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Snippets #34, Sunday, 01.Sep.2002     (ISSN 1530-9622)


_______________S N I P P e T S

_________________________from James S. Huggins' Refrigerator Door

___________________________________#34, Sunday, 01.Sep.2002

_____________________________________________ISSN 1530-9622


_____0. Thoughts

_____1. Quotations

_____2. Ephemerae

_____3. New/Changed on My Site

_____4. Awards

_____5. How You Can Help Me

__________0. THOUGHTS

As most of you know, I've been moving the list "off" of Topica and "onto" my own system. Thanks for putting up with the test and transition emails.

My use of the Gammadyne Mailer (http://gammadyne.com/mmail.htm) is working out very well. It is well suited for "programmers" and people who like to tinker. Yet, it also works "out of the box". Count me (so far) as a very satisfied customer.

And a hearty thank you to all who have helped further with some of the testing.

Several people wrote to ask whether I expected all of my subscribers to actually read all the articles and visit all the websites that I feature.

That is an easy question to answer: "No".

Remember that being the obsessive/compulsive net guy is my job. It is just my hope that each of my readers finds one thing in each "issue" that makes their subscription worthwhile.

I've added an additional photo from the Cold War Museum (http://www.ColdWar.org) started by Francis Gary Powers, Jr., son of Francis Gary Power, Sr., the U-2 pilot shot down over Russia. This one is the helmet of his father. I'm enjoying this.

I think we hit 100 degrees in Dallas only twice this summer (so far). It has been much cooler than normal this year. And, it is a great holiday weekend here in Dallas. Although I spend most of my time indoors, for those that go outside, the weather is apparently wonderful. Even for me indoors, the unusually cool weather means that the air conditioning runs much less.

So, whatever you are doing this holiday weekend, I hope it is a safe and joyful one for you.

__________1. QUOTATIONS

When you get into a tight place, and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hold on a moment longer, never give up then--for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.
— Harriet Beecher Stowe

Our land is everything to us... I will tell you one of the things we remember on our land. We remember that our grandfathers paid for it - with their lives.
— John Wooden Legs, Cheyenne

When you cease to dream you cease to live.
— Malcolm S. Forbes

We need a variety of input and influence and voices. You cannot get all the answers to life and business from one person or from one source.
— Jim Rohn

::::: You can see these and more in my Quotations section:
::::: http://www.JamesSHuggins.com/h/quo1/quotes.htm

__________2. EPHeMeRAe

every day interesting “stuff” crosses my desk. Some isn’t important enough to put on my site in any permanent way. But it is interesting enough to put there somehow, quickly, at least for a while.

These are ephemerae: collections of temporary, transitory tidbits. 

Today's ephemerae include information all over the board, from the George Foreman grill to the Jedi religion.

NY Times (18.Aug.2002), "Licensed to Grill":
A delightful story about George Foreman and how the George Foreman grill became the best-selling kitchen appliance of all time and how it made a couple hundred million dollars for George.
»» http://www.nytimes.com/2002/08/18/magazine/magazinespecial/18FORe.html

Stanford Guidelines for Web Credibility:
Ten simple guidelines, based on research of more than 4,500 people, to help you make your website more "credible".
»» http://www.webcredibility.org/guidelines/

This is a new system/service from Cloudmark. It is a cooperative effort to filter spam. It is only available if you use Windows 2000 or Windows XP and only if you using Outlook (not Outlook express). But if you fit those parameters, you should check it out. It is filtering more than 50% of my spam and has very few "false positives". The kinks aren't all worked out yet, but so far, I like it.
»» http://www.cloudmark.com/

Federal Computer Week (26.Aug.2002),
"Survey: Fed Web Sites Still Need Work":
That headline is an understatement. "87 percent of federal Web sites fail to meet accessibility standards for people with disabilities, despite a 14-month-old law requiring them to do so. . . . only about half offered such useful items as downloadable forms; fewer still offered interactive forms and interactive databases. Only 12.8 percent offered e-commerce applications, and only 8.8 percent offered direct links to e-government services". The article uses the phrase "stone age" to describe "about half of all government sites".
»» http://www.fcw.com/fcw/articles/2002/0826/news-sites-08-26-02.asp

ABCNews.com: 20/20 (30.Aug.2002), "Witches and Wizards":
John Stossel reports on the banning of Harry Potter books.
»» http://abcnews.go.com/sections/2020/2020/GMAB_020830_harrypotter.html

Slate (27.Aug.2002), "The State Quarters: Why Are They So Ugly": 
"Most of the designs, usually chosen by a state commission appointed by the governor, are boring, timid, and cluttered—evidence of all that can go wrong when art is created by committee. They are also surprisingly revealing about the peculiar, parochial ways that states view themselves."
»» http://slate.msn.com/?id=2070005

StateQuarters.com: Coin World's magnificent site about the state quarters. It has been tracking the issues since day one and is the best source of information on the topic.
[The examples below are just two examples of the types of information on the site.]
»» http://www.StateQuarters.com

Maine Artist Complains About Quarter Design: 
One recent example of a story on StateQuarters.com. This one explains how the engravers at the Bureau of the Mint took one of the design entries for the Maine quarter and trashed it.
»» http://www.statequarters.com/News/2002/081902_Me.asp

Maine residents select design for 2003 State quarter dollar —
Controversy dogs Mint's rendition of concept: 
Another example of the controversy surrounding the mint's rendition of designs. This one explains how the changes made to the design are so severe, that the result is "wrong".
»» http://www.statequarters.com/News/2002/090202_Me.asp

FTP for the People: An excellent article about FTP: that thing you have to do to upload or download websites. While it has more info than many novice webmasters may want, it is easy to understand: even for people who think that really cool retracting tray in their desktop machine is a coffee cup holder.
»» http://hotwired.lycos.com/webmonkey/02/36/index4a.html

NewsMax.com (29.Aug.2002),
"Secret Documents: Hubbell Wanted Federal Access to Phones": 
Seems that recently released documents indicate that Webster Hubbell, now convicted Rose office law partner of Hillary Clinton and then number two at the justice department, was on a project for Al Gore, Janet Reno and others, to help ensure that the government can continue to easily listen to your phone conversations.
»» http://www.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2002/8/29/103257.shtml

Jewish World Review (30.Aug.2002),
"enriching Survivors Was a Costly Mistake": 
Columnist Jeff Jacoby argues that government gifts to the victims of the WTC terrorist attacks are both unnecessary and a dangerously bad precedent.
»» http://www.jewishworldreview.com/jeff/jacoby.html

e-Mail Alert: Wash on Spin Cycle: 
How's this for a great idea: the washer in the laundry room emails you or phones you when it is done? Or how about being able to see if a washer is free by checking the net? Stupid idea? Well, stupid or not, it is real.
»» http://www.wired.com/news/school/0,1383,54856,00.html

Bad Movie Hurts Jedi Down Under: 
More than 70,000 Australians and 50,000 New Zealanders consider themselves followers of the Jedi religion. But the latest movie's clarification that the religion means a "renouncement of social attachment, maintenance of chastity, and a pursuit of neo-Franciscan poverty" is thinning the ranks. And the country's census bureaus are pleased.
»» http://www.wired.com/news/culture/0,1284,54851,00.html

::::: I have the same information and links to prior items at
::::: http://www.JamesSHuggins.com/h/eph1/ephemerae.htm

__________3. NEW/CHANGED ON MY SITe

Gary Power's ejection Seat:
On 1 May 1960, U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers was shot down by the Soviets over Sverdlovsk. He was tried in August 1960, in a three-day open trial in Moscow and was sentenced to 10 years by the USSR Supreme Court's Military Cases Collegium. He spent 21 months in prison and was then exchanged in February 1962, for Soviet intelligence officer Rudolph Abel, who had been arrested in New York in 1957.
»» http://www.JamesSHuggins.com/h/u-2a/u-2_60_cwm_powers_helmet.htm

::::: I have the same information and links to prior items at
::::: http://www.JamesSHuggins.com/ephemerae

__________4. AWARDS

Coyote_jo's Great Site Award

Tanya's Cool Site Award

»» http://www.JamesSHuggins.com/h/awd1/awards26.htm

::::: You can see all my awards at
::::: http://www.JamesSHuggins.com/h/awd1/awards.htm

__________5. HOW YOU CAN HeLP Me

First, if you encounter something interesting . . . please forward it to me. I'd love to hear from you.

Second, if you know of anyone else who might appreciate receiving Snippets, forward a copy to them so that they can subscribe.

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