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I've been an avid watcher of the weblog community since it became a phenomenon. I've been thinking lately of this history and its meaning. And I thought you might be interested in knowing why I think what I do here is important. 09/07/00
I'm back. Currently I'm in the midst of sorting, cleaning, cataloguing and putting away clothes, camping equipment, shade structure materials, and the like. I enjoyed Burning Man this year more than I did last year.
Oh, how moviefone has ruined itself. What a terrible new design. 09/07/00
I came back home really looking forward to velvet weather. It's been boiling hot here. As I understand it, the cool crisp days I love so much don't arrive in San Francisco until October. 09/08/00
Hotwheels esta el nuevo beanie baby. 09/08/00
Remember that Tagish Lake meteorite? Well, it's made of something we've never before seen.... 09/08/00
All aboard the drug-smuggling sub! 09/08/00
Antibacterial soaps may create superbugs; besides, regular soap and water does the trick. 09/08/00
Maize maze is the new weblog. 09/08/00
Global warming? Yeah, for sure. 09/08/00
Moon for sale. $14/acre. 09/11/00
A scientist believes that tree rings around the world show that something happened 1500 years ago, something that changed the climate of the world significantly, and may have had profound effects on history and culture. Now he's asking historians to search the records for some indication of the catastrophic event led to the dark ages. 09/11/00
'Surgeons wearing bulletproof vests gingerly removed a live grenade from the leg of a Russian soldier wounded in Chechnya, doctors said Monday.' (NY Times, free registration required) 09/11/00
Scientists have discovered the genesis of the singing saw. 09/11/00
Scientists and looters have ignored the site for years; without burial sites and temples it seemed devoid of any real historical merit. But when archaeologists began work on what they thought was a small palace, they discovered the lost city of Cancuen.
George W Bush is entering the twentieth century with his cutting edge new campaign ad which seeks to persuade through subliminal messages. 09/12/00
British doctors have begun human trials on a new AIDS vaccine,
developed based on analysis of the blood of a number of mysteriously
immune prostitutes in Kenya. The first test subject: a member of
Doctors studying anarchic hand syndrome, in which one hand acts independent of the individual's intent, believe that they have a window into the workings of free will.
Marketers and manufacturers are employing a new method to make you buy their goods: by monitoring your brainwaves. 09/12/00
A recent phony news release sent Emulex Corp stock prices plumetting. Wayne Rash warns that such misplaced trust and uncritical reaction is an avoidable and inexcusable result of 'internet time.' He has a good point.
Despite their considerable achievements, female athletes are lauded by society by one standard: their looks.
I can answer this riddle: you're both very very badly to blame. 09/13/00
The news is bad: violent entertainment causes aggression. 09/13/00
Happy Birthday, Big O! 09/13/00
Grrrl News: Two words: grrrl gladiator 09/13/00
If you're Dutch and you're of age, you can get married. Three cheers for the Dutch! 09/13/00
I spent a very enjoyable evening last night in the company of friends. It is no reflection on the program that the most memorable moment of the evening occured after placing our order for food. The cook, a rather large man with a very forbidding expression, replaced the menu on the ledge in front of him (I guess he had stopped taking orders for a few minutes) and then the tip jar, knocking it onto the floor in doing so. One of my friends picked it up and put it on the counter. He picked it up and threw it back onto the floor. Oh my.
The Electronic Privacy Information Center and Junkbusters have ended their affiliate programs with Amazon after Amazon revealed that they consider your personal information to be one of their assets, to be shared or sold as they desire.
Lovely News: For a month, a hazardous waste landfill in San Francisco has been smouldering from an underground fire, cause unknown. It took the Navy two weeks to report it to the EPA, and the fire is still going. 09/14/00
I wonder what the father's punishment is? 09/15/00
Well, you must read Mr Pants' toilet story which takes place in san francisco, not in japan. It's the middle column. You probably should then scroll up and read all the rest of the page. You should probably just always read Mr Pants. 09/15/00
Hard Justice News: 'A mother who pleaded guilty to driving without strapping her 3-year-old daughter in a safety seat was ordered to write the girl's obituary -- even though the youngster is alive.' 09/15/00
Little girls are growing up too fast.
Home Schooling Reason # 432 News: Day cares are perfect microenvironments for propagating antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The solution? (People living in rich countries take special note:) Take antibiotics only when necessary.
Bacteria-of-all-types Fighting News: Wash your hands! 15 seconds, any temperature, every time. 09/18/00
Don't drink and swim handcuffed. 09/18/00
Caveat emptor. The observer influences the event. Who is in your online support group, and what might they publish about you?
We certainly need to decide whether we want to pursue the creation of GM foods. But even before that happens, we need always to know when we are eating them. 09/18/00
Underfunded police departments everywhere: when dollars run low, create some crime. 09/18/00
Read about the new SFO terminal (cool earthquake proofing) and especially about the selection process for the design. Intrigue, mystery, and some uncommon sense.
Fashion Talk: I was looking at a magazine containing some examples of how to dress to minimize figure flaws. One spread showed how to dress if you're short ('long lines create the illusion of height'); another showed how to dress if you're tall ('Suzanne plays down her height by....')
And what's the latest craze to hit Japan? Why singing black gospel music, of course.
Some scumbag is circulating letters to elderly black people promising them 'slave reparations' if they register with the 'National Victims Registrar' in Washington. 09/19/00
'The Intihuatana, a stone sundial in Peru's famed Inca ruins of Machu Picchu, has stood since pre-Columbian times as a symbol for an ancient people ó that is, until a camera crew filming a beer ad broke it'. (Followup: here's the ad agency press release regarding the incident. Thanks to alert reader Steve for the link.) 09/19/00
It seems that Gore has been telling a personal anecdote to illustrate the ridiculous pricing practices of pharmaceuticals. Problem is, in the story he cites his dog and his mother-in-law, and then uses numbers generated from a federal study in comparing the costs of their medicines. The Gore camp insists that the actual numbers are very close the the ones in the study, but Bush is very concerned.
Mais, Oui News: Allow me to introduce the glowing green mutant rabbit. For some reason, scientists think this is frivolous. 09/19/00
For the first time, a U.N. report on women's equality tallies one factor that might get people to take notice: economic consequences. (thanks, J!) 09/21/00
Concerned about the treatment of farm animals? Now you can look for the free farmed label, certifying that the animals and animal products you are consuming are from animals that have been treated with a level of care that far exceeds standard farm-factory conditions employed by most producers. This doesn't ensure that they have free-range conditions, (chickens may still be kept inside, but with more space), but much commonplace cruelty has been eliminated.
Point: 'UK researchers claim to have found sharply higher cancer rates in power lines cause cancer totalling the road kill of britain'.
When Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Virginia received the emergency signal indicating that an airplane was down, everything went as planned: the Civil Air Patrol prepared for action while the FAA located the source of the signal, identifying it as a Jumbotron. The Jumbotron turned out to be a Saco Smartvision scoreboard, being tested in preparation for its debut Saturday during the Alabama-Arkansas game. 09/21/00
In the last couple of weeks I've found a couple of referrers in my logs for 'necked girls'. Now, I admit that I walk around quite openly necked when I'm in my apartment, but I don't recall ever mentioning that fact here.... 09/22/00
The streams of Hampshire, UK have been managed for centuries, starting with the Roman-built mills, through the nineteenth century when George Edward Mackenzie Skues invented fly-fishing here, to the present day intensive management designed to optimize the waters for trout. Now a local conservation agency has decreed that three-mile stretch of the River Itchen must to exist untouched by human intervention, and members of the Abbotts Barton fishery are up at arms. 09/22/00
'Dried plum' is the new prune. Really, it's the old prune, too, isn't it? 09/22/00
Breeding pandas is a tricky business, even in the wild. Their requirements are enormous, and zoo life is decidedly unconducive to panda romance. But after three years of diligent effort, the staff of the San Diego Zoo has managed to increase the world's population of pandas by one.
When Amy Jaffe Barzach lost her infant son to a disease that would have confined him to a wheelchair if he had survived, she and her husband decided to create a lasting legacy to his memory by creating playgrounds that can be enjoyed by children at all levels of ability. Her organization, Boundless Playgrounds, is just taking off. 09/22/00
Lamb and lentil stew, watercress and goat cheese salad with cherry vinaigrette, olives, figs, fennel tart... Scholars at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology have recreated King Midas' funeral feast based on the analysis of its actual remains.
The iceman drippeth. 09/25/00
A Japanese scientist placed four volunteers in goggles that reversed their vision and then monitored their movements and brains to see how they adapted. At first they were dizzy and nauseous, but within a month they were able to ride bikes.
The Behind the Curtain Project is up, and I definitely recommend that you spend some time there. I've only had time to browse a fraction of the entries, but I'm very impressed with the quality of the photographs and narratives. I've linked it on my portal for your continued viewing pleasure. 09/26/00
An individual loses 2 1/2 times her ability to distinguish visual contrast between the ages of 20 and 60. It's going to happen to you, too. Fortunately, South Mall Towers, a study site for the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, is working to create lighting to keep our elders safe and productive. 09/26/00
Where does lost luggage go? To Alabama, to be sold, of course. 09/26/00
This week 3000 industry professionals convened to learn more effective techniques for marketing to children and to celebrate those examples they consider to be the finest of the genre. Outside, demonstrators were rather less happy.
The senate is focusing on just one part of the equation: it seems it's not simply what children see, but how and where they see it.
Paper towels make a tastier pizza topping. 09/26/00
Kaycee is 19. She and her family need your help. 09/27/00
Life in These Times News: Webvan has been unresponsive to my emails requesting information (I got one back saying they would forward it to the appropriate person, but otherwise I've been ignored.) So today I thought I'd try the chat utility when a question came up. It quickly became clear that I had entered Surreality Junction:
Size does matter (Thanks, J!) 09/28/00