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Rockstars Against the War

Yeah, silly, we know. Still, you should get on the bus.

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[edit: fixed the rsvp link. Thanks alex.]
- jim 10-16-2002 8:38 pm [link] [5 comments]

Super Bird
- steve 10-16-2002 8:22 am [link] [3 comments]

 Oct. 14 —  A mummified dinosaur from Montana has revealed how the creature looked and how it lived 77 million years ago — down to the texture of its skin and the contents of its stomach, scientists say.  

- steve 10-16-2002 8:17 am [link] [add a comment]

I'm finally getting a respite from nuisance calls. Not a one in the last few days. If you use an old fashioned phone they're worse than spam, at least if you retain that archaic reflex to actually answer the phone. I think they're on some automated cycle that dares you to give up before they do. It wasn't so much the one for someone with a name similar (but not identical) to mine, but for the last month I was getting, twice a day, a prerecorded call of such low quality that I could never quite make out what it was about, but which was notable for its sheer chutzpa, as expressed in the closing admonition: "even if you don't want to talk to us, please give us a call just to let us know." Uh, yeah, right…
By the way, I'm now getting spam in my dmtree mailbox, which never used to happen…

- alex 10-16-2002 12:12 am [link] [add a comment]

The Watcher

The television is on.....blah, blah, blah,

I am watching it.....

Am I?

No! it's watching me.....!

Terrified, I quickly turn it off...!

Pablo Weisz-Carrington

- linda 10-14-2002 6:13 pm [link] [add a comment]




having a really bad day over here with this most idiotic of companies.

did you know that if a twc emloyee gives you their personal extension it is IMPOSSIBLE to ever get to that extension by way of the main number they give you to call them?

did you know if you finally get someone on the fone that person is not allowed to transfer you to another extension?

- linda 10-11-2002 10:35 pm [link] [add a comment]

What is up with the Republicans in congress? Have they taken to mispronouncing the word nuclear in the hopes that we might think George W. pronounces it correctly?
- steve 10-09-2002 5:45 am [link] [1 comment]

Take the pledge and let the Democrats in Congress hear you.

- linda 10-09-2002 12:18 am [link] [add a comment]

- Skinny 10-08-2002 2:07 am [link] [2 comments]


- bill 10-07-2002 6:01 pm [link] [1 comment]

October 26 in DC....
- Skinny 10-07-2002 3:30 pm [link] [19 comments]

jim, shouldnt you be a node?
- dave 10-07-2002 7:15 am [link] [2 comments]

It's strange to me that some weeks Thomas Friedman seems like a lunatic, and other times he seems to be the only person who can say the obvious truth. Today I'm right with him:

Where are the Democrats who would declare that the best way to enhance our security, make us better global citizens, reduce our dependence on Middle East oil and leave a better planet for our kids is a Manhattan Project to develop a renewable energy source...?
Yes yes yes.
- jim 10-06-2002 8:45 pm [link] [add a comment]

Tonight I watched a dvd on my new computer. Upon inserting the disk a window opened with the option of setting the region or ejecting the disk. It also informed me that I would only be able to set the region 6 more times. I didn't like the sounds of it but I went ahead and chose to set the region and the dvd began playing immediately.
I've read this article and although I feel I now understand what the regions are and why they exist, I'm wondering if anyone has advice on whether I should get some software that let's me get around this region jazz.
Any thoughts Jim?
I found this line from the article interesting "If on the other-hand you plan to purchase DVDs from other regions (which might or might not be illegal) then making your DVD player capable of playing all regions is the best and cheapest way to go." So being an American and purchasing a dvd in say, London may be illegal?
Also, region codes may actually be illegal in New Zealand and violate some World Trade Organization laws?
Hey, I said I found it interesting, not surprising.
- steve 10-06-2002 3:09 pm [link] [4 comments]

Before buying the new computer I attended an anti-war march in downtown Portland.
The press is saying that there were almost 5000 people, it looked like more than that to me, course us protesters always seem to stretch the numbers. Although many of the protesters seemed to be in their mid-50's and to be old hands at marching, there were lots of seniors and teens, even the locked out brothers of the ILWU.
I've decided that almost any panel from Get Your War On would make an awsome poster. Here's GYWO page 15
- steve 10-06-2002 7:44 am [link] [add a comment]

Been working a little bit lately, enough so that I'm posting from my new Imac with 17" display.
10.2 seems pretty cool. So is having a dvd player/burner.
Seems that you have to launch netscape in "classic" (OS 9.2) mode though.
I'll be downloading Mozilla and Rea7 player asap.
- steve 10-06-2002 7:16 am [link] [3 comments]

Out of all languages presently spoken in the world, what percentage are spoken in NYC?

I have no idea, but I'm very curious. I'll guess 70% just to get things going. Probably it's much less than that. Or possibly there is no way to even get a grip on the number of different languages spoken in the world.

Any guesses? Any idea where to look for possible answers?
- jim 10-06-2002 5:04 am [link] [2 comments]

That feature Jim was talking about a couple of weeks ago, used I think only once by Alex, and brought up again by Linda, that automatic posting in the future feature--is that, as Jim implied, a total bust, a feature with too many bugs, or could it be dusted off and tried again? I was just getting ready to use it when you removed it. Is there a worst that could happen, not worth the risk sort of thing going on here, and would it be wasting Jim's time? I was looking for a way, by visiting online only once a week or so, to do a gradual, maybe everyday time release of the remaining old NOLA crap.
- jimlouis 10-05-2002 8:57 pm [link] [2 comments]

A pair of nuns just walked by
- jimlouis 10-05-2002 8:40 pm [link] [1 comment]

I've had some problems with transmission at Dumaine so this is the first got up the nerve time to try a library machine. I have come all the way up Canal to an affluent lakefront neighborhood because I reasoned rich people would all have machines at home. My hypothesis has proved true. But I'm sitting here at an expose machine right by the checkout, weird.
- jimlouis 10-05-2002 8:33 pm [link] [1 comment]

Atlas of the Universe
- alex 10-04-2002 6:21 pm [link] [11 comments]

Bad news for trees.
- alex 10-04-2002 5:42 pm [link] [add a comment]

i was lucky enough to be at the museum today when a few people from the library got to go on a tour of the beetle collection, and i tagged along. the museum has about 17 million insect specimens and over a million are beetles. pretty amazing. the scientist who showed us around just finished a 2,000 page paper on one particular beetle. and back in his office we got to see one (with a microscope) which is the only known specimen of its kind.

back in the fifties (or sixties maybe) a very large african beetle was found in a shipment of bananas at one of the ports, and was sent over to the museum to be checked out. turned out to be harmles, so the entomology people kept him as a pet. when he died the times ran an obit -- with a photo.

did you know that fireflies are a type of beetle?
- linda 9-28-2002 4:21 am [link] [3 comments]

anybody needs to watch the first four episodes of the sopranos can download them with kazaa by searching for "Sopranos pre-air." not a broadcast quality picture but not terrible either.
- dave 9-27-2002 8:39 pm [link] [add a comment]

Anybody know more about this:

The FBI insists there was no military plane in the area but at 9.22am a sonic boom - caused by a supersonic jet - was picked up by an earthquake monitor in southern Pennsylvania, 60 miles away from Shanksville.
This could be very big. It's certainly a verifiable claim (unlike almost every other claim.) And if it's true then either the administration is caught in a very big lie, or some extra governmental force has supersonic aircraft operating in our airspace. To put it mildly, the latter seems highly unlikely.

FWIW, I personally have always believed we shot down that plane. And it may well have been justified. I don't really have a problem with that. It's the lying about it afterwards. This points to a larger pattern of deceit that really needs to be uncovered.

Any more links on the sonic boom? Anybody remember mention of this before?
- jim 9-25-2002 7:40 pm [link] [3 comments]