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Posts from — August 2007

R.I.P. Michael Jackson

R.I.P. Michael Jackson:
Most of what I know about beer came from Mr. Jackson, thanks to his Great Beer Guide as well as his Beer Hunter TV series. That’s why I plan to salute him with a toast with some fine Belgian beer, of which he was especially fond.

another one who pursued a life worth living

August 31, 2007   No Comments

Urban Edibles :: a community database of wild foods

Urban Edibles :: a community database of wild foods:
Some nice foliage may make Portland, Oregon a “green” city, but amongst the leaves is a surprising amount of edible
food sources

does information provision encourage or discourage the exploitation of common resources, the tragedy of the commons.

August 31, 2007   No Comments

Clowns KKKick KKK ass! – Asheville Indymedia

Clowns KKKick KKK ass! – Asheville Indymedia :
The clown women thought they finally understood what the Klan was trying to say. “Ohhhhh…” the women clowns said. “Now we understand…”, “WIFE POWER!” they lifted the letters up in the air, grabbed the nearest male clowns and lifted them in their arms and ran about merrily chanting “WIFE POWER! WIFE POWER! WIFE POWER!”

ahh, the power of the spoken word….. when dressed as clowns, go clowns go!

August 30, 2007   No Comments

CTWatch Quarterly » August 2007

CTWatch Quarterly » August 2007:
The Coming Revolution in Scholarly Communications & Cyberinfrastructure

interesting set of articles.

August 29, 2007   No Comments

Gloria’s Oversexed Mind: Must love pandas

Gloria’s Oversexed Mind: Must love pandas:
Must love pandas

momma panda carrying baby panda.

August 29, 2007   No Comments

Crooks and Liars » Justice, Guantanamo Style

Crooks and Liars » Justice, Guantanamo Style:
This is justice Guantanamo style. This is the process that the government contends is the functional equivalent of habeus corpus. It’s a joke. The question is whether the Supreme Court will have the courage to say so.

just remember … this is not them doing it… torturing people… if you are and american from the u.s., this is us. we allow this to happen, and we should be ashamed. this could be your mom or dad being tortured, or your son or daughter, as it surely is for someone. torture is horrible and wrong and never justifiable.

August 29, 2007   No Comments

How the Bush Administration REALLY Treats Soldiers

How the Bush Administration REALLY Treats Soldiers:
if you don’t re-enlist, you’ll be thrown in 5th Brigade, the Stryker unit on Ft. Lewis that was being stood up, and yes, they were deploying as soon as they could.

an indentured army is not the way to go, forcing or coercing re-enlistment through means such as these will not help anyone, and it will hurt the military more than we can possibly imagine, as rumors spread in the military, not just amongst people, but amongst generations of people. we have to do the right thing, if someone wants out and they have completed their obligation, we have to let them out.

August 29, 2007   No Comments

Cultural Ethnography: A Brief Report

Cultural Ethnography: A Brief Report:
A user in the usability lab is like a tiger in the cage, helpless!
Study him in his natural habitat!

this is a short report from an hci practitioner who has moved into the realm of ethnography. i think it captures one of the main failures of much of hci lab centricity, though… it could be states more broadly as. behavior in lab environments is not normal behavior, that includes the mental process and mode of preparedness of the individual, thus lab based hci does not map onto everyday use of computers in homes, businesses, etc. except in the most general senses of interaction’

August 29, 2007   No Comments

Chicago: In the News

Chicago: In the News:

2. Met my SL friend “Buridan” in Real Life for the first time.

I finally met my friend and occasional adviser (in that she gives me some solid advice) Jan at SLCC. She was here in Chicago for SLCC and she and her friend Kirsty had a ball:)

August 26, 2007   No Comments

Truth About Santa-Claus [PIC]

Truth About Santa-Claus [PIC]:

the sad thing is… that in many ways… it is true.

August 20, 2007   No Comments