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)
Pathology (Warning: Skip pic if you're sensitive)
Anatomical Pathology — Surgical Pathology Report(Warning: Skip pic if you're sensitive) Collected April 2006, 12:27
Museum of Pathology
Museum of Pathology: SCIRRHOUS CARCINOMA OF THE BREAST
A 48 year old woman presented with a painless lump in the breast. Radical mastectomy was performed.
Slice through a female breast showing a large, rounded, poorly demarcated yellowish lesion of approximately 5 x 7 cm.
Beauty and Sadness in Memory
( ceremony of floating lit paper lanterns ). Every year, at the night of August 6, people float lit paper lanterns on the Motoyasu River flowing beside the "Atomic Dome." This is one of the ceremonies to mourn for the souls of the atomic victims.
The Infertile Soul
The Infertile Soul: "The honest, ugly truth about infertility.
I know what its like to find out others feel the same things I do. To know you are not alone with something - especially something negative like feeling sad when you hear of a friends baby news, or feeling angry that everyone else is pregnant, or mad at people for being fertile... That for me was really exciting. It was a huge relief to find I was not alone in feeling such ugly, totally not politically correct type feelings.I feel someone, somewhere along the way, needs to be honest about the ugliness of infertility. That it can produce feelings that are unfair, that are offensive, that make us feel guilty and bad. But they exist, and they are real ...
Separated by a common language
The date April 20th, 4/20 in US style dating, has a special meaning in the USA, and certain sub-cultures (see Wikipedia entry). Another odd thing I've learned thru' Making Light.
The first thing it means to me is the birthdate of Adolf Hitler (1889), which I've always remembered as the first of a strange trilogy - not quite consecutive. QEII (aka Betty Windsor) is getting all the publicity this year for her 80th. William Shakespeare being the (attributed) third, on 23/4/1564 (UK dating).
I think that birthday was mentioned as a reason for the date of the Columbine school shooting - an event that rather spoiled the memory of several nice things of that name, as well as tainting the date further.
One Memory Triggers Another
from Alma Alexander's (nom de plume) blog on her website (www.almahromic.com)
Alma A. Hromic:
Monday, February 27 2006 - Octavia Butler: memory
www.almahromic.com/ 2006/02/ 27_octavia_butler_memory.phpThere's another piece I like about the seven sins and seven virtues as applied to writers — April 9 2006 - Write about it all (www.almahromic.com/ 2006/04/ 09_write_about_it_all.php)
Lunar Embassy: THE WORLDS FIRST EXTRATERRESTRIAL INTERNET (secure.registrysystems.net/lunar)
The Galactic Government and ICANN Accredited Registrar and Registry Operator Aim High!, Inc. have started to issue domain names in the extraterrestrial internet, to form the worlds first off-Earth name space.
Naming Rights — or Wrongs
Photos: Worst tech of 2006 (so far):
Worst name for a product that's supposed to go in your living room: Biohazard Media Center Xpress This rack-style Biohazard multimedia PC will look great next to your LeadPaint-brand A/V receiver, Asbestos-brand speakers, and Steaming Pile of Human Waste-brand HDTV! Hazmat suit sold separately."
How to be creative, by Hugh Macleod
How to be creative, by Hugh Macleod
gapingvoid: how to be creative (long version)
www.gapingvoid.com/ Moveable_Type/ archives/ 000932.html
"So you want to be more creative, in art, in business, whatever. Here are some tips that have worked for me over the years:" ... — Hugh Macleod (a Global MicroBrand)
Cyclone Safety Gear?
Is this what was needed in major-league bulk supply in the banana plantations before Cyclone Larry hit?
I am making no other comment at all. Whatsoever. Not even about the date.