Sunday, March 30, 2008

hey hipsters

You got until midnight [?] (March 31 is the last day.) to download a free PDF of Scott Sigler's "Infected". Sorry about not posting sooner. If you miss it, you can, however, still download the podcast version at (just use their search box), or order the hardcover.

Donate your time and effort to catalog and match missing persons files with unidentified remains. The Doe Network.

IOptOut.Ca. Get your name put on an independent do not call list, for Canadia. Telling POD Publishers - Let BookSurge Print Your Books, or Else... It seems that Amazon is extorting its clients by threatening to shut off their book sales unless they use Amazon's own "print on demand" services.


Adobe has just launched a free, online version of Photoshop.

Of course, you could download freeware photo editors, like Irfanview and the more "photoshop-like" Gimp


Great photographer based in the Twin Cities, Joseph Allen.

Who's Alex Janvier?

Art competition at Bizarre magazine; photos, art, writing. Sept. 1, 2008 deadline.

What is the Bighorn Medicine Wheel and what is it for?
"... On top of the Bighorn Range in Wyoming, a desolate 9,642 feet high and only reachable during the warm summer months, lies an ancient Native American construction -- an 80' diameter wheel-like pattern made of stones..."

Program to certify Alaska Native art gets new teeth.
"The new version of Silver Hand determines an artist's eligibility not by blood quantum -- meaning one's degree of Native ancestry -- but by enrollment in an Alaska Native tribe. The amendments also build in civil penalties for misuse of the Silver Hand symbol, strengthening the government's ability to enforce the law."

2008 Indian National Finals Rodeo is going to Las Vegas.

Corn's deep roots.
"... a new technique for examining ancient cooking pots has produced the earliest directly dated examples of domesticated corn (maize) being consumed on the South American continent. Their discovery shows the spread of maize out of Mexico more than 9,000 years ago occurred much faster than previously believed and provides evidence that corn was likely a vital food crop for villages in tropical Ecuador at least 5,000 years ago..."

Another Native Blog, American Indian Information in SLC [Salt Lake City].

New research posits that Neanderthals used pigments for body decoration.

Although the American Chestnut was virtually made extinct by a fungus in the late 1800's, there remain a few trees; like this lonely Ohio giant.


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