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Gwen's got a forum!
Have you been reading Gwen? if not, you are missing out. And now she's got a forum, with all sorts of forum goodness about it! current topics include office supplies and personal kitsch.

Wednesday, June 14, 2000, 05:24 p.m.


No More Nature Writing!
From Whole Earth Magazine, by Stephen J. Lyons: "Let's pay "nature writers" not to write any more books for at least ten years. (If Ed Abbey reappears, he gets an exemption.) This may be heresy, but how many times do we need to wade through some introvert's musings on his or her latest tramp into unspoiled wilderness? Would it hurt anyone to have a moratorium on the word 'sacred'."

Tuesday, June 13, 2000, 12:38 p.m.


Zeldman and Me
whoo-hoo! Jeffrey Zeldman is all about me today. I used to contract for the IE team, and was "tasked" with evangelizing CSS stuff to the MS webmasters. When JZ was talking about that the other day, I remembered that I had the notes for the presentation still around on my personal site.

Tuesday, June 13, 2000, 09:54 a.m.


Test Pattern Central
(Via Nigel Richardson) Yes, the indian is here, but this is mostly BBC stuff, with worldwide info too. I think these might make interesting desktops!

Monday, June 12, 2000, 10:36 a.m.


KTF: Kittywompus Tracks Fanzines
A fanzine weblog -- coolness! The fanzines in question here are traditional fannish fanzines, for the most part, not skateboarding zines or punk rock zines. Allison Scott of Plokta fame has a separate page for ezines, too. On Ansible: "This issue has the normal collection of news, gossip, con listings, obituaries, Thoggeries, and so on, all crammed into two pages and bursting at the seams. We all carp -- perhaps unfairly -- that it's focussed primarily on the SF industry rather than fandom, but it's essential nonetheless. And much nicer on tactile green paper than messy monospaced rasseff." (Note: rasseff = rec.arts.sf.fandom newsgroup)

The use of the abbreviation KTF makes me laugh -- "Kill The Fan" was a big controversy about how tough fanzine criticism should be, some years back. Note: Vicki Rosensweig informs me that the phrase, in frank language, is "Kill the Fuckers". Obviously my fannish education has been a sheltered one!

Thursday, June 8, 2000, 07:45 a.m.


Whole Earth on Migrant Mushroomers
(Thanks to Richard of Absolute Piffle for the pointer to Whole Earth magazine online.) My personal experience with mushroom picking is limited to one expedition with the Mountaineers. This article by David Arora describes those who do it for a living. "Getz's knowledge of the dunes is so thorough and so intimate that going mushroom hunting with him is strictly a spectator sport. When we went out together he let me find a few, but it was rather like going Easter-egg hunting with the person who hid the eggs. He moved quickly and silently through the forest, stopping only at known matsutake spots long enough to deftly run his fingertips over the sand, as though massaging it lightly."

Wednesday, June 7, 2000, 08:03 a.m.


Be Kind to Yourself
I know some people that are too tough on themselves. (Not me, of course!) There's some good advice here. "how can you have a constructive attitude or a belief in your own capacities, if you judge yourself or choose to perceive challenges as catastrophes? It is far easier to work for a kind and gentle boss than a harsh demanding tyrant. Yet many of us tolerate a pessimistic inner bully on a daily basis, worse yet there is no day off or escape from this kind of torture."

Tuesday, June 6, 2000, 11:09 a.m.


Lileks on NYC details
James Lileks has redesigned his entire site. This part is new -- NYC architectural details. "This site records the gargoyles, carvings, facades and views particular to New York. Half of them will be gone in twenty years. Which half? We'll see."

Tuesday, June 6, 2000, 08:11 a.m.


build an air-puff gun
I've seen Bill Nye use a large smoke ring gun on Almost Live some years back. you can build these, big or small (use incense for the smoke). Or make it a smell gun! "Try shooting slow rings then immediately shoot faster ones. The faster ones will catch up to the slower ones and move through them (the slower ones open wider to allow the fast ones to pass.)"

Monday, June 5, 2000, 02:41 p.m.


Truck on Roof -- Pat Cashman
Pat's take on that intelligent guy who drove his pickup on to a friend's roof. (He misses the tires-stolen credit card angle, though.) "Emblazoned on the front of his truck were the words: 'Live Your Dreams.' "

Monday, June 5, 2000, 07:34 a.m.


Shelleyness on Cheerfulness
I've been described as having a generall cheerful attitude, which I think is true. I like what Shelley has to say about it, although I think my "spin factor" isn't as extreme as hers: "Jesus, life is so much happier if you're not constantly looking for something to piss you off. Some injustice, some slight, a reason ('aha! Proof!') to view everything with suspicion or paranoia or unhappiness. God. Just let it go."

Friday, June 2, 2000, 07:31 a.m.


Stain Detective
from Tide. Reminds me of the Jerry Seinfeld routine --"if you've got blood all over your t-shirt, I'm guessing that laundry isn't your most urgent problem." But still this stuff is good to know. They have a palm version, free, but you have to register.

Thursday, June 1, 2000, 01:54 p.m.


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