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When I can mow my own lawn with my shirt off, THEN I will feel "liberated"

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About This Place

THIS web page exists because I have friends. Two of them, so far, have provided computers. I would otherwise not have any. Computers, that is not friends.

I live on the crack in the knuckle of Wisconsin's thumb. My house was built in 1929 by one of my grandfather's uncles. Not all of its corners are perfectly square. Much of the lumber was recycled - I don't think they used that word then - including the hard maple floors. I love wood floors. Throw down some newspaper and let the cats hurl up all they want. No carpet to worry about.

Garden of the Black UnicornMe? Well, I am an underemployed esthetic engineer, and a born-again geek. I like to say that I can make anything but money. I have an overactive mind in a body that gets tired too easily. Although I seem to have an affinity for computers, I haven't been able to express that side of me very much in the past, but look out now...

Wisconsin's Door County still has a few nice scenic spots where you can plug your ears and pretend that you are in an unspoiled land...if you don't look down and see the pigaret butts, pull-tabs, crapfood wrappers, etc.... I have a few pictures further on. Mostly around town and at home. There are some decent shots of the old bridge.

This is the third-or-fourth -or-so rewrite of the lil house documents. One nearly finished revision went poof in a sudden upgrade... I hope it is entertaining. If you find any parts of it offensive, you don't have to look. It's that simple. It's not as if I were making your windows rattle with pignoise. I have some interesting links whereby you can escape to some new virtual place.

Grass is a weed, dandelions are a vegetable

Otherwise, I have tried to make your visit comfortable by putting my cutesie-poo animations where you can scroll them out of sight before they drive you bonkers. I've also stayed away from light-on-dark text, which was not hard because I hate it, and restrained my desire to show off all my gorgeous textured backgrounds. Hey, I got 'em - but I know about slow loading. Sometimes I'm thankful I learned to crochet before I got my own web connection. I don't want to make this a two-potholder site. I'm sure it's bad enough as it is.

I use a little javascript , but no java. All images that are at all meaningful have alternate text, or whack my knuckles. I like to keep my work accessible. If my pages are not up to your wall-size monitor, that's your tuff luck.;)

New in the AUG (After UpGrade) version - a page of reviewlets and links to programs - mainly freeware - that I use. My very own tips-n-tricks page. Gosh, I feel like a real grown-up now. I had to throw the photo album(s) into my Angelfire site to save space. Only 10 megs on the local server, can't go too heavy on the graffix. Sorry about all the ucky ads there. Artsy junk is all going to have to that way though. This thing keeps growing. Coming soon (?) - the true story of Microsnot, the booger in Billion Gots' left nostril.

Also getting style sheets going here, smooth some things out I hope. But I'll be working on another site soon, and my own will be a little more on the back burner - except for experimentation. Haha, and there's a lot of that going on here. If you're into getting your giggles from peeping other folks code, go ahead and laugh at some of mine. It may be very different next week.

If you have any constuctive comments or meaningful questions, you may * * me... I don't promise prompt answers... if any... I do promise NEVER to answer spam. It gives me an itchy delete finger. As my imaginary Aunt Hildy used to say, "It's your karma. a**h***". She was very outspoken for her time... You wouldn't get any money out of me anyhow - I haven't got any. Note - if you didn't see an e-mail address a few sentences back, that's because it is camouflaged in javascript to foil spambots. You can translate this - aruwyrd(at) ("'at"', the @ character, is SHIFT+2 on the keyboard My alternate is aruwyrd2(at) You might want to check out my - he he he - mail list. It's not very up-to-date, too tedious. :p

My twin brother, Larry, ca. 1970
My twin brother Larry

Some day I'll get around to putting some of my original crochet patterns on line. I recommend crocheting as a constructive nervous habit, a very useful distraction for long, slow downloads. There are no ill effects on health, and it keeps your hands off food. Can't hardly ask for more than that.

Feb. 13, 2002 - re-doing some pages with narrower space for text, for easier reading (your eyes can snap back to the next line without getting lost). Of course, with all these changes in progress, somebody's gonna throw a computer at me.
...And it happened, too, but I fielded it without dropping too much this time...LOL far...
...well, then (April) there was the new drive... gained a lot of gigs, but lost one heck of a fractal collection (sob, sob, sob)

3-24 Spring has come, and lo, more changes. My first style sheet , very modestly suggesting a few things. Less complicated, the table experiments are over. Go ahead, breathe.

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Arual's lil glossary (Going to have its own page soon? :)

Consumer: a crap-tube

The internet: whatever you want it to be

Corporation, large: an entity devoted to turning human beings into consumers (q.v.)

Pigwhistle: what politicians, corporate fatcats, and many others are full of

Economic Recovery: the rich get richer while the poor grow in number

Economic Growth: 1.population growth + increase in economic inequality
2. pigwhistle

Earth-abortion: causing the death or mutilation of future genrations of all life through stupid, self-centered, narrow-visioned, pignorant abuse of resources

Pignorance: the art of remaining oblivious to reality by refusing to look outside of one's beliefs and preconceptions

Esthetic engineer: one who communicates through the senses

Windows: a problem common to many PC owners

ISP - stands for I'm So Prissy

Frankenware: a computer that is cobbled together from used parts, some of which may be surprised to be where they are

Proctalgia: a common Windows user's symptom

Windwoes: what Microsnot would sue me for naming something

Crash: primary function of Windows

Bug: basic component of most programs, and a primary constituent of Windwoes

Divine Intervention: My finger on the switch on the back

Snareware is software that you thought was free until you started installing it and it started talking license. (I've got nothing against asking for money, I like doing that myself - but I like it up front, not sneaking up after download)

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Pet Peeves

Saying it:

eXcetera: The word, or rather phrase, dear people, is ET CETERA. It is Latin for "and the rest". There is no "X" in it, nor any ExcedrinTM. Try it - say "Et", and then say "Cetera.".

Nook-you-lar: I don't care who says it, the word is NUCLEAR. If you put clear glass in your bathroom window to replace the old frosted glass window that got broken, would you say that you had a "New clear window", or would you tell all your friends that you had a "NucUlar" window?

Beats the heck out of me how people whose native language is Ennglish (or what passes for it here in Americay) can have such a poor command of it. No wonder there are bugs, when a lot of programmers probably couldn't spell "feces" if they had four letters to do it with. ;-)

Which reminds me of another peeve - the dimbies who want to make English the Official Language of the USA. Gee, why not Spanish or Dutch? Come to think of it, how about Shoshonean?
Funny thing, but I seem to be able to get around the Internet pretty well on English...

Which reminds me - I gotta hand it to all you guys for whom english is a second (or third...) language. I admire your guts and appreciate your creativity. If I laugh when I read a "readme", help file, or webpage, I'm not laughing at you, but with you.

(MIS)Spelling and PUNKtuation:

Apostrophe's in plural's (sic) - just cut it out, OK? Apostrophes are for words that show posession, like "the cat's tail", or contractions (two words patched together) like "don't" (do + not), "that's" (that + is). If you are uncertain about whether or not to use one, DON'T - you have a better chance of being correct. Just stick the S on the word and be done with it.

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Arual's lil cursors - 66 static and animated cursors in 16 and 256 colors. A few examples shown (as GIFs) below. All good clean family stuff. File contains no viruses, hostile scripts, ads, or pigwhistle.
Download here. Unzip into the Windows Cursors folder and enjoy.
Do you use Fractint or Winfract? Want to try my color maps? Download and lick up some new flavors. Just thought I might as well throw this one in here too.
A few Fractal Explorer spots - download here
From the Department of Wacky Ideas - the BurmaShave file. Put a touch of retro in those mostly-empty folders. 0-byte files with long names (and a cute icon) make dumb poems in Windows Explorer. A totally harmless addition to the registry, and off you go. Oh, well, you have to unzip it and move two little files too. Terribly complicated. ;] Download it, come on, I dare ya
The "oldies" are now available at K_Meleon Resources, in a big zipped grab-bag. I will be posting any new babies here whenever the fit takes me.
KM green fireworksAND brand new for the summer, here's some K-M fireworks! Two sizes to please the fastidious desktop-keepers. Download the hot stuff. And here's the RED version. And the YELLOWversionPurple some day.

For the very crowded toolbar, I now have a micro throbber, only 11 pixels wide by 20 high, weighing in at 10K. It's a tiny lizard that changes colors when it gets excited. Cute as a bug's butt, if I do say so myself. Download the teeny one.

HAPPY NEW YEAR! And now for the ultimate in trivial efforts... The Short Ones throbber collection no. 1. Only 8 pixels high and all under 30 long, guaranteed not to thicken your toolbar. Download the Formiddable Five and see for yourself. You might need a magnifier...

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You are only the center of your own universe. Please stay out of the way in mine. Thank you.

Garden of the Black Unicorn

Danger! Hidden files!

Change folder icons the easy way(s)

New K-Meleon throbbers


homeHOME (You are there)
The Thang and I
The Cynister Empyre
This one goes out to the proggies I love
The Victory Garden
The Number One Cause of Death
Ankle Surfers
A Patriotic Message
The Church of the Universal Solvent
flaming red dragon A Field Guide to the Dragons of Door County
Arual's lil tips 'n' tricks Part One - arts and orts
Part Two - the old shell game
FREE STUFF, whoop-de-toot
Help for the Perplexed - yes, I'll tell you how to steal my stuff!

"Offsite" Pages:

The Land of Fractalia
The Land of Fractalia

One small but colorful point on the Infinite Fractal Loop
PICTURES - photos, art
Sidewalks of Sturgeon Bay- the real antiques
My Raccoon Story
A Gallery of Dragons
Crazy men on my roof


How to build a KILLER website - Arual's guide to HBML (Hyper Bloat Muckup Lingo)
Arual's lil glossary

- also Pet Peeves

Garden of the Black Unicorn
Garden of the Black Unicorn
Beads, fiber art, cyber art...

Rainbow Rescue of Wisconsin

K-MeleonNeed a decent browser?
My animagic site bannerAnimagical creature is a black unicorn

Nutrition guide (spoof)
DLL Storage
Missing something essential? Look here
This site is updated willy-nilly at random intervals
YUCK!This is an official DESPISE AND LOATHE AOL site
May the Farce be with you!

Shell Extension City
Daily Update

(I'm hooked on this:)