Category Archives: Tools + Annotations

handy tools and resources collected elsewhere which i use from time to time – stashed here so i can find when needed

Fight Sound With Sound: Grateful Dead’s Arena Combat

Fight Sound With Sound: Grateful Dead’s Arena Combat

You Have the Right to Stay Out of Jail

You Have the Right to Stay Out of Jail

Middle Class Relaxing With Marijuana – Science Daily article reports

Middle Class Relaxing With Marijuana

Adapted from materials provided by University of Alberta, via EurekAlert!, a service of AAAS. Reposted here for education use

ScienceDaily (May 15, 2008) — A variety of middle-class people are making a conscious but careful choice to use marijuana to enhance their leisure activities, a University of Alberta study shows.

A qualitative study of 41 Canadians surveyed in 2005-06 by U of A researchers showed that there is no such thing as a ‘typical’ marijuana user, but that people of all ages are selectively lighting up the drug as a
way to enhance activities ranging from watching television and playing sports to having sex, painting or writing.

“For some of the participants, marijuana enhanced their ability to relax by taking their minds off daily stresses and pressures. Others found it helpful in focusing on the activity at hand,” said Geraint Osborne, a professor of sociology at the University of Alberta’s Augustana Campus in Camrose, and one of the study’s authors.

The focus was on adult users who were employed, ranging in age from 21 to 61, including 25 men and 16 women from Alberta, Quebec, Ontario and Newfoundland whose use of the drug ranged from daily to once or twice a year. They were predominantly middle class and worked in the retail and service industries, in communications, as white-collar employees, or as health-care and social workers. As well, 68 per cent of the users held post-secondary degrees, while another 11 survey participants had earned their high school diplomas.

The study also found that the participants considered themselves responsible users of the drug, defined by moderate use in an appropriate social setting and not allowing it to cause harm to others.

The findings should open the way for further scientific exploration into widespread use of marijuana, and government policies should move towards decriminalization and eventual legalization of the drug, the study

“The Canadian government has never provided a valid reason for the criminalization of marijuana,” said Osborne. “This study indicates that people who use marijuana are no more a criminal threat to society than are alcohol and cigarette users. Legalization and government regulation of the drug would free up resources that could be devoted to tackling other crime, and could undermine organized crime networks that depend on marijuana, while generating taxes to fund drug education programs, which are more effective in reducing substance abuse,” Osborne added.

The study was published recently in the journal Substance Use and Misuse.

University of Alberta. “Middle Class Relaxing With Marijuana.” ScienceDaily 15 May 2008. 18 September 2008 <­ /releases/2008/05/080514111721.htm>.

Automatic captions in YouTube | Official Google Blog

Automatic captions in YouTube | Official Google Blog

IFTTT / Recipes search for ‘hootsuite’

IFTTT / Recipes search for ‘hootsuite’

My pal Uji’s pre-Japan-trip annotations…

Ramen — a Japanese food that all Japanese people eat every day

Natto gohan — a Japanese food that all Japanese people eat every morning. Rotten beans with raw egg on rice

An average Japanese street

How to eat Sushi in Japan

Hiroshimayaki — a Japanese style pizza

Nagasaki city

Akafuku — my favorite snack. good with bitter tea

Washlet — all Japanese toilets has this machine. You don’t have to do a lot of work there

Japanese style software development

I’ll stay mostly in the west but also stay in Tokyo for a couple days where there are M3+ earthquakes every day.

things that I cannot enjoy in japan:

Exceptionally Useful Free Handwritten Fonts | tripwire magazine

Exceptionally Useful Free Handwritten Fonts | tripwire magazine

Should Handwritten Fonts be used in web design? For quite some time companies and governments have been working hard to make daily life things available as digital services in whatever way possible to speed processes up and cut costs.

At the same time most communication takes place on digital channels by sending emails, chatting, electronic orders, paying online, doing banking online…well almost anything goes on the line today.

Transom Tool: Recording Phone Calls

Transom Tool: Recording Phone Calls

Fact Checking Dossier for Political Animals

This list is borrowed from Democrats Abroad newsletter and was compiled by Beverly Bandler of DA-Mexico for easily fact-check and de-bunk rumours and innuendo which spread during this time of political intrigue.

PS American ex-pats … are you registered to Vote from Abroad? Be sure to fill in the forms and ensure you rballot arrives to your international address in time to count.

Factcheck is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, “consumer advocate” for voters to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics.

Snopes validates or debunks urban legends, Internet rumors, and email hoaxes.

Fact-Checker “truth squads” the national political debate, focusing on the issues that are most important to voters.

Urban Legends covers Internet hoaxes, email rumors and urban legends, including petitions, politics, and protest.

Truth-o-meter is “a scorecard separating fact from fiction. A project of the St. Petersburg Times and Congressional Quarterly, it helps find the truth in the presidential campaign.”

RealClearPolitics claims to be an independent political site offering the best commentary, news, polling data, and links to important resources.

Campaign Desk Columbia Journalism Review Campaign Desk fact checks the media.

OpenSecrets, the site of the Center for Responsive Politics, is your “guide to money’s influence on U.S. elections and public policy.”

On the Issues seeks to “provide non-partisan information for voters in the Presidential election, so that votes can be based on issues rather than on personalities and popularity.”

How to Smoke Cannabis while Avoiding Jail – an illustrated guide by Seattle lawyer Jeffery Steinborn

{Update – thanks Dominic!) This user-friendly guide was Illustrated and created by *awesome* graphic artist Ellen Forney (ellen’s blog) based on an interview with Seattle lawyer Jeffery Steinborn whose 10 Commandments are below for your continued perusal and education. Combine this with the ACLU bust card (download Bust Card .pdf) and you are a much better protected citizen.

Know your rights, these are your rights!


1. One law at a time. If you’re holding or using that’s one. Don’t break any others.

2. Practice Home Hygiene. Sooner or later, someone is going to show up at your door…

3. Never invite trouble into your home.

4. Protect the privacy of your home if you can.

5. Don’t think you’re safe out in the countryside.

6. Don’t take your pipe out of your house. Smoke joints.

7. Don’t be afraid to blend in if you’re on the wrong side of the pot laws.

8. Don’t talk, don’t talk, don’t talk, no digas nada.

9. When confronted by the police, take the advice on the back of my card and ask to call your lawyer.

10. Don’t forget it’s against the law.

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