Shipped free with my internet

Filed under:General — eric @ 12:19 pm

Shipped free with my internet appliance was a nifty CD opener that makes quick work of the plastic seals on a CD case. My officemate Paul says that with the sheer number of individually wrapped blank CDs he goes through, that little took alone is worth the $100 I’ll end up paying for this computer.

YoungMamas is a web portal

Filed under:General — eric @ 12:06 pm

YoungMamas is a web portal aimed at … young mamas. It looks like there’s a lot of information here, but for all I can tell, it may all just be a funnel into the “Young Mama Mall” where you can buy all sorts of things. Double entendre alert: there’s a YoungMamas webring, where you can submit your personal page and “watch your site get some action”.

Here’s my first post from

Filed under:General — eric @ 10:38 am

Here’s my first post from my new VirginConnect internet appliance. The jury’s still out. Due to (I think) an older version of JAVA in this browser, I’m typing blind. Can’t see a word of what I’m typing. It’ll make it hard for me to write from home, which was one of the reasons for mesigning up for this thing. We’ll see what I can do…testing…

Fourteen inches of rain. That’s

Filed under:General — eric @ 9:09 am

Fourteen inches of rain. That’s what fell on my parents’ house and the surrounding areas Saturday night. A few miles away in any direction, there were only regular thunderstorms. There were two deaths, both in my old neighborhood. I thought I’d seen severe storms there — hail, tornadoes, even lightning striking a tent I was in, knocking me senseless — but this is amazing. It looks like the water’s quickly receeding, but it’s leaving an incredible amount of damage behind.

Alexander Woollcott — A Few

Filed under:General — eric @ 1:42 am

Alexander Woollcott — A Few Links

The big play I’m directing this summer is Kaufman & Hart’s wonderful comedy The Man who Came to Dinner. The main character, Sheridan Whiteside, is very closely based on Kaufman & Hart’s friend Alexander Woollcott. Woollcott was famous for his writing, radio appearances, and wit during the 1920s, 30s, and early 40s. He was a main member of the Algonquin Round Table. Here’s a nice article about his intensely emotional relationship with Harpo Marx. Here’s a caricature of him that he took to using on his personal letterhead. Here’s but a few of his many quotations. How about some photos of and from his famous New York apartment, Wit’s End? An unflattering review of the collection of short films (and their subjects) Robert Benchley and the Knights of the Algonquin. And some corollaries: Dorthy Parker in the Twenties and Harpo Marx and Some Brothers. Harpo is also lampooned in The Man who Came to Dinner as the illiterate skirt-chasing jokester Banjo.