Saturday, August 14
Juror asks judge for the day off to go to amusement park. Judge says no, but writes a letter to amusement park explaing that man has jury duty. Park refuses to give refund. Dumbass juror goes to amusement park anyway.
Visionary Designs in Transportation Engineering: A virtual exhibit to accompany the Bernice Layne Brown Gallery installation in Doe Library, July 6th to September 30th, 2004
Wednesday, August 11
From the Portland Mercury:
Matt Roloff is a fighter--or as he puts it, a "David in a Goliath world." He's the president of Little People of America (dedicated to assisting people faced with the challenges of dwarfism), he's been a successful computer systems designer, and has even starred as an Ewok in Return of the Jedi.
Now he's a little farmer with a big problem.
Fourteen years ago, he bought a small farm in rural Washington County, and began growing fruits, berries, pumpkins and Christmas trees. He also started building an assortment of eccentric play structures for "personal use."
These structures are a bizarre assortment, including a Wild West town, mining tunnels, a covered picnic area, a pirate ship (complete with lagoon), and a tree house that would make Robinson Crusoe blush. There's even a giant concrete medieval castle.
True to his entrepreneurial spirit, Roloff soon envisioned combining his humble "U-Pick" peach farm and play structures into Helvetia Family Adventures: a fantasy /adventure farm-stand of colossal proportions. Using Helvetia Family Adventures as an on-site, fee-based marketing gimmick, Roloff believes he can sell more produce by offering a fun place for people to spend the day.
It's a beautiful idea, with just one problem; according to Roloff, there's an angry mob of neighbors jealous of his success and scheming to undermine his goals.
(Earlier Danny's Land post here.)
Tuesday, August 10
Monday, August 9
I stole this from Cartoon Brew - but it is worth repeating.
"When Disney president Robert Iger appeared on Fox News Channel last week to promote the new children's Disney Dream Desk computer, Fox host Stuart Varney managed to subvert the discussion about computers into an attack on "Gay Days," an annual gathering at Disney World organized by private groups. Media Matters writes about the incident and includes a video clip with this surreal line from Varney: "I mean, in June you have 'Gay Days' at your theme parks. You got any 'Gay Days' on the Mickey computer?"
Check out the video here.