Updated blog is now at Interference Patterns. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Tuesday, September 30, 2003
Googlism for: the other michael
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the other michael is momentarily glimpsed
the other michael is urinating in the snow
the other michael is at the basketball
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9/30/2003 08:54:31 AM
  9/30/2003 12:38:23 AM
Monday, September 29, 2003
STAR TREK for Communists
One memorably mind-boggling episode revolves around a shipboard 'Mathematical Olympiad.' Nemetsov served as quizmaster, but the competition was won by Cadet Valentin Volkov. He's the show's slide-rule-toting teen heartthrob, a role model for Soviet youth, and he has a mischievous pet monkey named Yuri.
I want a mischievous pet monkey, dammit!
9/29/2003 11:59:39 AM
Stale Urine In the Caves of Nuclear Fire: download the classic album FOR FREE!
9/29/2003 08:55:54 AM
Monday, September 22, 2003
announcement by John Bromberg

From John Bromberg. sadly, I did not get to the museum to bang a nail into John's sculpture.

9/22/2003 10:54:28 PM
weirdest LONGEST search phrase to find xradiograph, yet. PART VII


earlier parts

9/22/2003 10:44:55 PM
not a real ebay email, its an e-scam!

scgi.ebay.com is a legit ebay site, but while the jpeg shows this, it actually send you somewhere else.
clicking on the image (view title for "real" link info) gets you to http://scgi.ebay.com@ Go to OcalasMostWanted for the scoop.

UPDATE! 10.20.03 a different variation (with interstitial text) over at Sercurity Forums.

UPDATE 01.27.04 Suspicious of the address-bar and want to check the location of where you're really at? Try this JavaScript code [that I found...somewhere]:
javascript:alert(%22The real URL of this site is: %22 + location.protocol + %22//%22 + location.hostname + %22/%22);
Make a shortcut for your toolbar with the info, then click any time you're feeling antsy....
9/22/2003 06:25:04 PM
Sunday, September 21, 2003

"New Rally-X" boot graphics, edited from a MAME session.
9/21/2003 06:07:42 PM
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Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2003 06:25:56 +0200 (METDST)
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9/21/2003 11:37:17 AM
Friday, September 19, 2003

Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day!!!

Avast, ye weblubbers! That lusty wench Chloe has put t'gether a wee tribute that be including the above picturing and a movin' pitcher of people tryin' to talk like us pirates. Features a sock puppet. Aaargh!

Fer some added booty, feast yer eyes on th' DELUXE Pirate Umbrella Hat from the kindly artisans at Archie McPhee. For those of ye havin' a hard time with the voicin's.

some mail from Mike B.:

So today is the big day when we:

* Watch Chloe's great short film of people drinking and talking like pirates

* Honor Johnny Depp's unique pirate character in "Pirates of the Caribbean."

* Honor Stale Urine's unique use of pirates in "The Fourteen Points." (In which a group of pirates become a theater company under the direction of Woodrow Wilson.)

* Maybe engage in file-sharing or other piracy.

* Read Hakim Bey's "Pirate Utopias":

* Fire a volley across a bowl of Cap'n Crunch.

* Swab something.


9/19/2003 08:22:09 AM
  9/19/2003 12:26:46 AM
weird and various ways to find xradiograph PART VI

wherein it should also be noted that part II was numbered completely arbitrarily.

colossal squid pictures: ya re-post one CNN story, yer branded fer LIFE!
how does a accordion work: for tips
umbrella pictures: I should get some, with Isabella and all.
giant squidd
patting the head pictures
phony shark pictures: take that, Damien!
pictures of pancakes

part II
part III
part IV
part V

9/19/2003 12:09:00 AM
Thursday, September 18, 2003
ISABEL Graphics Archive: watch where it was and where it was supposed to go....
9/18/2003 12:06:12 PM
  9/18/2003 08:40:15 AM
CNN.com - Mysterious squid deaths investigated - Sep. 18, 2003: "Scientists are trying to find out what caused two enormous squids, one of them 40 feet long, to wash up dead on Spain's northern coast this week. [....] The second squid to wash up in recent days was a 191-lb female and was found by a man swimming. He told a Reuters photographer he had attached one of the tentacles to a float and dragged the creature toward the shore."

UPDATE 09.20.03 CNN: Spanish navy shocks blamed for giant squid deaths. Navy denies the charges.

9/18/2003 08:37:22 AM
NPR : Fashion Industry Copes with Designer Knockoffs
Some clothing designers are watching this week's fashion shows in New York with an eye to knocking off their competitors' designs. Like the music industry, the fashion business is rife with unauthorized copying. But it's relatively free of infringement lawsuits like the ones the major record labels recently filed.

As NPR's Rick Karr reports: 'If you find yourself attracted to, say, a handbag in an upscale Soho boutique but it costs too much, head a few blocks south to Canal Street. You'll probably find the design that caught your eye on a table on the sidewalk selling for a lot less: A knockoff of a $600 Prada bag, for example, goes for around 100 bucks."
My favorite quote, not appearring in the printed version, has the commenter calling Canal Street "the Kazaa of the Fashion Industry."
9/18/2003 08:17:07 AM
Wednesday, September 17, 2003

spam arrives with marvellous text inside, only to be comprised of GIFs and JPEGs. They can track receipts by their server logs!
9/17/2003 09:13:31 PM

yes, this is a little old. so sue me.

* síndrome respiratorio agudo severo (SRAS)

9/17/2003 10:46:22 AM
Tuesday, September 16, 2003
Company That Cloned Sheep to Sell Assets and Shut Down: "Dolly, the sheep created in 1996 with cells taken from a frozen ewe, was euthanized in February after a lung infection that might have been the result of spending too much time inside. Dolly has been stuffed and is on display at the Royal Museum in Edinburgh."
9/16/2003 08:22:46 AM
A Disco Legend Returns, Without His Feathers: "I would go to the all-night grocery store and pretend that I was at Studio 54 because it was the only place open all night. Truman Capote in the frozen foods. Andy Warhol over in vegetables.'"
9/16/2003 08:18:19 AM
www.toaster.org : Whence?: "the history of the toaster is the history of 20th Century Cultural Trends and Industrial Design"

ICS toaster museum: yeah, there's at least TWO of 'em!
furious toaster: a blog. not updated since May. oh, well. Bakelite & Toaster museum: ooh, a third! plus that brittle plastic stuff! (hint: don't click the English flag).
Another hint:don't leave your pop-tarts in the toaster and walk away. and a variation.
a moron's guide to toast
toaster pastry resources
somebody had a conversation with my toaster. well, their toaster.
a bunch of ways to make toast
a nice simple way to make toast, by Jenna. Thank you, Jenna.
buy a toaster on ebay.
in the past, I pined for a Hello Kitty toaster.
Now I can't wait for the return of vaudeville.

9/16/2003 12:41:40 AM
Monday, September 15, 2003
weird search requests part [whatever]: Giaconda 2001: aka "Mona Lisa in a NASA space suit"
9/15/2003 12:29:55 PM
A facelift for the $20 bill - May. 13, 2003: My girlfriend, who works in a bank, mentioned this to me today. She said even her mother, who rarely leaves the house, knew about it. Where have I been????

UPDATE 01.27.04 See even more funny money in Foundlings
9/15/2003 11:20:59 AM
BoingBoing Discussions
Jerks complaining about the Discuss links - QuickTopic bulletin board: discussions are down at BoingBoing. This is a previous thread on previous problems, previously.

UPDATE 09.15.03 evening
Here's the last active Boing- Boing discussion.

Just wear your asbestos suit, that's all I'm sayin'.

UPDATE 09.17.03 mornin'
Seems like this is now one of the few ways to get into the still-alive "meta-disccussion" (although how "meta" is it when all other discussion is gone?). Not that what is there passes much as discussion. Pescovitz (or some other admin) took down the link on the gust-guest-blog (no permalink available; click here), but the other one on Macki's post still remains active as of 8:37 EST.

UPDATE: 09.18.03 morning
New guest-blogger Jason initiates live discussion forum. 09.18.03 afternoon: Craniac has created a Generic BoingBoing discussion.

UPDATE 09.19.03 the wee hours'
Let me get this straight.... "Xeni" is a fakester, while "xeni" is real; and "Cory Doctorow" is real, while "cory doctorow" is the fakester. Right???
09.19.03 afternoon: Craniac, I suppose, is deleting messages on the Generic discussion. There are scattered points being made in all three of 'em, though. As well as gratuitous flames.

UPDATE 09.20.03 morning
flame wars continue. a lower-case "xeni" (note the indefinite article) has claimed (Computer History, msg 48) Cory D. tried to kill himself last weekend due to the flame-threads. Having seen them, I can almost believe it, were it not for the fact you can't believe anything in these forums anymore. The Timecube guy posted to the Generic discussion, msg 27. Also, it seems that the old Pausing the Warblog For Now thread from 3.21.03 is QUITE active, with over 3300 posts on it.

UPDATE 10.08.03 morning
Generic is clunking along, while Pausing seems to have turned into a family squabble (/m3321 - "Aunt Marion" ??!??). The nearly-dormant BoingBoing.tribe sprang to large life yesterday with a surge from 28 moribund (no offense) members to more than 160 after Xeni blogged it. Jason Scott has continued to create new discussions for each (insightful, detailed, hyperlinked) post, engendering on-topic, respectful posts.

UPDATE 10.12.03 morning
Pausing has this charming message:
Messages 3323-3316 deleted by topic administrator 10-11-2003 11:04 AM (not accepting new messages)

So much for the family squabble. Which >was< still on-topic. why was it deleted? If the commenters themselves decided they were ashamed of their words, QT allows them to edit them down to nothing. It's a pity they're gone, because it was an interesting example of a long-thread becoming >else< while still maintaining its original purpose (nominally).

UPDATE 01.27.04 afternoon
y'all should know the only really active site is the BoingBoing Tribe. Although it's not so much active as not comatose.

9/15/2003 10:11:50 AM
X-rayed contents of handbag: Chloe went to the courthouse & took a gorgeous photo of their xray.
9/15/2003 08:53:54 AM
Sunday, September 14, 2003
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9/14/2003 10:26:17 AM
Names I have been called by SpamBots:


to be continued.....

9/14/2003 10:21:03 AM
To: nepapa
From: sleisen
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Reply-To: nepapa

Okay, I accidentally opened spam called "Remove cellulite!" and found this
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9/14/2003 10:01:52 AM
Thursday, September 11, 2003
[Fwd: [talk.bizarre] Spice World!] : Spam@tagmag.com: something claiming to have to do with Malcolm McLaren (verified) and SPAM (unverified). and the Spice Girls.
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Most of my recent weird site stats have been obliterated in the BoingBoing slam [grumble grumble grumble], I should often be so unfortunate!

pictures of the transformers improv
pictures of hats that you can wear: as opposed to the other kind

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Macki's NSFW dissertation slams my bandwidth limitations today. Not that "width" is the proper word for a free ad-supported Tripod account.
9/11/2003 10:06:33 AM
SPAM.ART.CENTER: "is a set of gateways between texts and signs, HTTP and SMTP, ideas and concepts, game and reflexion, an area for output."
9/11/2003 12:26:56 AM
Normally, my spam extracts get excerpted over at 'mazingtext. This one, I couldn't resist. Italics for the "invisible" text.....
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9/11/2003 12:07:07 AM
Wednesday, September 10, 2003
Miss Mona Superhero's duct-tape "drawings": "ever since she picked up her X-Acto knife just last winter, Mona's shiny, hyperkinetic color riots have been in high demand for everything from album art to wall murals. Lucky for us, this gracious cut-and-paste queen (she works only in multicolored tape on white melamine)"
9/10/2003 11:52:26 PM
b l u e j a c k ~ William Browning Spencer: "Drafted in the sixties, William Browning Spencer was court-martialled twice and spent five months in the stockade. Do they really still have stockades? Now if that's not bound to lead to a life of writing, I don't know what is. Motivated, he says, by a desire to sleep late, he took up writing after working in corporations both large and small."

I'm currently enjoying re-reading Zod Wallop for the nth time.

9/10/2003 12:58:32 AM
  9/10/2003 12:54:09 AM
Tuesday, September 09, 2003
Bribe your way into the BoingBoing guest-blog.

I shelled out $0.36.

Update, a few minutes later:


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9/9/2003 10:16:26 PM
Mike B., having completed the Pacific Crest Trail, has time on his hands in Washington State.

He's using the site stats to communicate.

9/9/2003 10:10:17 PM
boingboing props: "I like xray."
9/9/2003 09:45:36 PM
We had a bit of a FLOOD last week: "'We're going to keep at it,' Mrs. Verduce said as she took a break to look at photographs that graphically portrayed the difference between the creek that ran by her house last Wednesday and through it the next day. In the first, Mr. Verduce plays in the calm waters of the creek with his daughter's dog. The second shows the family's new refrigerator bobbing like a dead fish."

Sept 10: Jermyn continues to clean up.

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Well, kinda free. I suppose I'm paying for it, afterall.

9/8/2003 04:29:14 PM
Sunday, September 07, 2003
Blogstop: "Secrets encompass x-rays in laboratories yonder."
9/7/2003 11:19:10 PM
Article on Alzheimer's with my Grandparents:

Human toll of Alzheimer's will likely increase in coming years

By JORDAN DRACKLEY, Courier Staff Writer

WATERLOO --- Irv Frost, 84, remembers the day he first noticed the change in his wife.

He and Rita, now 82, were at Kmart more than 21 years ago.

Rita asked a question. Then she asked again. And again.

"I got goose bumps because I was very much afraid of what was coming about," he said.

Thus began a long battle with Alzheimer's disease, an illness that results in memory loss and behavioral changes throughout its slow advance. The disease is progressive, degenerative and the most common form of dementia.

Rita receives nursing home care at the Friendship Village health center and has been there for four months. Things seem to be going well, Irv says, despite the circumstances.

"Her mood can change while you're sitting there," Irv says, laying a reassuring hand on his wife's shoulder. But, she doesn't get angry.

"Some people refer to her as the smiling lady," he says.

Some of his friends going through similar situations think Irv is lucky. Rita is alive and, so far, hasn't been afflicted with problems other Alzheimer's patients typically endure.

But for Irv and Rita and others the disease will continue to be an uphill fight.

An estimated 4.5 million Americans have Alzheimer's. The number is expected to nearly triple by 2050 when more than 13.2 million people will experience the frustration of memory loss and distortions in their personalities, according to a recent study in the journal Archives of Neurology.

"We have an epidemic, and I don't think the epidemic is too far in the future. I think it's about here now," says Kathy Martin, director of Lakeview Lodge, an assisted living center at Friendship Village in Waterloo. Her father died 16 years ago with the disease.

People who work with those affected by Alzheimer's say they aren't surprised by the findings. The projected increase is largely due to an aging population with an increased life expectancy.

Baby boomers may be in the toughest situation of all --- the middle.

Some are providing care to parents with Alzheimer's while at the same time trying to take care of their own children. And they wonder about the future.

"Every once in awhile I have that panicky feeling in my stomach: Who is going to take care of me?" says Martin, 54. "I don't want my children taking care of me. They're going to be older themselves."

Julie Thomas, Irv and Rita's daughter, though, says she isn't overly concerned about developing the disease. She is a baby boomer and 45 years old.

"I don't worry about it, I suppose because what happens, happens," she says.

Still, if no major advancements are made, authorities say the projected number of cases could overwhelm individuals, families and available resources in the health care system.

Fewer caregivers

Most Alzheimer's patients' first caregivers are their spouses, who must deal with the person's wandering, confusion and sleepless nights.

Patients often get to the point where they need care 24 hours a day, as in the Frosts' case. Placing a loved one in a care facility can be difficult. But usually, primary caregivers can no longer maintain their own health and ensure the safety of the person they love.

Though he didn't want to leave his home and garden, Irv decided about two years ago the couple should move into apartments at Friendship Village.

But some of their 14 children worried as Rita's illness progressed.

"Mom had him take care of her," Julie says. "We were more concerned that my dad would get worn out."

When Irv realized he couldn't provide all that was required, Rita was moved to assisted living in Lakeview Lodge.

According to the Alzheimer's Association, half of all nursing home residents suffer from the disease or a related disorder. Many facilities have waiting lists and employ a limited number of licensed care providers.

The population balance leans toward people aged 65 and older, and the number of individuals working to take care of them doesn't add up.

"For the first time, we're going to be dealing with an inverted pyramid as far as our work force and our retired individuals," Martin says.

More registered nurses are already needed, as well as certified nurses' aides and licensed practical nurses. For the latter two, training is essential, but low wages, demands of the occupation and other factors create high turnover.

"It's hard to keep good staff now," says Marcia Truax, the activities director at the Friendship Village health center. "With baby boomers, there were more people."

And Martin says larger case loads compound the problem.

"How are we going to solicit and train the individuals in a field where they're taking on so much more responsibility than they ever did before?" she asks.

Making the caregiver feel needed and appreciated is important. Care facilities are responding with programs designed to retain those already employed.

But caregivers must genuinely feel for people with the illness.

"The hardest thing is trying to figure out what it is (the patients) want or need," says Truax, who has worked at Friendship Village for 13 years. "They can be afraid and not know what they're afraid of."

Follow the money

No cure exists for the disease.

However, the prescribed drugs Aricept, Reminyl and Exelon can slow the progression, perhaps allowing a person to stay at home longer.

"Even if you can delay it for five years ... for someone on Medicaid, you would save hundreds of thousands of dollars," says Jennifer Owens, regional program coordinator at Alzheimer's Association East Central Iowa.

Irv, like other caregivers, is especially concerned about the cost of prescription drugs. Alzheimer's patients use more prescription drugs than the average Medicare beneficiary.

The average cost of prescription drugs for a person with Alzheimer's is almost $3,000 per year, nearly three times the amount a typical Medicare beneficiary spends.

That's because Alzheimer's patients typically take medications not only for the disease, but also for behavioral problems and other medical conditions.

In general, as people age they are more susceptible to heart problems, stroke and cancer. Alzheimer's patients also commonly face intestinal problems and pneumonia.

Long-term care is costly, too.

The average cost for nursing home care is $42,000 per year, according to the Alzheimer's Association. A person with Alzheimer's disease will live an average of eight years beyond the onset of symptoms. Many live 20 years or longer.

Medicare and most private health insurance do not cover the long-term care most patients need.

Medicare will cover only the first 90 days once a person is certified by a doctor as needing care in a skilled nursing facility. And then only if the person is hospitalized for some reason other than Alzheimer's.

At the same time, patients must meet government financial guidelines for Medicaid eligibility.

"If we don't find a way to slow it down or cure the disease, the likelihood is that we'll go bankrupt trying to pay for this," Owens says.

The federal government spent an estimated $600 million for research in the 2002 budget. The Alzheimer's Association is trying to increase that figure to $1 billion. The goal is to find ways to decrease the number of predicted cases through treatment and prevention.

The disease can only be confirmed by identifying plaques and tangles of protein in the brain after an autopsy. Studies indicate, however, these physical signs of the illness are present 20 to 30 years prior to outward symptoms.

Risk factors

One in 10 persons over 65 and nearly half of those over 85 have Alzheimer's, according to the Alzheimer's Association. A small percentage of people in their 30s and 40s also get the disease.

Research suggests children of two affected parents are more at risk than those with one. There may be a genetic link as well if a parent developed an early onset of the disease --- before the age of 62.

In general, though, whether a person is at risk comes down to age. But the disease is not a normal part of aging.

"They say it's a disease of older people," says Dr. Ivo Bekabac, a neurologist at United Medical Park. "Age is the greatest factor."

Recent studies show that under doctor supervision, taking anti-inflammatory drugs, Vitamin C and E and having a healthy cardiovascular lifestyle may slightly reduce the risk of getting Alzheimer's.

Research released in June showed that staying mentally active may help. The 21-year study published by New England Journal of Medicine says reading books, doing crossword puzzles and playing cards and board games may increase the amount of cognitive reserve in the brain. The activities seem to stimulate development of richer networks of nerve cells.

Support groups

Irv Frost knows that people should start getting outside help immediately after problems start. When he moved into Friendship Village, he joined a support group led by Bev McCadam and Lois Marsch, both of Waterloo.

Proponents say the confidential interaction helps people open up and share their feelings with those who have gone through it. But it's hard to take the first step.

"Caregivers are reticent to ask for help from other people," Lois says. Her husband, Vernon, had Alzheimer's and passed away two years ago while at the Friendship Village health center.

Vernon Marsch had been a supervisor with a telephone company. Lois began noticing problems about 12 years ago. He was an avid woodworker, but projects that used to take two days began to take a week. He was also having trouble distinguishing card suits in their bridge club.

After five years of the outward symptoms, Vernon was diagnosed at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

"A year later, he asked me, 'What's wrong with me?' And I said 'You have Alzheimer's.' It went in one ear and out the other --- he had advanced that much," Lois says.

His personality began changing. He wandered and hid things.

Friends, members of their church and family --- especially her daughter and grandson --- provided relief from the constant demands of caring for Vernon. She also joined a support group.

Bev McCadam has a similar story.

Her mother, Edna Lohman, has been in the Friendship Village health center for four years. The woman had lived in New York her whole life but wanted to move. Bev and her sister decided it would be best for her to move to Waterloo.

Bev noticed her mother was becoming increasingly upset and confused. Friends would take her to doctor appointments, but Edna didn't know who they were.

"The sad part of it is, she knew something was wrong," Bev says. "She couldn't or wouldn't --- and I don't know to this day --- tell me what the problem was."

Since then, Edna has lost some language skills and can become agitated. Bev isn't sure whether her mother knows her.

Lois and Bev relate well to members of the support group because they represent the two caregiver roles that are most common --- spouse and child.

They say it's important to plan what to do as a family, get legal advice and understand insurance policies if faced with the disease.

"The minute something seems out of order, find out why it's out of order," Bev says. "To me, it's the greatest tragedy that I didn't know then what I know now, because I would have done things differently."

The saddest part, the two women say, is the lack of recognition.

"It's your husband, it's your son, it's your brother, and if they don't know you, oh, it hurts," Lois says. "They're not the same person you grew up with or married."

Without recognition, some people feel visiting a loved one in a care facility doesn't really benefit the patient. Irv Frost and his daughter Julie disagree.

"Even if I'm only there 10 or 15 or 30 minutes, she's got someone there with her," Julie says. "She doesn't know me, but she knows that someone's there ... and she knows that I care about her."

Rita enjoys the attention. Irv appreciates support from loved ones, who help provide the strength to face daily struggles.

Despite an uncertain future filled with rising costs, an increased number of cases and limited number of caregivers, life must go on for those facing Alzheimer's.

Those most closely affected by the disease say the silver lining, if there is one, is that help exists for those who seek it.

"Most of us think we're brave and strong and take care of everything," Irv says. "We should start getting help immediately ... because we need to familiarize ourselves with the difficulties that are going to arise in the future."

9/7/2003 01:06:21 PM
Friday, September 05, 2003
  9/5/2003 09:01:06 AM
Thursday, September 04, 2003
weird & various ways to find xradiograph Part III

Miss Nude Galaxy: sigh.
Telengard remake: this one, I'm proud of.

And you don't need to tell me--by putting these on here I'm raising my chances of hits even higher. So sue me. It's a change from all the "hat pictures" hits I get. There was a nice variation, today.
9/4/2003 11:58:29 PM
Duct Tape Forever! PBS Extras: scroll down to find my kid sister, AnnMarie (yeh, two caps, no space). My brother-in-law is elsewhere on the page: Eric Johnson.
9/4/2003 03:35:16 PM
weird & various ways to find xradiograph Part II

John Bromberg puppets: actually wish I had more on John. had hip re-replacement surgery last week
bored x-ray techs: I get this one every now and then
Pictures for sleep wear
native drawings of fawns
pictures of a normal size antartic squid: I blogged the giant one a few months back.
recipe chinchorro sauce
miniature lighted monster figures
"joel score"
pig with wings
pictures of hats including what they are made from
Matrix Re-loaded Cam
gallery hungry bigger boops
"patagonian toothfish" photo image mouth of
ruler of the han dynasty tv series: I didn't even know the tv series HAD a ruler!
giant labia pictures: no comment.
archeologists scranton: well, I've got (popular) Mystic Astronomers, if that'll help.
papyrus of the undying text: some texts die, some are undying. some deserve to be forgotten.
birth and death of Kasimir Malevich
"the man without a past" christian: the movie, I get. the second part???
"knee high socks" fall 2003
egyptian drawings of servants
Diana the Huntress Egyptian God
Jimmy Connors, Mayor Scranton, PA
PORN THUMBNAILS: if "Safe Search" is on, I'm as good as it gets.
"northeast current" Baldino

9/4/2003 10:58:28 AM
Pete's Wacky Wiener World

I'm a fan of Coney Island Lunch on Scranton's Lackawanna Ave. "Two Texas Weiners, Cheese Fries, & a Large Birch Beer" is one of my favorite meals. I hadn't noticed this page on their site before:

Making wieners is not a hard job. I've been doing it for 30 years now. If it was hard, I would have stopped years ago. This page will show some of the things I go through in my pursuit to make the perfect wiener! Not every day comes up a bowl of roses. Check back here often and see what's up.
9/4/2003 10:36:50 AM
Wilkes-Barre Online: The man that knew it all, ran it all, and then threw it all away.
[Wilkes-Barre's] financial picture is rosy? Yeah!!! And the Mothra twins got falling down drunk on a bottle cap full of Rolling Rock in 1977 and slept with me. Godzilla is a HUGE Bay City Rollers fan. Rhodan was the original lead guitar player in The 1910 Fruitgum Company before becoming an in demand Carol Channing impersonator. Megalon is now a U.S. Congressman from Louisiana. (Donít laugh too quick. That one is entirely possible.) And Gorgo finally retired from stomping on cheezy miniature movie sets and is currently a pansexual newt-herder living a quiet life off the coast of Wales.
9/4/2003 09:32:18 AM
Wednesday, September 03, 2003
Kudos to 102.5 The Shark, Nags Head, NC, for their wisdom in linking to my Umbrella Hat page. I wonder what breakfast at Big Al's Soda Fountain & Grill is like....
9/3/2003 01:58:57 PM
Monday, September 01, 2003
Preliminary redesign affecting only this front page, at the moment. Being evaluated and extended (perhaps) as we speak.

I note that google-word-ads appeared at the bottom of Tripod pages a week or two ago. First it was a regular banner ad, then it went away, then the ad-word-ads showed up. And haven't left since..... :::sigh::: that and the billion pop-ups that proclaim YOU are the 10 millionth visitor to xradiograph. yeah, right.

9/1/2003 04:51:18 PM
Leonardo da Vinci Ascii Pictures: including Mona, of course.
9/1/2003 04:28:45 PM
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portrait in the paper