the returned stock from bookstores and let us purchase it at a steep discount, which means that it doesn’t need to get recycled or trashed. It’s one of the great perks of my job

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Giant Colgate Clock endangered

One of my favorite “Big Things” – the Colgate Clock – may be endangered. The clock is the second largest in the world. Built in 1924, it sits on top of the Colgate-Palmolive plant in Clarksville, Indiana, near Louisville, Kentucky. We visited in April of 2005 and took photos of the giant clock, which can

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links for 2007-12-02

adn.com | moose : Tipsy moose beginning to look a lot like Christmas Alaskans have a whole different set of holiday problems than we do. (tags: holidays humor news) Chat Noir – Flash game A very frustrating but fun online game. (tags: gamesOnline games puzzles flash)

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links for 2007-12-01

lens culture: Helen Levitt (tags: photography urban) Disapproving Rabbits All disapproval. All the time. (tags: funny photography animals)

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Travel Adventure

I’ve always wondered this myself – why is it more interesting that Sir Edmund Hillary climbed Everest than the sherpas who guided him up the mountain? Interesting article on adventure travel: I stayed on at the Lotus Guesthouse and struggled with my article for the Major American Adventure-Travel Magazine. Every time I researched some upscale

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links for 2007-11-30

How to Boost Your Creative Output – lifehack.org (tags: creativity lifehacks productivity) 100 Notable Books of the Year – 2007 – New York Times (tags: books 2007 literature) Tim’s home away from home (tags: gadgets ideas) Harvard researchers find longevity, restricted diet link — The Harvard University Gazette (tags: longevity health nutrition food)

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Wow – busy time

Long time, no bloggy. Hmmm. Went to our traditional Thanksgiving trip; Grandma and Grandpa’s house in Iowa with the extended Mineart family. Almost everyone was there – something like 48 family members all in the same house at the same time. Yep. I took lots of photos; most from the trip are up on Flickr.

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links for 2007-11-28

emoticons-heart (tags: emoticons culture) +KN | KITSUNE NOIR » The Bearded Cap by Vik Prjónsdóttir (tags: knitting funny) Scientist finds fossilized claw of man-sized sea scorpion – CNN.com (tags: cool evolution animals) Dave Hill Online Videos, Funny Junk and Cool Video Clips on Super Deluxe (tags: funny video) The Book Design Review (tags: bookcovers books

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links for 2007-11-27

Bizarre Bazaars by William Swislow (Book) in Humor (tags: books funny signs) Sandy — your personal email assistant (tags: productivity lifehacks)

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Indianapolis

There are times when I love living in Indianapolis. And there are times when I can’t imagine why I didn’t leave on the few occasions that I’ve considered it and looked around at other places to live. I find myself feeling the second emotion after reading the IndyStar’s talkback forums regarding Congresswoman Julia Carson’s recent

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links for 2007-11-23

SpiekerBlog (en): Complete forgery The new font for german license plates resists people altering the letters with black tape or paint. (tags: fonts design typography) Jason Salavon – Field Guide to Style & Color Salavon recreates the Ikea catalog removing items and only showing color. (tags: color design interesting) subversive cross stitch: mind your fingers

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links for 2007-11-21

EVE Online a massive multiplayer online roleplaying space game – MMORPG (tags: gamesOnline) The 20 Worst Foods In America – Men’s Health wow. (tags: food nutrition health) The Great Flickr Tools Collection (tags: flickr software widgets applications) On “Bitch” and Other Misogynist Language (tags: language culture feminism misogyny) Doppelgänger – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Need

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links for 2007-11-20

Religious scholars mull Flying Spaghetti Monster – CNN.com Scientology and mormonism are both kookier than the FSM, so if they’re counted as religions, so should the noodly appendage. (tags: funny religion fsm awesome) Wireless Catalog – Wonder Woman Cuff Bracelet Want. (tags: wishlist shopping) VectorMagic | The Online Tool for Precision Bitmap to Vector Conversion

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Dear Santa…

Oh, look, there’s my Amazon Wishlist. Now how did that get there? I must have left it sitting out when I was working on my ThinkGeek Wishlist. Sure. Of course, I’ve been very good this year. What? I have!

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Blast from the Past

Normally when I upload a bunch of older photos to my flickr account, I turn off the splice between my flickr account and my RSS feeds, so those who read my blog via a feed reader don’t get a massive influx of my photos in my feed. However, last night, I forgot to do that.

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links for 2007-11-17

hitotoki : A Narrative Map of New York Beautiful, breathtaking design. My new inspiration. (tags: inspiration design designCool designIdeas typography awesome) s44 Blogged – Willkommen Another amazing design. (tags: designCool designIdeas awesome inspiration) Indy Council Watch — Accountability Is A Dish Best Blogged Another new, interesting local blog. (tags: local Indianapolis politics)

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spaceup! blue Volkswagen Bus

Volkswagen of America unveils a new concept cart – a “green” fuel-cell microbus-like vehicle called “spaceup! blue.” First – they had me at “hybrid microbus.” Seriously, that’s all it takes. Please make one. Please. I will give you my first-born. If you love me, go to the VW website contact page and tell them to

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links for 2007-11-15

The Accidental Mayor My new favorite Indianapolis-based blog. Teh awesome. (tags: blogs politics local Indianapolis funny Ballard awesome) Should Government Be Run Like Business? – Forbes.com The short answer is no. (tags: politics economy government) What’s wrong with libertarianism (tags: politics research) Eggshell skull – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (tags: legal)

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links for 2007-11-14

Fast Food Restaurants & Nutrition Facts Compared (tags: nutrition health food) NaBloPoMo Damn. Too bad it’s halfway through the month when I found this. (tags: NaNoWriMo blogs blogging nablopomo) 198 – The Ideal City (Anno 1951) « strange maps Interesting map from 1951 proposing the “ideal city.” (tags: illustration maps urban) JPG Magazine: Stories: Photo

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links for 2007-11-10

Gary Voth Photography: The Forgotten Lens (tags: cameras photography reference) Shutterbug: Rediscover The 50mm Lens (tags: cameras photography) Shifting Pixel “a stunning milieu of photographic experiences and techniques from landscapes to macros as presented by artist Joe Lencioni” (tags: photography photos gallery) holga Toy camera modified by art photographers to take interesting photos. (tags: cameras

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links for 2007-11-09

Secret Camera Investigation: Every Single Hotel Failed To Wash Your Cups And Glasses Wonderful. (tags: video whistleblowing)

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links for 2007-11-08

Man angry with son-in-law fingers him as terrorist to FBI – Yahoo! News Yes, the FBI will arrest and detain anyone you denounce to them. As we’ve been pointing out since 2001 – you thought this was fiction? We’re not reading a novel here, people. (tags: surveillance rights freedom politics) Conservative Authors Sue Regnery Publishing

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Indianapolis Election Results

2022-03-17 Update: Greg Ballard was elected, for contrast. He was re-elected four years later. He basically bankrupted the city on pet projects and did such an awful job that even Republicans were endorsing his opponent.

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links for 2007-11-07

“Happy Counterterrorism Day” by Scott Horton (Harper’s Magazine) (tags: terrorism torture history) Pakistan Rounds Up Musharraf’s Political Foes – New York Times Our ‘ally’ Pakistan becomes a totalitarian country. Wow, how you’ve fucked up, Mr. Bush. (tags: news world politics) pencils down I love Tina Fey. I really do. (tags: television writing unions) The Top

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Wanted: Bottle Caps

Wanted: Bottle Caps Just to put this out there into the ether – my lovely girlfriend is working on an project(s) involving bottle caps, and is seeking as many as we can find. It doesn’t matter what kind they are, or if they’re new or vintage, (although colorful and rare would be treasured and appreciated).

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links for 2007-11-06

Modern, modular carpet tiles and area rugs for Do-It-Yourself ease – FLOR Modular Tiles We’ve been looking for area rugs that fit our house – this looks like an interesting option. (tags: green interiorDesign home) Kentucky GOP Pushing Anti-Gay Message In Final Days Of Gov Race The Kentucky governor is having singer Pat Boone robo-call

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links for 2007-11-05

Amazon.com: Guerrilla Gardening: A Manualfesto (tags: garden urban subversive) Amazon.com: Great Neighborhood Book : A Doityourself Guide to Placemaking: Books: Jay Walljasper (tags: urban neighborhood books) Amazon.com: The Art of Placemaking Interpreting Community Through Public Art and Urban Design: Books: Ronald Lee Fleming (tags: urban neighborhood art) Leica M8 (black) Digital camera reviews – CNET

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Gender Identity Things

A couple of posts down, I answered a meme wherein I mentioned that I “have some gender identity things I don’t talk about much.” To that post, one of my former co-workers added a comment. When I initially read it, I deleted the comment. It’s been a very draining weekend, and I thought the post

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My Comments on other’s stuff….

My reply to Richard Prince’s column on Rishawn Biddle, on the Maynard Institute website. The column was being discussed in the forums. If a white male writer in Indianapolis had written what Rishawn wrote he would have been fired, and probably a lot more quickly than Rishawn was. What he wrote wasn’t edgy or even

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links for 2007-11-04

breakfast (tags: food photography visualization) Ananova – Axe wielding killer on advent calendar Tourism officials have been slammed for featuring an axe wielding serial killer (from their city’s history) on a children’s Christmas advent calendar in Hanover, Germany. (tags: holidays funny) theory11 – Bicycle Guardians Playing Cards (tags: cards design wishlist)

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links for 2007-11-03

30-Second Bunnies Theatre in which a troupe of bunnies parodies a collection of movies by re-enacting them in 30 seconds, more or less. (tags: animation funny movies parody) How to Make a Cootie Catcher – Moms Minivan.com Travel Games I spent half a day trying to remember how to make one of these, and eventually

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Our friend Joe’s Obituary

From the Indy Star: Griffith, Travis J. Travis Joe Griffith 37, of Indianapolis, died October 30, 2007. Travis is the beloved son of Charles and Delores (Trover) Griffith, grandmother: Thelma Griffith, brother: Wayne (Paula) Griffith and half sisters: Debbie Aiken and Angela Miller, and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Funeral services will be Friday, November

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links for 2007-11-02

Church ordered to pay $10.9 million for funeral protest – CNN.com (tags: religion lgbt rights equality) Scienceline » Does the “Right Brain vs. Left Brain” Spinning Dancer Test Work? I linked to this awhile back – an inquiry into whether the spinning dancer really indicates how your brain works. (tags: science psychology research optical meme

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Oh! that my young life were a lasting meme!

Maxine Dangerous has tagged me with a meme! Oh, noez! Here’s the plot: 1. Link to the person that tagged you and post the rules on your blog. 2. Share seven random and/or weird facts about yourself. 3. Tag seven random people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs. 4.

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Twilight

After complaining that I’m frustrated by my start and stop reading lately, I sat down with our next book club selection, Twilight, and finished it in less that 24 hours. Abiding by the first rule of book club, I won’t discuss the book, but obviously I blazed through it. (it’s about vampires, and I liked

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Rishawn Biddle Gets Fired

I’ve been trying to avoid writing about local politics of late, just because the bile and animosity therein was way to much to deal with given my increased workload at my place of employment, and because others do a much better job of saying what I would anyway. On occasion here, I’ve ranted about Indy

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links for 2007-10-31

AT&T Explains Guilt by Association the FBI asked several phone companies to analyze phone-call patterns of Americans using a technology called “communities of interest”. How AT&T helped the goverment spy on your cell calls. (tags: privacy rights surveillance datamining) AT&T Invents Programming Language for Mass Surveillance on Threat Level (tags: privacy rights surveillance) How To:

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Recent Reading

It was about this time last year that I got behind in reviewing what I had read recently and gave up and simply posted a list of recent reads. Must be the time of year. I’ve definitely been having trouble getting through any book; I have tons of things half read, and I’m very frustrated

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links for 2007-10-30

Fast Food Items Highest In Trans Fat – The 88 least healthy foods. The 88 Fast Food Items Most Likely To Kill You (tags: food health nutrition statistics) Candy & Chocolate Bars Compared – Hershey’s, Nestle, Mars Nutrition Facts (tags: health nutrition Food) Breakfast Cereal Compared – Cereals from Post, Kellogg’s & General Mills (tags:

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Weekend Wrap Up

These wrap ups are turning into a long list of “finished chores” aren’t they? Oh, well. At least we’re getting shit accomplished. Eventually I’ll write something that someone other than me wants to read. We’ve made some pretty major purchases lately (see dog fence and truck shell), so we’re trying to stay and home and

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links for 2007-10-29

» Steer clear of these 10 illegal job interview questions | 10 Things | TechRepublic.com I’d add googling the person to this list. Eventually it will be on here. (tags: career employment interview legal)

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links for 2007-10-28

Top 15 Manipulated Photographs – The List Universe The most well-know alter photographs. (tags: photography photoshop) Drinking stories that put yours to shame – CNN.com (tags: drinking funny history) English Russia » An Appartment in Kharkov Style One Russian guy in Kharkov, Ukraine preferred was obsessed with some idea which he tried to express in

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links for 2007-10-27

myartspace>blog: Art Space Opinions: Kirsten Anderson on Pop Surrealism (tags: art popculture artist) Terror watch list swells to more than 755,000 – USATODAY.com Gee, that’s got to be effective. Way to protect the country there. Losers. (tags: surveillance terrorism privacy rights) Indy CrimeWatch Yeah, I just volunteered to be our block captain. (tags: crime local

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links for 2007-10-26

What to do if you’re attacked by monkeys. – By Michelle Tsai – Slate Magazine Handy tips. (tags: monkey india travel funny) Vonnegut Dollhouse Awesome CD Jewel case/packaging. (tags: design inspiration designCool) Dada Dolls from Blue Chair Press (tags: inspiration art)

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links for 2007-10-25

Serial Diners Rules My friend MJ is thinking about organizing this for Indy. This looks like a fantastic idea for exploring area dining. (tags: food local restaurants) In Disasters, Everyone, Not Just Bloggers, Should Use Twitter Wired’s blog about why twitter is an excellent tool in emergency situations to let everyone know quickly how you

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links for 2007-10-24

Aquatic Observation of Channeled Aetheric Energies (updated with color photos!) Awesome steampunk fishbowl. (tags: steampunk) Feministe » What Color Are the Holes in Your Parachute? Read this story about health care in the U.S. and find out why the Republicans who voted against SCHIP are a bunch of retarded fucking morons. Then pray this doesn’t

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November is National Novel Writing Month

This year, for National Novel Writing Month – I have a plan! I’m going to do something really innovative — I’m going to spend the month of November… … building a website for my friend Chi. Yes! I know, it’s not a novel. However… I actually know how to build websites (unlike novels, which I

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All in a day’s work

One of the best things about working for a big corporation is that you get to see real life examples of the Peter Principle in action. For example, I actually really received this as a note on a design I’m working on for a couple people very high up in our company: Add a search

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links for 2007-10-23

Going Local blog specifically about local Indiana foods. I’m so putting this in my feed reader. (tags: Indiana local produce Food blogging) Wisbech – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia English town where Charles Dickens was born. (tags: UK wikipedia reference) Textbook may have been gunman’s target | IndyStar.com IU law student shoots his textbook and shuts

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J.K. Rowling: Dumbledore was gay.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald: Harry Potter fans, the rumours are true: Albus Dumbledore, master wizard and Headmaster of Hogwarts, is gay. JK Rowling, author of the mega-selling fantasy series, outed the beloved character today while appearing before a full house at Carnegie Hall in New York. After reading briefly from the final book,

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links for 2007-10-20

Edge-Serpentine Gallery: FORMULAE FOR THE 21ST CENTURY The Edge asks “What is your formula?’ to the best thinkers today, and they respond with thought-provoking, fun and inspiration answers. (tags: cool philosophy mathematics psychology physics science)

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Holy crap, that’s a cute dog! (lol version)

A couple weeks ago, I was reading articles on line about dog food for Spike, and one of them was on the petfinder.com site, where there was an ad for an adorably cute dog named Chip who needed a home. I twittered “holy crap, that’s a cute dog!” with a link to his page, and

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links for 2007-10-19

Senate and Bush Agree On Terms of Spying Bill – washingtonpost.com Lovely. You know, if the democrats want to stay in the majority, they really should stop pissing off their base. (tags: government privacy surveillance) Bureau of Workplace Interruptions (tags: work office funny) The Pedal-to-the-Metal, Totally Illegal, Cross-Country Sprint for Glory NYC to Santa Monica

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links for 2007-10-18

Goose The Market.com New market in Fall Creek Place just north of us, opening Saturday. We need to stop and check this out. (tags: shopping local green Indianapolis) Stop Puppy Mills And organization dedicated to exposing and opposing the terrible conditions in puppy mills. Lots of good information on how to find a good pet

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links for 2007-10-17

Subtraction: The Framework Formally Known as ’Prints (tags: css webdesign grid) shillPages – Movie Title Screens Page (tags: animation graphics design movies) SupersizedMeals.com – Bacon Apple Pie I double dog dare you. (tags: food funny cooking) Archinect : Features : Delirious Moscow Fantastic Soviet architecture. (tags: architecture design toread) Astheria » Blog Archive » Why

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links for 2007-10-16

Pedro – Chihuahua,Dachshund [Mix] – Petfinder.com PetNotes Want. (tags: pets dogs) The Associated Press: Vatican Official Insists He’s Not Gay Well of course not. Who would imagine that? (tags: religion politics lgbt equality)

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Bush was spying on U.S. Citizens Before 9/11

From the Washington Post: Former chief executive Joseph P. Nacchio, convicted in April of 19 counts of insider trading, said the NSA approached Qwest more than six months before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, according to court documents unsealed in Denver this week. Details about the alleged NSA program have been redacted from the documents,

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Former Top General in Iraq Faults Bush Administration

From the New York Times (presented to you without comment on my part): WASHINGTON, Oct. 12— In a sweeping indictment of the four-year effort in Iraq, the former top American commander called the Bush administration’s handling of the war incompetent and warned that the United States was “living a nightmare with no end in sight.”

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Spike’s Birthday Fence

We’re having the backyard fenced in for Spike for his (belated) Fifth birthday present, since I promised him when he was a puppy that he could have a fenced in yard. I called around a few months ago and got estimates from a surveying company to do a boundary survey, and we eventually hired Site

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Weekend Update 2007-10-15

We managed to get a lot done this weekend, and not kill ourselves in the process, which is pretty good for us. Saturday, I put 7 sets of Avon bottles on eBay, which was pretty huge. I have somewhat of an assembly line going on for getting this done, because there are lots of steps

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links for 2007-10-14

Review: Canon Powershot G9 — Small. Powerful. Perfect. on Gadget Lab This (or the next version of it) will be my next camera. Maybe next year sometime. (tags: photography reviews wishlist) Make photos look … retro? Digital lomography? [tech rant] (tags: photography photoshop research)

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links for 2007-10-12

Right Brain v Left Brain | Herald Sun Check out this awesome optical illusion. If you see it spinning clockwise (like I did) you’re right brained. If it spins counter, you’re left brained. With some concentration, i could see it spin the other way. (tags: illusion brain psychology science games) U.S. Guards Kill 2 Iraqi

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Happy 20th Annual National Coming Out Day

Last year, I recounted the story of what I was doing on the original National Coming Out Day 20 years ago… so I’ve already blown that anecdote. You’ll have to go read it; it was good. October 11th, 1987 was a great day for me. So officially, I quit lying about my sexual orientation over

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Dear Rena Corey

Dear Rena Corey, Please come over and clean my house. I have a lot more important shit to do. Thanks! Steph M.

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links for 2007-10-11

The PSB Gallery of Thrift Store Art “Bad art, while often quite bad, is much better than no art at all” (tags: art fun weird strange) The Musical Cliché Figure Signifying The Far East: Whence, Wherefore, Whither? Where that “Asian Riff” in Kung Fu Fighting came from. (tags: history music asian) AntiTicket Donut.com – Home

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links for 2007-10-09

Anderson Orchard – Mooresville Indianapolis Indiana IN apples fruit vegetables produce cider butter preserves field trips concession stand Local orchard. (tags: local food produce) World Usability Day – 2007 Indiana’s world usability day conference 2007 is in downtown Indianapolis at the Ball State Indianapolis center on November 8th. Register online at this link. (tags: usability

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links for 2007-10-08

The Best Word Book Ever,1963 and 1991. – a photoset on Flickr Changes made to the Richard Scarry book between versions. (tags: books children)

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Weekend Update/eBay Listings

Friday night: picked Stephanie up from Tune Tech after work because the clutch on the Honda is having problems again. Fortunately, it appears to be under warranty. With Phoebe’s battery dead, we’re down to one vehicle – the trusty truck. Saturday: Spent the morning helping with neighborhood cleanup by driving the truck up and down

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links for 2007-10-07

Pratie Place: Cab Calloway’s “Hepsters’ Dictionary,” c. 1944 (tags: language english history) Art or bioterrorism? RU Sirius interviews Steve Kurtz – Boing Boing A harmless artist experimenting with biological art projects is arrested for “bioterrorism” on trumped up charges. (tags: activism freedom surveillance) Read Your Own DHS Travel Dossier The Department of Homeland Security already

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links for 2007-10-05

GEOFFREY AARON HARRIS – Artist / Illustrator WE bought a cool print from this guy at the Broadripple Art Fair last year. (tags: art ideas artist) Chip’s Web Page Holy crap, that’s an adorable dog. (tags: dogs rescue shelters)

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links for 2007-10-04

Creativity Spark From Masters Of Illustration | Design Showcase (tags: design inspiration illustration photoshop)

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links for 2007-10-03

The Pfc. LaVena Johnson Petition Help compel the Army to reopen the investigation of a young soldier’s death in Iraq. (tags: justice politics crime) Urban Asshole Notification Cards – Odds + Ends – Glarkware Congratulations! You’re an asshole. Now let’s discuss why that is… (tags: entertainment Sociology) Bigfoot vs – Abe Lincoln – Glarkware In

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Melissa Etheridge’s New CD

I bought her new CD “The Awakening” last week on a whim – I actually purchased the physical CD because we still haven’t had a spare two or three hours to sit down and sort out what the hell is wrong with the terrabyte server after I killed it vacuuming. So our music situation is

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links for 2007-10-02

Farm Fresh Delivery “Delivering organic produce, vegetables, and foods to your door in Indianapolis, IN.” – we’ve been thinking about joining a co-op like this. (tags: food nutrition local)

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kerouac

Louis Menand in the New Yorker, on kerouac… Kerouac credited the inspiration for the scroll to Cassady–specifically, to a long letter, supposedly around thirteen thousand words, that Cassady wrote over several days (he was on speed) in December, 1950. This is known as the “Joan letter,” because its ostensible subject is a girlfriend of Cassady’s

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visiting with grandma g

We spent the afternoon with grandma and talked to her. She was very sick but is getting better. She’s in a temporary care facility here in Des Moines until a spot can open up in the Perry Nursing Home that she’s visited before. They’re hoping she’ll continue to improve, possibly enough to be able to

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visiting with grandma g

We spent the afternoon with grandma and talked to her. She was very sick but is getting better. She’s in a temporary care facility here in Des Moines until a spot can open up in the Perry Nursing Home that she’s visited before. They’re hoping she’ll continue to improve, possibly enough to be able to

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Taking a quick trip to Iowa

I’m headed to Iowa after work today, with my mom. We’re going to visit my Grandma Groenwoldt, who is in the hospital and not feeling well. I haven’t seen her since my road trip in 2001, when I stopped to see her at her little retirement village apartment. It’s sort of a rush trip so

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links for 2007-09-27

jQuery: The Write Less, Do More, JavaScript Library (tags: ajax javascript libraries webdesign) Vector Logo Database (tags: research resource logos design)

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Big Blue Whale in Catoosa

We visited this Route 66 attraction this summer. Here’s a video of some British guys who decided to dive into the murky water of the old swimming hole. It’s not usually open for swimming anymore; the water isn’t maintained and is rather gross. Here’s what they were diving into: Looks yummy.

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links for 2007-09-25

Flickr: Photos tagged with atc Not sure what the tag “ATC” means, but there is some awesome artwork tagged that way on Flickr. (tags: art inspiration) BBC NEWS | In Pictures | In pictures: Baby animal love story Why is it that there are all these news reports of monkeys, chimps, organutans, gorillas orphaned or

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links for 2007-09-24

The Executive Computer; A Web of Networks, an Abundance of Services – New York Times First mention of the internet in 1993 on the New York Times website. Interesting the names at the very top of the article. (tags: geek history internet) Custer’s Last Stand Article by the NYT July 7, 1876 – details of

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links for 2007-09-22

Monkey tree phenomenon – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (tags: monkeys) LOLTHULHU (tags: cthulhu lolcats funny) a sampler of things: The Evolution of Sugar Bear (tags: branding logos)

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yard sale – pretty much ready

The signs are all strategically placed around the neighborhood. We’ve got the tables set up, and the items out and priced. We’re not too worried about people stealing stuff in the middle of the night; the porch is pretty enclosed and dark so I doubt people will wander up and take stuff. We have 15

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This is mighty

I really need to get the hell off of youTube this morning. I love one of the comments “It’s like if Beck, John McCrea of Cake, and Liam Lynch all got together and rocked the First Continental Congress.” had a pocket full of horses, fucked the shit out of bears. threw a knife up into

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Boom Goes the Dynamite

I had only heard about this; never seen the video before. Poor kid. So embarrassing that he’s from my alma mater.

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links for 2007-09-20

The Pirate Game: Pirate Glossary (tags: glossary language fun dictionary) iPhone Web pages (”apps”) should be 480 pixels wide, 10 MB maximum – iPhone Atlas (tags: iphone development web2.0) The easiest free iPhone ringtone method yet – iPhone Atlas (tags: iphone music) A Guide to CSS Support in Email: 2007 Edition – Campaign Monitor Blog

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What’s My Pirate Name?

My pirate name is: Captain James Flint Even though there’s no legal rank on a pirate ship, everyone recognizes you’re the one in charge. Like the rock flint, you’re hard and sharp. But, also like flint, you’re easily chipped, and sparky. Arr! Get your own pirate name from piratequiz.com. part of the fidius.org network

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Our Yard Sale – Sat. Sept. 22 – 8 a.m. (in Indianapolis, IN)

Books, lamps, board games, fun home decor, lamps, toys, Avon collectibles, lamps, clothes. Saturday only, September 22nd – 8 am to ? Did I mention we have lamps for sale? We seem to have a lot of them. As you already know, we’re de-cluttering the house, so lots of fun entertaining stuff has to go.

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links for 2007-09-19

Quirked Around Pop culture is currently drowning in quirkiness. (tags: ideas zeitgeist popculture) Crazy Questions at Google Job Interview Huh. Interesting. (tags: career puzzles quiz) PSDTuts » Creating a Stunning Old-World Look in Photoshop (tags: design photoshop tutorial) PSDTuts (tags: photoshop tutorial design)

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Triangulation (or: Appropriate Levels of Rudeness)

Standard disclaimer: If you’re worried this post is about you, then it’s not about you at all. The people it’s about will never believe it’s about them. One of the things I can’t stand (yes again with those) is people who don’t listen to you until you’re rude to them. You can say the same

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links for 2007-09-18

AFP: Early rising no good for the heart: study (tags: heart health) My Other Trucker Hat Is Funny Every message that has appeared on Frank’s hats on the television show 30 Rock (tags: television funny) Making Light: Robert Jordan (James Oliver Rigney), 1948-2007 Oh, crap. Robert Jordan died, without finishing the Wheel of Time series.

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Weekend Update 2007-09-17

We managed to get a lot done on Sunday to the house. We spent the morning sorting through some of the garage sale pile. Our friend Jen came by with baby Sam to help us sort some clothes in the early afternoon. Later we hung a bunch of pictures that we just haven’t gotten to

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links for 2007-09-17

Bloxorz Highly addictive flash game. (tags: onlineGames games videogames) Amazon.com: The Braindead Megaphone: Books: George Saunders Megaphone Guy might not have much to say, but he’s got a megaphone and so he is heard, his utterances setting the agenda for the entire party, the party’s collective intelligence (its crowd-like wisdom if you want to put

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weekend Update: Cleaning, Organizing

We accomplished a lot of sorting and organizing yesterday. In the morning, we cleaned out and reorganized the coat closet in the dining room and identified stuff that either needed to go in the garage sale or needs to be relocated downstairs in the space we liberated last weekend in the basement. At the end

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links for 2007-09-16

Organic Lawn Care For the Cheap and Lazy (tags: lawn gardening) Cleaning and Stain Removal | DoItYourself.com (tags: cleaning diy stain laundry) Gadsden Flag Premium Nylon 3’x5′ – Dont Tread On Me Flags – Gadsden Flags – NGDSDN (tags: flag gadsden) It’s dove at first sight | Metro.co.uk Monkey loves birdie. (tags: monkeys)

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I has an iPhone

So in the great clean out, I put my 8 Apple “Think Different” posters up for sale on eBay, and got quite a bit out of them. I believe I paid $80 for them (I think) back in 1999. I’ll have to see if blogged about it back then. Anyways, I got $315 for them.

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links for 2007-09-15

Nils Holger Moormann : Bookinist Chair/bookcase. Fun! (tags: Books Furniture DIY) Chip implants linked to animal tumors – Yahoo! News “A series of veterinary and toxicology studies, dating to the mid-1990s, stated that chip implants had “induced” malignant tumors in some lab mice and rats.” Great. (tags: RFID health research technology)

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links for 2007-09-14

Ornish: Sweat Your Way to a Bigger Brain – Newsweek Health Earlier this year these researchers found that in addition to growing new neurons, exercise doubled blood flow to the brain. (tags: health exercise intelligence) Dispatches from Manhattan Emails from a family at the epicenter of the World Trade Center on 9/11/2001 as they volunteered

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links for 2007-09-13

Top 50 Frugality Bloggers | Frugal Panda (tags: lifehacks) 100 Productivity Blogs (tags: lifehacks) NEAT & SIMPLE LIVING: Sentimental Treasures or Clutter? 8 Ways to Sort Through Your Sentimental Things (tags: lifehacks organization) Flickr: The Unclutterer Workspaces Pool (tags: inspiration lifehacks) Ready.gov: Get A Kit A good list. We need to do this at our

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links for 2007-09-12

Bill Nye Boo’d In Texas For Saying The Moon Reflects The Sun – BSAlert.com Bill Nye, the harmless children’s edu-tainer known as “The Science Guy,” managed to offend a select group of adults in Waco, Texas at a presentation, when he suggested that the moon does not emit light, but instead reflects the light of

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Best Acceptance Speech Ever

“A lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus. Can you believe this shit? Hell has frozen over. Suck it, Jesus, this award is my god now.” — Kathy Griffin, accepting an Emmy award

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links for 2007-09-11

The Great Iraq Swindle: : Rolling Stone “How Bush Allowed an Army of For-Profit Contractors to Invade the U.S. Treasury” = and how Bush has wasted 8.8 BILLION taxpayer dollars in Iraq – and the ultra-rich business men who’ve scooped up that money. (tags: crime fraud iraq bush embezzlement) Route 66 Car show interesting how

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quote of the day

“Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” -William Morrisqu

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Yard Sale – Saturday, Sept. 22nd

Yesterday we settled on a date for a yard sale at our house. 2 weeks from now on Saturday, September 22nd. We sorted out lots of stuff to put into the sale this weekend. It’s a very small dent in the scheme of things, but it’s a dent, and I certainly feel better. I’m not

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Rolling Stone: The Great Iraq Swindle

From the five page long Rolling Stone article, just a small section that will ruin your morning: Your testimony over, you wait out the rest of the hearing, go home, take a bath in one of your four bathrooms, jump into bed with the little woman. . . . A year later, Iraq is still

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links for 2007-09-10

Shakesville: The Unbearable Horror of Being Propositioned Great discussion of Larry Craig’s hitting on a guy in a bathroom, versus women putting up with being hit on every single place they ever appear in public. And why these two things are not different. (tags: women feminism sexism sexuality culture)

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Budgeting Time

One of the difficulties in our getting organized process is our time management. We both have a tendency to think “we’ll get to this” and we never do. We’re always purchasing space for the objects in our lives with time we don’t actually own. I find myself saying – “I’ll hold on to this because

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Miles for Mom

My friend Cate is running a marathon tomorrow in honor of her mom, who died a few years ago of melanoma. Cate is raising funds for the Melanoma Research Foundation, and she’s really close to her goal. If you had a few dollars to add, I’m sure Cate would be really thrilled.

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links for 2007-09-08

When and where authors publish and break through This makes me much more optimistic about writing. (tags: publishing craft Writing Literature) Going After Gore: vanityfair.com An excellent article tearing apart the faulty, misguided 2000 media coverage about Al Gore. The timeline of the “internet” story invented by the media is very telling. (tags: election media

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Apple Think Different Posters on eBay

I threw my Apple “Think Different” posters up on eBay – part of the decluttering efforts. Thomas Edison, Ghandi, Pablo Picasso, dancer Martha Graham, Maria Callas, Joan Baez, Alfred Hitchcock, Ted Turner. And I threw in a Macworld 2004 poster – it’s of the 1984 superbowl ad, with iPod added in…

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links for 2007-09-07

The not-silent killer: noise pollution Noise is linked with heart attack and stroke because it creates chronic stress that keeps our bodies in a state of constant alert. Research published last year by Germany’s Federal Environmental Agency in Berlin shows that even when you are asleep, your (tags: health science research) Political Survey: Rationale A

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Our Little Secret

Yeah, there’s a reason why so many of my photos seem to be only shot in one or two rooms, or only show small, focused parts of our house. There’s a reason why we never have people over to visit; why I’ve stopped having parties and game nights and overnight guests. There’s a reason why

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links for 2007-09-06

5 jobs that help out | IndyStar.com Article on one of Stephanie’s books: “These jobs are important to help make our world a better place, according to Laurence Shatkin, author of “150 Best Jobs for a Better World”. (tags: Indianapolis careers fun)

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Get an internet site please

Sigh. This leaves me less than enthused with my local political party, two months before an election. Sure, you can go to Bart’s page, but ya wanna tell me anything about my city-county council? Please? Or, ya know, what day the election is and how to find a polling place? Sigh. This really doesn’t make

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links for 2007-09-05

MacOSXHints (tags: shortcuts osx reference) THE HELLO EXPERIMENT Sculptors attempt to recreate Lionel Ritchie’s face while blindfolded and listening to “hello”. I think they might be missing a key piece – the blind sculptor on the video actually touched his face. (tags: funny design sculpture) Unclutterer: Reader question: What should I store in a fireproof

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links for 2007-09-04

Eggcorn – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia is an idiosyncratic substitution of a word or phrase for a word or words that sound similar or identical in the speaker’s dialect. Characteristic of the eggcorn is that the new phrase makes sense on some level (“old-timer’s disease” for “Alzheimer’s disea (tags: english language reference linguistics) List of

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links for 2007-09-03

» Papers Please: Arrested At Circuit City – www. Michael Righi .com Man illegally arrested at Circuit City for refusing to show his receipt of purchase. By federal law, you are not required to show your receipt, nor are you required to show you ID when requested by police as long as you identify yourself.

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America’s Toe-Tapping Menace

From the opinion page of the New York Times, a piece by Laura M. MacDonald: WHAT is shocking about Senator Larry Craig’s bathroom arrest is not what he may have been doing tapping his shoe in that stall, but that Minnesotans are still paying policemen to tap back. For almost 40 years most police departments

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links for 2007-09-02

Measuring Soft Drinks’ Caffeine content – Science News Online, Aug. 25, 2007 Researchers report what most soft-drink labels don’t: how much caffeine is inside (tags: science research food drink)

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Photos from Dan’s Birthday Cruise

See the whole set of photos Here are a couple of highlights: Miami from the Air Setting Sail In Jon and Carolyn’s stateroom Dan, Me, Stephanie at La Te Da’s in Key West The gang at the Southernmost Point of the US Doug winning at Trivia Dan the birthday boy and his birthday cake Mayan

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links for 2007-08-28

Start asking candidates about contraception! Cristina Page had a great op-ed in the Baltimore Sun this week, making a plea that when journalists question presidential hopefuls about their reproductive rights beliefs, that they specifically bring up contraception access. Many republicans want to ban (tags: politics women rights equality) Life before air conditioning How in the

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My New Favorite Quote

“My favorite definition of a libertarian- and I can’t remember where I stole it from- is ‘a conservative who wants to sleep with liberal women.’” — From the comments on Pandagon’s article: “But Rush told me you had to tolerate my dick in your mouth” Funny because it’s true.

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links for 2007-08-27

Boing Boing: Exposing “The Secret” “Here’s an excellent explanation, deconstruction and debunking of that claptrap “The Secret.” (tags: books pseudoscience philosophy psychology skeptic) The Wrath of the Secretrons Blog debunking “the secret.” (tags: books pseudoscience philosophy psychology skeptic) Process | Titles | Coming Soon | The Secret Source Book exposing the source material for “The

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Cruise Info

We’re going on a cruise for our friend Dan’s 40th birthday, along with 12 other friends. It’s a Carnival cruise, on the ship “Fascination.” The cruise leaves from Miami tomorrow, and we spend Tuesday in Key West, Wednesday in Calica, Mexico (seeing the Tulum Ruins, on a shore excursion) and then Thursday at Sea before

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links for 2007-08-26

wcco.com – Police: Man Rapes Woman As Bystanders Look On This makes me sick, frankly. Everyone in this apartment building should be charged. (tags: crime assault women rights safety) breakfast blogger » Blog Archive » Pillow Happy Awesome pillows shaped like breakfast foods. (tags: cool inspiration design) BBspot – Wil Wheaton Indicted for Role in

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links for 2007-08-25

BBC NEWS | Africa | Monkey misery for Kenyan women villagers bad monkeys on the loose. Sigh. (tags: monkeys news)

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links for 2007-08-24

13 of the worst fake accents in film (tags: movies funny language) Kefitzat Haderech – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (tags: judaism mythology wikipedia folklore) Not so fast, Christian soldiers – Los Angeles Times Pentagon cancels plans to send soldiers religious care packages with Christian bibles and “Left Behind: Eternal Forces” video game. Note – this

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Everything is Miscellaneous

I mentioned the book Everything is Miscellaneous a few posts back on my list of recent reads, but I wanted to pull it out and write more about it, because it was very thought provoking, and a book I intend to buy (I borrowed it from the library) because I want to read it again.

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Colonoscopy Fun

So…… tomorrow I have to have a Colonoscopy. Woohoo! No, Katie Couric will not be there to film it. And yes, I am old. OLD. Just yesterday I was reminiscing about something that happened in college in 1987 – twenty years ago. a) I’m reminiscing now? Great. People just love that. b) I still think

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Bizarre Police Behavior at a Canadian Protest

UPDATE: Quebec police admit the three men in the video were indeed “undercover” officers; although the claim they were not there to instigate any violence. Wonder what that rock was for, then. Police attend a very large Canadian protest against George Bush dressed as “protesters” to attempt to rile up the crowd so they can

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links for 2007-08-23

Think Tank Suggests Bush should be President For Life This makes me want to buy a gun. Seriously. (tags: politics nuttiness idiots freedom) roup that advocated Bush become “President-for-Life” linked to Bush Administration itself Yeah, the nutty think tank that came out with that article is actually administered by Cheney. (tags: bush corruption politics) White

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links for 2007-08-22

Rennes-le-Château – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Mysterious French castle that figures into the DaVinci code and other fun conspiracy theories. (tags: castle travel tourism france) Voynich manuscript – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The Voynich manuscript is a mysterious illustrated book with incomprehensible contents. It is thought to have been written between approximately 1450 and 1520

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links for 2007-08-21

Jane of All Trades A local professional organizing company. Wonder if they would trade organizing services for website design. (tags: lifehacks)

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What To Read, What To Read

So, I’m trying to pick out what books to take on our cruise next week. Because of course that’s the most important thing to pack; clothes can just be plucked from the basket and chucked into the suitcase willy nilly the day before we leave, but reading requires some actual planning. (Now if this sounds

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links for 2007-08-20

Mini-Telescope Implants May Save Vision Damaged by Eye Disease: Scientific American Those suffering from advanced stages of macular degeneration may by the end of this year be able to halt and even reverse vision loss caused by the age-related eye disease. (tags: science technology research optics) City Slickers [Monocle] Monocle believes that the measure of

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Library Reorganization (Photo of the Day, day 7)

All my books are on the shelves, discards are weeded out, everything is dusted. New slipcover on the loveseat, furniture rearranged a bit. We still have some furniture editing and adjustment to do, but the library is much better.

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Book Review Catch-Up

I’m way behind on writing little synopses of the books I’ve finished this year, so I’m consolidating this latest list. Looking back, this happened about this time of year last year, too. Must be a trend. Anyways, here’s what I read since whenever. Sword of the Guardian: A Legend of Ithyria (Legends of Ithyria) by

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links for 2007-08-19

Daily Kos: The politics and ethics of outing And the woman in your office spends an entire lunch hour talking about her new bikini drawers and how much her husband likes them. But gays shouldn’t be so blatant. (tags: outing lgbt equality rights) Federal ID plan raises privacy concerns – CNN.com (tags: privacy paranoia government

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Photo of the Day (POTD – day 6)

I know, this should be a Caturday pic, but we don’t have time to do one before we go shopping, so you get this cute picture of Stephanie instead. Steph Mineart smineart@indy.rr.com https://commonplacebook.com

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links for 2007-08-18

Faith Central: 50 religious insights from George Bush Dear God, please save us from our retarded president. Amen. (tags: funny politics religion bush) Now airports screening for bad intentions A civil liberties lawsuit just waiting to happen. Nice. I’m so going to be busted at the airport for being disgruntled about the security theater. (tags:

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What Kind of Nerd Am I?

What Be Your Nerd Type? Your Result: Literature Nerd   Does sitting by a nice cozy fire, with a cup of hot tea/chocolate, and a book you can read for hours even when your eyes grow red and dry and you look sort of scary sitting there with your insomniac appearance? Then you fit this

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links for 2007-08-17

1873 Monocycle Replica Wow. That should have had some bids. (tags: bicycle Steampunk) Patient Information — HOUSE DUST (DUST MITE) ALLERGIES (tags: health) Open Left:: Fox News Caught Editing Al Franken’s Wikipedia Entry There’s a new tool out there that lets you search the destination IP addresses for people editing wikipedia entries. Arthur Bergman found

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links for 2007-08-14

2008 Presidential Election Candidates on the Issues Very nicely design chart (tags: visualization tools interesting politics election 2008) Welcome to BabyNamer A great baby names site, and one that includes the “drawbacks” to any name you look up. Definitely handy. (tags: names baby reference humor) LOLPresidents.com – Theodore Roosevelt The best presidential LOLs of all

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The name “Stephanie” on Babynamer.com

One of the blogs I read regularly pointed out the site babynamer.com in a blog post, because it’s a nicely-designed and interesting site on baby names. They include a long definition and origin of each name, a section on famous people with that name, a long list of related alternate names, and then a funny

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links for 2007-08-13

The Other War: Iraq Vets Bear Witness Dozens of those interviewed witnessed Iraqi civilians, including children, dying from American firepower. Some participated in such killings; others treated or investigated civilian casualties after the fact. Many also heard such stories, in detail, from (tags: iraq war torture morality politics) Italian Politician Calls For Ethnic Cleansing Of

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links for 2007-08-12

Government report: Al Qaeda strongest since September 11, 2001 – CNN.com (tags: 9/11 terrorism war security) Pandagon :: Dumbed down Jane Austen A discussion about how they fictionalized the recent biopic to make Jane more stupid than she was in real life. I was worried about that from just the previews. Pass on seeing then.

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links for 2007-08-11

Anil Dash: How To Visit New York: The Basics (tags: tourism travel NewYork) Anil Dash: How to Visit New York: The Must-Sees (tags: newyork travel tourism) Anil Dash: How to Visit New York: What You Can Skip (tags: travel newyork tourism) Anil Dash: How To Visit New York: Outside Opinions (tags: travel newyork tourism) mezzoblue

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links for 2007-08-10

Flickr: 2Decide.com Election ’08 Chart of Where the Candidates Stand (tags: 2008 politics Election reference visualization) THE GREAT IVY LEAGUE NUDE POSTURE PHOTO SCANDAL – New York Times From the 1940s through the 1960’s – Ivy League schools took nude “posture” photos of their freshmen class – hundreds of now famous people. Not it’s coming

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Dust Allergies

I finally managed to get around to getting tested for allergies yesterday, in my ongoing quest to figure out what the hell is causing my repeated bouts of Pleurisy. In the case of airborne allergies, I am apparently allergic to 3 things: Household Dust (to which I have a particularly bad reaction) and the pollen

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links for 2007-08-09

Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted): That Double Standard Regarding Anger A new report reveals what women already know: Men get rewarded for getting angry at work, while women who do the same thing are penalized and regarded as incompetent and “out of control.” (tags: women equality rights office work) Flickr: I’m So Bershon You

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links for 2007-08-08

Dulce de Leche (tags: recipes) The Eachday Blog — Die Speech Bubble Logo, Die. yep, the ubiquitous speech bubble logo. (tags: logos branding funny design) The Top 10 Conservative Idiots, No. 302 Repub governor of Minnesota buys a new stadium and lets a bridge fall down, and of course, the latest Republican sex scandals. (tags:

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Newsweek’s Howard Fineman seems to be smoking the crack

Howard Fineman on the Chris Matthews Show, discussing the Democrats in 2008: Mr. FINEMAN: If they can’t win this one, the Democrats deserve to go the way of the Whigs, which is a political party that disappeared. Now why did it disappear? It disappeared because it couldn’t deal with the biggest issue of the time,

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Mass Avenue Movies Under the Stars

I found this event from the OutWord Bound Bookstore email newsletter interesting: Mass Avenue Movies Under the Stars Mass Ave Video Store in partnership with the Indianapolis International Film Festival presents their 2007 Outdoor Summer Film Series: Movies Under the Stars extending through September 27, 2007. All movies are free and open to the public!

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Bigotted Atkins Cheesecake Family denies partner access to gay son

From today’s Indy Star: Brett Conrad spent more than half his life as Patrick Atkins’ partner. For 25 years, the men shared bank accounts, apartments and eventually a home in Fishers. But when Atkins, 47, fell seriously ill in 2005, Conrad faced what many gay Hoosiers consider a travesty: no law guaranteeing them the same

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links for 2007-08-06

Free Online Face and Picture Morphing – MorphThing Select pictures of famous people and morph them together, or upload your own photos. Great for figuring out what lesbian couple’s kids might look like. (tags: graphics fun morphing face photos) Visible Vote 08 Logo online and HRC interview all the Democratic Candidates about LGBT issues, with

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links for 2007-08-04

Chocoholic squirrel steals treats from shop | Oddly Enough | Reuters.com Suck it, Squirrel! (I swear, the squirrels are out to get me.) (tags: squirrels)

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links for 2007-08-03

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Orangutans use ‘charades’ to talk Orangutan communication resembles a game of charades, a study suggests. (tags: evolution monkeys) WFMU’s Beware of the Blog: Goobers (MP3s) Goobers – A Collection of Kid’s Songs”, released in 1993 on T.E.C. Tones (who were somehow associated with the Residents’ Ralph Records label, as I

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links for 2007-08-01

Pirates vs Ninjas (tags: funny humor pirates ninjas) Paper bridge unveiled in southern France A new temporary foot bridge made of cardboard tubes has been erected over the Gardon river in southern France by a Japanese architect named Shigeru Ban – it can hold up to 20 people. (tags: papercraft architecture design environment) Harry Potter

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Our Wedding Locations

You may or may not know this already, but Stephanie and I are getting married on May 31, 2008. Last week we visited our planned locations to take photos and reserve them. We’re getting married in Great Oak Commons Park in our neighborhood, Old Northside, about a block away from our house. It’s a pretty

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links for 2007-07-31

Biologists Helping Bookstores Biologists helpfully re-shelve religious books out of the science section and into the religious fiction sections of bookstores. (tags: activism education science biology) Howstuffworks “How Swearing Works” Thought I’d learn some new curse words, but alas, I know them all. Fun read, though. (tags: psychology Sociology culture fun) The Bacon Report: Top

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links for 2007-07-30

The Myth About Boys – TIME Intrigued by the wave of books and articles about failing boys, Mead crunched some numbers… she concluded that “with a few exceptions, American boys are scoring higher and achieving more than they ever have before.” (tags: childhood education learning gender)

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Pandagon’s Harry Potter Thread

The Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows discussion over on Pandagon – The Life and Loves of Severus Snape – is a thing to be hold, weighing in a something like 892 comments so far (including mine, added below the fold here). Including some excellent dissection of the book, the series, the author, and an

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I think Bryan Caplan is a fucking dickhead

Oh, the things I have to say about this New Yorker article on economist Bryan Caplan’s book “The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Politics.” And alas, no time to say them, because we have to go out the door. But I’m putting Bryan Caplan on the list of arrogant jackholes whose

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Photography

When it comes to my own photography, I’m having a lot of mixed emotions lately. I’m clearly not an artistic photographer by any stretch. I’m very much a snapshot photographer; which shows, doesn’t it? http://www.flickr.com/photos/electrasteph https://commonplacebook.com/photos/big_things/ A great deal of the pictures I take are out a car window, which doesn’t lend itself to composition.

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links for 2007-07-29

Daniels orders property tax reassessments in 3 more counties | IndyStar.com Gov. Mitch Daniels today ordered property tax reassessments in Delaware, Posey and Gibson counties, bring the total to 5 so far, with others demanding reassessments also. (tags: indiana taxes) LRB | Tariq Ali : In Princes’ Pockets Discussion of the relationship between our goverment

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Why do They Hate Us?

From the article “Why do They Hate Us?” by Mohsin Hamid in the Washington Post: When I mentioned the final campaign of the Cold War to my fellow freshmen at Princeton, few seemed to know much about it. Eighteen years later, most people I meet in the United States are astounded to learn that the

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the college professor in modern literature and film

After reading Zadie Smith’s “On Beauty” for book club, I found this article from the American Scholar on the college professor as portrayed in modern literature and film interesting: The absentminded professor, that kindly old figure, is long gone. A new image has taken his place, one that bespeaks not only our culture’s hostility to

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links for 2007-07-28

Report: 4 Indiana power plants biggest carbon emissions | IndyStar.com Four Indiana power plants are among the nation’s heaviest contributors to global warming, according to a report released today by an environmental group. (tags: environment energy green sustainability) A Brief History of House Cats Cats were first domesticated in the Near East, and some of

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Speechless with wonder

This YouTube video was billed as “If you only watch one YouTube movie today featuring dancing country farmer’s daughters contortionists singing about potato salad, it should be this one.” Having seen it, I really have no words. Just watch.

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Writing? What me? I never do that any more…

It’s been a while since I’ve sat down to write a real journal entry – since we arrived home from our trip, actually. I spent a lot of time organizing my trip photos, and working on a site design for one of my friends. Most of my day to day updates end up on twitter,

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links for 2007-07-27

Gibberish in Neutral: Potterdammerung [Mega-Spoilers] Don’t read this if you haven’t read the 7th Harry Potter book. But if you have read it, DO read this. Very funny. (tags: parody humor funny books) A List Apart: Articles: Conflicting Absolute Positions Dandy. (tags: webdesign standards layout howto)

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On the “down low”

Over at the Pandagon blog, Pam Spaulding has a really interesting blog post commenting on a recent New Yorker article on married men who cheat on their wives with other men. I especially liked the response of one of her readers to the article and to her thoughts. This article underscores several facts: First, that

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links for 2007-07-25

Swedish woman gets superfast Internet – Yahoo! News (tags: broadband technology internet) Pissed Off About Iraq? Bush Will Seize Your Bank Account – Wonkette If the White House decides that you are in any way “undermining efforts” in Iraq, or pretty much anything else, the Treasury Department is authorized to seize your money, property, stocks,

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Electrical Tape Mustache

I thought I’d be over watching another lipsync YouTube video, but fake mustaches made of electrical tape are pretty mesmerizing… (from my friend maxine dangerous)

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links for 2007-07-21

almost free garage heat – just drink a lot of soda DIY solar heating project (tags: diy solar ecology sustainability fun) National Park Service Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program (tags: route66) Insightful Design » Craig Birchler: An Overview (tags: friends) danah boyd (tags: feminism blogs interesting Sociology) www.dontclick.it (tags: accessibility animation design communication visualization) Speak

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Harry Potter Shirts

The Harry Potter Shirts I designed for us to wear to the release party to night at my mom’s Barnes and Noble store in Noblesville….

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Bart Peterson’s Letter to Marion County Property Tax Payers

Making the rounds via email: July 20, 2007 Dear Neighbors: We have taken the first important steps toward long-term property tax reform. The Governor’s order of a Marion County reassessment is welcome news to our friends and neighbors who have been shocked by the unacceptable tax bills issued this month. Thanks to the reassessment, Marion

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Which Lolcat Are You?

My score on The Which Lolcat Are You? Test: Lion Warning Cat (65% Affectionate, 83% Excitable, 37% Hungry) You are the good Samaritan of the lolcat world. Protecting others from danger by shouting observations and guidance in cases of imminent threat, you believe in the well-being of everyone. Link: The Which Lolcat Are You? Test

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Indy Star vs. Houston Chronicle: Houston has better readers

I happened to be reading this article in the Houston Chronicle about a gay male flight attendant murdered by a homophobe, and discovered something interesting while scrolling through the reader comments on the article. Houston Chronicle readers seem to be more articulate and logical (and better writers) than the typical reader of the Indianapolis Star.

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Iraq Vets Describe Common Civilian Casualties

The Other War: Iraq Vets Bear Witness: “I’ll tell you the point where I really turned,” said Spc. Michael Harmon, 24, a medic from Brooklyn. He served a thirteen-month tour beginning in April 2003 with the 167th Armor Regiment, Fourth Infantry Division, in Al-Rashidiya, a small town near Baghdad. “I go out to the scene

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links for 2007-07-20

Baynham & Tyers Innovation Business Consultants – Rube Goldberg Invention Awesome Rube Goldberg machine. Watch the video; I’ve never seen one that elaborate (tags: mousetrap goldberg invention rubegoldberg toys) Boing Boing: Disney rejection letter, 1938: no girls allowed! Wow – women illustrators and animators were turned away from Disney in the 30s – and female

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Harry Potter, Spoilers and Media Blackouts

After a friend posted a link to twitter displaying the last two pages of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – which I inadvertently clicked on and read, because I never received the previous “tweets” discussing what the link was about – I’m curtailing my media viewing for the rest of the week. Unfortunately, before

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links for 2007-07-18

Open Library (Open Library) Imagine a library that collected all the world’s information about all the world’s books and made it available for everyone to view and update. (tags: books copyright libraries research designCool opensource) Totally Sidetalkin’ Nokia N-Gage Style!! SIDETALKING 2004-2005 An old Nokia phone you held to your ear sideways. (tags: geekBling funny)

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Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney Ties Dog to Roof of Car

I’m a couple weeks late on this story, but it bears repeating. According to Time Magazine, and itchmo.com, Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney tied his family dog’s crate to the roof of the car for a 12 hour trip on the road. You can visit site to know more about the other packages offered by them.

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Rich white douchebags count on racism to win in 2008

During a panel discussion of the 2008 presidential election on the July 15 edition of NBC’s Meet the Press, syndicated columnist Robert Novak asserted: “Republicans are very pessimistic about 2008. When you talk to them off the record, they don’t see how they can win this thing. And then they think for a minute, and

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links for 2007-07-17

The Top 10 Conservative Idiots – The Top 10 Conservative Idiots, No. 299 Al Quaeda is back, the Iraq war is still failing, Bush won’t let people testify, Repubs are sex deviants. Same stuff, different day. (tags: politics republicans conservatives idiots) Michael Wallis Route 66 author (tags: route66) Dirty dancing, lip-synching, and “the routine” TV’s

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Sesame Street Clips that scared me as a kid

Courtesy of Boing Boing, where they felt the same way. This first one with the orange singing was really scary: This one was more funny, but it still bugged me. I swore up and down that Mahna Mahna was from Sesame Street, while friends of mine insisted it was from the Muppet Show. Turns out

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Rejected Openings for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

From theonering.net One morning, when Harry Potter woke from troubled dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a horrible vermin. It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single wizard in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wand. The sky above Privet Drive was the color of television,

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Al-Qaida has rebuilt, U.S. intel warns

From the Associated Press: WASHINGTON – U.S. intelligence analysts have concluded al-Qaida has rebuilt its operating capability to a level not seen since just before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, The Associated Press has learned. The conclusion suggests that the group that launched the most devastating terror attack on the United States has been able

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links for 2007-07-16

Edmund Scientific: educational toys, gifts, hobby supplies & science equipment for all ages (tags: science fun) Roger Russell’s Mystery Clock History Page (tags: clocks designCool designIdeas interesting)

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links for 2007-07-14

Steampunk Watches (tags: Steampunk watch clocks wishlist) Steampunk Watches 2 (tags: Steampunk watches clocks wishlist) Sageous Galleries, Peter A. Luber Sculptures Cool vaccuum tube sculptures (tags: sculpture art) Clifford A. Pickover’s Home Page (tags: books interesting scifi science) A Panoramic Camera How to build your own panoramic camera. I’m wondering if I can adapt this

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links for 2007-07-13

Sheep Floozy Syd McCutcheon’s art website. (tags: artist art) PC World – 100 Blogs We Love (tags: blogging technology media) NikonNet – Photographer Peter Kaplan Daring photographer that takes photos from great heights. (tags: photography artist) Film Techniques of Alfred Hitchcock – suspense, camera angles, style, editing, basics (tags: art movies patterns) FatFreeCart – Free

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Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home – It’s Phoebe’s 9th birthday today, and she traveled 5126 miles on the Route 66 trip. What did you bring me? Mom, while you were gone….

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Beetles Caravan

Beetle caravan @ Bob Evans While checking out after dinner, we saw this “Beetle Caravan” of toys for sale.

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Route 66 Road Trip Morning, Day 17 in Joplin, Missouri

We made a lot better progress yesterday on the trip home; all the way to Joplin, Missouri. And we even got a couple of stops in at the Cadillac Ranch, the Bug Ranch, and the restored U-Drop-Inn Gas Station in Shamrock, Texas. See all Photos from Santa Rosa, New Mexico to Joplin, Missouri. Today, we

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Morning, Day 16 in Santa Rosa, NM

We made it back to our desired destination last night, although rather later than we wanted. The restaurant we ate at in Flagstaff was an old Route 66 place called Granny’s Closet, that used to be home of the very first fiberglass muffler man/lumberjack statue. They donated it to the University of Arizona as a

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Photos Uploaded and Organized

I officially have all my photos uploaded and organized (so far; I’m sure there will be more pictures of the rest of the trip home, which will wind up in the “headed home” set.) I will still need to add captions and descriptions and such for everything, but I created separate sets of pictures for

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Googie Retro Signs on Route 66

While waiting for my photos to upload, I was doing some ego surfing and found a nice woman named Cordelia had blogged about reading about our Route 66 road trip – and she mentioned that she looked up the word “googie” because I used it several times to describe some of the old retro signs

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Kingman, Arizona for the night

We decided to make an early night of it in Kingman, Arizona; staying at a Comfort Inn because they have a indoor hot tub and free wireless. Ah, sweet high-speed internet, how I love thee so. I thought I would never see you again. This way we’ll have some time to decompress and get an

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Good Morning, from the West Coast

Yesterday, we reached our destination, the Pacific Ocean, and the official end of Route 66. It was an exciting day, and I have all those bittersweet feelings you get when you’re at the end of a big event and it’s finally time to say goodbye to people and head home. There’s lots I want to

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Route 66 Tour, Day 13 – In California

Yesterday was a pretty tough day driving. We had to travel from Williams, Arizona (about 1/3 of Arizona left to traverse) to Victorville, California (most of which is across desert). As we traveled through the day, the temperature kept climbing – I believe it topped out at 127 degrees at one point. We stopped off

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Seligman, Az

Angel Delgadillo, owner of Angel’s Barbershop and Route 66 icon, is on the left, Jerry and Kathy are showing him Homer the baseball beetle. He was tickled pink with it. Homer got lots of attention everywhere we went.

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Route 66 Tour, Day 12 – Morning at the Grand Canyon

Yesterday was pretty spectacular. We took Phoebe off to get a tire here in Williams, early in the morning, and got a call from everyone while we were there to say that we had to catch the earlier train to the Grand Canyon rather than the one we had reserved. So we left the car

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Route 66, Day 10: On to Albuquerque

We drove into Albuquerque yesterday, which is really beautiful city cradled in mountains, so every view has a gorgeous backdrop. I can see why people move out west; the landscape is so stunning. The sunset last night was really pretty. A small part of the trip was on old Route 66, so we drove through

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Route 66, Day 9, Morning: Leaving Roswell

We’re in the car heading out from Roswell with 14 other beetles, on the way to Albuquerque, which is back on route 66. It’s a fairly short trip – just 4 hours – so we’ll have time to stop at the VW dealer there to get Phoebe’s mass airflow sensor. John thinks he can put

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Route 66, Day 8: Sunday Morning, Roswell

Yesterday was the Car Show at the Roswell Convention Center and Beetle parade through Roswell; lots of fun; the weather was very hot. I have tons of pictures; the modifications on cars are dizzying; I can’t keep track of them all. I found myself wanting a beetle, too. Today though, I realize I need to

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Route 66 Trip: The RoswellR2K Show

Yesterday after blogging at the internet cafe, we visited several Alien shops downtown hunting for small aliens for our aliens vs. dinosaurs diorama in the car, then came back to the hotel for a nap before heading out of town to the Sky Watch Party, which is a bit more of people walking around looking

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Route 66, Day 6: Morning, Roswell NM

Yesterday was great; nice and leisurely. We really enjoyed Blue Swallow in Tucumcari. It was a nice change from the Motel 6, homey, clean and pleasantly retro. It reminded me a bit of the motel room in The Lost Room which does a lot to recommend it. Tucumcari has a long strip where the businesses

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Route 66: Tulsa to Amarillo

We left Tulsa in some pretty tricky traffic, which is really fun in a caravan of 17 people. Our first stop was the shoe tree, but we did a drive-by, although I think one of our leaders really wanted us to stop. Our next stop was the Rock Cafe in Stroud, a 1939 Route 66

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Route 66 – Morning, Day 4: St. Louis to Tulsa

Yesterday’s drive from St. Louis to Tulsa was pretty long. I knew when we were still at the hotel and they had 6 stops listed before we were supposed to be in Barton Springs, Kansas for lunch that our trip leaders were a bit overly-optimistic about what we could accomplish. We hopped on parts of

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Route 66, Day 2: Chicago to St. Louis

I had some trouble getting my bluetooth connection to the internet this evening (this motel 6 in St. Louis doesn’t have wireless) so I don’t know if I’ll be able to upload any of the 212 photos I took today. We woke up this morning and met the rest of the caravan, took tons of

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Route 66: Did I say 5 other beetles? I meant 12

We finally pulled into the motel at 11 Chicago time, and saw a huge row of beetles lined up; very fun. Too dark to take photos. Traffic in Chicago sucked hard, but we managed to get into town, finally. We parked in a scary-ass parking garage with the steepest ramps I’ve ever seen, and went

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Hey, guys! I’m blogging from the car!

The car, I’m blogging from it! I’ve got the ability to blog via my Motorola Razr via email in place, so I can update from the car while we’re traveling. We’re on the road in Phoebe, with lisa and Jason behind us, headed up to Chicago. I believe the plan is to get some food

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Keeping up with us on the road

Our Route 66 Itinerary [Google Mapped] I will be blogging as regularly as I can here, uploading photos to flickr, and sending updates via twitter. The Route 66 caravan to Roswell will have a live Web cam along for the ride. Our friend Lisa Linn, Web geek extraordinaire and owner of Spacepod, runs live web

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links for 2007-06-22

The Gayest Moments in Music – Blender Yep. Pretty much. (tags: music lgbt) Songs You Didn’t Know Were Covers – Blender I have to admit, many of these I did not know. (tags: music lists) Our Awesome List of Lists! – Blender Oh, just find all the interesting ones yourself. (tags: music lists) Grace Weston

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House I wanted flips for 10x the amount

Back in October of 2001, I was house-hunting in Herron-Morton Place neighborhood, and unfortunately I was competing for properties with investors who were looking for properties to flip, and since I had a loan and they had cash, my offers kept getting rejected. Anyways, I’m goofing around on Mibor.com looking at houses because one of

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Bluetooth internet connections

So, I can apparently connect to the internet using bluetooth-enabled phone as a modem, as well, which opens up my options even further. We temporarily upgraded to the unlimited data package, so it won’t cost an arm and a leg to do this on the phone. It’s really slow, and disconnects rather spontaneously, so I

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Dial Up Access and MacBooks

Huh. I guess setting up dial-up access would be easier if I actually had a modem in my laptop. I forgot that they don’t come built into MacBooks anymore, and I didn’t order the USB one. Oops. Well, this will be interesting.

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Blogging Via Phone – Test 2

Multimedia message, originally uploaded by ElectraSteph. Testing upload picture from laptop. Not only can I blog via a picture uploaded from my cellphone, I can also transfer a picture to my phone from the laptop and send that to my blog. That will work, in a pinch.

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Giant Brick Head

Giant Brick Head, originally uploaded by ElectraSteph. I’m testing the autoblogging feature from Flickr. If I can get this working right, I might actually be able to blog from my phone.

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Prepping for the big trip

We have a big list of stuff to do, and we’re slowly working through it. I’m not sure whether we should be panicking or not. I think things are under control. That’s strange, in that this is a bigger vacation than we’ve ever taken before, and that we’re trying to get the house clean for

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links for 2007-06-20

How to talk — and listen — to your pets – Creature Comforts – MSNBC.com (tags: dogs pets) Most Expensive Cities: Cost of Living Moscow tops in cost of living; London close behind (tags: economics urban lists finance) Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia A perfectly grammatical sentence.

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Woo hoo! My sister’s having a baby.

From my sister’s email: From: Stacy Mineart Date: June 19, 2007 6:49:29 AM EDT Subject: In other news… Just thought I’d drop you all a quick note to let you know you can expect some exciting news sometime early next January. Or as my charming spouse so delicately put it: “Hey Dad? I knocked up

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links for 2007-06-19

Poisonous Counterfeit Toothpaste Falsely Labeled as “Colgate” New York, New York June 15, 2007 …Colgate-Palmolive yesterday warned consumers that the counterfeit toothpaste, which has been found in some small, independent dollar-type discount stores, may not contain fluoride and could contain Diethylene Glycol, an (tags: health safety) The difference between Marketing, PR, Advertising and Branding |

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A Must-Read Article: “A Mistake of Historic Proportions

Kathy Kattenburg, one of the bloggers over at Shakesville posted a must-read article on the state of the middle east, Iraq, and the world-wide catastrophic consequences that will occur if we make the of trying to attack Iran. People were writing similar prescient words before the Iraq invasion; if we had listened to them, we

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Louisiana Town Bans Saggy Pants

It’s a shame they’re making this illegal really…. (original link, no longer active -http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/070613/koddities/oddity_saggy_britches)DELCAMBRE, La. (AP) – It soon will be a crime in this Cajun-country town to let the waistband of your pants sag too low in public. Mayor Carol Broussard has said he will sign an ordinance the town council approved this week

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links for 2007-06-18

Squirrel goes on rampage, injures 3 – Yahoo! News Apparently, my war on Squirrels is justified. (tags: funny news) Home Inspection Nightmares | – This Old House Photo Gallery Wow – photos from “This Old House’s” home inspection nightmares segment. There are several of these galleries – be sure to go through all of them,

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My Theory about the Sopranos Finale

I haven’t watched the last two seasons (tired of springing for HBO; they’re in the Netflix queue) but I have read the volumes of controversy over the series Finale, online and in print. Here’s my theory, which I haven’t yet seen posited anywhere, yet… I don’t think Tony got whacked at the very end. I

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links for 2007-06-16

Finding Nemo at a Game Studio’s Steampunk Office Suite Office decorated to look like the inside of the Nautilus. Wow. I wanna work there. (tags: interiorDesign Steampunk fiction office)

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links for 2007-06-15

How Not to Display Your Artwork on the Web I break some of these rules, unfortunately. I’ll need to rework my photo galleries again sometime soon. (tags: usability tutorial portfolio webdesign)

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20 Hotties for Thursday

I noted in my links a few days ago that the AfterEllen.com site has rated the “Hot 100 Women List” according to voting my their lesbian fans. This was in response to the crappy, misogynist list put together my Maxim magazine, and since AfterEllen’s list has gotten major press (and praise) for being diverse and

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Why I’m Still Disappointed with Movable Type, 4.0 Beta version

ridiculous rant. You can see the original rant below the fold. I am, apparently, really stupid. And quite wrong. And Jerame is quite right. Never mind. I’ll just be over here, making new category templates. Don’t mind me. UPDATE: Okay, I’m not quite that wrong. I can make a specialized template work for a single

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links for 2007-06-14

Bocce the City « Bad Idea a Day This really is a great idea; I’m filing it in my “Public Games” file for when I get around to organizing a city-wide game. (tags: gamesPublic fun games) BBC NEWS | Watching Britain from afar as far back as 1937, the belief that mundanity had a currency

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Route 66 Space Mix

I think I have something close to a final version of my music mix for the CD swap we’re doing for our Route 66 trip. I want to listen to it through a couple of times. It’s a bit on the cheesy and obvious side, but that’s okay. I’d do better if I had all

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links for 2007-06-13

The Abduction Lamp (tags: lamp scifi wishlist funny) SPF: Project Overview (tags: mail reference security dns) BatesLine: Western Swing Archives (tags: music)

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links for 2007-06-12

Booking Bands (Coudal) The Things They Might Be Giants Carried, The Who Moved My Cheese, Charlie Daniels and the Chocolate Factory – combining band names and book titles, with mixed results. (tags: bands books lists funny)

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links for 2007-06-11

Amanda’s Mnemonics Page Mnemonic: n. A device, such as a formula or rhyme, used as an aid in remembering. (tags: psychology memory learning) The Myth Of Salads – Consumerist Why Why Fast Food Salads Aren’t Necessarily Going To Help You Lose Weight (tags: nutrition health diet food article) CHW Online – Weekender – Staircase Risers

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Why I Hate Movable Type

If I can’t remember the Movable Type tag to include a module in template, I have to go through 40 clicks before I can even DOWNLOAD THE FUCKING MANUAL (WTF?!) to read it to find the damned tag. MAKE IT FUCKING EASIER, PEOPLE. Fucking learn something from Apple. Somehow, I have no hopes whatsoever that

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links for 2007-06-10

The AfterEllen.com Hot 100 List | AfterEllen.com The 100 hottest women, according to lesbian magazine After Ellen. (tags: celebrity women lists entertainment)

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Caturday!

It’s Caturday! Here’s the photo set of my birthday pictures! There’s a really awesome picture of Dan in my birthday set; Stephanie snapped the photo just as a waiter dropped a glass in the kitchen and he jumped. And here are some pictures from woodruff place last weekend. See the whole photo set on Flickr.

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links for 2007-06-09

mezzoblue § Propagating Interesting discussion of the various merits of domain name registrars. Noted for future reference, since mine are all over the place. (tags: domains registration lazyweb) Highslide JS – JavaScript thumbnail viewer (tags: portfolio photos webdesign widgets) Most recent common ancestor – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (tags: science research genetics biology) Colophon (publishing)

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What I got for my Birthday by Steph Mineart

So, I’m 3×13! Yay! From my Dad, I got $100 – which I promptly used to by a pair of Crocs, and the rest I put in the bank for our trip. From Elizabeth I got “The Most Beautiful Libraries in the World” – a book that some blogs have referred to as “library porn”

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links for 2007-06-08

littera_abactor: I Has a Sweet Potato Very funny story about a dog stealing sweet potatoes. When my dog does this, I solve the problem by ignoring the illicit chewing noises. (tags: funny humor pets) A Route 66 guide to the “Cars” movie « Route 66 News (tags: route66 travel movie fun) Route 66 News (tags:

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links for 2007-06-07

Obama Warns of ‘Quiet Riot’ Among Blacks – washingtonpost.com Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama said Tuesday that the Bush administration has done nothing to defuse a “quiet riot” among blacks that threatens to erupt just as riots in Los Angeles did 15 years ago. (tags: 2008 election politics) Student faces trial over Bush threats |

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4 Deaths from Rare Brain Disease in NE Indiana

A very disturbing Associated Press report about a rare set of deaths in the Fort Wayne area. FORT WAYNE, Ind. — A rare degenerative brain disorder was suspected in the deaths of four people in northeastern Indiana during the past five months, health officials said. Allen County Health Commissioner Deborah McMahan said the deaths were

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links for 2007-06-06

Summer 2007 :: Rebecca Blood Lots of summer reading lists to peruse. (tags: literature lists books) Texas lab finds pain medicine in pet food – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review The pain medication is the fifth contaminant found in pet foods during the past 2 1/2 months and can be toxic or lethal to pets, especially cats. It

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links for 2007-06-05

flatlandproject.com In this semi-extreme performance, 6 curious artists strip away not only most of modern life’s familiar structures, but an entire dimension: they have elected to inhabit a structure that effectively forces them to live in 2 dimensions. (tags: performance sculpture architecture house) Coudal Partners The instructions for a perfect vodka/vermouth martini. it’s 8:00 a.m.,

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Why Twitter?

To make bitter people write bad humor articles, of course. My friend Dan was googling his twitter ID (funny!) and discovered he’d been quoted in a “humor” article about Twitter on Funny Times, which he of course shared with his twitter pals, because – even more funny. Too bad that the article was yet another

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links for 2007-06-04

The Top 10 Conservative Idiots, No. 293 Friends of his from Texas were shocked recently to find him nearly wild-eyed, thumping himself on the chest three times while he repeated “I am the president!” (tags: conservatives idiots politics bush)

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Weekend Update 2007-06-03

We went to Woodruff Place Flea Market yesterday, and only got done with middle drive before I pooped out because I was hot and tired. It was also kind of a pain with Spike. I’ve taken him to it before, but it was far more crowded this time, so I had to think about him

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links for 2007-06-02

Grammar Nazi – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (tags: english language) Ooga-Mooga! The Tiki Mug Collection Organizer (tags: tiki gallery) LOL BOTS (tags: lolcats meme funny) Platform 9 3/4, King’s Cross Station on Flickr – Photo Sharing! Awesome. (tags: flickr london photos literature) Hausschrift-Liste Unternehmen-zu-Schrift – Typografie.info TypoWiki (tags: branding fonts typography) Macintosh: Using your mobile

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links for 2007-05-31

“The LOLcky Horror Picture Show” by Elliott C. Evans Awesome! (tags: meme movies funny lolcats) Glomp – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Um, yeah, I had to look up this word after reading it on a something awful article about anime. I am enlightened. Somewhat. (tags: definitions) Fun with Google Maps satellite images « Route 66

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Route 66 Mapping

The Mother Road: Historic Route 66 – a great information website has “Turn by Turn” maps that identify where Route 66 is, since some of the original road is no longer, and most of it isn’t marked with highway markers anymore. Turn by Turn Route 66 in Google Maps – Some kind Google Earth enthusiast

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“I’m here to shoot a pilot”

Boing Boing is questioning whether this is actually true, but it seems to be making the rounds and has shown up on numerous news sites: Director Mike Figgis spent longer at LAX airport than intended. He’d arrived in Los Angeles, along with half the acting and directing world, for what is known as ‘pilot season’,

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links for 2007-05-30

Stop Homework Stop Homework is the blog of Sara Bennett, co-author of The Case Against Homework: How Homework Is Hurting Our Children and What We Can Do About It. (tags: education children theory family) Caution: Some soft drinks may seriously harm your health Research from a British university suggests a common preservative found in drinks

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links for 2007-05-29

The Top 10 Conservative Idiots, No. 292 It never ends. But at least the idiocy is funny. (tags: conservatives republicans idiots politics)

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Big Things Photos – Back up and Running

My “Big Things” photo galleries are back up and running, finally, after some coding goofiness. In going through all the new photos, I realized I have hundreds of new ones to put online; I’m further behind on this project than I thought. But I have much easier ways to get them online, so that’s good.

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links for 2007-05-26

instructables : 4-leaf Clovers: A Finder’s Guide (tags: howto plants biology) Galls.com Catalog Law Enforcement Equipment – Public Safety Equipment – Law Enforcement Uniforms. Noted because it’s how some people have modded their vehicles to be “urban camouflaged.” (tags: clothes safety survival shopping)

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Al Gore’s Office

Check out how cluttered Al Gore’s Office is. (From Time Photo Series.) Nice monitor set-up. That would be awesome.

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links for 2007-05-25

just severe enough « passive-aggressive notes from roommates, neighbors, coworkers and strangers “If you leave the coffee pot low, you fail at life.” Stephanie should put this up in her office. (tags: funny) dk.com: DK Publishing Inc. Publisher of those cool image-rich reference books. (tags: reference books publishing education) Passive-aggressive behavior – Wikipedia, the free

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Working on my “Big Things” photo galleries

The lack of posting around here lately is because I’m reworking my “Big Things” photo galleries. I’m reworking the thumbnails to make them larger, but with smaller file sizes. I’m reorganizing them and making it harder for people to hotlink to the photos and chew up my bandwidth. I also have a bunch of new

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Joss Whedon on the “Honor” Killing of Dua Khalil

Joss Whedon recently wrote a long piece about the “Honor” Killing of Dua Khalil, and asked that it be posted on Whedonesque, an unofficial fan site of his work. I haven’t written anything about this event, although I read about it on several blogs, because it’s the kind of occurrence that leaves me chilled with

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links for 2007-05-22

Garden Supply – Planet Natural Store for environmentally friendly garden products. (tags: garden green environment organic sustainability) Poisoned Toothpaste in Panama Is Believed to Be From China – New York Times Great. Just great. (tags: food safety health) Color Oracle Designing for the color impaired. A tool to test your color palettes so that your

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Today’s Fortune Cookie

You will enjoy good health, you will be surrounded by luxury. I take it back fortune cookie – I believe every word you say, I swear!

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Unitarians at Arlington National Cemetery

Stephanie had some interesting news from her family today – Years ago when her Opa was interred at Arlington National Cemetery, his headstone was configured with the flaming chalice – the Unitarian Universalist symbol. Later her Oma was buried next to him, and recently her cousin Chip went out to visit them, and the flaming

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links for 2007-05-19

Google Maps – Old Route 66 Similar to the map I created, but mine shows our actual stops along the route. (tags: google maps travel history America) Popular names for twins, 2006 – Social Security Info Note how many of them have same initial letters. And some of them that are just too similar. (tags:

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links for 2007-05-18

ScienceDaily: Ceiling Height Can Affect How A Person Thinks, Feels And Acts “When a person is in a space with a 10-foot ceiling, they will tend to think more freely, more abstractly. They might process more abstract connections between objects in a room, whereas a person in a room with an 8-foot ceiling will be

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Random Facts About My Head

Attention, Everyone: My head measures 21 and 7/8ths inches around, which means I wear a 7 M sized hat, according to the Hats In the Belfry website. That is all. UPDATE: That is not all. Furthermore… Although I would never wear one, I really love these hats.

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Gardening

You’ll have to pardon me – this is on of those posts that’s just making notes for myself to refer back to later. Last night I planted in the front flowerbeds: 1 purple lavender 1 orange symphony 1 summertime pink charma 2 Dianthus – Confetti Deep Red 2 Dianthus – Spangled Star A seed packet

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links for 2007-05-17

Burma Shave and Route 66 Songs, Dust Bowl Books (tags: reference history) True Colors Tour 2007 – Cyndi Lauper, Erasure, Dresden Dolls, Debbie Harry “We should all have the right to live with the same dignity, opportunity, safety. It shouldn’t matter what anyone’s sexual orientation is.” — Cyndi Lauper, True Colors Tour, 2007 (tags: events

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Get Your Kicks on Route 66

At the end of June, Stephanie and I are going to take her new Beetle, Phoebe, on the annual road trip caravan to Roswell, New Mexico – Roswell 2k. This year there’s a Route 66 version of the trip, which we’ll be joining in Chicago, along with several of Stephanie’s Beetle-owning friends. So we’ll drive

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My Past Falwell Greatest Hits

Joke posts about Falwell I posted in the past that are getting traffic now that he’s died. No guarantees on the quality of the jokes… The Theological Significance of Tinky Winky 5 Reasons Tinky Winky Can’t Be Gay The Top 13 Reasons Jerry Falwell Thinks Your Favorite TV Character is Gay The Batty Hymn of

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links for 2007-05-16

The Top Five Tools for Managing Your Mac’s iTunes Library > InformIT Number 5 on the list is what I was looking for – a way for us to use iTunes on 2 different computers by have the same music library. (tags: iTunes tools music productivity) Some Community Tips for 2007 | fortuitous Matt Haughey

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Jerry Falwell Dead at 73

According to CNN: The Rev. Jerry Falwell, the television minister whose 1979 founding of the Moral Majority galvanized American religious conservatives into a political force, died Tuesday at age 73. Falwell was found unconscious and without a pulse in his office at Liberty University, the college he founded in Lynchburg, Virginia, said Ron Godwin, the

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links for 2007-05-15

Subtraction: The Failures Behind Success Khoi Vinh’s commencement address. (tags: inspiration webdesign) Bush challenges hundreds of laws – The Boston Globe President Bush has quietly claimed the authority to disobey more than 750 laws enacted since he took office, asserting that he has the power to set aside any statute passed by Congress when it

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links for 2007-05-12

NATIONAL JOURNAL: Administration Withheld E-Mails About Rove (05/10/07) The Bush administration has withheld a series of e-mails from Congress showing that senior White House and Justice Department officials worked together to conceal the role of Karl Rove in installing Timothy Griffin, a protégé of Rove’s, as U.S. attorney (tags: hypocrisy lies bush politics) The Free

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Today’s Fortune Cookie

“You crave your lover when the two of you are apart.” Ooo la la! Hawt cookie! I couldn’t read it out loud to my co-worker – I had to hand it to her to read, lest I get a case of the giggles. (But I will be reading it out loud to my girlfriend later.)

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The L-Word’s Illene Chaiken

If you’re a fan of the show (or if, like us you’re really just a fan of Leisha Hailey) then this parody will be hysterical. (via Dorothy Snarker).

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links for 2007-05-11

Spiderman Personalized Video – Kideo.com This is just scary – have your kid’s head superimposed on a Spider-man cartoon. (tags: weird) Genes Take Charge, and Diets Fall by the Wayside – New York Times Lots of very interesting information here on dieting and weightloss. (tags: nutrition health food)

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Solar-Diesel Hybrid VW Microbus – concept car

I ran across a video on the Verdier Bus on YouTube, and had to google to find out more about what it is. Turns out it’s a concept car – a design firm put it together and it won a Special Prize from the Jury at the Caravaning Design Award 2006/2007. The Website for the

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Diverticulitis

Yes, I’m specializing in getting diseases (Diverticulitis, Pleurisy) that sound like things your great-grandma suffered from back in the 1800s. I plan on getting consumption next, followed by typhoid. Then I’ll start talking about my Sciatica. This is ridiculous. I spent the night in the hospital; Stephanie took me there after work because I had

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links for 2007-05-09

102 Weird Facts You Never Knew About Dogs | The Found Bin It is a myth that dogs are color blind. They can actually see in color, just not as vividly as humans. It is akin to our vision at dusk. (tags: dogs pets lists designCool designIdeas) fagbug.com – activism on wheels On April 18th,

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I try to be like Grace Kelly, But all her looks were too sad

Just getting some color ideas out there for something I’m working on… I could be brown I could be blue I could be violet sky I could be hurtful I could be purple I could be anything you like Gotta be green Gotta be mean Gotta be everything more Why don’t you like me? Why

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links for 2007-05-08

Wired 14.06: Fixer-Uppers Architects that build for the world’s homeless. How not Howard Roark of them. (tags: architecture charity) What the myth of mirror neurons gets wrong about the human brain. – By Alison Gopnik – Slate Magazine Mirror neurons are supposed to be “altruistic cells” in the mind that cause us to mirror the

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links for 2007-05-07

Travel USA Travel – Route 66 Travel Guide – USA Tourist Getting ready for our Route 66 tour this summer. (tags: travel tourism) Route 66: Links & Resources (tags: travel tourism) The Mother Road: Historic Route 66 (tags: travel tourism maps guide) Flickr: No Fact Zone.net’s photos tagged with LOLBERT Stephen Colbert’s version of lolcats.

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Books I’m In the Middle Of…

Every once it a while I can’t decide what to read, so I pick up more than one book and I have several of them halfway done; this is one of those times. Sword of the Guardian: A Legend of Ithyria (Legends of Ithyria) by Merry Shannon Actually, I finished this cheesy lesbian fantasy fiction

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links for 2007-05-06

Hearts & Minds – The Boston Globe Since Plato, scholars have drawn a clear distinction between thinking and feeling. Now science suggests that our emotions are what make thought possible. (tags: science psychology thoughts language) Swiss Graphic Design History – a photoset on Flickr (tags: posters illustration design inspiration)

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It’s Caturday!

And I R posting some of my favoritest LOLcat pictures for your entertainment, because I R not allowed to do anything and I R bored. These probably won’t stay on my site long. So enjoy them now.

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Cardiac Catheterization – good news

My cardiac catheterization went really well today. We found out that my arteries are clear and functioning great, and my heart’s in good shape. I have high blood pressure, which I will now be taking medication for. And we were already planning a heart-healthy nutrition and exercise program, so we’re already doing the right thing.

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links for 2007-05-04

IU Study: Content analysis of O’Reilly’s rhetoric finds spin to be a ‘factor’ A media study at IU determines: “Commentator uses name-calling more than once every seven seconds in ‘Talking Points Memo’ (tags: media politics research IU) Villains, Victims and the Virtuous in Bill O’Reilly’s “NO-SPIN ZONE” Statistical tables from the IU study. (tags: media

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A Partial List of My Pet Peeves

Posted today for your amusement/irritation, to be updated as necessary on future occasions. People who walk up escalators …especially when they ask you to move out of the way. Seriously – go take the fracking stairs, Sporty. I’m using the escalator for a reason. I don’t come over to your treadmill at the gym and

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links for 2007-05-03

Copykat Recipes Recreating favorite restaurant dishes at home. (tags: recipes reference food cooking) LJWorld.com – Lawrence, Kansas Very nice newspaper site design. Simple, clean, efficient. (tags: designCool inspiration) The Credit Card Prank John Hargrave ask “How crazy would I have to make my signature before someone would actually notice?” (tags: pranks security shopping funny identity)

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Sexed-up Hermione Granger

As Bil points out, for the IMAX promotional poster for “Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix” movie someone adjusted Hermione’s girl parts somewhat in comparison to the original movie poster, giving her some bigger boobs, a thinner waist and fluffier hair. I grabbed the picture he posted comparing the posters side-by-side, and overlaid

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links for 2007-05-02

MacKinnon: ‘Women are not human’ – The Harvard University Gazette In legal terms, women are not human, according to MacKinnon, who discovered that fact while parsing the language of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The 1948 United Nations document defines what a human is, and what people are universally entitl (tags: feminism gender law

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Hot-Wing-Flavored Chicken with Ranch Sauce

from Healthy Soul Food Recipes, by the American Heart Association Serves 4; 3 ounces chicken and 2 tablespoons sauce per serving 2 tablespoons hot-pepper sauce, or to taste 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 2 teaspoons olive oil 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 4 ounces each), all visible fat discarded Vegetable oil spray 1

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OMFG – I’m on Joe.My.God.

This tabloid magazine photo I snapped on a knee-jerk reaction and then blogged about has been making the rounds of the internets; I swore I wasn’t going to do a “oooh, look how popular I am! I’m famous!” post, because that’s so lame. Plus, I’ve had other things to worry about. But today it’s on

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Michele Bachmann

“Any of you who have members of your family that are in the lifestyle – we have a member of our family that is. This is not funny. It’s a very sad life. It’s part of Satan, I think, to say this is gay. It’s anything but gay.” – Michele Bachmann, (R) Minnesota 6th District.

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FDA limits Chinese food additive imports

The FDA release from the FDA site. USA Today explains: The Food and Drug Administration is enforcing a new import alert that greatly expands its curtailment of some food ingredients imported from China, authorizing border inspectors to detain ingredients used in everything from noodles to breakfast bars. The new restriction is likely to cause delays

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links for 2007-05-01

Filler in Animal Feed Is Open Secret in China – New York Times For years, producers of animal feed all over China have secretly supplemented their feed with the substance, called melamine, a cheap additive that looks like protein in tests, even though it does not provide any nutritional benefits. (tags: dogs cats pets safety)

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Facebook kills Arab LBTG group to appease mideast govs

Boing Boing has the story. UPDATE: Turns out this may have been a hoax – the administrator of the Arab LBGT group was contacted by someone representing themselves as being from Facebook in order to close the group. Facebook actually supports the existence of the group on their site.

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Cardiac Catheterization

The other day, I wrote about my recent stress test, commenting at the conclusion: “It was all very interesting. I should know my results in a few days, but I’m optimistic.” Well, I spoke a bit too soon on that one. The results of the stress test were rather perplexing to my cardiologist. It seems

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Two Girls Kissing in School Videotaped, leads to school transfer

From a local Washington state news report: GIG HARBOR, Wash. — Restrictions on the use of school security videotape have been tightened after images of two high school students kissing were shown to the parents of one of the girls, officials say. Keith Nelson, dean of students at Gig Harbor High School, said he saw

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Melamine has been added to pet food for years

According to the New York Times. My first cat Idgie died of renal failure. Now I’m upset that maybe it didn’t have to happen. UPDATE: Scientists are figuring out how the melamine contaminate reacts with other ingredients to kill pets. Dr. Perry Martos and colleagues from the Agriculture and Food Laboratory at Guelph’s Laboratory Services

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links for 2007-04-30

Early gay activism discovered in National Archives A dusty scroll of parchment which contains the writings of an 18th century proponent of gay rights has been unearthed. (tags: literature lgbt history) T. rex bone strengthens dinosaur, chicken link Researchers have decoded genetic material from a 68 million-year-old Tyrannosaurus rex, an unprecedented step once thought impossible.

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Clerks II

“Well then, you must be as blind as Anne Frank, ’cause what’s the point in having an internet connection if you’re not using it to look at weird, fucked-up pictures of dirty sex you’ll never have yourself?” – Clerks II

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Crothersville Hate Crime Murderers May Get Off Easy

Advance Indiana continues to follow up on the story I noted earlier of the brutal hate crime beating murder of Aaron Hall in Crothersville, Indiana. Gary Welsh reports the criminals are being charged lightly given the bias and brutality of the crime, and may even get off with an outrageous manslaughter conviction. Read the details.

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links for 2007-04-29

Endangered Species Chocolate | Dark, Milk and White Chocolate Gifts Our cocoa is 100% ethically traded. Philosophically, ethical trade and fair trade are one in the very same. We buy our cocoa from small family-owned properties, helping sustain the habitats and communities they are in. This cocoa is grown in the natural s (tags: Chocolate

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Thoughts on the Jesus MCC Bilboard Campaign

Awhile back, I wrote about the second part of Jesus MCC’s anti-discrimination campaign here in Indianapolis, involving six provocative billboards. At the time, I said “I like it!” without putting a whole lot of thought into the matter. Soon after that, I caught sight of one of the billboards, at 38th and College. I have

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How many people will die because of this false headline?

It’s one thing when they have bat boys and aliens in the tabloids, but this false headline is going to get people killed. The guy WAS NOT gay – there’s just no evidence of it. But now every retarded redneck in the country will read this in line at Wal-Mart (because that’s the only thing

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links for 2007-04-28

A Dark Chocolate a Day Keeps the Doctor Away ark chocolate contains more flavoniods than any other food — including green tea, black tea, red wine, and blueberries. (tags: health food heart) Itchmo – Melamine Recall Foods List and Information (tags: dog pets safety cats)

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Another Indiana Hate Crime Death

From WTHR, a story on a man who was beaten to death in Crothersville, Indiana because his attackers thought he was gay: Aggravated Assault in a Vehicle, honor killing and hate crimes are increasing day by day. Police found Aaron Hall’s badly beaten body hidden inside a garage on Sunday. Charged in connection with the

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links for 2007-04-27

Cynical-C Blog – » The Blame Game: Virginia Tech Cynical C is keeping track of everything that has been blamed for the massacre at Virginia Tech, complete with links. (tags: violence news culture) Giant Fossil Rain Forest Discovered in Illinois A giant fossilized rain forest has been unearthed in an Illinois coal mine, scientists announced

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Joost

I downloaded and played with Joost, the TV on the internet viewing software that Warner and Viacom have signed up to put TV shows on. Interesting, I guess. I’m not thrilled about having to use a different interface than my browser to watch videos. And I had trouble finding anything interesting to watch. There’s boxing

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My New Favorite Batman Movie

I’d give you an overview of this fan-produced marvel, but it would be better to just read the recap that this guy wrote. Let me point out one thing he didn’t though – Robin is wearing green rubber cleaning gloves. And then there’s the sequel: I love the interweb.

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links for 2007-04-26

Eight In One Announces Nationwide Recall of All Lots of Dingo(R) CHICK’N JERKY Treats for Dogs, Cats and Ferrets: Financial News – Yahoo! Finance Eight In One, Inc., a division of United Pet Group, Inc., is voluntarily recalling nationally all lots of Dingo® CHICK’N JERKY treats due to Company concerns that the jerky treats have

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Strategic Incompetence

From the Wall Street Journal: To learn something at the office can be difficult. But to refrain from learning something requires years of practice and refinement. It’s an office skill that Steven Crawley finds indispensable. “The inability to grasp selective things can be very helpful in keeping your desk clear of unwanted clutter,” says the

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The Bushes are “suffering”

On the Today Show this morning: ANN CURRY: Do you know the American people are suffering… watching [Iraq]? LAURA BUSH: Oh, I know that very much, and, believe me, no suffers more than their president and I do when we watch this. And certainly the commander-in-chief who has asked our military to go into harm’s

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Ohio Election Fraud

Um, yeah – a really interesting tidbit of information from Slashdot: goombah99 writes: “Netcraft is showing that an event happened in the Ohio 2004 election that is difficult to explain. The Secretary of State’s website, which handles election reporting, normally is directed to an Ohio-based IP address hosted by the Ohio Supercomputer Center. On Nov.

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links for 2007-04-25

The Top 10 Conservative Idiots, No. 288 Oh, look. Indiana’s own Todd Rokita made the list. (tags: republicans conservatives idiots politics) Feeds Different widgets that will embed an RSS feed into your page. (tags: rss syndication webdesign) Chaotic Christians Home OMG. The Christians are podcasting from Greenwood, Indiana. Save yourselves! (tags: scary) Twitter / gregorlove

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Heir to the Glimmering World

I also can’t find enough time to write a synopsis of Heir to the Glimmering World by Cynthia Ozick – a book I picked up in Chicago last July and just finished reading, so again I’m going to cheat and give you the synopsis/review From Publishers Weekly instead: Ozick’s previous novel, The Puttermesser Papers, revolved

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The Thirteenth Tale

Unfortunately, I don’t have time to write a synopsis of The Thirteenth Tale – (I’ve been meaning to since I finished this fun, enjoyable book three weeks ago!) so I’ll have to cheat and give you Amazon’s instead: Settle down to enjoy a rousing good ghost story with Diane Setterfield’s debut novel, The Thirteenth Tale.

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Stress Tests

Ooo – I haven’t done a real blog post (as opposed to link posts) in quite some time. Well let me remedy that. As part of the “ruling things out” process when it comes to my reoccurring bouts with pleurisy, my pulmonologist asked me to go back to my cardiologist and rule out my heart

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links for 2007-04-24

leifpeng’s photosets on Flickr Awesome collection of vintage advertising art and editorial illustrations. (tags: advertising art posters retro vintage illustrations inspiration designIdeas) Shootings: Comment: The New Yorker Compelling commentary on gun control laws and the Virginia Tech tragedy. (tags: news violence) String Theory Explained Seed Magazine’s illustration of string theory. Yeah, I still don’t get

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links for 2007-04-23

SimpleWeather Simpler, easier to use weather site than weather.com (tags: weather) SuperSync Web Site Syncing music between two different computers. (tags: music iTunes software) Gorilla Holds Aloft A VW Beetle, Leicester – Brandon, Vermont Cool. I’ll have to see this sometime if we take a trip to Vermont. (tags: bigThings monkeys) They didn’t realize that

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links for 2007-04-22

Queercore – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Queercore is a cultural and social movement that began in the mid 1980’s as an offshoot of punk. It is distinguished by a discontent with society in general and a complete disavowal of the mainstream gay and lesbian community and what those involved belie (tags: wikipedia music) List of

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links for 2007-04-21

Stock Photo Objects – Royalty Free Photo Object Images by Subscription (tags: stockphotos) AtomicSonic (tags: music sculpture retro vintage electronics) Flickr: Discussing Completed Targets in Wonderful London A “Then and Now” Flickr group for re-creating vintage photos of London with modern day counterparts. (tags: london history photos culture flickr) Flickr: Then and Now A Then

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Who Is Sick?

(original link, no longer active – http://whoissick.org/sickness/) Who is Sick? is a Google map-based application where you can enter data detailing the symptoms of your illness, add it to a map of your location, and see who in your particular area is also sick. Kinda interesting, especially in my neighborhood. 2022-03-17 Update: The site didn’t

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links for 2007-04-20

Trisignia » Twitter and the Virginia Tech Emergency Notes about how twitter is being used for emergency earthquake notifications… (tags: twitter social networking safety emergency) Virginia Tech massacre – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (tags: wikipedia news) twittersearch (tags: twitter tools search) Twitterment::What are we twittering? (tags: twitter zeitgeist mashup) Siva Vaidhyanathan’s Website Author of “The

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Upcoming.org is part of Yahoo?

When the heck did that happen? It’s cool, but I must have missed the announcement. Wow, there’s a ton more events from Indianapolis listed there now.

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A Federal Prescription Drug Database?

In some of the Virginia Tech news coverage, this caught a few people’s eye: Some news accounts have suggested that Cho had a history of antidepressant use, but senior federal officials tell ABC News that they can find no record of such medication in the government’s files. This does not completely rule out prescription drug

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Indiana Intolerance – Day of Silence Leads to Anti-Gay Bomb Threats

The “National Day of Silence” is an annual, nationwide school event designed to bring attention to the bullying, harassment and violence directed at gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered kids in school settings. I’ve tried to mention it mentioned the event the past couple of years here to promote what I think is a worthwhile event.

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links for 2007-04-19

OneDayBlogSilence.com (tags: blogging news) Runcible spoon – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (tags: poetry language) Actress Kitty Carlisle Hart dies at 96 – Boston.com A moment of silence, please. (tags: movies celebrities)

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links for 2007-04-18

Junk Charts Recycling chartjunk as junk art. (tags: visualization graphics fun) The May Day Mystery – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia refers to a series of cryptic ads which have been placed in the Arizona Daily Wildcat, the newspaper of the University of Arizona, every May 1 since 1981. (In 1983, 1988, 1999 and 2005 the

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The Landlord

I’ve been telling Stephanie that she needs to be a hardass as a landlord. Here’s a video where she can get some pointers on how to do it. UPDATE: Linked instead of embedded because the auto-play was annoying.

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Jesus MCC’s New Campaign

The second part of Jesus MCC’s anti-discrimination campaign is rolling out here in Indianapolis, and it involves six potentially provocative billboards like this one: I like it.

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links for 2007-04-17

Personal space – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Heh. (tags: wiki Sociology society) Sallie Mae Agrees to $25B Takeover: Financial News – Yahoo! Finance Hmmm. This may affect three of my friends who work for Sallie Mae – interesting. (tags: Indianapolis business) xkcd – A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language – By Randall Munroe

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XKCD Comic

I’ve visited the XKCD comic’s website before in passing, but I stumbled across it again today, and read more of it; it’s great. In Connor’s second thesis it is stated ‘There is no fate but what we make for ourselves.’ Does the routine destroy our creativity or do we lose creativity and fall into the

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More Twitter Stuff

Now that I’ve reached a critical mass of friends who used twitter, some of the designers that I had added to my friends list back in SXSW are getting annoying. I kept a bunch of them because it was interesting to hear what they were working on during the day and how they approached design

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links for 2007-04-16

LocalHarvest – Community Supported Agriculture Details Local farming information; where to get food in Indiana that isn’t a frickin’ biohazard. (tags: food Indiana shopping) Tabloid Mags: Angus Young Meets Betty Friedan Katie writes a cento turning AC/DC lyrics into a feminist anthem. English majors are cool. (tags: poetry funny music)

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links for 2007-04-15

Photographing Squirrels – a photoset on Flickr Photos of squirrels, who are in turn taking pictures. Just look, it’s great. (tags: flickr photography) Hanttula.com Presents the { Circus of Disemboweled Plush Toys } I should send in pics of all the toys Spike has torn apart. (tags: toys funny) Russell’s teapot – Wikipedia, the free

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Stephanie’s Soon-To-Be New Car

Stephanie put a deposit down on this car the other day. (Yep, she picked the yellow and black.) She should get one sometime next year… 2022-03-17 Update: We had this car for about 8 months and she sold it for more than she paid for it. The transmission on it was not great and it

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Weekend To Dos

Taxes – Stephanie is finishing these up. She’s awesome. Hallway painting – I’m painting two walls in the upstairs hallway where the Beetle collectible display shelves will go. This will let us finally unpack and arrange those boxes. we’ve been delaying that unpacking because we didn’t want to have to move the shelves when we

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links for 2007-04-14

YUI Theater: Joe Hewitt, Welcome to Firebug 1.0 » Yahoo! User Interface Blog (tags: firefox webdev webstandards tutorial) Wikis Gone Wild A list of several interesting or prominent publicly-editable wikis. (tags: social wikipedia wiki reference) A Word of Advice During a Housing Slump: Rent – New York Times Interesting article on the housing market –

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Grrrrrrrrrr.

It’s very rare that I have one of those days where I want to stand up and quit my job in the middle of the meeting, because I’m so angry at everyone in the room – but I’m having one of those today.

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links for 2007-04-13

Winning without glory | IndyStar.com A measure to ask voters to amend the state constitution to prevent same-sex couples from getting married sailed through the state Senate and would have fared likewise in the House had it not run into a procedural snag and a push-back from corporate public (tags: Indiana marriage rights equality lgbt)

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Dining Out For Life Today

Today is Dining Out For Life – Participating Restaurants will donate 25-50% of your food bill on April 12th to pay for local services in the Fight Against AIDS. Visit the website to see a list of participating restaurants.

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links for 2007-04-12

The TNL.net weblog » Blogger’s Code of Conduct: a Dissection (tags: culture speech blogging) NYPD Intelligence Op Targets Dot-Matrix Graffiti Bike – Mans arrest during the Republican Convention was a set-up by the police – he was targeted for not being Republican. (tags: surveillance activism abuse scandal freedom) you thought we wouldn’t notice Examples of

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links for 2007-04-11

List of Digital Asset Management systems – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (tags: software tools) Top 10 successful ways to sell digital asset management to your boss – The Extensis Community Blog covering Font Management, Digital Asset Management and info for Creative Professionals (tags: productivity software) Subtraction: The Funniest Grid You Ever Saw (tags: grid webdesign

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24,000 some songs gone

I took my 200 GB external drive with all of my music on it to CompUSA this weekend to have it put in a new enclosure, because the old one was going bad. I had this happen before to a Maxtor drive – the enclosure doesn’t spin the drive fast enough, apparently, so the disk

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Maxine Dangerous – Out of Hiding

My friend Maxine Dangerous is one of the funniest cartoonists I’ve ever read, and she’s drawing this stuff in Microsoft Paint, which is probably the part I appreciate the most. I can only imagine what she would do with Illustrator. Today’s episode made me laugh out loud. And another one of my very favorites. Which

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Dear Internet, I’d like to complain about the weather

Serious, it’s April, and I’m a bit tired of the cold. All last night I was freezing in bed, but I was too sleepy to actually get up and find another blanket. Can we get some more sun around here? 2022-03-16 Update: Hello, Seasonal Affective Disorder. The annual unwelcome guest.

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links for 2007-04-10

Google Maps Custom google maps are now much easier…. (tags: help howto cartography custom) Easter Monday – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Dyngus Day, or Easter Monday. Never heard of it before. Adding it to the Odd Holidays calendar. (tags: holidays) The Top 10 Conservative Idiots, No. 286 John McCain and Mike Pence make spectacles of

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Civility on the Web – New York Times has me ROTFLMAO

From the NY Times “A Call for Manners in the World of Nasty Blogs“: Is it too late to bring civility to the Web? The conversational free-for-all on the Internet known as the blogosphere can be a prickly and unpleasant place. Now, a few high-profile figures in high-tech are proposing a blogger code of conduct

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Our Awesome Realtor, Sherry Soforic

I have been terribly remiss on one aspect of my recent home sale – in all of the celebration over getting the thing finished, and the tearing out of the hair that came before it, I completely neglected to mention how awesome our Realtor is. Spike helping Sherry fill out paperwork to sell my house.

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links for 2007-04-09

No one belongs here more than you. Stories by Miranda July Awesome website. (tags: funny marketing publishing) Permanent drought predicted for Southwest – Los Angeles Times The driest periods of the last century — the Dust Bowl of the 1930s and the droughts of the 1950s — may become the norm in the Southwest United

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What we’re eating for dinner….

Mmmmm…. lamb. Like eating the baby Jesus on Easter. UPDATE: It was delicious. It came marinated in a burgundy wine sauce with rosemary, and Stephanie baked it and served it with potatoes and vegetables. Yum!

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More Twitter Fun

Adding the Twitter RSS feeds of my friends and family members to my feed reader, so I can catch up with them later if I miss something. I’m really excited that my sister Stacy is now on Twitter – just hearing little updates from England at about a 7 hour time shift is really entertaining,

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Twitter Related Fun

Twitterific is a great little Macintosh program that lets you get (and make) your twitter updates without having to have the browser window open. There does seem to be a couple of similar Window/PC programs that lets you do the same thing – Twitterlicious is one, and Twitbox is another. I’ve never used either, so

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Social Networking

All the social networks I’m on. The list was getting too long to keep it on a sidebar anymore, so it’s getting its own dedicated page. Obligatory My Flickr Photos [Link deprecated – http://www.iconbuffet.com/] Me on Icon Buffet [Link deprecated – http://www.facebook.com] Me on Facebook [Link deprecated – http://www.myspace.com/] Me on MySpace [Link deprecated –

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“You know You’re From Indiana” video podcast namechecks me

Years ago, I got one of those “you know you’re from Indiana when…” emails, and threw it on my site in the jokes section, because that was the style back in the day. When I was moving my static content into my content management system this time last year, I featured it on my front

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links for 2007-04-07

Audacity: Free Audio Editor and Recorder Audacity is free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. It is available for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems. (tags: sound software radio freeware) About TypeIt4Me (tags: apple freeware productivity software) I love my new Mac (list of cool utilities from Twitter) «

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Learning Fetch

I think we need to start introducing treats into the fetch game for Spike, as incentive to bring back the object. Right now, we’re playing with lamb, hippo, frog, and monkey, and the only one he’ll bring back is frog, because it’s his favorite. Hmmm. Positive reinforcement required.

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links for 2007-04-06

The VOCO Clock Stephen Fry wakes you up in the morning. (tags: gadget gifts wishlist clocks) Brad Choate: SQL Plugin I need to investigatte this further to see if it solves my category listing concerns. (tags: movableType plugin) Labs/The Coop – MozillaWiki Mozilla is thinking about building social networking capabilities right into the browser. Awesome,

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Forbes on Twitter

David M Ewalt from Forbes on the subject of Twitter: “I’m not interested in what you had for breakfast.” Yeah, I’m not interested in what you had for breakfast either. That’s why I don’t follow you on twitter, ass. I do care what my friends had for breakfast; therefore I follow them. I’m sorry you’re

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Recent Fortune Cookies

From lunch today at Changs: Your skills will accomplish what the force of many cannot. Damn. I better get some skills quick. Seriously, though, this is one of the better fortunes I’ve ever received. Be neater if it were true. From lunch last week at Changs: Everywhere you choose to go, friendly faces will greet

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links for 2007-04-05

Overton window – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Political theory on the right-wing’s tendency to shift the political window to the right, so people thing moderate ideas are actually liberal. (tags: marketing politics psychology theory) Nikon | Universcale Animation that shows the scale of landmark objects (the sphinx, the london eye, humans, whales, dinosaurs) in comparison

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Hate my site?

[link deprecated – http://www.netdisaster.com/go.php?mode=creampie&url=https://commonplacebook.com/] Splatter it with cream pies. [link deprecated – http://www.netdisaster.com/go.php?mode=dino&sound=on&url=https://commonplacebook.com/] Make dinosaurs tromp on it. [link deprecated – http://www.netdisaster.com/go.php?mode=dog&url=https://commonplacebook.com/] Let dogs poop on it. Or just [link deprecated – http://www.netdisaster.com/go.php?mode=flowers&url=https://commonplacebook.com/] let a bunch of hippie flowers grow on it.

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Regarding SJR-7

I just wanted to say that there are a lot of hard working people who were tireless in getting SJR-7 stopped in its tracks. I’m afraid to start naming them, because I’ll manage to leave someone out – but every single person who was involved in the grassroots effort worked hard – much harder than

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I feel like shit

In the myriad of doctors appointments I have, I managed to forget the most important one – my Monday appointment with my new primary care physician. It was scheduled so far from when I actually made the appointment that I completely lost track of it- I thought it was on April 28th, which it turns

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links for 2007-04-04

Gravatar – Globally Recognized Avatars (tags: avatar networking resources) glumbert.com – Supermarket 2.0 Hilarious geek video. (tags: web2.0 geek video humor) The Historic Old Northside Our neighborhood’s website. It really needs a makeover. (tags: Indianapolis Indiana historic neighborhood victorian) Acme Prints – Home (tags: business shirts print buttons hats) Declutter Your Desk Awesome way to

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SJR-7 Died in Committee

From numerous sources, but quoting from the Indiana Equality email: Marriage Discrimination Amendment dies in committee Indianapolis – Indiana Equality announced today that the Indiana House of Representative’s Rules and Legislative Procedures Committee voted five to five on Senate Joint Resolution 7 (SJR-7). As a result, the amendment will not be brought for a vote

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links for 2007-04-03

The Top 10 Conservative Idiots, No. 285 (tags: idiots conservatives republicans) The PetsitUSA.com Blog » Pet Foods NOT on recall list A list of foods that are safe to feed your pets. (tags: pets safety food) Amity Observer – A complete list of recalled pet foods The list of foods you should not feed your

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Catholic Archbishop Doesn’t Know Difference Between Sex and Rape

In commenting on Italy’s current proposed same-sex civil unions bill, Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco revealed that he doesn’t understand the difference between sex and rape: “Why say ‘no’ to forms of legally recognised co-habitation which create alternatives to the family? Why say ‘no’ to incest?” he said at a meeting of Church workers, according to a

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links for 2007-04-01

Yeeaahh! Khoi Vinh’s Grids are Good Site Design Prototype illustrating how grids are used in the design process. (tags: grid webdesign sxsw ideas) Radar: Instant Picture Conversations Take a photo with your camera phone and and send it to a group of friends, rather than just one friend. (tags: mobile photography social) Hey – there’s

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links for 2007-03-31

Jott.com – Mobile Note Taking and Hands-Free Messaging You call the number, leave a message, and it transcribes you message and emails the message to you. Interesting… now I just need it to post a message to my blog for me. (tags: communication tools) School bus yellow – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The RGB and

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Stop Cyberbullying Day

Read more about it here….. In all of this, one of the things that is bothering me is people’s defense of the “mean kids” who put up the two sites that were promoting maliciousness towards various tech people, including Kathy Sierra. Like one of the comments in my previous post, who actually went so far

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links for 2007-03-30

Finally, a Feminism 101 blog An awesome resource from feminist bloggers on the basics of feminist thought – basic resources to link to when you’re having a discussion and you don’t have time to go into all the detail. (tags: feminism sexism progressive women) Exercise Is a State of Mind – Health For Life –

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Kathy Sierra, hate comments, and women bloggers

I’ve avoided blogging about this because it’s very difficult to explain, really. I’ll try to keep it really short: Kathy Sierra is a tech guru who got her start in Java, published some really popular books, and became well-known in the tech community for her ideas about technology and writing user-friendly web applications. She writes

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Twittervision

Twittervision is a googlemap with all the latest twitter posts displayed on it – it’s pretty mesmerizing to watch – check it out.

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SJR-7 Language rejected as flawed by ultra-conservative Bork

Bilerico contributor Don Sherffick testified before the recent House Committee meeting on SJR-7, noting that the language for the flawed second paragraph of the bill originally came from an early draft of the Federal version of the amendment – a draft that was later re-written considerably. That revelation caused some comment and concern amongst committee

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Statewide religious coalition speaks out against SJR-7

From iconindiana.org: Indianapolis – The Interfaith Coalition on Nondiscrimination (ICON) today spoke out against Senate Joint Resolution 7 (SJR-7) in a letter to the Indiana General Assembly. The letter, which is signed by 130 Indiana clergy, leaders of faith communities, and other religious professionals, opens with, “Our backgrounds and those of the people we serve

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links for 2007-03-29

Teacher Lesson Plan – Suffragists and Their Tactics Cool! (tags: feminism equality rights) ::HorsePigCow:: marketing uncommon » The Unsinkable Kathy Sierra (tags: blogs civility)

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Lilly Opposes SJR-7

As reported in the Indy Star (and by bilerico.com, Advance Indiana and Taking Down Words): Eli Lilly has joined several other large Indiana corporations (Cummins, Wellpoint, Dow AgroSciences) in opposing SJR-7, the Marriage Discrimination Amendment: “As a result of this uncertainty (over what the amendment’s impact might be,)” Murphy wrote, “some employees may choose to

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Tactics and Techniques of the National Woman’s Party Suffrage Campaign

Something that caught my eye as I was wandering through the Library of Congress photographs of the women’s movement… Tactics and Techniques of the National Woman’s Party Suffrage Campaign Summary Founded in 1913 as the Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage (CU), the National Woman’s Party (NWP) was instrumental in raising public awareness of the women’s

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The ERA is back! Awesome!

Holy crap, I was really surprised when I read this on Shakespeare’s Sister, and then read the WaPo article: New Drive Afoot to Pass Equal Rights Amendment Federal and state lawmakers have launched a new drive to pass the Equal Rights Amendment, reviving a feminist goal that faltered a quarter-century ago when the measure did

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links for 2007-03-28

Museumr > dumpr.net hee. Frame a Flickr photo like it’s hung in a museum. (tags: flickr funny gallery museums photography) Slow Down, Brave Multitasker, and Don’t Read This in Traffic – New York Times “Multitasking is going to slow you down, increasing the chances of mistakes” – studies show multi-tasking doesn’t work, and actually costs

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Twitter

Shorter review: Simple, and seemingly frivolous web communication tool. But I can see it really working as a fun, handy IM/mobile texting tool for my friends, if I can only herd all of them onto it. What Twitter is: It’s a really simple, public blog. You post short (less than 140 characters) messages about what

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Rumor: Katamari for Wii?

The rumor is flying on all the gaming sites out there on the interweb tubes, but the article has been pulled from the original source: Beautiful Katamari is set to be released in the USA on October 17th for $39.99 on the PS3 (with SIXAXIS support) and XBOX 360. The Wii version will arrive shortly

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links for 2007-03-27

Inhabitat » MICRO WIND TURBINES: Small Size, Big Impact Wind turbines for urban settings. (tags: energy home solar green) CodeAve.com/JavaScript – Confirm Alert Box (tags: javascript) MIT OpenCourseWare | OCW Home a free and open educational resource (OER) for educators, students, and self-learners around the world. (tags: opensource research learning education) Aesop’s Fables – Wikipedia,

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Good Disguises

Me to a co-worker: “But would you expect me to have a mustache and goatee? No – that’s why it’s a good disguise!” 2022-03-16 Update: Why did it take me so long to deal with my gender issues? I do not know.

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Steph Sold Her House Mix

Douglas made me this mix, in celebration of selling my house. The Creeps – Camile Jones Vs. Fedde Le Grande She’s My Man – Scissor Sisters Miracle – Cascada By The Way – Jenna Drey Glamourous – Fergie feat. Ludacris She’s Madonna – Robbie Williams Love Today – Mika Take It – Tom Novay and

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links for 2007-03-26

steampunk magazine – putting the punk back into steampunk (tags: Steampunk nostalgia zine) Coulrophobia – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Steve, your condition has a name. (tags: clowns phobias wikipedia) Ladder Abuse Wow, I can’t believe some of these folks did this, and lived, apparently. (tags: funny photos safety) Free Photoshop – Free Photoshop Shapes and

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links for 2007-03-25

Desktop Tower Defense Wasting hours at a time. (tags: onlineGames videogames games fun) Neatorama > 10 Most Magnificent Trees in the World. Wow. I love the chapel in the tree. (tags: cool environment green interesting science) List of famous trees – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (tags: green environment biology cool interesting) Study Showing that Women

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Our Bedroom is Half Painted – A Contractor Review

Yep, we’ve had a fun day around Casa De Stephs. Our roofing contractor’s employees threw a fit and left, leaving our bedroom half-painted. Why is it not professional painters in philadelphia but our roofer painting our bedroom? It’s a long story. But don’t worry, there are pictures. You can also take professional help from a

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Indiana Newspapers Against SJR-7

I was in the middle of putting this post together when Bilerico beat me to it… Newspapers that have come out against the SJR-7 marriage discrimination amendment legislation: The Marion Chronicle-Tribune The Bedford Times-Mail [link deprecated: http://www.fortwayne.com/mld/journalgazette/news/editorial/16859370.htm The Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette ] The Indianapolis Star The Bloomington Herald-Times The Evansville Courier & Press The South

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links for 2007-03-24

Far From Iraq, A Demonstration Of a War Zone – washingtonpost.com War veterans stage a protest by going on patrol in Washington D.C., demonstrating what it’s like to live an occupied nation. Cool. (tags: military activism protest war) Health: Can Exercise Make You Smarter? – Health For Life – MSNBC.com I sure hope so. (tags:

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I think I’m finally selling my house tomorrow

I haven’t mentioned this before, because I didn’t want to jinx it. But I think we’re finally going to get my house sold. We have a closing scheduled for 12:30 tomorrow. My realtor let me know before my water aerobics class that that buyer’s lender sent the package to the title company. So everything should

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Colts raise $20,000 for Anti-Gay Group

This is being discussed in the comments on my post on Tony Dungy – but it bears pulling up to it’s own entry – at the Indiana Family Institute Dinner, the Colts sent merchandise to be donated off in an auction, which raised $20,000 for the organization to oppose gay rights and to support SJR-7.

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Evite vs. Upcoming.Org

Last year in February, I was bothered by how unfortunate Friendster had become, and I mentioned somewhere in there that they (and other social networking sites) needed to suck in functionality like evite, where you can send out party invitations to friends and get RSVPs online, be able to see who is and isn’t coming

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links for 2007-03-22

Digital Web Magazine – Redesigning the ExpressionEngine Site Great article on redesigning a website. (tags: webdesign inspiration process) NOVA | The Last Great Ape | The Bonobo In All of Us Bonobos are great apes that are peaceful, emotionally-sensitive primates. (tags: news science money) The Wisdom of Children: Humor: The New Yorker A Conversation at

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House committee tables SJR-7 vote

According to Bil from Bilerico: The House Rules and Legislative Affairs committee listened to three hours of testimony regarding SJR-7, the proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage and civil unions. After several members of the committee commented that they’d like more time to review the testimony before voting on the matter, Chair Scott Pelath

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Cummins plans to testify against proposed ban

From the Indianapolis Star: No private employers testified against a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage when it was before the Senate, but that will change when discussion begins today in the House. Cummins Inc. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Tim Solso has sent a letter to House Speaker B. Patrick Bauer, D-South Bend, encouraging him

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Tony Dungy against same-sex marriage

According to the Indianapolis Star: Colts coach Tony Dungy said he knows some people would prefer him to steer clear of the gay marriage debate, but he used a speech Tuesday night to clearly stake out his position. Dungy told more than 700 people at the Indiana Family Institute’s banquet that he agrees with that

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links for 2007-03-21

why twitter matters A great explanation that I haven’t been able to capture myself in describing twitter to others. (tags: social trends mobile) FontShop: Products – The FontBook This is what I want for my birthday! If my loved ones go together and pitched in for it, I’d be eternally grateful. Seriously, I don’t want

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Why do straights hate gays?

By Larry Kramer March 20, 2007 DEAR STRAIGHT PEOPLE, Why do you hate gay people so much? Gays are hated. Prove me wrong. Your top general just called us immoral. Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, is in charge of an estimated 65,000 gay and lesbian troops, some fighting for our country

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David Sedaris Exaggerates!

The New Republic comes out with a world-rocking revelation: David Sedaris embellishes his humorous non-fiction memoirs. Um, no shit, Sherlock. You needed to write an article to tell us this? He’s a humor writer. I sort of figured out he was gilding the lily on my own, thanks. As if any one person has that

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links for 2007-03-20

Fuck Garrison Keillor | The Stranger’s Blog Dan Savage has a lot of good stuff to say about Kellior’s recent weird screen on gay parents. (tags: homophobia children family marriage) “KatWALLk of Fame” Reading a recommendation of using these to sort out cat hostilities in a household. (tags: cats furniture home) Recall of Canned and

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Magnetic Fork

A while back, I blogged about a strange phenomenon that I and my co-workers discovered while out at lunch in a restaurant – some of the knives at our table were magnetic. We noticed it a few more times in different restaurants – one or two knives will be magnetic and you can pick up,

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links for 2007-03-19

here’s your gravy: A little more Maxine Even more mini-Maxine for me to cut out and play with. Yay!! (tags: papercraft) Rude Mechanical Orchestra A New York radical marching band that attends protest rallies for progressive social causes. (tags: protest subversive newyork cool) Peoplehood: An All-City Parade and Pageant by Spiral Q Puppet Theater Peoplehood:

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links for 2007-03-18

The Vine: ‘Veronica’ toys with time warp I don’t care which storyline they go with – but they better keep the Veronica Mars on the air, or I’ll be really pissy. (tags: news television) subk.net – maps A collection of hand-drawn personal maps. (tags: maps memory drawing cartography) Samples of Students’ Maps Amazing hand-drawn maps

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The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters

A strange Victorian Steampunk novel that I enjoyed, despite its length and rather confusing cast of villains. Celeste Temple is a young English woman raised in the West Indies and residing in London awaiting a future wedding to her fiancé, Roger Bascombe. When he sends her a curt note breaking their engagement, she decides to

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The Big Over Easy: A Nursery Crime

A new series by the author of the bestselling “Tuesday Next” novels. A thoroughly enjoyable read; I polished it off in a weekend. Fforde’s novels are funny and full of literary cleverness. Jack Spratt is a like-able and entertaining protagonist and I look forward to reading the entire series. The Big Over Easy: A Nursery

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Mohler Says Gay Gene Should Be Manipulated, If Possible

From Beliefnet, among many other sources: The president of a prominent Southern Baptist seminary says he would support medical treatment, if it were available, to change the sexual orientation of a fetus inside its mother’s womb from homosexual to heterosexual. The idea of a hormonal patch for pregnant women was discussed by the Rev. R.

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Now With More Answers

After the last round of “Getting to know me” emails, I added some new questions to my Ultimate Survey. Proceed at your own risk. (I also ran the whole thing through the spell-checker. Boy, did that need it.)

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links for 2007-03-17

This Guy Can Get 59 MPG in a Plain Old Accord Hypermiler -a person who drives in an obsessive fashion in order to increase his vehicle’s fuel efficiency. He’s refined his driving technique to wring 59 MPG out of a Honda Accord and clocked over 180 MPG with a hybrid Honda Insight. (tags: green auto

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links for 2007-03-16

Fact or Fiction?: Living People Outnumber the Dead Actually. over 106 billion people have lived on the planet – so plenty of room for you to have been reincarnated. (tags: population) What’s So Funny? Well, Maybe Nothing Turns out people laugh not because something is funny, but to get along. (tags: Sociology humor psychology) Marion

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links for 2007-03-15

Functioning Form – SxSW: Design Patterns Blog entry from one of the sxsw panelists, linking to other note takers from the panel (tags: design webdev) Functioning Form – Design Patterns: Introduction (tags: design patterns webdesign)

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links for 2007-03-14

Fun With Words: Collective Nouns Trying to figure out what to call a group of bats. (tags: nouns language english writing) The Collective Noun Page There it is – a cloud of bats. (tags: language english writing nouns) The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) (tags: apple mac geek) Peachpit Commons (tags: design reference creative) Home: AIGA

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SJR-7 Assigned to Committee

House Joint Resolution 15 (HJR-15), the legislation formerly known as SJR-7 and the marriage discrimination amendment, has been assigned to committee in the house. It’s been placed in the House Rule and Legislative Procedures Committee. Please contact the members of this committee (information below) to oppose this legislation – for Democrats, remind them that putting

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Design Aesthetic of the Indie Developer Panel Notes (SXSWi 2007)

Design Aesthetic of the Indie Developer Moderator: Michael Lopp, Sr Engineering Mgr – Apple Nick Bradbury, Architect of Client Prods – NewsGator Technologies Inc John Gruber, Raconteur – Daring Fireball Shaun Inman, Designer/Dev – haveamint.com Michael Lopp, Sr Engineering Mgr – Apple Rough Notes: The panel ended up being more about how independent designer/developers work,

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A Cloud of Bats in Austin

Austin is home to the world’s largest urban bat colony; they live under the Congress Street Bridge, where the unique construction of the bridge lends itself to being a great shelter for them. In the summer, the bridge is home to over 1.5 million bats, and at dusk they leave the bridge to fly off

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SXSW 2007 thoughts

One of the first things I plan to do is take a closer look at Microformats and see where I can mark up my site appropriately. While I was sitting in the panel, I downloaded the firefox operator extension, and I’ve been playing with it. I also want to get OpenID set up on this

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Open Content, Remix Culture and the Sharing Economy Panel Notes (SXSWi 2007)

Open Content, Remix Culture and the Sharing Economy: Rights, Ownership and Getting Paid Moderator: Eric Steuer, Creative Dir – Creative Commons Eric Steuer, Creative Dir – Creative Commons Glenn Otis Brown, Products Counsel – YouTube John Buckman, Founder and CEO – Magnatune Laurie Racine, Eyespot and DotSub Max Schorr, Publisher & Founding Ed – GOOD

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1:30AM – The Future of the Online Magazine Panel Notes (SXSWi 2007)

1:30AM The Future of the Online Magazine (19AB) Moderator: Rufus Griscom CEO, Nerve Media Rufus Griscom CEO, Nerve Media Sean Mills The Onion Ricky Van Veen Editor, CollegeHumor.com Laurel Touby CEO & Founder, mediabistro.com Joan Walsh Editor in Chief, Salon.com Rough Panel Notes collective average age of their sites – 9.5 years. Online magazines have

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10:00AM – Get Unstuck: Moving From 1.0 to 2.0 Panel Notes (SXSWi 2007)

10:00AM Get Unstuck: Moving From 1.0 to 2.0 Moderator: Liz Danzico Director, experience strategy, Daylife Liz Danzico Director, experience strategy, Daylife Kristian Bengtsson Creative Dir, FutureLab Chris Messina Co-founder, Citizen Agency Luke Wroblewski Principal Designer, Yahoo! Jeffrey Zeldman Founder, Happy Cog

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Panels I Plan to see today and tomorrow

Some of these overlap, so I’ll have to pick one over the other. But a rough idea. Monday, 12 March 2007 10:00AM Get Unstuck: Moving From 1.0 to 2.0 (18ABCD) 11:30AM The Future of the Online Magazine (19AB) 02:00PM The Growth and Evolution of Microformats (18ABCD) 03:30PM Bullet Tooth Web Design: Plan Your Web Site

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Me, giving a testimonial on Firefox

Oh, and while surfing YouTube looking at other’s SXSW videos, I found a video of me shot yesterday by the firefox browser people, giving testimonial on the browser from the trade show space. I got a discount on a Firefox T-shirt in exchange. Which just goes to show — I can talk your damn ear

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Shadow Garden

I took this video at the frog design party Saturday night of an interesting interactive design project they did.

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links for 2007-03-12

Transcending CSS: The Fine Art of Web Design by Andy Clarke one of our authors. (tags: books webdev webstandards css sxswi) Soylent Green Stickers Download them and stick them on food at the grocery store. (tags: funny subversive)

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Free Trip to Europe

Stephanie’s dad called her today to tell her that he won a free trip to Europe from some contest on PBS – one that he apparently entered with the intention of giving to us if he won. So I guess we’re going to Europe? Wow. She going to find out some more details.

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Khoi Vinh on Offending Experts and Pleasing Everybody

After reading Khoi Vinh’s thoughts on streamlining web apps to remove features that only a few users need, I think for the most part the choice to make apps work for everyone is a good one. But I have a particular issue with at least one of his examples – 37 Signals, who make Basecamp

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4:05p.m. – Fictional Blogging Panel Notes (SXSWi 2007)

4:05p.m. – Fictional Blogging Panel Liz Henry, Developer Advocate – Socialtext Odin Soli, Dir Business Dev – Aveso Inc Rough Panel Notes: Very interesting panel on fictional blogging as an art form, and the ethics of it. Again, my rough, not cleaned up notes because I don’t have time. Fictional blogging: art form vs. lying/hoaxes?

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Sorry, Honey, I had to hang up

Stephanie — I’m sorry I had to shut off my phone – it was right at the beginning of my first panel, so I couldn’t answer; I wasn’t supposed to have the phone on. On the bright side, a room full of 50 people think my “sunshine, lollipops and rainbows” ringtone for you is excellent

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Panel Notes Bad, Food Tasty (SXSWi 2007)

The notes I took for the last three panels are pretty bad, so I don’t know that they’re worth uploading. The grids panel was pretty visual, and there’s a website that covers it. I also went to “ruining the user experience” which wasn’t particularly great, and a panel on “tags to riches” that was completely

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Rockstar seating

I’m at the Grids Are Good panel, sitting behind Jason Santa Maria. I’m not being a fangirl, though. I’m totally cool.

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11:30a.m. – Influence of Art in Design Panel (SXSWi 2007)

Influence of Art in Design Moderator: Dan Rubin, Creative Dir – Webgraph Inc (Superfulous Banter) Dan Rubin, Creative Dir – Webgraph Inc Patrick Haney – Not a Sausage Anton Peck, Web Designer – MultiAd Inc Erik Sagen – Erik Sagen Designs Glenda Sims, Sr Systems Analyst – UT Austin Dave Shea – mezzoblue.com Rough Panel

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10:00a.m. – Emerging Social and Technology Trends (SXSWi 2007)

10:00a.m. – Emerging Social and Technology Trends (SXSWi 2007) Moderator: Laura Moorhead, Sr Editor Culture – Wired Laura Moorhead Sr Editor Culture, Wired Andrew Blum Contributing Editor, Wired Robert Fabricant Exec Creative Dir, Frog Design Eliot Van Buskirk Columnist/Blogger, Wired News Peter Rojas Engadget Daniel Raffel Product Mgr, Yahoo!

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Urban Design Indianapolis

While we were exploring downtown Austin, we had an extended discussion comparing Austin and Indianapolis – and how Indy is quite a bit behind on basic urban design and development. Last night, though, a related email landed in my inbox forwarded by my neighborhood association – a link to Indianapolis’s website detailing their urban planning

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SXSW Friday

The plane trip wasn’t bad, aside from the fact that I forgot gum on the first leg and thus had a headache from my ears popping, and I managed to spill Starbucks on myself because the cup lid was borked. Nice. We got in around lunch, checked into the hotel, went to the Irowworks BBQ

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links for 2007-03-09

Rare gorilla birth recorded in Congo – World Environment – MSNBC.com Yay! Also, an adorable picture with the article. (tags: monkeys ecology) Tiger, orangutan babies become play pals – Wonderful World – MSNBC.com More adorable monkey pictures. I love the monkeys. (tags: monkeys) Seven of Cinema’s Worst Sissy Villains A solid list of unflattering and

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The Secret, Oprah, and the idea of “magical thinking”

Somewaterytart at Shakespeare’s Sister tackles the subject of the new DVD/Book “The Secret” that Oprah’s been touting. I’m inclined to agree with much of what she says. I first heard about the book from my mom, who works for Barnes and Noble, where the book is apparently flying off the shelves, so I resisted blurting

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I Am Not An “Activist”

I hate the word activist. Mainly because it’s one of those right-wing propaganda, tar-and-feather, hot button words that Frank Luntz cultivated to brand liberals as crazy folks who are out to burn down your house and roast your kids on the bar-be-que. (Read more about Frank Luntz and his language campaign – it’s important to

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SJR-7 and Eric Miller

Due to supervising all the work on my old house over the past few weeks, and the work on our current home (which is still ongoing. Sigh.), and a busy time at work, and preparation to go to SXSW, I’m guilty of quite a few “drive-by” posts: where I mention important things without enough context

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links for 2007-03-08

Heroes – Graphic Novels Graphic novels of the Heroes tv show. (tags: television scifi comics) Activating Evolution – Heroes Site Mohinder’s site – with a wiki about the show. (tags: entertainment television tv) Cartoon Brew » Hollywood Censors Its Animated Cartoons (1939) Of course “effeminate men” were censored. (tags: censorship cartoons art vintage) Evangelical Lobbyist

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SXSW anticipation

I’ve been busy getting prepared for the South by Southwest conference, and the closer it gets, the more excited I am. I am hugely lucky that we’re being sent by work – our whole web design team from both Indianapolis and New Jersey is going – which means I don’t have to foot the bill

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Schoolyard Taunts

Ann Coulter on Fox News: “The word I used has nothing to do with sexual preference. It is a schoolyard taunt… It isn’t offensive to gays. It has nothing to do with gays.” As I’ve said before, there are souls out there in the universe for whom the word faggot was the last word they

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University of Wisconsin’s Loss of Domestic Partner Benefits Loses Faculty

I linked to this story earlier, but the story bears more attention, and I’ve found some addition links with more information. The state of Wisconsin is pursuing a same sex-marriage ban and is refusing to provide domestic partner benefits, and as a result the nation’s leading researcher in nanotechnology, Robert Carpick, left the University of

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Alumni – Contact IU and Purdue about SJR-7

The bill I’ve been writing so much about lately – SJR-7 – will have an affect on the domestic partnership benefits that are offered by state universities. Currently Purdue and IU have these benefits, and Ball State and other universities have been considering adopting them to remain competitive for the best faculty. Currently, the right-wing

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Favorite Quotes

“Stop feeling sorry for yourself because someone said you’re going to die. I got an idea that’s gonna help us both. Now it is dangerous, and there’s a very good chance you will die. But if you don’t die, then we win. I don’t know about you, but things have really sucked for me lately,

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Ann Coulter’s Offensive Remarks

Despite the laughter and applause from the conservatives when Ann Coulter called presidential candidate John Edwards a “Faggot” – several GOP presidential candidates are now trying to distance themselves from her. A bit late; they should have done that from the podium during the event, while the applause was going on. Now it just looks

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links for 2007-03-05

MyFox Boston | Suspicious Package Found in Boston Police blew up a “suspicious package” chained to a light post in Boston. Trouble is, that if you watch the video, it’s pretty clear the “package” is a standard a traffic counter, as identified by thousands of online geeks. (tags: security weird paranoia) Black Rock Panoramas Cool

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Balcony Finished

The contractor we hired to re-deck our balcony finished in two days flat, which is pretty impressive. This was a new contractor we hired, because the guy who’s been working on our gutters for eight months couldn’t manage to get to the balcony job, and we’ve had water coming into our kitchen all winter. But

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links for 2007-03-04

Refreshing Cities: design, technology, usability, and standards (tags: accessibility webdesign local inspiration) Fetching Tags Online Store: Funny dog tags. (tags: dogs funny shopping) Airline Travel Blanket, Air Travel Accessory, Fleece Travel Blankets, Airline Luggage The Cabin Cuddler™ is a micro-fleece travel blanket with a unique wrap-around design created to keep airline passengers warm in even

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Smiling is a Sign of Subservience

This is interesting — a new study shows that people smile more when they have a lesser status, as a form of appeasement. Which frames this fierce discussion on Shakespeare’s Sister in a new light.

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Ann Coulter Calls Candidate John Edwards a Faggot

Reported in numerous places (see video), yesterday at the Conservative Political Action Conference (in front of a crowd that included 2008 Republican Presidential candidates Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani, Mike Huckabee, Tom Tancredo (R-CO), Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS), former Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) as well as Vice President Dick Cheney), right-wing pundit Ann Coulter had this

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links for 2007-03-03

Arianna Huffington: Limbaugh, Hannity, and the Right’s Faux Fury Over Anonymous Comments | The Huffington Post Pointing out the hypocrisy of complaining about Anonymous comments when the right openly incites violence (tags: media politics) Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever. (March 2, 2007) | AfterEllen.com A couple of bands are mentioned that I want to check out,

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links for 2007-03-02

18Seconds.org Awesome yahoo maps on how green different areas of the country are. Nice design, too! (tags: webdesign designCool yahoo green environment energy) Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (tags: music)

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Big List of Things I Like

Posted for no apparent reason, except that I needed a pick-me-up because it’s been a crappy week. Feel free to add your own list in the comments. My Girlfriend The Spikel Monster Monkeys, especially: – Curious George – Hanuman – King Kong Board Games, especially: – Clue Dave, the Computer Table – from Ikea, this

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links for 2007-02-28

heroes (tags: tv) Sorority Evictions Raise Issue of Looks and Bias – New York Times Story on a DePauw sorority kicking out members based on race and weight. I had a friend who was in this sorority several years ago; she didn’t have the best time of it. (tags: college Indiana)

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links for 2007-02-27

ReadyMade Blog » Blog Archive » Picture Perfect Excellent tutorial on how to hang framed art to get it right. (tags: lifehacks tutorial art) The Top 10 Conservative Idiots, No. 280 This week, mid controversy over medical care for vets, Bush tries to compare himself to George Washington. Washington is reportedly coming back from the

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Weekend Update 2007-02-26

We had a pretty quiet weekend around here. I went to water aerobics with my new suit, which is awesome. Stephanie went skating. Her dad decided against coming down to visit because Valpo got hit with a storm, which knocked out the power for Stephanie’s mom. We went over to my old house to check

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links for 2007-02-26

Dharma Initiative Food Labels Download the artwork and print your own DI logos to put on your food. (tags: television projects download cool funny) PHOTOGRAPHS OF HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI (GENSUIKIN) (tags: war history photography) GLBT History The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Transgender Historical Society (GLBTHS) collects, preserves, and interprets the history of GLBT people and the

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An Investigation of the Ex-Gay Movement

Jim Burroway from Box Turtle Bulletin has written a series of articles on his brave move to attend the “Love Won Out” traveling roadshow put on by Focus on the Family and Exodus which are well worth reading to understand the current rhetoric and rationalizations of the Ex-Gay movement. Prologue: Why I Went To “Love

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Gay Senior Victim of Hate Attack Dies

This is heartbreaking. Andrew Anthos, whose dream was to light up the Michigan State Capitol dome in red, white and blue, died Friday of injuries sustained in a Feb. 13 hate beating. Though Anthos, 72, was visiting with friends as recently as Wednesday, his condition declined rapidly in the past two days and he was

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links for 2007-02-25

How To Explain Things to Libertarians at Pandagon (tags: politics) Gay Man Slips Into Coma After Brutal Beating – Local News A 72 year old gay man was the victim of a brutal beating with a pipe after stepping off a bus as his stop. (tags: homophobia) Lansing State Journal: Family: Anthos slipped into coma,

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links for 2007-02-24

Barry Gewen, the New York Times Book Review and women reviewers He claims that women can’t write on general topics like military history. (tags: misogyny) Abuse focus shifts to Baptists: The Seattle Times The victims advocates who dogged the Roman Catholic Church over sex abuse by its clergy have now turned their attention to the

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A new kind of Purity Test

Passed along by one of my many friends named Mike… I’ve never seen this one before Just read the “offense” and if you’ve done it, you owe that fine. Keep going until you’ve read each “offense” and added up your total fine. You don’t have to confess your answers, just the amount of your fine.

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Kingdom In The Sky

Kingdom In The Sky by DaVinci’s Notebook From the album: The Life and Times of Mike Fanning Link will expire in 7 days All my life I have been searching for that fabled promised land, With my sisters and my brothers, we shall walk there hand-in-hand. Through the trials and tribulations, and the devil’s cruel

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Swimsuits

Who knew swimsuits wear out so fast? Apparently, everyone who swims regularly I guess. The suit I bought when I started water aerobics in September is already faded and falling apart, which really surprised me. I’m used to a suit lasting for a couple years. But then, I wasn’t getting in the pool three times

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Kill Batty Man – Scary Jamaican Blog

Joe.My.God points out this scary homophobic Jamaican site Kill Batty Man, hosted on google/blogger for over a year. The site gleefully advocates violence towards gay people (often referred to as “batty men”) in the country of Jamaica (which has a long history of rabid homophobia, including some recent incidents I’ve noted here) saying while anti-gay

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Rheumatoid Arthritis and Wheat Intolerance

A friend pointed out to me that she has Rheumatoid Arthritis (which I’ve written about recently), and that under the care of her doctor, she has eliminated wheat from her diet to control her RA symptoms – because they’re triggered by a wheat intolerance. So I’ve been doing a lot of searches on the subject,

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Delicious Nut Sale – Update

Several years ago, I posted a memo that went around at work — It was a fund-raising notice from Spay-Neuter Services of Indiana announcing their “Delicious Annual Nut Sale” to raise money for their programs. Funny, right? Yesterday, one of the folks from the organization found the post on my blog and wrote me to

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links for 2007-02-23

New Zealand fishermen catch rare giant squid – Yahoo! News Awesome. Now if they can get one to fight Godzilla, I’ll be in geek heaven. (tags: giant Squid) Tales of the Freewayblogger: War With Iran? (tags: directAction)

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Meredith Grey’s Heart Surgery

I know it’s just a television show, but, really. There’s no way they could have her on heart bypass for over an hour, and then have her snuggling in bed with McDreamy not long after. That would fracking hurt – it was weeks/months before Stephanie and I could spoon in bed. I adore the show,

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Reasons I’m Looking Forward to Spring

Can race in and out of gym for water aerobics in a t-shirt and shorts, rather than having to drag my coat and winter gear through the locker room. Can leave water aerobics with wet hair and not feel cold the rest of the evening. 200+ bulbs we planted in the yard will be blooming,

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Nigerian Advisor: Same-sex relationships make you retarded

From Tide Online: About four percent of Nigerians are involved in same sex relationship, Special Adviser to the President, Prof Friday Okonofua, has said. Okonofa disclosed this at a public hearing on a bill to prohibit same sex marriage and relationship, organised by the House of Representatives Committee on Women Affairs, in Abuja. He said

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Apparently, I’m Chopped Liver

Hmmmm – I guess my 20,000 visitors a day don’t rate a mention on Indiana Equality’s thank you letter for the Rally organizing… Many, many other businesses, organizations and bloggers contributed greatly to Monday’s success by promoting participation in the rally. A big thanks to Advance Indiana; American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees

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links for 2007-02-22

Just Another Day in the Garden of Enid My friend Maxine Dangerous sketches what it would have been like if had been Evelyn and Amanda instead of Adam and Eve. (tags: funny cartoons comics) Iraq Coalition Casualties Statistics on wounded and dead in Iraq since the beginning of the war, with latest news headlines. (tags:

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The Ladybug Picnic

Awesome – Shakespeare’s Sister posted YouTube clip of Sesame Street’s Ladybug Picnic, and I had to grab it because it’s one of Stephanie’s and my songs. She put together a great CD for me of all kinds of Sesame Street songs, including some like that this that I hadn’t heard since I was a little

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The Whole Story

So apparently, sometime recently the furnace in my old house went out, and the pipes froze and burst. One of the people viewing the house found this, and the contractor they brought with them to see it shut off the water this morning. So the furnace needs replace, the pipes need lots of work, and

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Ball State Alumni

Below the fold is a letter I received from the Ball State Spectrum – the LGBT student organization at the university. They’re wanting to reach out to Ball State LGBT Alumni – so contact them if you fit the description and you’re not already on their list.

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Indiana Student Paper Censors Gay Tolerance

(via Advance Indiana) from the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette: Woodlan editorial on gays ignites firestorm Principal demands prior review, warns teacher By Kelly Soderlund The Journal Gazette A student editorial in the Woodlan Junior-Senior High School newspaper calling for more tolerance for gays and lesbians sparked the principal to seek approval of each edition before

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Contacting Your Legislators about SJR-7

I’ve mentioned this several times, but it bears repeating. If you haven’t contacted your legislators about SJR-7 (or even if you already have!), you can do so in a number of ways. Two sites have easy contact forms you can use, that look up your legislators for you based on the information you provide. You

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Bias Crimes Legislation Pending Before Indiana House

Bias Crimes Legislation Pending Before Indiana House. Make Your Voice Heard! Tell Your State Representative why Bias Crimes legislation is good for Indiana. House Bill 1459 (Bias Crimes) authored by State Representative Greg Porter (D-Indianapolis) will be considered by the full House of Representatives during the week of February 19th. HB 1459 amends Indiana’s sentencing

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links for 2007-02-21

8 Important Lessons Learned from ’80s Cartoons :: CRACKED.com CARTOON: Scooby Doo LESSON: Trust no one. (tags: comics funny popculture) No, This is Catholic Bashing The Rude Pundit takes on Bill Donohue: “Since self-proclaimed spokesperson for Catholics and a man whose ass is so tight he shits dental floss, William Donohue, took it upon himself

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Atrios discussing religion

Atrios on The Sincerity Privilege: Whether or not this applies specifically to Amanda I’m not really sure either, but I do agree that questioning the sincerity of peoples’ faith does anger them. On the other hand, appealing to the sincerity of their beliefs is a way of privileging them, to put them in the realm

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Georgette Heyer Novels and other Regency Historic Reading

Georgette Heyer Regency novels are some of my favorite guilty pleasures. I stumbled across Heyer when in junior high – which must have been about 1981 or so – and I was initially fascinated by the fact that several of her books had female characters that disguised themselves as men. At the time there were

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links for 2007-02-20

Lead-laden lunchboxes OK’d by government – CNN.com In 2005, when government scientists tested 60 soft, vinyl lunchboxes, they found that one in five contained amounts of lead that medical experts consider unsafe — and several had more than 10 times hazardous levels. But that’s not what they told the publ (tags: government health secret) The

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Video from the Rally

Video of the Rally and Protest outside House Speaker Pat Bauer’s office. Updated with a better copy of the video… The young man you see in the foreground here on the left is the fellow that Mark St. John grabbed by the arm and dragged out of the protest to argue about why the Democrats

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500 attend Rally, House Democrats Hide from Constitutents

About 500 people attended the Rally in the Indiana Statehouse, organized by Indiana Equality to address SJR-7, the amendment to ban same-sex marriage, and to support the hate crimes bill, which will include sexual orientation and gender identity. There were several speakers, including Candace Gingrich, lgbt civil rights activist and sister of Newt Gingrich. See

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links for 2007-02-19

76 – Driving Orientation: A World Map « strange maps A map detailing which countries drive on the left and which on the right, along with a history of how it all came about. (tags: history cars reference maps) Soldiers Face Neglect, Frustration At Army’s Top Medical Facility – washingtonpost.com Behind the door of Army

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University Domestic Partnership Benefits at Risk

In a neat bit of investigative work, Bil Browning discovered that SJR-7 author Brandt Hershman’s statements about the bill not affecting domestic partnership benefits for Purdue and Indiana University faculty members is not only false, but that he wrote the bill specifically to target those rights. Bill uncovered legislation by Hershman to repeal those rights

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Grassroots Organizing Against SJR-7

I attended a summit this evening of a bunch of different organizations and groups that are opposing SJR-7, along with a bunch of individuals – it was a group of around 30 people, all of whom are active in working on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered issues at one level or another in Indiana. The

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Rally Reminder

Please don’t forget there’s a rally tomorrow against SJR-7 at the statehouse — indoors, 1 – 2:30 p.m. in the North Atrium of the Indiana State House, 200 W. Washington St. (enter North Entrance, off Ohio Street). Candace Gingrich will speak at 1:40 PM. Many of you have President’s Day off tomorrow – please attend

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Leviticus in My Spam Filter

I was going through a site migration checklist of things to remember when you move your site from one host to another, and one of the items was to remember to look at your comment spam filter keywords, to make sure that additions you’ve made stayed in the list. Which made me remember a conversation

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Comparing the Indiana Legislature to the 20’s KKK is NOT Hyperbole

I’m sorry, RiShawn Biddle, but if you studied your history, like Chris Douglas and Gary Welsh have pointed out to you in several posts, you’d know better that to call it hyperbole. RiShawn is an editorialist for the Indianapolis Star, and posts to a “blog” on the newspaper’s site — which I still maintain is

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Getting there

I’m somewhat up and running. I’m still missing some files that need to be transferred over to this new server, and my comments aren’t working, but at least the site itself is up so people can see it. It’s possible that the domain name still needs propagate everywhere…

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Angry Mob Attacks 3 Gay Men in Jamaica

According to the Jamaica Observer: THREE men branded as homosexuals were yesterday rescued by the police from an angry mob outside a pharmacy in Tropical Plaza, where they had been holed up for almost an hour. But even after the police managed to take the young men from the Monarch Pharmacy, one of the three

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