Archives: December 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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