Category Archive: bloggy stuff

Apr 02 2014

As Read By The Author…

So, yeah… April is (US) National Poetry Month. And I have a potential project, which may or may not see fruition this month or ever (simply because grading has to take a higher priority at this point), for which I could really use your input. No promises–I try very hard not to make promises I …

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Mar 31 2014

PZ Gets Demoted

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You should make a major issue Of incinerating tissue If you don’t, we’ll make you wissue Had a different point of view! Cos abortion can’t be easy And the doctors must be sleazy So the comments made by PZ Are a special sort of woo! If his scientific training Contradicts what we’re maintaining Does it …

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Mar 21 2014

Someone Is… On The Internet

An article on politics— No if, no ands, no buts— Will bring out Libertarians Who’ll demonstrate they’re nuts But also arch-conservatives And liberals by the score Who’ll engage in verbal fisticuffs And all return for more. An essay on religion— Any angle you might choose— An opinionated blog post Or the fair and balanced news …

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Mar 06 2014


I’d have given you warning, but I only just heard, myself. The Lulu people are having a 20% off sale on everything. That’s the best deal I’ve seen so far, so I thought I’d let you know. This means 1/5 off on any of my books, seeing as they are self-published through Lulu–so, 20% off …

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Feb 28 2014

To The Person Who Cut & Pasted My Entire Post On Your Site…

Not cool. You may have been motivated by the best of intentions… you may have intended to flatter me… you may have intended to reap the ad revenue from your site without doing the actual work. I have no idea what your intentions were. I just know that you posted my entire post on your …

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Feb 12 2014

Happy Darwin Day!

I am A) exhausted from a long day, and B) sick as a dog. Or maybe two dogs. I can’t breathe, I can’t think, I can’t … something. But it’s Darwin Day today, to I get to link to two earlier bits, both of which deserve it. One is a song addressed to Darwin himself, …

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Jan 31 2014

This Machine

Roots are neat things–they can intertwine in odd ways sometimes. I mentioned a couple of days ago that were it not for Pete Seeger, there would be no Digital Cuttlefish. Seeger’s influence, though, does not take just one direct path–Seeger influenced lots of people who (unintentionally, I assure you) shaped me in turn–Dylan, for instance, …

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Jan 26 2014

It should be against the law to offend me

We don’t, normally, see swooning Over atheist cartooning But the problem is ballooning Or, that’s what they’d have us know One cartoon, they think, might seize us (They assume it cannot please us) Cos it shows the face of Jesus And his little buddy, Mo. There’s an Author whose creation Shows a cruel imagination And …

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Jan 18 2014

So, How’d The Test Go, India?

Over the past few days, I’ve had a substantial (for me, that is, a very small fish in the FtB pond) bump in page views, all coming from various locations in India. I have come to learn, over the past couple of years, that this means there is a test coming up. My verse, Time …

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Jan 10 2014

Giving Up Rhyming For A Year

I think, for the year, I will write in prose only; no rhyme and no meter, no scansion, no verse. Iambic pentameter? Perish the notion! We’ll see if my writing gets better… or worse. A year without sonnets, or ballads, or limericks; a year without couplets or bad villanelles; a year when my thoughts must …

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