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Just for fun

Dr. John at Robert Dick's Peterborough NH class - 1999

If things get better with age, then I'm approaching magnificence.


Amsterdam Shopping

Frozen Fountain
Contemporary furniture & home accessories
Galerie de Salon
Barber shop & art gallery
Pompadour Chocolaterie
homemade chocolates
book store & art gallery
What's Cooking
"culinary kitsch"

Andy's links

Here are some links that my beau Andy Hardacker sent me:

$1 Image Stabilizer
For Any Camera - Lose The Tripod
Art made with knitting
Best Gay Blogs
Boston Subway Station Maps
To & from directions
Carpetbagger report
Norquist finally crossed the right's line in the sand
Celtic Heavy Metal
Wikipedia article
Viking metal
Crazy Aunt Purl
Crooked Timber
Out of the crooked timber of humanity, no straight thing was ever made
Delicious Library
From Delicious Monster - a MAC program to catalog, browse, and share all your books, movies, music, and video games with Delicious Library.
Game Of Thrones (newbies)
Hope this Wikipedia article won't go away.
Gay Marriage Amendment
THE FALLOUT (with Dr James Dobson)
Gay Pride
Gay video games
Video game players can now identify their characters as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. Which is wonderful, unless you're a sad homophobe
Lorraine Hunt Lieberson
New Yorker - Alex Ross
New Yorker mp3 file
New Yorker - Charles Michener
Pictures at an exhibition
Postal Rate Increase - From Queer Joe's Knitting blog
Rules for being a Republican
Authors' Calendar
Begin by clicking on the name of the desired month.
B-Movie Theater
David X Art
Wonderful collection of material, including articles on Vrubel' (probably my favorite Russian artist), John Singer Sargeant, and Simeon Solomon
Evangelical Scientists Refute Gravity With New 'Intelligent Falling' Theory
From The Onion
Freedom/China ratio
French firemen
Church sign generator
Fun for the whole family
Harry Potter links
Harry Potter Trivia
Ashley Grader's wonderfully-designed web page of Harry Potter quizzes
J.K. Rowling Official site
Pick your language
J.K. Rowling online
Dutch-language site
The Leaky Cauldron: A Harry Potter Weblog
Instrument Jokes
Time to switch?
Man vs. sweater
William Morris Gallery
Rock star phallus casts
Basic coarse mustard
Spicy German Mustard
Oakland, CA non-profit rescue.
The MAB is a tool for searching the Amazon catalogs and browsing their products. For the time being users can search in,,, MAB lets users search for products (by keyword, ASIN/ISBN, UPC code, author/artist, and so on) and retrieve information about each product found, including its title, author/artist, and release date (the latter two for books/music), along with its suggested retail price, Amazon's price, and the price of a used copy sold through Amazon (if available). It also displays comments from other Amazon users about the product.
Tor: An anonymous Internet communication system
a site with homosexual tendencies - no other "about" kinda the NY Times for gay-related news stories.
Vegan links
Vegan Lunchbox
Why I love organic
Engine 2 Fire Company - vegan firefighters - includes some recipes - post cards & more urban cardigan
made from whole grains - which are an excellent source of dietary fibre
White tea

Book List

Books I hope to read someday

Evans-Wentz, H.Y. Tibatan Yoga & Secret Doctrines. New Age Books.
Kalb, Judith. Russian writers of the Silver Age. Gale Press. Widner RR 2129.5 vol. 295
Leon, Donna - Guido mysteries
McCaffery - Dragons of Pern


Hitler cats
Gatto Roho Swag
Cafe at Harvard's Dudley House
The infinite cat project
My cat hates you
Takes ages to load
Stuff on my cat
Cat drorings
World famous random kitten generator
Odd, I thought kittens came from cats
Yoga kitty
Exercises to do with your cat
My cat Annie - cute videos

Foreign Language websites
830 television stations and 4,500 radio stations
Print media

Health links

Seafood watch
Sustainable seafood choices available in different regions of the U.S.

Movie links

I realized that I don't have any links to info on one of my favorite actresses, Judy Holliday, so here are a couple. Ms. Holliday starred in such great films as Born Yesterday, Adam's Rib (with Katherine Hepburn & Spencer Tracy), and Bells Are Ringing (with Dean Martin).

Judy Holliday
The Internet Movie Database
Fay Wray

Music links

I've had the great good fortune to have heard Barbara Cook at the Kennedy Center (Aug. 2003), the Metropolitan Opera (january 2006) and Symphony Hall (March, 2007). She is a wonder. Other singers I like are Joni Mitchell (whose song lyrics are here) and Laura Nyro, and Dr. Ysaye M. Barnwell, member of Sweet Honey in the Rock. I've been a fan of Gabriel Yacoub since the days of Pierre de Grenoble (1973). Another male vocalist that gets my vote is Breton singer/harpist Alan Stivell. Thanks to WGBH I've also discovered a great a capella group (from Madison, WI no less): Navan who "sing in the languages of Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Brittany, Cornwall and the Isle of Man."
The top 100 songs from the golden years of popular music - plus more of our musical heritage.
I'm a great fan of Steeleye Span, and their lead singer, Maddy Prior, and also like cats. I've also heard a Scottish group Cliar that I like a lot but am waiting for the price of their CD to come down from the current exchange rate of $25+
Minidisc article
Music graphics galore
Anna Russel Wagner Ring videos

Organize your life
7 Ways To Manage Your Email Like An Expert
any hacks, tips and tricks that get things done quickly by automating, increase productivity and organizing.
the website for home and office organization
covers: achieving goals, productivity, being organized, GTD, motivation, eliminating debt, saving, getting a flat stomach, eating healthy, simplifying, living frugal, parenting, happiness, and successfully implementing good habits.
a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem with clutter (sounds like something for me).


Personal grooming

Beard trimming
8 inch beard shaved to 1 inch
Youtube video from danz beard
Best Beard Trimmer for Long Beards
How to trim your beard at home
Youtube video from Bearbrand
Panasonic ER-GB96
Panasonic Beard Trimmer Designed for Long Beard
ER-GB96; Wet & Dry; Panasonic ER-GB80-S Review

Places I'd like to revisit

the Czech Republic
Czech Republic Travel
Czech Republic Hotels, Prague Apartments, Prague Tours, Prague Transfers, Car Rental, Czech Sights and Vacation Packages
The Netherlands
Here are several links to a lovely island north of Holland where I spent a wonderful few days with my good friend, Guus, his beau, Hein & Hein's two sons
Hotel Graaf Bernstorff - via Tripadvisor
Other hotel links - including info on rooms & apartments
Wikipedia article

Places I'd like to visit

Chimney Rock, San Juan National Forest archaeological area - where the moon stands still - your online guide to offbeat tourist attractions - including giant fiberglass figures
Skagens Museum
Bodlian library - Oxford
Causse Gantier - glove makers
Office du Tourism
Paris Bar
Museum of Russian Art - Minneapolis

Political links
Borowitz report
Free speech: Use it or lose it
Global Exchange
an international human rights organization dedicated to promoting environmental, political and social justice
An outside-the-Beltway perspective on current events, politics, media, and the arts.
Northern Sun
message-oriented tshirts, bumperstickers, buttons, posters, etc.
Tom Terrific - This Modern World
TUC radio
a.k.a. "Time of Useful Consciousness" is the time between the onset of oxygen deficiency and the loss of consciousness. "TUC Radio might be the last truly subversive voice on the dial." Daniel Zoll, San Francisco Bay Guardian
Conscience-free shopping
As our first call to action, we hope to bring together the many disparate groups and elements revolving around the questionable results of the 2004 presidential election.
Women for Peace

Random links

According to the NY Times, "the most erudite of the Internet's many chocolate-dedicated sites."
Aliance PIV
Czech pub alliance (someone should tell them how to spell it in English). And here's a list of Czech breweries (I think the text across the top says "Information about the history and [something] about Czech breweries.)
Atra Plus Blade online price comparison
Auto accessories
Build your own avatar.
Deforest your mailbox - free service
Chinese astrology year chart
Roberto Catinari - Pistoia, Italy (Flash-only site)
De Bondt Chocolate - Pisa, Italy
Slitti Cafe - Monsummano Terme (Tuscany)
Cool Climate Calculator
Figure out your carbon footprint, how you compare to others. A welcome addition would be what you can do about it.
Dorchester fun facts
where (Andy, Potter & moi live
I went to a Dame Edna Everidge show and laughed so hard I almost wet 'em. :) I was reading John Lahr's biography but found it not as interesting as the autobiography My Gorgeous Life. I'm also quite the fan of Lily Tomlin. - the humorous English mistakes that appear in Japanese advertising and product design
EPA clean detergents, etc.
Murray Bookchin on the French Situationist Movement
The Good Guide
Use this website to find health(ier) alternatives in food buying, personal care, cleaning products, etc.
A friend and former student's interior design company. Only the most tasteful and beaufiful designs on the planet.
Learn English
Lie vs lay, it's vs its, yours vs your's and more
Manitowoc merchants (as per a NY Times article)
The Fitness Store
Natural Ovens Bakery
born as a personal quest to bring together information about Susan Cooper's books and first appeared on the web several years ago
Irshad Manji - Muslim refusenik
Memory and forgetting
Menominee links
Menominee views - aka Superior View
Superior View is the collection of photographer Jack Deo. Includes photos of Menomineehere I grew up - or aggrandi as I think they say in Frogland. Click on the Gallery & then "M" - the photos whose descriptions begin with "MEN" are those of Menominee.
Well, MIchigan, anyway
youtube video from the 1949
Ask me, anyone who says "Michiganian" is an arriviste
Wikipedia article
Monty Python's Completely Useless Website
New England Flower Society
Noise reducing headphones
Panasonic RP-HC500
Audio-Technicha ATH-ANC7
Nun's Hallelulia chorus
a hoot & a half even without the sound
Open Book
Minneapolis, MN. The Open Book Literary Arts Center and the vision behind its creation has led the way to neighborhood revitalization and the blossoming of an "arts corrider" along Washington Avenue in Minneapolis.
Ottica Carraro
Italian eyeglass designer. The material used to create VENICE is highly-tested acetate, a natural material that does not contain any toxic or harmful components.
Want to know what the number one song was on the day you were born? All the way back to 1920. is the place to go.
Randy Pausch's inspiring last lecture on Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams
the link is just below the "order the DVD" link
Here is a link about peeps, the Easter taste treat.
Here is a listing of Christmas song sites on the Music Librarianship listerv so thought I'd pass it along.
Santa's Net: Christmas Carols and Songs
Recycle compact fluorescent blubs
a resource for any light bulb ("lamp") user seeking details on recycling spent mercury-containing lamps
Ever wonder what that postage stamp with no amount printed on it is worth? Check out
Aaron Schwartz - computer hacker & philosopher
Slant-fin humidifier replacement parts
Slant/Fin Mineral Absorption Pads:
Slant/Fin UV Bulb:
The Surrealist Compliment Generator.
E.g. So charmingly heathen, your skin is like a teardrop on a popsickle.
Television shows online
Debbie Gombert - a friend of mine who's doing Music Therapy

Here are some links to local restaurants

Ashmont Grill
near the Ashmont T stop
Blarney Stone
Fields Corner, Boston
Zia Gianna Cafe formerly Dot 2 Dot
1739 Dorchester Avenue

Travel Links

100 Best Things to do in Slovenia - compiled by Jo Miller.

Academic Ambassadors - "The first service specifically created to provide discounted hotel and rental car rates for academic (and other non-profit) travelers."

Airfare comparison sites - searches for lowest fares, including ones airlines reserve for online booking - on a recent search they seemed to have the best fares, compared to expedia & orbitz, anyway. - lowest fares by month for the next 11 months for 77,000 domestic & 200,000 foreign cities - "We search and compare online travel agencies and hundreds of airlines for the cheapest airfares, all in real time. Then we show you where you can book your flights." - compares historical data on fares - Danish site that focuses on low-cost carriers "but often uses cached data, which can result in expired fres showing up" according to a recent NY Times review. "Worth a look if you're searching for the cheapest way to get around Europe." Also includes high-speed rail fares
The expert guide to airline product and service standards across the world
Bed and breakfasts in Paris
Travel to Europe by boat for as little as $100/day - German agency with 55+ oceangoing cruise freighters
Budget Travel
The NY Times' Frugal Traveler often has good suggestions on how to save money while on a trip.
Business-class airlines
Open Skies airlines - New York/Paris-Orly
Bus travel from Boston
Boston-New York - fares from $10-$15 on t he dates I checked. Leaves, e.g. 9AM arrives 1:15PM

Even a Weak Dollar Can Be Stretched - NY Times article - "explore destination opportunities through non-stop flights from a specific airport."

Hostels in Europe
more than just Europe - also includes Russia & East Asia. Separate clicks needed to find ratings, rates & facilities info
rates for shared & private rooms & facility ratings. more than just Europe - also includes Russia & East Asia.
Same as the above.
Hay Hotels
A listing of places in Germany where you can stay for cheap & sleep on hay. Some people must think this is fun. Nur auf Deutsch. - price comparison site for hostels world-wide.

Monastery Stays - 100 Italian properties - Spanish monasteries - Finnish monasteries (butcha gotta read Finnish), Here's a wikipedia page.

Want to travel light? is the place to find out how.

Shetland Islands info - ways to find cheaper flight alternatives sometimes by skipping a leg of the journey. Found a Richnond flight for 35% less than the one I bought. :(

The Tarragon Hotel in Marinette, WI is a good place to stay - comfortable, reasonable rates, with fridges in the room so you can store stuff for breakfast, etc.

De Telefoongids - Have a Dutch friend & don't know their address/phone, only the city they live in? Here's where you can get that info! Sadly, the English page seems to have disappeared.

Time-share rentals
  Disney Trip Planning Forum
  Easiest to use from my (limited) experience
  Timeshare Rentals, Resales and Exchanges - charges to post & inquire
  Timeshare Rentals, Resales and Exchanges - charges to post & inquire
My Resort Network
  Timeshare Rentals and Timeshare Resales
Timeshare Users Group - Marketplace
  Timeshares the world over
imeshare Users Group Online Community Forums
  Timeshares the world over
  Vail Colorado Condos for Rent - By Owners

When in Paris, I stay at the Hotel Tiquetonne, which is in the deuxieme arrondissement - quite centrally located, and cheap. It helps to know French if you want to communicate with the staff. Here is a link to a map of Paris' arrondissements.

Transporting Musical Instruments - tips from the Transportation Security Administration

Stranded? Here's a URL for the Coalition for an Airline Passengers' Bill of Rights in Washington that shares your concerns.

Leaves at 11:30, arrives at 4PM & fares of $110? I don't think so
Up to $180 roundtrip (Hilton Back Bay-Hilton, NYC) but has seat assignments, meals(?!), wi-fi, cell-phone-free zones, etc.
Tix as low as $1 - doesn't give travel time
Boston-New York - fares from $6-$12 on t he dates I checked. Leaves, e.g. 7:30AM arrives 11:50AM
English bookstores in foreign cities
Cafe Bilngua - Moscow - Facebook page. Not exactly an English bookstore, but I didn't know where else to put this.
Buybook - Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Massolit Books , Krakow, Poland
St. Georges Bookshop, Berlin, Germany - often features art house films
Shakespeare & Sons, Prague - poetry readings and freak-folk concerts
Treehugger Dan's Bookstore and Café, Budapest, Hungary - fair trade coffee & progressive political readings
Air travel - low-cost European companies
Sterling Airlines
A Danish company
English company
A Swiss Airline based in Geneva
German airline
Irish company
Dutch airline
TUI fly
Rail Travel
Rail Europe
Cheapest tickets for air/rail/or bus
From A to B
Train, plane, bus or ride share (Ex.: Bus from Frankfort to Amsterdam 26 euros, 5h 45min direct; Deutsche Bahn 30 euros 6 hours 21 min with 4 changes)
Choose the cheapest and fastest routes from over 800 official partners
Fares dropping?
tracks fares on specific flights you select before or after you buy a ticket. You can use Yapta before you buy to alert you by
email to pricing changes on a particular trip, or let you know if the price drops after you've bought a ticket and you're eligible for a refund. Apparently will only work if you buy the ticket directly from the airline.
Flight stats
URL 4 flight delays
Foreign rentals (some overlap in the listings)
Historic English cottages
Languedoc France B&B
London short rentals
Google list of Paris short-term rentals
Parisian short-term rentals
Paris be a part of it
Maui rentals - world-wide rentals
Neustadt an der Weinstrasse
German Wine Route - Wikipedia article
The Neustadt Region
Overweight luggage shipping
Luggage Forward (Boston-based)
Contour USA
Excess Baggage (British-based)
The ultimate source for airplane seating, in-flight amenities and airline information See also
Super lightweight luggage
Carryon @ 4.4 pounds. British company.
Wellesley accommodations
Wellesley Bed & Breakfast 28 Eaton Court, Wellesley, MA 02481
The Wellesley College Club - (781) 283-2700
Wellesley Motor Inn 978 Worcester St, Wellesley, MA 02482 (617) 236-7073?

What I'm reading

2019-06-15. Just began Kate Mulgrew's How to forget: a daughter's memoir with and eye toward sending it to some sibs since she talks about her relationship with her parents. Some of the writing is a bit florid, and I wonder what some of her siblings think of her version of things. Recently finished Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde. Liked it a lot and didn't realize it was more or less an epistemological novel.  Winnifred Eaton's Me. Have yet to figure out whether the comments about blacks in Jamaica are racist, though her description of one of them as having a large, hooked nose and being "Hebrew" certainly are anti Semitic. Given its publication date, 1915, and Eaton's background as part of the British aristocracy should I cut her some slack? Just finished H. G. Welles' The Invisible Man, Wonder why Henry Louis Gates recommended it as a good one to read for insight into American culture. Given how the character was treated, I can kind of wee it, but said character was kind of nuts and not very sympathetic. Started Vita Sackville-West's Heritage, but didn't finish it.

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