Archives: August 2007

links for 2007-08-28

Start asking candidates about contraception! Cristina Page had a great op-ed in the Baltimore Sun this week, making a plea that when journalists question presidential hopefuls about their reproductive rights beliefs, that they specifically bring up contraception access. Many republicans want to ban (tags: politics women rights equality) Life before air conditioning How in the

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My New Favorite Quote

“My favorite definition of a libertarian- and I can’t remember where I stole it from- is ‘a conservative who wants to sleep with liberal women.’” — From the comments on Pandagon’s article: “But Rush told me you had to tolerate my dick in your mouth” Funny because it’s true.

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links for 2007-08-27

Boing Boing: Exposing “The Secret” “Here’s an excellent explanation, deconstruction and debunking of that claptrap “The Secret.” (tags: books pseudoscience philosophy psychology skeptic) The Wrath of the Secretrons Blog debunking “the secret.” (tags: books pseudoscience philosophy psychology skeptic) Process | Titles | Coming Soon | The Secret Source Book exposing the source material for “The

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Cruise Info

We’re going on a cruise for our friend Dan’s 40th birthday, along with 12 other friends. It’s a Carnival cruise, on the ship “Fascination.” The cruise leaves from Miami tomorrow, and we spend Tuesday in Key West, Wednesday in Calica, Mexico (seeing the Tulum Ruins, on a shore excursion) and then Thursday at Sea before

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links for 2007-08-26

wcco.com – Police: Man Rapes Woman As Bystanders Look On This makes me sick, frankly. Everyone in this apartment building should be charged. (tags: crime assault women rights safety) breakfast blogger » Blog Archive » Pillow Happy Awesome pillows shaped like breakfast foods. (tags: cool inspiration design) BBspot – Wil Wheaton Indicted for Role in

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links for 2007-08-25

BBC NEWS | Africa | Monkey misery for Kenyan women villagers bad monkeys on the loose. Sigh. (tags: monkeys news)

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links for 2007-08-24

13 of the worst fake accents in film (tags: movies funny language) Kefitzat Haderech – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (tags: judaism mythology wikipedia folklore) Not so fast, Christian soldiers – Los Angeles Times Pentagon cancels plans to send soldiers religious care packages with Christian bibles and “Left Behind: Eternal Forces” video game. Note – this

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Everything is Miscellaneous

I mentioned the book Everything is Miscellaneous a few posts back on my list of recent reads, but I wanted to pull it out and write more about it, because it was very thought provoking, and a book I intend to buy (I borrowed it from the library) because I want to read it again.

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Colonoscopy Fun

So…… tomorrow I have to have a Colonoscopy. Woohoo! No, Katie Couric will not be there to film it. And yes, I am old. OLD. Just yesterday I was reminiscing about something that happened in college in 1987 – twenty years ago. a) I’m reminiscing now? Great. People just love that. b) I still think

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Bizarre Police Behavior at a Canadian Protest

UPDATE: Quebec police admit the three men in the video were indeed “undercover” officers; although the claim they were not there to instigate any violence. Wonder what that rock was for, then. Police attend a very large Canadian protest against George Bush dressed as “protesters” to attempt to rile up the crowd so they can

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links for 2007-08-23

Think Tank Suggests Bush should be President For Life This makes me want to buy a gun. Seriously. (tags: politics nuttiness idiots freedom) roup that advocated Bush become “President-for-Life” linked to Bush Administration itself Yeah, the nutty think tank that came out with that article is actually administered by Cheney. (tags: bush corruption politics) White

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links for 2007-08-22

Rennes-le-Château – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Mysterious French castle that figures into the DaVinci code and other fun conspiracy theories. (tags: castle travel tourism france) Voynich manuscript – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The Voynich manuscript is a mysterious illustrated book with incomprehensible contents. It is thought to have been written between approximately 1450 and 1520

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links for 2007-08-21

Jane of All Trades A local professional organizing company. Wonder if they would trade organizing services for website design. (tags: lifehacks)

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What To Read, What To Read

So, I’m trying to pick out what books to take on our cruise next week. Because of course that’s the most important thing to pack; clothes can just be plucked from the basket and chucked into the suitcase willy nilly the day before we leave, but reading requires some actual planning. (Now if this sounds

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links for 2007-08-20

Mini-Telescope Implants May Save Vision Damaged by Eye Disease: Scientific American Those suffering from advanced stages of macular degeneration may by the end of this year be able to halt and even reverse vision loss caused by the age-related eye disease. (tags: science technology research optics) City Slickers [Monocle] Monocle believes that the measure of

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Library Reorganization (Photo of the Day, day 7)

All my books are on the shelves, discards are weeded out, everything is dusted. New slipcover on the loveseat, furniture rearranged a bit. We still have some furniture editing and adjustment to do, but the library is much better.

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Book Review Catch-Up

I’m way behind on writing little synopses of the books I’ve finished this year, so I’m consolidating this latest list. Looking back, this happened about this time of year last year, too. Must be a trend. Anyways, here’s what I read since whenever. Sword of the Guardian: A Legend of Ithyria (Legends of Ithyria) by

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links for 2007-08-19

Daily Kos: The politics and ethics of outing And the woman in your office spends an entire lunch hour talking about her new bikini drawers and how much her husband likes them. But gays shouldn’t be so blatant. (tags: outing lgbt equality rights) Federal ID plan raises privacy concerns – CNN.com (tags: privacy paranoia government

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Photo of the Day (POTD – day 6)

I know, this should be a Caturday pic, but we don’t have time to do one before we go shopping, so you get this cute picture of Stephanie instead. Steph Mineart smineart@indy.rr.com https://commonplacebook.com

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links for 2007-08-18

Faith Central: 50 religious insights from George Bush Dear God, please save us from our retarded president. Amen. (tags: funny politics religion bush) Now airports screening for bad intentions A civil liberties lawsuit just waiting to happen. Nice. I’m so going to be busted at the airport for being disgruntled about the security theater. (tags:

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What Kind of Nerd Am I?

What Be Your Nerd Type? Your Result: Literature Nerd   Does sitting by a nice cozy fire, with a cup of hot tea/chocolate, and a book you can read for hours even when your eyes grow red and dry and you look sort of scary sitting there with your insomniac appearance? Then you fit this

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links for 2007-08-17

1873 Monocycle Replica Wow. That should have had some bids. (tags: bicycle Steampunk) Patient Information — HOUSE DUST (DUST MITE) ALLERGIES (tags: health) Open Left:: Fox News Caught Editing Al Franken’s Wikipedia Entry There’s a new tool out there that lets you search the destination IP addresses for people editing wikipedia entries. Arthur Bergman found

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links for 2007-08-14

2008 Presidential Election Candidates on the Issues Very nicely design chart (tags: visualization tools interesting politics election 2008) Welcome to BabyNamer A great baby names site, and one that includes the “drawbacks” to any name you look up. Definitely handy. (tags: names baby reference humor) LOLPresidents.com – Theodore Roosevelt The best presidential LOLs of all

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The name “Stephanie” on Babynamer.com

One of the blogs I read regularly pointed out the site babynamer.com in a blog post, because it’s a nicely-designed and interesting site on baby names. They include a long definition and origin of each name, a section on famous people with that name, a long list of related alternate names, and then a funny

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links for 2007-08-13

The Other War: Iraq Vets Bear Witness Dozens of those interviewed witnessed Iraqi civilians, including children, dying from American firepower. Some participated in such killings; others treated or investigated civilian casualties after the fact. Many also heard such stories, in detail, from (tags: iraq war torture morality politics) Italian Politician Calls For Ethnic Cleansing Of

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links for 2007-08-12

Government report: Al Qaeda strongest since September 11, 2001 – CNN.com (tags: 9/11 terrorism war security) Pandagon :: Dumbed down Jane Austen A discussion about how they fictionalized the recent biopic to make Jane more stupid than she was in real life. I was worried about that from just the previews. Pass on seeing then.

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links for 2007-08-11

Anil Dash: How To Visit New York: The Basics (tags: tourism travel NewYork) Anil Dash: How to Visit New York: The Must-Sees (tags: newyork travel tourism) Anil Dash: How to Visit New York: What You Can Skip (tags: travel newyork tourism) Anil Dash: How To Visit New York: Outside Opinions (tags: travel newyork tourism) mezzoblue

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links for 2007-08-10

Flickr: 2Decide.com Election ’08 Chart of Where the Candidates Stand (tags: 2008 politics Election reference visualization) THE GREAT IVY LEAGUE NUDE POSTURE PHOTO SCANDAL – New York Times From the 1940s through the 1960’s – Ivy League schools took nude “posture” photos of their freshmen class – hundreds of now famous people. Not it’s coming

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Dust Allergies

I finally managed to get around to getting tested for allergies yesterday, in my ongoing quest to figure out what the hell is causing my repeated bouts of Pleurisy. In the case of airborne allergies, I am apparently allergic to 3 things: Household Dust (to which I have a particularly bad reaction) and the pollen

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links for 2007-08-09

Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted): That Double Standard Regarding Anger A new report reveals what women already know: Men get rewarded for getting angry at work, while women who do the same thing are penalized and regarded as incompetent and “out of control.” (tags: women equality rights office work) Flickr: I’m So Bershon You

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links for 2007-08-08

Dulce de Leche (tags: recipes) The Eachday Blog — Die Speech Bubble Logo, Die. yep, the ubiquitous speech bubble logo. (tags: logos branding funny design) The Top 10 Conservative Idiots, No. 302 Repub governor of Minnesota buys a new stadium and lets a bridge fall down, and of course, the latest Republican sex scandals. (tags:

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Newsweek’s Howard Fineman seems to be smoking the crack

Howard Fineman on the Chris Matthews Show, discussing the Democrats in 2008: Mr. FINEMAN: If they can’t win this one, the Democrats deserve to go the way of the Whigs, which is a political party that disappeared. Now why did it disappear? It disappeared because it couldn’t deal with the biggest issue of the time,

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Mass Avenue Movies Under the Stars

I found this event from the OutWord Bound Bookstore email newsletter interesting: Mass Avenue Movies Under the Stars Mass Ave Video Store in partnership with the Indianapolis International Film Festival presents their 2007 Outdoor Summer Film Series: Movies Under the Stars extending through September 27, 2007. All movies are free and open to the public!

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Bigotted Atkins Cheesecake Family denies partner access to gay son

From today’s Indy Star: Brett Conrad spent more than half his life as Patrick Atkins’ partner. For 25 years, the men shared bank accounts, apartments and eventually a home in Fishers. But when Atkins, 47, fell seriously ill in 2005, Conrad faced what many gay Hoosiers consider a travesty: no law guaranteeing them the same

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links for 2007-08-06

Free Online Face and Picture Morphing – MorphThing Select pictures of famous people and morph them together, or upload your own photos. Great for figuring out what lesbian couple’s kids might look like. (tags: graphics fun morphing face photos) Visible Vote 08 Logo online and HRC interview all the Democratic Candidates about LGBT issues, with

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links for 2007-08-04

Chocoholic squirrel steals treats from shop | Oddly Enough | Reuters.com Suck it, Squirrel! (I swear, the squirrels are out to get me.) (tags: squirrels)

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links for 2007-08-03

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Orangutans use ‘charades’ to talk Orangutan communication resembles a game of charades, a study suggests. (tags: evolution monkeys) WFMU’s Beware of the Blog: Goobers (MP3s) Goobers – A Collection of Kid’s Songs”, released in 1993 on T.E.C. Tones (who were somehow associated with the Residents’ Ralph Records label, as I

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links for 2007-08-01

Pirates vs Ninjas (tags: funny humor pirates ninjas) Paper bridge unveiled in southern France A new temporary foot bridge made of cardboard tubes has been erected over the Gardon river in southern France by a Japanese architect named Shigeru Ban – it can hold up to 20 people. (tags: papercraft architecture design environment) Harry Potter

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