Posts from 2001


And this is Pen-Pen’s web site. No kidding. Really.


I’m only somewhat suprised to see that e-Holster is still alive and kicking. I found a two-year-old shortcut to this place and surfed to their site. It looks like they still offer the exact same wacky product that they offered when I created the shortcut. “Is that a concealed weapon?!” “Nope. Just my PDA.”

Sitting Pretty

*Note to self, to Robyn, and to Todd: Do not ever brag that you are “sittin’ right on top of Jish“! *Special bonus note: Muffed Punt is, in fact, the funniest phrase in all of professional sports.


Notes on the design of this site

Year End Search Stats

With more than 150 million queries per day, Google offers a unique window into what is happening in the world on any given day, as well as a fascinating retrospective on the peaks and valleys of popular culture. It was cool to see that the Beatles ranked #1 in the Most Searched Music Groups this


Life began with direct coding on bare, carbon-chemistry hardware, like amino acids and proteins. Higher programming languages, like DNA and RNA, evolved gradually. Computers began in a similar fashion, with programmers coding on to the bare machinery of their circuits. Higher programming languages have followed, each generation more powerful than the last. There is, of

Fun with Design

I’ll be doing all sorts of crazy testing stuff here in the next few hours. Like this post for example. Woo! Anything can happen on a wild afternoon in Los Angeles.

So… I’ve changed so much of this site in the last few hours it’s not even funny. The css was revised and updated. There are actually now five distinct style sheets. Choose which one you like best! (The choices are in the sidebar.) I also modified a hunka buncha the javascript, took all of it from the individual pages and crammed it into one juicy .js file. I’ve stolen from and Visit them for goodies.

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.