Another Dark Little Corner
Started this before change to "New Blogger", as backup in case of trouble with digiphoto blog "In a Small Dark Room", or rants & links blog "Hello Cruel World" . Useful - at one stage Dark Room was there, but like the astrophysical Dark Matter, we could't see it ... better now, but kept Just In Case.
There is nothing. There is no God and no universe, there is only empty space, and in it a lost and homeless and wandering and companionless and indestructible Thought. And I am that thought. And God, and the Universe, and Time, and Life, and Death, and Joy and Sorrow and Pain only a grotesque and brutal dream, evolved from the frantic imagination of that same Thought. Mark Twain (letter to Joseph Twichell after his wife's death)
[me, on a bad day]
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Preditors and Editors
Everything you wanted to know about literary agents
On the getting of agents
(and my Wish List)
Warm Fuzzy Feelings ... and other ones too
A kangaroo that helped save the life of a Gippsland man has been awarded the RSPCA's highest honour for bravery, the Purple Cross.
Len Richards was knocked unconscious by a falling tree branch on his Tanjil South farm (150 km (93 miles) east of Melbourne) last year. His pet kangaroo, Lulu, came to his rescue by barking to attract his family's attention.
Mr Richards says it also seems Lulu applied some first aid. "My nephew when he got to my side said she'd actually tipped me on my side and vomit was coming out of my mouth so she'd actually saved me from choking," he said.
He says Lulu has shared a strong bond with his family since they rescued it from its dead mother's pouch by a roadside. "We proceeded to bottle feed it with a proper formula and that's how Lulu the kangeroo came about," he said. "She's a free ranging kangeroo, she visits around at different farms and then she comes back to our house at 6:00 o'clock on the dot, taps on the door for a teddy bear biscuit. If it's cold outside she'll walk in and go and lie right in front of the open fire."
Kangaroo wins award for saving farmer
Wed 28 April, 2004 04:04
Roo tucks an award in pouch
By Cameron Smith
April 28, 2004
Sydney firm has security in a bubble
April 27, 2004
IT sounds like something out of a science fiction movie - an invisible "forcefield" which protects landmarks and high-security installations from terrorist attack.
But it's a reality and the early warning weapon in the hi-tech war against terrorism has been developed in our own backyard.
A Sydney firm has invented an invisible "bubble" that can be thrown around buildings, ports, airports and even parts of the sea using thermal imaging technology.
Castle Hill-based Zone Products Australia' system can detect a tank at 15km in pitch black conditions and warn of the presence of chemicals, gases, radioactive and other materials in a protected area.
It is capable of providing an intrusion protection shield from the seabed to low-level airspace - a world first ....
One small piece noting the 125th birthday of Royal National Park, Sydney
Also the anniversary of the Chernobyl incident.
We are coming up to anniversaries of the victory of the North Vietnamese in the Vietnam War, and also the Port Arthur Massacre. Will have to find a few links for all of these.
This was headed: "Satire is Dead"
This entry was headed: "Satire is Dead"www.antipope.org/charlie/blosxom.cgi/2004/Apr/21#writing-69
No matter how weird I try to make my fiction, I can never quite come up with anything as bizarre as the real world, though. I mean, assuming this report in Strategypage ( www.strategypage.com/ ) is actually not an April Fool's Day piece that came out a couple of weeks too late:
Anzac Day Eve
Not sure if there's just some strange spooky coincidence that this -- cartoons as linked, coffin photo fuss -- is happening in America during the run-up to Anzac Day in Australasia (and at overseas postings). Thought you shared your main war remembrances with the UK (other countries?) at Armistice/Remembrance day, November 11.
Am typing this on Anzac Eve, having clipped a large bunch of rosemary from my father's memorial garden bed and given it to the chap organizing a local Anzac Day Ceremony to use for everyone's sprigs. Sometimes it coincides with Easter even more closely, making the connexion of sacrifice & memory between the two very evident.
It is always particularly poignant when we have troops (whatever branch of services) on active service as now.
John & Belle Have a Blog
April 19, 2004
I see that one W. Folsom has written a book entitled The Myth of the Robber Barons (scroll down the Amazon page for some good reviews and a humorously instructive list of what customers who bought this book also purchased www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0963020315/103-9488332-0417417?v=glance). Well, as a direct descendant of the most bastardly of all the robber barons, Jay Gould, I'm not taking this lying down. I'll have you know that he fully deserved his monicker "The Mephistopheles of Wall Street", not to mention the evocative nickname "Robber of Widows and Children." Let's just look at some of the highlights of his career ...
Eunoia by Christian Bök (Coach House Books)
[There is a note: "Are the online books free? Not exactly. You are asked to ‘tip the author’ – that is, give them a small royalty for reading their work online. Authors deserve to be paid for their work. And while you’re at it, order one of their print publications too."]
Some other related sections which might be of interest:
and Nickel Linoleum (images: Christian Bök; animation: damian lopes)
Some parts of the UK site where you can blog from your mobile phone - send messages, still photos, video or audio. They can be set up as shared blogs so several people can post, say on a shared theme. This is one like that: www.moblg.net/cblog.php?show=126 Mysterious Doors
And this is more like a personal blog (this entry sounds like Just One of Those Days): www.moblg.net/blogs.php?show=71 The Damndest Thing, by Melinda
This is a picture of me having a really bad day. [image]
If one more person comes to me with something that HAS TO BE DONE BY TWO O'CLOCK I'm going to sodomize them urgently with a toner cartridge. A big one. I'll use the colour printer stock because it's more expensive and then they can spend the rest of the afternoon bleeding from their asses and shitting rainbows.
I like this man's head (tho' here I'm showing you is mainly his links to other people & places)
matt jones | work & thoughts
I am loving Newsmap ( www.marumushi.com/apps/newsmap/ ) - a flash visualisation of Google News I found via the equally dazzling angermann2 ( www.angermann2.com )
The Google CityBlock Project:
multi-perspective panoramas of city blocks
The panorama above (at right) is a portion of the north side of the 300-block of Castro Street in Mountain View. This panorama was constructed by aligning and pasting together narrow vertical strips extracted from consecutive frames of a video sequence captured by a sideways-looking video camera mounted in the back of a slowly-moving car. Click here to view the original one-minute video (14MB, JPEG compressed for quicker downloading). Click here to view the computed multi-perspective panorama (210 KB JPEG file, but beware - this image is 6000 pixels wide!)
moneybox Daily commentary about business and finance.
[So you can allow for the biasses of financial types.]
Capitalists for Hillarycare
Solitude and the Fortresses of Youth
By MICHAEL CHABON, Published: April 13, 2004
www.lordsgymclermont.com/home.htm push-ups for Jesus? (see logo)
Easter gets people thinking
nielsenhayden.com/makinglight/archives/005007.html Teresa's 'Things I believe' post.
There's quite a lot, it includes
I believe in the God of the Burgess Shale, Who not only made creation stranger than we know, but stranger than we could ever imagine.
Crucify God, resurrect art, by Jack Robertson, April 9, 2004
... you can Google up a strong, credible, authoritative set of ‘proofs’ for every Human opinion or idea every argued thus far - The Holocaust did happen (208,000 sites and falling); The Holocaust Didn’t Happen (128,000 sites and climbing) ...
(on Margot Kingston's Webdiary, part of the Sydney Morning Herald site)
California Energy Crisis Comes Home To Roost
From: respectfulofotters.blogspot.com/ 2004_04_01_respectfulofotters_archive.html#108151557644466542
Remember when 'everybody knew' that the 2000-2001 California energy crisis was entirely the fault of deregulation and overly strict environmental standards?
Quoting money.cnn.com/services/tickerheadlines/for5/ 200404081547DOWJONESDJONLINE000842_FORTUNE5.htm
A federal grand jury in San Francisco has returned a six-count indictment against a unit of Reliant Resources Inc. (RRI) and four of its officers in connection with a 17-month federal criminal investigation of the manipulation of California's energy markets.
As of now -- it may change suddenly -- this is the direct address of the
www.liberal.org.au/default.cfm?action=4&page=4. This page has lost its links from the other pages on the Liberal Party of Australia official web site.
The text currently consists of:
Well, that's their story, and they're sticking to it.
Some catering ideas:
second person, singular - a blog with nice thoughts nicely put
Lisa's personal favourite phobia sites:
The Phobia Clinic
Lisa's top phobias so far:
Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia or Sesquipedalophobia: Fear of long words
Paraskavedekatriaphobia: Fear of Friday the 13th
Logizomechanophobia: Fear of computers
Arachibutyrophobia: Fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth
Geniophobia: Fear of chins
Hellenologophobia: Fear of Greek terms or complex scientific terminology
Opiophobia: Fear medical doctors experience of prescribing needed pain medications for patients
Walloonphobia: Fear of the Walloons
Alternatively, identify your Ancestral Clan Mother:
(I must look up a diagram of the Hypothetical Ancestral Mollusc again sometime ... ah, memories!)