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Mandatory Testing for Commenters December 16, 2005

Posted by Leita in Flotsam/Jetsam, Internet, Life in the Woods, News, Southern Living.

.. And why I believe everyone should be required to pass a test before clicking that Submit button:

News story, last paragraph:

The boy remains in the detention center. But his mother is desperately working to get him out. She says even though there are those speaking out against him, many are also realizing this was just an awful teenage mistake and support her son.

First comment:

IP: Logged
Posted: 12/16 4:03a

Really I think your child didn’t do nothing wrong the other 2 kids took his gun and went and did some wrong things with the gun and yes they should be lock up for it but u know how the systems work everybody don’t get in trouble for some of there wrong doing everybody know how it is and for d people that threating your son handle that because I got a child to and aint nobody going to threat mines because Im d mother and dad

There are simply not enough [sic]s in the world to explain this one.


Pull ’em Out of Iraq: Troops Needed in Japan December 16, 2005

Posted by Leita in Flotsam/Jetsam, Health, News.

Apparently Japanese men have forgotten the basics:

Eiko Yamada, proprietor of Shesta, another adult good shop targeting women, says there’s more good vibrations around than a Beach Boys album, with the number of adult aid users skyrocketing, particularly among women in their late 20s to early 30s.

“Our sales are almost 200 percent what they were last year,” Yamada tells Shukan Post.






o/~ Mamas don’t let your babies grow up to be snoozers o/~



(sorry, I couldn’t resist)

“Basically, This Word Has Grown Stale.” December 8, 2005

Posted by Leita in Flotsam/Jetsam.

At some point in time, people–particularly those being interviewed–have joined together to insert the word “basically” into 79% of all opening sentences.

Yes, I did the math.

Two weeks ago, “basically” replaced “ummm” as the most often used filler word on television. No one is immune. From the highest of the educated to the humble bloke swearing the tornado sounded just like a freight train chugging through his mobile home, there exists only a scant few who refrain from the rhythmic maxim. Then again, their own diatribe is usually so bland (think of the professional scholars who spent all of Gran-mama’s money on twenty years of assorted schoolingssszzzzzzzz…) it is difficult to stay awake long enough to really test.

On the bright side, use of the word “disrespect” as a verb (“Don’t your disrespect me, Bobby.”) instead of a transitive verb is finally playing itself out. More over here.

Cheat Sheet: Gateway to a Live Operator December 6, 2005

Posted by Leita in Flotsam/Jetsam.

“Press 1 for…” “Press 2 for…” Somewhere in the system is a live voice and Paul English knows the fastest way to get there.

http://www.paulenglish.com/ivr/ A list of popular companies, their customer service phone numbers and what to press to talk directly to the live operator.

Hurricane Digital Memory Bank December 5, 2005

Posted by Leita in Florida, Hurricane, Internet, News, Southern Living.
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Lest we forget, the Hurricane Digital Memory Bank is a repository for stories, images and files related to the 2005 hurricane season. Complete with a Google Map, too. Browse or submit your own experiences and help historians accurately record this hellish season.

Here’s the note they sent me:


On a recent web search we found your blog postings that relate to the recent hurricanes. We at the Hurricane Digital Memory Bank (http://hurricanearchive.org) invite you to upload your postings or stories to this public database as part of a nationwide memory bank that will help historians write the history of these storms. A collaborative project between George Mason University’s Center for History and New Media, the University of New Orleans, and the Smithsonian Institution the Hurricane Digital Memory Bank is collecting, preserving, and presenting the stories, images, and responses of the devastating 2005 hurricane season.

If you decide to contribute, your stories will be credited to you and you will retain copyright over that data. When we display images, blog postings, or podcasts, we also create a bibliographic citation as a reference for those using the memory bank for research. If at any time you change your mind, you may contact us (info@hurricanearchive.org) and we will delete your materials.

Still wondering who we are and what we do? This project builds on prior work by George Mason University’s Center for History and New Media, and other partners such as the Smithsonian Institution and the Library of Congress, to collect and preserve history online, especially through the ECHO (http://echo.gmu.edu) project and the September 11 Digital Archive (http://911da.org). Check out these sites and see what you think.

We are collecting all types of information, and we encourage you and your friends and family to submit stories, documents, images, or audio files through our website: http://hurricanearchive.org.

Thank you!
Hurricane Digital Memory Bank Staff

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Mood Gym – Exercise for Your Psyche December 2, 2005

Posted by Leita in Health, Internet.


Depressed? Stressed? Try this with me. Mood Gym is an online program developed in Australia to help people learn how to cope with their internal demons. It’s free with no advertising.

Register, answer a few basic questions such as age, general location and educational level and select which of the six available programs to use (some are in beta but are fully functional). I opted for the full program.

Following two quizzes on depression and anxiety, the rest of the program is divided into modules: Feelings, Thoughts, Unwarping, Destressing, Relationships and Final Quizzes.

This is not the typical women’s magazine style of self-discovery quizzes. It takes a long time to complete. Everything is logged into a personal workbook to keep and use after the program completion; a sort of journal of their own internal bugs and monsters. Given to a therapist or physician, it could speed up the discovery process when diagnosing and treating mental woes.

Mood Gym can’t take the place of traditional medical treatment and pharmaceuticals, but for someone with mild ill moods or hard heads who refuse to admit they need help, this could be a start.

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