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Weekly Linkage: Google, Politics, and Bees’ Knees

This week’s internet cruising:

  • Coding Horror: Trouble In the House of Google – Jeff isn't the first to point out the problems with Google's search results lately (the content mills are clearly winning, and I swim through a lot of mess to get good results anymore), but he's done a lot of due diligence to try to improve Stack Exchange's rankings over the content scrapers, with mixed results. Excellent post.
  • Sphinx – A better way to write your docs – This looks like an awesome doc writing/management system–I struggle with how much documentation to produce for the internals of a system (i.e. not a publicly exposed API), but I'd definitely play around with a system like Sphinx.
  • Buttersafe – Flowers – Bees’ knees!
  • Baptist Press – N.C. court voids same-sex adoption – What? What?! (Warning: Christian news source)

    "'Many homosexuals and their sex partners may sincerely believe they can be good parents. But children are not guinea pigs for grand social experiments in redefining marriage, and should not be placed in settings that are unsuitable for raising children,' Dailey noted in the article. He cited a study in the Netherlands that found the average duration of a homosexual relationship to be 18 months and that 'committed' homosexual couples have an average of eight other sexual partners each year."

  • Gay former service members praise Senate vote on ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ – latimes.com – "Carpenter, who comes from a family with a tradition of military service dating back to the Revolutionary War, thought that he would make a career in the Marine Corps. But when he fell in love with another Marine pilot, he decided he "couldn't continue living a lie" and left the military as a captain."
  • Hawaii-bound, Obama signals his opposition to gay marriage ‘evolving’ – Key quotes:

    "I still believe that it doesn’t make sense for us to provide tax cuts to people like myself who don’t need them when our deficit and debts are growing."

    "With respect to the issue of whether gays and lesbians should be able to get married, […] my feelings about this are constantly evolving. […] At this point, what I’ve said is, is that my baseline is a strong civil union that provides them the protections and the legal rights that married couples have. And I think — and I think that’s the right thing to do."

    "And that's going to require us cutting programs that don't work, but it also requires us to be honest about paying for the things that we think are important. If we think it’s important to make sure that our veterans are getting care that they need when they come back home from fighting in Afghanistan or Iraq, we can’t just salute and wish them well and have a Veterans Day Parade."

  • How to Take Control of Your Finances in 2011 – A solid recap of financial reminders for the new year.

Weekly linkage

This week’s internet cruising, in which I was evidently trying to make up for lost time.

Daily tasteeness (2008-01-20)

Organize & Prepare: Do Your Taxes Quickly | My Dollar Plan
The title says it all. This seems like a good way to get organized to make taxes simpler.

Single Guy Money: Save Money on Auto Insurance
I just ripped Progressive a new one for how much I’ve been overcharged for my car insurance. If you have the money to do so, Single Money Guy has some tips to get discounts on insurance.

Time To Call The Credit Card Company
“If you are trying to get out of credit card debt, you might want to think about giving your credit card company a call.” Get your rates reduced, increase your limit, waive balance transfer fees… Make it easier to get out of debt. Argue well.

Benefits And Drawbacks Of Spending Cash | The Happy Rock
I mentioned previous that I was using cash to help with my budgeting/spending issues. This post lists some of the pros and cons of spending cash.

PuTTY: a free telnet/ssh client
Now that I’ve left Rose and had my laptop eaten by cats, I don’t have access to the nice college software for SSH access. So I’m reduced to using the free stuff, like Putty. It’s not bad, honestly. I’d recommend it for SSH, although not for FTP.

How to Automate Your Personal Finances ∞ Get Rich Slowly
Automating finances is a crucial way to get saving rolling and debt paid off. I’m not a fan of all of the steps here — I don’t agree with consolidating your bank accounts in one place — but overall, these are wise steps to follow.

Ask the Readers: Should I Prepare My Own Taxes or Go to an Accountant? ∞ Get Rich Slowly
My taxes aren’t complicated yet, but I do have a friend who will soon be running his own business and I am woefully tax-ignorant. I’ve leaked money like a sieve the last two years on my taxes, and this post reminded me that I need to get more educated.

WordPress 2.3 compatible WordPress – Del.icio.us Daily Synchronization script
I’ve been having a lot of trouble trying to get my del.icio.us links to post. The method on the del.icio.us site itself doesn’t work for me, and I wanted a bit more customization over style and format. So currently, I’m playing with this perl script.