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Friday, September 28, 2001
My good friend John Hogan wrote this piece Idle Nerds Are the Devil's Playground at this online arts-related magazine k-d-p.com. The piece is about John's experience in the Parsippany High School marching band (an experience I happened to share with him, actually). Be careful...John's biting wit has been known to immobilize lesser beings!
Thursday, September 27, 2001
Three Projects to Look At (one previously linked to): 1. The Degree Confluence Project 2. The Mirror Project 3. The Payphone Project The most interesting of these is The Degree Confluence Project, truly an ambitious undertaking: an attempt to document via photography every latitude-longitude tuples of type integer. (in English, every spot on Earth where the latitude and longitude values intersect, both at integers, e.g. 43°00'00"N 72°00'00"W.)
An elderly lady did her shopping and, upon returning to her car, found four males in the act of leaving with her vehicle. She dropped her shopping bags, drew her handgun, and proceeded to scream at them at the top of her voice, "I have a gun and I know how to use it! Get out of the car, you scumbags!" The four men didn't wait for a second invitation, but got out and ran like mad. The lady, somewhat shaken, proceeded to load her shopping bags in the back of the car and get into the driver's seat. She was so shaken that she could not get her key into the ignition. She tried and tried, to no avail. And then it dawned on her why. A few minutes later, she found her own car parked four or five spaces farther down. She loaded her bags into her car and drove to the police station. The sergeant to whom she told the story nearly tore himself in two with laughter and pointed to the other end of the counter, where four pale males were reporting a carjacking by a mad elderly woman described as white, less than five feet tall, glasses, curly white hair, and carrying a large handgun. No charges were filed.
Monday, September 24, 2001
According to the website Need To Know, Michael Jackson's new CD single, "You Rock My World," is unplayable in PC CD-ROM drives, in what is assumed to be an effort by certain record companies to stop music piracy. I illegally downloaded this song about a month ago, and frankly, I can't see what all the fuss is about...it sounds like porno background music. (not that I've ever seen one of those movies...I just happen to buy lots of porno soundtracks, okay???)
If I already had 10 children, I would not be averse to selling my newborn for a small profit, like this woman recently did. Of course, I'd expect a little bit more than $1500. Fifteen hundred dollars...that's more what I'd expect for a '93 Toyota Corolla than a human child!
Tuesday, September 18, 2001
Clear Channel Communications, the bloated corporate conglomerate which owns over 1200 radio stations in the United States (including Z100, Q104, WKTU, LITE-FM, and Jammin 105 in the NYC area) is circulating a list of 150 songs its programmers should consider avoiding in the wake of the recent national disaster. While some of the songs on the list might make people feel uncomfortable ("It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)", "Highway to Hell", "Burning Down the House"), some of the other songs are the list could actually be beneficial for people to hear now, and thus their presence on the list is baffling. ("Imagine", "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother","New York, New York", "What a Wonderful World"). And why is "Walk Like an Egyptian" on the list? And "99 Red Balloons"?!?!?
Saturday, September 15, 2001
Michelle and I saw some pretty gripping nature drama this afternoon. I first noticed that something was going on when I glanced out the back window to see a grey squirrel dragging what appeared to be a dead rat across our back porch. As I stood up to get a closer look, I realized that what the squirrel was dragging was actually a smaller baby squirrel. The older squirrel (we'll call her Nina) had in her mouth the tail of younger squirrel (we'll call her Binny). Suddenly, our orange cat T.C. appeared from behind a planter and frightened Nina away. Unfortunately, Binny could not walk or run on her own, either because she was too young, or she had fallen out of tree, or both. But Binny could move her front legs, so she started to crawl towards the backyard, where Nina had run up a tree. I yelled for Michelle so that she could enjoy the theater that was unfolding. We thought that it was curtains for Binny, because T.C. is a seasoned hunter of mice, squirrels, rabbits, and birds. But instead of pouncing on the crippled squirrel, she slowly approached it to check it out; basically, T.C. was giving Binny the once over. At this point, Michelle decided that we were being cruel for not intervening, so after clicking off some pictures with a disposable camera, she walked outside to bring in T.C. Now Binny was all alone, with Nina still afraid to come down from the tree. Michelle thought that we might rescue Binny, but I suggested we stay back to see if Nina would come down to rescue her young. After about 10 minutes, Nina came back for Binny, and started to drag her away, towards a different tree in the back of our yard. Amazingly, Nina had Binny by the tail and was climbing the tree; she made it up about 20 feet, but then dropped Binny. Michelle gasped as if it were the end of the world, but Nina just bounded right back down and picked up Binny and went back up the tree, only to drop her again. I guess that squirrels are built for falls like that. Nina came back, picked up Binny, and they both made it back to the nest without further incident.
Thursday, September 13, 2001
Weblogger Paul Nixon is collecting infographics from the WTC incident. The most informative ones are from El Pais, the Spanish publication. They've got a Flash movie about the timeline of events, and one describing why the towers collapsed.
It looks like Cousin Joe of Owensboro, KY has been somewhat affected by these recent WTC events. Our prayers go out to Joe, his family, and to Mr. Pitino, and his family.
Hahaha, i'm an idiot. That little passage below by Canuck Gordon Sinclair was written in 1973, as a reaction to the negative response the United States got after pulling out of the Vietnamese War. Mr. Sinclair later died in 1984. I doubt many Canadians today would agree with his earlier remarks.
Wednesday, September 12, 2001
OK, even I've got a little jingoism up my sleeve. Even our bitch neighbors to the north (the Canadians) have given due praise to American resolve. Here's a transcript of the remarks by Gordon Sinclair, a Canadian TV commentator, as printed in the Congressional Record: "This Canadian thinks it is time to speak up for the Americans as the most generous and possibly the least appreciated people on all the earth. Germany, Japan and, to a lesser extent, Britain and Italy were lifted out of the debris of war by the Americans who poured in billions of dollars and forgave other billions in debts. None of these countries is today paying even the interest on its remaining debts to the United States. When France was in danger of collapsing in 1956, it was the Americans who propped it up, and their reward was to be insulted and swindled on the streets of Paris. I was there. I saw it. When earthquakes hit distant cities, it is the United States that hurries in to help. This spring, 59 American communities were flattened by tornadoes. Nobody helped. The Marshall Plan and the Truman Policy pumped billions of dollars into discouraged countries. Now newspapers in those countries are writing about the decadent, warmongering Americans. I'd like to see just one of those countries that is gloating over the erosion of the United States dollar build its own airplane. Does any other country in the world have a plane to equal the Boeing Jumbo Jet, the Lockheed Tri-Star, or the Douglas DC10? If so, why don't they fly them? Why do all the International lines except Russia fly American Planes? Why does no other land on earth even consider putting a man or woman on the moon? You talk about Japanese technocracy, and you get radios. You talk about German technocracy, and you get automobiles. You talk about American technocracy, and you find men on the moon - not once, but several times and safely home again. You talk about scandals, and the Americans put theirs right in the store window for everybody to look at. Even their draft-dodgers are not pursued and hounded. They are here on our streets, and most of them, unless they are breaking Canadian laws, are getting American dollars from ma and pa at home to spend here. When the railways of France, Germany and India were breaking down through age, it was the Americans who rebuilt them. When the Pennsylvania Railroad and the New York Central went broke, nobody loaned them an old caboose. Both are still broke. I can name you 5000 times when the Americans raced to the help of other people in trouble. Can you name me even one time when someone else raced to the Americans in trouble? I don't think there was outside help even during the San Francisco earthquake. Our neighbors have faced it alone, and I'm one Canadian who is damned tired of hearing them get kicked around. They will come out of this thing with their flag high. And when they do, they are entitled to thumb their nose at the lands that are gloating over their present troubles. I hope Canada is not one of those." Damn skippy.
Tuesday, September 11, 2001
This page has been set up by this guy to help NYC people's family and friends track them. (did that make any sense?)
We just heard from our parents in Italy. They are safer than we are. The question that remains here is: when will it be safe for them to come home?
Friday, September 07, 2001
Parents please! Please don't leave your 2-year-old child in your car while the car is still running! Bad things can happen!
Thursday, September 06, 2001
Seventy-five-year-old Shirley Stocksdale of Cape Coral, Florida has just won the 2001 award for strangest death, hands down, no other entries necessary. Kids, watch out for those sleeper sofas. They'll eat you right up.
Wednesday, September 05, 2001
Another 12-year-old boy crashed his grandmother's car into the side of a house, but this incident is different from the rest. His grandmother was in the passenger seat. ''She was having him move the car, but he floored the gas and went flying,'' said Marvin Wilson who lives in the damaged home with his wife and three sons. ''The boy got out and was screaming and crying and upset. But nobody told us they were sorry.''
Tuesday, September 04, 2001
I've had a report that the new scanned photo page is not working properly. If you experience any difficulties with that page, just go right to the picture directory and manually scan through them.
Monday, September 03, 2001
I know, I know...you just can't get enough of the digital pictures from my cousin Amy's wedding. Well, we've got my mother's scanned photos online now to satisfy your wedding picture bloodthirst.
Yay! American researchers at the British Association for the Advancement of Science conference in Glasgow say that eating chocolate is healthy! Allegedly, chocolate contains flavonoids that can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by reducing blood clotting. I don't feel so bad about my excessive chocolate intake levels anymore.