inessential by Brent Simmons


Sheila's got the scoop on Mir's fall to earth.

It reminds me of my favorite movie of all time, Until the End of the World. "1999 was the year the Indian nuclear satellite went out of control. No one knew where it might land. It soared above the ozone layer like a lethal bird of prey. The whole world was alarmed. Claire couldn't care less."

It also reminds me of Skylab. I remember watching on TV when I was a boy, wondering where it was going to land.

And then there's that old Billy Bragg song: "I saw two shooting stars last night/I wished on them but they were only satellites/Is it wrong to wish on space hardware/I wish, I wish, I wish you'd care."

Radio Bug Fixes 03/18/01.

If you live in the Northwest, stop what you're doing and turn on Fox Sports. The Mariners are leading 2-0 in the first inning (at this writing). They're hitting singles and doubles. Edgar Martinez hit an opposite-field double off the base of the wall. It's a beautiful sunny day in Arizona. Freddy Garcia -- the Chief -- is pitching. Freddy is making the Cubs look like little girls. Leetle gu-wuls.

Update 2:40 p.m.: Mariners go on to lose 6-2. Well that's baseball for ya.

Oliver Wrede: Golden Rules for Newbies to Frontier and Radio UserLand. I like this alot -- it's very cool to see people write perceptively and intelligently about any technology, and it's doubly cool when it's your own products being written about.