Browsing Month May, 2000

Old Media, New Media.

I was reminded recently of the fact that I have used the Internet longer than 95 percent of its current users. That still puts me in the company of thousands, tens of thousands even. But it also means I remember things at the beginning of the explosion that millions don’t. I clearly remember when I more…

Language

I don’t remember where I first heard or read this story. A fakir in India a long time ago travelled from town to town putting on a performance. He had the ability to speak nearly all of India’s 400 or more tongues fluently, as if he was born to them. He would stand in the more…

Mediumwave to Shortwave Conversion

This is based on something I learned to do when I was 13 and fooling around in the back of an old radio. Because the radio was poorly grounded and I did not unplug it, I was mildly shocked, in the same way a cow up against an electric cattle fence is shocked (no permanent more…

The Shoot

In light of the actor’s union strike. An acquaintance in advertising: “We rented a Humvee for the shoot. These are massive vehicles, and they look good. They’ve got power, and that low design, and we figured it would be perfect. “But when we go out there, the mud was several feet deep. There’d been unusual more…

Stuntwoman

An ex-girlfriend of a guy I’m working with called him up. She tells him something like this: “You know that Blazer I drive. Remember how when the gas gets low the fuel intake cuts out? I lose brakes and power steering? Well, the other day I’m on the LIE” The Long Island Expressway. “and it more…

Sick

Al told me this story last week. He claims it’s true, but it sounds like an urban legend. This is the sickest thing I’ve heard in years. Sicker than rotting meat. A friend of his, a guy I think I’ve met, is an emergency room doctor. One day a homeless person comes in, filthy, stinking, more…

Paris

Starting in June, I’ll spend a year in Paris. I expect to be updating this page more frequently. What you will not read here: I will not tell you how a French person was rude to me. I will not talk about driving in France, the smoking, the baguettes, the sexual culture, the revolution, scooters, more…