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Deciphering Old Handwriting
(via Rosalind Gordon on the Heyerlist) What's up with those "s" letters that look like lower-case "f" ? This is a good article that ends with an interesting puzzle. Plus a section about "making your mark."

Friday, December 15, 2000, 12:49 p.m.


D'oh! Fuse blows it
Thanks to Joy Rothke for the link. "On November 29, on the same day that Fuse's debut issue was going to be mailed to the 300,000 subscribers of Business 2.0, published by the same parent company, Imagine Media, president Michela O'Connor Abrams came to Fuse's offices to announce that the plug was being pulled."

Thursday, December 14, 2000, 02:11 p.m.


Fuse Magazine
Has this appeared in your office yet? I guess we got it because we have a sub to Business 2.0. It's a "lifestyle" magazine for techno types. The most interesting thing in this debut issue is a profile of Donal Logue of "Tao of Steve" fame. He says he gained a bunch of weight for the part and had now lost it -- I thought he used a stunt belly! You can sign up for a free issue at the website, but remember to cancel or you have to pay for the rest.

Thursday, December 14, 2000, 12:55 p.m.


Net radio at LiveIreland.com
I've got some christmas music net links, but I'm not listening to them yet -- if you start too early, you are sick of it all by Christmas! So I added this net radio station (but I found it at Live365.com), all Irish music, cool stuff! the website has lots of other good Irish-related material, too.

Tuesday, December 12, 2000, 02:52 p.m.


Seattle Santarchy Report, Day 2
Wally reports on the December 2 portion of Seattle's Santa Rampage. It seems that vomit was the main theme for the day. There are pictures here, but not too graphic. Next Santa happening is in Vancouver, BC, this weekend! And back to Seattle's Capitol Hill the weekend after. What stamina these Santas have!

Tuesday, December 12, 2000, 07:31 a.m.


Obscure Store Faves
Jim Romenesko asked readers to name their favorite Obscure store items for the last year. Oh the joy of it! the pig on the plane, suicidal squirrel, goats attacked by pit bulls, and even some non-animal-related stories like alternative hobofest (some hobos accused others of selling out), and the truck on the house roof.

Monday, December 11, 2000, 03:43 p.m.


Shop for Eyeballs!
The Mad Martian has lots of good stuff on his site (but some pages need the "select all" method to make them readable, due to extravagant backgrounds). This page selling all sorts of eyeball related merchandise is among the best. How about a squirting eyeball? or a 10-inch eyeball pillow? These things aren't especially gross, but seeing them all together is a bit odd.

Monday, December 11, 2000, 08:24 a.m.


Ruth Draper on CD
I heard a good profile of this actress, writer, and monologue artist on NPR a few weeks ago. Thanks to Bird on a Wire for finding this admirable website! I want the CD, I do! Be sure and read the bio, longish but good.

Friday, December 8, 2000, 10:38 a.m.


Third Quarter Diarist Awards
This is a great way to sample some good journals! Jen of Om Mani Padme Hum won three awards, which is some good going, I think.

Wednesday, December 6, 2000, 11:07 a.m.


Cashman on Doing Bits
Pat Cashman is always amusing, but this one is extra good. "At home, if I am aware that there is another family member out of sight -- but within sound range -- I will begin a long, tortured series of very audible footsteps going up the short staircase to the second floor -- while I am, in fact, walking in place. Then, upon finally arriving at the top of the stairs, my pronouncement is always: 'Whew! We've got to put an elevator in this place!' "

Tuesday, December 5, 2000, 01:12 p.m.


Seattle Santa Rampage was a hit!
We had a blast roaming around belltown. A reporter and photographer tagged along, but we made them dress in santa gear, too. I'm not so set on the "anti-commercialism" emphasis, but some folks like it. See here for more cool pictures -- I'm in a few, in a Mrs Santa hat, and carrying a santa head on a stick (like a jester stick).

Monday, December 4, 2000, 08:14 a.m.


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