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8th of July 2000 is dedicated to the growing number of Macromedia Flash users who need guidance in learning this program. It features great tutorials, links, and resources as well as helping Windows and other computer users with their problems. This site has become immensely popular, and is listed at many major Flash Resource sites. This is a one-man site with no outside help of any sort for the information. And what's so amazing about that? The developer won't even be 16 until Christmas. Highly recommended.

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7th of July 2000

Astounding Websites See this banner? Right-click it and save it to your system. Now, place it in a popular place on your web site and link it to Upload the banner and web page to your host. Do it now, before you forget!

     If you have an interest in seeing more of the hidden web get noticed, this is a good way to start. Tired of the same ol' commercial dotcoms getting all the attention? Worried that the independent web artists and writers don't get their due? The founders and members at Astounding Websites are trying to make a difference. You can help by publicizing the cause.

link to this entry Spare Oomph

6th of July 2000

     webmistressjo was needing some spare oomph. I've got plenty of that this week. Y'see I'm on vacation from my day job. I feel great — I've been sleeping in some in the morning, staying up late at night if I want. It's something how the regular work week wears on you; seems I'm always tired, or at least fatigued, but not now. I say, vacation for everyone. Only problem, it's been raining a lot, so many of the outdoor honey-do's on my honey's-list haven't got honey-done.

     Making my rounds of the community forums these days I've noticed some trends. Is it just me, or does it seem like ever since the debut of Astounding Websites last week that MetaFilter has an Ernest Hemingway? It tolls for thee.

link to this entry The Head Lemur for ICANN

5th of July 2000

     Alan Herrell, the head lemur, is campaigning for election to the ICANN Board of Directors. Later this year, five Directors of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will be selected by ICANN's At Large Members in a worldwide online election. As the first step of the election process, ICANN has chartered a Nominating Committee to select a set of candidates for consideration by the At Large Members.

     As a member in good standing of, Domain, and the Web Standards Project, plus a frequent contributor to AListApart, his lemurness has an extensive background in issues that will be front and center for ICANN now and in the future. Internet Brothers endorses his campaign and encourages you to do the same. Visit Campaign 2000 and decide for yourself.

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4th of July 2000

     From an upcoming interview with Bobbie Osborne:

     "Crumpled Papers has evolved from boxes under my bed, in my closet, in my dresser drawers and my inability to organize it all. It started as an experiment into my own thoughts, dreams and aspirations — my way of finding a custom fit in this all too often off the rack world. It has also evolved from my desperate need to find empty hard drive space for more playing related to BozGrafixs. What it has become is something that has inspired others as well as myself to have fun, take the time to play and not be so neurotic with the day to day grind."

     Look for the full interview later this week on IB Interviews with the Masters.

     Sincerest thanks for the kind thoughts and prayers.

     As you celebrate this grand American summer holiday, please take a moment to remember the past.

link to this entry A Hard Lesson Learned

3rd of July 2000

     This was a day of extreme mixed emotions. We were awakened this morning with word that our son had been in a car wreck. It was obvious from his voice that he wasn't well. After spending nearly the whole day at the emergency room, we were relieved to hear the extent of his injuries are nothing more than a mild concussion and many, many bumps and bruises. He will be just fine, thank God, his car is another matter.

Surfer's Choice Webmaster of the Year Then this evening when I opened my email, I found the graphic you see here. I can't begin to describe the true humility I feel for this gracious honor. Wally Gross and the Surfer's Choice Internet Awards have been a Net icon and mainstay since 1995. The fear I felt for my son earlier in the day was replaced by a kind of indescribable tranquillity. I'm sure this will sink in a bit more in the days to come.

     My heartiest congratulations to Don Chisholm and Míc Miller for also receiving this unexpected recognition — unexpected for me, deserved for them. I want to share this with my brother Dave, the other half of Internet Brothers, who by the way has a new domain this week. And of course with all of you; I wouldn't be here without your kind and continuous support.

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2nd of July 2000

     My parents raised me to be of the attitude, "If you can't say something nice about someone, don't say anything at all." So I won't. This isn't a condescension to "non-negative blogging", it's just a nurtured character. Now, if you are someone I know and worried that it was you — it wasn't.

     So instead, I'm going to focus on someone I can say something nice about, someone I had never encountered until she offered help to me yesterday. Michelle Kinsey-Clinton is known as sapphireblue. Her web site is an amazing amalgam of helpful and useful information, intricate and effective programming, carefully constructed thought, and creative utilization of web technology. Here is a small sample:

     "...There's been this great dichotomy, much made of the differences and snarking and us-vs-them on both sides. But that seems to be how "conversations" conducted asychronously online work. The response-reaction time is slower and people seem to compensate by making the language of their online conversations more brusque, more strident — it seems there's more talking than listening going on..."

     Michelle, I'm listening.



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