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"Down with aesthetic mediocrity! Pull up a chair and get comfortable, finally, you've discovered a non-boring real estate website that speaks to the modernist aesthetic, I specialize in scouring the market each week to bring you great, or at least unusual/unique, non-generic, sometimes even a little eccentric, individualistic, or weird, quirky, curious, and COOL modernist architectural style and design that is FOR SALE in the Seattle area." Broker Tom Holst obviously does the site himself -- it's tough to look at, but great pictures. He's a fan of the retro rocket-age modern houses. Seattle has a lot of these; the town was in a boom during the sixties.

Friday, March 31, 2000, 07:51 a.m.


The Fall of Dome -- from Helen
I've written my kingdome implosion entry, and there are tons of pictures around, but I really like the way Helen writes it. "the walls folded over on themselves and stubbly with twisted and broken rebar."

Wednesday, March 29, 2000, 07:39 a.m.


Gong-fu Cha (Chinese Traditional Tea)
Jon Singer is creating a page to tell you how to do tea the Chinese traditional way. "One thing I can say is that gong-fu cha is not a ceremony in the way that the Japanese tea ceremony is. It is much less formal, and is well suited to sitting around drinking tea and chatting." Sounds fun! But would I learn to like the taste of tea this way?

Tuesday, March 28, 2000, 09:07 a.m.


Deuce of Clubs Item of the Week
This (and Book of the Week) means dependable, funny stuff. "Soon I discovered that many people were taking the Postal Meter seriously. Before dealing with me, they would whisper to someone, 'What's it up to today?' Often they decided they could do without my help after all. It can be useful to be thought insane."

Monday, March 27, 2000, 08:49 a.m.


Dr. Tracy Update
Enable No More -- Can't Get Over Her Past or His -- Don't Put Anything in Writing "here's my question: Is it better to write a short (and I mean short) note saying, 'I realize I came on like a freight train and shouldn't have, and just want to say I'm sorry' and leave it at that? My thoughts are that it is better to let her know I know the mistake I made while I'm letting time run its course, rather than to just back off and leave her thinking I'm still clueless."

Friday, March 24, 2000, 01:42 p.m.


Levittown Early Photos
Peter Bacon Hales has some insightful commentary on these early Levittown snapshots, here part of a larger project on "Documents of an American Suburb." About the built-in TVs: "Those built-ins were a bargain for Levitt and anything but bargains for the purchasers, who paid for the appliances over thirty years as part of their mortgages. But they loved them, and Levitt understood that his innovation lay in thinking of the television not as an eccentric contraption but as an essential, a built-in, part of the new postwar American home."

Friday, March 24, 2000, 08:21 a.m.


Picardo Venus
Good coverage of a local controversy -- public art (statue in a pea-patch community garden) that got some folks het up. "For more than two months, gardeners entered the space only to find the statue covered with a plastic trash bag and hidden from the view of all who wished to enjoy its peaceful presence."

Thursday, March 23, 2000, 08:18 a.m.


David Levine will attend Clarion West
Clarion West is science fiction writing bootcamp! A six week workshop that immerses twenty or so students with a different instructor each week. Instructors are sf authors or editors. For the public, there's a weekly reading from the visiting instructor. For supporters, we have a party each week. David just made the decision to attend this year, and has created a portal page with many Clarion West links.

Wednesday, March 22, 2000, 08:23 a.m.


Seattle Insider
Since the demise of sidewalk, I'm liking the Seattle Insider site for a local portal. They've got the headlines, listings for where to go, and all that. I especially like this selection of local webcams.

Tuesday, March 21, 2000, 08:04 a.m.


Jon Singer Update
Jon and Lise Eisenberg have been visiting Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn. "I acquired some impossibly excellent Lebanese green olives, which taste of apples; I acquired some pitted Moroccan oil-cured olives; I acquired some red-pickled eggplants, some fried cauliflower... "

Monday, March 20, 2000, 11:31 a.m.


New CAM Weblog
There's no Cameron Barrett Content, nor is this a webcam page. CAM in this case stands for Center for Applied Microtechnology from the University of Washington. Brian Weaver, who is masterminding the page, is quite excited about the weblog phenomenon. "The Units of Nanotech: 1 millimeter = 1/1000th of a meter : 1 micron = 1/1000th of a millimeter : 1 nanometer = 1/1000th of a micron"

Monday, March 20, 2000, 08:13 a.m.


Luna Network Announced
About.com has a new ad network thing, which my worksite is participating in. I dunno about this "moons that orbit around planets" concept where we are supposedly orbiting the about.com site, though -- I think it's more mutual than that! Between the press release, and the hot day on Wall street Thursday, it was a busy day at Stockcharts.com!

Friday, March 17, 2000, 07:55 a.m.


Celtic Melt Radio
In honor of St. Patrick's Day, why not listen to Celtic Melt on your internet radio? They do an interesting mix of trad and non-trad celtic music. You can pick it up at Shoutcast or Live365.com. (I've got it bookmarked in Winamp, which is a handy feature!)

Friday, March 17, 2000, 07:38 a.m.


Do I Really Need A ROOT CANAL?
Dental problems seem to be the latest weblogger trend. Never one to be behind the times, I went and had a root canal this morning. Actually, it's been scheduled for a month, and I did need it! But according to Dr. Nara, I might not have. "The biggest problem here stems from the dental profession's over-zealousness in prescribing root canals. There is obviously some economic pressure behind this zeal: Dentists' motive in prescribing the root canal is certainly at least in part because they are expensive. " Dr. Nara's motive might have something to do with selling his book, How To Become Dentally Self-Sufficient

Thursday, March 16, 2000, 02:07 p.m.


Swedish Swing net radio
Did you know that Sweden is a hotbed of swing and lindy hop dancing? The guys at Heptown now have a net radio station that specializes in Swedish swing music. Tasty! (There are great Swedish swing dance teachers around, too -- the Rhythm Hot Shots, among others.)

Wednesday, March 15, 2000, 07:47 a.m.


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