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Are you a Walking Billboard?
Pat Cashman is thinking about all those t-shirts with logos or ads. "I'm not much of a ball-cap guy, but I have never been able to say 'no' to a free T-shirt. No way. It doesn't matter what the shirt has written on it. Want to advertise hemorrhoid cream? Put it on a shirt! I'll wear it. Starting up a new mortuary and crematorium? I'm your man. Print 'The lackey wearing this shirt is a shameless toady and a pathetic pawn for The Man! on a shirt, and I'll wear it all over town. I'm an addict."

Friday, September 29, 2000, 11:38 a.m.

 

History of Paisley Shawls
Nice article, with pictures. ". During the fifteenth century Persian replaced Sanskrit as the official language and the world shawl derives from the Persian 'shal', denoting a class of woven fabric rather than an article of dress. During its history Kashmir had Mughal, Afghan and Sikh invasions, all of which left their influence stylistically on the shawls." Victoriana.com has a lot of interesting content, though the site has some awkwardnesses.

Thursday, September 28, 2000, 08:04 a.m.

 

Wally, the silver suit, and Burning Man
Wally Glenn's adventures at the burning man this year. "I had to move the cable, so I yelled up to the people I needed to drop the cable. No response. So I yelled louder that I needed them to move so I could pull the cable which was a tripping hazard. No response. One thing people learn when they are not where they are supposed to be, like on top of a platform clearly marked, 'DO NOT CLIMB' is to ignore anyone yelling at you. If you pretend you didn't hear them, then you don't have to respond to them. So after yelling for a minute and tiring of watching people trip on the cable, I decided to do something to get their attention. I started pulling the cable."

Wednesday, September 27, 2000, 02:37 p.m.

 

Friendly Toast Gallery
Good stuff if you enjoy naive or bad art. "This troublsome prepubescent odalisque only seems to be innocent; the inclusion of a rabbit, a symbol of fertility, deepens the riddle."

Wednesday, September 27, 2000, 08:31 a.m.

 

Interesting Ideas Update
mostly new links. "The Japanese edition of John MacGregor's magnum opus on Henry Darger; Creative Heart Gallery's self-taughtart.com..."

Wednesday, September 27, 2000, 08:24 a.m.

 

The New Prometheans, Sept 29 - Oct 7 in Seattle
Sounds like a superhero league! Actually it's a week of presentations and talks (demos?) about fire performance. "This unique international event, created and curated by Astrid Larsen, a Seattle based Danish-American fire artist working at an international level, features mid- to late-career artists renowned for their fire-involved art. Working from disciplines such as sculpture, music, performance and more, they will engage the audience with their acts of creation, and address fire at conceptual, environmental, and historical levels. This new exploration examines and celebrates fire as not merely a destructive force of nature or anarchistic spectacle, but as a constructive element of the physical world, a natural medium with innovative possibilities for creating contemporary art. " Featuring Trimpin!

Tuesday, September 26, 2000, 11:04 a.m.

 

Bomb Scare on 520 bridge
I'm so glad I left a bit early to meet the cable guys at my house -- I missed all this fuss. "The bridge was closed in both directions during yesterday's evening rush hour after three men in a pickup chased down an eastbound bus and yelled at the driver that a bomb was on board, said Metro Transit spokesman Frank Abe."

Tuesday, September 26, 2000, 07:31 a.m.

 

Used CD stores and the web
I didn't realize that Cellophane Square now has kiosks that let you search the inventory of a bunch of other used CD stores. "Before there were online stores and exchanges, there were used-music stores that allowed idiots such as myself to resell their excess music for a small amount of money usually spent right in the store."

Tuesday, September 26, 2000, 07:27 a.m.

 

American Movie
I knew I wanted to see this, but didn't get to it when American Movie was in the theaters. Now it's on DVD and it's great! Very funny and honest, behind the scenes documentary about a low-budget independent filmmaker in Wisconsin. good stuff on the website: MP3s of some of the music, unseen footage, a message board and a current journal.

Monday, September 25, 2000, 09:19 a.m.

 

Keep on Dancing -- Lynda Barry
This strip brings a tear to my eye! "I am grateful to those who are keepers of the groove. The babies and the grandmas who hang on to it and help us remember when we forget that any kind of dancing is better than no dancing at all."

Friday, September 22, 2000, 07:29 a.m.

 

Plus size exercise clothes
From links that came to me on the Fat_sex list: Greater Salt Lake Clothing Company specializes in large-size exercise and ski wear. I want some of these -- polartec stretch leggings, silk long underwear. Good stuff!

Thursday, September 21, 2000, 08:05 a.m.

 

Tugboat Races in Puget Sound
Gorgeous photos. I don't know if I'd like to see this in person, but it's fun to read about. "Olympia, WA (Sept. 3) Nineteen boats took part in 2000's Harbor Days festival. Although there was some rain last year, this time Mother Nature got serious about it. On Saturday, the rain came down in buckets accompanied by hail. The spirits of not a few crafts vendors were dampened by the storm. In the meantime, boats came in, tied up, crews renewed old aquaintances, and met new ones. As the rains came, newcomers to Olympia ducked for cover, and old timers with their webbed feet went on like nothing was unusual."

Wednesday, September 20, 2000, 08:53 a.m.

 

Word Perhect
ha! I enjoyed this. Intro is very pompous, though. "frieze.com are very pleased to host Turner Prize nominee Tomoko Takahashi's web project Word Perhect, commissioned by the Chisenhale Gallery and e-2. Word Perhect challenges and confronts the ubiquity and authority of today's word processing software. As word processing becomes ever more advanced, with the ability to correct syntax and spelling errors, these familiar programmes begin to impose a standardised corporate language onto our writing - subtly altering its meaning. " Needs flash.

Tuesday, September 19, 2000, 03:39 p.m.

 

Primary picks from The Stranger
I'll admit it -- I've actually used this, and may again today. "Oh sure, we've got one homophobic judge, one Bible-thumping Libertarian, and one lecherous ex-governor in the September 19 primary, but when the best thing Democrats can offer in the bid to topple Slade Gorton is a sleep-inducing insurance comissioner and a corporate executive, the Stranger Election Death Squad gets a tad ornery. "

Tuesday, September 19, 2000, 07:18 a.m.

 

Is Big Brother in your Grocery Cart?
(via metafilter) I know some folks who feel quite strongly about those grocery cards, and I'm not too thrilled myself. But we don't mind that Costco gets all our info! why the difference? And probably they don't save you any money, either. I'd switch to QFC (no cards), but it's two blocks farther than safeway (evil cards). So I just shop at Safeway and don't get discounts. Oh yeah, giving them fake info isn't a solution, either.

Monday, September 18, 2000, 07:34 a.m.

 

Pamie got permission
Pamie's always funny, but this entry was extra-powerful funny. She had to wait until her sweetie gave permission to tell us about it. She's a master at dialog! The convergence of a car, a credit card, and a toll road. Plus, Eric had some issues after the entry was posted.

Saturday, September 16, 2000, 10:00 a.m.

 

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