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Month: December, 2010

2010 Christmas Books

by Scott Smith

For the last several years, we get the kids books for Christmas. Robinson suggested we track the kids’ book gifts, so here is the list:

  • Darkly Dreaming Dexter
  • Our Man in Havana
  • Lacuna
  • Native Son
  • Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • Poisonwood Bible
  • Bluest Eye

We also grabbed John Stewart’s Earth book for all of us. Madel and Robinson have been reading it together for the last hour.

Full nudity may end for strippers at Deja Vu in Kalamazoo after agreement with city expires | MLive.com

by Scott Smith

KALAMAZOO — After tonight, the fully nude dancers at the Deja Vu strip club in Kalamazoo will have to keep their bottoms on.

You can’t beat that lede.

Abandoned Horses Are a Toll of Mexican Drug Trade – NYTimes.com

by Scott Smith

Last year, seven horses laden with 971 pounds of marijuana were discovered by Border Patrol agents in the Patagonia Mountains in southern Arizona. The human smugglers had fled.

“I’d get angry when I’d see the condition these horses were in,” Mr. Cowan said. “The smugglers would buy them or steal them on the Mexican side and then work them almost to death. They have horrible sores that can take months to heal up.”

Lansing’s ‘Rosie’ dies at age 86 | lansingstatejournal.com | Lansing State Journal

by Scott Smith

Geraldine Hoff Doyle of Lansing, the woman behind an iconic image of a bandana-clad, muscle-flexing Rosie the Riveter during WWII, has died, according to her family.

Doyle was 86 upon her death, a lifetime older than the 17-year-old factory worker who was captured in a United Press International photo in a metal-pressing plant near Ann Arbor.

Businesses cook with new cottage food law | thetimesherald.com | The Times Herald

by Scott Smith

She’s supported by a new law, signed in July by Gov. Jennifer Granholm, allowing anyone who makes less than $15,000 annually selling “non-potentially hazardous food” — such as jam, jelly and pies — to prepare the cottage-industry food items in a home kitchen and sell them at roadside stands and markets.

rackspace: why not try to rip the face off the dragon? | gapingvoid

by Scott Smith

We’re all going to be dead in 100 years. In the meantime, why not try to rip the face off the dragon?

Video: Smartest Dog Ever Can Pick Out 1,022 Toys By Name | Popular Science

by Scott Smith

A border collie named Chaser has learned the names of 1,022 individual items — more than any other animal, even the legendary Alex the parrot.

Psychologists Alliston Reid and John Pilley of Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C., wanted to test if there was a limit to the amount of words a border collie could learn, so they taught Chaser the names of 1,022 toys, one by one, for three years. New Scientist reports that they got her to fetch the toy and then they repeated the name to reinforce her understanding.

50 UNIX / Linux Sysadmin Tutorials

by Scott Smith

To wrap this year, I’ve collected 50 UNIX / Linux sysadmin related tutorials that we’ve posted so far. This is lot of reading. Bookmark this article for your future reference and read it whenever you get free time.

Madel Senior Pictures

by Scott Smith

Laura shot these photos of Madel. Note the additional holes in her head. :->


by Scott Smith