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Snippets #36, Monday, 18.Nov.2002     (ISSN 1530-9622)


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_________________________from James S. Huggins' Refrigerator Door

___________________________________#36, Monday, 18.Nov.2002

_____________________________________________ISSN 1530-9622




_____0. Thoughts

_____1. Quotations

_____2. Ephemerae

_____3. New/Changed on My Site

_____4. Awards

_____5. Acknowledgements



__________0. THOUGHTS

It has been more than two months since I last emailed a copy of Snippets. These last two months have been busy. I've been working on some personal projects, general clean up of my website and a a move from my "old" apartment to a "different" apartment, about 20 miles away.

As I was working on all of this, I read my most recent edition of Snippets (#35) in which I wrote some about why I "do" it. And I noted, as I read it, that I missed "doing" it.

Since I do this "because it brings me some joy", it seems appropriate to do it again, and perhaps, to do it more frequently, not because there is a schedule, but rather because I like to do it.

In the last issue, I included a note about a page on my site that had been substantially revised because it was not true. Here is that page:

The Price of Liberty:
On July 4, 1776 (give or take a day or two) 56 men pledged: "For the support of this declaration, with firm reliance on the protection of the divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor." Do you know who they were? What ultimately happened to them? What sacrifices they made?
NOTE: This page has been substantially revised because the story is not true.
»» http://www.JamesSHuggins.com/h/mot1/price_of_liberty.htm

Unfortunately, I also included a note about a new page on my site, that said:

Sir edmund Hillary — Still Growing: 
Sir edmund Hillary is famous for climbing Mt. Everest. When asked why, he gave the famous reply, "Because it was there". What many do not know is that Sir Hillary did not make it to the top of everest the first time he tried.
»» http://www.JamesSHuggins.com/h/mot1/hillary_growing.htm

All was well until my brother (Jon Huggins, the U-2 pilot) wrote:

I read the edmund Hillary statement. When I was about 12-16, I was really in to mountain climbing and the climbers; read a lot. I've since forgotten most of it, but I do remember that the quotation "because it's there" was made my another climber. I'm nearly positive it was George Mallory. Hey disappeared in the 1920's trying to go up everest. I believe he was discovered just a few years ago (and, no, he wasn't living in Jerry Garcia's basement with elvis).

Then, just hours later, David Hatchuel, CTM–CL and Area Governor A6 for Toastmasters New Zealand (http://www.Toastmasters.org.nz) wrote me to let me know that he too had spotted the error. He said, in part,

Have a look at http://www.factmonster.com/spot/everest2.html where you will find that the comment was made some 28 years previously by the first man to attempt the climb, George Mallory. The strange thing is that I was reading a National Geographic book about that very incident yesterday in a dentist's waiting room. Your e-zine was very timely.

So, one error corrected and another introduced. I have since corrected that Hillary page as well.

Later, David wrote again . . .

There is a trucking company here in New Zealand that has pithy sayings sign-written on the back of its trucks. Yesterday I saw one that relates to this story in a way. It reads, "The man on the top of the mountain didn't fall there."

Strange how the unconscious mind makes the connections. I guess I must have seen that truck several times in the past, and never thought of it in the light of the Hillary story.

That got me curious to find that quotation. I went looking for it through Google. I found it at http://www.pastor2youth.com/Illustrations/F/father.html and again at http://www.christianglobe.com/Illustrations/theDetails.asp?whichOne=f&whichFile=father (http://snipurl.com/clc). While these are not not "authoritative" citations, I'll still attribute the quotation to Joe Kosanovic's Dad.

Finally, I wanted to feature a special award I received for October: the H. G. Ripe Site of the Month for October 2002. October has past, but it is important enough to mention anyway.



__________1. QUOTATIONS

The man on the top of the mountain didn't fall there.
          — Joe Hosanovic's Dad, attributed in a story by Karl K. Warner, U. S. A. Today

Once I was in Victoria, and I saw a very large house. They told me it was a bank and that the white men place their money there to be taken care of, and that by and by they got it back with interest. We are Indians and we have no such bank; but when we have plenty of money or blankets, we give them away to other chiefs and people, and by and by they return them with interest, and our hearts feel good. Our way of giving is our bank.
          — Chief Maquinna, Nootka

What if you could be anything, or anybody, you chose to be? Think about it. What would you choose to be?
          — Nido Qubein

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a little better; whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is the meaning of success.
          — Ralph Waldo emerson

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

Washington Post (15.Nov.2002), "Wronged Side of the Tracks?":
Because of increased fear of terrorist attacks threats against America, local law enforcement and the railroads are questioning railfans - people who like to watch and photograph trains - even as the Federal Railroad Administrator admits that they could be "a real value".
»» http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A56984-2002Nov14.html

Cost of Living Calculator:
Want to see how your current salary compares to your old salary? This tool lets you compare old to new for major metropolitan areas across the US. It includes an explanation of how it works.
»» http://www.newsengin.com/nEFreeTools.nsf/CPIcalc?OpenView&expandView

::::: 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

I don't have anything major new on my site. Mostly I've worked to clean up a few things that have needed work for a while.

One of those things was to add pictures to many of the pages that did not have pictures. For this, I turned, primarily, to a wonderful source of graphics I have located: iStockphoto (http://www.iStockphoto.com).

The iStockphoto site doesn't provide free photos, but it does provide cheap ones. Downloads cost 25 cents (US), or less if you buy them in more than the minimum quantity. Photographers upload wonderful photographs to share. I can heartily recommend these photos.

As I have added the photos, I have also worked to provide more extensive credits. You can see these extensions on my "credits" page at http://www.JamesSHuggins.com/h/bas1/credits.htm. These credits provide information about the source of my photos, and, in the case of photos obtained from individual photographers or through iStockphoto, they provide links to the individual photographers' information.

Information about the source of the photographs I use on my site. This page has been substantially enlarged because of the addition to my site of many photographs from individual photographers.
»» http://www.JamesSHuggins.com/h/bas1/credits.htm

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



__________4. AWARDS

H. G. Ripe Site for October 2002
Any attempt at condensing a review of James S. Huggins' Refrigerator Door into a few lines would be futile. This is a site you will simply have to visit to appreciate. A wealth of content, smooth site navigation and professional design come together to provide a glimpse into the world of a unique individual. Be prepared to spend a few hours here... It's well worth it.
»» http://www.ka.net/pmcody

Great Content Award
I did enjoyed my visit and I want to give you my Great Content Award. Your site is really meaningful, easy to navigate and quick to load. It has so many advantages, but the most important one - great content!
»» http://www.yanushka.net/

Golden Angel Award
This award is only given out by me, the owner of Angels in Training. It cannot be applied for and it is not based on any rules or restrictions. This award is given out to anyone, at any level of web design. It is something I hope you will treasure.

What makes the Golden Angel Award unique? Well once you have placed your award on your website I ask that you link it back to a "verification" page so that others can see that you DID NOT apply for this award - it was simply given to you! AND you will be listed on a special page recognizing you as a recipient.
»» http://www.angels-in-training.com/GoldenAngelAward/verify.htm

Golden Webby Award
I spent enough time on your site to know that you win the Webby Award hands down. I would be honored if you would display my award to you amongst all your others. . . . I enjoyed very much my trip through your pages.
»» http://www.webmastership.com/webbyaward.html

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



__________5. ACKNOWLEDGeMeNTS

Thank you to my brother (Jon Huggins), David Hatchuel, BJ Rivera  http://community.webtv.net/monkeypete1/MyHomepage) and others who wrote me about Snippets, to offer both corrections and suggestions. I appreciate that correspondence.

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