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I Want My Reactable

Monday, December 4th, 2006

The reactable, is a multi-user electronic music instrument with a tabletop tangible user interface. Several simultaneous performers share complete control over the instrument by moving physical objects on a luminous table surface. By moving and relating these objects, representing components of a classic modular synthesizer, users can create complex and dynamic sonic topologies, with generators, filters and modulators, in a kind of tangible modular synthesizer or graspable flow-controlled programming language.

This instrument is being developed by a team of digital luthiers (Sergi Jordà, Martin Kaltenbrunner, Günter Geiger and Marcos Alonso), at the Music Technology Group within the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain.

Read the Manual

Monday, November 27th, 2006

When both the yellow (charge plus) and the green (fully charged) button are lit on my Ryobi cordless drill’s battery pack recharger for more than 15 minutes, the oh-so-informative sticker on the charger instructs me to “see manual”. Too lazy to remember where I stored the manual, I turned to my faithful companion, Google, and let it do my legwork. Well, I found the information I was searching for and learned that it is either in “charge plus mode” (which is never explained in the manual) or the battery is faulty. So, do I know more now? No.

Anyway, during my read through the manual, I came across this entertaining diagram of an incorrectly inserted drill bit and decided to post it here for the up-and-coming youngsters who are choosing a career in construction, or for anyone who has been selected to provide the safety topic at the beginning of your next meeting. YOU know who you are.

Just sharing some knowledge. You’re welcome.

I Have THE JR-OJ Solution

Thursday, November 16th, 2006

“Insanity? It’s a tightrope I walk every day.”
Judith Regan in Psychology Today, May/June 2005

Well, guess who’s publishing OJ’s book?

Aren’t there any desert islands left where we can ship all of these loony bozos, and let them live in their mutual-admiration society – where they can’t hurt anyone? The ONLY caveat is that it must be very clear that absolutely NO form of communication is allowed to or from the island.

“Out of mind should be out of sight.”
Steve Weidemann in [ intentionally blank ]

So, Why Bother?

Wednesday, November 15th, 2006

Read a story in the latest issue of Time magazine that stated there are “100,000 new blogs created every day“. Makes you wou wonder just how much global communication takes place when it is just a bunch of opinionated people typing on their web-based typewriter, and tossing virtual musings into the internet trash can. Are you there, and do you care? Nope.

Patience Exhausted

Friday, November 10th, 2006

Today is November 9, 2006, and I am weary.

I believe that each one of us, forced to live in a technology-based and information-overloaded society, has a supreme entity-given right to have full access to the sophisticated software applications that allow us to activate a permanent BLOCK on anything that we choose to no longer have thrust upon us as we go about living our mundane little lives.

You know what I mean.

In the past, I had my IDGAS list. (For those acronymically-impaired readers, it means “I Don’t Give A Shit”.)

Well, today, my brain finally exploded, and I no longer care to have ANY exposure to information or mention of the following meaningless topics of discussion:

[ENABLE BLOCK ON]

  • Britney Spears, Kevin Federline, their divorce, their stupid nicknames, their brainless interviews, their tears, their pain, etc.
  • Madonna and her poor little publicity-kid.
  • Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt – although I don’t mind if they are acting in a movie – just lose that humanitarian “cause” crap.
  • Reese Witherspoon and Ryan P’s divorce. Claim to fame Legally Blonde? Geeze.
  • Kirsty Alley‘s ability to drive up Oprah’s ratings (like she needs that) because she put on a lot of weight, starred in a show about her fatness, became spokeswoman for company that made her lose weight, and then made a big deal made about her “coming out” bikini exposure on Oprah to show off her oversized, nylon-wrapped thighs. Enough already.
  • Reality television. After the first season of Survivor, what kind of idiots still watch that stuff???
  • … and the bajillion other topics that add no value to my life.

[ENABLE BLOCK OFF]

Thanks for respecting my wishes and not bringing up any of these subjects in my presence. I will try to do the same.

It Thinks Its a Bird

Wednesday, November 8th, 2006

I, too, experienced the thrill of flight when lifting my 850 Coupe up on two wheels while pulling in at the Tastee Freeze. Dave… I saw this and thought of you. You should have been inside the car with me if you really wanted your life to flash before you.

850 Fiat Love Stories

Thursday, November 2nd, 2006

Note to self: Create blog that collects memories from my 1970-1973 “coming of age” period, by highlighting events that center around this classic piece of Italian scrap iron – my very first car, a 1967 Fiat 850 Coupe. Isn’t it Sweet?

Steve's totally bitchen' 1967 Fiat 850 CoupeThe blog will, no doubt, evolve into my personal version of George Lucas’ memory dump, “American Graffiti“. Initial thoughts that come to mind include: cruising Whittier Blvd, Tastee Freez, two-wheel parking, fog lights at La Habra drive-in, 4-track tape deck, reverb and railroad tracks on Beach Blvd, mildew-encrusted yellow shag carpet, Craig speakers, 3-day engine rebuild with STP and sliced-off fingertips, Foster Road industrial park, The Bull Pen with Red, Horseface and Pugsley, Phil’s muffler, Myron’s velvet-covered volkswagen, Clay Smith 3/4 grind cam, Hurst shift handle, “Brown Sugar”, American Records, Der Weinerschnitzel, Tijuana Smalls, the Whittier Quad, Bali High and Friendly Hills, red angora and black terrycloth, fiberglass buckets and foam rubber, Huntington Beach (city or state?), push starts, road racing in La Habra heights, Dorthea Road, chrome megaphone exhaust tip, car fire at 50 mph, Westley’s Car Polish (with dimethylpolysiloxane), heating the springs, and oh so much more…

Not Sherry

Sunday, October 29th, 2006

I recently came across a great picture of the hot rocker, Pat Benatar, that proves beyond a shadow of a doubt, that she and Sherry must be related. Posted here to let the world know – and since Sherry has not signed a model release and won’t let me post her picture on this page, you’ll just have to take my word for it.

[No. I don’t know Pat and did not get her permission to post the photo. But I hope she doesn’t mind.]

Simon Elvins

Sunday, October 22nd, 2006

I was made aware of designer Simon Elvin’s website in a post on the Records Collectors Guild forum. The list below are the various wonderfully creative projects you will find presented. I found the site’s design was refreshingly clean, simple and elegant. I encourage you to spend some time exploring his portfolio.

  • Notation, Audible prints using pencil and ink
  • FM Radio Map, Modified radio and interactive print
  • Paper Record Player, Fully working manual player
  • Architecture Annual, A5 128pp book
  • Silent London, Map of the capitals quietest places
  • Sound Walk, Booklet and CD
  • ARC Magazine, 28pp newsprint magazine
  • Direct Line, Collaboration in Hyde Park
  • Framework, Exhibition identity
  • Portrait, Photographic series
  • Personal Sense of Place, 124pp book
  • Loom of Language, Letterpress poster
  • One for One, Double sided exhibition poster
  • 64-95 DVD, Animation and poster for Airside
  • Power of Two, Print exhibition
  • Grafik Magazine, whilst working at MD
  • Photo Document, New York
  • True to Form, LP sleeve whilst working at MD
  • Everyday Environments, Photographic study
  • Sound Book, Writings on Sound in the Arts

What Doesn’t Kill Us Makes Us Stronger

Monday, October 16th, 2006

Just before the end of September, my personal website – weidemannia.com – ran out of room on the free space I get with my Mindspring (now Earthlink) DSL service. After finding out they could not increase the space allocation – even though I have been a customer of theirs for almost 9 years, I bitched and moaned until they reduced my monthly bill by $10. While I appreciated the price break, I felt it was time for me to look for a formal web host.

BannerInterestingly enough, the 3-year free web-hosting preview package with 1&1, that I had been using to host my world-famous Epiclectic’s Vintage Vinyl website, was due to expire at the end of October. I received an email from them offering a conversion to a Linux Business hosting service for $7.95 a month. Economically, it made perfect sense since I just saved more than that by playing tough guy with Earthlink. The BIG plus, is that now I had 2000MB of web space to play with – which was more than enough to host ALL of my various weidemannia components that I previously had in 10Mb chunks for each of my Mindspring email addresses. In addition, the 1&1 package included 3 domains, unlimited email addresses, and all the bells and whistles that would let me hone my webmaster crafts once again.

Over the last 2 weeks, I have been FTPing all of my sites to my local hard disk, setting up the webspace on the new host server, and then FTPing everything back over to their new homes.

I restructured weidemannia.com, and transferred DNS to my 1&1 from my Register.com. This eliminated my need for URL forwarding. I’m excited about NOT having to limit my creativity to the minimal webspace I had previously.

Epiclectic.com moved over and was working great. Great, UNTIL the database went missing last Friday night. I could no longer access the site, and had no idea what went wrong. Because the site requires a mySQL database, and I had no idea how to even spell mySQL, I rolled up my sleeves and began doing my homework. To make a long story short, I figured out how to successfully upgrade my site’s php software, build a new mySQL database, reinstall and configure the site to point to the new database, and restore the database from my previous backups. This last activity failed repeatedly with “internal server error” messages. My “ah HA” moment was when I discovered that there was a 2MB limit on importing data. So, I tried splitting my backup file into smaller pieces and worked like a charm. I love when logic actually works. The new, improved site was back on line Saturday afternoon. In addition, I activated an RSS feed that lets people subscribe to my site. Too cool!

[Insert deep breath.]

Well, its late Sunday night, and I’m heading to bed. But its nice to know that there are parts of my brain that still are able to come out of retirement “on demand”, and solve what seem like impossible problems.

I feel good and inspires me to try other things that seem impossible.

Cyber-Museum of Scams and Frauds…

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

“Quatloos.com is a public educational website covering a wide variety of financial scams and frauds, including wacky “prime bank” frauds, exotic foreign currency scams, offshore investment frauds, tax scams, “Pure Trust” structures and more…”

In addition to being a great read, you might just actually learn something. Make sure to pass this link on to at least 5 of your friends, if you sincerely wish good luck to come your way.

Sidebar: Oh, Vincent? We know who you are, what you do, and to whom you’ve done it. Shame on you. Big brother is watching and it is probably best you do the right thing to avoid legal issues. And, make sure you have yourself a great day!

The Apple Knockers and the Coke

Tuesday, September 19th, 2006

“Hardcore porn films have existed at least since the teens, circulated through private clubs and wealthy collectors. Ancient Hollywood gossip has it that Joan Crawford acted in several early stag films, including some with lesbian scenes. But one of the earliest star-attributed films to circulate widely was a nameless one-reel nudie loop purporting to depict a young Marilyn Monroe, who would have shot it around 1948, prior to her posing nude for the inaugural issue of Playboy. In the film, a lone young woman does a striptease, rolls an apple across her chest, and then sips a soda. Later dubbed The Apple Knockers and the Coke, it was distributed to colleges and cinemas in the early ’70s by Grove Films, packaged in a collection of vintage erotic shorts and experimental works like Carolee Schneemann’s Fuses. Today, it’s recognized that Apple Knockers and several other so-called Monroe porn films depict another early Playboy model named Arline Hunter.”

Only a handful of people will know why I posted this. The scary thing is how the subject came up, and how many years had passed since the “event went down”. San Diego rocks!

Dylan Cole Studio

Friday, July 14th, 2006

You have to admire the talent of a digital artist like Dylan Cole. You have no doubt seen his work before, but if you begin to look at his matte paintings in detail, they are exquisite.

Immortality

Thursday, July 13th, 2006

This morning, my friend Skot, called with the sad news that one of our closest friends had been worn-down and defeated in his year-long battle with cancer. Bob had undergone every conceivable cancer treatment possible, including some experimental therapy at City of Hope, but his body was no longer able to fulfill its obligation. He passed away last night around midnight.

I find myself thinking a lot about the times Bob and I were able to share.

Like me, Bob was an avid rock-and-roller, music hound and collected records, and more recently was growing his CD and DVD collection. Being children of the 50’s, we found our maturity together in late 60’s high school. Our tastes in music were eerily aligned. He introduced me to Pink Floyd, Status Quo and Deep Purple. We listened to Quicksilver Messenger Service’s “Happy Trails” album continuously in the high-school library at lunch. He’s the only one of my close friends that bought a Mott the Hoople album on his own – in fact, he owned two of them. We worked at Tastee Freez together. We took the same drafting and graphic art classes. We shared creative juices. There must have been 10-15 years that Bob, Skot, Dave, Craig and I would spend 3 or 4 days camping in the Sierras – doing that annual male-bonding thing – acting like kids, singing “The Theme From Bangladesh” at the top of our lungs, playing wiffle ball at 10,000 feet, and throwing dozens of 501 Super Dupers into the frozen lakes and tarns in an attempt to catch a rainbow or brown. And this doesn’t even scratch the surface…

We must have shared some brain-DNA – we just “clicked”. Ever since we first became friends in 6th grade, our auras have been connected – even if there are a few years without making contact with each other. When Joy called us a year ago, to let us know of Bob’s condition, we reconnected and began finishing the sentences we started years earlier.

Over the last year, the group got together a number of times to reminisce.

Fortunately, two weeks ago my wife, Sherry, and I were able to spend a quiet evening with he and Joy, his loving and caring wife of 27 years. We ate KFC, talked records, and backpacking, and cars, and relived shared memories from those many years ago as if they were yesterday. We didn’t talk about the present – but cherished the past and penciled in our next get together.

That evening will close the final chapter of our shared lives – but its not over.

Do you know that feeling you get, when you hear a certain song on the radio, and you think back to a specific time and place, and who was there, and what you were doing, what you were smelling, and how you were feeling?

Well, I plan on listening to my Quicksilver, Mothers of Invention, Spooky Tooth, and Wishbone Ash albums, and remembering; and smiling.

Hope you are tuned into the same frequency, Bob, and be sure to let me know if you have any requests. The turntable is always ready.

Coining a Phrase

Sunday, July 9th, 2006

While reading an article in Uncut magazine’s July issue about the Scottish rock group “The 1990’s”, I laughed out loud when I read the follow quote from the band’s Jamie McMorrow – “I just told my mum I was going to Brazil… she was flabbergasted. In fact, I think she gasted away all her flabber.”

First time I have ever heard that phrase – and probably something I will begin to incorporate into my vocabulary. Love it.

On a related note, when I was but a wee lad (can you be a wee lad growing up in Southern California – or is that reserved for Europeans?), and learning to read, can you guess the first multi-syllable word that I successfully pronounced phonetically, while amazing myself and parents? Believe it or not – “flabbergasted”.

Perhaps that’s why the decomposition of the word caught my attention. Don’t let it gast your flabber. I like that!

Today’s IDGAS List

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006

Star Jones’ mental state or business decisions. Naomi Campbell’s blathering about her return from the dark side. Tyra Banks – just on principle alone. Ashlee’s nose. Pictures of celebrity babies and the idiots who pay money to buy the magazines to see them. Who will lead Tommy Lee’s new band.

Big Irritant: Interviews where the interviewee is intentionally looking away from the camera. Not artsy – just annoying.

Have a nice day!

Somebody Congratulate Me!

Saturday, June 24th, 2006

It’s gotta be my lucky day… look what I received in my email today:

The Coca-cola National Lottery
1 Queen Caroline Street
Hammersmith
London, W6 9HQ
(Customer Services)
Ref Number: UK/9420X2/70
Batch Number: 074/05/ZY345

Dear Winner,

We are pleased to notify you the draw (#1032) of the COCA-COLA INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY, Online Coca-cola International Lottery Program held on Saturday.

Participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from a pool of over 25,000 names of distinguished professionals drawn from Europe, America, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Middle-East, parts of Africa, and North & South America as part of our international promotions programme conducted every week, to encourage the consumption of our commodity (Coca-cola). The internet emailing idea was used, since most people do are not able to purchase tickets and play outside the UK. We hope with part of your prize awards, you will pathronise the coca-cola commodity with all means, as the most refreshing drink for all seasons.

The result of our computer draw (#1032) selected your name and email address attached to e-ticket number: 56475612545 187 with Serial number 5368/03 drew the lucky numbers: 02-03-13-16-18-20 (Bonus number 23) which subsequently won you the lottery in the 1st category i.e. match 6.

You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of #1,000,000 (One million pounds sterling) in cash credited to file KTU/9023118308/07.This is from a total cash prize of #2,000,000 (Two million pounds sterling), shared between you and one other winner in this category i.e. Match 6.

Your prize award has been insured in your email and is ready for claims. To begin your claims therefore, you are advised to expeditiously contact our licensed and accredited claim agent for Overseas Lottery Winners within a period of 13 days (date of this email inclusive) for the processing of your winning and remittance to your designated bank account after all statutory obligations have been satisfactorily dispensed with.

This promotion takes place weekly. Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our European booklet representative office in Europe as indicated in your play coupon. In view of this, your #1,000,000 (One million pounds sterling) would be released to you by any of our payment offices in Europe.

Please be informed that claims not processed within the stipulated period may be forfeited to the pool without further notice. Our European agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact him. You may wish to establish contact via e-mail with the particulars presented below sending the batch and reference numbers and these informations below for quick verifications and release of funds. between the hours of 8.00am – 7.30pm on Monday through Sunday

Overseas Claims Unit
United Kingdom Coca-cola Lottery Fiduciary Contact Person: Agent. Mrs Liane Johnson
Email: agent.lianejohnson@yahoo.ie
Phone: +447024055717
Fax : +447092864131

Our winners are assured of the utmost standards of confidentiality, and press anonymity until the end of proceedings, and beyond where they so desire. Be further advised to maintain the strictest level of confidentiality until the end of proceedings to circumvent problems associated with fraudulent claims. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program. Any lottery double claim dedected by our monitoring committee will lead to the Uk national lottery cacelling the winnings. making a loss for both the real winner, and the fake (intended) claimer.

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

At your disposal, we remain.
Very Truly Yours,

Susan Moore
The Coca-colca Lottery organizers
1 Queen Caroline Street
Hammersmith
London, W6 9HQ.
Tel: +447024055709
Fax:+44 871 661 8831

Thanks For The Hype

Tuesday, May 16th, 2006

Ok. The release of the movie “The Da Vinci Code” is creating turmoil and anxiety all over the world. So, I decided to read the book once again, before Sherry and I go to see the flick. While it usually may take me a week or two to slog through a 450 page novel, I felt unusually inspired and started and finished the book at one sitting last Saturday. Once again, I thought it was a great read. Went and checked out some of the trailers, and what I saw Ron Howard put together was very much what my mind’s eye had imagined.

DVD Easter Eggs

Tuesday, April 11th, 2006

You’ve finished watching all 20 hours of the movie and special features – so now you have a few more things to do before you put the disc back in the box.

Coolest Gadgets

Sunday, April 2nd, 2006

Reporting on the latest cool gadgets. I defy you to visit the page and NOT think “COOL” at some point.

Did you know?

Saturday, April 1st, 2006

It is an absolute FACT, that annually, on April 1st (April Fools Day) over 34.7% of the world’s population will be convinced of some unbelievable statistic or unfathomable truth that they read about on the omniscient Internet.

OVER 34.7%!!!

I sit here shaking my head in disbelief, amazed by the throngs of gullible people allowed to occupy space on this planet. Outrageous. Just who the hell ARE these people?

Who profits from spam? Surprise

Monday, March 6th, 2006

I guess, nothing has changed…

Aug. 8, 2003 – There wouldn’t be spam if there wasn’t money in spam. So to understand what primes the spam economy, MSNBC.com answered a single unsolicited commercial e-mail.
Read the entire article

YouTube Discovered

Sunday, February 26th, 2006

I just discovered this great site for locating and viewing obscure film and video clips. Of course, I was able to uncover some great memories of Ian Hunter and Mott the Hoople that I hadn’t seen in years – or ever. Check it out.

For The Public Record

Sunday, February 19th, 2006

Decided it was time to let the world know what a piece-of-crap a custom made, goose-down filled sofa from La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries looks like. After waiting 5 months for delivery after we ordered this, we quickly discovered that not only does the sofa look like an unmade bed once you stand up, in a matter of days, the feathers actually start sticking through the fabric.

After many calls to La-Z-Boy, they sent someone out to examine the couch, and agreed that it shouldn’t look like that, or be “leaking” feathers. So, a month later, they delivered brand new cushion inserts. Think that fixed it? Nope – it returned to its original condition in a matter of days.

What happened to the local La-Z-Boy store? Its been demolished. Word to the wise – NEVER, I REPEAT NEVER GET A SOFA WITH DOWN-FILLED CUSHIONS!

[Apologies to my friends who have heard this story way too many times and are wondering why we don’t just shitcan it and get a new sofa.]

3D Painted Rooms

Friday, February 17th, 2006

I love this kind of stuff. Why do ordinary, when you can get people to look at something, nod their head, and say “yeah – that’s cool.” Where’s my paint brush?

ExtraTyrastrial Lifeform

Friday, January 27th, 2006


I knew there was something a bit odd about this unexplained phenomenon – and now I think I’ve figured it out. Is America’s Top Model out of this world, or a genuine space cadet? YOU DECIDE FOR YOURSELF!

Welcome to Pen Island!

Thursday, January 26th, 2006

Welcome to Pen Island, the best place to get custom made pens on the internet!

Don’t be fooled by those imposters at www.penisland.org, or www.pen-island.net, we’re the real deal!
Many companies specialize in custom pens in bulk orders of 500+, but where do you go if you want just one or two customized pens for that special gift? You come to Pen Island, where we exist to make sure you get the exact pen you want, a pen that is as unique as you are.

AS I’VE SAID MANY TIMES BEFORE, ITS ALL ABOUT THE PEN!

forget-me-not panties

Monday, January 16th, 2006

“Ever worry about your wife cheating?
Want to know where your daughter is late at night?
Need to know when your girlfriend’s temperature is rising?

This amazing device will answer all of your questions! These panties can give you her location, and even her temperature and heart rate, and she will never even know it’s there! Unlike the cumbersome and uncomfortable chastity belts of the past, these panties are 100% cotton, and use cutting-edge technology to help you protect what matters most. ”

Finally, an application of technology that is NOT pandering to the techno-geeks. Enjoy.

Ron’s Football Pool 2005-2006

Thursday, January 5th, 2006

I had no idea that the NFL was actually sponsoring illegal gambling on the Internet. Or am I missing something…

Requisite Message

Sunday, January 1st, 2006

Sorry. I am making no attempt to summarize last year’s events, or forecast results for the upcoming annum. You’ve already heard the greeting from everyone you know and care about, so some anonymous wish from the Internet will not make or break things. But, I still hope you have one.

It’s a Wonderful Life!

Saturday, December 17th, 2005

Happy Holidays from the Weidemannians

Erica Shaffer

Friday, December 16th, 2005

Tonight I decided to do a bit of homework and this is the result. For the last year or so, I noticed an actress appearing on various commercials whose mannerisms, voice, and smile remind me of Patricia Heaton. Everytime they come on, I tell my wife “Hey, look – It’s Patricia Heaton!”. Its starting to get old, but I can’t help it. Sherry rolls her eyes.

Anyway, tonight I happened to get caught channel surfing and came across the Time/Life infomercial for the 70’s Music Explosion. It was hosted by the Brady Bunch’s Barry Williams, and (here’s where I found out her name) Erica Shaffer. A quick Google search and Ta-Da! Everything you want to know about her, and more. Quite a beauty, if I must add my two cents.

Well, I guess that puts an end to me making any more “Patricia” references to my wife in the future. But you can bet the next time we are watching reruns of Everybody Loves Raymond, I’ll be sliding in “Hey, look – It’s Erica Shaffer!”

p.s. And don’t get me wrong – Patricia Heaton is a fox, too. (That’s her picture to the left, in case you didn’t know.)

Buzz Game: Standings – Current

Friday, December 16th, 2005

How about that! As of today, my excellent trading skills and long history of investments put me in the top 7%. I’ll have to stop by every once and a while to see where this goes. Perhaps there is yet another career in my future…

Hot or Not Tips

Sunday, December 11th, 2005

I’ve had a link on my dropping crumbs page for years pointing to the “Hot or Not” website. When its time to escape the life of a loan officer, and kill a few minutes on the computer, rather than boot up some first-person, online, roll-playing shooter bloodfest, I put on my god-hat and make subjective decisions on who at the moment is worthy and who is not worthy of being considered “hot”.

Well, I’ve thought about this a lot and I have come to the conclusion that there are a bajillion idiots out there in this world who think if they post their picture and let the world vote, they will come away with the knowledge of which limb on the 1-to-10 tree of life their name is etched. I wonder how many of them “cuties” posted their picture, without thinking of how they would fare. There are a lot of unsavory pictures on the site.

If you are considering posting YOUR picture, in the interest of coaching for success, let me offer my personal tips and tricks on what you can do to be rated as “hot”. Or better yet, let me list the specific things that annoy the hell out of me, and will get you an extremely low score when I’m in charge of pushing the button:

YOU WILL LOSE POINTS FOR:

– Pierced nose, lip, tongue, eyebrow. Its just not right.
– Tattoos larger than a quarter. Murals are for museums and churches.
– Hats or caps of any kind. A 10 with a hat is a 2 in my book.
– Goofy expressions and pucker, kissy faces. Goofy is not hot. Got it?
– Hand signs, peace signs, gang signs. Appears like a handicap.
– Overabundance of exposed weight; the “ripple effect” of low-rise jeans.
– Cleavage for cleavage sake is NOT necessarily hot.
– Black fingernails. May be great among the goths – but not the hots.
– Protruding tongue. Keep your tongue in in your mouth.
– Costumes. Fairy wings will not turn a sow into a silk purse.
– Thrift store chic. Mismatched colors not found in nature – not hot.
– Avoiding the camera. For heaven sake, look at the camera.
– Red eyes. Neither the pupils or whites should be red. Scary.
– Kids in the picture. Sorry, may be cute as bugs, but buzz kills.
– Taking the picture of yourself in the mirror, including the camera. Stupid.
– Dinky images or out of focus. We know what you are trying to hide.
– Orientation. Not sexual. Upload the picture sideways? Lose a point.
– Being a Slob. Clean up your freakin’ room before you snap the shot!

YOU CAN GAIN POINTS FOR:

– Nice, pleasant and natural smile.
– Posing for the picture. Make it important to you.
– Skin is always welcome, but in moderation, please.
– Hair that has seen a comb and shampoo recently.
– Cleavage, when it enhances the total package.
– Natural tan – not leathered or bottled.
– Personality. We can tell.
– Punctuation and grammar. Use proper case. Intelligent is hot.
– Composition. No reason to have the top of your head cut off.

There. I said it. I needed to get that off my chest.

So, let me suggest you print out a copy of this list, and then take a few minutes and visit the site. If you don’t have it added to your favorites already you can find it at http://www.hotornot.com. Let me know if I’m off base, or if there are some other pet peeves you have that need to be added to the list.

Have fun!

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Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005

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RINSPEED DESIGN

Sunday, October 23rd, 2005

Rather interesting automobile design concepts…

Thrillville

Sunday, October 23rd, 2005


Thrillville is a City of B Movie Dreams in a State of Culture Shock, where Time stands still and aesthetics supercede politics; where monsters, babes, hipsters and swingers mingle and mate over martinis and Mai Tais; where Style rules over Fashion, where Elvis is King, the Rat Pack rules, and Will the Thrill, a beatnik lounge lizard, is Mayor.

Mr. Thrill and his lovely assistant, Monica, Tiki Goddess, host a live cult movie cabaret all around the Bay Area and beyond, which celebrates classic space age pop culture…this is the place where the future promised by the past is our present to you!

HEY THERE HEPCATS, SEX KITTENS, LOUNGE LIZARDS, TIKI WORSHIPPERS, B MOVIE BUFFS AND ALL AROUND THRILL SEEKERS

National Geographicstradomus – October 2004

Monday, September 5th, 2005

The Louisiana bayou, hardest working marsh in America, is in big trouble with dire consequences for residents, the nearby city of New Orleans, and seafood lovers everywhere.It was a broiling August afternoon in New Orleans, Louisiana, the Big Easy, the City That Care Forgot. Those who ventured outside moved as if they were swimming in tupelo honey. Those inside paid silent homage to the man who invented air-conditioning as they watched TV “storm teams” warn of a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico. Nothing surprising there: Hurricanes in August are as much a part of life in this town as hangovers on Ash Wednesday.

But the next day the storm gathered steam and drew a bead on the city. As the whirling maelstrom approached the coast, more than a million people evacuated to higher ground. Some 200,000 remained, however—the car-less, the homeless, the aged and infirm, and those die-hard New Orleanians who look for any excuse to throw a party.

The storm hit Breton Sound with the fury of a nuclear warhead, pushing a deadly storm surge into Lake Pontchartrain. The water crept to the top of the massive berm that holds back the lake and then spilled over. Nearly 80 percent of New Orleans lies below sea level—more than eight feet below in places—so the water poured in. A liquid brown wall washed over the brick ranch homes of Gentilly, over the clapboard houses of the Ninth Ward, over the white-columned porches of the Garden District, until it raced through the bars and strip joints on Bourbon Street like the pale rider of the Apocalypse. As it reached 25 feet (eight meters) over parts of the city, people climbed onto roofs to escape it.

Thousands drowned in the murky brew that was soon contaminated by sewage and industrial waste. Thousands more who survived the flood later perished from dehydration and disease as they waited to be rescued. It took two months to pump the city dry, and by then the Big Easy was buried under a blanket of putrid sediment, a million people were homeless, and 50,000 were dead. It was the worst natural disaster in the history of the United States.

When did this calamity happen? It hasn’t—yet. But the doomsday scenario is not far-fetched. The Federal Emergency Management Agency lists a hurricane strike on New Orleans as one of the most dire threats to the nation, up there with a large earthquake in California or a terrorist attack on New York City. Even the Red Cross no longer opens hurricane shelters in the city, claiming the risk to its workers is too great.

Crazy Frog

Saturday, August 27th, 2005

Watch the video – you will tap your toes to this one.

Putfile – Top 10 Uploads

Sunday, May 29th, 2005

Putfile is a network of Linux powered dedicated servers providing free image and video hosting. Learn more about our dedicated hosting, and then host your own files. No downtime!

Jim Rockford’s Answering Machine

Wednesday, May 18th, 2005

Remember the show? Then you will love this compilation of messages left on Jim’s answering machine.

Enjoy!

Superficial Perception and Apologies

Saturday, April 23rd, 2005

Every day, when I launch my browser, I am greeted with the Google News homepage. This allows me to scan the headlines quickly and see if there is anything that catches my interest. It has headlines, organized in categories, along with thumbnail photos to accent the storyline.

I fully realize it is completely inappropriate to judge a book by the cover, but I have determined that there are only 3 photographs of John R. Bolton in circulation; and that white mustache, and the Trumpian hair style give him a cartoon-like appearance. I’m not making fun of him or questioning his qualifications for the job in question; I’m strictly talking about how the papparazzi are capturing the man.

I don’t know if he’s going to be appointed or not, but in either case, he needs to place a call to Extreme Makeover – DC Edition and get some guidance. Not that he’s in need of plastic surgery or such, but a bit of attention could work wonders at improving the variety of photographs being released.

Please accept my apologies for this cheap shot.

[If he wants my input, I would recommend a 3/8″ buzz cut, myself.]

Album Cover Art Gallery

Sunday, April 17th, 2005

“Although the albums presented here may not be high on everyone’s list of ‘Classics’, we here at the Tralfaz Archives Music Department felt that they should be recognized for their music, artwork, photography or possibly because of their own inherent strangeness.”

Kindred spirits! Returning the favor of them adding Epiclectic’s Vintage Vinyl to their links page.

Waving The Stick

Friday, April 1st, 2005

OK. For those of you who might be reading this who are extremely sensitive to animal rights, this posting is NOT about the spanking of monkeys or choking of chicken-like fowl.

It is in reference to a web-based baton that was handed to me by my dear friend Jeff. It’s actually about a meme – Look it up.

Being a nice guy, and always willing to do what I am asked to do, I am about to share my responses to seven simple questions with at least the English-reading world. If you know me well, you understand my true passions lie more closely to audio-based and creative-design interests, rather than mass consumption of the printed word. Hence, you might detect a slant to my answers. For your enjoyment, here are my offerings…

1. You’re stuck inside Farenheit 451, which book do you want to be?

While not a “best seller” by any means, I would like to commit the entire Goldmine Standard Catalog of American Records, 1950-1975 to memory. With vinyl record collection as my primary guilty pleasure, it would be absolutely wonderful to be able to identify rare, unusual and highly desireable albums while traveling the country visiting garage sales and thrift stores. My ability to recall the most obscure details related to catalog numbers, label design and one-hit-wonders would amaze and amuse my friends for hours. It would also help return my fingers and thumbs to baby’s bottom smoothness, instead of the calloused, paper-cut digits I now use to frantically turn pages in the 1300 page book. Earth shaking stuff, huh?

2. Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?

Well, I wouldn’t consider it a “crush”, but an impressionable lead character in one of the first “dirty books” I read as a 17 year old kid, Naked Came The Stranger, was named Penelope Ashe. For some reason, I think I identified with her protracted adventures. I knew that the entire novel was a scam and put-on, and it was probably one of the formative causes of my off-kilter sense of humor; having subsequently developed an intense interest in Harvard Lampoon, National Lampoon, Monty Python, Firesign Theatre, and other such satirical sources.

3. The last book you bought is:

Macromedia Flash MX Advanced. Sometimes, you have to read for the purpose of gaining knowledge in a subject, and not soley for the pleasure of escaping the daily grind in some fantasy world. And better yet, its a work-related tax deduction!

4. The last book you read:

If we are talking “sat down, took your shoes off, settled into the big comfy chair and cracked the cover of a novel, and read it cover-to-cover in a matter of a day or two“, it would have to be the coffee table book, Hippie, by Barry Miles, a nostalgic look at the years 1965 and 1971. However, as an alternative, there is ALWAYS a book on the tank in the men’s room to occupy my predictably-segmented reading style. That would be Marshall Crenshaw’s Hollywood Rock – A Guide to Rock & Roll in the Movies.

5. What are you currently reading?

My son Brian, who has been heavily influenced by my sense of humor and interests, gifted me just yesterday with Eric Idle’s latest tome The Greedy Bastard Tour Diary. You just gotta love those Pythons. And it turns out it is ALL about the money!

6. Five books you would take to a deserted island:

The Complete Works of M.C. Escher – Ever since 7th grade, I’ve been fascinated with his designs, and could spend the rest of my days emulating his work with sharp sticks and drawings in the virgin sand of my island beach. Let me gaze at his artwork – words not required.

The Bible – I read it cover to cover for a “Bible as literature” class in high school once and have wanted to do it again. Assuming I’m stuck on the island, I would no doubt have time to give it another shot…

National Geographic – I know, technically its not a book. But I look at it as a serialized novel, distributed in monthly editions… right? So please allow me to have the entire collection.

* A Short History of Nearly Everything, by Bill Bryson – I received this as a gift a year ago, and for some reason never got a chance to reading it. It promises to be one of those books that would get me thinking – which is something I need to do more of.

A Blank Folio – I need a place to be able to exercise my creativity. All of that stimulating reading would get my juices flowing, and I want to be able to sketch, draw, write, and doodle. I get a few dozen sharpened #2 pencils, right? This book might prove enlightening to those in the rescue party who find my lifeless, sun-parched carcass splayed on a sandcrab-infested rock, scurrying about looking for crumbs of flesh to take home to their offspring. [Please accept my apologies for attempting humor at the time of my demise.]

7. To whom are you going to pass this stick (3 persons) and why?

My son Brian, because he is one of the most intellectual people I know – looking forward to his post. The stick will also be passed to my Houstonian friend Mike; a kindred spirit of change who is the first person to ever suggest that I look into blogging. Finally, Robert, who is the most world-traveled and genuinely kind person I know on the planet.

So there. I waved my stick and am not ashamed of it at all.

A Million Butterflies

Sunday, March 27th, 2005

Experienced a rather interesting phenomenon here in Lake Forest today.

After I put in a few hours at work this morning, I walked outside around noon to head home and noticed an extraordinary number of butterflies heading in a westerly direction. There was no real wind to speak of, but it looked almost as if they were migrating. I didn’t know butterflies migrated. Didn’t give it much thought, and figured they were blowing in from the strawberry fields adjacent to the office.

Well, 6 hours later, when I headed up to Home Depot, they were still flocking!!! And everyone I spoke with had also noticed them and thought it rather odd. Perhaps it was triggered by the cessation of all the rain we’ve had this season, and the resulting preponderance of flowers showing up on almost anything that grows around here. Hell, even Death Valley has rolling fields of blossoms.

I haven’t had the news on, but I am curious to see how widespread the butterfly migration was, or even if they will still be on the move tomorrow…

Did you see them in your area today? Leave me a comment.

Nevashut

Friday, March 18th, 2005

Commercial or entertainment. In either case, its something else that has been outsourced to New Delhi.

Upright Citizens Brigade

Wednesday, March 16th, 2005

Explore the world of improvisation comedians and their interests.

Famous Film Goof- ups

Tuesday, March 15th, 2005

Everyone loves identifying continuity problems in movies. See how many of these you spotted before reading about them here.

The W.B.R. Mission Statement

Saturday, March 12th, 2005

“With the utmost of all good intentions and increasingly innovative tactics, we are to serve, firstly and foremostly, the utter well-being of those few most worthy of profit-sharing, without the use of illegal maneuvers, or otherwise governmentally frowned-upon, sleight-of-hand tricks, at least to the best of knowledge of those who may have the power to alter our manner of business conduct or personnel involved. Stockholders as well, possibly, if there’s time, our Artists themselves are guaranteed the maximum of pleasure in their dealings with us, and We, as a Company, part of a Corporation, are to appear Blameless in all eventualities, should such ludicrous allegations be proposed on the behalf of anyone, anything, anyplace, etc., God Himself included.”

Now where the hell did my son get an idea that having a Mission Statement would actually ad value to his success? Maybe he listened to me more than I thought he did. Oh, the humanity.

Microsoft Gets Groove, Guru

Friday, March 11th, 2005

“Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) has acquired another small software company, the latest in a series of buys that have added to its portfolio in security , services and, in the case of its most recent deal, collaboration. With the acquisition of Groove Networks, Microsoft gets not only a company but also a big name in technology — Groove’s Ray Ozzie, who will now be working for Microsoft.

The companies, which did not disclose financial terms of the deal, said the acquisition will fold together Groove’s collaboration products and Microsoft’s Office suite to allow better productivity from dispersed workgroups. In keeping with the nature of the technology, the companies said Groove’s work force and home base will remain in Beverly, Massachusetts, as will Ozzie, who will now report to Microsoft chairman and chief software architect Bill Gates and collaborate with Microsoft’s Information Worker Group. “

Everything comes together in the end…

IPEX – Technology Has Arrived

Saturday, March 5th, 2005

According to the New York Daily News: …next month, Victoria’s Secret will launch IPEX, a model meant to inspire sighs of relief. According to VS, the bra provides total support and coverage – particularly at the all-important center of the cup – without lumpy padding. The bra is also completely seamless, for a smooth look under fitted tops, and, best of all, is feather-light. After two years of designing and tweaking, the IPEX bra will be available Tuesday in Victoria’s Secret stores – when official spokesbabe Gisele will make an appearance, at 1:30 p.m., in Military Square in Times Square. (Thanks, Dave Barry)

I remember when IPEX was the codename for an integrated, project-execution database being internally developed by a major, global engineering and construction firm over a whole-bunch of years; but it never seemed to get the “support” it needed from the right internal organizations. It was only when the Haarlem office embraced the technology, and actually put it into practice, that it made an impact on the company.

Will have to keep an eye on this campaign to see where it goes.

Just Say No to Reality

Friday, March 4th, 2005

Let it hereby be known, that I have taken a solemn oath to never, ever again, sit and watch the mindless crap that’s spewing across the airwaves and satellite signals to be displayed with all its annoying high-definition pathos, under the name of “reality programming”.

I find that pointing a camera at people in everyday situations, and instructing them to ignore the camera as they pour out their heart and soul about how their parents were both put in prison while they lived out of a car at the age of 17 and had nothing to their name; to people who have absolutely no interest in caring what is being said, but rather about how they will come across to the rest of their teammates and hopefully not be the weakest link in the chain and get fired by the toupee-jock known as Trump… ceases to maintain my interest. Just like the poorly constructed, run on sentence that you maybe just read.

No matter what real-life situation insanity you might conjur up out of a fever dream, there is some producer ready to put it on film, and sell it to a network.

And the absolutely amazing thing to me is that people get HOOKED to watching each and every episode; as if it matters in their life; as if it was the unfolding of personal stories from someone in their family. Just who out there identifies with the people on Maury Povich’s schockfest anyway? It’a ain’t entertainment, Mo!

It’s a big world and everyone has a right to watch or not watch what they wish.

I have just made it my choice to shun the shit. Give me a sitcom, or drama or movie that actually has a plot, characters, complexity and intelligence. I feel like popping in my Napolean Dynamite DVD.

DeWalloping Complete!

Friday, February 25th, 2005

Less (distraction) is more (relaxing).

In an effort to begin purging myself of the clutter collecting in my personal mental garage, I decided to voluntarily remove myself from Microsoft’s Wallop development portal test team.

Not that I have anything against the people or the environment, but because I just don’t feel like spending the time there any more. There are so many hours in the day, and I find less and less time that I choose to devote to these communal sharing environments.

Am I becoming anti-social? Maybe. But in this particular case, I found that more and more of the posts were showing up in Chinese. Since I am NOT proficient in Chinese – either reading or speaking (but I do enjoy eating Chinese) – it became uninteresting.

So, I have voluntarily changed my behavior in this case. Wonder what behavior will be next on my “to trim” list.

The PSB Gallery of Thrift Store Art

Sunday, February 13th, 2005

Why waste time driving from Salvation Army to Goodwill to St Vincent De Paul Society to Catholic Church rummage sales when you can visit an online collection of the best of the worst thrift store art on the planet.

At one time, the artists really thought they were creating something important and influential. Well, their dreams of being immortalized for all the world to cherish has now taken place. See if you can spot some of YOUR old artwork here.

WilliamShatner.com :: The Official Shatner Website

Tuesday, January 11th, 2005

WilliamShatner.com :: The Official Shatner Website

Subservient Chicken

Thursday, December 23rd, 2004

Mindless entertainment.

Seasons Greetings!

Thursday, December 23rd, 2004

Wishing everyone our best wishes and kindest thoughts to you and your loved ones during this holiday season.

2004 has been a year of transition for us. As a result, 2005 offers us new roads to travel, adventures to enjoy, and much needed freedom and independence. Things are looking good.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Used CHA Mark 50 Ebeam Evaporator – For Sale

Friday, December 17th, 2004

For some strange reason, it seemed important that I share this rare opportunity with the world. Act quickly before it is no longer available.

(I would have bought it, but I already own 2 of them.)

epiclecticity

Tuesday, December 7th, 2004

The physical manifestation of an epiclectic’s presence; collection of seemingly disconnected ideas, influences and ideas that form a new concept; the center of such activity; a derivative of the word “epiclectic”, meaning the center of eclecticism – not following one school of thought.

epiclecticity expands

Friday, December 3rd, 2004

Always one to experiment, I have created yet another personal space on the internet. I’m feeling not unlike a dog that is cruising around the neighborhood, peeing on various trees, rocks and leaves in an attempt to stake out my territory. My latest “deposit” is a new blog using the beta MSN Spaces. Add this to my collection of Blogger, Wallop, Flickr and hand-built web pages.

My initial reaction is that it is fairly easy to configure. Like the concept of selecting which modules I want to use – without having to venture behind the scenes into the template code to configure the layout. As I get older, I appreciate being able to do things with less mandatory knowledge of programming and code.

So, I am thinking about using this new site – epiclecticity– as a place for me to post my Fantasy Vinyl artwork. It has previously been on my to-do list as another Blogger site, but will see if this meets my needs.

What the Phinnaeus?

Tuesday, November 30th, 2004

“Psychologist Cleveland Kent Evans, who studies names and their social effects, says the unusual-name trend among celebrities is a kind of self-reinforcing phenomenon. ‘I don’t think of these names as coming just from celebrities so much as coming from creative celebrities, or at least those that want to be thought of as creative,’ he says. ‘It’s the musicians and actresses and to some extent the visual artists who give those sorts of names to their children. You don’t find the politicians and athletes giving names like that to their kids.’ “

Whether you give a rats-about Julia Roberts or not, everyone will have an opinion about the names she has chosen for her new twins. When you decide to reproduce, be kind when selecting a name. While you might think its cute or trendy, imagine what your offspring will be thinking when they are having the crap beat out of them on the playground for being “different”.

Thanks, mom and dad, for giving me a name that I have always liked – Steve.

WhatIsFlashWiki – What Is Flash? Wiki

Wednesday, November 17th, 2004

“Welcome to What Is Flash? Phase One. You’ve reached a very dynamic site involved in a very exciting project: To define Flash through a manifesto written by leading members of the Flash community and to educate designers and developers of all levels by demonstrating best practices methods in Flash design and development. The Flash Manifesto will outline acceptable uses of Flash and will be written by the Flash Consortium Steering Committee, a group of leading voices within the Flash community. It will be subscribed to by these members as well as members who are part of the Flash Consortium. “

Staring at Computers May Cause Glaucoma

Wednesday, November 17th, 2004

Researchers warned that there could be a drastic rise in the number of glaucoma cases if action was not taken to evaluate people who spend long time in front of screens and have existing eye conditions. ‘Computer stress is reaching higher levels than have ever been experienced before,’ the team from the Toho University School of Medicine in Tokyo said.” By Charles Arthur / The Independent / 11/16/04 10:00 AM PT

Hmmmm. So, if I recall from my intense medical training and my highly-perceptive understanding of human nature, it is highly likely we will see hundreds of grassroot organizations begin movements and create petitions to make medicinal use of marijuana legal for computer geeks. However, if you ask me, I think a good parental website filter would probably do a better job of helping these geeks keep their eyesight intact.

PERSONAL AND SPECIAL UFO REPORTS

Friday, November 12th, 2004

Because sometimes you get in the mood for some out of the ordinary reading. The nightly news is becoming quite bland, so what better way to spice up your evening than to explore the world of personal abduction.

Flower of Life Research, LLC.

Friday, November 12th, 2004

FOREVERPET Launches Lowest Priced Cat Cloning

Wednesday, October 27th, 2004

ForeverPet, a division of Geneticas Life Sciences, today announced the launch of the ForeverPet cat cloning service for cat owners. Priced at $19,950 this new cloning service is the most economically priced of all cat cloning services currently on the market, and adds cat cloning to ForeverPet’s other services, including DNA cell banking and horse cloning. ForeverPet, under the slogan “For More Than A Lifetime”, allows pet owners to cryopreserve a tiny biopsy that safely preserves their pet’s DNA for future use in the production of an identical clone.

IMPORTANT: If you are going to clone your cat, you have to be focused when you shop around – and make sure you go with the most economical service. Just imagine the wonders that a low-cost contractor could do with your cat’s DNA.

Dilbert Speaks

Friday, October 22nd, 2004

Butt-Osterich: “It’s been a great three-hour meeting, but I have one question”.

BO: “Can a business-led project management process optimize our strategic core issues?”

Manager: “Was that gibberish?”

BO: “I thought that’s what we were doing.”

The Mandala Project: Home Page

Friday, October 8th, 2004

The Mandala Project: Home Page Get lost in the mysticism of the mandala. Symmetrical therapy.

BlogShares – Fantasy Blog Share Market

Wednesday, October 6th, 2004

BlogShares – Fantasy Blog Share Market Interesting concept that I just happened to come across. What makes it interesting to me is that my unread postings blog is included, since there is another blog that has linked to my site. Still exploring if this is meaningful to me.

Time For Change

Thursday, September 30th, 2004

After more than 5 years on the web, I believe its time to give weidemannia a major design overhaul. I realize that very few people actually ever get to this page – and are even reading what I am posting, but as a courtesy to those few of you out there, I thought I would let you know what’s going on.

Over the next few weeks, you will find parts of the site that either disappear completely, or are restructured. This is driven by my need to intentionally force change and improvement; the ultimate goal being to create something that actually HAS some meaning.

Design parameters: Clean. Whitespace. No frames (this will be a major change for me). Improved content.

Anyway… the construction crews will be arriving any time. Later, dudes.

Wednesday, September 15th, 2004

Internet Archive: Prelinger Archives: “Welcome to the Prelinger Archives – 1,948 movie files

Prelinger Archives was founded in 1983 by Rick Prelinger in New York City. Over the next twenty years, it grew into a collection of over 48,000 ‘ephemeral’ (advertising, educational, industrial, and amateur) films. In 2002, the film collection was acquired by the Library of Congress, Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division. Prelinger Archives remains in existence, holding approximately 4,000 titles on videotape and a smaller collection of film materials acquired subsequent to the Library of Congress transaction. Its goal remains to collect, preserve, and facilitate access to films of historic significance that haven’t been collected elsewhere. Included are films produced by and for many hundreds of important US corporations, nonprofit organizations, trade associations, community and interest groups, and educational institutions. Getty Images represents the collection for stock footage sale, and some 1,600 (soon to be 2,000) key titles are available here. The collection currently contains over 10% of the total production of ephemeral films between 1927 and 1987, and it may be the most complete and varied collection in existence of films from these poorly preserved genres. “

Wednesday, September 15th, 2004

Licenses Explained | Creative Commons

Monday, September 13th, 2004

-[ LeRoy TeleVision ]-[ www.leetv.tv ]- – Pretty cool demonstration of what can be done with Flash by one creative guy. And this is his “fun” site.

Time for Earthquakes

Thursday, September 9th, 2004

Well, judging from the clouds visible out my office window, my personal meteorologist has warned me we should expect earthquakes very soon.

So, not wanting to get into an argument about her cosmic abilities, I decided to record her prediction with a timestamp here in the blog.

Consider this a warning if your here in Southern California.

Monday, September 6th, 2004

Knight of Shorts Film Showcase – Riverside-based film festival where Justin’s starring role in “A Dark Tomorrow” closes the evening. You heard about him here first.

THE John Kerry and The Electras

Wednesday, August 25th, 2004

Well, it could have been worse had the young “whipper-snapper” decided to experiment with 8mm gay porn reels in his youth. Get a copy of the rock-n-roll album presidential candidate John Kerry recorded in 1961 with six of his schoolmates at St. Paul School in New Hampshire. Destined to be forgettable.

ACTION: John Kerry and The Electras

Monday, August 23rd, 2004

Blowing Up Gotti – Some good life lessons. Right, FOR THE INSANE!

Saturday, August 21st, 2004

Transgender/ Crossdressing/Transsexual/Transvestite/Female Impersonator & Drag Queen Clothing /Lingerie – OK. The ONLY reason I came across this site was because Google ads served this to one of my pay-per-click ads, and I am trying to drive up revenue. Seriously.

ABOUT FANTASY VINYL

Saturday, August 21st, 2004

If you frequent weidemannia, you might have noticed the past few postings titled “Fantasy Vinyl”. [If you missed them, check out the links on the Previous Posts listing on the right-hand menu.]

On first glance, they seem like regular album covers. Right? But if you are perceptive – and I think you are – you will have determined that some of the faces shown on the covers don’t seem to match the images in your memory. And you are right. [If you click the Fantasy album cover, you will see the original album cover for comparison.]

MY GOAL: Alter history for the better!

OFFER – I would love to create a personalized, custom album cover for YOU, too! Simply drop me an email, attach a few of your pictures you would like me to incorporate, let me know which album cover you want “enhanced”, and I’ll create your cover for absolutely NO CHARGE for the time being. Browse my gallery of album covers at Epiclectic’s Vintage Vinyl – to get some ideas.

Wouldn’t it be great to not only tell your friends you were with the band, but you can SHOW THEM THE ALBUM COVER TO PROVE IT?

MY MISSION: To Make YOU Smile. Period.

World-wide Brain Assist

Saturday, August 21st, 2004

I was reading a thread in the Record Collector’s Guild forum the other day, and an image flashed in my head of a unique record accessory I had when I was 4 or 5 years old. In brief, you put the record on the turntable, then stick this multi-faceted mirror box on the record and then watch an animated cartoon character perform some antics. That’s all the detail I could recall.

So I posted a question to the forum thinking that someone else might have come across something like this in their travels. Well, about 10 minutes later, a member posted a link to a site that had all the information I was looking for – and more.

Click the pic to check out this nifty toy!

From the homepage of the Internet Museum of Flexi / Cardboard / Oddity Records:

“Once bound by cereal boxes, held in the pages of a magazine, wrapped up in envelopes sent through our postal system or given away casually with some product, these bits of paper and plastic yearned to be set free to fulfill their destiny as… PLAYABLE RECORDS. Come and take an aural and visual journey through a partial history of these strange but true recorded anomolies.”

ACTION: Internet Museum of Flexi/Cardboard/ Oddity Records

Wednesday, August 18th, 2004

DRINKSMIXER.COM cocktails and drinks – THIS is the reason the internet was invented. Bringing critical information together and making it available to the world. Thanks!

Saturday, August 7th, 2004

COLLECTORS’ MOVIES: HORROR

ABOUT FANTASY VINYL

Tuesday, July 20th, 2004

If you frequent weidemannia, you might have noticed the past few postings titled “Fantasy Vinyl”. [If you missed them, check out the links on the Previous Posts listing on the right-hand menu.]

On first glance, they seem like regular album covers. Right? But if you are perceptive – and I think you are – you will have determined that some of the faces shown on the covers don’t seem to match the images in your memory. And you are right. [If you click the Fantasy album cover, you will see the original album cover for comparison.]

My goal is to alter the history of music as we know it!

OFFER – I would love to create a personalized, custom album cover for YOU, too! Just drop me an email, attaching a few images you would like me to incorporate, let me know which album cover you want “enhanced”, and I’ll give it a shot. No charge – at least for the time being.

Wouldn’t it be great to not only tell your friends you were with the band, but show them the album cover to PROVE IT?

Browse my growing gallery of album covers at Epiclectic’s Vintage Vinyl. They might give you some ideas.

MY MISSION: To Make YOU Smile. Period.

Saturday, July 17th, 2004

Star Trek Sickbay – TOS: Episody – 62 – Spock’s Brain – As funny as it looks. See the stage production at your local Improv.

Friday, July 16th, 2004

Conde’Nast Art – Collection of great covers, illustrations and photos from magazines such as Vogue, and House & Garden.

A Bug In My Past

Wednesday, July 14th, 2004

While some people enjoy researching their family trees to get a glimpse at how exactly their ancestors paired up and recreated, I wonder how many people discover they are members of the class “insecta” – as are those of us in the “Weidemannia” genus.

Very interesting evolutionary path, don’t you think?

A Little Dab’ll Do Ya!

Monday, July 12th, 2004


Today’s Word: fetid

Saturday, July 10th, 2004



Montara Mtn Plants Family List Part 4

Scoliopus bigelovii

Fetid Adder’s Tongue

(Slink Pod)

Erring Soothsayers

Thursday, July 8th, 2004

Like Nostradamus, the prediction from a local soothsayer did not come to pass.

Wednesday, July 7th, 2004

Humorous Creative Services, Animation, Illustration and Graphic Design – A business I can identify with. Hope they are very successful!

Sunday, July 4th, 2004

StupidVideos???Your Web-Repository of Stupid Videos

Sunday, June 20th, 2004

Everybody! Everybody! – Better than cartoons on the Fox, there seems to be a large amount of time-wasting material here to pass the time. Hell, there isn’t anything worth watching on cable anymore…

Wednesday, June 16th, 2004

AtomFilms Hi-Def – For when you just absolutely have to watch those great shorts in high-definition.

Monday, June 14th, 2004

Retro Furniture Collectibles Fifties Memorabilia Antiques Gifts When you are looking for the perfect gift for that special someone who never could leave the 50’s behind.

Saturday, June 12th, 2004

Andy Kaufman Returns – I KNEW IT!

Saturday, June 12th, 2004

Consumer Information Center – High Blood Pressure: Treat it for Life – The first step toward curing the illness is recognizing that it is in your power to do something about it. Albiet a bit late in my life, I’m beginning to think of this as a serious issue.

Are You a Gentleman?

Friday, June 11th, 2004


Would you flick your Bic for this chick? Click the pic.

Please?

Monday, May 17th, 2004

Suitable for Flaming

Wednesday, May 5th, 2004


Thanks to the US Postal Service, I became the proud recipient of this wonderful reminder of our leader’s opinion of the American people. However, I wonder how many people took the time to understand the “real” message being sent.

[Return to Sender]

Monday, May 3rd, 2004

MSNBC – Survey finds BMW drivers have more sex