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Turns out, Christ hasn't been in Christmas for quite some time, at least not in Boston... [Dec. 20th, 2009|11:27 am]
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Absolutely fascinating article in today's Boston Globe...The unsullied traditional Christmas of yesteryear, it turns out, is every bit as manufactured as the bright plastic products we see in the stores.

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Where little cable cars climb halfway to the stars... [Dec. 17th, 2009|05:33 pm]
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I love Boston. But I still have this terrific fondness for San Francisco, my first city, my first urban love.

These photos of the City by the Bay would have made Herb Caen proud.
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Maybe I'm just bitchy [Dec. 10th, 2009|06:56 pm]
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But damn, people whining about the "un-Christmassy" free holiday songs on Amazon are pissing me the hell off. They are all het up and full of complaints for The Boxmasters' "Slower Than Christmas" (which is pretty damn funny) and a Christmas song by Lady Gaga

So today there's a more "traditional" holiday song, and stupid me, I have to read the comments. Whereupon I see this:

Christmas is the day we celebrate Christ's birth and this song reflects the true meaning of Christmas. The drum accompaniment to the song gives it a youthful appeal and spices it up a little. It's so much better than some of the selections this month that have had absolutely nothing to do with the celebration of Christ's birth. I also liked the harmony in this song. I hope you all like this song!

Amazon: it's ok to be edgey, but not tasteless. Remember when Charlie Brown screams can anyone tell me what Christmas is about? Linus takes his thumb out of his mouth and tells him. That story is not boring, but incredibly exciting! The God who made the universe came down to us. That's better than any modern day sci fi flick. Some folks have taken the Christ out of Christmas and put in Santa and Rudolph. Those songs are fun too, but songs like Lady Gagas and the boxmasters are so anti-holiday and anti-Christmas that people are offended by them. Please tomorrow have something holidayish to download! Thanks.


I'm going to hell (well, I would if I believed in that sort of thing), so I had to respond to this:

I am not a Christian, but I celebrate Christmas exactly the way I was raised to. I have a tree, and stockings, and I buy gifts for my loved ones. I sing holiday songs and watch holiday movies and TV specials.

My Christmas has nothing to do with the alleged birth of some baby in a stable, and I really resent this attitude interfering with the way I celebrate my holiday.


I know it's not much in the grand scheme of life, but it made me feel better.
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Save Dave's House! [Oct. 22nd, 2009|05:25 pm]
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Via filkertom (and many other people) comes an awesome LJ project: A crusade to Save Dave's House.

I don't know this Dave, but the basic story is, Dave lives in Tennessee. He's starting his own business and, in getting it up and running, fell behind on his mortgage. The house and the land are not in foreclosure yet, but it's coming.

Dave has a house on top of a bluff with seven-plus acres down below. Over the past 10+ years, Dave and his ex-wife and a whole host of their friends have turned the field into one of the best places on earth. Dave's field has a bar. Dave's field has a stage. Dave's field has twelve campsites cut into the perimeter, so people can camp down by the creek.

Abe the blind dog lives at Dave's house. In the field he can run around like he can see; there's nothing there to hurt him. Having a one-eyed cat, this is very touching to me.

Once upon a time, the last Saturday of every month saw a party out at Dave's. The house isn't foreclosed upon yet, but it's coming; the last Last Saturday Party on Dave's land is set for Halloween.

Like I said, I don't know the man, and I'll probably never meet him...but I can appeciate the awesomeness of the little sanctuary he's created. I don't have one of these kinds of places right now, but I have had in the past, and I know what a treasure they are.

So spread the word. Join and follow save_dave. A lot of creative people are auctioning their crafts to raise money for Dave. Oh, you can donate directly, but isn't an impromptu grassroots auction fun?

I'll be auctioning the following two things to help a guy I've never met:

a 2010 calendar of my cat art (13 photos total; Preview here)

and

a custom art + 8x10 print from the winner's photo (Examples here).

I've never needed to raise money for something like this before, but if I ever needed to, I'd like to think that people would be there for me, you know?
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Genetics and Interspecies Relations [Jul. 15th, 2009|07:31 pm]
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So, we've all seen the BBC article about how Cats 'exploit' humans by purring.

But there's actually a better article about the tactics used by manipulative felines in New Scientist. This one includes mp3s of the normal purr and the "solicitous" purr. Not only do the sound samples illustrate the differences in purrs, but they're downloadable! So now I have random cat purrs on my iPod. If only I could make them into a ringtone...It would be a ring that could not be ignored!

However, the whole cat purring study made me remember that I'd read somewhere that cats are the only domestic animal that chose to be domesticated. I couldn't find the article I read before, but this is a recent one (last month): "From Wild Animals to Domestic Pets". One of the co-authors is Dr. Stephen J. O'Brien who wrote the "Tears of the Cheetah" book (and whom I emailed about Gun-Hee and his brother...but he never responded). But it makes sense. The other domesticates were exploited by humans...but the humans were exploited by cats.

And reading that article reminded me of a project involving silver foxes in Russia being bred for tameness and spontaneously starting to have white patches, floppy ears and shortened or curled tails after a few generations.

An interesting point about the floppy ears is pointed out in this article, which reminds us that none other than Charles Darwin, in Chapter One of Origin of the Species, noted that “not a single domestic animal can be named which has not in some country drooping ears”. I find it particularly interesting in that he said this long before the folded ear mutation in cats appeared in Scotland in 1961! Although the mutation must have occurred at some point before the Scottish Folds; Darwin references a Chinese lop-eared cat.

And finally, because it kind of fits the theme of genetics and interspecies relations…That's not what "Animal Husbandry" means, Senator. Paging Mr. Smith...Mr. Cordwainer Smith...
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Vote early and often [Jun. 29th, 2009|10:20 pm]
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EDIT: Those links seem to be having issues.
Try this: http://www.jailbreaktoys.com/Photobama_Freestyle_Contest_s/58.htm and then scroll down; my photos are near the top.

You need to create an account to enter, which is annoying...but once you create it you just have to log in to vote. They are very good about not being intrusive with the emails and if you don't opt in, they won't send you anything. You also need to be at least 13 to register, so if you don't want to give your real birthdate, make sure you put at least 1996.


I have a favour to ask of you all.

I entered the Jailbreak Toys PhotObama Freestyle contest.

PLEASE vote for one of my Obama at Fenway photos - I'm trying to win a digital video recorder and/or other awesome prizes. You can vote once per day until August 7.

Vote for your favourite now; later on the most popular one of the three needs the votes. The links to each photo are below; I couldn't decide which was best so I entered three, and thought I'd let natural selection decide for me.

Please help!! Just vote once a day is all I ask. Well, and tell your friends. There aren't THAT many entries, so I have a pretty good shot. It looks like you need to log in to vote, which is a pain, but you only have to create an account once and they aren't annoying with the emails if you opt to get them.

These are my three entries:


Obama at Fenway.


Obama pointing at the Green Monster.


Obama on the Green Monster, the Cask N' Flagon and the Citgo signs in the background.


If the direct links don't work (I'm having trouble with them), you can get to the contest from the link at the top.

I really appreciate your support in this...

(PS - DON'T GET DISTRACTED BY TEH KITTEH!)
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Lost without Lost... [May. 16th, 2009|04:04 pm]
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Some observations and theories on the season finale...Collapse )
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Obama meets the Governator [Feb. 23rd, 2009|06:05 pm]
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Found this on lolobama...wish I'd thought of it!

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Tell me you haven't seen this one yet... [Feb. 22nd, 2009|09:25 pm]
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Oh, Yes We Did! [Nov. 5th, 2008|12:19 am]
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We did it! There's still a lot of work to be done...but finally, we have regained our national sanity!
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Art for Change [Oct. 30th, 2008|12:36 am]
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This is incredibly awesome.

Jailbreak Toys, the creators of the Barack Obama Action Figure, sent 100 unpainted figures to some of the country's top artists so they could show us their own personal visions of what Obama means to America and the world.

What they came up with is enthralling. Some are bizarre, some are just breathtaking and awe-inspiring, some are just silly (Barack as Harry Potter and Barack wearing a parka and a Red Sox cap are two of my favourites).

All of them are awesome. When is the last time you remember a presidential candidate evoking this kind of reaction in people?

And, if you are similarly inspired, you can get your own DIY Obama Action Figure and create your own Art for Change. I ordered one...not sure what I'm going to do with him yet, but I can't resist the challenge.

What's more...The original artist's pieces are up for bids on eBay! Some of them are actually quite reasonably priced, too...
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Beyond Brilliant and Way Into Awesome [Apr. 1st, 2008|10:09 pm]
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So the cover of this week's Boston Weekly Dig is, in a word, awesome.



The Nine Samurai (translation from deathbytamarind)...

As awesome as this is, it's even more awesome when compared to this...



I love this town. And I love baseball in this town.
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Squire Harri in his Viking A-Frame at March Crown, AS 28 [Mar. 25th, 2008|10:05 pm]
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Another photo I found over the weekend...


I know this is West Kingdom March Crown. I'm pretty sure that it's AS 28 (1993) because of the timing of when Harri had his A-Frame and when the old mundane Coleman tent died. I'm fairly sure that this is Kelly's Kamp, and I'm pretty sure that we were camped across from the merchants' tents. We're outside the "hump" but only just...if I recall correctly.

The only thing I don't remember? Who the hell won that Crown. Although if I had to guess...it may well have been Christian du Glaive that year.

I still have that tent of Harri's, in storage in Atlanta. I bet Gun-Hee would love it.
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Awesome, made of awesome, with awesome sauce and a side of awesome [Feb. 20th, 2008|07:00 pm]
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LOL Together
© Allison Lonsdale (caprine) & Eben Brooks (ebenbrooks) 2008

Here come old lolcat
He run out of happy
He can haz cheezburger
Look out, you haz a flavor!
He’s in ur base, killing ur d00dz
Do not want kibble, give me the gooshy foodz

Ceiling Cat watching him
He going to the moon BRB
He made you a cookie but he
Went NOM NOM NOM. He sorry.
Longcat is loooong
Everything you do, he say ur doin it wrong

LOL together right now OMG

He charging lazors
He steal lolrus bukkit
He make invisible sandwich
It not so grate aktually
He say I like Fark, Worth1000, SomethingAwful
Baby we can Photoshop until we both ROFL

LOL together right now OMG

He upgraded ur RAM
He see what U did ther
He say Today is Caturday
He one holy kitten
He say you know me, I know you
OMFGWTFBBQ

LOL together right now. Kthxbai.


DO WANT. I CAN HAS MP3?
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My photos of Namdaemung Gate [Feb. 12th, 2008|09:13 pm]
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The cow may have jumped over the moon... [Jan. 21st, 2008|07:52 pm]
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...but tonight in Boston, the moon jumped over the milk.

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LOLcat Haiku [Jan. 12th, 2008|05:58 pm]
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Here's a really, really sick idea that appeared in a metaquotes thread: LOLHaiku!

Here's mine:
I'm in ur Haikus
Countin' ur syllables - You
See whut I did ther?
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Happy Christmas Everyone! [Dec. 25th, 2007|10:46 am]
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And as an added bonus, I'll never get lost in Tokyo [Dec. 18th, 2007|07:47 am]
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The other day I posted about Gizmobies, the wonderful iPod protection I discovered when I was in Las Vegas. Well, here are some photos of my 4th Generation Classic iPod with the Tokyo Subway Map Gizmobie:


The cover doesn't even interfere with the speaker dock I have!
More photos from every angle...Collapse )
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Talonvaki's Xmas List of Really Cool Stuff [Dec. 15th, 2007|04:06 pm]
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I've decided to make this an annual thing; this is the first. It's just a list of nifty products and/or great small companies I've come across recently that I think deserve a little spotlight.
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Yolo County Represent! [Nov. 12th, 2007|06:18 pm]
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Dustin Pedroia is the AL Rookie of the Year!
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My Parade Pictures, Let Me Show You Them [Oct. 31st, 2007|06:29 pm]
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So, yeah...there was this kinda parade thingy yesterday in Boston. I was there. My boss told me on Friday that, if the Red Sox did end up winning the World Series, I could go to the rally. I assumed it was going to end up being on Saturday like last time...but, no. So I was glad that he had given me the green light.

In 2004, I watched the parade from Cambridgeside, and most of the photos I took were of the boats in the water. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but I wanted to take my own pictures from a better vantage point this time.

I ducked out of the office at 11:40 and got on a Green Line train to Copley. I knew the truck was going to stop there so Papelbon could dance, and I figured the middle would be less congested than the beginning (Fenway) or the end (Goverment Center).

I was right about that; I had a great view. So. Here are my photos of the Red Sox on parade.


Beckett and the World Series trophy.
But really, we should start at the beginning...Collapse )
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Parade pictures tonight [Oct. 31st, 2007|07:38 am]
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...there was a problem with getting them onto the server (like, I ran out of room). I'll put them up tonight. But in the meantime...

Happy Halloween!
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Finally! The curse has been broken! [Oct. 29th, 2007|06:40 pm]
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This appeared last Thursday, but I only read it today...Red Sox Attempt To Break Fabled "Curse Of Relief Pitcher Curtis Leskanic"

"We never should've gotten rid of Leskanic...Just think of how many more rings we'd have now."
How true.
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Last night's game was a microcosm of the Red Sox's season. [Oct. 28th, 2007|04:14 pm]
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piney61 pointed me in the direction of this awesome article from the Providence Journal, which, among other things, says, "In a way, Game Three was a perfect microcosm of their season. During the year, the Red Sox led the division comfortably. In the final weeks of the season, finally put to the test by the late-charging Yankees, the Sox steadied themselves and hung on to win their first division in 12 years." That's an excellent summation.
Complete article below in case the link goes away.Collapse )
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