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Saturday, June 2, 2001

     A beautiful meme about synesthetics at brushstroke.tv. Melanie offers some great links to discussion of sense and art, and shares a few smells. What aromas do your favorite web sites conjur? Go visit and let her know. I think she's a flowering peach blossom on a glorious misty spring day.

     With the continuing popularity of Blogger and the growing base for Grey Matter, you're probably curious about user-generated content. For those of you with independent spirits, Builder.com explores WikiWikiWeb, an open source project with the tools you need to build sites that accept new pages, content, and even changes from your visitors.

     My apologies to Dave Bastian for jumping the gun. It won't happen again.

     In the world of lights and sounds, pixels and bytes, we know that what we see is the creation of our fellow creatures, of other humans. Whether there is independent meaning in the signals we spend so much time creating and receiving is purely a matter of our intent to create meaning. Yet beyond our own existence there is a spirit in those lights and sounds; there is something behind the signals we send and receive. New this month at *spark-online: an issue of truth.

     Do you ever feel like you're in the wrong place at the wrong time? Sometimes we really are in the wrong place at the wrong time, like if we're in an auto accident, or get hit with a bolt of lightning. That isn't what I mean though. I'm thinking more of wishing the circumstances surrounding us were different. Is there any harm in wishful thinking, or is it better to make the most of what we have? Maybe we can do both. After all, this is lucid confusion.

     Life's little instructions: Keep a few secrets.

     Add some lucid confusion.  Your comments appreciated.

Friday, June 1, 2001

Stand For Children      Stand For Children's mission is to build and mobilize a powerful citizen voice to ensure all children the opportunity to grow up healthy, educated, and safe. Stand For Children supports local communities as they organize on issues of local importance such as access to affordable and quality childcare, safe and educational out of school activities, small class sizes, and gun safety locks. Stand For Children Day 2001, today, is a call for a collective commitment to creating positive change in our communities. Stand For Children is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, national membership organization with members, teams, and chapters across the country winning victories for children and families. (link and graphic via Aspirations to Sweetness)

     The most popular graphical Internet trace route utility now has a freeware version. NeoTrace Express offers the mapping features of the professional version and is multithreaded, so it's very fast and can simultaneously check multiple hops on the route. It shows the route on a world map with detail on the path taken by your Internet traffic. NeoTrace Express can integrate with Internet Explorer to offer one-click tracing to web sites and URLs.

     Life's little instructions: Wave at kids on the school bus.

     Add some lucid confusion.  Your comments appreciated.

Thursday, May 31, 2001

     Would you like to find solutions to all your daily problems and life's challenges at the click of a mouse button? Who wouldn't? The legacy continues as today Jeffrey Zeldman celebrates his sixth anniversary on the web. Your relationship with Zeldman is the foundation of your life — on earth and for eternity. It's the most important relationship you'll ever enjoy. We'd like to help you build your relationship with Zeldman so you can reap the life-changing benefits only He can provide: unconditional love; eternal life; financial and emotional strength; health; and solutions to every problem or challenge you'll ever face. Heartiest congratulations to Jeffrey, and to all of us who have crossed his enlightened path lo these many years.

     Life's little instructions: Be the first to say hello.

     Add some lucid confusion.  Your comments appreciated.

Wednesday, May 30, 2001

     Some days just aren't worth talking about, y'know? Take Tuesday for example...

     25 Creative Photo Project Ideas. (link via ColdMarble)

     For those still not sure, you're just fumbling through the wrong pecking order. Around here, she's at the top of the peck. Started to say pecker head, but that wouldn't have been quite right. Never mind. You get the idea. Go there, not here, there. Read. Learn. Enjoy. ;)

     That dang Lemur. Ya gotta love him.

     Life's little instructions: Be forgiving of yourself and others.

     Add some lucid confusion.  Your comments appreciated.

Tuesday, May 29, 2001

Blue Web'n Blue Ribbon Web Sites     I'm gonna boast a little bit, 'k? All weekend long the Tips and Tools section of our site was pounded by accesses from an email newsletter. Long-time friend Judy Vorfeld forwarded the newsletter to me Friday evening. Much to my surprise, Internet Brothers had been selected a five-star hot pick by Pacific Bell's Blue Web'n Knowledge Network. Said the reviewer: "If you are working with students on webpages, this is a must read." Judy told me Blue Web'n is one of the most respected education sites on the Internet. That seems quite apparent based on all the new visitors their newsletter sent our way. Thanks very much Pac Bell; and thank you Blue Web'n readers. All who have corresponded have been very cordial and complimentary.

     Hey Faith. Here's a couple links you can check for getting on a waiting list:

     80s Nostalgia      Blockbuster

     Life's little instructions: Carry jumper cables in your truck.

     Add some lucid confusion.  Your comments appreciated.

Monday, May 28, 2001

Donate to the WW II Memorial Fund      Just in time for Memorial Day 2001, on May 22nd the U.S. Congress passed legislation approving construction of the National World War II Memorial on the National Mall between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. This is the project you may have seen Tom Hanks promoting in television ads. Symbolic of the defining event of the 20th century in American history, the memorial will be a monument to "the spirit, sacrifice, and commitment of the American people, to the common defense of the nation and to the broader causes of peace and freedom from tyranny throughout the world." The Memorial will be funded primarily by private contributions. Every donation, whether large or small, supports the World War II Memorial.

     Jiminy. Now even the spam email comes in Flash.

     Shoot, I'm tired just watching 1100 miles of racing. I can't imagine how Tony Stewart drove 500 miles at Indianapolis (finishing 6th), caught a helicopter and jet to Charlotte, then finished 3rd in the Coca-Cola 600. The vitality of youth.

     There are many web developers looking for employment these days. The competition is fierce. Sometimes the resume can make or break your chances. Are you tired of going to all those fruitless interviews? Perhaps you can take a page from an Online Interview with Randall Larson. Sure beats putting on a tie every day. (link via Soul of the Web)

     Life's little instructions: Ask for a raise when you think you've earned it.

     Add some lucid confusion.  Your comments appreciated.

Sunday, May 27, 2001

     Every now and then I like to remind everyone of Weblogs.com, particularly those who may just be starting out. It's a great place to list your weblog and perhaps get a little publicity. But more than that, you can check to see when your favorite weblogs were last updated, learn some history about the genre, even create your own blog if you're still sitting on the fence. Looking for new weblogs to surf? Most likely Weblogs.com has 'em.

Bluzz of the Week      Sunday means Bluzz of the Week. Through this feature, I'm searching for the brightest, funniest, most controversial or otherwise intriguing comments from the previous week's forums, journals and blogs. Following a tumultuous week, many found themselves checking their motivations. The hurt is beginning to fade. I suspect a full spectrum of emotions will spring forth in the days and weeks ahead. If you find a true treasure you'd like to nominate for future Bluzz of the Week, even if you wrote it yourself, please let me know.

     Fascination with "The Hoax" is waning. It has taken me awhile to get over it too. Through the entire thought process there were several times I asked myself why I continue this public exposure. Essentially, it is a theme found in The Twelve Steps, or something like the film Pay It Forward — thanking those who have helped me by giving a little something back. Hoping to capture some of that emotion while still hot, there's a new project in the community inspired by Joe Jenett's Ageless.

     Sharon's Total Chaos is "making a conscious effort to reunite a community that has recently been somewhat broken and is now untrusting." The Why I Log project is a compilation of motivations, inspirations and aspirations from people just like you and me. I first happened across Sharon's virtual hug fest thanks to Patti. Now it's my turn to pay it forward. Here are a few excerpts from recent entries:

     "I started this new venture with the thought that I needed a hobby ... something to do in my "spare" time ... a diversion from every day life where I could use my cob-web covered brain ... Becoming a mother is the accomplishment I am most proud of. This is the one topic I know enough about ... Motherhood ... the good, the bad, the uncertain."

     "I'm like any other person that needs support at times — good vibes, hugs, praise. But at least I've accepted who I am — and even more so, I've re-discovered who I am through blogging."

     "It's a way to "talk" about all the things that happen to me throughout the day with other adults. Someday you'll all understand why I need to do this ... I knew it would be a great way for me to release stress."

     "Writing has always been discipline for me. A means to find out what I really thought. A means to exercise my thoughts so that I could move onto the next thought. And it was also a way that I could play with words the way some play with paints or clay."

     Life's little instructions: Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.

     Add some lucid confusion.  Your comments appreciated.








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