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2019 Indiana State Legislature: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Source: Indiana Senate Democrats – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: 2019 Edition The Ugly Bias Crimes This session, Governor Holcomb made it a priority to pass bias crimes legislation. With the governor’s support, Senate Democrats were confident that Indiana would finally get a comprehensive bias crimes law on the books. Sen. Greg Taylor

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Death of blogger Gary Welsh officially ruled suicide

Goodness knows I did not love prolific local blogger and attorney Gary Welsh. Over the many years he wrote about local and national politics, he penned things that were complete libelous falsehoods, and he should have been sued many times over. Fortunately for himself, he was shrewd enough to aim his worst defamatory lies at

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2015 List of “Best of” Lists

Source: The Year in Fungi – The New Yorker Five mycological highlights from 2015, including banana killers, rainmakers, and the zombie cure. Source: Top 25 News Photos of 2015 – The Atlantic The past year has been a series of tumultuous news stories, from the massive migration crisis and the war and terror those migrants

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“Arabian Street Artists” Bomb Homeland: Why We Hacked an Award-Winning Series | Heba Amin

The series has garnered the reputation of being the most bigoted show on television for its inaccurate, undifferentiated and highly biased depiction of Arabs, Pakistanis, and Afghans, as well as its gross misrepresentations of the cities of Beirut, Islamabad- and the so-called Muslim world in general. For four seasons, and entering its fifth, “Homeland” has

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2015-10-13 Recently Read

Down the Rabbit Hole The rise, and rise, of literary annotation Press Rewind by Brendan Fitzgerald What one journalist learned by vicariously sitting in on David Carr’s master class—with only his teacher’s reputation, extant syllabus, and students’ recollections to guide the way. Press Play David Carr’s journalism syllabus – “Making and distributing content in the

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2015-05-27 Recently Read

Wikipedia: Mudra A mudra is a symbolic or ritual gesture in Hinduism and Buddhism. While some mudras involve the entire body, most are performed with the hands and fingers. A mudrā is a spiritual gesture and an energetic seal of authenticity employed in the iconography and spiritual practice of Indian religions. The classical sources for

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2015-03-15 Recently Read

Cool stuff I’ve read recently. Andrew Keir: Split ink Fountain Printing ypically when printing, a single colour only is used in each ink fountain (pictures to follow), and while gradients can be printed using modern process colour printing – the standard mix of cyan, magenta, yellow and black found in your average home/office printer –

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2015-02-19 Recently Read

The New Yorker: R U There? “A new counseling service harnesses the power of the text message.” David Carr, New York Times: “Calling Out Bill Cosby’s Media Enablers, Including Myself” “What took so long is that those in the know kept it mostly to themselves. No one wanted to disturb the Natural Order of Things,

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2015-02-09 Recently Read

Subtraction: Color Grading Movies How digital color manipulation of a movie can drastically change the tone and meaning of the subject. The Morning News: The Books A long and fun essay on the subject of a couple combining their library after having lived together for sometime. One of the things Stephanie and I have never

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2015-01-29 Recently Read

Grantland: How ‘Selma’ Got Smeared As a member of more than one marginalized group of people, I can attest that these sorts of conversations with allies happen all the time wherein the needs of the marginalized group end up being subservient to the plans of their allies, who have more power and are able to

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Recently Read: Preserving Artist Mary Nohl’s Home

Via Hyperallergic: A Single Woman Is a Witch: Battling to Save the Art Environment of Mary Nohl Over a period of 50 years, the artist Mary Nohl transformed her yard as well as the interior and exterior of her cottage into an environment that stands in conversation with the surrounding land, lake, and her childhood

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Transgender Day of Remembrance 2014

Transgender Day of Remembrance is observed to memorialize people killed by prejudice against transgender and gender-variant people. It also raises public awareness of hate crimes committed against transgender people – an action the media doesn’t do well, as we saw during the reporting of Indianapolis resident Ashley Sherman’s death. Day of Remembrance publicly identifies (where

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Boxed In: Employment Of Behind-The-Scenes And On-Screen Women In 2013-14 Prime-Time Television

From the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film: San Diego State University, the annual report on women in television The report is available in a downloadable PDF file: Boxed In: Employment Of Behind-The-Scenes And On-Screen Women In 2013-14 Prime-Time Television In 2013-14, women comprised 27% of creators, executive producers, producers, writers,

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Same-sex marriage is legal in Indiana

Yesterday, a federal court judge threw out Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriage, ruling that the Gay marriage ban violates Equal Protection Clause and Due Process Clause. See the the summary judgement here [pdf]. Because there was no stay on the ruling, Indiana couples could begin marrying immediately, and the Marion County Clerk’s office was prepared

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2015-06-02 Recently Read

NY Times: Storme DeLarverie, Early Leader in the Gay Rights Movement, Dies at 93 “Nobody knows who threw the first punch, but it’s rumored that she did, and she said she did,” said Ms. Cannistraci, an owner of the Village lesbian bar Henrietta Hudson. “She told me she did.” Ms. DeLarverie was a member of

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Powerful Essay on the World Trade Center Attacks

By Steve Kandell on Buzzfeed [The Worst Day Of My Life Is Now New York’s Hottest Tourist Attraction]: The fact that everyone else here has VIP status grimly similar to mine is the lone saving grace; the prospect of experiencing this stroll down waking nightmare lane with tuned-out schoolkids or spectacle-seekers would be too much.

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What Girls Wear in Summer Time

From Role Reboot: A Message To Teenage Girls About Summer Dress Codes By Chelsea Cristene The other day while driving home from work, I saw a shirtless man who looked about my age—mid 20′s—mowing his lawn. I did not roll down my window and cat call, or yell to him that I’d like a piece

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Essential Follow-up Reading on HJR-3

Indy Star — The intrigue behind the curtain cloaking the HJR-3 debate “When the Indiana Senate cast its vote Monday on the proposed same-sex marriage ban, it all seemed pretty straightforward, even predictable. The vast majority of Republicans voted for the measure and it passed 32-17. But outside public view, another story was playing out.

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The End of HJR-3 for 2014 (with some thoughts on HB-1153)

Because in the past, I’ve been terrible about writing down the follow-up of the Indiana Marriage Discrimination Amendment, here’s a wrap-up post in case this comes up again in two years – HJR-3 passed through the state legislature, but we essentially “won” because we succeeded in keeping it off the ballot in 2014. After my

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How Marriage Equality Opponents’ Three National Strategies All Contradict Each Other

From Think Progress: How Marriage Equality Opponents’ Three National Strategies All Contradict Each Other. At the federal level, opponents currently have three proposed strategies for rolling back some of the recognition that same-sex couples now have. Particularly in the wake of the Utah and Oklahoma decisions, groups like the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) and

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HJR-3 to be heard in the Indiana House Monday at 1:30 p.m.

After some committee shenanigans, (in which Brian Bosma moved the bill from House Judiciary committee to the Elections and Apportionment committee when it became clear that it wouldn’t pass the first one) HJR-3 passed out of committee on Wednesday, and will be heard on the floor of the Indiana House on Monday at 1:30 p.m.

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Writing off Jennifer Weiner

I don’t know how it’s possible, but after reading this New Yorker profile “Written Off” by Rebecca Mead, I love Jennifer Weiner more than I did before reading it, although it’s widely being described as “a take-down” piece. The profile starts out fine, but about half-way through, the paragraph that starts “Weiner has also taken

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Annual “Best of” Lists for 2013

I’ve put together much more comprehensive lists like this in the past, but time and priorities have interfered this year. Here are the end-of-year retrospectives that I was able to review and enjoy this December. 100 Notable Books of 2013 – New York Times 50 Book Covers for 2013 – The Casual Optimist The Best

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If Only…

There’s a reason why every teen lesbian in the country watched The Facts of Life religiously in the 1980s. I would have bought that Jo Polniaczek and Blair Warner hated each other a little bit more if it hadn’t looked like they wanted to make out in ever scene they were in together.

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Disturbing Things I’ve Read Today

In the discussion forums on Bleeding Cool, covering an article on sexism in the comics industry, was this little commentary by a fellow who calls himself comics2read: After this thread (regarding a restraining order against a comic book artist for violence directed at a female comic book artist) and the various Brian Wood threads, the

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How the Media Failed Women in 2013

Courtesy of The Representation Project, an overview of how the media failed women. There was a lot to celebrate this year for women in the media, but there was still a lot of crazy stuff going on. Here’s a bunch of stuff that showed up on the news that you may have missed.

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Skipping Ender’s Game

Geeks OUT wants you to Skip Ender’s Game, and they have some compelling reasons why. As I’ve noted here back in 2005, Orson Scott Card is a homophobic nut who has said some terrible and dangerous things about gay people. Geeks OUT compiles a larger, more complete list of how he had harmed gay people:

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Potential Web Hosting Replacements for Media Temple

After yesterday’s announcement of GoDaddy buying Media Temple, (more about this on TechCrunch) I’ll need to move. But it’s going to be a couple months before I can do that, so these are some notes about hosts to research when I get some free time to make the switch. These were all recommended to me

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GoDaddy buys Media Temple and I lose my mind

I was checking my email this afternoon, all unsuspecting, and suddenly this crap bomb appeared in my inbox from my web hosting provider Media Temple: I am proud to share some momentous news with you today. GoDaddy, the Internet’s largest platform for small businesses, has acquired (mt) Media Temple. We will continue operating as an

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Todd Rokita embarrasses Indiana twice (at least)

Indiana State Representative Todd Rokita (R) has been making the news cycles recently to discuss his ignominious role in the government shutdown. He’s blissfully unaware of how ridiculous he sounds in this soundbite that gets prominent discussion on The Daily Show yesterday evening: But what takes the cake is Rokita’s sexist remarks to a CNN

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Some government shutdown reading

First – let’s be clear on who’s responsible for this debacle: The truth of what happened Monday night, as almost all political reporters know full well, is that “Republicans staged a series of last-ditch efforts to use a once-routine budget procedure to force Democrats to abandon their efforts to extend U.S. health insurance.” (Thank you,

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The Pope’s “new stance” on homosexuality

Let me do the TL;DR up front – it’s the same as the old stance. Several new stories have come out today about a recent interview Pope Francis did where he expanded on his comments from July on homosexuality and women’s roles in the church. I’ll link to some articles about what he had to

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My DC Comics Pull List Purge

The only comment that DC Comics has made so far about the epic fuck-up that they have made with Batwoman and refusing to allow her to be married [Batwoman writers leave DC Comics over ban on same-sex marriage] is this: “As acknowledged by the creators involved, the editorial differences with the writers of BATWOMAN had

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Batwoman writers leave DC Comics over ban on same-sex marriage

J.H. Williams III and Haden Blackman — longtime writers of the Batwoman comic book — are leaving DC Comics over a dispute about editorial changes to their planned story lines, including being forbidden to show the main character marrying her same-sex partner. Cross-posted by the authors to both author sites: Unfortunately, in recent months, DC

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Go Ahead and Play Project Photos

A slide-show of photos of many of the piano’s from the Women’s Fund of Central Indiana’s “Go Ahead and Play” Project. Now that the pianos are out and about through the downtown area, check out some photos of the various artist’s work. And visit the pianos while you’re out at GenCon or IndyFringe this weekend.

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Documenting the increasing violence towards LGBT people in Russia

In June 2013, Russia passed draconian new laws targeting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people, which have led to roving bands of neo Nazis and Russian military groups attacking, torturing and killing gay people. Attacks against individuals perceived to be gay or lesbian are on the rise over the last several weeks. Gay Teenager Kidnapped

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The Gender Flipped Character in Elysium

A couple of comments I added to the article at The Mary Sue “Add Elysium’s Secretary Delacourt To The List Of Characters Written For Men And Played By Women“: The Entertainment weekly quote from that article: Her role was created as Secretary Rhodes, who was male. But then Blomkamp woke up one morning and it

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On Giving Credit to Feminist Writers

Sady Doyle writes “For the Record” on sadybusiness: …and I’m mad at the trend of anonymizing and erasing women who do feminist work, attributing every single fucking idea and cultural gain to vaguely defined “feminists” rather than the actual people who sat down, wrote the pieces, made deadline, and endured harassment over it, only to

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Decision Day: DOMA and Prop-8 Fall

Defense of Marriage Act is Unconstitutional as a deprivation of the equal liberty of persons that is protected by the Fifth Amendment.. Link to the decision: UNITED STATES v. WINDSOR, EXECUTOR OF THE ESTATE OF SPYER, ET AL. From SCOTUSblog: So does this mean that I’ll be able to file joint taxes with my wife?

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ACLU takes Indiana BMV back to court over IYG Plates

The American Civil Liberties Union announced today that it is take the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles back to court over their refusal to begin re-issuing new IYG license plates. Here is the press release by the ACLU about this recent action: IYG v. BMV 6-19-2013 [PDF] Text of the release: Indiana Youth Group Fights

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BMV seeks ‘clarity’ on Indiana Youth Group license plates

Despite the fact that a recent judge’s ruling determined that the state improperly revoked IYG’s specialty license plate, the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles is asking for ‘clarity’ on the issue, before resuming sales of the specialty plate that both benefits the Indiana Youth Group and earns the State additional tax revenue. I’ve written about

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Multiple Deadly Attacks on Women in Pakistan

NBC News: Pakistan militants bomb women on bus, then seize hospital in deadly attack “QUETTA, Pakistan — Militants in western Pakistan bombed a bus carrying women university students on Saturday and then seized part of the hospital where survivors of the attack were taken, killing at least 12 people, officials said.” CNN News: Pakistan militants

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The Standard You Walk Past Is The Standard You Accept

The Standard You Walk Past Is The Standard You Accept via Yes Means Yes Blog. Nice blog post – specifically about how officials in Australia’s Army are changing things for women in the army, but broadly about women and their place in the world, and about power and how it should not be built on humiliating

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The 25th Annual Circle City Pride Celebration, June 8th

The Circle City Pride Celebration is a week of events, culminating in the Pride Parade and Festival on Saturday, June 8th. Visit their site for a list of the events; there’s lots to do this year throughout the week. But definitely the highlights are the parade and festival on Saturday. The Cadillac Barbie Pride Parade

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Favorite Quotes: White Dude Mating Calls

It’s a tedious way of saying “Don’t make me feel bad for being an asshole”, which seems to be the mating call of a whole lot of white dudes. — from Women in Secularism 2: Breaking News: Even at WiS, we have to defend the purpose of WiS!

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Anti-Gay Churches will not have booths at Pride this year

After meeting with concerned LGBT citizens and with the two churches who had purchased vendor booths for the 25th Circle City Pride Festival this year, the organizers of Indy Pride have decided to return their booth fees and decline their attendance at the festival. I’m very glad that this has been worked out, and that

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Anti-gay churches have booths at Indianapolis Gay Pride event

2013-05-29 UPDATE: According to a facebook note from the Indy Pride Organizers, These two churches will no longer have booths at this year’s Pride celebration. Last year and for the past few years apparently, there have been two churches from Indianapolis — Castleview Baptist Church and A.C.T. For The Gospel — who have had booths

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Mayor Ballard’s Land Bank Scandal

Required reading: 11-03-2012 IBJ-Cory Schouten: City bans bulk land-bank sales after lopsided deal with not-for-profit 05-21-2013 IBJ-Cory Schouten: FBI searches City-County Building, makes multiple arrests in Land Bank probe 05-21-2013 IBJ-Cory Schouten: Feds used wire tap, undercover agent in Land Bank probe 05-21-2013 Indy Star-Dan Carpenter: Indy Land Bank indictments may be too late for

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IYG and the homophobic Indiana State Legislature

Indiana Youth Group is a social advocacy group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered youth that has been around since 1987. They provide lots of important services to help young LGBT people in Indiana, including counseling and social services for at risk youth, advocacy on their behalf in schools, and health education. IYG has been

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All hail Greg Ballard, our new Mayor King

It’s official – Governor Pence signed SB 621, the bill that drastically reworks Indianapolis city government to take power away from the Indianapolis City-County Council and hand it over to the Mayors office. If you want to understand a bit more about what this bill does, read more about it here: [The Brutal Republican Power

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Indianapolis Cultural Trail Official Opening Celebration

Speaking of Indianapolis infrastructure – here is some news on a public works project that actually creates a positive impact on a large chunk of the city – The Indianapolis Cultural Trail “officially” opens on Saturday, May 11, with a round of celebrations called “Get Down On It.” (cute!) The celebration includes a pretty massive

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TED Talk: Violence & Silence – Jackson Katz on Gender Violence

Excellent TEDx talk on Gender Violence and why it’s a men’s issue by Jackson Katz. Why you should listen to Jackson Katz: Jackson Katz, Phd, is an anti-sexist activist and expert on violence, media and masculinities. An author, filmmaker, educator and social theorist, Katz has worked in gender violence prevention work with diverse groups of

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Indiana’s 10 Most Endangered Places 2013

Indiana Landmarks calls your attention to the 2013 list of Indiana’s 10 Most Endangered historic places. Jeopardized by neglect, deterioration, and lack of development prospects, these irreplaceable landmarks face imminent threats. Included on this years’ list: Anderson Athletic Park Pool, Anderson Bowen House, Delphi Brookview-Irvington Park & State Boulevard, Fort Wayne Eagle Cotton Mill, Madison

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Androgyny: The Bem Sex-Role Inventory Test

Courtesy Wikipedia: The Bem Sex-Role Inventory was created by Sandra Bem in an effort to measure androgyny. It was published in 1974. Stereotypical masculine and feminine traits were found by surveying 100 Stanford undergraduate students on which traits they found to be socially desirable for each sex. The original list of 200 traits was narrowed

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Death of a Revolutionary: Shulamith Firestone

Susan Faludi in The New Yorker writes about the death of radical feminist Shulamith Firestone and what it means in the context of contemporary feminism. In the late nineteen-sixties, Firestone and a small cadre of her “sisters” were at the radical edge of a movement that profoundly changed American society. At the time, women held

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Infill Before Density: Some Ideas for Indy Velocity

Erika Smith from the Indy Star fills us in on a new plan for development in downtown Indianapolis that includes improving residential as well as retail and business development. Here’s some basics about the plan: This is the thinking behind a new strategic plan called Velocity. Led by IDI, this year-long process — with the

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How Movies Teach Manhood: Colin Stokes

More about this TED Talk: When Colin Stokes’ 3-year-old son caught a glimpse of Star Wars, he was instantly obsessed. But what messages did he absorb from the sci-fi classic? Stokes asks for more movies that send positive messages to boys: that cooperation is heroic, and respecting women is as manly as defeating the villain.

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Mayor Ballard wants cricket venue in Indy, but can we afford it?

In a move that recalls his repeated “We need a chinatown in Indianapolis” public gaffe from early in his first term, Greg Ballard told business leaders in India today that he wants to build a cricket venue in Indianapolis [Ballard wants cricket venue in Indy, he tells business leaders in India., Indianapolis Star]: Indianapolis Mayor

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Indy 5×5 Presentations: Make Indy

We’re at the second of Make 5×5 – four events designed to fund and celebrate ideas and innovation in Indianapolis. Five presenters have five slides and 5 minutes to explain their vision for a project that would make Indianapolis a better place. The audience votes, and the winner gets $10,000 dollars to make their project

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Fantastic Article on Teaching Consent

Yes Means Yes has a Fantastic article on teaching consent as a part of sex education. They walk through how a curriculum of teaching some basic concepts to young men in school… Teach young men about legal consent Teach young men to see women’s humanity, instead of seeing them as sexual objects for male pleasure

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The Oxford Cambridge Boat Race 2013

“The Boat Race” is this weekend on Sunday, and we’ll be watching at a pub before joining the rest of the family for Easter dinner. Helpful summary from wikipedia: The Boat Race is an annual rowing race between the Oxford University Boat Club and the Cambridge University Boat Club, rowed between competing eights on the

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“Suspended’ Coffee

Italian tradition of ‘suspended coffee’ takes hold elsewhere in tough economic times | The Raw Story. Can’t afford coffee? No matter. In Bulgaria, an old Italian tradition that sees good souls buying hot drinks for those who struggle to make ends meet has taken hold after weeks of tensions over deepening poverty. More than 150

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Week 1: What is gender? Theories and views

Gender Through Comic Books Online Course at Canvas.net. The Course Syllabus Class hasn’t started, but I can already tell by the reading materials that I’m going to be FIRED UP about some of this week’s subject, because I’ve written about it before! The readings from Lorber are definitely a feminist take on gender, but it’s

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Batgirl’s Equal Pay Public Service Announcement

How cool is this that the actors from the Batman TV show starred in a political public ad in the early 1960’s? You’d never see this today. In case you were wondering after watching the below video, the Equal Pay Act of 1963 did get passed, and has improved women’s salaries, but needs to be

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Indianapolis Museum of Art’s unnecessary budget cut backs

There’s a lot to unpack in this article on the IMA’s recent decision to cut it’s budget under director Charles Venable – [The sad, unnecessary situations at MOCA, Indy | Tyler Green: Modern Art Notes | ARTINFO.com.] But it’s well worth reading the whole article to tease out the details, especially if you are a

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Damsel in Distress: Part 1 – Tropes vs Women in Video Games

The first video from Anita Sarkeesian’s kickstarter project “Tropes vs. Women in Video Games” is up and running, covering the “Damsel in Distress” trope. You might remember that when Sarkeesian started this Kickstarter project, there was a huge surge of harassment directed at her for even starting the research, before she had even expressed her

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Oceanographer Edith Widder: How we found the giant squid

Oceanographer Dr. Edith Widder talks about how she invented the camera rig designed to attract and film the giant squid recently filmed and shown in the Discover documentary. Dr. Widder is the president, senior scientist and CEO of the Ocean Research and Conservation Association. And she is a total bad ass. A really cool example

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Gender Through Comic Books Online Course

Very cool news from comic writer Mark Waid: For the last few months, a talented university teacher named Christy Blanch has been putting together a college-level course called “Gender Through Comic Books”–but it’s not limited to college students. It’s the world’s first comics-related Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)–meaning that it will be FREELY AVAILABLE to

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Women in technology and harassment

Almost 6 years ago, in March of 2007, technologist and public speaker Kathy Sierra shuttered her online site and declined her speaking engagement at O’Reilly ETech because she had been threatened and harassed online and feared personal attacks in real life. [Geek Feminism Wiki: Kathy Sierra Incident] At the time, it generated an outpouring of

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Indiana Senate Bill 621 (SB 621)

Bill introduced in the Indiana State legislature this week: Indiana Senate Bill 621 (SB 621) The analysis of this bill by Indy Democrat Blog: “Where to begin? It’s pretty easy. Almost everything in this bill is designed to reduce the power of Democrats in Marion County. From reducing the power of the County Commissioners (the

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useful feminist and online conversational references

The Tone Argument “A tone argument is an argument used in discussions, sometimes by Concern trolls and sometimes as a Derailment, in which it is suggested that feminists would be more successful if only they expressed themselves in a more pleasant tone. This is also sometimes described as catching more flies with honey than with

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You Belong With Me, deconstructed

Or, why Taylor Swift is a Nice Guy(tm). Courtesy of NinjaCate on Jezebel, this analysis of Taylor Swift’s song as a demo for why she’s problematic when it comes to women’s issues. You’re on the phone with your girlfriend, she’s upset She’s going off about something that you said ‘Cause she doesn’t get your humor

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Annual “Best of” Lists for 2012

Top 10 Science Stories of 2012 – Discover Magazine 2012: The Year in Pictures – New York Times 2012 Year in Pictures: Part I – The Big Picture, Boston.com 2012 Year in Pictures: Part II – The Big Picture, Boston.com 2012 Year in Pictures: Part III – The Big Picture, Boston.com The 140 Best Twitter

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I am a feminist and I’m not afraid to say so

Everyone’s afraid of the stigma of calling themselves a feminist, but they want to say things that are empowering to women. I feel like I’m back in the 1980s, when I came out as gay, and everyone else came out as bisexual first and then came out as gay five years later. The problem is

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Ryan Murphy does hate lesbians, apparently

Via Vulture magazine, some interesting commentary of last night’s Glee episode, which I have yet to see. Glee Recap: Carefully Chosen Bells and Whistles — Vulture. Speaking of chaos, if you’re a casual Glee fan, you might have missed out on exactly how directly last night’s episode knocked down the fourth wall between it and

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Adorable Gay Men get marriage license

Via the Maddow Blog – Pic: Way past wonderful – The Maddow Blog, these two adorable gay men are applying for a marriage license in Washington: Randy and Larry Get Married One month after Washington State voters approved the state’s marriage equality law in Ref. 74, same-sex couples get marriage licenses for the first time

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Adorable Trans Teen Couple

From the Daily Mail is this story on the cutest trans teen couple ever: To the casual observer, this young couple look just like any other teenagers in love. But pretty Katie Hill and her boyfriend Arin Andrews share a unique bond – they were both born as the opposite sex. Katie, 18, spent the

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Lesbian Avengers

Via Lesbian Avengers, the awesome lesbian direct action group that was active in the 1980s and 1990s. On June 28, 1992 six activist dykes threw down the gauntlet: “LESBIANS! DYKES! GAY WOMEN!… We’re wasting our lives being careful. Imagine what your life could be. Aren’t you ready to make it happen?” By 1994, a multitude

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Evolutionary Psychology and its Top Ten Failures

This is worth reading… Via Dr. Beetle: Evolutionary Psychology and its Top Ten Failures. The dreadful pseudo science of evolutionary psychology is founded upon concepts such as survival of the fittest, selfish genes, inherited instincts and mind modules. It has shot to prominence in science and societies’ thinking, and found many a willing ear.

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Pop Culture Memes for Old People: Gangnam Style

Q. What is it? A. A pop song and video from a South Korean group called PSY. Q. Why? A. Kids these days. It’s been played on the radio, parodied in various forms and has recently appeared on Saturday Night Live. Do I give a crap? A. Probably not, but in case you want to

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A Different Kind of Economic “Bubble”

A Different Kind of Economic “Bubble” by Sheila Kennedy. Some interesting points Sheila makes in her class, based on the book “The Price of Inequality: How Today’s Divided Society Endangers Our Future” by Joseph Stiglitz on how the 1% rig the economic system to continuously give themselves an advantage: According to Stiglitz, the vaunted American

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How to be a fan of problematic things

Cool article: “How to be a fan of problematic things” by Social Justice League. Liking problematic things doesn’t make you an asshole. In fact, you can like really problematic things and still be not only a good person, but a good social justice activist (TM)! After all, most texts have some problematic elements in them,

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Todd Akins triggers some good writing, at least

You’ve heard about Todd Akins, the Republican nominee for Senate in Missouri, right? The guy who actually said: “First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare,” Akin told KTVI-TV. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” Obviously

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DoubleXplainer: What is a vagina?

Double X Science: DoubleXplainer: What is a vagina?. What is a vagina? First, let’s just practice saying the word. Vagina. Vuh-ji-nuh. VAGINA! OK. Why are we practicing this? So that we can avoid suffering from the fluttery sensibilities of one Rep. Mike Callton of Michigan who, upon hearing colleague Rep. Lisa Brown use the word

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Park 16 Apartment Fire

This evening, fire broke out in the “Park 16” apartments being build at 16th and Broadway Avenue in Indianapolis, a few blocks from our house. We ran up the street to take photos, and were able to get remarkably close. The Park 16 Apartment complex (formerly called Caravelle Commons) was controversial, which I wrote about

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The Weekend Was a Crazy Liberal Idea

In 1886, 7 union members died in the US fighting for the 40 hour work week and 8 hour work day. We seem to forget that many freedoms we take for granted were ideals people had to die for – including the deaths of people who weren’t trained soldiers, but average people who were just

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Is This Feminist?

Sweet Jesus is this funny…. via Is This Feminist?. This woman is doing laundry. IS THIS FEMINIST? No. As much as we admire the expression of real and legitimate anger, stemming from an unequal and sexist burden of housework based upon normative gender roles, we still can’t endorse just shoving the camera guy into the

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Indiana Governor’s Race: Dumb vs. Dumber

I was incredulous yesterday when the John Gregg, the Democratic candidate for Indiana Governor actually went on record as being against same-sex marriage, because – how dumb can you be? That position is clearly on the wrong side of history, is clearly not a Democratic position, and will lose you your base in Indiana. It

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Thoughts on Azzarello’s Wonder Woman

From Vanessa Gabriel: Thoughts on Azzarello’s Wonder Woman |. In the last three issues of Azzarello’s Wonder Woman, I find myself less than inspired. What started off strong is now bringing diminished returns in the form of Diana’s intellect, or lack thereof. Diana is repeatedly being tricked or lied to in some monumental way, and

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On Wonder Woman #8, Fanboy Flakkers & The Sanctity Of Myth

On Wonder Woman #8, Fanboy Flakkers & The Sanctity Of Myth (Part 1 of 2) by “Too Busy Thinking About My Comics”. It seems that Azzarello has been granted free reign by the flakkers to reinterpret anything at all except for those aspects which serve to perpetuate misogyny. The supposed vileness of Queen Hippolyta and

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Female Superheroes – No, It’s Not Equal

Kelly Thompson takes a really close look at female superheroes and body type portrayals, and the vast difference between male and female superheroes in an article called No, It’s Not Equal on Comic Book Resources. When I look at the way characters are rendered in superhero comics for more academic purposes, I look at four

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Losing my religion for equality

President Jimmy Carter chooses to leave his church rather than support inequality for women. His explanation here: Losing my religion for equality. Excerpts from his piece: Women and girls have been discriminated against for too long in a twisted interpretation of the word of God. I HAVE been a practising Christian all my life and

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Movie Trailer for Bully

This year, over 5 million American kids will be bullied at school, online, on the bus, at home, through their cell phones and on the streets of their towns, making it the most common form of violence young people in this country experience. The Bully Project is the first feature documentary film to show how

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Guinness World Record for largest kinetic tension experiment

Indianapolis teens Andre Jefferson and Miles Parnell set a world record Saturday, March 24, for the largest stick bomb, which is a mechanical spring-loaded device constructed out of flat sticks woven together under tension. A stick bomb works similarly to a line of dominoes; setting off the kinetic tension of the woven sticks causes them

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Homophobic = Probably Gay

Written and directed by Katie Goodman and Soren Kisiel. Featuring, left to right, Erin Roberg, Katie Goodman, and Maggie Garver. Filmed by Ryan Stumpe and AVERIngenuity. Edited by Soren Kisiel and Ryan Stumpe.

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Coolest roadside attractions

Courtesy of guyism.com, Coolest roadside attractions | Cadillac Ranch | Largest ball of twine: 10. Martini Drinking Elephant – Fortville, Indiana 9. Bigfoot Discovery Museum – Felton, California 8. Jimmy Carter Peanut – Plains, Georgia 7. 7 POPS Diner – Arcadia, Oklahoma 6. Burt Reynolds and Friends Museum – Jupiter, Florida 5. W’eel Turtle Sculpture-

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Tear down wall of denial so we can fix broken IPS

former IPS School Board President Kelly Bentley has some thoughts about how to fix IPS in this Indy Star editorial: Tear down wall of denial so we can fix broken IPS | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com. Even recent good news about IPS is tempered by the reality that the numbers often aren’t as positive as

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Post-Super Bowl

As a Naptown native, it was quite fun to see how the city transformed for the event – sad that it takes a sporting event for the city to suddenly infuse the local arts scene and local businesses with cash so we can put cool murals and public sculptures in place and promote local restaurants

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12 Indy Conversation-Starter Spots To Visit

Historic Indianapolis has a nice list of historical landmarks and site-seeing spots in Indianapolis. Places with connections to Abraham Lincoln, Benjamin Harrison, C.J. Walker, and a confederate prison camp are some of the intriguing spots to visit around Circle City.

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10 Anthems for a Feminist Revolution

According to spinner magazine, these are the tops: (linked to mp3 download or album on Amazon.com) 10. Salt-n-Pepa, ‘None Of Your Business‘ (from the album Very Necessary) 9. Carole King, ‘(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman‘ (from the album Her Greatest Hits (Songs Of Long Ago)) 8. Aretha Franklin, ‘Respect‘ (from the album

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Indianapolis: Super Bowl City

A collection of recent articles about Indianapolis, many from an outsider’s point of view: Explore Indy’s Surprising Food Scene – PBS.org This week the world turns its attention to Indianapolis, as the Midwestern city plays host to Super Bowl XLVI. Long known as a haven for chain restaurants, in recent years the city has undergone

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Buffy Vs. Edward – Pop-up Video style

Rebellious Pixels produces this cool video mash-up remix of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Edward from the Twilight series, highlighting how creepy and stalker-like inappropriate Edward’s behavior is during Twilight, and how Buffy would have handled the behavior in a healthier way than Bella does. This latest version contains “pop up video” annotations that provide

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How is sexual orientation defined?

Me, on the question of how sexual orientation is decided: This comes down to the argument of “is it your attractions that decide your sexual orientation, or your behaviors?” And within the gay community, there is fierce argument over that question. Which is why I always go back to the Kinsey scale, which is based

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You are awful, too

Whenever you confront, or see confronted, sexism on the internet, there is almost always a chorus of people doing a couple of things in response: 1) excusing the behavior of the people who are sexist, or 2) trying to defend the community in which the sexism is taking place by arguments such as “not all

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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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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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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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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 2011-09-12

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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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 2011-08-26

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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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 2011-08-05

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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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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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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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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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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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 2011-07-01

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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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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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 2011-06-09

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 2011-04-07

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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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 2011-04-02

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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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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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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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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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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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 2011-03-06

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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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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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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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: 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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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 2011-02-13

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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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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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 2011-02-06

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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links for 2010-12-24

A Rock and an Island – a Rizzoli & Isles fanfic – FanFiction.Net Holy crap. Read this. It's really excellent. I really hope this author has a day job writing fiction, because… wow. (tags: television fanfiction)

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links for 2010-12-23

Repeal Of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Paves Way For Gay Sex Right On Battlefield, Opponents Fantasize | The Onion – America's Finest News Source OMG. I love the Onion (tags: military humor gay DADT)

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links for 2010-12-17

Some Shit I’m Sick of Hearing Regarding Rape and Assange « Kate Harding kate covers all the issues. (tags: rape women politics gender feminism) The Man Repeller I'm not sure whether I'm intrigued or repelled. (tags: fashion humor blogs) Winona Ryder, Mel Gibson & The "Oven Dodger" Joke Horrified. (tags: celebrity bigotry hate)

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links for 2010-12-16

Cable TV’s Top Shows For 2010: ‘The Walking Dead,’ ‘Rizzoli & Isles,’ ‘The Closer,’ ‘Jersey Shore,’ ‘Deadliest Catch’ See? I'm not the only one who thinks you should be watching Rizzoli & Isles. (tags: television) A Call to Men An organization for men committed to ending violence against women. (tags: men activism feminism violence)

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links for 2010-12-14

The Boardgame Remix Kit – new ways to play your favourite board games reworking older games into new ones – I've been wanting to do this for years. To some extent we do this anyway by changing rules to make the game what we want it to be. This just gives more ideas. (tags: games

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links for 2010-12-13

The Women of World War I (tags: women wwi history gender feminism) 5. The History of Girls' School Stories reading notes. (tags: literature history women education)

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links for 2010-12-08

Shambhala Sun – How to do Mindfulness Meditation Something I would like to start in the new year – the trick will be to find the right location in our home. (tags: consciousness brain stressreduction relaxation health)

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links for 2010-12-07

Oliver! FanFiction Archive – FanFiction.Net You know, I love fan fiction, but this is just too silly even for me. Come on, guys. (tags: fanfiction funny absurd)

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links for 2010-12-06

Chris Burden's latest project "a portrait of LA" "For a piece called Metropolis II, artist Chris Burden is building a huge track and put 1200 Hot Wheels cars on it" – I hate this guy, because I want to do what he's doing. 🙂 How do people make a living playing with cars? Troubleshooting 101

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links for 2010-12-04

Olga Kotelko, the 91-Year-Old Track Star – NYTimes.com Wow. Intense training can help you fight off aging, but there possibly some genetic component as well. But the fact that she didn't begin her intense training until her 70s leaves me with some hope. I can start now and have some hope of holding on. (tags:

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links for 2010-12-03

ThinkProgress » Tea Party Nation President Says It ‘Makes A Lot Of Sense’ To Restrict Voting Only To Property Owners PHILLIPS: "The Founding Fathers originally said, they put certain restrictions on who gets the right to vote. It wasn’t you were just a citizen and you got to vote. Some of the restrictions, you know,

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links for 2010-12-01

Knitted Bliss: Pattern: Stockholm Scarf Wow. Love this pattern. (tags: knitting cowl patterns) Factory Farm Map Oh my. Um, the big red area in the center of the map is a concern. (tags: agriculture animals environment farms pollution sustainability)

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The Indiana Humanities Council

Yes, I have gotten really lazy with the blogging, as MJ calls me out in a comment on the last link blog post I just put up. Indiana Humanities Council :: Home Page "the Council encourages Hoosiers to think, read ­and talk. How? By creating its own programs, such as Community Conversations, Evenings at the

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links for 2010-11-29

Indiana Humanities Council :: Home Page "the Council encourages Hoosiers to think, read ­and talk. How? By creating its own programs, such as Community Conversations, Evenings at the House and Novel Conversations; by providing grants for humanities programs throughout the state; and by providing a space—physically and digitally—for people to connect and converse." (tags: indiana

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links for 2010-11-25

fantastic journal: the all seeing eye One of the many strange scenes in Powell and Pressburger's 1946 masterpiece A Matter of Life and Death – a film choc-full of fabulous strangeness – involves a camera obscura, an optical device which projects an image of its surroundings onto a screen. (tags: movies optics cameraObscura)

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links for 2010-11-23

Floorplanner.com Create floor plans, house plans and home plans online with Floorplanner.com. (tags: architecture drawing furniture floorplan house home) Cindy's Take on Tech» Blog Archive » An Open Letter to Wired Magazine "I met one of your female editors, Rebecca Hurd, at SXSW. We had a nice chat, and she politely said that if I

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links for 2010-11-21

whatwasthatbook: Sam and Ann school readers, mythology, early 70's Yay! someone else was hunting for the same school readers from my childhood that I have been for years, and they had better luck finding them. I loved these. Sam Ann Nip Tuck and Walter in Sullivan Associate Readers or Programmed Reading Books, by C. D.

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links for 2010-11-19

Your Child Left Behind – Magazine – The Atlantic Even if we treat each state as its own country, not a single one makes it into the top dozen contenders on the list. The best performer is Massachusetts, ringing in at No. 17. Minnesota also makes it into the upper-middle tier, followed by Vermont, New

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links for 2010-11-17

Bike bucket instructions Page includes a link to a PDF file on how to convert cat litter buckets to bike panniers. (tags: diy panniers bikes bikemod) SARAGA International Grocery "SARAGA International Grocery in Indianapolis, Indiana can be your home away from home or a new adventure. We offer food from all over Asia, Africa, Carribean,

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links for 2010-11-13

What a Hundred Million Calls to 311 Reveal About New York | Magazine | Wired.com (tags: visualization crowdsourcing newyork 311 government statistics) Wheel of Fortune puzzle solved in one letter Eh. Big deal Stephanie has solved the puzzle with no letters several times. She's a bit uncanny in her ability to solve Wheel of Fortune. She

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Flying, Body Scanners and TSA Groping

I’m sure by now you’re probably aware of the new security regulations at airports that subject you to very intimate searches if you opt out of the body scanner that photographs you naked in the security line. The scanners and new search procedures are going into every airport in the country now. For me personally,

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links for 2010-11-12

Zoopraxiscope – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The zoopraxiscope is an early device for displaying motion pictures. Created by photographic pioneer Eadweard Muybridge in 1879, it may be considered the first movie projector. The zoopraxiscope projected images from rotating glass disks in rapid succession to give the impression of motion. The stop-motion images were initially painted

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links for 2010-11-09

How every single discussion about sexism on the internet has happened An awesome comic that lead to the exact sort of misogynist fallout that the comic itself depicted. Point – you're proving it now! (tags: sexism comics feminism funny misogyny awesome)

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Journalists vs. Pundits

I disagree with about 90% of what Meghan McCain believes in, but in general I think she’s a likable girl. I think part of that is because in the back of my head, I think she’s really a closeted liberal just waiting for the light bulb to go on so she can come out of

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Made in America

One of the ways we can all help our economy is to look for products made in America, especially in the upcoming Christmas season. Here are some directories to get you started finding products made here in the United States by American workers. Americans Working a Directory of products made in the United States US

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links for 2010-11-05

Rameau's Nephew – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Rameau's Nephew, or the Second Satire (French: Le Neveu de Rameau ou La Satire seconde) is an imaginary philosophical conversation written by Denis Diderot, probably between 1761 and 1772. (tags: ideas)

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links for 2010-11-04

Tim Wise » An Open Letter to the White Right, On the Occasion of Your Recent, Successful Temper Tantrum I know, you think you’ve taken “your country back” with this election — and of course you have always thought it was yours for the taking, cuz that’s what we white folks are bred to believe,

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links for 2010-10-29

Ind. Parents Told Drop Disabled Kids At Shelters : NPR Indiana's budget crunch has become so severe that some state workers have suggested leaving severely disabled people at homeless shelters if they can't be cared for at home, parents and advocates said. They said workers at Indiana's Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services have told parents

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links for 2010-10-28

1970 Ford Paint Colors Bring em' back Olive. Last Stand Custard. Good Clean Fawn. Anti-Establish Mint. Counter Revolutionary Red. Knight White. Young Turquoise. There She Blue. Three Putt Green. Freudian Gilt. (tags: colors vintage funny)

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links for 2010-10-27

Citizenship for Students – United States – Coming Out Illegal – NYTimes.com Wow. A whole different perspective on undocumented residents. (tags: immigration) The Feministing Five: Rachel Maddow Fantastic interview with Rachel Maddow – I love her answers on some of these questions. (tags: feminism rachelmaddow reprorights journalism) FUCK YEAH Hipster kitty knew about it way

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links for 2010-10-25

Republican House Candidate: Violent Uprising Is 'On The Table' | TPMDC Let's see – who one this civil war last time? Uh, yeah, the liberal progressives won it. Sure, dude. Bring it. We kicked ass before. (tags: civilWar crazyshit)

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links for 2010-10-24

Jane Austen Fiction Manuscripts: Home Jane's original manuscripts, digitized. Don't bother me, I have a lot of reading to do. (tags: austen writing literature manuscripts) Jane Austen's original manuscripts go online Monday Yahoo! News Burying the lede in this article – her manuscripts go online. And some academic thinks her editor did a lot of

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links for 2010-10-23

A Comprehensive Glossary Of Gifs You'll need all of these. I thought I had a good list, but no. Not at all. This is definitive. (tags: animation gifs awesome funny internet meme) Eclipse Classic 3.6.1 | Eclipse Packages (tags: software)

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links for 2010-10-22

0to255 Color picker tool. (tags: colors tool GUI inspiration colorpicker) CSS3 Wrapping Drop Shadows Got the wrapping shadows working with minimal extra markup(You need the first child to be a container element like a header, hgroup or a div). Oh and they stretch. Webkit only for now, although I'm sure Firefox could do this trick

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links for 2010-10-21

As G.O.P. Seeks Spending Cuts, Details Are Scarce – NYTimes.com Calculations by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office and other independent fiscal experts show that the $1.1 trillion cost over the next 10 years of the Medicare prescription drug program, which the Republican-controlled Congress adopted in 2003, by itself would add more to the deficit than

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links for 2010-10-20

Koch Industries and Network of Republican Donors Plan Ahead – NYTimes.com "Charles Koch, whose wealth Forbes magazine calculates at about $21.5 billion, argues in his letter that “prosperity is under attack by the current administration and many of our elected officials.” He repeatedly warns about the “internal assault” and “unrelenting attacks” on freedom and prosperity."

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links for 2010-10-19

Sex Discrimination Constitutionally OK Says Scalia Personally, I think Justice Scalia is high on cocaine. Why else would he say such stupid and untrue things? (tags: supremes Scalia crazyshit) Billiken – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia elf-like with pointed ears, a mischievous smile, and a tuft of hair on his pointed head. His arms were short

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links for 2010-10-15

Wall Street Begins To Fear Nightmare Foreclosure-Gate Scenario Where All Of Housing Finance Is Wrecked What happens when mortgage holders have been paying the wrong mortgage company because the paperwork was screwed up by the company – giant shitstorm. (tags: mortgage foreclosures housing economy) Penguin deckchairs | penguin folding chair | penguin book furniture penguin

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links for 2010-10-14

Mule Design Studio’s Blog: Dear Gap, I have your new logo. Why asking for crowdsourcing to "give" you something that professionals work hard at is a sucky practice. Gap, he's talking to you. (tags: business logos crowdsourcing design) Many machines on Ix – San Francisco Demands Excellence "Make better graffiti, loser." Ha ha. (tags: graffiti

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links for 2010-10-13

Judge Orders Injunction on ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ – NYTimes.com Awesome! (tags: dadt lgbt) I checked with Carol at the mini-golf hut and no pants were found on the fence. David proves that adhering to the letter of the law and ignoring the intent of the law will get you some really funny pictures of

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We’re here for you

It’s National Coming Out Day. 23 years ago today, I was on a trip with some friends to DC for the National March on Washington for LGBT Rights, and just about this time of morning, we rode the escalators up from the Metro at Dupont Circle, where there were massive crowds of people gathered –

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links for 2010-10-11

lens culture: in almost every picture # 7 "The chronological series begins in 1936, when a 16-year-old girl from Tilburg in Holland picks up a gun and shoots at the target in a shooting gallery. Every time she hits the target, it triggers the shutter of a camera and a portrait of the girl in

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links for 2010-10-10

Why is This GOP House Candidate Dressed as a Nazi? – Joshua Green – Politics – The Atlantic "Asked whether his participation in a Nazi re-enactor's group might not upset voters, particularly Jewish voters, Iott said he hoped it would not: "They have to take it in context. There's reenactors out there who do everything.

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Sylvia Plath in a Nutshell

Sady Doyle’s succinct and painful summary of Sylvia Plath’s relationship with Ted Hughes [Ladies! Stop Being Mad At Ted Hughes!], now that his post-Plath-suicide poem has come to light You’re talented. You’re really talented. You might even be a genius. And your gentleman, he’s talented too, though not to the degree that you are. But

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These losers are voting

And they hope you aren’t. Vote in this years’ election on November 2nd. For Marion County voters in Indiana, you can vote early – here’s the info: Clerk’s Office, 200 E. Washington St., W-122 Begins: Monday, October 4 Ends: Monday, November 1 (at noon) Weekday Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Weekend

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links for 2010-10-09

Sweet, Sweet Harrisville // Brooklyn Tweed Jared Flood explains the difference between "worsted" spun wool (the method, not the weight of the yarn) and "woolen" spun wool. Interesting to know the difference – and it makes a difference how the garment comes out when you knit, too. (tags: knitting wool yarn) BrooklynTweed Yarns OMFG YARN!

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links for 2010-10-08

5 GOP Candidates Who Want to Force Rape Victims to Bear Their Attacker's Child | | AlterNet Funny how these same 5 GOP candidates are also on my shit list. (tags: teabaggers conservatives crazyshit) Knitted Ewok:: knithacker.com THAT is the cutest picture of a knitted ewok – I'm not kidding, you want to see this

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links for 2010-10-07

Bad-ass women in fake beards "La Barbe takes its name from the cheeky assertion that in order to wield any power in France, it seems, you have to be man. Taking this message to heart, the women of La Barbe protest by showing up to events – meetings, conferences, and so on – wearing fake

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links for 2010-10-06

Mapping Stereotypes by alphadesigner Very funny maps based on our stereo-typical understanding of other countries. (tags: visualization maps funny europe) "Ally McBeal" creator takes on Wonder Woman | TV Show Recaps, Celebrity Interviews & News About & For Gay, Lesbian & Bisexual Women | AfterEllen.com Aw, crap. David E. Kelley is going to fuck up

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TARP worked, the Stimulus worked

Rachel Maddow crunches the numbers – TARP worked, the stimulus worked, and Health Care is working. The economy is not out of the woods yet – we still need major turn-around on jobs, but we are WAY better than we were in 2008. We are on the right track, and we need to stay there.

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The New New Beetle

Spy photos of the 2012 New Beetle, according to Edmunds Inside Line Straightline blog. The 2012 Beetle The original Beetle (more or less, the bodies changed bit over time.) 1998 Beetle (this is Phoebe, of course.) Interesting – the 2012 looks a bit more like the old beetles than the current line. I’m not sure

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links for 2010-10-04

Op-Ed Columnist – The Very Useful Idiocy of Christine O’Donnell – NYTimes.com By latching on to O’Donnell’s growing presence, the Rove-Boehner-McConnell establishment can claim it represents struggling middle-class Tea Partiers rather than Wall Street potentates and corporate titans. O’Donnell’s value is the same as that other useful idiot, Michael Steele, who remains at the Republican

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links for 2010-10-03

The World – Nancy Drew and the Secret of the 3 Black Robes – NYTimes.com How Nancy Drew influence 3 female supreme court justices. (tags: nancyDrew supremes) Race Matters – The Enduring Legacy of the South's Civil War Victory Even though they lost the war, the south won an ideological victory – convincing people that

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links for 2010-10-02

DIY pinhole for dSLR :: Photocritic photography blog (tags: photography pinhole camera howto diy) The Butch Clothing Company Suits, shirts, trousers, t-shirts, casual trousers for butch women. (tags: clothing gender shopping cool butch) Op-Ed Columnist – The Tea Kettle Movement – NYTimes.com The Tea Kettle movement can’t have a positive impact on the country because

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links for 2010-10-01

Indianapolis Times: Charlie White's voting story isn't adding up "By now, most people have heard about the voter fraud allegations being leveled against Charlie White, the embattled Republican candidate for secretary of state." The story is grimmer than it first appears – he does need to be prosecuted for voter fraud. (tags: fraud corruption republicans

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links for 2010-09-30

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

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links for 2010-09-29

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

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links for 2010-09-28

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

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links for 2010-09-25

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

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links for 2010-09-24

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

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Health care reform changes go online today

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

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links for 2010-09-23

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

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links for 2010-09-22

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

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links for 2010-09-21

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

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links for 2010-09-18

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

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links for 2010-09-17

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

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links for 2010-09-16

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

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links for 2010-09-15

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

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Indianapolis’ disastrous downtown parking meter deal

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

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links for 2010-09-13

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

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links for 2010-09-11

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

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links for 2010-09-10

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

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links for 2010-09-09

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

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links for 2010-09-08

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

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links for 2010-09-07

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

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links for 2010-09-04

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

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links for 2010-09-02

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

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Maddow’s “make your own verb suffix contest”

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

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links for 2010-08-31

Obesity: Drink till you drop | The Economist Drinking a pint of water before you eat apparently does help you lose weight. (tags: health diet nutrition fitness) Pictos Hand Crafted, Infinitely Scalable & Royalty-Free Icons for User Interface Designers – this is going to be fantastic to use for CSS3 (tags: illustration iconography webdesign ui

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links for 2010-08-30

What Is It About 20-Somethings? – NYTimes.com Why are so many people in their 20s taking so long to grow up? This question pops up everywhere, underlying concerns about “failure to launch” and “boomerang kids.” Two new sitcoms feature grown children moving back in with their parents — “$#*! My Dad Says,” starring William Shatner

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Indianapolis’ Unigov Disaster

The Evansville Courier and Press has an interesting article investigating the Republican political power grab that was Indianapolis’ “Unigov” consolidation of Indianapolis with Marion County in the 1970s. INDIANAPOLIS — Merging the city and county governments here helped improve what amounted to a scattershot set of public services, but it also diminished the political power

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Disgrace – Obama’s position on marriage equality

Richard Just (Nation – “Disgrace: Obama’s increasingly absurd gay marriage position“) draws some interesting parallels between Woodrow Wilson’s weak stand on women’s suffrage and Obama’s weak position on same-sex marriage equality: In the fall of 1912, as his campaign for president entered its final stage, Woodrow Wilson was speaking in Brooklyn when he was asked

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links for 2010-08-27

Mehlman ‘wasn’t ready to admit to anyone that he was a supporter of gay rights.’ | The New Civil Rights Movement Former Bush/Cheney campaign manager and RNC chair Ken Mehlman comes out as gay – something everyone knew but he didn't admit until now. The fucking asshole. (tags: homophobia lgbt republicans) The Online Photographer: Planned

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Sapphic matchmaking

Apropo of nothing, on the way to the restroom at work, this notion popped into my head: “Hey, wasn’t Joan’s roommate Carol (played by Kate Norby in season 1 of Mad Men) a lesbian? They should write a scene where she meets Peggy’s new friend Joyce (played by Zosia Mamet, appearing in season 4) so

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links for 2010-08-26

Step Up and Step Back: more on the role of men in feminist spaces at Hugo Schwyzer Hugo Schwyzer: "As I commented at Feministe, I have a simple formula I’ve developed over the years to describe my thinking about men in feminist spaces. (I am perplexed as to why I’ve never blogged about it before.)

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links for 2010-08-25

Carlos A. Ball: Is It Possible to Be Against Same-Sex Marriage Without Being Homophobic? No, it isn't. If you're against me being married, you're homophobic. And you're an asshole. (tags: homophobia marriage equality) What will be your legacy? | Unclutterer "Everyone gets organized at some point, they just might not be around for it." –

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links for 2010-08-24

Final Letter in Katakana Among those who sortied from Chiran, there were few fathers who volunteered to be kamikaze pilots. Captain Kuno was one of these men. On May 23, 1945, the eve of his sortie, he wrote his final letter all in katakana [1] to his 5-year-old son Masanori and his 2-year-old daughter Kiyoko

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links for 2010-08-22

t r u t h o u t | Troops Punished After Refusing to Attend Evangelical Concert Once outside the concert, Smith and the other trainees were finally given an option and told to split into two groups: those who wanted to attend, and those who did not. Smith and about 80 others decided not

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links for 2010-08-19

On Distraction | Alain de Botton Allowing our brain to go on a diet – to step back from the endless swell of information – is critical to us being able to engage with people and ideas that are important. (tags: ideas concentration focus) The New Right-Wing Smear Machine | The Nation How bullshit travels

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90 years of women’s suffrage

90 years ago today, The Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified, guaranteeing women’s suffrage in the United States of America. Well done, Sister Suffragettes. Women have been able to vote throughout the US for less than 100 years. We still have a long way to go before women enjoy true equality. Some

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links for 2010-08-18

The nitty-gritty of whittling down your possessions – Boing Boing Now every purchase I make comes with a second-guess: Do I really need this? Like really, really need this? In the past year, "impulse buy" has left my vocabulary. I found myself buying fewer things, but also nicer things. On the whole, it's led me

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26 Things

Back in 1999, people on the internet were trading the meme called “100 Things” where you wrote 100 things that people might not know about you, and you posted them on your site. I started my list but never got beyond 26 items, so I never put it on my site. In cleaning out some

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Queen Latifah, PDAs and Outing

I would never have noticed this story on Queen Latifah’s PDAs with her longtime “friend” except that I saw “Leave Queen Latifah Alone” stories on six different progressive/gay/feminist sites. If they’re trying not to out her, they’re doing a poor job of it. I’ve commented on the subject of outing several different times here on

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links for 2010-08-13

Everything You Think You Know About Mike Tyson Is Wrong: News + Politics: Details After reading through this article – nope. Everything I know about him is right. Rapist and Criminal. This is telling: "I went back to Brownsville with my reality-TV-show crew, they're doing a segment about my childhood racing pigeons, and Brownsville's all

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links for 2010-08-12

Catharsis « You Are Not So Smart The Misconception: Venting your anger is an effective way to reduce stress and prevent lashing out at friends and family. The Truth: Venting increases aggressive behavior over time. (tags: psychology anger) Sady Doyle – Authors – The Atlantic Feminist writer Sady Doyle (of Tiger Beatdown fame) has been

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links for 2010-08-11

Austenized! Redrum Park and other horror classics improved – Juliet Waters – Open Salon Austen hated gothic/horror novels, and would have been offended at being Zombiefied. Juliet Waters suggest turning the tables on the recent trend and remaking horror stories into literary classics. (tags: literature Austen books) Cool Tools: The Best Magazine Articles Ever Lots

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Question Gender Essentialism

17-month-old Roy Jones brutally murdered for acting like a girl Strong trigger warning for graphic description of abuse and murder. 17-month-old infant assigned male at birth, Roy Antonio Jones III, was killed by his mother’s boyfriend for acting too much like a girl. Pedro Jones was babysitting Roy Jones (no biological relation) at the Shinecock

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Old Northside, Caravelle Commons and political issues

I’m irritated right now at one of my neighbors. We live in Old Northside in Indianapolis, which is an historic neighborhood, but one with really large houses, and one that has been almost completely renovated in the 1970s and 1980s. So the first wave of renovators – the hippies and liberals and gays – has

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links for 2010-08-07

Kurt Vonnegut's advice to young writers (tags: Vonnegut writing storytelling creativity) Tufts Journal: Corner: Simply Vonnegut (tags: literature Vonnegut writing) How to Use Twitter for Marketing and PR Awesome. (tags: awesome socialnetworking singleservingsite)

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U.S. District Court Decision: Perry v. Schwarzenegger

The whole document it’s entirety, courtesy of the New York Times. There is some scrumptious reading here; things that just make me giddy with glee. “Proposition 8 fails to advance any rational basis in singling out gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license. Indeed, the evidence shows Proposition 8 does nothing more

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links for 2010-08-05

The Dangerous Art of the Right Question Insight questions can only be asked after you develop situation awareness. They are necessarily local and unique to the situation. When you are faced with a difficult situation, you will start as a prisoner of the unanswerable/too expensive formulaic questions, and your first job is to break out.

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Prop 8 Overturned by Federal Court

According to MSNBC news services: SAN FRANCISCO — In a major victory for gay rights advocates, a federal judge on Wednesday struck down a California ban on same-sex marriage. Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker ruled that the voter-approved ban, known as Proposition 8, violates due process and equal-protection rights under the U.S. Constitution. …

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links for 2010-08-04

Why Morning People Rule the World "Morning people are more proactive – and therefore more successful in their professional lives — according to new research." Thank you very much. (tags: habits productivity lifehacks sleep)

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links for 2010-08-03

Disputed chemical bisphenol-A found in paper receipts The headline is misleading – there's nothing in dispute about BPA. It's toxic and unsafe. Since I first read about this, I started paying attention to where my receipts go. The ones that get dumped in my food bag at a fast food place are the most alarming,

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links for 2010-07-31

The willpower paradox – Bobulate "The results were provocative. People with wondering minds completed significantly more anagrams than did those with willful minds. In other words, the people who kept their minds open were more goal-directed and more motivated than those who declared their objective to themselves." — this is highly significant information. I get

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links for 2010-07-30

Indiana's girls at higher risk of violence The survey does not deal with the context in which those rapes might have occurred or when they might have happened. But it found the percentage of Indiana high school girls who had experienced dating violence — who had been hit, slapped or physically hurt by a boyfriend

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links for 2010-07-29

Kickstarter Come up with a project and raise money to make it happen. (tags: entrepreneurship fundraising ideas inspiration crowdsourcing kickstarter) Color Coordination | Young House Love Great tips on matching color for interior design – but good ideas also for picking and using color in other design as well. (tags: color designideas) Anchoring Effect «

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links for 2010-07-27

EVE | Equal Visibility Everywhere Awesome — "EVE is a group of people committed to creating Equal Visibility Everywhere for women. We're a brand-new (March 2010) not-for-profit dedicated to achieving gender parity in the symbols and icons of the United States." (tags: activism women feminism visibility) Contrapposto – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia "Contrapposto is an

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links for 2010-07-20

ProtoFluid – HTML5 and CSS3 Web App Prototyping Facilitates web app testing on various screen sizes, orientations and browsers. (tags: css3 html5 html testing)

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Could be worse.

I could write like Nicholas Sparks. I write likeCory Doctorow I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing! Update: after running a few more samples of my text through, the site suggests I now write like both David Foster Wallace and James Joyce. I write likeJames Joyce I Write Like by Mémoires,

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links for 2010-07-15

A List Apart: Articles: How to Size Text in CSS (tags: css typography fonts webdesign) How to size text using ems | Clagnut § Typography · CSS techniques (tags: css webdesign typography) Fluid Images — Unstoppable Robot Ninja (tags: responsive css3 webdesign fluid) A List Apart: Articles: Responsive Web Design (tags: responsive css3 grids webdesign)

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links for 2010-07-14

HOW TO: Optimize Your Mobile Site Across Multiple Platforms Bookmarking for the emulator lists. (tags: mobile design emulators) Kitchen Myths Some things you've heard that turn out to be urban legends. (tags: cooking myth facts kitchen) Home | Yahoo! Style Guide Yahoo produces a style guide for online copy. I'm skeptical… We have some great

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Fishers, Indiana and “Best Places to Live 2010”

Money Magazine ranks Fishers, Indiana number 8 on the list of “best places to live” in 2010. The criteria? “These terrific small cities — even now — boast plenty of jobs, great schools, safe streets, low crime, lots to do, charm, and other features that make a town great for raising a family.” Interesting idea.

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links for 2010-07-11

The News Dispatch > News > Opinion > Tax caps mostly benefit wealthy and corporations Indiana's new tax caps, enshrine in the constitution, will turn the state into a third world economy. (tags: taxes Indiana politics greed wealth)

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links for 2010-07-09

Why Parents Hate Parenting — New York Magazine "As I shuffled back to the living room, I thought of something a friend once said about the Children’s Museum of Manhattan—“a nice place, but what it really needs is a bar”—and rued how, at that moment, the same thing could be said of my apartment." (tags:

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Who does this look like?

The actually photo is of Lewis Powell, one of the Lincoln assassination conspirators. The photo was taken in 1865. But I swear the man looks like an actor I’ve seen in a movie or TV show somewhere just recently. I want to say it was something historical – like a Jane Austen movie, or something

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links for 2010-07-02

Mel Gibson's New RACIST RANT: N-Word Rape Threats I can't imagine why Mel Gibson keeps marrying women when he clearly hates them so much. (tags: misogyny abuse domesticViolence MelGibson) Farmworkers Dare Americans to "Take Our Jobs" – GOOD Blog – GOOD Think illegal immigrants are "stealing our jobs"? Check out what most of them actually

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links for 2010-07-01

Sharron Angle: You Can't Have An Abortion Because It's God's Plan You Were Raped – Feministing "ANGLE: You know, I'm a Christian, and I believe that God has a plan and a purpose for each one of our lives…" Yes, I should carry a rape baby to term because your imaginary bearded friend in the

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links for 2010-06-30

Wonder Woman, 69, Has Style and Mythos Makeover – NYTimes.com "In the reimagining of her story, Wonder Woman, instead of growing up on Paradise Island with her mother, Queen Hippolyta, and her Amazon sisters, is smuggled out as a baby when unknown forces destroy her home and slaughter its inhabitants." – Basically, they kill off

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links for 2010-06-28

Income Gaps Between Very Rich and Everyone Else More Than Tripled In Last Three Decades, New Data Show — Center on Budget and Policy Priorities The gap between the haves and the have-nots has increased by three between 1979 and 2007. More money in the hands of a tiny percentage of people than at any

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links for 2010-06-24

Berkeley tea party to protest tea cozy order Rogue knitters in California create a giant T cozy for a public sculpture (awesome!) and Berkeley freaks out and decides to remove it (ridiculous!). So the knitters stage a protest (yay!). Please, people, it's just yarn. Nothing to wig out about. (tags: knitting awesome protest yarnstorming funny

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links for 2010-06-22

Stock and flow « Snarkmarket (tags: blogging ideas inspiration) You're either repetitive, bored, or urgent Blogs do well when they appeal to repetitive now and bored now users, but the really effective ones target all three types at once. Somehow this is related to stock and flow. (tags: blogging GUI iphone design behavior searching)

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links for 2010-06-20

American Apparel Has a 'Full Body Head to Toe' Employment Policy Fuck American Apparel. (tags: misogyny bodyShaming fatPhobia) Tea Partiers Have No Use For Emergency Services – The Awl What? Tea baggers claim to never call 9-1-1? Oh, sure. Except for John mcCain's brother – who called because he was stuck in traffic. (tags: teabaggers

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Sex and The City 2 – more thoughts

Garland Grey does an interesting dissection of the problems with Sex and The City 2. The trouble is, if they’d fixed the problems he described, I don’t know that the movie would be watchable. I don’t know that I’d go see it. And I’m really glad he didn’t attend my wedding, because I’d hate to

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Perez Hilton – not skinny

Just for reference, this is a photo of Perez Hilton with my friend Jonathan (Jonathan is on the right) in Miami in 2007. Just to put this story about Perez Hilton’s skinny t-shirt in perspective. The fact that he has done some dieting in the past three years doesn’t entitle him to police other people’s

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Support Early voting in Marion County, Indiana

There’s a move afoot by the local GOP to try to kill early voting in Marion County, Indiana. Early voting is convenient for people with busy schedules and was wildly successful in 2008 and 2009 in getting record numbers of people to the polls. Marion County Clerk Beth White is supporting a plan to resurrect

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links for 2010-06-16

8 Things Gay People Can't Do | Ranker – A World of Lists An overview of major things that LGBT people are not allowed to do that heterosexual people are. (tags: lgbt homophobia discrimination) American on mission to kill bin Laden arrested | TPM News Pages tea party delusions – the US military hasn't been

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links for 2010-06-12

Army: Bodies misidentified at Arlington Cemetery | TPM News Pages Bookmarking this for Stephanie's sake. This is something I think she needs to look more closely at. (tags: news Arlington)

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links for 2010-06-10

Dan Abramson: Twitter Dies At Age 4 (tags: twitter socialnetworking funny) Aposiopesis – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia "a rhetorical device wherein a sentence is deliberately broken off and left unfinished, the ending to be supplied by the imagination, giving an impression of unwillingness or inability to continue." – see: 9/10ths of my written statements. (tags:

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links for 2010-06-02

AJ Jacobs: My colossal task burden | Life and style | The Guardian When AJ Jacobs learned multitasking was bad for you, he decided to kick his chronic addiction to mental juggling. Get ready for Operation Focus… (tags: productivity monotasking lifehacks psychology concentration attention) My Immortal – Television Tropes & Idioms TT posits that this

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links for 2010-05-28

Homemade Goat Cheese | Eating Is Art Looks delicious. (tags: cheese recipes) The dawn of the redesign « The Design Cubicle (tags: webdesign design redesign) Photographers Say BP Restricts Access to Oil Spill – Newsweek Of course – they don't want us to see how bad it really is. (tags: censorship photography corruption) The Apostle

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links for 2010-05-26

The Grand Old Duke of York – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Because I heard the song twice while in England, and wanted to know what it meant. (tags: lyrics nurseryRhymes)

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links for 2010-05-13

Arizona Outlaws Ethnic Studies – Because they're racist against white people It's not possible for people of color to be racist. They can have a racial bias, but to racist (or sexist, or homophobic) you have to be the party in power. People of color are in the minority and are the oppressed, not the

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links for 2010-05-12

Tax bills in 2009 at lowest level since 1950 – USATODAY.com Amid complaints about high taxes and calls for a smaller government, Americans paid their lowest level of taxes last year since Harry Truman's presidency, a USA TODAY analysis of federal data found. Some conservative political movements such as the "Tea Party" have criticized federal

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links for 2010-05-11

Supreme Irony – Kagan Nomination Ends Gay Marriage Hopes Crap. She's against same-sex marriage. Boo. (tags: theSupremes Kagan equality) Dogsbody – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia A dogsbody, or less commonly dog robber in the Royal Navy, is a junior officer, or more generally someone who does drudge work. A rough American equivalent would be a

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links for 2010-05-09

Autostraddle — Kristin Chenoweth Stands Up for Gay Actors, Calls Out Homophobic Newsweek Article When Kristen Chenoweth calls you out on your selection bias, you should probably write a mea culpa as quickly as possible. (tags: homophobia awesome acting lgbt Chenoweth)

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links for 2010-05-06

Fears for crops as shock figures from America show scale of bee catastrophe | Environment | The Observer Colony collapse – still a problem. "Disturbing evidence that honeybees are in terminal decline has emerged from the United States where, for the fourth year in a row, more than a third of colonies have failed to

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links for 2010-05-05

Christian right leader George Rekers takes vacation with "rent boy" – Page 1 – News – Miami – Miami New Times This is a guy who claims gay people can be cured and is behind practically every homophobic piece of legislation in the last 20 years. And he took a male prostitute on vacation with

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links for 2010-05-02

School Cuts Gay Student Photo from Yearbook Not enough that Jackson, Mississippi comes across badly in the book "The Help." They want to maintain their status as bigots into the 21st Century as well. (tags: discrimination homophobia mississippi lgbt education)

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links for 2010-05-01

This is Not an Analysis of Rape Culture. This is a Rant. — The Curvature Heartbreaking. "They raped her as she was dying, and they confessed to it. They plead guilty to rape, to rape, to raping her as she was dying, and the Philadelphia Daily News can’t even bring itself to use the fucking

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links for 2010-04-30

Franklin Central reviewing Toni Morrison novel after complaints – News- msnbc.com Are they really bothered by the content, or are they bothered that it's a book about black people? It's not the 1920's anymore; we don't tolerate wearing white hoods in Indiana nowadays. (tags: censorship indianapolis education) Do enough LGBT Hoosiers know our rights are

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Evan vs. Johnny, part 3897

I’ve never liked Evan Lysacek. I can sense the underlying homophobia in all of his comments about Johnny Weir, and he always has seemed to suffer from insecurity badly masked by snottiness. All of that could be forgiven if he were an interesting skater, (hell, I LOVE watching Tonya Harding skate, and look at her

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links for 2010-04-28

Anti-Choice? There’s an app for that. — Feministe The American Life League wants you to send them photos of our "preborn brothers and sisters." Take a picture of your used tampon and send it to them. (tags: proChoice women rights apps photos funny) EOSHD.com – New Micro 4/rds adapter brings AF to ALL standard DSLR

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links for 2010-04-27

Faux Friendship A very long article trashing social networking and how it's "affecting the nature of friendship." I disagree completely, but don't really have time right now to write out all the reasons why he's wrong. (tags: facebook socialnetworking friendship Utne article) 10 Worst Abortion Myths-and How to Refute Them : Ms Magazine Blog "It

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My political daily chuckle

I got a fun little email blast from the DCCC regarding the GOP “Back in the Kitchen” comments they made a few days about about Betty Sutton (I linked to a news story about it here): Ohio GOP: Put Her Back in the Kitchen You won’t believe this one. Every once in a while, Republicans

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Dan Coats bumper sticker

Just spotted a Dan Coats for Indiana sticker on minivan on College Ave. I thought the Republicans were really ignorant, but that’s just chillingly nihilistic. He’s such a terrible candidate for the state of Indiana that there’s no way to plead ignorance on the issue – if you’ve got the brains to go get a

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links for 2010-04-26

"Imagine if the Tea Party Was Black" – Tim Wise Imagine that hundreds of black protesters were to descend upon Washington DC and Northern Virginia, just a few miles from the Capitol and White House, armed with AK-47s, assorted handguns, and ammunition. And imagine that some of these protesters –the black protesters — spoke of

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links for 2010-04-24

Cheyenne Williams Attacked by Classmates Because She's a Lesbian, Parents Claim – Crimesider – CBS News (tags: homophobia violence lgbt bigotry) County GOP: Get Democratic Rep. Betty Sutton Out Of The House — And 'Back In The Kitchen' | TPMDC (tags: GOP republicans misogyny sexism women equality) Predator Theory « Fugitivus Harriet Jacobs has a

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links for 2010-04-23

So You Need A Typeface? Try Julian Hansen’s Font Flowchart | The FontFeed a big fat flowchart defining how to pick one out. Funny. (and useful.) (tags: flowchart typography fonts inspiration) Equal At Birth But Not At Work : Ms Magazine Blog Stats show that the tradition explanations for why there is still a pay gap

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links for 2010-04-18

Qanat – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Qanats are constructed as a series of well-like vertical shafts, connected by gently sloping tunnels. Qanats tap into subterranean water in a manner that efficiently delivers large quantities of water to the surface without need for pumping. The water drains relying on gravity, with the destination lower than the

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links for 2010-04-17

The Rachel Maddow Show – What's the matter with everybody? Tea baggers want smaller government – except when challenged on the entitlements THEY receive. Then they change their minds – they only want government to help them – but they don't want to pay for it. Or for all those other people who they think

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links for 2010-04-16

Hark, a vagrant: Tesla vs. Edison & Marconi Poor Tesla. Always getting kicked when he's down. (tags: comics science tesla edison marconi) Emo: Where the Girls Aren't by Jessica Hopper Awesome discussion of sexism in Emo music, and how women's experiences are devalued and women's voices ignored in music genres. (tags: music feminism culture criticism

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links for 2010-04-15

LOST Artwork « Mattson Creative Really beautiful poster designs. (tags: retro lost poster graphicdesign illustration television) Hyperbole and a Half this is a cute blog with many cute illustrations. You will probably like it. Take a look! (tags: illustration funny blog cartoon comics) Not Just Boys: Catholic Church Abuse of Women + Girls : Ms

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links for 2010-04-14

D.C. Police Trying to Explain Lack of Gun With Slain Teen – washingtonpost.com sounds a lot like the Indianapolis teen who "shot himself" while handcuffed in the back of a police car. (tags: police fraud crime coverup death racism) Girl Scouts of the USA: Research The goals of the Girl Scout Research Institute are to

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links for 2010-04-13

Flash CS5 will export to HTML5 Canvas | 9 to 5 Mac (tags: html5 flash webdevelopment) MONDAY ARTS SECTION: Time to Check In With Tina Fey’s Feminism! — Feministe Tina's feminism is a bit different than mine or yours. Mine is about women. Tina's seems to be about Tina Fey. (tags: feminism television TinaFey) Poe's

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I totally thought of it myself, I swear

Things you may hear me say soon: “There are chemicals in the brain called neurotransmitters…” 4 person douche canoe Sites I may link to from time to time: http://getyourownmotherfuckingblogasshole.wordpress.com/ Let Me Google That For You

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They come for her jokes, and stay for her epic beatdowns

Sady wins the internet. (with [BONER] jokes!). I’m still trying to figure out how a mansplaining, boner-obsessed, “feminist if it will get me laid” dude came to a site with the word “beatdown” in the title and didn’t think he would get one for patting all the ladies on the head and thanking them for

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links for 2010-04-11

Kitchen Design By the Numbers: 6 Key Measurements Not that we're redo-ing the kitchen any time soon, but some handy reference info. (tags: interiorDesign kitchens) The Kitchen Work Triangle: As Seen In Real Kitchens! We do not have a triangle at our house. And we sure need one – our kitchen layout sucks. (tags: interiorDesign

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links for 2010-04-10

Health at Every Size Very simply, it acknowledges that good health can best be realized independent from considerations of size. It supports people–of all sizes–in addressing health directly by adopting healthy behaviors. (tags: nutrition health reference) Onion Store > 'Sometimes I Feel Like I'm The Only One Trying To Gentrify This Neighborhood' Doormat I want

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links for 2010-04-09

Introducing: The Snuggie for Geeks! | Bit Rebels Um… a… strange photos. yeah (tags: knitting funny technology) An Engagement Ring Is a Deposit on a Wife | Lindsay Beyerstein | Big Think Guys – if you cheat on your fiancee, she gets to keep the ring. Sorry, that's always been the rule, and it always

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links for 2010-04-08

How Lady Gaga Became the World's Biggest Pop Star — New York Magazine 8 pages of article on Lady GaGa. You'll probably read the whole thing. (tags: GaGa music celebrity) When Women Write About Their Sex Lives – Culture – The Atlantic The always delicious Sady Doyle reviews Patti Smith's memoir and tangentially some other

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links for 2010-04-07

Some pics from the "No Homos Allowed" prom in Mississippi So they held a "fake" prom for the lesbians, and had a "real" prom across town, organized by the homophobic parents, teachers and school officials. Check out some pictures of the douchbags. (tags: homophobia douchbags)

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Mayor Greg Ballard’s Many Tax Increases

Now that campaign season is rolling around our Mayor Ballard — whose original campaign charge was all about repealing property taxes in Indiana — is hauling out one of his favorite talking points: claiming he held the line on new taxes. Ballard was whipped into office on the froth of the anti-tax rabble after Governor

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links for 2010-04-06

The Editor and the Curator (Or the Context Analyst and the Media Synesthete) | Tomorrow Museum Joanne McNeil takes to task the folks in new media for their (mis)use of the term "curate" and "curator" when they really are talking about content selection, content aggregation and context analysis. (tags: art language media internet curators curation)

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links for 2010-04-05

The cult of busy « Scott Berkun I deliberately try not to fill my calendar. I choose not to say Yes to everything. For to do so would make me too busy, and I think, less effective at what my goals are. I always want to have some margin of my time in reserve, time

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links for 2010-04-03

J Henry Fair: Industrial Scars J. Henry Fair photographs industrial blights from above – aerial views of some of the most dangerous industrial problems. Recent photos of coal ash depositories are beautiful and alarming (tags: photos aerial pollution environment) Butler Doesn't Understand What They Have To Do To Get Out Of Indiana | The Onion

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links for 2010-04-01

Women invented beer claims academic – Telegraph Miss Peyton has conducted extensive research into the origins of beer for a new book, and discovered to her surprise that a woman's touch was found on beer throughout the ages. Nearly 7,000 years ago in Mesopotamia and Sumeria, so important were their skills that they were the

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links for 2010-03-31

Shots Of Indianapolis Skyline To Depress Nation During Final Four Broadcast | The Onion – America's Finest News Source WASHINGTON–Shots of the Indianapolis skyline scheduled to air during the 2010 Final Four will be extremely depressing and will momentarily infuse viewers with a sense of overwhelming bleakness, the U.S. populace reported this week. "I bet

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links for 2010-03-30

The Catholic Church is a Criminal Enterprise – Matt Taibbi The church attempts to defend the indefensible, and invalidates practically all good it's ever done in the history of the church in the process. Yeah, I think it's time for the church to disband. (tags: catholicism church crime evil rape abuse) Michigan Christian Militia Raided

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links for 2010-03-29

WEEKEND ARTS SECTION: Dear Leslie Knope of TV’s “Parks and Recreation,” — Feministe I do not have to make a list of how much I love Leslie Knope, because Sady makes one for me. And it is so true! And very funny. And makes Parks and Recreation one of my favorite shows, like, ever. It

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Predator Theory and Rape

Predatory Theory is a very detailed and interesting post on Feministe by Thomas, discussing two detailed recent studies of rapists and violence directed at women. Lots of new information here that explodes general society ideas about rapists and their methods and motivations. Most rapists go after acquaintances rather than strangers, and most of them are

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Pay your damned taxes, deadbeat

“Personal property is the effect of society; and it is as impossible for an individual to acquire personal property without the aid of Society, as it is for him to make land originally. Separate an individual from Society, and give him an island or a continent to possess, and he cannot acquire… He cannot become

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links for 2010-03-26

City of Pawnee – Parks and Recreation April Ludgate was born in Björk’s house in Iceland and grew up on Easter Island, where her parents were giant stone heads. She has the ability to fire beams of tacos out of her hands and she can turn her legs into tigers. On Sundays, April enjoys reading

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links for 2010-03-25

United States and Russia reach nuclear-arms deal – washingtonpost.com The United States and Russia have reached a deal on their most extensive nuclear arms-control agreement in nearly two decades, the Kremlin announced Wednesday. The pact appeared to represent President Obama's first victory in his ambitious agenda to move toward a nuclear-free world. (tags: news nuclear

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links for 2010-03-24

Highways Destroy Cities – GOOD Blog – GOOD It seems obvious when you think about it – if you build a highway through a city, people will move to the suburbs and the city will die. (tags: urbanPlanning roads traffic) Ponoko – the world's easiest making system Design a product, get an instant online price,

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Health Care Changes: This Year

According to the White House – how health insurance reform will expand and strengthen coverage: * This year, children with pre-existing conditions can no longer be denied health insurance coverage. Once the new health insurance exchanges begin in the coming years, pre-existing condition discrimination will become a thing of the past for everyone. * This

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links for 2010-03-23

GOOD Instructions: How to Spring Clean With Nontoxic Home-made Products – GOOD Instructions – GOOD Vinegar is a staple in this awesome list, as are baking soda, lemon juice and olive oil. Check it out' well worth printing and saving. (tags: cleaning green howto)

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links for 2010-03-22

Tea Party Protests: 'Ni**er,' 'Fa**ot' Shouted At Members Of Congress Preceding the president's speech to a gathering of House Democrats, thousands of protesters descended around the Capitol to protest the passage of health care reform. The gathering quickly turned into abusive heckling, as members of Congress passing through Longworth House office building were subjected to

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links for 2010-03-19

WEEKEND ARTS SECTION: Nothing That Happened This Week Was Ever Going To Be As Important As The “Telephone” Video — Feministe Sady sez: "The thing is, we can talk about how trans stuff is handled in this video (badly), and how race stuff is handled in this video (also badly), and we can talk about

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links for 2010-03-17

Florida's Anti-Gay Movie Stance Florida Lawmaker Revises State’s Movie Incentive Program To Deny Tax Credit To Films With Gay Characters (tags: homophobia movies lbgt Florida discrimination)

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links for 2010-03-16

Interesting Letterhead Designs | Letterheady Letterhead design of the rich and famous. (tags: letterhead design vintage inspiration illustration graphics) BBC – BBC Internet Blog: A new global visual language for the BBC's digital services (tags: bbc webdesign grids webdev branding)

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links for 2010-03-12

A Contraband Camera: Photos Of World War II WASP – The Picture Show Blog : NPR More on the female pilots of WWII. Awesome. (tags: photos women equality pilots WWII history) TSA: Transporting Knitting Needles & Needlepoint "Knitting needles are permitted in your carry-on baggage or checked baggage. Items needed to pursue a Needlepoint project

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links for 2010-03-10

Female WWII Pilots: The Original Fly Girls : NPR "In 1942, the United States was faced with a severe shortage of pilots, and leaders gambled on an experimental program to help fill the void: Train women to fly military aircraft so male pilots could be released for combat duty overseas." (tags: feminism military history women

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links for 2010-03-09

What's In Your Food? | Eat This, Not That A whole lot of effed-up crap, it turns out. And it's hidden in there and doesn't show up on the ingredients lists, so you think you're eating better than you are. (tags: food chemicals health) Don’t blame fast food for making you fat – Diet and

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links for 2010-03-08

marie osmonds poor gay son killed himself – Roseanne Barr I did not realize he was gay. That puts a whole different spin on things. How sad – and how sad that they church was allowed to victimize the poor young man. It sounds like Marie Osmond drove her poor kid to suicide. (tags: lgbt

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links for 2010-03-05

Are Aunts the New Mom? « She-conomy while women make 85% of decision about household purchases, 50% of women are not moms – so why are all the commercials directed at mothers? (tags: women marketing) First Look: How Penguin Will Reinvent Books With iPad | paidContent:UK (tags: ebooks apps literature publishing reading) Palin At Oscar

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links for 2010-03-04

BBC News – The art of list-making "A collection of attributes the Finnish architect Eero Saarinen found most attractive in his wife. First on his list is the fact she was very clever." – excellent. I knew I liked that guy. (tags: psychology lists ideas art writing) IPS cutting art, music teachers to trim deficit

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links for 2010-03-02

Ayn Rand, Hugely Popular Author and Inspiration to Right-Wing Leaders, Was a Big Admirer of Serial Killer | Books | AlterNet Ayn Rand, in her notebooks, worshiped a notorious serial murderer-dismemberer, and used this killer as an early model for the type of "ideal man" that Rand promoted in her more famous books — ideas

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Homespun: Modern Handmade

I’ve mentioned INDIEana Handicraft Exchange here before; Stephanie and I were introduce to the contemporary craft fair by a friend and have attended their events twice. It’s helped inspire the two of us to plan and scheme about our own crafting projects and what we might be able to do someday as a potential vendor.

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links for 2010-02-26

The Next Anti-Choice Target: Miscarriage – Utah miscarriage bill – Jezebel You have got to be kidding me. I would have my uterus yanked out if this went into effect in my state. (tags: misogyny women rights) Sorry, Plushenko: It wasn't artistry that won the gold for Lysacek From the Naperville Sun, an analysis of

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links for 2010-02-24

HTML email inline styler Converts your styles to inline ones for email purposes. Neato. (tags: tools email webdesign) Ravelry: discussion topic – Life-size Giraffe Not sure if you'll be able to see this furm discussion unless you're already a ravelry member, but it's a real hoot – someone wants a pattern to knit a life-size

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links for 2010-02-21

It’s Not Your Money | Ian Welsh Most people get this, but libertarians seem to have a hard time with it – "It seems like every time I discuss taxation, some libertarian will waltz in and say 'it’s my money and I don’t see why the government should be able to take it.' So let’s

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links for 2010-02-20

Designing with Progressive Enhancement: Building the web that works for everyone. By Filament Group: Todd Parker, Patty Toland, Scott Jehl, Maggie Costello Wachs Designing with Progressive Enhancement is a practical guide that both explains the principles and benefits of progressive enhancement, and explores detailed examples to teach you how, where, and when to implement specific

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links for 2010-02-19

Officials: Austin Plane Crash May Be Intentional : NPR And he was a tea bagger railing against the IRS for taking "his" money awa from him. Domestic terrorism. (tags: terrorism teabaggers Texas) The Richest 1% Have Captured America's Wealth | Economy | AlterNet The U.S. already had the highest inequality of wealth in the industrialized

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links for 2010-02-18

Economic Perspectives from Kansas City: Wall Street Still Doesn’t Get It An interesting perspective. Dunno what I think about it yet — "A Wall Streeter buys the life insurance policies of individuals with terminal illnesses, packages them into securities, and profits when the underlying collateral dies. In his most recent movie, Michael Moore documented the

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Politics vs. Policy

It’s thrilling to see Rachel Maddow continue each night to point out the Republican’s hypocrisy in favoring politics over policy – trashing bills that they know have substance and will be good for their constituents. I really enjoy watching her show every day. I think I’ve learned more from it than any other news program

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links for 2010-02-16

Get This: Warming Planet Can Mean More Snow : NPR "The fact that the oceans are warmer now than they were, say, 30 years ago means there's about on average 4 percent more water vapor lurking around over the oceans than there was, say, in the 1970s," he says. Warmer water means more water vapor

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links for 2010-02-13

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle series stars a small lady who lives in an "upside-down" house in a lively neighborhood inhabited mainly by children who have bad habits. (tags: books children stories) Figure Skating Video, Schedules, Results, TV, News | NBC Olympics The all-important information we need to know for

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links for 2010-02-12

List of cognitive biases – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (tags: science lifehacks psychology logic) May Wright Sewall – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Indianapolis' resident suffragette and feminist. (tags: feminism suffrage voting women) National American Woman Suffrage Association – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia If you look at the section "background conflict" there are some really interesting

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links for 2010-02-11

CSS3 Hover Tabs without JavaScript « Kamikazemusic.com (tags: css3 webdesign tutorial) Figure Skating: The Olympics' Broken Sport : NPR The prime purpose of the new and unimproved scoring system was to better quantify the various elements in a program — required jumps and spins — so that the famously nefarious judges would have less latitude

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links for 2010-02-09

Exercises may reduce severity of sleep apnea | Reuters And some actual descriptions of the exercises at the end of this article. (tags: exercise sleep apnea health) Tongue exercises for sleep apnea? | Doctor Steven Y. Park, MD | New York, NY | Integrative Solutions for Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome, and Snoring

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links for 2010-02-08

'How's That Hopey, Changey Stuff?' Palin Asks : NPR I'm pretty happy with the hopey, changey thing so far, actually. The changey part could be moving a bit faster, but when you take a good look at what's already been changed, they hopey part gets a lot hope-ier. (tags: palin idiots teabaggers) Love's language: Couples

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links for 2010-02-07

Knit and Crochet Pattern Search – Planet Purl (tags: knitting pattern) Tea Party opening speaker suggests law that kept blacks be kept from voting be reinstated | Raw Story Except that most blacks would pass the test with ease, but Tea Party candidates would all be excluded. (tags: idiots racism teabaggers)

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links for 2010-02-06

Palin e-mails reveal a powerful ‘first dude’ – Politics- msnbc.com Whoa. Unethical crap EVERWHERE in those emails. (tags: Palin alaska politics) Peter Daou: Male Monsters — Girl Buried Alive for Being a Girl and the World Shrugs More heartache at violence against women for being women. A 16-year-old girl killed for talking to boys. (tags:

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links for 2010-02-05

On Language – Crash Blossoms – NYTimes.com Classic headline screw ups – “Squad Helps Dog Bite Victim” and “Red Tape Holds Up New Bridge.” (tags: writing headlines nytimes humor language) This is the title of a typical incendiary blog post – Coyote Crossing This sentence claims that there are many people who do not agree

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links for 2010-02-04

Coats registered to vote in Virginia, not Indiana – Ben Smith – POLITICO.com Carpetbagger Dan Coats, resident of Virginia, plans to run for Evan Bayh's senate seat in Indiana. Crud, I was going to vote against Bayh in the primary. (tags: indiana politics) AIG Bonuses In 2010 Total $100 Million So, when are we going

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links for 2010-02-03

Daily Kos :: State of the Nation very disturbing poll of Republicans about their beliefs. (tags: republicans poll demographics politics culture) IMPD officer admits sex with suspect | IndyStar.com | The Indianapolis Star No, he didn't "have sex" with a suspect, Indy Star. He RAPED her. Fix your goddamned headline. (tags: misogyny newspapers headlines mistakes)

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links for 2010-02-02

The U.S. National Archives' collections on Flickr Awesome. (tags: photography history government flickr) 10 Americans Arrested In Haiti, Accused Of Child Trafficking Idaho Baptist group tried to smuggle 33 kids out of Haiti through the Dominican Republic. Some of the children knew their parents were alive, and just hadn't been reunited with them yet. (tags:

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links for 2010-02-01

5 things that are wrong with chivalry — Feministe Respect for women means respecting our wants, irrespective of your ideas of what’s best for us. It means making our lives easier through substantial change rather than through “courtesies” that make you feel good and make us feel less than. It means working for that everywhere

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links for 2010-01-31

Tiger Beatdown › SEXIST BEATDOWN: Oh I Couldn’t Possibly Tell You Which Edition It Is, I Am Just A Girl Edition Sadly, I do this far too often myself. I should really be ashamed. Ha! (tags: feminism women culture socialization shaming)

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links for 2010-01-30

IMA bets with NOMA over Superbowl – a masterpiece is the bet Wow – that's better than the Mayor's rinky-dink shrimp bet. Way to raise the stakes, IMA. (tags: superbowl museum sports IMA) Cameras Roll As Obama Schools GOP I cannot WAIT to see the video of this. (tags: Obama republicans funny) 30 Stylish jQuery

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links for 2010-01-29

Twisted Drop Stitch Scarf Pattern « Kis*Knit Bookmarking because I needed this: "Create a twisted drop stitch: Insert needle into the stitch as if to knit. Instead of wrapping the yarn around the back needle to create a regular knit stitch, wrap yarn around both needles and then wrap around the back needle. Complete stitch

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links for 2010-01-28

The secret lives of married men – Times Online A better title for this would be "The Secret Life of a mentally under-developed London Times writer/sexist douchbag." (tags: sexism misogyny equality rights women) Dorothy Surrenders: A movie of our own Dorothy breaks down the box office numbers on movies about lesbians, and throws out hope

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links for 2010-01-27

8 guides to apply jQuery and ImageSwitch in web design | HieuUK (tags: flipclock) Indianapolis, New Orleans mayors place Super Bowl wagers | IndyStar.com | The Indianapolis Star Yeah, we're going them shrimp from St. Elmo's. Yes, you read that right; we sending SHRIMP south, to NEW ORLEANS. Which is probably where we flew it

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links for 2010-01-26

Bauer defends comment comparing poor people to stray animals – WIS News 10 – Columbia, South Carolina | South Carolina Lt. governor Andre Bauer says they should stop feeling poor kids free lunches because "feeding stray animals" causes them to "breed." South Carolina seems to be just chock-full of elected idiots. (tags: racism classism bigotry

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links for 2010-01-22

Obama: Daddy of the United States of America You don't have to win, we were told at the positive-discipline workshop. Your child is not damaged, morally, if your child wins, if the battle is withdrawn, or, better yet, never joined. Our culture has viewed parenthood in terms of decisive moments, but it's better to view

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links for 2010-01-21

The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House What follows is a brief discussion of Audre Lorde's often-quoted statement, "The master's tools will never dismantle the master's house." (tags: feminism Lorde ideas) Hej Cyklist! Copenhagen Has a New Bike-friendly Feature – GOOD Blog – GOOD Copenhagen installs food rests for cyclists stopped at lights.

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links for 2010-01-20

John Travolta to Airlift Desperately Needed E-Meters to People of Haiti – Disasters – Gawker Scientologists have mobilized to seize on the promotional and recruitment opportunities presented by the horror going on in Haiti, and John Travolta has personally arranged to fly "volunteer ministers" to Haiti to inflict his junk science on victims there. (tags:

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Weekend Update 2010-01-19

Nope, I haven’t quit the 365 photo project, I’m just behind on putting the photos I’ve taken up. I know – three day weekend for me and I couldn’t get it done. But I was working on the project — I want to do some portrait work, and we have a southern-exposure window that I

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links for 2010-01-19

The Dirtiest Player: Profiles: GQ GQ story about former Colts player Marvin Harrison. (tags: sports football crime Colts) Thousand and One Words The photo blog of Ryan, the character from the Office. Yeah, it's pretty funny. (tags: photography funny office television parody) BBC – Magazine Monitor: 100 things we didn't know last year BBC's annual

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links for 2010-01-17

The Observer – Responsibility for offensive comic Comparing a cartoon about gay bashing someone into a vegetable to Harry Reid's misplace remarks about President Obama is the definition of "not getting it." (tags: homophobia indiana NotreDame) Wow. Apparently Gay Bashing is Funny at Notre Dame | The Bilerico Project So not cool. (tags: homophobia indiana

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links for 2010-01-16

Of Rats and Jen » From Childhood Toy to Fiber Art Ploy A yarn swift from tinker toys. That rocks. (tags: knitting howto tinkertoys) Progress Trackers in Web Design: Examples and Best Practices – Smashing Magazine Sweet – I'm in the middle of redesigning one, so this is quite a dandy help. (tags: webdesign navigation

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Dealbreakers

You know how you find a site that you really like, and you read it and enjoy it and show it to everyone you know? And you go along and after awhile the site changes, and you find yourself enjoying it less and less, and then there gets to be a point at which you

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links for 2010-01-15

How to repair a broken iPhone display – O'Reilly Answers If you don't mind taking it apart yourself, apparently, the screen can be fixed for $20.00. Damn. (tags: iPhone howto diy)

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links for 2010-01-14

Pat Robertson: Haitians 'Swore A Pact To The Devil' (VIDEO) | TPM LiveWire "Pat Robertson, a Christian televangelist, speaking today about the devastating earthquake in Haiti, said Haitians had collectively "sworn a pact to the devil," which brought on the country's extreme poverty and the earthquake." — There's certainly something evil going on here, but

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links for 2010-01-13

Study sees parking lot dust as a cancer risk – Environment- msnbc.com Cancer-causing chemicals used to coat parking lots are showing up in people's homes, tracked in from outside on their shoes. (tags: cancer chemicals health)

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links for 2010-01-08

Walk Away From Your Mortgage! – NYTimes.com Makes sense – big businesses do it all the time. Cut your losses and move on, don't stay in a house that's underwater. (tags: economy government nytimes mortgage economics)

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links for 2010-01-06

I Am For Sale, Who Will Buy Me? « A heartrending plea from a Afghan woman who wants to get her education and get out of an impossible situation. (tags: afghanistan feminism education women equality rights)

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links for 2010-01-05

Ammonia-treated burgers, tainted with E. Coli! | Grist McDonalds uses this – OMG this is gross. "Evidently, scraps of cow flesh, swept up from slaughterhouse floors and pulverized into a kind of paste, are moving through the tubes, subjected to a lashings of ammonium hydroxide to kill bacteria.The scene ends with those heavily protected workers

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links for 2009-12-30

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

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Health Care Reform passes Senate

According to MSNBC.com: WASHINGTON – Senate Democrats passed a landmark health care bill Thursday that could define President Barack Obama’s legacy and usher in near-universal medical coverage for the first time in the country’s history. The 60-39 vote on a cold Christmas Eve morning capped months of arduous negotiations and 24 days of floor debate.

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links for 2009-12-23

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

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links for 2009-12-22

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

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links for 2009-12-21

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

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links for 2009-12-19

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

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links for 2009-12-18

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

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links for 2009-12-16

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

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I vote for “Not Joe Liberman”

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

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links for 2009-12-12

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

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links for 2009-12-11

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

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links for 2009-12-10

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

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links for 2009-12-09

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

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links for 2009-12-08

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

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links for 2009-12-01

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

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links for 2009-11-29

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

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links for 2009-11-25

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

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links for 2009-11-24

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

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links for 2009-11-23

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

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links for 2009-11-22

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

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links for 2009-11-20

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

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links for 2009-11-18

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

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links for 2009-11-17

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

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links for 2009-11-14

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

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links for 2009-11-12

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

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links for 2009-11-11

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

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links for 2009-11-09

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

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links for 2009-11-08

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

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links for 2009-11-07

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

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links for 2009-11-06

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

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links for 2009-11-05

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

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links for 2009-11-04

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

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links for 2009-11-03

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

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links for 2009-11-02

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

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links for 2009-10-31

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

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links for 2009-10-30

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

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links for 2009-10-29

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

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links for 2009-10-28

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

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links for 2009-10-22

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

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links for 2009-10-20

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

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links for 2009-10-16

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

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links for 2009-10-15

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

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links for 2009-10-14

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

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Richard Dawkins

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

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Downtown Indianapolis Restaurant Delivery Options

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

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links for 2009-10-11

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

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links for 2009-10-10

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

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links for 2009-10-09

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

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links for 2009-10-08

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

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links for 2009-10-06

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

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links for 2009-10-05

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

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links for 2009-10-03

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

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links for 2009-10-02

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

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Conservatives against Women’s Right to Vote

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