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Know Thy Neighbor [24 Dec 2005|12:54am]

You can view a Google Map of 2004 political contributions in your neighborhood.

My neighborhood gave 92.982% to the Democrats. Anybody got higher?

It would be cooler if it broke it down by where the donation actually went. I'd like to know how many people around here contributed to Howard Dean vs. John Kerry. I'm sure there is another resource out there to do that, but this one doesn't. I am not on the list, as neither of these two parties will ever be getting any money from me.

It's also fun to visit the site where this data comes from, which is Fundrace, and look at the list view. It has people's job titles. I learned that the CEO of Legal Sea Foods apparently lives in my neighborhood. This is topped by a previous neighborhood of mine, which had the CEO of Big Boy Restaurants International. Mmm, coleslaw..

For those of you in MA, you can also see the list of all the people who signed the recently circulated petition to challenge gay marriage. The background story is in the Boston Globe.

There are in fact three pages of people in my neighborhood who signed it. Not so progressive after all.

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Little Red Incident was a hoax [24 Dec 2005|12:38pm]

The student made it up (Boston Globe).

That's good news.

There's a better story in the South Coast Today.

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Weird drinking tips [24 Dec 2005|03:39pm]

During my Christmas tomorrow, there will undoubtedly be some vodka drinking.

Keeping with the recent theme of communism, this is the weirdest set of drinking tips I've ever seen. "How to drink vodka and stay sober". The tips are attributed to Russian traditions.

Communism, Russia, Christmas, The Little Red Book, these are all red things. I did my Christmas shopping at Target --- also red.

Don't miss the ones in the comments. "Eat a stick of butter during taking shots."

I'm afraid us vegans are out of luck on that one, as well as "Drinks one or two raw eggs." (sic). And sick.

I've never seen anyone suggest that it's best while drinking to not drink water.

You've heard things like this before:

Keep a small bottle of beer in refrigerator. Wake up at about 5 in the morning, drink your beer and go back to bed. It prevents hang-over in the morning.

But:

Many Russians recommend taking a shot of vodka in the morning to fights hang-over. Don't do it. It helps only alcoholics. If you're not, it will make things worse.

Right. It only helps alcoholics, not people who scheme ways to be able to drink 500 grams of vodka without getting drunk.

Lifehacker recently had a whole different variety of hangover cure tips.

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