Archives: February 2011

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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