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Market Carpet at StockCharts.com
A new tool that's cool. This is a java applet that's a visual scanning tool. tou see a bunch of squares. Each square represents a company. The color of the square is determined by the technical indicator in the dropdown at the upper left. The slider at the bottom changes the timeframe. I especially like the show if you right-click and choose "animate" -- it's hyp-mo-tizing!

Friday, September 1, 2000, 11:18 a.m.


Columbine's WorldCon Report
Who'd have thought Columbine would go to Chicago and attend the world con? But it happened. I hope the fans don't drive zir nuts!

Friday, September 1, 2000, 08:42 a.m.


Cool Seattle Characters
Larry Neilson has so much good stuff! He's been documenting and creating the wild side of Seattle for a while. I like his respectful fun portraits of some uniquely Seattle individuals. stilts guy, DeeDee Rainbow, Doctor Schlock, and more!

Thursday, August 31, 2000, 09:12 a.m.


Good updates at the People's Photos
"Can you find the hidden man in this photo? Just when you thought it was safe to go back onto the Patio."

Wednesday, August 30, 2000, 07:45 a.m.


"Up From Sloth" Turns Three
Helen's journal is always beautifully written. She's taking a look back at this anniversary.

Tuesday, August 29, 2000, 11:43 a.m.


Harry Bertoia Research Project
Cool designer (but how to pronounce the name?) Harry Bertoia. "Fellow students at Cranbrook [technical High school, late thirties] were Florence Shust (Knoll),Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen." Sculpture, furniture design.

Monday, August 28, 2000, 03:18 p.m.


Three way action -- hot discussion group!
This thing has take off like a rocket! Beth of xeney.com, Sara Anstruc, and Stee, all put their heads together and decided to merger their forums at a new URL. Lots of traffic, interesting topics, it's addictive!

Monday, August 28, 2000, 12:24 p.m.


Survivor-style conventions, by Pat Cashman
"The words 'voted off the island' have become the nation's faddish buzz-phrase of the moment -- even though around here in Western Washington, it has long been used to refer to anyone who has lost a membership at the Mercer Island Tennis Club." Funny, especially the image of Dick Cheney in a thong.

Thursday, August 24, 2000, 08:07 a.m.


KTF: Kittywompus Tracks Fanzines
New fanzine reviews! On Now and Then: "This is the latest in a series of what Harry calls "recycled fanzines"; facsimile copies of the fanzines that Harry and Eric Bentcliffe produced for OMPA and selected others in 1955/6. (Thanks to Rob Hansen's excellent Then for this information). I find myself full of questions when reading them. What (and why?) was the Romiley Fan Veterans and Scottish Dancing Society? Where is Harry getting hold of quarto paper, or does he cut down A4? How am I supposed to tell what parts of the text are Harry and what parts are Eric Bentcliffe? Has he really lived at the same address for 45 years? Perhaps I ought to send a LoC really, rather than speculating."

Wednesday, August 23, 2000, 11:58 a.m.


Is It O.K. to Be a Luddite?
A Thomas Pynchon article from 1984. "Demystification is the order of our day, all the cats are jumping out of all the bags and even beginning to mingle. We immediately suspect ego insecurity in people who may still try to hide behind the jargon of a specialty or pretend to some data base forever 'beyond' the reach of a layman." The Next 5 Minutes journal looks interesting, but apparently isn't updated these days.

Wednesday, August 23, 2000, 08:38 a.m.


Illustrated Gravity's Rainbow summary
One of the program items at vikingcon was a reading of the "Disgusting English Candy Drill" from Gravity's Rainbow. Jon Singer did some marvelous voices! Thinking about that led me to this illustrated summary of the book. The front page is Flash or something, but the rest is text and cool illustrations. "To attempt to create a summary of such a work is to embark upon the fabrication of a catalogue of Linnean proportions, a delineation of the bewildering flora and fauna which populate that distinct topography we call the Pynchon oeuvre."

Tuesday, August 22, 2000, 11:05 a.m.


Scherzo's choral noise (internet radio)
This is what I've been listening to lately. A nice selection of classical music, and not just the same-old stuff. Emphasis on choral music, thus the name. Sample of the playlist:

  • Hymns of Vaughan Williams
  • Schubert's Wanderer Fantasy
  • Handel's Joshua
  • Faure
  • Poulenc's Gloria
  • Orff's Carmina Burana
  • Mahler's Resurrection Symphony
I found this through Shoutcast.com -- look via genre.

Monday, August 21, 2000, 12:26 p.m.


Are you a Clutterer?
From the Clutterers Anonymous site.

  • Do you have more possessions or items in your life than you can handle comfortably?
  • Do you find it difficult to dispose of many things, even those you haven't used in years?
  • Do you rent storage space to house items you never use?
  • Do you spend time looking for things that are hard to find because of all the clutter?
And more...

Friday, August 18, 2000, 07:25 a.m.


Bacardi building at JetSet Modern
I like these cool office buildings in Miami! "In 1973, Bacardi added the fascinating square building in the plaza. The square building, raised 47 feet off the ground around a central core, features four massive walls, comprised of chunks of 1" thick hammered glass mural tapestries, designed to withstand hurricane force winds." JetSet Modern has lots of good stuff.

Thursday, August 17, 2000, 01:08 p.m.


David Sedaris on French health care
I always enjoy David Sedaris -- he's on morning edition every tuesday during August (when all the French people are on vacation. (via Elaine)

Wednesday, August 16, 2000, 11:07 a.m.


Pedal that kayak
(via Absolute Piffle) Cool! and includes pictures. several styles of bicycle/kayak combos. "Half boat, half bicycle, water cycles are a fast, sporty twist on the cutesy, lumbering paddleboats of yesteryear.[...] Combining a good workout, fresh air and easy handling, they're fun toys that can travel serious distances"

Wednesday, August 16, 2000, 08:23 a.m.


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