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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.


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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)
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2005-04-19
 
 
These recipes are not for 'Babe' lovers (Warning: Your arteries may clog up just reading). www.gumbopages.com/looka/archive/2005-04.html#6

www.abqtrib.com/albq/nw_science/ article/0,2668,ALBQ_21236_3699656,00.html
... 300 million years ago, 8-foot-long millipedes (arthropleura) were in control of the landscape in New Mexico ... "This is basically the Tyrannosaurus of the Pennsylvanian period (325-280 million years ago), millions of years before dinosaurs evolved." (Picture of a smaller specimen [ http://mas.scripps.com/ALBQ/2005/04/14/041405_dig3_e.jpg ] The largest one is only known from its footprints.) Evidence of the creatures has also been found in Nova Scotia and Scotland ... Arthropleura died out at the end of the Pennsylvanian, probably because the amount of oxygen in the air was reduced from 30 percent during that time period to closer to the 21 percent we have today, ... They just couldn't survive at that size in modern air," Lucas said.


houseochicks.com/hoto.html (anatomy puppets)

www.muppetcentral.com/news/2005/040605.shtml muppet wizard of oz

The best book on vampires, ever, is Paul Barber's Vampires, Burial and Death: folklore and reality, published Yale UP 1988 [Well, that's one person's opinion. Might check this out - find a LINK]

news.independent.co.uk/world/science_technology/ story.jsp?story=630165
Oxyrhynchus Papyri decoded
... The papyrus fragments were discovered in historic dumps outside the Graeco-Egyptian town of Oxyrhynchus ("city of the sharp-nosed fish") in central Egypt at the end of the 19th century. Running to 400,000 fragments, stored in 800 boxes at Oxford's Sackler Library, it is the biggest hoard of classical manuscripts in the world.

The previously unknown texts, read for the first time last week, include parts of a long-lost tragedy - the Epigonoi ("Progeny") by the 5th-century BC Greek playwright Sophocles; part of a lost novel by the 2nd-century Greek writer Lucian; unknown material by Euripides; mythological poetry by the 1st-century BC Greek poet Parthenios; work by the 7th-century BC poet Hesiod; and an epic poem by Archilochos, a 7th-century successor of Homer, describing events leading up to the Trojan War. Additional material from Hesiod, Euripides and Sophocles almost certainly await discovery.

Oxford academics have been working alongside infra-red specialists from Brigham Young University, Utah. Their operation is likely to increase the number of great literary works fully or partially surviving from the ancient Greek world by up to a fifth. It could easily double the surviving body of lesser work - the pulp fiction and sitcoms of the day.
Speaker A: . . . gobbling the whole, sharpening the flashing iron.

Speaker B: And the helmets are shaking their purple-dyed crests, and for the wearers of breast-plates the weavers are striking up the wise shuttle's songs, that wakes up those who are asleep.

Speaker A: And he is gluing together the chariot's rail.
These words were written by the Greek dramatist Sophocles, and are the only known fragment we have of his lost play Epigonoi (literally "The Progeny"), the story of the siege of Thebes.


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