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Last week, I promised that we would talk about ways to protect your
children in cyberspace.  If you don't mind, let's postpone that
discussion until next week.  To clear up some confusion from my last
post, I have to talk about a topic that, while humorous, probably
wouldn't be appropriate in a post about a serious topic like child
safety.  You'll see what I mean in a minute.  :)
On with the show ...
Have you ever heard sayings like "getting four square meals a day" or
"mind your beeswax" and wondered where these sayings came from?  Well,
Joanne Todd Rabun has created a page called "Ye Olde English Sayings"
that attempts to explain the origins of many of the Old English (or is
that "Olde English?") sayings we take for granted.  Rabun's 'sayings'
page is at .
This page is a great deal of fun.  For example, Rabun explains that
the phrase "turn the tables" (as in 'the defense attorney, mindful of
the plaintiff's lie, turned the tables on him') has to do with the
fact that, hundreds of years ago,
      [t]ables only had one finished side.  The other side, less
      expensive to make, was more rough.  When the family was alone,
      they ate on the rough side to keep the good side nice for
      company.  When company came, the whole top lifted off and was
      turned to its good side.
Are all of Rabun's explanations accurate?  Maybe, maybe not.
Fortunately, she does give space to opposing viewpoints.  And,
according to a note posted at the top of the page, many of the word
origins on the Ye Olde English Sayings page are actually "folk
etymologies"  stories passed among us to explain where words came
from that are not necessarily based in linguistic "truth."  Still
Rabun's explanations are a fun read.
One of the best parts of Rabun's page is the list of links to other
etymology pages around the world.  Oddly, Rabun doesn't link to my
Southern Word page [GASP!], nor does she link to Terry O'Connor's
"Word for Word" page at
According to our friends at Yahoo!, Word for Word is daily newspaper
column that examines word origins, slang, usage, and odd expressions.
I'll let you explore O'Connor's site on your own, but do try to visit
his "word articles" and "word archive" sections.  Both are quite
interesting.  :)
UPDATE: Eudora Pro 4.2 Updater
It looks like there is a bug in the Macintosh edition of the Eudora
Pro 4.2 updater (the PC version works fine -- in fact, I *love* it!).
According to our friends at MacInTouch
      Qualcomm has pulled the Eudora 4.2 beta updater, after
      discovering a problem that caused [Macintosh version of] the
      program to crash when "previewing messages with attached inline
      graphics."  Eudora support lead Greg Brown notes that there is a
      workaround for those who downloaded the update and wish to
      continue using it:
      "You can avoid this potential problem one of two ways. Go to
      Special/Settings/Mailbox Display and uncheck 'Show message
      previews by default,' or go to Special/Settings/Fonts and Display
      and uncheck 'Display graphics in messages.' Again, this only
      affects Eudora Pro for Macintosh version 4.2 users. We will be
      releasing a fix shortly available on our Updaters page."
By the way, let me put in another plug for MacInTouch, the free,
daily, online Mac news and information site.  If you own a Mac, or if
you work in an environment where you have to either work with or
support Macs, you really should add MacInTouch to your daily "must
read" list.  You can find MacInTouch on the Web at .
The folks at MacInTouch also offer a free, daily iMac news and
information site called "iMacInTouch."  You can find that site at .
If you are looking for the latest Mac news, both of these sites are
amazing resources.
You will remember that last week's Southern Word of the Week was:
      AWFUL TAR (Noun).  A tall, iron structure on the river Seine.
      Usage: "That Awful Tar may be great, but it aint no Vulcan!"
While most people understood the Eiffel Tower reference, the Vulcan
reference confused almost everyone.
Standing on the top of Red Mountain in Birmingham, Alabama, is the
largest cast iron sculpture in the world: a 53 foot tall statue of
Vulcan, the Roman god of fire and metalworking.
Unfortunately, when the statue was cast, the artist forgot to provide
Mr. Vulcan with any shorts.  Consequently, "[t]here's a full moon that
shines 24 hours a day, 7 days a week over Birmingham."
It gets worse.  Vulcan's giant iron posterior is now cracked -- well,
it has developed more cracks than usual -- and the City of Birmingham
has been forced to close Vulcan Park until the necessary repairs can
be made.
To find out more about the plight of Vulcan's cracked posterior, visit
Alabama Live's "Save Vulcan" page at .
If you are looking for a more serious discussion about Vulcan,
however, visit .
This page does not try to make Vulcan the butt of any jokes (sorry, I
couldn't resist).  :P
I am happy to announce that my second book -- "Web Page Design" -- was
[finally] published a couple of weeks ago.  Here is the info:
      Title:                 Web Page Design
      Author(s):             Stubbs, Barksdale, Crispen
      Publishing Date:       6/99
      Publisher:             South-Western Educational Publishing
      Place of Publication:  Cincinnati
      ISBN:                  0-538-68997-8
      List Price:            US$31.95  (UK 20.99, Canada 47.50)
Like my first book ("Atlas for the Information Superhighway"), Web
Page Design is designed to be used in the classroom.  However, the
book is written in such a way that ANYONE can understand it,
regardless of whether or not you are in a classroom environment.
Right now, Barnes and Noble is carrying the book online here in the
States.  The UK branches of Amazon, Blackwell's, and Bookstore are
also carrying it.
A companion instructor's manual is also available.  To find out more
about this, visit and search
for "crispen."  [You can also ontact your school's South-Western/ITP
or Course Technology rep for more information.]
Web Page Design probably won't appear on any bestseller lists, but I'm
proud of it.  If you are looking for a quick and easy way to learn how
to design simple Web pages, take a look at Web Page Design.  :)
I will be in Chicago all next week, so next Thursday's TOURBUS post
may be a little late.  If you have a chance, tune your radio to AM 720
(or point your Real Player to on Wednesday,
July 7th, at around 11:20-ish PM CST (GMT -6, I think).  Although I
have been a part of WGN's Website Wednesday Night program for the last
year and a half, this will be my first time to do the show from the
WGN's Chicago studio.  :)
Also, Back in my 6 August 1998 post I asked:
      A couple of years ago I saw a TV show where museum officials
      covered the surfaces of great paintings with a rubberized epoxy.
      The epoxy was then peeled off, giving the officials a negative
      of the artist's brush strokes.  This negative could then be used
      to make hyper-realistic copies of that painting.
      Does anyone know more about this process or where you can
      purchase these copies?  I really think this would make a great
      TOURBUS stop.  :)
Well, we are going to talk about that process, and the company that
makes those replicas, tomorrow in a bonus TOURBUS post!  :)
    English Sayings / Eudora 4.2 Mac Bug / Save Vulcan / PC's New Book
ADAM (noun).  A distinct part.
Usage: "Please see if that's the only missing adam on the list"
[Special thanks to Peter van Marle for today's wurd]
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