Archives: 2009

Farewell, 2009 (a year in pictures)

We had a pretty calm but eventful year in 2009. I spend a chunk of January getting our staircase room painted, and we also stripped the wallpaper and painted a bedroom at Stephanie’s rental house. I also went back on a walk through of my former home at 2165 N. Penn. I discovered that although

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links for 2009-12-30

A Less Than Honest Policy – NYTimes.com The bill that passed the Senate with such fanfare on Christmas Eve would impose a confiscatory 40 percent excise tax on so-called Cadillac health plans, which are popularly viewed as over-the-top plans held only by the very wealthy. In fact, it’s a tax that in a few years

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Knitting up a storm

Finished my striped scarf, and am working away on a Santa hat at Stephanie’s dad’s house while Stephanie and her dad fix dinner.

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Health Care Reform passes Senate

According to MSNBC.com: WASHINGTON – Senate Democrats passed a landmark health care bill Thursday that could define President Barack Obama’s legacy and usher in near-universal medical coverage for the first time in the country’s history.You can also see this here. The 60-39 vote on a cold Christmas Eve morning capped months of arduous negotiations and

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links for 2009-12-23

Think Progress » Sen. Coburn: ‘People Ought To Pray’ That A Senator ‘Can’t Make The Vote Tonight’ He meant that he wanted people to pray that 92-year-old Robert Byrd would become ill or die so he couldn't vote. Which is exactly what people did – calling in to right wing radio shows and proudly exclaiming

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links for 2009-12-22

Jester type hats (tags: knitting patterns hat jester square) Jayne Cobb Hat! (with pattern) – KNITTING How to make the Jayne Cobb hat. (tags: television patterns how-to joss knitting firefly) The World’s Biggest Stash? at Mochimochi Blog Wow. Just wow. (tags: knitting blog stash yarn) Jayne Hat Knit-a-Thon For those who might not know what

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links for 2009-12-21

One-Liners Of The Decade: Pics, Videos, Links, News (tags: quotes bestof2000s) James Chartrand’s Constructed Masculinity Goes Far Beyond the Pen Name – The Sexist – Washington City Paper Aw crap. She was successful not just because she took a man's name, but also because she write like a sexist man who treated women badly. That

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links for 2009-12-19

Lying and Creativity : The Frontal Cortex chronic confabulation is often seen in patients with frontal lobe damage. Like SB, these people invent fantastical fictions about their lives, telling stories that make little literal sense. They lie about anything and everything, if only because the truth is too confusing. Such confabulations tells us something important

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Gazpacho

From Rachel 2 medium cucumbers, peeled/chopped 5 medium tomatoes, peeled/chopped 1 medium green pepper, peeled/chopped 1 large onion, peeled/chopped 2 tsp. finely chopped garlic 4 cups crumbled french/italian bread, crusts trimmed off 4 cups cold water 1 cup red wine vinegar 4 tsp. salt 4 Tbsp. olive oil 1 Tbsp. tomato paste Garnish: 1 cup

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links for 2009-12-18

Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity | Video on TED.com (tags: creativity ideas teaching children innovation) Tiger Beatdown › And Now I Am Your Women’s Studies Professor: The Tiger Beatdown Book List A great list that I need to study further and put into some format by which I actually buy some of these books.

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links for 2009-12-16

Welcome to Pictory – Pictory (tags: photography photos photoblog pictory) Why James Chartrand Wears Women's Underpants | Copyblogger "Taking a man’s name opened up a new world. It helped me earn double and triple the income of my true name, with the same work and service. No hassles. Higher acceptance. And gratifying respect for my

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I vote for “Not Joe Liberman”

About 2010, here is one thing I can say with certainty. Every cent of every dollar I spend on political contributions in the year 2010 is going to go to whatever Democrat is running against Joe Lieberman in his next election. I don’t care who it is, as long as it isn’t Joe. According to

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links for 2009-12-12

Build a Website – Squarespace (tags: webhosting blogging) The Salvation Army's bigotted position on Homosexuality Why you should not put money in those red buckets every year at Christmas, and should give to charities that don't discriminate against and victimize people instead. (tags: homophobia equality rights lgbt)

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links for 2009-12-11

Uganda debates death penalty for gays – Africa – msnbc.com KAMPALA, Uganda – Proposed legislation would impose the death penalty for some gay Ugandans, and their family and friends could face up to seven years in jail if they fail to report them to authorities. Even landlords could be imprisoned for renting to homosexuals. American

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links for 2009-12-10

Essay – When Bad Covers Happen to Good Books – NYTimes.com (tags: design books arts) The Noughtie List: the 2000s in Review (kottke.org) List of "Best of the Decades" lists from all over the web. (tags: bestof2000s bestof2009) How to Make Romance Last – MSN Relationships – article According to the article — "Men and

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links for 2009-12-09

EasyRGB – The inimitable RGB and COLOR search engine! Matches digital color numbers to actual paint colors (tags: tool colors design branding reference) ACORN Report Finds No Illegal Conduct | TPMMuckraker That's because it was all made up by Republicans. (tags: election2008 republicans corruption)

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links for 2009-12-08

École Polytechnique massacre – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (tags: history feminism misogyny crime violence) Lessons of the Montreal Massacre – thestar.com The Montreal Massacre was different. Lépine had a specific target: women. He blamed them for his own failures. His suicide note listed other women he'd set in his sights: a politician, a union leader,

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December? Oh my.

Wow – time to wrap up the year, and I’m utterly at loose ends with various projects. I’ve been working steadily on knitting projects, and organizing the house, two areas where we’ve made some pretty big gains. We’re steadily getting through the mounds of papers that need to be filed or thrown out, with the

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links for 2009-12-01

Go Away (tags: funny blogs writing letters) Edge: THE MOUNTAIN AND THE CLOCK "The entire Journey is actually a set up for the secret payoff. Having passed through the stresses of the Labyrinth the traveler is relieved to find the apparent payoff. But since the Apparent Payoff is anticipated, it can never be entirely satisfying.

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links for 2009-11-29

Turkey City Lexicon – A Primer for SF Workshops A lexicon of poor tropes in SF writing that should be avoided. (tags: tropes funny reference writing scifi) Amazon.com: know more about Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallander mysteries Swedish mystery writer that seems to be very popular amonst literary folk, (tags: books reading mysteries) Language Log: The

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links for 2009-11-25

Andy Warhol's Illustrations for The Little Red Hen From The Best in Children's Books Nelson Doubleday 1958. I personally like how the little red hen is actually pink throughout. (tags: art books illustration education warhol)

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links for 2009-11-24

Tiger Beatdown › The Edward Cullen Underpants Conundrum Sady illustrates for us why Twilight is really just conservative porn for Ladeez. And she's right, too. (tags: twilight feminism movies sexism celebrity) Depressed Woman Loses Health Benefits for Happy Pics on Facebook Judging by the comments on this article, there are a whole lot of people

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links for 2009-11-23

David Vines: If It Were Me, I'd Be Embarrassed A 17 year old Palin supporter has her facts mixed up, and gets all up in arms when a reporter confronts her with facts to correct her misinformation. (tags: Palin idiots republicans) Palin Booed By Book Tour Crowd She left 300 some people standing in the

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links for 2009-11-22

7 Popular 'Chick Flicks' That Secretly Hate Women | Cracked.com Wow, an amazingly astute feminist article from cracked.com of all places. Will wonders never cease? Brava, cracked.com (tags: movies cracked feminism misogyny women)

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links for 2009-11-20

Palin snubs local media on tour Uh huh. (tags: politics media) Area Man Passionate Defender Of What He Imagines Constitution To Be | The Onion – America's Finest News Source "Our very way of life is under siege," said Mortensen, whose understanding of the Constitution derives not from a close reading of the document but

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links for 2009-11-18

International Klein Blue – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The hex triplet for International Klein Blue – useful. (tags: klein colors colour paintings design fun)

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links for 2009-11-17

Free Knitting Pattern: Log Cabin Afghan Square (tags: knitting pattern logcabin) Knit Flix « hAMImono Movies with people knitting in them. (tags: movies knitting lists funny) Chicken Viking Hat by Sarah @ Aloha Misc. Media House (tags: knitting patterns) Fingerstaches are pretty cool. Yes, they are. (tags: knitting patterns)

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links for 2009-11-14

Meet The Predators « Really astounding evidence identifying who the average rapist is and how they go about committing their crimes. These are new stats that the main stream media really should be shouting from the rooftops, because they would give police and communities new ways to prevent rape and crime directed at women. (tags:

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links for 2009-11-12

Tom Richmond iPhone App rejected » The Daily Cartoonist MAD Magazine artist Tom Richmond has been working on an iPhone app with movie director/entrepreneur Ray Griggs that allows users to search a database for contact information of every congressman. Tom did 540 caricatures – one for every representative in union and territories – for the

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links for 2009-11-11

Junk Food Turns Rats Into Addicts / Science News These reward pathway deficits persisted for weeks after the rats stopped eating the junk food, the researchers found. “It’s almost as if you break these things, it’s very, very hard to go back to the way things were before,” Kenny says. When the junk food was

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links for 2009-11-09

On North Concord, it's desolation row | The Indianapolis Star Shocked that Mayor Ballard's plan to deal with vacant housing hasn't worked. Gee Mayor, what could be the problem? (tags: indianapolis economy housing politics)

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links for 2009-11-08

Custom Postcards: Create and Send Them Worldwide with HazelMail! More postcard mailers from your own postcards (tags: photos postcards lifehacks) Postful: The Web's Printer Another place that lest you send postcards of your own pictures. (tags: lifehacks snailmail postal postcards) AmazingMail – Product Selection lets you send your own pictures as postcards. (tags: photos postcards)

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links for 2009-11-07

Knitting Pattern Central – Free Toy Knitting Pattern Link Directory Ideas for the giant stash of yarn Stephanie picked up for a song. (tags: patterns knitting toys)

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links for 2009-11-06

MYTH BUSTED: Internet Use Doesn’t Lead to Isolation cool. (tags: research media internet socialnetworking) Website Maintenance Tips for Front-End Developers – Smashing Magazine (tags: webdev webdesign resources)

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links for 2009-11-05

DavidMixner.com – Enough, No More, Enough "Call this campaign against us what it is – Gay Apartheid. Refuse to allow any of our fellow Americans, President Obama or our allies to view this as a political issue who time hasn't quite come. America is in the process of creating a system of Gay Apartheid. We

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links for 2009-11-04

The App Garden on Flickr (tags: api flickr photography webdesign applications development) flogr – Project Hosting on Google Code (tags: flickr gallery software)

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Things I’ve Learned on the Internet

The long and involved commented I posted on this Cute Overload post, just because it’s one of those things I’ve finally figured out after being on the internet for over 20 years. The Accident Network Group in Costa Mesa warned people to be cautious while riding bicycles to avoid accidents. In case of accidents you

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links for 2009-11-03

Prairie Lights Bookstore Iowa City's premiere independent bookseller in Iowa City. I'm bookmarking with the intent of visiting when we're in Iowa for family thanksgiving. (tags: bookstore iowa reading books shopping) Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award Who will be the next Kurt Vonnegut or James Whitcomb Riley? The Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana

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links for 2009-11-02

Bobbs-Merrill Company – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (tags: education reading) 20th-Century American Bestsellers: House of a Thousand Candles information about the Indianapolis written novel. (tags: ideas Indiana novel MeredithNicholson) The House of a Thousand Candles (1936) – Overview – MSN Movies Synopsis of the movie, which seems much different to me than the book I

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links for 2009-10-31

Home — Second Story Second Story is a non-profit writing project serving kids, schools and community organizations in Indianapolis, Ind. Programs include in-class writing instruction at local schools, as well as after-school tutoring, creative-writing workshops and other events. (tags: writing creative children eucation fun) The Secret Headquarters Dr. Fredric Rinehart has been credited with developing

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links for 2009-10-30

GOOD.is | The GOOD 100, or so GOOD Magazine's list of the most important, exciting and innovative people, ideas and products making our world better. The list is made up of of projects, people and ideas nominated by a combination of the extended GOOD team, and its readers. It's a great and inspiring list; Good

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links for 2009-10-29

Get Great Gadgets. And Keep Them. – Last Year's Model I can take the pledge – I still use my generation One iPhone, even after I stepped on it and cracked the screen (tags: sustainability gadget funny lifehacks consumerism frugality) Alt Text: New Cult Spares Members From Early Adopters’ Pain | Underwire | Wired.com This

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links for 2009-10-28

A Rolling Stone Leads to Rome – Schott’s Vocab Blog – NYTimes.com All’s fair in love and lemonade. If life gives you lemons, make war. (tags: english vocabulary) Story Structure & Plot – Novel Writing Tips (tags: plotting novel NaNoWriMo)

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links for 2009-10-23

Plus size clothing at Ulla Popken. Women's plus size clothes. Hmmm. This is relevant to my interests. (tags: clothes shopping)

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links for 2009-10-22

How Photographers Created Rock And Roll – The Picture Show Blog : NPR Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History 1955-Present. Want. (tags: photography) Localwashing: How corporate America is co-opting “local” This new variation on corporate greenwashing—localwashing—is, like the buy-local movement itself, most advanced in the context of food. Hellmann’s, the mayonnaise brand owned

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links for 2009-10-21

A List Apart: Articles: Getting to No Five signs your potential client isn't the one you want to work with. (tags: webdesign contractWork webdev)

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links for 2009-10-20

sevensevennine.com | nick turpin on street photography | Photochart This Venn diagram needs to go on my bulletin board. (tags: charts photography visualization toPrint) Chris Jordan Photography: albatross These photographs of albatross chicks were made just a few weeks ago on Midway Atoll, a tiny stretch of sand and coral near the middle of the

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links for 2009-10-17

Hospital Forces Lesbian to Die Alone; Judge Gives Stamp of Approval | Asterisk (tags: lgbt rights equality)

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links for 2009-10-16

Eric & the Dread Gazebo :: DreadGazebo :: Roleplaying Resources Beware the Dread Gazebo. (tags: gaming rpg story comedy funny) Does the Brain Like E-Books? – Room for Debate Blog – NYTimes.com This is relevant to my interests. (tags: ebooks kindle technology books reading learning) OpEdNews – Article: Has There Been a Virtual Coup D'Etat

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links for 2009-10-15

mental_floss Blog » He Took a Polaroid Every Day, Until the Day He Died a collection of Polaroids, one per day, from March 31, 1979 through October 25, 1997. (tags: photography projects) The Referendum – Happy Days Blog – NYTimes.com Slap bang on for me! – "The Referendum is a phenomenon typical of (but not

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links for 2009-10-14

Buyer-Linked Foundation: Who Gave, And Where Did The Money Go? | TPMMuckraker The foundation closely linked to Rep. Steve Buyer (R-IN) that's taken nearly a million dollars from companies with interest in legislation moving through his committees, but given out nothing for its stated purpose, college scholarships for Indiana students. (tags: indiana politics lobbying scandal)

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Richard Dawkins

I went with our friend Mike down to Bloomington to visit our friend Joe and to see Richard Dawkins speak at the IU auditorium last night. He was there to read from and discuss his newest book The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution. I don’t have the book and haven’t read it,

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Downtown Indianapolis Restaurant Delivery Options

I put together this list of downtown Indianapolis delivery options for my own reference. If you happen to know of others or if this list needs an update, please comment with suggestions. Aunt Polly’s – 317-632-3663 Bazbeaux Pizza – 317-636-7662 Best Taste China Buffet – 317-684-1818 Bob’s Tu Your Door – 317-358-2627 China King –

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links for 2009-10-11

CAMBAGS.COM Camera Bag Review Resource for DSLR Cameras A review site that explains how much gear you can get into any camera bag – sweet! (tags: photography cameras bags gear)

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links for 2009-10-10

Shakesville: Rape Culture 101 What is it? You're soaking in it. Melissa assembles all the pieces, connecting the dots into the overwhelming pattern that makes this picture impossible to ignore or deny. (tags: misogyny violence crime women equality culture)

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links for 2009-10-09

atypically.knit – Hogwarts house scarves I made up my own pattern for mine and it came out well, but these are more polished that mind and I think I'll make one like this, too. (tags: knitting HarryPotter scarf) Yarn, Patterns, Knitting and Crocheting (tags: knitting catalog shop supplies) One Family’s Roots, a Nation’s History –

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links for 2009-10-08

Caterina.net: Working hard is overrated Much more important than working hard is knowing how to find the right thing to work on. Paying attention to what is going on in the world. Seeing patterns. Seeing things as they are rather than how you want them to be. Being able to read what people want. Putting

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Last weekend in photographs

On Friday evening, we went to Trina O’Connor’s solo photography show at the The Language and Culture International Gallery. 158 East 14th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202. More on the show here. Trina is part of the “Indy Women in Focus” Photography group that I participate in. She has moved from being a professional photojournalist to

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links for 2009-10-07

Facebook Connect Commenters | MovableType.org – Home of the MT Community I should have installed this awhile back. (tags: movableType facebook plugin)

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Vonnegut’s eight rules for writing a short story

Cribbed from Kurt Vonnegut’s Wikipedia entry: In his book Bagombo Snuff Box: Uncollected Short Fiction, Vonnegut listed eight rules for writing a short story: Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted. Give the reader at least one character he or

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links for 2009-10-06

Welcome | MagCloud Publish your own printed magazine. Check out the photo mag done in just 31 hours from beginning to finished product. Sweet. (tags: magazine printondemand self-publishing photography design) Pitchfork: Staff Lists: The Top 200 Albums of the 2000s: 20-1 Yeah, mostly. (tags: music lists best) Photographers – Toughest Shot | Outside Online Photographers

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links for 2009-10-05

Fat Cat Software – iPhoto Library Manager a piece of software that fixes crap that iPhoto does. Gee, too bad none of this functionality is actually in iPhoto itself. Harumph. (tags: photography tools apple iphoto) Roman Polanski: ‘Everyone else fancies little girls too’ – Telegraph Blogs Polanski quote in 1979: "“If I had killed somebody,

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links for 2009-10-03

Wonkette : Deleted: ‘Peggy Noonan Will Educate The Young Princes, Now’ Ah, Wonkette, your commentors are a delight. (tags: funny) Where to buy? Battery for E-620 – Fourthirdsphoto Forum Bookmarking for future reference. I haven't run my current camera battery down, but I may need a replacement sometime soon. (tags: cameras) The Smoking Gun: Polanski

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links for 2009-10-02

chrismm | Celebrities supporting the Roman Polanski arrest A nice compilation of famous folks who've spoken out in favor of his arrest. (tags: polanski crime justice) Roman the Rapist – Rasmussen Reports™ Rape is a crime against the state, as well as a civil wrong against the individual. The victim is free not to pursue

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Conservatives against Women’s Right to Vote

Transcript discussed by Think Progress: John Derbyshire, a British-American conservative author and columnist for the National Review, has written a new book titled We Are Doomed: Reclaiming Conservative Pessimism. The book contains a section called “The Case Against Female Suffrage.” Yesterday on his radio show, Alan Colmes asked Derbyshire to articulate his argument. “What is

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links for 2009-10-01

Banned Books Week More about the event (tags: reference books censorship freedom) Banned Books Week Crap – we're in the middle of banned books week, and I keep forgetting to blog about it. Hey, here's some info on Banned Books week. Go out and buy a banned book (tags: books censorship) Newsmax columnist: Military coup

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About Roman Polanski

I’m sure you’ve had an opportunity to read all the media circus surrounding the arrest of movie director Roman Polanski. Over on Shakesville, Melissa McEwan notes and discusses several of the high-profile people defending him, including Harvey Weinstein, Debra Winger and Whoopi Goldberg. And on another blog post, she lists others. I’m deeply disappointed by

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links for 2009-09-30

Shakesville: Her Reasons Are Not Yours "The simple answer for that is because justice doesn't operate on the principle of what's best for the victim; it operates on the principle of what's best for the community. (That's why prosecutors represent "the people.") Particularly in a case of sexual assault of a minor, there is additional

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links for 2009-09-29

Strobist Starving Student SX1 Lighting Kit everything you need to get started on a budget (tags: lighting photography cameras)

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links for 2009-09-28

Barack Obama's amazingly consistent smile And Barack seems to have the same talent for consistent facial expressions in pictures (tags: photography posing Obama) YTMND – Paris Hilton doesn't change facial expressions (original sound) Animation illustrating how Paris Hilton has studied her appearance and always smiles for cameras in the same way. (tags: animation photos celebrity)

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links for 2009-09-25

National Punctuation Day Wow, I should have been celebrating all day. This needs to go on the Odd Holidays Calendar. (tags: reference language punctuation writing holidays) ‘Hello … my name is Eileen … and I’m … an ellipsis abuser …’ | Article | Homepage articles "It had gotten to the point where I couldn’t pause

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links for 2009-09-23

Jim C. Hines – 20 Neil Gaiman Facts Sample fact: "Hitler actually won World War II. Then Neil Gaiman wrote an alternate-history story in which the allies won, and reality was too intimidated to argue the point." (tags: writing neilgaiman funny lists facts awesome)

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links for 2009-09-20

Cap’n Dyke, Lesbian Pirate Queen & Rogue Blogger In honor of "Talk Like a Pirate Day." (tags: blogs pirate) Joe Wilson is Your Pre-Existing Condition He sure is. He's the reason 45,000 people died from lack of health care in America last year. (tags: awesome funny healthcare conservatives) Meet Your Conservative Movement – a set

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links for 2009-09-19

Jobs at flickr.com (tags: design flickr) The Taste of Climate Change "But what if you could make climate change edible, not just visible? Could you create a Climate Change Tasting Menu? As a sort of amuse-bouche, the Climate Change Tasting Menu could offer local foods and drink that actually taste worse because of climate change

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links for 2009-09-18

Tiger Beatdown › Beyond Good And Evil, Straight To Annoying: A Few Thoughts on Michael Moore Tiger Beatdown again with the awesome: "I mean: the thought of Tarantino applying this to World War Fucking Two was really not appealing to me. I’ve heard there’s not even that much violence in the movie, that it’s all

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Sexual Assault Prevention Tips Guaranteed to Work!

Written by Shane Austen and posted here; Shane had this to say about the list: Kat reposted a nice piece about true rape prevention, which reminded me of this little list I whipped up a few months ago. As I just did a college RA training yesterday, re-reading this made me laugh. I mean seriously,

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Only rapists can prevent rape

A lovely list written by unknown, and passed along by Kat O’Leary, who posted it on this page of her site. (if you step back through the links, it has been reposted many times by other cool people.) A lot has been said about how to prevent rape. Women should learn self-defense. Women should lock

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links for 2009-09-16

Wait a Second. Why Shouldn’t We Insure Illegals? | Print Article | Newsweek.com The only problem? From a purely economic standpoint, insuring illegal immigrants makes a lot of sense—and not just for them, but for everyone. (tags: healthcare) Stop-and-Frisk Campaign | NYCLU The NYPD’s stop-and-frisk practices raise serious concerns over racial profiling, illegal stops and

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links for 2009-09-13

Compatibility Tables – OLYMPUS Digital Camera Various things that go with my camera. (tags: cameras Olympus photography e420)

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links for 2009-09-12

CSS Unit Testing – Stack Overflow (tags: css unitTesting) Unit testing CSS and HTML – Sacrificial Rabbit (tags: css unitTesting)

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Obama’s speech, and my thoughts

After the jump, the full text of President Barack Obama’s address to Congress on health care reform yesterday, as prepared for delivery and provided by the White House. My thoughts: he filled in the gaps of what I didn’t know, and reinforced what I did. I am surprised at all the gaps I had in

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links for 2009-09-09

bassistance.de » jQuery plugin: Validation (tags: jquery forms) Font Squirrel | Handpicked free fonts for graphic designers with commercial-use licenses. (tags: font freefonts fonts freeware)

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links for 2009-09-08

Why Exercise Won't Make You Thin – TIME The conclusion is that exercise makes you crave more calories than you just expended. Better to walk around the block several times per day and garden & play outside to burn calories than to get on the elliptical. Use the stairs instead of the elevator, take a

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links for 2009-09-07

Miley Talks Movies, Shopping, and More | GlamBuzz Miley Cyrus explains to us why we should read "The Catcher in the Rye": "It’s a really good story. Plus, when I was reading the book, I thought that I was a little similar to the main character. He over-thinks everything and I’m like that. In the

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Costochondritis

According to WebMD: Costochondritis is an inflammation of the junctions where the upper ribs join with the cartilage that holds them to the breastbone or sternum. The condition causes localized chest pain that you can reproduce by pushing on the cartilage in the front of your ribcage. Costochondritis is a relatively harmless condition and usually

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links for 2009-09-06

It Happened… But Nobody Noticed In 1982 Gustav Records issued the compilation LP “It Happened But Nobody Noticed” containing 13 bands chronicling this fertile concentration of creativity. The album stood for over 25 years as a testament to the impressive talents of this Connecticut musical collective. (tags: music punk)

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links for 2009-09-05

School Won’t Air President’s Speech – The Daily Beast This is absurd. I can't believe the level of hysteria by people on the right. These people need a good shunning until they understand their actions are out of bounds in a civil society. No, it shouldn't be illegal to cry empty-headed nonsense, but we should

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2009 Fall TV Season

Checking out EW’s cheat sheet of when the fall TV shows premiere, — either they left shows off here (Lost is the only one I noticed missing) or I just don’t watch that much TV anymore. My selections this year: Wednesday, September 9: Glee, 9 p.m. (Fox) Thursday, September 17: Bones, 8 p.m. (Fox) The

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My commitment to healthcare reform

According to the current political forecasting, it appears that health care reform efforts in congress are failing, and that a health care reform bill will not pass this year. I’m writing to all of my elected officials to let them know that I expect a health care reform bill to pass this fall. If it

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links for 2009-09-02

Cellphones Cause Brain Tumors, Says New Report By International EMF Collaborative Great. And they mean "cordless phones and cellphones" here – the handheld cordless presents the same risk, apparently. (tags: science health technology cellphone cancer)

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links for 2009-09-01

Roger Ebert: The plague of movie trivia "I know the answers. Not everybody can be expected to. Therefore, I am smarter than you? No, we just know different things." (tags: ebert trivia movies)

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Weekend Updates 2009-08-31

I took Thursday and Friday of last week off and created for myself a four day weekend. That was fun. I got some organizing projects done around the house, and played around a bit with a photography project. The end result of the photography project wasn’t great – but I know what I need to

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links for 2009-08-29

Tiger Beatdown › Stephen Moyer Thinks You Want To Be Raped By Your Vampire Boyfriend He would be quite wrong about that, in fact. Tiger Beatdown delivers the goods unto you on this subject matter. (tags: awesome feminism) Tiger Beatdown › “The concept for our video is, ‘Things You Can Airbrush Onto Your Van.’” This

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links for 2009-08-28

The Great White Hope – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia This is a racist term which is clear in this article, which does a good job debunking the current media apologists trying to white wash the use of it in Republican political policy against Barack Obama. (tags: racism language republicans) Flickr Photo Download: Mythical Creatures Oh,

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links for 2009-08-27

WHEN NOVELISTS SOBER UP | More Intelligent Life Sadly, the first thing I thought after reading this was "maybe I'd be a better writer if I took up drinking!" Missing the point entire, I suspect. (tags: literature drinking criticism culture)

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Grilled Lemony Chicken with Asparagus

Source: Cookstr 2 garlic cloves 4 boneless and skinless chicken breasts, about 7 ounces each 1 pound asparagus ½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon herbes de Provence or ¼ teaspoon each dried thyme, basil, rosemary, and sage Yield: 4 SERVINGS

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links for 2009-08-26

Wikipedia Celebrates 750 Years Of American Independence | The Onion – America's Finest News Source Founding Fathers, Patriots, Mr. T. Honored (tags: funny onion wikipedia) kung fu grippe – Making the Clackity Noise LOOK! We have keyboards! Literally right in front of us this second. (tags: inspiration writing creativity storytelling awesome)

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links for 2009-08-25

Pitchfork: Staff Lists: The Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s: 20-1 Interesting list. I like it. (tags: pitchfork music lists) xkcd – A Webcomic – Tech Support Cheat Sheet What "computer experts" do to fix your problem (and how you can do it yourself. (tags: cartoons funny technology awesome) Why the Gang of Six is

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links for 2009-08-21

Shakesville: Here's Your Big Chance to Ask: What About the Men? I don't guess I need to say that I am all for giving women around the world every tool, every resource, every dollar and dinar, every bit of choice and opportunity and access, everything possible to lift themselves up and achieve everything they could

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links for 2009-08-20

Majority of Republicans Say "Keep Gov. Out of Medicare!" (Really) | OurFuture.org 62% of Republicans say that the federal government should stay out of Medicare! – Yes, the vast majority of Republicans actually believe that the federal government should stay out of Medicare, a federal government-run health care system. The Stupid. It Burns. (tags: healthcare

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Barney Frank puts ridiculous questioner in her place at town hall

At a Barney Frank town hall meeting in Dartmouth, MA, a constituent asks, “Why are you supporting this Nazi policy?” Frank responds: “On what planet do you spend most of your time?” He then calls her approach “vile, contemptible nonsense.” He closes by saying: “Trying to have a conversation with you would be like arguing

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links for 2009-08-19

How to treat an eye twitch – Eye twitching Preventative measures are important. Since stress causes almost all muscle problems, including blepharospasm, to worsen, it is important to minimize and avoid stress. Whether this means embarking upon stress management through cognitive therapy, occupational therapy, or other types of group therapy or support meetings, these methods

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Maddow skewers Obama on backing off the Public Option

Rachel shows that the Health Care industry, the folks making a fortune of you getting sick, is jubilant that Obama is considering getting rid of the “public option” in health care reform. The “public option” would allow you to get insurance through the government, and provide competition for the health care industry. One of the

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links for 2009-08-18

The C-Monster.net Taxonomy of Art. at C-MONSTER.net Nothing beats a good venn diagram. (tags: art fun humor) When literary magazines get tiny: Abe’s Penny. at C-MONSTER.net A postcard magazine. Cool concept. (tags: magazines photography) Afghan Husbands Win Right to Starve Wives – The Lede Blog – NYTimes.com And we're letting them get away with this

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links for 2009-08-17

The Tools Artists Use Interviewing artists about their favorite artistic tools. Very cool magazine/blog. (tags: artist howto tools inspiration reference)

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links for 2009-08-16

Flickr Photo: Free Ideas For Right Wing Poster Artists (AKA Pharmaceutical Interns). A) Portrait of iconic liberal antagonist. B) freakish pop-culture facial affectation. C) Name of a nasty political system you googled. (tags: funny posters extremism republicans healthcare propaganda)

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links for 2009-08-15

New Jersey Homeowner Calls Cops on Bob Dylan – ABC News And the police actually arrested him – for walking around in the rain. In someone's neighborhood. Because that's suspicious. God forbid we walk around the neighborhood in the rain. Stupid (tags: police falsearrest idiots) Shakesville: The Terrible Bargain We Have Regretfully Struck "Why do

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links for 2009-08-14

White House | Health Insurance Reform Reality Check Straight from the President – Get the facts about the stability and security you get from health insurance reform. (tags: healthcare WhiteHouse facts) High-Fat Diet May Make You Stupid and Lazy – Yahoo! News Bad headline for an interesting study. (tags: nutrition health diet brain) File:Challenge vs

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links for 2009-08-13

Rosa Parks Poster Torn Up At McCaskill Town Hall (VIDEO) She and a few other women had brought posters to the town hall, but they rolled them up after being booed and berated by the crowd. When the woman unrolled one to show to a journalist, an angry man in the crowd rushed over and

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links for 2009-08-12

GM says Volt to get 230 miles per gallon in city – Autos- msnbc.com Sweet. Dunno how we could swing it to get one of these. (tags: auto cool)

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GM says Volt to get 230 miles per gallon in city – Autos- msnbc.com Sweet. Dunno how we could swing it to get one of these. (tags: auto cool)

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links for 2009-08-11

Nearly Getting Arrested in Downtown Atlanta Well known travel photographer gets threatened with arrest for photographing Coke Museum in Atlanta, Georgia. As has been mentioned here numerous times, photography is protected under the first amendment, and there are no laws against photographing buildings in public places. (tags: photography Atlanta legal Coke) Shakesville: Actual Headline "Put

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Weekend Update, early August

So, we got a scooter. The plan is to ride it to work. For now, Stephanie and I are both going to share the Buddy 125, and later, if it works out money-wise, I’ll get my own Scooter. It’s been 20-some years since I rode my brother’s moped, so I’m shaky on the corners, but

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links for 2009-08-09

Op-Ed Columnist – Women at Risk – NYTimes.com "We profess to being shocked at one or another of these outlandish crimes, but the shock wears off quickly in an environment in which the rape, murder and humiliation of females is not only a staple of the news, but an important cornerstone of the nation’s entertainment."

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Stephanie’s New Scooter

We got a Buddy Scooter from Genuine Scooter Company for Stephanie to ride. We’ll both get our motorcycle licenses learning on this cutey, and later I’ll get the scooter I’ve been looking at.

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links for 2009-08-07

Photoshop JavaScript (tags: photography javascript programming scripting) Tony Kuyper Photography—Using Luminosity Masks—Introduction (tags: photoshop tutorials lighting photography toread) CAF Tours – Architecture River Cruise CAF-certified expert docents interpret the world-class architecture along the Chicago River. Marvel at Chicago’s soaring towers while enjoying a 90-minute, narrated river cruise. This tour spotlights more than 50 architecturally significant

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links for 2009-08-06

How Different Groups Spend Their Day – Interactive Graphic – NYTimes.com Interesting. I can't tell if they lump reading under "other leisure" – that would make a difference to me. (tags: visualization demographics america statistics society) Hamlet – The Text Adventure It's so unfair! You're in trouble again, just because you called your uncle –

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Insurance Industry organizing at Town Hall Meetings

Rachel Maddow exposes the thuggish behavior that Insurance Industry lobbyists are organizing at town hall meetings on health care that are taking place around the country during the congressional break. Paid for by the health insurance industry– loud, semi-violent and threatening crowds of Republicans are disrupting democratic town hall meetings being held by congressional representatives

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links for 2009-08-05

Industry-Backed Anti-Health Care Reform Group: Yeah, We're Packing And Disrupting The Health Care Town Halls | TPMDC So the Insurance Industry has conned the tea baggers into disrupting town hall meetings on health care with thuggish, bordering on illegal behavior. Sounds about right; tea baggers are the right stooges for this gambit. (tags: healthcare insurance

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Blue Meanies

I’ve been in quite a blue funk lately. A large chunk of that is due to hitting 41, which seems to have affected me more than 40 did by a large margin. The “thinking about mortality” issues that advance with each turn of the year tend to thrust themselves into my conscious mind with alarming

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links for 2009-08-04

In Praise of Serious Hats – TIME Here here. (tags: hats) The Skinny On Ice Cream (tags: icecream food nutrition)

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links for 2009-08-03

BrushPortfolio.com – Free high quality Photoshop brushes » Blog Archive » Passport-Mail Stamps (tags: photoshop brushes) Let's make the web faster – Google Code (tags: webdesign webdev css performance bestpractices) Mirror neuron – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia A mirror neuron is a neuron that fires both when an animal acts and when the animal observes

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links for 2009-08-01

aM laboratory I could play with this for hours. (tags: sequencer synthesizer design music flash actionscript) Rejuvenation's Mid-Century Lighting & Hardware Wowee wow wow wow. Courtesy of the Atomic Indy blog, this fantasmic site that sells mid-century modern designed new lighting and household fixtures. I'd buy have the inventory if I had places to put

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links for 2009-07-31

Greg Rutter's Definitive List of The 99 Things You Should Have Already Experienced On The Internet Unless You're a Loser or Old or Something (tags: funny memes reference lists) Jargon (stop it!) « Usability Matters (tags: usability) Rusty Evans Rusty Evans, with his Martin guitar and a book full of self penned country rock tunes

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links for 2009-07-28

Krugman – An Incoherent Truth – NYTimes.com "Right now the fate of health care reform seems to rest in the hands of relatively conservative Democrats — mainly members of the Blue Dog Coalition, created in 1995." (tags: healthcare reform) Health Insurance “Innovation” « The Baseline Scenario "The This American Life crew has a segment in

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links for 2009-07-26

The 'Bechdel Rule,' Defining Pop-Culture Character : NPR The Bechdel Rule is this: Only go see a movie if it satisfies 3 basic requirements – 1) It has to have at least two women in it. 2) The two women talk to each other. 3) They're talking about something besides a man. (tags: feminism movies

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Henry Louis Gates Jr. Arrested

I would like an apology from the police unions for acting like despicable douche bags. For those of you who may have tuned in late, Police in Cambridge, Massachusetts arrested Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., noted scholar, because he got angry with them. He got angry with them because they accosted him while he

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links for 2009-07-24

NPR: Dear Pixar, From All The Girls With Band-Aids On Their Knees I have nothing against princesses. I have nothing against movies with princesses. But don't the Disney princesses pretty much have us covered? If we had to wait for your thirteenth movie for you to make one with a girl at the center, couldn't

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links for 2009-07-22

Whirlwood Magic Wands The idea seems rather silly, until you actually look at the nice workmanship. He does a nice job. (tags: HarryPotter wands crafts)

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links for 2009-07-21

Clay Enos Photography (tags: photographers inspiration lighting) The Second Pass The Second Pass is an exclusively online publication devoted to reviews, essays, and blog posts about books new and old. It is updated every weekday. (tags: books literature writing magazine) Fired from the Canon Below is a list of ten books that will be pressed

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Weakest Shade of Blue

Pernice Brothers won’t you come away with me and begin something we can’t understand i’m as lonely as the Irish Sea i’m as willing as the sand could it be so wrong, so wrong? could it be so wrong, so wrong? won’t you come unbury me could you light me up like a lemon grove

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links for 2009-07-18

Some E-Books Are More Equal Than Others – Pogue’s Posts Blog – NYTimes.com "Publishers and other content providers make a grave error when they ensure that legitimately purchasing their products involves more hassle and uncertainty than simply pirating them." – one of the comments. Very true. (tags: books copyright amazon kindle DRM) Crocs Shoe Company

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links for 2009-07-17

A List Apart: Articles: CSS Sprites: Image Slicing’s Kiss of Death (tags: graphics images) Remembering Apollo 11 – The Big Picture – Boston.com Really amazing photos of the Apollo 11 space flight. My great uncle is somewhere in picture number 12. (tags: apollo11 moon nasa space photography) Infinite Summer » Blog Archive » How to

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links for 2009-07-16

List Hover Effect with jQuery – Curtis Henson (tags: jquery lists) The Great American Bubble Machine : Rolling Stone READ THIS. — "The first thing you need to know about Goldman Sachs is that it's everywhere. The world's most powerful investment bank is a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming

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links for 2009-07-15

Oh Snap! Our Step-By-Step Guide To Getting Shot By The Sartorialist -Refinery29 Pipeline- The chart would have to be modified for me – the first step would be "fly to New York…" (tags: funny visualization sartorialist diagram)

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links for 2009-07-14

Oh Snap! Our Step-By-Step Guide To Getting Shot By The Sartorialist -Refinery29 Pipeline- The chart would have to be modified for me – the first step would be "fly to New York…" (tags: funny visualization sartorialist diagram) UI Pattern Documentation Review – Boxes and Arrows: The design behind the design (tags: designpatterns interface reference) Sudan:

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links for 2009-07-13

Let me google that for you (tags: funny google tools) Lost Garden: Flash Love Letter (2009) Part 1 A good analysis of making money online included with this analysis of flash games. (tags: business marketing economics money) Tales of the Rampant Coyote: The Black Triangle Afterwards, we came to refer to certain types of accomplishments

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links for 2009-07-10

Dan Witz Street artist. (tags: publicArt artist graffiti paintings) Create a Realistic Hover Effect With jQuery « Blog and Web Design Portfolio of Adrian Pelletier (tags: jquery webdev animation) Timothy van Sas – Animate a hover with jQuery (tags: jquery tutorials plugin webdesign) Test Animated hover Stubbornella » Blog Archive » Object Oriented CSS, Grids

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links for 2009-07-09

Tweeting Too Hard "Where self-important tweets get the recognition they deserve." Too fucking funny. (tags: funny twitter socialnetworks narcissism) Pagetest – where web sites go to get FAST! (tags: webdesign tools analysis) 5 Reasons You’re Always Starving Eat breakfast. (tags: food nutrition)

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5th Sentence, recurrent

I’ve done this meme a half-dozen times before, but it’s always different because the books is never the same. Rules for this Experiment: Grab the book nearest you. Right now. Turn to page 56. Find the fifth sentence. Post that sentence along with these instructions. “Here is Queen Victoria photographed in 1893 by George W.

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links for 2009-07-08

Ptak Science Books: The World's "Best" Address? POB 1663, Santa Fe. Home of the Atomic Bomb. The address the makers of the atomic bomb lived at while building it. (tags: science nuclear addresses) Flickr: Three Wolf Moon My three wolf brethren asked me to join their group. How could I refuse? (tags: funny threewolfmoon amazon)

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Books I’ve Read Recently – July 2009 updated

I’ve finished two of my Project Fill-in-the-gaps books – The Book Thief and Motherless Brooklyn, and filled in with some paperback mysteries and fun stuff. Right now I’m slogging through some titles for work, and enjoying the guilty pleasure of Ana Marie Cox’s thinly-veiled political fiction. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak Motherless Brooklyn –

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links for 2009-07-07

Fancy Fast Food – Tapas de Castillo Blanco (Fancy White Castle) by… White Castle ingredients, reworked as tapas dishes. Still bad to eat, but much more appetizing. (tags: food funny) WWIII Propaganda Posters – a set on Flickr "Loose tweets sink fleets" – awesome! (tags: propaganda posters funny socialmedia) Palin attorney decries 'defamatory' rumors: Gov.

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links for 2009-07-06

Top 10 Reasons Why The BMI Is Bogus : NPR (tags: science health exercise npr) The Great American Road Trip – NBC Site (tags: television) Chase Jarvis Blog: Fake Photojournalism Wins "Two French students were awarded the annual Grand Prix du Photoreportage Etudiant last week to honor a photographic story that presented images documenting the

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links for 2009-07-01

Peachpit: Modular Web Design: Creating Reusable Components for User Experience Design and Documentation – $35.99 (tags: webdesign toread)

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links for 2009-06-30

Matt Taibbi – Fareed Zakaria’s Manifesto Taibbi: "From a distance I’ve always vaguely admired the skills of Newsweek’s Fareed Zakaria, who is maybe this country’s preeminent propagandist…. It’s one thing to say Wall Street bankers felt pressure to chase profits; it’s another thing to say they achieved those profits by systematically robbing a whole generation

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links for 2009-06-29

Scooterworks USA – Everything for Scooters (tags: scooters shopping) Midwest Emerging Artists | MEA (tags: local artists) scoot.net (tags: scooters) Gasoline Rally 2009 (tags: indianapolis) Photography.Book.Now: Home A competition for self-published photography books. This is relevant to my interests. (tags: photography books competition contest blurb todo)

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links for 2009-06-27

BMV: Training For A Motorcycle License Or Endorsement (tags: indianapolis BMV motorcycle) Welcome to ABATE Online american bikers aimed towards education. The training you have to pass to get your motorcycle license. (tags: class motorcycle BMV Indiana)

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Almost Packed

We’re in the final throes of packing for our trip. This year we put together a spreadsheet on Google Docs of all the stuff we know we need to take, and we’re going through and checking off items as we speak. Phoebe is cleaned up and ready to be loaded. And the pets are all

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links for 2009-06-23

TuwA : Green, Natural & Eco Friendly Products For Healthy Living Lafayette based business selling green products. Local and environmentally friendly – bonus! (tags: Indiana local green organic climate) The Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company (tags: funny designCool) Design Observer: Susan Boyle and The Beauty of Crochet Time and again, they and other visitors to the

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Lime Mint Iced Tea

A new iced tea recipe I plan to try. Since I gave up soda, I’ve been drinking lots of tea, and want some variations for entertainment. I’m leaving out the sugar; I’m not really a fan of sweet tea. 1 quart water, boiling 4 tea bags 1 3/4 cups fresh mint leaves 1/4 cup sugar

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links for 2009-06-21

Creating the Juno Opening Credits Look : Adobe After Effects Tutorial Adobe After Effects tutorial to create famous handmade juno opening sequence. (tags: inspiration tutorials motiongraphics juno) Geometries – a set on Flickr Interesting polaroids of geometric designs. (tags: color photography design ideas geometries)

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links for 2009-06-20

Flickr: Looking Into the Past Photo of a past scene held up at a current scene. Very beautiful the polariods of hospital staff working at a now closed hospital are poignant. (tags: photography history photos flickr ideas)

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Roswell R2K Road Trip Prep

Today is my last Friday of work before vacation – 2 weeks of it! We’re going to go to the official Last Roswell R2K New Beetle event – this is the annual New Beetle car show that Stephanie attends in Roswell, New Mexico. It’s the 10th Anniversary of the Volkswagen New Beetle, and Stephanie’s car

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links for 2009-06-18

10 Steps To The Perfect Portfolio Website | Design Showcase | Smashing Magazine (tags: portfolio webdesign ideas tutorials)

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links for 2009-06-17

Jim's Printable Minis 1:24 scale miniature stuff. (tags: diorama) Olympus E-P1 (tags: cameras) Top 7 Conservative New Media FAILS So Far this Year | TPMDC The just can't get a hang on that dang ol' internets. (tags: socialmedia politics funny dinosaurs) Collection: [Design Solutions] (tags: designpatterns webdesign ui) Web Form Design: Filling In the Blanks

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links for 2009-06-15

Op-Ed Columnist – The Obama Haters’ Silent Enablers – NYTimes.com Conservative party leaders have an obligation to step in and curb the dialog of hate and potential violence against the Obama administration. (tags: violence racism conservatives republicans)

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links for 2009-06-13

Signage : Bikeway Signage (tags: design icons iconography signage) Pose | Asian Poses Stereotypical asian poses for photographs. Some of these are pretty funny. At least they seem happy to have their picture taken, unlike bozo Americans. (tags: culture photography) The TSA Blog: Message In a Carry-On Part of the reason flying is such a

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links for 2009-06-12

Rockstar energy drink threatens Bilerico Project with lawsuit | The Bilerico Project Rockstar Energy drink is owned by the homophobic Weiner family, headed by radio personality Michael "Savage" Weiner. Several websites have pointed about he connection, and are now being threatened. (tags: homophobia business censorship internet) Boagworld (tags: webdesign reference webstandards webdevelopment boagworld designCool inspiration)

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links for 2009-06-11

Sell & Buy Used Macs – Refurbished Apple Desktop, Apple Notebooks, Peripherals – Mac Of All Trades (tags: shopping mac computer)

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links for 2009-06-09

Why I’m Not Upgrading to the iPhone 3GS – Blog – 148Apps – iPhone App and Game Reviews and News AT&T hates iPhone users even though they could be the only reason they are still in business. (tags: iphone)

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links for 2009-06-08

Autolandschaften / : Fabian Schlichting photography miniatures. (tags: photography photographer auto miniature) Microsoft's bing.com censors 'sex' for Indians! Rediff Money (tags: censorship search google bing)

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links for 2009-06-04

Pixelmator (tags: design pixelmator image) Professional Sports & Outdoor Photography by Mike Olivella (tags: photographer) Nice Web Type – Nice Web Type likes (tags: typography webdesign fonts) The Style Master Blog » Apple’s Navigation bar using only CSS (tags: css3 webdesign) It Needed To Be Said # Your blog is not important. # Joss Whedon’s

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links for 2009-06-03

Scientist at Work – Viktor Deak – Where Art and Paleontology Intersect, Fossils Become Faces – NYTimes.com (tags: artist photographer history) Sentinel | Hoefler & Frere-Jones For everyone who’s ever wished Clarendons had italics, everyone whose favorite slab serif is shy a few weights, and everyone who’s ever needed a slab serif to thrive in

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links for 2009-06-02

Warmer, Fuzzier – The Refreshed Logo – NYTimes.com (tags: design logos identity branding) Women's Travel Vest from SCOTTEVEST/SeV Safari Vests for Women – Hiking Jacket Vest (tags: travel technology clothes photography) A List Apart: Burnout "Are there aspects of your job that do not align with your personal goals and values?" "Are you not doing

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links for 2009-06-01

Google Friend Connect (tags: community google social socialnetworking) 2009 Indy 500 Car Tracker | IndyStar.com | The Indianapolis Star Visually follow the action on the track from the green flag to the checkered flag. (tags: visualization infographics interactive racing) The Real Time Web is a Beautiful Distraction – Opposable Planets A much more eloquent description

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My Lenses – Let me show you them!

I’ve been knee-deep in photography-related activities lately but have barely written about them here, other than posting a few pictures. Let me fill you in on how things have been going. Looks like I wrote about my camera back in July after I got it, outlining how I made the decision to go with my

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Where is your anger?

It’s a question I’m asking myself. I get caught up in the day to day struggle of just getting through the work week, and I feel like I’m not doing enough and I’m letting too many things go.

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links for 2009-05-28

Telegraphics – Free plugins for Photoshop & Illustrator…and other software (tags: webdesign photoshop tools plugins favicon)

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links for 2009-05-27

25 And Over « Tomato Nation ast the quarter-century mark, you see, certain actions, attitudes, and behaviors will simply no longer do, and while it might seem unpleasant to feign a maturity and solicitousness towards others that you may not genuinely feel, it is not only appreciated by others but necessary for your continued survival.

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links for 2009-05-23

Infinite Summer The Challenge: Read Infinite Jest over the summer of 2009 – You've been meaning to do it for over a decade. Now join endurance bibliophiles from around the web as we tackle and comment upon David Foster Wallace's masterwork, June 21st to September 22nd. A thousand pages1 ÷ 93 days = 75 pages

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links for 2009-05-20

25 logos with hidden messages – Amazing Graphic Designing tricks! | Graphic Design Blog (tags: logo design) To score, keep your goals to yourself: Study a series of experiments shows that when others take notice of our plans, performance is compromised because we gain "a premature sense of completeness" about the goal. (tags: productivity psychology

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Knitting project

I’m learning to knit. This piece will be a scarf alternating brightly-colored stripes with stripes of black. 2022-03-12 Update: After starting and stopping this 12 times, I ended up knitting it in the round and then stuffing it as a bolster pillow that is uneven and lumpy. It’s now in the attic. I should get

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links for 2009-05-18

The Circle City Sidewalk Stompers Clown Band We met Ed Toll from this band downtown while taking a stroll, and he let me take his photo, so I'm saving the link so I can add it to the photo caption. (tags: indianapolis music) cavil – Definition from the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary to raise trivial and

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Lamb Brains

Taken with my camera phone at a yard sale in Herron-Morton Place. I didn’t have time to compose the shot because Stephanie didn’t care for the can at all and really wanted me to put it down and get in the car. But I couldn’t let it go, so I bought the can so I

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links for 2009-05-16

Triptrop NYC: extraordinarily pretty subway maps from anywhere to everywhere in new york city (tags: nyc travel visualization maps)

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links for 2009-05-15

Amazon.com: Customer Reviews: Three Wolf Moon T-Shirt, Available in Various Sizes For those folks who don't get my repeated jokes about why werewolves are cool. (tags: funny amazon) Lifehacker – TiltShift Makes Your Photos Look Like Miniatures – Tilt-Shift Photography (tags: photomanipulation photofinishing photography) Penguin considering DK options | theBookseller.com Interesting, since I'm currently redesigning

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links for 2009-05-14

Airport AirStreamTM Professional photography equipment – camera bags, camera cases – from Think Tank Photo (tags: wishlist photography camerabag cameras) Photography Pinhole Products and Prices by Lenox Laser, Your Photo Pinhole Source Pinhole lenses for DSLR cameras. (tags: photography camera equipment pinhole) Photoshop Insider Blog By Scott Kelby » Blog Archive » It’s “Guest Blog

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links for 2009-05-12

Better Living Through Torture I hear that torturers make the big bucks and have lots of career advancements. I gotta get into that business. (tags: torture Bush corruption violence)

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links for 2009-05-10

Geotagger 2.0 software download – Mac OS X – VersionTracker (tags: geotag geotagging metadata geocoding gps) My Photography Workflow 2009 | Thomas Hawk Digital Connection (tags: photography workflow)

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links for 2009-05-08

graphpaper.com – Who Watches the Watchman? An elegant solution, designed and patented in 1901 by the German engineer A.A. Newman, is called the “watchclock”. It’s an ingenious mechanical device, slung over the shoulder like a canteen and powered by a simple wind-up spring mechanism. (tags: gadget design history time security)

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links for 2009-05-06

Digital Photography Tutorials (tags: photography tools tutorial) Joe The Plumber Slurs Gay People: I Would Never Let "Queers" Near My Children I wouldn't let Joe the Plumber near my children, so I guess we're even. Except that I don't enjoy the same basic civil rights that Joe enjoys, causing me anguish and frustration and heartache

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links for 2009-05-03

[link deprecated: http://www.indianapolismonthly.com/articleNew.aspx?id=77262 ] The Great Families – Indianapolis Monthly Prominent Indianapolis families (tags: indianapolis indiana history)

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links for 2009-05-02

Digital SLR Camera Disassembled An "exploded" view of an DSLR camera so you can see all the bells and whistles – very cool. (tags: illustration graphics photography camera)

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Whence this fragrance wafting through the air?

What sweet feelings does it’s scent transmute? Whence this perfume floating everywhere? Don’t you know, it’s that dear forbidden fruit. It’s that time of year again – Time to sing one of my favorite songs ever… The Lusty Month of May. (Preference goes to the version sung by the divine Julie Andrews, of course.) Happy

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Conservatives

I don’t dislike conservatives as people, I just think the conservative ideology is morally and ethically bankrupt, utterly repugnant, intellectually stunted, and should be eliminated from the philosophical arena. Conservatives themselves are just fine, so long as they don’t either act on their conservative ideology or demand special privileges such as being able to vote.

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links for 2009-04-30

8 Simple Ways to Improve Typography In Your Designs • Blog Archive • AisleOne (tags: typography webdev webdesign) Pattern Tap : Organized Web Design Collection of User Interfaces for Inspiration and Ideas. The CSS Gallery Alternative – Pattern Tap (tags: reference webdesign inspiration tools ideas) Unfortunate Implications – Television Tropes & Idioms "Fiction has come a long

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links for 2009-04-29

(postmodernbarney.com) » Uncomfortable Plot Summaries "AUNTIE MAME: Spinster exposes child to sexual fetishists, socialists; thwarts marriage to good Republican girl." Ha! (tags: funny books movies satire) NYMPHOTO BOOKS: CONVERSATIONS VOLUME 1 | By Nymphoto | Category: Arts & Photography | Blurb (tags: books photography) Ancient Artifacts of Mystery – a set on Flickr DIY golden

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Books I’ve Read – April, 2009

Larry Burrows: Vietnam by Larry Burrows A classic, iconographic photography book. Burrows was a Life Magazine photographer covering the Vietnam war, and his images shot over 9 years helped shape the American public’s understanding and opinions about it. He was killed over Cambodia when his helicopter was shot down. 100 Photographs that Changed the World

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What motivates me

I’m not motivated by a bunch of platitudes about “finding the edge” and “exploiting your potential.” I’m not motivated by people who engage in competitive behavior with people they should be collaborating with. I’m not motivated by people who rest on their laurels and do the bare minimum to get by, or people who spend

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links for 2009-04-28

Crimes committed by Ferris Bueller during his Day off. | Ask Metafilter I could be accomplishing so much more in my day off. (tags: movies funny research) The Irony of Satire: Political Ideology and the Motivation to See What You Want to See in The Colbert Report — LaMarre et al. 14 (2): 212 —

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links for 2009-04-27

Photo Artist: Peter Funch Funch uses photography as a collage, documenting NYC street scenes by creating composite photos of urban life. (tags: photography inspiration collage street urban cool)

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links for 2009-04-26

Four Essential Members of a Great Design Team | Michael Roller Have you ever wondered why you can successfully collaborate with another designer in your office? Maybe you share similar ideas, but there’s also a good chance you’re nothing alike. (tags: design visualization organization strategy)

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links for 2009-04-24

In Iraq, a story of rape, shame and 'honor killing' – Los Angeles Times It's stories like this that make me want to be a ninja, sneaking around third-world countries and putting down the guys who do this sort of thing, and the guys who let them get away with it. (tags: misogyny violence feminism)

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links for 2009-04-23

A List Apart: Articles: In Defense of Eye Candy (tags: webdesign design aesthetics inspiration psychology) Children Playing Grocery Store at the Indiana State Training School Umm… The Indiana Historical Society can't claim copyright on images in the public domain, kids. I'm gonna have to say "What the… what?" here. The photo was taken in 1936,

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links for 2009-04-22

Kitty's Neverwear: in which we judge another contest…. Gaiman fans suggest ideas for T-shirt homages to his work. If you want a one-stop destination for choice quotes from his books, here you go. Cool stuff. (tags: books ideas cool) Is the DHS watching returning veterans? Only when they join far-right hate groups (tags: terrorism violence

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links for 2009-04-21

Earth Mosaic Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing on Earth Day – 22 April 2009, we’re asking you to take photographs of the world around you, select your best one, send it to us, and we'll use them to make a giant mosaic. (tags: photography projects earthday) Birdhouse — A notepad for Twitter If you

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Coca Cola Bottling Plant

This former Coca-Cola bottling plant complex was built in 1931, with updates in 1940 and 1949. The exterior is faced with glazed terracotta tile while the interior has travertine walls. The buildings are now used as a public school bus facility.

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links for 2009-04-20

Emptywheel » Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Was Waterboarded 183 Times in One Month If I were drown 183 times in a single month, I'd pretty much tell you anything you wanted to hear. Although I'd just give up and drown part way through, because why the fuck go on living if this the life you have

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links for 2009-04-17

10 Most Offensive Tea Party Signs (PHOTOS) I have some real jems in my photos of the Indianapolis tea bagging (to come soon) but here are some lowlights from a national standpoint. (tags: teabaggers politics racism signs) Flickr Trends Trend kittens vs. sunsets for 2008 (tags: trends photos flickr) 20 Outstanding & Outrageous Concept Cars

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links for 2009-04-15

Online Backup from Backblaze (tags: backup storage utilities technology) Million Dollar Babies – The Morning News While debt and credit were replacing cold hard cash as the dominant form of global capital, Mark Wagner was doggedly turning forsaken dollar bills into smart and playful collages. In Wagner’s work, George Washington spends his newfound free time

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links for 2009-04-14

Dork Yearbook Ah, youth. Sweet awkwardness & gawky self-consciousness, how I don't miss you a bit. (tags: photos geek dork) ExpressionEngine Developer's Toolbox | Developer's Toolbox | Smashing Magazine (tags: webdesign expressionengine tools tutorials) PXtoEM.com: PX to EM conversion made simple. (tags: typography webdesign) Amazonfail: A Call to Boycott Amazon : Edward Champion’s Reluctant Habits

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links for 2009-04-11

11-Year-Old Hangs Himself after Enduring Daily Anti-Gay Bullying An 11-year-old Massachusetts boy, Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover, hung himself Monday after enduring bullying at school, including daily taunts of being gay, despite his mother’s weekly pleas to the school to address the problem. This is at least the fourth suicide of a middle-school aged child linked to

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Project Fill-in-the-Gaps

Project Fill-in-the-Gaps created by Moonrat on her blog Editorial Ass: fill in the gaps in your reading lists of classics and contemporary fiction. Make a list of 100 titles, give yourself 5 years to complete reading the list, and give yourself 25% “accident forgiveness” – consider the task accomplished if you achieve 75 titles in

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links for 2009-04-09

Report Calls CIA Detainee Treatment 'Inhuman' – washingtonpost.com Medical officers who oversaw interrogations of terrorism suspects in CIA secret prisons committed gross violations of medical ethics and in some cases essentially participated in torture, the International Committee of the Red Cross concluded in a confidential report that labeled the CIA program "inhuman." (tags: corruption torture

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More Go Iowa! news

Iowa State Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal’s speech on the State Senate floor, explaining why he will not support an effort to amend the state’s constitution to reverse the recent unanimous ruling legalizing same-sex marriage in Iowa. That’s just awesome.

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links for 2009-04-08

Colin Pantall's blog: how not to photograph All the rules I plan tp break. (tags: photography howto tips) Open Left:: Existential Question: What The F%$@! Are We Doing? Thanks to the economic meltdown, ensuing AIG bonuses, and promotion of economic criminals to top White House jobs, it has never been more clear that the American

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links for 2009-04-07

Striking Web Sites with Font Stacks that Inspire – Inspiration Bit (tags: typography webdesign inspiration fontstacks) Graphic & web design portfolio of a usability & accessibility enthusiast. (tags: typography illustration webdesign) 8 Definitive Web Font Stacks [Design Tips & Tricks] (tags: webdesign fonts typography type) Font Matrix Matrix of fonts bundled with Mac and Windows

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Stimulating Reading

My feed reader is often a bloodbath; I add to and purge my regular web reading ruthlessly, and yet it’s always overstuffed and I’m perpetually behind. There are some mainstays; ego surfing my own feeds and some friends to whom I would feel embarrassed conversing In Real Life if I hadn’t kept up with their

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links for 2009-04-05

How to Save the Suburbs: Solutions from the Man Who Saw the Whole Thing Coming » INFRASTRUCTURIST Interesting. I'm not a fan of suburban living, and Indianapolis clearly has a suburbia problem. (tags: urban urbanPlanning economics housing crisis) Unsung Indy – The Definitive Guide to the Circle City’s Unique Urban Neighborhoods. Indianapolis is on the

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links for 2009-04-04

Unanimous ruling: Iowa marriage no longer limited to one man, one woman | DesMoinesRegister.com | The Des Moines Register Holy Toledo – we're now officially married in Iowa. OMFG. AWESOME. (tags: lgbt rights equality marriage)

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Books I’ve Read – First quarter 2009

Wow, I’ve done horribly at documenting my reading for this year. Maybe I need to just give up trying to do posts for every book and just aggregate them into 1 post each quarter. Here’s what I’ve read in the first quarter of 2009: D’Aulaires’ Book of Norse Myths by Ingri D’Aulaire I loved D’Aulaires’

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links for 2009-04-03

Afghan leader accused of bid to legalise rape – Asia, World – The Independent Afghanistan's President, Hamid Karzai, has signed a law which legalises rape, women's groups and the United Nations warn. Critics claim the president helped rush the bill through parliament in a bid to appease Islamic fundamentalists ahead of elections in August. (tags:

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links for 2009-04-02

Introducing the World's First Laptop for Dogs | Toshiba PetBook K9 Oh, man. The dog is really going to want his own blog now. (tags: aprilfools funny) Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia This bill, passed in 1999, repealed Depression era regulations to keep banks from engaging in risky investments – This bill is

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links for 2009-04-01

Editorial Ass: Project Fill-in-the-Gaps I may never be able to read 1,001 titles, but I think I can do this… (tags: books reading) Bushy Eyebrows Make A Comeback woo hoo! I knew I was on the right track. (tags: funny) Civil Unions vs. Gay Marriage Why Civil Unions don't allow the same rights as Marriage,

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links for 2009-03-31

Peachpit: Handcrafted CSS: More Bulletproof Web Design, Rough Cuts (tags: webdesign css) Table of Condiments That Periodically Go Bad Good stuff to know, but it seems like it should be arranged differently – perhaps ordered by date? (tags: reference food funny science geek) Home – Octavia Hill Octavia Hill (1838-1912) was a woman ahead of her time.

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Thank Maude for Spring

At some point I HAVE to sit down and finally create and install a real masthead for this blog. It was one of those things I just didn’t get around to when I was reworking the site – and it was a small enough piece that I thought I would squeeze it in. But every

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links for 2009-03-30

The Quiet Coup – The Atlantic (May 2009) The crash has laid bare many unpleasant truths about the United States. One of the most alarming, says a former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund, is that the finance industry has effectively captured our government—a state of affairs that more typically describes emerging markets, and

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Spring Flowers

Some of our spring flowers are up. Aren’t we lucky we have this gnome to do all the hard work for us?

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links for 2009-03-28

Flickr: BigKid BigProblems' Photostream (tags: graffiti photos) The Golden Age of Gang Graffiti – a set on Flickr Interesting. There's a symbolic language embedded in tagging that you can figure out or learn… (tags: graffiti photography history flickr folklore design) Bad Paintings of Barack Obama. Oh, yeah. That's what I'm talking about. (tags: awesome funny

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links for 2009-03-27

OmniGraffle UX Template | Konigi (tags: userexperience omnigraffle webdesign) Same Sex Kiss Day, April 15, 2009 "LGBT couples have yet to be granted the same rights to file our taxes jointly on a Federal level, and we can still be fired for being openly gay in the workplace. That's why you're encouraged to be seen

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Where The Wild Things Are Trailer

Wow. I have a million images in my head. I’m struck by how much it looks like the book – the colors, especially, are exactly like the color palettes in the book, and the hand drawn font evokes the like quality of the book, too. Interesting.

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Revolt (or something) at the Statehouse

If you know anything about local Indiana politics, you’ll understand why this video is really damned funny. UPDATE: As I was watching this, I was struck at how prescient local artist and commentator StAllio! was when he wrote about the event planning for this shindig a month ago: if you even know what all that

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links for 2009-03-26

#Beginner – IRC Commands, the Basics Wow has it been a long time since I've used IRC. (tags: chat howto reference irc mirc) A Technical Camelot — The Story from American Public Media Jean Bartik's first job was as a "computer" – a human one. She went on to help program one of the world's

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Indy.org using Flickr photos without copyright owners permission

One of my friends pointed out to me today that several of his and my photos that are posted on Flickr under an “All Rights Reserved” license are being pulled into the Indy.org website – the “Official site of the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association.” You find some of them from this page – click

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Ada Lovelace Day – Blogging About Women in Technology

Who is Ada Lovelace? She is mainly known for having written a description of Charles Babbage’s early mechanical general-purpose computer, the analytical engine. She is today appreciated as the “first programmer” since she was writing programs–that is, manipulating symbols according to rules–for a machine that Babbage had not yet built. She also foresaw the capability

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links for 2009-03-24

Vintage Pachinko – Nishijin Models We just bought one of these… we have Model B. (tags: pachinko Nishijin games) Subtraction 7.1: Black Dogs Face a Hard Choice at Shelters If you’re considering adopting a dog anytime in the foreseeable future, you might consider helping to counteract a terrible trend at animal shelters: large dogs with

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Economic Meltdown Articles of Interest

There are a couple news items about the economy that I found to be tremendously helpful. I’ve linked to them from one or another of my links posts, but it’s very much worth it to pull them out and highlight them, because knowledge is power, and more average people need a really good understanding of

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links for 2009-03-23

At the coalface – Idiom Definition – UsingEnglish.com If you work at the coalface, you deal with the real problems and issues, rather than sitting in a office discussing things in a detached way. (tags: english definitions ideas)

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links for 2009-03-22

The Big Takeover : Rolling Stone People are pissed off about this financial crisis, and about this bailout, but they're not pissed off enough. The reality is that the worldwide economic meltdown and the bailout that followed were together a kind of revolution, a coup d'état. They cemented and formalized a political trend that has

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links for 2009-03-21

My DebugBar | IETester / HomePage (tags: browsers webdev testing) aarfing.dk » Run IE6, IE7 and IE8 side by side (tags: webdev browsers testing)

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links for 2009-03-20

Web fonts with @font-face – CSS3 . Info (tags: webdesign typography design css) Shakesville: Feminism 101: On Language and the Commodification of Sex Via Humor Melissa McEwan is brilliant. (tags: feminism misogyny equality)

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links for 2009-03-19

Werewolf 359 (tags: gams gamesOnline gamesPublic) American Adults Flunk Basic Science Only 53% of adults know how long it takes for the Earth to revolve around the Sun. Only 59% of adults know that the earliest humans and dinosaurs did not live at the same time. Only 47% of adults can roughly approximate the percent

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links for 2009-03-14

S. Africa gangs using rape to 'cure' lesbians – Africa – msnbc.com (tags: homophobia evil) Tent cities spring up around Sacramento – 3/10/09 – San Francisco News – abc7news.com They're actually springing up all over the country, but Sacramento is particularly noteworthy (tags: economy homeless poverty) U.S. Halted Some Raids in Afghanistan – NYTimes.com Joint

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links for 2009-03-13

Roger Ebert's Journal: Hunt not the Snark but the Snarker But it has grown entirely out of hand. It is time to put away childish things. I must restore my balance, view the world in a fair way, hope to inspire more appreciation than ridicule. No doubt there will always be a role for snarking,

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I’m Not Here To Make Friends

A video aggregate of the number one thing I hate about reality TV — people acting like asses for money. This is why the love of money is the root of all evil. Just once I’d like to see someone make friends and try to win the cash, too.

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links for 2009-03-12

Girl sues school over prom tux denial | IndyStar.com | The Indianapolis Star I can't believe the balls on that principal – who the fuck does he think he is? Fucker. I'm calling him. (tags: homophobia Indiana local lgbt) Cocktail Recipes for the Recession: The New Yorker Long Island Iced 401-K — Put hopes in

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Indiana Girl sues school over prom tux denial

I so shocked by this that I can’t believe it. I’m giving the school a call later today to tell them what I think, because I can’t imagine how on earth this principal dares to do such a thing. The audacity. You have GOT to be kidding me about this. There is no way in

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links for 2009-03-11

Thirty Things I Believe : NPR I wish I were as introspective as this seven-year-old. Wow. (tags: inspiration writing npr beliefs)

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New Urbanism – Study at home

Cordelia at the Phenomenal Field proposes a home study course in New Urbanism, based on recommended reading over at the Where blog. I’ll sign up for this home study course – this has been a subject burgeoning at the base of my brain for awhile. I’ve had Jane Jacob’s book (The Death and Life of

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links for 2009-03-10

Paperprop A site to view some images used to produce Theatre. (tags: theater props movies) Smart Growth Redevelopment District Partnership Sustainable Design Assessment Team assistance will work with stakeholders to explore a model redevelopment district on the near-north side of Indianapolis centered at 22nd Street and the Monon Trail. (tags: indianapolis realestate local)

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links for 2009-03-09

Digital Overload Is Frying Our Brains | Wired Science from Wired.com Paying attention isn't a simple act of self-discipline, but a cognitive ability with deep neurobiological roots — and this complex faculty, says Maggie Jackson, is being woefully undermined by how we're living. (tags: productivity psychology creativity attention memory)

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Life Shuffle

Having been tagged by Cordelia, I cheerfully submit my answers to this meme. The Instructions: 1. Put your music player on shuffle. 2. Press forward for each question. 3. Use the song title as the answer to the question even if it doesn’t make sense. NO CHEATING! (I’m going to break the rules right away,

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links for 2009-03-08

Dr. Manhattan's Penis offends Conservative Critics // Current Of all the concepts in The Watchmen, conservatives are most upset and angered about seeing 'Lower Manhattan'? Alan Moore must be either gleeful or suicidal. Holy Missing The Point, Batman! (tags: conservatives funny movies Watchmen)

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All good things…

So it’s Friday, and my last full day of vacation. It’s interesting to me that I spent so long feeling like I was missing some sort of creative outlet, but when I had a bunch of free time, I didn’t sit down and start a creative project, but instead did a hundred little projects around

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links for 2009-03-06

America’s Unhappiest Cities: Indianapolis city, Ind. – BusinessWeek Woo hoo! Indianapolis is #16. We're so good… at being unhappy. Yeah, can I get a high-five on that? No? (tags: local urban indianapolis happiness)

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A little of this, a little of that

It’s Thursday, and I have yet to do a real non-link related blog post, despite the fact that I’ve been off work all week. So what the hell have I been doing all this time? De-stressing. And it’s been fantastic. I’ve spent the whole time without any agenda. Well, that’s actually not true; I had

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links for 2009-03-05

Amazon.com: The Design Entrepreneur: Turning Graphic Design Into Goods That Sell (Design Field Guide): Steven Heller, Lita Talarico: Books (tags: design bools) The New LEGO room on Flickr – Photo Sharing! And people said I'm crazy because I collect buttons. Check out this dude and his Lego collecting. (tags: flickr collections funny) Flickr: The Flickr

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links for 2009-03-04

Shakesville: Serious DOMA Challenge Under Way in MA The Massachusetts case will go to the Supreme Court – and more than likely, DOMA will be struck down eventually. This is fantastic. (tags: equality marriage rights) Recreating the button | stopdesign (tags: webdesign inspiration buttons GUI)

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links for 2009-03-03

: : NG ART GALLERY : : Lizzie Buckmaster Dove – Cacophony: Rip Rack Roar (tags: art collage inspiration) : : NG ART GALLERY : : Lizzie Buckmaster Dove – Cacophony: Toot Tweet Twitter I love these pieces (tags: art collage) 15+ Incredibly Useful Mac Apps For Freelance Web Designers (tags: webdev webdesign apple applications)

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links for 2009-03-02

Talking Business – Desperately Protecting A.I.G.’s House of Cards – NYTimes.com This will keep me awake at night. (tags: banking economy) Why the Japanese Hate the iPhone | Gadget Lab from Wired.com The Japanese are way ahead of is technologically, and our puny iPhone and expensive price tag doesn't cut it. (tags: technology japan iphone

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links for 2009-02-27

Politics of the Plate: The Price of Tomatoes: 2000s Archive : gourmet.com If you have eaten a tomato this winter, chances are very good that it was picked by a person who lives in virtual slavery. (tags: economics rights food local agriculture)

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3 Things Meme

Copy, paste, delete my answers and type in your answers. Tag a few good friends! The theory is that you will learn a lot of little known things about each other. Three Names I go by: 1. Steph 2. Electrasteph 3. [secret blog name redacted} Three Jobs I have had in my life: 1. page

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links for 2009-02-26

Wonkette : Republican Mayor Sends Hilarious Not-Racist White House ‘n Watermelon Joke Wow, that's the best these guys can do these days; send out racist pictures. No wonder the GOP is so unpopular if this is all they have to show. (tags: racism republicans conservatives) Creating Drop-Down Navigation with Movable Type | MovableType.org – Home

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links for 2009-02-25

About – cufon – GitHub (tags: typography webdesign sifr text-replacement fonts) E-620 Comparison (tags: cameras)

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links for 2009-02-24

Point and shoot tips from the old masters Some good points there…. (tags: photography tips creativity) There's Something Queer about That Face: Scientific American Yep. (tags: science lgbt)

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Ruining It for the Rest of Us

I only follow a couple of podcasts regularly because my drive to work is relatively short, and I otherwise can’t keep up. But I happened to read about one particular episode of This American Life – entitled Ruining It for the Rest of Us – on a blog somewhere, and was interested enough to loop

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Steph Needs

DIRECTIONS: Type your name and the word NEEDS in quotes (e.g., “John Needs”) into Google and see what comes up. Steph needs someone to CoNfOrT HeR. Steph needs another new start Stephanie needs to get the women together in an alliance because the men Stephanie needs cash-fast-but times are tough, and soon she’s forced to

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Ennui

I’ve been rather blue lately. I’m feeling creatively frustrated. I have some idea in my head that I can’t quite get out – like that time when you had that really fantastic dream, and just as you woke up, you thought “I gotta remember this!” at the same time all the details start sliding away

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links for 2009-02-19

10 useful ExpressionEngine extensions | 3 Roads Media Blog (tags: expressionengine tips webdev) Dynamic Drive DHTML Scripts- Simple Controls Gallery (tags: webdesign jquery photos rotator) The Galveston County Daily News Interesting to read intelligent comments on news stories in a daily paper. Even where people disagree, they use correct grammar and spelling. Unlike on the

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links for 2009-02-18

Publishing Careers: Beware of Resume Scams Given the number of people I know who are job-hunting right now; I got a lot out of this post – highly recommended you check it out. (tags: jobs resumes careers) Indiana Citizens Alliance for Transit Interesting idea. Check them out (tags: indianapolis transportation) fd's Flickr Toys: Do fun

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PR or related job?

I have a good friend who is looking for a PR or similar job right now – PR, writing, editing, proofreading, etc. She’s been working for a public relations firm for several years and is now on the hunt for a new position. If you know of a position like this in the Indianapolis area

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links for 2009-02-16

Mindfuck Movies by Matthew Baldwin – The Morning News those breathtaking movies with a twist. (tags: movies reference entertainment)

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Sarah Haskins – Target Women: Chocolate

Usually, the point of Target: Women is to highlight how inane and absurd advertising targeted to women is — pointing out where ads insult women’s intelligence and where they try to create an artificial demand for stuff we don’t really want or need. The problem is in the case of chocolate, I actually DO want

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links for 2009-02-13

Fun way to oppose misogyny on valentines day Opposing a right-wing Hindu group who attack women who go to pubs by mailing them pink panties and then visiting a pub on Feb. 14 to have a few drinks. (tags: feminism misogyny rights)

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links for 2009-02-12

Seth's Blog: Calling your bluff (tags: business plans ideas) SAMBA Blog: Hamster Burial Kits & 998 Other Business Ideas (tags: business startup ideas) Bailed-Out Firms Distributing Cash Rewards: "Please Do Not Call It A Bonus" Not a trace of remorse amongst these people for wrongdoing — Just covering their asses and covering their tracks. Torches,

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How the world almost came to an end on Sept. 18th

How a run on Money Market accounts on September 18th almost collapsed the global economy – terrifying stuff that is just coming out now about what the Treasury and Congress were doing behind the scenes. Quoting from Zero Hedge: LiveLeak has caught a scary moment of previously undisclosed insight by Paul Kanjorski where he reveals

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links for 2009-02-11

Dow Drops Sharply Honestly, I really would like to punch Wall Street in the balls right about now. WTF? You don't think you're getting bailed out the way you want? Consider it punishment for getting us into this fiasco. (tags: economy news finance) #105 – Pretentious Indie Music Know-It-All « Oh, the temptation to send

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Obama Ninja

I think if he just went to the Capitol like this, those Republicans would get their heads straight pretty quickly. They’re selling these things on eBay for $80.00.

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links for 2009-02-10

The random beauty of Facebook's "25 Random Things About Me" | Salon Life First of all, this isn't a new meme. This same meme has been passed around in email since 1998. Second, I'm sick of the endless "oh, the crazy internet; I'm so above all this" articles endlessly. You're not above it. You're just

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links for 2009-02-09

I feel good! I knew that I would! – Roger Ebert's Journal A very moving essay about very moving movies. Inspirational for anyone who creates. (tags: psychology elevation inspiration) YouTube – Have You Seen The Missing Muffin, Man? (tags: bigThings funny) A year in review, 2008. (Kid pics, 33 of them) What a fun set

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Rachel Maddow Must-See

If you didn’t catch Friday night’s Rachel Maddow show, take the time to watch it now. What she has to say on the Senate’s vote about the economic stimulus bill is critical.

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links for 2009-02-08

Gay woman fights over hospital visitation rights in Miami court A gay woman not allowed to visit her dying partner at Jackson Memorial Hospital in 2007 hopes a federal judge will allow her claims of emotional distress and negligence to go to trial. (tags: equality rights marriage lgbt)

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links for 2009-02-07

CSS Animation Coming to Safari, Already in iPhone. Less Dependence on Flash? – Mac Rumors (tags: webdesign animation css iphone) Italian Senate to weigh comatose woman's fate – CNN.com Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi needs to be removed from power immediately. By whatever means necessary. Hop to it, Italy. (tags: misogyny feminism equality rights) Washington

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links for 2009-02-06

Cheney Dunk Tank Raises $800 Billion For Nation | The Onion – America's Finest News Source Best line: "former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice having not yet received a single customer at her kissing booth." (tags: funny onion satire) I LEGO N.Y. – NYTimes.com Lego renderings of iconic NYC items. (tags: illustration visualization toys fun)

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links for 2009-02-05

Robots Cool robots. (tags: sculpture cool art) Rachel Maddow e-cards Um. Wow. I'll get started sending these out. Heh. (tags: msnbc Maddow eCards funny) Professional Photographers vs. "Hobby" Status (i.e. Working for Free) Interesting lesson on doing your profession for free. You devalue your work. (tags: business advice)

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Harlan Ellison on volunteering your professional work

This is a really good point – and it was made to me many years ago by a woman who objected to me doing web design on a volunteer basis. She pointed out that the reason so many women are downwardly mobile is because they give away their work through volunteerism, where men demand to

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links for 2009-02-04

princess lasertron Artist who does some cool stuff with buttons. (tags: crafts blog fabricartist art) ProtoShare: Collaborative Website Wireframe and Prototype Tool (tags: webdesign development tools webapp wireframing) Eco Billboard Bags Bags made from recycled billboard materials. (tags: green recycling bags shopping)

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So… what would the opposite of koumpounophobia be?

Why do I ask? No reason, really. Ahem. I’m really looking forward to Coraline hitting theaters! (My weird obsession with buttons started when I was a little kid. The pillowcases my grandmother made had tiny button closures, and I would play when them while falling asleep. It’s a comfort thing.)

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links for 2009-02-03

How to Make a Friendship Bracelet (with pictures) – wikiHow (tags: crafts macrame howto) How To Make Friendship Bracelets (tags: crafts macrame howto) Diagonal Friendship Bracelet (tags: crafts macrame howto) You've been sentenced board game Read a really positive review of this game; seems like it's right up my alley. (tags: gamesBoard games) The Simple

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links for 2009-02-02

Spy Lens at The Photojojo Store Very cool. (tags: photography tools wishlist gadgets) Make Something Cool Every Day – a set on Flickr (tags: design inspiration graphics) Flickr: The Make Something Cool Every Day Pool (tags: design creativity graphics gtd) S/FJ: who is on twitter (tags: humor technology lists twitter)

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links for 2009-01-31

Department of Administrative Services DAS Web Style Guide (tags: styleguide guidelines) Design Style Guide for Vendors | Amherst College (tags: styleguide guidelines) Duke DHTS Webservices : Web Design Style Guide (tags: styleguide guidelines) UNK | Web Design Style Guide (tags: styleguide guidelines) Sun Microsystems Web Design Style Guide (tags: styleguide guidelines) Facebook ID theft targets

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links for 2009-01-30

Orlando-Bound Passengers Trapped In Frozen Plane – Local News Story – WESH Orlando Wow this sounds familiar. (tags: airports) The $300 Million Button We were wrong about the first-time shoppers. They did mind registering. They resented having to register when they encountered the page. As one shopper told us, "I'm not here to enter into

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links for 2009-01-29

California Man Kills Wife, 5 Kids, Himself After Being Fired It was the fifth mass death of a Southern California family by murder or suicide in a year. Police urged those facing tough economic times to get help rather than resort to violence. (Help where?) (tags: economy violence) Bailout Recipients Hosted Call To Defeat Key

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Comments Elsewhere: It’s Official: L’explorateur to Close

Regarding Indianapolis and 4-Star restaurants, comments posted elsewhere: For context: visit this link. It’s Official: L’explorateur to Close Honestly, I think it says more about Indianapolis budgets than our dining habits, and it says more about restauranteurs not really understanding the Indy market. I’ve never had the money to go to L’explorateur, and I certainly

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Pig Candy Recipe

( modified by “unmarrieddaughter” from Sweet Potato Queen, and Alton Brown) Software: 1 lb. bacon medium cut 2 Cups brown sugar (see note) 1/8 tsp ground chili/Cayenne of some sort (optional) Hardware: cookie sheet Aluminum Foil Pam Cooling rack that fits cookie sheet Line cookie sheet with aluminum foil. spray cooling rack with Pam, put

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links for 2009-01-27

ChangeDetection – Know when any web page changes Cool. I can think of several pages I want to use this on. (tags: changedetection monitoring tracking tools) 10 Homemade Laundry Soap Detergent Recipes : TipNut.com Stephanie has recently begun making our own detergent – MUCH cheaper, works great, doesn't take long to do. (tags: laundry lifehacks

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Goodbye, Twitter

There are lots of Twitter critics out there, and I have rolled my eyes at their criticism over the past several years in blog posts on this site. My opinion of most of their opinions has changed very little. I still believe most of them are wrong about their objections. For the most part, Twitter

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links for 2009-01-26

Originals: Rayguns : Weta Collectibles, Exclusive Polystone Collectibles (tags: steampunk fantasy sculpture) Curious Goods (tags: steampunk crafts fantasy books) Father Geoff Farrow Roman Catholic priest fired for speaking out against California's Prop 8. (tags: religion politics lbgt) Gov. Daniels proposes canceling WFYI's cash | IndyStar.com | The Indianapolis Star Daniel's proposed to fix the economy

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links for 2009-01-24

'We're All Gonna Die – 100 meters of existence' A 100 meter long photo. Cool. (tags: photography panorama) How I Made a 1,474-Megapixel Photo During President Obama’s Inaugural Address | David Bergman — ALL ACCESS — sports, concert, and music photographer (tags: gigapan photography election2008 Obama) Gossip: Ted Haggard – THE WEEK He also said

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links for 2009-01-23

Stories Behind 10 Famous Food Logos – Neatorama (tags: logos advertising design history) Movie/website name mashups – (37signals) 37signals applies their famous "booking bands" concept to movies and websites. (tags: movies web funny) Antique Investigative Reports cool, cool, cool. (tags: design inspiration designCool designideas)

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links for 2009-01-22

Fourthirdsphoto Member’s Articles » Blog Archive » GPS and the E-3 (tags: photography gps fourthirds) HoudahGeo – See your photos in Google Earth HoudahGeo is a photo geocoding & geotagging tool. It enables you to assign pictures to the locations where they were taken. (tags: photography travel software gps) Transcript – Inaugural Poem – Text

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Painting the Staircase Room

Painting the staircase room. This room really needed a good paint job, but we haven’t had a chance yet in the 2 and 1/2 years we’ve been in the house. We decided to rearrange some furniture so the room is empty temporarily. So I got up the gumption to start covering up the very boring

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Text of the Obama Inauguration Speech

My fellow citizens: I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition. Forty-four Americans have now

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links for 2009-01-17

A List Apart: Articles: CSS Sprites2 – It's JavaScript Time (tags: design webdesign animation css jquery) Artist Coosje van Bruggen, who with her husband designed the “Shuttlecocks” sculptures at the Nelson, has died – Kansas City Star I've seen several of these sculptures, include the one in Münster, Germany. I had no idea they were

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In the news

Scary bits in the news, all coming at once. Publisher O’Reilly lays off 14% of it’s staff – 30 of 222 employees. Indianapolis insurer Wellpoint lays off 600 people. Circuit City closes and liquidates remaining stores. Citigroup reports $8.29 billion loss; twice as much as expected. Bank of America Posts Quarterly Loss After Bailout Lots

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links for 2009-01-16

CHDK – CHDK Wiki interesting camera hack for canons. (tags: cameras hacks freeware) Bargain Hunting in Beverly Hills – The Daily Beast I like the article design, especially the pagination and the comment treatment. Bookmarking for future projects. (tags: designCool designIdeas) Fourth-grader's tongue stuck to metal pole | IndyStar.com "In a scene straight out of

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links for 2009-01-15

derrick cruz (tags: artists portfolio artSpace photography) Photo Clichés Collecting pictures of people being uniquely hilarious, just like all the other people who took the same photo. (tags: photography culture humor) howtographics.com (tags: howto visualization illustration) Who wrote “Footprints in the Sand”? You know that "Footprints of Jesus" poem? Several alleged authors of it are

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Oprah interviews Kate Winslet

Oprah interviewing Kate Winslet after her two golden globe wins for Revolutionary Road and The Reader. In this clip, Oprah is talking about scenes from The Reader. Note – in searching for links for this clip, I couldn’t find news sites that DIDN’T make double entendres with their “Winslet’s Golden Globes!” headlines. Golden indeed. Dorothy

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links for 2009-01-14

Public Art Indianapolis » Towering Kinetic Sculptures By Renowned Artist George Rickey Coming to Indianapolis in 2009 I'm loving the temporary art installations around downtown, and this one I'm REALLY excited about. I'll be photographing these in detail when they're installed in May. (tags: art publicArt publicSpace Indianapolis) Health insurer accused of overcharging millions –

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links for 2009-01-13

bush-map.gif (GIF Image, 1500×818 pixels) Bush 2000 to 2008 comparison statistics. (tags: stats maps visualization) Pretty Loaded A gallery of flash pre-loaders. (tags: flash animation)

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links for 2009-01-12

Zoe Strauss Photographer Zoe Strauss. (tags: photography documentary) ‘One Writer’s Beginnings’ – The New York Times > Photos In the mid-1930s, as her writing career was just starting to take off, Eudora Welty thought she might become a photographer. (tags: photography history)

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Guaranteed Not To Tax Your Mind

1. Two antennas met on a roof, fell in love and got married. The ceremony wasn’t much, but the reception was excellent. 2. A jumper cable walks into a bar. The bartender says, ‘I’ll serve you, but don’t start anything.’ 3. Two peanuts walk into a bar, and one was a salted. 4. A dyslexic

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links for 2009-01-11

The Art of Web ~ CSS: border-radius and -moz-border-radius How to do roundy corners completely in css. Neato! (tags: webdesign css development) Code: Flickr Developer Blog » Front-end Performance: Doing More With Less Interesting and applicable to our workplace. (tags: webdesign development performance images)

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Sliding Box Cat

We need to try this in the kitchen. Surely one of our cats has this talent. (Hat tip to my brother Gary, who posted this on Facebook.)

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links for 2009-01-10

tiltshiftmaker.com – Transform your photos into tilt-shift style miniatures How the city hurts your brain – Boston.com Just being in an urban environment, impairs our basic mental processes. After spending a few minutes on a crowded city street, the brain is less able to hold things in memory, and suffers from reduced self-control. While it's

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links for 2009-01-09

100 (Really) Beautiful iPhone Wallpapers | Graphics | Smashing Magazine (tags: designCool designIdeas inspiration) A brief history of John Fell, Peter De Walpergen and the Fell Types < The Fell Types (tags: typography designCool designIdeas) Light Box / Light Tent Photo Gallery by Bill Huber at pbase.com (tags: photography diy tools lightbox) PROPNOMICON: Cthulhu Clip

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New Year’s Resolutions – 2009

Eight days into the new year, and I’m finally getting around to making some resolutions. So I’m already off to a great start! Woo Hoo! This should be great. 1) I need to get physically fit. I need to be stronger, more flexible and have better balance and stamina. The photography hobby I’ve taken up

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Addendum to Books I Read in 2008

I had the time to get some extra reading in over the holidays, and I managed to add a couple of books to my list at the end of the year. And good ones, too. The Big Book Of Lesbian Horse Stories by Alisa Surkis and Monica Nolan No, the horses aren’t lesbians. The lesbians

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links for 2009-01-08

People Who Deserve It Socially responsible reasons to punch someone in theface. (tags: funny awesome blogs) Having a wonderful time, wish you could hear – Roger Ebert's Journal "Sita Sings The Blues — An animated version of the epic Indian tale of Ramayana set to the 1920's jazz vocals of Annette Hanshaw" — wow, I

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links for 2009-01-07

Adopt-a-Bot More ROBOTS!! (tags: robots) Flickr: ROBOT ROBOTS! R-O-B-O-T-S. robots. (tags: robots) Exclusive Trailer: The World's Best Gadget Designers Speak in Objectified OOooo. I'm going to see this movie. (tags: design movies inspiration)

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links for 2009-01-06

Flickr Photo Download: Air Force Blog Assessment Very nice assessment of how the Air Force responds to blog posts. Good rules of thumb for anyone, actually. (tags: blogging business comments) The Labyrinth Coalition – Labyrinths in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio (tags: mazes labyrinths)

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links for 2009-01-05

Radical Obama acting like he won the election – 236.com – News According to the Washington Post, right-wingers are angry with Obama for…not being right-wing. It seems they're upset that Obama isn't appointing the same people John McCain would have appointed if he had won. (tags: funny politics whiners)

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links for 2009-01-04

Feeling Stuck? 100 Ways to Change your Life | Wise Bread "You've got 20 minutes to change your life in 100 ways. Go." (tags: inspiration lifehacks creativity howto)

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links for 2009-01-02

The Online Photographer: When A**holes Do Good Work Insightful essay on human nature — what to make of people who do good work but also can be jerks. (tags: photography philosophy)

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links for 2009-01-01

Banished Words List Lake Superior State University "maverick" word-watchers, fresh from the holiday "staycation" but without an economic "bailout" even after a "desperate search," have issued their 34th annual List of Words to Be Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness. (tags: bestof2008 funny english language) 2008 – The Year in

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