Archive for April, 2009


Thursday, April 30th, 2009

I talked to Jim. The new Trek movie is getting more or less good reviews.

Jim and I are going to the Palisades IMAX to watch it. Jim is making reservations. I don’t know when Jim will be able to get the tickets as it is selling out fast. I hope it’s a late night one so I don’t have to sit with a bunch 10-year-olds.

Forest J. Ackerman Estate Auction

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

A while ago I bought several odd lots from Forest J. Ackerman’s Garage Mahal. He was selling off some of his items to get a little cash. Most importantly, I got a note of thanks with his signature with everything that I bought.

Now the 4E has moved on to that great monster mash in the sky, his estate is up for sale at the Profiles in History auction site.

These are the real treasures and I can see where there are millions of dollars worth of items. One thing for sale is a First edition book Dracula signed by Bram Stoker and also signed by Bela Lugosi as well as most every actor who ever played Dracula.

I wanted to bid on the two items that were a collection of awards. One had FJA’s Hugo award from 1946 and the other has the World Fantasy Award (the H.P. Lovecraft bust). This would be the only way that I could ever get one of these. The bidding started at $300 and that’s out of my price range.

Here are the pictures from the website:

Group of awards presented to Forry J Ackerman including: Hugo Award which incorporates the rocket ship from the very first Hugo Award presented to Forry Ackerman in 1946, Pulpcon Award, skull with fez (unknown attribution), Fantastic Arts, Evans Retrospective 1946, Rondo Monsterkid Award, Moxie Smiff L.A.W. Award. $600 – $800

Group of seven Ackerman awards including: Lifetime Achievement & Mentor Award, Forrest J Ackerman Best Everything, metal Saturn Award, Chiller Theatre Magazine Living Legend Award 1996, Horror Writers Association Life Achievement Award, Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society Forry Award, and 2002 World Fantasy Award (H. P. Lovecraft bust), $600 – $800

Oh well, unless I win the lotto tonight, I am not going to get these.

Forest J. Ackerman Estate Auction

1957 WorldCon Photos

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Very cool pictures from the 1957 London Worldcon. (via The Crotchety Old Fan)

Here is my favorite: John W. Campbell, Jr. and H. Beam Piper. Piper is moving up fast on my favorite Author’s list, and Campbell was the editor of Astounding and did much to shape modern Science Fiction.

1957 WorldCon Photos

The Cost of Kindness and Other Fabulous Tales, Shinichi Hoshi (1985)

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Shinichi Hoshi is the Japanese Master of the short-short story. He wrote over 1000 of these flash pieces. I had a tough time finding any translations of his stories.

Read the review of The Cost of Kindness and Other Fabulous Tales, Shinichi Hoshi (1985)


Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Too much like real life:

Nyack boy makes good – Chuck Loeb Interview

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

I went to Nyack High School with Chuck’s sister. Now he has a spread in Modern Guitar Mag.

Chuck Loeb Interview

Free Mother’s Day Present – Name A Star

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

She Gave Birth to you. She raised you. Mom taught you to be careful how you spend your money. Why pay $50 or more for a Mother’s Day Star? With you can dedicate a star to Mom for free.”

I made up a new web page on freenameastar. I have no shame.

D-99, H.B. Fyfe (1966)

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

D-99 is a future government agency known as the Bureau of Slick Tricks. This is the prototype of “Men in Black”.

Read my review of D-99, H.B. Fyfe (1966).


Monday, April 27th, 2009

The shout box on this page shows as the last entry (at the time of this post) as being a notice that I have worked on the spam problem.

I made a change to the program to record rejected messages. It is very easy to identify spam. When I reject a shout message I write the raw data to a file. It looks like Russian spammers found the shout box through a Google search and added it to their list. I’ve been getting about 100 spam messages a day, all for pharmaceuticals, and not one made it through the filter.

An interesting side effect of all this spam is that no one in their right mind would use the shout box because it would fill up with spam in minutes.

Yet the shout box is a good idea and I like it. Perhaps I will make a spam proof one that is easy to add to a web page and release the source.

Nyack’s 1st Annual Village-Wide Yard & Sidewalk Sale

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

May 2nd (next Saturday) Nyack is having a town wide garage sale with events and music in Memorial Park.

I am interested in getting a table somewhere. I also want to wander around the village and see what I can find. Yard sales in Nyack are a problem because it is so hard to get in and out of town and it precludes going anywhere else. Also Nyack is a major antique center and the dealers will be wandering around grabbing all the bargains. Someone I know who had a Nyack garage sale had people ringing her bell three days in advance and it 6 AM on the day of the sale.

There will be music in the park Gazebo. I have to find out if my brother will be playing. Probably Chip Larison’s band will be playing.

Nyack’s 1st Annual Village-Wide Yard & Sidewalk Sale

Siege Perilous, Lester Del Rey (1966)

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

I wasted a day and a half reading this. Del Rey has produced some good stuff, but Siege Perilous is pretty bad.

Read a review of Siege Perilous, Lester Del Rey (1966)

Voices From The Sky, Arthur C. Clarke (1980)

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

I tried to stretch this one out. I read parts of it slowly and I reread some of the chapters. I have suddenly become a real Clarke fan.

If you read or write Science Fiction you must pick up a copy of this.

Read the review of Voices From The Sky, Arthur C. Clarke (1980)

Mike’s Chair

Monday, April 20th, 2009

One of the people that works here uses this giant ball as a chair. He says that it is more comfortable and lets him get a little exercise while he works. Tenth Anniversary

Monday, April 20th, 2009

JT30.COM and CTHREEPO.COM, my two most extensive websites are 10 years old today. existed as an AOL website starting around 1994, but was purchased on spec without any clear idea of what I might use it for. I began writing Science Fiction essays for the site and when blogging started I used it for my blog. The blog will be six years old this August.

My oldest domain is which I registered in November of 1998. I have never been able to make the site gel and now CDs are starting on their downward slide as new technology replaces them.