March 3rd, 2009


Lunacon 2009 schedule

I have my schedule for Lunacon 2009, which will be held 20-22 March 2009, at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye Brook, New York.

8.30-9pm: reading (Elija Budd)

12-1pm: "CSI: Science Fiction," w/Yvonne Carts-Powell, Amy Goldschlager, Saul Jaffe, and James Prego (Bartell)
5-6pm: autographing (Westchester Assembly)

11am-12pm: "Media Tie-In Novels," w/Nick Pollotta and Josepha Sherman (Brundage B)
12-1pm: "From Book to Film," w/James Owen, Dan Persons, and Charlie Spickler (Grand North)
1-2pm: "World Domination," w/Paul Calhoun, Lee Gilliland, and Dr. Lawrence M. Schoen (Odelle)

Hope to see some of you there!
  • Current Music
    "St. James Infirmary Blues" by the White Stripes
wee krad, South Park Keith, South Park Keith #2

Tuesday's dead

Taking it easy today. Will probably go do some food shopping and some writing of some form, and I'm definitely going to karate and fighting tonight, as I've been away from the dojo for a week, and am starting to get the shakes. *laughs*

I may catch up on LJ, but I may not, so if you posted anything since Thursday and you want me to read it, tell me here.

Will catch up on Schott's Miscellany shortly....
  • Current Music
    "You Will Go To the Moon" by Moxy Fruvous

Schott's Miscellany 26 February 2009

Napoleon Bonaparte escaped from his exile on the island of Elba to begin his second conquest of France (1815)


In his 1855 book Table Talk, John Doran recounts the story of a curate at Basse Bretagne, noted for his wit, who found that his duty at the confessional interfered with a number of invitations to dine. Seeking to indulge his stomach, the curate declared from the pulpit: "In order to avoid confusion, my brethren, I have to announce that tomorrow, Monday, I will receive at confession the liars only; on Tuesday, the misers; on Wednesday, the slanderers; on Thursday, the thieves; Friday, the libertines; and Saturday, the women of evil life." Doran notes that "the priest was left during that week to enjoy himself without let or hindrance."

The world would not be in such a snarl, had Marx been Groucho instead of Karl.
Irving Berlin (1888-1989)
  • Current Music
    "Put the Oak Ridge Boys in the Slammer" by the Austin Lounge Lizards

Schott's Miscellany 27 February 2009

Chelsea (daughter of Bill and Hillary) Clinton born (1980)


Some one in France has taken the trouble to compute the statistical probability of the supposition that if "thirteen sit down to table" one of them will die within the following year. From this computation it appears that if the average age of the company is 10 years there ought to be 134 persons present instead of 13 to make death probable; that if the average age is 15 there ought to be 131 present; and the following figures follow as a mathematical sequence: for 20 years, 129 persons; for 25 years, 124 persons; for 30 years, 119 persons; for 35 years, 112 persons; for 40 years, 103 persons; for 45 years, 90 persons; for 50 years, 73 persons; for 55 years, 54 persons; for 60 years, 35 persons; for 65 years, 25 persons; for 70 years, 17 persons; for 72 1/2 years for the average age, there would be a probability that one of the "13 at a table" would die within a year.

---Anonymous, Miscellaneous Notes & Queries, 1885

A committee is a cul-de-sac down which ideas are lured and then quietly strangled.
Barnett Cocks (1907-89)
  • Current Music
    "Cottonmouth Blues" by Blind Pharaohs

Schott's Miscellany 28 February 2009

Freedom of speech was abolished in Germany by Adolf Hitler (1933)


The 5 Panj Kakaars, or articles of faith, worn by many Sikhs are:

KESH--uncut hair
KARA--steel bangle

An army marches on its stomach.
Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)
  • Current Music
    "Life is a Long Song" by Jethro Tull

Schott's Miscellany 1 March 2009

President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps (1961)


The firsts month of the Roman year, March is named for Mars, the god of war but also an agricultural deity.

The unpredictability of March weather leads to some confusion (March has many weathers), though it is generally agreed that March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. Yet, because March is often too wet for crops to flourish, many considered a bushel of Marche dust [a dry March] is worth a ransom of gold.

March hares are "mad" with nothing more than lust, since it is their mating season.

The Mars bar is named after its creator, Frank Mars.

When a man tells you that he got rich through hard work, as him: "Whose?"
Don Marquis (1878-1937)
  • Current Music
    "Rudiger" by Mark Knopfler

Schott's Miscellany 2 March 2009

Labour Day (WA Australia)


In 2006, a group of psychiatrists and literary scholars led by Dr. Harrison Pope of Harvard offered $1,000 to the first person who found an account of "repressed memory" written prior to 1800. Teh group theorized that if repressed memory was a natural function of the human brain, it should appear in literature before becoming a fashionable plot device c.1800. To qualify, the account had to describe a healthy, lucid adult with amnesia for a specific traumatic event. In a paper published in December 2006, the researchers said that none of the responses offered met their criteria, giving these explanations for frequently cited memory lapses in literature:

Euripedes' Heracles: simple delirium
Shakespeare's Hotspur in Henry IV, Part 1: ordinary forgetfulness
Sophocles' Oedipus: infantile amnesia
The Arthurian knight Ivain: simple delirium
Shakespeare's King Lear: simple delirium

LIGHT-SKIRTS--a woman of dubious repute
"Jenny was friendly, but hardly a light-skirts."
  • Current Music
    "Fairytale of New York" by the Pogues
supernatural, nevermore

In the Hunt now on sale!

BenBella's latest "Smart Pop" title, In the Hunt: Unauthorized Essays on Supernatural, is now on sale. The collection includes a foreword by me, and essays by such cool folks as Jamie Chambers, Tanya Huff, Amy Berner (veggiebelle), and three folks who won the Pop Supernatural Essay Contest, among many others.

You can order the book directly from BenBella at this link, and you can read an excerpt (which includes my foreword) at this link.

  • Current Music
    "Fly" by Moxy Fruvous