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APRIL . MAY . JUNE . 2000

Thursday, June 29, 2000

Steven Bennett is an animator who's done a number of intriguing animated GIFs.
Like this, this, this, this, and this.
- posted by JIMWICh on 6/29/2000 5:42:19 PM

Inventor, renaissance guy, vicious competitor, and good friend, Dan Plankenhorn has long been a proponent of human-powered technology. Lately he's into human powered watercraft and with his WaveBike he recently swept every category of the Hydrofest, held in Hartland, Michigan. Way to go Dan!
- posted by JIMWICh on 6/29/2000 12:26:30 PM

Monday, June 26, 2000

The Human Genome has been mapped. The next stage is more difficult as everyone knows - folding the map.

- posted by JIMWICh on 6/26/2000 2:03:12 PM

My buddy Dennis pointed me to an article that describes how to convert your iBook into a cool, see-through model.
- posted by JIMWICh on 6/26/2000 9:24:46 AM

Wednesday, June 21, 2000

Who needs television when Milky Elephant provides us with Mumbleboy?

- posted by JIMWICh on 6/21/2000 4:15:59 PM

Tuesday, June 20, 2000

When I was six years old, my family went on a trip to visit relatives in Rapid City, South Dakota. Most of that trip is a surreal blur of bizarre roadside reptile attractions, concrete dinosaur parks, Mount Rushmore, and the creepy cool Badlands. But the strangest thing I remember was visiting the Corn Palace in the little town of Mitchell. An unlikely pastiche of onion-shaped domes and towers covered with with gigantic mosaic murals made of real corn and created new each year.

- posted by JIMWICh on 6/20/2000 7:45:13 PM

Monday, June 19, 2000

An online discussion of cool old paint programs prompted me to make a small gallery of twelve bitmap graphics I'd done back in 1985 using MacPaint v1.0 on my original circa 1984 128k Mac.
I've still got that old warhorse here in my office.

The third in the series was done by my brilliant roommate, painter Robert Evans. To the best of my knowledge, it's the first and only bitmap image he ever did. I really love it. I believe it was based somewhat on a photograph on the cover of a Shriekback album. I uploaded a photograph of a large painting I have of Robert's: untitled (Basement Laundry) which he painted in 1985.
- posted by JIMWICh on 6/19/2000 7:57:11 PM

Sunday, June 18, 2000

reports that it's now possible to augment human vision.

- posted by JIMWICh on 6/18/2000 11:23:36 PM

Friday, June 16, 2000

Okay - my final entry. For the GARDEN contest, anyway.
I wonder whether Monsanto has considered getting themselves an M&M-style printer...
- posted by JIMWICh on 6/16/2000 4:28:02 PM

Thursday, June 15, 2000

"Hold my pants, I'm going in!" Reason number 239 to get your keys duplicated.

- posted by JIMWICh on 6/15/2000 2:53:26 PM

Wednesday, June 14, 2000


- posted by JIMWICh on 6/14/2000 11:51:57 PM

Tuesday, June 13, 2000

Disney filmmakers chasing poor, non-despondent lemmings off a cliff: BAD

Native Americans chasing delicious buffaloes off a cliff: GOOD, apparently.
- posted by JIMWICh on 6/13/2000 6:34:05 PM

Monday, June 12, 2000

C'mon! Get outta bed and take those kids to Sunday School!
Other great silliness by Andy Arkley can be found at Scrumpdillyishus Land.
- posted by JIMWICh on 6/12/2000 7:42:43 AM

PIXELTIME's GARDEN contest ends Friday. I can't stop now . . .

- posted by JIMWICh on 6/12/2000 7:12:31 PM

Thursday, June 8, 2000

You know that little ritual you do when ascending or descending in an airplane to equalize the pressure across the tympanic membrane? By pinching your nose and blowing in order to force air up into your eustachian tubes? Do you know what it's called?

The "Valsalva Manoeuver"

(thanx to asker, bkoball and answerer, sunbear!)
- posted by JIMWICh on 6/8/2000 6:02:36 PM

PIXELTIME GARDEN contest entry no. 3 . . .

The obsession continues.
- posted by JIMWICh on 6/8/2000 4:52:22 PM

Wednesday, June 7, 2000

- posted by JIMWICh on 6/7/2000 2:14:02 PM

Tuesday, June 6, 2000

PIXELTIME contest (theme: GARDEN) entry no. 2 . . .
- posted by JIMWICh on 6/6/2000 7:12:43 PM

Monday, June 5, 2000

I'd tell you that scientists are claiming they've sped light up over 300 times its formerly sluggish 186,000 miles per second, which means things happen before they occur, but you knew that already, didn't you?

- posted by JIMWICh on 6/5/2000 12:33:46 PM

Sunday, June 4, 2000

As though I don't have enough to do... I had to go and find this site, PIXELTIME. It's just one of the amusements you'll find at WORD, one o' my fave sites on the net.

I took a short busman's holiday of a half hour or so and entered PIXELTIME's current contest, which has the theme: GARDEN. You're presented with a little Java paint program with a palette of 16 colors and a blank 45 x 45 pixel canvas. I love looking through the galleries from past contest themes.
my entry . . .

- posted by JIMWICh on 6/4/2000 12:03:04 AM

A month's too darned long to go without some fresh bOING bOING, but I'm hoping that my friends, Mark Frauenfelder
and Carla Sinclair had a great time in Europe! Welcome back, kids!
- posted by JIMWICh on 6/4/2000 12:01:49 AM

Saturday, June 3, 2000

. I'm not sure what it is, but I like it.
- posted by JIMWICh on 6/3/2000 7:27:32 PM

Friday, June 2, 2000

Doc, that darned cough's back again...

- posted by JIMWICh on 6/2/2000 10:40:16 PM

Obsessiveness par excellence

Temari - The Japanese art of decorative thread balls.

<- w/ Bad MIDI
- posted by JIMWICh on 6/2/2000 10:29:53 PM

Friday, May 26, 2000

Most people know of Sparky Anderson as a great baseball manager, but I'll always think of him as Mister Dot Com.

- posted by JIMWICh on 5/26/2000 10:54:17 PM

Go get your name translated into Hawaian.

- posted by iimiweke on 5/26/2000 1:07:08 PM

Tuesday, May 23, 2000

Canada will post sentry chickens along the border as monitors for Mosquito-borne West Nile Virus. I only hope that they're outfitted with little red suits like the Mounties.
- posted by JIMWICh on 5/23/2000 12:54:35 PM

Friday, May 19, 2000

It was just the other day that I was wondering, "where might I find some nice radioactive collectables?" And whaddya know... Here's the place.

- posted by JIMWICh on 5/19/2000 11:42:41 AM

Who says ancient computers have no use? Meet theVAXbar.

- posted by JIMWICh on 5/19/2000 11:34:23 AM

Thursday, May 18, 2000

Some choice selections for your viewing pleasure:

Star Dudes Use the force, dude! (Flash)

A Declaration by our rappin' founding fathers. Yo! Whaddup? (Flash)

Crossing by mumbleboy (Flash)

Home Honey! I'm Higher a Spike and Mike classic. (Windows Media Player or RealPlayer)
- posted by JIMWICh on 5/18/2000 9:48:17 PM


PINEVILLE, LA, (AP as retold) - Folks in approximately sixty homes in Pineville, LA have spent the last three months oblivious that their water supply was contaminated by sewage after city workers mistakenly connected a sewer line to an underground water pipe.

The mistake was made back in March when workers were dispatched to fix a broken water main one of the town's subdivisions, according to Pineville mayor, Clarence Fields. He claims the problem has now been fixed. City officials maintain that any health risks were low, due to the level of chlorine used in the water, saying that most bacteria should have been killed. But try telling that to the residents who've been drinking crap.

"I get physically ill when I think that I have been bathing, drinking and washing my clothes and dishes in sewage water," said Tammy Campbell.

This was after Campbell's washing machine, dishwasher, and refrigerator ice-maker got clogged up with a mysterious stringy material that later turned out to be toilet paper. Water heaters in the town filled up with what homeowners initially thought was dirt, but was in reality excrement.

Mayor Fields said an upcoming audit of the town's public works department may lead to personnel changes.
- Ward Parkway Re-reporting on 5/18/2000 9:32:54 PM

Sunday, May 14, 2000

The Flash Age is in full swing and Camp Chaos is one of the sites serving up animated entertainment. Here's a short spoofing Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield from the band Metallica giving their, uh, side of the Napster controversy.

- posted by JIMWICh on 5/14/2000 3:47:08 PM

Thursday, May 11, 2000

I'm still in the tornado mood. Must be the time of year. I found a very large image of a classic tornado that touched down in western Kansas on August 28,1979. The photograph was taken from about 5 kilometers away, but the posted version was unnecessarily large and grainy. Visit the 2.6Mb original, or view the 112k version I created from it.

And if you're ever in Nebraska, be sure to get yourself photographed in front of one of their giant tornados!
- posted by JIMWICh on 5/11/2000 6:35:47 PM

Wenesday, May 10, 2000

I've always been fascinated with tornados, having lived around them growing up in the Midwest. Here's an interesting photo of a tornado just beginning to form. it's still transparent, having not yet carried much debris up into the funnel.

These photos of a tornado striking Miami, Florida in 1997 provides a scene considerably different from the more common rural backdrop.
- posted by JIMWICh on 5/10/2000 9:37:21 PM

Friday, May 5, 2000

The coolest parking garage I've ever seen.

- posted by JIMWICh on 5/5/2000 7:05:33 PM

Logos! Get your logos here! Nearly 3,500, all in handy postscript outline format.

- posted by JIMWICh on 5/5/2000 7:02:54 PM

Pig City Model Farm, one of the most treasured books in my collection, was the first book from Canadian architect, Rob Kovitz. PCMF originally took the form of Kovitz' thesis project at University of Waterloo School of Architecture in 1989. Published by Treyf in 1992, it's no longer in print.

From the preface:

"I want to profess the implausibility of making a single sustained and systematic design argument. The unitary building project is not the reason for architecture, but its affect. It is an affect which is becoming less possible, less appropriate, and less defensible. It is a kind of utopia. - from Submission No. 1 (rejected)

Forget all that other stuff. What I meant to say was, I want to do a farm for my thesis. It will be a sort of utopia. - from Submission No. 2 (accepted)"

Kovitz' second book (also has an online interactive companion): DEATH WISH: Starring Charles Bronson, Architect

"Death Wish, Starring Charles Bronson, Architect is based on the sensationalist and controversial Death Wish movies, in which Bronson portrays an architect who becomes a vigilante killer. Kovitz's Death Wish is a kind of enigmatic allegory, in which Bronson is Everyman, and Architecture is the dream / nightmare that goes to bed with each of us at night."
- posted by JIMWICh on 5/5/2000 6:48:02 PM

Tuesday, May 2, 2000

The Popcorn Files
. Definitive proof that some things cannot be improved upon. Well, the second surf version is okay.
- posted by JIMWICh on 5/2/2000 5:00:35 PM

Monday, May 1, 2000

When I was around seven, I saw an photoessay about a fantastic cement palace, Palais idéal du Facteur Cheval built in the 1800s in Hauterives, France by a single man over several decades. At the time I thought it was the most amazing thing in the world and I've remembered it ever since.

The Postman Cheval built the palace over 33 years, using over 3,500 bags of lime and cement. A short description of the work can be found here.
- posted by JIMWICh on 4/29/2000 11:18:07 PM

Ahh... The best part of roadside culture - Huge Beings.
- posted by JIMWICh on 5/1/2000 10:42:46 PM

Sunday, April 30, 2000

Ever wonder why it's so blogdarned difficult to disconnect a tick once he's jacked into your epidermis? Wonder no more...

- posted by JIMWICh on 4/30/2000 1:42:12 PM

Saturday, April 29, 2000

Motion Sketch
. Yet another Java thingamajig.
- posted by JIMWICh on 4/29/2000 1:55:42 PM

Capsule Sweet Capsule...
Front Door
Living Room

posted by jimwich on 4/29/2000 1:54:37 PM

Friday, April 28, 2000

I was looking for some pictures of the American lunar landers and found a great NASA archive full of very high resoultion images from the Apollo program. One strangely dreamlike photograph from Apollo 12 really stuck out.

The way this archive is arranged, you can search through the high resolution archives by using the following directory logic:

Apollo 11

Apollo 12

- posted by JIMWICh on 4/28/2000 2:25:54 PM

the blog is now officially powered exclusively by JIMWICh. Blogger was just too much trouble...
- posted by jimwich on 4/28/2000 2:25:54 PM

Thursday, April 27, 2000

Wow, the Russians had planned on landing a kegger on the Moon! The LK "Luniy Korable" Lunar Ship was a sleeker and oddly more sporty version of the American's Lunar Lander.

- posted by JIMWICh on 4/27/2000 8:59:48 PM

Wednesday, April 26, 2000

If this quote is true, it's fantastic news. Wim Wenders allegedly quoted saying that Until the End of the World is about to be released in its long version on DVD!

- posted by JIMWICh on 4/26/2000 11:47:24 PM

posted by JIMWICh on 4/26/2000 8:24:08 PM

Monday, April 24, 2000

Intriguing web applets...

posted by JIMWICh on 4/24/2000 4:43:23 PM

Cool, elegant little animated cinema...

le Theatre du Baton Figure
posted by JIMWICh on 4/24/2000 4:33:04 PM

Sunday, April 23, 2000

I think this would be fun to tool around town in!

posted by JIMWICh on 4/23/2000 7:50:04 PM

Saturday, April 22, 2000

Holey Smoke

Old Sol blowing enormous rings recently, includes moving clips...
posted by JIMWICh on 4/22/2000 10:48:14 PM

Very cool pics of steam rings being blown from Mt. Etna.
posted by JIMWICh on 4/22/2000 10:45:58 PM

JIMWICh the blog is up and running.

Let the feeding begin...

posted by JIMWICh on 4/22/2000 9:21:32 PM













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