Archives: January 2007

The importance of contacting your elected officials yourself

I’m going to emphasize my point at the very beginning of this post, rather than toward the end: If you don’t want people to speak on your behalf — to potentially agree to things you don’t agree with, or to make decisions for you — then you have to speak up yourself. If you don’t

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SJR-7 Update

SJR-7, the bill to amend the Indiana Constitution to prevent equal marriage rights for gay people, was passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee today, and will soon be presented to the full Senate for voting – probably next week. That’s pretty bad news, especially since two amendments to the legislation that were presented were

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links for 2007-01-31

Hearts, Mending Broken Hearts – National Geographic Magazine As heart disease reaches epidemic proportions worldwide, researchers are moving away from the old “clogged-pipes” model to search for triggers lurking in our genes. (tags: health heart) American RadioWorks – Reports from a Warming Planet Photos and reports from eight places around the world illustrate the global

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Locked on the roof? Seriously?

I really loved the West Wing, most especially when Sorkin was writing for it, and I really do like Studio 60, for the most part. But lately the weird thing Danny’s doing to Jordan, the sort of creepy-stalkerish, pre-rapey, not really romantic, “refusal to take no for an answer” thing is really disturbing, especially since

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My Thoughts on SJR-7

The SJR-7 legislation to amend the Indiana constitution is going to be heard in committee tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. The committee will meet in the Senate Chambers – 3rd floor of the Indiana Statehouse (200 W. Washington Street in Indianapolis). Everyone is invited to attend – a good crowd against the legislation will make

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links for 2007-01-30

Dungy criticized for supporting anti-gay hate group The AOLsports blog picks up the Tony Dungy story. (tags: colts homophobia) Die 100 Besten Schriften (tags: fonts typography webdesign) YouTube – Evan Lysacek 2007 US Nationals long program (tags: skating video) YouTube – Johnny Weir 2007 U.S. Nationals FS+K&C* (tags: skating) The New York Review of Books:

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Tony Dungy to Speak For Anti-Gay Hate Group

This is really disturbing – Colts coach Tony Dungy will be speaking at a dinner for the Indiana Family Institute, which is a right-wing hate group whose primary purpose is to promote hatred towards gay people. Make no mistake about what their goals really are – in the same way the the Irish Republican army

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links for 2007-01-29

Powers of 10 | Metropolis Magazine Two leading structural engineers pick their favorite feats of man-made wonder. (tags: archite architecture design travel) The Shadow Knows Why a leading expert on the history of timekeeping set out to create a sundial unlike anything the world has ever seen. (tags: clocks science technology) The Worshipful Company of

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Favorite Quotes

Maureen Dowd on Dick Cheney: “In a democracy, when you run a campaign that panders to homophobia by attacking gay marriage and then your lesbian daughter writes a book about politics and decides to have a baby with her partner, you cannot tell Wolf Blitzer he’s “out of line” when he gingerly raises the hypocrisy

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Twitter

Twitter is a strange little social network application that lets you give short bulletins of what you’re doing right now. You can update via text message or Instant Messenger, as well as online. You can link to your friends to see what they’re doing, and you can use the built in RSS feeds to keep

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links for 2007-01-27

Of Gay Sheep, Modern Science and Bad Publicity – New York Times A discussion of the Oregon study on gay sheep and it’s implications for gay humans. (tags: science lgbt) mold allergy symptoms Prevention and control of mold allergies. (tags: health)

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“What You People Should Do”

I’m shamelessly cribbing this post by Chris Douglas from bilerico.com, because it’s so true and bears repeating in as many places as possible — so hopefully people like RiShawn Biddle with see it. As long as we’re contemplating the advice from the straight community about the strategy employed by various sectors of the gay community,

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How Islam Rationalizes Prostitution

A bizarre sexual practice sanctioned by Islam that has re-emerged in Iraq because we invaded, according the the Washington Post: Temporary ‘Enjoyment Marriages’ In Vogue Again With Some Iraqis BAGHDAD — Fatima Ali was a 24-year-old divorcee with no high school diploma and no job. Shawket al-Rubae was a 34-year-old Shiite sheik with a pregnant

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links for 2007-01-26

Tailors Today: A Poster Showing Every Book I’ve Ever Read (tags: books software) Heroes: Unlocking the Secret of Primatech Paper’s Website A friend of mine dives under the hood of the website from the TV show Heroes and show you how to get to the secret area. (tags: webdesign television secret fun) GLAAD Criticizes CNN

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Ugh, hospital soap

I washed my hands in the locker room at the Y after my swim class, and discovered they have started putting the horrid antiseptic soap used by hospitals into the soap dispensers at the sinks. Talk about stomach churning. I still feel like I want to throw up. And the worst part is that it

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Retrofitting with Square Wheels

One of my favorite writers, Ian Williams, has this to say in a recent blog post: There are three issues, for me, that bear specific importance to the survival of my family: drastically reducing our carbon output, jumpstarting research on stem cells, and securing ALL loose nuclear materials in the world. If we make headway

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links for 2007-01-25

Magical Thinking: Why Do People Cling to Odd Rituals? – Psychology – The New York Times – New York Times The psychology behind “magical thinking” – (tags: psychology ideas science religion) Hoosier Cara? Some Hoosier named Cara’s blog. (tags: blog) Naming Our Strange Addictions I admit, I’m guilty of many of these strange online behaviours.

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Steph Mineart’s Corollary to Godwin’s Law

I’ve had an observation rolling around in my head for many years, but as far as I can tell, I haven’t put written it on my site yet, although I know I’ve pointed it out in email on the gayindy mailing at various times. It popped back into my head as I was thinking about

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links for 2007-01-24

Godwin’s Law (tags: blogs politics) Appeal Transcript in the Murder of Nireah Johnson Court documents in the appeal of the murderers of a local transgendered teen in 2003. (tags: homophobia violence) K.K. May Remembrance Information on the death of K.K. May, an Indianapolis person beaten to death in 2003. (tags: homophobia)

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Which Famous Feline Are You?

Which famous feline are you? You’re the Cheshire Cat. Your mysterious aura and your penchant for riddles keep your friends guessing. You dislike staying too long in any one place. Your advice is always sound, if somewhat enigmatic. The sum total of this is that people are always following you and you just WANT TO

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What Mythical Creature Are You?

What mythical beast are you? You’re a gryphon. You’re very powerful without needing to brag about it. Creativity is one of your strong suits. Your outward personality may change drastically according to your mood, which is not always a good thing. You’re a loyal guardian when you choose to be and you’re aligned towards *good*.Take

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bilerico’s new policy

I read with excitement this piece on Bilerico.com: Looking at last year’s news cycle, one option had a high degree of success at influencing voters’ behavior, setting back a large segment of the conservative movement, and generally providing a modicum of entertainment value for the masses. What was it? “Outing” the hypocrite. Think Ted Haggard

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links for 2007-01-23

Haunted Dimensions-The Conservatory Coffin Cool instructions for making an imitation of Disney’s haunted mansion coffin out of paper. (tags: papercraft diy) The Cute Project – Collecting the World’s Cuteness! Cute Overload has a rival site. (tags: photography) Beat Blue Monday The third/fourth Monday of January is supposed to be the “Gloomiest Day of the Year”

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On the Subject of the words “Faggot” and “Dyke”

Other that some passing linkage, I haven’t weighed in on the controversy surrounding actor Isaiah Washington and his use of the F-word twice in the last three months on the set of “Grey’s Anatomy” and at the Golden Globes. The New York Times summarizes the events. Given that there has been lots of commentary, I

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Rishawn Biddle and Questions on Hate Crimes

Over on the Expresso blog, Rishawn Biddle asks this question regarding the current hate crimes legislation in the house. 3.) Can the supporters of the hate crimes penalities proposed in House Bill 1459 muster up evidence that gays are being murdered or assaulted at any higher rate than the rest of the population? More importantly,

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Goofing Off

One of the cool things about my new MacBook is that I could load several video games I own but couldn’t really play on my old machine – Age of Empires, Zoo Tycoon, Black and White – so I’ve been goofing off playing video games all weekend. I did managed to write a couple of

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Colts Win!

We immediately tried to call our friends/Bears fans up north to talk smack to them, but cingular appears to be down. Huh. We’re probably not the only ones. Great game. Colts in the Superbowl! Stephanie’s looking up how much her old 45 record of the Bears Superbowl Shuffle is going for on eBay.

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Rally at the Indiana Statehouse to Oppose SJR-7

A while back, I wrote about SJR-7, the bill to amend the Indiana constitution to eliminate equal marriage rights for same-sex couples, and I urged people to contact the legislators responsible for this atrocious piece of legislation. Well, there’s more you can do. Indiana Equality is organizing a rally at the State House to oppose

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links for 2007-01-21

PERSONAL BLIMP I so want one of these. (tags: flying geek travel) Made With Molecules (tags: jewelry wishlist Shopping) Marion Peck (tags: artist inspiration paintings) KungFu Bunnies Flash animation of bunnies fighting. (tags: funny flash) 51% of Women Are Now Living Without Spouse – New York Times For what experts say is probably the first

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links for 2007-01-20

Surge in carbon levels raises fears of runaway warming Carbon dioxide is accumulating in the atmosphere much faster than scientists expected, raising fears that humankind may have less time to tackle climate change than previously thought. (tags: climate environment green) Flickr: Photos tagged with catfight Hee. (tags: cats photos) First Twin Jenna Shops a Book

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Nigeria Outlaws Existence of Gay People

According to Peter Tatchell at UK Gay News: A new bill, currently being debated in the Nigerian parliament, is the most comprehensively homophobic legislation ever proposed in any country in the world. Its extremism is rivaled only by the death penalty that exists for homosexuality in several Islamic fundamentalist states. The bill is primarily concerned

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links for 2007-01-19

El Lissitzky – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (tags: art wikipedia) László Moholy-Nagy – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (tags: design art wikipedia) Bauhaus – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (tags: architecture art design wikipedia) Willful Ignorance How abstinence-only sex ed is leading to a date rape and toxic sexual cultures on college campuses. (tags: sexuality education feminism)

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Song of Ice and Fire to be HBO Mini-Series

According to George R.R. Martin’s blog, and according to Variety: HBO turns ‘Fire’ into fantasy series HBO has acquired the rights to turn George R.R. Martin’s bestselling fantasy series “A Song of Fire & Ice” into a dramatic series to be written and exec produced by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. “Fire” is the first

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links for 2007-01-18

Porta photo album generator Windows software that lets you dump an image directory into SimpleViewer and auto-generate a photo gallery. (tags: photography photos software webdesign) SimpleViewer Gallery Software Software that builds flash-based photo galleries for a website. (tags: photography webdesign software) Circle City Volkswagen Club Volkswagen enthusiasts in Indianapolis. Unfortunately, they have a really hideous

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Stuck at Work

Looks like I’m going to be here until 9 p.m. or so. Had a sudden emergency because we apparently we have designers working for our company who don’t know how to use Macromedia Fireworks and can’t figure out how to take a Fireworks file and open in bloated behemoth Photoshop. So I’m taking a layered

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links for 2007-01-17

The Unfilmables: A List of the Hardest Novels to Film » Screenhead With the release and critical success of Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, an adaptation of a novel once considered impossible to film, what better time to look into the process of adaptation. (tags: books movies reading) George R. R. Martin’s Official Website

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Online, Finally

My new computer arrived this morning! Yay! It’s taken all day to get it up and running and online! Boo! Man that was a pain in the neck. Lots of tweaking of settings to get everything ironed out. And I at least have a good idea what I’m doing. For someone who doesn’t, that whole

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links for 2007-01-15

blyberg.net » Catalog Card Generator Generate a card catalog image. (tags: generator funny books libraries) Gay Skater Mark Lund Trashes flamboyant skater Johnny Weir Fuck off Mark — leave Johnny alone and stop being a self-hating homophobic asshole. It’s one thing to critique Johnny’s ability, but don’t critque his gender choices. There’s no place for

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John Edwards Evoke Martin Luther King

Excerpt from John Edward’s speech in New York: Forty years ago, almost to the month, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stood at this pulpit, in this house of God, and with the full force of his conscience, his principles and his love of peace, denounced the war in Vietnam, calling it a tragedy

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Tuscan-Style Baked Pork Chops

4 or 5 thick center-cut pork chops 3 garlic cloves, crushed 4 teaspoons olive oil 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 freshly ground pepper 1/2 cup white wine I adapted this recipe from one in the Weight Watchers cookbook – theirs was for a pork roast with this marinade, which I picked

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links for 2007-01-14

putative.com: FedEx refuses shipment of made-up stuff, empty cans They didn’t like what was written on the packaging, so they refused to ship it, citing “homeland security.” Bull crap. (tags: mail security media) Mexicans OK gay weddings The northern Mexican state of Coahuila became the first in the country to approve gay unions yesterday. Mexico

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Anti-Marriage Equality Amendment Introduced to Indiana Legislature

As Bilerico is reporting – the massively flawed legislation to put an anti-marriage equality amendment (banning civil marriage for same-sex partners) on the ballot for voting had been re-introduced to the legislature. Here’s the proposed bill: DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL Definition of marriage. Provides that marriage in Indiana consists only of the union of one

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links for 2007-01-13

Variety.com – Meryl Street in ‘Mamma Mia’ Yay! I can’t wait to see the big screen version of this. (tags: bands music movies) iPhone round-up (kottke.org) A lengthy overview of the iPhone and it’s technological impact. (tags: apple mobile technology) Pablo’s punks | Arts critics | Guardian Unlimited Arts It’s exactly a century since Picasso

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Macbook Delivery Delay

It’s not going to arrive until Tuesday. God, that is frustrating. I deliberately ordered it very early so it would arrive before the long weekend, and I paid for 2-day shipping, which was the fastest possible rate. After getting off the phone with Apple, they’ve refunded my shipping charges entirely, and they were very apologetic,

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links for 2007-01-12

Bebo – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Description of the Bebo social network. (tags: networks) List of social networking websites – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (tags: networks community social) Unconsumption – New York Times Article on freecycling, and thus reducing the impact of consumerism. (tags: sustainability green ecology environment climate) Welcome | Gather Social network geared

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Apparently, it’s De-Lurking Week

I was unaware of this until now, but January 8th through the 12th is National De-Lurking Week on ye old internets-blog-web-sphere-tubey thingy. That means if you’re reading this post but you never comment on the site, you’re supposed to drop by to say hi. This means you. Yeah, I see you, right there.

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Today’s Fortune Cookie

“Everything will now come your way.” Um, at first I thought “Great!” because I’m waiting for the new laptop. (Is that like “Waiting for Godot“?) But then I started to worry – what if I need a helmet?

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Comments Feed

I added a comments feed to my site last night, in case some rare person out there might be interested in hearing what others have to say about my site, like the homophobes and weird flamers who occasionally troll by and leave hate messages that I promptly delete. I don’t get too many comments on

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links for 2007-01-11

Visual Literacy: An E-Learning Tutorial on Visualization for Communication, Engineering and Business This e-learning site focuses on a critical, but often neglected skill for business, communication, and engineering students, namely visual literacy, or the ability to evaluate, apply, or create conceptual visual representations. (tags: visualization design education) It’s Knuttz – Home Aquarium An awesome habitrail

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My New Macbook

Speaking of GeekBling… I ordered a new laptop today for home. I got a 13″ white Macbook: 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 2GB 667 DDR2 SDRAM-2x1GB 200GB Serial ATA @ 4200 rpm Superdrive 6x No Modem No Optional Software Keyboard/Mac OS Country Kit I’m embarrassed to admit that my current personal device is a graphite

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links for 2007-01-10

Metacritic: 2006 Film Critic Top Ten Lists (tags: movies reviews lists 2006) The Top 10 Conservative Idiots, No. 273 The Democrats took control of the House and Senate last week, while conservatives continued to act like idiots. (tags: politics conservatives republicans idiots)

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The Apple iPhone

It’s pretty – here’s a snapshot from the Keynote Address going on right now — You can read about the address through streaming updates at MacRumorsLive.com I know I was bitching about “smart phones” being too complicated earlier this week, but this is anything but. I can seem this being my next phone/ipod definitely. $499

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links for 2007-01-08

Ten Web 2.0 APIs you can really use – LinuxWorld I’m bookmarking this especially for the information on OpenID. (tags: webdesign web2.0 webdev) OpenID: an actually distributed identity system OpenID is an open, decentralized, free framework for user-centric digital identity. OpenID starts with the concept that anyone can identify themselves on the Internet the same

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Water for Elephants

21-year-old Jacob Jankowski is studying veterinary medicine in 1931, in the depths of the Great Depression, when his parents are killed in an auto accident. Jacob discovers they had mortgaged their lives to fund his schooling, and he is now penniless. Reeling from grief, he walks away from his final exams and drops out of

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links for 2007-01-07

Neatorama » 13 Photographs That Changed the World Icon photos that changed the way we think about the world we live in. (tags: icons photos culture history) Urban Legends Reference Pages: Uses for WD-40 Spray Lubricant (tags: diy howto lifehacks)

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Gay Man Beaten by Anti-Marriage Equality Protestor

Video of a gay man beaten in Boston at an Anti-Marriage Equality protest held by bigots. Mostly of the guy after he was beaten, but pretty disturbing. And of course, typical of hate-filled people like those who oppose equal marriage rights.

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links for 2007-01-06

What Does 200 Calories Look Like? (tags: food nutrition photos cooking science) The Gazebo of Doom Game blog for the Gazebo of Doom gaming group, located in central Indiana. Currently playing: Call of Cthulhu 5th edition, with some tweaks inspired by Eden Studios’ “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” RPG. (tags: games Indiana) Joe. My. God.: 2006

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Happy Blogiversary, Honey!

It’s my girlfriend Stephanie’s first “blogiversary” – please go visit her page and say congratulations. Also, if you clicked on a google ad while you’re there, that would be great, too. We need the money. We have three houses, ya know. She updated her templates and added a blogroll – let her know if you

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Books

Our Library, mostly squared away now, and organized. I’m so glad; we can sit and read in front of the fire. Ideally, we want to replace the two chairs with a more comfortable loveseat. Stephanie and sorted our Cookbooks out last night – we both have some great ones and we reorganized them so we

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links for 2007-01-05

Anti-Gay Defamation Offenders Of 2006 Worst media examples of anti-gay defamation, as collected by GLAAD. (tags: homophobia) New York Daily News – W pushes envelope on U.S. spying President Bush has quietly claimed sweeping new powers to open Americans’ mail without a judge’s warrant. The President asserted his new authority when he signed a postal

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links for 2007-01-04

City prepares for the ‘Year of Kurt Vonnegut’ Thanks to the combined efforts of Mayor Bart Peterson, the public library and an array of its arts and cultural institutions, 2007 will be the “Year of Kurt Vonnegut” in Indianapolis, a 12-month celebration honoring the city’s native son, including (tags: books literature history writing Indianapolis.)

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links for 2007-01-03

Hansjörg Neth > ‘The chaos’ (Gerard Nolst Trenite) (tags: poetry language) CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Shooting of 6 at party may be hate crime Two masked gunmen kicked open the side and back doors of a South Side home known as the “Gay House” and started shooting up a party there early Sunday morning. (tags: homophobia)

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The Jordan YMCA

I stayed after my water aerobics class tonight to take an extra half-hour resistance weight-training course in the pool. Man, I thought I had endorphin highs before. I feel great. There were tons of people at the Y tonight — the construction on their new wellness center is finished and they have a lot of

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links for 2007-01-02

Urban Legends Reference Pages: New Year’s Superstitions All the things you’re supposed to do on New Year’s to ensure a successful coming year. (tags: fun culture social) Auld Lang Syne – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia “Auld Lang Syne” is a poem by Robert Burns, and is one of the best known songs in English-speaking countries,

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What I Read in 2006 (49 Titles)

2006 was the 10th year I’ve kept track of what I’ve read, and eventually a decade retrospective is in order, but not tonight.
This year’s tally of books is roughly what it was last year – 49 titles. With a several of them being silly easy things, of course, because we were quite busy and I haven’t had the time to read that I used to. This year I managed to write a bit about most books and my impressions, which is cool, because I’ve looked at my past lists sometimes drawn a complete blank at the title and wondered what the heck it was about.

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A Letter to John Edwards on Marriage Equality

A letter written by the very wise Pam Spaulding on Pam’s House Blend (link has been deprecated) is a great help in sorting out the marriage equality issue for fair-minded people, so I’m reprinting it here in full… Dear John Edwards, I have read about some comments you made recently in New Hamphire about marriage

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links for 2007-01-01

Egypt: Cairo’s women are attacked in the streets Apparently for being out in public. With video of one attack. (tags: misogyny feminism rights women) Indianapolis Homicides | IndyStar.com The interactive map (click on the graphic) tells a huge story — look at the locations and information about the crimes, and you’ll see the panic the

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