Archives: January 2008

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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