March 31st, 2009

schott

Schott's Miscellany 30 March 2009

America agreed to buy Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million (1867)


TEN COMMANDMENTS OF DRIVING

In June 2007, the Vatican's Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrans and Itinerant People offered the following ten "driving commandments":

1. you shall not kill
2. the road shall be a means of communion between people and not of mortal harm
3. courtesy, uprightness, and prudence will help you deal with unforeseen events
4. be charitable and help your neighbor in need, especially victims of accidents
5. cars shall not be an expression of power and domination, or an occasion of sin
6. charitably convince the young and not so young not to drive when they are not in a fitting condition to do so
7. support the families of accident victims
8. bring guilty motorists and their victims together, at the appropriate time, so that they can undergo the liberating experience of forgiveness
9. on the road, protect the more vulnerable party
10. feel responsible toward others


MULIMEWES--foolish capering
"Wayne and Agnes meowed while enjoying murlimewes."
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mere anarchy

Mere Anarchy reviewed!

Peter Quentin over at Dreamwatch's Total Sci-Fi has reviewed Star Trek: Mere Anarchy, the compilation of the six-part series I edited in eBook form that covers the entire history of the original series.

Money quote:
The various stories play to the writers' strengths, and none ever gets a chance to outstay its welcome.

As well as an exercise in world building, these stories also chart the maturing of Kirk as a man, from the bold and sometimes brash Starship captain, through the more thoughtful Admiral, to the universe-weary figure weighed down with grief over the death of his son in the period leading up to Star Trek VI. ...

Some Trek novels set within the timeframe of the various TV series have felt like intrusions into the continuity; this collection adds to it in many positive ways.
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    "Join Together" by The Who
wee krad, South Park Keith, South Park Keith #2

another day, another duller

We got in this morning to find out that they screwed up the fingerprinting yesterday, so we had to do it all over again -- twice! Turns out they had to print us twice, and we filled out the forms wrong.

So that took the whole morning. I spent my lunch hour starting on the script for Farscape: Strange Detractors #4, then came back and started learning all sorts of cool stuff while sitting in a room that had even less air than yesterday. They actually took pity on us and gave us an unscheduled five-minute break at 4pm so we could get some air.

My handheld tricorder-like thingie still doesn't work right -- I shared the handheld of the person sitting next to me for the training.

Tonight I'm skipping karate because I need to make real progress on F:SD.....
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    the Word Balloon podcast featuring me