In a column called
decides which is Bad? Marc Fisher describes a
group called 'Parents Against Bad Books in Schools' as
"a handful of parents who are proud
of their anti-intellectualism and intent on
deciding what your kids may read." They've
got a crude site, pabbis.com,
which they've loaded up with excerpts from books
they find offensive... Robert Cormier gets the treatment,
not surprisingly, given his distrust of Authority; but
the two James? Michner and Clavell -- they think
Shogun is evil, and the children shouldn't
read it. (As if...)
Yahoo! news summary
of web advertisement suppression software,
with testimonials and links to the
sources -- these packages can prevent the "pop up" and
the new pop-under windows, as well as banner ads -- they
mention the one I use, webwasher.
vs. the shrub! (It's in fotonovela
format, so patience is required while the images load.)
Secrets of the
Mansion (and differences).
Wired Car in the Wired World -- speculation
from Dr Phil Agre:
Ordinary people's lives are a hassle in large part because
of all the experts and social climbers who get ahead only if they are
changing things whether they need changing or not, and now there is
a whole world of intersecting institutions that have an interest in
changing the technology of transportation.
The Internet grants my wish:
Enter your zip code and
Price Watch generates an ordered listing
of the cheapest gas stations within a given
radius. Join up and become a volunteer price
spotter for your neighborhood!
Cars by Mickey Kaus -- he "viscerally hates the PT
Cruiser" -- compares it to the Manhattan AT&T
building... but he likes the Ford Focus.
No longer can I claim nothing from Amazon.com -- today,
I have been assimilated, hooked in by a free shipping
deal. My order: a CD by that Icelandic band,
and a book -- Still Life & Other Stories
by Junzo Shono.
The new The New
Mirth of a Nation -- "Black comedy's reactionary
hipness" -- all about the contemporary state of "coon"
stereotypes: Chris Tucker as Stepin Fetchit. At the bottom
is a link to their older, related article:
Your Sets, which concerns media
segregation and ethnic targeting by advertisers.
Catching up on Scott McCloud's
Stop Thinking -- I like #4, "Follow That Trail."
Every couple of months I get an odd response to my
Dyes story -- this was yesterday's (I think):
Subject: Fabrics that glow
Date: Mon, 18 Jun 2001 12:52:24
Greetings from Strong Museum in Rochester, NY.
Can you recommend a source for purchasing fabrics
that will glow under black light? Thank you.
No, I did not reply.
Lots of linkage today, since I couldn't get online to update
yesterday (I'm getting what I pay for, with my budget ISP).
is probably the most well-known of the
I'm not one of the Mac people but they might find
wondrous treehouse (scroll down).
It Could Happen!
(Also scroll down, or search
on the phrase -- it's been copyrighted by McDonalds.)
Good .sig spotting:
you know, if Jesus comes back to
Earth, I bet the last thing he'll
want to see again is another cross.
Along these realistic lines, the excellent
pro Jesus/anti Paul
For Jesus site is by the author of a book called
Noticed a couple pages comparing the
Japanimation (a TV series from 1990) to
Disney's new Atlantis movie -- there'll probably
be more verbiage about this, as well as how
phones may foil stealth bombers, according
to an Austrailian newspaper.
Tune out his silly similies and enjoy
Mark Frauenfelder's ode to Googie,
consolodates numerous big-name reviews of the
current movies, music & etc.
article about SMS, the text-messaging service available
to mobile phone users in Asia and Europe but not the
USA. Why not? It's related to the way both caller and
receiver pay for cel-phone usage here (which a
Slate "Explainer" column said was the reason there's no
domestic cel-phone directory (ie 'White Pages'): since
the receiver has to share the charges, all cel-phone
numbers are unlisted). Also, Sprint's CDMA PCS and AT&T's
TDMA aren't compatible with the international standard,
the Global System for Mobile communications (GSM).
Wired article about cel-phone/internet
standards -- the Mobile Services Initiative (MSI).
Recently looked up "Panic in the Year Zero" on the IMDb,
and was disappointed with the slim offerings there. But
then I discovered CONELRAD
(the site devoted to All Things Atomic) and it has a great
review! (Even a photo of the three hipsters of the
apocalypse.) Lots of neat stuff here, with promises
of more to come.
In-depth USAToday article on the new HID
that the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration is about to begin hearings, and
it's about time! Like many, I think they're too bright.
Feed has apparently
followed Word into oblivion. Can
Salon be long in this world?
They have a great lead today,
Morality Police --
The notion that words and images and ideas can cause harm to young
minds has become such an article of faith that it's hard not to feel
a sense of futility when you point out that there is not a shred,
not an iota, not an atom of proof that exposure to images or
descriptions of sex and violence does children any harm.
What is it about mystery novels which makes them so
immemorable? Like, I whizzed through the
Melville - Otani books five years back, had
a great time collecting the series, and now I can
only recall the most fragmentary details...
Industry! -- a
tasteful site featuring photos of modern ruins, with commentary.
is probably the most complete page about
Larry Walters on the Internet. (He was
the guy who flew a lawnchair over Los Angeles
a clever site -- the lineup of Coca-Cola products
marketed in Japan, displayed like in a vending machine.
Click the one you find most intriguing for more information
(which may not be very helpful, except for the images, since
it's almost completely Japanese). I'm a little baffled by
the presence of Dr. Pepper, when was he assimilated? Note
Strung With Clotheslines:
In subdivisions and condominiums, clotheslines are
routinely outlawed. "No one shall place upon the
Property clotheslines," reads a typical "association
covenant." Planned communities have such restrictive
rules that one prospective homebuyer said it would
be like living at home with her mother, "except
that even my mother would let me have a clothesline."
Bonfante Gardens is a new amusement park / vacation
destination opening next week down near Santa Cruz.
A feature will be the
Trees, the work of Axel Erlandson, who did
wondrous, amazing things with grafting. I first
became aware of them via an article in the last
magazine -- as far as I know they've been out
of public view for decades.
Attributions lists quotes falsely attributed to
Winston Churchill -- starts out debunks that "Liberal
at 15, Conservative at 35" foolishness.
Tips on 'scamming' "New
for a Drug-Free White House are requesting honor
from the shrub.
Trip 2001: Nice design, and great pictures of
Italy and Paris.
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