Saturday, December 30, 2006

One of my favourite apologies of the year, from a great article

Regret the Error: Crunks ’06: The Year in Media Errors and Corrections: "From the Daily Star (U.K.):

IN previous issues of this newspaper, we may have given the impression that the people of France were snail swallowing garlic munching surrender-monkeys whose women never bother to shave their armpits.
We now realise that the French football team can stop the Portuguese – and in particular their cheating whingeing winger Cristiano Ronaldo – from getting to the World Cup Final which we so richly deserved to do.
We apologise profusely to France and its sporting heroes like Thierry Henry and Zinedine Zidane who we now accept are skilful, brave and the most wonderful neighbours we could ever wish for.
Vive La France! Link"

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Friday, November 24, 2006

Michael Richards: Not a Jew

Michael Richards is not a Jew.

As Cosmo Kramer in "Seinfeld," Richards played one on TV. But he himself is not Jewish -- not that there's anything wrong with that.

Richards lashed out a heckler at the Laugh Factory last Friday, spitting out the "N" word without humor and with abandon. Audience members booed, several walked out, then Richards himself walked off stage.

The incident was caught on a cellphone camera and posted at the Web site, where it ignited a firestorm of criticism against Richards. Richards apologized on "The Late Show With David Letterman" Monday night. "I was at a comedy club trying to do my act, and I got heckled, and I took it badly and went into a rage," he said. "For me to be in a comedy club and flip out and say this crap, I'm deeply, deeply sorry. I'm not a racist. That's what's so insane about this."

Fellow comedians and fans have been quick to criticize Richards -- and misrepresent his religious background. Comedian Paul Rodriquez held a press conference at the Laugh Factory, saying that Richards should know better, because the Hollywood community defended Jews against actor Mel Gibson's anti-Semitic tirades.

The implication was that Richards, a Jew, should not be launching racist attacks. He shouldn't, but he also isn't Jewish.

"Someone needs to tell Rodriquez that Michael isn't a Jew," said a television director who has known Richards for years. The two worked together in 1980 on ABC's "Fridays" television show and have remained in touch ever since.

According to sources familiar with Richards, the actor was raised Catholic. A biography of him on the Wikipedia web site lists no religion, but does say Richards is very involved in the Masons.

“Seinfeld” was Richards' first big break after a long and unlikely rise to stardom.

According to Wikipedia, Richards was born in Culver City to William Richards, an electrical engineer, and Phyllis (nee Nardozzi), a medical records librarian. "Richards attended California Institute of the Arts but received a bachelor's degree in drama from Evergreen State College in 1975.

He was drafted during the Vietnam War and stationed in Germany, as one of the co-directors of the V Corps Training Road Show. He produced and directed shows dealing with race relations and drug abuse. He then spent two years in the Army developing educational skits and a couple more years ‘finding himself’ at a commune in the Santa Clara Mountains. He drove a bus and developed a stand-up comedy act in 1979,” according to the Web site.

In "Seinfeld," which aired from 1989-1998, Richards played Kramer, a character based on show co-creator Larry David's former across-the-hall neighbor, Kenny Kramer. The real Kramer is indeed of Jewish heritage -- not that there's anything wrong with that.

Richards did appear Sep. 14 at the Laugh Factory's evening of Jewish comics, called, "The King Davids of Comedy." However, the management made it clear at the time that Richards and the other major comic at the event, Louis CK, were not part of that evening's themed show, and that no photography would be permitted during their sets.

Following Richard's racist remarks, Laugh Factory owner Jamie Masada posted this message on the company's Web site: "We do not support or condone the inappropriate, hurtful and offensive comments that Mr. Richards made on Friday night at the Laugh Factory.

"Mr. Richards was scheduled to appear on Saturday night and had informed management of his intention to apologize for his hurtful and unprofessional outburst from the previous night. He failed to do so and disappointed us.

"We have made it clear that Mr. Richards is no longer welcomed here. The Laugh Factory is a comedy club not a forum for personal attacks."

Laugh Factory owner Masada is Jewish.

Confusion over Richards' heritage grew after the Anti-Defamation League issued a press release Monday denouncing the actor's tirade.

"Richards' repeated use of the 'n-word' and apparent reference to lynching is offensive in any context. There is no excuse for such insensitive and bigoted language. It has no place in a comedy club and no place in America and must be clearly repudiated," the release said.

"We hope Mr. Richards will now take a public stand against appeals to racism and bigotry and publicly apologize for his poor judgment in shouting them from the stage."

The release did not address Richard's own religion. In the past, the ADL has regularly taken public stances against instances of racism unrelated to anti-Semitism.

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Friday, November 03, 2006

Boy with leukemia auctions off space on his head

Boy with leukemia auctions off space on his head

There really aren't enough words to express this kid's heroism. What a great idea.

If you want to be a marrow donator WITHOUT having to pay fees, check out Canadian Blood Services A good friend of my daughter's (Katie, 3 years old), died for lack of a donor when my daughter was fighting cancer. It's something that often CAN be fixed, so please, sign up to donate somewhere.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Defying diagnosis, Buchwald is back - The Boston Globe

Defying diagnosis, Buchwald is back - The Boston Globe

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An open letter to Dell Tech Support

You really want to know what you can do to make me reccomend Dell to my friends? Fine it is.

1- I don't feel like I need to give you a pint of blood for you to agree that I own my computer.

Mine was purchased for me by a friend who owed me money that I no longer have a relationship with. Why? Well because he turned out to be a drug addled homicidle lunitic. In order to take ownership of the support case I had to recall his phone number which is deleted from everything I own since he was evil and scary, his address, He and I both now live in other countries ( Thank God) and now and I have no memory of his address ( call it up to selective memory erasure or post traumatic stress disorder) Why do I have to find my ex friend , get his social security number, blood type and a sperm sample for you to help me? It was sent to me, I registered it, I have the tag numbers and it's under your warranty. Own the case!

2- Also I got very lucky with my last support rep, I have often times ( And I don't mind outsourcing ) spoken to people who have clearly given me wrong advice, spoken with such a thick accent that I could not understand them and been spoken down too like a moron. Look I don't build computers but I have been using them since the eighty's, I do object oriented programming and I generally know my way around windows. If you get the picture that I understand what a C prompt is then I don't need a 3 hour explanation of what the freaking C prompt is. "Ok you know what the C prompt is, you’re there now? Good Type this. It’s the way you guys bunch everything on one disk that makes me confused about where I go to get the tools I need. If you get the vibe that I'm computer savvy then let’s get to work

3- Why can’t you just give me a bare bones OEM of windows and then another copy of all your add on’s and bloat ware. What if I don’t want the four gigs of tutorials and crap I don’t use and don’t want and don’t need? Let me decide what installs on my computer. I uninstalled your operating system and just installed Win XP alone. My System is literally over 30% faster and has gigs more space. Why? So I can have animated tutorials that take me hours to get rid of since they tie up DLL’s that I’m not sure about deleting cause there shared. I want two things. I want a Windows disk that will install windows, then I want another disk with all the crap you’re trying to push on me and then I want to be able to say “hey I would rather not install AOL but please throw Adobe on there for me”. So I can choose the crap I want and don’t

. Also don't give up so easy, again my last interaction was wonderful. I can't tell you how many times I have had one of your reps with one of my other purchases tell me " Sorry reformat, can't do anything" Only to find the answer on another board ( not yours) and realized that I almost lost years of data because someone isn't up to date with a Windows operating system repair tool that you installed yourself in my computer that fixes whatever the problem I have had is, or a Microsoft tool that is installed with the windows you gave me when I bought my system.

Don't you guys get a manual when you install a new version of windows? I do. Why did you give up on me so easily and why did I spend hours on the phone with you only to find the answer myself?

4- Lastly, make your components replaceable with other companies components I bought the XPS just for that and I still find there are thing's I can only get from you. If I buy a laptop from you and I'm somewhere in the Sahara desert (It happens) and I need a component and actually find one. Why shouldn’t it work?

After I bought this system from you it's mine, let me do what I want with it and use whatever components I want for it.

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Monday, October 09, 2006

North Korea finally Pops off a Nuke Huh? Nice.

Outcry at N Korea 'nuclear test'
North Korea's claim that it has successfully tested a nuclear weapon has sparked international condemnation.

The White House called for a swift response from the UN Security Council, calling Pyongyang's move "provocative".

Japan and South Korea also condemned the test and even Pyongyang's closest ally China expressed its "resolute opposition", calling the move "brazen".

Diplomats say an emergency Security Council meeting on the issue is taking place in New York.

The underground test, which South Korean media said took place in Gilju in Hamgyong province at 1036 (0136 GMT), has still to be confirmed.

Believed to have 'handful' of nuclear weapons
But not thought to have any small enough to put in a missile
Could try dropping from plane, though world watching closely

But both the US and Japan said they had detected seismic waves. Russia said it was "100% certain" a nuclear test had occurred.

The size of the bomb is uncertain. South Korean reports put it as low as 550 tons of destructive power but Russia said it was between five and 15 kilotons. The 1945 Hiroshima bomb was 12.5-15 kilotons.

BBC diplomatic correspondent Jonathan Marcus says North Korea's claimed test does not necessarily mean it has a fully-fledged nuclear bomb or warhead that it can deliver to a target.


The US led calls for a swift UN response. White House spokesman Tony Snow said: "We expect the UN Security Council to take immediate actions to respond to this unprovoked act."

Japan's foreign ministry said US President George W Bush and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had spoken by telephone and agreed there should be "decisive UN action".

Mr Abe, currently visiting Seoul, earlier called the claimed test "unpardonable".

The region was "entering a new, dangerous nuclear age", Mr Abe said.

We expect the UN Security Council to take immediate actions to respond to this unprovoked act
Tony Snow
White House spokesman

He said Japan and the US would step up co-operation on the missile defence system they began after a North Korean missile test in 1998.

South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun said it would be "difficult" to maintain his country's policy of engagement with the North.

He feared the move could "spark a nuclear arms build-up in other countries", although Japan quickly said it would maintain its ban on nuclear weapons.

The South Korean military - which has been put on a heightened state of alert - had the capability to cope with any North Korean provocation, Mr Roh said.

The head of the South's intelligence service told lawmakers it had detected more movement at a North Korean test site and he could not rule out further nuclear tests.

In Seoul, about 500 protesters rallied against the claimed test, burning a portrait of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il.

South Korea has also suspended a scheduled aid shipment of concrete to North Korea.

The North has relied on international help to feed its 23 million people for more than a decade and there are concerns the latest move could further compromise its ability to feed its most vulnerable people.

In an unusually strong statement against its ally, China said the claimed test "defied the universal opposition of international society".

The BBC's Rupert Wingfield-Hayes in Beijing says China's statement is an indication of how strongly it is angered by North Korea's action, although Beijing will still be loath to support tougher sanctions against Pyongyang.

'Historic event'

When it announced the test, the North's KCNA media agency described it as an "historic event that brought happiness to our military and people".

Sept 2005: At first hailed as a breakthrough, North Korea agrees to give up nuclear activities
Next day, N Korea says it will not scrap its activities unless it gets a civilian nuclear reactor
US imposes financial sanctions on N Korea businesses
July 2006: N Korea test-fires seven missiles
UN Security Council votes to impose sanctions over the tests
Oct 2006: N Korea claims to have carried out nuclear test

It said the test would maintain "peace and stability" in the region and was "a great leap forward in the building of a great prosperous, powerful socialist nation". There was no radiation leak, it said.

The development comes three days after the UN Security Council agreed on a formal statement urging North Korea to cancel any planned nuclear test and return to disarmament talks.

Pyongyang pulled out of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in 2003 and has refused for a year to attend talks aimed at ending its nuclear ambitions.

North Korea's official media has long warned that the US was preparing to attack and developing a nuclear capability was the only way to prevent this.

If confirmed, the test would make North Korea the ninth country known to have nuclear weapons.

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Sunday, October 08, 2006

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Flaming Star

This is a false-color image of the star AE Aurigae (bright source of light near the center of image) embedded in a region of space containing smoke-like filaments of carbon-rich dust grains. Such dust might be hiding deuterium, an isotope of hydrogen, and stymieing astronomers' efforts to study star and galaxy formation. NASA's Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer (FUSE) satellite has surveyed the local deuterium concentration in the galaxy and found far more than expected. Because deuterium is a tracer of star and galaxy evolution, this discovery has the potential to radically alter theories about how stars and galaxies form.

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Friday, August 04, 2006

Vader gets the bitchslap

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Darth Vader being a smartass

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Stellar Quakes

In December 2004, a neutron star flared up so brightly, it temporarily blinded all the x-ray satellites in space, and lit up the Earth's upper atmosphere. This tremendous blast of energy was from a giant flare created by the neutron star's twisting magnetic field. Objects like this are called magnetars, and they produce magnetic fields trillions of time more powerful than those here on Earth. These fields are so strong they can actually buckle the surface of the neutron star causing these powerful star quakes.

Image credit: NASA

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Thursday, August 03, 2006

The World IS Mel Gibson by Bill Maher Via Huffington Post

I suspect I'll have plenty more to say about Mel Gibson when Real Time returns to HBO on August 25 (PLUG!!!), but in the meantime a couple of thoughts:

As I watch so much of the world ask Israel for restraint in a way no other country would (Can you imagine what Bush would do if a terrorist organization took over Canada and was lobbing missiles into Montana, Maine and Illinois?) - and, by the way, does anyone ever ask Hezbollah for restraint. you know, like, please stop firing your rockets aimed PURPOSEFULLY at civilians? - it strikes me that the world IS Mel Gibson. Most of the time, the anti-semitism is under control, but that demon lives inside and when the moon is full, or there's been enough alcohol consumed,
or Israel is forced to kill people in its own defense, then it comes out.

I've heard Mr. Gibson say he's sorry, and that he's wrong, and others say, well, he was drunk, he's got a disease, etc. But my question is, what is the root of this, Mel? I mean, we all say crazy things when we're drunk, and we've all undoubtedly had ugly moments when we're superstressed out and then drunk on top of it, I know I have - but what comes out at that moment isn't a tirade against the Jews. Yes, liquor releases demons, but I want to know why the demon in Mel Gibson is hatred of the Jews to begin with (I know, the father). Why, when Mels's id is released, its about the Jews fucking everything up, just like it was with Hitler. Except Mel Gibson, when his id is in check, I believe, really knows how wrong that is, and how stupid. He, I believe, at least fights with himself about this.

But he'll never win as long as he's so religious, because, I hate to tell you, the disease isn't alcholism, the disease is religion.

But that's another essay.

For now, let me just say again: the world has their simmering hatred of the Jews under check most of the time, but do watch them when they start weaving on PCH.

And Mel, let me remind you: The Jews have not started all the wars in the world. But they have greenlit all the movies.

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In a cunning business move AOL decides to make all their services free... 6 years after anyone would care to access it free or otherwise

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Thursday, July 06, 2006

Friday, June 16, 2006

Monday, June 05, 2006

One of the best autism articles I've ever read

Autism's Parent Trap - New York Times

Autism's Parent Trap

Published: June 5, 2006

IN recent weeks, three stories have hit the news with grimly similar plotlines: parents accused of killing their autistic children.

Rachel Domm

On April 12, in Hull, England, Alison Davies and her 12-year-old son, Ryan, fell to their deaths from a bridge over the River Humber, in an apparent murder-suicide. (A note was found in Ms. Davies's kitchen.) On May 14, in Albany, Ore., Christopher DeGroot, 19, was trapped inside a burning apartment. He died in a Portland hospital five days later, and his parents are charged with murder, accused of locking their son in the apartment alone. And on the same May Sunday, in Morton, Ill., Dr. Karen McCarron admitted to the police that she had, the day before, suffocated her 3-year-old daughter, Katherine, with a plastic garbage bag.

Family and friends have come to the defense of two of the parents involved. "Ryan was the focus and the purpose of her life," Alison Davies's sister told The Sunday Times, calling the double bridge jump "an act of love."

A friend of Dr. McCarron's — a fellow member of her local autism-support group — told a columnist for The Journal Star of Peoria, Ill., that Dr. McCarron had devoted her life to Katherine. "She never took a night off," the friend said. "She read every book. She was trying so hard, pursuing every lead."

Chilling words to any parent of a child with autism who remembers, as I do, reading every book, pursuing every lead and never taking a night off — because autism feels like a war you re-arm yourself nightly to wage. The comments suggest the parents may have been trying too hard. Perhaps they were frustrated that their efforts did not lead to greater improvement in their children. That would not be surprising, because dramatic improvement is what too many parents are led to expect.

Clearly there is a message in the recent deaths about the urgent need to increase support for the rising number of families struggling with autism. Having an autistic child is estimated to cost a family $10,000 to $50,000 a year in out-of-pocket expenses for medical treatment, therapy and education. With 50 new diagnoses of autism in this country every day, support services are already too stretched to meet the need.

But as much as I'd like to fault government policy, I suspect it is not entirely to blame. There's another issue that hits closer to home and is harder for most parents of autistic children to be candid about. When your child is initially diagnosed, you read the early bibles of hope: "Let Me Hear Your Voice," "Son-Rise" and other chronicles of total recovery from autism. Hope comes from a variety of treatments, but the message is the same: If you commit all your time, your money, your family's life, recovery is possible. And who wouldn't do almost anything — mortgage a home, abandon a career or move to be closer to doctors or schools — to enable an autistic child to lead a normal life?

Now, as the mother of a 10-year-old, I will say what no parents who have just discovered their child is autistic want to hear, but should, at least from one person: I've never met a recovered child outside the pages of those old books. Not that it doesn't happen; I'm sure it does. But it's extraordinarily rare and it doesn't happen the way we once were led to believe.

According to her friend, Dr. McCarron was in despair in recent weeks because Katherine's language had regressed markedly. Every parent of a child on the autism spectrum knows this feeling: I've done everything possible; why isn't he better? The answer is simple: Because this is the way autism works. There are roadblocks in the brain, mysterious and unmovable. In mythologizing recovery, I fear we've set an impossibly high bar that's left the parents of a half-million autistic children feeling like failures.

I don't mean to sound pessimistic about the prospects for autistic children. On the contrary, I see greater optimism in delivering a more realistic message to families: Children are not cured, but they do get better.

And better can be remarkable. At 10, my son is a far cry from the toddler who melted down when the sand was the wrong texture for drizzling. These days he embraces adventure, rides his bike, and repeats any story he tells five or six times. I remember thinking maybe we'd laugh someday at the lengths we went to when we were teaching him language — the flashcards, the drills, the repetitions. Now he's 10 and talking at last in his own quirky ways, and we don't laugh about the drills (though we laugh about plenty of other things). Language is a victory. So is connection and purposeful play. So are the simpler things: a full night's sleep, a tantrum-free day.

Parents working toward these goals will one day be surprised and delighted by their children's funny new obsessions, odd fixations, and tentative but extraordinary connections with other children. Being more realistic from the start might make it possible to enjoy the journey and to see it for what it is: helping a child who will always function differently to communicate better and feel less frustrated. To aim for full recovery — for the person your child might have been without autism — is to enter a dangerous emotional landscape. For three children, the disconnect between parental determination and limited progress may have been lethal.

Cammie McGovern is the author of "Eye Contact," a novel.

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Remember when the U.S. was the country that everyone looked up to?

Pentagon to reject Geneva standard for detainee care

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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Very useful little application

Download videos from Youtube, Google, iFilm, Metacafe, DailyMotion, Music.

And the extension works well in Firefox.

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Backward Films - Films Backward, courtesy of Something Awful

The Awful Forums

Star Wars

A rather large moon-sized spaceship suddenly appears in the vast depths of space and, to prevent it from disappearing again, a nice young man called Luke extracts a bomb from its central chambers. The space station re-assembles a disintegrated planet, saving its occupants, and slowly begins to dismantle itself as a group of rebels become more and more disorganised. The young man goes home to his farm.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Autistic man recruited to be an Army Scout

Recruiting Abuses Mount as Army Struggles to Meet Goals

The scary and disgusting thing is that the Army is still deciding whether they're going to force him to go or not.

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Wednesday, May 03, 2006

That's different

German Beard and Moustache Championships

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CBC News Indepth: The Canadian Dollar

Why the Canadian dollar closed at over .90 US yesterday.

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How to get a human on the phone

Large, growing list of ways to actually talk to a customer service human when you're stuck in the endless computerized voice hell of major companies.

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If MC Escher were in grade school today

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Sunday, April 30, 2006

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

The Inner Savant

The Inner Savant

(Even though my least favourite question about my autistic kids is "what's their special talent?, this is a fascinating article.)

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Wednesday, April 05, 2006


Veiled Conceit: Lazaressurection

"There's no way she wasn't going to marry a Jew," Mr. Brodesser said of the conversion he made last year. And what of his visit to the mohel who did the circumcision? "It didn't tickle," he said. Ms. Akner, 30, recalled, "He was drugged, but the amount of Xanax I was on rivaled it."

(Veiled Conceit is fun..."A glimpse into that haven of superficial, pretentious, pseudo-aristocratic vanity: The NY Times' Wedding & Celebration Announcements". I'm glad she's back!)

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Incompetence reaches a whole new (scary) level

Nuke plant gets new locks after keys lost - Yahoo! News

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I think that maybe they're missing the point

"Loyal" donkeys better than wives, says textbook

Although I guess that it depends on how close you are to your donkey.

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Friday, March 31, 2006

Finally, a cat who COULD use a dress

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Are you my soul mate?

best of craigslist

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From the Arcata Eye

Always check out their Public Safety Division.

• Wednesday, February 8 3:41 p.m.
Police met with God, or so he said, in the parking lot of a Valley West fast food franchise. The Creator was subsequently relocated from the golden arches to a rubber room.

Someone who’d taken a week’s worth of Quazomil was ambulanced to the hospital.

• Thursday, February 9 1:27 a.m. When you live in a tiny studio apartment with shared bathroom and kitchen, what better time to share earsplitting tuneage with your neighbors?

7:48 a.m. A little boy ran out in front of a car and was struck on Sunset Avenue, but sustained only minor injuries.

1:28 p.m. A iPod nano was stolen from a high school boys’ locker room.

1:43 p.m. Another high school lad was found in possession of marijuana.

7:24 p.m. Everyone agreed that the loose pit bull on Spartan Street would be better kept inside.

• Friday, February 10 12:24 a.m. A scruffy-bearded man proved unable to remain vertical near the Community Center. He was hospitalized.

12:15 p.m. After allegedly tagging stop signs at 16th and H streets, a suspected vandal was arrested on the Plaza.

• Saturday, February 11 2:22 a.m. “Get away from me!” screamed the woman on Olympia Street. Police provided the service, alleging public drunkenness.

9:02 a.m. A woman with a baby was seen digging in garbage on Lincoln Avenue.

9:07 a.m. An H Street resident reported people in her hallway, her closet and upstairs. Her medication may be reevaluated.

12:22 p.m. Someone found 14 VISA cards and two California driver’s licenses at a McKinleyville golf course, and turned them in to APD. One of the items was traced to a theft in Manila.

3:41 p.m. A woman complained of her ex-partner calling several times and harassing her children. He wanted the fax machine back, but she declined to return it. She did give him his car back, though ą with the truck and backseat loaded with cardboard and compost.

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Just for Mark

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Thursday, March 30, 2006

Why I love National Geographic

Photo in the News: Housefly Gets Glasses Made With Lasers

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This has to be fake

but it's still pretty funny!

World's Best Resignation Letter?

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Close to the stupidest thing I've heard

More people taking mobile phones to the grave

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This is not a boring Prime Minister

Silvio Berlusconi Humps a Traffic Cop - Wonkette

Can you imagine a North American leader getting away with that?

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Explore the solar system with this incredibly cool download.


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Cabbage Hell

My daughter won't eat vegetables, so we're in a new phase where she tries one new vegetable a week (her choice which one), and we see which ones stick. Unfortunately her veggie of the week is cabbage, and I haven't got a clue what to do with it aside from cabbage rolls. So here are some recipes- wish me luck! If anyone has any other great suggestions, please let me know.


Beefy Cabbage Casserole

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This is kind of neat!

A Unique Gift! Your Own Optical Illusion! - Turn Your Head

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And the world of people who want their cats to look like idiots gets a little larger

MissGlamourPuss - Dresses

(although I can't blame the girl for doing this...I feel a new career coming on!)

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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Canada has "placed itself alongside China as the cruelest and most self-serving nation."

And Morrissey said it, so you know that it's true.

I'd thought that McCartney's protest was pathetic, but Morrissey? Next thing you know Kool and the Gang will be up here throwing their bodies between us blood-crazed Canadians and the cute little baby seals.

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So much for open and accountable government

Battle heats up between media and Prime Minister's Office - Yahoo! Canada News

(Not that most people I know believed him anyway, but it's still depressing to see it in action).

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The Movie Timeline

The Movie Timeline

"The Movie Timeline is the history of everything, taken from one simple premise: that everything you see in the movies is true - the real mixes with the fictitious, so long as it's reported in a movie somewhere..."

For example...

n the beginning... God created the heavens and the earth (The Bible)
A long time ago... Luke Skywalker and Han Solo lead a rebellion against the evil empire(Star Wars)
26,000,000,000BC Los Angeles (and everywhere else) - The Earth's crust begins to harden (Adaptation)
5,000,000BC Martians uplift apes to become intelligent as a way to preserve their own society (Quatermass and the Pit)
4,000,000BC Aliens leave monolith on Earth (2001: A Space Odyssey)
1,000,000BC Loana faces dinosaurs to be with Tumak, a caveman banished from his savage tribe, and then from her gentler group of cave people (One Million Years BC)
San Dimas, Ca - A phone box briefly arrives from the future containing Bill S Preston and Ted 'Theodore' Logan (Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure)
80,000BC A tribe of early man searches for fire (Quest For Fire)


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Guardian Unlimited

Injections of stress hormone may reduce fear of spiders

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Parallels Between My Living Through Two Years of Middle School and the Two Terms of the Bush Presidency.

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Robert Jordan health update

Even though his books now annoy the hell out of me, I wish him all the luck in the world. That sounds like an ugly disease to have.

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This couple has a few issues, I think

Thatcham woman stabbed partner in stripper row

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Saturday, March 25, 2006