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I have a ton of good links to put up tomorrow, but today I'm just going to remind you that, if you are a US citizen registered to vote, to vote tomorrow. This is an important election. Be heard. 11/06/00
Thank you for voting yesterday! You made a difference...and in a few days we'll know what difference that was. It was an exciting night for me: I don't expect ever to see such a close race again (and it will be remembered as all the more exciting if my candidate wins.)
Women in science? Why, yes, yes we are. From 2500 BC to the moon. 11/08/00
Can you teach compassion? Perhaps so. A class in homelessness and poverty from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst teaches students through community outreach and service programs. 11/08/00
My friend Mike and I used to ponder the red delicious apple. It was, after all, so...nondescript. Turns out we're not the only ones who think so. Read how the red mediocre apple has nearly bankrupted an industry. 11/08/00
Is marriage important? In the US one in three babies are now born out of wedlock. While some believe a cultural refocus on marriage will halt what they see as the decline of the nation's moral fiber, others are convinced that this obsession with marriage is at the heart of the problem.
What has technology done for you lately? If you're disabled, it may just have leveled the playing field. 11/08/00
Confused about who gets what for which service? Puzzle no further. Behold: a short course in tipping. 11/08/00
A broken system is not one in which mistakes are made: a broken system is one in which mistakes are not corrected. 11/10/00
I apologize for my silence. The combination of this cold and this election has reduced me to sitting at my desk hopped up on theraflu, hitting reload at CNN.
My favorite twist so far:
Self-governance is a messy business, eh?
She was Japan's most wanted woman, and she was cunningly disguised. Unfortunately, she had a most singular style of smoking.... 11/14/00
The turmoil in the Middle East has been a top international story on television news since fighting broke out between Palestinians and Israeli troops and settlers in the West Bank and Gaza in late September. But amid the constant flow of footage showing violent confrontations between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers, a central fact of the conflict has been missing from almost all network TV coverage: The West Bank and Gaza are occupied territory. (via metafilter) 11/15/00
I wish I could be there. 11/15/00
Dual earner families are typically
more stressful for women than men, a new study has found. Women typically shortchange their career in order to attend to family matters; I would think this would engender both lower job satisfaction and a higher actual workload (when job-work and family-work are combined).
The latest evidence of global warming: arctic thunderstorms. 11/15/00
CNN really has a gift for the graphic, wouldn't you agree? 11/15/00
On Sunday Julia Child received the Legion díHonneur, Franceís highest honor. She's been one of my heroes forever, having lived a life most of us dream of. Did you know she met her husband in Ceylon when both of them were working for the OSS?
In more cooking news, several top culinary schools have eliminated the abuse and added fitness centers to their facilities to help instructors and students work off the sauce.
'The son brings a small mound of rice, water, and flowers or fruit, and beseeches his forebears to keep their protective watch over the family and its fortunes. But when a break in that blood link to these ancient protectors is threatened by a couple's failure to conceive, some Japanese have turned to living relatives for help. To continue the hereditary line, they have used artificial insemination to produce babies whose grandfathers are also their fathers.' 11/20/00
A Greek Orthodox priest has been accused of seducing a former monk-turned-hairdresser. 11/20/00
Beaver News: The name has been derided for years. In an attempt to boost enrollment, circumvent internet filtering software, and restore honor and dignity to their institution, Beaver College announced at a surprise pajama party for their students that they are now Arcadia University.
I've gone over the river and through the woods to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family. Remember the words of the wise man who said that being happy is not having everything you want, but being grateful for what you have.
Stanley "Tookie" Williams and his pal Raymond Washington formed the Crips in 1971 to fight rival street gangs. At age 46, living on death row, Tookie is using his website to broadcast his anti-gang message and writing books children's books to discourage gang activity. Now he has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for his Internet Project for Street Peace. 11/21/00
Killer Queen News: After being taken to task by the British press for wringing a wounded pheasant's neck during a shooting trip, HRM Elizabeth II responded with a royal 'up yours.' (May I just say a word here against fox hunting? Inhumane, not a sport. That is all.) (thanks, Lizard!) 11/21/00
Mwa, ha, ha, ha! Our cunning plan worked. 11/21/00
No time to exercize 20 minutes three times a week? How about 10 minutes times 10? 11/28/00
All I want for Christmas.... (Thanks, Jim!)11/28/00
Lynda Barry's 100 Demons is absolutely true and brilliant. If you're an artist of any type, or if you've ever been discounted as an artist, you must read this piece. (via Diary of a New Homemaker.) 11/28/00
When the good people of Rio de Janeiro found flocks of penguins washed up on their beaches many of them did exactly the wrong thing: put them on ice. 11/28/00
This just in: Bowie Bigger than Beatles. 11/28/00
Breast News: What to do when you're a woman trapped in a female body? Why, become a Faux Queen, of course. 11/28/00
Lance has a gift for understanding people, I think. And for speaking their truth. 11/29/00
Seattle's Tent City is a self-policing community that allows its residents to live safely, and enables them to work by giving them a stable place to house their belongings. Of course, Seattle wants to shut it down.... 11/29/00
'A computer virus thatís smart enough to block its victims from getting help is steadily spreading around the Internet. The bug, called MTX, was discovered in August and initially labeled a low risk. But in recent weeks, infections have been growing and last week it was the most prevalent virus in the world, according to one antivirus firm. The bug has one very sinister feature: once it infects a user, itís programmed to stop the victim from visiting antivirus Web sites and sending "e;mayday"e; e-mails to antivirus companies.'11/29/00
How is Bill Gates celebrating Christmas this year? Brock Meeks thinks he knows. (And I concur.)11/29/00
Starbucks in the Forbidden City. Nuff said. 11/29/00
Anyone who says that there can be no such thing as a corporate weblog hasn't looked at the Guardian weblog, which is participating in a day without weblogs. 11/30/00
When Yassar Arafat declared that it would take a million strong prayers to bring peace to the Middle East, James Twyman decided to take him on his word. His website is collecting prayers for peace in the Middle East; and when he has 1 million, he intends to present them to Barak and Arafat. Mine is #79237. (via metafilter) 11/30/00
Michael Kinsley sees a bit of hypocrisy in the Bush campaign's moral outrage over Gore contesting the Florida election results.
Weird News: The personal assistant of TV sitcom star David Spade has been charged with assaulting the actor with a stun gun while trying to rob his Beverly Hills home. 11/30/00
Good News/Bad News: Literary tourists have been visiting Mary Arden's house for years, anxious for a glimpse of the home in which the Bard's mother grew up. Unfortunately, this is the wrong house; the proper house has just been definitively identified. But in a strange twist of fate: