Ready for the Easter Egg Roll?

The White House ( visited the White House long before the internet was a reality. As I remember, which could be wrong because it was such a long time ago, we just showed up and waited for the tour to begin. Nowadays, things are different. Similar to the airlines’ restrictions, visitors who wish to tour the President’s temporary residence cannot bring along handbags, combs, cameras, or anything but themselves—with clothes on. If you don’t like restrictions, you can take an internet tour of the place. The website would be nicer if they took a tip from realtors and offered one of those nifty 360° virtual viewings, complete with a jazzy music loop. But no. That would cost us taxpayers another couple million, I suppose. Anyway, the site has some good information, namely that anyone can get tickets to participate in the annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn. You have to reserve your tickets from the National Park Service people a few days beforehand. At last look, there was no information about WHEN for 2008, just a recap of last year’s event. (Phone the White House line at 202.456-7041 for the latest information). I’m guessing that politicians’ kids and grandkids get first dibs for the tickets, unless the families are off to Barbados or Seville or Tuscany for the Easter holidays. But really, there is quite a lot of good information about our Presidents here. Come back to it next January and see how it changes with our newly-elected prez.


Musical Crystal Glasses ( Fliggo is a smaller version of YouTube, so chances of getting your own “production” seen on the Web is a little easier. The musician, whose name is not given, plays a classical piece using water-filled crystal glasses  And he does it very well. The tone sounds like a harp, which would be much easier than this. I wonder how many crystal glasses this man goes through in a month.


Blast from the Past ( “A look into the future that never was,” explains the site creator. I happened across an article here, written on November 8, 1970, titled “Computersville is Almost Here.” And, I figured the author of this piece was psychic, because most of what he said has come true. In addition to that little tidbit, Paleofuture has enough curious bits of nostalgia and laughable predictions to keep you clicking away at the links for a long time.


Strange Art (  I suppose it’s cheaper to use chewing gum rather than marble, huh? The sculptures, all pink by the way, are created well enough. When I got tired of looking at them, I found links on the right column of the webpage that took me to balloon sculptures. Those intricate, rubbery figures are not something you learn to make in a clown class. Mosey around this site and you’ll find many more examples of strange art—or rather, art made from uncommon materials.


Troy Paiva’s Lost America ( Photography buffs can learn some of the techniques Troy employs to capture atmospheric and eerie shots of ghost towns, for example. Troy uses gels, strobes, flashlights, and long exposures under the full moon to create remarkable scenes of places most people would avoid at night. None of the work is photoshopped. He uses a Canon 20D SLR and in the past three years has gone digital, as most of us have.


~ by IndianaDunesPoet on February 27, 2008.

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