I'm at my grandparents. 1999
They are very cool grandparents. For one thing, they have an internet connection. They have a Mac running Netscape 4.04.
Unfortunately, blogger has a problem in this version. When I type in the posting box I get an error ("Line 21: event is not identified"). BUT those folks at Pyra are such superfreakin' studgods that this error does not prevent me from making a post. (I just had to write it in Notepad and paste it in. Bloggrrrl will not be stopped!)
The web has everything! 1999
DogDoo.com: The ultimate in harmless, SATISFYING revenge! (thanks, I guess, for thinking of me when you saw this page, Nick) [Still in business in August 2004, from what I can tell]
Turns out maybe Ben was at least partially prescient in this debate. 1999
Ben Brown doesn't get it. No one I know doing weblogs thinks they're "redefining internet journalism". We do it because it's convenient.
It's keen, Ben. That's the message. That's the only message.
Flog Blog 1999
I'm selling stuff on eBay again. This time it's a piano course from the 50's and 4 LazerTag sets. Eclectica lives!
New computers are great, except for having to get all the preferences set again. 1999
Back When I Tried To Do Side Projects I Expected To Update More Than 4 Times A Year Or So 1999
Just launched via Pyra and Blogger:
Well, now that Edmond has made me a lovely spry new computer, I have to go clean out the old one. Have a great day, everyone!
Everyone is right. 1999
American Beauty is the best movie this year. Go see it. Don't find out anything about it, just go.
Wish I Could Remember What This Was About Or That The Internet Archive Had Captured That Page Instead Of The Site A Couple Weeks Later 1999
Don't worry, ev, everyone worth listening to understands that life goes better with attractive women. (Eventually they'll catch on that attractive men are just as good).
The web has everything! 1999
Is it that I am basically happier and more excited about good things or is it that I say "Wow! That's great!" more than anyone else I know?* Who cares why! The best part is I get buttered up in return (and by stylish blokes like pb to boot!)
*Well, I say it more than anyone else except for Sherman, who is the only guy on the earth in a black leather trenchcoat who can say "Neat!" and mean it with the same full sincerity as a 7 year old girl. The alarming part is that he might be commenting on anything from a TinTin book to sex toys. (Note to the ladies: Sherman is recommended).
Jinx (a.k.a. my Mum) writes from Edgewood: 1999
Partly in honor of National Ravens Week - partly as a way of getting the fridge cleaned out - we offered several treats to the ravens today. First they got some bread, aged stir-fry, and jasmine rice with pinenuts. Later, they got a couple of doubtful slices of roast beef and the last of the red grapes which were languishing uneaten in the vegetable bin. They took the meat first, then carried away the grapes one at a time. By then the sun was bright behind them and we could see each grape glowing in the beak as the raven flew off - it looked like they were carrying off rubies...
Shop the world 1999
NOVICA sells "Art, Crafts, Tapestries, Paintings, Ceramics and Creative Works from World Artists". I've ordered from them twice now and been very pleased.
A Suggestion 1999
Maybe goodhome would do better with a different approach...
Lilly wrote: 1999
I was greatly amused by your goodhome.com idiot-report because if indeed they are owned by The Learning Company, that means that they are really owned by Mattel. You know, the people that make the beauteous Barbie doll and the ones that gathered up the bleeding guts of Purple Moon in a bargain basement blowout.I really admire her way of encapsulating a situation in a few simple words. It's rather poetic, really.
Pretty Boy 1999
Peter looked absolutely divine last night: pearly fingernails matching the pearly buttons on his cowboy shirt. He is the GSSM's GSSM*.
And he said
Wow, I'm having a really cool post-apocalyptic vision of Hobee's!
*GSSM=gay-seeming straight man
I really should have gotten hazard pay 1999
Oh oh oh! 1999
I LOVE blogger!!!
The new "Blog this!" feature is pure heaven.
Recommended Links 1999
And Havi works at Yahoo! and has some great Surfers' Picks which I must explore later.
Met Havi & Harold at dinner last night. 1999
Harold does this lovely little site: Media Nugget of the Day. Mmm, serendipitous media temptations. Yum!
Pattern Languages 1999
Epinions.com - A Pattern Language (from Vacuum)
Ed gives a nice summary of what the book is about and why it's valuable.
I bought apatternlanguage.net, but haven't done anything yet. Too much else going on the next two weekends; perhaps in November. Let me know if you want to write about the book, how you have implemented its patterns or how it has inspired you to find other patterns.
On the way to work today I thought of a new pattern which I don't think is in the book: folly. Humans seem to need/be made happier by useless silly little things that make them smile. Examples: gargoyles on cathedrals, pink flamingos in the front yard, a plastic Monitor Lizard sitting on top of Seth's computer monitor.
Mysterious Significance 1999
I'll buy pb's next book:
I buy a lot of used books. One feature/problem with this is seeing the passages the previous owner(s) felt motivated to underline, scratch out, or otherwise highlight. Trying to determine their motivation for choosing that particular passage can be maddening. This is especially true of my copy of Kafka's The Trial. (e.g. this phrase marked with a faint line: "Everything lay in perfect order, but in his agitation he could not find at first the identification papers for which he was looking.")
I'd like to go through every used book I own, writing down each amplified passage. I think the combined phrases would make a great novel.
Here's a nice thing. 1999
so much to code, so little time 1999
Did I mention that I really do intend to learn PHP someday? sigh, so much to code, so little time.
At least I have my blogger.
Just read an interesting story by Neil Gaiman called "Goliath". It's on the website for The Matrix which I really rather enjoyed. And not just for the clothes.
And now the Idiots du Jour! 1999
I looked at Goodhome.com. I was looking for nice furniture. They break their furniture into five categories which I describe as Preppy, Sloane Ranger, Cutesy (with sand), Cutesy (with splinters) and High Style (but probably not very comfortable).
You cannot look for dressers or couchs generically on their site. You must choose a style first. I looked at the scant collection in each area. Nothing seemed quite right. (Yes, this is the point where the above snotty descriptions formed in my mind). So I wrote to them and asked: "Do you carry Mission or Craftsman or Shaker style furniture? And if so, which pigeonhole would you put it in?" And here what Goodhome.com said to me:
Thank you for shopping at goodhome.com, the best place for home decorating online. We've assembled a wide variety of furniture and accessories, and have categorized them based on lifestyle- to help you find items that suit your personal preference. All of your products are goodhome products- and are backed by our goodhome guarantee. Therefore, we do not carry any items in the Mission/Craftsman/Shaker style.To which I replied:
I am sorry to hear that goodhome.com does not believe functionality, integrity and beauty conform to its brand identity.[As of October 1999] goodhome.com is owned by The Learning Company, who apparently haven't learned much about either quality furniture or customer service.