July 11th, 2003

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Have you ever noticed the unoriginality in city names? Take Portland for example. It's named after Portland Maine. Not very original. And it's not like the altrnate names they had when selecting were any better. The name of Portland Oregon was decided on a coin toss. The other name? Boston. I wonder where they came up with that one.

Is there a single state on the Pacific or Atlantic with out a Newport or New Port?

Then you get with in the cities. How many cities do you think don't have a Main St.?

Are people really that unimaginitive?

I'm just wating for USA City to be founded. All the east-west streets will be named after states. All the north south streets will be common city names. Where do you live? In the Pacific North West District on Portland and Oregon. Ummm... Yeah...

Anyway, Digital Journalist has a feature hyping a photobook on towns with unusual names. Scroll to the bottom for the link to enter the feature.

If you could come up with a scheme for naming streets or cities, what would it be?
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I saw this in another journal and thought I would share:

The letter is to Dr. Laura (a woman who said that in a general election, she would beat Hillary Clinton - of course the voting took place on her radio show through call ins, so it was a *little* biased.

Enjoy!

Dr. Laura Schlessinger is a US radio personality who dispenses advice to people who call in to her radio show. Recently, she said that, as an observant Orthodox Jew, homosexuality is an abomination according to Leviticus 18:22, and cannot be condoned under any circumstance. The following is an open letter to Dr. Laura penned by a US resident, which was posted on the Internet. It's funny, as well as informative:

Dear Dr. Laura:

Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God's Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination. End of debate.

I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some of the other specific laws and how to follow them.

  1. When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord - Lev.1:9. The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?

  2. I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?

  3. I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual cleanliness - Lev.15:19-24. The problem is, how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.

  4. 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?

  5. I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself?

  6. A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination - Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don't agree. Can you settle this?

  7. Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle room here?

  8. Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev. 19:27. How should they die?

  9. I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?

  10. My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev. 19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend).

    He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go
    to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? - Lev.24:10-16. Couldn't we just burn them to death at a private family affair like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14)

I know you have studied these things extensively, so I am confident you can help. Thank you again for reminding us that God's word is eternal and unchanging.

Your devoted fan, Jim

We should get a huge number of people to call up with these questions, so they are the only questions that make it through. :-)
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You know what I hate, and I mean really hate about NPR? The interviews are so engaging. This seems like a good thing, but when I don't want to get out of the vehicle so I can hear the rest, it get's pretty annoying.
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Seeing sarawr's post made me think... They have text filters of all sorts. The jive filter, the swedish chef filter, the elmer fudd filter, the 3|33+ filter, etc. But I have never seen a runny nose filter. It's been about 10 years since I've done any lex programming, but this might be a fun project. One my system is up again, that is.Or I might just write it in perl. That might be easier for me, though this is the sort of thing lex was writen for.

So, what would the "rules" for this filter be? I haven't had a cold or listened to someone with a cold in so long, I'm not sure what get's changed to what with a stuffed nose.
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Time for audience participation!!!

What is the worst earworm* to have?

Don't give yourself one while trying to think up and answer. :-)

* earworm: a song, tune, or melody that get's stuck in your head, playing over and over.
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Normally I don't just link lists of links, but this is a list of some pretty cool links. Multimedia bliss.

I forgot to mention what lead me to this list... I was looking for works od Andrew Zbihlyj. I'm really liking his style. His homepage so mild compared to some of his other stuff. I had never heard of him until I picked up this months Harper's today. He has this great drawing of a soldier holding a huge gun to an unarmed persons head, saying, "FE - REE - DOM. SAY IT!!!" Do a websearch for his stuff, hopefully you will have better luck than me, but whay I have seen leaves me wanting more.