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Custom conversation hearts
I think these would be fun for a party or corporate stuff. They can say whatever you want them to. Maybe use some of the 101 least-loved heart mottoes, like "NYET = NYET" or "NERTS!"?

Friday, February 9, 2001, 10:49 a.m.


Students swear off tech for a week
This is similar to those campaigns where families turn off the TV, but these are college students."About 300 students who live in the Marston/Watson and Moyer residence halls [at Seattle Pacific University] volunteered to use technology only for classwork and to spend their free time the old-fashioned way - talking with friends or attending worship services."

Thursday, February 8, 2001, 09:54 a.m.


RoMANtic's Guide
A ton of stuff for revving up for Valentine's Day, or making your life more romantic year-round. "A real 'RoMANtic' is someone who takes the personal approach to romance over the commercial way. They don't wait for special holidays to express their love and when they do let their sweetheart know just how cherished they are, they don't do it merely with store-bought, expensive gifts."

Wednesday, February 7, 2001, 03:00 p.m.


Girlfriend Shrines
My old buddy Bluejack does do some updates to this page. Appropriate in this Valentines season. "I am now on a quest for the holy grail of girlfriend shrines: a site that has two -- one for an old girlfriend that is no longer linked from the main site, and one for a new girlfriend. I will immortalize in these pages anyone who can find a verifiable example of this."

Wednesday, February 7, 2001, 08:16 a.m.


Jim Kalb's Palindrome Connection
A fine bunch of Palindrome links, kept up to date (other pages I looked at had mostly been abandoned). Jim's own collection is good: "Go hang a salami, I'm a lasagna hog."

Tuesday, February 6, 2001, 11:07 a.m.


Ama Menec -- Fat Women Sculpted
"Many of your pieces are 'larger than life' and/or defy gravity, what are you trying to portray with these styles? -- The poses and scale of my figures is partly political, and partly technical challenge. I want to get across the idea that you don't have to be thin to be athletic; and neither should fat women have to apologize for taking up space! My sculptures make no apologies, take all the space they want, and leap about with all the energetic abandon of women happy in their bodies." Good stuff on her website, including a step by step on how she constructs the figures from thrown clay modules.

Monday, February 5, 2001, 02:13 p.m.


Alternate Waldrops
Howard Waldrop (author of "The Ugly Chickens") is a yummy writer with a unique vision. Like Dennis Miller, his stuff is layered with a zillion cultural references, but the down-home authenticity removes any smarminess. This piece has some stuff about him, and includes photo-collages by Leslie What illustrating some semi-fictional Waldropian anecdotes by Eileen Gunn.

Monday, February 5, 2001, 07:20 a.m.


Set is one of my favorite games. I usually don't bother with keeping score, but some folks like that. The website has sample puzzles for the original game (you form sets from an array of cards with different colors, numbers and shapes of symbols on them) plus other games from the same company.

Friday, February 2, 2001, 03:22 p.m.


Cashman: California is a tasty scapegoat
Lots of good energy-saving tips here, like removing all the yellow lights from traffic signals. "It's sort of like Washington and Oregon are sharing an apartment with California -- but California is the one always leaving the stereo on, eating all the Fritos -- and leaving its dirty socks lying around. (OK, I guess California doesn't wear socks). Then at the end of the month, California says: 'Hey guys, could you cover me on the rent again?' "

Friday, February 2, 2001, 08:19 a.m.


Cashman: "Honey, I busted the landmark"
Pat Cashman on the truck driver who destroyed the Pioneer Square pergola. "Do you mean arugula -- that stuff they put in the salads down at the Greensburg Steak House?
No. This wasn't a plant. The cops just kept calling it a pergola. But by the time I climbed out of my truck to take a look, it just looked a big, twisted heap of metal and glass."

Friday, February 2, 2001, 08:13 a.m.


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