Thursday, December 14, 2006

A whole week? Finals week has kept me from posting, but I'm back on track now. I promise.

Oil City resident Neil McElwee has written Standard Oil Co. Men in the Early Oil Region. It's another local history without an ISBN. Sigh. Anyhow, as I've complained before, it follows the "Robber barons? What robber barons?" pattern:
Collectively, the Standard Oil was the largest industrial employer in the Oil Region, providing thousands of workmen and hundreds of managers good pay and excellent careers for many years...
Take that Ida Tarbell! Snap The History of The Standard Oil Company!

This News Herald article confused me. DSL could be coming to Franklin....but...I live in Franklin...and I've had DSL for years...

Venangoland has been upated with a pre-Christmas entry.

Local son Raymond Shafer's funeral will be Sunday at Allegheny College.

Rolling Stone is looking for the best band on MySapce.

Pittsburgh-based NPR member station WDUQ has compiled this list of the 10 best holiday jazz CDs.

Here's a list of this year's "best of" music lists.

Wanted: Objects or activities that exemplify the do-it-yourself spirit for an exhibit at Pittsburgh's Future Tenant titled Make/Do. Have you turned your old VCR into an automatic cat feeder? Made your old video games into musical instruments? Then you're who we're looking for. We're interested in projects that alter mass produced products to do things that the manufacturer never intended, gizmos that solve problems in ingenious ways, and homebrewed answers to needs that would send most people to the local mall.

Send your digital images, photos, slides, or proposals for projects by December 31, 2006: Send to Carin Mincemoyer or:
2100 Mary Street
#403, Pittsburgh, PA 15203.

Punk Planet's year end issue of lists includes Sarah Stone Wunder's "Top 10 things I ate in 2006" which includes Hot Wings at Sharon's Quaker Steak and Lube.

Two free and legal album downloads of Suburbanhome record's alt-country and roots music are available here.

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