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patti smith is playing at the melkweg during the can-u-bus cup!!!
- Skinny 11-03-2000 2:57 am [link] [2 comments]

This is kind of silly, but I wanted to see how hard it would be to write. If you want to see a unique list of every word you have ever used on your page (sorted by the number of occurances, in descending order) you can do so at (where x:x:x: is the page global location, for instance, this page is 0:1:1:) Here's my page, for example: jim's page.

(please note: this is highly unpolished. The script makes certain crude assumptions about what a word is, and other crude transformations on the html so that no unintended html gets into the print out. It just strips out most punctuation. Not so pretty, but still slightly interesting. I could make it better, but it's functional enough in this state for what I'm interested in.)
- jim 11-02-2000 11:10 pm [link] [5 comments]

News Alert:Due to an anticipated voter turnout much larger than originally expected, the polling facilities may not be able to handle the load all at once. Therefore, Demorcrats are requested to vote on Tuesday, November 7, and Republicans on Wednesday, November 8. Please pass this message along and help us to make sure that nobody gets left out.
- Skinny 11-02-2000 8:37 pm [link] [1 ref] [add a comment]

Talked with Alex. He's doing well in a tough situation. His fathers funeral is on Saturday, and we're hoping for his return soon afterwards. Maybe we'll have a small gathering here at Rivington St. if he's up for it. Until then, keep sending your good vibes.
- jim 11-02-2000 4:15 pm [link] [2 comments]

Reuters - Re: vote for sale - Wed Nov 1 12:58:15 2000
Calif. Shuts 'Nader Trader' Vote Swap Web Site

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California

authorities have shut down a vote swap web site aimed at so-called ``Nader traders'' -- people in battleground states who agree to vote for Democrat Al Gore (news - web sites) if someone in a less contested state votes for the Green Party's Ralph Nader (news - web sites).

``We did notify the site manager that they were in violation of California election law and they did need to cease activities on the Web site, and they complied,'' Shad Balch, a spokesman for California Secretary of State Bill Jones, said Tuesday.

The site, (, was one of a number of Internet trading sites which sprang up after political pundits suggested vote swapping as a way of backing Nader without costing Gore the election.

According to the theory, Nader supporters in toss-up states sign up to vote for Gore. In exchange, their votes are ''swapped'' for Nader votes by people in states already solidly behind either Gore or Republican candidate George W. Bush (news - web sites) -- helping Nader toward his goal of five percent of the popular vote, the threshold needed for the Green Party to obtain federal matching funds for the 2004 election.

Balch said Jones sent Web site managers Jim Cody and Ted Johnson a letter explaining that their swap site ``is engaged in criminal activity in the state of California'' through violations of state laws prohibiting the brokering of votes.

``The right to free and fair elections is a cornerstone of American democracy. Any person or entity that tries to exchange votes or brokers the exchange of votes will be pursued with the utmost vigor,'' Jones' letter said.

In a message on the site on Tuesday, Cody and Johnson said they had turned their software off to comply with Jones' order. ''At the time we set the web site up we understood that what we were doing was legal,'' the message said.

- bill 11-02-2000 2:27 pm [link] [add a comment]

spoke to the good doctor wilson--sad but he seems fine--Nov 01, 2000 My father died this day in the first hour as All Hallows Eve slipped into All Saintsí Day. Sainted his memory. Hallowed his name. The Love he lived will power prayers for him. He who taught me now has learned the Mystery. Be at Peace.
- Skinny 11-01-2000 2:56 pm [link] [add a comment]

"To achieve the most left-wing result that is possible in this year's New York Senate race, trade unionists from Buffalo to the Bronx will eschew the Democratic line and cast their ballots for Hillary Clinton on the line of the Working Families Party--theorizing that because New York allows the fusion of votes from different parties, Clinton will read the results and know that she could not have won without the votes of people who object to the Democratic Party's rightward drift."
- dave 10-31-2000 10:07 pm [link] [add a comment]

Boo! Happy Halloween. Don't know what to do with all your pumpkins after the big day? Maybe you could donate them to the 2000 World Championship Punkin' Chunkin competition.
- jim 10-31-2000 2:25 pm [link] [add a comment]

50 8th ave voting headquarters are trying to decide our vote. we are concerned about the supreme court appointees/pro-choice etc, as well as getting nader his 5%.
what to do?
drat fink, bill and all please advise
- Skinny 10-30-2000 12:50 am [link] [6 comments]

I'm proud to announce that this page comes up number 2 in a google search for 'procrastinators support group.' Who says search engines don't work?
- jim 10-28-2000 8:03 pm [link] [2 comments]

I was thinking that a good use for the now ubiquitous web haiku would be a collection of 404 haikus. Presently, if you request a page on this site that does not exist, you see this lame page (404 is the error code for page not found.) Wouldn't it be more interesting if you were served up a random 404esqe Haiku instead? Maybe something like:

Many grains of sand
can be hidden on the beach
you look in vain here

...only better. Anyone feel inspired?
- jim 10-28-2000 7:55 pm [link] [2 comments]

don't foret to turn time back 2 nite
- linda 10-28-2000 4:21 pm [link] [1 comment]

In case you're starving for bird news: A new study claims that "songbirds rehearse their melodies by singing in their sleep."
- jim 10-27-2000 1:11 am [link] [add a comment]

For those of you who remember the early days: this might be funny.
- jim 10-27-2000 12:47 am [link] [add a comment]

spoke to the good Doctor Wilson this am, things are a little complicated, are thoughts are with you...
- Skinny 10-26-2000 3:04 pm [link] [8 comments]

i didn't see digitalmediatree's booth at internet world...?!?!?
screamingmedia walked en masse to the javits center in red tshirts.
- linda 10-25-2000 9:57 pm [link] [2 comments]

Flynt vs. Bush. This one is going to be linked to hell and back in the blog world. But I'll bet it's still not picked up by the "main stream" press. Are they toothless, or does this not matter? Or is it in Flynt's court to actually print something first?
- jim 10-25-2000 4:12 pm [link] [2 comments]

Is this a good thing? Is it even possible?
- jim 10-25-2000 3:46 pm [link] [3 comments]

"And, an Associated Press report claims that despite a White House prohibition, 13 government agencies are secretly using technology to track the habits of people visiting their sites, and in at least one case, the information is provided to a private company, according to a congressional review." -from Newsbytes News Network - the story links to a report at ("Opportunities and Challenges Facing The FirstGov Web Gateway") claiming that this gov't web portal has absolutely no security measures in place.
- linda 10-23-2000 10:03 pm [link] [add a comment]

The world produces between 1 and 2 exabytes of unique information per year, which is roughly 250 megabytes for every man, woman, and child on earth. An exabyte is a billion gigabytes, or 1018 bytes. Printed documents of all kinds comprise only .003% of the total. This from a how much information study at Berkeley.
- linda 10-23-2000 3:19 pm [link] [2 comments]

Is this the headline: 4 vs. 7?
- jim 10-18-2000 5:21 am [link] [1 ref] [add a comment]

From todays NYT :
Trying to Fill the Void When the Monoculture Skips a Beat

Among the fauna to be found clustered around the box office at certain rock concerts there are subtle distinctions. And last night, outside the Beacon Theater on the Upper West Side, where Phil Lesh, the former Grateful Dead bassist, was playing, an expert would have been able to discern an uptick in one variety of tousle-headed, bead-hawking, parking-lot dweller: the Phishhead.

That's because last week, Phish, the Vermont jam rock band that more than any other took over the spiritual mantle of the Grateful Dead, abruptly began a hiatus of undetermined length. Their final concert, at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, Calif., was on Oct. 7. After that, where was a fan to go?

The Phishheads in evidence last night were caught between disappointment and loyalty. "They've been working hard for a long time," said Robert Landry, 22, who had come from Kittery, Me., and decided to follow part of Mr. Lesh's tour. "So they're definitely entitled to a break."

By and large, the hippie-inflected fans are not inclined to vitriol. Dancing and sharing, especially in the form of bootlegged tapes, are encouraged by the band. But those who had spent the last one, three or five New Year's Eves at a Phish concert seemed somewhat lost (the band is expected to take at least a year off). Was there now a void in their lives?

"It hasn't set in yet," said Joel Sandler, 22, of Philadelphia, who said he was "a bum," but not proud of it. Noah Axe, 19 and, like both the band and his friend Mr. Sandler, on something of a hiatus, played it a little cooler. "Phish isn't the only band that Phish fans listen to," he said. He was thinking of checking out Cat Power. In a telephone interview with Cat Power, Ms Power stated : "If they don't pay they're not getting in, you cant pay the landlord by holding a finger up in the air." "We dont want them and we don't need them." "Our shows are already sold out". "Let them go follow Marianne Nowottny, she could use an audience."

"I found more purpose in my life than just following a band," insisted Dean Sottile, a chiropractor from Maywood, N.J., who wore a polo shirt and a windbreaker. "I really can't wait for them to come back, though." Asked what he would be doing come New Year's, Mr. Sottile, a Phish regular, kept a stiff upper lip. "I don't know. What's going on?" Phishheads, holding one finger aloft to signify that an extra ticket to see Mr. Lesh would be greatly appreciated, argued amicably over what, exactly Trey Anastasio, the Phish guitarist, had told a Las Vegas audience in his only public explanation of the band's break (please, don't call it a breakup). The relative merits of Widespread Panic, another jam band, were discussed in earnest.

But to some of those crowding the barricades last night, the news of Phish's disbanding was unwelcome for another reason: invasion. They complained that Phishheads mistake revolution for fashion and fail to display appropriate "family values," as Melisa Linton, a 22-year-old Deadhead, put it.

"Back then, if you needed a shirt, it was, here you go, brother, here you go sister," she said, giving a reporter a hug.

Another Deadhead said fretfully, "I'm afraid the kids might come to Furthurfest," referring to a music festival held by the surviving members of the Grateful Dead.

But two students from the State University of New York at Purchase seemed peaceful enough as they waited in line to get into the Beacon. One of them said his name was T. Roy. A young man with dark ringlets who said his parents had been Deadheads, he had found an upside to Phish's exit. "I play my own music," he said. "It might give us a chance to have a bigger crowd."

Although Phish has been around since the early 80's, their caravan of hand-to-mouth fans swelled after 1995, when Jerry Garcia died and the Grateful Dead broke up. Although connoisseurs will point out that the bands sound very different, younger Deadheads found the Dead's legacy in Phish.

Phish's hiatus, given little fanfare by its members, came at the height of the group's popularity. Without support from MTV and major marketing dollars, Phish has thrived, becoming the most successful of the new generation of radio-unfriendly jam bands.

"Once Jerry died, the scene just went whoomph!" Mr. Landry said, sweeping his hands upward, "because there were all these hippie musicians that couldn't follow the Dead anymore."

- bill 10-17-2000 5:32 pm [link] [1 ref] [3 comments]

Hello?.... Hello?.... (tap tap tap....) Is this thing on?

We had a little problem with the posting system. Everything should be back in order, but let me know if you see anything weird.
- jim 10-16-2000 10:32 pm [link] [add a comment]

As long as we're talking politics - what's the story in the middle east? I have very little intuition on this one (stemming, no doubt, from the fact that I know very little about the history of the region.) I can tell that I'm supposed to back Israel (as a good US media consumer,) and my intuition usually has me siding with them, but then I read things like this seemingly reasonable piece. Can anyone shed any light on this for me? Specifically, what's the deal with the 1967 borders? Is it true that the violence could be ended if Israel would agree to those borders? And why won't they? I have to think that in the next few (or at least 5 to 10) years both sides are going to have very nasty weapons at their disposal (bacteriological, nuclear, genetic, and eventually nanotechnological.) It seems crucial to work these things out now. Is there any hope?

My break away space colony plans aren't looking so stupid now, are they? ;-)
- jim 10-13-2000 7:19 pm [link] [1 comment]

There it is again, on the front of the Post; out of politicians' mouths; "COWARDS!" This comes after every terrorist action. How can you call people who give their lives for a cause cowards? They may be fanatics, some may be crazy, but they've got legitimate concerns, and no matter how much we may disagree with their means, they certainly aren't cowards. As long as we use false language to talk about these matters, we will never say anything true about them, and we will not move towards any amelioration. Coming to terms with Islam is one of the great challenges for the West in the new century. Do we expect them to become like us, crying crocodile tears, and lamenting the loss of our Traditional values in the face of our own capitalist expansion? These are people trying to fight that trend, using the resources of the powerless. If we want them to act like us, we're going to have to pay them a lot of money to give up their values (it works here). If we want them to at least behave themselves, we'll have to find honest ways of talking with them. Reactionary rhetoric cannot support progressive policy.
- alex 10-13-2000 4:37 pm [link] [2 comments]