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Monthly Archive: December 2009

Dec 31 2009

Once In A Blue Moon, It’s New Year’s Eve

A bit of an explanation first. I realized, upon reading this, that my mom is strange. You see, she has her own way of pronouncing some words–not a regional accent, just her. “Bicycle” is pronounced as if you just put “bi” in front of the word “cycle”; nobody does that. “Aren’t” is pronounced with two …

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Dec 24 2009

The Digital Pack-Rat, Vol. 22

My apologies for no recent posts. As I was telling Podblack Cat recently, this is not necessarily a bad thing–I tend to write more when under great stress. The Cuttlekids are home from college, and I am a happy mollusk. But hey, we have plenty of stress, so stay tuned. I know I am missing …

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Dec 24 2009

Merry Christmas To You.

It’s already Christmas in Melbourne and Sydney,And for just a few minutes, in Perth;The planet is spinning, and soon will come ChristmasTo this, the late side of the earth. Merry Christmas to you, from your Cuttlefish friend,To my readers and friends, far and near;I wish you good health, and great joy, and true peace,For this …

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Dec 17 2009

An Amusing Incident

Ok, before I get to the meat of this post, I need to remind you that my new book (volume 2) is out, and available at the link there (no, not the upper one, the lower one) at the right-tentacle side of the page. I also need to remind you that the pdf versions of …

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Dec 15 2009

Real World vs. Bible

I’ve seen fossils of the ammonites, in lovely curving spirals,I’ve seen children saved from certain death by modern antivirals,I’ve seen salmon swim up waterfalls, to find their tiny brook–And you’re asking me to trade it for the contents of one book? I’ve seen galaxies, and nebulas of brilliant glowing gasesI’ve seen Painted Desert valleys; I’ve …

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Dec 15 2009

Getting The Ball Rolling

Just as a followup to yesterday’s exceedingly cool octopus video, another exceedingly cool octopus video. ‘Neath the waves, at the turn of the tide,Where the sand gives you nowhere to hideSavvy octopi* knowThere’s just one way to go–Find a coconut shell; crawl inside! *don’t even start.

Dec 14 2009

What The…?

Inkily, Slinkily, Tool-using octopus Armors its body with Coconut shells; Film has been shot of this Cephalopoddity– Gives me the mother of All “What the Hell?”‘s Excellent coverage by the BBC here. Dr Mark Norman, head of science at Museum Victoria, Melbourne, and one of the authors of the paper, said: “It is amazing watching …

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Dec 13 2009

The War (On Christmas) Comes Early (Cuttlefish Classic)

From the Cape of Good Hope to the Newfoundland islands,The sands of Iran to the Panama isthmus;From Outback Australia to Inverness HighlandsIt’s time to take arms in the War Against Christmas! My weapons are mistletoe, Christmas trees, holly,A yule-log, and caroling out in the snow;Sleigh-rides and snowball-fights, eggnog and JollyOld Santa Claus, laughing his loud …

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Dec 12 2009

An Atheist Christmas (Cuttlefish Classic)

We’ll all open presents, and cook a big dinner,And share in traditions we learned long agoBut Christmas is different for this humble sinner,No “birth of the saviour”, just people we know. It has nothing to do with a babe in a mangerOr kings being led by a star up above,But rather in family, friend, and …

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Dec 12 2009

Could A Comic Book Save Your Soul?

If you ask about science in science classCould a comic book save your soul?If you like to smoke a little grassCould a comic book save your soul?If you’d like to try to cast a spell,If you’ve killed a man, and you’re in a cell,You’re a breath away from a trip to Hell–Could a comic book …

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