January 11 - 16, 1999
Minneapolis-area Cool Show Alert: Machinery Hill at the Cedar Cultural Center on Saturday night. (It's tempting me to leave the house, we shall see).
TV Alerts for the Weekend:
TV Heads Up!: (stock up on videotapes already)
Turner Classic Movies also celebrates Grant's birthday on Monday with airings of Sylvia Scarlett, Bringing Up Baby, Gunga Din, In Name Only, and The Philadelphia Story.
I'll be posting more about this on Monday. With IMDB links, too.
That http2 thing that was mentioned in Scripting News and Robot Wisdom today does seem to work with Opera 3.5, for what it's worth. And I registered "laurel" so http2//laurel should bring you to my page.
An oldie, but goodie?: The Rocky and Bullwinkle Picture Show.
Back in the days when Commodore computers roamed the earth, I was addicted to Infocom games. I still play 'em, I'm still trying to solve Deadline. You can play Infocom games on any platform, really (see the Infocom link above); I've discovered the joys of playing Infocom games on my Palm Pilot.
I spent far too much time looking at the infocom section of the interactive fiction archive, there's cool stuff there. They've got lots of old articles, old issues of "The New Zork Times" and pictures of some of the original packaging. And hints and and and well, it's neat.
I couldn't agree with Joyce Millman more:
Show airs 9pm CST on NBC, last week's episode was actually quite good. Certainly a cut above most of the episodes aired this season. I have high hopes for this new episode 'cuz it looks like Munch and Meldrick are featured. And I hope Gee kicks both Ballard and Falsone out of Homicide (a girl can dream, can't she?)
Lego Denies Connection With Artist's Concentration Camp Kit [startribune]
Three Homicide scripts nominated by the Writers Guild of America for Outstanding Achievement in Episodic Drama (also one script/episode each from ER, The Practice, Law and Order, and Nothing Sacred). Nominated Homicide episodes: "The Subway," "Finnegan's Wake," and "Saigon Rose." Other nominations for TV and Radio were announced, too (of course). [hlotslinks]
Today's SACK comic at the startribune sums up the whole net.rush on Wall Street.
Michael Finley on this whole impeachment mess, and the email he (and plenty of others) sent:
TV Alerts for Thursday:
For what it's worth, the aforementioned John Wesley Harding song isn't the reason I decided on the domain name windowseat.org, there are other reasons (some of which involve-- of course-- other domains which were taken already). Still, I like the song. Fits my mood some days.
Salon interview with Sean Penn:
Star Wars Stuff:
JediNet presents some supposed major spoilers for Episode I. I didn't enter and read them, not sure I'm ready for that just yet. So I can't say how major they are. I'm busy happily reading the new issue of Vanity Fair with lotsa pretty Star Wars pictures and an interview with George Lucas.
It's kind of like a weblog, ION The Web reports on what's new and different at various Star Wars websites. A well-designed site.
Also found NewsDroid which claims to be "Headline News for Star Wars fans."
I'm terribly jealous that my friend Al is running a webserver on a Mac SE/30.
It's like watching a game of telephone.
When Non-Technical People Write Tech Stories:
AP interview with Joseph Fiennes:
Someone has rated toilet paper, and put their reviews (?) on the web, of course.
Bwhahahaha! I've avoided posting Furby related stuff thus far, but this is too cool (and if it's in everyone elses logs today, oh well, it's just too good to resist):
Here's the CNN version, too.
Another of the "lost" episodes of Doctor Who is found:
TV Alerts for Wednesday:
Al Roker's dark side: "When Snowmen Go Bad"
Forget Socks and Buddy and all these recent presidential pets, Fala has her own webpage. Mainly I link to it because the Seal of the Presidential Pet cracks me up.
Think you're immune to the cuteness of scottie dog puppies? If so, you're a stronger person than I. Scottie puppies (wheaten and black) at age 10 weeks are perhaps the cutest thing I've seen in a long time. Their ears are even up! (When they're just a bit younger, their ears kindof flopover, which is cute, too).
Scotties are truly unique creatures, you can read more about 'em at The Scottish Terrier Club of America webpage and elsewhere.
I was skeptical of this software (AdsOff), but after using it for an hour, seems pretty neat. And it's Opera compatible (also works with IE and Netscape). Think it's just for Windoze machines at this point, it gets rid of ads and annoying popup windows (a la Geocities). 'Course an hour of use isn't exactly a lot, it may yet cause all sorts of problems. (Aren't I the optimist? I just figure if it works well, I would've heard of it by now...).
Anyone know of a good site to host these webpages? I'm toying with moving my domain/pages since I've been having problems with the net.connection between my workplace and my provider. I'm also, as always, looking for a bargain. :-) (Do my pages take anyone other than me more than a minute to load?) Naturally I want the usual stuff... reliable service, etc.
Alas, I can't afford to have a dedicated net.connection into my apartment just yet. ::sniff:: Send me email if you have any suggestions.
HERT-- a French CERT? They aren't particularly kind to CERT (thus hert?).
TUCOWS was cracked, here's a copy of the hacked page.
[both links via HNN]
Al Roker's "The Good Side of Being on TV."
How dumb do movie execs think we are?
I couldn't make this stuff up, here's a tidbit from the beginning of an interview with Gwyneth Paltrow:
Paltrow talks of being sick of seeing pictures of herself, of her soundbites; yet finds it ironic that the press still doesn't seem to "get" her. Then she answers the question "Who do they think you are?":
(I relate. And I think if I had that kind of fame, I'd agree with that last sentiment, too).
TV Alerts for Tuesday:
Now here's a tough job: moving a 6-million-pound historic theater. [startribune]
New teevee piece by Lisa Schmeiser discusses Multiple Actor Syndrome. She's right on the money, especially about Homicide:
and Ally McBeal:
Yes! New album by John Wesley Harding in February! Woohoo! (Oh, sorry, I'll stop dancing about now). Here's the press release about trad arr jones. And do you know what the appropriate soundtrack is for this weblog? Why, it's JWH's "Windowseat". Here are the lyrics. Visit JWH's official webpage, while you're at it.
Baltimore Sun website DNS hacked. Traffic redirected elsewhere, same for the Star and National Enquirer.
TV Alerts for Monday, January 11:
Jon Stewart on Gillian Anderson:
Ha! Al Sicherman on those Dummies books and Cliff's notes and here's one result:
Jim Klobuchar returns to the pages of the Minneapolis Star Tribune with a piece about the Vikings (then and now):
I ordered some videotapes from reel.com last week, got to me in record time. I'm impressed. (And their selection can be better than that of amazon.com and others, especially when it comes to used videotapes of oldstuff).
There's Cool Stuff to be had in the clearance section of the toy department at Target. Well, at least that was the case at a Target store I visited, where I spied the extremely cool Underdog and Rocky and Bullwinkle toys. All marked down, whee! Other excellent bargains? A talking Flik from A Bug's Life with motion detector and everything (even has the real Flik voice, as done by Dave Foley). Well, I think he's well-worth the ten bucks I spent on him. They also have the large Premiere Babylon 5 dolls of Delenn and Sheridan for a mere 5 bucks each (marked down from $20). The X-Files Barbie doll set is marked down to $40, which is cheaper than they were, but still. (I already have them, got 'em as a gift, and yes I like them just fine. Scully barbie with cell phone, oh my). I did get the Star Wars Galactic Battle game (marked down to $12 from $35), it's basically an electronic Battleship game with cool Star Wars pieces and sound effects.
I did manage to leave the store without buying any of the keychain replicas of oldstyle Star Trek communicators, phasers, and tricorders. With sound and lights! Still looking for the Get Smart lunch box keychain, am I a sick girl or what?
New look for Raphaels' Honeyguide Web Log, same excellent content. (I do try to limit my links to stuff other folks have linked to from their weblogs, do visit the other logs, many are chock full o' nifty stuff).
Star Tribune's Dennis Anderson talks of birdwatching and birdfeeders:
Followup to my urgings of folks to watch the Homicide: Life on the Street marathon on Court TV: Well, the marathon was a success, though limited for some unlucky souls. Fans report the shows were indeed uncut episodes during the marathon. Some fans are really upset because their cable companies interrupted the marathon to show infomercials during the wee hours of the morning (which happened to cooincide with "Three Men and Adena"-- an Emmy and Peabody award-winning episode). Harrumph.
Fans also are emailing Court TV to complain because the regular daily airings of the show do indeed have the usual cuts made for syndication. Different cuts than Lifetime made, some say these are worse. Ach well. Lucky Canadians, they get uncut episodes daily on Bravo Canada.
Some very kind souls have promised to send me tapes of the marathon. :-) And I'm trying to get a tape tree of sorts going in alt.tv.homicide.
Shangri-la finally found? Could be. My Dad went on and on about this story when I saw him this past weekend, apparently a local radio host interviewed Ken Storm, Jr. for over an hour. Sounds like there's all sorts of stuff yet to be released about this. Anyway, Doug Grow of the Minneapolis Star Tribune interviews the aforementioned Storm. And here's a piece from a Chicago Tribune writer via the St. Paul Pioneer Press. I did some basic searches looking for the story elsewhere, but didn't find anything. Will look in earnest later this week.
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