Posts from April 2001


Lunch: Bologna sandwich A Day In The Life of Martha Stewart is fun reading if you aren’t afraid of her. I found the “article” in a parody eZine called Happy Woman, which has some terrific articles, like: Repair Your own Transmission and make 3 1/2 dozen Maple Butter Cookies, Funeral Etiquette Do’s & Don’ts, and

Wham-O! (part 2)

Given that hiring a helicopter costs about $956 per trip, some farmers have opted to blow up their dead animals at a cost of $32 with the help of demolition experts, who place explosives inside the cadavers.

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The space shuttle Endeavour launched this afternoon. I was lucky enough to live in Daytona Beach, FL when I was a kid so I was able to see this many, many times … My mom took us to Cape Canaveral to see one of the very first launches. Incredible. Awe-inspiring. Loud.


I’ve recently revised and reorganized my favorite books page. I also added links to the selections at so you can grab your own copy.

Searching for Michael Sapp

So here’s an interesting idea. I used to have a pal named Mike Sapp. We rowed together for Florida Crew in ’95 and ’96. I can’t find him. I’ve looked. I’ve tried all his old eMail addresses. None work. I’ve tried all the internet people-finders and looker-uppers. No dice. Then I thought, “Maybe he reads

Visual Basic SQL Los Angeles

Got Skillz? My company is looking for a VB and / or SQL developer in the Los Angeles area. Want more info?


That’s me. Click on it and it pops open a little window that will refresh every minute or so. You can do that by clicking the ‘live webcam’ link on the left, too. If it looks like I haven’t moved for hours it probably just means that the camera is not recording. Or I’m really

target ranges and explosives

Wham-O! Regardless of the distance to the target, each target is a single pop can filled with explosives. Thus, from 100 yards to 830 yards each of these targets is exactly the same size and carries the same explosive punch. We have never retrieved a target that did not explode. If a bullet hits the


Wow! I’ve been blogging for 400 days!

Nasty and Noisy

Nasty and Noisy

Nasty and noisy, relentless and repulsive.

What Is This? is the personal weblog of me, David Vincent Gagne. I've been publishing here since 1999, which makes this one of the oldest continuously-updated websites on the Internet.

A few years ago I was trying to determine what cocktails I could make with the alcohol I had at home. I searched the App Store but couldn't find an app that would let me do that, so I built one.


You can read dozens of essays and articles and find hundreds of links to other sites with stories and information about Ernest Hemingway in The Hemingway Collection.