(bits) by bill keaggy

Every week I used to find a cool weblog (sometimes a local St. Louis blog) or some useful, interesting web site from here or there and write up a brief on it for the Sunday Everyday section Tuesday Here and Now section in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (I used to work there as Features Photo Editor). That's about it. Not much action here anymore. More of my stuff can be seen here: keaggy.com.

Sunday, December 25, 2005

The Fat Man Walking

It's Christmas day and Steve Vaught is in San Diego, home with his family, but he'll be back in the St. Louis area this week continuing his walk across America. Steve, who started the journey at nearly 400 pounds, has walked 1,757 miles on his way from California to New York, trying to lose weight and find happiness. Once a fit Marine, 15 years ago Steve was involved in a car/pedestrian accident that killed an elderly couple. Since then, his weight and depression have been difficult to control. His web site features a travel journal (he fell hard on the second day, in addition to having a Big Gulp cup thrown at him). Walk a mile in his shoes at www.thefatmanwalking.com.

(UPDATE 17 Feb 2006: Local man Gary Long has started his own weight-loss trek. Read more at stltoday.com or visit Long's site at www.afatmanwalking.com.

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Ink Slinger: Blatherings of a recovering television writer

A recent post from Paul Guyot: "To anyone who may have had trouble connecting with me within the past 38 years -- the problem is now resolved." Heh. Mr. Guyot writes for television and relocated to St. Louis last year. Maybe you've seen some of the shows he's worked on: Judging Amy, Felicity, Level 9 and Snoops. And you might want to read his weblog, "Ink Slinger: Blatherings of a recovering television writer," to see what he's been up to lately. Just tune in to paulguyot.blogs.com.

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Etsy - Your place to buy and sell all things handmade

The holidays are nearing and you have yet to find the perfect gift for your special someone? Try Etsy, an online marketplace for handmade goods. Making things by hand requires care and thought, therefore, buying handmade things is thoughtful and caring -- right? Right. Regardless, you'll also dig the fun and interesting ways to browse Etsy's products. Get clicking: www.etsy.com.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

One Movie A Day

On October 1st, Colorado blogger and film school graduate David Wester watched a movie. He also watched one on October 2nd. And the 3rd. And the 4th. In fact, he's watched a movie every single day since the beginning of October and plans to watch one every day through the end of December. He must not have kids. You can read his short reviews on his weblog, One Movie A Day, located at movie-a-day.blogspot.com.