Archives: June 2007

Route 66 Trip: The RoswellR2K Show

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

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Route 66, Day 6: Morning, Roswell NM

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

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Route 66: Tulsa to Amarillo

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

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

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

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Route 66, Day 2: Chicago to St. Louis

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

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

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

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Hey, guys! I’m blogging from the car!

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

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Keeping up with us on the road

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

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links for 2007-06-22

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

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House I wanted flips for 10x the amount

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

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Bluetooth internet connections

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

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Dial Up Access and MacBooks

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

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Blogging Via Phone – Test 2

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

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Giant Brick Head

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

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Prepping for the big trip

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

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links for 2007-06-20

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

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Woo hoo! My sister’s having a baby.

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

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links for 2007-06-19

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

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

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

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Louisiana Town Bans Saggy Pants

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

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links for 2007-06-18

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

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My Theory about the Sopranos Finale

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

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links for 2007-06-16

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

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links for 2007-06-15

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

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20 Hotties for Thursday

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

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

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

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links for 2007-06-14

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

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Route 66 Space Mix

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

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links for 2007-06-13

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

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links for 2007-06-12

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

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links for 2007-06-11

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

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Why I Hate Movable Type

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

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links for 2007-06-10

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

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Caturday!

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

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links for 2007-06-09

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

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What I got for my Birthday by Steph Mineart

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

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links for 2007-06-08

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

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links for 2007-06-07

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

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4 Deaths from Rare Brain Disease in NE Indiana

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

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links for 2007-06-06

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

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links for 2007-06-05

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

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Why Twitter?

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

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links for 2007-06-04

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

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Weekend Update 2007-06-03

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

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links for 2007-06-02

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

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