Chicks of the 60's is new to me
although it's been around a couple years,
and is now a book. Claims to be the
web's best source
for Swingin' '60s info, and it
sports a very attractive site design.
A wry sensibility is at work here -- amongst
all the obvious choices are pages for
Sylvia Plath and the Singing Nun, even
Judy Jetson and the little red-haired
girl (check that last one for the humorous
image of Snoopy mocking Charlie Brown).
The Tao of Vegemite:
country defined by foul-smelling, extremely salty black
paste is a column from the Sydney Morning Herald:
Vegemite is a modest food. Unlike most spreads, it
cannot survive on its own. It can serve as a viable
foodstuff only in concert with butter.
Ahh, so that's they way they do it, as an enhancement
Ever noticed weirdness in websites' text, like question
marks where you'd expect hyphens or dashes? I've gotten
used to it, while reading
Slate, for example,
with Netscape 3, my browser of choice -- since that's a
Microsoft publication it utilizes their
weird, proprietary "extensions" to HTML. The
page explains how Microsoft word processing products,
in their typically evil fashion, convert perfectly
legitimate punctuation into these MS-only codes
when you do a "save as HTML..." The Demoroniser
is actually a Perl script which converts this stuff
back to what any browser can display. (This
problem never occurs in these pages because my
hand-crafted HTML is "pure.")
Ever wondered what makes wasabi, the green
sushi condiment, so hot? A substance called
sinigrin, according to a
that sells T-Shirts (like also
with the chemical formula for caffeine) --
One part of the molecule is a glucose ring which
gives it a somewhat sweet taste, but there's Sulfur,
which changes into Sulfuric Acid vapors when
you eat it and these vapors go right up your
Excellent essay in The Atlantic 'unbound'
by Jack Beatty, Does
religion make you a better person?
Christianity may be the source of the idea of human
equality; to maintain, however, that only religion can
sustain that value is to commit a fallacy: the origin
of an idea is not its destiny. Equality before the
law, fairness, and respect for the rights of
others -- these values have long since been secularized.
Visualize your position at
A bit of creepy enlightenment about the shrub in
Modern World, and clarification on his
mispronunciations (zb. "subliminable") in
Dubya Can't Read, a new article in The
Nation by Christopher Hitchen:
The poor guy is obviously dyslexic, and dyslexic
to the point of near-illiteracy.
Vessel Flutes is an ocarina page with
all kinds of tidbits, from pictures of Maynard
Krebs to notes about the instrumental bridge in
"Wild Thing" (by the Troggs).
from an online source in the Pacific NW.
When I heard that the North and South Korean
teams marched into the Olympics' opening ceremonies
together, under a single flag, I was curious,
a picture of them, with a little info (the next
one, too). The little blue dot at the bottom is
the resort island of
More on those new 'crispy' grapes: they're similar (but
not identical) to "Red Globe" about which
there's more info at In
Season (note how Labrusca means
Build your own (sub-orbital) spaceplane, from a kit!
US News & World Report on the
Overall sales have fallen from $850 million
in 1993 to $275 million last year. During the
same period, the number of comic-book stores
dropped from roughly 10,000 to 3,400.
Brilliant musings on the Libertarian Party and Liberals,
hierarchs, "consies" (Conservatives) and Socialism:
Mark Rosenfelder answers the big question about
Life in The Year 2000 in his essay,
If an intellectual from 1900 could be bodily
transported to the end of the milennium, top-hat,
monocle, and all, he would explode in puzzlement.
Where did all these conservatives come from?
Where are the flying cars and moon bases?
New fruit I'm enjoying from the biggest grape
stand at the local weekend Farmer's Market:
crispy grapes. Like very ripe'n'juicy
Asian pears, their white flesh tinted a delicate
purple-pink by light passing through their
translucent red-appley skins. Each contains
up to six big seeds, so the eating's better
while grasping a pointy knife.
Although I never wear one, I want this watch: the
Bet they cost more than a new car. The
is also nice. Silberstein employs that same primary-colorform
Police were using at the end, but it seems coincidental.
What does YAG stand for? A type of laser, more
accurately Nd-YAG -- Neodymium doped Yttrium Aluminum
Garnet. This came from
Problems is enlightening. (If the clunky
button-index interface is annoying, using this
page may be an improvement.)
Amongst everything else is the claim that
In the early 1990s a publicity campaign was launched
in Holland (by the National Liver and Intestine
Foundation) to encourage people to break wind at
least 15 times a day.
Overheard -- amusing
scheme become tiresome, just use the index pages, like
and adjust the year in the URL manuallly -- seems to
have died last July, but the weekly offerings
begin with January 1998.
Big GIFs of the Tokyo
subway (32K) and Moscow
Metro (72K) maps. (Just hit Moscow -- wow). These
turned up while looking for a current map of the
One more GIF (14K):
Feeling poetic? Need to look one up? The University of Toronto
has lots available, with extensive cross-referencing, at their
Poetry On-line site.
Two sites of interest for their graphic content:
The Diner Cam (live
from Jersey City). This cam page has a novel feature:
random access to any minute's image within the past
Yop -- great monochrome design -- more amusing
minimal animations in the "Biscuit Theater."
Cheese -- the illustration
gallery of Kazumi Nonaka -- 1950s graphics
and inscruitable captions -- what can it mean?
who also points towards)
Catalogue has menus of pointers to all manner of
stuff off-site -- kind of an über-weblog. Drop in
and let the hours fly by.
Discovered this great artist in the
new issue of
(a magazine I should get a subscription
to, like I do
Often appearing in the former is Josh
Agle, whose 'handle' is
but this new guy's even better with
the kandy-kolored retro:
Aaron Marshall, a Canadian surfer. He doesn't seem to have
a web site but did have a
at the La Luz de Jesus
gallery a few months back.
(That page's thumbnail links don't
work any more -- access
the bigger images via the
page.) I especially like
Fuel Continuums but I
will get him some fame. (And if
you'd like more Shag, he also
had a recent
show at Le Luz de
Jesus -- it's that place above
the Soap Plant on Melrose. I
remember one night when
took me to a great opening
there, when it was new; his
reaction to the crowd upon our
exit was "I'll
never wear black again!"
forth on "Dubya" and how
"compassionate conservative" is an oxymoron.
Thinking about the shrub in the oval office
reminds me of the drunken, puppet
President Nissen in that first series of
Washington comic books, "Give Me Liberty."
Also in Slate, some know-nothing posted a
argument -- since he excludes cannabis from his
discussion the whole story is rendered artificial and
irrelevant. Most reaction to the column was apparently
negative (summarized at the bottom, scroll
down) -- among the rebuttals, a refreshingly
experiential essay by Michael Dare,
Objects. (I used to catch his stuff in the LA
weekly rags -- this animated, presidential GIF
came from his
Lots nore 'found art' at
Actual stuff torn from real life.
Something from a
of Apocalypse Culture II, edited by Adam Parfrey
and published by Feral
Project Blue Beam:
A secret government plan to use satellite-based
lasers developed by NASA scientists to project
holograms of the messiah in the sky to simulate
the Second Coming and convince Christians that
the Rapture is occurring.
Album is a well-formed
collection of Beatle boot stuff.
Fruitius Caesar is responsible for
the toughest Man in Anime.
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