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October 27th, 2005

October 27th, 2005
12:15 am


Deceased? Credit no problem!
Wednesday October 26, 2005. Did data entry at Pillsbury House for the Community Barter Network and Pill House's volunteer program.

Rescheduled so I'll be going there Fridays rather than Wednesdays.

***#5 bus on Chicago Avenue to Franklin Avenue. Decided to see if the Oriental food store in the mini-mall had the sweet chili sauce I wanted.

The cashiers looked East African. And the store didn't have that sauce.

#2 bus on Franklin to Nicollet Avenue. Walked to Truong Thanh, which I knew had what I wanted: Mae Ploy Sweet Chilli Sauce.

They also had politically correct Hell Money. Instead of being issued by the Bank of Hell, it's issued by Paradise Bank.

Short explanation: In Chinese (and Vietnamese) tradition, you can give gifts to dead relatives by burning representations of various goods. If you want to give them money, sacrifice Hell Money bills. (There are also checks and credit cards, but I haven't seen those in the Twin Cities.)

To see various kinds of Hell Money, go to http://images.google.com; go to advanced search; search on "Hell money".

First up: A site called pornexport.com has pictures of Hell Money with portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Humphrey Bogart, John F. Kennedy, Jackie Kennedy, James Dean, Mao Zedong, and Confucius. (Direct link: Read more...Collapse ))

(I also bought tamarind candy. Next time, I'll check the ingredients list before buying candy there. The chilli predominates.)

Back on the #2, to Franklin and Lyndale. Bought a cart at Steeple People thrift store, in better shape than the one I already had. Bought a few things at the Wedge.

Self-help information: Posted alt.recovery.clutter FAQ to alt.recovery.clutter, alt.recovery, and alt.recovery.procrastinate.

Decluttering: Trash out.


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11:30 am


Tech & Law
From bna.com's newsletter:

A Labour MP is introducing a bill to compel UK ISPs to publicly state whether they block their customers from accessing known paedophile Web sites. The lawmaker wants ISPs to declare in their annual accounts or on their Web sites whether or not they bar access to Web sites that contain images of child abuse. http://technology.guardian.co.uk/news/story/0,16559,1601037,00.html

BNA's Electronic Commerce & Law Report reports that Google has argued that news headlines that are purely factual and merely ten words long lack sufficient originality to preclude others from copying them. The argument comes in a brief filed in the Agence France Presse v. Google litigation. Google is seeking dismissal of Agence France Press's claim that Google is infringing its copyrights by copying AFP news headlines for reuse on Google's news aggregation sites.
Article at <http://pubs.bna.com/ip/bna/eip.nsf/is/a0b1v5g6d1>
For a free trial to the source of this story, visit

A Roman Catholic high school in New Jersey has ordered its students to remove personal blogs from the Internet in the name of protecting them from cyberpredators. Officials say the directive is a matter of safety, not censorship. However, constitutional experts say the case raises interesting questions about the intersection of free speech and voluntary agreements with private institutions.
<http://tinyurl.com/clkfd> [Newsday]

Major US financial institutions are working to set up a new defence against insider fraud involving a database of employees who are known to be scam risks. The new database will list information on employees at financial institutions who were fired because they compromised customer data or knowingly caused financial losses.

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01:19 pm


"...in the November issue of the Dutch science magazine Natuurwetenschap & Techniek, paleontologist and Hobbit team-member Gert van den Bergh offers a new vision: the Hobbit on all fours."

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05:18 pm


Canada/Mexico; Science News Releases
From the Christian Science Monitor:
Mexicans head north for a better life. Way north.
While the US is fortifying its borders and tightening entry requirements, Canada is putting out the welcome mat. By Danna Harman
From EurekAlert http://www.eurekalert.org/pubnews.php:
Public Release: 27-Oct-2005
November GEOLOGY and GSA TODAY media highlights
Topics in the November issue of GEOLOGY include: a challenge to the use of banded iron formations as markers for the rise of oxygen in the oceans; new model of changes in seawater composition over time; factors in the rise of atmospheric methane; unmixing of magma into immiscible liquids; and evolution of organic molecules on early Earth. The GSA TODAY science article addresses global events accompanying the transition from primitive Earth to modern, oxygenated Earth.

Public Release: 27-Oct-2005
November-December GSA BULLETIN media highlights
The November-December issue of the GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA BULLETIN includes several newsworthy items. Topics include: environmental changes in Death Valley over the past 190,000 years; analysis of the San Andreas fault zone at San Gorgonio Pass; the developing Coso geothermal field in east-central California; new insights into the dynamics of desert dune systems; new data on the Antarctic Peninsula ice sheet during the last ice age; and revised dating of the Patagonian Andes.

Public Release: 27-Oct-2005
Journal of Lipid Research
Baby's genes affect mom's cholesterol levels
A group of Belgian researchers has determined that a pregnant woman's ability to metabolize fats is determined not only by her genes but by her baby's genes as well. The details of their findings appear in the November issue of the Journal of Lipid Research, an American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology journal.

Public Release: 27-Oct-2005
Personal Relationships
Possible predictors of relationship violence
A man's vigilance over his partner's whereabouts is likely to be a key signal of violence against her.

Public Release: 27-Oct-2005
U-M scientists say fused genes trigger the development of prostate cancer
Scientists at the University of Michigan Medical School have discovered a recurring pattern of scrambled chromosomes and abnormal gene activity that occurs only in prostate cancer.
NIH/National Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society, US Department of Defense

Public Release: 27-Oct-2005
Pediatric Diabetes
A new blueprint to aid physicians in predicting risk for type 1 diabetes
Researchers have discovered a combination of tests that can more accurately predict who will develop type 1 diabetes. In the process, they've also uncovered signs of a new protein that may forecast a more rapidly developing form of the disease. Together, these findings could help researchers screen patients for clinical trials that eventually may lead to a vaccine or cure for type 1 diabetes.

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