Quick! Call the travel agent — Legoland got a liquor license!
Though the Japanese volcano has been in the news the last few days, Mt. Etna in Sicily has been photographed blowing beautiful smoke rings.
Continung to test the bleeding edge of web technology, the hampster dance now features drag-and-drop hamsters and variable speed controls, all to a block rockin’ beat.
Last year, Scott Christensen quit his well-paying computer job in New York City, left his apartment, gave away all of his posessions, and set off on a trek across the United States with “nothing but a car, a bicycle, a portable computer, a cellphone, some clothes, and a toy dog.” All of it is documented here for us in bite-sized pieces. Much of it was written here in Athens, where everything started to come together for him (“Written in Watkinsville, Georgia on May 28, 1999 in the basement of the old Baptist church after so damn much coffee at Jittery Joe’s I’m too jittery to sleep”). His trek took him to many of the same places I’ve been. His bits from New Mexico (“There are nipples everywhere in New Mexico. New Mexico might very well be the teat of the world…”) and Athens (“The Athens area was the first place I liked. Friendly people, pretty lands, warm weather and free ice tea refills…”) were of special interest to me. The whole site is very well done, and if I wasn’t in the middle of something at work I’d be spending a lot of time here. I found it all by accident while doing a google search for one of our local coffee houses.
I just checked my voice mail for the first time in six months. There weren’t any messages, so I don’t feel too bad. It’s not suprising since I only posted the number here once, last September when I had about 3 readers. 1-877-353-3869. Talk to me.
Straight from the SCientific American is a scheme to turn scrap chicken feathers into plastics and paper.
Speaking of Space Ghost, the first two episodes of Space Ghost Coast to Coast ever will be on this weekend. Cartoon Network, Friday night at 11pm eastern.
Joel Hodgson (of MST3K and other fame) and his brother Jim have a nice website at www.gizmonics.com. For a long time it was a wildly interesting antmaze of a site that made the weblog rounds, but it’s now changed to an odd coloring book and visual exposition of past and future projects. If you haven’t been there in a while, stop by. Page 24 of the downloadable coloring book shows some shooting work for Space Ghost Coast to Coast
I just spent three hours laying sod. I’d vever done that before, and it was fun, dirty work. The kicker is that we laid it all inside, on stage, for a production of Much Ado About Nothing that opens Friday at Athens’ Town & Gown theater. It came out looking very nice indded. And the smells! We put plenty of pine bark mulch under the sod for padding and bulk, and the smells are very pleasant indeed. It’ll add a whole new dimension to experiencing the show.
Thanks to the hard work of the Pyra crew, the “permanent location” links at the end of each entry really are the permanent locations. Feel free to link to any individual entry without fear of stale linkage. Here’s the time I went shopping with Kim Basinger. (Sorry guys… still no pr0n.)
The US Forest Service’s Passport In Time program is an excellent way to get involved in history. Throughout the year at sites across the nation, projects ranging from archaeological digs to preservation to documentation are available for you to volunteer your services. Usually no special skills are required, but sometimes they’re looking for photographers and other hobbyists. Sometimes they provide food & lodging, other times you camp near or on site. Whatever the project, you’ll find these a great way to spend your vacations. In 1994, I spent a week excavating a late Anasazi/Mogollon pueblo located on the very top of a mesa (”Pueblo de la Mesa”) and was there with my hands in the dirt when the team found a number of things that got them and us volunteers very excited.
Weblog Wannabe made Kestrel’s Nest a poetry subject over the weekend. She claims the poem is the “corniest ever”:
The Kestrel’s nest I saw
It was beige with purple streaks
Didn’t see an egg
The Chapman Stick is an electric musical instrument that looks like the neck of a guitar. It’s got 10 or 12 strings and is played by tapping the string against the fret. Since there’s no strumming of strings, both hands are free to play at the same time. With a range spanning the low note of a bass guitar through the high range of a normal guitar, one person can produce a rich wall of music.
Using the The Noel Smith-Wenkle Salary Negotiation Method will help you get paid what you’re worth the next time you’re negotiating for a salary.
You know, I was watching the New Year’s Celebration in Paris pretty closely, but I don’t remember seeing Space Ghost there. Maybe Peter Jennings missed that part. (Created by Hen Solo, who has a fine set of Space Ghost, Freakaziod, and chicken pages. Requires RealPlayer G2.)
Do you love pickles? If so, maybe these earrings are for you. If you’re not sure about your feelings for pickles, maybe this peck of perfectly plausible pickle facts will help you decide. “Good pickles have an audible crunch at 10 paces. This can be measured at “crunch-off” using the “scientific” device known as the Audible Crunch Meter. Pickles that can be heard at only one pace are known as denture dills.“
After a string of 70 degree sunny days, the seeds in the garden are all starting to show their greens. Lettuces and turnips, carrots and chards. Already I’ve got a dozen or so varieties planted, and it’s nearly time to plant the rest. The long promised online tour of the house is nearly complete, and I’ll follow that with a well-documented online garden.
K.E.S.T.R.E.L.: Kinetic Electronic Soldier Trained for Repair and Efficient Learning. Another fine toy from the Shuttlecocks.