Archives: 2008

links for 2008-12-31

An Oral History of the Bush White House: Politics & Power: vanityfair.com "How did one two-term presidency go so wrong? A sweeping draft of history—distilled from scores of interviews—offers fresh insight into the roles of George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and other key players." (tags: bush history vanityfair) Post some fucking cataloguers! LOL Librarians. Ha!

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Hanging around the house

Yup, I have the whole week off. My one thing I really need to accomplish is to come up with a site design for my friend Chi. Other than that, I can kick around for the whole week. Yay! We spend the last several days visiting family for the holidays. We spent Christmas Eve with

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links for 2008-12-26

95 Old School Games You Can Play Online | AMOG – Alpha Males of the Group (tags: gamesVideo gamesOnline) Installation Art, Sculpture, and Public Commissions by Devorah Sperber, New York City (NYC) Really cool pixel art – similar in concept to the bottle cap art car we did. (tags: art pixel media) The Buzzwords of

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links for 2008-12-25

Furoshiki Furoshiki is a Japanese cloth used for wrapping gifts. Green folks are encouraging adopting the practice to cut down on wasteful Christmas wrapping paper. (tags: culture reference japan crafts green christmas) Tutorial: Festive Engraved Type | The FontFeed (tags: design typography tutorials) Smashing Texture Contest Results | Graphics | Smashing Magazine (tags: texture stock

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Merry Christmas 2008!

I’ll be taking a few days off from hanging out on the internet in order to spend time with family and friends. Here are several Christmas hits from years past for your holiday enjoyment: The Three Kings Of Cologne — A Legend Of The Middle Ages You Might Be A Scrooge If… Christmas Fruitcake Recipe

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links for 2008-12-24

Katrina's Hidden Race War Roving bands of white men with guns drove around the post-Katrina south, shooting anyone black. More violence was perpetrated by whites than by blacks during and after Katrina. (tags: racism violence crime katrina) Original Essay: The Not Rape Epidemic (tags: rape violence women sociology) Neutral's Room Escape Games Play Christmas Escape

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links for 2008-12-23

$200 Billion Broadband Scandal Do you have a 45 Mbps, bi-directional service to your home, paying around $40? Do you have 500+ channels and can choose any competitive service? You paid an estimated $2000 for this product even though you did not receive it and it may never be available. Do you want your money

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links for 2008-12-21

Flash photography website (tags: photography gallery) DIY – Create your own Bokeh | DIYPhotography.net This is a fun idea… (tags: photography fun bokeh) The Art of the Prank » Blog Archive » Marc S. Dreier Fakeout (tags: fraud finance) "Pixo & Confusion" The Changing Face of Brazil's Pixação Brazilian graffiti (tags: graffiti) Dollar Bill and

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links for 2008-12-20

Credit-Card Users Feel Pain as U.S. Banks Reap Gain They get rich off the government bailouts while you get screwed. Of course. You expected something else from rich assholes? (tags: corruption greed economy)

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DJ Shiva’s Take on Obama and Warren

DJ Shiva wrote an excellent blog post on Obama’s decision to pick Rick Warren to do the inaugural invocation, which I’m just going to quote the whole thing of, since it’s awesome. But go read her blog regularly; it’s good. fuck you, obama. i was gonna write a long-winded piece about how hard gays and

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links for 2008-12-19

Worst. President. Ever.—By Scott Horton (Harper's Magazine) “It would be difficult to identify a President who, facing major international and domestic crises, has failed in both as clearly as President Bush,” concluded one respondent. (tags: bush presidency failure) Obama's inaugural choice sparks outrage – CNN.com Still disappointed. (tags: homophobia lgbt religion)

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I am disagreeable

Obama had this to say today regarding the angry reaction gay people and feminists are having at his choice of Rick Warren to deliver the inaugural invocation: I am fierce advocate for equality for gay and — well, let me start by talking about my own views. I think it is no secret that I

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Rage and Frothing at the mouth

According to CNN, this lovely shit-sandwich, delivered right to my plate, courtesy of President-Elect Obama: President-elect Barack Obama’s swearing-in ceremony will feature big names like minister Rick Warren and legendary singer Aretha Franklin, the Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies announced Wednesday. Warren, the prominent evangelical and founder of the Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California,

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links for 2008-12-18

Gay community slams Obama on inauguration pastor pick That just sucks. Every time I get to feeling excited about Obama, he does something to shoot me down. (tags: lgbt homophobia) Odd: Iowa Town Uses Garlic Salt To De-Ice The Roads Ankeny, Iowa is the town I grew up in. (tags: funny) Design Highlights '08 |

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Glare Ice

I carved a truck out of a block of ice this morning and drove it to work. I’m quite proud of my sculpting skills. It looks just like a red Ford Ranger with a silver shell cap. We’ve been managing to keep up with things a bit better lately. Of course, this has a lot

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links for 2008-12-17

Save OurTunes (tags: music mp3 iTunes) ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive: Coraline Mystery Boxes! The crew of Coraline – the movie of the book by Neil Gaiman – creates and sends these awesome, one of a kind boxes to bloggers who are writing about the movie. That's some cool marketing right there. (tags: awesome movies literature) Horizon:

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links for 2008-12-16

Cooper Undercover… on Flickr – Photo Sharing! attach a mini digital camera to the cat, set it to take photos every 2 minutes. (tags: photos projects) gridr buildrrr (tags: grids webdesign webdev) The Top 10 Everything of 2008 – TIME Time decides to cover more than just books. (tags: bestof2008) Horn Book Fanfare , Fanfare

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links for 2008-12-15

Finally, Bring Home the Hollywood Classics in HD – Popular Mechanics Interesting what it takes to clean up movies for high def. (tags: movies DVD blu-ray) Dark Roasted Blend: Dieselpunk: Love Affair with a Machine (tags: designIdeas designCool) Tomorrow Museum » Archive » Matching Books and Readers: Publishers Need Better Websites (tags: publishing books)

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Wingsuit Base Jumping

This is crazy and amazing. And to answer the question I was asking throughout – they’re using parachutes at the very end of their jump to stop.

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links for 2008-12-12

53 CSS-Techniques You Couldn't Live Without | CSS | Smashing Magazine (tags: css webdesign webdev) Foreign Policy: The Top 10 Stories You Missed in 2008 (tags: bestof2008) The Simple Dollar » Clutter Is Money Absolutely true. you have to manage all your stuff. (tags: organization lifehacks clutter) Family Traditions: What Children Really Want for Christmas

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A Message To The Spoiled Under-30 Crowd

Note: This is from one of those fun email forwards… When I was a kid, adults used to bore me to tears with their tedious diatribes about how hard things were when they were growing up; what with walking twenty-five miles to school every morning… uphill BOTH ways yadda, yadda, yadda. And I remember promising

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Real Biblical Marriage

Passed along from a friend via email If we were to create a constitutional amendment defining marriage based on the teachings of the Bible, it would look like this: A. Marriage in the United States shall consist of a union between one man and one or more women. (Gen 29:17-28; II Sam 3:2-5) B. Marriage

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links for 2008-12-11

Children’s Books, Lost and Found (tags: children literature books) Op-Ed Columnist – While Detroit Slept – NYTimes.com Ooo, real workable electric car models. Yum (tags: business transportation auto) Public Art Indianapolis » PublicArt Main Page (tags: Indianapolis publicSpace publicArt) 14 free tools that reveal why people abandon your website | Conversion Rate Experts (tags: webdesign

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links for 2008-12-10

Magnum Blog / Wear Good Shoes: Advice to young photographers (tags: photography inspiration) LETTER TO A YOUNG COLLAGE ARTIST (tags: artists awesome) snopes.com: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Rudolph was created as an advertisement for Montgomery Ward Department stores in 1939. (tags: christmas traditions fun advertising)

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links for 2008-12-09

Mural painted by Lilly employees sets record | IndyStar.com | The Indianapolis Star I have a number of photos of the mural in my flickr. (tags: mural Indianapolis art) Long-lost Oscar Wilde letters are found – Theatre & Arts, Entertainment – Belfasttelegraph.co.uk (tags: literature)

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Books I Read in 2008

It’s my 12th Annual end of the year reading recap. Grand total: 30 books. I don’t think that’s my lowest total, but it’s no 98 titles like in 1997. And boy, oh boy did I hit the genre fiction this year. It did help to have lots of fun light reading while all the wedding

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Books I’ve Read – November and December 2008

A Grave Talent (Kate Martinelli Mysteries) by Laurie R. King To Play The Fool (Kate Martinelli Mysteries) by Laurie R. King With Child (Kate Martinelli Mysteries) by Laurie R. King Earlier this year, I read the fourth and fifth books in the Kate Martinelli Series. This time I circled back around and read the first

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links for 2008-12-07

Kowloon Walled City fascinating labyrintic outlaw city, Hong Kong (tags: urban culture Sociology) Profile: Author M.T. Anderson Challenges Young Adults With Complex Narratives Interesting (tags: books review toread) Shopping Mall History Malls are such an ingrained part of my life experience that it seems strange that they are a recent phenomenon, and that they might

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links for 2008-12-05

TraceyClean Home Page Green, enviromentally-sound cleaning products, produced here in Indiana. (tags: Indiana cleaning) Indy Photo Coach (tags: photography Indianapolis)

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links for 2008-12-04

PW's Best Books of the Year – 11/3/2008 – Publishers Weekly (tags: bestof2008 books) Holiday Books – 100 Notable Books of 2008 – NYTimes.com (tags: bestof2008 books) Thomas Frank: Health-Care Reform Could Kill the GOP "But it pleases me even more to think that the conservatives' nightmare of permanent defeat might come true simply if

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Prop 8 – The Musical

“Prop 8 – The Musical” starring Jack Black, John C. Reilly, and many more… A star-studded cast turns out for Marc Shaiman’s “Prop 8 – The Musical.”

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Xmas Busy Busy Busy

Last night I did some major decorating of the front porch – we have garlands around all the porch posts with big red bows on them, and giant red bells hanging. Stephanie gave me candle lights for the windows for Xmas last year — they’re cool because they’re wireless and come on automagically, so you

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links for 2008-12-03

The “broken windows” theory of crime is correct | Can the can | The Economist This is why the upswing in graffiti downtown has me so bent out of shape. (tags: graffiti psychology crime Sociology) The Grid System The ultimate resource in grid systems. (tags: grids webdesign tools css webdev)

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Priorities

A man was walking up the street, when he passed by a Catholic Church. He noticed smoke pouring out of the building. He ran inside, and yelled to the Priest, “Father, Father!! Your Church is on Fire!” The Priest grabbed the New Testament, and ran out. A little farther up the road, the man passed

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Message of Welcome to the UU Church

As we welcome our new members and visitors, it is only fair to let them know what we Unitarian Universalists are like and what we expect. We are friendly. If you are not friendly, out you go! We are genuine people. Even our phonies are real phonies. We are always sincere, even if we have

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How many Unitarian Universalists does it take to screw in a light bulb?

It Takes 300: 12 to sit on the board which appoints the nominating and personnel committee. 5 to sit on the the nominating and personnel committee which appoints the House committee. 8 to sit on the house committee which appoints the light bulb changing committee. 4 to sit on the light bulb-changing committee which chooses

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You may be a Unitarian Universalist if:

You think socks are too formal for a Summer service. You know at least 5 ways to say “Happy holidays!” Your idea of a guy’s night out is going to a N.O.W. rally. Unleavened bread is part of your Easter Brunch. You refer to construction paper as “paper of color.” The name of your church

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links for 2008-12-02

24/7 Wall St.: The Black Friday Ten: Retailers Who May Not See 2009 (tags: economy business) Craft Project: Origami LED Light Embellishments (tags: crafts) Holiday light ball (tags: crafts lights) The Book Design Review's Favorite Book Covers of 2008 Many of these I agree with. (tags: bestof2008 bookcovers) Three fire engines turn up to rescue

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Blogiversary?

Way back in the dark ages when I started this site, I didn’t manage to keep track of the date. It was before blogger software, and before it was even affordable to own a domain name for a personal site (it cost in the $200 range to purchase one). I believe – but am not

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links for 2008-12-01

Web Design Inspiration – a set on Flickr (tags: webdesign inspiration) Best Of 2008: Most Popular Top 10's of 2008 (tags: bestof2008) Amazon.com: Best of 2008: Books: Books (tags: bestof2008 books)

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Short Bus would make great art car

We passed this bus on the way home from Thanksgiving in Iowa. The two guys in it had obviously decked it out as an RV. It was cool, and I thought about the many art car possibilities.

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links for 2008-11-27

Maxing out your Triangle — jackcheng.com Everything I'm doing is wrong. 🙂 Hmmmm. Maybe that IS the problem. (tags: visualization philosophy lifehacks inspiration) Category:Pejorative terms for people – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia New and exciting ways to insult my fellow man. Yippie. (tags: funny language wikipedia)

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links for 2008-11-26

Tomorrow Museum » Archive » Is the fantasy genre inherently uncool? (tags: toread) Ladywood Estates Condominiums A condominium complex by noted mid-century architect Avriel Shull. (tags: architecture Indiana) :: Atomic Indy :: Mid-Century Modern Indianapolis: Waiting around offers a time to thank others Some mid-century modern architectural info around Indianapolis/Carmel (tags: architecture Indiana awesome) Goodbye,

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links for 2008-11-24

Twistory (tags: mashup twitter history tool) CRW / Corporate Risk Watch Interesting roll overs. Nice design. (tags: webdesign inspiration designCool designIdeas) Dezeen » Blog Archive » Pipe Light by Triptyque Interesting light/architectural sculpture. (tags: architecture lighting ideas design) Technorati: State of the Blogosphere 2008 94% of blogs are abandoned. (tags: blogging trends)

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links for 2008-11-22

Then/Now – Series – The New York Times Photos taken of NYC in 1978 and recreated today. (tags: photography history)

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links for 2008-11-20

The (Mostly) True Story of Helvetica and the New York City Subway: Voice: AIGA Journal of Design: Writing: AIGA If you like typography and design, you'll enjoy this article. You huge geek, you. (tags: typography design awesome) Andy Borowitz: Obama's Use of Complete Sentences Stirs Controversy But Mr. Obama's decision to use complete sentences in

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Punny

The One America sign puts up a new joke each month, a tradition for many years.

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links for 2008-11-19

Bush delivers "The Shocker" Um. WTF? Just… Nevermind. (tags: photos) 10 sure-fire signs you're about to be made redundant (Guru) Like my stomach wasn't already in knots. (tags: employment)

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Recently Acquired Books

Books I just picked up from the book store: Full Frontal Feminism: A Young Woman’s Guide to Why Feminism Matters by Jessica Valenti Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

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links for 2008-11-17

How to Tell if Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You (tags: funny illustration awesome pets humor) Newspaper Website Design: Trends And Examples | Design Showcase | Smashing Magazine (tags: webdesign inspiration designIdeas) Gaslighting – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia "Gaslighting is a form of psychological abuse. It involves an increasing frequency of systematically withholding factual

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links for 2008-11-16

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Gets a Remake Why? There's no reason. Just watch the original. (tags: movies) Truly scrumptious – The man who turned his Land Rover into Chitty Chitty Bang Bang | Mail Online Curse you for doing it first. But hey, where are the instructions? (tags: artCars)

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links for 2008-11-15

Wonkette : A Nice Chart Showing How Poor You Are Yeah. No kiddin'. (tags: graphs charts visualization economy)

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links for 2008-11-13

Indy Food Coop This is a really interesting idea that we're considering joining. You can become a founding member and get discounts on local foods. (tags: food local nutrition) Locally Grown Gardens A local produce market on 54th Street in Indianapolis. I stopped by on the way home and got free-range eggs, Honey crisp apples,

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Locally Grown Gardens

I read about Locally Grown Gardens, a new local food market on Urban Indy today, and was interested enough to drop by on the way home. It’s located at 1050 E. 54th Street, just off College Ave. and across the street from Mama Carolla’s restaurant. They carry lots of product from local farms, are open

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links for 2008-11-10

9 Free Tools to Analyze and Improve Your Website | Smiley Cat Web Design (tags: webdesign webdev tools free) Spell with flickr (tags: api flickr letters tool)

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links for 2008-11-08

Art Cars Calendar (tags: artCars) Function Web Design & Development [ Blog ] » 50 Stunning Examples of a great redesign: My Top Picks (tags: webdesign inspiration) You Can Forget My Taxes – The Daily Beast Melissa Etheridge points out — hey, if we aren't represented by government, why are we paying taxes? Good point.

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Buy a book this weekend

Editorial Ass has some good advice for those in the book publishing industry. Since I’m one of those people, and I’m married to one, and most of my friends have something to do with publishing, I’m going to quote quite a bit of this blog post: Let’s talk a little bit about what happened in

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links for 2008-11-07

Motel Hell – a set on Flickr (tags: signs) death does come, of this we are sure (tags: architecture death memorial designCool inspiration designIdeas) Facebook | Karl Baden's Photos – Discreet Deaths Heads: a Collection Collection of Death's Heads (skulls) hidden in mystery novel book covers. (tags: bookcovers) The Best Inventions of the Year –

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links for 2008-11-06

Jottit Quick and easy webpage creation (tags: tools publishing cms) Is Obama President? Yes, he is. (tags: election2008 funny)

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Still I Rise

Maya Angelou You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies, You may trod me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I’ll rise. Does my sassiness upset you? Why are you beset with gloom? ‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells Pumping in my living room. Just like moons

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The Onion on Obama Victory

The Onion on Obama Victory: Nation Finally Shitty Enough To Make Social Progress Carrying a majority of the popular vote, Obama did especially well among women and young voters, who polls showed were particularly sensitive to the current climate of everything being fucked. Another contributing factor to Obama’s victory, political experts said, may have been

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Mixed emotions

So many reasons to be happy, and yet… California and Prop 8 is still to close to call. And as the NY Times explains — “Ban-gay-marriage amendments were approved in Arizona and Florida, and gay rights forces suffered a loss in Arkansas, where voters approved a measure banning unmarried couples from serving as adoptive or

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links for 2008-11-05

Brooke Smith's 'Grey's Anatomy' ouster is not right and not okay | PopWatch Blog | EW.com Fuck ABC. (tags: television ABC lgbt rights)

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links for 2008-11-04

FiveThirtyEight.com: Electoral Projections Done Right: What A McCain Win Looks Like… (tags: election2008 politics) Chris Kelly: The Quotable Palin "I wonder if Churchill would have enjoyed Sarah Palin's joke about reading prisoners their rights, or if he would have thought she was kind of an asshole. I know this sounds nitpicky. But she's the one

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Bottle Cap Art Car Project – the finale

We took the Art Car to Michigan City this weekend to turn it over to Stephanie’s niece Raven. Stephanie went up on Saturday and taught her how to drive a stick, and I went up on Sunday to help finish up work on the car and to drive Stephanie home. We ended up finishing most

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Anchovy-stuffed Olives

As long as I’m blogging about silly stuff — Anchovy-Stuffed Olives are yum! I cannot begin to tell you how much I love these. So much I put ’em on my Amazon Wishlist. 2022-03-12 Update: Well literally nothing about this post is relevant anymore. Every link broke, I decided I like garlic-stuffed olives better… It’s

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Barack Obama on saggy pants

In an MTV interview – Obama tells you to pull up your pants. He does it more politely than I do to teenagers in target. Sway: Our next question comes from Eric out of Huntington Beach, California: “There are numerous cultures and subcultures in the United States today. Powers-that-be set statutes with monetary penalty on

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links for 2008-11-03

Elegant Web Typography – SlideShare Haven't watched this yet, but the designer internets are raving about it so I'm bookmarking for reference. (tags: reference typography webdev) Vote for Change | Voter Protection Center Know the facts to make sure your vote is counted tomorrow. (tags: election2008 voting rights) Blue Indiana:: Look what happened at my

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links for 2008-11-01

Restatement of the Law, Second, Torts, § 652 Federal laws regarding photography (tags: photography rights privacy reference) Links for Photography Law, Legal Aspects of Taking and Publishing Photos (tags: photography rights privacy freedom) USATODAY.com – New digital camera? Know how, where you can use it (tags: rights photography privacy freedom) Photographers' Guide to Privacy (tags:

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links for 2008-10-30

Lookybook A site that lets you see picture books before you buy, so you can pick out the best ones for your kids. Very cool. (tags: books reading kids) McCain Camp Buses In School Kids To Fill Crowd A local school district official confirmed after the event that of the 6,000 people estimated by the

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links for 2008-10-29

The Bilerico Project | Indiana | Rednecks 4 Obama Rednecks for Obama. That's funny. (tags: election2008) Daughter of slave votes for Obama Amanda Jones, 109, the daughter of a man born into slavery, has lived a life long enough to touch three centuries. And after voting consistently as a Democrat for 70 years, she has

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links for 2008-10-28

Dozens Of Call Center Workers Walk Off Job In Protest Rather Than Read McCain Script Attacking Obama Some three dozen workers at a telemarketing call center in Indiana walked off the job rather than read an incendiary McCain campaign script attacking Barack Obama, according to two workers at the center and one of their parents.

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links for 2008-10-27

THE BROKERS WITH HANDS ON THEIR FACES BLOG In case you need a stock photo of the current economic crisis while blogging about it. (tags: economy photos) Roger Hagadone Photography Some particularly nice photos of bigfoot. (tags: inspiration photography) The Wire: Writing Into Your Arc | 43 Folders (tags: writing inspiration television) Terrorist 'tweets'? US

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links for 2008-10-26

Blow Up – A Bond Art + Science Fair Project Very nice flickr photogallery tools. (tags: flickr photogallery) Lars Willem Veldkampf's photosets on Flickr (tags: illustration design interesting) RJ Eskow: But Wait … By Palin's Definition, Mohamed Atta Isn't A Terrorist Palin re-writes the definition of terrorist because she supports health clinic bomber Eric Rudolph

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Voted early

I don’t always vote straight party, but I did this time. I knew who all the down party people were for the most part, and the few I didn’t know I looked up before I went. The lines were quite long, but the moved very quickly in the city-county building. Very much worth it to

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Rachel Maddow in the NY Times

The New York Times interviews Rachel Maddow at home, and includes this excellent picture. I had no idea she lived at our house in the corner of our library.

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links for 2008-10-25

McCain Communications Director Gave Reporters Incendiary Version Of "Carved B" Story Before Facts Were Known McCain's campaign pushed the false version to media before police announced the true details of the investigation. (tags: election2008 racism hoax) The Associated Press: Excerpts from Joe McCain 911, police calls I guess I shouldn't be embarrassed for calling when

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David Sedaris on Undecided Voters

From this week’s New Yorker: Then you’ll see this man or woman– someone, I always think, who looks very happy to be on TV. “Well, Charlie,” they say, “I’ve gone back and forth on the issues and whatnot, but I just can’t seem to make up my mind!” Some insist that there’s very little difference

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links for 2008-10-24

Action Method Online :: Pricing & Signup Very nicely designed online project management tool. (tags: productivity planning) Coolest Homemade Robot Costume Ideas (tags: costumes) Al-Qaeda Support for McCain – washingtonpost.com Ah ha ha ha ha! The terrorists want McCain to win! Ha ha ha!!! (tags: election2008 terrorism) Callie Shell – Obama – Digital Journalist Awesome

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Published Photographer

I completely failed to mention this before, but I’ve had several more of my photos published. Previously, my pictures were in Indiana Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities, and Other Offbeat Stuff by Dick Wolfsie. Recently, some of my Route 66 photos were published in the Journal for the Society of Commercial Archeology (yes, a real

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Montezuma’s Castle

Native American settlement ruins Arizona Trip Day 2: Meteor Crater, Twin Arrows Trading Post and Montezuma’s Castle cave dwellings.

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Meteor Crater

Pretty big hole in the ground. Formed 50,000 years ago when a 150 foot-long meteor hit the ground. The crater is 3/4 miles across.

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links for 2008-10-17

Just Try Voting Here: 11 of America's Worst Places to Cast a Ballot (or Try) Machines that count backward, slice-and-dice districts, felon baiting, phone jamming, and plenty of dirty tricks (tags: election2008) toledoblade.com — 'Joe the plumber' isn’t licensed I'll bet Joe is sweating bullets that he ever stepped into the limelight now. (tags: election2008)

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Arizona here we come

We’re headed out to visit my Dad in Arizona for a few days. Our friend and regular house sitter is coming over to hang with the pets and hold down the fort. So for the next couple days I’ll be blogging from the road. Expect lots of pictures; we’re going to be doing some sightseeing.

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Message to McCain about Rape and Choice

I haven’t talked about it much in years, but when I was in college I was raped and became pregnant, and within a short period of time miscarried. The idea that I would be forced to carry a baby to term against my will by the McCain/Palin government makes me more than a little angry.

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CNN: Money Fact check: Plumber Joe’s taxes

According to CNN Money small business owners will not see an increase in taxes. McCain has entrepreneurs spooked about tax hikes, but fewer than 2% of small business owners would pay more under Obama’s plan. … Should small business owners fear for their wallets if Obama is elected? Not the vast majority, business and tax

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The Debate in 90 Seconds

The few things that jumped out at me — John McCain does “air quotes” while talking about the health of the mother in emergency abortion situations — so apparently the health of the mother is irrelevant? Wow. So let me get the Republican position straight here — when I get raped, I’ll be forced to

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links for 2008-10-16

The Gist of the ACORN Story If I successfully register Mickey Mouse to vote, on election day, Mickey Mouse will still be a cartoon character who cannot go to the local voting station and vote. Logically speaking there's very little way a few phony names on the voting rolls could be used to commit actual

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links for 2008-10-15

You Stole Our Obama Sign on Flickr – Photo Sharing! We bought another sign = more money to Obama. Suckers (tags: election2008 photos flickr) Barack Obama and Joe Biden: Change We Need | Tax Calculator Calculate the taxes you'll save under the Obama economic plan (tags: economics finance tools election2008) Turn a Boring Bar Graph

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Best of the Worst: McCain Mobs Compiled

Brave New Films and Color of Change have compiled the “best of the worst” video footage of lynch mob-like crowds attending McCain/Palin rallies over the past several weeks, documenting the racism and violent threats. Color of Change is sending a public letter to their campaign asking them to take responsibility for changing the tone of

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links for 2008-10-14

Greg Palast » BBC-TV: “Set up to steal it again.” Is 2008 already fixed? They keep stealing these elections! And they stole it in 2000, they stole it in 2004, and they’re all set up to steal it again! – Robert Kennedy Jr. (tags: election2008 corruption) Barack Obama and Joe Biden's Rescue Plan for the

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More Racist McCain Supporters

Anyone who’s resisted the idea that there are racist McCain supporters out there won’t be able to get past this video. As Ta-nehisi Coates at the Atlantic points out — It’s not just disturbing that this guy is so obviously evil, but it’s further upsetting that the no one in the crowd around him admonishes

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More than just the last couple weeks

Over the weekend, we got caught up on watching our saved Rachel Maddow shows — one thing that struck me was than when she interviewed Pat Buchanan, he keep going to the same talking point — “McCain is suffering in the polls over the last three weeks because of the economy taking a nose dive!”

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links for 2008-10-12

Ethics report: Palin abused authority – Decision '08- msnbc.com ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Sarah Palin unlawfully abused her power as governor by trying to have her former brother-in-law fired as a state trooper, the chief investigator of an Alaska legislative panel concluded Friday. (tags: election2008) Talking Points Memo | Weird. Sad. Surreal This afternoon on the

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links for 2008-10-11

Download Fire Vox A screen reader to test for accessibility for vision impaired. (tags: screenreader accessibility webdev) American Experience | The Murder of Emmett Till | People & Events (tags: racism politics) Make-Believe Maverick : Rolling Stone (tags: election2008)

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Even more crazy McCain crowds

I updated my post from earlier this morning with even more news of death threats issued to Obama during McCain rallies this week. (Threats of “off with his head” came out this morning reported by the Wall Street Journal.) Here are even more sidewalk interviews with angry McCain supporters who are waiting to get into

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Dooce’s Hypothetical Question

A few days ago, Heather Armstrong posed a question on her blog: Indulge me for a second and consider this scenario: let’s say you’re given the opportunity to donate some money to a desperate family who would use it to feed their children, but were only able to do so if you donated the same

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The Dangerously Angry Crowds of McCain and Palin

In the past, politicians with honor would correct and shape the crowds who attended their rallies when they shouted things that were incorrect or unfair to their opponents. But in the past two weeks, McCain and Palin have been egging their crowds on in ways that are loathsome and potentially dangerous to Obama and his

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The American Dream

Reading this article today on what the AIG executives did after the nation bailed out their company nearly made me throw up with anger: Have you heard of anything more outrageous – a week after taxpayers commit $85 billion dollars to rescue AIG, the company’s leading insurance executives spend hundreds of thousands of dollars at

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Compact Fluorescents in Indianapolis

A handy tip from Green Piece Indy: Indianapolis Power & Light has partnered with several other Indianapolis hardware stores to offer discounted CFLs. Visit your favorite local hardware store today to stock up: * White’s Ace Hardware at Geist * Central Ace Hardware * Whites’ Ace Hardware at Nora * Mr. Mikes Ace Hardware *

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Transcript of Palin, Biden debate

I grabbed the transcript of the debate because I want to go back and read it later to go over Joe Biden’s answers. I spent a lot of time focusing on her, (mainly because of the bingo game we were playing) that I didn’t get all the nuance the Biden provided. I know he gave

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Palin Debate Flowchart

Courtesy of Adennak.com: With some choice words from Aden Nak: I’d like to do a bit of a run down. A list, if you will, of the things we’ve learned about Sarah Palin from her very limited, groomed, handled private interviews with Charlie Gibson and Katie Couric. Sarah Palin isn’t sure what the Bush Doctrine

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What Palin reminded me of

Palin’s cutesy “You betchas” and folksy expressions were painful to watch. I thought Tina Fey’s “finger guns” were a bit over when I first saw her impression, but after watching the debate last night, they were dead on, and a really damning impression. As one commenter said on the MSNBC poll – “It’s like going

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Biden debates McCain because Palin didn’t show up

I’ll have more commentary in the morning, but that was my initial impression of the debate — Biden took on McCain on every single answer because Palin didn’t bother to actually answer any of the questions, and instead fell back on buzz words and drivel and cutesy, folksy nonsense. I thought it was a clear

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Des Moines Register – Liberal Media Elitists!

That damned liberal media of the Des Moines Register (those gosh darned volvo-driving, latte-drinking, er… corn farmers!) take John McCain to the cleaners and don’t even give him back his pocket change or dryer lint. And, the paper had already endorsed him, before he acts like a total prick while being interviewed. My favorite highlight:

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Some economic legislation IS needed

I know I spoke out against bailing out greedy rich Wall Street investors last week, and I still feel that way. But even at that time, I understood that some sort of financial intervention into the economy needed to happen — preferably one that helps the middle and lower classes. I sort of assumed that

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Scion xD test drive

We test-drove a scion xD among other things, while looking for a replacement for the Smart Car that just wasn’t working for us.

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Shorter Debate McCain

I got a pen right here. (That’s a sharpie, John.) You only get Miss Congeniality if you vote 100% with Bush. My 90% makes me a MAVERICK. MAVERICK! DID YOU HEAR ME! Back in my day, we went to war in our bare feet. Uphill, both ways in the snow; you just don’t understand. You

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Pop Quiz!

You are riding on a beautiful white horse. On your right side is a drop off. On your left side are several ostriches being chased by a lion. In front of you are four large gazelles that won’t get out of your way and you can’t seem to overtake them. Behind you is a stampede

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An alternate proposal

Here’s an idea we all floated around the table at lunch, and Democrats and Republicans all agreed it was great: Rather than use the $700 billion (or whatever the hell number) to bail out failing banks, why not take that money and pay off the mortgages of every single American who makes under $1 million

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Republicans derail talks with infighting

I want to hear a debate tonight. If McCain flew to Washington to fuck up talks about the bailout and to drag Obama into the weeds with him, he better stand up in front of me and explain himself. If if he’s too much of a chicken to do so, then Obama should appear without

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I heard the news today, oh boy…

I’ve tried numerous times to stop blogging about political matters. I’m not any sort of expert on them, and they do make me frazzled in a way that isn’t always healthy. There are lots of cool things going on in our lives that I should be talking about instead. But like many people I know,

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Barack Obama on the Economy

Candidate Obama addresses what’s happened in the last few days. Every time I hear him speak, I think this guy is the most presidential guy I’ve seen in years. Does Barack need to suspend the campaign and return home? Here’s an astute analysis from metafilter: This is entirely needless. Yes, they’re both Senators, but that

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Obama’s Steady Hand

“It’s my belief that this is exactly the time when the American people need to hear from the person who in approximately 40 days will be responsible for dealing with this mess,” said Obama. “Part of the president’s job is to deal with more than one thing at once.”

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Rachel Maddow on the Bailout

My favorite part of this is the Bush quote “now is not the time to be partisan. We need to come together…” I disagree. I think this is a GREAT time to be partisan. The best possible time, actually. The Republicans FUCKED UP. There’s just no other way to see this. The fuck-ups don’t get

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Mary Ann Sullivan for State Representative

Mary Ann Sullivan is the Democratic candidate for my district – Indiana House District 97. She’s running against ‘cut and run’ Jon Elrod, who was going to leave the District high and dry to run against Andre Carson, but then ran back to District 97 when he realized he couldn’t beat Andre. I’ve met Mary

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Clinton on the Administration’s Proposal to Restore Stability to U.S. Financial Markets

Statement of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton on the Administration’s Proposal to Restore Stability to U.S. Financial Markets WASHINGTON, DC – Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton made the following statement on the administration’s proposal to restore stability to U.S. financial markets. “When the American people, facing a foreclosure crisis and struggling economy, turned to this administration for

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Jill Long Thompson gaining in Indiana Gov. Race

The latest Indy Star poll that showed Obama edging out McCain by 3 percent also shows Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Jill Long Thompson moving up in the polls – within spittin’ distance of ol’ Ditch Mitch, actually. Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels holds a four-point lead in his bid for a second term, including support from one

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Indiana as a swing state

Last night we were watching Anderson Cooper’s 360 and the identified Indiana as one of the five states they’re watching as “battleground” states. No kidding — we were not red, but “pink” on their chart. Blue Indiana notes that a new Star poll coming out will show Obama on top, and sure enough — WTHR

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You say Goth like it’s a bad thing…

I was kinda surprised at this NYTimes headline this morning on the front page: “Goth: Seems Like You Just Can’t Kill It” Given that goth kids get harassed and are the targets of violence all over the country, the headline seems rather inflammatory. And besides that — does someone want Goth to go away? The

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To Middle Class, Economic Crisis isn’t News

Barack Obama outlines exactly what he wants to do to fix the economy. You can read more about his plan here. Transcript of the Video: In the past few weeks, Wall Street’s been rocked as banks closed and markets tumbled. But for many of you — the people I’ve met in town halls, backyards and

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McCain supporter Richard Cohen calls him a liar

Richard Cohen is a weekly columnist for the Washington Post and has steadfastly supported McCain this election — until now. It’s hard to pick just a small section of this column to quote, because he’s damning McCain throughout it. You really should read the whole thing. “We know that those two ads are untrue,” Behar

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Quotes of the Day: “the fundamentals of our economy are strong”

John McCain – speaking THIS MORNING on today’s financial markets meltdown: “You know that there’s been tremendous turmoil in our financial markets and Wall St. And it is — people are frightened by these events. Our economy, I think still — the fundamentals of our economy are strong. But these are very, very difficult times.”

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A couple more links

I think the media’s obsession with Palin is pretty out of line with the reality of what’s going on in the election right now — lots of McCain lies and distortions of the facts that seem pretty desperate — and Obama raising a record amount of money in August — so I’m going to lay

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Tina Fey as Sarah Palin on SNL

In the comments on MetaFilter, posted by Naberius: Oh my god. OH MY GOD! I see the way clear to a better future. We vote in John McCain. Then, stay with me, stay with me… we KIDNAP SARAH PALIN AND REPLACE HER WITH TINA FEY!! She’d totally pull it off. She’s perfect. If Sarah Palin’s

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David Foster Wallace Dead at 46

Writer David Foster Wallace hung himself on Friday at the age of 46. That’s really awful. My heart goes out to his family. Would it be completely inappropriate to point out that he’s wearing my wool coat in this photo? I’m just saying. 2022-03-17 Update: The only book I read of his was Broom of

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Racist McCain Ad

Ordering a black man to show you respect you is pretty over the top in 2008. I’m sure McCain’s constituency in the South and perhaps right here in Indiana will recognize the terminology from their heyday of sundown towns and lynch mob gatherings, though, and respond accordingly. There’s only one response to that ad: Why

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So NOW they create a sandbox template!

After I pretty much got everything in place, Movable Type comes out with a plugin and set of sandbox templates — similar to what WordPress has — that allows you to install a really basic default set of templates and then create your own design on top of the template elements — similar to what

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John McCain’s Critical Thinking Skills

John McCain on why Palin would be qualified to be Commander in Chief if something happened to him in an interview with an NBC affiliate in Portland, ME: Q: Well, you say you’re sure that she has the experience, but again, I’m just asking for an example. What experience does she have in the field

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Favorite children’s book character?

This came out of a discussion at work — who’s your favorite children’s book character? Obviously, mine is Curious George, but there are lots on my list. Who is on yours?

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Reflection on the World Trade Center Attack

In 2005, I said this about the World Trade Center attacks: “I’m so glad to read personal accounts because that was what struck me about the media coverage from that day — and for about a week or so after — the grand hype machine had stopped, and all we heard about were real people.”

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More site updates

I’ve been doing some further site tweaking over the last several days. The major thing I accomplished was getting my Big Things photo galleries into the content management system, which will make it infinitely easier to edit the content on those pages. Which I desperately need to do. There are lots of new photos I

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The Power of Day Dreaming

The most common criticism I received when I was a kid was that I daydreamed too much, especially in class. Even though my classwork was high quality, staring off into space would set my teachers off all the time, and it was one of the things I was always very upset about, because it never

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Charles Shulz, The Code of the Woosters, Digital Photography

Stuff I’ve read lately: Schulz and Peanuts: A Biography by David Michaelis Who knew that Charles Schulz was such a prickly pear? And a fascinating artist. His rise to prominence as a cartoonist occurred when I was a tiny tot in the late 60’s and early 70’s, and the perspective I had of the Peanuts

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Impromptu Ikea Trip

Stephanie and I were invited to show our art car at a show in Columbus, Ohio this past weekend, and our original plans were to take advantage of that offer. But Spike seemed to be having so much trouble that we decided to stay home Friday night. It was the right decision, because he needed

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Unemployment climbs to 5-year high of 6.1 percent

According to the Associated Press: By JEANNINE AVERSA – 1 day ago WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s unemployment rate bolted above the psychologically important 6 percent level last month for the first time in five years — and it’s likely to go even higher in the months ahead, possibly throwing the economy into a tailspin

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Yahoo’s Election 2008 Political Dashboard

The Yahoo Election 2008 Political Dashboard is a nice visualization of where the presidential election is currently. They’re using poll data averaged to draw a map of where the candidates stand nationwide, and how the electoral votes are projected.

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Quote of the Day: Reform

Courtesy “O Brother Where Art Thou“: Reform? I’ll reform you, you soft-headed sonofabitch! How we gonna run reform when we’re the damn incumbent! Y’ignorant slope-shouldered sack a guts! Why we’d look like a buncha satchel-ass Johnnie-Come-Latelies braggin’ on our own midget! Don’t matter how stumpy! And that’s the goddamn problem right there – people think

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blogging from my iPhone

We’re out at Ralph’s Great Divide eating dinner, and I decided to test the Movable type iPhone interface for my blog. Works good. Dinner is also delicious.

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Spike health update

I didn’t mention it here yet, but the other thing I’ve been doing all week is looking after my dog Spike. I little while ago, we discovered a small tumor on his neck, and on Tuesday, I took him in for surgery to have it removed. He’s been under the weather ever since; the incision

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Movable Type 4.2 upgrade recap

I’ve got my Movable Type software upgraded to 4.2 and replaced my old templates with default ones, which I’ve done some customizing on, with more to come. So far, so good. It’s MUCH faster – my faith is restored. For the most part. I started by installing the Professional Pack templates, and after I got

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Democracy Now producer Nicole Salazar films her own arrest

I mentioned in an earlier post that the Minneapolis police arrested journalist Amy Goodman outside the Republican National Convention when she came outside from the floor of the convention after hearing that her producers had been arrested while reporting on the protests outside. This was reported widely in the mainstream press — here is an

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Republican Wealth and the Economic Struggle of Ordinary Americans

This was an interesting juxtaposition of articles that came through my feedreader today. Via Metafilter, I learned that Vanity Fair did a breakdown of dollar value of the clothes the women of the Republican National Convention were wearing: One of the persistent memes in the Republican line of attack against Barack Obama is the notion

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Republicanism Shown To Be Genetic In Origin

The discovery that affiliation with the Republican Party is genetically determined was announced by scientists in the current issue of the journal NURTURE, causing uproar among traditionalists who believe it is a chosen lifestyle. Reports of the gene coding for political conservatism, discovered after a decades-long study of quintuplets in Orange County, CA, has sent shock waves through the medical, political, and golfing communities.

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blog software update day(s?) – AKA ‘wreck stuff day’

A while back I put off upgrading my blog to Movable Type 4.2 because the upgrade would break the site, according to my webhost. Well, now I’m on a blogging vacation, and I’m ready to blow this puppy to smithereens. Because my custom templates are centuries old now, I’m going to install default templates and

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Palin was a member of a fringe political party

ABC News blogs are reporting that before Sarah Palin joined the Republican Party, she was a member of an Independent Party that has a plank suggesting that Alaska has a legal right to secede from the United States. UPDATE: This story has been debunked as untrue. The person making the claim has backed off the

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Police arrest Journalist Amy Goodman at the Republican National Convention

Police arrest journalist Amy Goodman at the Republican National Convention. She was there to find out what had become of two of her producers, who had been reported arrested as they were covering the protests occuring outside. She had the credentials identifying her as a reporter and had come from the floor of the convention,

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Heartrending

CNN’s Gary Tuchman reports on a New Orleans man who has a sad and startling reason for staying in town.

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We’ve always been at war with Eurasia

Bush quietly seeks to expand the already bloated powers of the executive branch further, according to Raw Story: As the nation focuses on Sen. John McCain’s choice of running mate, President Bush has quietly moved to expand the reach of presidential power by ensuring that America remains in a state of permanent war. Buried in

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Funny Error in Time News Story

A bit of a slip up in a Times Magazine article on Bush & Cheney skipping the Republican National Convention: President Bush, Vice President Cheney and prominent governors decided on Sunday to skip the Republican National Convention, and the party considered shortening its big four-day event as Hurricane Gustav approached the Gulf Coast with potentially

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Using the Sexism on the Left

Zuzu has an interesting post at Shakesville about how the choice of Palin may be an attempt to use the unchecked sexism within the Democratic Party against it: Right on cue, the sexist attacks against Palin began on the left– which the McCain people were undoubtedly counting on. Let’s look at how McCain’s selection of

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Sarah Palin and John McCain’s Judgment and Health

For progressives and Democrats, there’s lots to dislike about the GOP VP choice Sarah Palin. As Melissa McEwan notes: For the record, there is plenty about which to criticize Palin that has absolutely fuck-all to do with her sex. She’s anti-choice, against marriage equality, pro-death penalty, pro-guns, and loves Big Business. (In other words, she’s

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Historical significance

Barack Obama will, if elected, be the first Illinois legislator to occupy the White House since Abraham Lincoln. That would be certainly be poetry of the American spirit, right there. What a beautiful first family this will be.

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Election 2008 – Sarah Palin

Barack gave a great speech last night. Happy to be voting for the guy. Let’s get this party started. On Sarah Palin as McCain’s VP — I don’t think that will do what he thinks it will. I know a lot of disenchanted Hillary supporters, but none of them want to vote McCain in the

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Damned if she does and damned if she doesn’t

The day after Hillary Clinton delivered one of the best political speeches in American history — CNN has come out with this bit of fucking loveliness: (CNN) — What did Hillary Clinton’s body language give away at the Democratic National Convention? Dan Hill, a body language expert and author of “Face Time,” told CNN that

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To be a woman, with a vote.

From the comments at Shakesville: Her voice was careful and quiet (she was clearly holding herself together so hard for the cameras, the weight of it all very heavy on her) and even with the tears, it still felt fitting, because this–this wondering and thinking and finally deciding on your own vote–this is what the

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Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Democratic Convention Speech

The following is a transcript of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s speech at the Democratic National Convention, as provided by CQ Transcriptions. I have to say, it’s one of the best speeches I’ve heard delivered live (rather than listening later through recordings.) Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Democratic Convention Speech – Part 1 Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Democratic Convention

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Words that end in “-ist” for a thousand, Alex

In creating my current “recently read” list today, I noticed an oddity in my reading choices… The Archivist: A Novel by Martha Cooley The Egyptologist: A Novel by Arthur Phillips Here Lies the Librarian by Richard Peck Maps and Legends by Michael Chabon The Fencing Master by Arturo Perez-Reverte Previously, my reading list included The

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Recent Photo Sets

As promised, several sets of photos recently taken. Indianapolis Indians vs. Durham Bulls Monument Circle Photo Walk I went with local photographers I met recently on a photo walk around the circle. Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk The Indianapolis location was Massachusetts Avenue; there were about 40+ photographers. I managed to accidentally underexpose my photos

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Random News from Home

Friday was Stephanie’s birthday, so I took a lot of pictures. While were were hanging out outside Barcelona Tapas talking, I took a bunch of pictures at the Corner of Alabama and Ohio Street. We spent all day Sunday putting more bottle caps on the car. Last night we went to see the Indianapolis Indians

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Photography is not a crime

I had a run-in with one of our neighbors the other day because I was out in the street taking photos. I happened to be taking pictures of one of the cars parked in front of my house. The car I was photographing didn’t belong to the neighbor who came to confront me — she

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Movable Type 4.2 upgrade breaks current customer sites?

Gee, should I be surprised at this news? Here’s the email I received from my web host when I asked them to upgrade my to 4.2: Movable Type 4.2 is more strict than Movable Type 4.1 when it comes to custom designed blog templates. We’ve seen some cases when upgrading from version 4.1 to version

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Giant Inflatable Dog Crap Escapes Moorings, Wreaks Havoc

I shit you not — Paul McCartney American Artist Paul McCarthy created, for an art exhibit called “East of Eden: A Garden Show” at the Paul Klee Art Center in Switzerland, a giant inflatable dog shit balloon. On July 31, it was the victim of high winds and blew several hundred meters, damaging power lines

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Hoosier Political Report

Taking Down Words was one of my favorite local political blogs for a long time, and I really miss it. Since Jennifer Wagner switched over to a new URL and format — Hoosier Political Report — things just haven’t been the same, and sadly, it’s going to get booted from my feed reader soon. Rather

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Financial Times Columnist fails at life

This lovely article on The Financial Times: Lunch with the FT: Gloria Steinem, says By Chrystia Freeland: For most of this decade, the conventional wisdom has had it that feminism in America is dead – or, at least, irrelevant. The New York Times talked to female students at Yale and found them to be mostly

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Damn, where’d all my free time go?

I’m sitting here making out our “To Do” list for this weekend, which includes: Putting together new treadmill discarding non-functioning television putting loads of stuff on ebay or craigslist. taking all the recycling to the recycling center laundry, laundry & more laundry Garrett’s birthday Church on Sunday Visit the rental house & install locks and

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Save Public Funding for the Arts

I believe I may have mentioned Mayor Chinatownz recent decision to cut public arts funding 100% over the next 3 years. The city is, unfortunately, running a massive deficit – primarily because Our Man Bitch shifted the burden of many state taxes to local governments to balance the state’s budget (see: Robbing Peter to Pay

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Target: Women – Birth Control

Yep, this week’s Target: Women funny video from Sarah Haskins. Yes, I am going to post every single one of these, each week. I cannot help it. She is too funny to miss.

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I Kissed a Squirrel

Of course this is completely untrue: everyone knows that the squirrels are my sworn enemies. And I’d get them, too, if it weren’t for those meddling kids.

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Exxon has record profit again on soaring oil prices

From Reuters: NEW YORK (Reuters) – Exxon Mobil Corp said on Thursday soaring oil prices pushed its second-quarter earnings up 14 percent, again breaking its own record for the highest-ever profit by a U.S. company. Net income in the quarter rose to $11.68 billion, or $2.22 a share, from $10.26 billion, or $1.83 a share,

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PayPal Fuck-Ups

So I’ve had a PayPal account for something like 8 or 9 years. All of the sudden, they have decided that I set up my account as a Not-for-Profit organization, and that I need to “prove” to them that I am indeed such an entity. My account is locked until I do. Yeah, I thought

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links for 2008-07-31

Dr. Horrible Remote Control (tags: evil) Five ways to trigger a natural disaster – earth – 29 July 2008 – New Scientist Environment (tags: environment science)

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Knoxville Terrorist was a fan of O’Reilly, Hannity, Savage

According to the Knoxville News: Police found right-wing political books, brass knuckles, empty shotgun shell boxes and a handgun in the Powell home of a man who said he attacked a church in order to kill liberals “who are ruining the country,” court records show. Knoxville police Sunday evening searched the Levy Drive home of

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Eliminationist Quotes from Conservative Voices

What, really, is eliminationism? It’s a fairly self-explanatory term: it describes a kind of politics and culture that shuns dialogue and the democratic exchange of ideas for the pursuit of outright elimination of the opposing side, either through complete suppression, exile and ejection, or extermination. Source: Eliminationism in America: Appendix “I tell people don’t kill

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Terrorist opens fire in UU Church in Knoxville, TN

I’m sure you’ve heard the news by now that the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville, Tennesee was the target of a mass shooting. Two people were killed and 5 more are in serious condition after Jim D. Adkisson, 58, walked into a children’s Sunday school play and opened fire on the crowd. Like

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Bottle Cap Art Car Project

Our Bottle Cap Art Car Project in progress. See the whole set on Flickr. This is a project that Stephanie designed and is working on, with my help.

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Señor Gomez says hi

Señor Gomez was hitching on College Ave, so I gave him a ride. Dunno how long he’ll hang out, but he seems fun. I plan to use him in my halloween decorating.

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It’s a class war, stupid

If you only read one article about the 2008 election, make it this one – Matt Taibbi’s “It’s a Class War, Stupid” in Rolling Stone this month. Taibbi’s article about the looming economic depression (yeah, you read that right – I didn’t say recession, I said depression) is spot on… and the mainstream media is

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Dear Diary…

So, it’s been a long time since we really sat down to chat, hasn’t it? I mean, we got back from the honeymoon, and it’s been a couple weeks, other than posting some photos of cool clocks and a video here and there (complete with misspellings in captions) I haven’t really talked much about life

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Cool clock

At Smith and Wollensky’s in Columbus, Ohio. It wasn’t running, though, which drove me crazy.

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links for 2008-07-14

Anti-Gay Alabama A.G. Caught Being Gay No really? C’mon, this stuff is getting really old now. Can’t we just call all homophobes as gay and be done with it? That’s where we’re going anyway. (tags: homophobia politics equality) Global warming his the North Pole | Herald Sun FOR the first time in human history, the

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Peach Sangria

courtesy of Dine Magazine (Jul/Aug 2006 issue). Passed along by a friend who made a batch and enjoyed it.

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links for 2008-07-12

Bush to G8: ‘Goodbye from the world’s biggest polluter’ After rejecting global climate-change targets, George Bush’s parting shot to the G8 summit. Yes, because the imminent collapse of our climate and destruction of human life is super funny. (tags: government news Bush corruption green) Quintessential TSA stupidity: taking airline cutlery away from a pilot yeah

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links for 2008-07-10

Handwritten Typographers Comparing typographer’s handwriting with the fonts they created. (tags: typography design handwriting) Rick Shenkman and The Truth About the American Voter Nearly half (49%) of Americans think the president has the authority to suspend the Constitution. No, he doesn’t, you idiots. (tags: book statistics government) Senate Rejects Amendments That Would Have Stripped Telecom Amnesty

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links for 2008-07-09

Arianna Huffington: Surge Amnesia: The Media’s Newest Affliction John McCain and his supporters are going to claim again and again that the surge has worked. And it looks like the media are going to let that patently false assertion go unchecked. (tags: politics war Iraq Bush) Open Left:: Perfectly Logical Calculations, and Why They’re Actually

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links for 2008-07-08

The Associated Press: FDA reports more cases of salmonella illnesses (tags: news health) Tiptoeing on Bush and Convention – NYTimes.com GOP doesn’t know what to do with Bush at the convention, given how unpopular he is, will he tank McCain? (tags: republicans election 2008) FOX News Doctors NY Times Photos – Political Machine Fox News

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links for 2008-07-07

Cautionary Tales for Children by Hilaire Belloc (tags: poetry funny book) Tautology (rhetoric) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia I especially enjoyed the definition of RAS syndrome. (tags: linguistics rhetoric wikipedia) The rotating tower block – Building A skyscraper being built in Dubai that rotates. Hideous. (tags: architecture) Ancient Tablet Ignites Debate on Messiah and Resurrection

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links for 2008-07-06

Violet Vanishes – Vox (tags: blogging netiquette TOS) violet blue ® :: open source sex | when transparency does not equal erased (tags: blogging netiquette TOS) Tomorrow Museum » Archive » William Gibson Completely Deleted from BoingBoing Archives (tags: blogging netiquette TOS) 9 police officers arrested for corruption | The Indianapolis Star The Star’s editorial

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links for 2008-07-05

Former N.C. Senator Jesse Helms dies. Thousands of gay men dies because Helms obstructed health care and research for HIV, including some of my friends. I can’t wait to dance on his grave. (tags: politics)

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It’ ain’t me you’re lookin’ for, babe.

Over there at stAllio!’s digs, he’s been keeping a good hand in at critiquing the local political situation. Just to sum things up a bit for you out-of-towners – Indianapolis has a bunch of dirty cops; after a string of high-profile drug shootings, Mayor Ballard frantically tries to keep it together; and Jon Elrod quit

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links for 2008-07-04

Shakesville: Hitch Gets Waterboarded The problem with Hitchens seeing the light about waterboarding is that he’s be denouncing opponents of it for 7 years. Now it’s as though he “discovered” that it’s torture all on his own. No apologies to those he’s ridiculed all these years and now agrees (tags: war corruption politics)

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links for 2008-07-03

An Expert Reveals Chinese Origins of Interrogation Techniques at Guantánamo – NYTimes.com Current military interrogation techniques were “copied verbatim from a 1957 Air Force study of Chinese Communist techniques used during the Korean War to obtain confessions, many of them false, from American prisoners.” (tags: corruption Bush politics war) 30+ Must-Have Updated Firefox 3 Extensions

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Anecdotal Evidence

People I know who have either been laid off or are on the verge of having it happen, or who are otherwise struggling financially: 8 Yes, that would be 8. Eight. There’s no way you can tell me we’re not in a recession. And I’m frustrated with anyone thinking about voting in more of the

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links for 2008-07-02

Hedgehog Launch | Armor Games (tags: gamesOnline games fun) Evidence Faulted in Detainee Case – NYTimes.com With some derision for the Bush administration’s arguments, a three-judge panel said the government contended that its accusations against the detainee should be accepted as true because they had been repeated in at least three secret documents. (tags: corruption

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Book Meme: What I’ve Read

(via Publishing Careers) The National Endowment for the Arts has an initiative you may have heard of called the Big Read. According to the website, its purpose is to “restore reading to the center of American culture.” They estimate that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they’ve printed. Here’s

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links for 2008-07-01

At a Roadside Vigil, an Iconic Voice of Protest – NYTimes.com A wonderful story about Pete Seeger – and the post with “may peace prevail” is interesting – my neighbors have one, too. (tags: peace) Right Wing Watch: The Dangers of Auto-Replace the AFA uses autoreplace to change the word “Gay” to “homosexual” in the

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Indiana teacher suspended for giving students a book

Showing up on CNN yesterday, this Indiana story: Perry Township teacher Connie Heermann a 27 year teaching veteran, was suspended from her job at Perry Meridian High School for a year and a half without pay, for giving her high school English class the book Freedom Writer’s Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used

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links for 2008-06-30

Expression Engine vs Textpattern / journal / hicksdesign I really need to dive into this article and pull out the extension information from the comments. (tags: designCool cms expressionengine review) Unit Interactive :: Blog :: Better CSS Font Stacks (tags: css webdesign)

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McCains Fail to Pay Taxes on San Diego Property

According to Newsweek, the McCains have been in arrears for four years on taxes on one of the seven properties they own – a beachfront property in LaJolla, California. Of course as they story broke, they scrambled to get their taxes paid. Mostly. Now if this had been you or me defaulting, we’d be out

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Tibbs Drive-In

Saturday night fun. We took Phoebe to see WALL-E at the drive-in theater tonight. Other than the drive-in at Roswell, I haven’t been to a real drive-in theater since I was a little kid. Lots of fun.

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links for 2008-06-28

Torrid.com Plus sizes in exciting, cutting-edge apparel and accessories for young women sizes 12-26 (tags: shopping) The Bilerico Project | 3 Simple Rules for Politicians Bil shares 3 rules that politicians should follow if they want to connect with an LGBT constituency. (tags: politics lgbt)

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links for 2008-06-27

Shocking new report shows one in five gays are victims of homophobic violence Well no shit. This is news? (tags: homophobia violence) Shakesville: Because They’re From Venus Melissa examines the phenomenon of why most internet hate mail comes from men. (tags: feminism misogyny netiquette)

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links for 2008-06-26

5 reasons to design with mood boards (tags: webdesign visualization) Flickr: The Inspiration Boards Pool Mood boards to give ideas of what a website could look like. (tags: visualization webdesign) ATP Photo Finder GPS Review I’ve been hunting a good geo-tagging solution for my photos, and this is one of the options. All of the

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links for 2008-06-25

First looting suspect arrested in Cedar Rapids | Cedar Rapids, Iowa City Oh, my stars! White people looting! Who’da thunk it? (tags: news) Officials say no proof of pregnancy pact – Kids and parenting- msnbc.com Principal of school was lying about pregnant teen girl’s “pact” to all get pregnant. Because it’s important to shame young

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Karl Rove’s Country Club

Karl Rove, the Nixon/Bush auteur of dirty politics, seems to be slipping his his age — yesterday he had this to say at a Republican insider’s breakfast about Barack Obama: Even if you never met him, you know this guy. He’s the guy at the country club with the beautiful date, holding a martini and

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links for 2008-06-24

ABC News: Obama-Clinton Sparks Fly at Key Meeting Oh, he went there. He told women to support him, rather than asking what they needed to give him their support. I love it when people tell me what to do with my vote. I just love it. (tags: sexism Democrats politics women) free the new jersey

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Woodie Guthrie on songwriting

“I hate a song that makes you think that you are not any good. I hate a song that makes you think that you are just born to lose. Bound to lose. No good to nobody. No good for nothing. Because you are too old or too young or too fat or too slim too

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links for 2008-06-23

Mercer Museum – a set on Flickr The Mercer Museum is a concrete castle built by renowned tile-maker Henry Mercer in the early 20th century. (tags: tovisit museum) Many Same Many photos of the same thing. (tags: photography art popculture) Cubescape (tags: generator pixel awesome applications) 19th-Century Children & What They Read: Covers of Their

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links for 2008-06-22

1940’s Antique General Electric Stove (owned by a Vegas mobster!) Yep, that’s our stove. And a fine piece of writing by me, if I do say so myself. (tags: craigslist sale)

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For Sale: Old Lady Riddle’s 1940’s General Electric Stove

Old Lady Riddle’s 1940’s vintage General Electric stove was in our garage when we moved in. It was moved to the garage in the 1990s when the previous owners remodeled the kitchen, and has been there ever since. I’ve hunted around for the year of manufacture, but can’t find the exact model. We’re Selling it

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links for 2008-06-21

Honda PUYO Cool Honda Concept car (tags: cars) Tanks & Tablecloths (tags: art research) The Google Book By V.C. Vickers, 1913 (tags: google books literature) Fabiano Busdraghi Photography (tags: photography) Spider monkey climbs garden hose, flees Ind. zoo – USATODAY.com Smart monkey. (tags: monkeys) Wintermute Engine (tags: applications development editor freeware) The Guerrilla Gardening Homepage

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links for 2008-06-20

Report: Exams reveal abuse, torture of Guantanamo Bay detainees – CNN.com “We found clear physical and psychological evidence of torture and abuse, often causing lasting suffering” “There is no longer any doubt that the current administration committed war crimes. The only question is whether those who ordered to (tags: torture bush corruption politics) Flickr: Smithsonian

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What I’ve Read Recently

The problem I had with being unfocused and skipping from book to book seems to have passed, post-wedding. At one point, I believe I had 9 books partially read. I haven’t gone back to finish any of them, but started fresh with some lighter summer reading in order to carry paperbacks on the plane with

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How to Get Married in Toronto, ON

Wil asked how we went about setting up our marriage in Toronto, and I realized I never really blogged about that in the rush of planning everything. It was a very simple process, in two parts — applying for the license and having the ceremony. First you apply for the marriage license. You fill out

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Our Friends David and Rich get married in California

My college roommate David got married in California to his husband Rich on Tuesday, June 17th. They were the first same-sex marriage in Santa Clara county. Here is David’s blog post about their marriage, and here’s a video of the vows… Yay!

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links for 2008-06-19

Lawyers, Guns and Money: Thanks to 9/11, she’s outraged by decolonization “I am aware of all internet traditions.” Where the meme started. (tags: meme funny) Balloon Juice “I am aware of all internet traditions” explained. (tags: funny meme) Balloon Juice – Internet Traditions Parodies “I am aware of all internet traditions” parodied. (tags: meme funny)

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links for 2008-06-18

Same-sex weddings start with union of elderly San Francisco couple Yay! (tags: equal marriage rights lgbt) A List Apart: Articles: Faux Absolute Positioning (tags: grid design webdesign) Mississippi Floodwaters in Iowa – The Big Picture – Boston.com (tags: photography disaster iowa)

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Why Women Leave Technology Careers

Interesting article in Computer World on Why Women Leave Technology Careers that fits some of what I’ve experienced. And it’s not “to have kids” if that’s what you’re thinking… The most important antigen is the machismo that continues to permeate these work environments. We found that 63% of women in science, engineering and technology have

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Same-Sex Marriage in California

As of yesterday at 5:01 p.m., same-sex couples can get legally married in the state of California. (Yay!) One of the first in San Francisco city hall was the Marriage of Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin. Phyllis and Del are pioneers of the feminist and gay rights movements and have been a couple since 1952.

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Um, no, dear. Not really.

“It is because of me — I definitely think [my show] has helped the movement. Before it came out, everyone was still a little apprehensive about [same sex relationships]. Then they realized, ‘Wow, everyone is really into this stuff, and it is fine.’ The next thing you know, [gay marriage] is legal.” — Tila Tequila

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Racist America comes out of the woodwork to attack Barack Obama

Shakespeare’s Sister has an ongoing multi-part “Obama Racism Watch” documenting incidents of racism in the media directed at Senator Obama (similar to their multi-part series “Hillary Clinton Sexism Watch” that is at 106 entries and shows no signs of stopping.) I won’t go into every incident because they cover it much better than I, but

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Back home again in Indiana

We spent the last couple of days in Toronto doing some low-key stuff. I was pretty tired after doing so much walking around every day all day. We did do some shopping in the Church-Wellsley area (the gayborhood) and we took the subway to Canadian Tire and such. Stephanie loves the subway, but I really

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Shoe Museum and Honest Eds

Saturday, Stephanie and I hopped on the Subway and went West on Bloor to see the Shoe Museum. Yes, a whole museum just dedicated to the history of footwear. It was fun, but I wish there were some exhibits on modern styles of shoes, instead of how each culture’s footwear evolved. There were totally no

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Selections from Hillary’s Concession Speech

selections of Hillary’s Remarks in Washington, DC This election is a turning point election and it is critical that we all understand what our choice really is. Will we go forward together or will we stall and slip backwards. Think how much progress we have already made. When we first started, people everywhere asked the

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I sort of expect it every year…

But this year the “nation mourns as it recalls June 6, 1968” memorials of the 40th anniversary of the death of Robert Kennedy is particularly relentless on the blogs. I understand that it’s there are parallels between the personalities and messages of Kennedy and Obama and that people are having nostalgia, but seriously. Knock it

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Niagara Falls, China Town & Kensington Market

Thursday we drove to Niagara Falls to site-see, which was fun. I really had a much different picture in my head of what the falls were like, most from the show “Wonderfalls” which I want to see again now that I’ve been there. It was overcast on the drive there, but cleared up when we

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Photos from Wednesday in Toronto

See the whole photo set from Day 3 of our Honeymoon in Toronto. Photo Collection: Wedding and Honeymoon Photos Steve and Harold, our witnesses (and we were theirs, too!) Us with our wedding certificate. Surprise Moose Appearance!

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Our Toronto Honeymoon – Day 3

Today, we got married in City Hall, Toronto. Judy in the ceremonial chambers found witnesses for us – Harold and Steve from Houston were scheduled to get married just after us, so they were our witnesses, and we were theirs. They were an adorable gay couple from Houston, Texas — together 15 years, married for

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Our Toronto Honeymoon – Day 2

Today we took the subway to Union Station and took photos of the station, then visited the CN tower, where we hung out for half the day and had a leisurely lunch and shopped in the gift shop. The tower is worth a trip: tallest man-made structure in the world, with awesome views. There are

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Our Toronto Honeymoon – Day 1

We’re staying on Carleton Street near Yonge Street, which is in downtown Toronto. We got out today and did some walking on Yonge Street south of our hotel. People seem much thinner here in Toronto than Indianapolis. In fact, I think I was the largest person I saw all day, which is not the case

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Just Married

Stephanie and I got married on Saturday. I would have blogged about it at the time, but for some reason, I had big bundle of gladiolas in my arms and no access to a keyboard. (How’d that happen?) I picked gladiolas for my bouquet because they’re what my Grandma Mineart carried in her wedding, and

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My lovely soon-to-be wife

Stephanie, getting her hair done for our wedding. Our hair was done by the lovely women at All About You Salon on 116th and Guildford. They’re great; I highly recommend them.

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Hating Hillary

Andrew Stephen in the New Statesman: Gloating, unshackled sexism of the ugliest kind has been shamelessly peddled by the US media, which – sooner rather than later, I fear – will have to account for their sins History, I suspect, will look back on the past six months as an example of America going through

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Resonance

This particular paragraph of Hilary Rosen’s post on continuing to support Clinton hit home for me, and more than explains why I still am supporting Hillary. The emphasis added is mine… But Hillary’s campaign is still going for every woman who has spoken up in a meeting and was greeted with silence only to have

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Reading: Ruth 1:16-17

Entreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the LORD do so to

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Lowercase n

I haven’t heard this Sesame Street song in years; I’d forgotten how much I loved it.

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1st Corinthians 13:4-13

Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant. Love does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes

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Selections from Leaves of Grass, Song of the Open Road

by Walt Whitman from verse 9 However sweet these laid-up stores–however convenient this dwelling, we cannot remain here; However shelter’d this port, and however calm these waters, we must not anchor here; However welcome the hospitality that surrounds us, we are permitted to receive it but a little while. … from verse 11 Listen! I

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Chromaflare custom new beetle paintjob

Chromaflare New Beetle We spotted this Custom Chromaflare painted New Beetle in the BW3s parking lot on the south side of Indianapolis yesterday. Stephanie is pretty sure this is a custom paintjob and not one of the limited editions from VW. The interior isn’t what VW would make on a limited edition. Photo Set Chromaflare

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Asphasia

I have been losing words lately. I seem to have a chronic problem of not being able to find the word I’m thinking of, losing track of what I was going to say mid-sentence, and even sometimes saying words I didn’t intend without realizing I’m doing it–I was talking about the upcoming wedding with someone,

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Wil Wheaton on Hillary Clinton

One lovely thing that has come out of all the election crap — I’ve pruned a lot of dead wood out of my blog roll. Several supposedly progressive blogs just couldn’t keep their sexist assholishness hidden over the last six months with a female candidate in the race, and have gotten the heave ho –

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links for 2008-05-09

Denver lesbians on trial for marriage protest We are really not this brave. We’re just going to go to Canada. (tags: lgbt marriage equality rights) Americans can’t stand to read about gay penguins The Toronto papers make fun of us for censoring a children’s book. As well they should (tags: censorship libraries)

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links for 2008-05-08

DataPortability.org Share and remix data using open standards (tags: accessibility advocacy data webdev) Shakesville: The Line is Drawn Here We’re in a battle for our very lives, for our human and civil rights, to live in our neighborhoods and communities and be free from intimidation and violence. To love and date and treasure our families,

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links for 2008-05-07

Indiana Native Plants and Wildflowers Society Promoting use of native flowers and trees in landscaping (tags: Indiana gardening plants flowers) Kickball.com – World Adult Kickball Association I’m sorry. Archery, fencing. Even bowling. But not a sport who’s acronym is “WAKA.” It’s not like I’m a huge soccer -excuse me- “football” fan or anything, but even

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100 Zany Ways To Phone In A Pizza Order

These are jokes, and not intended to be taken seriously. Please view the site disclaimer. If using a touch-tone, press random numbers while ordering. Ask the person taking the order to stop doing that. Make up a credit card name. Ask if they accept it. Use CB lingo where applicable. Order a Big Mac Extra

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Indy Star Voter Guide

If you always wonder, when standing in the voting booth, how to pick candidates for the less well-known political offices, the Indy Star’s interactive voter guide goes through each of the candidates, provides information about them, and lets you make selections and print out a cheat sheet to take to the voting booth with you.

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Weekend Update (wedding shower recap)

Wow, I haven’t done a weekend update in quite a while, have I? Sorry. Mostly, that’s because we’ve been doing lots of wedding planning stuff on the weekends, and I vowed not to recap the wedding planning lest it drive me stark raving mad with stress. I can see why people elope, really. Our friend

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Video Debunk: Kantor video about “Indiana” is faked

There’s a video clip circulated by notorious nutjob Michelle Malkin making the rounds; it’s of Democratic advisor Mickey Kantor, who is currently advising on the Clinton campaign. The scene is an edited clip from the 1993 movie “The War Room” about the 1992 Bill Clinton campaign. The movie followed Kantor, Stephanapoulos and Carville as they

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District 7 candidate Woody Myers threatens to sue blog

I’ve mentioned before that I’m voting for David Orentlicher in the primary as the Democratic candidate for Julia Carson’s former seat in the U.S. Congress. The slated Democratic candidate and current office holder is André Carson (elected in March in a special election) but I’m just not convince that Carson has enough experience. David has

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Press attempting to push Hillary out of the Race

Eric Boehlert at Media Matters for America has some interesting points comparing Hillary’s ongoing campaign to past presidential races: Looking back through modern U.S. campaigns, there’s simply no media model for so many members of the press to try to drive a competitive candidate from the field while the primary season is still unfolding. …And

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First of May

Usually on May Day, I post a link to the lyrics of my favorite May Day song — the Lusty Month of May, from Camelot: Tra la, it’s May, the lusty Month of May That lovely month when everyone goes blissfully astray Tra la, it’s here, that shocking time of year, when tons of wicked

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Doggie playdate

Flickr Photoset Jonathan brought his Dachshunds, Jackson and Jefferson, over to play with Spike in the backyard, and some of our other friends joined us.

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National Day of Silence

Observing this year’s National Day of Silence in honor of young Lawrence King. Lawrence Fobes King (January 13, 1993 – February 14, 2008) was a 15-year-old student at E.O. Green Junior High School in Oxnard, California, who was shot twice by a fellow student, 14-year-old Brandon McInerney, and kept on life support until two days

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The New York Times comes to Kokomo, Indiana

My family is originally from southeastern rural Iowa, and regardless of the small town life aspect, they’re very well-educated and don’t talk like hayseeds and goobers. Sit down and talk to them about the election and they have intelligent, thoughtful conversations about the issues. They have slightly different political agendas than those of us who

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links for 2008-04-24

Color + Design Blog / All 120 Crayon Names, Color Codes and Fun Facts by COLOURlovers Very cool – Crayon names and their corresponding hex colors for web design. Now I can make stuff with Burnt Sienna. (tags: color crayons awesome webdesign inspiration) École Polytechnique massacre – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 1989 Mass killing of

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David Guadagnoli

Our dear friend David had a heart attack and died in his sleep Sunday night. I really don’t know what to say about losing such a warm, wonderful person. I’m having trouble believing it’s true. I’ve taken nearly a week to figure out what to say, because it has to be right. And even now

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links for 2008-04-19

Mandelbot Paper Toy (FREE) :: HousewArEz :: Fractalspin || frActAlspIn[D()T]cOm OMG geekcessories k-r4d || The ultimate geek boutique || Your nerd-core store || Stylish stuff for geeky people || 1337 + $7y13 (tags: papercraft)

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links for 2008-04-18

garbage architecture listens to found materials Interesting use of found materials to build furniture. (tags: recycling sustainability craft furniture inspiration) foldedspace.org: Getting Things Done (tags: gtd productivity lifehacks) WLBZ2.com – 8-Year-Old Colorado Boy Suspended For Sniffing Marker According to toxicologists, it is not possible to get high from sniffing a magic marker. It is possible

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links for 2008-04-17

vintage ephemera – a set on Flickr Very cool. (tags: vintage flickr stockart) 25 Things You Must Do While In Toronto (tags: travel Toronto) village voice > news > The Official Village Voice Election-Season Guide to the Right-Wing Blogosphere by Roy Edroso The stupid to evil ratio is my very favoritist part. (tags: conservatives blogs

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Stephanie & new smart car

Our new Smart Car was finally delivered to the dealer today, and we picked it up, One year and 3 days after we ordered it. It’s adorable, and we’re both really excited. See the Flickr Photo Set

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Cool Artist – Little Robot

I happened to be looking on etsy.com for a daniel striped tiger hand puppet (don’t ask – I’ll get around to explaining it later) and stumbled on this really marvelous artist’s store – Little Robot – AKA Lindsey Carr. I have to count my pennies before I buy any prints with the wedding coming up,

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“Reading Is Fundamental” Literacy Program in Danger

If you’re about my age (39, that is) the commercials and reading programs for the nonprofit program RIF – Reading is Fundamental – are probably as vivid a childhood memory for you as they are for me. Not only were they played during Sesame Street and the Electric Company, but they were part of the

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links for 2008-04-12

The Bilerico Project | Indiana | An Open Letter to Gary Welsh of Advance Indiana Things that I shouldn’t get such delicious glee from, but do, nonetheless. (tags: funny Indianapolis local politics blogs) Shakesville: What you don’t know CAN hurt you Wow – an incredibly insightful piece on Obama and his uncomfortableness dealing gay issues,

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Electrasteph’s Fortune Cookies

A rather simple site I created for my Fortune Cookies to get the basics of Expression Engine (and by special request from my girlfriend, who enjoys my snark.) Electrasteph’s Fortune Cookies

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Indiana political blogging

Sometimes it’s really entertaining for all the wrong [link deprecated: http://www.blueindiana.net/showDiary.do;jsessionid=38F64BC3DD2AF56DA297D48ACAA576E0?diaryId=2332] reasons. 2019 Update: Lest it be lost to the ethereal ravages of time, this was the subject of the above posts. From: gwelsh@indy.rr.com Subject: Tyrion Date: April 9, 2008 4:55:22 PM GMT-04:00 To: bil@bilerico.com It’s quite interesting that you, of all people, would allow

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links for 2008-04-11

YouTube – Leningrad Cowboys & Red Army Choir – SWEET HOME ALABAMA Um, yeah. Sure. That’s uh. Just watch. (tags: video music russia funny) Rick Astley Venn Diagram You wouldn’t get this from any other guy. (tags: funny music visualization) EMS Photos – Fire Photos – Rescue Photos – Police Photos | 911 Imaging (tags:

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links for 2008-04-10

Magic Pen by Alejandro Guillen Very fun drawing game. (tags: gamesOnline) Extra Large Panoramas – a set on Flickr Awesome set of panoramic photos. (tags: photography panorama) Flickr Photo Download: Bacon Flowchart Yes, you should make bacon. (tags: funny awesome visualization flowchart) Postcards From Yo Momma People forward email from their mother (identities removed) and

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Bowling

Bowling with our regular Wednesday Night Dinner group of friends.

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links for 2008-04-09

Twitterholics Tons of applications that have been built using Twitter as a base. (tags: twitter software ideas reference) FTD – Frontotemporal Dementia – Brain Disease – Pick’s Disease – Creativity – New York Times A Disease That Allowed Torrents of Creativity (tags: brain health disease ideas thought)

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I heart Franklin Gothic

I really do. Here it’s a lot more apparently why Franklin Gothic is better – the fanciful lowercase g, the Sturdy uppercase M. In Century Gothic and Futura, the M looks like it’s about to do the splits. In Century Gothic, the lowercase g is so round your eye bounces right off of it. Blech.

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Ego dilecto meo et dilectus meus

We bought our wedding rings this evening – they are Latin Poesy Rings that are engraved with the phrase Ego dilecto meo et dilectus meus – “I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine” — (Song of Solomon 6:3) And because I failed to show a picture of it before, some images of my

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Bottle Cap Art Car Project – Ready, Steady, Go!

This weekend we worked on a couple of big things — lots of lawn and garden work, and the beginnings of the art car. Dunno if I’ve written much about the Art Car Project – it’s something Stephanie has been wanting to do for a long time, and now is a great opportunity for her

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links for 2008-04-06

Administration Asserts No Fourth Amendment for Domestic Military Operations | Electronic Frontier Foundation Yeah, that means the Fourth Amendment doesn’t apply – ANYWHERE. So, like, military suspension of the constitution. That makes me want to start stockpiling some guns. (tags: constitution bush military rights) A Brief History of the Las Vegas Strip – Blog Major

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Major A. Riddle and Old Lady Riddle’s House

NOTE & UPDATE: There’s a comment here on this post from DACI (see comments down at the bottom of the page) that corrects much of the information in this post. There was a kernel of truth and much speculation in the story I recount here from my older neighbor regarding Major Riddle, and because of

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links for 2008-04-05

Five Myths About Drinking Water : NPR (tags: myth nutrition science health) Another KBR Rape Case Another case of an American woman working in Iraq being attacked by American soldiers. The government has done nothing about other cases, and is trying to cover this one up, too. (tags: misogyny corruption military government)

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links for 2008-04-03

Top 10 Great Movies No One Should Have To Watch More Than Once » Scene-Stealers (tags: movies list) The Myth of the Media Myth: Games and Non-Gamers | MetaFilter metafilter reviews the games of “Outside” and “First Life” and gives them decent ratings. (tags: funny humor reviews games) Enclothe – Art T Shirts – Enclothe

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links for 2008-04-02

Gmail: Google’s approach to email One of Google’s many april fool’s day pranks. (tags: hoax pranks aprilfools) Virgle: The Adventure of Many Lifetimes Richard Branson wants to lead a team to Mars. (tags: aprilfools hoax prank) Shakesville: Obama and the Anti-Gay Preacher More connections between Obama and homophobic supporters of his campaign. (tags: homophobia election

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Homebrew Stand-Up Desk

After reading a couple articles on the health benefits of stand-up work stations, I decided to give it a shot at work. The top is a shelf from my locker/cabinet, and the books are, well, books. I originally planned to find a table of the appropriate height; the shelf/books idea is from my co-worker Rich.

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links for 2008-03-31

How to Disagree For examples of how to disagree in ways that are completely wrong, please see all of my writing. I need to clean up my act completely. (tags: philosophy debate writing) || Dummy Text Generator | Lorem ipsum for webdesigners || (tags: designTools webdesign resources) I, Cringely . The Pulpit . The $200

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links for 2008-03-30

Ten typographic mistakes everyone makes | Life, Tutorials | Receding Hairline (tags: typography reference writing)

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links for 2008-03-29

Sign Painting : Jeff Canham (tags: typography artist) Mai ’68: Atelier Populaire. Mai ’68: Atelier Populaire. (tags: art history politics left)

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Design is Dead says Phillippe Starck

The hilarity of this recent news item is only enhanced by my having just finished watching the movie Art School Confidential mere moments before I read it: BERLIN (AFP) — Renowned French designer Philippe Starck says he is fed up with his job and plans to retire in two years, in an interview published in

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Book Review Catch-Up – Spring 2008

Boy, am I behind on recording what I’ve read. I’ve had this post in progress forever trying to summarize some of these books, and I kept tacking new titles onto the end. I finally stole enough free time to get it finished. The Geographer’s Library by Jon Fasman A literary history suspense novel, along the

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Credibility

My post below about Butler student Evan Strange who asked Chelsea Clinton an inappropriate question spawned an interesting response. I received several emails from Butler student Lauren Laski defending her fellow student. I’m not going to go into detail of what they said, other than that Lauren really needs to take a logic course while

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Butler student insults Chelsea Clinton

Leave it to an idiot Hoosier to embarrass the state of Indiana now that we’re in the national spotlight. I’m sure it’s the first of many bonehead moves Hoosiers will make when they see television cameras. From the Chicago Tribune: INDIANAPOLIS – The college student who got a stinging brushback from Chelsea Clinton when he

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links for 2008-03-25

Acoustics.com: Article – Designing Workspaces for Higher Productivity Why acoustics are important. (tags: productivity) FORTUNE: Trapped in cubicles – Mar. 22, 2006 (tags: productivity architecture)

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links for 2008-03-23

Black Guy Asks Nation For Change | The Onion – America’s Finest News Source Oh, my. (tags: election 2008 satire funny)

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links for 2008-03-22

Obama demands probe over passport breach – 2008 Presidential Campaign Blog – Political Intelligence – Boston.com Barack Obama’s campaign tonight is demanding a full investigation of reports that his passport files at the State Department were viewed BY THE WHITEHOUSE without authorization. (tags: bush corruption privacy election 2008) Proof that fundamentalists selectively quote the Bible

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links for 2008-03-21

The Great Illinois Corn Flake Coupon eBay (item 110235071660 end time Mar-21-08 20:16:33 PDT) (tags: bigThings)

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WTF? ABC News is full of shit

via Shakeville – this lovely gem appeared on ABC news yesterday. What the hell is this about? Do they actually think that WE think this is news? Do they think anyone seeing this wouldn’t recognize it for the sexist, misogynist smear job that it is? I was sorta halfway still on the fence between Obama

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links for 2008-03-20

Abyss & Apex : Fourth Quarter 2007: Wikihistory Why we can’t kill Hitler: no Hitler means no Third Reich, no World War II, no rocketry programs, no electronics, no computers, no time travel. Get the picture? (tags: fiction satire history funny) Urban Dictionary: ftw (tags: urban dictionary) Chocolate & Zucchini: Super Simple Nutella Ice Cream

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What the liberal hawks got wrong

Slate has an interesting series of articles posted by several liberals who supported the Iraq war in its early stages, entitled “Why Did We Get It Wrong?” I applaud their willingness to recognize that they were indeed wrong, but I wonder why they’re not asking the other question — why didn’t they listen to the

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links for 2008-03-19

DO THE TEST How many passes does the team in white make? (tags: awareness advertising video) Vintage Travel Decals (tags: travel sticker retro)

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links for 2008-03-18

Video Coming To Flickr Soon. Really. Yay. I’ve been patiently waiting for this. I have a YouTube account, but having my videos in separate places has always bothered me. (tags: flickr tools video) Hepper | Modern Pet Furniture That Will Make You Jealous (tags: design furniture pets) flickrSLiDR – Embed Flickr Slideshows within Your Site

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links for 2008-03-16

Tulsa World: Kern’s son denies gay rumors Oh, for pete’s sake. (tags: lgbt rights news equality) The HBR List: Breakthrough Ideas for 2008 Some interesting ideas about business here, especially alternate reality business. (tags: business innovation ideas productivity 2008) The Myth of Sisyphus – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (tags: mythology philosophy ideas) Our Favorite Typefaces

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links for 2008-03-15

SF0 SFZero is a Collaborative Production Game. Players build characters by completing tasks for their groups and increasing their Score. The goals of play include meeting new people, exploring the city, and participating in non-consumer leisure activities. We (tags: urban games gamesPublic community) Avant Game: The Lost Ring – the alternate reality game for the

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links for 2008-03-14

» wallpapers (tags: wallpaper) David Lanham : Hi Gloss (tags: wallpapers) Tubbypaws – papercraft ceiling cat! This is why I love the internets and the people that use them. People are awesome. (tags: papercraft lolcats) YouTube – Mr. Boddy Is Dead Yes, he is. And it’s your job to find who killed him. (tags: clue

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links for 2008-03-13

Carson wins seat in 7th District race | IndyStar.com (tags: local news Indianapolis) Gay Iranian teen loses asylum appeal – CNN.com Basically, Britain is sending a gay teenager to his death in Iran. Nice. (tags: lgbt rights equality)

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SXSWi 2008 post game analysis

I made it home from Austin last night rather late and went to work this morning. Unlike the trip out, the flight home was rather uneventful. Thank goodness. We didn’t get our luggage until late Saturday night, so I basically had two nights without my CPAP machine, which the Airlines had told me to pack

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links for 2008-03-12

World Clock (tags: culture data census statistics) Guinness certifies giant crab cake – USATODAY.com That’s the awesome. I love it when people make big things. I should be working for the Guinness Book of World Records. Or the beer company, either one. (tags: bigThings news awesome) drupal.org | Community plumbing (tags: cms applications resources publishing)

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links for 2008-03-10

Train-ee | ExpressionEngine® Training by Boyink Interactive (tags: EE training) An Introduction to ExpressionEngine [on Geek & Mild] (tags: ee training) ElfCartel Wireframes (tags: design prototyping) PolyPage (tags: prototyping javascript design GUI) Cryptomundo.com » Evolution of Yeti (tags: illustration) I Love the Yeti: Yeti in Popular Culture (tags: awesome blogs culture)

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I wanna commitment ceremony you

Stephanie and I were having talk the other day with one of our friends over terminology and what we called our selves, our wedding, and what we’ll call ourselves once we’re married. That’s not an unusual discussion, and gay people have different opinions about it. There are some who don’t embrace the words “marriage” “fiancée”

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links for 2008-03-09

Average pay of mayor’s inner circle up 8% in Ballard administration | IndyStar.com Republican Mayor Greg Ballard has spent more money hiring top lieutenants for his administration than his Democratic predecessor did. (tags: Indianapolis local politics)

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links for 2008-03-08

Dumb and Dumber: An Essay and Its Editors – washingtonpost.com What bothers Allen about this picture is that these women reject, with every fiber of their latte-loving beings, the abstinence-only, father-knows-best, slut-shaming crabbed misogyny of the Republican right. (tags: feminism misogyny women journalism) Photoshop Disasters (tags: photoshop funny) From the Washington Post article: In a

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Sean Connery Defends Hitting His Wife

Discovered in the comments of yesterday’s Shakespeare’s Sister’s Question of the Day, (What actor makes you refuse to see a film?) this video of Sean Connery defending hitting his wife: Wow. Epic fucking FAIL. Never seeing a Sean Connery movie again.

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My reality show concept: Celebrity Karaoke Roulette

Shakespeare’s Sister question of the day the other day was: “You’ve been given unlimited resources and creative control to create your own contest reality show (a la Project Runway) or game show: What’s your concept?” I’ve had this one rolling around in my head: Celebrity Karaoke Roulette. Take five famous musicians, throw them up on

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On the Tarmac for 6 hours for SXSWi

Yesterday we had one of those nightmarish plane trips you hear about on the news every so often. Our American Airlines flight to Austin, Texas had a (supposed to be) short stop in Dallas/Fort Worth airport. The first leg from Indianapolis to Dallas went smoothly, and we got on the plane 1717 for the 36ish

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links for 2008-03-06

Putting Your Kitchen on a Diet – New York Times Blog “If you walked into a new restaurant and saw a messy, disorganized kitchen and dining area, you’d turn around and walk out the door. You wouldn’t eat dinner in a place like that. So why would you do it at home?’’ (tags: health organization

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SXSW Interactive 2008

I’m getting final stuff prepped to take off for SXSW Interactive 2008 in Austin, Texas tomorrow. I’m going with three of my design team co-workers; one from here in Indianapolis and two from Upper Saddle River, New Jersey. We’re staying in the Courtyard Marriott right next to the Austin Convention Center, so we’re in the

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links for 2008-03-05

Forgotten Chicago (tags: chicago history urban retro) Schoolhouse Electric Co. Classic period light fixtures and vintage glass shades. Very, very cool, and very much in keeping with our house. (tags: lighting reproduction retro vintage architecture) Chicago World’s Fair | 1893 – a photoset on Flickr (tags: photography vintage history chicago)

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Dealing with some denial of service attacks on the site

I have been dealing with a denial of service attack on my site recently. I suspect that I’m the target of some unethical behavior in the gay Republican base in Indianapolis politics, specifically because of this post I wrote about Marion County’s special election to replace Julia Carson. It’s been almost exactly a year since

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The Ripple Effect: How my post on Jon Elrod has spread

I presumed yesterday’s post on the special election would cause some consternation, but it’s always interesting to see how these things play out. Bil Browning of The Bilerico Project asked me to cross post my entry there, which I though would be fun. From there, Abdul Hakim-Shabazz, radio personality and erstwhile former blogger at IndyUndercover

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links for 2008-03-04

Steampunk Remake: Dave Veloz’s Keyboard and Monitor Very cool steampunk computer. (tags: cool steampunk design) The Steampunk Workshop (tags: awesome steampunk) Toronto Gay Weddings.com | Home (tags: marriage)

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March 11 District 7 Special Election

I’ve been saying I’m going to write about the March 11th special election, and I haven’t forgotten that. I actually have had a REALLY long post written about it since Friday, but I’ve revised it 10 times and can’t quite get out what I really want to say… so I’m starting over. Hopefully you’ve all

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links for 2008-03-01

National Grammar Day: Brought to you by the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar Vote for the worst grammar. No, I’m not one of the poll items. (tags: Grammar english funny) Feminism 101: “Calling Out Fellow Progressives for Sexism Prevents Unity on the Left” The second installment of Melissa McEwan’s excellent series on basic

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2008/02 Winter Mix

1 If You Want Me / Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova / Once (Original Soundtrack) 2 Falling Slowly / Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova / Once (Original Soundtrack) 3 Gay Messiah / Rufus Wainwright / True Colors (Soundtrack to the Logo Documentary) 4 City of Immigrants (feat. Forro In the Dark) / Steve Earle /

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Happy Leap Day 2008

We can take some comfort in the fact that we’ve made SOME progress on the sexism front in the last 100 years. Not that much, since the only female Presidential candidate we’ve ever had has men telling her to iron their shirts, but at least women can ask ask men out on dates more than

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links for 2008-02-29

garfield minus garfield When you remove the cat from the cartoon, Jon’s behavior becomes a study of mental illness. (tags: funny cartoons)

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links for 2008-02-28

Afghan Women’s lives worse than ever “Grinding poverty and the escalating war is driving an increasing number of Afghan families to sell their daughters into forced marriages.” – “W for women” indeed. (tags: misogyny women violence buhs) GOP Halts Effort to Retrieve White House E-Mails – washingtonpost.com Of course. You wouldn’t want them to get

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links for 2008-02-27

Smart ForTwo Is a Blue-State City Car, Right? Guess Again | Autopia from Wired.com (tags: smartcar) The gay marriage slump | Salon Life (tags: marriage equality lgbt rights)

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I has a package

The post office gave me a notice to come pick something up from them. I believe it would be my wedding dress. Yay! Wow, I’ve had a distinct lack of blogging here. That’s not for want of things to write, just time. I think I have three books I need to note on my “have

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links for 2008-02-25

GOOD READ GAMES + It Was A Dark & Stormy Night Definitely want this, but can’t bring myself to spend the $50 right now. Cool board game for literature geeks (tags: games gamesBoard)

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links for 2008-02-20

24 ways – web design and development articles and tutorials for advent (tags: article webdesign) Brain Gelatin Mold Zombie bait. And troll around the whole anatomical site; great stuff. I wanted to steal my cardiologist’s heart model, but was too afraid to get caught. Now you can buy one. (tags: fun food) Vintageroadside ephemera –

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links for 2008-02-19

Toshiba to give up on HD DVD, end format war: source | Technology | Reuters Yay! Now I put a blu-ray on our wish list. (tags: video electronics) Brennan Center for Justice | Fixing Democracy News analysts and political thinkers are asked what things they would do to fix the political process. interesting how many

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So much to blog, so little time

I actually have things to write about lately, but haven’t geared up to do it. Lets see, where were we when we last tuned in? Oh, yeah, I was probably playing Packrat. Well, the gloss has come off that Facebook game somewhat, as I got collected most of the cards I could get a hold

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links for 2008-02-18

Modwalls makes glass mosaic designs and pebble tile to please Some ideas for our bathroom. (tags: architecture bathroom interiorDesign)

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links for 2008-02-17

X-Tra Rant Exclusive: Mayor Ballard Finds over $79 Million in budget excess to cut Replacing the IMPD with cyborgs?! No wonder Indianapolis is ‘over budget’! Thank Maude we have the accidental mayor to save us. Although I think that One Ring quest really would be worth it. (tags: Indianapolis politics funny) The Accidental Mayor: People

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Funny One-liners

Funny one-liners, short jokes and sayings that that would look great on a t-shirt or bumpersticker.

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Electoral Compass 2008

I’ve taken Political Compass quizzes on back in 2003 and again in 2006 here on this site. This new Electoral Compass is a different take – it’s written in flash, for one thing, and it places you on the compass with current electoral candidates. Here’s my score on the current one: Compared to previously in

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links for 2008-02-14

Drop.io: Simple Private Exchange Drop.io enables you to create simple private exchange points called “drops.” (tags: freeware mp3 resource tools privacy filesharing) Symptoms: Metabolic Syndrome Is Tied to Diet Soda – New York Times I’ve known this for awhile, and I’ve tried to cut soda out of my diet, but it’s rather hard when everyone

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Back end problems

Boy, do I have have them. No, I’m not talking about my butt here. (and you shouldn’t be, either!) I’m having some frustrating problems with Movable Type that my site hosts can’t seem to solve, and Movable Type doesn’t have answers for either, despite me spending about 10 hours with both trying to figure it

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links for 2008-02-12

ActBlue — Start Fighting Now ActBlue has a widget you can put on your site to start fundraising for the Democratic presidential candidate, whomever they might be. (tags: politics election 2008 fundraising)

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links for 2008-02-08

FontBook Reviews | FontShop News | February 2008 This is awesome – they quited Kohi Vinh, Jim Coudal – and ME.They even linked to my website. (tags: fonts typography design egosurfing) chriskoester.net – Indianapolis Recycling Map Very nice map, Chris. (tags: green Indianapolis local)

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HB 1197 – Data Breach Bill

A message from local blogger Chris Soghoian on legislation in the Indiana statehouse: 11 Indiana State Senators will be voting on an important data breach bill next Tuesday (the 12th). This bill (which I helped to draft with my local state representative) will shed a significant spotlight on companies who lose or misplace sensitive consumer

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links for 2008-02-07

FBI wants palm prints, eye scans, tattoo mapping – CNN.com Note this is not for criminals – they want this for EVERYONE. Guess what FBI? Fuck you. (tags: datamining privacy surveillance policestate) Officials plan streetcar comeback Fun. This is interesting (tags: Indianapolis local traffic travel)

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Dear VW: This is not a fucking microbus

How many times to I need to repeat it, before you dudes figure it out? I want a hybrid fucking Microbus. This new van (Routan? WTF) is ugly as hell. Nevertheless, it’s actually in production and will be coming out, although it’s butt ugly. Build a damn BUS. A hybrid friggin’ BUS. Build THIS: As

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Election 2008 and Hillary Clinton

A while back I posted about my belief that the media was illustrating a sexist bias against Hillary Clinton in their coverage of election 2008. Erinposte actually collects and documents numerous examples of it here in s fascinating catalog of anti-female hate. And pop matters has a great list of helpful hints for Hillary, compiled

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links for 2008-02-05

Jean Shepherd – A Salute to Jean Shepherd (tags: cool radio) Court: Gay marriage in Canada should be recognized in New York — Newsday.com Sweet. (tags: lgbt equality marriage rights) jwz – Happy Groundhog Day! JWZ estimates that Bill Murray was stuck on Groundhog Day for at least 4 years. (tags: movies analysis fun) Is

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Election 2008

Two things I discovered via bilerico.com… This stirring music video of Obama’s post New Hampshire primary speech. I’m still not sure whether I’m voting for him or for Hillary, but either way, I’m going to be getting a more intelligent candidate than the utter imbecile in office now, so I’m happy either way. On the

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Pack Rat

my utter lack of blogging lately has been entirely due to playing a Facebook game called pack rat. It’s a card trading game and is completely addicting. I’ve completely neglected numerous obligations to friends and household maintenance due to this game. In other news, my eye doctor says my eyes are healing exactly as expected.

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links for 2008-02-02

Microsoft offers $44.6 Billion for Yahoo – Engadget That blows, because all my photos are on Flickr. I have no strategy for getting them out and into another gallery program. crap. (tags: business internet)

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links for 2008-01-31

The Accidental Mayor: This Is Accountability? A tally of the campaign promises Mayor Greg Ballard has already broken, just 4 weeks into office. You get what you paid for, Indianapolis. (tags: Indianapolis politics)

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marriage discrimination attached to Gov’s Property Tax Bill

Indiana Republican Foul play at work – because looked like SJR-7 the marriage discrimination bill that has failed to pass the Indiana House the last two years, might again fail, Representative Eric Turner, ranking Republican on the House Rules and Legislative Policy Committee, filed a amendment to House Joint Resolution No. 1 (HJR1) a proposed

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links for 2008-01-29

paper craft – a photoset on Flickr (tags: papercraft fun vintage retro illustration) Gerry Canavan: Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair A collection of “Lady Liberty in peril” images from various science fiction films, books and comics. (tags: America Culture history scifi)

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links for 2008-01-27

He’s Not As Smart As He Thinks He Is – Men, Women & IQ | Newsweek.com Are men smarter than women? No. But they sure think they are. An analysis of some 30 studies shows that men and women are fairly equal overall in terms of IQ. But women, it seems, underestimate their own candlepower

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Local Food Indianapolis and Green Indianapolis links

In the process of signing up for a local food co-op, we’ve been reading several local blogs about local food and green living. Local Food Blog for Indianapolis – http://www.goinglocal-info.com/ Local Food Blog (not based in Indy) – http://www.eatlocalchallenge.com/ A Guide to Local Foods in Indianapolis – http://www.goinglocal-info.com/my_weblog/indiana_food_guide.html Finding Local Food Markets in Indiana http://www.indianafarmdirect.com/index2.php

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This weekend’s to do list…

Things we want to accomplish this weekend… sign up for green power through our local electric company – estimated $2, addition to our bill, considerably higher peace of mind. Sign up for a local food coop delivery service to get fresh local food. finish adding addresses to address book finish sending out “save the date”

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links for 2008-01-26

Flickr: The Commons Flickr teamed with the Library of Congress to tag photos that have no known copyright restrictions – awesome pictures that everyone can share. (tags: awesome copyright free flickr photos) Fox News’ John Gibson backs down over Ledger mockery – The Carpetbagger Report 1. I don’t believe he’s “sorry” at all. 2. I

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SXSWi 2008

I’m going to SXSWi this year. Yay! The trick is, though, that we have a big corporate conference in Boston March 2-4th, and then I’m leaving for Austin on March 6th – March 11th. So I’ll be home one day in between two trips. Fortunately, Boston will still probably be cold; Austin will be warm.

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links for 2008-01-25

Main Page – Chickipedia Encyclopedia of photos of hot women. (tags: funny women reference) My Way News – Ledger Had 6 Types of Prescription Drugs Only 6? Wow, don’t come to our house. I have 6 prescriptions drugs just for my stupid allergies. (tags: news celebrity) Think Progress » John Gibson Mocks ‘Weirdo’ Heath Ledger’s

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Which Lost Character Are You?

Whatever. I wanted to be Hurley. Find out Which Lost Character Are You at LiquidGeneration.com! I should go back and give different answers and see if I can get him instead.

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Laser Eye Surgery: Suddenly, I See

I woke up this morning with much improvement in my vision. It’s still not 20/20, but I can read text at a distance, and such. I’m back at work – one thing I’ve noticed is that I still can’t see facial expressions at a distance, so I can’t tell what my co-workers are doing/expressing when

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Music Rediscovered

We finally we able to upgrade the firmware on our Terabyte server last weekend, and it’s finally behaving in a stable fashion with iTunes (fingers crossed). It was apparently having trouble with long file names (!) and iTunes loves to create long file names, so it kept hiccuping. Since I’ve been home this week, I’ve

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Laser Eye Surgery: Vision normal for this stage, says eye doctor

I visited the eye doctor this afternoon, and she took out the bandage contact lenses and checked out my eyes. She says everything is normal for this stage of PRK surgery, and that my vision should improve drastically in the next 48 hours. My cornea has healed completely, and the blurriness is caused by a

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Laser Eye Surgery: Gradual eyesight improvement

My eyesight has improved quite a bit overnight, and I can read text at least. It’s not perfect, but at least I’m seeing progress. I’ll probably still spend the day listening to audiobooks and watching dvds (I’m part way thorough The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, which was puttling me to sleep, and a mystery

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Laser Eye Surgery: Buyer’s Remorse

I guess from what the doctor’s were saying, with the PRK surgery (as opposed to lasik, which is quick to heal) it’s fairly normal for my vision to still be pretty bad, even today and tomorrow and even on Thursday. But had I known it would take quite so long and be such a disabling

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Laser Eye Surgery: Eye Update

Forgive me if I make more mistakes than usual; it’s rather hard to see the screen right now. After my last blog post on Saturday morning, we went to see the eye doctor, who told me my vision at that time was perfectly normal one day after surgery. I had 20/50 vision in my right

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Laser Eye Surgery: post-surgery, day 1

Boy I hope this gets better. My vision is somewhat improved, but not nearly what I expected. From what they said in the office, it should be 20/20 today, and then get more blurry on sunday and monday, before turning around and improving again on Tuesday, wednesday, thursday. It’s definitely not 20/20 now. In fact

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links for 2008-01-18

PhotoZoom Pro Enlarging photos from small resolution. (tags: photography plugin resources) BBC – Devon – Features – Baby tamarins get a helping hand Damn it. The Indianapolis Zoo says I can’t feed the baby monkeys. Why do all the other zoos do it? Grumpy, grumpy…. (tags: monkeys) Huck’s Army – Mike Huckabee Cured my friend’s

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Laser Eye Surgery: Getting my eyeballs replaced

As someone at work put it. I’m getting laser surgery (specifically PKR) done on my eyes tomorrow by Dr. Waltz of TLC of Indianapolis. I’m doing my traditional “Stress relief by just not thinking about it” form of denial, so I don’t freak out. It couldn’t possibly be worse than the surgeries I’ve already had.

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Which Sports Car Are You?

I’m a Chevrolet Corvette! You’re a classic – powerful, athletic, and competitive. You’re all about winning the race and getting the job done. While you have a practical everyday side, you get wild when anyone pushes your pedal. You hate to lose, but you hardly ever do. Take the Which Sports Car Are You? quiz.

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links for 2008-01-17

The Raw Story | US drafting plan to allow government access to any email or Web search (tags: freedom privacy surveillance spying government) Drug-resistant staph found to be passed in gay sex | Health | Reuters (tags: health news lgbt science) S.F. General researchers follow strain of drug-resistant bacteria (tags: health science news lgbt) 15

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links for 2008-01-16

Politics and Misogyny – New York Times “If there was ever a story that deserved more coverage by the news media, it’s the dark persistence of misogyny in America.” (tags: misogyny women equality rights feminism) Cogitamus: The GOP Primary Field in Buffy Villains (tags: television election 2008 funny politics) Whedonesque : Comments on 15086 :

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links for 2008-01-15

OHIKEA!: The site for Ohio IKEA News The IKEA in West Chester Ohio will open on March 12th. (tags: shopping interiorDesign)

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Weekend Update – Movies

We managed to add two movies to our viewing list this weekend, along with dinner at Ralph’s Great Divide on Friday and Mama Carolla’s on Saturday, an overly sweet bottle of Reisling, much work on Stephanie’s part, and my reading the Sunday paper, a book and lots of blogs. Murder By Death (1976) Eileen Brennan,

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links for 2008-01-14

Esquire Magazine’s feature on Dateline NBC’s ‘To Catch a Predator’ – Esquire Esquire covers a NBC sting that goes horrible wrong, and raises many questions about the ethics of the show. (tags: ethics crime media television) A scrapbook career in shreds – Los Angeles Times This scrapbooking thing – very weird. Hmmmm. Very. (tags: culture

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EW’s Best Love Songs Ever: The Top 25!

Entertainment Weekly’s List: “Just Like Heaven” – The Cure (1987) “As” – Stevie Wonder (1976) “Purple Rain” – Prince (1984) “Your Song” – Elton John (1970) “Time After Time” – Cyndi Lauper (1984) “If Not for You” – Bob Dylan (1970) “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” – Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell (1967) “Crazy in Love” –

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links for 2008-01-13

Hillary hatred finds its misogynistic voice | Seattle Times Newspaper And amid a techno-media landscape where the wall between private vitriol and public debate has been reduced to rubble, New York Sen. Hillary Clinton is facing an onslaught of open misogynistic expression. (tags: misogyny feminism equality rights election 2008 politics) Bush is an Idiot –

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links for 2008-01-12

The Art of Travis Louie Cool creepy paintings. (tags: paintings artist surrealism) Chris Matthews is a racist douche Um, speaking like an “indian” isn’t cool, on TV or off, ass. (tags: media bigotry.) Jonah Goldberg’s Bizarro History | The American Prospect (tags: conservatives books history propaganda)

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links for 2008-01-11

Subtraction: Word on The Wire One of the many folks who think The Wire is the best show on TV. Kohi Vinh is the Design Director of the New York Times, and writes here about why he loves the show. (tags: television) Home Page: New York Times Polling Photos (tags: photography election politics) Sweet Jesus

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links for 2008-01-10

Flickr: The LP portraits Pool (tags: flickr music portraits funny) EllisLab – Where Ideas Hatch! (tags: 2008 SXSW) EllisLab – Where Ideas Hatch! Ellis Labs is the company producing expression engine, the content management system that is getting lots of attention. (tags: sxsw geek) The Mystery of the Face on the Cake Steve from The

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Hillary is getting the bums rush

This go around, I decided to take some time to watch some of the candidates out on YouTube – listening to them speak versus what the media is saying. So for the past couple weeks I’ve been pulling up the Democratic candidates and watching what they say, then comparing to the news coverage of the

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links for 2008-01-09

Zyklon B – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The gas the Nazis used to kill Jews in ovens made by Siemens Corp. Recently, Siemens tried to trademark the name to use to build gas ovens. (tags: evil Siemens) O’Reilly Media | HDR: An Introduction to High Dynamic Range Photography (tags: photography books pdf wishlist) globeandmail.com: Horror,

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Usability in Clocks and Watches

I’ve been subscribed to the Watchismo Times blog for quite some time now after noticing links to it from Boing Boing, one of my staple blog reads. Watchismo describes their content as being “a reliquary of obscure timepieces from bygone eras as well as the cutting edge designs of today.” I’d say that’s definitely the

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Presidential facts in 2008

The stats, via Shakesville: If you were ever in any doubt about the supremacy of White, Protestant Patriarchy in this culture, let’s do a quick review, OK? 232 Years as a Nation 42 Presidents 42 White Presidents 42 White Male Presidents 42 White Male Christian Presidents 41 White Male Protestant Presidents 1 White Male Catholic

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links for 2008-01-08

The Sun | Torchwood, season 2. Oh, that is the hotness. John Barrowman K-I-S-S-I-N-G with James Marsters (AKA Spike on Buffy.) (tags: television) Golden Globes Telecast Canceled: MTV Movie News Winners will be announced on NBC News instead. This doesn’t bode well for the Oscars. (tags: movies 2007) Shakesville: Men on Abortion Read this article

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Fake Band / Album Cover Meme

via (original link, no longer active -http://www.xtra-rant.com/2008/01/06/2331/) Xtrarant… Generate a fake band and its first album: 1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Random The first article title on the page is the name of your band. (Reference Ellipsoid) 2. (original link, no longer active -http://www.quotationspage.com/random.php3) Quotations Random (one which is funnier) The last four words of the very last quote

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Gee, that sounds familiar…

Remember a couple days ago when I said If it were up to me…. and I proposed a new way of doing the primaries that would be more fair? That post did get linked to by about 40 sites… but apparently not everyone likes to give credit. Check this out on Shakespeare’s Sister: It wouldn’t

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Movies I’ve Seen: 2007

I’ve never kept track of movies I’ve seen in the past, but this year we saw so few in the theater, and most of our viewing was via Netflix, so I was able to figure most of it out. I think. If you know of some we saw with you in the theater that aren’t

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Weekend Update: 2008-01-06

Dunno what my last journal entry covered, so let me start at the top – we rang in 2008 at the traditional party at Dan and Doug’s, which is always fun and pretty low-key, and thankfully a few blocks away so we don’t have to risk life and limb. I got really toasted, but managed

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links for 2008-01-06

keybr.com – Be productive, type faster! Sure. Right. (tags: exercise tutorials fun productivity) Traverse City Record-Eagle – Religion & Marriage: Some churches take stand on gay unions They won’t marry anyone, gay or straight. (tags: lgbt equality marriage rights)

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District 7 Special Election will be Tuesday, March 11th

From the [link deprecated: http://www2.indystar.com/articles/7/254061-5937-127.html – Indy Star] via Taking Down Words: Republican and Democratic state party officials have agreed on Tuesday, March 11 as the date for a special election to select Rep. Julia Carson’s successor. State Democratic Party Chairman Dan Parker said Friday he and GOP Chairman Murray Clark had recommended the date

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links for 2008-01-05

Top 10 Worst Realtor Headshots Oh, my. Thank god our Realtor is a sensible, professional woman. (tags: photos funny advertising) List Of The Day: Great Olan Mills photos There are some great hair styles here… (tags: photography funny kitsch retro) International Spy Museum Store – Spy Store (tags: shopping fun entertainment) Twittertale – You kiss

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Iowa Caucus Stats 2008

Here’s an interesting stat about Iowa’s Caucus Total Voter Turnout (approximate): 356,000 Percentage of total vote: 24.5% Obama 20.5% Edwards 19.8% Clinton 11.4% Huckabee (R) Despite Iowa’s rather convoluted caucus rules on the Democratic side, they still turned out more voters for Democrats than for the more straight-forward Republican process. That is a REALLY an

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Fascinating Interview with David Simon

David Simon is the producer of HBO’s “The Wire” – a highly acclaimed series that I have on my Netflix queue since I’ve heard so many rave reviews calling it “The Best Show on TV Ever.” Here is part of an interview he gave with Nick Hornby for The Believer: We got the gig because

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links for 2008-01-04

BBC NEWS |100 Things we didn’t know last year. (tags: 2007 lists fun) ruthholladay.com – Free parking for city market This is pretty awesome – downtown’s city market now has free parking on Saturdays and $1 parking during the week with a voucher. We haven’t taken advantage of all the City Market has to offer,

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The Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette on the Marriage Discrimination Amendment

Courtesy of blueindiana.net, I enjoyed this editorial from the The Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette on the plans to re-introduce SJR-7 – the marriage discrimination amendment – into the short legislative session this year (when, of course, there are much more pressing issues like property tax reform that need to be addressed.) There is no reason for

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How Primary Elections Could Be Better

The U.S. would have five days of political primaries, each a week apart, starting the last week of March. The first primary day would consist of the 10 states with the smallest voting population; the rest would increase upward until the fifth week when the largest voting states would hold their primaries in the final

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