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The December 1, 1999 issue 1999

The December 1, 1999 issue of JOHO opens with an interesting discussion of the "undernet", that collection of unsanctioned web pages which can be found in any large organization. David makes two really good points about undernets: 1) they are uncontrollable* and 2) they are based on common interests and ignore organizational boundaries.

*"The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers."**

**Is it only me, or were other girl's lives fundamentally changed by Princess Leia as a role model? I was 12 years old when Star Wars came out and I saw it almost a dozen times that summer.

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My, but this is a 1999

My, but this is a fine list of online dictionaries.

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Arrgh. HDML is yet another 1999

Arrgh. HDML is yet another markup language I'd really like to know.

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Joe told me a joke: 1999

Joe told me a joke:

This Scottish farmer walks into the neighborhood pub, and orders a whiskey.

"Ye see that fence over there?" he says to the bartender. "Ah built it with me own two hands! Dug up the holes with me shovel, chopped doon the trees for the posts by me ownself, laid every last rail! But do they call me 'McGregor the Fence-Builder?' No..."

He gulps down the whiskey and orders another.

"Ye see that pier on the loch?" He continues, "AH built it me ownself, too. Swam oot into the loch to lay the foondations, laid doon every single board! But do they call me 'McGregor the Pier-Builder?' No."

"But ye fuck ONE sheep...."

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Better take a peek before 1999

Better take a peek before it all gets yanked over copyright infringement: Pinky & The Brain Learn C++. (Ya know, if someone writes good content with your characters, why not license it instead of squashing it? Sheesh.)

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Here is something Paul, my 1999

Here is something Paul, my stepdad, said in a letter to me during my divorce:

Glad to have a chance to talk with you, it seems that we have all been
through it and have come out, perhaps better for the experience. Though
is not a completely pleasant experience, being true to our own
and experience is the only real choice. Getting what we do, and what we say and what we feel to be about the same is my definition of integrity (integrated) and that is more important than being fair, nice, moral etc.
Once integrated, then I can add the fine points about nice, moral,
etc., but not until I have taken care of me and my own guts.

Smart guy.

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Still tidying up my virtual 1999

Still tidying up my virtual closets (*cough* *cough* "Some of this old email is really dusty!") and came across this:

Minutus cantorum, minutus balorum, minutus carborata descendum

That's Latin for "A little song, a little dance, a little seltzer down your
pants" and it makes me think of my friend Mark.

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Just cleaning out a virtual 1999

Just cleaning out a virtual closet and I discovered this handy little creation of mine: PERSONAL REVELATION DISCLOSURE FORM - 1A.

Posted on November 28, 1999 at 02:40 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Brrr, Lilly's gonna give me 1999

Brrr, Lilly's gonna give me nightmares with her vision of the AI Martha Stewart Avatar. Somehow I keep picturing Hal telling me how to redecorate my home...

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Welcome Lilly, proud owner of 1999

Welcome Lilly, proud owner of the domain girlhacker.com, to the weblog community. In the first entry to her log she asks a question at the back of all our minds:

Is randomness a useful survival trait?

Fervently hoping,

I remain,

your pal with 18 windows open on my desktop,


Posted on November 24, 1999 at 09:32 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

So, how 'bout them weblogs, 1999

So, how 'bout them weblogs, huh? I have Peter's and Ev's and Meg's and Justin's as handy-dandy short cuts in my browser, I read 'em so darn often.

Speaking of handy-dandy, is there a word for words like that? You know, higglety-pigglety, mumbo-jumbo, knick-knack, ping-pong, flip-flop, topsy-turvy (or does that one count?)...

Someone suggested "internal couplets". Does anyone know of a better term?

[Thanks, Seth, for additional pairs and for pointing me to The Language Instinct. I'll check it out & see if there's an answer.]

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Woo hoo! Those fabulous rattan 1999

Woo hoo! Those fabulous rattan laundry baskets are back in stock at Novica. Get 'em while the gettin's good!

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Have you ever heard of 1999

A boy and his chickenHave you ever heard of Heifer Project International? They are a really great aid organization. Instead of giving food, they give food- and income-producing animals, as well as training in leadership, community development and environmentally sound farming. One thing I really like about them is their insistence that the gift be passed on. Every family who receives an animal signs a contract to pass on the first female offspring to another family in need, and also agrees to pass on to others the training and skills that they have acquired. Actually, I appreciate all their cornerstone values, but that one always stands out in my mind.

Since my grandparents just celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary, I was looking at some of those lists of the appropriate gifts for each anniversary. I discovered that once you hit the 60th, it's pretty much diamond from here on out (though platinum appears in a few versions for the 70th). I don't like diamonds and I know my grandparents don't have much use for them, so I thought an update was in order.

The Heifersary List

1st - Geese

2nd - Ducks

3rd - Chicks

4th - Honeybees

5th - Rabbits

6th - Trees

10th - Pig

15th - Sheep

20th - Goat

25th - Llama

30th - Water Buffalo

40th - Heifer

50th - The Ark

Naturally, the in-between and 50+ anniversaries can be represented by the appropriate addition. For example, I could give my grandparents a heifer, a goat and some chicks.

So, give it a try. Wouldn't it be cooler at that 10th anniversary party to be the one who gave a pig instead of something made out of tin?

Posted on November 21, 1999 at 02:58 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Radio Waves 1999

I heard a very good edition of the NPR show "Fresh Air" the other day. The first part, a joint interview with husband and wife song-writers Buddy & Julie Miller was enjoyable for their friendly, down-to-earth style, but it was the second half of the show that really stood out. 41 minutes into the program, Guest host Ken Tucker interviews art critic Dave Hickey. He wrote a book which he titled "Air Guitar" on the unusual premise, for an art critic, that criticism, like air guitar, adds nothing to the work which inspires it. He also has some very interesting things to say about Norman Rockwell. Give it a listen on RealAudio.

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Ah, I slept many hours last night and now it's Friday. 1999

Time for Need To Know. Happy Friday! I kiss you again!!!

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I'm eating Carl. 1999

The question when consuming a MicroStar is "Where to begin?"
I started with his perfect hair. And then I bit the .com right off him.
I plan to eat him quite slowly ending with the grin which shall remain some time after the rest of him is gone.

Carl says: "eat me".

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Apparently someone was paying attention. Eh, Jason? 1999

I just don't get why there aren't more guys hangin' around tryin' to get a date with my friend Meg; the girl is funkalicious! Maybe her new hair color will convey the fact that she is such a cherry bomb.

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Crotchity 1999

Contrary to previous reports the ill-fated Palm III no longer works. Grrr.
I spent the last 3 days helping my grandparents move and now I feel like an eighty-five year old.
Oh, yeah, since I've got my finger on the pulse of e-commerce here's the next hot IPO. Invest now!

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Just in case you thought I was always bright and perky, I'll have you know I'm having a lousy time. 1999

I thought maybe today things would pick up, but then I dropped the Palm Pilot which I'm buying from Edmond.
Still works, at least, but what a shitty start to the week.
What is "nar"? This is nar.

Posted on November 15, 1999 at 11:16 AM in warnings & kvetches | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Wow. I missed my anniversary. 1999

I've been keeping a weblog since October 10th, 1998.
Note: the "Old!" link at the bottom of the page now works. I think I've finally figured out Blogger's archiving feature and it was mostly a user problem. Special hello to Seth for nudging me to get this working. :)

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Today's illustration of Hypocrisy: 1999

They sent me an email with the subject line "Metagrrrl will EXPIRE soon!". The letter begins:

We know how important your eBay(R) user ID is to you! You have spent a lot of time and effort developing a reputation in the on-line auction trading community.

That is why ReverseAuction.com has placed your eBay user ID "metagrrrl" on reserve in our system for you and only you for a short period of time...

So, these assholes troll eBay to get ID's and email addresses and then spam you. Where's the hypocrisy? On their privacy page:
You are not authorized to add any ReverseAuction.com user to any e-mail or other mail list without their express consent after adequate disclosure.
You are not authorized to send any unsolicited bulk e-mails or other mail to any ReverseAuction.com user. Additionally, our Refer a Friend program may not be used to send spam (unsolicited bulk e-mails).
Maybe someone should send a copy of this to ReverseAuction's hosting company. I wonder what their policy is on spamming?

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I've got a new favorite radio station. 1999

I don't understand what they're saying, but the music is great!
hier gehts zum Sender mit Mehr Musik fuers Netz...

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Tie? 1999

Here's a rather nice tie. Too wide for me, but very pleasing.

Posted on November 12, 1999 at 10:55 PM in mundania | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

A Little Amazon Mystery 1999

Hmm, this is a rather strange illustration for Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. Pretty though. I wonder who it is? [Friday the 12th: they've removed the picture. Pity.][Saturday the 20th: this wasn't the picture of Slim Pickens riding the bomb. It was a completely other picture. An attractive young person, probably female, but maybe just a pretty guy, leaning against a tree. A striking portrait. Perhaps it was a little easter egg suprise from someone. Gone now.]

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Better than doodling 1999

Mmm, nothing better when you're stuck on the phone for 2 hours than looking at some cat scans! I particularly like the last three on page 9 of the entries.

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