Popular Piccolo Player Performs in Palo Alto
From: Cynthia Costell <flossyrabbitATearthlink.net>
You give me great enthusiasm, Eric. My dad was a journalist and enjoyed writing all his life. How often I have wished he had lived long enough to be an "Internet Kid," as you are.
I am a retired teacher (German, Spanish, English as a Second Language). I
play piccolo in a very crazy local marching band. In a couple of months,
I'll be 65. Enjoy your day!
You can find out more about the band by clicking HERE.
A Lot of Hot Air
After posting a story about the kilometre-high solar tower last month, we read this earlier comment at Gadgetopia:
An Australian company, EnviroMission Limited, is blasting forward with plans to build a totally new type of clean power generating facility. Their concept consists of a monstrous tube that reaches 1000 meters (that's 3280.84 feet) into the sky and is surrounded by a huge glass solar collector. The idea is for sunlight to hit the solar collector, warming the air below, which rises up the tower, driving a bunch of turbines to generate electricity.
Read the Taos Daily & Horsefly!
Ian Scott-Parker <iscottparkerATpishtush.com> of Hurricane, Utah, complained that our guest writer TV Hagenah had overlooked an outstanding publication in his list of oddly-named newspapers in the US state of New Mexico: the Taos Daily & Horse Fly.
TV <hagenahATria.net> replied:
Despite the Taos Daily & Horsefly's name, it is really a monthly. Apparently, it was started as a daily but could not continue as such, then became a weekly and finally a monthly, still keeping the original name. But as a monthly the New Mexico Press Association which puts out the annual New Mexico Newspaper Directory does not consider it a newspaper. Thus it is not listed.If you'd like to read the latest issue, click on HORSEFLY.
Watch out for wounded weasels
The aforementioned Ian Scott-Parker also commented on our story about weasels and weasel words:
I always thought it amusing that 'ermine' (another name for the short-tailed weasel) was itself something of a weasel word. I often imagined Richard Dimbleby's portentous tones announcing that the Queen's robes were trimmed with weasel fur.Helen Smith, webmaster of the Australian weasewlwords site, sent us this email:
Thank you for your fabulous article. When I get time, I will add a link to your site on our 'links' page.
Another silhouette artist
Beth Lock, a columnist for MyMac.com, told us about a gifted but handicapped man, Gordon Vales, who tore (instead of cutting) marvelous silhouettes in Spokane, Washington.
"Gordon had an amazing talent.," she wrote in one of her columns. "He would take a piece of black construction paper, glance briefly at a person standing before him, and tear the person's silhouette from the paper using only his fingers. He learned to do this at age five in art class at the institution. The residents were not allowed scissors."
You can read Beth's moving story by clicking on MyMac.