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Subject:In Memoriam George Tiller
Time:03:33 pm
On Sunday I read about George Tiller's murder -- on Sunday, in church! Tiller has been targeted for decades, as one of the few late term abortion providers in the U.S. It's mind boggling how people can profess to be religious and yet violate so many of the basic rules of their own religion in one step. Since then I've read some really insightful posts about why the late term abortion issue misses the point. And I've now donated to Medical Students for Choice, so hopefully we will not be left with only two aging doctors in the whole of the United States performing late term abortions.
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Subject:Meme+
Time:10:28 pm
Copy this sentence into your LiveJournal if you're in a non-same-sex marriage, and you don't want it "protected" by the bigots who think that gay marriage hurts it somehow.

If anything hurts marriage it's idiots who think that marriage is something you do while drunk in Vegas.

And while you're at it, donate, because the Yes people are getting big bucks and blanketing the state.
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Subject:iPhone surreality
Time:10:46 am
Yesterday the phone crashed for the first time. It first showed the "favorites" dialing screen, and nothing else. Then it showed a blank white screen. I ended up hard resetting it, which worked. But today, in my camera folder, I have two new pictures. One of my "favorites" dialing screen, and one of a blank white screen. What in the world?
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Subject:Dictating
Time:02:10 am
So I got an offer for Dragon Naturally Speaking 10 for $100, and I'm thinking of trying it. Has anyone tried Dragon? Is it worth it? The offer appears to be open to everyone & a pretty good deal (Amazon is selling it for $170, and this is $100).
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Subject:Easily amused
Time:12:39 pm
I'm sitting in the coffee shop, working on a project, and a guy comes in wearing large rubber hobbit feet. No one says anything. People greet him as normal, he orders his coffee, and sits down, to work on the computer.

Even hobbits have to do spreadsheets, it appears.
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Subject:RNC Shoots Self in Foot. Thinks. Shoots Again.
Time:05:40 pm
This may be too esoteric a joke to be enjoyed by anyone not a lawyer, but it amused me to no end today.

So the Republican National Committee has a registered trademark on the elephant with three stars in it, and the "GOP" name. They sued CafePress, which allows various folks to design their own items, for the use of these trademarks.

When Politico, a political blog, pointed this out and the blogosphere started picking up the story, the RNC settled. But HOW did they settle?

They settled by allowing everyone to continue selling their products, except vendors whose designs consist solely of the trademarked elephant logo or the initials “GOP” without any other expressive elements. Those without such expressive elements will have to go through the RNC's licensing process.

To clarify, if your products only said Yay GOP or have the elephant, you have to get a special license. If your product includes the elephant with a red slash, or a comment that says "The GOP Sucks!" that's additional expressive elements. So, critical of the RNC? No problem, you can continue selling. Pro-GOP and wanting simply to express your appreciation for the Republican party? Please jump through licensing hoops.

I really hope they continue this level of idiocy through the election season.
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Subject:Interesting research
Time:03:41 pm
I've heard of body dysmorphic disorder, where people who are anorexics see themselves as much larger than they really are. But it turns out, it's not just that. Anorexics couldn't sketch a simple object they had felt but not seen. They couldn't approximate the shape of the object while blindfolded. They couldn't estimate the size of an object using calipers. Apparently, their right parietal cortex, which helps to integrate the various senses was active, but not able to adequately process the information coming from the hand they couldn't see, according to this article.

This cries out for a real study.
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Subject:Web designer recommendation?
Time:02:38 pm
It's for work, to redesign my firm's web site. It's paid. It'll be using mostly data pulled from a database (configured & provided by the designer), to let people search for lawyers and such. Not very exciting work, but pays reasonably well. We are in phase II of searching for someone. So if you have a recommendation, preferably local to Silicon Valley, and someone who has worked with a law firm before, let me know.
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Subject:Responsibility for our "friends"
Time:03:16 pm
Pastor John Hagee, the extremist minister who has endorsed McCain has called the Catholic Church the great satan, but even better than that, has said that Hitler was doing God's work because the Jews were refusing to move to Israel.

I have to say that this insanity well outweighs Wright's comments about the U.S.
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Subject:I have a feeling some people would recommend this for me
Time:09:44 pm
Why Sarcasma is for you.
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