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Full screen maps

Full screen maps

| December 14, 2006 | 1 Reply

Up to a few years ago, internet map programs offered map views that were too small to be easily used to plan trips.  That’s all changed not.   Google Maps and Microsoft’s Live Search offer full screen maps that you can slide around (your cursor turns into a small hand.   Lots of other features, too, for […]

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Little drummer

Little drummer

| December 14, 2006 | 2 Replies

OK. You all think you’re such good table drummers . . . But could you do this when you were four years old?

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Music animation

Music animation

| December 13, 2006 | 1 Reply

If you like music and animations, you’ll love this music animation.   The linked site doesn’t indicate the creator, but, I learned from the first commenter that this is the work of Animusic.

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Bring ‘em on!

Bring ‘em on!

| December 13, 2006 | 4 Replies

A lot has happened since Bush uttered those inopportune words: nearly 3,000 American troups are dead for no good reason; more than $300 billion has been wasted, with several times that amount expected to be wasted in the future; Democrats are in; Rumsfeld is out; Bush’s approval rating has slipped to new lows (e.g., his […]

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James Morrow and the Problem of Our Time

James Morrow and the Problem of Our Time

| December 13, 2006 | 5 Replies

I would like to take a few lines to introduce people who don’t already know this writer to James Morrow. As it happens, Jim is a friend of mine. I admire and respect him and I find his writing a delight. He is first and foremost a satirist, of the first water, and I must […]

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Ingroup v outgroup – a primer

Ingroup v outgroup – a primer

| December 12, 2006 | 2 Replies

In my quest to better understand basic principles of group behavior, I reviewed Intergroup Relations, by Maryland B. Brewer and Norman Miller (1996) [this work appears to be out of print].  The stated focus this book is to better understand “the causes and consequences of the distinctions between ingroups (those groups to which an individual belongs) […]

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In praise of quotes

In praise of quotes

| December 12, 2006 | 2 Replies

A novel in every sentence!  I’ve been collecting quotes for years.  Here are some of my favorites.  No particular topic.  BTW, “The Quotations Page is a good place to get a quote of the day.  “Sunlight is the best disinfectant.” U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis (referring to the benefits of openness and transparency). If we […]

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Religion-Lite as a gateway religion to fundamentalism

Religion-Lite as a gateway religion to fundamentalism

| December 12, 2006 | 2 Replies

I just can’t help periodically visiting the site of Focus on the Family, at least once in a while.  They address many good topics over there—I often disagree with their conclusions, though not always (I almost always disagree with their attempted intrusions into government).  They offer some solid good advice on parenting, marriage and career, some […]

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The worst menace to American kids.  It’s not Mark Foley.

The worst menace to American kids. It’s not Mark Foley.

| December 11, 2006 | Reply

According to this salon.com post by Bill Maher, the worst menace isn’t Mark Foley.  Not by a long shot.  Focus, instead on legions of corporate and government predators.  Though this was written in October 2006, I didn’t notice it until today.  As always, Maher doesn’t pull any punches: [Foley] was probably the first fruit those […]

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