Archives: July 2007

Our Wedding Locations

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

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links for 2007-07-31

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

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links for 2007-07-30

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

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Pandagon’s Harry Potter Thread

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

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I think Bryan Caplan is a fucking dickhead

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

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Photography

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

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links for 2007-07-29

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

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Why do They Hate Us?

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

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the college professor in modern literature and film

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

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links for 2007-07-28

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

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Speechless with wonder

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

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

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

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links for 2007-07-27

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

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On the “down low”

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

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links for 2007-07-25

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

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Electrical Tape Mustache

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

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links for 2007-07-21

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

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Harry Potter Shirts

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

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Bart Peterson’s Letter to Marion County Property Tax Payers

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

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Which Lolcat Are You?

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

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Indy Star vs. Houston Chronicle: Houston has better readers

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

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Iraq Vets Describe Common Civilian Casualties

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

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links for 2007-07-20

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

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Harry Potter, Spoilers and Media Blackouts

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

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links for 2007-07-18

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

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Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney Ties Dog to Roof of Car

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

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Rich white douchebags count on racism to win in 2008

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

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links for 2007-07-17

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

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Sesame Street Clips that scared me as a kid

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

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Rejected Openings for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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

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

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

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links for 2007-07-16

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

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links for 2007-07-14

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

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links for 2007-07-13

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

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Home Sweet Home

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

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Beetles Caravan

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

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

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

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Morning, Day 16 in Santa Rosa, NM

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

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Photos Uploaded and Organized

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

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Googie Retro Signs on Route 66

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

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Kingman, Arizona for the night

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

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Good Morning, from the West Coast

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

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Route 66 Tour, Day 13 – In California

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

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Seligman, Az

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

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

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

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Route 66, Day 10: On to Albuquerque

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

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Route 66, Day 9, Morning: Leaving Roswell

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

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Route 66, Day 8: Sunday Morning, Roswell

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

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