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March 16, 2008

Vatican's Top 7 Sins of 3508



Father Ryan Maher, S.J., an assistant dean at Georgetown University, musing about how things have changed over the past 1,500 years in the transgression department at Catholic Central, got to wondering what the world of evil would look like 1,500 years hence.

One thing led to another and before you could say Bob's your uncle — or Ryan's your Father — lo and behold, there on the second page of today's Washington Post Outlook section were his thoughts, spelled out in black and white (as it were).

You could look it up.

But maybe you just don't have the energy to click on yet another link.

I feel your weariness — I have it daily.

No matter, you don't even have to do that.

Just look at the graphic up top and all will be clear.

March 16, 2008 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Kevin Kelly — Episode 2: Eight Things That Are Better Than Free


In a January 31, 2008 essay entitled "Better Than Free," Kelly listed eight attributes or qualities that cannot be "copied, cloned, faked, replicated, counterfeited or reproduced."

They are:

• Immediacy

• Personalization

• Interpretation

• Authenticity

• Accessibility

• Embodiment

• Patronage

• Findability

Read the essay in its entirety (free) and see what's behind each of these uncopyable values, or "generatives," as Kelly terms them.

March 16, 2008 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

File under 'No good deed goes unpunished' — Truant schoolgirl stops runaway school bus carrying 40 students, then gets detention


It happened last Wednesday morning in Seaside, California.

You could look it up.

Or read Clarissa Aljentera's Monterey Herald story, below.

    High school student takes action when driver falls from seat

    School bus riders get a brake

    Amanda Rouse [above] was not supposed to be on the school bus, but might have averted a tragedy Wednesday when she managed to stop the vehicle after the driver fell out of her seat.

    Rouse, a 15-year-old Marina High School student, was sitting behind the driver's seat and pulled the emergency brake when driver Christine L. Graves fell as she made the turn from Contra Costa Street onto Sonoma Avenue in Seaside about 8 a.m.

    After Rouse pulled the brake, the bus hit two parked vehicles.

    "We hit a bump and everything was going fast," said Rouse. "She fell off the seat and down the stairs."

    The driver called to Rouse to pull the emergency brake.

    "The back of her head was against the door," Rouse said. "I helped her up and then she called the station to help."

    Representatives from the transportation department of Monterey Peninsula Unified School District were summoned.

    "She (Rouse) acted in the way that she was trained," said Bill Martin, director of transportation for the school district.

    About 40 students from Colton Elementary School were on the bus. They were checked by Seaside firefighters and there were no reported injuries. The students were later transported to school.

    Graves, 37, was taken to Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula with minor injuries.

    Early Wednesday, Rouse felt ill while being bused to Marina High. Rather than calling in sick, she asked Graves if she could stay on the bus for a ride back to the bus yard.

    "I should have gotten off the bus and called my grandma," Rouse said.

    Her grandmother, Sally Correll, said she was proud Rouse took quick and decisive action — but knows she made the wrong choice because she didn't call in sick to school.

    "She is in trouble with school because she made the wrong decision," Correll said. "But I can't help but believe that she was where God wanted her to be."

    Rouse must attend Saturday school as punishment.

    A CHP report said Graves was not wearing her seat belt at the time of the accident. The reason she lost control and fell out of her seat are under investigation.

March 16, 2008 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Stealth Lounge Chair


Designed by Dave Keune.

Stainless steel and leather.


Apply within.

March 16, 2008 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

'This is not your suitcase' — Ray Earhart channels René Magritte


joehead Ray Earhart finally had enough of the scrum around the baggage carousel waiting for his checked luggage to appear.

As befits a bookofjoe constant reader, he did something about it.

Long story short: look at the photo above.

You can do it — Ray can help.

Ray's really smart.

For example, he knows that any time an announcement in the airport begins, "For your convenience," what follows will always make things less — not more — convenient.

In the interest of efficiency Ray suggests they began all such announcements "For your inconvenience," so as to spare us the requisite mental translation.

But I digress.

You'll find his step-by-step illustrated tutorial on how to create your very own one-off bag here.

If you need further advice, hey, Ray is there 24/7/365, waiting for your email.


Tell him I sent you — he has a great sense of humor and it'll make him laugh really hard.

March 16, 2008 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Ramen Spoon


Jane Black of the Washington Post took it for a test drive here.

$12 at the Museum of Modern Art store (available in May).

March 16, 2008 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

FlashcardExchange.com — 'World's largest library of printable flashcards'


Where was this when I was studying for my board exams?

March 16, 2008 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Ceci — 'n'est pas une lampe'


Designed by Sander Mulder.

From the website:

A broken bulb cannot function — or can it?


This lamp plays with the stereotypes imprinted in our minds.

Magic in a daily item in our lives: lamp becomes shade, shade becomes lamp.


The bulb is hand blown from heat-resistant pyrex glass, safe to the touch and with no sharp edges.


Inquire within.

March 16, 2008 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

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