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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Real VT: College kids are back

Posted By on Wed, Aug 31, 2005 at 1:05 PM

Catch them two or three nights a week at 10 East Ave. in Burlington. These guys got their inspiration from collegehumor.com. Read about 'em in this week's Seven Days.

VT Blogs: Vermont volunteers blog Katrina aid missionEn RouteVermont Red Cross offers training to volunteers who want to go to the Gulf CoastVermont Red Cross offers training to volunteers who want to go to the Gulf Coast

Posted By on Wed, Aug 31, 2005 at 11:31 AM

Shawn Conley and Steve Pernicka, volunteers from the Northern Vermont Chapter of the Red Cross, are on their way to aid survivors of Hurricane Katrina. They've set up a blog called Notes from the Scene. Last night, they were in Little Rock. This morning, they were 120 miles North of New Orleans:

On the roads things are tense, as we entered Louisiana people weretrying to flag us down to get help but we had to keep moving. We haveto admit that there is an increasing sense of tension in the area.There is no gas at gas stations - in fact we just saw a fist fight at alocal pump over remaining supplies, and food and water are running low.

They'll be posting their account as they're able. Thanks, Cool Blue, for the link. For more information, contact the CommunityInvolvement department at the Chapter by calling 802-660-9130- ext. 104or by e-mail at mikeh@nvtredcross.org.

Monday, August 29, 2005

Real VT: A Barre Home Companion

Posted By on Mon, Aug 29, 2005 at 6:16 PM

Where the soft serve is called a cremee, the baby goats are fat and the mommies are all a bit tipsy. Via Milkweed Hill...

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Real VT: Sunday afternoon at the fair

Posted By on Sun, Aug 28, 2005 at 7:53 PM

Just got back from an afternoon at the fair. Here's some disturbing photographic proof. The first photo shows some hats made by A&W Designs (check out the inscription on the one in the foreground!). The second photo is of a sign from the sideshow on the midway that my friends and I paid $2 apiece to see. Not surprisingly, the cat turned out to be pretty pathetic, and not even alive, though the 6-legged goat and 6-legged cow were both real. Last shot is from the back of one of the merch tents. The creepy stuff is always in the back. We actually had a fun time, and ate lots of greasy junk. I highly recommend the experience.

my spacers

Posted By on Sun, Aug 28, 2005 at 1:58 PM

Ok, I guess I've milked the anniversaries enough. Time to move on. Big article on the front page of today's New York Times Sunday Styles section about My Space. I know about the site, and I think I even created an account at one point, but I never really got into it. Ditto with livejournal. I know there are probably zillions of Vermonters who blog on these sites, but as of yet I've only listed a few on my Vermont blogs list.

I'm eager to list them, and map those corners of the VT blogosphere, but I wonder if objective readers are truly interested in reading those diary sites? At what point does that curiousity become voyeurism? I'm not exactly sure. If people are interested in sending me those links, I guess I'm interested in listing them.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Happy Blogiversary to me

Posted By on Thu, Aug 25, 2005 at 10:55 AM

So I checked the archives on my original blog site and realized that I started blogging a year ago today. I started the blog as an experiment to see what I could do with this new medium. First, I called it "Notes from the Margins." Then it was "Amaryllis." In February, I changed its name to "802 Online," and in May it moved from Blogger to Typepad and became a Seven Days-sponsored venture.

Over the past year, I've really enjoyed getting to know other bloggers, both local and otherwise. I look forward to continuing to develop a vibrant and relevant local blogosphere that showcases diverse new perspectives unavailable in the traditional media.

Thanks, everybody, for reading and commenting.

Also, I'd like to note that 5 years ago today, my partner Ann-Elise and I got civil unioned. That was one of the best things that's ever happened to me. Happy Anniversary, AJ!

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

VT Blogs: The Bovine Bugle

Posted By on Wed, Aug 24, 2005 at 2:20 PM

Look, another Vermont farmer blog!  The Bovine Bugle is sponsored by Stonyfield Farm.

Here's a synopsis from the site: Jonathan Gates reports from Howmars Farm in Franklin, Vermont. Howmars is a certified organic dairy farm, one of many Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative farmer members who supply the milk that goes into making Stonyfield's yogurts and smoothies. The entire family pitches in on this third-generation farm that converted from conventional dairy farming to organic 7 years ago. Meet Jonathan, wife Karen, sons Benjamin, Justin, and Noah, and Jonathan's parents, Howard and Mary. And, of course, the cows.

Thanks, Morgan, for the tip.

You have entered unhealthy game time

Posted By on Wed, Aug 24, 2005 at 9:30 AM

Check this out — yesterday, China introduced a system designed to fight online game addiction. The Financial Times reports that internet service providers have signed a contract created by China's "press and publications administration." The anti-addiction system kicks in after 3 hours of gaming. Then players start to experience a decline in the in-game benefits they accrue.

Says the FT: After five hours online, players will be subjected every 15 minutes tothe warning: “You have entered unhealthy game time, please go offlineimmediately to rest. If you do not your health will be damaged and thebenefits you can win will be cut to zero.“

Good thing they didn't have that system when I was fiddling around in my basement with my old Commodore 64.

Has anyone else noticed that there's a new video gaming lounge opening up on Church St.?

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Real VT: Woman Seeking Woman

Posted By on Tue, Aug 23, 2005 at 8:29 PM

New York Ex is on the prowl. She hit the three email mark with her new potential paramour earlier today and will talk to her on the phone tonight.

I wonder if NYE will tell her about the blog? Blogging dating ethics fascinate me. How does that work? When do you tell someone you've been writing about them online?

Sometimes I tell Ann-Elise that I've written about her on my blog. She still doesn't look at it. Sigh.

For real this time — new server is here!

Posted By on Tue, Aug 23, 2005 at 6:51 PM

No foolin', the new server is up and running. Check it out.

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