September 30, 2003
It Pays to Comment!
I've needed a site like web-hosting-reviewer.com Thanks for commenting.
Southern California Water
Here's the most understandable article I've read yet about the negotiations over Colorado River water in southern California. It's all down to the Imperial Irrigation District now, which has until October 7 to decide.
I think I've linked to Froogle before, but it's been improving, so I link again.
Out on the road today I saw matched signs on both sides of the Mass Pike warning of "SHOLDER WORK AHEAD." These were standard, metal, shop-made yellow diamond signs...not some hand-lettered bit of plywood.
Later on a country road, a sign (on a bit of plywood) alerted me that a farm up ahead was selling "corn stocks." Sounds like something out of an 18th century British marketing scam.
September 29, 2003
|Meat Market||Dewey, Cheetham and Howe||Breakes|
Deltron Cinema Disk
You can now buy the Deltron Cinema Disk Multimedia Digital Data Player here for $400 (the 20 Gb model). The 60 Gb model is $600. I think $400 is a really low price for a device that does all this device claims. I'd like to hear back from somebody who actually tries it.
September 28, 2003
Pre-release review of the Minolta Dimage Z1. Only 3.2 megapixels, only $400, only 15 ounces, but it comes with 10x optical zoom! I think a more practical way to go would be to select a camera with the usual 3x zoom, and 5 or 6 megapixels. You'll get better pictures over the whole range and a lighter camera that you can stabilize more easily. OTOH, you won't get it for $400.
"WE SENT A MAN WITH A BISCUIT"
An excerpt from Roger Clap's Narrative on Charles River Road in Watertown, Mass."
"HERE LANDED ROGER CLAP AND THE DORCHESTER MEN JUNE 1630
"WE WENT UP CHARLES RIVER, UNTIL THE RIVER GREW NARROW AND SHALLOW, AND THERE WE LANDED OUR GOODS WITH MUCH LABOR AND TOIL, THE BANK BEING STEEP AND NIGHT COMING ON. WE WERE INFORMED THAT THERE WERE HARD BY US THREE HUNDRED INDIANS. ONE ENGLISHMAN THAT COULD SPEAK THE INDIAN LANGUAGE (AN OLD PLANTER) WENT TO THEM AND ADVISED THEM NOT TO COME NEAR US IN THE NIGHT AND THEY HARDENED TO HIS COUNSEL, AND CAME NOT. IN THE MORNING SOME OF THE INDIANS CAME AND STOOD AT A DISTANCE OFF LOOKING AT US BUT CAME NOT NEAR US. BUT WHEN THEY HAD BEEN A WHILE IN VIEW SOME OF THEM CAME AND HELD OUT A GREAT BASS TOWARDS US. SO WE SENT A MAN WITH A BISCUIT, AND CHANGED THE CAKE FOR THE BASS. WE HAD NOT BEEN THERE MANY DAYS (ALTHOUGH BY OUR DILIGENCE WE HAD GOT UP A KIND OF SHELTER TO SAVE OUR GOODS IN) BUT WE HAD ORDER TO COME AWAY FROM THAT PLACE WHICH WAS ABOUT WATERTOWN, UNTO A PLACE CALLED MATTAPAN NOW DORCHESTER, BECAUSE THERE WAS A NECK OF LAND FIT TO KEEP OUR CATTLE ON.
"FROM ROGER CLAP'S NARRATIVE
"ERECTED BY THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF WATERTOWN 1947"
My clue that there had been some news on the Treve Broudy beating case was that I got a sudden increase in Google searches using his name. So I Googled and learned that the three men who beat him have been sentenced to real time: 7 years, 13 years and 21 years, respectively. California law requires them to serve 85% of their time before being considered for parole. The man with the 21-year vacation ahead of him had this to say:
In a pre-sentencing statement Sessions, who wielded the baseball bat in the attack, said he was sorry about Broudy's injuries and they were the result of a robbery gone wrong, not hate.
"I have no evil in my soul. I have no evil in my heart," he said. "I didn't inflict that injury to you, and I never would have."
Sessions said he has gay family members.
I wonder if he got the longer sentence for bald-faced lying.
Coachella Valley Water
I just love their little logo. Looks like something worn on a high school letter jacket (do high schools still have letter jackets?).
September 27, 2003
There is a confirmed case of crypto in Kansas City, Missouri, along with 109 cases in Kansas. The article provides a list of preventative measures, none of which are adequate if the parasite is in the municipal water system. Only a good filter can remove it. A Brita filter won't do it, but Pur filters will. On the up side, it may not be in the municipal water system. Transmission could be via swimming pools. People with healthy immune systems can fight off a crypto infection.
September 26, 2003
Phallic BuildingsThe world's most phallic buildings! The winner is this water tower in Ypsilanti, Michigan (left photo). OTOH, this London building wins for best uncircumcised (right photo).
Other obvious nominees included:
- The Liberty Memorial in Kansas City
- The George Washington Masonic Memorial in Alexandria
- The Coit Tower
- The Harvard Lampoon building near Harvard Square
- The 111 Huntington building in Boston
There's not a lot of detail given, but this article says Bruce Willis is offering a million dollar reward for the "capture" of Saddam Hussein. This just means capture? Not killing? I'd also like some verification that he has actually put this amount in escrow somewhere...not that I don't trust Hollywood stars.
September 25, 2003
It's a ramp
To wrap up my occasional digs at the Monarch Brighton for having no wheelchair access, they are now indeed building a ramp that comes from the left side of the building (as you face the building) up to the main entrance. So any of you good folks who buy the $400,000 low-ceilinged one-bedroom units there will be able to replace your appliances with ease.
This article and this web page claim to list some of the words that will trigger Echelon. Pretty damn big lists with some pretty ordinary words. Tokyo? Reno? Lacrosse?! Active X? VHF and UHF? Capricorn?!! Amherst (hmm)? Jasmine (oh come on!)? MIT. Ninja? Playboy!!? Sneakers!!?!! Indigo? Utopia? Unclassified? Yakima (a brand of bicycle)? President... freedom... cocaine... TWA... Delta... Halibut?!?! Chosen (people?)?
Man, try to write an e-mail without using any of the words on the whole list!
DVDRHelp has all the info about making DVDs.
Black & White On The Charles
Four photos, all black and white night shots along the Charles River:
More Librarian Stuff
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