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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.
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Pre-Emptive Apology  
I've added in a player from La Cieca at Parterre to the sidebar, that will let you play some nice operatic music (Unnatural Acts of Opera), and posted my video of the New Year's Eve fireworks.

Unfortunately, these both seem to start playing when you arrive on the page. I'd much prefer they awaited your click to start. Certainly, if I was visiting another page with them on (in?) it, that's what I'd like as a visitor. If your connection is slow, it may delay things very much. Even getting to the stage where you can click on a 'pause' button might take a while. This is not what I am trying to achieve!

UPDATE: I think the video autoplay problem seems to have been fixed. I hope you enjoy the music. If I get negative feedback, I'll change that too.

I can't quite understand what the problem is with the video link, because I've seen plenty of pages where there's just a still that you click on to start the player. If my fiddling with the code doesn't stop it, I may just leave a bare link.

And I've always disliked pages that start blaring sounds at you when you arrive — altho a subtle atmospheric background or short not-too-offensive introductory noise of some kind can be a pleasant experience. Shorewalker used to have the sound of surf on the beach, just at a low level, on the first page, which I liked.

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