by Mark Rose
The Seattle Waterfront: Hey! This is cool. 2 identically framed pictures of the Seattle waterfront, one from 1907, one from 2002. There are four different methods of viewing (I couldnt get the fader to work. You cant quite see where I live but its this toddling town all right.)
Origami Boulders: Oh yes. An excellent site found by Zannah who runs her own blog (http://www.stormwerks.com/linked/). Buy your very own origami boulder or origami boulder with haiku. Pretty funny site especially when you read the Letters from Dumb Dumbs at the bottom of the first page:
Phat Philly Phan Phazes Pseudo Police: . . .or whatever. This story is VERY strange, concerning a very overweight woman who would not leave her seat until forcibly ejected by security, from a Cher concert. Cyndi Lauper and elephants are also involved.
http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/news/local/3545550.htm [Now requires signup, unfortunately.]
Welcome to Kentucky, Australia: Oh, Australia! Thou soundeth more like Kentucky every day. A man has sued a bar because he slipped in a greasy puddle left by a man who. . . .wait for it. . . .had strapped some pork chops to his feet to act as shoes. Ohkaaayyy. But it can be explained. You see, the shoe innovator had WON the pork chops in a meat tray raffle and then put them on his feet when the bar wouldnt serve him any more because he was barefoot. Remind me never to go to Australia.
What The Hell Is This?: Residents in Hampton, New Hampshire are puzzled by the appearance of thousands of small balls of green stringy stuff that has appeared on the beach. Even the scientists seem strangely ignorant about whether the material is animal, vegetable or mineral.
http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/hampton/06142002/news/9524.htm [And now the link is down. Hmm, this gets more and more mysterious.]
What The Hell Is This? Part Deux: Its Ekranoplan! A very strange Russian-designed Wing-In-Ground effect vehicle (WIG) that looks like something out of Lucas. I guess we know what this is, just not why.
http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/JulianMoseley/ekranoplan.html [Or better yet, click on Roland Beverleys Ekranoplan Site, which still works: http://www.rbeverley.freeserve.co.uk/]
What The Hell Is This? Part Drei: Citizens in Woodinville, Washington, have been fascinated by a small hole that appeared in their neighborhood. Life in Woodinville is not that exciting, apparently. They found a hole, they couldnt figure out how deep it was. But UFO researchers were on the scene to offer their thoughts. And longtime resident Jim Van Noy knows whats going on in the neighborhood so he should have some information. But he doesnt. Finally, the mystery is solved . . .dully. Story complete with map in case youd like to visit this most mysterious site.
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/75532_hole21.shtml and http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/76091_hole26.shtml
So Long, and Thanks for All the Cows: When a group of Masai tribesemen in Enoosaen, Kenya, heard about the September 11 disaster, they did what they could. In a gesture of goodwill, support and friendship, they donated 14 cows to the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi. While it sounds a bit silly, think about it. To the Masai, cows are their wealth and their status. They felt the pain of the attacks on a country to which they have close ties, and they responded in kind, and kindly, with a gift of support. While our other allies are backing away from any military involvement (yes, Im looking at you, France) and trying to hamper us in as many ways as they can (yes, Belgium, thats a reference to you and please note, we are not a member of the European Union so keep your bureaucratic regulations to yourselves), one of the five or six still sane countries in Africa has people who give a damn.
Toronto Star Article
(sorry for the long URL [in fact, Im so sorry about it, you shouldnt click it. It just goes to the Toronto Star anyway and requires signup) and:
http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/world/3390002.htm [Also requires signup]
You can say Thank You to the Masai people by visiting this site and e-mailing your comments:
Rest In Peace, Stephen Jay Gould: Stephen Jay Gould was one of the finest writers of popular science books and a damn fine mind too boot. His book The Mismeasure of Man about the danger of using IQ tests and other intelligence measurements, should be required reading for every school board in the world. Yeah I know, fat chance of that.
http://www.newyorksocialdiary.com/jillkphotojournal/jkphotojournal6.2.02.html [The link doesnt really go to the right place anymore but goes to the root site which is pretty interesting on its own.]
Find his books, get them, read them.
Hobo Nickels: I cannot even imagine artistry and craftsmanship as fine as this. Find a nickel and think about creating a new image by carving on its surface. Stunning.
Games: This is a pretty good word game, very addictive. TextTwist gives you six letters, with a guaranteed six-letter word. You have to find that six-letter word to proceed to the next round, but you also get points for other words you can make out of the six letters. Simple, fun, and you can download it so you dont have to be online: