From the monthly archives:

November 2008

Food Pr0n

November 27, 2008



DSCN0458, originally uploaded by Paynt Ball.

Clockwise from the the mashed potatoes at 6:00… sweet potatoes stewed in maple syrup, waldorf salad, cranberries, white meat, white meat, white meat with crispy skin, stuffing. In the center, green beans. Close at hand, the gravy.

We worked for hours to put this feast together for the two of us, and we’ll be reveling in the leftovers for a week!

Happy thanksgiving!

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Simple Changes, Number 4

November 27, 2008

Embrace Kyoto.

Ratify the Kyoto Protocol right away then challenge the world to improve on Kyoto at the Copenhagen conference next December. Kyoto doesn’t go far enough to have any material effect on global warming in our lifetime. It merely slows the rate of increase. It permits exceptions for under-developed countries (including China).

In December, 2009, when the world meets again to hammer out the next steps in greenhouse gas reduction, the US should be there as a leader and a Kyoto signatory. President Obama has the opportunity to set the stage for dramatic progress. Let us be leaders on the road to Copenhagen.

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Bibliotheca Europeana

November 25, 2008

Tom Matrullo brings this info from Jon Husband and ZDNet to our attention: Europe’s heritage went digital on Thursday when the European Union launched an online library putting famous works such as Dante’s Divine Comedy and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony just a mouse click away. The EU’s Digital Libraries Initiative really should shame US academicians who [...]

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A meme is a meme is me Esme…

November 25, 2008

I hate memes but I guess I’ll put my usual cantankerous, anti-social, curmudgeonly self aside for a nanosecond or two and play along this time, if only because it was Doug who tagged me and he may offer me sanctuary across the border some day so I want top stay on his good side Here [...]

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Second guessing President-elect Obama

November 23, 2008

The New Republic has a list of the thirty people they think Pres. Obama will be relying on come January. Jeremy Scahill on Alternet has a list of “20 Hawks, Clintonites, and Neocons to watch for in Obama’s White House.” I thought it would be cool to compare the lists, but it wasn’t. It was [...]

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Simple Changes, Number 3

November 21, 2008

Shut down Guantanamo. Shut down the whole extraordinary rendition, torture, violation of human rights and the Geneva Convention thing. Make a loud statement to the world that the US does NOT condone torture, regardless of what we learned from Jack Bauer.

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Simple Changes, Number Two

November 20, 2008

Restore easy access to public buildings. After the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, public facilities all over the country were secured against the possibility that there would be a wave of attacks. Vehicular access to the State Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin was limited by the installation of bollards at every access point. Pedestrian traffic [...]

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Data Points

November 19, 2008

Renewed my Flickr Pro account today. It’s been free since I don’t remember when. Reviewing my account details I see that I gave meg a Pro account in 2005. She didn’t upload much before she passed away, but she did upload some stuff that last week in June 2006. Particularly poignant was this picture titled [...]

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