Archives: February 2007

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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Valentine Underpants

Stephanie stop at Old Navy yesterday while waiting for her hair appointment, and she bought a bunch of Valentine’s Day merchandise on high discount, including several pairs of my favorite kind of underwear. Then she hid them around the house while I was at water aerobics last night, because she’s leaving to go to a

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links for 2007-02-16

Salmonella outbreak due to peanut butter – Yahoo! News Great – I have a jar of this brand and lot peanut butter (Peter Pan, Lot #2111) that I just threw away. (tags: health nutrition) THE WATCHISMO TIMES: Wristwatches of War – Trench Grilles and Hunter Guards Awesome antique watches. (tags: watch history) H. Allen Orr

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Changing Hosts

I’m going to be migrating my site to a new host over the next several days, so fewer posts and updates, and probably some downtown. I’ll be back up as soon as humanly possible.

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Exclusion For Religious Schools Struck From Iowa Gay Bully Bill

Do they not realize, when they say these things, how bad it sounds? Like it’s your religion to beat up gay people? (Des Moines, Iowa) The Iowa Senate has passed legislation aimed at curbing bullying of LGBT students and other minority groups in schools. Language in the House version that passed lack week but which

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SJR-7 Will Eliminate Purdue’s Health Care Benefits

As Gary Welsh rightly points out in a must-read article on SJR-7 and Purdue University’s health care benefits, the infamous second paragraph of the proposed amendment will indeed eliminate health care benefits for unmarried partners that are currently used by 31 employees of the university. The question is raised in the Lafayette Journal and Courier

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‘I hate gay people,’ former Heat star Tim Hardaway declares

From the Sun-Sentinel: A week after retired center John Amaechi became the first active or former NBA player to publicly acknowledge he was gay, one of the most popular players in Heat franchise history offered a blunt view on homosexuality Wednesday during a radio interview. Former Heat guard Tim Hardaway, who had been making public

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links for 2007-02-15

Winster – Where Friends Help Friends (tags: social networking games) mike-love.net – Genealogy of Influence (tags: philosophy patterns visualization) Why not try? (tags: humor ideas social) Affectionate Men Awesome slideshow of old photos of affectionate men. I have dozens of photos of women in affectionate/romantic poses, very similar to these; they’re framed and hanging together

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Valentine’s Day, Snow Day

I had a second snow day today (I worked at home yesterday, due to inclement weather) and Stephanie had the day off as well because we couldn’t get her car out in the morning. So we spent the morning digging out the street with the help of our neighbor Craig… and in the afternoon, I

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I am Spartacus

Joining the swelling throng of people who are supporting Shakespeare’s sister since her resignation from the Edwards campaign due to the misogynist rants of William Donohue. Spartacus. Spartacus. Spartacus. Spartacus. Spartacus. Spartacus. Spartacus. Spartacus. Spartacus.

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Liberals

“Liberals got women the right to vote. Liberals got African-Americans the right to vote. Liberals created Social Security and lifted millions of elderly people out of poverty. Liberals ended segregation. Liberals passed the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act. Liberals created Medicare. Liberals passed the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act. What did

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links for 2007-02-14

Abraham Lincoln – Daguerreotype of Young Abraham Lincoln Previously undiscovered photo of Lincoln (tags: history photography) wii valentine (tags: videogames funny holidays)

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Melissa Resigns Too

Damn it, this sucks. Melissa’s McEwan’s statement: I regret to say that I have also resigned from the Edwards campaign. In spite of what was widely reported, I was not hired as a blogger, but a part-time technical advisor, which is the role I am vacating. I would like to make very clear that the

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Edwards Blogger Resigns

Although John Edwards decided against firing the two bloggers from his campaign that were under attack by notorious homophobe and anti-semite Bill Donohoe, one of them, Amanda Marcotte, has decided to resign anyway. Days after Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards decided against firing two liberal bloggers with a history of inflammatory writing, one resigned last

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On the Bible

“Luckily, I happen to have a Bible laying around this house, because even though I’m not a Christian, I was an English major, and it is important to Know Your Ancient Mythologies if you are reading poetry.” — Amanda Marcotte, Pandagon.net thankyouverymuch.

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Rally at the Statehouse – next Monday

The rally — called the “Read the Fine Print” — will feature Candace Gingrich, sister of Former Speaker of the US House of Representatives Newt Gingrich. WHAT: “Read the Fine Print!” Rally at the Statehouse WHEN: Monday, February 19, 2007 from 1:00 pm — 2:30 pm (Presidents Day) WHERE: Indiana Statehouse, North Atrium, 200 W.

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Right-wing lies about SJR-7

On the opinion page of today’s Indy Star, Sheila Suess Kennedy, associate professor of law and public policy at the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs in Indianapolis, (and one of my neighbors – she and her husband live a couple blocks away) comments on SJR-7, the amendment to ban equal marriage rights:

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links for 2007-02-13

The Top 10 Conservative Idiots, No. 278 This week’s is pretty darn funny. Apparently Limbaugh thinks Peyton Manning is black. (tags: politics conservatives republicans idiots) Nobel prizewinner, author attacked at S.F. hotel Elie Wiesel, the renowned Holocaust author and Nobel Peace Prize winner, was attacked and dragged out of a San Francisco hotel elevator last

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SJR-7 Passes Senate

The bill to amend the Indiana Constitution to ban Marriage Equality passed the Senate today. As Gary Welsh notes on Advance Indiana, the right-wing hate battalion have managed to achieve something that even the KKK weren’t able to do when they held total control of state government – disenfranchise an entire unfavored minority group. Here

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Sick of the Weather

I realize I’m just being whiny given that we has such a mild November and December, but I’m sick of the snow and cold. I just can’t seem to get warm, and I have this constantly runny nose that just won’t stop. Plus we’re going to get a bunch of snow dumped on us tonight,

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Say what now?

Alternate meanings for common words. Arbitrator \ar’-bi-tray-ter\: A cook that leaves Arby’s to work at McDonald’s. Avoidable \uh-voy’-duh-buhl\: What a bullfighter tries to do. Baloney \buh-lo’-nee\: Where some hemlines fall. Bernadette \burn’-a-det\: The act of torching a mortgage. Burglarize \bur’-gler-ize\: What a crook sees with. Control \kon-trol’\: A short, ugly inmate. Counterfeiters \kown-ter-fit-ers \: Workers

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Queer Quotes

Why can’t they have gay people in the army? Personally, I think they are just afraid of a thousand guys with M16s going, “Who’d you call a faggot?” — Jon Stewart

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Etiquette Tips For The Gay Male Wedding

1. On the day of a gay wedding, it’s bad luck for the two grooms to see each other at the gym. 2. Superstition suggests that for good luck the couple should have something bold, something flirty, something trashy, something dirty. 3. It’s customary at gay and lesbian nuptials for the parents to have an

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The Chaos

by Gerard Nolst Trenité Dearest creature in creation Studying English pronunciation, I will teach you in my verse Sounds like corpse, corps, horse and worse. I will keep you, Susy, busy, Make your head with heat grow dizzy; Tear in eye, your dress you’ll tear; Queer, fair seer, hear my prayer. Pray, console your loving

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The Notorious Al-Gebra Movement

At New York’s Kennedy airport today, an individual later discovered to be a public school teacher, was arrested trying to board a flight while in possession of a ruler, a protractor, a set square, a slide rule, and a calculator. At a morning press conference, Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez said he believes the man is

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Elementary, Dear Watson

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson went on a camping trip. As they lay down for the night, Holmes said: Watson, look up into the sky and tell me what you see.

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My Favorite Fairy Tale

Once upon a time, in a land far away, a beautiful, independent, self assured princess happened upon a frog as she sat, contemplating ecological issues on the shores of an unpolluted pond in a verdant meadow near her castle. The frog hopped into the princess’ lap and said: "Elegant Lady, I was once a handsome

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What Kind of Intelligence Do You Have?

Your Dominant Intelligence is Linguistic Intelligence You are excellent with words and language. You explain yourself well. An elegant speaker, you can converse well with anyone on the fly. You are also good at remembering information and convicing someone of your point of view. A master of creative phrasing and unique words, you enjoy expanding

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How Much Have You Changed in 10 Years?

You’ve Changed 40% in 10 Years Ah, the past! You may not remember it well – because you’re still living in it. While you’ve changed some, you may want to update your wardrobe, music collection and circle of friends. How Much Have You Changed in 10 Years? Nah. I like my friends, thanks.

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links for 2007-02-10

Intelligent Design – Uncyclopedia “No, no. You don’t understand. There aren’t two debatable arguments here. See, on one side there’s me being right, and on the other side there’s you being an idiot.” (tags: fun wikipedia) Candy – Uncyclopedia How to eat candy: First, check for deer, they’re very large and can damage your car.

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My Superhero Logo Shirt

Because our team of designers at work is headed to the SXSW Conference in March, I decided I needed a reworked and updated shirt with my URL on it to wear to Austin. So I redesigned my lightning bolt logo and put together a newer t-shirt design with it for my Cafe Press Redbubble store,

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The Differences be Pseudonymity and Anonymity

While reading a post on another subject, I noted this interesting passage about the differences be Pseudonymity and Anonymity that I thought was worth pulling out. I know that StAllio! has attempted to explain this to Gary Welsh at Advance Indiana in the past with mixed results. You know what? Someone who mistakes pseudonymity for

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links for 2007-02-09

Method Arts | A Consortium (tags: inspiration designIdeas) Anna Nicole Smith dies after collapsing in hotel – CNN.com Wow. That’s bizarre. (tags: memorial) Funny Cat Pictures Heh. (tags: cats photos)

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SJR-7 Passes Indiana Senate

The controversial, discriminatory Senate Joint Resolution 7 – to amend the Indiana Constitution to bar equal marriage rights – had a second reading in the Senate today, and was passed by the Senate, much to the State’s disgrace. Apparently an amendment to remove the highly ambigous second paragraph of the bill was voted down, even

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The “Hoo Haa” Monologues

Irony, the phone is for you. A Florida theater was forced to change the name on their marquee after morons complained about the word “vagina” appearing in the title of the play “The Vagina Monologues” – which is, of course, a play about making women more comfortable talking about their bodies. Personally, I wouldn’t have

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Melissa gets to keep her job

I mentioned yesterday that there was some question about whether blogger Melissa McEwan, aka Shakespeare’s Sister at the site of the same name, would get to keep her job with the John Edwards campaign after complaints from the nutty rightwing blowhards over things she’s said in the past on her personal blog. Turns out that

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I Am The Very Model Of An Ex-Gay Individual

by Justin, of Gay Christian.net as Justin points out on his site, “Ex-gay” people admit they have what they call ongoing “same gender attraction” (called SGA in the song) but claim they’re not actually gay. (Never mind that the definition of gay is “being attracted to some one of your own sex.) I. I am

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links for 2007-02-08

Murphy Bed Company · The History of Murphy Bed William L. Murphy, who was born in Columbia, California, near Stockton on January 1, 1876, moved to San Francisco at the turn of the century where he met his future wife. He lived in a one-room apartment that had a standard bed taking up most of

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Catholic League Bill Donohue Quotes

According to transcripts of his speech at Justice Sunday: The most insane idea I’ve heard in my whole life, of two men getting married, I mean – that’s something that you expect in the asylum, quite frankly. Donohue on MSNBC: Hollywood is controlled by secular Jews who hate Christianity in general and Catholicism in particular.

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Mean Things I’ve Said about the Catholic Church

I’m apparently not nearly as inflammatory as I thought, or perhaps I’m just remembering stuff I’ve said out loud, and not things I’ve blogged. Here’s the scrawny, short list of times I’ve blogged about the Church I grew up in – Catholicism. The top one is probably the longest thing I’ve written. Which really just

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Melissa McEwan is a Goddess

One of my favorite writers is Melissa McEwan, who hosts a group blog called Shakesville – which I link to all the time here, so you should be at least familiar with it if you follow along with what I write at all. Melissa is one of the most eloquent, intelligent writers I’ve ever run

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MJ’s ‘Up North’ Chili

From the the kitchen of: MJ at Friday Fishwrap. Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 4 hours Yield: 8 to 10 servings Total pots to clean: 1 stock pot, bowl, cutting board and knife. Extra virgin olive oil 2 pounds ground sirloin (or beef chuck, trimmed, if you prefer) 6 to 8 garlic cloves, minced

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links for 2007-02-07

U.S. Set to Begin a Vast Expansion of DNA Sampling – New York Times “The Justice Department is completing rules to allow the collection of DNA from most people arrested or detained by federal authorities.” – um, unreasonable search and seizure, anyone? You don’t know what they’re doing with your DNA, especially if you’ve (tags:

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Nature cannot be fooled

Richard Feynman’s famous conclusion to his report on the shuttle Challenger accident, which arose again in the Columbia accident, is “For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled.” [cribbed from Edward Tufte.] Yeah, no shit. Someone should point this out to Bush, tout de suite.

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links for 2007-02-06

Enjambment – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (tags: poetry) Tit for tat – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (tags: psychology) cool brain lamp Mmmmmmm. Braaaaiiiins. (tags: art lamp shopping)

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Snickers Super Bowl Website Pulled?

UPDATE: Looks like they did indeed pull the site, at least as far as I can see. The URL now goes to the main snickers site instead. UPDATE: Americablog goes into the story in more depth, including pointing out that two of the “alternate endings” of the video result in violence – one with one

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Passive Aggressive Blogging

One of my favorite amusements lately is folks who read something I’ve written here, and rather than commenting/disagreeing on my site, or even going back to their own site and commenting there while linking to my post, they simply comment on their own sites in general terms, without providing any context to what they’re reacting

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Blogroll and Charity Links

While goofing off this weekend, I added a blogroll to my site, including some of the blogs I read every day. What stays in my feed reader can vary depending on my mood, but these links are ones that I consistently check all the time, including my friend’s sites. Any recommendations on sites I should

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Matt captures Colts Frenzy Downtown

Downtown went crazy last night after the Colts win. My friend Kathy called me up from the circle, where she narrated some of the action – people surfing on their cars, people streaking down the street (brrr! It’s -10 below wind chill, people!), people climbing on the Monument, people screaming and hugging people they didn’t

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links for 2007-02-05

Iraqi Interior Ministry estimates 1,000 killed in one week – CNN.com The Iraqi Interior Ministry estimates that about 1,000 people have been killed throughout Iraq in the past week due to gunbattles, drive-by shootings and bomb attacks, a ministry official said Sunday. (tags: war bush) Thus Spake Zuska : What’s a Feminist Theory of Science,

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Super Bowl Sunday

What do you call 53 guys sitting around today watching the Super Bowl? The New England Patriots. Ha!

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National Freedom to Marry Week – Feb 11-17th

National Freedom to Marry Week 10th Annual Observance February 11-17, 2007 10 years of work 10 years of change 10 years closer to equality All across the country, from Hawaii to Massachusetts, from California to New Jersey, we have worked together to make significant gains for same sex couples and their families. Our journey is

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links for 2007-02-04

Teen Sex, ‘Hooking Up’, Gay Marriage, Femiphobia and Bush Victory Are All Interconnected Excellent discussion about the gender disparity in teen sex, and how the new “permissiveness” among young people having “sex” is anti-female, just like the backlash against gay marriage. (tags: sexuality sexism homophobia) FOXNews.com – Global Warming to Continue for Centuries – Science

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Dan Savage Takes on Mary Cheney’s Hypocrisy

Dan Savage calls out Mary Cheney’s hypocrisy on suggesting she should be allowed privacy from media scrutiny for her decision to have a baby with her lesbian partner Heather Poe: In today’s New York Times Mary Cheney defends her decision to get her lezbo self knocked the fuck up. Like her father, Mary Cheney believes

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links for 2007-02-03

Researchers shed light on our internal clocks Interesting study on time – one of the conclusions drawn is how bad daylight-savings time is on our health (tags: science health) Bears Deny Placing Snow, Fog Machines On Dolphin Stadium Sidelines | The Onion – America’s Finest News Source Of course, the Colts retaliate by putting a

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Groundhog predicts early spring

According to the AP, Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow for the first time in several years. Punxsutawney Phil predicts early spring PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) — A new pair of hands pulled Punxsutawney Phil from his stump this year, so it was only fitting that the groundhog offered a new prediction. Phil did not see

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Book Review – The Lost Art of Steam Heat

I checked The Lost Art of Steam Heat out from the library because our house has a steam-heat system and it’s working, but not exactly correctly. We’ve had a repair guy out numerous times, but he hasn’t quite fixed the rather complex system, and I wanted to understand a bit more so I could communicate

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Book Review – The Boy Detective Fails

Yeah, this book comes with a decoder ring on the back flap. You don’t discover this until a chapter or two into the book when you have to decode a secret message, but I’m telling you right up front because, well, that’s so frackin’ cool. Joe Meno’s The Boy Detective Fails is a loving homage

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Book Review – Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic

I keep putting off writing a review of Fun Home because I feel a sense of obligation to the book — one so well written deserves a well-written review, and I haven’t had it in me lately to try to write one. Here is my poor attempt to do justice to this fantastic book. Alison

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links for 2007-02-02

Good reasons to skip constitutional ban | IndyStar.com Wow, the Indy Star really gets it – wow. That’s awesome. (tags: lgbt marriage equality Indiana) Doctor Who Tardis 4-Way USB Hub So coo. Too bad I already have a USB hub. (tags: wishlist gadget) Timeline of Trends and Events (1750 to 2100) (tags: visualization timeline) The

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Must Be Naptime

I’m home for the second day in a row with pleurisy and a head cold. Today, though, I’m back on the helpful prescription, so I should back in business soon. Lucy and Huckleberry are snoozing on the bed upstairs, and Dru and Annabelle are curled up and dreaming on the trunk in the library. Spike

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Happy Imbolc

Today is Imbolc, an Irish holiday: Imbolc is one of the four principal festivals of the Irish calendar, celebrated either at the beginning of February or at the first local signs of Spring. Originally dedicated to the goddess Brigid, in the Christian period it was adopted as St Brigid’s Day. The holiday is a festival

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links for 2007-02-01

Marriage amendment, Round 2 | IndyStar.com (tags: lgbt marriage equality indiana) Molly Ivins dies of cancer at 62 (tags: politics feminism)

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