December 30th, 2004

Tales from the Triple Crown: Misadventures in America’s Backcountry

At Chalk Creek Pass (12,070') on the Continental Divide in Colorado during a blizzard
a talk by Mike Benedetti

Where: “Test Pattern”, 334 Adams Avenue, Scranton, PA.
When: Saturday, Jan 8, 2005, 7:30 PM.
For more info: 877.571.4223.

At the age of 31, Mike Benedetti is one of about forty people to have hiked the entire Appalachian, Pacific Crest, and Continental Divide Trails: the “Triple Crown” of American backpacking. Join him for an evening of stories from his 8,000 miles of adventuring. Those planning to hike the Appalachian Trail in 2005 are especially invited to attend.

This event is free and open to the public.

More information and photos of Mr. Benedetti on the trail can be found at Triple Crown.


December 29th, 2004

Techno Timmy is actually Just Joey

The Brunching Shuttlecocks’ Techno Timmy is actually a Joey.

According to This old Toy: Fisher Price Kid series (one of the “Lap Sitter” series, according to one reader). 10 inches tall boy doll, vinyl head, cloth body (made to look like he’s wearing an orange, long-sleeved shirt with yellow stripes, dark blue denim jeans, and beige shoes). Has dark brown hair, dark eyes, and freckles. Accessories: Baseball cap with a Fisher Price logo on front, and a yellow jacket (both are removable).

A good set of pics and descriptions can be found within this FisherPrice dolls page.

Oh. Why do I care?

Becuase I have a Joey. Pics soon.


December 29th, 2004

CONELRAD: All Things Atomic — The Golden Age of Homeland Security



December 29th, 2004

Herr pieceoplastic has received a cease and desist notice [in german].

Swiss-German, presumably.

Good luck, pieco.


December 29th, 2004

Complete Chicken Genome Sequenced

At last, I can sleep soundly.


December 29th, 2004

totem2: some might call it grafitti, if they are feeling uncharitable.

via MetaFilter.


December 28th, 2004

Scranton Times Tribune – Bookies get probation, house arrest – By Michael McNarney TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER 12/28/2004

Robert Rinaldi Sr. and his two sons all got house arrest and probation Monday for running a bookmaking operation out of Old Forge — an enterprise that was taking in $2 million a year, a federal prosecutor said.

read more…


December 27th, 2004

Wayne Bremser compares Matthew Barney’s Cremaster Cycle to Donkey Kong.. To the detriment of Mr. Barney.


December 23rd, 2004

the 8 bits of Christmas

This very special holiday release from 8bitpeoples features an allstar cross-platform lineup that is sure to make yours a truly chippy christmas indeed. Brought together from all corners of the globe, these 8 amazing tunes were composed by 8 dedicated chiptune maniacs on 8 different videogame consoles and homecomputers! Featuring the sounds of Yerzmyey on the Spectrum, Nullsleep on the NES, Vim on the VIC20, Paul Slocum on the Atari 2600, Bit Shifter on the GameBoy, Goto80 on the C64, Dma-Sc on the Atari ST, and Hally on the X68000, there is only one way to celebrate the holidays right this year, and this is it.


December 23rd, 2004

Metafilter – Hard-Boiled Wonderland

See also the previous post on Frogs.


December 23rd, 2004

FaLaLaLaLa.com – Preserving the memories of Christmas Vinyl Past


December 23rd, 2004

Spamgraffiti | Online installations created from spam


December 23rd, 2004

ShaBot 6000: A Very Shabot Christmas

Pass the dreidel.


December 22nd, 2004

banned Bush/Monkey picture going onto digital billboard

Above the Holland Tunnel.

God Bless monkeys.


December 22nd, 2004

Happy Winter!

Happy Winter. Eat as few seeds as possible.

Original photo at FoolCrow.


December 20th, 2004

The New Yorker: A Visit from Saint Nicholas (In the Ernest Hemingway Manner) by James Thurber

It was the night before Christmas. The house was very quiet. No creatures were stirring in the house. There werenít even any mice stirring. The stockings had been hung carefully by the chimney. The children hoped that Saint Nicholas would come and fill them.

The children were in their beds. Their beds were in the room next to ours. Mamma and I were in our beds. Mamma wore a kerchief. I had my cap on. I could hear the children moving. We didnít move. We wanted the children to think we were asleep.


December 20th, 2004

Orthodox Anarchist: Jesus was whose homeboy, again?


December 20th, 2004

Responsible Cleaning


December 20th, 2004

Skipping Workshop


December 19th, 2004

The Unipedia (?huh?) on Constructed language[s]:

An artificial or constructed language (known colloquially as a conlang among aficionados), is a language whose vocabulary and grammar were specifically devised by an individual or small group, rather than having naturally evolved as part of a culture as with natural languages. Some are designed for use in human communication (usually to function as international auxiliary languages), but others are created for use in fiction, linguistic experimentation, secrecy (codes), or for the experience of doing so. Conlangers differ on whether linguistic creation of the latter kind is to be considered an art or a hobby. These languages are sometimes associated with constructed worlds.

The synonym planned language is sometimes used when referring to international auxiliary languages, and by those who may object to the more common term “artificial”. Speakers of Esperanto, for example, have argued that “Esperanto is an artificial language like an automobile is an artificial horse”. However, the term planned language is rarely used outside the Esperanto community.

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