Saturday, June 30, 2001

The top 25 censored stories of the year

To a lot of us censorship means burning books and trials about obscenity. But these days, censorship can be a little bit more subtle. It shows itself more in what is just left unsaid or underreported. Sometimes these are things that can be important for ordinary Americans to know. Not surprisingly most of these stores have an anti-corporate/ pro-environment spin.

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One week ago I was in Omaha, Nebraska and now I want to go back. I'll return in a few weeks, but I had such a nice time that the weeks seem to stretch away intolerably.

my honey While I was there I bought a suit for Clark. It's the most I've ever spent on anything in my entire life, so it will count for his birthday/going away/Christmas/birthday again present. He chose a dark green three piece suit, one that looked really great with his eyes and his hair. I didn't have a chance to photograph him wearing it because the suit was still under alteration when I left. I will have my camera ready next time I see him.

jellyfishWhen we went to the Omaha Zoo Clark and I took a ton of pictures.

The aquarium is my favorite part, especially the jellyfish. They float up and down in the water like smoke rings. Now that I had a camera that was sophisticated enough to take low light pictures without a flash, I could finally photograph them. Although, I was quite annoyed by people ignoring the 'no flash photography' sign. Maybe they think that it won't disturb the jellyfish.

the streamThere is also a great big covered bridge at the zoo. Underneath it runs a stream filled with thousands of huge carp that live off of fish food that visitors can get from a dispenser for a quarter. They all flock to the bits of food tossed by the people on the bridge. Sometimes those spots become so dense that some of the fish are lifted out of the water gasping for air. I posted a few more of these pictures over at photographica.

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Friday, June 29, 2001

I just won my first online auction. I needed a chopsticks/spoon/fork set for Japan and now I got a pretty good deal on one. I had tried to buy one of these things a few months ago, but they had all been purchased after I had walked away briefly.

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Hmmm...I just noticed that my journal is over a year old now. I feel bad that I forgot its birthday.

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Thursday, June 28, 2001

I read yet another Harry Potter book in less than twelve hours. I had intended to read this book slowly, but the pages just melted away and before I knew it I was almost finished. I just need to leave the next one at work so it will last longer.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2001

I went on vacation for a while and now that I'm back it seems that I have lost all motivation. I kind of miss the drive that I had to get things done, but it's probably that my vacation wasn't long enough to have made a big difference. I find myself wishing that I had more time for myself and then I feel guilty when I actually take it.

Today I went with some of my friends to Kramer Books and Afterwords for cake. I ended up having a really great time, but I neglected my programming. I keep on telling myself that I can make it up tomorrow, but I'm not sure if there is much motivation behind that. It's very hard for me to snap out of my vacation mentality.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2001

This site has a series of short animations about muffins done by an UCLA art student. They range from being pro-muffin consumption to anti-muffin consumption to being just plain artistic.

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Monday, June 18, 2001

Happy Birthday lil' bro!

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Thursday, June 14, 2001

Who knew that the Simpsons would generate vocabulary? D'oh has been added to the Oxford English Dictionary.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2001

Okay, so if you think reality shows have gotten really bad in the United States, just wait until you hear about what they do to people in Japan. They locked a guy, Natsubi, in a small one room apartment with no food and completely naked. It was his task to win one million yen of prizes, and until then he would remain locked alone in the room without even a pair of underpants. All of his food and anything else that he would need would have to be won through the contest cards that he was constantly filling out. He also didn't know that his confined life was being taped and broadcast to the point that he would be a national celebrity when he finally reached his goal. "Living off of Prizes", as the show was called, would probably have not been possible in the United States. Imagine the litigation. And despite his involuntary incarceration, Natsubi remained very cheerful. On the Tokyo TV web page you can see him playing with all of his prizes, including a pair of women's underwear (too small for him to wear, though). The best part of the images is the eggplant used to cover Natsubi's private parts as he goes about his business (Natsubi means eggplant).

Link found by way of usr/bin/girl.

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Someone was very nice today and gave me a burned CD of Jill Scott's 'Who is Jill Scott? ' Actually her name is Patrice and she gave me the CD after knowing me for only about five minutes. I was riding on the Mount Vernon shuttle back to campus and Patrice was in the seat behind me. When 'A Long Walk' came on the radio station the shuttle driver was listening to I recognized it from the drag show last spring. Thanks, Patrice! You're very kind to give a complete stranger some really great music.

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My dad came and visited me today. He took the 10am flight and arrived in DC at around 12pm. I got out of work at 3pm and met him at my dorm. The main purpose of his trip was to give me one of my work shirts that I had left at home when I visited last week. He also brought some fresh fruit. It was much appreciated; good fruit can be hard to find in the city. We took the metro down to the mall and looked in the Museum of Air and Space. The summer crowds were too big for us so we left after finding the picture of Chalk Airline's Grumman G-21 Goose.

After that I took my Dad to Union Station for the first time. He seemed to really like the building and offered to buy dinner for me. We ate at the America Restaurant. If you have the opportunity to visit the Union Station terminal, don't eat there. They couldn't even make an edible omelet.

It was nice to see my dad alone, not that I don't enjoy when my mom comes to visit. But it's always easier to get my dad to talk when it's just me with him. I used to worry that I would run out of things to talk about with him, but ever since I went strawberry picking with him a few weeks ago I've realized that he's always good for a bizarre newspaper story. Nepalese murders and psychotic are never too off the wall for my dad.

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Monday, June 11, 2001

I read the first Harry Potter book all in one day. I started this morning at work and I finished this evening at 7:30. That's the third book I've read in the past 5 days.

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Stupid Product Warnings
Sometimes I wonder what we'd do without so many idiots to entertain us:
"Caution, do not drive underwater"

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Sunday, June 10, 2001

My Ideal Paper Journal:

  1. Tough, wear resistant cover
  2. Paper that can be torn out
  3. Pages set up with graph paper grids
  4. (Optional) An interesting cover design
Actually, I'd settle just for #1 and #3. Can anyone let me know if they've ever seen a journal like that?

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Wednesday, June 06, 2001

I went home briefly and now I'm back. I'm still behind and I'm still catching up.

In the mean time...I made a text only page so I can goof off at my job. The browsers are text based to maximize productivity, but I plan on beating that one.

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