Dishevelled leaves creep down Upon that bank to-day, Some green, some yellow, and some pale brown; The wet bents bob and sway; The once warm slippery turf is sodden Where we laughingly sat or lay. The summerhouse is gone, Leaving a weedy space…
Recently an “old-timer” in Boulder Creek remarked that he knew snow was coming because the varied thrushes were back. That’s not good news, for here the quiet sound of snowfall is punctuated by ripping crashes as trees drop overloaded branches or simply fall over because it doesn’t happen often enough to keep the trees “trimmed.”
“Is there… a rage against reaction, a fury at the recalcitrance of the concrete and the stubbornness of tradition? … And might that rage too need a fantasy object?”
Many years ago, when Sherwood Smith and I were neighbors in the same apartment building in Hollywood, we used to giggle about the old women at the local supermarket who drove their shopping carts like they were Strykers. We dubbed them Commando Bats…
3200 megapixels in a package the size of a small car. Its light-gathering capabilities will be among the best in the world–for only $168 million!
The New Year should begin either on December 21 or on March 25. Just sayin’
While blotting up grease from a homemade pizza, Deborah discovers the face of Cheesus.
“Modern nation-states which masquerade as embodiments of community are always to be resisted. The modern nation-state, in whatever guise, is a dangerous and unmanageable institution…”
In case you were wondering, yes, I have deleted all of my yak-yak social media accounts except Diaspora and LinkedIn. I don’t know when I’ll be back to them, if ever.
It’s beginning to look like Halloween will be a “dark and stormy night” for much of the East Coast this year, with a paucity of mini-ghouls and goblins knocking at the door. In fact, some of our BVC authors and many BVC friends may be reading by candlelight that night. For them, and for anyone […]
“God’s people are instructed to dismantle, on a regular basis, the fundamental patterns and structures of stratified wealth and power, so that there is ‘enough for everyone.'” That’s not the understanding of liberty that most people are celebrating today.
We’ve officially launched our new bookstore over at Book View Café, and we’re giving away books to celebrate. It’s been quite a process getting to this milestone, as vividly described a couple of weeks ago by Linda Nagata, whose WordPress-fu was indispensable to the effort. We’ve been running the bookstore in “stealth” mode since then, and […]
In May of 2003 I had a rather delightful problem on my hands. Deborah and I had been “serious” for five years, and we had been looking forward to marriage for some time, but I hadn’t felt easy about proposing to her before her divorce was finalized. But now it was, and I could. The […]
Updates: December 28: Sherwood and I talk about how ebook publishing let us dive into rewriting a 20-year-old space opera at Scalzi’s Big Idea. December 28: Sherwood Smith talks about Star Wars, Dave Trowbridge, and the Zing! of inspiration. December 27: Deborah J. Ross talks about The Lesbian Chocolate Sex Scene, or Life With Exordium. December 27: The The Phoenix in Flight is on […]
In the acknowledgements for the 10th anniversary edition of American Gods, Neil Gaiman mentions “the inimitable Harlan Ellison, whose collective Deathbird Stories burned itself into the back of my head when I was still of an age where a book could change me forever.” (my emphasis). At Loscon this year, Sherwood Smith, Deborah, and I […]
So Abram rose, and clave the wood, and went, And took the fire with him, and a knife. And as they sojourned, both of them together, Isaac the first-born spake, and said, My Father, Behold the preparations, fire and iron, But where the lamb for this burnt-offering? Then Abram bound the youth with belts and […]
We got our the first red potatoes of the season yesterday. They started life as about 50 potatoes that neighbors gave us two years ago because they’d sprouted. I didn’t harvest last year because the plants didn’t do well. This year they came back up more vigorously. There are about six more rows that should […]
Gayatri in the garden for the first time (From Blog Pictures) I maintain a semi-feral garden to encourage a lively ecology of beneficial insects and predators, which tends to minimize the need for intervention to control pests. To attract bees, small wasps and other useful insects I let catnip, feverfew, foxglove, white clover, lemon balm, borage, […]
Our German Shepherd Dog Oka had a vet adventure today, and his good behavior saved his owners several hundred dollars. From Blog Pictures Oka is almost eleven, although he still moves like a much younger dog, with that uncanny floating trot that only the GSD has. But for several years he has suffered from pannus […]
Deborah and I will be at Westercon 64, with bells on. Here’s my schedule, with my own take on the subjects. Friday @ 2:30 California room History Is Written By The Winners. How much of what we know about bunk history may be wrong and how do we find out? Friday @ 4:00 PM (Crystal […]
I will not raise my precious child to kill your precious child. And if it is within my power, I will not hand over my beloved child to others to kill your beloved child, or to learn how to kill the one you cherish. –Fr. Emmanuel Charles McCarthy. (From LewRockwell.com via The Western Confucian)
One of the nicest things you can do for the vegetables in your garden is make them a dirt soufflé by double digging, as outlined in John Jeavons’ indispensable How to Grow More Vegetables and Fruits (and Fruits, Nuts, Berries, Grains, and Other Crops) Than You Ever Thought Possible on Less Land Than You Can […]
Have you ever noticed that belief in The Rapture seems to correlate pretty strongly with an unhealthy interest in the way other people behave, not to mention a certain obliviousness to one’s own behavior? Fred Clark touches on this from time to time both in his brilliant chapter-by-chapter dissection of the Left Behind novels and […]
Yesterday I got the chance to play a clarinet that is almost 200 years old! I was up in the Richmond visiting Daniel Deitch for some tweaks on my Buffet R-13 soprano Bb clarinet and repairs to a friend’s oboe, and spotted this clarinet in his workshop. It’s a “simple system” boxwood C clarinet made […]
If you yearn for “coruscating, ravening beams of unstoppable force” (in every color but purple), devious aristocratic intrigue and sexual tension, and high-velocity custard flingers, all combined into a multi-layered universe, check out The Phoenix in Flight.