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[Blatant attempt to tap my network, please propagate far and wide]

Some of you may remember my friend Liz Hickok's really amazing San Francisco in Jell-O photo series from a few years back.

Anyway, she now has a Jell-O tribute to Obama's first 100 days in the White House up on her site.

Liz would like to get The White House: The First 100 Days (in Jell-O) to the actual White House somehow and is looking for folks who might be able to help. I don't have any White House connections myself, but maybe you or someone you know does? Let me know, or contact Liz directly (liz at lizhickok dot com). Thanks!
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[I need to set up a local filter, but I'm lazy]

I have an extra ticket to see Sarah Haskins at MIT on Saturday night. Anybody want to come with? Let me know.

If you haven't seen Sarah's "Target Women" videos, they're worth checking out.
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For those of you in/near East Somerville (which is not a cultural mecca like Davis Square, but has better burritos), we have some good stuff coming up:

The East Somerville Main Streets 2nd birthday celebration is on Monday, March 2. Details at

There are also some great photos from our Interpreting East Somerville photo show at City Hall up for silent auction.


Feb. 21st, 2009 03:11 pm
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Being home alone for the second weekend in a row makes Beth bored. Is there anything fun going on tonight, or will I have lots of time to work on my costume for tomorrow night's Oscar party?
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Happy New Year, everyone!

K and I have been down in Key West since Christmas, heading back tomorrow. We're having a great trip full of fun outdoor activities (kayaking, snorkeling, cycling around town, etc. but no long walks on the beach because the beaches down here aren't all that long). I hope all of my friends in Boston are enjoying your 6-10 inches of snow.
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The BSO is offering $20 tickets if you're under 40. A whole bunch of performances are included. K and I are going to the Mozart/Haydn/Handel concert on Jan 17. Details and link to BSO site here:
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The East Somerville photo exhibit that I mentioned is having its opening reception at Somerville City Hall on Nov. 20. from 5:30 to 7. The East Somerville Main Streets blog has details:

There are photographs from 40 people, including yours truly and a few of my friends and neighbors.
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Happy Life / Hazardous Voltage

While I had a few weeks off, one of the things I did was to take some pictures for Interpreting East Somerville, an upcoming community photo show at Somerville's city hall. I heard back from the organizers and they decided to use this one. This will be the first time since elementary school that art of mine has been on display anywhere.

If you click through to Flickr, you can see some of the other photos I took. In addition to this one, I submitted the picture of the guy outside the taqueria and the first tree photo.
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I'm heading up to NH on Sunday to canvass for Obama. It's easy and fun and only takes a couple of hours. If you're interested in coming with, let me know.
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Post a picture of yourself right now, no adjustments, no nothing, just right now.

Just Say No

Sep. 9th, 2008 10:27 am
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Forwarded by my mom, the blog with the collected responses is at

> Friends, compatriots, fellow-lamenters,
> We are writing to you because of the fury and dread we have felt since the
> announcement of Sarah Palin as the Vice-Presidential candidate for the
> Republican Party. We believe that this terrible decision has surpassed
> mere partisanship, and that it is a dangerous farce—on the part of a
> pandering and rudderless Presidential candidate—that has a real
> possibility of becoming fact.
> Perhaps like us, as American women, you share the fear of what Ms. Palin
> and her professed beliefs and proven record could lead to for ourselves
> and for our present or future daughters. To date, she is against sex
> education, birth control, the pro-choice platform, environmental
> protection, alternative energy development, freedom of speech (as mayor
> she wanted to ban books and attempted to fire the librarian who stood
> against her), gun control, the separation of church and state, and polar
> bears. To say nothing of her complete lack of real preparation to become
> the second-most-powerful person on the planet.
> We want to clarify that we are not against Sarah Palin as a woman, a
> mother, or, for that matter, a parent of a pregnant teenager, but solely
> as a rash, incompetent, and all together devastating choice for Vice
> President. Ms. Palin's political views are in every way a slap in the face
> to the accomplishments that our mothers and grandmothers and
> great-grandmothers so fiercely fought for, and that we've so demonstrably
> benefited from.
> First and foremost, Ms. Palin does not represent us. She does not
> demonstrate or uphold our interests as American women. It is presumed that
> the inclusion of a woman on the Republican ticket could win over women
> voters. We want to disagree, publicly.
> Therefore, we invite you to reply here <>
> with a short, succinct message about why you, as a woman living in this
> country, do not support this candidate as second-in-command for our
> nation.
> Please include your name (last initial is fine), age, and place of
> residence.
> We will post your responses on a blog called "Women Against Sarah Palin,"
> which we intend to publicize as widely as possible. Please send us your
> reply at your earliest convenience—the greater the volume of responses we
> receive, the stronger our message will be.
> Thank you for your time and action.
> Sincerely,
> Quinn Latimer and Lyra Kilston
> New York, NY
> <>
> **PLEASE FORWARD WIDELY! If you send this to 20 women in the next hour,
> you could be blessed with a country that takes your concerns seriously.
> Stranger things have happened.
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I have a 3.5-year old Powerbook G4 that's running Leopard. I have iPhoto 4, which came with the computer. I use it pretty extensively and have a few thousand photos in there. I export photos to Flickr pretty easily, and would like to be able to export them to Facebook (the plug-in for that requires at least iPhoto 5).

Is upgrading iPhoto worth it? Is there something else I should look at instead? And is there anything I have to watch out for with an upgrade? (I will check Google also, but it never hurts to get opinions from trustworthy sources)
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Check out this story on Feministing about a Staten Island girls' high school where students are required to bring a male escort to the prom.

Fortunately, it's a Catholic girls' school, so you can be sure that none of the students are gay.
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I just rode a bike in clogs for the first time. It was actually not too bad, but I'll stick with sneakers next time.

The Dutch Bicycle Company opened around the corner from my house a few months ago, sharing a garage with a used car dealership. Now that the used car dealership has moved out, the bicycles are a lot more visible. I stopped by to ask about a tune-up for my hybrid, which they can probably do tomorrow. Sadly, 60 miles round trip is not really a viable daily bike commute.
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Via Mark Bittman's NY Times blog, check out some cool science photos on the BBC site:
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I'm posting mostly friends-only entries these days. If you're interested in reading my friends-only posts, because you know me or because we have mutual LJ friends, just leave a comment (comments are screened) and let me know.
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Spotted on Mass Ave on our way to Boca Grande last night...
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This whole National Coming Out Day is really hard when you have run out of people out to whom you can come. I may have come out to someone at work today, except I can't remember if I came out to him already.

Can one of you please tell someone that I'm gay? Thanks!
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[via [ profile] alandd]
These are the top 106 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing's users. As usual, bold what you have read, italicize what you started but couldn't finish, and strike through what you couldn't stand. The numbers after each one are the number of LT users who used the tag of that book.
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