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Don't restrict my freedom of speech just to cut money in politics
More cell phone fun
And we thought SARS was a big deal
Money in politics isn't bad - it is the way it is expressed that counts
The cell phone saga
A different take on Tivo
The beard is back
Cold, cold and more cold...
Microsoft is full of geeks
Mass DNA testing
A flying saucer of a moon
How far are you from where you grew up?
JMS posting summary
Of Anvils, Dwarves and Lava
Not so stingy after all
LJ to be bought out by Six Apart?
Foxxy blogs, or just sexy high-tech opinion pages
Now here's a great quote!
Creeping theocracy? It is a creeping mono-theocracy that's troubling...
The future of content creation
Tsunami aid and the stingy US
Belief without proof - it happens
I am a Nerd King
We become those we despise
Stories from the streets
Have a deliberative New Year



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 Saturday, 29 January 2005
Saturday, 29 January 2005 11:21:52 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) ( )
It had better be impossible to restrict my ability to express my ideals in the public forum – that would directly violate freedom of speech (in its true original intent). And in today’s world that means that it had better be impossible to prevent me and like-minded others from pooling our money to buy television ads or take other steps to project our message...
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 Friday, 28 January 2005
Friday, 28 January 2005 11:42:57 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) ( )
The conclusion (or so I hope) of my cell phone saga
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Friday, 28 January 2005 08:39:39 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) ( )

It appears that the Asian bird flu was passed from daughter to mother, killing both. Not cool. This kind of thing makes you wonder if the whacko's holed up in mountain compounds with all their AK's don't have the right idea. Listen for the outbreaks, shoot anyone who comes near your compound and stay alive.

Of course it would also help if we could just stop our children from living with the chickens under our houses...

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 Wednesday, 26 January 2005
Wednesday, 26 January 2005 10:12:20 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) ( )
 Monday, 24 January 2005
Monday, 24 January 2005 12:28:46 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) ( )
Whether 527's are good or bad, the fact is that common people need a way to pool their money so they have a voice in politics
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 Friday, 21 January 2005
Friday, 21 January 2005 22:23:32 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) ( )
A story/rant about the crappy service I've been getting on my Motorola cell phone...
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Friday, 21 January 2005 09:08:03 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) ( )
I love Tivo and use it all the time, but Neil Gaiman has a slightly different take on it.
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 Wednesday, 19 January 2005
Wednesday, 19 January 2005 21:27:46 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) ( )

Well almost. It has reached the point that I obviously have a beard once again, though it is not as full as it should be. Give it another couple days and I'll be back to my normal bearded self once again. Everyone can stop panicking and resume life as normal ;)

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 Monday, 17 January 2005
Monday, 17 January 2005 19:50:07 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) ( )
This morning it was -47 F. Now it is -1 F. Either one is just plain cold.
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 Thursday, 13 January 2005
Thursday, 13 January 2005 12:43:07 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) ( )
Here's a story that could only happen at a geek-oriented company
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 Monday, 10 January 2005
Monday, 10 January 2005 10:53:27 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) ( )
This is EXACTLY what the Bill of Rights is intended to protect against!
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Monday, 10 January 2005 09:50:54 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) ( )

OK, so this tidbit is just too cool! Maybe not exactly a flying saucer, but a mountain ridge 12 miles high around an entire moon!!! Geez!!

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 Sunday, 09 January 2005
Sunday, 09 January 2005 00:20:12 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) ( )
Fun with MapQuest
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 Saturday, 08 January 2005
Saturday, 08 January 2005 00:00:14 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) ( )
If you want to get a list of newsgroup posts by JMS, here's a way to get google to help.
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 Friday, 07 January 2005
Friday, 07 January 2005 19:34:02 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) ( )
How one little Dwarf can make a big difference
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Friday, 07 January 2005 16:52:05 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) ( )

According to this article the President signed into law a provision that allows tsunami donations made in January 2005 to be a deduction on 2004 taxes.

While it is an individual's choice to donate to charity, and where to donate if they choose, but there's no doubt that the tax breaks for charitable giving have a direct impact on a lot of people.

With any luck this move will trigger an increase in charitable giving for the tsunami - further damping the claims that America is stingy when it comes to charity.

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 Thursday, 06 January 2005
Thursday, 06 January 2005 10:19:14 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) ( )

Having lots of friends using LJ, this hypothesis-fact is something to watch.

OK, the buyout has already moved to theory-fact based on this and this.

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Thursday, 06 January 2005 10:17:25 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) ( )
Yet more thoughts on whether the blogsphere is the replacement for the old media.
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 Wednesday, 05 January 2005
Wednesday, 05 January 2005 20:10:32 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) ( )

From The Edge article I mentioned earlier today:

Carlo Rovelli

“Rationality and instinct of collaboration have already given us large regions and long periods of peace and prosperity. Ultimately, they will lead us to a planet without countries, without wars, without patriotism, without religions, without poverty, where we will be able to share the world. Actually, maybe I am not sure I truly believe that I believe this; but I do want to believe that I believe this.“


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Wednesday, 05 January 2005 18:28:20 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) ( )
Apparently loner non-theists are banding together to fight "creeping theocracy". I think they should join with non-Evangelical Christians to fight "creeping MONO-theocracy".
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Wednesday, 05 January 2005 17:31:08 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) ( )
There's a flash video that portrays the future of media. It is scary, but interesting. Moreover it is thought provoking.
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Wednesday, 05 January 2005 13:06:37 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) ( )
Is the US really stingy? It is hard to say, since it isn't our government's job to handle our charitable affairs.
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Wednesday, 05 January 2005 12:51:45 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) ( )
This promises to be an interesting read: an article about what some great minds believe, though they can not prove.
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 Tuesday, 04 January 2005
Tuesday, 04 January 2005 12:44:25 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) ( )
Not a huge surprise given that my job and hobbies are all highly geek-oriented.
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 Monday, 03 January 2005
Monday, 03 January 2005 21:08:45 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) ( )
The US government is examining the possibility of permanent imprisonment for suspected terrorists and others who present a potential threat if released. Are we really ready to employ practices we fought against in the Revolutionary War?
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 Sunday, 02 January 2005
Sunday, 02 January 2005 16:27:37 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) ( )
In a comment to my previous entry, The Evil Cub points out that there’s a difference between beggars and musicians/buskers. He's right, and I have stories.
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 Saturday, 01 January 2005
Saturday, 01 January 2005 11:58:33 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) ( )
Looking forward into the next year, I suggest being deliberative. Understand your choices and make them consciously. Decide your own fate, don’t allow others to decide it for you.
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