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Monday, April 22, 2002

Very nice: a summary table of browsers affected by techniques for hiding stylesheets from CSS-challenged browsers.
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Wednesday, April 24, 2002

If you ever have the chance to go rooting around in the sump of a 100 year old house in Queens, man, you cannot say no! Here's the thing: if there's some poop in the pipes, right there visible through the clean-out, where the plumber looked today just before you told him that you would have to get back to him on his offer to clear a clog in your sewage lines for $250 ("$180, cash, if I can do it after hours"), just stick that crowbar down there and nudge at the poop. And don't be alarmed if suddenly you see water flowing and it starts to rise up out of the clean-out and fill the sump where you are currently standing; you didn't break anything! That's just all the water that was backed up in your drain pipes behind the poop clog rushing by on its way out!

More plumbing: I swear this happened. Someone I know, I'm not sayin' who, but really, this happened to someone I know, this person had to hire a plumber to clear a clog in her drain lines, and the plumber, dutifully documenting his work, wrote down on the bill the cause of the clog: "Excessive over-use of tampons."

Tuesday, April 23, 2002

OK, so I thought that Tim Spooneybarger was a great baseball name; today the Braves started a pitcher called up from double A with an even better one: Jung Bong.
Liz informs me that today in Barcelona is La Diada de Sant Jordi:
Also known as "The Day of Lovers," La Diada de Sant Jordi is like Valentine's Day with some uniquely Latin twists. The main event is the exchange of gifts between sweethearts--men give their novias roses, and women give their novios a book to celebrate the occasion. Roses have been associated with this day since medieval times, but the giving of books is a more recent marketing ploy. In 1923, a smart bookseller started to promote the holiday as a way to honor the nearly simultaneous deaths of Miguel Cervantes and William Shakespeare on April 23, 1616.

Sunday, April 21, 2002

I need to get to bed, but first I must link to a CitySearch consumer restaurant review with the most hilarious praise: Food that will melt your palette. Not sure why, but that makes me think of a spam I must share with you: re: Which is worse.
Misha Gordin's conceptul photography: bsimple.com.
Girl Hacker, who I rarely read anymore but should, hotlinked me to a cool site: The Museum of Ancient Inventions.
To read: Getting It Less Wrong?
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