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 26th, 2012

Richard Powers Painting

Perhaps the best illustrator of Science Fiction book covers from the 1950s and 60s was Richard Powers. He combined abstract imagery with SF themes to produce stunning covers for some of the best SF books ever published.

I have had an alert for the sale of one of his prints or paintings and one finally appeared on eBay. Unfortunately the starting bid at $650 is beyond my means. If I had the money, though, I would bid on this. It is an abstract view of Port Antonio.

Richard Powers Port Antonio

 






June 24th, 2012

Ryder Beach, Truro

One of the things that my brother and I do on vacation is get lost. We traveled last Saturday up to Wellfleet where we had lunch and enjoyed a harbor festival. We then went looking for a beach near Welfleet that my brother and his girlfriend went to many years ago and we got lost.

We eventually followed a road to the end and found Ryder Beach, Truro. This is perhaps the prettiest place that I have yet been to on Cape Cod. I wish I could live there.

You have to climb up path over the dunes and then come down the other side onto an empty beach. We were the only people that we could see. That was about three or four miles up and down the beach.

Her are the pictures.


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June 24th, 2012

Mom finds a Pearl

Last weekend I drove up to Cape Cod with my brother and Mom. Mom ordered fried oysters at Spanky’s in Hyannis. (One of my favorite restaurants.)

Mom was eating her oysters when she pulled a hard object out. It was a nice little pearl.

Mom’s Pearl






June 23rd, 2012

Keith Graham’s Country View

There’s a guy in Scotland with my name (I don’t know if he has my middle name). He’s an interesting writer. I have a Google alert set to my name and he keeps showing up. I read his articles from time to time – pretty good.

Keith Graham’s Country View.






June 22nd, 2012

Nyack Gas Line Blast

40 years ago, I was working as a Teller at the savings & loan on Broadway in Nyack. I watched the crews digging up the old cast iron gas lines in the street to put in new high pressure lines. The plastic lines were being pulled through the old lines.

Nyack’s gas lines, I later found out, date to the 1870s. The cast iron was so rusted in the street that it had no metallic iron left in it, but was basically a hole in the dirt and very fragile. The plastic lines used the old pipes, or what was left of them as guide as the crews pulled them through.

The old lines survived just about 100 years from 1870 to about 1970 – when I was working in Nyack.

The new high pressure line lasted only about 40 years before someone decided to cut the old pipe line with a cutter and set the thing on fire. So much for high tech.

[VIDEO] Nyack Gas Line Blast: Towering Flames Greeted Volunteer Firefighters – Nyack-Piermont, NY Patch.






June 21st, 2012

Changing Themes

I get lots of people who really hate my theme. I had a few minutes this afternoon and built one based on my other sites.

It’s not that good, but perhaps more readable than the old one.

Let me know if I should switch back.






June 20th, 2012

I’ve been busy

I have been overworked lately. You can see what I am working on at WestchesterNY.com (the site is not quite ready for prime time. If you click on Hotels under planning your trip, you’ll see the type of data that I’m working on. There have been some incredible deadlines and I have been doing the data behind the website. (I just saw some problems that I have to fix in the morning.)

Unfortunately I am also having to do some formatting and “art” type stuff for the data presentation. It is not something that I feel comfortable with so I am plodding through as best I can.

Last weekend I went fishing with my brother up at Cape Cod and I have some pictures. The chickens are growing up fast and I need to take some pictures.

I have been told that I need to blog more and I will try get some more posts in.






June 13th, 2012

Google Drive

I have been using DropBox for a while and it has worked perfectly. I keep all of my work files (not day job) in a DropBox folder. Copying or editing a file in my DropBox folder means that behind the scenes it is copied to the DropBox cloud. If I work on a file on my day job computer, I can come home and start working on laptop on the same file where I left off. The file exists in both places and the DropBox software keeps synchronizing it with the cloud. If I loose either computer for whatever reason, the files are safe.

Google has done the same thing with Google Drive (used to be Google Documents). I installed the Google Drive software and now I have a Google Drive directory on my disk. Any changes I make to files in the folder is automatically copied to the Google cloud. It is backup and Synchronize software all in one, just like DropBox.

The advantage of Google Drive is that I have 25 gigabytes on Google, but I only have 2.5 Gigs on DropBox.

I am busy copying by website data to Google Drive. This is about 10 Gigs. Google Drive keeps crapping out on me. I guess it is not ready for prime time. It works fine a few megabytes, but it does not seem to be bale to handle a few gigs. One time my PC locked up with a black screen – it was very frightening. Right now I am getting a message that it cannot sync. Oops, it just started up again and is trying to sync 20,000 files. It just crashed again, but my machine did not lock up this time.

I would be happy if I could sync my website files and that way not have to worry about collisions or versions. I would always have to most recent versions.

I would really really like it if I could install some flavor of Google Drive on my web hosting company and then be able edit a file on my PC and have the changes immediately appear on the site. I think that this cloud idea is one of the new BIG things in computing – something we will take for granted in the future. Right now I would be happy if Google Drive would stop crashing and finish synching my files.






June 8th, 2012

If Only We Had Taller Been

This has been everywhere on the internet lately. It belongs here, though.






June 6th, 2012

Amazon Kindle Asks Me to Unpublish My Books.

Amazon Kindle sent me an email asking me to remove my books from their website.

Hello,

During a review of your catalog, we found that one or more of your titles contain content that is freely available on the web. Copyright is important to us – we want to make sure that no author or other copyright holder has their work claimed and sold by anyone else.

Playing “Help-Me” in the Style of Sonny Boy Williamson II (ASIN:B004LDLBDW), A Nest of Flames (ASIN:B004GEB31Q)

If, in fact, you are the sole owner of the publishing rights for the books listed above, please provide the URLs for all websites where you have previously published this or any other Kindle content. Please respond within five business days with the requested URLs so we can verify you have the sole publishing rights, or the books will be removed from sale in the Kindle Store. If the content of your book(s) are in the public domain, please confirm this and include the information you used to make this determination.

If you have already unpublished the books listed above, please reply with that information. We ask that you unpublish any other book that closely matches content that is freely available on the web for which you do not hold the sole publishing rights, or whose content is not in the public domain. If we discover any other titles you have submitted fail to comply with these conditions or do not meet our Content Guidelines in any other way, your account may be terminated.

Instructions on how to unpublish your books can be found here: https://kdp.amazon.com/self-publishing/help?topicId=A36BYK5S7AJ2NQ#3-2_Can_I_remove_content_unpublish

I wrote the books in question. The Book Playing Help-Me in the Style of Sonny Boy Williamson II is based on articles that I wrote for my own websites many years ago. The Story A Nest of Flames was published at Tales of the Talisman Magazine under my copyright and a few years later was posted on my http://www.cthreepo.com website. I wrote the story.

Both books appear for sale at Smashwords, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and other websites. I have a dozen other books which I am afraid will generate the same email from Amazon Kindle.

I own ALL RIGHTS and I hold the COPYRIGHT for both books and I have every right as the author and owner of the content to publish them.

I have replied to Amazon giving them the links where various versions of the story appear. I am now waiting for their response.

To be continued…






June 6th, 2012

Goodbye Ray

The greatest Speculative Fiction writer of all time has died. Ray Bradbury passed away last night at the age of 91.

Bradbury started as a fan and moved on to become the premier Speculative Fiction Stylist. A Bradbury story is immediately recognizable as being written by no one else. His life and works were unique, wonderful and precious.

No writer has affected my life more than Ray Bradbury. He is the writer that inspired me to create short stories. I have been trying to write a story like Bradbury’s A Medicine for Melancholy for 50 years.

Every October since I was 16, I have read Ray’s Something Wicked This Way Comes, which is, in my opinion, the best book I’ve ever read. In the last few years I have read as many books in the month of October by Bradbury as I could. Each time you read a Ray Bradbury story it is like splashing your face with cold water.

I feel a deep personal loss.