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The Amazing Futurliner
The Futurliners were streamlined trucks built by GM in the early 40s. They transported the "Parade of Progress" around the US. This site is about a restoration project, resurrecting one of these huge, gorgeous vehicles. "The Futurliner is a massive bus like vehicle, 33' long, 8' wide, 11'-7" tall vehicle with a whopping 248" wheelbase. An unusual feature of the Futurliner is its dual (side by side) front steering wheels. Each wheel has its own set of brakes, brake drums and bearings. Nearly all of the Futurliners had problems with their power steering pumps failing, presumably because of the tremendous force required to turn the wheels."
Tuesday, March 14, 2000, 07:57 a.m.
I enjoyed Shelley's tale of the weird stuffed cheetah, and the series of pictures that goes with it. Tender, affectionate, hilarious! "It's one of the single weirdest objects I have ever seen. It's made out of some sort of really low quality, brittle fur that's been shaved so the length is shorter. I have no idea what kind of fur it is. Dog? Muskrat? In any case, the crappy fur was glued onto some sort of cheetah-shaped mold. The 'spots' are actually painted on the top layer of fur. His legs are horribly lumpy and rough looking and they end at a painful looking little nub just past the ankle. He has no feet to speak of. His face is pitiful looking: tiny beady eyes and a crudely painted open grimace. He's actually kind of awful."
Monday, March 13, 2000, 07:55 a.m.
Do you Shower in the Dark?
"Let's establish this up front, there are two things in the world that I hate more than just about anything else: waking up and working. Now, if you couple the two, waking up so that I can go to work, we're just at about my breaking point." A Rant from my former boyfriend Jericho. warning: high "poopie" content!
Friday, March 10, 2000, 12:27 p.m.
Dr. Tracy Update
If You Have To Fight, Fight Fair -- When He's Not Romantic -- When He 'Needs Variety' I especially like the "not romantic" letter. "Some men think of gifts all the time, and other men just don't. But don't throw the man away just because he's gift-insensitive. Instead, educate him. He can be taught to give gifts. But he already has the most important qualities - he's kind and considerate."
Thursday, March 9, 2000, 01:59 p.m.
The Built World
I like this column about building and architecture, written by Ken Friedlein -- thoughtful stuff. "It is a tricky business to write about realness in architecture. To merely lament the disappearance of massive stone walls, stately slate roofs and quaint log cabins naively ignores the changes in economics and building technologies that have made those value-laden images so scarce. To simply complain, on the other hand, at the ubiquitous presence of vinyl siding and plastic-laminate countertops snobbishly dismisses the contributions some of those not-so-valued materials make in today's buildings."
Thursday, March 9, 2000, 08:02 a.m.
Urban Legend Zeitgeist
Try saying the word "Zeitgeist," over and over softly to yourself. This is almost an urban legends weblog -- pointers to currently circulating stories and hoaxes.
- NEW! Lethal Rat Urine -- Looks like Mountain Dew
- NEW! Madelyn Murray O'Hair's Religous Broadcasting Ban -- From beyond the grave
- NEW! Rapists in the Back Seat -- Fill 'er up
Wednesday, March 8, 2000, 09:47 a.m.
(via Minshall) Live band parade feed via real video. lots of stuff here.
Tuesday, March 7, 2000, 02:06 p.m.
Pokey Little Bento
Bento 10, the zine produced by David Levine and Kate Yule, is now online. I urged David to get going on this update, though he was dubious about posting without all the images that were in the cute, small printed version -- it's the words that we want. He does have the very funny cover illo online. "I am known to the staff at my financial planner's office as The Client Who Read the Prospectus. No, Really, All of It. I like to read the fine print. This can at times be useful....And the fine print is often entertaining. I love the fact that my ticket to the opera Marriage of Figaro specifically waives Management's liability if I am hit by a hockey puck."
Tuesday, March 7, 2000, 07:48 a.m.
From Royal Journal, the artist formerly known as Marginal Hit Parade. "The Diary of Anne Frank... In Japan.
The tale of a Jewish girl's survival during the Nazi-era of World War II is made into a musical. Musical is then performed by a Japanese cast." Great images here!
Monday, March 6, 2000, 08:47 a.m.
Cashman on Graphic TV Ads
"Almost since its inception, television has been a lightning rod for criticism. All new-fangled gadgets, I suppose, are lightning rods for criticism. The lightning rod was probably a lightning rod for criticism. Especially among lightning apologists."
Monday, March 6, 2000, 08:23 a.m.
St. Patrick's Day Postcards
Retro magazine has my favorite e-postcards! Now is the time to start wishing your friends St. Patrick's Day greetings.
Friday, March 3, 2000, 08:35 a.m.
I pity the fool page
(via Laurel's Windowseat Annex.) I enjoyed this one a lot! My work site was especially funny -- the results revealed some special language from Mr. T.
Friday, March 3, 2000, 08:28 a.m.
Futurama toys: Off on a Bender
I had to borrow Stu's headline -- funny! "The Nibbler was unpainted, and it was explained to me that they still want to tweak some of the shape of his head. He looked perfect to me, however, and the final version promises to be spectacular. Nibbler will have moving foot action as it rolls forward with mouth opening and closing to simulate his 'nibbling.'"
Thursday, March 2, 2000, 10:04 a.m.
This was widely linked earlier, but it's still good. I was amused when a non-local reader said that he liked the Pat Cashman piece, but didn't know what the Kingdome was! (Irritation: I found some good stuff on the dome at Historylink.org, but they defeat deep linking on their framed cold-fusion site, those weasels!)
Thursday, March 2, 2000, 09:50 a.m.
Cashman on Kingdome Blast
"The frenzy among broadcast stations is reaching fever pitch, even though we are still a month away from the actual Kingdome Smackdown. Frankly, this may be bigger than anything hometown TV has ever gotten its eager, capped teeth into." I like his rundown on the slogans local stations can use for their coverage -- "Dome-O-Lition!" "From Dome to Dust!" "Dome-A-Geddon!"
Wednesday, March 1, 2000, 08:15 a.m.
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