...the Journal

Refrigerator Door

This is millennium Seattle. I bought the magnet on the trip before the one Peggy and I took to Seattle, I think. The fireworks are coming from the Space Needle.

Beanies anyone?
For Beanie Baby collectors, the store at UC Santa Barbara has trained a web cam on its beanie baby display, so you can check when that perfect new baby goes on sale.

Where in the world?...
Looking for a web cam in Djibouti, Burundi or Gabon? Having thoughts of some old lover in Bahrain? Check out Web Cams of the World.

Sniper's Perch
Check out the live cam at the Book Depository in Dealey Plaza and see if you can spot the sniper on the grassy knoll.

Custer Coulda Used One...
You can look over Pawnee Prairie Land, if you're of a mind. (Kinda reminds me of Corn Cam)


Take Me Home
by John Denver
w/Arthur Tobler

When Peggy was here, we listened to a lot of John Denver music (which I don't think Steve has forgiven me for). I was so intrigued by so many of his lyrics that I wanted to read the story behind them, so borrowed the book from her.


"Sliding Down Rainbows"
a book of poetry
by Claire Amy Atkins

That's it for today!



27 January 2001

It was a very special Internet moment.

It was 4 a.m. here and 8 p.m. in Perth. I was sitting at my computer logged onto the web site of a Perth radio station. Peggy was sitting at her computer in Perth logged onto the same web site. We were both on an IM chat and talking to each other about the fireworks that were being shown on the radio web site for the celebration of Australia Day. You could even see the crowd of people on the ground watching the fireworks.

We watched the display for about half an hour (and yes, we did say "ooooo" and "ahhhh" like you’re supposed to). They were pretty spectacular--both up in the sky and off the bridge over the Swan River (Peggy took the opportunity to give me a nighttime tour of Perth, from what we could see on the camera). When the fireworks died out, there was a laser show. I’m assuming there was music, but we missed that part of it.

It still boggles my mind how the Internet has made the world smaller.

When I first started this journal nearly a year ago, the first entries talked about Peggy and me sitting at our respective computers, both logged on to Africam and watching lions eat giraffes somewhere in Africa. We would take pictures of the things we were seeing on Africam and then check the next day find out if we had been selected as one of the "pictures of the day."

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Later in the year, I discovered Panda cam (now defunct). The camera was set up in the enclosure at the San Diego zoo where a new panda had been born, Hua Mei. She didn’t make her public debut for several months but I was able to log onto Panda cam and watch her from the very first few weeks of her life. Usually she would be sleeping, but there were wonderful moments when she and her mother would be playing. It was so touching to watch the mother’s obvious affection for that little fluff ball.

It made it so much more special when Peggy and I were in San Diego, standing in line to see Hua Mei in real life, since she was now a year old and had been allowed out in public for some time by then. I felt like I was meeting an old friend at long last.

this is also another
refrigerator magnet!

I’ve also used web cams for practical purposes-- sitting at a computer in Alameda, for example, checking the freeway conditions heading over to San Francisco, trying to determine the best time to get on the road--no point in getting in the car when traffic is still backed up at the bridge toll plaza.

Now Ned’s radio station has added a web cam to its web site and I can check in in the morning to see what hair style/color he has chosen (though it’s been "normal" for some time now--no pink or blue hair any more), and if they want to, his siblings in Boston and Santa Barbara can log on and see what Ned’s doing.

Web cams let us view cities we'd like to visit, travel through museums we may never see otherwise, or simply peer into someone's bedroom.

I wonder if this is what was envisioned with "big brother watching you."

Lynn is headed back to Houston tomorrow morning so we went out to dinner with our friend RoseMarie and her granddaughter, age 5. The granddaughter had fries with catsup and decided that we all really needed to have catsup on our noses.

Here I've been traveling around with Lynn for a month now, dutifully taking the camera with me everywhere and finally the one night I decide to leave it home, I have a wealth of photo opportunities!

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Created 1/26/01 by Bev Sykes