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03.24.2005

Elephants Invade Manhattan

On Tuesday night I went out with friends to stand vigil at the mouth of the Queens-Midtown tunnel in Manhattan. There was a rumor afoot that circus elephants would be coming through at midnight, in what has become an annual event. The Ringling Brothers circus performs in Manhattan, and the only way they can get the elephants onto the island is by walking them bodily through the tunnel. In true …

03.22.2005

Support Idle Words - Become A Macropatron!

Recently Jason Kottke made news by leaving his job to become a full-time blogger, supported by volunteer contributions from his readers, or 'micropatrons'.

Inspired by his example, I have decided to try my own hand at exploring new funding models for online writing. If you've enjoyed visiting this site over the years, please con…

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