August 13th, 2009


Schott's Miscellany 12 August 2009

The first Model T Ford came off the production line; it took 14 hours to assemble and cost $1000 (1908)


The Greek poet EPIMENIDES is said to have fallen asleep in a cave as a child and not to have awoken for 57 years, after which he found himself possessed of all wisdom.

In Washington Irving's 1819 story, RIP VAN WINKLE slept for 20 years in the Catskill Mountains, waking an old man, "unknowing and unknown."

Arthurian legend tells of MERLIN, who is not dead but asleep in the form of an old tree yet to wake; and KING ARTHUR himself, who is not dead in Avalon but is sleeping in teh form of a raven. (Incidentally, some say that Merlin was responsible for waking ST. DAVID, who was enchanted into sleep for seven years by Omrmandine.)

DOG SLEEP, CAT SLEEP, FOX SLEEP, and WEASEL SLEEP are all feigned sleeps taken with one eye metaphorically open.

German mythology tells of CHARLES V, who is asleep until it is time to awake and reclaim his monarchy, and BARBAROSSA, who sleeps with six knights until they are ready to awake and establish Germany as the most powerful state on Earth.

We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)
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    "Caravan" by Van Morrison & The Band
rex, rome, primeval

lack of progress....

Well, I didn't actually get any more progress on Heart of the Dragon last night, as karate class was particularly intense, and I had a few other things to take care of last night, plus I was pooped, and Leverage and Dark Blue were on. *grin*

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    "Rawhide" by the Blues Brothers

me (and others) on the new Trek film and the novel line

Jens Deffner, a.k.a defcons_treklit has written an article titled "Trek XI: Did the books miss the bandwagon?" Jens talks to me, Allyn Gibson ("Make-Believe" in Constellations), Geoffrey Thorne (Titan: Sword of Damocles), and Steve Roby (the Complete Starfleet Library) about the new Star Trek film and whether or not Pocket Books handled their book line in response to the film in a good way or not.
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    "Send My Body Home" by Uncle Bonsai

a wine-y contest

Laura Anne Gilman, a.k.a. suricattus, is holding a contest that might be of interest to those of you reading this blog. I'll just use her own words.............

In two months -- exactly! -- I will be sitting in this chair, happily freaking out over the fact that Flesh and Fire: Book 1 of the Vineart War will be hitting the shelves.

But why should y'all have to wait [or take my word for it] to see why I'm so excited?

So. A contest seems to be in order, with the winner(s) getting the first finished copy of Flesh and Fire available (yes, you get a keeper copy before I do!).

However, I'm going to make you work for it [hey, it's a hardcover!]. But work of the [hopefully] fun sort.

The Rules: Take one of the three options, and describe it... in the style of a wine review. Points for using an obscure but real wine term, more points for creating a term that sounds like it should be a real wine term. Lots of points of you make me want to run out and buy that vintage.

Your Choices:

Fannish: The Star Wars Trilogy (original, as-released, Han shot first)
Political: Barack Obama (I figured he'd have a sense of humor about this, and not send the SecSer after me -- and if he did, it would just be publicity, right?)
Personal: kradical [What, you thought I'd let you take a shot at me? Do I LOOK that nuts? EtA; oh, all right. If you must. I'll admit to some cautious curiosity]

the fine print

The contest will run from today through 25 August and is open to anyone who lives within reach of the USPS [if I have to hire a jungle porter to deliver the book, fuggedaboutit]. I'll choose one winner from North America, and one from Elsewhere, so be sure to mention where you live in your entry!

You don't have to be a LJer to enter, but PLEASE remember to sign your posts so I have a way to reach you, otherwise you'll be disqualified.

[for those of you with no idea where to start -- try]

I have to admit to a certain morbid curiosity.... *laughs*
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    "O Mary Don't You Weep" by Bruce Springsteen

support breast cancer research!

For the second year in a row, I will be joining my fellow karateka to participate in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, a 5K run/walk in Central Park to be held on Sunday 13 September 2009 to help raise money for breast cancer research to, as they put it, run breast cancer out of town.

This year, I plan to run at least part of it, instead of walking the whole thing as I did last year.

If you wish to make a donation, click on this link for the Team Kenshikai page or here for my personal page.

Either way, please support this worthy cause.

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    "Blind Man" by the Don't Quit Your Day Job Players
d'argo's lament

first D'Argo's Trial #1 review

In this week's "Buy Pile" column at Comic Book Resources, Hannibal Tabu lists D'Argo's Trial #1 in his "honorable mentions" section, which is the stuff that is, as he puts it, "worth noting, even if it's not good enough to buy."

Which explains the mixed message of what seems to be a positive review except for the use of the word "almost" in the final sentence.....
"Farscape: D'argo's Trial" #1 was a pleasant surprise. You don't have to know anything about "Farscape" to appreciate this story of broken interspecies love, intolerance and a thirst for revenge. This is a smart, well crafted issue, and the lead character's central motivation was almost enough to sell this story.

Whatever. I'll take "This is a smart, well crafted issue" any day.... *grin*
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    "Someday the Sun Won't Shine for You" by Jethro Tull
heart of the dragon


Got about 1800 words written, which was above the daily word count, but still puts me at 2500 words (or so) off pace. May make it up tonight, or tomorrow, when I'll be on a train for a few hours.

I finished Chapter 4, which is the first chapter to feature the Campbells: Samuel and Deanna, and their 15-year-old daughter Mary, in December 1969. Fun stuff. *grin*

Off to karate....
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    "In the Gallery" by Dire Straits