Over a year for this weblog!
I didn't realize it had been that long! Thanks, Andrew, for creating pitas.com!
Friday, August 4, 2000, 07:50 a.m.
One reader told me she was exhausted, reading about all the rafting I've been doing, but most trips have been easy ones!
One thing I'm not finding on the web are detailed descriptions and maps of local rivers. But there are sites for various clubs and outfitter companies, and a few companies selling gear.
Friday, August 4, 2000, 07:46 a.m.
The Talisman Ring
The Heyerlist is reading the Talisman Ring, by Georgette Heyer. This is one of my favorites by her, because I like the characters so much. An audacious French maiden, a dashing young man on the lam, a serious older man, a sensible woman with a wry sense of humor, and an oblivious country squire who is looking for good wine. A list member sent some good links dealing with the period (England, during the French Revolution): Costume, a quizzing glass (they weren't all on handles), British newspaper coverage of the French Revolution.
Thursday, August 3, 2000, 08:08 a.m.
Clarion West Wrap-up from David Levine
Six weeks goes so quickly! David's done a good job on his journal, and I like his self-critique at the end: "An interesting concept, though I don't think it works as a story. The main character doesn't grow and change enough (though you tell us he's changed at the end, you don't show it); I'm not sure he's really learned anything from his experience. Also, he seems rather flat and unconvincing, just a self-centered whiner. You should give him more interactions with the other characters, to expand and deepen his character. I'll be interested to see what else you can do with this idea."
Wednesday, August 2, 2000, 10:43 a.m.
Floating Bridge details
The main link has a picture. Here's the history. Here's a live cam of all the folks trying to merge on to the bridge. Oh, brother!
Monday, July 31, 2000, 09:12 a.m.
barge/bridge crash messes up Seattle commuters
D'oh! A barge crashed into the floating bridge my bus goes over every morning, so now it's one lane eastbound for a long time to come. Maybe I'll find a route that goes over the other bridge, then transfer somewhere... "The commuter nightmare began at 3 a.m. Saturday, when a tugboat captain pushed a 1,830-ton barge into a reinforced concrete column located about 400 feet away from where he should have been, officials said."
Monday, July 31, 2000, 09:08 a.m.
Moving the Cape Hatteras lighthouse
When I was a kid (this was back in the sixties), we camped at Cape Hatteras twice. This imprinted me with what a beach vacation should be -- camping, and you should be able to swim in the ocean. I remember the lighthouse, and climbing up it. Now the shoreline has moved so much that they moved the masonry lighthouse! I always liked its spiral stripes. See pictures here. (Via "my head talking -- listen to this!")
Friday, July 28, 2000, 07:46 a.m.
Cutbacks in Social services, in fashionably cool Seattle Belltown
My brother-in-law is the community worker quoted. "The pending job cuts prompted the resignation last Friday of Margey Rubado, administrator of the Belltown DSHS office, who decided to retire two years early rather than preside over the loss of almost 23 percent of her staff."
Wednesday, July 26, 2000, 03:36 p.m.
Should Vegans Wear Silk?
Wally Glenn talking about the Fremont solstice pageant. "The evil machine that ate the world was the only piece involved in the pageant that could be considered ecologically sound. The machine was made out of recyclable scrap cardboard (which was used previously as shipping containers) and reusable 1x2s."
Wednesday, July 26, 2000, 09:31 a.m.
StockCharts.com Chart Voyeur
This is cool! It's similar to the search engine voyeurs. You can see recently requested stock charts at my workplace, StockCharts.com. I find it interesting not only to see the different symbols folks are looking at, but the variety of indicators and charting styles they choose to apply.
Tuesday, July 25, 2000, 11:54 a.m.
This site both helps authors sell their stock of out-of-print or collectors' edition books (similarly to Basement Full of Books), but also has on-demand printed books. Seems to be mostly literary type stuff from the Authors Guild.
Tuesday, July 25, 2000, 08:02 a.m.
Behind the scenes with Romance book covers
I'm doubtful that all romance book cover artists devote the care and attention to accuracy that Elaine Gignilliat says she does. (say "Elaine Gignilliat" three times fast!) But this step-by-step on her procedure was interesting. "This is a huge warehouse of a place in New York containing thousands of costumes from all periods. They get some of them from Broadway productions and movies, and some are authentic clothes from other periods. They have armor, swords, guns, everything you can imagine from all periods throughout world history."
Monday, July 24, 2000, 09:15 a.m.
Horse tips for Writers
Stuff that novelists often get wrong. "10. The mare that takes all night to foal while the breathlessly watching hero and heroine sort out their conflict. (Nature ensures that healthy mares foal fast. As prey animals, they must be up and running quickly! A long time in labor spells serious trouble for any mare. You'd be getting the vet, not sorting out your relationship!)"
Friday, July 21, 2000, 12:18 p.m.
Pay for (or Donate to) personal sites?
Xeney has put up a paypal donate button on her site. Lots of controversy about this on her discussion forum! Pamie has banner ads now. But I think the best gimmick is John Halcyon Styn's Porn fund. "After we raise some funds, we’ll vote on which porn item(s) I should buy. Then all that contributed will get a special porn review emailed to them. It might seem less fun when/if I sober up."
Thursday, July 20, 2000, 07:47 p.m.
Eve's Embarrassing Moments
I found this by doing a search about superglue removal, sparked by that recent news story. Eve's had a few incidents in her life! "At the Boeing cafeteria last summer, while carrying a lunch tray, I very nearly tripped over a yellow sign which read 'CAUTION!'"
Thursday, July 20, 2000, 07:43 a.m.
Online Diary History Project
This site is collecting recollections from early online journal pioneers. Cool stuff! I haven't written mine yet, but I will. "Time seems to move more quickly where the internet is concerned, and already what happened in 1995 seems like ancient history. There are stories out there, about the people who pioneered this genre, that are in danger of disappearing. It is our goal to preserve their memories of what online journalling was like in the beginning. "
Wednesday, July 19, 2000, 09:19 a.m.
the Grand Plan to organize your home
I think I saw this on the DECLUTTR list. "While I am listing them week by week, what I suggest is to start with the rooms that are the hardest and that bother you the most. Start with the room that is the thorn in your side. Do NOT neglect daily maintenance and cleaning as you go along the way. Take small steps and do not get overwhelmed."
Tuesday, July 18, 2000, 02:16 p.m.
I always enjoy Scotty's cheerful, breezy tone. "Ole' Scotty decides he wants to rent a boat. So we go to the dock and get a boat. Now I have never really driven a boat before like this one, but they assure me that it is really simple. Dawn gets bad vibes about the boat from the girl working the rental place, but she assures Dawn that the boat has no problems. So off we go." The saga of this boat excursion is a good one!
Tuesday, July 18, 2000, 09:42 a.m.