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Stranger Voting
I'll confess -- I've used the Stranger (free Seattle alt weekly) to guide me in voting choices in the past. Their political stance isn't far from my own. I can never keep all the port authority and judgeships straight. And, it's funny!

Friday, October 29, 1999, 11:32 a.m.


Lindy Luv Machine tour!
Some crazy lindy hop dancers got a motorhome and went on a cross-country tour! Their official website is tough to read, but the yehoodi discussion forum has updates on their adventures (hitting a deer, dancing till all hours, appearing on good morning america this morning). Sounds exhausting, but fun!

Thursday, October 28, 1999, 09:02 a.m.


Gus Rules!
Gus has still got it! "I found I'd received the latest copy of the bimonthy Utne Reader. A bimonthly magazine is such an infrequent treat that the receipt of an issue confers an almost holiday quality on the day all by itself." But do those who start with him now, and don't go back and read The Big Fun Glossary and Musings of the Gus, really appreciate him?

Thursday, October 28, 1999, 08:19 a.m.


Zooming around the Christmas Tree
Dizzymaking java panorama of a christmas decoration store. Fun to whirl around it! "more than 6,000 styles of ornaments"

Wednesday, October 27, 1999, 05:15 p.m.


Giant Shrimp in the Laundry Room!
"I stand five foot tall and this creature was as tall as I was. It had a bright orange colored body and little spidery thin legs and antennae on its head that kept moving back and in and out." The stories here are great! Thanks, Strange!

Wednesday, October 27, 1999, 07:39 a.m.


Geek Pride Festival -- Spring 00
(OO looks like "oo"!) Should be a fun event, next spring in Boston (exact dates TBA). Speakers slated: Keith TBTF Dawson, Chris "Rageboy" Locke, Chank Foo [!], and many more, plus film, music, etc. According to this, I'm geeky enough to qualify: "upon making a mistake in RL, you immediately think Ctrl-Z."

Tuesday, October 26, 1999, 07:54 a.m.


Explain your edits
I use Paul Brians' errors page very often, when editing material for my work site. Of course I never make mistakes, but the list of common errors is handy to refer to when explaining why the writer meant to say "effect," not "affect." Bonus! now includes non-errors, for when people keep telling you something is wrong, but it isn't!

Monday, October 25, 1999, 01:32 p.m.


Tattoo-art Motorcycle
After taking my first motorcycle ride this weekend, I went looking for info on Honda Goldwings on the web. Yikes! A lot of pages that are "crafted by loving hands" but hard to read. I liked this one, though! "My friend, Jimmy Litwalk, who is a airbrush and tattoo artist offered to paint 'a couple of things' on the bike to make it more visible and just for fun. He had never painted a bike before and wanted to try."

Monday, October 25, 1999, 08:01 a.m.


Collect those Mammoths!
Maybe you heard about that project to use frozen DNA to bring back the mammoths and mastodons? Until that pans out, collect some masto-toys! (by my buddy Stu Schiffman) "Get your Babar toys, get your Dumbos, get your old cereal box Smedleys and Twinkles — we’re on a heffalump hunt."

Friday, October 22, 1999, 03:20 p.m.


Know your Canadian Mascots
Ice Ray: what team is that? what sport is that?A local radio news item about a new person who will portray a local sports mascot made me start thinking about what that job must be like. The costumes are wild! "A Velcro strapping system, similar to a sandal, results in a dual purpose: it keeps the wearer's shoe securely in place and provides hygiene at the same time. We can make any kind of feet for your mascot - paws, shoes, boots, running shoes or chicken feet!" (I'll admit, there are other mascots here besides Canadian ones, but the brands that are new to me have a touch of exoticism.)

Friday, October 22, 1999, 08:12 a.m.


Default Wedding Gift
A recent epinion from me -- Give a rice cooker as a default wedding gift! I like them as gifts because it's likely the giftees don't already have one, and who doesn't like rice? The ZOJIRUSHI looks about like the one I have. Or how about the MICOM "Microcomputer controls preheating, cooking steaming, and warming."

Thursday, October 21, 1999, 07:25 a.m.


LBJ & the Helium Filled Astronaut
From Lost and Found Sound, the recurring feature on All Things Considered. "He's breathing air in which nitrogen -- the gas which can give people the bends -- has been replaced by helium. Helium is harmless, but it distorts the voice. When he speaks, Commander Carpenter sounds like Mickey Mouse. " I love the lost and found sound features; they are always effective.

Wednesday, October 20, 1999, 07:50 a.m.


We Did Evil Things to Tea
Polymath Jon Singer is now writing something on a semi-regular periodic basis. yay! "As an aside, perhaps I should mention the fact that I was once told that the Darjeeling region of India exports about four times as much tea as it could possibly grow."

Tuesday, October 19, 1999, 08:41 a.m.


I Go Pogo!
I've said it before -- there's a surprising lack of Pogo-based web pages. But my buddy Stu Shiffman does a good survey here about collectibles from the Walt Kelly comic strip. "Natural-Born Chairman of the Pogo Party."

Monday, October 18, 1999, 08:40 a.m.


P.G. Wodehouse Birthday!
Thanks to the Writer's Almanac radio show webpage, I learned that today is the birthday of P.G. Wodehouse, one of my favorite authors! So I bring you this FAQ from the alt.fan.wodehouse newsgroup. "What are sponge bag trousers? Why are Drones referred to as 'eggs', 'beans', and 'crumpets'?"

Friday, October 15, 1999, 08:39 a.m.


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