Nov 30, 2001
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Nov 25, 2001
Nov 24, 2001
Yoga Class Banned From Church Hall "I fully appreciate that for some people yoga is just exercise, but I am also aware that yoga is often a gateway to other things... We are here to promote Jesus and don't want to offer a platform to anybody who is going to undermine that." And if you're a Harry Potter fan too—fahgetaboutit.
Nov 23, 2001
For some reason I never really got into swearing. So the other day when somebody swerved in front of me in traffic I said, "Nice job... Pinkstain!" Livia started laughing uncontrolably. Pinkstain? Pink stain? What is that? The unfortunate result of the incident is that now Livia is using the word every once in a while. You can't just throw a word like that around willy nilly. It's dangerous!
We went to Kathleen's for some Thanksgiving cheer yesterday. We were given our own "vegan table" and our food was prepared separately with little signs, Kathleen rocks! When the figure skater started dancing on the roof, I suddenly regretted having topped off her wine. Nobody died a horrible death on my watch. Whew.
Nov 22, 2001
Nov 21, 2001
Seitan entrée, corn sage stuffing, mashed potatoes with golden gravy, green bean casserole, candied yams, butternut squash bisque, cranberry relish, pumkin pie with tofu whip, green salad, and some red wine. It's a damn fine vegan meal and we adopted a Farm Sanctuary turkey again this year. His name is Pee Wee and he is going to live out his natural life in upstate New York. Maybe he will grow up to be a crime fighting flightless bird, you never know!
Nov 20, 2001
The Los Angeles Times reports on Federal directives to destroy public records, clear web pages, and wipe out other information usually offered to the public—locations of hazardous waste sites near day care centers, safety controls at nuclear power plants, and numbers of people being detained in terrorist related cases. Genius Labs has yet to be contacted about deleting archived documentation.
Nov 19, 2001
Introducing: TextBanners! The newest kind of self-serve micro advertising. Well, sort of—it's just an idea, not an actual finished product. "TextBanners are great for weblog community sites already displaying banner ads because they won't disrupt the existing layout, users enjoy giving a little back to their service providers, and attracting new visitors is always welcomed." Sound good? Good.
Nov 17, 2001
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Nov 14, 2001
For Sale: Metafilter. Current owner and creator of the popular community weblog Matt Haughey says, "If I got a serious offer that paid off all my college debt and gave me a six month buffer to enjoy life and take my time picking my next project, I would take it in a heartbeat. Seriously." He says 50k outta do it. If you do buy Metafilter, I would recommend hiring Matt to run it for you. It wouldn't be the same without him.
Traffic Information Center - Sig Alerts "The term "sig alert" was coined by Southern California broadcasting pioneer Loyd C. Sigmon. Loyd would get information about road hazards from police headquarters and broadcast it to his listeners. The first sig alert went out on Labor Day weekend in 1955." Or at least that's what they want us to believe.
Here in LA the radio updates often include a "sig alert" warning for various highways. I've asked several Angelenos what this means and nobody seems to know. I did discover, however, that "cig alert" is a heavy alternative rock band based in Orange County. Their specialty is funk rooted bass lines, powerful vocals, and guitar. Sounds good.
Nov 13, 2001
Honda's new human-like robot is earning more than $166k per year as a receptionist at IBM Japan. Little do they know its only a kid in a plastic suit. Everybody knows there's no such thing as robots! Also note: it looks suspiciously like the little Lego™ spacemen. Coincidence? I'm on the case.
Nov 12, 2001
Nov 8, 2001
Dr. Yoshiro NakaMats is wacked. He's "soft in the head" from sitting too long in his electric-current chair. That's why I didn't show up at the supposed genius convention in Tokyo. Plus, I'm too busy for that kind of thing because I'm developing some new projects that I'll divulge soon!
Nov 6, 2001
The world's supply of chocolate is in danger. "South America's cacao growers are warily watching the spread of witches'-broom fungus, which infects seed pods and sends out evil-looking orange shoots. It has slashed Brazil’s cocoa production by more than 25 percent in the past five years." Genius Labs is against the genetic uniformity inherent in commercial farming.
Nov 4, 2001
Nov 3, 2001
Finding Fluffy: "The OneTrace is a pager-sized, battery-operated unit that could be clipped to a belt or another piece of equipment. Radio signals traveling between a low Earth orbit satellite and the OneTrace give a precise location for the device by using the Doppler shift created by the satellite's movement." The creators of this device are switching from pets to defense in an attempt to raise 2 million. Genius Labs needs to get in on that.
Nov 2, 2001
In 1502 Leonardo da Vinci drew a bridge. "The Leonardo Bridge is an elegant, perfectly pressed-bow construction. Its principle is that the force of an arch can be distributed in wider spans when the foot of the arch is compensatorily widened and utilizes the tension provided by the counterforce of the terrrain. It was conceived 300 years prior to its engineering principal being generally accepted, proving da Vinci's genius as a technological innovator equal to his genius as an artist and visionary." 500 years later, The bridge is finally being constructed.
Nov 1, 2001
I just posted a short explanation of how I got my name in my writing section. If you've ever wondered how I came to be known as "Biz," now's your chance to find out! If you already know, then you can skip it and do something else—but be careful, because that three minutes could change everything.