Cross Indexed Items

  1. (Some Dogs I Have Known, and How They Died)
  2. 07 Apr 98 (I must not think bad thoughts)
  3. 11 June 2001 (The Sight of Your Voice; Day: Jun 16)
  4. 25 May 98 (Prolog(ue))
  5. 26 Jan 98 (Seance)
  6. 27 Jul 98 (Update, before another leap)
  7. 4 Days, 4 Police Officers (Personal)
  8. 5 February 2002 (Lucky Ducky Purgative)
  9. 50 Lira (Update, before another leap)
  10. A Monadic Soreness (Prolog(ue))
  11. A Tent in the Arctic (Time Wrapper)
  12. A wire back through time (1 Year Monologue)
  13. Advertisement (The Times they is a'chargin')
  14. Age of X (Empire State; Age of X)
  15. Auf Wiedersehn, Scheide (Meditative Simulated Cross-Country Skiing)
  16. Basic Elegy (Personal; The Busy Bee; 5 Days with No Human Contact; Lucky Ducky Purgative)
  17. Being Good (The Sight of Your Voice; The Discussion of Music; Where I'm At)
  18. Beyond Black Dogs and Mice (Some Dogs I Have Known, and How They Died)
  19. Bloodlife (Valuable Information)
  20. Body of Language (Phone Call; Operation Wild Badger)
  21. Bridge and River Consecration
  22. Brooklyn (The Condiment War; The Idiotarod)
  23. Burns, Steve (Dust Mites Gone Wild!)
  24. Business (Chemical Plants)
  25. Canon of Classifieds (Day: Jun 15)
  26. Chinatown (Chinatown and Back; Bought in Chinatown; Chinatown)
  27. Civil Rights (A Chinese View of the Statue of Liberty)
  28. Cleaning My Room (Personal; 5 Days with No Human Contact)
  29. Clement Park (4 hours in Jerusalem)
  30. Colgate Money Shot (Borrowing a Car)
  31. CommunicationsTechnology (How They Telegraph Chinese)
  32. Connecting Light (Day: Jun 16)
  33. Contagious! (Again, sick, argh)
  34. Deer (Antlers)
  35. Documents Indicate... (Ford, Focus!)
  36. Dravos, Rebecca (Moments of Weakness)
  37. Earthships (The Astrakhan Awareness Network)
  38. East River Unconsecration (How I Learned to Swim)
  39. Empire State (The Busy Bee; Waiting for the Train at 23rd St.; 5 Days with No Human Contact)
  40. Faced with the possibility of violence (to explain myself)
  41. FailedRomance (Love Lost to the Ylem)
  42. Fictional Eavesdropping (A Kick)
  43. Filling the Bathtub (Another Bathtub, Another House)
  44. Forthcoming Science Trade Books (Best Of; Special Feature: the Worst Illustration of Studs Terkel; The Temporary End of Paul Ford)
  45. Ftrain Special Report: London (London Temporary Shelter Request)
  46. Gatherings (The Idiotarod)
  47. Google Search, 12:35 AM (Robot Exclusion Protocol; August 2009: How Google beat Amazon and Ebay to the Semantic Web)
  48. Greenwood Cemetery (Only the Dead)
  49. Heat Effect (Weather Report)
  50. How They Telegraph Chinese (The Chinese Room Thought Experiment)
  51. How like the sound (Until the Water Boils)
  52. How to Help Ftrain.com
  53. How to put a whole harmonica in your mouth (My Busy Day)
  54. I must not think bad thoughts (Brief Corrective)
  55. If Steven Spielberg Directed Porn (Cake)
  56. Images from in and around Manhattan, NYC (Bought in Chinatown)
  57. Imaginary Dog (Small Engagements; Some Dogs I Have Known, and How They Died)
  58. Imperialism (A Chinese View of the Statue of Liberty)
  59. Internet Culture Review (Dinner with a Billionaire; Lucky Ducky Purgative; August 2009: How Google beat Amazon and Ebay to the Semantic Web)
  60. Israel (The Temporary End of Paul Ford)
  61. Language Machines (Prolog(ue))
  62. Languages (Web Pidgin; The Chinese Room Thought Experiment; How They Telegraph Chinese; The Passive Voice)
  63. Life in Terkels (Special Feature: the Worst Illustration of Studs Terkel)
  64. Linear Journal (Emacs Notepad)
  65. Literary Aspirations, Confession of (Early On; Prolog(ue))
  66. Looking at the Numbers (Dinner with a Billionaire)
  67. Love (Love Lost to the Ylem)
  68. Love Lost to the Ylem (The Sight of Your Voice)
  69. Lucky Ducky Purgative (At-Risk Teens; The Mad Farmer Liberation Front)
  70. Making Sense of This Site (Prolog(ue); Photos from a Day in Jerusalem)
  71. Manhattan (The Idiotarod)
  72. Microcelebrity (Best Of; Personal; The Sight of Your Voice)
  73. Monkeys (The Moral Character of the Monkey)
  74. My Busy Day (Best Of; How to put a whole harmonica in your mouth)
  75. My Life with Cat and Dog, a Story (Some Dogs I Have Known, and How They Died)
  76. Night Flight to Tel Aviv (to explain myself)
  77. Notes for an Essay on Microsoft Word (More and More Like the Machine)
  78. Over and Out (Bought in Chinatown)
  79. Parallel Universe (Love Lost to the Ylem)
  80. Personal (Saturday; Dinner with a Billionaire; Missed Connections; Until the Water Boils; At-Risk Teens)
  81. Photos from a Day in Jerusalem (A Kick; Shellacking the Challah)
  82. Pittsburgh, PA (Chad Thornton Replies to Rachel Lange)
  83. Please Send Me Your Favorite Poem (The Ftrain Anthology of Poetry, 2002-2003)
  84. Poems (The Idiotarod)
  85. Pundits on Fire in Hell (The Sight of Your Voice; Four Letters to the United States)
  86. Puppet Show, early afternoon in a warm October in West Chester, Pennsylvania, 1988 (Late Night Thoughts on West Chester, PA; Lucky Ducky Purgative)
  87. Rahin, Scott (Moments of Weakness)
  88. Recent Transactions Among the Tribes (The Busy Bee)
  89. Religion (Pilgrimage to the Holy Land)
  90. Revolutionaries (The Astrakhan Awareness Network; Frequently Asked Questions)
  91. Robot Exclusion Protocol (Google Search, 12:35 AM; Amusing Google Searches; August 2009: How Google beat Amazon and Ebay to the Semantic Web)
  92. Romance (Best Of; Prolog(ue))
  93. Run From Ground Zero (Saturday; Chinatown; Waiting for the Bang)
  94. Saturday (The Astrakhan Awareness Network)
  95. Seeing Sound/Synthesis (The Sight of Your Voice)
  96. Selections from My Name is Blanket, © 2046 Blanket Jackson (The Astrakhan Awareness Network)
  97. September11 (September 11, 2001; Over and Out; Not Much at Ground Zero; Run from Ground Zero; Run From Ground Zero)
  98. Shellacking the Challah (At-Risk Teens)
  99. Speculation: ReichOS (August 2009: How Google beat Amazon and Ebay to the Semantic Web; More and More Like the Machine)
  100. Statue of Liberty (A Chinese View of the Statue of Liberty)
  101. Stopping by Sharon's, then ascending to Zion (A Kick; Eyewitness Noise: 2 July 2001)
  102. Telegraph (How They Telegraph Chinese)
  103. That Was Some Experiment (Best Of; The Astrakhan Awareness Network)
  104. The Astrakhan Awareness Network (Taxidermy Postulate)
  105. The Atomistic Machine View of the World (Faced with the possibility of violence)
  106. The Big Book (Drawbridge)
  107. The Book of Joshua, Chapter 10 (4 hours in Jerusalem)
  108. The Dial, the Number (Waiting for the Train at 23rd St.)
  109. The Discussion of Music (Coming Back)
  110. The Environment (Chemical Plants)
  111. The Escape (Waiting for the Train at 23rd St.)
  112. The Flood (How I Learned to Swim)
  113. The Internet (Web Pidgin)
  114. The Islamic Republic of Dogs (Some Dogs I Have Known, and How They Died)
  115. The McKee Recursion (The time I did lines with a bunch of grad students upstate and we ran around in the woods naked firing guns at each other at random)
  116. The Mother of God (Two from Juliet)
  117. The Mysterious Stain (Emacs Notepad)
  118. The Phone (Marketing Idea)
  119. The Plan (Being Good)
  120. The Subway Diary Guide to Self-Loathing (Best Of)
  121. The Wanderer (At-Risk Teens)
  122. The bedroom and the world outside (Bookstores)
  123. The boxes reach to the ceiling. (Obtaining a Rush Passport in New York City)
  124. Time (Accordion Time; Medium of Exchange; Age of X)
  125. To-do List (1 Year Monologue)
  126. Tourist (Personal)
  127. Travel (Pilgrimage to the Holy Land)
  128. Trying to Write About the Milt (Lucky Ducky Purgative; Where I'm At)
  129. Voice of the Future (Bookstores)
  130. Waiting for the Bang (Saturday)
  131. Wal-Mart is Everything (Lucky Ducky Purgative)
  132. Walk with Friend up Clinton St. and Back (Bookstores)
  133. West Chester (How I Learned to Swim)
  134. Why are robots so fascinating? (Robot Exclusion Protocol)
  135. Your Meter May Vary (Prolog(ue))
  136. inks_sub_ Csound (Prolog(ue))
  137. inks_sub_ Google (August 2009: How Google beat Amazon and Ebay to the Semantic Web)
  138. inks_sub_ Semantic_ Web (August 2009: How Google beat Amazon and Ebay to the Semantic Web)
  139. orgeborges_elegy (5 Days with No Human Contact)

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I've received some emails from paranoid fellow-citizens wondering how long it would be before the feds show up at my door to question me. For the inquiring federal officer, I think this brief piece by Aaron Schutzengel regarding “Flash” might provide some context.»
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