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Baltimore - 24 October, 1999 - It dawned on me --- as I took a break to begin my dinner ( a pot of beans, along with rice one of the two staples of most of the world's peoples' diets throughout this millennium. It's okay, I've been accused of eating like a peasant before, you don't have to be embarrassed for thinking it.) before doing this last page of The World's Magazine --- that we might have too much new material in this edition. There is so much new, good material here this week that I'm not certain any of you can assimilate it all in a single week.
On the other hand, what better way to see in All Saints Day than with abundance?
So, I put on some music --- I find music distracting when I'm editing and designing pages, but don't mind it when I'm writing --- and settled into this prosaic page where I talk to you about the latest antics here at the GENERATOR 21 and my life.
I did my nod to Halloween in last week's Publisher's Note, so this week I feel fine in pointing you to the more important day after in the Christian calendar.
Not that I am totally sympathetic to the Christians by any stretch of the imagination. During my entire life I have only known one person who I consider a "practicing" Christian, my dear friend Dove DoVale. He walks the walk. When he refers to Jesus as "The Master," I know he means it. When he gives things up for Lent and takes his family to Mass, I know it's not dumbshow.
But as my choice of Pope Gregory IX as the exemplar of Evil in our People of the Millennium October Readership Poll shows, I have no great love for "the Mother Church."
And as for the right-wing, fundamentalist adherents of too many world religions in ascendance in our world today, Muslim, Christian, and otherwise --- I hope MAXINE's interview subject in this week's BEST OF feature has used the "Reservation Service" liberally with them.
FEED THE HUNGRY. You can help someone else in this world and IT WON'T COST YOU A DIME. If you simply remember to drop by The Hunger Site every day that you surf and click a simple button ONE LESS PERSON WILL GO HUNGRY. The food is distributed by the United Nations World Food Programme and paid for through the sponsorship of companies that care. Do your part.
ABOUT THIS ISSUE: I'm resuming my practice of linking to the column pages of the issue with this Publisher's Note. I had doubts about the efficacy of doing so for a while after instituting our latest re-design. But I have thought better of it this week.
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As mentioned above, we have scads of great material this week. The "hunker down for winter" impulse most have kicked in among the G-Crew finally, because I had much more material to edit this week than I have since last Spring.
JENNIFER BLUE provided a wonderful new cultural deconstruction and commentary on our lives here in America in this week's CULTURECAST.
RASTISLAV DURMAN is back to report on the International Independent Television Broadcasters Festival in Slovakia with his usual witty and satirical take on the proceedings. Check it out in G21 EUROPE.
And alumnus WOLF DEVOON rejoined the active role this week with a new contribution to AMERICAN DREAMS.
Those are three of ten new features we can recommend this week, Kids. You came to the right place! Tell a friend.
LIFE OF ROD: I've decided to get a new dentist after last week's ordeal. I need someone who is not so willing to make excuses for his own mistakes --- which lead to my personal pain --- and who thinks of me as a person instead of just another case to be processed in the production line.
Meanwhile, I've been agonizing over my decision to go to Belgrade for New Year's Eve.
I received a warning e-mail from one of my Andover readers about the dangers of getting into the former Yugoslavia by way of Hungary. It seems that foreign visitors have had some bad experiences there. Because the United States does not have diplomatic relations with Serbia, I have to acquire my visa through Canada. And then there is the prospect of a six-hour minimum bus ride into Belgrade from either Bosnia or Montenegro in order to even make it in...
That scenario: Black man, American, who speaks not a word of Serbian stuck on a long bus ride surrounded by Serbs, Croats and Bosnians, suddenly gave me significant pause.
"What? Are you nuts?"
Meanwhile, my friend Rastislav Durman e-mails me that the tales of the hazards of getting in and the prospect of my imminent demise in the former Yugoslavia during the Y2K world melt-down are extremely exaggerated. Not to worry, says he.
I'll keep you apprised as this latest Adventure unfolds.
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EDITORIAL CORRECTIONS: We had another miracle week last week. Rod got it right.
ROD AMIS has published this magazine since 1990. It first appeared as a hardcopy 'Zine. In March, 1996, he launched it here on the Web. Rod was a Contributing Editor at Suite101.com, where he wrote the " 'Net Publishing" feature. His work has been featured in the San Francisco Bay Guardian Online, NRV8, and at WebLab's Reality Check site. Rod was also a contributing writer on technology for Faulkner Information Services.
Rod is now a columnist for the Andover News Network, where he writes on web design and development issues every Thursday. He is principal writer and Editor for IT Manager's Journal, where he reviews technology issues five days a week. His opinions on the Info Age began appearing on MethodFive's HYPER technology newsletter in March.
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