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Friday, May 23, 2003

Internet History

Isn't it amazing how much we take the Internet for granted today? Hard to believe that something that has become so ubiquitous in our culture has only been in existence for roughly 30 years. And yet with the Internet's rapid rise, I think many of us have lost sight of its historical underpinnings. Let's take a look back at some of the pioneers, visionaries and trailblazers as well as the technological breakthroughs that have made the Internet what it is today.

Discuss
8:37 am cdt

Thursday, May 22, 2003

Where have all the Hydrox gone?

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Item: Sunshine Biscuits introduced the Hydrox cookie in 1908.

Item: Nabisco introduced its vile imitation, Oreos, four years later in 1912.

Item: One day I woke up and all the Hydrox were gone, replaced by a generic creme sandwich cookie in an elf-ridden package called Droxies.

Item: They all taste pretty much the same. Any contention that one is better than the other is akin to a religious debate.

I just happened to be born into a Hydrox family and had hoped to be able to pass the rich Hydrox tradition on to my children and grandchildren. But no, tradition means nothing to the ruthless cookie magnates of today. You may not be aware of this, but the Hydrox wafers were of two kinds -- some bore the word "Sunshine" and others "Hydrox". My family held a belief (the source of which is lost in the annals of time) that Hydrox cookies in the lucky Sunshine/Sunshine configuration conferred a wish upon the recipient. Surprisingly, they didn't come up all that often. The Sunshine Biscuit Company did a creditable job of mixing them up. No, the wishes seldom came true. But it added another dimension to dessert, one my grandchildren will never know. Oreo/Oreo? A wish every time? I think not. I will not deign to examine a "Droxies" at close range, but I'll wager they're equally repetitive.

And no, I don't know what Hydrox means. Yes, it sounds vaguely chemical. I don't care.

(Look here for more than you ever wanted to know about the late lamented Hydrox)

Discuss Hydrox
5:25 pm cdt

Wednesday, May 21, 2003

Children's Art
Here's a link to a site that I found unreasonably amusing. Maybe my inner art critic has been longing for similar release. Maybe it's just the goring of sacred cows that I find so entertaining. Or quite possibly I'm overanalyzing this and I'm just plain twisted. You decide.
 
Discuss Children's Art
1:26 pm cdt

Monday, May 19, 2003

Up at the Lake
Spent the weekend up at the lake. You know, the lake. First time I'd been up this year, so lots of work getting things opened up, getting water running, clearing downed branches in the yard, and so on and so on. I don't really mind the work so much when I'm up at the lake, though. Sometimes the setting just makes it all worthwhile. Didn't hurt that the weather was perfect and the springtime woods held surprises and delights at every turn.
 
fern and bug
 
Here's a fern unfurling. And an unidentified bug
doing some bug thing or other.
 
trillium
 
And here's a Trillium. They're everywhere.
 
Springtime in the North Woods. Life is good.
11:13 am cdt

Thursday, May 15, 2003

A Request
To all of my friends and relations:
I would most humbly request that if any of you, or any of your friends and their relations, decide to get their tongues split, I would prefer not to know about it.
 
Thank you for your cooperation.
7:09 pm cdt

My Country, Right or...
I am more than a little disturbed at the lack of any real outrage on the part of the American people over the failure of our armed forces to uncover the so-called "Weapons of Mass Destruction" that were the purported reason for our conquest of Iraq. It seems to me that when you launch a war on another country, you should be pretty sure of your reasons. And if those reasons don't ultimately hold up, what does that make you? A war criminal? I think there's a case to be made.
 
I'm afraid that many people rationalize that even if we didn't find the weapons that our government felt were a sufficient threat to warrant an attack, we can take heart in the fact that we've freed a downtrodden people from a repressive regime. All's well that ends well, eh?
 
No.
I'm not ready to forget that the rationale for this war has so far been demonstrated to be a fallacy. And I'm certainly not ready to advocate the role of global liberator for the United States. God knows, there are countless countries in which human rights get the short shrift. Are we to liberate them all?
 
I'm not an isolationist. I believe that if the cause is just, our country should do what it can to right wrongs, to fight injustices. But to attack and conquer another nation in the name of self-defense only to find that the threat was nonexistent is the worst kind of hypocrisy I can imagine.
 
I'm also disturbed by the villification of those who, in good conscience, questioned the wisdom of our Iraq incursion. The attitude "My Country, Right or Wrong" was ridiculed during the Vietnam war years by many of the same people who seem to now espouse it. And don't get me started on the overwhelming numbers who believe that the events of 9/11 were somehow related to Iraq and that recent events represent a justifiable "payback".
 
I am saddened that so many of us are so poorly informed and so unwilling to hold our elected officials accountable for their actions.
 
Discuss My Country...
6:27 pm cdt

Monday, May 12, 2003

"Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools talk because they have to say something."        -Plato
 
As you can see, I'm no fool.
11:18 pm cdt

Friday, May 9, 2003

Number One Fair Weather Fan
Okay, I'll admit it. I couldn't have named a single Minnesota Wild player three weeks ago. Did anyone see which way the bandwagon went?
9:39 pm cdt

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