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Monthly Archive: December 2010

Dec 15 2010

A Bout of Insanity: Devis in the Details

For my Wise Readers, who may or may not be eagerly anticipating the next bout, here ye go. And for those dying to be included in the insanity but who haven’t got round to asking, you can send me a request to be a Wise Reader at dhunterauthor at yahoo dot com.

Dec 15 2010

Unchaining Ourselves

The Great Chain of Being needs breaking.  Brian Switek took bolt cutters to it in a SciAm guest post last week, and my, how the creationists howled.  Got so bad that Bora called in the cavalry.  Did my duty, registered so I could comment, and laughed my arse off because these silly little nitwits howling …

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Dec 14 2010

Dana’s Dojo: Ante Up with an Antihero

Today in the Dojo: Creating antiheroes your readers will hate to love. To write in praise of antiheroes could seem ironic, if not downright perverse. -Victor H. Brombert, In Praise of Antiheroes: Figures and Themes in Modern European Literature It’s a good thing I was raised rural and know what a salt block is and …

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Dec 13 2010

Handy Reference Guide to Biblical Rape Laws

For those who like to take their religion literally, here’s an easy-to-use reference guide: Lessee… had we been following those guidelines, I do believe I would’ve been married.  Believe me when I say that given the choice between that and stoning, I would have been handing out rocks. This is one of the reasons I …

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Dec 12 2010

Chinese. Fucking. Elvis. Need I Say More?

Apparently, I do. Today, I braved rain, floods and landslides (oh, my) in order to go see Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis at Burien Little Theatre.  If you live in the Seattle area, you have three more chances to see this show, and if you miss it, you will be reduced to a pathetic …

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Dec 12 2010

Cantina Quote o’ The Week: For Scirnis

The length of my life and the day of my death were fated long ago. -For Scirnis No, that’s not a person, but a poem, specifically from the Poetic Edda.  The translation online, alas, is a lot more King James-Englishy, and not as wonderfully, poetically succinct: “To a destined day has mine age been doomed,And …

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Dec 11 2010

How Music, Math, Architecture, and Goosebumps Combine

Right at this second, I’m sitting in silence.  It’s merely because I’m waiting for my Blind Guardian CD to copy into the computer so I can play it, but it’s tough going – while I know in mere minutes I shall have music, the quivery anticipation is combining with my natural abhorrence of silence to …

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Dec 10 2010

Blind Guardian: Sing Me Stories

This concert almost went the way of Epica: if I’d had a choice in the matter, I would’ve blown it off to write instead.  Thankfully, I have friends who kept me from making that mistake.  And so, on Monday night, we went to have stories sung to us. Blind Guardian, Showbox at the Market, December …

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Dec 09 2010

Market Christmas

So, the other night, we went to see Blind Guardian.  I’ve got the post on that ready to go for tomorrow night, and hopefully you’ll all enjoy it.  But for now, thee shall have Pike Place Market all decked out in its holiday finest: Cujo’s got more at his place. 

Dec 09 2010

Why (Part of) the World Is Flat

I hate flat lands.  Let me just state that for the record.  I don’t mind table-top flatness with mountains in the background, but endless land without relief, I can’t stand.  So you’ll understand why I felt a bit sorry for Chris when I learned he’s lived in mostly flat places. I may abhor flat lands, …

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