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Dead Whale: What to Do?
A dead whale washed up on a beach owned by Congressman Jack Metcalf. I like this suggestion, especially because of the signature: "I think it should be carved up with a kitchen knife, wrapped in plastic bags and dumped in the Sound... just like all the other dead bodies that come out of politicians homes. -- Skeletor_Gorton" My sister and I always thought that Senator Slade Gorton looked just like Skeletor!

Friday, April 14, 2000, 08:22 a.m.

 

weblogs list is reborn
The weblogs mailing list at egroups was terminated, due to a tantrum by Jorn. So there's now a new list, if you crave discussions among weblog authors -- weblogs_reborn! Check it out!

Thursday, April 13, 2000, 07:24 a.m.

 

Jean Shepherd
I heard a great two-hour tribute to Jean Shepherd on KUOW last night, but I can't find a web pointer to this NPR/Harry Shearer show. Anyone? In lieu of that, here's a great Shepherd site, with real audio clips, memoirs, and more.

Wednesday, April 12, 2000, 07:28 a.m.

 

Cashman on the Census
"who'd tune in each week for Durslag, Census Bureau? Even the most skilled network TV promo writer would have trouble making that sound riveting: 'It doesn't matter where you hide! Andy Durslag will count you!' " I actually worked as a census enumerator, in 1980. I counted the precints near my home. They handed me a shoddy vinyl briefcase, which I got to keep.

Tuesday, April 11, 2000, 07:55 a.m.

 

Peep Jousting
I was surprised two years ago, when we did this at a party and it was new to folks. But I don't remember where I heard of it! "a pack of the traditional yellow, and a pack of a cool new-age pale purple color." It's a very fun thing to do.

Monday, April 10, 2000, 07:21 p.m.

 

Tour the Shelleyness HQ
The virtual, hyperlinked tour of a home has been done about a zillion times, but I like Shelley's version because she has great stuff!

"Ahhh... my waterfall light. I found this at a 'thrift store' (I'm using that term loosely here since it was nothing more than a used, dusty junk store) run by an old, blind, black guy in Long Beach. I had always wanted one so I sent M up there to get it for me for my birthday. The elderly Stevie Wonder charged him $10 more than he quoted me, the bastard. No matter, I have it now and I love it. When you turn it on it appears that the water is running down the series of waterfalls. It works great except for the fact that music has to be playing pretty loudly to mask the 'rwww rwwww rww rwww rwww rww' sound it makes."
Also, take note of the clever titles for each page, which express Shelley's personality clearly.

Monday, April 10, 2000, 09:26 a.m.

 

The Dao of the Web
William "Man out of Time" Dickson and I were emailing each other all day today. He was concerned about some of the things IE5Mac does in relation to text sizes in CSS. I told him this article was very appropriate to the occasion! "What I sense is a real tension between the web as we know it, and the web as it would be. It's the tension between an existing medium, the printed page, and its child, the web. And it's time to really understand the relationship between the parent and the child, and to let the child go its own way in the world."

Friday, April 7, 2000, 04:54 p.m.

 

Radio-Controlled Art Cars
Everyone craves the coolness of art cars. But creating one is a big investment -- maybe you don't even drive! So create a radio-controlled art car, instead. Many wild ideas become more practical on a smaller scale.

Thursday, April 6, 2000, 08:25 a.m.

 

Cashman's Political Plans
Former TV commentator John Carlson (yuck!) is running for Governor of Washington State. Why shouldn't Pat Cashman, too? "The findings: 1) Almost no one who was surveyed had a negative impression of me. And, 2) Almost no one who was surveyed had ever heard of me. This gave our campaign the green light we were looking for."

Wednesday, April 5, 2000, 08:16 a.m.

 

Art in a bottle
This goes way beyond just ships in bottles: "crosses and crucifixions, fans, chairs, spinning wheels, wishing wells, photographs, buildings, tools, saloon scenes, fanciful bird trees and complicated interlocking puzzles." Technically these are called "whimsey bottles." (via Interesting Ideas)

Tuesday, April 4, 2000, 07:54 a.m.

 

Leslie What's virtual yard sale
Isn't "What" a great name? "Porcelain Pelican Smokeless Ashtray -- Scientifically designed to hold smoke instead of fish in its beak."

Monday, April 3, 2000, 02:02 p.m.

 

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