Saturday, October 30, 2004

This is another link borrowed from Neil Gaiman's blog. Maybe you should just start reading his blog instead of this one.
Anyway, it's an interview with Neal Stephenson that's really well done and has a well put metaphor for novelists. Stephenson has a great head on his shoulders.

http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=04/10/20/1518217



">
(<$BlogItemCommentCount$>) comments



Friday, October 29, 2004

Here's a delightful website of getting out the vote posters that people have created (don't worry. It's nothing like the last voting thing I posted.) Some are a lot of fun. And you can print them up too!

http://www.aiga.com/content.cfm/getoutthevote




">
(<$BlogItemCommentCount$>) comments



Here's a one stop website for how to draw spirits into crystals.

http://www.esotericarchives.com/tritheim/trchryst.htm



">
(<$BlogItemCommentCount$>) comments



This has been around for a while, but in case you haven't gotten in on it, here you go. Every get one of those dollars with a website that you can track where the dollar has been, tell people you have it, then watch where it goes? Well, why not do that with books?

http://www.bookcrossing.com/


Jonathan Carroll bought it back to the front of my brain when he found it and put it on his blog. He also put up another (unrelated) of his devastating quotes from someone he rightly identifies as The Angel.
“I like black and white films more than color because they’re more artificial. You have to work harder to overcome your disbelief. It’s sort of like prayer.”




">
(<$BlogItemCommentCount$>) comments



The first thing I did, in my confusion was to check the byline and make sure it wasn't a story from April 1st. It reads like something from one of my cryptozoology books, but there it is. The BBC telling me there really were hobbits.


http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/3948165.stm




">
(<$BlogItemCommentCount$>) comments



Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Here's a story about inevitable problems our friends at Indymedia are having. I suppose I should be shocked an surprised that the FBI would shut down bits of Indymedia when they felt like it, but I find myself not surprised in the least.
I do wish this story was a little better written. A lot more questions come up than are answered.


http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=562&u=/ap/20041026/ap_on_hi_te/web_server_seizure_3&printer=1



A few more questions are answered here, but (understandably) very much in a tone of righteous anger:

http://www.indymedia.org/en/index.shtml



">
(<$BlogItemCommentCount$>) comments



So. (Link stolen from Neil Gaiman's blog)
I believe this is the same district from the story a few days ago that banned Halloween because it took up valuable school time. In this article a very sensible lady says that it also takes away one of the few fleeting things that children find enjoyable about school.
But now, in what looks suspiciously like damage control, they also say that one of the reasons they banned Halloween is because the stereotypes of witches might offend Wiccans.
Once again, Wiccans have highjacked the term "witch" and been declared the only voice on when and where people can use the term as though there were no witches that matter besides the Wiccan type. If I were a non-Wiccan witch I'd be pissed off to no end at that stereotype. I know many witches who aren't wiccans and would be quick to tell you if you confused them with wiccans. I know witches who love Halloween just as it is. Granted, I don't know any witches with long noses, greenish skin and pointy hats and so I don't know how they feel about all this.
It's not that I'm saying I'm anti-Wiccan by any means. Most of the ones I've ever met seem like stand up folk. I just don't like bullies, be they a religious group or a school district. I don't think this is a sign of where our nation is headed or how Halloween is in danger in our culture or an example of how political correctness is blah blah blah. I just think it's a bunch of morons running a school district.
And having grown up in a school district that was run by morons, it really makes my cauldron boil.



http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=184701&page=1




">
(<$BlogItemCommentCount$>) comments




Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Wow. I'm of German stock (my family is all Pennsylvanian Dutch) and a vegetarian. This just kind of fell into my lap.


http://www.vegcooking.com/oktoberfest.asp




">
(<$BlogItemCommentCount$>) comments



The great news is this. The Oliver Ridley species of sea turtles have come roaring back after poachers almost drove them into extinction. It's a beautiful story and I'm not ashamed to tell you I teared up a little at it.

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/14/international/americas/14turtles.html?ex=1098936000&en=954d6ece9348c721&ei=5070&oref=login&oref=login&pagewanted=print&position=

The bad news is that you either need to register at the ny times to read it (which I don't recommend) or do what I do. Go here and get a username and password and refrain from giving out your personal information to the bastards:


http://www.bugmenot.com



">
(<$BlogItemCommentCount$>) comments



Here's an article from The Advocate about how Truman Capote is coming back into style just like I've been saying he should for years. I notice the tone of the article stops just shy of holding him up as a model for their cause though, to which I can also say I told you so. They quote Capote talking about "dickey-lickers" for cryin' out loud. Anyway it's good to see Capote getting press again.



http://www.advocate.com/html/stories/926/926_capote.asp


">
(<$BlogItemCommentCount$>) comments



Monday, October 25, 2004

Sorry. The link thing was all screwed up. Now you can just click here instead of cutting and pasting and let your muscles atrophy from lack of use.

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/story/_/id/6562575?&rnd=1098395329703&has-player=false


">
(<$BlogItemCommentCount$>) comments



Here (thanks to Charles for the link) is the best article I've read on this election thus far. I teared up at one part, but mainly laughed like an animal throughout. It's written by a man who is more qualified to comment on this election than anybody I know and whose opinions I'm more willing to listen to than anybody else's.


http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/story/_/id/6562575?&rnd=1098395329703&has-player=false


">
(<$BlogItemCommentCount$>) comments