Saturday, August 27, 2005

Friday, August 26, 2005

Blocking Flash Popups in Firefox has a fix for those annoying Flash popups that have started to appear for those of us using Firefox.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

I recommend checking out Radio Paradise, for those times when you need to listen to the radio on your computer. You may like Radio Paradise better than conventional radio.

They stream commercial free/pop-up free music from a huge variety of musicians.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005


Thumbsucker opens September 16th.

Directed by Mike Mills, and starring Tilda Swinton, Vince Vaughn, Vincent D'Onofrio, Keanu Reeves, Benjamin Bratt and Kelli Garner.

From the Sony pictures movie site -

"Thumbsucker is an honest and funny look at the struggles of people who feel deeply flawed, both those in youth and middle age. They yearn to be anything but their real selves with their real fears and doubts. Instead, they want to be “normal.” They look for magic answers to fix themselves – only to realize that they can’t be someone else, that “normal” does not exist, and that their flaws are what make them human and loveable."

Monday, August 22, 2005

Leatherman, Maglite and Google

Playing Maria in the Sound of Music, Julie Andrews sings of her favorite things, raindrops on roses, whiskers on kittens, snowflakes, crisp apple streudels and well you know the song.

These are a few of my favorite things.




Functional, well designed and not easily breakable. I like it...

Is the web a little "stale" for you?

Tired of clicking the Next-Blog button and finding yourself in a mixed up ad mess?

StumbleUpon is great for finding things you will be interested in on the web.

The concept is that users answer a series of questions about their interests, personality, likes, dislikes and then the tool takes you to pages recommended by people like you. You can vote on each page, leave comments or just Stumble! around.

Warning - This tool is very useful for finding things you might be interested in, the downside is you start creating a backlog of things to read/look at as you use it....and for those of us who may spend a tad too much time on the internet as it is, that might not be so good.

At least it's an efficient way to find interesting things, so maybe you (I) won't waste as much time aimlessly wandering around the information super highway.

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Mr-Smartypants's Reviews is a fun way to find new pages on the web.

As you stumble through the web, you give webpages a thumbs up or thumbs down, write reviews or comments and get to see pages recommended by people with similar interests to your own.

"I'm hooked on the thing, and rate it as the second most useful web browsing tool after Google itself" - PcPro Magazine

I downloaded the StumbleUpon extension from Mozilla to use with Firefox and now have my very own -

Mr-Smartypants's reviews

The ONE Campaign


thinking about people
in other places

how much we have (own?)
how little they.

or could it be
the other way

those with the
have the most

and we who
own the most
have the least


"If you put your clothes in a closet and your food in a refrigerator, you are richer than 75% of the world's population."

The Miniature Earth


I believe there is no correlation between material wealth and happiness, unless it's an inverse relationship between how much we have vs. how happy we are.

My point is that looking at someone who appears "poor" and thinking how unhappy they must be is incredibly egotistical. Assuming that material wealth would be just the ticket for some happy aborigine is silly. The Gods Must Be Crazy indeed.

We aren't talking about getting people 50 inch plasma TV's or shiny new cars here.

The ONE Campaign is about sharing basic necessities of life with those living in extreme poverty. Providing the basic needs of food, water, medical care, education and caring for orphans.

Friday, August 19, 2005

Dave Matthews at The Gorge

Going to the Gorge Amphitheatre tonight to see The Dave Matthews Band.

It's a beautiful place for a concert, in the desert of Eastern Washington, with a natural stage backdrop of the sun going down over the ancient gorge carved out by the Columbia River.

Last time I went was 2002. It was great.

CD Cover From 2002 Concert

I'm sure this year will be super too.

Pre-Playa Playing Planning

Practice Camp

Tibetan Prayer Flag and Tripods

I'm Living in the Backyard

Getting Out the Old Camping Gear

My Walking Stick

Cost $1

I Love The Way You Hold Your Pens and Pencils


Playa is a Spanish word for a beach or the flat-floored bottom of an undrained desert basin that becomes at times a shallow lake.

I thought it was a made up word meaning a place to playa round.

Burning Man Art

Oh my.

The art of Burning Man sounds wonderously wonderful -

Theme Art

Funded Art

Playa Art

Least Likely to Burn

A Pastor on the Playa?

I really liked this story by a Cinncinnati pastor who attends Burning Man.

"I go to Burning Man because I have something to offer...a fresh perspective of an old institution. An image of the church rising from the ashes of hypocrisy to prove itself relevant to the image of a church made of servants, in the model of Jesus, caring for people and loving God."

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Tire Swing Fun?

Sure it looks fun.

I've never quite understood the fun factor of a tire swing.

Maybe it's just that I haven't spent enough time on (or in?) one, although if I am to be a late blooming tire swing lover it's going to have to be a tractor tire swing to accomodate my largesse, or as they say in France my âne énorme.

Jimmy Buffett sings, "life is just a tire swing" and waxes nostalgic for the good old days. Family Fun says, "The backyard tire swing has been entertaining kids pretty much since backyards were invented."

Look closer at that picture. Notice the smile on the little freckled faced boy's face? That's not a smile, it's a grimace. Unless he has an oddly deformed body, that tire swing is not ergonomically designed. The tire is forcing his head forward and holding his arms back, like a school yard bully. Damn you tire swing, leave that boy alone.

Notice also that the chain is strategically placed to rub either the front or the back of his head. The seat of a tire swing does not conform to most young folks flat backsides. Maybe that rounded shape works better for bubble-butts; but you still have a hard steel cord on the tire bead to contend with (ouch).

I think part of the problem for me is that I tend to think of a tire swing with the tire hung vertically rather than horizontally. (I'm referring to how the tire is attached to the rope or chains rather than how it swings.)

The vertical tire swing shown at the top of this post is the type I am most familiar with, although I have swung in multiple dimensions at various times in the past. Where I grew up we only had the vertical hanging tire type, since the horizontal model requires eye-bolts and hardware that would cost money and require a trip to a hardware store (which might be quite a drive).

Okay a tire swing can be some fun. You can stand on one. It's an easy swing to make. First you get yourself an old tire, then you get yourself a rope, then you tie it to a big ole tree. For some neatnik-types, old tires in the yard may be in short supply. Big ole trees are a little hard to come by too.

I'm going to put my vote in for the old two rope board-seat swing. You can wind it up and spin. Stand on it and pump. Jump out of it easily. Just make sure you get a non-splintering board.

Wishing you a swinging day you Wild and Crazy Guys!


Postscript: I had a heck of a time describing how a tire is hung on a rope without confusing how it is hung, with how it swings. I'm thinking about a Cartesian coordinate system x = horizontal and y = vertical. A tire swinging on a TV screen is moving in 2 dimensions. A tire painted on a piece of paper is depicted in two dimensions. If we add the z = longitudinal axis, then a sculpture of a tire swing is 3D...a real tire swing with a boy or girl on it is moving in 3D..and probably more. Send me an email if you'd like a 10 page single-spaced essay on "hanging a tire swing in other dimensions".

I Want To Ride My Bicycle

Interlude thought of the day -

Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.

H. G. Wells

Fits right in with the Bicycle Reflections meditation of the week.


"Bicycle Race" from Queen's Greatest Hits

Bicycle bicycle bicycle
I want to ride my bicycle bicycle bicycle
I want to ride my bicycle
I want to ride my bike
I want to ride my bicycle
I want to ride it where I like

You say black I say white
You say bark I say bite
You say shark I say hey man
Jaws was never my scene
And I don't like Star Wars
You say Rolls I say Royce
You say God give me a choice
You say Lord I say Christ
I don't believe in Peter Pan
Frankenstein or Superman
All I wanna do is

Bicycle bicycle bicycle
I want to ride my bicycle bicycle bicycle
I want to ride my bicycle
I want to ride my bike
I want to ride my bicycle
I want to ride my
Bicycle races are coming your way
So forget all your duties all year!
Fat bottomed girls
They'll be riding today
So look out for those beauties oh yeah
On your marks get set go
Bicycle race bicycle race bicycle race
Bicycle bicycle bicycle
I want to ride my bicycle
Bicycle bicycle bicycle bicycle
Bicycle race

You say coke I say caine
You say John I say Wayne
Hot dog I say cool it man
I don't wanna be the President of America
You say smile I say cheese
Cartier I say please
Income tax I say Jesus
I don't wanna be a candidate for
Vietnam or Watergate
Cause all I wanna do is

Bicycle bicycle bicycle
I want to ride my bicycle bicycle bicycle
I want to ride my bicycle
I want to ride my bike
I want to ride my bicycle
I want to ride it where I like

Monday, August 15, 2005

The Burning Man Project :: Welcome Home

"I'd like to go sometime" he thought to himself...while pondering a comparison to his life and the life of Walter Mitty

"I wonder if I could go in a nicely appointed motor home?"

"Preferably with a driver so I don't have to worry about any potential desert related chemical imbalances effecting my navigational capability."

"Satellite TV and high speed internet, in case I get overly stimulated or bored."

"Air conditioning and a nice comfy bed."

"A good lawyer and bail money if things get too wild in Reno."

It's that time of year again, nearing the end of summer, getting close to Labor Day and time for me to daydream about going to Burning Man.

Gerlach is a little over 600 miles for me. I have two weeks from today to think about travel plans. I'll more than likely just read about the festival on the web; but you never know. I can only imagine what it might be like to be there.

I'll more than likely, once again this year, experience Burning Man by looking at the web. Even though I like to watch, as much as the next person, there's nothing like Being There.

Sorry for the odd juxtaposition...but Walty Mitty and Chance The Gardener stick together in my mind as two ordinary seeming people with inner lives far from the day to day world most of us are familiar with. Dreams and Naivete, Walter and Chance, Fantasy and Innocence, might be what Burning Man is about.

I'll never know until I go. In the meantime here's a cool Burning Man photo gallery from

New Bicycle

"When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bicycle. Then I realized that the Lord doesn't work that way, so I stole one and asked Him to forgive me."

Emo Philips

This quote and lots of good things to read and think about can be found at -

Interlude - An Internet Retreat

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Playing With Paint and Other Stuff

Sweet Pea

7 Year Old Interior Decorating
In other words a perfect poster for a 7 year old
(at least I thought so)

Monte's Been Doing Most of The Blogging Lately

I Love This Pencil - It's a Velocity Model - Writes really fast!


These are photos of some watercolors I did in 2000. I have a very primitive style but I like to play.


High Density Housing

Montana Indians

Starry Night on The Prairie

Watercolor Bouquet

Starry Night on The Venusian Prairie

Fall Blue Yellow


This is a watercolor I saw at the Everett Clinic and liked it so much I took it home with me (it was for sale, so I suppose it would be more accurate to say I purchased it and then took it home with me). It's by a local artist. I really like the soft colors she used to capture the feel of the Skagit Valley Tulips.

Skagit Tulip Festival
Caramin M Thiboder


I worked for the little boy in this picture. His name is Thomas Patrick Mulvihill, people called him T.P. He was a genuine WWII flying ace and quite a character. I was a bartender in his saloon in the 70's.


I found fhis in our basement and liked the historical quality. People dialed Bayview 5123 to get in touch with Sevenich Motors in the 1950's. They had a lot longer phone numbers out in this big city of Everett then we did in Montana. Our phone number in Columbus was 283 in the 50's. Actually a little earlier we didn't even have phone numbers, you just picked up the phone and asked Marty to connect you to whoever you wanted to talk to. Then she'd patch you into that person's phone (with a big patch panel).


Monkey Lunch Box

How To Secure a Copyright

How do writers, web designers, programmers, illustrators, artists secure a copyright for their work?

The simple answer is to create a literary work. In U.S. Copyright language a "literary work" could be a book, manuscript, online work, poetry, or other text; published or unpublished, with or without illustrations. Computer programs and databases also are considered literary works.

In other words a copyright is secured automatically upon creation of a literary work.

That was easy.

Here's the official story from the -

U.S. Copyright Office - Copyright Basics (Circular 1)

"The way in which copyright protection is secured is frequently misunderstood. No publication or registration or other action in the Copyright Office is required to secure copyright. (See following Note.) There are, however, certain definite advantages to registration.

Copyright is secured automatically when the work is created, and a work is 'created' when it is fixed in a copy or phonorecord for the first time. 'Copies' are material objects from which a work can be read or visually perceived either directly or with the aid of a machine or device, such as books, manuscripts, sheet music, film, videotape, or microfilm. 'Phonorecords' are material objects embodying fixations of sounds (excluding, by statutory definition, motion picture soundtracks), such as cassette tapes, CDs, or LPs. Thus, for example, a song (the 'work') can be fixed in sheet music (' copies') or in phonograph disks (' phonorecords'), or both.

If a work is prepared over a period of time, the part of the work that is fixed on a particular date constitutes the created work as of that date."

You can register a literary work through the U.S. Copyright Office by filling out a form and sending them 30 dollars.

Friday, August 12, 2005

Time For Some Housekeeping

As much as I liked working on and looking at logos, trademarks and other advertising I've placed on this blog over the last couple of years, I've decided to clean up the Cafe and return it to something closer to it's original state. When I started this blog I was using original sketches, pictures and writing, rather than cutting and pasting advertising.

The ads were getting a little out of hand I'm afraid. If you want to go to blinking, pop-up filled, ad-filled spaces there are plenty of those; so I'll try and make this a little different.

Hopefully what you find here will be somewhat interesting or useful. Maybe you'll get a chuckle or a new idea...

Wishing you a great Friday.


Thursday, August 11, 2005

Microsoft's HoneyMonkeys - On The Lookout For Bad URL's

Interesting TechnologyReview piece by Simon Garfinkel about Microsoft computers scanning the internet in search of websites capable of exploiting flaws in Internet Explorer.

A few snips from the original article in Information Week

"In the first month, the honeymonkeys found 752 unique URLs operated by 287 Web sites that can successfully deliver exploit code against unpatched Windows XP PCs.

An unpatched XP SP1 PC, for instance, would be vulnerable to 688 URLs and 270 sites, 91 and 94 percent, respectively, of all those uncovered by the honeymonkeys. But update to SP2, and those numbers fall to 204 and 115 (27 and 43 percent). Better yet, a partially-patched SP box -- one updated to those fixes released through early 2005 -- is vulnerable to only 17 malicious URLs and 10 sites (2 and 3 percent of all those found).

During the initial run of the project, the honeymonkeys demonstrated the value of keeping Windows XP up to date, said Toulouse. "One thing I'd stress out of this is the importance of keeping software up to date."

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Monday, August 08, 2005

Seven Years Ago

Seven is a nice lucky number (at least on the come out roll).

Maybe you (or I) will find an idea of interest in these notes I was taking seven years ago from books I was reading and a little bit of writing I was doing.

Seven Years Ago - Some Notes from 1998 - Posted In 2005

Wishing you a good week, filled with learning and love.

Slow down a little...remember the words of Lin Yu Tang,

"Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble
art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists
in the elimination of nonessentials."

- Lin Yu Tang


Saturday, August 06, 2005

I've Got Some Premium Thai

Premium Thai Mango

Altar of the Honeybear


Earlier tonight I caught Monte trying to steal some money out of Rachel's purse. Then a little while ago he pulled a knife on me. I might have to arrange an intervention if he doesn't clean up his act.

monte monte monte


Some of us never grow up.

Speaking of not growing up, these Woodstock Festival 1969 Audio clips from the festival are fun to listen to. Included are clips from Wavy Gravy, Joan Baez, John Sebastian, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Richie Havens, Arlo Guthrie, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, Joe Cocker and Country Joe McDonald.

I need to get this album/CD again....

Woodstock: Music from the Original Soundtrack and More

New York City - Some Really Big Shoes

Ed Sullivan used to say that.

"Good evening ladies and gentleman. We have a Really Big Shoe for you tonight. Four young lads, all the way from Liverpool England...The Beatles."

DVD With All Four Beatles Appearances on Ed Sullivan Show

Ed Sullivan bio from the Museum of Broadcast Communications.


Summer shoe sale

Cole Haan Sale

Nine West Sale

Kenneth Cole Sale

Discount Designer Shoes

Where fashion never sleeps.


Seattle has a claim to big shoes too.

What To Do On a Friday Night?

My wife is in Minnesota, my daughters are at a social event on Seattle's Capitol Hill and I am left to my own devices. What's an old guy like me to do on a Friday night?

I put some dish soap in the fountain. Monte and I watched TV for awhile, but he wouldn't share the remote, so I went back to the computer. I admired my new can opener from Target. I thought how good my personal watermelon will taste. Even though it's called a "personal" watermelon, I'm going to wait until there's someone around to share it with, before I slice it.

Dish soap makes your fountain nice and clean...And bubbly.

It's outside so I won't get in trouble for the suds running over.

Monte has to wear these goofy looking glasses when he watches TV.

New can opener. Nice!

My watermelon.


That was fun, now I think I'll listen and watch this for awhile.

P.O.V. - In the Realms of the Unreal . Henry Darger: Selected Works (1 of 8) | PBS

Henry Darger (1892 to 1973) was an amazing and eccentric artist. He wrote a 15,000 page novel, "The Story of the Vivian Girls, in what is Known as The Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinnean War Storm, caused by the Child Slave Rebellion." and created thousands of drawings, murals and collages. He was one interesting cat. He would have lengthy conversations in his room, with himself, using different voices. He rummaged through garbage cans, saving paper scraps to use in his work. He cut out pictures from magazines, newspapers and comics to use in his collages (some of which he pasted into old phone books). He was an early recycler. I find the scope (bulk?), and obsessive nature of his work fascinating, the stories taking second stage to the bursting color of his paintings and collages. Interesting what a person like Henry could create, absent the distractions of TV, computers and other diversions of modern society. Listening to people talk who knew him, it's unclear if he was happy, or had many (any) friends or acquaintances. My impression is he lived a solitary existence, going to work and returning to his room to work in the Realms of the Unreal.

Henry was a devout Roman Catholic, going to Mass daily.

Henry's mother died when he was four years old. His father was unable to care for Henry or his sister. Henry and his sister were separated, never to see each other again. Henry was sent to an orphanage and later in the Illinois Home For Feeble Minded Children. He made multiple attempts to escape from those institutions. It's hard to imagine what those places may have been like, but for whatever reasons he retreated into a world he created. Henry marched to a different drummer.

As an adult Henry worked as a janitor at a Catholic hospital in Chicago and created his artwork alone in his room after work. His art was only discovered near the end of Henry's life, by his landlords Nathan and Kiyoko Lerner.

Wikipedia has a biographical summary of Henry Darger that provides a brief outline of his life and work.

I saw a show about Henry Darger on P.O.V. (Point of View) on PBS last night. Maybe someday I can go to the American Folk Art Museum to see his work, although for those of us who can't make it to the museum right away, the PBS TV and multimedia web material is very good too.

Friday, August 05, 2005

Phillips Magnavox LCD TV

Sears has a special on a Phillips Magnavox 26 inch LCD TV that ends Saturday August 6.

At $899.99 this LCD TV is getting into the price point where average folks might start thinking about getting one.

The deal at Sears includes Free Shipping and No Interest Financing until August 2006.


Shop now!

Magnavox 26 in. LCD TV with NTSC Tuner

Free Shipping 120x90

0% Financing On TV's Until August 2006