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For Joel Dames's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

May 4, 2000

Internet radio islands floating in the stream

In a study released earlier this year, Arbitron/Edison Media Research dubbed people who listen to radio over the Internet “streamies.” Bored with local programming, streamies tune in to radio stations streaming over the World Wide Web. For an overview, see Real.com and Yahoo’s Broadcast.com, ...

Mar 9, 2000

Alley cats not just a local problem

For over 15 years, Bruno Ruggeri fed abandoned cats near his home in Kamakura daily. Depositing fistfuls of dry cat food under bushes and on street corner curbs, Ruggeri would make his rounds late at night, to avoid neighbors who complained of him luring ...

Dec 18, 1999

Seattle art world meets on Gallery Walk

SEATTLE — Eric Painter is a potter. Actually, he was a biologist before he quit his research job with National Marine Fisheries and bought a pottery school and gallery in downtown Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square. Now, supervising a staff of six teachers and a ...

Nov 11, 1999

Homebrewing for fun, taste and profit

SEATTLE — “Hamm’s” is the first spoken word recorded in Rob Nelson’s baby book. His parents say he was influenced by the rhythmic beat of the Hamm’s Beer television commercial. Now, when not consuming one of his own homebrew creations, Nelson, 47, is out ...

Oct 14, 1999

Back-to-nature nomads on the open sea

SEATTLE, Wash. — “I must down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky, and all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by.” For Ken and Sho Kirita, that line from John Masefield’s “Sea Fever” ...

Jul 8, 1999

Lepidoptera farming for fun and profit

SEATTLE — In 1994, Lt. Sheri Moreau took early retirement from the navy and put to the test her belief that “your goal in life should be to figure out what you most love to do, then figure out a way to make a ...

Apr 29, 1999

Humanities offer power to the people

SEATTLE — Journalist and author Earl Shorris believes the real difference between the haves and have-nots is political power. “If you want real power, legitimate power, the kind that comes from the people and belongs to the people,” he says, “you must understand the ...