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A letter from my father. (No, not my father)
The Alger Hiss case
Could it be your fabric softener? (fabric softener one of the simplest products? Hardly!)
The Vaults of Erowid - documenting the complex realtionship between humans and psychoactives
The International Shakuhachi Association - good site, but some samples would be nice.
The Robotic Chicken
BASE jumping FAQ (though not updated recently)
The art of hype (or is that hyxpe??);
Dragon activity on earth (page loads an annoying sound...)
Dragons in literature. (That's literature in the sens of "printed books"!)
A tile trip to England and Wales (that is, of course, nothing like an acid trip)
The fire types
What is a dragon?
Plugs around the world
Astonishingly detailed review of the Minolta Dimage 7 camera. Wouldn't mind having one to play with I must admit. (Actually I wouldn't having one to own, but that's entirely different)
Some of the Photoshop tennis images.
Lovely rant about meaningless techno-bollocks
The Boundary Institute on randomness
The Book of Forbidden Knowledge (featuring exceptionally cheezy porno-movie style background music!)
Jen has some gems this morning, go check them out, but I will steal this link as I think it is particularly frightening.
Connected Japan which led me to a site with Hiroshige's 55 Tokaido prints (the thumnails are dreadful, but click on them and the reproduction is not bad at all)
A nice quote from Rumi (who was from Afghanistan of course). Thanks Youssef.
THROUGH LOVE all that is bitter will sweet
Through Love all that is copper will be gold.
Through Love all dregs will turn to purest wine
Through Love all pain will turn to medicine
Through Love the dead will all become alive.
Through Love the king will turn into a slave!
I've been listening to the Peatbog Faeries. (Their "official" page is under construction and this one has not been updated since November 1998...) Their music is interesting but I am not overwhelmed. Some of their stuff sounds like prissy, Celtic twilight Enya-style nonsense with a taste of Mike Oldfield thrown in. And they need to ditch the rockband drummer - his beats are just diminish the whole thing. (And he is far too loud in the mix - a common problem with electric folk bands in the UK)
Managing Abrasions and Lacerations - you need to if you fall off your bike!
Reptilia lab - learn to identify reptiles
Suds in Space (Thanks Tom)
God Photos - this page really annoys me. First there is the "I won't listen to whatever you might say because you couldn't possibly know anything about it" text and then there are the photos! I am deeply suspicious of Sai Baba and events associated him. I mean who wants a god that doesn't write neatly and who sprinkles dust all over the place!!! I want a clean god with nice handwriting thank you.
Just watched the LotR trailer - seems to have lots of good SFX, lots of outrageous overacting, and what have they done to the hobbits? Hobbits aren't humans!!! Sheesh.
As I am a sad old hippy I've downloaded the trailer for the Lord of the Rings. I probably wont go and see the film though. It might be a fantastic film, but it won't be like what it was like in my head when I last read the book. (Of course inside my head is not like what it was when I last read the book either...)
Hmm, I see that Deepend have gone bust - looking at their home page I wonder why they had any customers at all. Way too flashy and clever. (And incredibly annoying too)
Professor Holmgren's Test For Color Blindness
A Beardsley drawing I have not seen before - very odd.
Fantastic Gustac Doré gallery (via gmtPlus9)
Virtual tour of Capone's cell (via Jen)
I went to the theatre on Saturday night to see Glengarry Glen Ross and most enjoyable it was too. I'm not sure that I really understood what happened in the end, but it was well acted and fun.
The net is still snail-like today - utterly painful. How do they expect us to weblog if the network is so slow? There ought to be a law against it.
Hmm, the net appears to be entirely impossible to use today - I assume that there is some local/national/international bottleneck. (Seems to be international in fact as I can get to UK sites, though they may be cached locally too)
There was a mention of a short film called "Stanley Kubrick goes shoppping" in the Observer yesterday. It is reputed to be on the web but so far I can't find it. Sounded entertaining. Even the Kubrick site doesn't seem to mention it. (Though it does have the Zero Gravity Toilet instructions from 2001...)
Neumu magazine - as Jen says, undoubtedly a way to keep up with the cool.
RIP Isaac Stern
I have been poking around in old mailboxes and found a message from someone who asked me "What does WWW mean in your signature"...
I tried looking for abandoned women, but as always no luck. Story of my life really.
I'm sure that I've linked to Infiltration before, but here it is again. I like the Canada Malt plant section.
Good piece on uptalk.
WapWarp - some useful links for wappers.
Building Cathedrals - nothing to do with cathedrals...
Schroedinger's Toast (Thanks Ramji)
I've been struggling to synchronise my Handspring and I found that the problem was battery related. I presume this is a USB thing - I might just go back to serial port!
I started back at my Tai Chi class again last night after a long time away and found that I could still get through the whole form with only the visual prompt of watching what was going on around me. It was good to get back to it.
The Office Museum - good stuff! (also via Jen)
I pinched this link to a paper cut out Taj Mahal from Jen. There is even a paper cut out of Bill Gate's house (though you have to sign up for that one - typical , eh? :-) )
/. points me towards Atollo - I hadn't seen this before. The idea seems to be good, but, there have been things like this around before and there are always disadvantages - I mean, if you look at the front page there is a link whose description suggests that the peices are hard to break apart. Lego can be bad enough, this looks tem times worse! (I also suspect that as it wears it will get less and less robust)
A peer-to-peer genealogy network - interesting.
The present world situation has produced some very hard to parse headlines. I saw one that read "US attacks prompt EU action". A sentence with diametrically opposed readings.
This looks like Secret Agent chic to me. Someone has reviewed it.
Hmm, can't get anywhere today - I don't know whether it is this new virus clogging the network or the fact the Internet Explorer is not very good! (Mind you Netscape 6 is pretty dire too)
Bad Astronomy - and there is a lot of it about.
The Church of the Eternal Question
Slightly odd chess site.
Tom fed "Hippie Chicks and Sippin' Whiskey" through babelfish into chinese and back again. The result is very strange, but it is proving a tad hard to organise that you can see it...
The Salon piece on WTC conspiracy theories and kookery is excellent.
Also going missing yesterday was the album featuring Ginseng Sullivan - it wasn't on the New Grass Revival record and I couldn't find out which of my records it was on. It may be that I heard the song on the wireless or something, I suppose.
Yesterday I saw a good quote from Benjamin Franklin in the Guardian (I think) and I cannot find it again - I have reread all the articles and it just isn't there. I hate when that happens. However, as ususal the net cavalry comes galloping to the rescue : "They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty or safety". Found (amongst other places) at the QuoteGeek Benjamin Franklin page.
Banjo Players Anonymous - I answer yes to several of the questions... (Thanks Steve)
Hippie Girls and Sippin' Whiskey
Here's the words and chords for Panama Red - another of the great songs
Since when has "herbologist" been a word? It's"herbalist" for goodness sake! If can't get their title right would you trust their prescribing???
The snare shop - though don't let this think I approve of hunting in any shape or form!
Ginseng Sullivan in mp3 (to be brutally honest, not a brilliant version)
Ginseng pest control
Here's a banjo tab for Ginseng Sullivan
Ginseng Sullivan sung by steelBlue in Real Audio, and Willin' too - a band of taste and discernment clearly.
I was poking around some old mail boxes and foundsome mail about the Norman Blake song Ginseng Sullivan (Inaccurate words methinks). Now I have to go and find where I heard it 'cos I remember it as being fantastic. (I know it wasn't NB's version of it that I heard though - some searching suggests to me that I know it from the New Grass Revival's album Too Late to Turn Back Now)
I wouldn't rely on electronic translation just yet... (thanks Greg)
History of the WTC (thanks Paul - I did mail you, but I think I had mailer trouble...)
Masters of war - real audio and the words. (Thanks Gavin)
Excellent theatre site - I didn't know about the light dimming.
As usual Noam Chomsky talks sense, though I suspect it is not a popular kind of sense.
List of US police "10 codes"
Pictures from around the world
Shattered - a photo essay. Incredibly good photography, some of them are chilling.
Professional Pilots' Rumour Network
This Manhattan infra-red photo is linked everywhere, but is worth seeing.
Some New York photos (via gmtPlus9 )
Good grief - they just rescued a fireman who had been on the 83rd floor.
BBC and CNN are still entirely clogged.
Very interesting how most of the UK newspapers have all chosen the same (even if cropped) image for the their front pages.
One thing that people keep saying that I really don't get is to do with how the WTC was a "symbol for the West" and other such comments. Frankly, I (and everybody I have spoken to) thought of it just as building in New York which had no other significance than that it used to be the tallest building in the world at one time. I certainly didn't associate it with being a financial centre of any kind - World Trade Center sounding like just a name of a building rather than a description of what it did. I am astounded to find that so many crucial (at least in capitalist terms) operations were located in a single, very vulnerable building - yes it is convenient for everyone to be in the same place but is it sensible. I think yesterday proved that it isn't, especially in this age of networking.
Dan is thoughtful and sensible (unlike others who are jumping to conclusions and not really thinking things through) - there is an awful lot of pointless sabre rattling going on (though not from the US administration who are being very cautious). This whole event has demonstrated rather forceful how good the "old" media are, and how "new" media just cannot keep up. It was essentially impossible to get any information off the web yesterday PM (our time), apart from the Guardian site and Ananova. Live broadcast media do it better than anything that can get bottlenecked or that has bandwidth restrictions. Sure, they kept repeating much of the same stuff over and over, but they were very quick with any fresh info, such as there was.
This list of the companies that had premises in the World Trade Centre just brings home the scale of what has been happening.
And now the pentagon. Makes that Star Wars Missile defence seems like a really bright idea doesn't it.
I read on Slasdot that two planes have crashed into the World Trades Center and I can't get to any news sites at all. What is going on. Hmm, I got on to the Guardian site but it really doesn't tell me very much.
Well, I suppose that I had better link to this page.
Last time I was travelling I inevitably ended up looking at the International Herald Tribune - there is nothing else to read on aeroplanes. Some issues had the amazingly unfunny Dave Barry (is davebarry.com really his site?)column in them, but others had an Art Buchwald column. Don't think that that but means that I thought the Buchwald column was funny - it was at least as unfunny as Dave Barry, if not unfunnier - but the photo of Art Buchwald was the same one as I remember seeing of him from about 30 years ago! Looking him up it seems he is not as old as I thought (b. 1925). The sad thing about these "humourists" is that not only are they not funny, they are not witty which seems to be a prime requirement for the job. Mind you I'd been churning it out as long as Buchwald has I suppose I might be becoming a little stale too.
The Monkey Power Trio
Words From Here - sadly a flash based site, but has interesting things, such as film scripts.
Sadly probably defunct, but a nice idea - neat stuff of the day
Synonyms for masturbation
I'd really like to get hold of a Psion Wavefinder digital radio box, but they seem to have been discontinued (and were too expensive anyway) I wonder if there are any floating around out there in discount bins?
I picked up the most recent Banana Yoshimoto book Asleep at the weekend - I can recommend it highly. Three short stories (or "novellas" as they seem to want to call them), all with that slightly haunted feeling that she does so well.
Well I certainly didn't know what a fluffer was before I read this. (If you are easily offended don't bother finding out)
Tom also pointed me to JumpTV which is a good source of TV links. He alos sent me Wacky patent of the month - another gem.
Cool! Live Japanese TV - thanks Tom! Now I will have to work at learning the language. Tom found this at the excellent broadcast-live site.
Interesting article about the randomness of the digits in pi (via Kulesh)
Some good stuff about words on this page.
I was doing some looking around for info on building saunas and came across the fabulous word "löyly" which is "a sauna-specific word meaning the steam rising from the hot stones, and more importantly, the feeling of the warmth". They even talk about löylymasters. Great.
This review of colour pickers is useful (via Whim & Vinegar)
I must admit to a genuine worry about the safety of ceiling fans. It's probably to do with being tall. (Thanks Damien)
Nice piece about the Ise Shrine
Akebono is retiring - I wish there was more Sumo on TV here, it doesn't seem to have been for ages. Why can't I have a channel where I can watch Sumo, cycling, and various forms of boarding, and *NO GAMES INVOLVING BALLS OR POWERED VEHICLES*? Is this too much to ask?
The Kanji site - this is a good resource and I wish I had found it sooner.
Some nice typefaces by Emigre. The way it scrolls through all the different weights and style sis interesting.
I just found someone using an HTML tag that I didn't recognise. I must be slipping.
Odd. The caption under the picture seems to say something about someone's home.
The Librarians' Index to the Internet - another one I should have come across before but hadn't. Tut.
Some shockwave experiments - some quite nice.
Hydrogen Duke Box
While searching for information on the Ondes Martenot, I found this fantastic history of electronic musical instruments. Wonderful (The quest for information in the first place was sparked by the death of one of the world's few Ondes Martenot virtuosi)
Haruki Murakami interview
Learn to be a town crier (at a distance)