Yesterland: Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse
Yesterland is a labor of love, documenting all the stuff that used to be at Disneyland. "In June 1999, Tarzan's Treehouse began welcoming park guests, just as Disney's animated Tarzan premiered in movie theaters. Guests were delighted by the new attraction's 'hands on' interactivity. And what tune do the guests hear playing on the old gramaphone? Why, it's the 'Swisskapolka!'"
Wednesday, December 15, 1999, 08:33 a.m.
Coredumps from Andrew's Brain
Andr00 has concerns about the latest raft of tech books he bought: "Maybe a freelance web designer will sense the bond between us and mistakenly start talking to me [because he bought O'Reilly HTML book]. Buying the OpenGL programming guide offset a little of the shame, but the OpenGL API makes 3d stuff so easy I feel a little posery using it, too."
Monday, December 13, 1999, 07:21 a.m.
Carl Larrson Land
I would love to live in Carl Larrson land. This Swedish artist seems to have had some tough times, but his images of his house and family make me want to be there! (Via Larkfarm)
Friday, December 10, 1999, 08:31 a.m.
I've long loved E. F. Benson's Lucia books. This profile does a good job at describing what I like about these wicked stories of early 1900s well-to-do English folks -- the language and the dry humor. There's a page of excerpts here, too. There's an E. F. Benson mailing list that I might join -- he wrote a lot more besides the Lucia books. (I was reminded of Benson when I was discussing folks who write viola for voila with Tom Negrino of Backup Brain.) Au resevoir!
Thursday, December 9, 1999, 09:07 a.m.
Mr. Potato Head -- He's the Gratest!
My buddy Stu Schiffman continues with great stuff at the Toy Collecting Channel. "By 1953, he was married to Mrs. Potato Head, thereby becoming the most domestic of vegetable toys. A set of the young couple just sold for $51 on Ebay. Of course, since it was the fifties, they had to move out to the suburbs and get a car and a boat. Conspicuous consumption was a mark of the Mr. Potato Head lifestyle. Eventually, there was young Spud and pets. Mr. Potato Head was living the American Dream." I couldn't resist borrowing Stu's punchline as my title here.
Wednesday, December 8, 1999, 08:57 a.m.
3rd Quarter Diarist Award Winners
The winners have been posted. These awards are voted by other journal writers. Lots of good writing! A good way to sample some different journals. Check out the finalists, too.
Tuesday, December 7, 1999, 07:35 a.m.
Cashman blames himself for Arborcide
"I was driving down the road last week and saw a sign that really caught my interest. It read: 'Xmas trees -- Fur and Nobel.' I was especially interested in taking a look at the Nobel, wondering what kind of tree could possibly earn that kind of honor. I knew one thing -- I wasn't going to have anything to do with the Fur tree. Not with anti-WTO fervor running so high last week."
Monday, December 6, 1999, 11:22 a.m.
Dinner Party Pyramid Scam
Has this Dinner Party scam hit your town yet? "It's so gussied up in the supposedly feminine ideals of empowerment, trust and creativity that women across Washington have signed themselves up by the hundreds."
Friday, December 3, 1999, 09:21 a.m.
More Seattle Riot stuff from Wally Glenn
Wally was all over Downtown and Capitol Hill. It's incorrect to call Wednesday night a WTO protest, though the police reaction was due to that; I think it started from a free Mumia march! Great pictures, but I hope he'll go back and add more description.
Thursday, December 2, 1999, 07:53 a.m.
Wally at WTO troubles
Wally "Pyro Boy" Glenn was downtown yesterday, during the protests, riots, disturbances, etc, and has posted some pictures. I think all the grafitti disturbs me the most!
(Updated Wednesday night: Pictures from today, and more from yesterday. I hadn't realized they got so close to my place! Broadway is about five blocks from me.)
Wednesday, December 1, 1999, 08:07 a.m.
Online Insider updated
Says Seidman: "If I see that darn singing Amazon.Com commercial again I will probably explode. I guess I need to switch to watching EVERYTHING, including live sports events (which would no longer be quite live), via TIVO!" He also covers recent web shopping experiences, and points to a free ecommerce report at Creative Good, marked down from $2100!
Wednesday, December 1, 1999, 08:00 a.m.