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very cool! via the always interesting "Interesting Ideas". "The collection of the Needlepoint Museum is biased toward the goofier, louder, odder, and more mysterious needlepoints. They've all been cast off for some reason or another, but we believe that they deserved to be saved, cherished, and shared."
Wednesday, May 31, 2000, 02:53 p.m.
Veggies by subscription
I've tried to get co-workers to join in programs like this one (from the Pike Place Market folks) but no go! I don't think I could eat enough by myself, but it's such a good idea. "Our baskets average about 10 items each week and are made up of fruits, vegetables, herbs and farm products from over two dozen family farms at Pike Place Market. Generally, baskets include: Mostly certified organic produce (80%) grown by small family farms that sell at Pike Place Market -- On average, 10 different fresh-picked fruits and vegetables -- The Brimming Basket newsletter packed with easy recipes and program information."
Wednesday, May 31, 2000, 08:28 a.m.
This American Life: Fiasco (in RA)
This episode of This American Life is being re-run this weekend, but here's a real audio link. It's one of the funniest! "in the middle of the taping, host Ira Glass had to turn off his microphone because of all the embarassing snorting sounds he was making."
Saturday, May 27, 2000, 11:04 a.m.
Beware Roseville Fakes!
I'd no idea this was such a problem, but if you are worried about buying bogus pottery, this is the place to check. "The Roseville fakes cannot be called 'second-generation' or 'new' Roseville. This implies that Roseville is still making the pottery. The Roseville Pottery Company hasn't been in business since 1954. They are not made from original molds! These pieces are being imported from China and have no value to collectors, in fact we REALLY hate the stuff. Collectors consider them crudely made - poor molds and extremely poor glazes. I might suggest using the term 'Roseville-style'."
Friday, May 26, 2000, 08:09 a.m.
Ergo Gizmos -- Pro and Con
A good site for ergo info. "All 'ergonomic' items have some drawbacks or possibilities for misuse. This section explains some of the possibilities for office accessories and furniture. Although this page has to do with stuff you can buy, keep in mind that many ergonomic problems can be fixed by rearrangement, adjustment or modification of existing items."
Thursday, May 25, 2000, 08:18 a.m.
Urban Legend Zeitgeist
yes, I've pointed to this before. but please, bookmark it, and swear a sacred swear that you'll point all clueless folks forwarding the latest bogosity in this direction. (and include the folks who sent it to *them* on the to: line, also). No, nobody is waiting in the mall parking lot and trying to get you to sniff ether under the guise of perfume.
Wednesday, May 24, 2000, 01:14 p.m.
Cashman -- The Sham of it all
"I had been thrust from my little dream world by a woman I have lived with for more than two decades. And while I was in the midst of REM sleep (which stands for Really Ecellent Mojo), my wife had suddenly -- and viciously -- pulled the pillow from beneath my groggy noggin."
Wednesday, May 24, 2000, 10:12 a.m.
Jon Singer: Modern Medicine Marches On
Jon is adding to this entry, but you can't tell unless you scroll down. We'll forgive him because of his medical issues. Scroll down to "Modern Medicine Marches On" to read the new stuff. And if you do nothing else, look at this picture! I howled!
Wednesday, May 24, 2000, 07:44 a.m.
Mohave Phone Booth gone
There was a story on this on NPR morning edition this morning. Says Godfrey Daniels at Deuce of Clubs: "It was probably inevitable, given (1) the hyper-attention the Booth attracted (2) Federal involvement. But it still sucks. "
Tuesday, May 23, 2000, 07:49 a.m.
You've seen the fish cam, and the paint-drying cam. Here's the hotshop cam from Seattle glass artist James Nowak. Put your boots on when he starts telling you his mission statement, though. "The surface of my glass depicts colorful abstractions of flora and fauna. Minerals and vapors dance in the realm between dimensions. The designs, though basically flat, two-dimensional objects, reach out towards the third dimension to suggest forms with volume." Ah, well, it's the *work* that we care about.
Monday, May 22, 2000, 08:28 a.m.
Octavia Butler on Talk of the Nation
(I'm all about listening to things on the net these days!) Butler is an author I really enjoy. I don't know if host Juan Williams really understands what she's about here, but she gets her ideas across. About Xenogenesis, a series of books where aliens do bio-engineering on humans, Williams asked, "And they are evil, right?" "Oh, nooo!" she replied.
Friday, May 19, 2000, 07:29 a.m.
radio on Weblogs
Live nude webloggers! (well, they could be nude -- it's radio.) on the NPR talk show "The Connection".
the show is over, but you can still listen to an archived edition (weird -- the live show I listened using windows media player, but the archive is only in real audio?). Now would be a very good time to join their discussion, too!
Thursday, May 18, 2000, 08:45 a.m.
Cinemascape -- movie music on net radio
I like this mix! "A Sampling of recordings currently in rotation: American Beauty, Star Wars Epsiode I: The Phantom Menace, Titanic, The Cider House Rules, The Truman Show, 1492:Conquest of Paradise Forrest Gump, Dances With Wolves, Batman, Dave, Star Trek Insurrection" The "listen" link takes you to live365.com where you might need to log in, but it's worth it.
Wednesday, May 17, 2000, 10:42 a.m.
Fallows on Pew Women-Internet Study
I like James Fallows' take on this new study, which counteracts the stupid Stanford "internet bad!" study that made headlines a few weeks ago. (did you know that the Stanford study tried to compare heavy users vs non-users by collecting the data online?) "Women of all ages reported that they highly valued the Net because it strengthened their bond with family, neighbors, friends and community."
Tuesday, May 16, 2000, 11:50 a.m.
Living the Wally Lifestyle
Wally has a problem: no potty access after 7:30 pm, at his job! "I work for a successful up-and-coming dot com as a Webmaster. I have full access to all of the servers. I can take the whole company down with a mistake or an intentional keystroke. It takes quite a bit of trust to give someone that kind of power. Or so you would think."
Tuesday, May 16, 2000, 08:45 a.m.
Jon Singer Update -- Green Fireball
"I looked up at the beginning of this eruption, in time to observe one of the finest green fireballs it has ever been my pleasure to encounter. This object continued across at least 30 degrees of sky, finally breaking up into several smaller objects, which burned up. The trail was not pronounced, was of short duration, and was slightly yellowish." Jon is also scheduled to have an MRI today, so check back for updates.
Monday, May 15, 2000, 04:26 p.m.
Casey MacGill Interview
Casey is a fun musician and band leader, now working in the Broadway show "Swing." But we knew him in the northwest first! "I was playing ukulele at that time  and I spent a couple of summers out on the street working theatre lines in Westwood, near the UCLA campus. The movies that were playing at that time were Easy Rider and Midnight Cowboy. I played with a washboard player; we both sang and passed the hat. We had a little route mapped out along the theatre lines. He owned a 1947 Cadillac hearse and we used to drive down in that car from Pasadena, an adventure in itself."
Monday, May 15, 2000, 12:11 p.m.
Long-lost Plexiglass chairs discovered
"After the discovery was made in February, John C. Waddell, a New York collector and retired businessman, said it was like finding 'Tut's tomb beyond the attic door of a little Monopoly house in Queens.'" This is about a current show at the Metropolitan Museum in New York, "American Modern, 1925-1940". Via the mid-century modern list.
Monday, May 15, 2000, 08:10 a.m.
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