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By Samuel Stoddard

October 1999

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Monday, October 25, 1999

Answers to the reader question, "How has the invention of the squeaky toy fundamentally changed your life?" follow:

Friday, October 15, 1999

I'm sure anyone who's tried to answer Wednesday's reader question has noticed my email isn't working correctly. The problem is being worked on and should be fixed soon, ideally later today. So hold on to those answers, and I'll let you know here when sending them to me should work.

Update: My email seems to be working again. If you tried to submit an answer to Wednesday's question before, or would like to now, have at it! If for some reason it still doesn't work, try sending later today -- but it should work.

Wednesday, October 13, 1999

Stephen K. wrote in to express his concerns about how the new Reader Poll feature will affect the reader questions that appear here in the Site Journal from time to time. The answer, in case anyone else was also concerned, is not at all. The Reader Poll is something added, not something replaced -- a little frivolity that gives readers something else to do when they visit RinkWorks and heightens the interactivity of the site. The reader questions that show up here in the Site Journal are directed toward an entirely different end: it gives you, the reader, a chance to be creative, and all of us a chance to continue to build our sense of community.

So, with that, today's reader question is as follows: How has the invention of the squeaky toy, such as those given to dogs and cats and babies as playthings, fundamentally changed your life, both personally and as a member of society? Answers go here.

On a different note, the RinkWorks motto contest has been judged, and an entirely new contest has begun. It's all at the Contests page.

Thursday, October 7, 1999

What better way to start the day than with a morning prayer?

Dear Lord,

So far today, I am doing all right. I have not gossiped, lost my temper, been greedy, grumpy, nasty, selfish, or self indulgent.

However, I am going to get out of bed in a few minutes, and I will need a lot more help after that.


Wednesday, October 6, 1999

Unless you're a brand spanking new reader -- in which case, welcome to RinkWorks! -- you probably noticed that the front page looks a little different. I've been wanting to add a site index column for some time now, but it was the addition of the Reader Poll section that triggered me to do it now. Since I was changing the front page anyway, why not do both jobs at once?

With the Reader Poll questions, I hope to mix in a blend of silly fun questions and questions that will help me learn about RinkWorks' readers. For that matter, you'll get to learn about yourselves, too.

Monday, October 4, 1999

A second contest is underway, on the Contests page. It's a contest to see who can come up with the best RinkWorks motto. The more entries, the merrier, so don't forget to send in yours. My goal is to make the judging job as difficult as possible.

Friday, October 1, 1999

A straggling answer to the reader question "Corks: good or bad?" came in. She sent it earlier, but for some reason it didn't reach my mailbox until a day later. See the September 30, 1999, journal entry for what this is all about.

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