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This week I have explained the Tylenol Poisonings in the 80s to someone just about to graduate from college (as part of a much larger discussion of 'best buy' and expiration dates) and the word 'two track' to a urbanite. Feeling old and rural.
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There are a number of you who may be interested in this. Google Sites now has a Wiki option that should be just about perfect for a number of projects I know people are working on.

Short review in Wired.
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From What Privileges Do You Have?, based on an exercise about class and privilege developed by Will Barratt, Meagan Cahill, Angie Carlen, Minnette Huck, Drew Lurker, Stacy Ploskonka at Illinois State University. If you participate in this blog game, they ask that you PLEASE acknowledge their copyright.

Meme behind cut )

ETA: This appears to be modified from the original used in this class. Appears to have been modified so that we all are thinking back to where we were at the beginning of college, ie when we were 18.
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Take a look here, a friend of mine needs more comments on this entry for a Mystery Dinner.
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Even though I have more time now, I've fallen behind on reading dailyish stuff. Like a list game some of my friends are running (some 260 conversations in Gmail, not messages, conversations), IN SSO I can't remember where I left off and am now debating restarting at the beginning or picking up about where I left off (somewhere during the prep for the Marches expiedition), most of my comics and several of the HP fanfics I have read most of I've missed the last chunk (LARGE chunk) of chapters on (at least I caught up on one of those recently).
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In Nomine people on this list would be interested in this sculpture in New Mexico.

It's called The Lightning Field (official site), and here's a link to a google images search that has a few more, actually interesting, photos on it. It's a large field with a grid of 400 lightning rods. It's in one of the areas of the country with the highest rate of lightning strikes.

Sadly there are very few good photos of it out there as the owners have a wrong headed and obstructionist view of copyright. Your sculpture is copyrighted. No one else can create a sculpture just like it. This does not prevent others from taking pictures of it. Any pictures taken of it are copyright to the photographer, not you. I assume it's on private property and therefore you can set whatever rules about photography you wish, but don't try and claim it's because of copyright. I won't let this degenerate into more of a rant on the current state of copyright.
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This is two days late for most of you (including me) but we were at my parents with *shudder* dialup connection to the net. So happy birthday [livejournal.com profile] chadu, [livejournal.com profile] little_walnut, [livejournal.com profile] hercircumstance and I think I may be forgetting one or two others on LJ.

[livejournal.com profile] edg or am I just really confused.
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These people would so be getting a call from me if I had a basically unlimited budget while building a house. Make sure to look at the animations section.
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For those interested in languages on my friends list, of which I know there are more than a few. Here's a website I heard about while at ALA:
Ethnologue. It lists where languages are, how many speakers there are, what family that language falls in, etc. Along with some nice maps. All freely available on line.
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So I have a minor dilemma. I have a fun, non-work related database project (yes I know, how absolutely completely geeky, and it's worse, it's RPG related) that I was thinking if using to learn OpenOffice.org Base. However, the tutorials linked from their site are either for 1.x (and there were MAJOR changes between 1.x and 2.0) or cover nothing more complex than what a dying lethargic hamster could figure out on its own. The help files are ok at answering basic questions but not telling me how to do things. All the online searching I've done has turned up stuff on 1.x, similarly idiotic 'tutorials' or "OOo 2.0 is out and it includes Base!" And none of those things cover any of the errors I've been getting. Now the dilemma is that I know how to do most of what I to do in Microsoft Access, I only know this because I took a class in it a couple of years ago. So I could just go do it in Access... So do I keep pounding away and try to learn how do this stuff in Open Office (this would probably involve learning at least some SQL, not a bad thing, but a time consuming thing) or do I bite the bullet and go back to using the evil program?

Legos

Oct. 25th, 2005 02:27 pm
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This is just too cool. Lego Factory. Design your own Lego set, then order the parts to make it.

Serenity

Oct. 11th, 2005 02:32 pm
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Serenity in 2000 works Very very funny. So spoiler full it's unbelievable. DO NOT READ if you haven't see it yet. Though if you haven't seen it yet, WHY NOT?
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Enough of you out there don't get the Daily Illuminator who would find this useful for gaming, knitting, beadwork, etc. that I thought I'd repost this site with many templates of free graphpaper.
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Only some of you are going get this, but I felt the need to express this anyway. I feel like an idjit. Having recently seen a picture online, I have relized that while I was at GenCon I talked with Caydiem for several minutes, even got given raffle tickets by her, but since I'm an idjit and clearly wasn't thinking I didn't read her name badge so I didn't know. headdesks
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Thank you to everyone who wished me a happy birthday yesterday. I didn't respond as I was in Indianapolis at GenCon for the day. I had a basically good day. I picked up a bunch of old 3rd ed GURPS books (THS: ITW, DB, & PF; Cabal, Castle Falkenstein and Alpha Cenauri) really cheap. I also played a game of GURPS Banestorm, the GM had the playtest files :-) and I got voted one of the best roleplayers and so got a copy of GURPS Fantasy, (the new one) Yeah!

I also need to give my belated birthday wishes to: [livejournal.com profile] chadu, [livejournal.com profile] hercircumstance, [livejournal.com profile] fadethecat, and slightly more belated to [livejournal.com profile] little_walnut!
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We have it, we have in our hot little hands.
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[livejournal.com profile] chadu has a new game out, Truth & Justice. I haven't had the chance to pick it up yet but the free suplement Dial S for Superhumans makes it look very interesting.
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