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We're in the middle of Super Size Me at the moment. Man this is disturbing. Not only in terms of simply fast food, but also what kids are being fed in schools these days. KIDS SHOULDN'T BE ABLE TO HAVE NOTHING BUT CANDY BARS AND FRENCH FRIES FOR LUNCH AT SCHOOL.

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Somehow I came across this today:
Brain dead Democrats and Republicans want Terri killed. Terri does not want to die. Life requires more than a feeding tube. That her vital signs have remained strong for so long shows that Terri always had a living will, and a will to live.
This is quickly followed by:
Today, I heard a talk radio call in listener say, "I want her to die because I believe she wants to die." How incredibly presumptuous, for someone who doesn't know Terri to think he knows what she wants! No wonder America's courts allow the unfaithful (but loving!) husband to make this decision.
Any bets on if this blogger knows Terri?

I won't even touch on the invocation of Dr. William Hammesfahr.

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So this has been taking up more of my time lately. It's pretty scary when you start to know the majority of people the Isthmus talks about in their politics section. Or you people you see on the city channel.

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Latest eBay feedback:
I guess that's good.

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Remember arcologies? The news this morning is apparently someone wants to build one here in Madison:
Developer Curt Brink is proposing the most ambitious building project in Madison history.

The $250 million Archipelago Village would be the city's tallest, biggest and most costly private development ever.
The 27-story, 570-foot-tall building - twice as tall as the state Capitol - would be the second highest tower in the state and would provide a staggering 1.4 million square feet of commercial space on the old Mautz Paint site and other properties on the 900 block of East Washington Avenue. The development would shatter sacred city and state laws that limit building height to 187.2 feet within one mile of the Capitol. Those rules are designed to preserve views of the Capitol. The proposal is expected to ignite intense debate on how the city should grow as its boundaries reach their limits for expansion.
The project, featuring varied rooflines meant to look like buildings built over time, would include two hotels, 600,000 square feet of office space, 400,000 square feet of retail space, condos, a grocery, health club, perhaps a water park and 3,200 parking spaces.

It would also have a six- story, football-field-size atrium surrounded by stores and restaurants and crossed by wide footbridges where people could linger, eat or socialize.

The total commercial space would be about 50 percent more than East Towne or West Towne malls. And the parking garage would triple the size of the city's largest public ramp, the 859-space State Street- Capitol garage.
At this point I'm not sure if he's a genius, a shyster, or simply insane.

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As much as I don't like the cold and snow, I can deal with them. Lately, though, the weather has been pretty damn annoying. Cold/snow, then *really* warm (think wet basement), then more cold/snow, then rain, now more cold/snow. At least when it stays cold out the snow stays as...snow. With these variations, though, things get just warm and wet enough to turn the snow into ice.

I'm ready for spring. Bring it on.

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Until I find a gallery program I like better, here are the photos from the 2005 UP trip. Some of the scans aren't the best blown up - blame Wal-Mart. Enjoy.

Update 3/8: Ok, I think I like this better. The combo of Picasa for photo tweaking and Gallery for actual display seems to work best, IMO. Let me know what you think.

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It's work, I try to keep as little e-mail around as I can. Things "to do" are kept in my inbox, and when those get done, they are replied to (and put in sent mail, where they are kept) and deleted. Yet my personal e-mail is another story. Other than spam, pseudo-spam (i.e., spam I get willingly) and *some* mailing lists, I pretty much have every e-mail I've ever sent or received since my hard drive crashed back in 1998. Things have become slightly spread out (Eudora, Gmail, and Pine), but it's pretty much all there.

The blue couch is back in the living room. Yeah, it's a relic (and will hopefully will be replaced with a new couch or another futon in the not too distant future), but I really like the way the living room is laid out right now. It's finally turning into something nice, rather than just consisting of whatever we've collected. Don's Oak is our friend.

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The Simpsons Archive

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DOB 2/16/79. I'm a web developer at the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. I like lots of old music, including The Who. I spend a lot of time working with computers. And my favorite TV show (when I actually decide to watch TV, that is), obviously, is The Simpsons.

In May 2002 I officially graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a BS in computer science. In 1997 (man that seems like a long time ago) I graduated from Washington Park HS. Yes, I know, that site isn't very impressive, and no, I haven't touched it for several years.

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One of the best experiences I have ever had was on a trip called Western Field Studies. This is a 33 day adventure throughout the western United States. Students travel on a school bus to national parks, monuments, forests, and places of historical interest and camp out (in tents or under the stars). I was a part of trip 25, which took place in the summer of 1996. A first for WFS was we took along a laptop computer and kept up a web site. That link will take you to the 1996 site, where there is a link to the current site.