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Ironic Advertising - Was that on purpose?

Here are three screen shots from a recent news article. The story is very serious: $100,000 in damage to a house due to an electrical fire. The embedded advertising seems to pick up on key words in the story. The result? An advertisement for Current Safe Home ... Continue reading

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In Plain Sight 3/10/2010

Previous:IPS 2/24/2010 Next:IPS 3/17/2010 No surprises this week. Both the subject and winner (hujiko) are familiar. Guess I got preoccupied with the melting snow. Are the piles in Kohl's parking lot gone? This week the subject isn't really a subject, but a place. It might be as ... Continue reading

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Open Letter to the School Board

The following open letter to the Lawrence Board of Education is posted on behalf of the Wakarusa Valley Budget Committee. Dear Board Members, On behalf of the Wakarusa Valley Budget Committee: Thank you, Board Members, for the reasoned discussion and thought that went into Tuesday night's budget ... Continue reading

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Gearing up for some fun during the Big 12 Tournament

Our plans are taking shape for what we're going to do during the Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City at the Sprint Center. We'll have a full compliment of reporters, photographers and videographers in Kansas City to cover the game and to cover you, the fans. Let's ... Continue reading

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Howard Stern vs. Gabourey Sidibe

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2010/Mar/10/HowardStern2000.jpg Creative Commons Attribution: Silent K Oh Howard Stern... how some love you and a great many loathe you! On Monday, Howard Stern was recapping the Oscars when he started making comments about Gabourey Sidibe from the movie Precious. As we all know, Gabourey is very overweight ... Continue reading

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School Board Kudos - Credit Where Credit is Due

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2010/Mar/10/Slaying_the_budget_.jpg The Lawrence Board of Education deserves our well earned thanks and appreciation for their hard work. Thank you, Board Members, for choosing a prudent, reasoned approach to the budget crisis. Continue reading

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Why am I here?

So headdoctor, you are the "blog" policeman. To borrow one of your past comments; who appointed you the tax - no blog god? Unlike many of the bloggers on this list, I trade under my real name. People can goggle me and find actual actions on my ... Continue reading

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Big 12 tournament predictions

I'm glad the Big 12 men's basketball tournament returned to its rightful place in Kansas City, Mo. this season. The Sprint Center will be the site of this year's tournament and next year's tournament in 2011. The ideal next step? 2012, 2013, 2014, etc. http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2010/Mar/09/thubiz_Sprint_Center_Grand_Ope.jpg Orlin Wagner/AP ... Continue reading

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The 2010 “How’d they do against KU” All-Big 12 Team

It's time for the second annual “How’d they do against KU” All-Big 12 team. The rules are simple: My squad will consist of the five best players I saw while watching them play against the Jayhawks. For this exercise, Kansas players are ineligible. This year, with so ... Continue reading

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Hugo Chavez is a dictator.

Hugo Chavez is a dictator. http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2010/Mar/09/PennChavez_doomsday_604x341.jpg Continue reading

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Whoa, brown butter, bam-ba-lam

I know it's something akin to politically incorrectness to talk about butter as much as I do. Especially if you and Mo'Nique could fight over the same Oscar gown. Nothin' against Mo'Nique. I think she's fab. I'm just sayin', neither of us have to worry about blowing ... Continue reading

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Anna Undercover Mini-Blog: Catching You Up on the Crazy

DAH-lings. (Can I call you that??) I know you're waiting on pins and needles to find out what happened at the strip club this weekend, so here's a list of stories I am working on to post as soon as I can. You just get a list ... Continue reading

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Meanwhile on the Climate Change Front:

Yesterday one of my readers sent a link to a set of videos called Climate Crock of the Week by Peter Sinclair. These videos provide thoughtful analysis of what we know about climate change. You can find them here on You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/user/greenman3610 This video in particular ... Continue reading

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Cliff’s Notes version: Bill Self press conference, 3/8/2010

Here is the Cliff's Notes version of Kansas men's basketball coach Bill Self's comments at his weekly press conference today. Full audio has been posted. • KU is the 265th-oldest team in America. The 2008 team was experienced and had been there. It's not a negative statement ... Continue reading

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SONS - Save Our Neighborhood Supervisors

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The Oscars: Welcome to the history books, Kathryn

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2010/Mar/08/bigelow.png The Oscars are usually a mix of upsets and sure things with a few awkward moments and off-center jokes in between. Last night was no exception, but it could alternately be called "The Night of the Underdog," "The Night of the Woman" or "The Night of ... Continue reading

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True grit

Given the number of times this winter I’ve been kept off the bike by sleet, freezing rain, blizzards, thundersnow, squalls, black ice and general awful conditions associated with the coldest, bleakest, worst winter in my lifetime, I can’t believe I’m saying (or blogging) this, but … Bring ... Continue reading

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March 8: Memoir Madness “Justbegintowrite”

As with most types of writing, whether it be a poem, short story, novel, or memoir, the most difficult step is getting started. I've known many marathon runners over the years and one of the things I hear time and time again is, the first mile is ... Continue reading

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Should Kansas Get On the Four Day Work and School Week Bus?

I wrote this blog over a year ago. Has this idea been discussed? It has been working well in other stated and for big business as well. N0 schools need to be closed. Just think of the savings! School buses run only four days a week, thermostats ... Continue reading

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March 7th Memoir Madness: “My Father Lies”

Mixing writing medias within memoirs doesn't seem to be a common occurrence. I say, why not? I would encourage those of you are are writing your memoir, to utilize any/all writing methods you feel comfortable with. To date, we have discussed taking the time to give a ... Continue reading