Like many personal blogs of its era, this blog is moribund, a casualty of what we might call "the Facebook effect." However, as of late 2015, two things are clear: (1) The Indie Web is a thing, and (2) the re-decentralization of the web is a thing. So who knows?
2016 2017 (!) could be the year this blog rises from its own ashes. Stay tuned!
Tuesday, 19 December 2006
Here’s a first: PostSecret
is a site I’ve blogged about before
, but somehow I forgot all about it, only to rediscover it recently and fall in love with the concept all over again. New secrets are posted (and all old secrets removed) each Sunday. To contribute, all you need is a postcard, a secret, and a stamp.
Wednesday, 06 December 2006
This is just a snippet of today’s wonderful Jon Carroll column
… I was thinking about the masks we all wear when we go to work. The masks correspond to the roles we are asked to play, and also to the ambitions we may have for eventual advancement. For some people, their mask is heavy because there is a chasm between what they do and who they are. They are not actually smiling and subservient, and they do not believe that the customer is always right, and they do not believe that the person above them is by definition more competent than they are, but they pretend. They play the role. If they want a check at the end of the week, they have to play the role.
If you’ve been playing the role for a long time, you are a “professional.” “She’s a real pro,” people will say, meaning: She acts the way I expect her to act, and she knows how to do her job. Being a “real pro” means squelching the urge to scream. Real pros have a lot of revenge fantasies… .
Monday, 27 November 2006
- ITEM: “10 tangible things each of YOU can do to make traffic better” — preach it, brother!
- ITEM: Most “how to be productive” tips are shite; these are not (a similar approach works for me, anyway, when I’m of a mind to be productive)
- ITEM: Salma Hayek is shameless. And why shouldn’t she be? (technically SFW but perhaps not advised)
Monday, 20 November 2006
- ITEM: Souvenirs
- ITEM: How to fix shows (like Lost) that suffer from Twin Peaks syndrome
- ITEM: Now different, not as good: Best Foods mayonnaise
- ITEM: The newest attraction in NYC’s Times Square
- ITEM: Episode 1 (of 8) of David Lynch’s Rabbits (6 minute video)
Wednesday, 15 November 2006
“The reason I’m here today, the reason I own a brand new Harley-Davidson motorcycle and the reason I have a big log cabin and I got cars and all kinds of stuff is because I’m a writer and writers own everything.” — Dan Aykroyd [emphasis mine]
Tuesday, 14 November 2006
Sunday, 12 November 2006
Would someone please get me this lovely Buddha
that is offered for sale at Costco.com (of all places)? the_lucky_duck (who sent me the link) notes that shipping and handling is included. [link fixed 11/15 22:27]
Thursday, 09 November 2006
- ITEM: Mistaken Identity: Innocent 17-year-old girl jailed for a week (don’t-miss pictures!)
- ITEM: Breathtaking pictures of New York City by night. [spotted at planet.gnome.org]
- ITEM: The best Onion article ever written … by a goat. [spotted at reddit]
Monday, 16 October 2006
- ITEM: “The wave” that sports event crowds do — a Bay Area creation?
- ITEM: Supreme Court lets stand California ruling that municipalities may respond to the discriminatory ways of the Boy Scouts of America (covered previously)
- ITEM: “Results-Only Work Environment” — corporate speak for compassionate employment? (I need a ROWE job!)
- ITEM: Correlation is not causation, yadda yadda, but: Does TV trigger autism?
- ITEM: Neat! the_lucky_duck compares Scorsese’s The Departed with Infernal Affairs (the Hong Kong flick that inspired it)
Wednesday, 20 September 2006
- ITEM: The neatest photograph you’ll see on the Web today.
- ITEM: “American Buddhism on the rise” sez the Christian Science Monitor.
- ITEM: It made me cry: Brother-sister Holocaust survivors find each other after 65 years. (Thanks, KW!)
- ITEM: A good take on the disgusting torture debate in Washington. “Who would Jesus attack with dogs?”
- ITEM: Heard on the radio this morning: A rockin’, twangy country remake of Snoop Dogg’s “Gin and Juice” by The Gourds. (Thanks, KALX!)
- ITEM: The Knack is suing Run DMC for sampling “My Sharona” in “It’s Tricky” — 20 years ago.
- ITEM: I don’t remember this at all: The original video for “It’s Tricky” features Penn and Teller!
Friday, 16 June 2006
…a man who never lived
had a relatively ordinary day
. Quite extraordinary! Happy Bloomsday
I usually mark the day by wearing black (as Bloom did), having a cheese sandwich and perhaps some Burgundy for lunch (as Bloom did), and getting ripped on Guinnesses in the evening, but as I am currently on day 20 of a 28-day kidney and liver cleanse diet that prescribes no dairy and no alcohol (along with no meat, no bread, no eggs, none of your usual grains, no legumes, no pasta, no sugar, no salt, no processed foods, no foods cooked in oil, etc.), I’m having to settle for just wearing black. On a gorgeous, bright, warm sunny day. Sigh.
[Also of note: very exciting news in the Joyce world this week. More here and from The New Yorker (!) here…]
Monday, 20 March 2006
- ITEM: Jon Carroll writes with unusually strong language this morning about those who oppose gay families, and hits it out of the park.
- ITEM: An MP3 recording of what you heard all across the FM dial in NYC the night John Lennon was murdered.
- ITEM: Michael Crichton in the NY Times: “This Essay Breaks the Law”
Friday, 17 March 2006
- ITEM: “Enough is enough. I’ve had it with these snakes.”
- ITEM: “It made me feel phenomenal. It has changed my life… . I didn’t need it. It helped someone who … needed it. “
- ITEM: Slate on Groceries #1: An Insider’s Guide to Trader Joe’s (for curious New Yorkers — who got their first TJ’s today)
- ITEM: Slate on Groceries #2: Is Whole Foods Wholesome?
Tuesday, 14 March 2006
- ITEM: The Buddha Boy has gone missing. Perhaps he needed greater peace. (Or perhaps it was all bogus from the beginning.)
- ITEM: The money connection: Nepal freezes assets collected by local committee handling Buddha Boy crowds.
- ITEM: Slate answers the question “My eyeball just fell out of its socket — what should I do?” (My own answer would be FREAK OUT like you’ve never freaked out before.)
- ITEM: Former host of “Press Your Luck” killed in small plane crash. (I hope the investigation rules out sabotage by the Whammy.)
Monday, 06 March 2006
- ITEM: Crime’s up in Oakland
- ITEM: Walter Cronkite’s speech to the Drug Policy Alliance
- ITEM: Classical learning curves for some common text editors (I love the one for vi, but that’s probably because I’ve learned vi!)
- ITEM: Porkchop Sandwiches! (I incapacitated a colleague with this video earlier today — use headphones if you’re at work…)