August 22nd, 2009


Schott's Miscellany 21 August 2009

Hawaii became the 50th U.S. state (1959)


God's dice always have a lucky roll.
---SOPHOCLES (c.496-406 BCE)

The devil invented dice.
---ST. AUGUSTINE (354-430 CE)

The dice of God are always loaded.

God does not play dice with the Universe.
---ALBERT EINSTEIN (1879-1955), objecting to quantum theory

Poetry is a comforting piece of fiction set to more or less lascivious music.
H.L. Mencken (1880-1956)
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    "This Wheel's on Fire" by The Band
HG World

HG World Season 0 Episode 2: "Born Down in a Dead Man's Town"

The second episode of the monthly zombie audio drama "HG World" is now available. The Zombie uprising reaches Wishwell, PA as Ronni & Hicks head into town and Gray leads Caitlin out of town...

Keith R.A. DeCandido as Todd Rage
Stacy Dooks as Gray
M. Sieiro Garcia as Caitlin
D.J. Breau as Derrik
Mark Zaricor as Deputy Dale
Ginny Swann as Colleen
Rebecca Rinas as Ronni
Ryan Smith as Hicks
D.T. Kelly as neighbor

with Eugie Foster, Tracy Evans, Mike Stokes, and Cheryl Malcom

HG World is produced by 3015 North Studios

Written and produced by Jay Smith

Production assistance by Martha Linbo-Terhaar, Carole Stokes, Michael Stokes, and Pam Smith

Sound effects courtesy of For a full listing of contributors, please visit

Jonathan Coulton appears courtesy of the Creative Commons license. Please visit him and his goodness at

HG World is directed by Jay Smith.
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    the episode in question

iz ded

Got up early to go running this a.m. Ran the whole track (which is about 1.3 or 1.4 miles) without stopping to walk, which is a first for me. Then did a second run, which was part walking, part running, and which included part of the detour into the woods.

Then I came home, showered, ate four scrambled eggs, took a quick nap, then went to the 1pm karate class. Then I came home, showered, ate some pasta and ice cream, and took a longer nap.

Now I've got some writin' to do.................
  • Current Music
    "Like a Rolling Stone" by Bob Dylan & The Band
gone and back

two more Gone and Back #2 reviews

Louis Johnson of Fandomania has provided an entertaining plot summary and review of Farscape: Gone and Back #2.

Money quote:
This arc is killer so far. We learn more about Deke and the pivotal role he plays in the future. Surprisingly, we learn that Aeryn is more important than previously surmised. And the twist at the end may help answer a critical question plaguing John’s mind.

I’m really hooked, and I’m glad these comics continue the tradition of the television series in a faithful way.

Andrea Speed once again reviews the comic for comiXtreme, and once again gives 3/5, but there's more positive to say this time (at least about the story).

Money quote:
There's another twist at the end that's a bit more surprising. The story's okay, but the art is extremely uneven, seemingly changing to a better (and more boldly colored) style when we get to the Peacekeeper ship, but a bit messy and loose everywhere else. Very strange. Okay – and I actually liked the twist at the end, which suggests a great deal of plot planning.
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    "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" by Crosby, Stills, & Nash