Week of . . . November 28, 1998
Other stuff I'm thankful for: my family, startribune.com, science fiction fandom, alt.tv.homicide, rec.arts.sf.fandom, ecto, signal-to-noise, Minicon, Santorini's brunch, KBEM, my cats (and cats in general), scottie dogs, good books, good tv, good movies, good music, VCRs, UNIX, the IMDB, CDDB, computer solitaire, Palm Pilots, my family, people who send me email (even when I'm lousy about writing back), cool catalogs, Entertainment Weekly, Broadway Pizza, web logs, X-files fan fiction, anything that glows in the dark, the woods behind my apartment, The Empire Strikes Back, and Daffy Duck.
I'm thankful for geeks and for Jon Katz for writing this beautiful thank you:
I'm thankful for old friends like Michael Finley and for his thanksgiving piece which thanks those who've patiently explained techie stuff to those who couldn't quite figure it out on their own. Pie for techies:
I'm thankful for knowing Michael from my Citadel BBS days. Met Lileks there, too. And Shaun (of the dinner mention earlier in this log). Lots of other fine folks. For all the friends I made there... those I'm still in contact with, those I haven't talked to in eons, those now estranged. I spent the years from age 15 to 23 or so there (off and on in later years), probably sharing too much. But the friends I made are invaluable. As are the lessons I learned.
Thanksgiving always reminds me of a song called "Thanksgiving" by Poi Dog Pondering. Funny, I hadn't really listened to their albums in a year or so and now I still can't get this one song of theirs out of my head. I know about their mailing list, just now found their official site. I find I've missed an album or two, time to fix that.
I'm quite fond of Jon Carroll's Thanksgiving column. Yeah, like that. I am thankful for those who write the columns and weblogs and webpages I read daily.
Last night I had dinner with my friend Shaun, we were talking about how the net has changed over the years, how there's so much stuff out there now. And as evidence of how you can find pages about anything, no matter how obscure... he mentioned that there are at least three webpages devoted to "the Menards Guy".
He's right. Why did I feel compelled to look? Crazed curiosity? And why am I telling you this?
Argh! So it looks like the final installment of a three-part Newsradio aired this Tuesday night. When the show normally airs on Wednesday night on NBC. Last Wednesday, it was pre-empted for Dateline. And it looks like it doesn't air next Tuesday. So has the bloody show moved (again) or not? Grrr. And yeah, I missed it. I know, I should just go to the fabulous TV Grid and search on the shows I watch or have them email me reminders. It's a grand service. Right now, I'm just mad at NBC (but what else is new?). Oh well, it's a network that reruns everything (except Homicide: Life on the Street) a zillion times. Still. My least favorite TV experience: to look for a favorite show to find yet another installment of Dateline. Bleah.
Probably old news, but I'm only just now seeing the cat-scan page. As in scans of... cats. Cats on scanners. Of course.
Microsoft is making phones now? Be afraid.
Part review, mostly a glimpse at The Microsoft Future in a piece from the Star Tribune's Tech section, by that Lileks guy again.
Oh my, I laughed out loud at this Backfence column by James Lileks. In which he makes up his own letters since he forgot to ask readers to write in re Turkey Day. Maybe I'm just in the mood for e/v/i/l/ festive Thanksgiving carols...
I get a little crabby about the net sometimes, but then I catch a little bit like this, in an X-files fan's list of things to be thankful for. Makes me smile:
I wish I could say Jon Katz is just being gloomy, but I agree more with him than I do with the other folks I've seen talking about this thus far. Another missive at slashdot.org:
I think Netscape, the browser, will live on. But I dread the Case vs Gates stuff bigtime. I hope jwz of mozilla.org is right about mozilla not being Netscape nor AOL.
Depressing news. I agree (for the most part) with Jon Katz's take on things at slashdot.org:
Looking for other Web Logs? Raphael Carter is now editing the NewHoo/Open Directory category for web logs. I'm particularly fond of Raphael's HoneyGuide Web Log and Jorn's Robot Wisdom Web Log, but I like the rest of the active ones on the list quite a bit, too. Web logs are cool.
The X-Files aired a very cool episode last weekend, called "Triangle," in which our heroes visit the Bermuda Triangle. As Autumn Tysko says in her nifty review: