Archives: 2011

CD Ripping Project

I’ve had the last several days off work here at the end of the year, so I’ve been working on re-ripping all of our CDs to mp3 format. Several years back we had a hard-drive crash and I’m trying to recover a lot of my music. I’ve been ripping Stephanie’s CDs here and there for

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I really fucking love rowing

So, I joined a rowing class for the next couple months. Not in boats, at least not for winter – it’s indoor rowing on Ergometers. It’s a class through the Indianapolis Rowing Center, and it’s their winter training through January and February. The winter classes are held at the Rivera Club near 56th and Meridian.

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Golden Globes Nominations 2012. Wha?

Looking over the list of nominations for the Golden Globes for 2012 is just oddness. I’ve read an number of allegations that this particular awards ceremony is basically just bought and sold pretty freely, and it somewhat makes sense looking at the nominations. How on earth is New Girl nominated but for “Best Television Series

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State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

December’s book club book was State of Wonder and I managed to get it read this time. (It’s been hit-or-miss the last several book club meetings because I’ve been doing my own writing or reading other books or *ahem* reading tons of fan fiction.) The synopsis — which I usually tend to steal from somewhere

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NaNoWriMo 2011: Validated.

I’m validated at 50163 words. Technically I’m “done” writing my National Novel Writing Month project. Except that I still need to write chapters 12-15 and chapters 2 and 5. But 50163 words makes it “finished” for the purposes of the contest. I’m a winner. I’ve written more than Slaughterhouse Five and The Great Gatsby. Not

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NaNoWriMo 2011: Still chugging along.

I’m at 43,506 words. That’s 6,494 words away from “winning.” And I have 4 days. I think it’s a safe bet that I’ll get there, especially since I have all day tomorrow to work on it. I didn’t write at all on Thanksgiving Day, but I wrote in the car both to and from Iowa

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Men are bad at sex (writing)

The Literary Review’s “Bad Sex in Fiction” award is dominated year after year by men. (heh. See what I just did there?) I do find the thought that men can’t write sex well very funny. And there are some prominent male authors on the list, too, which is odd, because what’s so interesting about their

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NaNoWriMo Road Trip setup

Writing in car, now with inverter to ensure iPad stays charged. Also, monkey plays critical role in keeping iPad from falling over. Trial and error involved in this set-up.

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NaNoWriMo Update: Still on target

My word count is now 35,521 words. Not quite beating out Ole Yeller on the “famous books word count list.” I’m under par by 1,153 words, but I should have time to get caught up (and hopefully ahead) tomorrow on the road to Iowa for the family Thanksgiving. Stephanie is driving, and I’m planning on

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Word Count for Famous Novels (organized)

Word count for famous novels, in ascending order by number of words. Based on this list compiled by Nicole Humphrey Cook. (Thanks Nicole, and sorry for stealing; I wanted to see the list in order.) For average word counts based on genre, see this handy reference. Also, here’s another list I may swipe and add

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Confusing Sex and Rape

The New York Times addresses a topic that feminists have been trying to illuminate for years – the use by journalists of the word ‘sex’ in descriptions of non-consensual criminal acts that more properly should be called “rape” instead, and the importance of correcting that error for our common understanding of what constitutes a crime

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XKCD’s megachart on money

(via Boing Boing): “MONEY: A chart with almost all of it, where it is, and what it can do.” This is an awesome, zoomable infographic on who owns what. (Hint: you are probably a very tiny piece chart.)

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Nanowrimo 2011: Still in the game

I’m at 28,932 words – above par for the first time since the first week. (Par for day 17 is 28,339.) Around 115 pages. Parts of this story are poor, parts of it make me really happy and there are large chunks that need to be better researched. I know what the end will be

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NaNoWriMo2011 – Still Cautiously Optimistic

It is NaNoWriMo 2011 Day 13, par for yesterday’s work (Day 12) should have been 20,004 words/80 pages. Mine was 17,234 words – about 68 pages. I’m 2770 words behind par, which isn’t too bad. This is definitely more than I have ever written before in a single sustained effort on any single subject, so

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Personal Truth

I’ve posted this quote before, but it came up in conversation recently, and I was struck again by how very beautiful it is. May Sarton, from Journal of a Solitude: “My own belief is that one regards oneself, if one is a serious writer, as an instrument for experiencing. Life–all of it–flows through this instrument

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NaNoWriMo 2011: very tentative outline

I spent some time yesterday trying to work out how my story is going to go, and came up with some potential chapter titles. Which, looking at them now seem completely over the top and fraught with the possibility of failure, but what the hell. I may as well look stupid. It wouldn’t be the

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NaNoWriMo2011 – Outlook: Cautiously Optimistic.

I didn’t say anything about joining National Novel Writing Month this year because I haven’t gotten very far with this in the past, and I’ve learned talking about stuff tends to kill projects before they get off the ground. I’m doing much better this year, though, and I’ve managed to keep my word count up

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The dangers of being a woman online

“You should have your tongue ripped out”: the reality of sexist abuse online by Helen Lewis-Hasteley – 03 November 2011 12:51 Accounts from several women, some prominent figures and some more anonymous, describing the nature of abuse that gets directed at them online because they are women.

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Cabin Porn

Free Cabin Porn – A photo blog of cool cabins. “Inspiration for your quiet place somewhere.” All safe for work; feel free to browse. 🙂 2022 note – Sadly, the Cabin Porn blog is long gone, probably crashed up on the shore of easily shared social media memes

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‘The Ancient of Days’, ‘Thumos’ via wikipedia

via wikipedia: The Ancient of Days The title “Ancient of Days” has been used as a source of inspiration in art and music, denoting the Creator’s aspects of eternity combined with perfection. William Blake’s watercolour and relief etching entitled “The Ancient of Days” is one such example. The Ancient of Days is the title of

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Spike Jonze: Mourir Auprès de Toi

A beautiful (and a bit dirty) film by Spike Jonze based on Designer Olympia Le-Tan’s embroidered clutch-bags. Spike Jonze: Mourir Auprès de Toi on Nowness.com.

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Garden Cart

Garden cart – another cart project in the works. We assembled this cart so Stephanie can use it to deliver the neighborhood newsletter. Also because it’s really cool, like a red wagon on steroids.

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Mostly finished bike cart

I haven’t decided yet quite how to create "sides" – whether to use wooden slats, to use lawn chair webbing, or to just get cargo nets and bungee cords to stretch over what I might want tote. I think I’ll wait until spring to make that decision, as the weather is changing and making it

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Open Letter to that 53% Guy

Max Udargo on the Daily Kos delivers a great response to to the guy calling people whiners for not working 70 hours a week, and telling people to “suck it up” and stop blaming Wall Street. Read the whole response, because it’s worth it. But this particular bit stuck out to me (emphasis mine): Here’s

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New Girl Scouts Research Exposes the Impact of Reality TV on Girls

From the Girl Scout Blog (excerpt): As reality TV has become staple entertainment for young people and adults alike, tween and teen girls who regularly view reality TV accept and expect a higher level of drama, aggression, and bullying in their own lives, and measure their worth primarily by their physical appearance, according to Real

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Pondering feed readers

Do people use feed readers anymore? It seems odd to me that this never quite caught on in a big way amongst people I know. I use a feed reader and I know my wife does, but other than web geeks, I’m not sure many other folks do. Maybe it’s not simple enough? How do

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Recently Read for October 11, 2001

Happy National Coming Out Day! I’ve been out 24 years, as of this date. I’ve been a very lucky woman – able to be open about my romantic life with everyone, happily married to a really wonderful woman. I’ve faced approximately my fair share of homophobia, but not for many many years. For those still

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We totally put this flag on the mailbox

We did a bunch of cleaning and repair work at the rental house over the weekend. We had thought we were done, but the property manager came back with a big fat list of stuff they wanted done before they would agree to list the house. So back over there we went to knock out

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Bearding the lion

Also been doing a bit of this lately: Bearding the lion in his own den. I know – cryptic references are annoying, aren’t they?

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Bike Trailer Cart Project

Hell, now that I have to blog for real instead of just saving links, I may as well go for broke. Here’s something I’ve been working on lately – making a cargo trailer for my bike out of an old kids bike trailer. I picked one up for $3 at the Goodwill Outlet. That’s a

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Oh darn – delicious links auto-publishing died

Shoot. My blogging crutch went away. For the past five or six years I’ve been using a little-known and not very well supported delicious links tool to auto-publish the links I’ve saved to my site. It was easy because I could hit a bookmarklet when I was on an interesting page and delicious would save

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links for 2011-09-27

The Big Sexy Problem with Superheroines and Their 'Liberated Sexuality' – ComicsAlliance | Comic book culture, news, humor, commentary, and reviews These aren't those women. They're how dudes want to imagine those women would be — what Wire creator David Simon called writing "men with t*ts." They read like men's voices coming out of women's

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links for 2011-09-26

FlashZebra.com: Multipurpose Hotshoe Adapter (Item #0064) I may need this at some point… (tags: hotshoe flash camera photography) My second trailer: a flatbed this time, also based on Burley's kid trailer. I'm in the middle of building something roughly like this. (tags: diy bikeCart)

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links for 2011-09-24

Indianapolis Announces Really Embarrassing Bid For 2020 Summer Olympics | The Onion – America's Finest News Source (tags: Onion indianapolis) Why Women Aren’t Crazy — The Good Men Project It’s a whole lot easier to emotionally manipulate someone who has been conditioned by our society to accept it. We continue to burden women because they

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links for 2011-09-23

Scientists discover bisexual squid of the deep Yes, squids are bisexual. And promiscuous. Keep that in mind when that giant squid attacks your ship. You may have an out, if you're really cute. (tags: Squids bisexuals)

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links for 2011-09-22

5K Obstacle Course Zombie Race – Run For Your Lives A Zombie Infested 5K obstacle course. Protect your brain and run for your life. This is one race where your legs giving out are the least of your problems. Run For Your Lives is a first-of-its-kind event, one part 5K, one part obstacle course, one

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links for 2011-09-21

Ruth Belville Greenwich Time Lady | The Mary Sue Equipped with a pocket watch that was certified by the Greenwich Observatory every week, Ruth Belville sold the time to the clockmakers of London. She performed this duty between the years 1836 and 1840, helping these clockmakers set their products according to the watch, which was

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Robert Reich Debunks 6 Big GOP Lies About The Economy

Worth watching. The lies are these – (watch the video to see how he debunks them): Tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations will trickle down to benefit the middle class and the poor. Corporations are having higher profits now than we have seen in 35 years. Ratio of profits to wages is higher now

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links for 2011-09-16

iTunes – Music – Pulse – Single by Chi Sherman & Gabriel Harley My friend Chi has a spoken word single up on iTunes; you should check that out. 🙂 (tags: iTunes music spokenWord friends) Ultimate List of Superheroes and Villains Man, is that a big fat list. (tags: reference comics heroes villains art history)

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links for 2011-09-15

10 Revolting TV Shows That Need to Die | | AlterNet Television influences our culture and mental health. Here are shows that we need to kill like a virus. (tags: sexism misogyny racism greed childabuse)

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links for 2011-09-14

TARDIS Cat House | The Mary Sue This is my favorite home-made TARDIS yet! (tags: DoctorWho awesome TARDIS)

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links for 2011-09-12

Online Comic Book Store for T-Shirts, Etched Glass, Statues, Graphic Novels & More | GoodGuyComics.com This site has quote a few wonder woman shirts in all sizes, not just tiny ones. Their selection for batgirl and batwoman is small, and they don't carry all the sizes I'd like. Also, I think some of their logos

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links for 2011-09-08

What we SHOULD have been taught in our senior year of high school – The Oatmeal All true, but the math is particularly funny. (tags: education cartoons) Hey, Bioware: Stop Crowdsourcing Your Gender Politics | The Mary Sue The Mary Sue illustrates how not to do crowdsourcing – don't let people vote on stuff that

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links for 2011-09-07

Fictional Food | Bringing food from page to plate! Recipes for fictional foods from books, television, movies and comics. (tags: recipes fiction books movies television) Fridge Horror – Television Tropes & Idioms Fridge Horror is, simply put, when something becomes terrifying after the fact. Maybe you thought about this or that plot point a little

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Super Hero Cape

This is one of my current knitting projects – super hero capes for kids. I’m making at least three and possibly four of them; two red, (for Superman and Supergirl) one blue (Batgirl) and one white with gold trim (oh Mighty Isis), for some small folks I know. I started Saturday and made significant progress

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links for 2011-09-01

Stupid Game of Thrones Characters – Dorkly Article If you’re a fan of Game of Thrones, you’re undoubtedly familiar with the Stupid Ned Stark meme. Hilarious as it is, the other idiots get off scot-free. Let’s fix that. (WARNING: SPOILERS) (tags: GameOfThrones memes funny) Don't talk down to little girls: Lisa Bloom explains why Ask

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links for 2011-08-31

Ugly Guy, Hot Wife – Television Tropes & Idioms Nothing will make me turn the channel faster than this trope.   (tags: movies television tropes misogyny) Oak | Acne Navy Normandie Mono Crop Off Turtleneck Sweater Oak Couldn't be too expensive to make; only one arm. (tags: Sweaters Design Funny) Twenty Iconic Male Movie Roles

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links for 2011-08-27

HTML for Babies gets a new generation up to speed on web standards | This is my next… Get your little web nerd started early. (tags: html childrenBooks)

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links for 2011-08-26

The New Wonder Woman Comic Is a Horror Comic — A Pantsless Horror Comic Hmmm. In general, I'm not a fan of horror anything – so the jury is out for me. But I'm still going to collect them for awhile just to see. (tags: WonderWoman DCComics) Words of war: Understanding military jargon – US

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links for 2011-08-25

Indiana stage collapse lawsuits could challenge state's rules on gay marriage | WBEZ Attorney Kenneth Allen said his clients were recently married in Hawaii, a state that allows same sex civil unions. Beth Urschel was injured in the stage collapse. Her spouse, Tammy VanDam, died from the incident. Allen said the lawsuits address a legal

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links for 2011-08-24

Noah Stokes – Front End Developer and Other Crap That is a funny page. And this page aside, his site designs are really nice. (tags: funny webdev humor) Aquabarrel.com – Rain Barrels, Downspout Diverters and Filters, Rain Barrel Kits – Aquabarrel(R) (tags: green sustainability home rainbarrels)

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links for 2011-08-21

Refraction – The Alphabet on Vimeo Beautiful photography of the alphabet refracted through bubbles, set to Richard Pryor saying the alphabet on Sesame Street.  (tags: photography typography video) Indianapolis Recycle and Reuse Guide | Indy Recycling | KIBI Wow – you select what you want to recycle, and they give you a list of locations

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links for 2011-08-18

The Fashion of the New DCU This is a HILARIOUS critique of the new DC Comics reboot uniforms. I hope someone at DC reads this, because it's funny as hell. (tags: comics DCComics fashion superheroes) The COMPLETE definitive Catwoman origin Catwoman is one of the DC Comics heroes bereft of a identifiable backstory – many

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Wonder Woman, Batwoman and the new DC Comics

I’ve always been on the verge of being a comic book geek, without every quite arriving. As a kid I was a fan of the girl super heroes — I loved Wonder Woman, Isis and Batgirl on television, but my family wasn’t much into comic books and my lack of transport to a comics shop

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links for 2011-08-17

Cowboy Junkies Chords for – Sweet Jane Tabs, Chords, Lyrics Just something I'm thinking about. (tags: music chords guitar)

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links for 2011-08-13

Amazon.com: Read Fantastic, Female-Friendly Comic Book Trades A list of female friendly comic book trades. (tags: DCComics comics graphicNovels Batgirl WonderWoman) Indiana Anti-Gay Lawmaker Offers Teen Boy $80 for Sex | The Bilerico Project D'oh! Anti-gay Indiana lawmaker gets caught in a gay sex scandal – and it's not his first time paying for gay

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links for 2011-08-11

Dangerous Minds | CAPTCHAs to keep idiots out of comment threads Genius. (tags: grammar humor design) The Elvis-Kiss Mystery-Solved! | Culture | Vanity Fair (tags: photography elvis mysteries) The Fantasy Novelist's Exam Or, how to make your fantasy novel suck balls. (tags: funny reference fantasy writing literature plots characters) Do Nothing for Two Minutes don't

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links for 2011-08-10

Vintage Clothing – Unique Vintage – Homecoming 2011, Swimwear & Bathing Suits – Bridesmaid & Wedding Dresses COOL clothes, and not very expensive either. Awesome. Look forward to seeing Stephanie dressed like this. (tags: clothes vintage retro shopping)

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links for 2011-08-08

Buffy's Marti Noxon on Joining Glee, Why Brittany is More "Evolved" Than Most – omg! news on Yahoo! Oh, great. Marti Noxon is embracing the junk science "sexual fluidity" bandwagon. Fabulous. My favorite show is going to make me froth with rage, I can just fucking tell. (tags: glee junkScience sexualFluidity BULLSHIT)

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links for 2011-08-07

Look at this fucking cosplayer Mocking grown-ass adults who should probably know better. (tags: cosplay costumes dumbasses)

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Backyard tree trimming

They’re still cleaning up, but the work they did is already a major improvement. Power lines to the house are clear of branches.

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links for 2011-08-05

Would you like to buy a monkey? — TheBloggess.com The Bloggess finds a stuffed monkey in a thrift store and proceeds to adopt it, despite the fact that it appears to be a serial killer monkey. Awesome funny. Why didn't I had her to my feed reader the last time I found an article she

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Want to Do Bad Things Mix

Bad Things (The Theme to “True Blood”) / Jace Everett / 2:43 Sundown / Elwood / 3:57 The Forgotten People / Thievery Corporation / 3:11 Ain’t No Grave / Crooked Still / 3:22 Death Trip / Bad Livers / 4:27 Waves / Holly Miranda / 5:05 The Way / The Pierces / 4:46 Valerie /

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links for 2011-08-04

Pony Up Haters: How 4chan Gave Birth to the Bronies | Betabeat — News, gossip and intel from Silicon Alley 2.0. I love the ideal of 4chan. If I started getting on it regularly, I have a feeling I'd disappear there forever. Which would be lovely, but I really do have to accomplish things. (tags:

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links for 2011-08-03

Who is that hot ad girl? A blog that helps you find out who that hot chick in your favorite ad is. (tags: women advertising cool) Boobs Don't Work That Way Hilarious blog that critiques illustrations of women (primarily comics, but also other) and outlines why their renderings of boobs are wrong. Totally fucking wrong.

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Space Girl Mix-a-Mix

Space Girl / The Imagined Village / 3:57 Pumped Up Kicks / Foster the People / 3:58 Skinny Genes / Eliza Doolittle / 3:05 King of Anything / Sara Bareilles / 3:29 Chinese Translation / M. Ward / 4:01 Annabelle Lee / Sarah Jarosz / 3:10 Two Weeks / Grizzly Bear / 4:03 Walcott /

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links for 2011-08-02

Kinsey scale – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Given the frequent firestorms on lesbian websites about what is meant by "bisexual" and what is meant by "lesbian" I've started using numbers on the kinsey scale occasionally to make references to sexual orientation. Dunno if it helps any, but at least there's no dispute over definitions. (tags:

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links for 2011-07-29

Firefly Banjo Ukulele – Flea Market Music (tags: muic banjo ukelele) How To Explain What A Meme Is In One Image: Pics, Videos, Links, News The internet. It is all for you. Learn it. Know it. Grow. (tags: memes viralmarketing funny)

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links for 2011-07-27

The Most Hilariously Effective Signs Supporting Gay Marriage | Happy Place If you don't like gay marriage, blame straight people. They're the ones who keep having gay babies. (tags: funny lgbt marriage signs) The Science of Sexism: Primate Behavior and the Culture of Sexual Coercion Bonobos are as closely related to us as chimpanzees are

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links for 2011-07-26

#362947 color hex (tags: 362947 hexidecimal colors) The Positive Integer 362947 (tags: 362947 integers) The news coverage of the Norway mass-killings was fact-free conjecture | Charlie Brooker | Comment is free | The Guardian On Saturday morning I saw a Fox News anchor tell former US diplomat John Bolton that Norwegian police were saying this

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links for 2011-07-24

The Ol’ Switcheroo: A Consideration of Gender-Bending in Geek Culture | The Mary Sue Well yeah, because half the heroes I want to play are guys. (tags: cosplay gender genderBending) A Three Step Plan for Giving Up Diet Soda Part 2 – Aspartame Withdrawal and Sugar Cravings Interesting that a chromium supplement can reduce sugar

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links for 2011-07-23

Damn You Auto Correct! » The Top 15 Most Popular DYAC Texts Of All Time Making a fool of myself laughing at this out loud in front of others. You should too. (tags: iphone autocorrect lol) http://headjs.com/ "Non-blocking loading is the key to fast pages. Moreover Head JS loads scripts in parallel no matter how

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Free Beats

A guy sets up in Union Square for 48 hours and lets anyone rap who wants to. I love Indianapolis, but this makes me want to live in New York. Or learn how to beatbox, one of the two. These people are awesome.

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links for 2011-07-22

Neville Longbottom: How to Successfully Travel Through Matt Lewis (AKA Neville Longbottom) goes from goofy-looking kid to hot adult over the course of the Harry Potter series. Check out the photographic time line. (tags: HarryPotter movies) How Forever 21 Keeps Getting Away With Designer Knockoffs Between Urban Outfitters and this shit – obnoxious. (tags: ripoffArtists)

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links for 2011-07-21

BBC News – Americanisms: 50 of your most noted examples I'd like to get on this train with them. (tags: language english america linguistics) Defend Your Research: Hurt Feelings? You Could Take a Pain Reliever… – Harvard Business Review The University of Kentucky’s C. Nathan DeWall asked 62 undergraduates to take 1,000 milligrams of acetaminophen

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EZ Reusable Grocery Bags

Stephanie and I picked up some EZ Bag Reusable Grocery Shopping Tote Bagswhen we were in Iowa City, and they’ve come in really handy, because we remember to use them. They roll up into a ball you can clip to your bag, so you carry it around with you all the time. I still haven’t

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All Caught Up

I spent the weekend editing and uploading my entire backlog of photos since November. I’v been perpetually several months behind since we went to England last year and I had the overwhelming backlog of photos to deal with. It took me practically the entire two days, but my Flickr photostream is now up to date.

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links for 2011-07-14

Tattly™ Designy Temporary Tattoos — Welcome Awesome temporary tattoos you can purchase. (tags: tattoo shopping cool) George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire may turn out to be eight books instead of seven I don't care – I still enjoy it. It can be eight books. And it's clear from the Martin quote that

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links for 2011-07-13

Richard Dawkins Gets into a Comments War with Feminists – National – The Atlantic Wire Aw, Dawkins. I love you, dude, but you're going to lose this one, because for the first time in my hearing at least, you're dead wrong. (tags: feminism sexism gender skepticism Dawkins media)

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links for 2011-07-10

How To Break A Diet Soda Addiction: Tips From A Former (Diet) Cokehead Lots of great advice, including tips for Sassy Water and Italian Soda. (tags: soda nutrition health)

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links for 2011-07-06

Daily diet soda tied to higher heart attack risk – Health – Diet and nutrition – msnbc.com The study, which followed more than 2,500 New Yorkers for nine or more years, found that people who drank diet soda every day had a 61 percent higher risk of vascular events, including stroke and heart attack, than

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Cheese Sauce

From the kitchen of: David Speakman 3 tablespoons butter 3 tablespoons flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon ground black or white pepper (I use white) 1 1/2 cups milk 2 cups grated cheese Preparation: Melt butter; remove from heat. Stir in flour and seasonings. Gradually add milk, stirring until well mixed. Cook over low heat,

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Lesbian Web Series

There aren’t too many mainstream television shows with lesbian main characters, but there is no shortage of online web series and shorts. Many of them are independently produced and rely on viewer contributions to keep production going. I’ve only seen the Girl Trash series so far, but have read reviews here and there — enough

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links for 2011-07-02

The 7 Types of Short Story Opening, and How to Decide Which is Right for Your Story This is relevant to my interests. (tags: writing tips advice)

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links for 2011-07-01

If Women Ruled World of Warcraft | The Mary Sue A bunch of World of Warcraft community Youtubers and Machinima makers (Machinimists? Machinimators?) got together to give us all a look at what personal interaction in WoW might look like if gender ratios were reversed and men were treated to some of the same stuff

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links for 2011-06-30

iPhoneTracker @ GitHub This open-source application maps the information that your iPhone is recording about your movements. It doesn't record anything itself, it only displays files that are already hidden on your computer. (tags: tools visualization software privacy)

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10 minutes of Santana

This has appeared on every lesbian website on the planet, so I’m just following the crowd, kiddies. Santana Lopez, being a badass, as is her wont. (p.s. – see how I used the word “wont” in a sentence. I’m so proud of myself today.)

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Weekend Update – My Fair Lady, Roller Derby and Canasta

Stephanie and I went with our friend Elizabeth to Bloomington, Ind. this weekend to visit Joe and see My Fair Lady performed by the Cardinal Stage Company at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. I’ve never seen the show onstage; I’ve only seen the movie musical and that was when I was young, so I didn’t have full

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links for 2011-06-25

Indiana Economy Stronger Than Others, but at a Cost – NYTimes.com The cost being that despite massive spending cuts and privatization, the economic realities of the country still exist here in Indiana – people are unemployed and businesses are not moving to the state to employ them. Unless they start, all the cost cutting in

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links for 2011-06-23

People Argue Just to Win, Scholars Assert – NYTimes.com Well, as an explanation for comfirmation bias, it makes sense. I guess. If it's supposed to. Heh. (tags: reason science debate rationality) And that’s why you should learn to pick your battles. — TheBloggess.com "So he loaded it onto a trolley, but Beyoncé was surprisingly unstable,

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Crushable: Hannah Hart

I posted a few of the awesome “My Drunk Kitchen” videos a while back, and now the cute-as-a-button Hannah Hart is on Episode 8 of her cooking drinking show (plus a couple of bonuses like a song and an not-so-advice video) and she’s received some major attention. This week she’s the subject of a Time

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links for 2011-06-21

8 Real Women Who Deserve Their Own Movies | The Mary Sue I'm effing in love with the blog "The Mary Sue." Can you effing tell that? Because I'm totes posting links to all their articles. And you should read this one too. (tags: funny history culture women movies) 11 of the most egregious lies

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Space Girls

The song is by The Imagined Village. Source in order of appearance: Raumpatroille Lost In Space Outer Limits Doctor Who The Giant Behemoth Twilight Zone Attack Of The 50 ft Woman Invasion Of The Body Snatchers Avengers Forbidden Planet Queen of Outer Space Space 1999 V Sapphire And Steel UFO Star Trek Logans Run 5th

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links for 2011-06-19

'Glee': Six Join Writing Staff for Season 3 – Hollywood Reporter Awesome – Marti Noxon will be one of them, and Alison Adler is another; I really like both of their work.. This will do wonders for fixing the uneven story lines and making the characters more consistent. I'm really looking forward to next season. 

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links for 2011-06-18

Help the Cheerleader "A Silsbee High School cheerleader took her school to court when they kicked her off the squad for refusing to cheer her own rapist. The week of May 5, 2011 the Supreme Court refused to hear the case and is requiring her family pay the school $45,000 in legal fees." This site

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links for 2011-06-17

Eleven Doctors: Guess Which One Is David Tennant Damn it. I really need to make TeeFury my homepage so I see it every day. I can't believe I missed this shirt. Damn it. (tags: DoctorWho shirts) Petri Dish Jello | The Mary Sue Bookmarking for Halloween planning. (tags: science jello nerdy halloween)

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links for 2011-06-16

When You Lose Your Virginity, And When You Get Divorced – Jezebel Teen girls who's "first" sexual experience was rape are more likely to get divorced later on in life. (tags: rape sexuality relationships)

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links for 2011-06-11

Tracy Morgan's Meltdown? | News | The Advocate Lots more groups are sitting up and taking notice of the story (tags: 30Rock television homophobia) WHY I NO LONGER "LIKE" Tracy Morgan – A MUST READ A first-hand account of the rant that Tracy Morgan went into at a comedy show. Really upsetting to hear, and

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links for 2011-06-10

Periodic Table of Storytelling by *ComputerSherpa on deviantART Very cool chart of story tropes. (tags: visualization storytelling writing)

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links for 2011-06-09

Blag Hag: Why is the G-spot still such a mystery? Because they're asking the wrong people, maybe? This isn't rocket science. Well, I guess it actually IS, but fortunately for me, I'm a rocket scientist, so I can tell you – yes, it's there. And I can show it to you. Grab a torch and

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Striped garter-stitch length-wise scarf

Finished up this striped garter-stitch scarf knit length-wise. This is going to be one of my favorites to wear this winter; it’s made of Jo Sharp Tweed, which makes it really warm but also soft with lots of texture. It matches my favorite big brown wool coat, too. Because it’s knit the long way, it

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links for 2011-06-03

Horse herpes outbreak forces rodeo queens to ride stick ponies – ksl.com I kid you not this is the real news story: "FARMINGTON — While the state has yet to officially cancel any events involving horses that might have been exposed to a local recent equine herpes outbreak, owners and arenas are taking precautions. Because

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Glee Live Tour 2011

Shocking – we attended a concert 2 years in a row. Stephanie took me to see Glee for my birthday this year

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links for 2011-06-02

Giant Cardigan Sweater Big Enough for Two People | Geekosystem I totally want to make this – no joke. (tags: knitting) The 'Times' As Tardy Leader and the History of Women's Suffrage | The Awl Long and interesting article examining the New York Times editorial policies, and their role in reporting on women's suffrage as

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links for 2011-06-01

Effing Dykes: From July to the End of September Lots more on what lesbians wear to the beach. (tags: fashion Swimwear) Autostraddle — Autostraddle’s Swimsuit Issue: Butches, Bois, Femmes, Dykes, Grrrls and Otherwise-Identified Beachgoers What lesbians wear to the beach.  (tags: fashion Swimwear) Ninety gaffes in ninety years – The Independent Shit the Queen's husband

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links for 2011-05-28

Simple for beginners, rich for aficionados: How Starbuck’s drink framework and ordering language 
engage customers at all levels AKA Starbucks for beginners: how to figure out that menu. (tags: food language marketing)

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links for 2011-05-27

Why does everyone want to fix "Glee"? – Glee – Salon.com Lots of valid criticism here, too, Glee. And some good ideas for fixing some of the problems. (tags: glee television writing) Styling ordered list numbers | 456 Berea Street If you (well, your client) can live with list item numbers not having any special

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links for 2011-05-26

The Marriage Cure | NewAmerica.net There's no such thing as "pulling yourself up by your bootstraps" – poverty begets poverty and no amount of hard work will guarantee that you break the cycle. Marriage isn't solution (tags: wealth poverty marriage race) Steven Tyler's Teenage Girlfriend Tells Her Side Of The Abortion Story – Jezebel Wow,

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links for 2011-05-25

Legislator Says Women Should Plan For Post-Rape Abortion, Since "I Have A Spare Tire" – Jezebel During the House's debate, Rep. Pete DeGraaf, a Mulvane Republican who supports the bill, told her: "We do need to plan ahead, don't we, in life?" Bollier asked him, "And so women need to plan ahead for issues that

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links for 2011-05-24

Doctor Who Artwork by Bill Mudron – Art Nouveau Amy Pond | Once Upon a Geek (tags: DoctorWho) The Bedtime Book for Guilty Parents — New York Magazine The bedtime book you don't dare read to your kids — "There’s a reason that the No. 1 title on Amazon last week was a still-unpublished rhyming

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links for 2011-05-21

Alice Austen: Early Female Photographer Alice Austen was one of the first American women to become a photographer, and the style she developed anticipated the genre of documentary photography. She lived the life of an independent, genteel woman during the Victorian Age, but she also defied convention and challenged stereotypes in both her work and

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links for 2011-05-20

Roseanne Barr on the Lack of Change in the TV Industry — New York Magazine "Roseanne Barr was a sitcom star, a creator and a product, the agitator and the abused, a domestic goddess and a feminist pioneer. That was twenty years ago. But as far as she’s concerned, not much has changed." (tags: feminism

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links for 2011-05-19

Feng-GUI – Attention Analysis for Websites and Advertisements Feng-GUI simulates human vision during the first 5 seconds of exposure to visuals, and creates heatmaps based on an algorithm that predicts what a real human would be most likely to look at. (tags: design webdesign visualization)

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links for 2011-05-17

The world's most inspiring bookstores – Travel content by Trazzler – Salon.com Wow. Some of these are going into my travel plans for the future (tags: design books bookstores)

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links for 2011-05-16

And we shall call this “Moff’s Law” Of all the varieties of irritating comment out there, the absolute most annoying has to be “Why can’t you just watch the movie for what it is??? Why can’t you just enjoy it? Why do you have to analyze it???” Believe me, the person who is annoying you

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links for 2011-05-14

Create a new Fiddle – jsFiddle – Online Editor for the Web (JavaScript, MooTools, jQuery, Prototype, YUI, Glow and Dojo, HTML, CSS) JsFiddle is a playground for web developers, a tool which may be used in many ways. One can use it as an online editor for snippets build from HTML, CSS and JavaScript. The

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links for 2011-05-13

Majesty 2: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim (Mac) | GameAgent.com There's finally a sequel out? Man, I loved this game back in 2000. Hmmmm. Do I have time to get sucked into this? I did love the hell out of this game. (tags: gamesVideo) FREEwilliamsburg » Citing modesty concerns, hipster website removes “sexually suggestive” male images

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links for 2011-05-10

Hitting the Bottle – NYTimes.com BPA free bottles might not be any better for you if they're plastic – some are made with equally bad chemicals. Apparently, glass is the way to go? (tags: bpa plastic bottle) Why Geek Girls Shall Inherit The Earth – Jezebel that social exclusion as a teenager can be one

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Message

We’re staying at the Sheraton in Iowa City. Right outside is a nice pedestrian mall with shops and restaurants. It’s the University of Iowa’s graduation weekend, so the whole place was full of roaming drunk graduates last night. I know I’m old, because I think I’m still in college but I’m looking at these kids

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Destination: Iowa

After getting back from Boston, we’re out the door again heading to Iowa for a family wedding. As always, we have a house sitter when we’re out, so stalkers and burglars beware. It will be nice to visit Iowa in spring weather; nice lighting for photos.

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An Event Apart Boston, 2011

I’m in Boston to attend An Event Apart, the web design and development conference. Here’s the event schwag – simple, fun and nothing to recycle. Nice.

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Surprising Literary Marketing

In the New York Times – How Writers Build the Brand The surprising ways that some classic authors did some marketing prostitution (ahem) to promote their literary endeavors. “Bloomsbury set regularly posed for fashion shoots in British Vogue in the 1920s. The frumpy Virginia Woolf even went on a “Pretty Woman”-style shopping expedition at French

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links for 2011-04-27

Liposuction does not permanently remove fat | Obesity Panacea However, a hot-off-the-press study by Hernandez and colleagues suggests something less ideal than this scenario. Indeed, the authors found that a year after liposuction was performed the fat initially removed is basically all replaced, but not necessarily where you’d want it to go. Specifically, while fat

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links for 2011-04-22

Wonder Woman pilot script rewrites make her more badass… sort of Wow, this sounds like the stupidest thing possible. Did they not watch the train wreck that was the Bionic Woman remake and take notes or something? I hate David E. Kelley with a passion now. (tags: WonderWoman television stupid)

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Sexual fluidity, Skins US, and labels! labels! labels!

This is a subject that has been bouncing around in my brain pan for several months… I’ve tried to figure out a number of ways to write about it, but nothing was really gelling well for me, and it’s a tricky subject, so I’ve left it alone. But I realized I had a way to

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Produce as much as you consume project

In the spirit of this article I linked to the other day on Jimiyo, And a challenge from the unmarketing blog on twitter: “For one day this week, stop consuming info and create something.” I’m going to try to set aside at least one day a week, (Saturdays) and possibly two (Wednesdays) in which I

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links for 2011-04-19

Startling Stats: Women in TV and movies… | Statette In the 2009-10 prime-time television season, women accounted for 27% of all creators, executive producers, producers, directors, writers, editors, and directors of photography working on situation comedies, dramas, and reality programs airing on the broadcast networks. (tags: women statistics sexism feminism)

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A Song of Ice and Fire

The HBO series A Game of Thrones starts tonight, and author George R. R. Martin responds on his blog to the off-base New York Times article by Ginia Bellafante claiming that the fantasy genre of literature is “boy fiction” and that his series attracts women by spicing up his novels with graphic sex. As he

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links for 2011-04-16

How to Make Lots of Whatever. Produce Not Consume. « JIMIYO This is my stumbling block every time – and exactly what I need to dig myself out of right now. (tags: creativity success art) 50 Creative, Cheap Ways to Have Fun | Tiny Buddha: Wisdom Quotes, Letting Go, Letting Happiness In (tags: money creativity

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I like

Nice colors. I especially love them because they would get rid of a whole bunch of clutter in our cupboards. Alas, I don’t think I can talk Stephanie into it.

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links for 2011-04-14

Bret Easton Ellis' homophobia shows Wow. What a douche bag. God. (tags: homophobia) Ladies, It's Time To Stop Giving Things Up Best quote: "Framing women's desire for various things — usually, things that are imposed on them by society in the first place — in terms of what they'd sacrifice in order to achieve them

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My Drunk Kitchen: “Omelette You Finish”

A YouTube Series from Hannah Hart. It’s a cooking show. Sort of. Or a drinking show? I wanted a glass of wine more than an omelette after watching, so I’m going with drinking show. I am so subscribed.

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links for 2011-04-12

Duotrope's Digest Duotrope's Digest, an award-winning, free writers' resource listing over 3350 current Fiction and Poetry publications. Use this page to search for markets that may make a fine home for the piece you just polished. (tags: writing publishing fiction reference) How much does a short story earn in a magazine? | johnaugust.com These are

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Crushable: Women with awesome voices

In my catalog of “hot women” I have a special category for women with awesome voices – and I don’t just mean singing voices, but speaking voices as well. There are a handful of women to whom I would just sit for hours upon hours and listen while they talked – and two of them

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Paula Cole: Mississippi

This song falls under the heading of really awesome music I’ve rediscovered in my music library recently. Of course I was listening to Paula Cole something like 10 years ago (1996 – so 15 years ago.) At a particular time in my life when I was completely in love with a woman who was in

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Stand with Planned Parenthood

Please take a few moments to go and sign this petition against defunding Planned Parenthood: After months of budget negotiations, extreme anti-choice members of Congress are trying to force a shutdown of the federal government. This shutdown is not about disagreements over spending or taxes — it’s about a single-minded vendetta against Planned Parenthood and

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links for 2011-04-08

Fark.com | Caveman outed as gay by the way he was buried and by his fabulous furs Wow. Stereotype much, people? This is ridiculous. (tags: lgbt stupid)

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links for 2011-04-07

People You Might Not Want to Have Casual Sex With | The Hairpin At least I finally effing know how to pronounce "Ayn Rand." Who knew it was pronounced " self-servicing biggoted tea party ho-bag"? (tags: funny) Stamps these days: “Polar bears, lots of women and blacks no one has ever heard of” Conservative dude

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swimming across the current

You know how you have those stories that affect you but they aren’t exactly yours to tell, so you hesitate to bring them up? I’ve been going back and forth with that lately. I wrote at the beginning of March about dealing with our rental house and the clean-up efforts post-tenant occupation. Stephanie’s dad came

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links for 2011-04-06

Lying Around Listening To Music All Day Linked To Depression "The kids who listened to the most music were the most likely to be depressed; kids who read the most were the least likely." I knew books were good therapy. (tags: reading music depression) Woman Attacked Gaugin Because It Was So Totally Gay Maybe she's

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links for 2011-04-05

Childless by choice – Boing Boing Brian Frazer in Details magazine talks about choosing not to have kids, in a conversation that could be verbatim what Stephanie and I have had: Our individual philosophies on the subject fell somewhere between casual indifference and acute apathy. "You want kids?" "I don't know…do you?" "Um…not sure." "I'll

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links for 2011-04-03

Cast Calculus – Television Tropes & Idioms How many protagonists can a story have? (tags: characters writing tropes television movies)

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links for 2011-04-02

Feature films with 4 or more Harry Potter Wizards Interesting idea, but one of the worst infographics I've ever seen. Practically impossible to read, and the graphic treatment is terrible, too. (tags: HarryPotter visualization movie) Watch a Cute Blooper Reel From Season Two of Parks and Recreation — Vulture I almost wish I worked there.

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Sucker Punch Disney Mashup

Apparently the Sucker Punch movie I was excited about seeing a few weeks back (but didn’t get around to, due to recent events) turned out to have been very bad indeed. So, good thing I didn’t waste my money. But this came out of it, which is quite funny – a mashup of the trailer

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links for 2011-04-01

Buffy Speak – Television Tropes & Idioms Badger: "You think you're better than other people!" Mal: "Just the ones I'm better than." (tags: tropes language television) Growing The Beard – Television Tropes & Idioms The point a which a show transforms from good to great. (tags: StarTrek tropes television) The Sunk Cost Fallacy « You

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links for 2011-03-31

Terrible Pick-Up Lines | The Hairpin Funny but sad. (tags: notsomuchreally love funny) 20 Sad Etsy Boyfriends – Urlesque Guys modeling their girlfriends handmade items for etsy. They're not happy about it. (tags: funny photography crafts) Wonder Woman's Costume: Not As Bad As We Thought! Now that's way better. Not as shiny, and the boots

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links for 2011-03-26

Scott Adams (Dilbert), deleted post • tinysprout Wow, talk about an angry angry woman-hating man. What a sad little douche nozzle Dilbert's creator is. "The reality is that women are treated differently by society for exactly the same reason that children and the mentally handicapped are treated differently. It’s just easier this way for everyone.

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GIRLTRASH All Night Long – official trailer

Another on the list of movies I’m going to see one way or another. It probably won’t come here, so I’ll have to buy the video. Produced by Power Up, the people who made D.E.B.S. Created by Angela Robinson, based on her extremely successful Web series from Showtime.

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It Gets Better: Pearson Employees

This is from my company – an “It gets better” message from some of the LGBT employees where I work. When I first saw that they had put it together, I thought “hey that’s pretty cool” – then I started watching it, and teared up. Damn. I do occasionally get frustrated with my job, but

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links for 2011-03-25

Effing Dykes: Did You Want to Try That On Oh, this is so a convo that I need to have with a friend of mine – the subject of "Sport Fishing" – not actual fishing, but straight girls flirting with gay girls to see if they can get a reaction. Yes this happens. Sometimes it's

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For Those With Vaginas

Transcript: Hello, I am a woman. I am a woman. I’m a woman. A female of the species. You can tell because of the whole vagina having thing. Often American women depend on Planned Parenthood for medical care. It’s like doctors and stuff. Otherwise many women can’t afford basic care. Period. It’s come to my

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Rainbow Noise: IMMA HOMO

I cannot wait for these guys to put out this song as an mp3, because I want to drive around town with my truck windows down blasting this on the stereo. “RainbowNoise is an entertainment company that specializes in marketing lesbian and gay talent to commercial and mainstream audiences without compromising the artists’ individual style

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links for 2011-03-24

The 50 books every child should read – News, Books – The Independent Recommended reading for 11 year olds. There are some great books on this list, and some I need to add to my own reading list. (tags: children literature reading education) Tainted soil is urban gardener's new challenge | The Indianapolis Star |

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Things I totally did not do at work

“The Tiger could be riding atop a firebolt that is dripping blood, while holding a scotch in one hand and a snickers in the other.” The results of a far-ranging discussion about what our team name and t-shirt design should be for the Global Corporate Challenge that our company is participating in at work.

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links for 2011-03-23

50 Unexplainable Black & White Photos: Pics, Videos, Links, News People in the olden days did some crazy shit in photos, too. (tags: funny vintage photography weird) Ceaser – CSS Easing Animation Tool – Matthew Lein (tags: css3 animation development) Tina Fey Submits to a Gay Pop Culture Quiz — Vulture This is the one

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links for 2011-03-19

'Wonder Woman': First look at Adrianne Palicki in costume Holy crap that costume is shiny. Yikes! (tags: comics tv WonderWoman) The HTML5 test – How well does your browser support HTML5? Handy site to test what your browser supports. (tags: tools standards html5 testing) GOP Bill Would Force IRS to Conduct Abortion Audits | Mother

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links for 2011-03-18

Real World Moderation: Lessons from 11 Years of Community at SXSW Interactive 2011 | Lanyrd Excellent info from the founders of metafilter on how to handle moderation on a highly trafficked community website. (tags: community socialmedia toread video) » How Your Coffee Mug Controls Your Feelings (& What You Can Do About It) Johnny Holland

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links for 2011-03-17

Teen Boy Invents Leather And Pizza-Scented Candles For Men I think that's what candles are meant to mask the scent of, actually. #missingThePoint (tags: fail) Mug shot of Nancy Cowman, 21 February 1924, probably Central Police Station, Sydney "Special Photograph no. 1098. Nancy Cowman, 19, and Vera Crichton, 23, are listed in the NSW Police

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links for 2011-03-13

State Senator Jane Cunningham Wants to Put Missouri Kids to Work – St. Louis News – Daily RFT Crazy-ass Missouri Republican wants to repeal child labor laws and put kids to work. Barking mad, I tell you. What is the world coming to? Busting labor unions and putting kids to work – this is outright

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The importance of solitude

I linked yesterday to an article in the Boston Globe about studies on the importance of solitude. I read that article and re-read it and wanted to say some things about my reaction to it, because I’m still thinking about solitude, social interactions and how I relate to loved ones and friends. And I’m thinking

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links for 2011-03-11

The power of lonely – The Boston Globe But an emerging body of research is suggesting that spending time alone, if done right, can be good for us — that certain tasks and thought processes are best carried out without anyone else around, and that even the most socially motivated among us should regularly be

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links for 2011-03-10

How a Web Design Goes Straight to Hell – The Oatmeal So achingly familiar. (tags: webdesign comic funny) Stitch Simply Knitting Aid A knitting tool to help to people with arthritis or problems with their hands – awesome. (tags: knitting arthritis tools awesome) Public Schools Are Damned One Way or Another – Walt Gardner's Reality

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links for 2011-03-09

Autostraddle — Pure Poetry #14: Sady Doyle on the Great Poet Diane Di Prima "And yet, when you refer to “the Beats,” to whom are you typically referring? Kerouac, Burroughs, Ginsberg. Corso and Snyder, maybe. You rarely refer to Diane Di Prima. Which is one of the key things about being a “great woman poet,”

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International Women’s Day/Feminist Coming Out Day

International Women’s Day IWD is now an official holiday in Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China (for women only), Cuba, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Madagascar (for women only), Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nepal (for women only), Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zambia. The tradition sees men honouring their mothers,

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The Flood

As you may already know, Stephanie and I have a rental property on the east side of Indy – we’ve had tenants there for the last two years and they’ve just now moved out, so we went over on Sunday to take a look at the house. The property manager had already done an inspection

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links for 2011-03-08

Gender Differences and Casual Sex: The New Research « An interesting study about casual sex – women say no to casual sex with men not because they're not interested, but often because they don't feel safe from violence and because they don't have confidence the man involved can guarantee they'll have an orgasm. But women

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Do you have the right kind of wife for it?

Ad Copy: Can your wife bake her own bread? Can she get a kid’s leg stitched and not phone you at the office until it’s all over? Find something to talk about when the TV set goes on the blink? Does she worry about the Bomb? Make your neighbor’s children wish she were their mother?

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links for 2011-03-07

First Peek at Downton Abbey, Series Two | Edwardian Promenade Woo hoo! Can't wait for this! (tags: television)

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links for 2011-03-06

Nine Herbs Charm – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The Nine Herbs Charm is an Old English charm recorded in the 10th century[1] Lacnunga manuscript.[2] The charm is intended for treatment of poison and infection through the preparation of nine herbs. (tags: folklore charms alchemy) Ninety-Nines – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The Ninety-Nines: International Organization of

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links for 2011-03-05

26-Year-Old Writer Makes Millions On eBooks – But How, And Why? Clearly, I need to get to work. (tags: self-publishing) The Disposable Woman – NYTimes.com Why Charlie Sheen's history of abusive behavior should be taken into account in the current media circus about his behavior, and why we should be viewing his antics as disturbing,

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links for 2011-03-03

Amazon.com: Panasonic Lumix 12.5mm f/12 3D G Lens for Micro Four Thirds Interchangeable Lens Cameras: Camera & Photo How on earth did I miss that this existed? A 3-D lens for my camera. Holy shit. Add to wish list indeed. Sadly, I was just assuring Stephanie last night that I wasn't going to buy anything

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links for 2011-02-27

Autostraddle — 9 to 5 For Radicals: How to Survive Your Soul-Sucking Office Job The whole section about writing at work and going off the grid – verbatim a conversation I had last night with a friend. Yup. (tags: writing)

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Sucker Punch

Holy crap. I’m seeing this movie. On the day it comes out. I put a reminder on my calendar, even. Wanna go with? UPDATE: Yeah, after I read the reviews and heard how god-awful sexist it was, I didn’t go. So that was a letdown.

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links for 2011-02-26

CSS Properties Index – Jens O. Meiert A continuously updated list of all CSS properties (tags: css reference webdesign resources) Run multiple sites from the same code base (multi-site) | drupal.org learnings. I need some more of them. Gotta get my sites in order, babies. (tags: drupal multisite tutorial reference howto) How to create multiple

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links for 2011-02-25

The Smart Set: The Doctors and the Divine – February 15, 2011 In its romantic form, genius is irrational and beyond our control. In fact, true genius requires a loss of control. In a way, the romantics shift genius away from what we do and toward what we feel, from what we create to what

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Cooler than Dick Tracy

When I was a kid I thought it was the coolest thing that Dick Tracy could call people on his watch and see them on the tiny TV screen, and I thought it would be awesome if, some day far in future, I could have a watch like that that really worked. I was reminded

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links for 2011-02-24

Browse The NYPL Digital Picture Collection(P) Wow – very cool picture library. (tags: images history photography library) OBlog: Five Years of 100 Days: Observers Room: Design Observer Michael Bierut's course at the Yale School of Fine Art asked students to engage in a design project repeated every day for 100 days. Lots of really wonderful,

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Photography Fail

And this afternoon I realized that I missed both the Weegee exhibit at the IMA and the Henri Cartier-Bresson exhibit at the Art Institute in Chicago. I knew about both and had plans to see them, but somehow never managed to get to either one. That blows.

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Way to go, Ace

Had an accident in the parking lot at work. Yeah, I’m feeling like I own the world right about now. Yeah. I kinda want to crawl into bed for a week and not come out, given this and a whole host of other stuff. I need to take some vacation days.

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Question: Just not that into you…

Anon Question: Have you ever been dating someone who is obviously more into you than you are them? How did you handle it? That that scenario has really never come up for me. I have to be really into someone to start dating them, actually. If I wasn’t very into someone, I turned them down.

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links for 2011-02-22

Ghost Signs in Chicago Very cool survey/photo collection of ghost signs (painted signs for businesses no longer in existence) in Chicago. (tags: advertising chicago history signs)

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Question: If you could master one skill what would it be?

Anon Question: If you could master one skill what would it be? Writing. I’d like to be a successful, published author. It’s the dream I’ve had since I was a small kid. Writing is also the hardest thing for me to do and the thing I’m most insecure about, which is why I constantly shoot

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Question: birthday redos

Anon Question: If you had to live your 16th birthday or your 21st birthday over and over for a month, which would you choose? I wish I remembered either one well, actually. I have a terrible memory and don’t recall what I was doing either time. That really is why I take photos and why

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links for 2011-02-19

Secy of State Clinton espouses pure cognitive dissonance strategy | Beyond The Beyond It's really funny to read Bruce calling out Hillary on this kind of rhetorical gymnastics because I've written paragraphs like that myself in the past – trying to achieve some state of saying and not-saying what I know is complete bull crap,

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Amber Benson’s Death’s Daughter Book Contest

I should probably not add competitors to my own contest entry, but if you’re at all a fan of Amber Benson’s Death’s Daughter series, the third book in the series ( Serpent’s Storm ) is coming out in the next few days, and you can win a copy of it in a contest at Bitten

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Questions & Answers

Question from a friend: How risqué are we allowed to get with these questions? 😉 Oh, what the heck. As risqué as you want. Bring it, baby! I say that now, but watch me get bashful when you actually ask them. Anon Question from Formspring: If you could spend three days (two nights) anywhere in

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links for 2011-02-18

Maureen Johnson Books » Blog Archive » MANIFESTO A really awesome "manifesto" about how to engage with other folks online. I need to do much better at engaging with folks who talk to me online. (tags: writing publishing internet)

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Question: Have you bought any clothing in the last week?

Yes, I’m hunting around for things to write about, and picking random questions from the internet. My friend Matt has been doing a 30 day blogging project, and I was sort of interested in doing something similar except not the same. Possibly something that makes no sense. And that doesn’t obligate me to write everyday

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links for 2011-02-16

15 Things Kurt Vonnegut Said Better Than Anyone Else Ever Has Or Will | Music | Inventory | The A.V. Club (tags: quotes writing literature Vonnegut)

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Overdue Crushable: My Wife

Since I’ve been talking about crushable women a bunch lately, I realize I’ve been remiss about writing about the most crushable of them all – my beautiful wife Stephanie. I know I talk about her occasionally and post photos, but I haven’t really gone all out very many times, have I? I know I’m probably

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links for 2011-02-13

All sizes | Doctor Who Infographic | Flickr – Photo Sharing! According to this, the doctor can regenerate up to 500 times, not just 13. So I could be one of the Doctors some day. Cool. (tags: tv reference awesome) Explorations in Typography / Mastering the Art of Fine Typesetting Wonderful typography site. (tags: typography

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Finished hat

Finally was able to finish this hat- had to wait until class met again so I could get help fixing a problem.

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Elizabeth Mitchell confesses

Shamelessly cribbed from Dorothy Snarker’s very nice blog post about Elizabeth Mitchell: this cute video of her “confessing” to TV Guide magazine. Gosh, she is really funny. I thought she was a great actress in Lost, but had no idea what she was like as a person. Dorky and cute, as seen here.

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links for 2011-02-09

GLEE! LIVE! IN CONCERT! : Glee What I want for my birthday. THIS IS A GIANT HINT. HINT, HINT. => Birthday present idea. (tags: GLEE Birthday concert) How to Fold Bed Sheets (Without Ending Up with a Sloppy Mess) Wait, this has to be an article on lifehacker? Didn't your mom teach you this shit

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Glee Recaps

I really enjoy reading recaps of Glee episodes because it’s funny to read someone trying to write a coherent narrative about a program that doesn’t actually make any fucking sense whatsoever. It’s mostly “and then this happened” followed by “yeah, I don’t know what that was about, either. WTF.” And yet I watch the show

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25 ways to know you’re grown up

1. Your house plants are alive & you can’t smoke any of them. 2. Having sex in a twin bed is out of the question. 3. You keep more food than beer in the fridge. 4. 06:00 AM is when you get up, not when you go to bed. 5. You hear your favorite song

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links for 2011-02-08

opubWriter – Home opubWriter is an online wysiwyg editor that allows you to create books in the epub format, following the Open Publication Structure (OPS). (tags: tools ebooks epub software) Suffering Sappho! A Look At The Creator & Creation of Wonder Woman – Comic Book Resources Marston believed that submission to "loving authority" was the

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links for 2011-02-07

Enterprise HTML – Provides proven high performance, enterprise-level and scalable HTML tips and best practices. (tags: funny html)

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links for 2011-02-06

Home | LimeJS LimeJS is a HTML5 game framework for building fast, native-experience games for all modern touchscreens and desktop browsers. (tags: javascript html5 framework)

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Justin Beiber has a forehead

Finally. If that kid is going to be all over my TV and internet, I want him to brush his hair back out of his damn face — as much as I want teenagers in the street to pull up their idiot pants and wear a belt. I’m old and cranky; do as I say,

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Born This Way Blog

Okay while you’re looking at gay blogs, check out Born This Way Blog. It is safe for work viewing, and is cute as a button – gay and lesbian folks sending in pictures of themselves as children – usually photos of them doing something outside of what little boys or little girls are expected to

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I’m Free to do what I want any old time

Finally out of the house after the crappy ice storm. Sadly, I’m thrilled to be at work. My life, she is so exciting, yes? We made it through three days being stuck at home, although not without casualties. Eddie (that would be Stephanie’s Rabbit, for those who may be joining us late) suffered a flat

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links for 2011-02-04

A Couple Cooks » Posts » Spicy Kale Lasagna This is what I'm going to do with our kale in the spring. (tags: kale lasagna recipe food)

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Lady Sybil Crawley

My latest TV crush: Lady Sybil, the third daughter of Lord and Lady Crawley on the BBC Mini-series Downton Abbey. Played by actress Jessica Brown-Findlay. The story is set in a huge country manor house in the years just before World War I, and Lady Sybil is the firebrand youngest child; a suffragist, feminist and

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links for 2011-02-03

Cracking the Scratch Lottery Code | Magazine Interesting link about how they create seemingly random tickets but control the number of outcomes. But his methods for figuring them out may have been taken into account – and the tricky part is: once you can separate winning tickets from non-winning ones, can you purchase only winning

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Skins: British vs. American

Skins is a British TV show finishing it’s fourth season in the UK. It’s fictional, set in Bristol, England, it focuses on teenagers, and it’s very raw and realistic, covering drug and alcohol abuse and sexuality as topics. It’s raunchy and hugely popular in Britain. I’ve been watching the British version streaming through Netflix, and

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Not quite skate-able

But close – there’s enough ice to keep her above the surface, but it’s to rough to really skate. Stephanie in the backyard.

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Car door iced shut

Signs of the Icepocalypse 2011. We managed to chip through it to start the cars. But we’re due to get more, so we’ll see. Working from home today.

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links for 2011-02-01

The 50 Most Loathsome Americans of 2010 | The Beast So far, #33 is my favorite, but I suspect #1 will ultimately be the best. (tags: humor bestof2010 humour) Does filtering cheap vodka through a Brita filter really work? – Spirits – Chowhound If you read the comments – probably cheaper and better for you

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links for 2011-01-29

Yes, Chick-fil-A Says, We Explicitly Do Not Like Same-Sex Couples | Gay Rights | Change.org Forget you, chick-fil-a. You get no money from me. (tags: chick-fil-a rights equality marriage)

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Quote of the day

In the comments of this Jezebel article on a weird guy who hates Emma Watson on his blog: “Honestly who can hate Emma Watson? She’s yet to do one annoying thing in public and she’s as adorable as a bucket of kittens.” True dat. Leave the poor girl alone to get her degree, people.

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links for 2011-01-26

6 Pieces of Music That Mean The Opposite of What You Think | Cracked.com "Ride of the Valkyries" from Die Walkure by Richard Wagner: "You assume that, when this was played in Die Walkure, a crew of badass, spear-wielding chicks must have been up on the stage engaged in some serious goddamn lady-fighting. Or, you

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links for 2011-01-25

Is Fireworks better than Photoshop? yes (tags: fireworks photoshop reference resources) Anne Hathaway Will Probably Make a Surprisingly Good Catwoman | The Hairpin Two lines from this article: "If they can edit him out of that movie entirely as some kind of DVD extra, maybe have that movie be two naked Anne Hathaways and Gyllenhaal-less,

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links for 2011-01-21

Justin E. H. Smith: On the Internet | berfrois "Consider the institution of friendship. Every time I hear someone say that Facebook ‘friendship’ should be understood in scare quotes, or that Facebook interaction is not real social interaction, I feel like asking in reply: What makes you think real-world friendships are real? Have you not

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links for 2011-01-20

Gwyneth Paltrow's Bonfire Of The Inanities Gwyneth really kinda needs me as a life editor. Because darned if she isn't a really likable girl, but someone needs to have the job of throwing in a "hold up, girl, that's really just not a good idea, and here's why:" in her path every now and again

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links for 2011-01-19

50% Of Sent Emails Probably Make You Look Like A Dolt I don't get it. (tags: funny communication) Folk Art Quilt Quilting Ribbons Supplies Hand Dyed Velvet Wool Electric Quilt CD For Sale Ohio Found this women's site through our friend Syd in California – I should a whole post so you could see pictures

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Draining the water heater

Yup, the water heater went out. Fun times! But it all worked out and now we have a new water heater, which we’ve been needing for awhile.

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links for 2011-01-15

Foods By State A map of which foods states are famous for. Indiana is popcorn according to them. That makes sense; Orville Redenbacher's is here in Indiana. They could also have gone with sugar cream pie or pork tenderloins. (tags: food usa map)

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If you’re going to get into a car accident…

do it in Romania, apparently. Advertising Agency (Name, City, Country): Frank, Bucharest, Romania Creative Director: Teodor Cucu Art Director: Ionica Dogaru, Ionut Popescu Copywriter: Alex Manciu Published/Released/Aired (Month, Year): December, 2010

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links for 2011-01-14

Fan Fiction: A Day In The Life Of Your Standard Manic Pixie Dream Girl « : Crushable – Crushable gives you the celebrity news, style and scoop on the stuff you care about. WARNING: not actual fan fiction because there's no sex. (there's always sex in fan fiction right?) but it's fun. And a silly

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links for 2011-01-13

skywarrior108 – The Truth About Quinn Fabray Sure, I can totally get behind all of this. Faberry forever. (tags: glee rachel/quinn funny totally-true) Tiger Beatdown › The Arizona Shooting: An FAQ Sady puts together a much more coherent argument than mine about why the tea party is to blame, rather than mental illness. (tags: teabaggers

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President Obama’s speech at the Arizona Memorial

The loss of these wonderful people should make every one of us strive to be better in our private lives – to be better friends and neighbors, co-workers and parents. And if, as has been discussed in recent days, their deaths help usher in more civility in our public discourse, let’s remember that it is not because a simple lack of civility caused this tragedy, but rather because only a more civil and honest public discourse can help us face up to our challenges as a nation, in a way that would make them proud. It should be because we want to live up to the example of public servants like John Roll and Gabby Giffords, who knew first and foremost that we are all Americans, and that we can question each other’s ideas without questioning each other’s love of country, and that our task, working together, is to constantly widen the circle of our concern so that we bequeath the American dream to future generations.

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mental illness and violence

Can we stop pronouncing Loughner mentally ill on scant evidence? It does a disservice to all mentally ill people. The facts are these: Most murders are committed by people who are NOT mentally ill, and most mentally ill people pose no danger to anyone around them. Full stop. Sure, the man’s rants on YouTube seem

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links for 2011-01-12

Interesting Times: Arguing Tucson : The New Yorker In fact, there is no balance—none whatsoever. Only one side has made the rhetoric of armed revolt against an oppressive tyranny the guiding spirit of its grassroots movement and its midterm campaign. Only one side routinely invokes the Second Amendment as a form of swagger and intimidation,

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links for 2011-01-11

Our Desperate, 250-Year-Long Search for a Gender-Neutral Pronoun | The Awl The answer to Scalia's recent comments about women not being protected by the Equal Protection Clause of 14th amendment: "There is no she, or her, or hers, in the tax laws," concluded (Susan B.) Anthony, blasting her opponents to smithereens. "The same is true

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I don’t get it at all

A Democratic congressperson was SHOT in the head. Six people were killed. And the media is STILL allowing things to be said like “We don’t know the motivation of the shooter?” We don’t? Because *I* do. I follow politics, and I’m not an idiot – I can see exactly what happened here. And Republicans in

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links for 2011-01-08

Op-Ed Columnist – Death by Gadget in Congo – NYTimes.com Warlords finance their predations in part through the sale of mineral ore containing tantalum, tungsten, tin and gold. For example, tantalum from Congo is used to make electrical capacitors that go into phones, computers and gaming devices. (tags: technology misogyny rape violence) Chick-Fil-A’s WinShape Foundation:

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The Sartorialist

I wish I had his job. And blog. a seven minute documentary on how Scott Shulman shoots his photos.

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links for 2011-01-07

Autostraddle — Top Ten Sweatpants A thoughtful and thorough article on sweatpants. No kidding, really. I liked it, even. It made me want to buy more. Of course it's an autostraddle article, so you know; sweatpants are a thing. (tags: clothing sweatpants girl-on-girl) Short-Lived 70s Groupie Magazine Star Now Online | The Hairpin "SUPERFOX is

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links for 2011-01-05

Resolved: Eat Better, Not Less, for a Healthier Diet I have friends who've outline similar cooking styles – have a few core recipes where ingredients can be swapped in and out, depending on what you have in your refrigerator. We really need to adopt a system like this so we aren't always scrambling. (tags: cooking

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Cooking Templates

via Jezebel – Resolved: Eat Better, Not Less, for a Healthier Diet Jezebel’s article on healthy eating covers an approach that I’ve heard from many of my thin friends: What you need are a few core recipes that you’re good at, or can get good at, that can be adapted for almost any combination of

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links for 2011-01-04

2010 Year Lists – Fimoculous.com The giant list of 2010 "Best of" Lists. Lots of fun stuff there. (tags: lists books 2010bestof music culture) 2010’s Gayest Glee Moments | Little Gold Men | Vanity Fair Isn't the whole show one big gay moment? No? Okay, if you must break it down. (tags: glee television gay

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