Rants & Ramblings

random commentary about culture, media, politics, technology and whatnot.

dec
21
2006

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Reader comments in jeopardy | Arizona Daily Star Seven months after StarNet launched a feature allowing readers to add comments to stories, Star editors are rethinking the whole idea because of the coarseness of those online postings. (tags: newspapers onlinenews …

dec
19
2006

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Writers as actors and vice versa | Channel Island | Los Angeles Times If NBC’s comedy “The Office” feels like nothing else on television, it may be because the actors and writers are so often on the same page. In …

dec
17
2006

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Things We Can’t Live Without | Pew Research Center As Americans navigate increasingly crowded lives, the number of things they say they can’t live without has multiplied in the past decade, according to a new Pew Research Center survey that …

dec
16
2006

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The Legend of Barack Obama | Washingtonian From out of nowhere, he’s become DC’s brightest star. Will his charisma and sense of destiny propel him to the White House in 2008? (tags: politics barakobama washingtondc chicago)

dec
15
2006

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Missed connection with Washington, DC | best of craigslist I miss you already, you wonderful, self-important, walkable, sporty, humid, pretentious, kinetic, dazzling, overpriced, overcaffeinated, cobblestoned, self-conscious, self-unaware, popped-collar-sporting, popped-collar-mocking, preppy hipster college town (tags: washingtondc via:holovaty)

dec
14
2006

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Recipe: Iced Cranberry-White Chocolate Drop Cookies | washingtonpost.com (tags: recipe dessert cookies cranberry)

dec
13
2006

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Pyramid Atlantic At Center - Contemporary Prints, Paper and Book Arts Offers lots of workshops, including bookbinding and letterpress. (tags: art letterpress education paper books museum silverspringmd todo)

dec
12
2006

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Preparation is key to safety when planning a road trip | San Francisco Chronicle Many people think they can handle whatever is thrown at them on a vacation. But in reality, you are rewarded or punished for your level of …

dec
11
2006

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Quarantined | washingtonpost.com Etta Young was afraid to be affectionate with her children for fear they would catch tuberculosis. (tags: relationships washingtondc medicine children writing)

dec
10
2006

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In Poems and Trinkets, Emblems of a Public Mourning | washingtonpost.com Every day since the Vietnam War memorial opened in 1982, National Park Service rangers have gathered up the poems and Purple Hearts, the battle ribbons and dog tags and …

dec
08
2006

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REST for toddlers | dive into mark HTTP status codes, applied to kids (tags: children humor technology internet via:holovaty) How to Code HTML Email Newsletters [HTML & XHTML Tutorials] The HTML email newsletter is a very successful communications medium for …

dec
07
2006

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Internet Archive: Live Music Archive The Internet Archive has teamed up with etree.org to preserve and archive as many live concerts as possible for current and future generations to enjoy. (tags: mp3 music community free)

dec
05
2006

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Women Face Emotional Wounds of War | washingtonpost.com The war in Iraq and Afghanistan has seen a far larger deployment of women with far more females exposed to ambushes, roadside bombs, rocket-propelled grenades and other deadly hazards. And they have …

dec
04
2006

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Nike+iPod Sport Kit raises privacy concerns, can be used to track individual users | MacDailyNews Researchers at the University of Washington have published a report detailing many easy and cheap ways the Nike+ iPod Sport Kit can be used to …

dec
03
2006

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Curbly | DIY Design Community (tags: home homeimprovement crafts community howto inspiration) Microsoft Makes Testing IE6 and 7 Easier | Slashdot Microsoft is making available free Windows XP/IE6 images available for VirtualPC. This means that you can run IE6 in …

dec
02
2006

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On Calling Bullshit | Watchdog Blog What is it about Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert that makes them so refreshing and attractive to a wide variety of viewers (including those so-important younger ones)? I would argue that, more than anything …

dec
01
2006

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New digital camera? Know how, where you can use it | USATODAY.com With all these cameras snapping around us, [Andrew Kantor] started to wonder about the laws regarding using them. Where can you shoot? What can you shoot? (tags: photography …

nov
30
2006

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World of Good - Fair Trade Gifts and Natural Accessories Store (tags: gifts shopping world community fairtrade) TyphoonUS Asian Tabletop - kitchen and cookware specialists (tags: shopping home via:realsimple) :: Blend Creations :: Jewelry :: Washi pendants (tags: jewelry gifts …

nov
29
2006

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Are green magazine covers cursed? | Slate Magazine The color green “has traditionally been considered poison on the newsstand.” (tags: color design magazine culture business) Proper Names | washingtonpost.com In Teaching Old-Fashioned Manners, Parents Buck a Trend Toward Informality (tags: …

nov
28
2006

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News media have watershed election, too | Yahoo! News The first smoothly run election night of the Internet era left many news organizations unsure of where they stood and should prompt some rethinking in time for 2008, according to a …