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The Real Mother's Day?

The real meaning of Mothers Day: it's not just for hallmark anymore. "Mother's Day was started after the Civil War by women who had lost their sons. The following excerpts from the original Mother's Day Proclamation by Julia Ward Howe in 1870 are a timeless reminder of the profound loss and pain war creates for all mothers..." What I foolishly thought was a cheap ploy to sell greeting cards and flowers turns out to be a big day for peace (started by the writer of the Battle Hymn of the Republic, no less), and history backs this up [via oaktown].
posted by mathowie on May 8, 2003 - 15 comments

Lance wrote a great fantasy piece that he makes ammends for here,

Lance wrote a great fantasy piece that he makes ammends for here, but his loss is our gain. He's started a new Reality list, which, if you were lucky enough to be on the old Reality list that Alexis Massie used to run, you'll remember it being a string of fantastic journeys cooked up in several writers' imaginations. Somehow I know the new list will be just as good.
posted by mathowie on Mar 14, 2000 - 3 comments

A couple months ago, a panda was born

A couple months ago, a panda was born at the San Diego Zoo. It was a big achievement and the team is chronicling the progress online. Also, thanks to the wonders of the web, you can see it live at the panda cam page. Right now, I'm seeing the panda tossing in its sleep.
posted by mathowie on Nov 1, 1999 - 0 comments

When I got started on the web in '94-95, most pages were somehow related to Star Trek and recognizing William Shatner as the god that he is. It's funny, but the old stuff like the Mosaic's What's New page, Jerry Yang's homepage, and the machine he used to house his search engine on are all still online. Even good old Mosaic Communications' URL: mcom.com points to Netscape. Who says the web is temporary?
posted by mathowie on Oct 26, 1999 - 0 comments

This is pretty cool, a map based on frequency of people saying they felt the recent earthquake

This is pretty cool, a map based on frequency of people saying they felt the recent earthquake in Southern California. It's clearly non-scientific, but interesting that the USGS is collecting 'community data.'
posted by mathowie on Oct 17, 1999 - 0 comments

My car gets ten rods to the hogshead and that's the way I like it!

My car gets ten rods to the hogshead and that's the way I like it! I love how we stubborn Americans just flat out refuse to adopt the metric system; the mars orbiter blowing up cost us $125 million.
posted by mathowie on Sep 30, 1999 - 0 comments

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