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Saturday, September 11, 2004
Computer Problems

Hi folks, just letting you know I've got some kind of hardware problem I have to get fixed, so might be away for a bit. I can run the PC for half an hour, then it starts beeping. Weird, cause all the fans are running, yet something seems to be heating up, and takes a few hours to cool down. Oh well, I'll be back, even if it's with a new rig!
Thursday, September 09, 2004

The Scales of Good And Evil - great site, which starts with the owner's list of the 12 most evil and the 12 most good people in history. Cartainly, his choices are highly debatable, and totally reflect his secular humanist worldview. However, he then is decent enough to print thousands of responses and a giant debate/discussion ensues..

Speaking of evil, here's an intersting site of a lodge in the occult order Crowley founded. sort of like inverse Baptists, one almost expects to see a notice for a pot luck supper in between spells..

Nice site of elementary school haiku. I enjoy kids' art and writing, and am encouraged when I see good examples of it online. It means someone somewhere is teaching something, and that's a blessing. Good teachers are among our greatest treasures..

Italian Renaissance Cuisine

Polar Palms in Bulgaria

Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theater.
Gail Godwin
Tuesday, September 07, 2004

I am astounded at how many websites are devoted to one aspect or another of Tolkien's fantasy world. Serious, funny, scholarly, role playing, games, art, writing, forums, sites devoted to the movie, it's all out there. Of course, some of us old folks can smugly remember when all we had were the magical books themselves. And they were enough.

But since we don't read anymore, check these out..

Council of Elrond -one of the best in a crowded field

Burping Troll - hang out in this Gondor inn, even has a balrog for a bartender..

Every language Tolkien invented!

And a closer look at the secret language of the dwarves..

Tolkien Timeline

Tolkien's Oxford

Hear Tolkien read excerpts from 'The Lord of the Rings'

My Precious - smaller site, but nice..

Ice Cavern - nice art here

Some Middle Earth Humor

Not all who wander are lost.
J.R.R. Tolkien
Monday, September 06, 2004

ExMortis - one of the most realistic 'point and click' games I've ever seen. Horror theme.

Put yourself - or a loved one - on the cover of 'ELLE' magazine. Lot's of fun, works well.

You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet, still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.
Franz Kafka
Sunday, September 05, 2004

Regular visitors here will have noticed that I've started posting slightly less than daily. This is not due to any waning of interest on my part, but rather to a number of things going on in my life - good things, but time consuming. Such as renovating a beautiful but neglected old cottage I'll be moving into. I've decided that it is better to post slightly less frequently, but with enthusiasm, than to force myself to update every day, under some type of self compunction! Nevertheless, as I really enjoy web surfing and blogging, as soon as my life settles back into a more regular pattern, I will most probably pick up the pace again. Meanwhile, thanks to all of you for checking in enough to let me know people DO enjoy my finds.

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies - one of the most influential modern composers, 'Max' is no stodgy academic. He has written some uniquely beautiful and haunting works, such as '8 Songs for a Mad King' , and this website is truly an exemplary one, in which a great creative artist uses the internet to connect with his public in many different ways.

If you're a musician, or just enjoy music, you might like this collection of instrument jokes. Some are truly awful, but you're guaranteed a few chuckles..

Oklahoma is the home of the Ugly Bug contest. School children around the state submit photos of the ugliest insect they can find, and learn a lot in the process. Really cool, and the bug photos are great!

Virtual Missile Silo Tour - one of the classic 'underground internet sites' these explorers snuck into an abandoned missile silo and gathered the raw material for this site. And as their detailed warning states, they got busted doing it, and urge you NOT to imitate them - just enjoy their expedition online!

The Political Graveyard is a unique, quirky and exhaustive site! Is it about cemeteries, history, politics? All three? You decide..

And while you're deciding, pour yourself a glass of bourbon, and read the history of this American contribution to the inebriates of the world..

Howard Weingarden, Visionary Artist - can I have a toke, Howard? (only joking, good stuff!)

Kawase Hasui - great 20th century Japanese printmaker.

Finally, though I don't often link to commercial sites, I found this business, Historical Entertainment, to be fascinating. They provide the props, costumes and historians to assure authenticity in movies..

Life is like playing a violin solo in public and learning the instrument as one goes on.
Samuel Butler
Friday, September 03, 2004

Well, I'm back, after a much needed night off. Just a load of laughs tonight; let's start off with a little challenge; can you tell if the women here are lesbians or Germans?

And if you're having work done in your home, you might want to invest in some Plumber's Butt Caulk..

And, just for Brent: stare long enough at the cornfield, and you'll see something creepy!

Protect your banana!

America's Unsung Hero: Larry Walters, Armchair Pilot!

Spiky Bras

Got some time on your hands? Make a tampon angel, or judge a grudge match!

Or visit a virtual haunted house . Or a local rock prfoile.

And now, two weightier morsels: Obscura site - just visit, you'll know if it's for you soon enough. And the excellent 'Hometown Favorites' a place where you can find tons of grocery and canfy items you thought were obsolete decades ago! Quisps anyone?

There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is in having lots to do and not doing it.
Mary Little
Wednesday, September 01, 2004

I am not one to romanticize crime or criminals. I work in a drug rehab, and am all too familiar with the real cost in shattered lives of their activities. Yet, I grew up in Rhode Island, where there was a legendary mob which derived most of its income from gambling. Today, the convenience store at the corner does a bigger daily take in instant lottery tickets than the neighborhood bookies of my youth ever did. But those were the good old days of organized crime. We had a real 'Godfather' (pictured) and if you were respectful, you really could go and ask nicely to have your kid's stolen bike returned, and if you passed muster, it came back with new tires and a horn. Paradoxically, as law enforcement has acheived quite a bit of success in destroying the Italian mafia, the lucrative field of crime has opened up to a complex myriad of groups from around the world..

There's Jamiacan posses..

El Salvadorian Gangs

..and even an Israeli Mafia. A deeper look coming when I'm in the mood..

My wife likes to talk to me during sex. Just last night, she called me from a hotel..
Rodney Dangerfield

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