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"The more that I work to develop getcrafty.com, the more that I want to focus on the small inspirations in all of our lives. I think it would be easy to let getcrafty.com become over-determined by craft projects; that we could become another vehicle aimed to get women to be more and buy more. Crafts are wonderful and important but only within a larger context of life as art. They are but a few of the things that one can do for inspiration. What I see as pertinent and important are these questions: How do you create your life? How do you look at your life as an art project? How do we create beauty and significance from our mundane and sometimes painful lives?" I like the ideas here, and the overarching philosophy. Good sample projects from the "glitter" mailing list: Scented Soap for Stinky Folk, Fleece Mittens, True Beginning Gardening, Faux Finish for Under $10. (found via Daisy)

Friday, April 28, 2000, 07:45 a.m.


Foolproof Comedy
Lots of funny hijinks at the Foolproof Comedy festival, happening in Seattle this week. Tonight: Art Spiegelman, Peggy Platt, Heirs of Lenny Bruce (sounds ominous, that one), and much much more.

Thursday, April 27, 2000, 07:45 a.m.


Cashman on Autographs
"ESPN recently aired a story revealing that experts believe perhaps 90 percent of all sports autographs are bogus. Nine out of 10! And get this: That includes autographs that are accompanied by so-called certificates of authenticity! So that means, I guess, that you need to obtain an additional letter of authenticity to prove that the original letter of authenticity is authentic. And even then, how do you know -- unless you can authenticate both letters of authenticity? (To tell you the truth, I have always been a bit suspicious about those signatures on the Declaration of Independence, too.)"

Thursday, April 27, 2000, 07:43 a.m.


Byzantium 1200 -- in 3D!
Lots of cool reconstructions of the city of Byzantium. "Up to now, I have finished three dimensional modeling of about 50 buildings from that era that were still standing or the ones that we had plans. Also, we have realized a three-dimensional reconstruction of the Hippodrome, the squares on various parts of the city and the monumental gates of those squares, the big columns, for the very first time."

Wednesday, April 26, 2000, 08:16 a.m.


IFILM: David Ishii Bookseller
My film buddy Doug Ing has a short running on IFILM. "David Ishii Bookseller" is a charming vignette portrait of Seattle bookseller David Ishii (duh!). A great personality and a store you would want to browse, plus the Pioneer Square ambiance, adds up to a pleasant visit. This played very well over my DSL line.

Tuesday, April 25, 2000, 07:47 a.m.


Phil Katz (of PKZIP) tribute
I knew the name was familiar, but I didn't recall quite who Phil Katz was until I read "turtle" of My Head Talking's tribute. (warning, his archive system means this URL isn't permanent.) "Phil Katz was somewhat out of place in this industry in recent years, and maybe he always was. But Phil did something that, hyperbole aside, changed the world, and few people now know his name. The official reports hint a little at how his life came together and then came apart, but unless you lived through it, you can't understand how much this one person changed the online world."

Tuesday, April 25, 2000, 07:43 a.m.


Library of Congress birthday
As heard on Morning Edition this morning. If I were still in DC (I grew up there), I'd go down and check out the festivities! From the Media Advisory: "Magician David Copperfield will perform an illusion, General Colin Powell will highlight Abraham Lincoln's words on the Gettysburg battlefield, Sesame Street's Big Bird and Maria will sing 'Happy Birthday,' and Mickey Hart, formerly with the Grateful Dead, will host live performances of American music at a National Bicentennial Birthday Party for the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Library of Congress on Monday, April 24, from 12 to 2:30 p.m. on the East Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building. The celebration is free and open to the public."

Monday, April 24, 2000, 07:44 a.m.


Artist Margaret Organ-Kean
Margaret's a friend, and a grand artist! Lots of Magic the Gathering cards and other illustrations. But I was reminded of her site through the Washington Art Spotter.

Thursday, April 20, 2000, 08:17 a.m.


"Walk into Pioneer Square's most curiously named storefront, PHO.COM, and be prepared to learn....Afterward you ask the petite woman behind the register, 'So why'd you name the place PHO.COM? Are you going to sell pho [Vietnamese noodle soup] over the Web or something?' She informs you not only of PHO.COM's plans to launch a Web site (meatballspho.com, unlike PHO.COM, is available), but that 'com' means 'rice' in Vietnamese. "

Wednesday, April 19, 2000, 04:00 p.m.


Seattle Secrets: Sanitary Market
"Broiler: Get on the pig, Nutter!
Nutter: What do I do with him now?
Broiler: Teach it a lesson it will keep and teach to its frozen piglet babies.
Nutter: Oooh, I see crabs and bats and other exotic beasts. Could this be the ocean?
Broiler: Yes. And over there--it's a fish flying without an airplane or jet pack!
Nutter: Or a helmet! He is fabulous. I must taste him.
Broiler: There are so many here resting on the ice.
Nutter: I think they are sleeping.
Broiler: They are unambitious, lazy fish. No flying or computer careers for them."
Funny dialogs about Seattle stuff -- reminds me of Jerk City!

Wednesday, April 19, 2000, 07:43 a.m.


Wally's Bad ID Photos
Part of Wally Glenn's Gallery of the Stupid. "I used to have a picture of a dog on the card, but one day [Costco] security got a bug up their ass and made me surrender the card. The reason? 'Somebody just might use that card besides the member and we must take preventative measures to guarantee that only members have access to our facilities.' Oh I'm sorry, I didn't realize I joined some sort of discount country club." These pictures always make me giggle!

Tuesday, April 18, 2000, 08:28 a.m.


Free cones Tues April 18 at Ben and Jerry's
Find out if your local store is participating, then get down there tomorrow and have a free cone! mmm, coffee heath bar crunch! "After surviving the first year, they decided to give away free ice cream and they've been doing it every year since. This year we hope to give away a million ice cream cones."

Monday, April 17, 2000, 10:41 a.m.


Seattle 24x7
Seattle-based internet news, analysis and opinion. "If you don't mind strangers in your kitchen, we found HomeGrocer costs less than QFC and offers a slightly better selection. Plus, it lets the neighbors know you're one of those uppity Internet users."

Monday, April 17, 2000, 08:47 a.m.


MISCmedia radio
Clark Humphrey is now streaming the indie pop at you, via Live365.com. I consider it a good omen that almost the first song I heard was "Kim the Waitress" from my faves the Green Pajamas. (via Bird on a Wire, but I'd have seen it on Miscmedia a minute afterwards)

Monday, April 17, 2000, 08:37 a.m.


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