Archives: June 2004
Tue Jun 29, 2004
Open Source Network Monitoring Tools
If you're not a geek, just skip this one. More...
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Mon Jun 28, 2004
Two references on Perl
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Thu Jun 24, 2004
Everything you want to know in Latin
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Wed Jun 23, 2004
Private Powered Space Flight
According to this news story in New Scientist, the first privately-funded space flight almost exploded, and there were other "anomolies. But what I loved best about this story, was the last paragraph, about how beautiful it is. More...
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Tue Jun 22, 2004
Better Vanity Plate
I've noticed that the electric cars around here often have cool personalized license plates. Like this one: More...
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Mon Jun 21, 2004
The Growth of Trees
Do you know Walnut Avenue between Center and Chestnut? That block with all the trees? More...
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Fire in the Neighborhood
Yesterday everyone around thought that her own house was on fire when it was the hotel down the street. More...
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Our public works department is repairing the riverwall along Laurel and Third Street. They went to much expense to create a barrier that holds the river water away from their work area. But I wonder if all their work isn't for nothing. More...
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Here's one reason why I haven't been writing much recently. More...
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All the Movie Elvish You Need
I found a great site today that translates all the Elvish in all the Lord of the Rings movies. More...
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The Rittenhouse Murder Legend
Earlier this month, Bruce Bratton wrote in his column that the motive behind Louis Rittenhouse's grandfather murder was to silence his racism. I'm not so sure. More...
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Stronger Marriages. Now, with New, Improved Divorce
All the Registered Domestic Partners in California got a letter from our Secretary of State yesterday, informing us of changes in the status of Domestic Partners. Formerly if DPs wanted to end the partnership, one needed simply to send a register letter to the other informing her of the end of the relationship. Beginning next January, DPs must receive a dissolution order from a court--this means we now have the right to be divorced. There is no irony in saying that the right to a court-ordered divorce makes domestic partnerships stronger.
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Sun Jun 20, 2004
Thoughts at Mid-Summer
Yesterday, I went with a friend down to the beach we call "Main." Main Beach is the beach in front of the Boardwalk. Local's don't generally visit this beach. More...
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Sat Jun 12, 2004
The Last Real Toy Store
Gamealot, which I remember starting out in the basement of the old Cooper House, has moved from its prime Pacific Avenue storefront to the Weird Gamer Nerd Central around the corner on Front. More...
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Marine Biological Patriarchy
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The Last Earthquake Hole
I noticed last week that the last empty lot from the 1989 earthquake finally has public plans for building. The new Rittenhouse building looks a lot like the People's Bank. More...
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Fri Jun 11, 2004
Why We Have Treaties about Prisoners
I found Senator Biden's remarks about torture in reply to that Awful Man Ashcroft to be quite moving. More...
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Thu Jun 10, 2004
My Favorite Transit of Venus Photos
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Why I Love Mimi Smartypants
Mimi Smartypants is one of my favorite writers. Her blog has been published as a book, and I hope she makes tons of money. I had to use a cliche, but I will: If you are going to read one blog, read hers.
Last week, she wrote yet another entry that made me laugh outloud. Here's a sample. More...
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Sun Jun 06, 2004
While searching the net for recent news of Judy Grahn, I came across the Maze of Murdered Poetry. A clever use of hypertext that for me, became a 30 minute meditation of sorts. She has linked hundreds of words in more than a hundred poem fragments. I found that as I jumped around, I returned to poems I had already read, but from other directions. "Murdered" poetry? No, I don't think so.
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Sat Jun 05, 2004
June, A Month of Change
Today I picked up a female hitchhiker. She said she was late for her last class, Chinese [language]. "What are you doing this summer?" I asked. More...
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Summer's Eve Is When the Sun Dies
The other day someone asked me what I would do if I had only a few months to live. I hadn't answered this question for a few years, and my response has changed from a few years back. More...
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Fri Jun 04, 2004
A New Icon
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Thu Jun 03, 2004
My Persimmon Tree
Last year, my six-year-old persimmon was able to produce seven fruits, which became cookies. This year, the fruitset is incredible! Look at this one branch! More...
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Remember that redwood forest behind Applied Sciences? Where those old trailers were scattered, linked by little pathways? Remember when they logged that forest and closed the last parking lot on Science Hill? Well, they replaced all that with the Engineering 2 building and this is what it looks like, just a week or so before it opens: More...
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Unsettling the West (Eliza Farnham and Georgiana Bruce Kirby)
This past weekend I raced through a double biography by JoAnn Levy: Unsettling the West. I had read Kirby's mid-nineteenth-century Santa Cruz diary years ago, and read Farnham's "California Indoors and Out" (1855) a few years after that. I thought that I knew everything there was to know about these two amazing women, but I was quite wrong. More...
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