June 25th, 2009

chronic rift

The Chronic Rift Spotlight: Teen Summer Reading 2009

On this week's installment of the Summer of the Rift, hosts John S. Drew (a high school teacher in civilian life) and Andrea K. Lipinski (a young-adult librarian in civilian life) provide a selection of books that would be great to give the teenager in your life to read during the long months between the school years.

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    "Johnny Saucep'n" by Moxy Fruvous

Schott's Miscellany 23 June 2009

Henry Hudson, discoverer of the Hudson River, and seven other men were cast adrift by mutineers (1611)


The top industries of each state, from A Perpetual Calendar by L.S.F. Pinaud, 1896:

ALABAMA: ranks fourth in cotton
ARIZONA: ranks second in silver
CALIFORNIA: ranks first in barley, sheep, grape culture, gold, and quicksilver
COLORADO: ranks first in silver
CONNECTICUT: ranks first in clocks
DAKOTA: is the finest wheat-growing state
DELAWARE: is way up in peaches
FLORIDA: ranks third in sugar and molasses
GEORGIA: ranks second in rice and sweet potatoes
IDAHO: ranks sixth in gold and silver
ILLINOIS: ranks first in oats, meat packing, lumber traffic, malt and distilled liquors, and miles of railway
INDIANA: ranks second in wheat
IOWA: ranks first in average intelligence of population, first in production of cord, and first in number of swine
KANSAS: ranks fifth in cattle, corn, and rye
KENTUCKY: ranks first in tobacco and has a world-wide reputation for thoroughbred horses and cattle
LOUISIANA: ranks first in sugar and molasses

Shadow is a color as light is, but less brilliant; light and shadow are only the realation of two tones.
Paul Cézanne (1839-1906)
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    "Desolation Row" by Bob Dylan

Schott's Miscellany 24 June 2009

St. Jean Baptiste Day (Canada)


MAINE: ranks first in ship building, slate and grantie quarries, lumbering, and fishing
MARYLAND: ranks fourth in coal
MASSACHUSETTS: ranks first in cotton, woolen, and worsted goods, and in cod and mackerel fisheries
MICHIGAN: ranks first in copper, lumber, and salt
MINNESOTA: ranks fourth in wheat and barley
MISSISSIPPI: ranks second in cotton
MISSOURI: ranks first in mules
MONTANA: ranks fifth in silver & gold
NEBRASKA: has abundant crops of rye, buckwheat, barley, flax, and hemp
NEVADA: ranks second in gold
NEW HAMPSHIRE: ranks third in manufacture of cotton goods
NEW JERSEY: ranks first in fertilizing marl, zinc, and silk goods
NEW MEXICO: grazing facilities can't be beat
NEW YORK: ranks first in the value of manufactures, soap, printing and publishing, hops, hay, potatoes, buckwheat, and milch cows

Progress is a comfortable disease.
e.e. cummings (1894-1962)
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    "Sunset Grill" by Don Henley
OCLT, crazed writer, dark forces, ellie, command & conquer

modified rapture

An editor just e-mailed me saying that a novel deal that I thought I was going to have in May and then was told it wouldn't be until August, may now be back on for this week. This would be a huge relief.

The conference call to finalize this stuff is tomorrow, so with luck, I'll have more specifics to give y'all.
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    "1984 Blues" by the Austin Lounge Lizards

I love our landlord, really I do...

...but every once in a while.... *sigh*

Let me preface this by saying that our landlords -- a husband and wife, and the sweetest people in the universe -- are wonderful. We love them all to pieces. However, being organized is not something listed in their skillset.....

We haven't had hot water since Tuesday afternoon, when I tried to shower and was greeted with ice water. I told the wife about it Tuesday, and was told the husband would come by that night. When I called Wednesday after another ice shower, he told me he forgot to come by, but would that afternoon.

I just found out from The Cuz that he had her on the phone last night checking everything and insisting that we really did have hot water and made her check all the switches. (Apparently all four of us -- me, terri_osborne, The Cuz, and her roomie -- were all just making this up. *headdesk*

Finally, when I got back from the pshrink this a.m., the guy was there to fix it. Apparently there are half a dozen things wrong with it, including messed-up valves and an oil leak. Joy.

With luck, we will at last have hot water later this afternoon.
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    "Rock On" by David Essex

Potato(e) Moon continues....

Sorry, I've been lax about keeping up with further installments of "Potato Moon," the parody of both Twilight by Stephenie Meyer and "Russet Noon," an unauthorized sequel/companion by copyright ignoramus "Lady Sybilla." (At least, I think she is. terri_osborne just posted this link, which reveals that she's writing a tell-all book, which may have been her endgame all along....)

Anyhow, the parody has been serialized by various insane authors (including myself) on Peter David's blog, and here are the latest installments since my last update:

Here's a guide to the whole schmear.
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    "Back in the USSR" by Paul McCartney