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Hippy Shakes

October 31st, 2002

The History Buff is “an historical reference of press coverage from the 16th to the 20th century.” There are some fascinating articles in the archives. My favorite is about a Confederate plot to destroy New York City by fire during the Civil War.


October 31st, 2002

I have been trying to stay away from the “weird news” stories, but I can’t resist this one — there’s something very sweet about it: Retiree sends $100 to school for candy theft in ‘47.

Just Becuz

October 31st, 2002

Yay! My cousin started a weblog: Shambo Rants. She’s just getting started, but it looks smart so far.


October 29th, 2002

More about the shooting at the University of Arizona.

Small crowd

October 29th, 2002

I just received a virus via e-mail. It’s one of those little .exe files that only silly people open. There’s nothing special about that — I get several of them a week, all dutifully scanned and deleted with little fuss.

What made this one unique is that the accompanying text was targeted to knitters. It was made to look like it was coming from Knitting Universe (a high profile company that is home to several top designers). A quick glance at the headers indicates it came from elsewhere. I’m not sure what kind of virus it was (I’ve already deleted the file), but the e-mail message makes it look like a “special offer” from Knit U.

Does having our very own virus targeted at us mean that wired knitters have arrived? Or does it mean that we are already 5 minutes ago?

parish the thought

October 29th, 2002

Why are the intermediate political units in Louisiana called parishes instead of counties?

According to this article, as the Spanish colonized and missionized the New World, they used one unit — the parish — as a unit of both religious and political organization. When Spain colonized Louisiana (before the French) they continued this practice, and the term “parish” stuck. It probably helped that the French were also predominantly Catholic and maintained the names (a timeline of Louisiana history).

So why aren’t counties in other areas colonized by Spain (like Arizona or California) called parishes? By the time Spain colonized the south western portion of what is now the United States, their practices had changed, and the presido became the unit for political organization, separate from the parish or mission.

UPDATE. I posted too soon. Other sources , mostly about the colonization of Quebec, imply that the parish system was a French system.

Does anyone out there have the answer? Because I’m very confused.

Horrible Days

October 28th, 2002

Four people were killed at the University of Arizona this morning. A disgruntled former student walked into a class at the nursing school, shot two professors and then killed himself. The police are withholding information about the 4th victim.

In related news, we went to see Bowling for Columbine this past weekend. I highly recommend it. It is brillant, and far more insightful than I anticipated. It’s not a knee-jerk anti-gun screed, nor is it reactionary NRA propaganda. I think Moore has come very close to answering the question “Why do Americans shoot each other so much?”

So that’s how it works

October 23rd, 2002

Get to Know Your Septic Tank and Care and Feeding of Your Septic Tank, both by Roger Machmeier, Ph.D., P.E., Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota.

Here is a word of caution: Never go down into a septic tank. The gases present may poison or asphyxiate you. Only trained professionals should enter a septic tank or any other confined space.

And while we’re on the subject, don’t miss out on this exciting page of septic tank poetry.

Hats, hats, hats, hats

October 23rd, 2002

The 2002 Knit Hat Show presented by Red Lipstick. There are some great pieces here, including one made as a collaboration with a dog that paints.

Because It’s Interesting

October 22nd, 2002

I was reading some articles about film noir last night, and became curious about the Hays Code which oversaw movie content before the current MPAA rating system. The commission that enforced Hays censored movies based on their social, political and moral content and shaped the movie industry in ways we are still seeing today. Self-Censorship in the History of Holloywood is the best overview of Hays history I found.

Warner Bros. in the Pre-Code Era is a fascinating look at how progressive Hollywood was before the Hays Code. The movie industry still hasn’t recovered [Note: while all linked articles are work safe, other articles you may find linked to these sites are not].