the island of the week before: archives

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In which there are shiny things.

Monday, June 10, 2002

You know, sex advice columns typically aren't my thing, but Cary Tennis is a damn fine writer, and seems like a good human as well. I got into an incoherent (on my part) discussion about his finer points the other night—it's not really useful to compare Tennis's columns to those that dwell primarily on the extraction of objects from various orifices and the finer points of getting rid of crabs.

It's not that Dan Savage and his somewhat pale competitors don't have a place, it's that sex advice is too small a box for the unusual compassion and clarity of Tennis's musings on humanity disguised as advice on getting laid.

Oh, and he's goofy. Get you thither and read.

09:06 PM (link)

Saturday, March 23, 2002

Because you always hurt the ones you love...

I'm sorry to do this to you, but I must firmly suggest that you view this link. And do make sure you see the dental assistant.

(Via trippyswell.)

06:12 PM (link)

Sunday, March 03, 2002

10:53 a.m. ~ A man licking the pavement on Main Street in front of Subway was gone when police got there.

2:47 p.m. ~ A Village Park woman told police that she found a brownie underneath her license plate.

9:33 a.m. ~ A man licking the locks on doorways of apartments on North Pleasant Street was gone when police got there.

4:56 p.m. ~ A crow that was dying on Amity Street was gone when police got there.

Link via Follow Me Here. Thank you, Eliot.

05:35 PM (link)

Wednesday, February 27, 2002

Sometime yesterday, while my company was packing off former employees with tasty severance packages, Dooce was getting fired because of things she wrote on her weblog.

She never mentioned her company or any of her colleagues by name, nor did she supply any information that would have allowed them to be identified. Someone anonymously forwarded her URL to all the company's VPs, and now she's been fired.

If you happen to have legal expertise on the subject, please send her a note. In the meantime, I'll be over here watching Fight Club.

04:13 PM (link)

Monday, February 11, 2002

The world's biggest tube of lip blam.

01:15 PM (link)

Friday, February 08, 2002

Mormote is mysterious and lovely, and makes me really wish I remembered Korean.

12:59 PM (link)

Wednesday, January 09, 2002

Also, via notsosoft, the winner of SatireWire's poetry spam: “Enlarge Your Boss.”

09:53 PM (link)

Wednesday, December 05, 2001

Dooce is consistently, wickedly funny and helps to fill the now-empty corner in which Kristin (of Sperare) used to sit and cackle.

02:53 PM (link)

Monday, November 26, 2001

Oh, by the way, Dean Allen's busy being his brilliant self over at A List Apart right now, and bumblebee bats are ickle.

11:58 AM (link)

Wednesday, October 24, 2001

Operation Very Hungry Anaconda
The American Military Operation Name Generating Device from ftrain just made me snarf. An excellent companion to the Surrealist Domain Name Generator.

02:29 PM (link)

Thursday, October 18, 2001

I hope these people have the bandwidth to handle the addicts they're creating. (If you close the window, your high score record resets. I am undone.)

10:12 AM (link)

Tuesday, October 09, 2001

Apocamon: The Final Judgement is back up over at e-sheep, along with little profiles of the apocamons themselves, including the Scarlet Beast:

TYPE: Seven-Headed Apocamon
HEIGHT: 25 m
WEIGHT: 6666 kg

The Scarlet Beast carries the Great Whore on his back. He was, is not, and is to come, and is about to ascend from the bottomless pit and into perdition. Furthermore, he is the eighth, and one of the seven, and goeth into perdition.

Oh yes.

You can even buy mugs.

10:36 AM (link)

Friday, October 05, 2001

Damn, I like these girls.

01:18 PM (link)

Monday, October 01, 2001

The soapbox girls recently asked Sara Robson Francoeur of Narcissist Designs, a Vancouver-based independent clothing design label and shop, how she started her design business. Encouraging stuff.

11:14 AM (link)

Wednesday, September 26, 2001

Yesterday's Follow Me Here is extra good, so just go there.

12:17 PM (link)

Sharks: Terrorists Of The Sea

The Onion nails it, as usual.

11:41 AM (link)

Monday, September 10, 2001

After a long wait, Apocamon, part II has arrived at e-sheep. If you're into manga-style Biblical havoc, read the first episode as well.

10:47 AM (link)

Thursday, August 09, 2001

Have I mentioned how much I dig this woman's series of contributions toward a more luscious web? Go check her out.

That is all.

07:47 AM (link)

Saturday, June 16, 2001

OK, not sure how long the wrists will hold up, so let's start with a link-fest:

Why kids should watch more Sesame Street: this meticulously-documented article unintentionally provides a whole slew of reasons.

Check out LemurGene, information on extracurricular activities for nocturnal mammals (only in DC, Virginia, and Maryland so far, so if you're elsewhere and involved in your local rave/party scene, hook up with the mammals). Otherwise, check out their Lemur of the Month, currently the tiny Eastern Lesser Bamboo Lemurs.

You can also adopt a real lemur via Duke University's Primate Center.

02:20 PM (link)

Tuesday, June 05, 2001

Discovered in an unrelated search: famous kooks of San Francisco.

09:54 AM (link)

Tuesday, May 08, 2001

I do try. I always think that the next time will be different. But each new installation of 70's decorating idea books at reduces me to a quivering, hysterical blob who can't raise her head from her wrist rest or come close to answering the phone.

I'm at work, mind you. But it compells... oh, it compells.

11:02 AM (link)

Tuesday, May 01, 2001

America's Best Christian wants you to practice fundmentalist fashion. I am much amused.

01:10 PM (link)

Friday, April 20, 2001

A gift: this essay from Ftrain.

April 19th was Holocaust Memorial Day in Israel.

[via Textism.]

10:53 AM (link)

Thursday, April 19, 2001

Re-reading Bruce Mau's "Incomplete Manifesto for Growth," having bumped into it on, and rediscovering my favorite point:

Don't be cool. Cool is conservative fear dressed in black.
Hell yeah.

It's well worth a read or two.

02:30 PM (link)

Tuesday, April 17, 2001

This is the site I can't visit at work. No matter what mood I'm in or how frequently I've visited, the horror of 1970s American interior decorating unfailingly reduces me to a quivering, cackling lump. I fall off things. Co-workers become concerned.

11:06 AM (link)

The Postal Experiments have probably already made the rounds several times, but I continue to be amused.

11:00 AM (link)

Wednesday, April 11, 2001

In a development related yesterday's time-centered navel-gazing, the Atlantic Monthly has an article about the current generation of college students. The article makes explicit the ties between a hyper-organized childhood and the ability and willingness to conform, follow rules, and be a useful part of institutional systems later in life:

From 1981 to 1997 the amount of time that children aged three to twelve spent playing indoors declined by 16 percent. The amount of time spent watching TV declined by 23 percent. Meanwhile, the amount of time spent studying increased by 20 percent and the amount of time spent doing organized sports increased by 27 percent.
The result?
An activity — whether it is studying, hitting the treadmill, drama group, community service, or one of the student groups they found and join in great numbers — is rarely an end in itself. It is a means for self-improvement, résumé-building, and enrichment. College is just one step on the continual stairway of advancement, and they are always aware that they must get to the next step (law school, medical school, whatever) so that they can progress up the steps after that.
The most disturbing part? The quote from a journalism student at Princeton: "People are too busy to get involved in larger issues. When I think of all that I have to keep up with, I'm relieved there are no bigger compelling causes."

(The article's well-balanced and well-written and doesn't make the same conclusions I've made. Go read it.)

07:27 AM (link)

Tuesday, April 10, 2001

From the so-cute-my-brain-just-melted dept: the galactic sugar glider confederation.

07:32 AM (link)

Monday, April 09, 2001

The frequently brilliant Arianna Huffington (of would like us to consider getting more sleep — but she understands that most people would probably rather not consider George W. Bush their nocturnal role model:

Maybe that's why sleep has fallen out of favor. It's become identified with a lack of gusto, the refuge of somnambulant souls who are less than fully engaged, less than fully passionate about their work or their lives. Can you imagine Zorba the Greek cutting short a table dance because he needed to get his eight hours?
[full article]

Rumi, in my favorite of his poems, expresses much the same sentiment, though more compellingly:

You who are not kept anxiously awake for love's sake, sleep on.
     In restless search for that river, we hurry along;
you whose heart such anxiety has not disturbed, sleep on.
     Love's place is out beyond the many separate sects;
since you love choosing and excluding, sleep on.
     Love's dawn cup is our sunrise, his dusk our supper;
you whose longing is for sweets and whose passion is for supper, sleep on.
     In search of the philosopher's stone, we are melting like copper; you whose philosopher's stone is cushion and pillow, sleep on.
     I have abandoned hope for my brain and head;
you who wish for a clear head and fresh brain, sleep on.
     I have torn speech like a tattered robe and let words go; you who are still dressed in your clothes, sleep on.

Sing it, brother.

01:38 PM (link)

And now, for the resurgence of a fashion statement that the Indigo Girls knew was coming all along...

08:35 AM (link)

Wednesday, April 04, 2001

What do you get when you cross the Powerpuff Girls with Serial Experiments Lain? Uncontrollable cuteness. (The rest of the site includes other Powerpuff-ized characters if you're looking for more.)

12:24 PM (link)

Tuesday, March 27, 2001

Oddgods part zero is now available on Hotwired's Animation Express. It's glowy and loopy and gorgeous.

(More of the series and some of Peter's other work at, home of the giant floating candy corn of doom.)

07:45 AM (link)

Thursday, March 22, 2001

Patterns made by a sand pendulum during the Seattle earthquake + masonic activity and musings = Mason-related earthquakes?

(Links via Medley and linkmachinego).

08:07 AM (link)

Wednesday, March 21, 2001

Matt Rossi's back. A little bit, at least. If you're remotely curious about the connections between an earthquake in Missouri and the possibly mystical goings-on in early American politics, look no further than his latest post.

10:08 AM (link)