Monthly Archives: February, 2006

So Long Suncoast

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This Saturday we discovered that apparently all of the Suncoast (and Sam Goody) stores in St. Louis are closing.  This means that places like the West County Mall and Chesterfield Mall no longer have a place you can go to browse for DVDs and CDs.  Okay, sure, I bet Sears has a selection, but really…

Okay, I know it’s just a store in the mall that sells DVDs for essentially list price.  Nonetheless its closing truly saddens me.  I think I’m really mourning yet another nail in the coffin of the shopping mall as an interesting place to be.

I’ve always liked shopping malls.  At the risk of sounding shallow or materialistic some of my fondest memories of childhood are going to the mall with my mom.  In those days, the mall had all kind of cool things – toy stores, hobby stores that sold things like chemicals and test tubes, and of course book stores.

If this sounds like an old-guy rant on the good old days, and how civilization/kids/music/sports/food was so much better back then then that junk we have today, well, so be it.

I’ve been lamenting for years how the interesting stores seem to be vanishing at the malls, and the trend continues.  In a few years, unless buying clothes is your major thrill, there will be little point in going to the mall.

As evidence, here’s an off-the-cuff list of neat stores that we’ve lost from local malls in sem-recent memory:
The Warner Brothers Store
The Nature Company
Waldenkids
Rand McNally
Suncoast
Camelot Music
B. Dalton (as a small in-mall store)
FAO Schwarz
KB Toys

I know I’m missing at least a few bookstores.  Sure, we have huge stores now (Borders, B. Dalton), and that’s nice in a way, but it’s much more of a monoculture now, and that’s never a good thing.

End of old-guy rant.

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Interesting Links #1

Just a brief entry to mention some interesting websites I’ve come across lately (okay, lately might mean in the last 6 months…)

This is an interesting (if occasionally juvenile) manifesto on video gaming.  I agree with most of the points made therein.
http://www.pointlesswasteoftime.com/games/manifesto.html

The strandbeest is just really, really odd.
http://www.strandbeest.com/

Some though-provoking stuff on careers, jobs and work (these words may or may not be synonymous in reality).
http://www.paulgraham.com/love.html

Need a way to get to a human from a voice-mail system?  Check this site out.
http://paulenglish.com/ivr/

Looking for a new underground lair from which to hatch your nefarious plans?  I’d start looking here (the Bathstone Quarries):
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2087-1849406,00.html

http://www.nettleden.com/burlington/index.shtml

http://www.ufon.org/truthseekers/bunkers/spring1.htm

If that’s on the wrong side of the ocean, this one might be suitable:
http://www.diefenbunker.ca/

My friend Tim always thought that this was the future, as far back as 1981.  Technology has just about caught up with his vision:
http://detourdvd.com

Any of you who might be screenwriters might be interested in this software, especially as it works on the Mac as well as that other slightly more popular platform.
http://www.celtx.com/