Archives: September 2010

links for 2010-09-30

The Shame Game | The American Prospect "The "No Wedding, No Womb" campaign makes a classic mistake: shaming women for their sexuality instead of asking how to improve outcomes for children of single-parent households." (tags: parenting sexuality racism sexism) Name It. Change It. – Sexism and equality don't mix. Report sexism directed at female candidates

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links for 2010-09-29

Man's 'nerdy' hobby lands him in hot water after taking photos of Kentwood water tower | MLive.com Someone needs to reign in local goverments and let them know that it is NOT illegal – in fact it is a right protected by the first amendment – to take photos in public of public property. (tags:

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links for 2010-09-28

As L.S.S.I. Takes Over Libraries, Patrons Can’t Keep Quiet – NYTimes.com If they attempted to do this in Indianapolis, I would move. I am not kidding. I would NOT live in a community that didn't have a municipally-owned and operated public library system. (tags: privatizing outsourcing libraries crazyshit)

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Fall Television 2010 – What We Picked

In my extended exam of the reviews of new television shows this season, I ran out of space to track what we actually decided to watch. I made a list and we then cut it down to 8 shows – 6 1/2 hours a week. How I Met Your Mother The Event Castle Glee NCIS

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links for 2010-09-25

Suffrage Colors and Alleged Suffrage Jewelry : Maine Antique Digest, December 2003 Interesting historical of the design and iconography of the women's suffrage movements in the UK and US, mainly intended as a guide for purchasing items alleging to be authentic on eBay. (tags: suffrage design iconography jewelry) Holloway brooch, designed by Sylvia Pankhurst 1909

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links for 2010-09-24

Bradbury & Bradbury Art Wallpapers | Historic Wallpapers | Victorian, Arts & Crafts, Art Deco, Damask, '40s, '50s and '60s Wallpaper OMFG that is some cool wallpaper. And I generally hate wallpaper (in my house, that is. On my computer it's fine.) (tags: wallpapers artdeco craftsman Modernism interiorDesign) Homophobic Bakery: Local bakery refuses to make

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Health care reform changes go online today

Democrats.org provides an overview of the changes that go into affect today – helping me and thousands of other Americans with direct, real changes. Bold text indicates changes that affect me personally, italics highlights changes that affect people I know. This week marks six-months since President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law–enacting one

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Trigger trailer

The trailer from the movie Trigger – after reading a review on Dorothy Surrenders, I think we’ll try to see this sometime. I don’t demand that every movie pass the Bechdel test, but when they do and they have good reviews, I should see them.

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links for 2010-09-23

Chilean Miners: Rescuers Cave In To Demands for Smokes and Wine What the hell do psychologists know about what the miners are going through? The manipulation seems like a cruel science experiment. (tags: psychology rescue miners chile) Six Apart – Blog – Introducing SAY Media: Good news for advertisers and publishers Ah, crap. Six Apart

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links for 2010-09-22

Joe. My. God.: "All Faggots Must Die" Some one from the Georgia senate offices leaves death threats on a gay website over DADT. (tags: homophobia violence senate) Man Up, Newsweek, and Put The Silly “Men In Decline” Meme In Context | Mediaite Rachel Sklar fisks the newsweek article and puts together a list of a

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links for 2010-09-21

Nation Once Again Comes Under Sway Of Pink-Faced Half-Wit | The Onion – America's Finest News Source "This particular pink-faced half-wit is at the height of his persuasive powers," Ellington said of the bloated, hateful multimillionaire. "By exploiting citizens' greatest anxieties during an uncertain time in our nation's history, the pink-faced half-wit has been able

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links for 2010-09-18

The Rachel Maddow Show – Open thread: Women voters, women's rights This year's political field includes no fewer than five Republican Senate candidates who are so opposed to abortion that they would force women to bear their rapists' babies. Among those who would grant no exceptions even in the case of rape or incest, you'll

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Thinking about Woody Allen

After reading the The New York Times interview with him on his new movie… I don’t think I’ve every adequately articulated this thought before now – the thing I dislike about Woody Allen most is not the neurotic craven-ness of him (although that’s particularly loathsome and a worthy reason for dislike) but rather the way

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links for 2010-09-17

Asst. attorney general engaging in cyber bullying, targeting an openly gay college student This is going on in Michigan – (tags: cyberbullying homophobia crazyshit) Citibank’s Advice to Women: Grow a Pair ⊆ Easily Amused Act like as big an asshole as guys do and you'll get ahead at work. Or possibly you'll be called a

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New Toy – Olympus EP-2

A few weeks ago, I made an impulse buy – something I’ve wanted for a long time, but didn’t really need. I bought (used) an Olympus EP-2 camera, and a Lumix 20mm f/1.7 lens to go with it. It’s very similar to my Olympus e420, but a bit smaller, with a more retro design. With

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links for 2010-09-16

White House Taps Warren To Set Up Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Awesome. Simply awesome. I heart Elizabeth Warren (tags: awesome economy consumer) School Bullying Suicide: Bullied Greensburg student takes his own life – fox59.com In Greensburg, Indiana. Poor kid. Doesn't sound like the school system is self-aware enough to do anything about this, sadly. (tags:

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Christmas organizing

We cleaned and organized our Christmas items in the basement and packed up 3 boxes of discard items this past Sunday, finishing up in an hour or so. I’m still on a high from that effort – we sorted outdoor decorations from tree decorations from other decor and labeled all the boxes so it’s easy

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links for 2010-09-15

More troubling data about women writers "To briefly summarize what we’ve discovered, the numbers generally indicate that if you’re a writer who happens to be a woman in any genre, you’d better be ready to spend your time clapping politely as your male friends pick up the majority of significant prizes, grants, awards, publications, and

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Indianapolis’ disastrous downtown parking meter deal

This has been a hot topic on facebook and with local blogs for the last couple weeks or so. Mayor Ballard had come up with a deal to privatize parking meters downtown and in the Broadripple Area that basically gives away the baby with the bathwater. The deal is a 50-year contract with a private

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Fall Television 2010 – New Shows

In times past I made big elaborate lists on my blog of the fall television I was going to watch, using the Fall TV Preview issue of Entertainment Weekly as a guide. I formatted the whole list as a table cell grid with times and shows, highlighted what I was going watch, what was new

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links for 2010-09-13

YouTube Time Machine – Pick a year, click refresh, and TRAVEL THROUGH TIME. – YTTM shows you video from whatever year you pick. Awesome. (tags: nostalgia youtube timeline retro timemachine) Habits of Mind A list of habits to run through while problem-solving to help zero in on the answer. Great stuff! (tags: problemsolving goals productivity

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links for 2010-09-11

Aviator Duffel Bags by Red Oxx – in Mesh or Cordura Nylon Very rugged, minimalist duffel bags – cheap. (tags: luggage bags minimalist) Consumer agency candidate Warren meets with Obama | MichaelMoore.com I really really hope Elizabeth Warren becomes the head of the new consumer protection agency. She's crazy smart and truly has the American

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Strange Search Terms

I have an rss feed of my site log so I can see the activity people are doing on my site, and it sometimes shows some strange search terms people run through site’s search function. Sometimes it’s obvious people have confused my site with google (although I can’t imagine why) and sometimes it’s just plain

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links for 2010-09-10

Google Instant blacklists the Slutskys • The Register Censorship? Whaddya know. (tags: google censorship blacklist) Evological Mac webcam software. Are Venus Williams’ “Risque and Revealing” Outfits Fair Game? Of course not. Stop objectifying female athletes. Especially when they could (and should) beat your lazy sexist butt into the ground. (tags: sexism athletes fashion) Are You

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More organizing stuff

Another thing we accomplished over the Labor Day long weekend was some furniture moving. I had originally thought we’d get rid of the bar in the dining room, but we realized that we could swap it out for a gray mid-century modern storage cabinet from our bedroom and have a much better use of space.

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Geocaching

I’ve always wanted to try out geocaching (I know it’s been around forever) but I didn’t have a GPS device until my iPhone4 – and now I have an app for that. 🙂 I downloaded the geocaching app from Groundspeak that grabs data from the geocaching website and helps you locate caches near you. I

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links for 2010-09-09

The link between personal responsibility and an uncluttered life | Unclutterer If you don’t change your behavior, if you don’t take responsibility for your actions, you will continue on the same path you’re dreading. As long as you are of sound mind and body, only YOU can change your life. (tags: clutter productivity responsibility) Fundamental

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old golf balls

When I was a kid living in Ankeny, Iowa, living on Belmont Street, my dad had a yellow-ish plastic bucket of old golf balls in the garage. He kept them for golf practice, I guess – although I don’t know how good they were for that, given that they had gouges out of them and

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links for 2010-09-08

teapartytracker.org TeaPartyTracker.Org monitors racisom and other forms of extremism within the Tea Party movement.They call on the Tea Party to repudiate extremists among their ranks and join in civil dialogue with all Americans. (tags: watchdog teabaggers) The Urbanophile » Blog Archive » Indy’s “Son of Chicago” Parking Meter Lease to Be a Disaster for City

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An Honest Lesbian Relationship – YouTube

It’s funny. But sort of painfully true. That bit about Ikea smarts just a little, given our recent assemblages. 🙂 As funny as it is, though, not all gay relationships work this way, any more than all straight marriages end in divorce. This may be clever, but it’s ultimately self-defeating to think this way.

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links for 2010-09-07

Does Your Language Shape How You Think? – NYTimes.com When your language routinely obliges you to specify certain types of information, it forces you to be attentive to certain details in the world and to certain aspects of experience that speakers of other languages may not be required to think about all the time. And

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links for 2010-09-05

Bugging devices found in IMPD deputy chief's office | IndyStar.com | The Indianapolis Star Color me unsurprised. (tags: indianapolis police corruption)

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links for 2010-09-04

Philip H. Howard | Soft Drink Industry Structure Awesome charts linking who owns what soda together. Basically, coke, Pepsi and Dr. Pepper dominate the drink industry. I actually thought Dr. Pepper was owned by Pepsi, but I guess not. (tags: visualization infographics soda softdrinks) Obama’s “Mission Accomplished” Moment On the total cost of the Iraq

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links for 2010-09-02

Mike Hershberger – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Our former neighbor when we lived in Ohio. (tags: baseball neighbor) Category:People from Indianapolis, Indiana – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Now that's an interesting list. (tags: indianapolis celebrities politicians)

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Maddow’s “make your own verb suffix contest”

I’m not sure I can even adequately paraphrase the point of this contest, so let me take advantage of their paraphrasing: “The short version is that an Amazonian tribe uses verb suffixes as a means of indicating the source of their information. Your challenge is to come up with verb suffixes for English to make

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