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10 December 2009

It was the night before Christmas
Here's a fun treat. In 1927 James Thurber wrote a hilarious version of "The Night Before Christmas" in the style of Ernest Hemmingway. Here's the beginning:

It was the night before Christmas. The house was very quiet. No creatures were stirring in the house. There weren't even any mice stirring. The stockings had been hung carefully by the chimney. The children hoped that Saint Nicholas would come and fill them.

The children were in their beds. Their beds were in the room next to ours. Mamma and I were in our beds. Mamma wore a kerchief. I had my cap on. I could hear the children moving. We didn't move. We wanted the children to think we were asleep.

Check it out, it's pretty funny

09 July 2009

No Depression archives online!!

OMG, can't believe they did it! My favorite music magazine in the last 20 years has put (as far as I can tell) every article, review and interview online. Start here:

Hundreds of good articles, but here's the review where I found out about Blue Mountain (1994), Mike Ireland (1998), Jim Lauderdale (1998) plus many more. Just browse the interviews for dozens of treats. I think I have all of them in hardcopy form, but this is a lot handier.

05 July 2009

Darrell Schweitzer's

Five Theories of Book-Buying

The Fisherman's Theory of Book-Buying: You will never regret the book you bought, but you will always regret the one that got away.

The National Debt Theory of Book-Buying: You will never have read all the books you own, but any given book will be read eventually.

The Chemist's Theory of Book-Buying: Books obey the laws of gases: they expand to fill all available space.

The Gardener's Theory of Book-Buying: No matter how much you weed a book collection, it will always grow back.

The Pharaonic Theory of Book-Buying: Build a pyramid and read them all in the afterlife.

This was from the December 2006 issue of NYRSF

I've been culling and culling the books for five years now and while it's getting more manageable and more narrowly focused, there's still a lot of cruft floating around :)

24 November 2008

Funniest thing I've read today (OK, I'm running behind) was this post from the fine folks at the Wren's Nest which includes two pretty interesting phone calls

BTW, anybody know how to get pingback or something like it working on I'm confused!

17 October 2008

Trader Vics

James Lileks scrounged up an old Trader Vics matchbook and put it in his museum.  Great that the fonts and drawings were the same way back when.  I'm glad Atlanta's Trader Vic's is still open downtown in the Hilton.

Too cool

Here's the link:

10 February 2007

Why Wikipedia Wins

I've noticed all sorts of articles, blogs, radio and TV shows etc, using Wikipedia as a source especially in the last year. Often times it's used with tongue slightly in-cheek -- ie. can you believe this? -- but the trend is only going to become more pronounced. Why? As long as an article idea doesn't instantly offend other contributers either because of spam/commercial concerns, obscurity or axe-grinding you can create it. Thus any reporter looking for information on any subject may end up there first since "Google is just a frontend to Wikipedia".

If you've written something remotely interesting it will be adopted by other editors, expanded and made into great little bundles of knowledge. I can't begin to list the number of articles that I've started with just the notion that "there should be an article about this" and created a short stub and look back a year or three later to see a great entry. It's like magic.

Of course, you can't get out of responsibility entirely, you have to check your watchlists to fix vandalism and creeping idiocracy. But we're definitely creating the Hitchhiker's Guide to Life, the Universe and Everything. You'll get frustrated over certain aspects: perhaps the clutter (and nagging) of "needs citation" or some religious war of formatting or a nuance of phrasing but in general these arguments are settled in a reasonable manner.

In all of human history, there has never been a better source for fun learning! (It's my blog so I don't have to cite a source! Hah!)

08 February 2007

I haven't blogged for a while so here's a diary entry:

On Highland Ave just west of Elizabeth where everything's getting built on the north side, they had carefully scrubbed down the facade of the old Grinnell Sprinkler building (they waterproofed many buildings back in the day but not the Winecoff!) but this morning when I drove by the whole thing was being torn down. Oh well, at the least the building next door is being saved for a restaurant.

For lunch we tried a new place (for us), Papi's Eastern Cuban at Myrtle and Ponce. Their pork special was awesome, more like street food than Las Palmeros on 5th. Not sure if that's an east-west thing :)

Tonight, scheduled to meet the wife downtown so I walked to the train station. Noticed all the fences had been taken down along those goofy Inman Station condos: the brick columns are still there but all metal and wood fences are gone. No game at Philips but there was still a decent crowd at CNN Center. Noticed Rimini's Pizza finally closed, that's about the only truly wretched pizza I've ever had... gahhh. McCormick & Schmick's had a good crowd going.

Walked over to Centennial Tower (their accent lights at the top are looking fine), to check out the media opening for Thrive on the first floor. It was a nice space but severely packed. It will be interesting to see how they do in the future but they have a good staff to start. We wanted something more substantial for dinner and headed over to sidebar a place I've really missed since leaving downtown for midtown. I'll have to make point of getting down there more often. Good crowd there too.... and.... and the spot on the corner (formerly Icon, formerly (crap I can't remember)) is a new location of Slice from Castleberry. They didn't change the decor at all from Icon and it had a better crowd than the previous occupants usually got. Bravo! For some reason, I seem to remember there was supposed to be a new Slice over off Edgewood, but I cannot find no corroboration. Signing off. Peace, baby