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Month: May 2012

Friday links

Ah, such sweet, sweet justice. (Tip o’ hat to Karen.) London Olympics. Tax dollars at work. Double dosage of cuteness: “50 Toddlers Who Are Best Friends with Their Dogs.” (Actually, in a couple of cases, I doubt that would be the dog’s opinion. But gosh darn, they’re still so cuuuuuuuute.) The electronic medical records being pushed so hard by the Obama administration (and previous) distance doctors from their patients — and their patients’ real condition. Drone attacks from victims’ point of view. TSA removes 18-month-old terrorist from plane. Finally (via Radley Balko), we have an explanation for why so many…

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Rocket stove mass heaters

Though I expect to be in town for quite a while, I gave in to temptation this morning and called about some small country acreages with owner financing. The spot is beautiful, the price pretty high (especially considering development costs), but the seller turned out to be a cool guy very much worth talking with. He’s into permaculture is a longtime builder of woodstoves. He was all excited about this: the rocket stove mass heater. (Here’s a Wikipedia article, which contains some reality checks.) It’s a recent derivation from the rocket cook stove — though the fundamental technology has probably…

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Tuesday links

Tech blogger announces he’s leaving the ‘Net for a year. Oh, the freedom. Oh, the boredom! (Tip o’ hat to PT) “Eating well without the flavor of shame.” Not primal per se (who cares about the labels?), but influential people are increasingly walking away from the fedgov’s disastrous notions of “healthy” eating. No longer just something from one of your weirder dreams: xkcd meets Gilbert & Sullivan. An in-depth look back on a Joe Arpaio arson and puppycide. In somewhat lighter dog news: a scientist has figured out a way to read dogs’ minds. Well, read their brain activity, anyhow.…

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Monday miscellany

How many federal laws are there? Let us (try to) count the ways. A rarity in the rare book room. While I doubt that many readers of this blog want to walk down the street looking like this, it’s a brilliant thing that young fashionistas are thinking of avoiding facial-recognition cams. I could picture Jeremy and Cedra got up like that. I know your heart’s in the right place, Downsize DC. But if congressthingies have become so irresponsible and depraved that they don’t bother to read the bills they vote for, what makes you think that writing to the culprits…

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“…should not mean, but be”

Deadlining has been a bitch the last few weeks. Oh, don’t get me wrong; I’m thrilled to have the work and the people I’m doing it for couldn’t be better. But every time I’ve seen that proverbial light at the end of the tunnel, it really has turned out to be an oncoming train — or at least another assignment. Just one more to go now, so I thought I’d take today off, put my feet up, relax, and (once my brain cleared) catch up on blogging. The weatherperson said today would be pleasant and instead it turned out downright…

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You’re doing it again!

Update on Sweetie’s heartworm-treatment fundraiser. You good Friends of Sweetie are doing it again. 🙂 After 36 hours, we’ve received a total of $605 via PayPal ($580.83 after PayPal fees) from 18 donors. About half are repeat donors, half new. In addition, two Friends of Sweetie have pledged to send checks totaling $150 to the non-profit our ACD expert works with. And a good friend of Sweetie’s and mine has sent his third contribution, amount unknown, via snail. So thanks to you, Sweetie will get her heartworm treatment and be on her way to being a healthy, adoptable dog. We’ll…

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Thursday links

Of course he deserved it. After all, “he was at the house, by his own admission, to get high with his friends.” This is a new low even for the atrocious DEA. Can you imagine it being done to you? Woman bites dog. (H/T MLS) Finally, an R politician with some guts and a smidge of conviction. Who isn’t Ron Paul, that is. “In Search of Aryan Hogs.” (Tip o’ hat to Mutti) You should read this even if you think you don’t give a damn about pigs in Michigan. If you use the ShowIP addon for Firefox, beware. Your…

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Once more for Sweetie

UPDATED with new photos. We have some good news, some more good news, and some bad news on Sweetie the deaf heeler. The first good news: Sweetie continues to do well. Linda, our ACD expert, has concluded that psychologically there’s nothing wrong with her. Except that she’s a deaf cattle dog with PTSD and an exaggerated startle response, not enough obedience training, and a dislike of sharing her home with other dogs. But basically a devoted little cuddlebug. The second good news: She’s free of microfilariae. That means the slow-kill heartworm treatment she’s been on since coming into rescue is…

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