Archives: December 2007

links for 2008-01-01

AlterNet: Rights and Liberties: Bigger Than Sports: Why Title IX Matters (tags: feminism education equality) Indianapolis 1950s-1980s. – SkyscraperCity Lots of photos of gorgeous old historic Indianapolis buildings since torn down and replaced by ugly crappy skyscrapers. I guess Indy has the fugly downtown it deserves, now. (tags: Indianapolis history architecture local)

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links for 2007-12-31

WorldCat.org Over 1 billion items in more than 10,000 libraries worldwide. Search for books, music, videos, articles and more in libraries near you. (tags: databases library reference research) 2007 in film – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (tags: 2007 movies reference)

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links for 2007-12-30

Bells, whistles & gas sippers | IndyStar.com They have a picture of a Smart ForTwo. Not long and we’ll be getting ours. (tags: cars local Indianapolis)

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Mini Cooper Clubman

This will be MY next car in a year or two when I can afford to replace the truck. Unless they come put with a hybrid microbus before then.

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Mayor Peterson outlines how Daniels is going to screw Indy

Very interesting article in the Indianapolis Business Journal with outgoing Mayor Bart Peterson, and how Indianapolis is going to get screwed with Daniel’s proposed property tax reform. IBJ: The Legislature is preparing to substantially reform Indiana’s property tax system. Lots of Indianapolis residents are very concerned about their property taxes. They want to see them

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links for 2007-12-29

NUVO.net | The Goldsmith Myth The dirt on former Republican Mayor Steve Goldsmith, whom the new mayor is hell-bent on imitating. (tags: politics local Indianapolis) 50 Most Loathsome People in America, 2007 Very funny. (tags: lists 2007 culture society politics) 10 Signs of Intelligent Life at YouTube (Smart Video Collections) | Open Culture (tags: video

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50 Most Loathsome People of 2007

The Beast’s list of the most loathsome people of 2007 is excellent, especially #9: 9. You Charges: You believe in freedom of speech, until someone says something that offends you. You suddenly give a damn about border integrity, because the automated voice system at your pharmacy asked you to press 9 for Spanish. You cling

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Julia Carson’s replacement should be LGBT Friendly

This is really disturbing – one of the names being discussed as a possibility for Julia Carson’s office by the Democrats is Indiana State Representative Carolene Mays, who voted in favor of SJR-7, the amendment to ban equal marriage rights for same-sex couples. More from Jerame Davis on Bilerico: The passing of Congresswoman Julia Carson

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links for 2007-12-28

Google has been ogling Indy | IndyStar.com Indianapolis Star writes about my butt. Heh. (tags: local Indianapolis google egosurfing) Top 10 ice-skating rinks in the United States – CNN.com (tags: sports skating) Casa Verda Building Projects A local green builder has some great projects for downtown, including renovating a beautiful historic apartment building at 22nd

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Books I Got for Christmas 2007

Part of the awesome loot I got this holiday season from my family. The Daring Book for Girls by Andrea J. Buchanan and Miriam Peskowitz The Best of MAKE Magazine by Mark Frauenfelder and Gareth Branwyn Guerrilla Gardening: A Manualfesto by David Tracey Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight, Volume 1: The Long Way Home

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What I Read in 2007 (38 Titles)

Definitely not a banner year for reading for me. I’m hoping with my New Year’s Resolution to concentrate more on my own library, that I’ll get through a few more books next year. This is the 11th year I’ve recorded everything I’ve read; I began in 1997, a year in which I read 92 books.

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End of Year Reading 2007

I’ve read a lot more the last two months of the year, thanks to the writer’s strike. (Go, writers!) Collage Discovery Workshop: Make Your Own Collage Creations Using Vintage Photos, Found Objects and Ephemera by Claudine Hellmuth One of the best collage craft books I’ve found, I’m going to buy this one for some future

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Spychips by Katherine Albrecht and Liz McIntyre

Recent reading: Spychips: How Major Corporations and Government Plan to Track Your Every Purchase and Watch Your Every Move by Katherine Albrecht and Liz McIntyre From the Electronic Frontier Foundation: Radio-frequency identification (RFID) “tags” are small wireless devices that emit unique identifiers when interrogated by RFID readers or sensors. Today, both government and the private

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links for 2007-12-26

2007 in pictures – International Herald Tribune (tags: 2007 list photography) rogerebert.com: The year’s ten best films (tags: 2007 lists movies)

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brrrrrrr.

we’re in Valparaiso this weekend with Stephanie’s family celebrating Christmas. It was 50 degrees yesterday; today it’s 18 with strong winds. Minus 3 wind chill. We had to put Spike’s hoodie on to take him out. Brrrrr. Yesterday we saw Stephanie’s mom and in the evening we had dinner with Veronica and Raven. Today we

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links for 2007-12-22

Fimoculous.com – misc – Best Blogs of 2007 That You (Maybe) Aren’t Reading (tags: 2007 blogging lists) More regrettable incidents in a life filled with bitter remorse – a photoset on Flickr (tags: art illustration flickr) Newgrange Passage Tomb – Boyne Valley, Ireland Newgrange is a Megalithic tomb that is positioned to be lit up

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links for 2007-12-21

Alki1’s photosets on Flickr Lots of great history of graphic design images. (tags: design art graphics posters research) David A. Bontrager Vintage Letterhead Collection (tags: design identity inspiration vintage) Science Tattoos – a photoset on Flickr (tags: science tattoos photography biology fun) Necker cube – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (tags: illusion ideas perception) The 56

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links for 2007-12-20

Edge 231 – Year-End Science Reading List The edge.org notes that there are few-to-no science titles on many year end “best of” lists, and gives a rundown of the best science reading from this year. (tags: 2007 science books reading lists) MisterFlakes.com Gallery and Store Really amazing paper cut-out snowflakes. (tags: craft cool) McMaster-Carr (tags:

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Dreaming about me

In the past week, I’ve had three different friends tell me they’ve had dreams about me. That’s very odd, to say the least, but entertaining. Our friend David said in his dream, he took me to the prom, and I was crowned queen. That’s so likely! I can picture it now. Oh, wait, no, that’s

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links for 2007-12-18

Pixar In-Jokes and Self-References A big list of Pixar’s inside jokes and self-references throughout their movies. (tags: animation entertainment movies reference) Regret the Error » Crunks 2007: The Year in Media Errors and Corrections (tags: 2007 funny lists) Jason de Caires Taylor – Underwater Sculpture While these underwater sculptures are a really cool thing, I

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links for 2007-12-17

ADL commends N.Y. police for arrests in anti-Semitic subway attack – Haaretz – Israel News The war on Christmas turns violent. Of course the violence comes from Christians, because that’s how they roll. (tags: religion violence christianity intolerance) Matthew Yglesias (December 14, 2007) – Class Warfare (Domestic Policy) How much Bush’s tax cuts helped the

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links for 2007-12-16

Going Jesus: Cavalcade of Bad Nativities (tags: funny religion holidays) 8 important consumer trends for 2008 I think there was a hell of a lot of hot air in this article, but I read it anyway. (tags: 2008 ideas culture green shopping)

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Goodbye, Julia

I did indeed love you. Check out this wonderful video of Julia speaking at the Rosa Parks Memorial. Sparkling, funny and well-loved.

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My ass can be seen from space

Stephanie and I were talking and she pointed out that Google had added the “street view” feature for the city of Indianapolis; this lets you look at city streets as though you’re standing on them, and you can do a panoramic view of the houses rather than just and aerial view. That’s a pretty big

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links for 2007-12-14

Top 100 Biggest Cities Indianapolis is 12. Boston is 25. Quit calling us hicks, ya rubes. (tags: cities data culture)

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links for 2007-12-13

November Fire Pretty cool goth shirts. (tags: shopping clothes shirts goth) Detroit Red Wings Fan Tradition: The Octopus From our lunchtime discussion – why hockey fans throw Octopii onto the ice during games. (tags: traditions sports) Roar (TV series) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia I really liked this show, but it got canceled part way

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links for 2007-12-12

Guardian Unlimited: Jodie Foster comes out – at last! Really? No kidding. (tags: lgbt) Huckabee comment alarms Ryan White’s mom | IndyStar.com Huckabee wanted to quarantine AIDS patients back in 1992, long after it was clear that HIV wasn’t spread through casual contact. He “stands by” his 1992 statements today. (tags: lbgt rights equality homophobia)

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links for 2007-12-11

The 53 Places to Go in 2008 – New York Times we can probably afford to go to Detroit. (tags: tourism travel 2008) AfterEllen.com’s 2007 Naughty or Nice List | AfterEllen.com (tags: lgbt popculture) ‘Cat Lady’ Conundrum, The – New York Times This is the strangest story I’ve seen. And now I’m terrified I have

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links for 2007-12-10

CR Blog » Blog Archive » Dexia Tower and the light fantastic LED light show. I’d love to do this to our house for Christmas. (tags: lighting design technology)

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links for 2007-12-09

The Story of Stuff with Annie Leonard Interesting short documentary about where stuff comes from and where it goes after we use it. A Must-View short film. It’s great. (tags: documentary economics stuff awesome consumer) sneak peek: amy sedaris Amy Sedaris’ house. So cute1 (tags: interiorDesign design fun) Custom Paper Toys (tags: papercraft awesome) Posterwhore

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Moving Trinity Lutheran Church

If you thought the last video was fun, check out this one. In June of 2006, the 100-year old Trinity Lutheran Church was moved across country to Manning, Iowa.

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Christmas lawn decor

There are a couple of photos I’d like to take this year that I’ve missed in past holiday seasons. The first is of a nativity scene at a church somewhere on the north side of Indianapolis. I’ve driven past several years in a row, and noted that the way the scene is set, the three

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links for 2007-12-06

Spam One-liners – a photoset on Flickr (tags: flickr art creativity fun) Flickr: Camera Finder: Apple Yay! the iPhone is finally listed as a camera on Flickr. (tags: flickr iphone)

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Books, Books, Books

This past weekend, Stephanie and I went to my company’s warehouse employee book sale. This is where they lay out all the returned stock from bookstores and let us purchase it at a steep discount, which means that it doesn’t need to get recycled or trashed. It’s one of the great perks of my job

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Giant Colgate Clock endangered

One of my favorite “Big Things” – the Colgate Clock – may be endangered. The clock is the second largest in the world. Built in 1924, it sits on top of the Colgate-Palmolive plant in Clarksville, Indiana, near Louisville, Kentucky. We visited in April of 2005 and took photos of the giant clock, which can

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links for 2007-12-02

adn.com | moose : Tipsy moose beginning to look a lot like Christmas Alaskans have a whole different set of holiday problems than we do. (tags: holidays humor news) Chat Noir – Flash game A very frustrating but fun online game. (tags: gamesOnline games puzzles flash)

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