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This is the TBTF Log, the place where I report important breaking news
in the most timely way possible.
this Web log.
using this permanent URL.
weeks' logs table of contents.
O.Henry where are you now?.
TBTF Irregular Gary Stock forwarded
which Ananova picked up from a Norwegian news agency. It seems that
a Chinese man and woman had flirted and courted for a month in a Net
chat room. When they finally arranged to meet f2f, each
discovered that her/his ideal other was the person to whom s/he was
already married. Sparks flew.
They each agreed to carry a certain newspaper to identify
themselves, but were shocked when they came face-to-face and started
fighting in the street.
Make A Shorter Link.
A Web tips newsletter I read, The
Internet Tourbus, ordinarily is scrupulous about providing
rifle-shot links to the online services under discussion. Recently
when reviewing the "Help for Problem PCs" resource provided by
Consumer Reports, Patrick Douglas Crispen apologized for linking
only to CR's top page.
I'd love to give you the Web address for this report so that you
can access it directly, but Consumer Reports' Web addresses are
just a little under 27,000 characters long.
I visited the brand-new and dead-simple
Make A Shorter Link site,
and got back
Updated 2001-07-21, 8:38 am:
which redirects to the proper Consumer Reports page. Simple. Quick.
A one-off service as indispensible as
Mailexpire. Even simpler,
contains a bookmarklet that automatically generates a shorter
link for the current page.
Make A Shorter Link is a production of the Pants Colletive; Giles
Turnbull clued me in. (He is
there as responsible for sneezes, flouncing off on foreign travel,
and nagging. He also pens many of the essays on
This venue presents more timely and less "cooked" TBTF news
coverage. You'll read here things that came through my desktop
machine mere minutes before.
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