July 16th, 2008

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Mutual Aid

Often Caleb and I function as a kind of mini-Internet. Definitely a network. Also a mutual reference department.

Like just now when he calls me, on the way to the airport, to ask me if I can look up the name and location of some pastry market in Chicago. Because his sister is nearby and, on the other line, asking him for food advice. So I go on Google, find the place based entirely on Caleb's power of name recall, and he presumably has called Celisha and given her the street address and even told her how to walk there from where she is now and what the building looks like. (He has a crazy memory for such things.)

I have taken care of a lot of calls like this, like Caleb calling for directions while lost or stuck in traffic out of town, Caleb wanting to know a way through some Photoshop problem, Caleb wanting to know when the next bus will arrive at X location. Usually these look-ups involve the Internet but not always, as with the computer questions. Oh, and then there was the time he called me from the car needing me to log in to his Zipcar account and extend his reservation! LOL.

It's not just one-way though. Well, not entirely. I've called Caleb up to check buses, too, or to ask the names of things I can't remember or help me when I am a bit lost (not out of town, here in Atlanta).

It's like OnStar or something!

P.S. I so need a Wendy & Caleb icon.
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Enough with the batsh*t insane proposals!

Via Yahoo. Underlines by yours truly.

Family planning groups object to abortion plan
By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor Tue Jul 15, 6:15 PM ET

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Family planning groups and at least one member of Congress objected on Tuesday to a Bush administration memo that defines several widely used contraception methods as abortion and protects the right of medical providers to refuse to offer them.

The proposal would cut off federal funds to hospitals and states that attempt to compel medical providers to offer legal abortion and contraception services to women.

The proposal circulated to media defines abortion broadly to include many types of contraception, including birth control pills and intrauterine devices.

Health and Human Services officials declined to confirm the proposal, but noted their responsibility to protect against discrimination of doctors and pharmacists who object to abortion or birth control on religious or moral grounds.

"This proposed rule will put women's access to birth control and the information they need to make health care decisions at risk," Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a statement.

"As a result, women's ability to manage their own health care is at risk of being compromised by politics and ideology."

A copy of a memo that appears to be an HHS draft provided to Reuters, carries a broad definition of abortion.

"The Department proposes to define abortion as 'any of the various procedures -- including the prescription and administration of any drug or the performance of any procedure or any other action -- that results in the termination of the life of a human being in utero between conception and natural birth, whether before or after implantation,"' it said.

Conception occurs when egg and sperm unite in the fallopian tubes. It takes three to four days before the fertilized egg implants in the uterus. Several birth control methods interfere with this, including the birth control pill and IUDs.

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Psycho Kitty

I've never quite caught it one video, but this cat on YouTube is pretty much doing what Luckie does when Daniel tries to be nice to her:
Luckie has also acted like this *while* being petted and *enjoying* it. Yes, she rubs against you and spits and growls, but still still be wanting to be petted. Which is why one of her nicknames is Psycho Kitty. That and Stinky because her breath is *awful* and hits you like a bazooka in the face when she's like this.
Thin, Exercise, Serious


People often say I am a workaholic but I don't know, I feel like I'm pretty lazy and spend a lot more time goofing off than a lot of people. It is true, though, that when I'm working, it's very concentrated, fast work. Which gives me more time to goof off!

Anyway, today I got a fair amount done. The major items:

- Created 5-page Excel inventory of current web site content
- Created 10-page web redesign document, including detailed analysis of popular and unpopular pages and assets
- Scanned in 45-page report to create a digital version (PDF)
- Discussed pubs director layout of redesigned Publications page

- Purchased, installed, configured and tested PHP-based online polling software system
- Created and sent 2 invoices

- Upgraded T-Mobile calling plan
- Transferred significant $ to ING accounts, mostly for savings purposes
- Completed 3 NY Times Sunday crosswords