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Lena Horne Birthday today
This profile transcript from PBS's The NewsHour a few years ago does a good job. It's available in Real Audio, too. On her being black-listed: "I just told them I belong to the same organizations and clubs Mrs. Roosevelt belongs to--but with a few brave exceptions, I was still unable to do films or television for the next seven years."

Thursday, June 29, 2000, 06:05 a.m.

 

Cashman on Yard Sales
"[Pat posted] signs leading drivers on a grand circle to a garage sale that didn't exist. We spent much of that day sitting in lawn chairs in our yard sipping lemonade and watching the same cars drive past again and again. I am only admitting this now in the belief that the statute of limitations is up."

Wednesday, June 28, 2000, 02:31 p.m.

 

Leonardo Parachute Jump!
This is cool! and the article in the UK Telegraph has a picture. "A bizzare contraption of wooden poles, canvas and ropes was launched from two miles high yesterday by a Briton who had nursed a lifelong ambition to prove that Leonardo da Vinci invented the first working parachute." -- and it worked! (via Gary Farber on rec.arts.sf.fandom newsgroup)

Wednesday, June 28, 2000, 08:29 a.m.

 

Rowling vs. Wynne Jones
An insightful review by Cheryl Morgan in her zine, Emerald City. "I have a problem. Rowling's books sell in container-loads whilst Wynne Jones's sales are steady but unimpressive. Rowling gets showered with awards. What am I missing? The answer, I think, is that Rowling writes the sort of books that parents want their children to read. And that, of course, is a stroke of marketing genius."

Tuesday, June 27, 2000, 10:50 a.m.

 

New zine: The Reticule
A reticule (aka "ridicule") was a purse, back in regency days (early 1800s in England). This new zine, from Regency Press, has short stories, feature articles, interviews (this month Sandra Heath), and book reviews. My only gripe: they've designed some sections too much like a print mag, with two or three articles starting on one page. The content is good, though.

Monday, June 26, 2000, 01:10 p.m.

 

Clarion West Journal
Says David Levine: "I've decided to post this diary, suitably edited, on the web. This is not at all what I'd planned. I find I'm becoming a different person, with different priorities. I notice myself not listening to the news, not caring that I haven't seen a newspaper in days, not wanting to know how the stock market's doing, not blow-drying my hair. I'm in a little bubble here, outside of my regular life, and if I don't behave as I thought I would that's just part of the package." Another well-known Clarion West journal: Ceej. Clarion West is science fiction writer's bootcamp -- six weeks intensive work, a different instructor every week.

Monday, June 26, 2000, 08:59 a.m.

 

Gwen's Trailer Trash video
ohmigod, these are funny! I always like Gwen's stuff, but seeing and hearing her adds a whole new dimension. "I thought that buying a mobile home would put me one step closer to becoming middle class. If I wanted to, I could be middle class..." Her interviews with her neighbors -- do aliens control walmart? why do cops travel in pairs? Don't miss "tattoo time"!

Thursday, June 22, 2000, 08:27 a.m.

 

Gilbert and Sullivan lost song found
"A portion of the score from Gilbert and Sullivan's operetta Iolanthe has been found. Professor Bruce Miller of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts [and colleague Helga] found the music. He talks to Linda about his discovery." (via Savoynet)

Wednesday, June 21, 2000, 01:43 p.m.

 

Drive-thru trees
A postcard collection -- images of very large trees! drive-through and park-in trees; horizontal trunks as drive-on roadways or other structures; trees, stumps, or logs modified into "houses", and much more.

Wednesday, June 21, 2000, 08:02 a.m.

 

Lileks and the iDog
A very special episode of James Lileks' bleat. "I set iDog down and pushed the WALK button. Jasper jumped backwards about seven feet. He backed up, barking, then sat behind the dining room table and peered at iDog. He approached it with great suspicion, sniffed - nothing! -then barked at it. Then he went behind me - I was on my hands and knees - and tried to push me away with his front paws. I took iDog away and put him on a shelf. And peace fell again on Lileks Manor."

Tuesday, June 20, 2000, 02:32 p.m.

 

Kids, learn about court!
This seems odd, but I guess it could be useful -- a flow-chart-style website depicting what could happen if you are accused of a crime. "Click here to see how criminals go to jail!"

Tuesday, June 20, 2000, 07:43 a.m.

 

Beauty in the Army
A nostalgic look at beauty shops for the WAACs (Women's Army Auxiliary Corps) in World War II. "The waiting room hat racks were unique. This probably was the only beauty shop in the country where 20 to 30 women came for appointments with identical headgear. Little red square tags with red numbers were used to identify the individual caps of the corps members."

Monday, June 19, 2000, 10:56 a.m.

 

Gall Bladder Fiesta
My sweetie had his gall bladder out on Wednesday. It's amazing what they can do on an out-patient basis these days! Also, "Ode To My Gall Bladder" by BJ Swartz. Exercise can prevent gall bladder problems in women (must go out dancing tonight)

Friday, June 16, 2000, 02:46 p.m.

 

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