Wanderings

Anything you dream is fiction,
and anything you accomplish is science,
the whole history of mankind is nothing but science fiction.
- Ray Bradbury
June 30th, 2010

I don’t believe this for a minute

This is a story about a cat who saved a woman from a pit bull attack. The cats I have would never react this way. The would sit in a position of safety and watch with interest as dogs rip me to shreds and then complain that they weren’t being fed regularly.

Perhaps Nipper would have saved me, but Nipper is long gone and there has never been another cat like her. The current crop of cats are only concerned about the next scheduled feeding.

Cat saves Pearland woman from pit bull attack | khou.com | Khou.com – News, Houston news, Texas News, Headlines.






June 30th, 2010

Iron Sky: No Nazis

Perhaps you are aware that I have a bunch of rules about writing SF and one of the rules is “No Nazis”. I believe that anyone who uses Nazis in a Science Fiction is only doing it because the wardrobe department has a bunch of moth eaten old uniforms going to waste and that Nazis are cheaper to film than bug eyed monsters. Nazis are off-the-shelf villains and lazy writers find them easy to utilize.

There is however a fan built movie called Iron Sky about Nazis in space. It is fun, stupid, slick and stylish. It is a mindless tribute to the lowest common denominator in movie demographics.

As such, the movie will be a success.

Click on the link below, then click invest. Follow the instructions to invest a small amount in the movie. I am not sure that you will get anything back, but I am guessing that you could double your money. The movie is fan financed using crowd investment strategies.

Iron Sky: Watch the New Teaser!.






June 29th, 2010

Doing domains again

I own lots of websites and domains. I recently let a bunch of them go. I am tempted, however, to buy a couple more. Websites is one of the things that I do. I don’t design well, as I am not as visually oriented as some people, but I understand how to make websites work.

One domain that I was thinking of buying is Darkles.com. This is from the the familiar James Joyce quote from Finnegan’s Wake – “It darkles (tinct, tint) all this our funnanimal world.” I thought that this would be the best domain for a website that included dark fiction. Since fiction is a no starter as far as money goes, I will pass on this.

The other domain that I was watching is (hiding the real domain) a job site for New York City. I have lived through some bad recessions and have been unemployed during a couple. Things always turn around and a recession is when most people are doing job searches. I think a snazzy website that searches for tech jobs in NY would get a few hits, especially if it had a discussion board.

I made a stab at designing a web page that would allow me to leverage job search affiliate programs. They pay about $50 for every job that is filled through your site. My design was too ugly to live and I am searching the free template libraries for something better.

One other thing that I did was alter the way my KeithGraham.com site works. It used to be a mirror of CthreePO.com so you could get to my blog either through KeithGraham.com/blog or Cthreepo.com/blog, but I stopped that. KeithGraham.com will redirect here for a while, but I want to work on a different idea for my namesake blog. I might even let it expire if I can’t come up with something. I expect to put my creative works on KeithGraham.com and even sell some books there. For now, however, it is in creative limbo.






June 28th, 2010

Neighbors are selling their house $725,000

The people next door are selling their house. There is no mention in their ads of the crazy neighbors with the cats and bees.

I am hoping that the people who move in are cat loving, science fiction reading, blues musicians who like bees and can program computers.

I am wondering about the price. Their house is much bigger than ours, so I wonder what ours would go for.

Justine should buy it.






June 25th, 2010

Benefit for Gil

There will musical benefit for Gil Cruz to help defray some growing medical expenses at The French Quarter in New City, NY. This Sunday at 4PM. Bring your guitar or harps.

391 S. Main Street New City, NY 10956 – Google Maps.






June 24th, 2010

You Are My Favorite

Sophie Madeleine is indeed one of my favorite musicians on the internet. This a an online jam of Sophie playing her uke with a dozen people around the world. It is cute and sweet, but I like it in spite of that.

I would like to nominate this for some kind of award, but I don’t think that the traditional world of music publishing is ready for something as creative and fun as this video.

Please go onto YouTube and look at all of Sophie Madeleine’s songs. I would even recommend buying her CD at SophieMadeleine.com






June 23rd, 2010

Alan Turing’s Birthday

Alan Turing would have been 98 today if he hadn’t eaten an apple laced with cyanide at the age of 41.

What we call the computer was mostly defined by the Mathematician Alan Turing and what we call Artificial Intelligence was conceived by the philosopher Alan Turing. His contributions as patriot Alan Turing probably shortened World War II by months if not years.

Turing was a complicated person who led a difficult life, but my life is better because of him.






June 22nd, 2010

Moss Milkshake

I like moss, and in parts of my yard it is the only thing that will grow since there is not enough sun for grass.

If you want to grow moss anywhere (except in the direct sun), you can make a Moss Milkshake. Take a clump of moss and put it in a blender with a couple of cans of light beer and a few tablespoons of sugar. Blend it into a soup. Apply the milkshake with a brush. Some people like to use buttermilk, but be sure to add a little water as the buttermilk may be too acid and kill the moss. A little extra sugar helps the moss grow and makes it sticky when you apply it.

I have seen very cool things done with stencils on stone or brick walls. The moss loves damp stone that is out of the sun, but gets sun filtered through tree leaves. If you have a brick wall or stone foundation you can create a moss fresco on the north side by using the Moss Milkshake as paint. You can also paint pictures, words or symbols on the north side of trees or rocks. In a few weeks the moss grows out all furry and green wherever you paint it.

You can thin the Moss Milkshake with water and pour it out over the grassless areas under trees to grow a rich bed of moss.

You can find moss almost everywhere. Take a walk in a park and look for it in the places that the sun doesn’t reach. You want the kind that grows thick and furry in the shady places. It takes only a handful of moss to make a couple of quarts of milkshake.

Don’t use lawn chemicals on your lawn that kill weeds. They will kill your beautiful moss.






June 21st, 2010

WSJ gets it wrong about blues

The blues world is quite upset with Jim Fusilli at the wall street journal. He wrote an article about how Blues is anchored to its past and is somehow frozen in time.

I guess you’d have to be paying attention to see how blues is progressing. Blues will always be roots based, but there are enough new guys out there pushing the limits. Blues is moving and evolving all the time.

Fusilli went to a Blues Foundation hall of fame induction. He may have missed the main awards ceremonies, and as a result saw mainly a retrospective of the history of blues. I assume he stayed in his room and missed performers like Duke Robillard, Rick Estrin, Kim Wilson, Ronnie Earl, and Jason Ricci!

He published some whining remarks from Buddy Guy about the blues fading away, but Buddy has lost his market share because he still plays the some kind of songs he played 40 years ago.

Lamenting the Future of the Blues | By Jim Fusilli – WSJ.com.






June 20th, 2010

Sunburn

I have a rather bad case of sunburn on my legs. My pasty complexional, whose only light source is LED screens, was not prepared for a hazy day on the beach. I used sunscreen, but a little late. My legs are so burned that I cannot walk easily. My ankles are swollen and painful. I have pictures of South Cape Beach, but I would have to walk out to the car to get the camera.

Other than living in nasty pain I had an OK time. I saw Lovecraft’s grave as well as the grave of my ancestor Elizabeth Pabodie who was the first European born in New England. Elizabeth is buried in a beautiful graveyard in Little Compton, Rhode Island.

Here is a picture of Mom near her 15 greats grandmother.






June 17th, 2010

Me and HP Lovecraft

On our trip to Cape Cod, I talked Larry into stopping by in Providence to pay tribute at H.P. Lovecraft’s grave.

H.P. Lovecraft's Grave






June 16th, 2010

Justine’s new toy

Justine got herself an iPad. This means that in 4 or 5 years, I might get it. I can hardly wait! (It’s good news that Wanderings renders OK on the iPad using Safari. I never test on anything other than Firefox and IE.)

Justine's ipad






June 15th, 2010

Unity Mitford and Hitler’s Daughter

For those of you who are unwilling to abandon Nazis in Science Fiction, it seems that an English girl named Unity Valkyrie Mitford boinked Hitler and, after a suicide attempt, returned to England where she gave birth to a baby girl in secret.

She was a complex and interesting character, obsessed by Hitler, who stalked him and eventually seems to have been his lover.

I think there could be an interesting story about Hitler’s daughter, born in 1940, who runs a secret fascist organization. As much as I hate Nazi stories, there could be an interesting plot here.

Unity Mitford.






June 14th, 2010

USB Typewriter

This guy has a device that attaches to the bottom of old style typewriters so that you can use them as a USB PC typewriter. I typed a whole lot of words on old style typewriters and the only thing that I did not like was the fact that it was hard to correct a mistake.

I am tempted to spend the $150 and find an old typewriter at a garage sale.