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Why pay for text messaging when you can get it free?

Few discoveries gall me more than paying for something I could have received for free.That's one reason why I chose not to get text messaging with my recent cell phone package. Why pay for texting when I could call?Unfortunately, several of my friends didn't have the same ... Continue reading

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In Plain Sight (1/18/2009)

Previous: IPS 1/11/2009 Next: IPS 1/25/2009 No attempt at clever comments this week. Just the first part of the picture. http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Jan/18/aDSC_2993a.JPG The image above is a part of a photo I took somewhere in Lawrence. I'll add additional parts of the picture over the next few days. ... Continue reading

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Why wind energy is totally irrelevant and a complete waste of resources.

Why wind energy is totally irrelevant and a complete waste of resources. 1) Today humanity uses 426 Quads (426.000.000.000.000.000 BTU) of energy per year, of which the lion’s share comes from burning coal. (50 % worldwide, I don’t think that is a very bad estimate) That means: ... Continue reading

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Sundance Part Deux Day 3

Our movie’s second screening was in Salt Lake City. This was my first chance to see our movie, "The Only Good Indian," with a large audience. The nice thing about screenings outside of Park City is that they tend to have more "regular folk" rather than industry ... Continue reading

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Party and Spend! It’s 2009

There are only four days left.Next week's inauguration is a big event. How so? The high tech presence and the party and purchasing scene for the 20 minute speech and 90 second oath of the 44th President is "off the chain," and over the moon. Tech-savvy citizens, ... Continue reading

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Inauguration Trivia Gone Crazy

The Inaugural weekend is finally here; get ready for the neverending tsunami of rambling coverage to fill the airwaves between the actual inaugural events. We will be regaled in an ocean of facts and trivia, some important, many not. Broadcast journalism hates (and completely avoids) dead airtime. ... Continue reading

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Mailbox Requires Respect

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Jan/18/Copy_of_1-17-08_002.jpgFarmsteads, well kept homes, pastures with grazing cattle, a lazy stream lined with trees. A typical drive along many rural roads in Douglas County.Unfortunately, people traveling down roads in western Douglas County will also see beat up mailboxes or empty posts with boxes on the ground. Some ... Continue reading

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oak

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Jan/17/oak.JPGWhy don’t oak trees lose their leaves? It’s a handy little trait in the woods because it makes identifying oaks in winter a snap -- they’re the ones covered in dried up old leaves still clinging desperately to the branches. But it’s such a nuisance around the ... Continue reading

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What’s blooming?

For me it's plants especially in the winter here, since there is rarely enough snow in Lawrence to make winter worthwhile.This bloom is from a cactus called Gymnocalycium. The flowers are not that spectacular,. The whole plant is maybe 2 inches tall not counting the flower. But ... Continue reading

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Review of “Stolen Moments: One Hundred Years of Jazz”

This review of Friday night's Lied Center performance comes from Chuck Berg, a KU professor of theater and film.Opening with the question “What is Jazz?,” the New York City-based JazzReach production of “Stolen Moments: The First One Hundred Years of Jazz,” which was Friday at the Lied ... Continue reading

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Sundance: Part Deux, Day 2

So in the Day 1 blog I mentioned one of the lesson’s learned was that it was worth the extra money to purchase credentials that give you admittance to several venues otherwise off limits to you at the festival. Today’s lesson is one of humility.The day began ... Continue reading

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Devil’s Work Dictionary Winners & Next Term

Congratulations to Joyce Stevens, who won last week's challenge with 35% of the votes. Charles Edwards came in second with 15% of the votes. As the top two vote getters, both will have their satirical definitions for the term Hostile Takeover posted in Devil's Circle of Winning ... Continue reading

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Probate isn’t frighteningly expensive in Kansas

Q. My father has a will but we would like to avoid the costs of probate when he dies. What can we do?A. Without knowing the nature or value of your father’s estate, I can’t really answer this question fully. Your father needs to meet with an ... Continue reading

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Transit consultant to get up to $120,000 from KDOT

Revenues from increased sales taxes won’t be the only funds accelerating plans for coordinated transit services in Lawrence.This week, the Kansas Department of Transportation agreed to contribute up to $120,000 to the joint efforts of the city and Kansas University to hire a consultant to help drive ... Continue reading

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Lawrence Art Guild plans trade, movie night

Lawrence Art Guild members will gather Monday for “Movie Night, Materials Exchange and Artist Show and Tell.” Artists are welcome to bring any materials they would like to sell, trade or simply give away. The guild also will present the film “Robert Rauschenberg: MAN AT WORK.” One ... Continue reading

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Sundance: Part Deux, Day 1

My name's Sean Blake, and I supervised editing on "The Only Good Indian." It's my third go round with Kevin Willmott and his growing "stock company" of Kansas filmmakers, and I'm glad to be part of the gang.This is our second trip to the Sundance Film Festival ... Continue reading

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An open letter of complaint…

This is a letter I wrote to Sunflower Broadband. If you feel the same way as I do, please write or call Sunflower and tell them so! I'm sure that many Lawrencians share my opinion. Hopefully the World Company does not deem it libellous, I know where ... Continue reading

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Commuting in the extreme

A couple of months ago, a co-worker asked if I had ridden my bike to work that day.It was wet or windy or cold or something, and he thought it not fit for cycling to work.I said I had, and it sparked a brief conversation about the ... Continue reading

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Film created by three KU professors headed to Sundance

Three Kansas University professors have collaborated on a film, "The Only Good Indian," that has been selected to be shown at the Sundance Film Festival.Kevin Willmott, associate professor of theatre and film, produced and directed the film. Matt Jacobson, associate professor of theatre and film, was director ... Continue reading

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In Praise of Rubisco!

The other day, I read one of those statements that just can't be true. The statement concerns a protein that most people have never heard of-a protein called Rubisco. The statement in question was on a web site that claimed that this protein may be the most ... Continue reading

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