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Off to Orycon 21
Like Vicki Rosensweig, and 1600 others, I'm off to Orycon this weekend. Orycon is a very fun science fiction convention (a real one, not a for-profit media con). Seattle writer Nicola Griffith is the Guest of Honor. I hope to meet up with the other Vicki and with Lucy during the weekend, along with lots of others! The social connections at a con are the most important thing that happens there, according to Eric S. Raymond.

Friday, November 12, 1999, 08:16 a.m.

 

Words for Usenet from Jerk City
I read this web comic daily, but here's one of the Comic Chat-derived strips that actually has some commentary value! "Deja-blabspace"

Thursday, November 11, 1999, 09:31 a.m.

 

SUVs comin' at ya!
Nancy Firedrake's previous journal had turned into photos only, so I'm glad she's decided to do more of the journalwriting again. This rundown on the new Sports Utility Vehicals is great! "The Ford 'Deer Punter' -- New! Now with extra large, total-surround bumpers [made out of 100% recycled materials]. Safely 'punt' deer and other pesky objects out of your way, without harming your passengers or damaging your paint."

Thursday, November 11, 1999, 07:54 a.m.

 

Clickz doesn't get weblogs
Sean Carton sees the comments or discussion part of weblogs as the key feature, which I don't think is necessarily true (I must say that, since I don't have that here!). But you know when a phenomenon appears at Clickz, it must really be hitting the mainstream. Nice pointers to Eatonweb log portal and Blogger!

Wednesday, November 10, 1999, 08:08 a.m.

 

Paletteman (and other color stuff)
Several weblogs are thrashing about their color schemes today. I've found the Paletteman site to be very handy for picking nice combinations (when I remember not to spell it as "palletteman"). The "rotate colors" feature lets me compare between different arrangements of the same four colors, which can really change my opinion. But it's the Robert Hess's Safety Palette Color Picker that's my fave. He's got the colors arranged in an "inside-out" way that helps me pick! It's a big page with complex tables, so I saved it to my hard drive with an html file extension.

Tuesday, November 9, 1999, 04:36 p.m.

 

Diarist Award Nominees
A good way to sample some online journals (I believe only those who also write journals can actually vote). That naughty Nicholas E. Grinder (aka Nigel Richardson) has done a wicked parody page.

Tuesday, November 9, 1999, 07:30 a.m.

 

Bad Hair Days, now with extra linkage!
Beth of Xeney.com has been writing various forms of journal for quite a while. Now, as a bonus, instead of a useless splash graphic as the default page-inside-the-frames, you get a weblog-type of thing. Fun! "Now I sound like Milo Bloom delivering a eulogy for a Thanksgiving turkey, so I'm going to shut up and let you read the article if you so desire."

Monday, November 8, 1999, 12:03 p.m.

 

Coredumps from Andrew's Brain
Andrew seems to be back on the update train. "I just noticed that my utensil drawer is sorted in order of increasing aggression. On the far left, serving spoons. The benevolent, giving utensils whose only purpose is to dole out large helpings of food, at least the kinds which are best reduced from stockpile to end-user quantities through the technique of 'scooping'."

Monday, November 8, 1999, 07:19 a.m.

 

Earliest Fish -- with images!
The BBC has that story about the earliest fish fossils I was looking for the other day, with images of the fossils themselves. "They are identifiable, say the scientists, because of their gills and a zigzag arrangement of muscles called myotomes, which are only found in fish."

Friday, November 5, 1999, 11:16 a.m.

 

Vertiginous whirl
My brother-in-law (a social worker, activist, and musician here in Seattle) wasn't really thrilled about getting a computer in his home, until he realized that he could write even more letters to the editors of the papers that he reads. Look for "Vertiginous whirl" and "Homeless citizens" on this page to see his stuff. "The acquisition of wealth, generally, has a very politically moderating effect on many of those who get rich."

Friday, November 5, 1999, 07:21 a.m.

 

Loveadvice.com!
"Ask Dr. Tracy" is updated: Is the Age Difference Too Much?, Marriage or Else, and Parents vs. Fiance are the topics in this edition. I love her down-to-earth practicality. The Love Library has been especially valuable to me.

Thursday, November 4, 1999, 01:53 p.m.

 

China’s Feathered Dinosaurs
I wanted to link to the Nature story about early fish fossils found in China (say that three times fast!) but that magazine requires you to be a subscriber to see the content. So I went looking for other sources (I'd only heard about this story on NPR, thus my desire for pictures), and found these cool feathered dinosaurs that I've been hearing talk about. The names are great! Sinosauropteryx, Protarchaeopteryx, Caudipteryx and Confuciusornis

Thursday, November 4, 1999, 08:06 a.m.

 

Anonymous Portraits
"I suppose a dedicated sleuth might be able to determine whether the painter of the woman who looks vaguely like Dinah Shore really was a cousin of the singer living in Nashville." Interesting Ideas is always a valuable site. (see also: MOBA)

Wednesday, November 3, 1999, 08:29 a.m.

 

Surveillance Camera Players
Oh, yeah! A Cacophony event in the making, I think, though the NYC originals seem to have more of a political agenda than we do. "The script for The Raven called for only two speech bubbles: 'O! Lenore' ('spoken,' that is to say, held aloft by Poe's narrator) and 'Never more!' ('spoken' by a specially commissioned drawing of a raven)." [via Robotwisdom]

Wednesday, November 3, 1999, 07:50 a.m.

 

G&S happening near you?
Gilbert and Sullivan might be right in your neighborhood. This site is a worldwide clearinghouse for G&S performances and groups. The Gilbert and Sullivan Archive is also a rich resource for all things Savoy.

Tuesday, November 2, 1999, 08:05 a.m.

 

SASSY Art Cars of Seattle
I wish now that I'd organized our Radio-Controlled Art Cars to participate in the Seattle Art Car Blowout, earlier this year. Oh, well, next year for sure!

Monday, November 1, 1999, 07:44 a.m.

 

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