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birth canal zone

The headline discussing constitutional matter over John McCain’s overseas birth and eligibility for the office of President made for an excellent double-take: McCain’s Canal Zone Birth Prompts Queries About Whether That Rules Him Out The words CANAL and ZONE and BIRTH occur close to one another. One quick reading implies Panama. The other quick reading […]

CAPTCHA gotchas

It must be CAPTCHA day or something. CAPTCHA stands for Completely Automated Turing Test To Tell Computers and Humans Apart. I keep seeing Captcha stories. Uh oh. captchas aren’t working as well anymore (as if they work well to begin with). “CAPTCHA doesn’t keep hackers out, but does hamper real live humans.” Top 10 worst […]

Star Spangled Banners and Baseball Games

Which came first: Singing Francis Scott Key’s “oh say can you see” song at baseball games, or the adoptin of said song as the National Anthem? Answer at the link; it makes for a nice little chicken-egg conundrum.

Duttons Sad News

Duttons in Brentwood is closing. Now, Brentwood is across town from these here parts in the San Gabriel Valley, so I don’t know that I ever made it to that location. WriteGirl had a reading a while back at Dutton’s Beverly Hills, so I know I was there. Still, even though I haven’t been there […]

Next Monday evening in Sierra Madre: WriteGirl

Monday, March 3, 7-8:30 pm. A WriteGirl reading from the new anthology, Lines of Velocity. The location: Youth Activity Center: 611 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. (Between Baldwin and Sierra Madre) [map] WriteGirl is a nonprofit organization that pairs professional women writers with teenage girls for weekly one-on-one mentoring. There’s also an in-schools program where WriteGirl […]

Pakistan creates a denial of service on itself

Wow. Saw this note about Pakistan removed from internet at Techmeme. Here’s an amazing sentence from the article: “The leadership of Pakistan just created a massive Denial of Service on their own country.” RTWT

Parking spaces cost more than cars

More thinking on the hidden costs behind a car-centric culture from Livable Places: Did you know that the average parking space costs more than the average car? Did you know that about a third of traffic in commercial districts is people in cars cruising for parking spots – wasting fuel and time and creating pollution, […]

New typographic term

From ironic sans. Apt and hilarious.

Texas Mariachis for Obama

¡Viva Obama! (For English translation, click the “about this video” at right)

Interesting: htaccess writing tool

htaccess Editor as described by Download Squad is an easy-to-use web 2.0 way to create text to put in an htaccess file.