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September 30, 2003

It Pays to Comment!

I've needed a site like web-hosting-reviewer.com Thanks for commenting.

Filed under Weblogs | permalink | September 30, 2003 at 08:25 PM | Comments (1)

Taboo

Charles Busch's Next Big Thing

| permalink | September 30, 2003 at 08:16 PM | Comments (0)

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.

Filed under Coachella Valley | permalink | September 30, 2003 at 08:02 PM | Comments (0)

Glenn Miller

The Glenn Miller Orchestra is still playing and touring.

Filed under Music | permalink | September 30, 2003 at 07:52 PM | Comments (0)

Froogle

I think I've linked to Froogle before, but it's been improving, so I link again.

Filed under Web/Tech | permalink | September 30, 2003 at 06:59 PM | Comments (1)

Spelling

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.

| permalink | September 30, 2003 at 06:07 PM | Comments (0)

September 29, 2003

Boston Signs

Meat Market New Meat MarketDewey, Cheetham and Howe Dewey, Cheetham & HoweBreakes Breakes
Click an image for a larger version.

Filed under Photography | permalink | September 29, 2003 at 04:48 PM | Comments (2)

Deltron Cinema Disk

I've been getting a lot of Google hits from people looking for info on the Deltron Cinema Disk. I mentioned it on Ron's Log back on January 9, 2003, when I wrote for more info. I never heard back.

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.

Filed under Photography,Technology | permalink | September 29, 2003 at 07:15 AM | Comments (0)

September 28, 2003

Minolta Z1

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.

Filed under Photography | permalink | September 28, 2003 at 08:13 PM | Comments (0)

"WE SENT A MAN WITH A BISCUIT"

The Roger Clap narrative...in Watertown on Charles River Road.
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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"

Filed under History | permalink | September 28, 2003 at 05:52 PM | Comments (0)

Slammer Time

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.

Filed under Gay Issues | permalink | September 28, 2003 at 09:05 AM | Comments (0)

Coachella Valley Water

A guide to Coachella Valley landscaping brought to you by the Coachella Valley Water District. You too can have a lush garden without wasting water.

I just love their little logo. Looks like something worn on a high school letter jacket (do high schools still have letter jackets?).
Coachella Valley Water District logo

Filed under Coachella Valley | permalink | September 28, 2003 at 08:55 AM | Comments (0)

September 27, 2003

Cryptosporidiosis

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.

Filed under Health | permalink | September 27, 2003 at 01:37 PM | Comments (2)

September 26, 2003

Phallic Buildings

The 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).

Ypsilanti water tower Swiss Re building


Other obvious nominees included:

Filed under Architecture | permalink | September 26, 2003 at 08:32 AM | Comments (7)

Bruce Willis

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.

| permalink | September 26, 2003 at 07:40 AM | Comments (0)

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.

| permalink | September 25, 2003 at 08:38 PM | Comments (0)

Echelon Words

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!

| permalink | September 25, 2003 at 02:59 PM | Comments (0)

DVD

DVDRHelp has all the info about making DVDs.

Filed under Technology | permalink | September 25, 2003 at 02:50 PM | Comments (0)

Black & White On The Charles

Four photos, all black and white night shots along the Charles River:

Mass Ave Over Storrow Drive
Mass Ave crossing Storrow Drive viewed from the Esplanade beneath Mass Ave.

MGH at Night
MGH and Mass Eye and Ear

Near Hatch Shell
The pedestrian bridge near the Hatch Shell

Storrow Drive<
Storrow Drive near the BU Bridge

Filed under Photography | permalink | September 25, 2003 at 02:33 PM | Comments (0)

More Librarian Stuff

Joe Clark reasons that weblogs DO qualify for ISSNs and librarians registrars should issue them. Whoda thunk it?

[Do not overlook the comment on this post!]

Filed under Weblogs | permalink | September 25, 2003 at 08:09 AM | Comments (1)