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Monthly Archive: December 2010

Dec 31 2010

Tomes 2010: Geology on the Road

I didn’t mean for this installment to be travel-themed.  It’s just how we ended up.  There are two odd men out, so I suppose there’ll be variety for the sake thereof and all that.  Besides, the travel theme goes well with Silver Fox’s meme.  So why the hell not? And so, without further ado, our …

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Dec 30 2010

2010 Year O’ Travels, or D’oh, Shit, Another Meme!

Silver Fox, once again, has tagged absolutely everybody for a meme.  And, since it gives me fodder and a chance to put up pretty pitchoors, why the hell not? In years past, this meme would’ve been dead easy: twelve months of “Ummm…. nowhere.”  I didn’t tend to get out much.  Then I met my intrepid …

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Dec 29 2010

Two Must-Reads You May Not Have Read

Whelp, Christmas is over.  We’ve got a bit o’ breathing room before New Year’s.  Time now to catch up on some of that great stuff you put off. Brian Switek’s got 6 Strange Fossils That Enlightened Evolutionary Scientists.  It’s Brian, so I don’t have to tell you how awesome it is.  Just get yer arse …

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Dec 28 2010

The Quote Detective

I love language, and what can be done with a well-turned phrase: metaphor, simile, analogy, a quip and a quote.  I love how language can evoke and expand.  And when something so good comes along that people feel compelled to pass it along, I love finding out where it came from. That’s not always easy …

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Dec 28 2010

Dana’s Dojo: Keeping Up Appearances

Today in the Dojo: Untangling the thorny problem of describing characters’ physical appearances. Clothes and manners do not make the man; but, when he is made, they greatly improve his appearance.-Henry Ward Beecher I’m afraid we’re about to get snowed under by albinos.  It’s almost a foregone conclusion: you get a wildly successful book including …

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Dec 27 2010

Some Beautiful Bits

It’s the Monday after a holiday, and we all know what that means: bleh.  So I figured you could all use a little beauty in your lives. Back in November, Jessica Ball at Magma Cum Laude had a lovely post up on the Eternal Flame Waterfall. Our own George W. recently sent me this Earth …

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Dec 26 2010

Christmas Rocks

In more ways than one.  For instance, I’m not at work.  Woot! By the time you read this, it’ll be Boxing Day, so Happy Boxing Day!  That holiday always confused me as a kid.  I had no idea why there would be a special holiday for beating people up.  Then I found out it was …

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Dec 25 2010

Pimping Mah Coffee-Stained Writer Post

Cuz I promised Nicole I’d fill in while she’s on vacation, and here we are: Flawed Characters.  Enjoy!  And while you’re there, have a look round the place, why don’t you?

Dec 25 2010

Kittehmas

Merry Kittehmas!  Or Cephalopodmas or Squidmas – really, you can choose any animal you like! Gifts May Be Late – Kitteh’s Got Dem This was the scene as I tried to wrap and pack my parents’ Christmas gifts.  She’s sleeping on the shot glasses.  How that can be comfortable, I don’t know and don’t necessarily …

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Dec 24 2010

A Special Holiday Message from Ricky Gervais

Happy Yule, my darlings!  Whether you’re celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, the Solstice, or whatever other midwinter festival, I hope you’re having a blast. And here, courtesy of Ricky Gervais, is a nice bit of ammunition for all of those relations who might be giving you guff for being an atheist at this time o’ year (h/t): …

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