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Finally, someone has used shockwave/flash to do something worthwhile. This page is the new face of art for the 21st Century. This is what I think the Internet should look and feel like; clever, smooth, and beautiful. (The poetry that is its content is sorta 10th grade, but the originallity of the page more than makes up for it.) This is the sort of site that will some day win a Grammy for best soundtrack.

I especially like the designer's compatability philosophy/disclaimer:

This site targets luxurious people with a fast computer, fast internet connection, Netscape or IE 4.0 or above, and shockwave 7 plug in.

I wanna be a luxurious person.

Shockwave Rant:
Am I the only one out here who thinks that 99.7% of the sites that use shock/flash are pointless, boring, and annoying? I mean, why would I want to wait for 2 minutes before I can I click on a link for actual content while your "I-look-like-an-Old-Navy-commercial" logo does cartwheels and turns into a Hello Kitty looking cartoon?

If you're making a site that has information that I really need to see, please don't make me hunt/wait for it while you show off your new web toys.

On the other hand, if you're making a site that is the embodiment of artistic expression, use every smidgeon of bleeding edge tech to get it done, as long as that tech works FOR the overall piece.

Now, anyone out there who knows of a truly interesting/beautiful/amazing site that uses shock/flash/java/perl/whatever, please let me know. If I like it, you'll win a special prize.
Friday, February 18, 2000 @ 12:58 p.m.

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Geek Resources
OK, this one won't make you ROTFL, but it is pretty useful if you're a geek like me. It's a HUGE dictionary of Philosophy terms, thinkers, and concepts. If you like Phil, but are too lazy to really study it with all the devotion of a real scholar, just use this handy reference when you need that -ism or -ology in a tight spot. Or just use it to learn a few big words that are guaranteed to make you sound like a genius in the company of your hesher friends.

More "rule utilitarianism," "principle of plenitude," and "fideism" than you can shake a "categorical imperative" at.
Wednesday, February 16, 2000 @ 03:03 p.m.

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Welcome to the Smalltime
Yet another great use of new technologies to do something that's just barely more than worthless. This site has a bunch of cool little Java/HTML combos that have been put to cleverly fun use.

The best one is the "Guess the Dictator/Sitcom Character" game. Give it a whirl, and good luck trying to stump the computer. (I haven't won one yet.)

Other low-weirdness includes the "Haiku-o-matic," the "Dada Server," the "Anonymous Message Server," and the "Unchat."

Hours of pointless fun. (BTW, happy Valentines Day.)
Monday, February 14, 2000 @ 04:15 p.m.

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Jesus with a Light Saber
Oh My GoD!! This company has bible action figures!!!!! (I'm NOT making this up!) Get the full collection of all your favorite biblical heroes. Adam and Eve, David and Goliath, Jesus and Mary. Create your alternative biblical history as you let Moses part the red mud puddle. Once you've let David traunce Goliath with his sling-shot, pit him against Darth Maul or Destro and see how tough he really is. Alternatively, your WWF wrestling playset will never be the same once Jesus puts Stone Cold Steve Austin in a Hippy Hold. What would Jesus do indeed!

They even have the "African Heritage Series" and the "Caucasian Heritage Series" for that multi-cultural enrichment that you've come to expect from Christianity.

I'm waiting for the Jesus with Kung-Fu grip model to come out. Get 'em while they're hot!

(Note: I got this from meli.pitas.com. I usually try not to blog the blogs of other bloggers, but this one was too rich!)
Monday, February 7, 2000 @ 04:50 p.m.

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Find Yourself in C-Space
OK, here's another free, web-based service that I'm not quite sure of yet. It's called MapPlanet. Check it out, download it, make yourself a home on it and then e-mail me if you find any cool uses for it or if you can tell me what's up with all the people on it being in/around Munich.

BTW, I've made a home cell next to Little Rock, AR. (Just do a search from the client for issafly.)
Monday, February 7, 2000 @ 10:30 a.m.

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Thumbs up for Spyonit.com
Steve at steveo.pitas.com answered my previous request for good uses of Spyonit.com's weird spider crawler thing (see the next entry for details on the service).

Steve's idea (which he saw on valueape.pitas.com lets you be automatically notified when this page changes. Click the orange (that doesn't match my page's color scheme) icon on the left and get scooped.

Thanks Steve. (BTW, Steve has a good page of grunge music pitas. Check it out, and tell him issafly sent you.)

And I'm still taking suggestions for more uses for spyonit.com. You can send them to me here.
Saturday, February 5, 2000 @ 10:02 a.m.

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Watch the web while you sleep
This is a weird service. I'm not sure if I like it yet. At Spyonit.com you can track various internet based news and information services that you customize. Say you want to know the next time someone mentions your name on the web, or the next time Vanilla Ice releases a new record, or the next time someone links to your web page, or the next time the Detroit Redwings win a game. Put in your prefs and it'll let you know. It's some weird kinda info-spider-crawler-bot thing.

Give it a try. It's free. If you find a really unique use for it, please tell me.
Tuesday, February 1, 2000 @ 04:09 p.m.

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Dig their Doos
I know I'm going to hell for laughing at this, but funny is funny. If you haven't been to this or any other the many other mullet galleries on the web, you're missing some prime comedy. I laughed so hard that I cried. This guy has devoted a great deal of time to hunting and categorizing the mullet in its natural environment.

If you don't know, a mullet is any hair style where the the top/front/sides are significantly shorter than the back. All those '80 cuts that can be described with the word "tail" count (rattail, ducktail...).

The worst part is, I had one in 8th grade. My mom's got a cool pic of me in my band uniform, holdin' my sax, topped by the mullet.

The best part is, I grew out of it.
Tuesday, February 1, 2000 @ 03:47 p.m.

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Gimme some Skins
Dig this! Hotbar.com lets you customize that dull grey background up there behind the tool bars on Internet Explorer. They have 1000s of .bmp images, most of which are pretty corny, but some just rock. They use active-X to create a download folder on your hard drive where the small .bmps are stored. You go to their site, click on "My Private Collection" and you can chose from up to 50 skins that you've picked out to make your IE more colorful. Tons of themes. With a little bit of creativity and an image proc program like PhotoShop or PaintShopPro, you can make your own skins and save them to the dir on your hard drive.

Sorry to Mac users and to Netscape users. This only works for PCs with IE (as far as I can tell).
Tuesday, February 1, 2000 @ 11:13 a.m.

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Save the Rain Forest
Here's a nice new site that's similar to the Hunger Site (see below). Click through once/day and the page sponsors will donate $$$ to save rain forest lands. As of this post, 110.020 acres of land have been saved. That's about the size of a medium to large sized farm. We gotta do better than that.

Click away!
Monday, January 31, 2000 @ 10:45 a.m.

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Satan want's your old LPs
The only thing better than folks using new technologies like the Net for useless goofing, is people goofing with old technologies. Go to this site to find out how Satan is ruling innocent minds with a bunch of samples of music taken from some guy spinning an old LP record backwards with his finger. I mean, you can't refute the hard science of stuff like this:

"Another interesting reversal is from the not so innocent nursery rhyme 'Twinkle Twinkle little Star', a recording was made from a 6-year-old girl and when played backwards, the words 'I wish there were no Allah' can be heard. In Islam, the listening, making and singing of music are prohibited. In my opinion, this is the work of freemasons, attempting to subliminally secularize their biggest enemy, Islam."

Damn those dirty Freemasons!!! Always spoiling everyone else's fun with their kooky magic spells.

These pages also have info on subliminal advertising (you may have to squint your eyes really well), and how the lunar landings were all faked.
Thursday, January 20, 2000 @ 10:15 a.m.

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Theatre of the Living Arts
Ever been sittin' around, wishin' you had a new movie to watch, but you can't stand all the crap on the new release shelves at Blockbuster? Go to tlavideo.com to look up all the movies that you should have seen, but prolly haven't yet. Do the browse by genre function. It's just like the Internet Movie Database but with only good movies. Movies for the rest of us.

If you're really serious about your movie watchin', order their catalog!
Tuesday, January 18, 2000 @ 04:30 p.m.

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Bellydancing Librarians Unite!
Explore the weird phenomena of Bellydancing Librarians! This page is either the virtual headquarters for bellydancing librarians or their virtual support group. Has a great listing of about 30+ porno book titles that have something to do with sex and the everyday librarian. Some titles are even linked to a brief summary. Here are some of the best:

  • Bang the Librarian Hard
  • Eager Young Librarian
  • Hot Pants Librarian
  • The Librarian Loves to Lick
That last one wins by sheer force of alliteration.
Tuesday, January 18, 2000 @ 04:13 p.m.
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Adbusters - Kickin' Ads and Takin' Names
Put your money where you graphic design is. Adbusters is what happens when 80s punkrockers graduate from the university and realize that their cool, creative jobs in advertising and marketing are immoral. Find your faith again here. Just do it.

The "Spoofed Ads" section is pretty funny/scary.
Monday, January 10, 2000 @ 04:26 p.m.

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Panty Raid
More high weirdness online. "A study on the effects of celery on loose elastic." This site is a strange web gallery of the "art" of Art Frahm, a painter from the 50s with a penchant for pin-ups. The twist is that all or most of the pin-ups are shown at the sudden moment that their panties revolt and slip down to their ankles. Add leering men in uniforms and celery to the mix and you've got the sort of weirdness that makes america great.
Monday, January 10, 2000 @ 09:32 a.m.

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Randomized Urban Myths
Two of my favorite things:

  • urban myths
  • web pages that put data into random order
Read all about Richard Gere's chihuahua that had its kidneys stolen because it didn't reply to chain e-mails.

Does the fun ever stop?!?!
Friday, January 7, 2000 @ 01:56 p.m.

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The Kids are Alright
Haiku from middle-class US Grade A white-kids. None of that frilly new snow, autumn leaves, nature crap in these haiku. Just what every health teenager who's too smart for their own good thinks about: sex, getting dumped, food, and why they need a car. This is the Ben Folds 5 of haiku.

The main page for MEDIANSTRIP.net is pretty cool, too. Sorta like The Fray, but less artsy-fartsy.
Friday, January 7, 2000 @ 12:13 p.m.

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Where's George?
I love using new tech to do worthless things. This site tracks your dollar bills. You enter the serial number of your bill and your zip code and it this site puts it into a database. People can go back later with the same bill and see where it's been. The more people entering their bills the better.

Too bad it can't tell you how much coke's been snorted with the bill or how many times it's been shoved into the croch of an exotic dancer. Or maybe it's best not to know these things.
Wednesday, January 5, 2000 @ 10:42 a.m.

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The Best Doughnuts in the World

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts are like zen koans for your tastebuds. Each bud becomes enlightened as the warm sweet doughyness disolves into the nothingness of palatal satori. I even wrote a haiku about them:
Left Mobile at six
as hot new doughnuts rolled off-
Christmas is over.
Click on the link above and let your taste buds take a deep cleansing breath.
Sunday, December 19, 1999 @ 11:19 a.m.
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Check out the Brain on Frank
Dr. Frank Tipler has found God...at the end of a big, fat physics equation. He has a mathematical proof for what he believes is godness.

The site ain't pretty, but it's got some pretty heavy ideas. Bring your slide rule and pocket protector; things could get ugly. Check it out at the link above.
Thursday, December 16, 1999 @ 04:43 p.m.

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Cooler than Descartes
I bought Marshal McLuhan's "Culture is our Business" this past weekend at a DUBS used book store. $11.00! I consider that a steal!

If you don't know who McLuhan is you should unplug your TV, radio and modem and cancel any subscriptions to magazines and newspapers that you may have. In fact, just go ahead and put yourself into a coma, 'cuz you're not really living.

This is the guy who came up with the terms "Global Village" and "Information Superhighway." No, not 3-5 years ago when you first heard of a dot com, but way back in the 60s when your folks were smoking dope and tuning in, turning on, and dropping out (but that was Leary, not McLuhan). Check out some of M.Mc's stuff at the link above.
Monday, December 13, 1999 @ 01:35 p.m.

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What's a Metaphysic?
"I think, therefor I am"
Prolly the most famous element of any metaphysic ever put to paper. If you don't know about Descartes, you need to get out more. One of the earliest pop-culture gurus to manipulate media. Nearly everything you believe about the world and how it works is based on ideas from this guy.

The site linked above has a great definition of metaphysics and a good deal of info about specific philosophers (including Descartes) and their versions of how it all fits together.
Monday, December 13, 1999 @ 01:20 p.m.

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6 Drink Minimum
Finally, some definitive proof on the differences between gay men and straight men. It's all scientific.

Personally, I think they got their results because they used Budweiser and because the subjects were a cop and a communications major. What did they expect?
Thursday, December 9, 1999 @ 10:09 a.m.

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Live Deformed Frog Web Cam
Frogs are poppin' out with all sorts of mutant features lately, and no one can say for sure why. One thing's for certain, if the frogs go, we mammals won't be far behind them. This stuff's straight outta weird Sci-Fi. (Ever read Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?)
See, frogs are more easily affected by environmental changes, and are among the first animals to mutate when things start going weird.

Click on the cam link above to take a look at the froggie freakshow that may be the harbinger of our own demise. A whole gallery of mutant Northern Leopard frogs (Rana pipiens).
Friday, December 3, 1999 @ 11:53 a.m.

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Historia Grafica de la Revolucion
Funkey multimedia pop poet antique collectors project oddness.

Takes a bit to load each ... whatever those things are. Especially if you have KCRW and Napster snortin' up your bandwidth at the same time. (Listening to Cracker, downloading The Clash -- Life is Beautiful.)
Friday, December 3, 1999 @ 10:02 a.m.

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KCRW: Brain Radio
Gotta love left wing arts/news radio.

Maybe the best radio station in the world. Home of the famous "Morning Becomes Eclectic" show. Huge archive of musical/arts interviews with all our favorite people; Radiohead, Billy Bragg, Sun Volt, Ben Folds, David Byrne, Suzanne Vega, Pavement, Bob Mould, Cracker, The Cardigans, David Bowie, Lyle Lovette, Lou Reed, Wilco, Elvis Costello, Papas Fritas, Beck, and a whole bunch of folks you've never even heard of. Also NPR, BBC, PRI, film reviews, Pop Culture interviews, and some stuff about So. Cal. (if you're into that sorta thing).
Real Audio format.
Friday, December 3, 1999 @ 09:23 a.m.

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Join the Fray
There "About" page says it all:

"the fray is a place for
people who believe
the web is about
personal expression
and a new kind of art"

Get your original design/lit/art here.
Thursday, December 2, 1999 @ 11:13 a.m.

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Papa Smurf: Marxist Hero
Was Papa Smurf really a Communist? The evidence seems pretty clear.
Thursday, December 2, 1999 @ 11:00 a.m.

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The View From Above
Big brother is watching you! From satelites! Wanna see?
Click the link above, then click the map and keep zooming in 'til you find your house. I found my old house back in south Alabama. You can see the swimming pool in my sister's back yard. Think twice next time you're laying out topless on your roof unless you want the G-Man to see.

These pics were taken from US and Soviet Satelites. Way cool.
Thursday, December 2, 1999 @ 10:15 a.m.

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Lost and Found Photos
Check out this gallery of lost photos. Brilliant.
Thursday, December 2, 1999 @ 09:37 a.m.

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Help find E.T.

If you have a computer that is always connected to the net, but not always used, you should help the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI). Download the program, let your pute do the math.

Who knows, you may be the one to actually make first contact with E.T. or Warf or Jar Jar.
Wednesday, December 1, 1999 @ 11:27 a.m.

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Random Food Generator
Baked sandwich cups. Hommus strips resting on sweet banana bars on a roll in fortified devon. A vast quantity of deep-dish Easter Eggs. Aromatic pastrami. Free-range jerky cutlets. Spam, spam, spam, spam, baked beans, spam, spam and spam paste topped with steaks.

Stop it! You're making me hungry. Or click the link for more.

Almost as much fun as the band name list.
Wednesday, December 1, 1999 @ 10:07 a.m.

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Does your band need a new name?
This is the funniest list of band names to ever be made into an HTML. Some of the offerings:

  • Scooby's Doos
  • I've Got a Peanut
  • Pickelicious
  • Hitler Stole My Potato
  • The Young Socialist Squirrels
  • Flaming Buddhists
  • Popcorn Pimp
  • Lord Hepatitis and the Sorry Appetites
  • People That Will Grab Your Leg and Lick It Like a Dog
Hundreds more.
Wednesday, December 1, 1999 @ 09:43 a.m.
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Napster: Coolest download ever
OK. Here's me on a soap box: This 18 year old guy crunches the code to make a brilliant program that allows a user to connect their MP3 music files to all the files of the other users, creating a huge database of files ready for download. I'm on right now and there are 320,739 songs (1,307 GIGS!) available in 1,916 user libraries.

Anyway, he makes the program, puts the beta version on the web site linked above, and MP3 fans all over the world download it, install it and begin swapping files over the largest free music network ever!

Then along comes the music industry and slaps him and the company with a lawsuit. The program's still in beta!! He's not even making any $ on it yet. And the dinosaurs at the record companies wanna shut him down.
There is no Justice!

The Program:
In addition to allowing you to search the database by group or by song title, the program also has its own custom chat rooms, an audio player, and a hotlist function to track other users that may have the same taste as you.

Check it out soon before the big money folks kill it.
Wednesday, December 1, 1999 @ 09:09 a.m.

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Blade Runner Script
This is a weird one. I don't know if this is an original pre-production screenplay, or a post-production script from the film festival version. Contains a lot of extra dialog and a few extra scenes, including the scene where Dekard goes to visit Holden in the hospital.

Very cool reinterpretation of one of my favorite films.
Monday, November 29, 1999 @ 03:40 p.m.

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What the Heck? - ebay section
Really funny stuff that people are trying to sell on ebay.com. Place your bid on someone's boss, a half used tube of tooth paste, someone's glass eye, someone's dignity, genuine dog hair, a sock monkey, and about a 100 other weird items.
Monday, November 29, 1999 @ 03:24 p.m.

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Search the Web for Images
Cool search engine. Type in your keyword. Press go. Presto! You've got thumbnails of tons of images related to that keyword. It even saves your searches for the next time that you come back.

Some cool words to try:

  • Prague
  • Fire
  • Monster
Altavista has a similar function on its search engine that also allows you to view images similar in size and color to a particular image that you have. It also allows you to search for audio and video.
Monday, November 29, 1999 @ 02:39 p.m.
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The Gathering of the Clans
Look up your Scottish Grandpa's kilt!
Pretty general, but cool genealogy info for those of us of Scottish heritage. Huge searchable database of surnames. Lots of info.

It has a sister site at irishclans.com for those lucky enough to have Irish blood, too.
Monday, November 29, 1999 @ 01:18 p.m.

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See the Big Picture
Where else can you find all this stuff in one very well designed site?

  • Greek Philosophy
  • Buddhism
  • Space/Time and Quantum Physics
  • Who you were in a past life
  • A full version of the Tao Te Ching
  • A virtual journey slideshow

Monday, November 29, 1999 @ 12:34 p.m.
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Luca Finn Mosley-Sims
Here's the site for my baby. View the pics. Read the updates on his development. I'm gonna update the pages as soon as classes let out for the holidays.

Luca = latin for light.
Finn = gaelic for "fair skinned," name of an Irish hero.
Mosley = his mommy's last name (and my mommy's maiden name. don't ask!)
Sims = my last name
Monday, November 29, 1999 @ 12:24 p.m.

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Give the gift that will actually go to someone else.
What do you give the person who has everything? How about a cow or a pen full of chickens or a bee hive?

Heifer Project Int'l has a cool catalog where you can give all of your friends and family a sponsorship of an animal that will be shipped off to some third world country to make that little part of the world a better place.

It sure beats an ugly tie or a fruitcake!
Monday, November 29, 1999 @ 12:04 p.m.

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Feed the world
"Every 3.6 seconds someone dies of hunger; 3/4 of the deaths are children under 5."

That's an attention getting intro paragraph!

Go to the page, click on the "Donate Free Food" button in the middle of the page, and donate up to 3 cups of food. You can do this daily. All paid for by very small banner ads on a secondary page.

The best example that I've ever seen of using the web to make the world a better place.
Monday, November 29, 1999 @ 11:47 a.m.

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Super cool Zen Guide
Check out this cool Zen guide page by Alan Do. The content is OK but the style of the page is AWSOME.

Alan also has a very cool site about the artist, John William Waterhouse. I lifted the very cool lake applet that he uses on those pages for a page about Zen koans that I made.
Monday, November 29, 1999 @ 11:38 a.m.

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What's that swirly black thing at the top of the page?
It's called an enso. It's Zen calligraphy, and NO, lucent technologies didn't invent it.

Click on the link above to see a whole gallery of them and a better explanation.
Monday, November 29, 1999 @ 11:32 a.m.

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What's an "issafly"?
You're prolly wondering what the hell issafly means, right? Well there was once a Japanese haiku poet named Issa. He wrote such greats as

The man pulling radishes
pointed the way
with a radish

Writing shit
about new snow
is not art

I wanted to go by the handle, "Issa" when I made up my hotmail account, but it was already taken. Remembering a poem about a praying fly that Issa once wrote, I chose issafly@hotmail.com.

So there you have it. Click on the link above to read some of my haiku.
Monday, November 29, 1999 @ 11:21 a.m.

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About Me
Hiya folks. This is my shiney new daily links page. Don't expect me to actually update it daily, but you should check back from time to time.

Click on the link above to see my images portfolio and my resume. (Note that both need to be updated badly.)
Monday, November 29, 1999 @ 11:19 a.m.

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