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Cheap-Ass Mosquito Magnet

Being as I’ll be unemployed in two weeks, I’m scopin’ for cheap stuff — more so than usual, that is. I found this DIY mosquito trap that I’ll definitely be trying out this summer. We have scads of mosquitos, and I apparently release copious amounts of CO2, since I’m always the litmus test for when the kids should go inside for the night.

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Brilliant Flag Art

From Steve’s BNL Blog, I saw this amazing work by Icaro Doria, a series of flags that subtly decry injustices (and ignorance) around the globe. Amazing, cool way to visually represent the data. I wonder if there’s a plug-in for Excel to do nonstandard data graphing like this…

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The Zip.ca Roulette Wheel

Since November, when one of our two local video stores closed (ahh, the vagaries of living in a town of 1500 people), we’ve subscribed to Zip.ca, A Canadian answer to Netflix.
Cost-wise, it works out to be a little cheaper than renting from a video store. And, you can usually keep a fairly steady flow of movies coming and going.
But the best part of Zip’s service is the randomness of the titles that arrive. You can specify two titles at a time for “ASAP” delivery, but the rest come from your list of titles. Frances and I spent an evening going through and playing our own version of six degrees of separation, picking over 200 titles to put on the list. And they include movies that are everything from “I really should see this, but haven’t bothered yet” titles, to “The terrible movie that I can’t resist renting” titles. Zip has removed the barrier for renting ridiculous nostalgia titles like Summer Rental — just for the hell of it.
Here’s what we’ve seen since November. Notice the prediliction towards Buffy. Man, I wish we’d watched the show when it was running — we both love it now:
Shark Tale
Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Season 2 Disc 3
Shaun of the Dead
Matchstick Men
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Season 2 Disc 2
Project Greenlight’s Stolen Summer
Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Season 2 Disc 1
The Day After Tomorrow
Scooby-Doo
Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Season 1 Disc 3
The Triplets of Belleville (Les Triplettes de Belleville)
Shrek (Full Frame)
Escape From New York: Special Edition
61*
Stuck On You
Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Season 1 Disc 2
Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Season 1 Disc 1
Mona Lisa Smile
Stuck On You
Anger Management
Clifford’s Really Big Movie
Something’s Gotta Give
The Cooler
Arthur’s Snow Day
DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story
Pieces Of April
Clifford: Clifford Saves The Day!
Max & Ruby’s Christmas
Care Bears: Adventures in Care-a-lot
Honeymoon In Vegas
A Charlie Brown Christmas
Aladdin
V: The Final Battle Disc 1
Bulletproof Monk
Memphis Belle
Super Size Me
Hellboy
The Man With One Red Shoe
The Incredible Adventures Of Wallace & Gromit

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Kidney Donations to Perfect Strangers

I heard a piece on the CBC yesterday about kidney donation. A woman in Toronto donated her kidney to a perfect stranger who was in renal failure. It was a painful story to hear, as they detailed the red tape they needed to wade through to make it a reality (doctors, psychologists, counselors) before the Canadian health system would let her donate.
By coincidence, I found this story this morning, at Craig Newmark’s blog, how several people were using craigslist to find a kidney donor.
I’m amazed at the generosity of spirit that would enable someone to do this for a friend or relative, let alone a stranger.

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Be still, beating heart…

…I’m trying mightily to keep from bidding on the opportunity to have a non-speaking, walk-on part on the “George Lopez” show.
No, I’m not. But apparently 44 other people are, and someone’s willing to spend $1,000 to work for free, and be not-famous for a fleeting moment. Great idea on the part of the production company though. “Why pay extras, when we can SELL them the opportunity to do what others usually get paid fairly well for?”
Can anyone else hear the union lawyers’ collective apoplexy?

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