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May 31, 2000

Crap. Bullshit. You were a

Crap. Bullshit. You were a stupid American tourist without the guts or the gumption or whatever small little bit of toenail dirt it takes to actually walk into a strange restaurant in a strange city and try to make sense of the place.
In which Grant Barrett quietly launches his new Web project, Mo Nickels, with content mysteriously dating back to November of last year.

Sudama is an acronym? No,

Sudama is an acronym? No, it's not. It's a name which appears in ancient Hindu literature.

"Cameras have been attached to

"Cameras have been attached to the sides of rockets before but the images from the rocketcam on the side of the first launch of the Atlas 3 booster must be the most dramatic. They take the viewer on a 1 minute 50 second ride from a launch pad at Cape Canaveral in Florida to the edges of space with the curved horizon of the Earth clearly visible." thanks, davenetics.

Freshly-Ripped: the beat don't stop

Freshly-Ripped: the beat don't stop until the buffer runs out.

If you decide to stay

If you decide to stay in your body form - Click Here.
If you decide to be transformed into an energy shape - Click Here.
The thing about Choose your Own Adventure books was that every time I finished an adventure, I couldn't help but feel that I had somehow lost.

May 30, 2000

I'm afraid I can't see

I'm afraid I can't see much difference between Spielberg's serious movie and his boy's book movies. Schindler's List depends on Spielberg's inflatable, one-size-fits-all myth about how a clever, resourceful character can outsmart a system. Is that what the meaning of the Holocaust boils down to--Indiana Schindler versus the Gestapo of Doom? ... How about a movie that deeply, compassionately entered into the German point of view in order to reveal how regular people with wives and children could be drawn into committing such horrors? How about a movie that showed that, at least potentially, we are them? A film that didn't locate the bad guys in an emotional galaxy far away?
Ray Carney, film critic and professor at Boston University, says that dozens of great films have been made in recent years, and chances are you haven't heard of a single one.

When Brent Kennedy started questioning

When Brent Kennedy started questioning his origins, an aunt doused old family documents and photographs with gasoline and set them ablaze. "I hope you burn in hell," another relative told him.
It seems Melungeons (persons of mixed ancestry including European, African, and Native American) have never been very popular.

May 29, 2000

WFMU DJ Irwin Chusid has

WFMU DJ Irwin Chusid has a new book out about "outsider music," his term for the original and pseudo-naive productions of people such as Captain Beefheart, the Shaggs, and Tiny Tim.

May 28, 2000

After a lengthy hiatus, I

After a lengthy hiatus, I just received a backlog of Glassdog's "Overheard"s. A sample:

For APRIL 17, 2000.

The Setting: On the bus

The Players: Two guys in the seat in front of me.

The Witness: I was reading a book.


He said: You ever notice how burnt plastic smells like the monkey's ass?

He answered: No.

He said: Well the other day I was bending a credit card back and forth to break it in half and the smell that came off it and was on my fingers smelled just like the monkey's ass.

He replied: Weird.

May 26, 2000

Even worse: being eaten alive

Even worse: being eaten alive by ants.

Even worse than the Q-Tip

Even worse than the Q-Tip test: the candiru fish.

Barnes & Noble.com is offering

Barnes & Noble.com is offering a slew of free eBooks for download in conjunction with Microsoft. It's a promotion for the new PocketPC, but Palm users can take advantage of the deal by downloading the free eBook reader software from PeanutPress. thanks, PalmLounge.

May 25, 2000

A shared sense of mortality

A shared sense of mortality has been the basis for feeling a commonality with other human beings -- a sense of going through the same life cycle, a sense of the preciousness of time and life, of its fragility. The possibilities of engaging emotionally with creatures that will not die, whose loss we will never need to face, presents potentially dramatic changes in our psychology.
Professor Sherry Turkle is researching the ways in which people relate to the new category of objects (Tamagotchi, Aibo, Hasbro's upcoming My Real Baby) which seem to possess intentions, preferences, and other human characteristics. A preliminary investigation into the nature of Furbies reveals that children do feel they're alive -- "not ... in a human or animal kind of way, but in a Furby kind of way."

NBC will likely broadcast the

NBC will likely broadcast the five unaired episodes of Freaks and Geeks in a three-hour marathon this summer. If you appreciate the kind of good TV that comes around a few times a decade, you should check this out.

This movie of a cat

This movie of a cat getting scared will make you laugh out loud. Poor cat!

When an underwater volcano erupts

When an underwater volcano erupts near the surface, it sometimes forms an island. A team of scientists were lucky enough to happen upon such an eruption recently.

Cabeem is bubblet for the

Cabeem is bubblet for the Web. Very dangerous.

LARS ULRICH: I think that

LARS ULRICH: I think that most of what you're saying deals with the record company being these money hungry, greedy, blah blah blah. Remember one thing: I can guarantee you that there's nobody at Napster who is doing as a charitable event for all of mankind. There are investors behind Napster, and there are people sitting and counting the days until Napster puts out an initial public offering, and they'll make millions of dollars in return for their worth.
CHUCK D: It's always been about the shadow of technology hanging over the entertainment industry anyway. And it's definitely been about two different worlds--
LARS ULRICH: Right. And there's millions of dollars involved in Napster in the same way that there are millions of dollars in your evil music business. I think it's like, if the record company bosses don't take the money, then the Internet people are going to take it. Somebody's going to profit off it, and if it's not the artist, then you're profiting illegally. It's bulletproof--who can argue with that?
I wish I'd seen this episode of The Charlie Rose Show -- Lars Ulrich made some interesting, though unconvincing, points. Now if only Metallica would get around to answering these questions from slashdot, maybe we could keep the cluetrain rolling. thanks, saturn.org.

May 24, 2000

Ars Technica weighs in on

Ars Technica weighs in on Mac OS X DP 4 -- a must-read for UNIX/Linux users and technically inclined Mac heads.

May 23, 2000

Scott McCloud's top ten Web

Scott McCloud's top ten Web comics are bound to be worth investigating. thanks, bird on a wire.

Gnute.com is a Web based

Gnute.com is a Web based interface to the gnutella file-sharing network.

Go read the new Lynda

Go read the new Lynda Barry cartoon at Salon, you turtle-headed sucker-leg.

For each of the

For each of the past two winters it has snowed at least 36 feet. Feet, not inches. The building is called Begich Towers, a 14-story monolith and a model of drab Army efficiency, rising like an urban transplant amid the town's rail-yard waterfront. City Hall, the Country Store, the U.S. Post Office and Cabin Fever Cures, a combination video store and tanning salon, all sit on the first floor. The tunnel has long been Whittier's lifeline to the rest of the world. In winter, when the ferry service isn't running, a train ride through the two-mile tunnel under a mountain is the sole avenue of access. It runs four days a week, with a single passenger car and a series of flat cars; folks sit in their cars and trucks for the slow ride through the tunnel, then about 10 more slow miles out to the Seward Highway.Foul weather, a fortress of a building and a tunnel. That's this town.
The imminent opening of the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel to automotive traffic will expose Whittier Alaska, population 250, to 1,500,000 tourists in the coming years.

May 22, 2000

I've jazzed up the 'links

I've jazzed up the 'links open windows' tool a bit: see the linked text next to the checkbox? This is now a bookmarklet, a tool that can live in your toolbar or favorites list for you to use wherever you like. Just drag the link up to your toolbar (a la deepleap) and click it whenever you want links to open windows -- on any Web page, not just randomWalks. Enjoy! (Note: these are not the improvements I mentioned earlier. This bookmarkletization I did myself.)

I think I'd rather read

I think I'd rather read a hiking site for amnesia victims than this old blog any day. No, not that one, this one.

Believe it or not, I

Believe it or not, I did come up with that 'links open windows' toggle all by myself. Once again, feel free to use it for your own purposes. Someone emailed me recently about some improvements they made to the code, which I'll share (or at least link to) soon.

Some roots and seeds that

Some roots and seeds that were churned up in the landslides came to rest near the surface and soon sprouted. Insects buzzed in, and pollen rode the mountain winds. Tiny pocket gophers, whose burrows had served as bomb shelters, emerged to dig new holes, churn up fresh soil.

One forested valley that was transformed into a flat expanse of rubble is today a patchwork of wetlands and plains, home to bright green Pacific chorus frogs, red-winged blackbirds, elk and coyotes.

The air is heavy with alder pollen, and noble firs and Douglas firs sprout everywhere. As more plants like the purple lupine flower or the orange fireweed sprout, rebirth gathers momentum.

The area should be fully renewed within 100 years, an eyeblink in geological time.

It's been 20 years since Mount St. Helens erupted with the force of a 24 megaton nuclear bomb, and life is returning to the devastated area.

S-bomb, you are wrong. I

S-bomb, you are wrong.

I thought the X-files was great. Nothing earth-shattering, but it opened new doors for next season when more or less everything else was solved. It's nice to see cancer man dead (again) and for 3 months Irene and I will get to the debate whether it's an alien baby or mulder's baby. I just enjoyed seeing all of those faces again also, Krycek, the Bounty Hunter, and the UN Woman.

At least Mulder doesn't live in northern Kentucky, how dumb is that? And why wasn't Tracey Ullman given any credit in that Simpsons episode? She was responsible for their big break.

Stealing artists' music without paying

Stealing artists' music without paying for it fairly is absolutely piracy, and I'm talking about major-label recording contracts, not Napster. If these major labels aren't going to do for me what I can do for myself with my nineteen-year-old Web mistress Brooke [Barnett], which is drive millions and millions of people in less than a month by just doing that Web site, and providing real content for that Web site, than they can go to hell.
Courtney Love, whose band Hole is in the middle of a contract dispute with Geffen Records, spoke out in favor of Napster at the Digital Hollywood Conference in New York last week.

How good was that Simpsons

How good was that Simpsons last night, and how bad was that X-Files? I'm so sure Scully is excited about her pregnancy.

DivX (not the DOA Circuit

DivX (not the DOA Circuit City DVD scheme) is a new codec which just might do for video what mp3 has done for audio. Check out MacDivX for more info.

May 19, 2000

American Pictures is a narrated

American Pictures is a narrated slideshow documenting "a Danish vagabond's personal journey through the American underclass." Jacob Holdt tours the US in the spring and fall bringing the "mind-shattering experience" to standing room crowds at colleges and universities. I can't wait to see it.

Sidewalks aren’t natural things. Paving

no more prisons

Sidewalks aren’t natural things. Paving over nature with concrete is the real graffiti. And since when does painting on a sidewalk ‘damage’ the sidewalk? It rubs off after a few months without a trace. Where’s the damage? City workers spray paint all over the streets and sidewalks with flourescent colors because there is a compelling reason for this. They are saying: Do Not Drill Here. There is a Gas line or a water line and if you drill here, there is a clear and present danger. That’s exactly what I’m saying. ‘If you keep building prisons and taking away money from schools and social programs, there is a clear and present danger.’
Someone has been spraypainting "no more prisons" on sidewalks in cities across the US... perhaps you've seen it? Now find out why.

Sparky the penguin announced his

Sparky the penguin announced his candidacy for president on Monday, "because you could do a lot worse this year".

May 18, 2000

"Sewage line feeds into Louisiana

"Sewage line feeds into Louisiana water line for 3 months"? Oh no, no no no no.

What some call cube art,

What some call cube art, I call a monumental waste of time -- I feel it's more descriptive. thanks, larkfarm.

Bjork is not an actor,

Bjork is not an actor, which was a surprise for me because she seems so professional and really she is not. She is not acting anything in this film, she is feeling everything, which is very hard on her and very hard on everyone. It's like being with a dying person.
Lars Van Trier, Danish Dogme director of Dancer in the Dark, had a difficult (but rewarding) time working with Bjork.

May 17, 2000

Baghdad is an urban version

Baghdad is an urban version of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring. The birds have gone as avenues of palms have died, and this was the land of dates. The splashes of colour, on fruit stalls, are surreal. A bunch of Dole bananas and a bag of apples from Beirut cost a teacher's salary for a month; only foreigners and the rich eat fruit. A currency that once was worth two dollars to the dinar is now worthless. The rich, the black marketeers, the regime's cronies and favourites, are not visible, except for an occasional tinted-glass late-model Mercedes navigating its way through the rustbuckets. Having been ordered to keep their heads down, they keep to their network of clubs and restaurants and well-stocked clinics, which make nonsense of the propaganda that the sanctions are hurting them, not ordinary Iraqis.
Nine years of economic sanctions against Iraq have resulted in the deaths of half a million children. As a policy of the United Nations, this is being done in your name. John Pilger writes about the shocking realities of everyday life in Iraq since the imposition of the sanctions.

May 16, 2000



"Breaking the Bank", a video

"Breaking the Bank", a video documentary of the a16 DC events, is now available on videotape and online.

May 15, 2000

Promising new (to me) blog:

Promising new (to me) blog: bjord.org, "which is officially known as the HQ for underground anarchist web developers building ecommerce backdoors for the revolution, running homebrew log software."

Jason O'Grady of the PowerPage

Jason O'Grady of the PowerPage is providing live coverage of Steve Jobs' WWDC keynote.

Several years ago I was

Several years ago I was trying to educate myself about the Black Panther Party when I came across this so-called "Coloring Book" presented online as an authentic Party creation. It shocked me into thinking that the Black Panthers were too violently prejudiced to be worth my further investigation. Only today did I learn (thanks, monkeyfist) that the coloring book was a product of the FBI's COINTELPRO -- a project the US government undertook almost forty years ago is still undermining dissenting discourse and progressive political thought and action today.

Over the weekend, the Guardian

Over the weekend, the Guardian Unlimited reported the almost-unbelievable story that "the US Air Force developed a top-secret plan to detonate a nuclear bomb on the moon as a display of military might at the height of the Cold War."

I meant to scan in

I meant to scan in a picture from the wedding and stick it right here, but I didn't. Happy anniversary Adam and Lorraine. I miss you.

May 13, 2000

Anyone who thinks Apple's revival

Anyone who thinks Apple's revival is all about colors, curves and cutesy ads should take note -- this is real innovation. Apple didn't invent the technology -- it gets its AirPort cards straight from Lucent. But Steve Jobs et al deserve a lot of credit for seeing the potential in the technology, integrating it into their hardware and software, and bringing it to market at prices that have competitors gasping.
Are you reading randomWalks via a wireless connection? You will. Keep an eye on the wwdc 2000 weblog for news from next week's Worldwide Developers Conference. thanks, macos X weblog.

May 12, 2000

Check out this incredible satellite

Check out this incredible satellite image of the smoke plume from the Los Alamos fire drifting across several states.

May 11, 2000

Ingolf is a young man

Ingolf is a young man with a bathroom obsession. His entire 65-square-metre apartment has been converted into a washroom. And he lives in it, dreaming of his girlfriend Eva, who is as beautiful as the shower attachment, and feels "My bathroom and I are one". He listens to Beach Boys' hits and Handel's Water Music, loves and sleeps in the bathtub. And when he dies, he wants a bathroom sink with pedestal and crossbar taps on his grave in place of a gravestone. Ingolf is the hero of our modern fairytale.
Statements is an art magazine devoted to bathroom culture, published by German plumbing fixtures company Dornbracht.

SimplyRadio.com broadcasts Simply Hip-Hop, Simply

SimplyRadio.com broadcasts Simply Hip-Hop, Simply Electronic, and Simply R&B, Reggae and Soul in both Real Player and MP3 formats.

She's the author of the

She's the author of the best Indian vegetarian cookbook you can buy, but her passion is acting. Madhur Jaffrey talks to Teresa Wiltz of the Washington Post about racial identity, colonialism, and Cotton Mary, her latest film.

May 10, 2000

Found photos rock.

Found photos rock.

Columbia Journalism Review's Who Owns

Columbia Journalism Review's Who Owns What is a guide to the holdings of the major media companies. Blah blah blah trite transition blah blah, Working Assets (the long distance company who donates a percent of your bill to progressive organizations -- or the progressive organization that offers long distance service) has launched an online radio station broadcasting progressive news, intelligent talk and alternative viewpoints.

The periodic table of comic

The periodic table of comic books? Check out the rare appearance of molybdenum in issue 70 of Flash, January 1993 page 6. Chlorine is key to a plot twist in issue 188 of The Avengers Volume 1, October 1979. With references to every element and a special section devoted to metal men, this site has to be seen to be believed.

Cousin Kim, I say. Which

Cousin Kim, I say. Which is better? The kindly massa or the sadistic overseer? And Kim doesn't answer. Neither, I tell her. They are the same. Two parts of a whole. Today, folks won't just walk up to you and call you "nigger lips." Well, they might, but mostly it is the benign racists who are killing me softly. They don't recognize themselves in the mirror. They didn't mean anything by it. They harbor no ill will. They just don't care enough to step outside their comfort zone.
Another great reason to read this Post article.

In Bob Levey's latest column,

In Bob Levey's latest column, he tries to fend off "a large, friendly, conspiratorial, Caucasian arm." Mos Def describes the same arm on his latest album. Are you familiar with the arm?

It is early June, and

It is early June, and Cousin Kim and I are about to watch "Roots," the landmark 1970s television miniseries about a slave family. Kim says she's heard of the movie but has never seen it. So I go to queue the video in the cassette player, but first I make a cup of tea. And straighten the pillows on my couch. Then I check my voice mail.

I am puttering. Procrastinating. Loath to begin. Because I don't know if our blood ties are strong enough to withstand slavery. And I am scared to watch "Roots" with a white girl. Scared of my anger. Scared of my pain. Scared that she won't get it. Scared of how much I want her to. Scared of the way race can make strangers out of family.
I haven't finished this Washington Post article about interracial people and families and passing, but I already know it's good. Is it irresponsible to blog things I haven't read? How else am I going to remember to read them? U: Turns out the article is more about black people and racial consciousness, and a little about passing... and I was right, it is good.

May 9, 2000

The AltaMeter is a lot

The AltaMeter is a lot of fun: enter two or more words (or names, phrases, etc.) and see how they rank in terms of Altavista hits. This is actually an idea I first saw implemented by my boss (currently Executive Director of BlackPlanet.com) a couple of years ago -- he wanted to chart the results of such a query over time as a sort of index of memetic currency. I didn't think then that the search engines would do a good job of exposing trends in popular consciousness, and this query supports my thesis. I think this is due to a shortcoming of search engines in general -- the idea itself is elegant and ought to be possible through the proper application of technology and algorithm.

May 8, 2000

The latest rumor regarding the

The latest rumor regarding the Muslim formerly known as Cat Stevens is that a VH1 "Behind the Music" is in the works. As this wire story suggests, the life story of Yusuf Islam would be the show's holy grail. The former folk singer, whose few hit records can be found on the shelves of most hippies (and their children), dropped out of the public eye when he joined one of the world's most misunderstood religions.

I hope that last link gets you thinking about propaganda. There's certainly a lot to think about.

May 7, 2000

How many reviews of Radiohead's

How many reviews of Radiohead's OK Computer will I have to read before I realize that the only way to know what you think about music is to hear it?

who scribbled all night rocking

who scribbled all night rocking and rolling over lofty incantations which in the yellow morning were stanzas of gibberish,

who threw their watches off the roof to cast their ballot for Eternity outside of Time, & alarm clocks fell on their heads every day for the next decade,

who cut their wrists three times successively unsuccessfully, gave up and were forced to open antique stores where they thought they were growing old and cried,

who were burned alive in their innocent flannel suits on Madison Avenue amid blasts of leaden verse & the tanked-up clatter of the iron regiments of fashion & the nitroglycerine shrieks of the fairies of advertising & the mustard gas of sinister intelligent editors, or were run down by the drunken taxicabs of Absolute Reality,

who jumped off the Brooklyn Bridge this actually happened and walked away unknown and forgotten into the ghostly daze of Chinatown soup alleyways & firetrucks, not even one free beer,

who drove crosscountry seventytwo hours to find out if I had a vision or you had a vision or he had a vision to find out Eternity.
Allen Ginsberg wrote, revised, and read Howl for the first time in the San Francisco area between 1954 and 55. The Washington Post offers a self-guided tour of Howl's inception.

You'll probably enjoy this.

You'll probably enjoy this.

May 6, 2000

Today's Washington Post carried an

Today's Washington Post carried an article which purported to be about comic books going postmodern in an attempt to revive their failing popularity. The article failed to illuminate any issues facing the comics industry though, and how you can talk about postmodern comics without mentioning Frank Miller's Dark Knight and Moore and Gibson's Watchmen is beyond me -- oh wait, you can't. I'm guessing the article was just a reformulated press release for a new DC Comics series called "Realworlds".

May 5, 2000

O: So what you're saying

O: So what you're saying is that drugs make you a winner.
TA: Exactly. That's my point. They're the missing link between coolness and uncoolness.
The Onion AV Club interviews Trey Anastasio of Phish.

May 4, 2000

The winners have been announced

The winners have been announced in the sylloge 5k web design contest. Wow. Check out the hungry little frog, iris, and WAR (the card game). I would have been impressed by any of these even if they'd been 100k.

On a recent business trip

On a recent business trip to New Orleans, WWOZ was a constant companion whenever I was in my hotel room. They play great jazz, blues, world music and so forth, and thankfully you don't have to be in New Orleans to hear them, since they webcast.

May 3, 2000

Tanzanian Peaberry coffee beans are

Tanzanian Peaberry coffee beans are about the size of a pencil eraser. I've got a tad under a pound of them at home, sealed in a bag in my pantry. They're still green -- well, more like a greenish-brown, really -- because they haven't been roasted yet. This morning I scooped about six spoonfuls into my roaster and turned it on while I showered. After 15 minutes the house was filled with the aroma of freshly-roasted coffee. If you've not smelled that, and you like coffee, you are missing out. It's like the smell of coffee beans, or a nice coffee house, but smokier, richer, earthier. Enormously pleasant. I took the beans, still hot, and whirled themin my grinder. Steam was released and condensed back to water in the underside of the domed lid, all in ten seconds. The coarsly ground beans were then transferred into my French Press where they sat in nearly-boiling water for about five minutes. Twenty minutes total from raw bean to brew. To the coffee in my cup I added a spoonful of the freshly whipped cream I'd made for my strawberries and stirred with a piece of freshly cut sugar cane (a gift from my neighbors just returned from Florida. They also brought some segments that were starting to sprout, which I promptly planted in the side yard.)
Eric of Kestrel's Nest lives an obscenely sensual life. I can't read his weblog too often, because it leaves me green. When I do read it, I find myself inspired to roast my own coffee beans in a hot air popcorn popper, make my own cheese, and cut my grass with an unpowered push mower.

Though a recent crash has

Though a recent crash has evidently crippled it somewhat, UbuWeb is still one of my favorite sites, not so much because I've actually even explored it that much, but because it's so attractive. Plus, I'm a sucker for Verdana. Author Kenny G (not the one you're thinking of) also has a nice site about avant-garde/New music with many well-written articles about music so fascinating, I can't even bring myself to listen to it -- I just read about it.

The US Army expects to

The US Army expects to build a Star Trek style holodeck within 30 years. Woohoo!

Slashdot will be taking questions

Slashdot will be taking questions tomorrow for Metallica. In the meantime, John Katz has posted a diatribe against the band's Napster lawsuit which has provoked some interesting discussion, including this post which suggests that the record companies know exactly what they're doing -- it's not that they've missed the cluetrain, they've been busy building tracks and commandeering switches.

I'm spending a lot of

I'm spending a lot of time at Digital Photography Review's Nikon forum lately -- drooling over photos people have taken with their new 990s, commiserating with folks waiting for their own camera to arrive, and fantasizing about the photos I'll take when I finally get my hands on one. One post pointed me to the very odd Beyond Red, a collection of photos taken with a 950 using a filter which only allows infrared light to be captured.

Time's cover story this week,

Time's cover story this week, The Truth About the Vikings, is a fascinating though not especially well-written substitute for a field trip to the Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. Check out both if you can.

May 2, 2000

The new Guardian weblog, with

The new Guardian weblog, with links to great stories such as this Boston Phoenix piece by a reporter who spent two nights undercover in jail, will, with some bending, pushing and squeezing, partly fill the hole left by the closing of World New York. On a tangent, it looks like Grant Barrett is working on another project called Mo Nickels which I hope to remember to check out in June.

Without Sanctuary: "Searching through America's

Without Sanctuary: "Searching through America's past for the last 25 years, collector James Allen uncovered an extraordinary visual legacy: photographs and postcards taken as souvenirs at lynchings throughout America. Please be aware before entering the site that much of the material is very disturbing."

May 1, 2000

This in-depth review of the

This in-depth review of the new Nikon Coolpix 990 describes a way to compensate for the noise generated in images with long exposure times by layering a blurred full black frame of equivalent exposure using the 'difference' layer option in Photoshop.

Seven folktales about flatulence from

Seven folktales about flatulence from D. L. Ashliman's collection of hundreds of folklore and mythology electronic texts.