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Since 1978, all wild mustangs and burros rounded up by the Forest Service are freezebranded with a code designed to show their year of birth and registration number. Instead of numerals, however, a neat system of lines is used, based on an eight-pointed star. The freezemark process is also explained.  
A very simple site, but a really elegant coding solution. And a shout out to Moonshine, the mustang my friend just adopted, who inspired me to search for this information.
Crataegus Bonsai
Welcome! What's new: I am currently in Japan studing bonsai under Shinji Suzuki. My apprenticeship will last approximately three years, so I should be finishing up near the end of 2006. In the meantime, please consider a trip to Obuse if you are traveling in Japan the next few years. Mr. Suzuki is the curator of a museum in Obuse that houses many famous bonsai. Please visit!
Bud Tugly's Hot Women Index
First Edition: Judy Garland  
Second Edition: Maureen O'Hara  
Third Edition: Carrie Fisher  
Fourth Edition: Special Edition - Crushes growing up.  
Fifth Edition: Missi Pyle  
Sixth Edition: Jamie Lee Curtis  
Seventh Edition: Anne Hathaway  
Eighth Edition: Hilary Swank  
Ninth Edition: Allison Mack  
Tenth Edition: Cathy O'Donnell  
Eleventh Edition: Helena Bonham Carter  
Twelfth Edition: Elizabeth Montgomery  
Thirteenth Edition: Laura Ingraham  
Fourteenth Edition: Franka Potente  
This index will be updated with future entries.
What is the path to enlightenment?
Faith in God
Enlightenment is an illusory goal. The wise man seeks befuddlement.
Stealing polls from the chatter.
on obscenity charges...  
Yep. They made snow penises on their front lawn. Now they face the criminal justice system.  
Here's some more complete information on this I found. The link itself doesn't reveal much. But I found this from the Larramie Boomerang Web News Outlet:  
Two Laramie men are facing obscenity charges for allegedly building a snow sculpture of a phallus in their front yard.  
Brandon Arp, 20, and Aric Davenport, 19, were arraigned Friday in Albany County Circuit Court on charges of promoting obscenity. Both men pleaded not guilty and are free on a $1,000 bond.  
If convicted, they could each face up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.  
According to police reports, the men made the sculpture in the 1200 block of Custer Street on April 21. Reports say the sculpture was “offensive to other residents in the area.”  
The sculpture was destroyed, and initially, police said no citations had been issued. That same morning, a second sculpture involving an “anatomically correct snowman” was destroyed in the 700 block of South 17th Street.  
Laramie Police Commander Dale Stalder said police questioned whether the sculpture was protected under the First Amendment.  
Davenport’s attorney, Michael Vang, has filed a motion challenging some of the claims. Vang said it was unclear who was offended by the sculpture or how it violates Wyoming obscenity laws.  
State statutes say a person promotes obscenity if he or she “produces or reproduces obscene material with the intent of disseminating it.”  
Additionally, that person is guilty if he or she “possesses obscene material with the intent of disseminating it” or “knowingly disseminates obscene material.”  
In this case, Vang said the obscenity statute was “being selectively enforced.” Police failed to show how the sculpture was obscene under the First Amendment, he said.  
While he was campaigning for president, Sen. John F. Kerry, D-MA, often noted that he had a plan to save Social Security.  
Today, in his boldest move yet, he threatened to unveil his plan unless President Bush backs away from his proposal to reform the taxpayer-funded retirement system.  
Whoa! This is serious.
In the world of hackers, the kind of answers you get to your technical questions depends as much on the way you ask the questions as on the difficulty of developing the answer. This guide will teach you how to ask questions in a way that is likely to get you a satisfactory answer.  
Now that use of open source has become widespread, you can often get answers from other, more experienced users, rather than hackers. This is a Good Thing; users tend to be just a little bit more tolerant of the kind of failures newbies often have.  
Still, treating experienced users like hackers in the ways we recommend here will generally be the most effective way to get useful answers out of them, too.  
If you decide to come to us for help, you don't want to be one of the losers. You don't want to seem like one, either. The best way to get a rapid and responsive answer is to ask it like a person with smarts, confidence, and clues who just happens to need help on one particular problem.  
A comprehensive guide to asking the technical 'elite' a question, and how to properly interpret the answer.
The best argument.
Mario Cuomo gave the Democratic response to the President's radio address today and warned that the Republicans were seeking a "tyranny of the majority" by doing away with the filibuster of judicial nominations.  
Cuomo, in the Democratic Party's weekly radio address today, said Senate Republicans "are threatening to claim ownership of the Supreme Court and other federal courts, hoping to achieve political results on subjects like abortion, stem cells, the environment and civil rights that they cannot get from the proper political bodies."  
"How will they do this? By destroying the so-called filibuster, a vital part of the 200-year-old system of checks and balances in the Senate," Cuomo said.  
Then Cuomo brought out a Democratic Talking Point that the Democrats in the Senate actually represent more people than the GOP because they represent some of the more populous states. Doesn't Cuomo remember that whole Great Compromise deal at the Constitutional Convention? The Senate was never supposed to be representative of population.  
Which body is it that is determined by population? Can you say House of Representatives? I knew you could. And which party controls the House of Representatives? The Republicans do, don't they? Which candidate got the bigger popular vote in 2004? George Bush did. Remember how Democrats used that argument in his first term? Bush, they argued, shouldn't get his nominees through because he lost the popular vote. We haven't heard that much now, have we?  
Cuomo just ignores the history of the Constitution. If the Founders had wanted the Senate to be determined by population, they could have accepted James Madison's Virginia Plan at the Convention, but they didn't. So, we have to deal with the fact that Rhode Island has as many Senators as California.  
It's an effective argument for their side; probably their best emotional argument: fairness and all that. But it doesn't hold water.
This extension prevents Thunderbird from opening a new main window. When you double click on a folder in the folder pane, the folder will expand or collapse if it has subfolders. Also, when a program tries to run Thunderbird while it is already running, the new window is closed and the first main window will be brought to focus.
PDF Download FF Extension
In this page I'm presenting my "PDF Download" extension, that you can use if you are annoyed to click on a link and then discover that Firefox is loading the Adobe plug-in (very heavy) and is trying to show a pdf file directly inside your browser. This extension, every time you click on a link, checks if the target is a pdf file and in this case let you choose what you want to do (open pdf file inside a new tab or download it to the filesystem).  
This extension is usefull for example when you don't know the size of the pdf file you want to view. In this case, in fact, if you load the pdf file directly in your browser you need to wait a lot of time in order to load Adobe plug-in, download the file, and view the file. Using my extension, instead, you can choose to download the file, so you can see (in the download manager) what the file size is, and cancel the download if you think that the file it's too big.  
version 0.2.5:  
Added new functionality: "Open as HTML". This feature let you view the HTML version of the PDF file using the online conversion service provided by Adobe.
Hang your very own Squngee and watch squirrels bungee-jump for corn!  
The patented, Made-In-America SQUNGEE® holds TWO ears of corn, giving your bushy-tailed friends a fun and nutritious ride!  
Over 87,000 Squngees bouncing in the world!  
In television, as well as film and theatre, praise invariably goes to the director and the writer -but not to one of the central unsung heroes of any production, which is more often than not the designer. In Ray Cusick's case that is certainly true. For many years his contribution to British television history went largely unsung outside of that industry. When Jon Pertwee was asked to select the winning entry to a competition on the BBC's own Pebble Mill show back in the 1970's, which demanded an answer to the question "Who created the Daleks?" the winning answer was given as scriptwriter Terry Nation. This answer had been the accepted response for many years, but was in fact quite incorrect.  
[Doctor Who]
We all have stories of our lives that we hold deep inside, especially those of us who were fat children. On these pages, you will bear witness to the pain that fat children receive because of their large-sized exterior. Certainly fat children are not the only children to have some traumatic memories. All children go through the pain of learning who, how and what to be, but the difference with fat children is that their pain is nearly universally inflicted because of the societal pressures for thinness.  
There is a special shame that only fat children know. Taught at an early age that they were unacceptable by societal standards, it wasn't a hard lesson to learn. No, the lessons were all around from the moment they became larger than *average*. There was no place to escape, school and friends all provided pressure about the "problem."  
Some of the people who will write here are now thin, some are now fat, and some are just *average* as adults, but as adults they all can relate to their childhood existence when they were FAT kids.