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01/22/05 01:35- ID#36511

FGHBD

[size=l]Have a Freakin' Great Happy Birthday, Paul. Stay warm![/size]

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01/21/05 02:19- ID#36510

Fire Chicken Palette

My kitchen is based on fire chicken[inlink]paul,2599[/inlink]too, and I didn't even realize it. In any case, I think it bears a striking resemblance.

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I knew I was in trouble when every single person I showed the formica counter sample to tried to talk me out of it. "Sunlight" by Formica, available from Home Depot by special order. Now, who couldn't like a color called "sunlight?" Screw them, it's my kitchen. Maybe not the best choice for resale value though.

I liked it so much I painted the trim the same color. The guy at Paganos did a great job matching the color, based on Ace color "marigold."

I really wanted to buy these knobs for the decoupaged cabinet doors, but they were $8 each! At the time, that seemed like way too much. In fact, it's only a drop in the bucket campared to the other expenses. If they had been earrings I wouldn't have hesitated. (Well, right then I would have. I've been on an austerity plan ever since that dang kitchen renovation.) When you come right down to it, knobs and pulls are basically earrings for your kitchen.

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Indochine lacquer round knobs

Anyway, I didn't want to pay that, so I tried making some out of those 70s-style concave metal knobs from Home Depot for 79cents each. They didn't really come out the same way. I probably should have molded them out of something. If my time is worth anything, the home-made ones are probably worth a lot more than the store-bought ones would have been. Maybe I should just put the real ones on my Christmas list for next year. Small and easy to pack.

p.s. - speaking of Christmas lists, nobody got me the bike light I asked for. What's up with that? Doesn't my family care about my personal safety? Maybe they think I won't ride at night if I don't have a light.

Ok, I'm just procrastinating now. Back to work.

Oh wait, here's the original mock-up for the cabinets. Unfortunately some of those art prints didn't come in the sizes I needed for my cabinet doors. Oh well.

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I still need to paint a red detail line or something around the smaller prints. It's so much easier to undo in Photoshop than in real life though.

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01/20/05 02:50- ID#36509

Color-coordinated

Hey (e:Soyeon) - your poster looks great in my sewing room. I'm going to have to matte and frame that thing. It's almost camouflaged now.

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I've started a new marketing campaign for (e:) west. It came to me during a wine tasting road trip to Healdsburg/Geyserville yesterday .

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I have to remember to carry a sharpie with me at all times now.

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01/18/05 02:32- ID#36508

The rest of the story...

Somehow I knew this post[inlink]twisted,124[/inlink]would generate some interest, but I didn't expect it to be the breakthrough post for a crossover audience of friends from Boston (Steve!!) Ok, I probably should have figured that too.

So here's the rest of the story. What I remember of it.

After discussing her travel schedule (she had worked a club in NYC the previous night and was now flying to her home in LA before a trip to Las Vegas for the "Oscars of Porn," which coincides with the Computer Electronics Show every year), the conversation turned to places she had lived (born in Wisconsin - where she had spent Christmas with her mother, previously lived in Austin, Guam, Mexico - oh crap, there were a bunch of others I can't remember now, anyway - now she lives in LA where her video production and web businesses are based).

Then she asked me what I did so I told her I was a web designer and I was flying to Buffalo to meet a friend/collaborator on a new community site. She was TOTALLY interested in that (or maybe she just wanted to keep me talking so she could eat her sandwich), so I told her how (e:Paul) and I met and how we'd only communicated online so far, so this would be the first time we met in real life, etc. I also told her how I'd found out just that morning that (e:Paul)'s grandmother had a stroke the night before, so mostly I didn't want him to be occupied with me if his grandmother took a sudden turn for the worse. She chimed in that would be very bad karma to have on my head. I hadn't thought of it that way, but yeah, I guess so. (Yes, Nonna was a topic of conversation with the porn star. Hope she doesn't mind.)

Between bites she asked me if I did any print design. She was going to fire one of her print designers when she got back because he was being a pain in the ass and not getting the flyer for the Vegas show done in time. She gave him a sample from last year's show and the text for this year. He emailed back that he needed a layout from her. (That is such BS!) I told her that was a classic procrastination/avoidance technique - say you're still waiting for something to justify not having done the work. If he's a freakin' designer he should come up with the layout or figure it out from the previous year's flyer. I mean fer cryin' out loud. If there's something complicated/questionable about it, at least give her a couple variations early on to see what direction to go in. (Sorry to rant, but it pisses me off when people do that too.) She said that was exactly what he was doing.

Anyway, maybe I could have gotten a job out of it, but I'm really not a good print designer. Would have been interesting though.

I'd better wrap this up since I hear people don't read posts longer than two paragraphs. Although maybe I shouldn't care if nobody reads the whole thing.

She was really interested in the community website thing, which she correlated to adultfriends.com. (That might be a stretch, but then again, maybe it could be model for possible future estrip expansion. ;-) ) She had a VERY bad experience on adultfriends.com, which I wish I could tell you about here, but I think that would be crossing the line. She thinks sites like that should have a filtering system so women can block guys they would never consider meeting.

So naturally I asked her more about her websites (there are 16 of them, all linked from her main site porn site). She told me how she is known as the niche b!tch (pardon the expression), which of course raised all kinds of questions I wish we'd had time for.

She did have time to tell me her list of specialties, and I wish to high heaven I could have captured that in an audio recording. She said she was 31 years old so she can do whatever the hell she wants to do. And what she wants to do is dominate men. And there are quite a few ways she does that. She said her sites also branches out to other niches of interest to her. You'll just have to check those out yourself.

The thing that struck me most about the encounter was the interesting segue from my previous 16 days of mostly wholesome family holiday fun to what was then the brink of an unknown future. But that's just me.

Oh yeah, somewhere in there she asked me what sign I was. She's a Leo. Apparently that makes us extremely compatible. One of her good friends (a grip in her video business) is also a Sagittarian and she told me a few stories about him. She said she went through a 3-month period where everybody she met (lawyer, cabbie, etc.) was a Taurus, which she is very incompatible with. I told her about my similar run with Virgos, although I wouldn't say I'm incompatible with them - they just kept showing up. Life can be weird when you're paying attention.

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01/16/05 04:27- ID#36506

X Concert

Note to self: don't forget to restock earplugs in everyday backpack.

"What?"


The New World
[size=s](first song of second encore)[/size]

"honest to goodness the bars werent open this morning they must have been voting for a new president of something do you have a quarter?" i said yes because i did honest to goodness the tears have been falling all over the countrys face it was better before before they voted for whats his name this is suppose to be the new world flint ford auto mobil alabama windshield wiper buffalo new york gary indiana don't forget the motor city baltimore and d.c. now all we need is don't forget the motor city this was suppose to be the new world all we need is money just give us what you can spare twenty or thirty pounds of potatoes or twenty of thirty beers a turkey on thanks giving like alms for the poor all we need are the necessities and more it was better before they voted for what his name this is suppose to be the new world don't forget the motor city this was suppose to be the new world


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01/15/05 10:42- ID#36505

One more gift

Almost forgot I haven't seen my friend Larry since before Christmas, so I still needed a gift for him. Good thing I'm a fabricaholic.

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Looks a little busier than I imagined it. Maybe it's just because of the cutting board grid. Oh lord.

I can't wait to see X [inlink]twisted,59[/inlink] tonight!

OMG! I just heard about this on the radio --

Cinema for the Ear
The San Francisco Tape Music Festival 2005
January 20-22, 2005
ODC Theater, San Francisco

A 3-day festival of fixed media audio art distributed in real-time across a sixteen-loudspeaker surround sound system. Featured works include classics by Morton Feldman, Gyorgy Ligeti, and Frank Zappa; audio dramas; 3D nature recordings; and new compositions by local and international composers...



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Category: web

01/31/05 05:42- ID#36504

Internet Archive Way Back Machine

Have you guys seen the Internet Archive? It's sketchy at best, but you can find some tidbits from the past.

The Internet Archive is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public.


Elmwoodstrip.com circa May 2003


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02/01/05 01:59- ID#36503

What I won't be reading this month

The Atlantic emails me this handy summary of the upcoming issue, which will get tossed with the others I haven't read yet when it arrives. I used to love reading it, and I would still like to read it, but for some reason, I don't. When enough of them pile up to really depress me I drop them off at the library. Sometimes I'll click the link on the preview and read the online version of an article or two that sounds interesting. What's wrong with me? Can't I leave this freakin' computer for two minutes?

The articles with links have summaries online that anybody can read. You have to be a subscriber to read the whole thing. Maybe I should just bequeath my online subscription to someone who might use it.

The Atlantic Preview
Volume 295 No. 2 | March 2005

COMMENT American Casino
The promise and perils of Bush's "ownership society"
by Robert J. Shiller

FOREIGN POLICY What "W" Owes to "WW"
President Bush may not even know it, but he can trace his view of the world to Woodrow Wilson, who defined a diplomatic destiny for America that we can't escape
by David M. Kennedy

VERBATIM Rather's Familiar Quotations

THE LIST Security Fences

by Abigail Cutler

MEDIA J-School for Jerks
How you, too, can learn to behave like Bill O'Reilly
by Joshua Green

THE ODDS Who Will Be the Next James Bond?
by John Sellers

What's the Matter With Central Park West?
by Walter Shapiro

Primary Sources
Hizbollah's new toy; America's "Pedestrian Danger Index"; the perils of dialing drunk

THE WORLD IN NUMBERS The New Opium War
by Matthew Quirk
[This article is not available online.]

The Accuser
One woman has spent decades documenting crimes against humanity in Iraq. Now Saddam and his circle are facing justice
by William Langewiesche

The Accidental Autocrat
Vladimir Putin is not a democrat. Nor is he a czar like Alexander III, a paranoid like Stalin, or a religious nationalist like Dostoyevsky. But he is a little of all these--which is just what Russians seem to want
by Paul Starobin

The Truth About Harvard
It may be hard to get into Harvard, but it's easy to get out without learning much of enduring value at all. A recent graduate's report
by Ross Douthat

POETRY Male Voices, From Below
by John Updike

POETRY Now
by Frannie Lindsay

Meeting
A drawing
by Guy Billout

EDITOR'S CHOICE Clothes-Minded
The London Look: Fashion From Street to Catwalk, by Christopher Breward, Edwina Ehrman, and Caroline Evans; Harvard Rules, by Richard Bradley; The Glorious Cause, by Robert Middlekauff; The Meaning of Independence, by Edmund Morgan
by Benjamin Schwarz

I'll Be Damned
Graham Greene's most fervent loyalty was to betrayal
by Christopher Hitchens

READING LIST One Great Book Per Life

Writers who said it all to perfection in a single book and then most decently died
by Allan Gurganus

Marshal Plan
The age of parents as friends is over
by Sandra Tsing Loh

Backfire
A leading observer of militant Islam argues that the movement will undermine itself--if only the United States will let it
by Peter Beinart

INNOCENT BYSTANDER Feeling Entitled?
Huey Long's aspiration--"Every man a king!"--is at last within our grasp
by Cullen Murphy

A LOOK BACK 55 Years Ago in The Atlantic
"My Father: Leslie Stephen"

SPORT The Magician
The world's best pool player sees shots no one else can
by Pat Jordan

THE PUZZLER Cloverleaf
by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon

Word Fugitives
by Barbara Wallraff

POST MORTEM Ex-Husband of Love Goddesses
Artie Shaw (1910-2004)
by Mark Steyn

Who's Who
A selective index to this month's issue
Compiled by Benjamin Healy

p.s. - they don't have an RSS feed or I would have just added it.


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02/01/05 12:52- ID#36502

Local business directory with pictures

CNet: Amazon search pictures your destination

Early Thursday, the company announced the first phase of its service, called A9.com Yellow Pages, with 20 million images from 10 cities, including Chicago, New York, San Francisco and Seattle.

People can call up a business listing to find contact information (with an Internet-to-phone dialing service), reviews, a local map and a photo of the business' facade. With a feature called "block view," people can also click to see adjacent businesses or surrounding neighborhoods.

To accomplish this feat, the company has sent a handful of vans onto the streets of America, touring around with digital video cameras strapped to their rooftops. The cameras are synchronized to a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver so that A9 can map local addresses to their images once recorded onto a computer hard drive. Because GPS can be inexact, the company has proprietary software to further map some images with addresses.

So far it has taken photos of roughly 1 million businesses in 10 metropolitan areas: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Denver, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, and Portland, Ore.



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01/13/05 09:53- ID#36501

Sci-Fi Movie Marathon

24-hour Sci-Fi Movie Marathon movie list has been offically posted, subject to change as always.

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