Archive for August, 2011

JG Ballard’s House For Sale

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

One of my favorite writers died in 2009. His house is now up for sale, quite cheap, too. The downside is that you’d have to live in Shepperton, England.

There is no “for sale” sign outside the house, which a neighbour said had been empty since Mr Ballard’s death. Asked whether she felt the property would attract more interest because of its famous occupant, the neighbour rather pessimistically replied: “I doubt many people will know who he is.”

via For sale: futurologist JG Ballard’s old home. In need of modernisation.


Sunday, August 28th, 2011

We are alive and well. The Eye of the storm passed over us around 9AM, but there was not much here in the way of wind. I have been in the cellar bailing out the water. The neighbor has directed his drains towards our property. We never had much of a problem before, but now I have to bail every time it rains. It is time for a sump pump.

I filled a 5 gallon bucket 20 times so far and it has brought the water down a couple of inches and I will go down and do another 100 gallons as soon as I get a little rest.

Bardonia road is closed because the Germonds Creek has overflowed its banks and is a foot above the bridge. The backed up water broke out of Bardonia road onto Germonds Road as I watched, and now the road in front of the house has two feet of water. Idiots keep trying to make it though and there are a bunch of stalled cars up and down the street.

The only trees down were way in the back near the cemetery. They were Elm trees. Elms are rare since Dutch Elm disease. These were diseased and went over in the rain and wind. I am sorry to see them go.

The bees are all in good shape. I put cinder blocks on the top of them to hold them down. The back yard has several inches of water. The ground is saturated so it is tough to walk around the yard.

Michael Moorcock’s New Worlds

Friday, August 26th, 2011

I sent a story today to Roger Gray at the latest incarnation of New Worlds Magazine. The guidelines were released two days ago on Facebook. I may be one of the first stories he receives, which makes me hope that it will get a more thorough read. By the time the guidelines hit, he will be getting 50 to a 100 subs a day. The site is not a pro venue and only pays 2.5p a word up to 5,000 words. I think that is about 4¢ in real money. (My story would be worth $200 if it could sell – unlikely.)

I purposely did not link to the guidelines in a futile effort to hide the page from my competition.

So far, New Worlds does not have a web presence other than Facebook. Interestingly enough, I have considered starting a Facebook eZine. It is easy enough to create Facebook pages linked to each other in the structure of a magazine. Pages can be formatted like web pages. Facebook is the ideal way to link to a readership. I should look into this again.

By the way, if you go to Duotrope and search for New Worlds you find a blog for a website that does not pay and does not seem to have much content. This is not Michael Moorcock’s New Worlds, which at the time of this post, does not have a Duotrope entry, but can be found at

Ralan has the New Worlds website as, but I can’t access it because it is blocked as a porn site here at work.

Pennant Race

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

This year I’ve had a good number of hits on my Baseball Magic Number sites. This is good because I spent some time and fixed up some issues and they are making a little money finally.

This year is roughly twice the traffic as last year. This happens when there is a hot pennant race. It looks like people will check the stats every day now until the end of September. I hope that they buy tickets through the eBay links so I can make some money!

Wedding Pictures

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

My friend Mike, from work, got married last week. Here are a whole bunch of pictures.

He got married in the Bahamas. Big deal wedding.



Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

A few minutes ago I thought that someone was shaking my chair in order to get my attention. There was no one there. A few seconds later I felt it again and I could feel the floor moving under my feet. It turns out it was an earthquake centered somewhere in Virginia.

Here, in New York, it was not very intense, but when I felt the shaking, I was a little worried that the older building that I work in might be damaged. The nets are saying it was a 6.0 quake, which is strong enough to do some damage. It is strange that I could feel it here, as far as 250 miles away.

I don’t like earthquakes and I hope that it does not happen again. Let California keep them.

Happy 91st Birthday, Ray Bradbury!

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

The best! I hope he has many more.

Happy 91st Birthday, Ray Bradbury! | GeekDad |

New Worlds Magazine to re-start

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

New Worlds was a British Golden Age magazine from 1946 to 1971. Someone has gotten a hold of the name “New Worlds” and talked Michael Moorcock into using his name on the masthead. It will be ready this fall and in the mean time there is an email address for sending in submissions.

It will be one more Pro magazine I can use to collect rejections.

SF Signal: The Return of Michael Moorcock’s ‘New Worlds’ Magazine.
via Comics Alliance


Friday, August 19th, 2011

Rennie logo

Worldcon is on this week. SF geeks are running around to parties, attending lectures, singing Filk songs (that’s right – at worldcon you don’t sing folk songs, you sing Filk songs) and dressing up like Xena Warrior Princess. Anyone wearing a Star Trek uniform can get lucky.

I wanted to go to Worldcon this year, but then there’s the money.

This year’s World Science Fiction Convention is in Reno Nevada, which sounds like fun. It is a not-so-bad drive from most of the west coast and the airfare is not that bad from everywhere else. There should be a ton of people there.

It costs $220 for the week, which puts it out of my reach, at least this time.

Next year Worldcon will be held in Chicago. At least in Chicago I can go to blues clubs if I get bored. Other people I know have had cash flow issues this year. Maybe next year I can hang out at a sleazy blues cub with J., Tyree, John and Shaun.

Reno Worldcon.

T-Shirt based on my favorite SF Novel

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

If you don’t know what I want for Christmas.


Tessier-Ashpool AI R&D Dept.

Wintermute T-shirt

Tessier-Ashpool AI Research & Development T-shirt

8 Years Blogging

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

On August 18, 2003 I tried out Since then I’ve moved around a bit, but I still have the blog and I am still posting.

The site has 2,232 posts and 1,251 comments in 8 years. Yesterday there were 940 visitors looking at 1,863 pages. I have no idea who they were.

I registered the website in April of 1999 with the intention of selling it. I never found a buyer for the domain so I kept adding to it. Today it contains 7,550 pages according to Google. I wrote all of them. When I started experimenting with the idea of a blog, I used the address because I thought that blogging, although interesting, was not something that I would continue to do. Since I thought that I’d eventually sell, it was a good place to test things out.

Why Blog? Mainly it keeps me writing. I have only written two short stories this year, but I have several hundred blog posts and dozens of pages with different kinds of content. My readers tend to be a few friends and family members who are interested in what I am up to. I don’t like to chitchat so it is good that someone can just check the blog and be happy that I am still alive, even if I am boring.

Click Clack, Click Clack

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

I spent 20 minutes in the conference room waiting for a meeting that did not happen. It’s pretty rude when someone schedules a meeting and then doesn’t show or even let me know that they aren’t coming.

I spent the time writing a flash fiction piece called Click Clack, Click Clack on the conference room computer that’s used for demos. It is only 700 words, but I only had 20 minutes. I sent it out to a website called Linger Fiction, but I have never been that good at flash fiction. I should hear in three weeks.

Night Train

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

In the 1950s my Mom and Dad went down to NYC to see Louis Prima and Keely Smith. I find this difficult to understand because my parents were not avant-guarde, did not really like new music and seldom went out to even local restaurants. They were far from the beatnik image of Louis and Keely.

I saw this video because it is saxophonist Sam Butera’s birthday. Here is Louis and Sam doing a killer version of Night Train. Keely is playing some deadpan comedy in the background. The short hair showed that she was a beatnik and probably a communist. (I guess today she’d have tattoos and call herself a Goth).

Louis Prima – Sam Butera – Night Train by rocknroll50

Scifi Vs. SF

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

I saw this telling video on SFSignal.