Saturday, October 07, 2000

I wrote this about my face, and it has even been published (on paper!) a couple of times.

Thursday, October 05, 2000

Neat article by Clay Shirky, called "Shirky: Playfulness in 3D Spaces-Why Quake is Better Than VRML".

Wednesday, October 04, 2000

Last Sunday, I went to a wedding at the breathtaking (if you can find a way to get a good look at it) Monona Terrace. The picture above was found at and is about the best picture that can be taken of the Terrace, unless you are actually out on the lake. Nothing this large, expensive, and individual is without controversy:
"The Monona Terrace Convention Center has been compared to half a wedding cake, a parking lot for UFOs and, on a foggy days, a ghost rising from Lake Monona. The State Capitol, after decades of dominating Madison's skyline, finally has a rival landmark... It may have taken longer to build than any other public building in modern history."

The Terrace is touted vigorously as a Frank Lloyd Wright design, but is it? I can say definitely that it is a beautiful place for a wedding. As my friends plighted their troth, seagulls flew and kited outside, boats skittered about, and darkness settled gradually on the lake and surrounding homes.

Tuesday, October 03, 2000

Um... Fresh Air, another show I like but don't get to listen to much, is also available on Real Audio. What else have I been missing that I didn't have to miss?
Hyprocisy, the vaseline of political intercourse:
. . . Not surprisingly, it fell to Czech President Vaclav Havel last week to give poetic expression to these anxieties. 'We often hear about the need to restructure the economies of developing countries and about the wealthier nations being duty-bound to help them accomplish this," said the playwright who led his own country from communism to capitalism. "But I deem it even more important that we should begin to think about another restructuring, a restructuring of the entire system of values which forms the basis of our civilization today.'" from the Washington Post:
Compare to President Havel's actual treatment of prisoners in his care.

Reports of Treatment
of Prisoners in Prague

[From the Prague Legal Team and INPEG organizers via Indymedia]

- Women have been strip searched by male officers and forced to perform exercises for the enjoyment of the officers
- Many have been continuously denied food/water/sleep
- Only women and fascists are allowed water.
- Men are forced to pay officers for water.
- Prisoners are first being taken to isolated areas and beaten before taken to the station
- Two Norwegians witnessed people being in the station being handcuffed to a wall, then severely beaten
- Numerous prisoners have been handcuffed and beaten in cuffs, put on tables and chained down with their legs spread open.
- Men have had their genitalia twisted and punched.
- Prisoners have been first handcuffed then thrown down stairs.
- Twenty-two prisoners were forced into a 4 square meter cell, piled on top of one another.
- Thirty prisoners were detained overnight in an outdoor courtyard with no food or blankets of any kind
- Many witnessed an Israeli man who was severely beaten. He has a broken leg and possibly a broken rib but has been denied medical attention.
- Prisoners with diabetes have not been fed
- Prisoners have been refused individual medicines necessary for their survival - Czech activists are being beaten more severely and detained longer.
- Israelis are facing more brutality than other international activists
- A German woman was forced to pose for photographs with different clothes and different positions
- One man was forced to pose for photographs also in different outfits, wearing glasses, wigs, etc.
- Witnesses saw a woman fall or jump from a window and break her back, at which point she was brought back into the station.

So far, protesters at Seattle, Australia and now Prague have been beaten up by local police trained and equipped by non-local money, have had ordinary civil rights suspended before and after arrest, and have seen their predominantly peaceful, well-coordinated protests reported as violent free-for-alls by traditional media.

The above items are taken from Progressive Review's fast news page, which you should read daily. Scroll way down.

Monday, October 02, 2000

An innovative attempt to get kids to spend more time outdoors. Photographed by myself just outside of Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Sunday, October 01, 2000

Here's how I learned about This American Life; every Sunday, for months, as my family and I drive home from our religious meetings, I've been catching the last 10 minutes or so of this funky show on public radio - This American Life. It took me awhile to realize that something special was going on (T.A.L. doesn't come across well in just ten minutes), but eventually I started to get it and I began to wish I could listen to all of it. Well, guess what? The web site has all of the shows on Real Audio, and they sound great on my 56k connection. As I type up this post, I'm listening to "Fiasco", a '97 episode, and periodically snorting with laughter.
Give it a try, if this isn't old news to you. Ira Glass is some sort of genius, and can be counted for a fresh take on just about any subject he tackles. I love the convenience of being able to listen whenever I want to.
"One of the problems with our show from the start has been that whenever we try to describe it in a sentence or two, it sounds awful. It's a bunch of stories -- some are documentaries, some are fiction, some are something else. Each week we choose a theme and invite different writers and performers to contribute items on the theme. This doesn't sound like something we'd want to listen to on the radio -- and it's our show."

If It's Out There, It's In Here an interesting review of an interesting book about an interesting idea. From the N.Y. Times.
"We learn from Rosen's book that the basis of the resemblance between the Talmud and the Internet lies in the fact that everything can be found in either of them if you know how and where to look."