Steven over at Ethyl the

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Steven over at Ethyl the Blog wrote a bit about Harpo Marx on Tuesday. The play I’m directing next summer, The Man Who Came to Dinner, has a character based on Harpo and many others based on his social circle. The show’s not until July, but I’m really starting to get into it.

Lunch has been over for

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Lunch has been over for three hours now, but I can’t stop thinking about how good that fresh bananna pudding was. Still warm, it was the perfect companion for the bar-b-que sandwich I had.

My college roommate (one of

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My college roommate (one of them, anyway), Phil “dE Cat with Grape Jelly” Jones has put some of his artwork online. We both started out in physics, but he realized one semester that it wasn’t right for him. Unfortunately, it was mid-semester and he couldn’t do much about it right then. So, while I wrote my lab reports, he made wonderful drawings and paintings. In the middle of the night, we’d run through campus, me to turn in assignments and he to hang his works on random walls.

Look what you can do

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Look what you can do with Elmer’s Glue! When I was a kid (not that long ago), all we did with Elmers glue was glue paper together and put it on our hands and let it dry. Who knew you could paint with it? Of course, when we wanted to paint something, we used the big plastic tubs of tempara paint.

The Astronomy Cafe is the

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The Astronomy Cafe is the web site for the astronomically disadvantaged, featuring “Ask the Astronomer”, “Ask the Space Scientist”, and lots of desription, pictures, and movies. And even though we al know that in space, no one can hear you scream, the Cafe has a section of space sounds.

A state-of-the-art optical observatory

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A state-of-the-art optical observatory that produces images which are sharper and far more detailed than those obtained from the Hubble Space Telescope is scheduled for construction atop the Magdalena Mountains in central New Mexico.
The university I attended has pulled off another coup in the Astrophysical world. Long a Mecca for radio astronomers, Socorro will soon be known for its optical observatory as well. One of these days I ought to put my astrophysics degree to use, I suppose…


From Fark: Comedian Rowan Atkinson

Filed under:General — eric @ 11:42 am

From Fark:

Comedian Rowan Atkinson has crashed the sports car he bought to celebrate the success of his movie in the role of Mr Bean. He was unhurt. Featured on the same page is a link to a BBC story on the Blackadder movie to be shown in England after the new year. I like the goatee.

Kirk: “Where’s your crew?” Decker:

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Kirk: “Where’s your crew?”
Decker: “They’re on the Tenth planet.”
Kirk: “There is no tenth planet
Decker: “Don’t you think I know that!”

(By the way, you can see the classic Star Trek episode “The Doomsday Machine” with state-of-the-art digital effects here.)

Douglas Adams (author of the

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Douglas Adams (author of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy — but did I really need to say that?) has completed a new series for BBC radio on the past, present, and future of the Internet. I’ve not yet found a full transcript, but here’s the BBC’s official pages on the series. Riding the wave of change is Douglas Adams, who recognised nearly ten years ago that information technology was set to revolutionise the way in which we communicate.

I’ve been waiting all month

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I’ve been waiting all month for a new Landover Baptist newsletter, and today they deliver a few days early! I guess so they could tell us about their exciting trick or tract program.


Welcome to my home page

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Welcome to my home page ! Kiss you !!!!!!!!!!!! Could this be the winner of the hotly contested “International Player of the Year” trophy?

Yet another reason to love

Filed under:General — eric @ 10:20 am

Yet another reason to love Iceland: In the next few weeks, road authority contractors will gently move a cracked gray boulder known as Grasteinn, said to be owned by dwarfs, that blocks the expansion of a highway on the outskirts of Reykjavik. The dwarfs could not be reached for comment.

McSweeney’s has a list of

Filed under:General — eric @ 9:09 am

McSweeney’s has a list of Less Popular Bars (in no particular order). My favorite: Karaokefenokee.

At this point, we began

Filed under:General — eric @ 4:50 am

At this point, we began to consider the probability that these objects in the Turkish video were not actual Taurid objects, but rather symbolic Taurid objects, appearing in the skies over the symbolic 33degree longitude, during an eclipse in a country whose very flag is an eclipse! How does this guy continue to get people to listen to him. I mean, the face on Mars was at least imaginable, but he’s moved way beyond that now.

When describing the gold burial

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When describing the gold burial mask Heinrich Schliemann (discoverer of Troy and Mycanae) found, he said, “I have gazed on the face of Agamemnon.” Now, some accuse Heinrich of faking the whole thing. This is potentially explosive stuff, and this Month’s Archaeology treats the subject with care.


Memepool pointed me to a

Filed under:General — eric @ 10:32 am

Memepool pointed me to a drinking song by Hilaire Belloc about the Pelagian Heresy — a backlash against St Augustine. Digging deeper, I found a poem titled Jim Who Ran Away From His Nurse and was Eaten by a Lion, which was very reminiscent of Shel Silverstein.

I don’t think I’ve ever fit so many links so close together before. Thank god for Google and Blogger!

I know that when you

Filed under:General — eric @ 9:46 am

I know that when you think of weblogs, you don’t also think of segues, but here goes one:

In 1989, a video hacker managed to override the Chicago PBS station’s broadcast of ‘Dr. Who’ for 90 seconds - and replace it with entertainment of his own design. Elsewhere on the tvparty site, you can hear William Shatner tell a sound engineer “Don’t tell me how to do it. It sickens me.” Space Ghost used the same line this week. A boom boom boom boom, Space Ghost!

So you’ve found out about

Filed under:General — eric @ 9:18 am

So you’ve found out about pollution sites near your house from the EPA. Now, find out about your local crime rate courtesy of the ABP data center.

Cult TV timelord Dr Who

Filed under:General — eric @ 4:30 am

Cult TV timelord Dr Who is returning for the first time in more than three years with an entire evening of programmes being screened in his honour. Woo hoo! I wonder if BBC America plans on carrying it any time soon.


I’ve said it once, and

Filed under:General — eric @ 10:55 am

I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again: This American Life is a fine, fine piece of work. On my public radio station, I listen to it at 9pm on Sundays. Of course, you may find it at a different time. Even better, .you can listen to all the shows via Real Audio.

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