2011

Mountain Biking Little Man

When your sister learned to ride her bike, we got a seat for my bike and I’d take you along for rides around the neighborhood. My bike had baskets on the pedals that made them sort of like stirrups and I was really nervous that we might start falling and I wouldn’t be able to get

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Blue

I used to say that purple was my favorite color, but I didn’t really have a favorite — I just said purple so I’d have an answer to the question. In 2007 I did a bunch of art and saw a lot of colors next to each other and decided that blue was definitely my

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Statistics: Anti-Semitic Hate Crimes in the United States (2009)

Nearly 71.9% of the anti-religious hate crimes in the United States were perpetrated because of the offender’s anti-Jewish bias, 8.4% because of anti-Islamic bias — according to the Department of Justice Uniform Crime Reporting Program statistics for 2009. I found the links to this information here on Ketzele’s blog. Crimes suck.  Hate crime sucks.  The

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Happy Birthday, BabyJ!

Dear BabyJ, Happy Birthday! You’re fifteen today, but when you and Little Man were little kids, you used to ask me to tell you stories of when you were babies.  I thought this year for your birthday, I’d write the story of the day you were born. The story of the day you were born

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Philo Farnsworth

At 11 years old, this kid began experimenting with electricity in Idaho.  In 1920, at the age of 14, he showed his high school chemistry teacher his design for electronic television. A young Russian immigrant, Vladimir Zworykin, had also thought up television independently and almost simultaneously. He ended up helping RCA develop a working system. Philo’s patent

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Mid-Life Crisis

From My Name is Jerry(movie not about the mid-life crisis as described herein) Here is my theory about the classic mid-life crisis some men go through. The crisis has been portrayed as a last gasp for glory before heading into the autumn years and I think that might be due to the shallow interpretation by these men

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11 Minutes Ago

In case you were wondering, I don’t have much of a life among those of you in the wider world.  I have and do spend a lot of time alone and I watch a large number of movies, easily more than 50 every month. Way back, when times were more generous, I saw every movie

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Past Unintended Consequences of the United States War on Marijuana

I’m watching this PBS documentary  called The Botany of Desire which is about plants that are really good at getting humans to “work” for them: apples, tulips, potatoes, and cannabis.  Here’s something I just learned that I thought was really funny: Smoking pot in North America used to mainly be a Mexican thing. As Mexicans migrated north, they

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Your Vote is Never Wasted

Every election cycle we see pleas from the involved to the undecided that they should cast their votes in such a way that their vote is not “wasted” by voting for someone who is never going to win. That’s just screwed up, short-term thinking and short-term thinking is the reason we’re always in a mess

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Grandpa and Grandma’s House

My dad’s parents lived in Kansas City, about a 4.5 hour drive from where we lived in Tulsa. We visited them on holidays and my brother and I usually stayed with them for several weeks every summer. Kansas City had a UHF television station that aired Star Trek on Saturday afternoons.  I’d never seen anything

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PayPal: WTF?!?!?!?

A few days ago, PayPal “limited” my account. They sent me a vague email telling me that I might have violated their terms of service and that I should refer to their policies to try to figure out what’s going on. Then they let me know that they’d be holding on to my $18 for

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More Difficult

Bouquet My life is about to become much more difficult.  I just spent sixty hours hiding under my covers. It wasn’t that long ago that I made up a delusion that this was all for some greater purpose, that this would all have been worth it in the end, that it wasn’t actually possible for

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Depressed Grandmas and Mr. Hand

Somehow I ended up following the blog of a woman who describes herself as a grandma to two 15 year old twins who has suffered from depression since she was in her teens, a condition which has gotten progressively worse over the years.  The cheerful part is that she has and is being treated with

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A Trip to the Moon

A Trip to the Moon is my favorite book of all time. My parents bought me my first copy.  I played the record and read along probably four million times before I was 8. I had a little record player in a white plastic case.  I’m thinking it looked something like this (but all white):

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Dreams Suck

This photograph appeared in Life Magazine in 1957. Recently, I’ve been sleeping at least three times a day. One of the weird things I’ve noticed is that my dreams are never playgrounds and what I want never happens. This morning, I woke up and was going to write about a dream I was having, but

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Fuck Off

From This Site No, I’m not going to shut up about it.  If you don’t like it, don’t read it (i.e., fuck off). Georgia is definitely my favorite web font. This blog doesn’t use Georgia right now, and I could fix that, but the only project I really want to work on is killing myself.

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Dreams of Frustration

I was getting ready to put this drawer back in its dresser this morningwhen I noticed this sums up one of the greatest people I’ve everhad the pleasure of knowing.  This isn’t art, this is her life right here. This is a little hairy spider. I remember a lot of my dreams because I wake

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Analog Transduction of Voice via Modern, Low Bandwidth Codec

Lots of work is going into voice-to-text applications for hand-held devices.  Translation from one language to another using a cloud-based system is one application I’ve seen demonstrated recently. Such devices could help those who cannot hear make some sense out of a conversation with someone whose sloppy lips are hard to read and they’ll definitely

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Creating and Caching Image Thumbnails in PHP using GD and Supporting IF_MODIFIED_SINCE HTTP Header

This is not a tutorial, just some source code that might help you out if you’re looking for hints. The code below won’t run for you out of the box because you don’t have my framework, but here is a brief explanation of what it does: If a browser requests a URI like /image/some-image-slug.jpg then

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Joomla Custom Error Page

Click on this graphic to see the code. Ok, so you’ve been searching around for an easy way to override the default Joomla error page to match your template. After TWO HOURS of messing around, I finally found the page which is linked at the bottom of this post. To summarize: You need to edit

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notQuake

Last month, I mailed a couple of dvds to Todd Hollenshead, the co-owner and CEO of id Software. The videos gave him a couple of ideas for the future of the Quake franchise, ways to make the game more social and ubiquitous, and suggested they pay me a consulting fee of a couple grand per month to help.

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Douglas Gordon, Fine Artist

While we’ve never met, my circle has cross paths with Douglas Gordon’s, an artist also living here in Shawnee. Douglas’ art was first pointed out to me by one business partner and today I’ve realized thanks to an exchange with another business partner that Douglas’ day job is at the very agency that helped me

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Easy Smeasy Slightly Cheesy Encryption in PHP with Base64 Encoding of the Initialization Vector, Cipher Text, and an MD5 Hashed Sentinel, and the Decryption of Same, with Example Code

Love and miss ya, Douglas.I bet you were shocked. This isn’t a tutorial. If you’ve found this post then I’m guessing you’ve already been trying to use mcrypt in php, and you’re on your fourth cup of coffee, ready to trade up for something stronger. The code below should output the original text, the encoded

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Intelligence: I’m lovin’ it

In case you’re living on Mars: This is a McDonald’s cup. While waiting on a computer process to finish, I remembered a statement I’ve been prepared to make the next time someone tells me I’m intelligent. Then I was looking around for a picture to put on this post and decided “borrowing” other peoples’ pictures is not

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Still Wild in the Streets?

Christopher Jones as President Maxwell Frost making hisfirst State of the Union Address in the 1968 movie,Wild in the Streets. Wild in the Streets is a movie released in 1968 exploring the power of personality and music, and their role in political movements.   Max Frost, an anarchist turned pop star, uses his status and music

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Cutting Yourself Up

If you cut your foot off and put it over there, are you over here or over there? If you cut off your hand off and put it over there, with your foot, are you over here or over there? How much of yourself do you have to cut off and throw on the pile

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How He Lives His Life

Joe Winett This kid figured out the keys to life 20 years quicker than I did. You may not want to live in the moment every moment of the day, but I urge you to relax and just let life happen sometimes. How I LIVE my LIFE www.youtube.com My thoughts on my personal experience of

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More About Carlton Pearson

Joe Winett Carlton Pearson gets it and he’s trying to communicate the truth by working within the system. AToast2Wealth.com (AT2W) 2011 |Unveiling Truth Behind Celebrity Life| The Church| Latest News www.atoast2wealth.com Bishop Carlton Pearson has stepped down from being pastor of Christ Universal Temple of Chicago. The majority of the well established church did not

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A Friend was Beaten Up at Home

Mika’s blog post is difficult to read.  She was beaten up at home last night. This is what resulted in the concussion, bruised ribs and shit. I’m not throwing a pity party. It’s just explanation. nblo.gs/kzcSb Excerpts of On A Serious Note My mum’s sort of old man drinks. Michael bounds off of the sofa

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Revelation about Attracting Money – Scientific Method May Bite Me (as long as it keeps leading to cool new engineering techniques and refrains from further fueling Apple’s crazed, subversive formation of the new world order, iGovernment — the helicopters are white, not black, silly crazy bearded smelly man)

From The Secret Daily Teachings, an email newsletter I receive from this lady’s site. Is this a thought that you hold?  “I have no money to give, but when I have money then I will give.” If it is, you will never have money. The fastest way to attract anything is to give it to

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