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Lookin’ Pretty Fly in My Crib September 28, 2011

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Conversation Piece September 26, 2011

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This comic has a delightful discussion on LanguageLog.

From The List Which Cannot Be Named.

Poor Kitten September 23, 2011

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Well, at least it’s not her reflection.

Saturn Flyby (Sped Up a Little Bit) September 21, 2011

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Octopus Ring September 21, 2011

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Designed by Antonio Palladino.  He seems to like octopodes as much as do I.

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When Disney Met Marvel September 21, 2011

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Wasabi KitKat September 20, 2011

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God, I love Japan.  I mean, they mix and match things the way Hollywood mixes and matches plots/actor/special effects. 

Think of this as the Avatar of the food industry.

Exciting update:

That’s 80 kilos of KitKat, my children.  Go thou and do likewise.

Gods bless Japan; a whole country dedicated to making me smile.

Time Lapse of Earth Orbit September 19, 2011

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Once more around the block, please.

Watch the lightning strikes.  It’s hypnotic.

Hallucinogenic Photography September 18, 2011

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This is Entoloma hochstetteri, native to India.  This one was photographed by Steve Axford in New Zealand.  It’s not known to be hallucinogenic, but you can understand how I couldn’t avoid the title.  I mean come on, look at it.

From Wikipedia:

"This species was one of six native fungi featured in a set of fungal stamps issued in New Zealand in 2002. It is also seen on the reverse side of the $50 bank note issued by the Reserve Bank of New Zealand in 1990."

I can see why.

Archaeology in a Parallel Universe September 15, 2011

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A Cloudy Day September 15, 2011

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Bitcasa is a startup which installs a small utility on your drive, making it possible to have infinite storage in the cloud ($10/month for infinite, that’s infinite, storage). "We will be the last storage device or service you ever buy."  Mac only, but follow the link to sign up for the beta and wait for the PC version (like me).  I am seriously getting this for my daughter and her film classwork.

Life in Space Circa 1980s September 15, 2011

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Not My Brilliant Words, But Pretty Funny September 15, 2011

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“I thought I was joking when I invented a Wodehouse/Lovecraft novel opening for Dave Wood’s silly collaborations competition. The Inimitable Cthulhu, of course:

‘In the spring, Jeeves, a livelier iris gleams upon the burnished dove.’

‘So I have been informed, sir.’

‘Right ho! Then bring me my whangee, my yellowest shoes, and the old green Homburg. I’m going into the Park to do nameless, blasphemous rites descended from a shuddering and unhallowed tradition, amid shrieking, slithering, torrential shadows of red viscous madness chasing one another through endless, ensanguined corridors of purple fulgurous sky … forests of monstrous overnourished oaks with serpent roots twisting and sucking unnameable juices from an earth verminous with millions of cannibal devils … insane lightning over malignant ivied walls and demon arcades choked with fungous vegetation … and then a snifter at the Drones, what?’

‘I fancy not, sir. The Dark Priestess of the Esoteric Order of Dagon is in the sitting-room and desires to speak to you.’

Iä! Iä! Aunt Agatha!’

… but little did I know that an erudite American, Peter Cannon, was busily writing Scream for Jeeves (New York, Wodecraft Press, 1994), a slim collection which really does re-run Lovecraft staples like ‘The Rats in the Walls’ and ‘Cool Air’ as Jeeves/Wooster larks – the latter story acquiring the well-judged Wodehousian title ‘Something Foetid’. (By the way, my own favourite entry for that collaboration game began ‘He was one hundred and seventy days dying and not yet dead. He fought for survival with the passion of a beast in a trap. He was delirious and rotting, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump, on the back of his head, behind Christopher Robin.’ – yes, it’s the Bester/Milne Tigger! Tigger! – US edition titled The Stairs My Destination)”

 

I found this quote in the archives of Cloud Chamber, but I think I first read it in The List Which Cannot Be Named (pre-WWW vintage).  I never forgot it.  Scream for Jeeves turns out to be available on Amazon, and I would like it if you would go there right now and click the link next to it demanding a Kindle book version…since it’s out of print and copies run like US$30.  That’s real money to you Brits, like twenty pounds or so.