Archives: December 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. The 60-39 vote on a cold Christmas Eve morning capped months of arduous negotiations and 24 days of floor debate.

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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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