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9 November, 2004

Today's Agenda

Today we are tourists. Toad, Mrs. Toad, and I will be visiting:

  • Tubac: Tubac was established in 1752 as a Spanish presidio (fort). Working artists' studios now surround the grounds which once served as the home for a Spanish military garrison.
  • Tumacacori National Historic Park: Comprised of the abandoned ruins of three ancient Spanish colonial missions.

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Remember payphones? Here's a site devoted to this rapidly disappearing method of communication: World Payphones.

(Thanks Curtis)

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Homemade Percussion

Homemade Percussion and Junkmusic.

When you use your imagination to make or find percussion instruments for yourself, you are following a tradition that stretches back thousands of years to the dawn of human music making. It's an essential part of being a percussionist.

(Thanks Guy Minervini)

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Dead Presidents

From Snopes: The Curse of Tecumseh.

With one exception, since 1840, U.S. Presidents who have been elected in years ending in zero have been killed or have died of natural causes while in office. And the one exception literally came within an inch of death.

The exceptions are Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush. But we have four more years before W becomes a real exception.

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Urban Beast

An entire project devoted to urban beasts: The Urban Beast Project.

The Urban Beast Project attempts to document and exhibit the almost extinct plight of wild and feral animals living in the midst of our urban areas. Using adaptive skills, these beasts carved out a new "natural" system of living from the peripheries of buildings, roads and parks. While most of the Urban Beasts described within have met the end of their species, it is our hope that with exposure and attention many other Beasts will be saved.

Shown here is Bebi - Bestia Infantia (female).

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The Snail Shell System

Here's the manual for the Snail Shell System.

The SNAIL SHELL SYSTEM is a low cost system that enables persons to move around, change their whereabouts and live in various environments. One unit supplies space for one person. It is mobile both on land and water. One person can move it slowly, either by pushing it like a wheel, walking inside it or on top of it.

On water it can be rowed, moved by a kite or hooked up to a vessel, for example, a ferry. The unit rests on one flat side and can be anchored in lakes, rivers, harbours or at sea. On land, it can be placed in city spaces, fields, forests etc.

It looks very cozy.

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Travels With Gertie

Andy Baird writes about his Travels With Gertie.

I'm not going to try to explain how over a period of a year or so, I became vitally interested in all things having to do with RVing. I have trouble explaining it to myself, because much of the time it seemed as if some mysterious inner force was pulling me inexorably in that direction.

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Limited Edition Soda

The Jones Soda Company has a limited edition Holiday Pack. It features five exciting flavors:

  • Turkey And Gravy Soda
  • Cranberry Soda
  • Mashed Potato & Butter
  • Green Bean Casserole
  • Fruitcake Soda

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Lost Frog

Hopkin the frog is missing.

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Google results spoken out loud by a synthesized voice: Speegle.

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Lots O' Fonts

Lots of free fonts -- 1001 free fonts.

1001 free fonts first opened its doors in December 1998 and has since grown to become the most popular free fonts archive online. We receive more than 35,000 visitors daily and we have been visited by over 25,000,000 visitors since 1998.

You'll probably want to have a pop-up blocker installed.

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Bansky Stencil Art

Lots of interesting images from Bansky. This one is called Nothing Is Sacred.

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Firefox 1.0

Mozilla Firefox 1.0 is now available. Here are 101 things you can do in Mozilla. And Google even has a Firefox start page.

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