Archives: April 2007

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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