Archive for August, 2012

Ecce Homo Restoration

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Recently an 80 year old woman named Cecilia Gimenez, who wanted to fix a deteriorated masterpiece, painted a distorted face over it. The Fresco is/was Ecce Homo by Elías García Martínez located in Santuario de la Misericordia, a Roman Catholic church in Borja, Spain near the city of Zaragoza.

I am considering using this as the cover of my next book. It has a kind of bizarre outsider art appeal to it.

Ecce Homo Cecilia Gimenez restoration

Ecce Homo Cecilia Gimenez restoration

Lip Sync Marriage Proposal

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Cute – perhaps too cute. Click to play.

Egg and Chicken

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

Gretchen’s Egg

And here is a very pretty Gretchen (Millie to the right – she’s very nosy).

Science Fiction Textfiles – Resources for Science Fiction Writers

Friday, August 24th, 2012

Science Fiction Text Files.

In the very early days of computers there were hardly any graphics. Everything was text. Things were simpler in those days.

I updated a WordPress plugin to be able to display text files inside a blog. I then searched around and found a site: and I downloaded an archive of old Science Fiction text filed from the 1980s and early 90s. This was my prime and I used to read all of these, connected to a bbs by a 2400 baud modem downloading a 1/10000 the speed of the internet.

I put these files in their own directory, linked to them and as they say “Bob’s your uncle”. The plugin did its magic and now we have a whole pile of articles, stories, discussions, lies and deep truths from 25 years ago. Lots of Trek, some x-files (including x rated fan fiction) and some just plain awful stuff.

Read at your own risk

The Chicken has Landed

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

There is a small egg in one of the brood boxes. One of our chickens, Gretchen, was sitting on it for a while.

We have started in the egg business. Tonight we have omelets for dinner.

Pictures to follow.

Template Change

Monday, August 20th, 2012

The main template for the my Science Fiction Resources site has been pretty funky for a while. I installed my new Static Pages template and it broke more often than it should have.

I spent an hour today and cleaned it up. It still is not 21st century, but I wanted to make it work for simpler browsers and still be good for Cell Phones and search engines, so I used a table for the layout. I can do better, but not right now.

Please check out the site and let me know if it doesn’t display cleanly in your browser.

Hanging with Johnny Winter

Saturday, August 18th, 2012

I had some sweet tickets to see Edgar and Johnny Winter along with Rick Derringer, Kim Simmonds, and Leslie West. Here are a few pictures of the show.

The Emporium

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Although I don’t review books anymore it is interesting to see what author’s are writing and sending me. I was tempted to review this one, just to get a free copy. It looks like it might be fun. Two things prevented me. First, there is a small robotic dog, and second the protagonist’s name is Thaddeus J. Styx. These two things are a little too far into “cute” territory for my tastes, but the book still seems intriguing.

If you know a teenager who enjoys a good read, I would suggest this book. It is a novella – long short story or very short novel. It had an honorable mention the WOTF contest, which is not easy to do. There has to be some good writing here.

The Emporium.

Mystical Press Services

Friday, August 10th, 2012

Mystical Press Services – Helping Authors Achieve Their Dreams!.

It is not only a small world, but a weird one. I write WordPress Plugins (See my site and one of my more popular ones stops spammers. Most people like it, occasionally someone hates it, but it is as much fun writing very technical software as it is writing Science Fiction.

One of my users was so pleased with the software that she bought a couple of my books – GREAT!

If you are a writer, stop by the site above, there is some interesting stuff there.

Larry’s Tells a Story

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

I got this story from Larry in an email – I am not sure what has come over him.

When I was about eight years old my brother Keith was about ten and some how that summer he got it in his head to take an expedition to map the source of the Central Nyack brook. We took out one hot summer day with two jars of water and some peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (strawberry is Keith’s favorite). We headed south down West Broadway and snuck past Willow Ave, being sure not to be seen by the Warners or the Burdiks, so as to not be bombed by rocks or spears,

We had home made slingshots and chestnuts are some of the weapons favored by the boys of Central Nyack.

After passing what was then Roosevelt Avenue (now Gillis Ave.) we entered the woods along the brook towards Blake’s fields. My first time there it was like entering another world. How did this place get here? Who owns it ? What was it? The Blake Estate was acres of finely manicured lawns when Mr. Blake was still alive .

Keith and I had both seen Spin and Marty on The Mickey Mouse Show and had feared Mr. Applegate so we knew to keep out of site. We worked our way through the pine forest up across Bradley Hill Road past The David Abrams memorial bridge up the hill walking in the brook like Dr.Torrie. The stream kept getting smaller and narrower we began to know the source would soon be in site. As we climbed the ground became steeper and steeper. Finely we saw the smallest bit of water coming out from under a very large rock which is located across the road down the hill from Balance Rock.

We left the woods on to the road and hiked up to Balance Rock where Keith hoisted me up on the rock Indian palm style, and with much trouble I pulled him up with me. We both sat there under the summer sun looking out on the Hudson as George Washington had once done, eating jelly and peanut butter sandwiches not saying much knowing we had done what no man had ever done. We had found the source of the Central Nyack brook.