Archives: September 2007

visiting with grandma g

We spent the afternoon with grandma and talked to her. She was very sick but is getting better. She’s in a temporary care facility here in Des Moines until a spot can open up in the Perry Nursing Home that she’s visited before. They’re hoping she’ll continue to improve, possibly enough to be able to

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visiting with grandma g

We spent the afternoon with grandma and talked to her. She was very sick but is getting better. She’s in a temporary care facility here in Des Moines until a spot can open up in the Perry Nursing Home that she’s visited before. They’re hoping she’ll continue to improve, possibly enough to be able to

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Taking a quick trip to Iowa

I’m headed to Iowa after work today, with my mom. We’re going to visit my Grandma Groenwoldt, who is in the hospital and not feeling well. I haven’t seen her since my road trip in 2001, when I stopped to see her at her little retirement village apartment. It’s sort of a rush trip so

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links for 2007-09-27

jQuery: The Write Less, Do More, JavaScript Library (tags: ajax javascript libraries webdesign) Vector Logo Database (tags: research resource logos design)

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Big Blue Whale in Catoosa

We visited this Route 66 attraction this summer. Here’s a video of some British guys who decided to dive into the murky water of the old swimming hole. It’s not usually open for swimming anymore; the water isn’t maintained and is rather gross. Here’s what they were diving into: Looks yummy.

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links for 2007-09-25

Flickr: Photos tagged with atc Not sure what the tag “ATC” means, but there is some awesome artwork tagged that way on Flickr. (tags: art inspiration) BBC NEWS | In Pictures | In pictures: Baby animal love story Why is it that there are all these news reports of monkeys, chimps, organutans, gorillas orphaned or

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links for 2007-09-24

The Executive Computer; A Web of Networks, an Abundance of Services – New York Times First mention of the internet in 1993 on the New York Times website. Interesting the names at the very top of the article. (tags: geek history internet) Custer’s Last Stand Article by the NYT July 7, 1876 – details of

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links for 2007-09-22

Monkey tree phenomenon – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (tags: monkeys) LOLTHULHU (tags: cthulhu lolcats funny) a sampler of things: The Evolution of Sugar Bear (tags: branding logos)

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yard sale – pretty much ready

The signs are all strategically placed around the neighborhood. We’ve got the tables set up, and the items out and priced. We’re not too worried about people stealing stuff in the middle of the night; the porch is pretty enclosed and dark so I doubt people will wander up and take stuff. We have 15

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This is mighty

I really need to get the hell off of youTube this morning. I love one of the comments “It’s like if Beck, John McCrea of Cake, and Liam Lynch all got together and rocked the First Continental Congress.” had a pocket full of horses, fucked the shit out of bears. threw a knife up into

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Boom Goes the Dynamite

I had only heard about this; never seen the video before. Poor kid. So embarrassing that he’s from my alma mater.

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links for 2007-09-20

The Pirate Game: Pirate Glossary (tags: glossary language fun dictionary) iPhone Web pages (”apps”) should be 480 pixels wide, 10 MB maximum – iPhone Atlas (tags: iphone development web2.0) The easiest free iPhone ringtone method yet – iPhone Atlas (tags: iphone music) A Guide to CSS Support in Email: 2007 Edition – Campaign Monitor Blog

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What’s My Pirate Name?

My pirate name is: Captain James Flint Even though there’s no legal rank on a pirate ship, everyone recognizes you’re the one in charge. Like the rock flint, you’re hard and sharp. But, also like flint, you’re easily chipped, and sparky. Arr! Get your own pirate name from piratequiz.com. part of the fidius.org network

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Our Yard Sale – Sat. Sept. 22 – 8 a.m. (in Indianapolis, IN)

Books, lamps, board games, fun home decor, lamps, toys, Avon collectibles, lamps, clothes. Saturday only, September 22nd – 8 am to ? Did I mention we have lamps for sale? We seem to have a lot of them. As you already know, we’re de-cluttering the house, so lots of fun entertaining stuff has to go.

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links for 2007-09-19

Quirked Around Pop culture is currently drowning in quirkiness. (tags: ideas zeitgeist popculture) Crazy Questions at Google Job Interview Huh. Interesting. (tags: career puzzles quiz) PSDTuts » Creating a Stunning Old-World Look in Photoshop (tags: design photoshop tutorial) PSDTuts (tags: photoshop tutorial design)

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Triangulation (or: Appropriate Levels of Rudeness)

Standard disclaimer: If you’re worried this post is about you, then it’s not about you at all. The people it’s about will never believe it’s about them. One of the things I can’t stand (yes again with those) is people who don’t listen to you until you’re rude to them. You can say the same

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links for 2007-09-18

AFP: Early rising no good for the heart: study (tags: heart health) My Other Trucker Hat Is Funny Every message that has appeared on Frank’s hats on the television show 30 Rock (tags: television funny) Making Light: Robert Jordan (James Oliver Rigney), 1948-2007 Oh, crap. Robert Jordan died, without finishing the Wheel of Time series.

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Weekend Update 2007-09-17

We managed to get a lot done on Sunday to the house. We spent the morning sorting through some of the garage sale pile. Our friend Jen came by with baby Sam to help us sort some clothes in the early afternoon. Later we hung a bunch of pictures that we just haven’t gotten to

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links for 2007-09-17

Bloxorz Highly addictive flash game. (tags: onlineGames games videogames) Amazon.com: The Braindead Megaphone: Books: George Saunders Megaphone Guy might not have much to say, but he’s got a megaphone and so he is heard, his utterances setting the agenda for the entire party, the party’s collective intelligence (its crowd-like wisdom if you want to put

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weekend Update: Cleaning, Organizing

We accomplished a lot of sorting and organizing yesterday. In the morning, we cleaned out and reorganized the coat closet in the dining room and identified stuff that either needed to go in the garage sale or needs to be relocated downstairs in the space we liberated last weekend in the basement. At the end

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links for 2007-09-16

Organic Lawn Care For the Cheap and Lazy (tags: lawn gardening) Cleaning and Stain Removal | DoItYourself.com (tags: cleaning diy stain laundry) Gadsden Flag Premium Nylon 3’x5′ – Dont Tread On Me Flags – Gadsden Flags – NGDSDN (tags: flag gadsden) It’s dove at first sight | Metro.co.uk Monkey loves birdie. (tags: monkeys)

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I has an iPhone

So in the great clean out, I put my 8 Apple “Think Different” posters up for sale on eBay, and got quite a bit out of them. I believe I paid $80 for them (I think) back in 1999. I’ll have to see if blogged about it back then. Anyways, I got $315 for them.

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links for 2007-09-15

Nils Holger Moormann : Bookinist Chair/bookcase. Fun! (tags: Books Furniture DIY) Chip implants linked to animal tumors – Yahoo! News “A series of veterinary and toxicology studies, dating to the mid-1990s, stated that chip implants had “induced” malignant tumors in some lab mice and rats.” Great. (tags: RFID health research technology)

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links for 2007-09-14

Ornish: Sweat Your Way to a Bigger Brain – Newsweek Health Earlier this year these researchers found that in addition to growing new neurons, exercise doubled blood flow to the brain. (tags: health exercise intelligence) Dispatches from Manhattan Emails from a family at the epicenter of the World Trade Center on 9/11/2001 as they volunteered

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links for 2007-09-13

Top 50 Frugality Bloggers | Frugal Panda (tags: lifehacks) 100 Productivity Blogs (tags: lifehacks) NEAT & SIMPLE LIVING: Sentimental Treasures or Clutter? 8 Ways to Sort Through Your Sentimental Things (tags: lifehacks organization) Flickr: The Unclutterer Workspaces Pool (tags: inspiration lifehacks) Ready.gov: Get A Kit A good list. We need to do this at our

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links for 2007-09-12

Bill Nye Boo’d In Texas For Saying The Moon Reflects The Sun – BSAlert.com Bill Nye, the harmless children’s edu-tainer known as “The Science Guy,” managed to offend a select group of adults in Waco, Texas at a presentation, when he suggested that the moon does not emit light, but instead reflects the light of

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Best Acceptance Speech Ever

“A lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus. Can you believe this shit? Hell has frozen over. Suck it, Jesus, this award is my god now.” — Kathy Griffin, accepting an Emmy award

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links for 2007-09-11

The Great Iraq Swindle: : Rolling Stone “How Bush Allowed an Army of For-Profit Contractors to Invade the U.S. Treasury” = and how Bush has wasted 8.8 BILLION taxpayer dollars in Iraq – and the ultra-rich business men who’ve scooped up that money. (tags: crime fraud iraq bush embezzlement) Route 66 Car show interesting how

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quote of the day

“Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” -William Morrisqu

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Yard Sale – Saturday, Sept. 22nd

Yesterday we settled on a date for a yard sale at our house. 2 weeks from now on Saturday, September 22nd. We sorted out lots of stuff to put into the sale this weekend. It’s a very small dent in the scheme of things, but it’s a dent, and I certainly feel better. I’m not

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Rolling Stone: The Great Iraq Swindle

From the five page long Rolling Stone article, just a small section that will ruin your morning: Your testimony over, you wait out the rest of the hearing, go home, take a bath in one of your four bathrooms, jump into bed with the little woman. . . . A year later, Iraq is still

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links for 2007-09-10

Shakesville: The Unbearable Horror of Being Propositioned Great discussion of Larry Craig’s hitting on a guy in a bathroom, versus women putting up with being hit on every single place they ever appear in public. And why these two things are not different. (tags: women feminism sexism sexuality culture)

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Budgeting Time

One of the difficulties in our getting organized process is our time management. We both have a tendency to think “we’ll get to this” and we never do. We’re always purchasing space for the objects in our lives with time we don’t actually own. I find myself saying – “I’ll hold on to this because

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Miles for Mom

My friend Cate is running a marathon tomorrow in honor of her mom, who died a few years ago of melanoma. Cate is raising funds for the Melanoma Research Foundation, and she’s really close to her goal. If you had a few dollars to add, I’m sure Cate would be really thrilled.

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links for 2007-09-08

When and where authors publish and break through This makes me much more optimistic about writing. (tags: publishing craft Writing Literature) Going After Gore: vanityfair.com An excellent article tearing apart the faulty, misguided 2000 media coverage about Al Gore. The timeline of the “internet” story invented by the media is very telling. (tags: election media

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Apple Think Different Posters on eBay

I threw my Apple “Think Different” posters up on eBay – part of the decluttering efforts. Thomas Edison, Ghandi, Pablo Picasso, dancer Martha Graham, Maria Callas, Joan Baez, Alfred Hitchcock, Ted Turner. And I threw in a Macworld 2004 poster – it’s of the 1984 superbowl ad, with iPod added in…

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links for 2007-09-07

The not-silent killer: noise pollution Noise is linked with heart attack and stroke because it creates chronic stress that keeps our bodies in a state of constant alert. Research published last year by Germany’s Federal Environmental Agency in Berlin shows that even when you are asleep, your (tags: health science research) Political Survey: Rationale A

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Our Little Secret

Yeah, there’s a reason why so many of my photos seem to be only shot in one or two rooms, or only show small, focused parts of our house. There’s a reason why we never have people over to visit; why I’ve stopped having parties and game nights and overnight guests. There’s a reason why

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links for 2007-09-06

5 jobs that help out | IndyStar.com Article on one of Stephanie’s books: “These jobs are important to help make our world a better place, according to Laurence Shatkin, author of “150 Best Jobs for a Better World”. (tags: Indianapolis careers fun)

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Get an internet site please

Sigh. This leaves me less than enthused with my local political party, two months before an election. Sure, you can go to Bart’s page, but ya wanna tell me anything about my city-county council? Please? Or, ya know, what day the election is and how to find a polling place? Sigh. This really doesn’t make

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links for 2007-09-05

MacOSXHints (tags: shortcuts osx reference) THE HELLO EXPERIMENT Sculptors attempt to recreate Lionel Ritchie’s face while blindfolded and listening to “hello”. I think they might be missing a key piece – the blind sculptor on the video actually touched his face. (tags: funny design sculpture) Unclutterer: Reader question: What should I store in a fireproof

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links for 2007-09-04

Eggcorn – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia is an idiosyncratic substitution of a word or phrase for a word or words that sound similar or identical in the speaker’s dialect. Characteristic of the eggcorn is that the new phrase makes sense on some level (“old-timer’s disease” for “Alzheimer’s disea (tags: english language reference linguistics) List of

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links for 2007-09-03

» Papers Please: Arrested At Circuit City – www. Michael Righi .com Man illegally arrested at Circuit City for refusing to show his receipt of purchase. By federal law, you are not required to show your receipt, nor are you required to show you ID when requested by police as long as you identify yourself.

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America’s Toe-Tapping Menace

From the opinion page of the New York Times, a piece by Laura M. MacDonald: WHAT is shocking about Senator Larry Craig’s bathroom arrest is not what he may have been doing tapping his shoe in that stall, but that Minnesotans are still paying policemen to tap back. For almost 40 years most police departments

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links for 2007-09-02

Measuring Soft Drinks’ Caffeine content – Science News Online, Aug. 25, 2007 Researchers report what most soft-drink labels don’t: how much caffeine is inside (tags: science research food drink)

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Photos from Dan’s Birthday Cruise

See the whole set of photos Here are a couple of highlights: Miami from the Air Setting Sail In Jon and Carolyn’s stateroom Dan, Me, Stephanie at La Te Da’s in Key West The gang at the Southernmost Point of the US Doug winning at Trivia Dan the birthday boy and his birthday cake Mayan

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