Happy D. B. Cooper Day!

D. B. Cooper, the guy who hijacked a plane in 1971 and then — mid-flight — jumped into the darkness with a bundle of cash and disappeared, is celebrated on this day, the Saturday following Thanksgiving. Granted, this is mostly just a thing in Ariel Washington, where it’s said to have started in 1974, but the […] » about 400 words

I Missed Lebowski Fest!?!?

As usual, beatnikside had to tell me what I missed: Lebowski Fest. It looks like everybody was there. The Dude Jeffrey Lebowski, Theodore Donald ‘Donny’ Kerabatsos, Walter Sobchak, Maude Lebowski, Bunny Lebowski, the rich Jeffrey Lebowski with no legs, and his lacky Brandt. And don’t forget Jesus Quintana or Treehorn’s Thugs. And certainly don’t forget […] » about 100 words

Scotchtober Fest

New Hampshire’s Highland Games are back where they belong in Lincoln NH. Fittingly for the Highlands theme, the weather Saturday was cold and misty, with fogs rolling over the hills. I half expected Lorna Doone herself to appear. The games, of course, are “Scottish Heavy Athletics” involving the throwing (though sometimes carrying) of just about […] » about 300 words

SXSW 2007 Program Proposals

There's 173 programs proposed for <a href="http://2007.sxsw.com/interactive/">SXSW Interactive</a>, March 9-13 2007. Go vote for the ones you most want to see at Lindsey Simon's <a href="http://2007.sxsw.com/interactive/panel_picker/">super cool picker</a>. Round one voting is going now. (Also note the really good use of semantic markup in the <a href="http://2007.sxsw.com/interactive/panel_picker/panels.php?mode=html">HTML download version</a> (which I'm embarrassed to have sullied a bit in this representation).) » about 19800 words

Happy Bloomsday

Thanks to an aside in a sad/angering story at Copyfight, I’m now up on Bloomsday. Here it is, as explained by Wikipedia: Bloomsday is observed annually on June 16 to celebrate the life of Irish writer James Joyce and commemorate the events in his novel Ulysses, all of which took place on the same day […] » about 300 words

La Tomatina

From a Reuters story in ChinaDaily: At noon [Wednesday], municipal trucks dumped about 130 tons of ripe, juicy plum tomatoes at the feet of adrenaline-charged crowds in town’s main square. Within minutes the area was covered in red slime, and clouds of tomato sauce filled the air. It all takes place in Buñol, in Spain’s […] » about 300 words

Idaho Politics

Earlier this year the Idaho legislature passed a bill recognizing the success of Napoleon Dynamite, a film about Idaho life by Idahoan native sons. LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO First Regular Session – 2005 HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 29 STATING LEGISLATIVE FINDINGS AND COMMENDING JARED AND JERUSHA HESS AND THE CITY OF PRESTON FOR […] » about 700 words