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Dr. Laura, Why Can't I Own a Canadian? [06 Dec 2005|03:32am]

Apropos the conversation at work today about literalist interpretations of the Bible, here is a letter written to Dr. Laura asking some questions about how to apply the parts of the Bible that she doesn't talk about when condemning the various social behaviors she disagrees with.

I spent many an afternoon while at Michigan State listening to Dr. Laura and cracking up. This really hits the spot.

Lev. 25:44 states that I may indeed possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can't I own Canadians?

found via reddit.com

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Rain Taxi eBay auction [06 Dec 2005|04:01am]

Rain Taxi is auctioning off some great books, mostly 1st edition signed etc, on eBay.

I've been a Rain Taxi subscriber for several years now. They have led me to many a good book.

Thanks to Home-Schooled By a Cackling Jackal for the heads-up.

The auction ends on December 11.

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Internet Archive job ad [06 Dec 2005|08:32pm]

This looks like a cool job:

Job Description: Do you love books? Want to help build a free online library of millions of books? Want to make services used by millions of people around the world?

The Internet Archive, a non-profit library 501(c)(3) located in the Presidio of San Francisco, is committed to preserving the world's digital cultural artifacts. The Internet Archive is looking to hire the key person to build the website and its collections. This will involve hiring and motivating a team of technical and non-technical people, working with organizations outside of the Archive, and pioneering ways to leverage volunteer communities to help in this project.

The Program Manager for Books who will be primarily responsible coordinating the collecting and presenting of scanned books through our website. This has some user interface components to it, but mostly it is coordinating and organizing the books that are being made available to the Archive. The program manager works with contributors and internal technical staff to bring digitized books into the Internet Archive. This position will also help communicate the needs of our users to make sure that our books are readable and accessible to a wide audience.

More info at the Internet Archive jobs page.

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Ten things that bring me joy [06 Dec 2005|10:59pm]

Taking up the meme from Sacha, here are ten things that bring me joy, in no meaningful order.

  1. Walking in the new snow at night
  2. Shots of Jack Daniels while watching the Colorado Avalanche at the Lazy Dog
  3. A long run at the pool table
  4. Poetry by John Ashbery
  5. Being invited to do things
  6. Writing. It doesn't matter too much what it is.
  7. Meditation, over a long period of time.
  8. Writing code that works, which brings me joy until I realize all the ways I could make it better, when the cycle repeats.
  9. Reading random pages from Invisible Cities.
  10. Hearing something, then imagining what it might sound like if Anselm Hollo said it.

I'm too shy to tag anyone, but take it up if you like.

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