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Friday, September 25, 2009
Missing friends 
This is a publicly searchable index of friends I've lost contact with over the years. Perhaps one of them will remember Jeff Dixon or Jeffrey Dixon and do a search, or perhaps a Google of themselves will bring them here. I am on Facebook and I'd love to hear from:

Primary school
Barbara the kid next door at PMQ 145 at Bagotville late 1970s
Partrick Ryal Ray, my best friend at the same time
Krista Bourgeois, who lived down the street and was very kind

4-6th grade
Ricky, my first friend in Rapid Valley
Michael Goodall (Bucky), my best friend for most of Rapid Valley
Wade Bogstead, my best friend when I left; his geekdom was sorely missed

Junior High
Jeremy (Jamie?) Pryor, a brief friendship that didn't withstand moving
Robert Stewart, a friendship that ended over stupid stuff
Trina Leslie, the cute girl that was nice to everyone, even us dweebs

High School
Valerie Lubrich -- I'm not sure if she walked with the rest of us, but she was always kind and took a great deal of undeserved abuse.
Timothy Sudol -- He never got what he deserved in the friendship, but it was still a real one. I'd like to meet him again.

Civil Air Patrol
I still wonder what happened to Barbara Crielly and David Anding.

I'd love to see what became of the people I cared about who I haven't been able to find on Google, Facebook, or Livejournal.

Friday, November 21, 2008
Challenged ballots: You be the judge 
This is what challenges look like. Some of them are silly, but many are legitimate. How do you determine a voter's intent? This interactive exercise lets you judge contested ballots in the Minnesota Senate race. I wish I had a tool like this back in October, when I was teaching Elections.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Don't Drown Your Food 
My favorite PSA from when I was a kid -- next to Schoolhouse Rock, of course.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008
How can anyone live like this? (pics) 
This is disgusting, even by my slovenly standards. Oddly, I found myself hungry for Whataburger after seeing the last picture.

Thursday, August 28, 2008
Meme of the Moment -- Omnivore's 100 
1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
4) Optional extra: Post a comment at www.verygoodtaste.co.uk linking to your results.

The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:
1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake

Sunday, August 17, 2008
Being Poor 
Being Poor is a useful reminder of class privilege. It's also depressing as hell, but then again so is poverty.

Friday, August 15, 2008
XKCD Takes on Diebold 
I've grown to love this comic.

Race and Passion in College Debate 
At the 2008 CEDA National Tournament, Bill Shanahan's teams struck a judge because she had previously given them low speaker points. Well, apparently judge and coach Shanara Reid-Brinkley took it personally and politically as an attack on African-American women in general. In a quarterfinal round at the tournament, the team debating against Fort Hays used the strike as evidence that their opponents were upholding white, male supremacy in debate. Both Bill Shanahan and Shanara Reid-Brinkley were in the room as the judges announced their decision -- a 2-1 against Fort Hays. The judges explained their decision, but apparently there was some nonverbal exchange between Shanahan and Reid-Brinkley during the process. It seems that Bill was scowling or otherwise looking pissed off when one of the debaters was talking after the decision, Reid-Brinkley made some sort of nonverbal gestures as well, and Shanahan challenged her. She complained that he was "walking around doing stuff" and argued that he had no right to be in the room expressing his emotions about the round. Anyone who knows Bill could have predicted what happened next -- he was outraged that someone was telling him what to do and he therefore escalated the situation. Reid-Brinkley also had a hair trigger, and the two were soon "debating" in profanities and even a bare ass. This Higher Ed article describes what followed. Of course, it is far more interesting to watch the video.

Thursday, August 07, 2008
Cute comic about how life really works 
Things They Don't Tell You (But Should) is a webcomic that reveals the horrible truths of life with other people (example: "tall people only date other tall people, so if you turn out to be short, don't bother looking up").

20 things I’ve stolen 
What is theft? I view it as depriving someone of a thing which is rightfully theirs. I do not, however, believe that creating something gives one a right to compensation when someone else copies the creation. The alternative is the idea that everytime someone generates something of value, he or she is entitled to be compensated by those who would enjoy that value. Therefore, we are stealing when we find a way to enjoy something another person has created without paying them compensation. A sendup of this theory is here. It reveals the absurdity of demanding a right to be compensated for everything that other people may value.

Friday, July 11, 2008
Whole Foods Store Forced to Close. 
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Why facts won’t demolish the conspiracy theories 
This column argues that conspiracy theories are drivn by a "crisis of causality." While I agree that mistrust contributes to conspiracy theories, I think the author underplays the normal human desire to ascribe great causes to great events. We don't like to think of the processes that govern our lives as being stochastic. It is not so much a distrust of causality but a desperate attempt to restore causal logic to the world we see around us that leads us to theorize about vast, hidden conspiracies. Given this, facts do make a difference by allowing us to tell a story and take measures to avoid becoming a character in that drama. I would expect conspiracy theories to flourish where we are unable to protect ourselves from the true causes of disaster -- or where people are ignorant of the facts. In other words, facts will help -- but control over our surroundings is also necessary to make conspiracy theories unattractive.

Monday, July 07, 2008
Flying With a Young Child This Summer? Here’s a Book To Buy. 

b i t t e r s w e e t s [dot] o r g 
One of my favorite sites of the late 1990s has been archived and reposted to the web. It's cheesy, of course, but I always liked it. It was so sweet and noncommercial; of course it couldn't last.

Sunday, July 06, 2008
#82 Hating Corporations 
Stuff White People Like is a well-known piece of satire. I really like this one, especially: "When engaging in a conversation about corporate evils it is important to NEVER, EVER mention Apple Computers, Target or Ikea in the same breath as the companies mentioned earlier. White people prefer to hate corporations that don’t make stuff that they like." True of so many people I know...

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