AOL's Instant Messenger icon looks rather like the
East German Ampelmännchen, that "traffic
signal male" from the Soviet Zone. East
German nostalgia is a business now, from
page of 'Ostalgie' links I discovered
the appropriately crude
Kultur (link's to the English version)
and a cold war Berlin-Ost
U-Bahn map. As for the Ampelmännchen,
he's all over -- Mondos
Arts has an amazing variety of Ampel-stuff available,
cards and lights, even
Ever read Larry Niven's Ringworld? If not, you
should, it changed my life... Mike's ever-excellent
points towards a British
Space site with a whole section on
Puppeteers -- has some great imagery, like
Lying Bastard approaching the Ringworld.
Just 'cause I like it, Georgia O'Keeffe's
York Night, from 1929. Use the arrow keys
at the bottom to see more of her work.
"Bo" took another trip, back to Vegas. From
travelogue I learn that they've roofed over
the old downtown, which I beheld in its
glory in 1971 -- just wasn't the same,
when I returned in '87, because of the Golden
Nugget's white renovation -- now it's the
Fremont Street Experience. See a photo
by scrolling to the bottom of Bo's page. (Unlike
the frequent diary entries he posts from his
mental Cybercabin, his sporadic vacation writings
It's Buy Nothing Day, but I don't
play -- it's one of those ineffectual
protests whose only result is making its
participants feel virtuous. I find it too
confining and the parameters too
nebulous -- seems like the
with true zeal wouldn't use any
electricity or cable television this
Day After Thanksgiving.
Flying Crowbar, a nuclear ramjet weapons program
cancelled in the early 1960s, sounds just like
Lost Missle, a movie I saw once as kid
and never forgot -- as it turns out the film was
produced at the same time the Pluto project was
beginning development at Livermore.
More grim Earth-warming predictions in
Even if global warming is halted within a century,
thermal expansion will eventually raise the oceans by
between 0.5 and 4 metres.
Alter View of Global Warming -- "Unless..."
Lorax, "Unless it's too late!" (Actually he didn't
article on mattress buying
confirms something I've always thought:
The secret to mattress shopping is
that the product is basically a commodity.
The mattress biz is 99-percent marketing. So
just buy the cheapest thing you can stand
and be done with it, because they're pretty
much all the same.
Here's a new corporate logo, strangely familiar -- they've just
opened a pair of
hotels in Switzerland.
This weekend I saw the new "You Can Count On Me," along
with Björk's "Dancer In The Dark" -- Sundance vs. Cannes
Grand Prize winners. Geoff advised how walking out
midway's not a bad idea, so at 00:45 I slipped next
door to catch all of the bro-sis movie. A subtle
disorientation, switching from small-town Washington
State then (1964) to small town New York now. This was
a more consistent production, not such a relentless
bummer -- liked seeing Laura Linney again (she was
but Björk's show was so much more compelling I
went back yesterday and saw from 00:40 to 01:30. (The
overlap in order to catch the musical production
in the factory again, "Cvalda" -- reminded me of "Stomp.")
Roger Ebert was at this film's first press showing at
After the screening, the auditorium filled with
booing and cheering -- so equal in measure that
people started booing or cheering at
"Dancer In The Dark" -- one of those love it or
hate it deals. After "You Can Count On Me," around
the corner to the San Jose Museum of Art for the
which was overwhelming, had to flee, it was just
too much, will return later for a further appreciation.
(He does fantastic
things with glass.)
In the USA our states each have an official bird, seal,
flower, and tree; and many have some other items designated
(like here in California we have a state prehistoric
bear). Canada's provinces do this too, they
even have provincial tartans --
handy chart has all the information. (The plaid
graphics look much better full-sized.)
After years of a grinding noise on sporadic very cold
mornings, my cable finally fweeped out -- the
speedometer's busted. (Odometer still working fine,
though.) It's weird not having ready access to that
measurement, although after driving the mighty blue
Tercel for a decade it's easy to gauge the approximate
velocity by the engine's pitch and the gear I'm in.
All my life I've heard of the Electoral College, now
of course it's in the news. But who goes there, how
do you get in, what are the classes like, where's the
campus and what sort of degrees do they award?
Can't answer the latter questions but you can extract
names, addresses, phone numbers and even email
addresses of the students (or are they the teachers?)
(Yes, I know; but so why call it a college?)
There was a story floating around a couple weeks
back about a big pig which accompanied a first class
passenger (in the cabin) on a USAir flight to Seattle --
update from the Philadelphia Daily News
names names and has a photo of the pair.
Urp! Saw this site on a Sun yesterday and it looks
horrible! The default fonts are too slender, they
almost disappear into the black background. Have
to do a redesign...
saw a huge UFO one night in '96, up in the Yukon. The
report has two great (but dissimilar) images, based on the
up and running -- seems to be just an elaborate
version of their new "1" record's liner notes, so
far. (And it's all tarted up with Flash, Java & etc.)
In his new role as advice columnist,
Garrison excused a gent's pornographic urges -- now
cyber-jilted wives (and furious daughters!) respond.
(scroll down, second letter)
Battle lines are being drawn
Nobody's right if everybody's wrong.
Heard a thing on the radio about the .tv domain,
how there's a trend to relate its sites to
television, like the Germman music video VIVA
The domain belongs to a British protectorate
out in the Pacific called Tuvalu (rhymes with
"tootaloo"). I thought they were talking about
first, but whhen they never got around to the
throat-singing I determined it was somewhere else.
reactions -- scientists discover
a second brain in the belly, made of a knot of nerve
cells in the digestive tract -- thought to involve
around 100 billion cells, more than in the spinal cord.
The report's source is this
article in the current issue of the German
GEO magazine -- might want to feed that URL into the
Bald Monday -- excellent
idea for retail promotion -- let's hope it
Eno's having a show at a
outside Chapel Hill -- it's there for two more weeks.
The exhibition images, which he created with a
screensaver program, are available at
web site and they're really beautiful.
Edgar Governo, Historian of Things That Never Were,
to numerous prominent timelines in the
movies, TV shows, games and books.
8th Dimension Cafe caters to fans of Buckaroo Banzai.
The science and romance of the Predicta legend
has been resurrected and continued by Telstar.
manufacture replicas, with modern electronics and
color picture tubes -- I want one! Doesnt't
say exactly how much, just
with the average high-end TV
you would find in your local TV store.
The thumbnail links in the psychedelic
inoperable; if it's a problem at least parse the
After the painters have completed their work, the
decorators proceed with attaching little chains,
reflectors and other accessories. In the front and
in the back of a truck colourful chains reach down
to the ground. When the vehicle moves they add their
characteristic tinkling to the sound of the machine.
Some lorries or busses carry on the bumper plates
reading "Peace to the Benevolent" or "The Road Is Ours".
This last reminds me of the triumphant title of
an old sci-fi novel by the venerable
Norton: The Stars Are Ours!
Software Engineers by Philip Greenspun -- kind
of infuriating -- among other worker-hostile practices
he favors are longer hours. Don't
be put off by the apparent length; the lower
half of this large page is letters of reaction.
sells a wide variety of Klein flasks -- they're
like a Möbius strip in 3D.
Standard slams the Washington
Post's terrible editorial page cartoonist,
Regular readers of the Post may wonder: Has he always
been this bad? A stroll through the new Library of Congress
exhibit "Herblock's History" provides the answer. If the 121
cartoons he has donated to the library can be taken as a fair
selection, then, yes, he has always been this bad.
(A link to their web site might be
appropriate here, but in the cyber-Post
illustrations are infrequent and their
Editorial section never includes this cartoon.)
Been reading the collected
Society, a comic from five
years back . Sloppy drawing technique,
but Chris Kelly has some good material,
like the "Dancing Fool" sequence, with its
furry abstraction representing Dance in
"You... Used... Me!" Well, sure -- of course.
are also good -- they're all good.
The tone of this
page is bound to offend somebody -- it's Jesus' homepage
(you can even send Him email!) Speaking of blasphemy, a high school
senior in Tennessee
in trouble for his costume --
he and his girlfriend had hoped to win the "best couple" award
in the school’s Halloween costume contest by dressing as Jesus
An irritatingly unenthusiastic article in
The Economist titled
Waste of Space puts down the new International Space Station,
but concludes with this rather novel news:
... perhaps the greatest irony is that since
George Bush's rash
promise to send people to Mars,
the cost of doing so has dropped dramatically. The
price of a manned landing, based on a radical new
mission plan that involves extracting fuel for the
return trip from the Martian atmosphere, is currently
put at around $30 billion - less than a third of the
cost of the space station.
Just about the time I relent and think voting Green
really is the right move I hear the shrub on the radio
again and my resolve strengthens -- the objective is
to keep him out of power, if at all possible, and it
seems a vote for Gore will be the most effective way.
card, from Glico. It's one of ten (super?)
Snack Cards. The production will remind many
Americans (of a certain age) of Ultraman. Each shows
three images, one large and two small -- the latter
are frequently the more peculiar.
(where I got this link) recognizes them, by name.
He also points towards this well-designed
site -- this is the one the Journal of Ride
Theory's "Time Travelers' Guidebook to the
20th Century World's Fairs" spoke of this way:
The Spokane fair is like the paradox of the
Least Interesting Man in the World: if you introduce
him at a party as such, people will gather around,
fascinated -- but he's still boring.
Nevertheless, after perusing this, I'd like to
have visited. Too bad it was so far away...
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