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15th of July 2000

     A serious player in the web awards community, NetMagick.Net recently launched a new domain. Our congratulations to Lauranna and her team for putting this together. NetMagick is in search of excellence for that always elusive web value known as "content." Do folks bookmark your site? If so, give this one a shot.


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14th of July 2000

     Something to think about. If the world were 100 people there would be: 57 Asians, 21 Europeans, 14 from North and South America, 8 Africans. 52 would be female. 48 would be male. 70 would be nonwhite, 30 white. 59% of the entire world's wealth would belong to only 6 people and all 6 would be citizens of the United States. 80 would live in substandard housing. 70 would be unable to read. 50 would suffer from malnutrition. 1 would be near death, 1 would be near birth. Only 1 would have a college education. 99 of them will not see this message, because only 1 would have a computer.

     When one considers our world from such a compressed perspective, the need for both acceptance and understanding becomes glaringly apparent. From the Big Fat Baby. Thanks Dad.

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13th of July 2000

     Once in the air.
Now in my hair.
     Crow droppings.

          — Me, LuHaikuFu.

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12th of July 2000

     A lot of talk during baseball's All-Star game about why there are so many hitters these days with near record-breaking statistics. Are the contemporary players better? Are the physical conditioning programs of today's diamond rats making a difference? Is the rawhide itself more juiced than previous decades? Maybe the newer ballparks are more conducive to superb play.

     In my view the answer is simple — diluted pitching. Until the 1960s there were only 16 major league teams. With ten pitchers per team, only the best 160 big-league arms took the mound. With 30 teams now competing for the right to appear in the fall classic, nearly double the number of pitchers are facing the best hitters in the world. This second tier are twirlers who would not have been in the major leagues 40 or more years ago facing the likes of Willie Mays or Ted Williams. Today's star record-breakers are exceptional atheletes. The competition is sub-standard.

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11th of July 2000

     An inquiry came in to Dave from NewMedia to do an interview about digital photography. Cool! That makes twice our (mainly his) interest in pictures on a chip has grabbed the attention of the national press. The first was in Spring 1999 when Gateway Magazine came calling. We ended up as the feature story that time. We'll see how this works out for Dave. He deserves the good fortune.

     Obviously s/he never heard the "how did you start YOUR day?" story. Besides, s/he only got a 41 on the bs analyzer. I can personally vouch that Kitty's good for at least a 650.

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10th of July 2000

     Sally McLean is an independent film producer, web designer, radio personality and author from Victoria, Australia. She is also president of Salmac Productions, the company that ties all this busy young woman's work together. Sally recently submitted a short story about Antaguar, a character she's developing for future works, to the IB Community. Thanks Sally, I look forward to more.

     Back to work today after a very relaxing week off. Rumor has it the Federal Trade Commission may rule today on the proposed buy-out of the company that has employed me since 1973. If so, that should set off a fury of announcements in the next month about future plans for the merged companies. I don't expect to learn any specifics of my individual situation for a few weeks, but decisions about physical work locations may produce some pretty strong hints. (update) Scratch that rumor — no FTC ruling today.

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9th of July 2000

     I went in the local NAPA store to buy some car wax and upholstery cleaner. Wow was I in someone else's element. There were about ten other guys in there each of whom looked like they just crawled out from under their pickup truck. Here I was in my clean t-shirt from Crater Lake and a pair of black slip-on loafers. I didn't quite get the same looks I used to in college when I had shoulder length hair and accidently walked into the wrong bar, but I was glad there wasn't a line at the counter.

     Which leads me to something else I've been thinking about lately. Since I've been on vacation from my day job the past week, I decided to kinda do the same on the Web. So I've been mostly surfing instead of developing. A good part of the time I've been lurking around discussion boards looking for subject matter and improvement tips. One thing I've discovered is a very definite liberal political bent to most active participants on those boards.

     They appear to be mostly in their twenties. It's fair to say I also espoused liberal viewpoints at that age. There usually comes a time in life though when philosophies gradually change. For me, it was when I married, and to a woman who already had two children. Instant family does a lot to change your social perspective. That was nearly twenty years ago. It's interesting now to see the younger generation crying for the same insignificant causes I did many moons past. I just chuckle to myself and move on.

     I installed the Windows 98 Internet Explorer 5.01 SP1 upgrade today. My PC is noticably snappier and zippier — not just the browser, the whole thing. No problems yet either. It's advertised mostly as security and other bug fixes, but it definitely carries a nice performance boost.



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