Archives: June 2008

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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