The passage of my life is measured out in shirts
Brian Eno, "The King's Lead Hat"
An erudite high school freshman
I am subjected to the viewing of Channel One as part
of my compulsory school attendance. I would like to
bring this issue to the attention of people external
to the high school community, where it appears to be
Which is it -- synonym or a homonym?
and Other 'Onyms' will help clear things up.
In the latest Adbusters,
Toxic Culture USA
suggests becoming a mental environmentalist.
The Love of LEDs -- all about the Light-Emitting Diode. Up
until now, I didn't realize you could get 'em in ultra-violet,
Justin Hall, on travel in Denmark, has posted a new page about
toilets and urinals.
God Bless Senator Jeffords -- better late than never.
Let's see some more enlightenment among other of his
more moderate bretheren; let the scales fall from their
Now listen people: Don't go rushing out to see "Pearl
Harbor" this weekend, just 'cause it's the new new
thing. The preview worked its magic on me, I want
to see the movie too, but
word indicates that it SUCKS! (Well, maybe not
bad, just not entirely wonderful. Average
-- 'bout what you'd expect from today's Hollywood.) This
is why the work of movie reviewers is so important --
they should always be consulted pre-show, to save
time and ticket dollars. (My personal film choice this weekend is
in the Sky, finally get to see it, at the
- Two on Kowloon Walled City -- the
is a Hong Kong high school web project (the link to their
Period page is busted) and the way more professional
is just as sketchy -- I want a lot more pictures.
- Japan Today story about
their 'shrooms situation (there's a
legal loophole; possession is not forbidden).
Started to see them a week ago; by the flavor of the
Bing sample I bought this afternoon I believe it's
official: Cherry Season has begun!
provides in-depth information regarding "smurf" and
"fraggle" attacks, with a focus on Cisco routers and how to reduce the
effects of the attack.
(Ever wonder about Vanity Smurf's orientation?)
Glowing Pickle -- you try it, sounds nutty to
me... and anyway, I've never kept that sort of pickle
in my larder.
The Lava Lamp Syndicate at oozinggoo.com
provides recipes for the DIYer.
Spotlight, is a device which
uses subtle nonlinear properties of the air to create
an extremely narrow Sound Beam.
An attractive comics page is happnin' at the
May 25 (this coming Friday) will be
All Douglas Adams fans are encouraged to carry a
towel with them for the day.
Locating addresses Out West means reaching for
the Thomas Guide, a big book of maps keyed to the
grid numbers. They also make nice wall maps, you
can often spot them on the walls inside police
stations on television.
In September, 1997,
Bros. Maps expanded to the East Coast with maps and mapping
software for Washington DC and the surrounding area.
Bet the Thomas Guide won't show city wards and
taxi zones -- for the latter see Get
To Know Washington's Cab System. This
site has a map of the districts.
Speaking of Washington, Saturday's Post had an
Financing Lets Muslims Buy Homes -- can't say I really
understood how they do it, but the cultural avoidance of
usury (and the reason why) is refreshing. Missing out on the interest
deduction, though... that must hurt.
A tantalyzing glimpse inside
Gibson aleph is a multilingual repository
where I finally read "Agrippa" -- it also has the
complete text of Virtual Light.
Shaver's FAQ led to
(I've flirted with the former idea for years, but reading
these pages hasn't drawn me any closer to actually doing it.)
I'm learning XML which is case-sensitive, therefore
switching to writing my HTML in lowercase, to conform
with the XHTML standard -- it's a difficult habit to break.
Everybody's linking to the dreamy Flash
animations at MAGICROBOT.
Russia, in color -- from glass plate negatives
shot by Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii for a
sophisticated RGB magic lantern.
Dictionary is a depository of essays... an example, a
great entry: the
Abuse Treatment page.
Two links, fond looks back at juvenile books. The
helps dust off children's lost classics, is
from USA Today... and from the
by Michael Dirda in the Washington Post:
Of all my childhood reading, though, one novel
proved to be the silver key, the transitional
book that finally led me into the adult section
of the library.
What was your silver key? His was the
The Hound of the Baskervilles -- I have
difficulty singling out a specific title; was
never all that intimidated by the adult section.
and Hobbes Resurrection has a
Twenty years ago I saw "The Lost Weekend" for the first time.
(I like to catch it every few years, just because the film's
so weird.) About ten years ago, I found a forgotten
old science fiction paperback at the used book store called
Sideslip which begins with some New Yorker's narrative
about being translated into an alternate 1968 universe, one
where the 3rd Avenue elevated still exists. That's about as
far as I got, lost interest and threw the book away, but the
cover illustration had some fascistic appeal -- it featured a
prominant swastika with some spaceships flying by -- so I cut
that out and set it aside. Later I discovered this and wondered,
what book was that? It wasn't Martian Time Slip by
Philip K. Dick, my first hunch (nor his Man in the
High Castle, which it vaguely resembles). Then about
five years ago I blundered across a copy, in another used book
store. Its authors were Ted White and Dave Van Arnam,
and I read it, but the novel's rather forgetable (the world
was changed when near-human but more-than-human aliens invaded,
during WWII.) And now, I've been surreptitiously utilizing my
new machine at work to watch the old movies available at
Archive -- there's one called "3rd Ave. El"
which features 1950s color footage of rides on the train,
the soundtrack merely sound effects and Haydn harpsichord
music. Made me wonder, if it was still there, how would it
be designated on the modern NYC subway map? With which letter
or number? Didn't have one, apparently -- things weren't so
organized, back then -- found scans of old maps among those
They also have
new map of the Third Avenue line. (And what's the
connection with The
Lost Weekend? It's got an extended sequence where
Ray Miland staggers along Third Avenue, lugging his
typewriter from pawnshop to pawnshop, but they're all
closed! As the train roars by overhead, he eventually
learns the reason -- it's a Jewish holiday.)
Basketball heading out to pasture -- and not a
moment too soon. It's one of those entertainments
so ridiculous, so lame, that I've never actually
had the experience.
"Baby Killers." Certain revisionist elements on the
Right would have us believe returning Vietname War
veterans had this epitaph hurled at them by
protestors who spat upon them. Although the spitting
story has been debunked (I held forth on this
a year ago), Senator
Bob Kerrey's confessions have proven the accuracy
of the baby-killer label. Kaus
in Slate, justifying his own draft-dodging:
Patriots like Kerrey himself, after all, quickly came
to the conclusion that the Vietnam War was an
unjustifiable moral hell. We listened to them.
Jakob Nielsen's "Alertbox" column
Japanese DoCoMo products.
Here's something weird: a doll with big eyes from 1972,
named Blythe --
a Teletubby. (Bonus:
Pledge time at the local PBS radio outlet -- easy to ignore
this time... After a year's hiatus, transcripts of Jeff Dorchen's
of Truth radio tirades have returned -- check
public radio to negate guilt feelings while
tuning out their pleas for donation.
Tips from Angry Anarchists -- contains some insights.
After Tyranny -- travel pages by Simon
Bone. He goes to like North Korea and stuff.
about ghost towns with more beautiful photos by
Steinhilber -- he takes pictures at twilight, long
exposures with the shutter open as he walks about
swiftly, illuminating surfaces with a portable light.
New fitness product:
Teletubbies Go! Video will
encourage basic skills like jumping, stretching,
marching and even standing on one leg.
What does Pokémon "mean"? (It's actually an
abbreviation of "pocket monster.") Is Pikachu Japanese
for "I am Jewish" or "There is no God in the universe"?
Saudi, they're not taking any chances.
LA Times article
"It has been proven that this toy is part of a Jewish
plan to corrupt the mind of our young generation because
it alludes to blasphemous thinking, it mocks our God and
our moral values and is therefore extremely dangerous
for our youth," said Sheik Abdel Monem abu Zent, a
hard-liner and former member of parliament in Jordan
who has helped stir up discontent, although he
acknowledges that he is not familiar with the
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