March 28, 2002
The new BBC digital station 6 Music is the radio station of your dreams if you are a fan of The Jam, Simple Minds, Joy Division and other great bands of the late seventies and early eighties.
March 27, 2002
Recently added to our reading list is The Suburban Limbo
As always, the New Scientist is on the job covering stories that really matter. Scientists in India have found a way to irradiate beans in order to stop us farting.
The fantastic Museum of Questionable Medical Devices in Minnesota has an extensive online component with features on such marvels of quackery as the Foot Operated Breast Enlarger, the Radium Ore Revigator, and the Relaxacisor.
We realize it's been around for awhile, but I had never seen Laid-Off by Odd Todd.
It's this kind of thing that always makes us feel guilty about the lives we lead. Alfred Lane, 85, Book Lover and Donor to the Homeless Dies.
An Ode to Marmalade
March 26, 2002
March 25, 2002
Recently there have been a spate of stories on why radio sucks so bad these days . We particularly liked The Country Music Country Radio Ignores from the New York Times, Reading the Jukebox from The Independent Weekly, and Whatever happened to rock 'n' roll radio? from CNN Online.
March 24, 2002
March 21, 2002
Economist article exploring why people commit random acts of kindness
March 19, 2002
March 11, 2002
March 09, 2002
Regular readers of Portage know that we have a bit of a thing for penguins, so you can imagine our excitement on learning that Salon had done an interview with Stephanie Mitchell the penguin-keeper at the New York Aquarium. Well it's quite a story. It seems the 32 African black-footed penguins lead a soap opera life. First, there's the love triangle between Gomez (a notorious flirt), Giovanni, and Curly, then there's Wendell and Cass (they're gay penguins and maintain a very tidy nest which Albert and Clarice are trying to steal from them), and to top it all off the whole colony had to endure an attack by stray cats! Read all the sordid details here.
March 08, 2002
March 05, 2002
A.Word.A.Day is the best word-of-the-day site we've ever seen. Good selections, funny usage examples, archives, pronunciation, and they'll even email the word of the day to you.
March 04, 2002
Glen McDonald, author of The War Against Silence, has forgotten more about pop music than you'll ever know.
The Tate Collection, which already has an impressive online presence, has now put the entire contents, over 30 000 items, of the Turner Bequest online. What is most amazing about the online collection is that it finally makes possible a demand that the eccentric painter made when he gifted the collection to the people of Britain, that the entire collection be kept together in one purpose built gallery. This request was impossible to fulfill in a bricks and mortar gallery but now has been done on the Web. Read the Guardian article.