How Lisa Came to Israel

Deenster beat me to the punch in pointing to the blog called On the Face (it’s her big sister’s blog), but it bears a second recommendation. Lisa’s story told in multiple parts, titled How Lisa Came to Israel,

is an intriguing tale about her arrival in Israel during a explosive

time, both personally and politically. It’s a great story told well.

Here are links to the installments she’s written so far:

In the News

Nicely Done!

Thankfully, what actually happened

Photo: An Iraqi woman holds up her hand, and shows a purple finger, indicating

  she has just voted, as she leaves a polling station in the centre of Az

  Zubayr, Iraq. (AP/Andrew Parsons/Pool)

…was much better than National Lampoon’s joke predictions:

Photo: National Lampoon parody Iraq vote poster: 'Election 2005: Vote and Die!'

All things considered, I hope the vote goes to Iyad Allawi of the

“Thinly Disguised American Puppet Party” rather than Ahmad Chalabi of

the “Iranian Puppet Party”.

Photo: National Lampoon parody Iraq vote ballot featuring Iyad Allawi of the 'Thinly Disguised American Puppet Party', Ahmad Chalabi of

  the 'Iranian Puppet Party' and several assasinated municipal candidates.

Let’s just see what we can do about making history not repeat itself. As Daily

Kos points out, there was an another election that had an equal


U.S. Encouraged by Vietnam Vote :

Officials Cite 83% Turnout Despite Vietcong Terror

by Peter Grose, Special to the New York Times (9/4/1967: p. 2)

WASHINGTON, Sept. 3– United States officials were surprised and

heartened today at the size of turnout in South Vietnam’s presidential

election despite a Vietcong terrorist campaign to disrupt the voting.

According to reports from Saigon, 83 per cent of the 5.85 million

registered voters cast their ballots yesterday.  Many of them risked

reprisals threatened by the Vietcong.

The size of the popular vote and the inability of the Vietcong to

destroy the election machinery were the two salient facts in a

preliminary assessment of the nation election based on the incomplete

returns reaching here.

[The article links to the original New York Times pieces.]

Cross your fingers, folks.

Accordion, Instrument of the Gods

But We Already Knew That!

Illustration: Young woman in bed dreaming of an accordion player.

Xophylia has posted a set of great illustrations from an old Palmer-Hughes Accordion Course book proving that even back then, accordions were chick magnets.

(You may want to read the rest of the LiveJournal accordions community — lots of good info and discussion on all things accordion.)

Accordion, Instrument of the Gods

How to Open an Accordion and How to Pack it for Shipping has a very useful and interesting article titled…

How to Open an Accordion

...and How to Pack it for Shipping!

(Well, it’s useful to me, anyway.)

This page will show you:

how to

open the back end of an accordion and carefully put cardboard in to prevent

the bass buttons from diving beneath the bassboard in transit. I’ll even explain

how to pack it! SUPER COOL TRENDY FUN!


Chris Pirillo Wants to Save You Five Bucks!

Chris Pirillo is

offering a $5 coupon for interested purchasers of the FeedDemon

RSS/Atom reader for Windows. Download this FeedDemon from here

and use this promo code to save $5: CPN05GNOME.

Some of FeedDemon’s features:

  • Pre-configured with dozens of popular feeds, so you can start

    using it right away

  • Newspaper displays news items

    from dozens of sites in a single web page for easy reading

  • Watches collect news items containing specific

    words or phrases,

    alerting you to items of interest so you don’t have to look for them

  • News Bins store your favorite news items for

    future reference

  • Integration with Feedster and

    other popular RSS search engines

  • Built-in tabbed

    browser for surfing the web within FeedDemon

  • Supports all versions of RSS and Atom 0.3
  • Imports/exports feed lists from OPML
  • Easy to use for beginners, yet powerful enough to

    please the most sophisticated news junkie

  • FeedDemon is a native Windows application, so it

    runs fast and does NOT require the bulky .NET runtime.

Toronto (a.k.a. Accordion City)

Pauly Shore is Dead

Darryl Wiggers, programming director for Scream TV, sent me this email:

See, Hear and Feel Pauly Shore LIVE AND IN PERSON!

Special Midnight Screening of the film


Friday, January 28th at The Royal Cinema

[608 College Street West]

with Pauly Shore LIVE in PERSON!

Tickets $12 advance / $15 night of show

Tickets available from Suspect Video

(605 Markham St & 619 Queen St. West)

Sponsored by Suspect Video and Presented by Ultra 8 Pictures

Finally, a movie that answers the question “what ever happened to Pauly

Shore?” with a satirical, sometimes self-deprecating, and often

hilarious honesty. Tracing the rise of the comedic it-boy and his

subsequent fall from favor, Pauly eventually loses everything: his

popularity, his house, his representation and his career. He is

humiliated in the public eye, and is forced to go to work parking cars

at his mother’s club, The Comedy Store; at a loss, he receives a

visitation from the ghost of Sam Kinison, who advises suicide.

According to Kinison, Shore’s dead career would be resurrected and

canonized in the event of the comedian’s death, and Pauly decides to go

along with this, at least to a point. He fakes his own death, and

Kinison’s prophecy comes true as all of Hollywood and fans across the

nation begin to extoll the genius that was Pauly. Basking in the glow

of his newfound appreciation, Shore goes out on the town in disguise,

but unfortunately his secret is discovered, he’s locked up, and now

looks more the fool than ever. The film is successful on the strength

of it’s good-natured, self-conscious quality of comedic revelation, and

is certainly augmented by its star power. The half-fiction,

half-autobiographical film boasts cameos from the likes of Sean Penn,

Pam Anderson, Paris and Nicky Hilton, Whoopi Goldberg, Kurt Loder,

Carson Daly, Vince Vaghn, Snoop Dog, Ben Stiller, Britney Spears, Chris

Rock, Corey Feldman, and Heidi Fleiss, among many, many others. It

would appear that The Weiz is not quite as unpopular as he presents


I gotta say, I loved the guy in Encino Man. He made that movie (sorry, Sean Astin).

It Happened to Me

The Old Adage About Goldfish and the Size of the Bowl [Updated]

Update – January 28, 2005, 1:57 p.m. EST: Fixed some broken links. Enjoy!

Over the past couple of weeks, Tucows has been rearranging its office

space. The office has been expanded dramatically; we’ve taken over a

large, airy second-floor office next door.

Before we got this space, a department’s members could be scattered

about the office; it was much easier to simply give a new hire the

first available desk rather than rearrange a large number of people to

accomodate the hire. It was actually possible to be on the other side

of the office from the rest of your department.

The new space has given us a chance to regroup the departments and

leave each one some empty desks to accomodate new hires. Most

departments get a cluster or aisle of workstations. This has proven to

be a really interesting development for my department, Research and

Innovation, which consists of three people. Boss Ross gets a “boss”

workstation at the end of the aisle, which has left me and Darryl with

an entire aisle of 12 workstations all to ourselves. Rather than let

this lovely space go to waste, we’ve taken over the whole space and

turned it into the next best thing to having a private office.

Click on any of these thumbnails to see the corresponding full-size picture.

The ongoing work on our aisle will appear in this photo album.