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Friday, September 29, 2000

Ummm, uh-oh... I've found another "dangerous" site (for a pixel noodler like me, of course). It's IconTown™, a town where anyone can go and erect their own pixelated abode. As you move your cursor around IconTown™,
you can see (and sometimes link to) the inhabitants. Stay tuned. I've registered as a citizen, picked out a newly-zoned plot, and made the obligatory trip to the Construction Office, and hopefully will soon have my very own piece of cyberreal estate!

Another cool thing about German, Bernd 'Be' Holzhausen's IconTown™ is his urging of builders to make a donation to a homeless shelter/mission. I'm going to do just that. This is the power of the web at its best.
- posted by JIMWICh on 9/29/2000 12:22:04 PM

Thursday, September 21, 2000

I'm liking miniature vehicles more and more. The DaimlerChrysler Smart™ comes in a variety of cool skins. Sweet!!! The Smart™ is evidently dispensed, rather than bought off a lot. Fans are growing in Europe and you can even get a Smart™ face for your Mac Audion MP3 Player.


And here's the DaimlerChrysler Unimog, a miniature, yet serious working truck. It's cool, too. I think together they make a cute couple!
- posted by JIMWICh on 9/21/2000 10:32:49 PM


Wednesday, September 20, 2000

My good bud, Todd Goldenbaum sent me a great link to a site that contains a Real Audio archive of recorded pirate radio broadcasts from different sources, including The Voice of Bob.
- posted by JIMWICh on 9/20/2000 11:27:39 PM

Tuesday, September 19, 2000

Mattias Wandel is a talented fellow, who builds cool things in his workshop. He's built some really neat wooden marble machines. He also built a working Lego™ Marble Machine. He's built insane contraptions. He made his own pipe organ. He's even into making photographs with blueprint paper ,and oxygen-fired ABS pipe cannons!

There's a number of rolling ball contraptions on the web. I built one of these rolling ball clocks when I was about fourteen years old.
- posted by JIMWICh on 9/19/2000 11:41:25 PM

SHRUBONICS UPDATE: My meme found a significantly amplifying vector today. "Shrubonics" appeared today in Leah Garchik's column in the San Francisco Chronicle. Will it take off from here? I can only hope...
- posted by JIMWICh on 9/19/2000 11:02:17 AM

Monday, September 18, 2000

In an anthropology course I took in 1981, one of the books we studied was ethnographer, Colin Turnbull's
book about the Mbuti Pygmies of Africa's Ituri rainforest, THE FOREST PEOPLE. The book, long considered a classic, has nonetheless generated a great deal of controversy over the years among anthropologists for what many saw as Turnbull's unscientific romanticism of the Mbuti. Turnbull's book portrayed the Mbuti as a peaceful society living in harmony and balance with their world, the Ituri rainforest. This contrasted greatly with what Turnbull saw as the humanity degrading and warlike values of modern industrial age societies.

Turnbull also made numerous films and recordings of Ituri customs and song which became an important contribution to the Smithsonian archive. Musicians like John Coltrane later acknowledged the influence of these recordings.

Now, Roy Richard Grinker, who holds Turnbull's old position as Associate Professor of Anthropology at George Washington University, has written Turnbull's biography. IN THE ARMS OF AFRICA: The Life of Colin M. Turnbull (St. Martin's Press, August 17, 2000). It explores not only Turnbull's work and the controversies surrounding them, but also the complex interplay between his life and his work. Many interesting facts emerge, including one that Turnbull and a partner had helped build the boat seen in the movie, THE AFRICAN QUEEN (with Humphrey Bogart and Kathryn Hepburn), his thirty-year openly gay, interracial relationship with Joe Towles, and following Towles' death in 1988, his life as a Buddhist monk under the name Lobsong Rigdol. In 1994, shortly before his own death from AIDS, Turnbull was ordained by his holiness, the Dalai Lama.
- posted by JIMWICh on 9/18/2000 8:51:02 PM

Saturday, September 16, 2000

: Okay, well there's been a definite sign of my "shrubonics" meme spreading. Yesterday I received an email from Leah Garchik of the San Francisco Chronicle asking to use it and attribute it to me in her column. Didn't say when, so I don't know. I'll be checking out the paper tomorrow.

- posted by JIMWICh on 9/17/2000 12:20:36 PM

Friday, September 15, 2000

A new JIMWICh short story. Area 5757. Get the real lowdown on subliminal advertising.

- posted by JIMWICh on 9/15/2000 12:34:20 AM

Wednesday, September 13, 2000

In a conference on the WELL today where the topic of George W. Bush's mispronunciation, "sublimible" was being discussed, I coined the term "shrubonics" for a posting.

> Topic 1635 [genx]: More Cool & Stupid Ads
> #612 of 641: I thought platypodes were bigger than that (jleft)
> Wed Sep 13 '00 (10:26) 5 lines
> Sublimible!!!!!
> Shrubonics.

This got picked up and carried all over the WELL within a few hours, including one member who emailed it to Molly Ivins. Have I coined a new phrase? Stay tuned...
- posted by JIMWICh on 9/13/2000 12:27:16 PM

Saturday, September 9, 2000

Ultra-low-budget director, Matt Calvert recasts Stickman Jones, the the Stick Figure Death Theatre's leading man, in what has all the markings of a blockbuster thriller, "The Small Evil Things"! Turn up your subwoofer and hold on for intriguing suspense followed by awesome Bird-on-Dinosaur deathfight action!
- posted by JIMWICh on 9/9/2000 11:10:18 PM

Friday, September 8, 2000

Okay, so I've been working a lot and haven't had time to pop 'round to Pixeltime to enter the contest for "Science." Well I noticed that today was the last day, so I went in, created my entry and just as I was about to enter it I got a message saying "Connection Failure." D'oh! Great. But I had the presence of mind to take a screenshot of it, then logged back in and entered it by hand a second time, looking at the screenshot (which is tedious, as you might think). Then, I notice that they'd already changed the contest!

D'oh! again!

Then somehow the new one ended up in the Just For Fun category under "Landscapes" instead. For crying out loud...
- posted by JIMWICh on 9/8/2000 10:29:40 PM

Monday, September 5, 2000

Yo, homes! Check out this gangsta rap version of Star Wars.
- posted by JIMWICh on 9/5/2000 1:19:18 PM

Friday, September 1, 2000

Experience the architecture of Bang & Olufsen's new headquarters, The Farm. It reminds me of the Bauhaus.
- posted by JIMWICh on 9/1/2000 11:52:19 PM

Wednesday, August 30, 2000

All aboard! Next stop, the happy place.
- posted by JIMWICh on 8/30/2000 10:23:40 PM

Kinda like Altoids. Sorta like crack. Penguin Mints. "Mmmm... caffeine" indeed...
- posted by JIMWICh on 8/30/2000 10:12:13 PM

Saturday, August 26, 2000

Alas, not everyone thinks fondly of JIMWICh. But, as TimmyT over at Street Tech found, flaming just got easier.
- posted by JIMWICh on 8/26/2000 11:14:38 PM

Cover your eyes, it's the Naked. Just one of the many microvehicles from Daihatsu, including cool retro looks, diminuitive SUVs, miniscule hippie love vans, and even those with Sanrio infections.
- posted by JIMWICh on 8/26/2000 12:17:03 AM

Found this awesome animated ad, "The Bird" for CompaqUK on Memepool. In addition to the QuickTime .mov , there are two brilliant Flash games based on the animation where you're the bird hunting down a worm. Or, a worm hiding from the birds!
- posted by JIMWICh on 8/26/2000 12:36:55 PM

Friday, August 25, 2000

Stim founder and dangerous typist, Mikki Halpin's reading from her book, "A Girl's Guide to Geek Guys" are the number one download on! There's also a public web-accessible topic in the WELL's Ink.vue conference. 6yb! Mikki!
- posted by JIMWICh on 8/25/2000 8:42:04 PM

Tuesday, August 23, 2000

I was really fortunate in the early 1980s to hear William S. Burroughs give readings several times. He may be gone, but his voice lives on. And on. And on.

And then you may wish to do your own part to exterminate rationality by moseying over to a web-based Cutup Machine where you can paste in text and have it torn apart and reassembled.
- posted by JIMWICh on 8/23/2000 12:22:26 PM

Monday, August 21, 2000

I'd watch more TV if it were more like this.
- posted by JIMWICh on 8/21/2000 10:34:27 PM

Saturday, August 19, 2000

Best way to test the effectiveness of cold cream? How well does it remove radioactive dirt? (requires RealPlayer).
- posted by JIMWICh on 8/19/2000 1:04:36 PM

Heh. Tourette Syndrome Barbie.
- posted by JIMWICh on 8/19/2000 12:56:59 PM

Tuesday, August 15, 2000

Another webtoy from Brunching Shuttlecocks: Discover the Cyborg Acronym of your name.
- posted by JIMWICh on 8/15/2000 1:58:03 PM

Thursday, August 10, 2000

Best modern source of Dada poetry? Japanese packaging!
- posted by JIMWICh on 8/10/2000 11:44:50 PM

Wednesday, August 9, 2000

My DSL connection suddenly failed yesterday in the middle of a browser session. I was unable to get a connection last night or this morning when I came into the office. I called my provider and was given a "modem resetting procedure" which worked in reestablishing my connection. The DSL Modem is a Westell WireSpeed - Model B90-36R519

Evidently line surges and the like can cause this problem. I was told it was an uncommon occurrence, but on the off chance someone here might experience a similar glitch at night or on a weekend, I thought I'd post it here.

1 - Turn off the DSL modem
2 - Unconnect the modem's power, internet, and intranet connections
3 - With everything unhooked, turn the Modem switch to ON
4 - Wait thirty (30) seconds
5 - Reconnect the modem's power, internet, and intranet connections
6 - Turn the modem back on
7 - Retry connecting to the internet
- posted by JIMWICh on 8/9/2000 12:11:14 PM

Sunday, August 6, 2000

Aaaahhhhh... It's a cute widdle baby cenobite!
- posted by JIMWICh on 8/6/2000 11:07:29 PM

Friday, August 4, 2000

Oh this one's just too great! Lincoln's Gettysburg PowerPoint Presentation! Tip o' the hat to Laurel.
- posted by JIMWICh on 8/4/2000 5:32:44 PM

Wednesday, August 2, 2000

Heh. Looks like there's a bug with this videobillboard in Las Vegas.
- posted by JIMWICh on 8/2/2000 6:24:38 PM

Tuesday, August 1, 2000

Who doesn't like Bill Plympton's animations?
- posted by JIMWICh on 8/1/2000 10:17:53 PM

The always great Street Tech site listed a pointer to Robert X. Cringely's recent thoughts on Carnivore. Shudder.
- posted by JIMWICh on 8/1/2000 6:34:49 PM

Wednesday, July 31, 2000

Three new ThemeStreams: ICAST's trance, space, techno, and (my fave) blunted beats. Management highly recommends listening to one of the above officially sanctioned streams in order to obtain the maximum enjoyment of your JIMWICh experience. Thank you.
- posted by the mgmt on 7/31/2000 11:13:00 PM

Friday, July 28, 2000

Look's like Napster's been given a last minute reprieve pending trial. But it's fundamental problem is that as a dot-com it simply presents a big fat litigation target. But the RIAA shouldn't be celebrating too much. The next wave of net technologies are completely distributed, and as such will likely survive and grow far larger.

A few links courtesy of Nettime:

Surfy! Gnutella (Web-based front end for searching the Gnutella network)
Gnutella for Macintosh (Info site for Furi, a Java Gnutella client for Mac)
Mactella (Mac client for Gnutella)
Gnutellanet (Zeropaid's "filesharing portal")
Gnu-World (Links, downloads, information on Gnutella)
Gnutty (A Gnutella news and information portal)
Beginner's Guide to Gnutella (five-step guide to Gnutella client software)

Other filesharing systems:

Freenet (Anonymous, decentralized filesharing)
CuteMX (Client to client media exchange program from the makers of CuteFTP)
FileFury (Distributed file sharing with no central node)
FileSwap (Share mp3, video, images and other files. Chat and messaging)
Freebase file sharing community (Share any type of file. Instant messaging)
FreeNet (Distributed system for semi-privately storing documents)
iMesh (User-to-user exchange community)
Konspire (Searchable, distributed file sharing. Resumable file transfers)
Scour Exchange (Napster-like for all formats)

Some perspective on the issues:

Andy Oram: Gnutella and Freenet Represent True Technological Innovation
Andy Oram: The Value of Gnutella and Freenet
- posted by JIMWICh on 7/28/2000 6:14:28 PM

Monday, July 24, 2000

The WELL has opened a new publicly viewable conference point.vue, which is dedicated to the phenomenon of blogs and blogging.
- posted by JIMWICh on 7/24/2000 10:31:14 PM

Solving some of the leftover problems from 20th century physics has led to things getting a whole lot more complicated. Strong gravity at tiny distances, extra dimensions, folded space membranes, and the possibility of homebrewed black holes.

- posted by JIMWICh on 7/24/2000 4:42:50 PM

Saturday, July 22, 2000

Oh no, it's Lego Cthulu! Courtesy of Evan.
- posted by jimwich on 7/22/2000 5:11:39 PM

Thursday, July 20, 2000

More evidence that Starbucks provides a useful service. A poor fellow working on a land oil rig in Venezuela went off to take a nap. When he didn't return, his coworkers went looking for him. And, ummm, this, this, and this is what they found. Anybody got a Tums?
- posted by jimwich on 7/20/2000 10:02:13 PM

Wednesday, July 19, 2000

Today was an anniversary of sorts for me. It was ten years ago today that I first logged onto the WELL as jleft. It's been a remarkable community to have been a part of during the past decade. Through the WELL I've met so many interesting and extraordinary people and good friends. Shouts out to Gar, Mark, Carla, David, Clay, Todd, Dennis, Mike, and Bob, and Jon/Paco/Tiff!
- posted by on 7/19/2000 11:53:26 PM

Wednesday, July 12, 2000

I'm beginning to get into the new ADVICE theme contest on Pixeltime. Here's my latest three entries I've made over the past week or so...

- posted by JIMWICh on 7/12/2000 10:26:09 PM

Monday, July 10, 2000

Ever since I saw the Director's Cut of Bladerunner, I've been arguing that it's obvious that Deckard himself was a Replicant. Director, Ridley Scott now confirms it.
- posted by JIMWICh on 7/10/2000 1:09:41 PM

Friday, July 7, 2000

Move over Pikachu. Pokemon are losing out to the new rage in the schoolyard - the trading of phone cards bearing the images of callgirls and massage parlor women. British schoolkids are evidently becoming more interested in their own pocket monsters...
- posted by JIMWICh on 7/7/2000 1:16:12 PM

Wednesday, July 5, 2000

Sage ADVICE entry No. 2. Thanx should probably go to Norm Abram...

- posted by JIMWICh on 7/5/2000 10:35:47 PM

I saw one of these tooling around town the other day and was curious to find out more about the Corbin Sparrow. It's a one-seat, three-wheeled electric vehicle with one wheel in the rear and two up front.
It sells for about $15,000.
- posted by JIMWICh on 7/5/2000 10:38:02 AM

Monday, July 3, 2000

I think the new PixelTime contest theme - ADVICE - is a bit more difficult than the previous GARDEN. But I thought I'd give it a try anyway. My favorite one so far is the first one shown in this contest (a pair of sparkling clean underwear), done by one of's staff (Click on "All" and scroll all the way to the bottom).
- posted by JIMWICh on 7/3/2000 9:15:53 PM














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