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This is my blog, named for an old New York Lottery marketing slogan.

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27 June 2018

Starship’s Cat

It wasn’t a mouse. Any of the humans aboard the PFS Investigator could have figured that out, even the marines the brass insisted on sending with us in case we ran into intelligent and hostile natives. Regardless, it was about the size of a mouse, with gray fur stippled …

13 June 2018

WordPress.com? Hell No

Jesus Christ, WordPress.com is as clunky as self-hosted WordPress. How the hell is that possible? I guess it doesn’t matter, since Automattic’s inability to make their own flagship blogging platform look good saved me from making what would probably be a mistake. I’ll just stick to hosting my own site and building it with a static site generator.

22 May 2018

Thoughts on Copyright

I’m a published author, and I think that the original copyright term of 14 years with the option to renew once for 28 years total was perfectly reasonable. At most, 25 years with one renewal for a total of 50 years is still fair.

I’m borrowing from my culture to create; it’s only fair that what I create should become part of the culture so that others can build upon it. And if I can’t turn a profit on a novel in 50 years, then to hell with it.

Life of the author is excessive, IMO. Life + 70-90 years is outrageous, since the monopoly on a work no longer benefits the creator, but descendents who had no hand in its creation.

11 May 2018

I Found Some Mastodon Users’ Blogs

I found websites for a couple of people I’ve seen on Mastodon. Even better, one of them uses my templates. :)

If you’re on Mastodon and you want to be added to the list, hit me up.

10 May 2018

Typographical Shenanigans, Part Deux

I’ve been monkeying around with the site’s typography yet again. I’ve adjusted line height, which should help with readability. We’ve also got drop caps now, and the first line of the first paragraph on a page or article now renders in bold. This should also improve readability.

04 May 2018

Typographical Shenanigans

I’ve been monkeying around with the site’s typography again. Font support has changed, and I’ve changed how paragraphs are rendered in articles.

If you check out yesterday’s Shattered Guardian session, you’ll see that all paragraphs after the first are indented until I throw in a header.

The next step is do this for non-blog pages. That’ll be more complicated, because structure is different, but I should be able to manage.

Also, the fancy web fonts I had added to make my site stand out from the pack are now only supported by the most modern browsers. If you’re visiting this site on IE, you’ll have to make do with whatever fonts you have installed locally (unless you’ve got Voltaire and Bitter installed).

Also, all absolute URLs should be protocol-relative and work whether you came to my site via HTTP (dangerous!) or HTTPS (safer).

If you don’t know what any of this means, don’t worry. I’m just trying to make this site better for you.

02 May 2018

A Ghost Story

They say she died in 1614, but the vengeful spirit of Erzsebet Bathory lives on, given new life by the need of women victimized as she had been.

She walks the earth in new flesh, forever young and beautiful, thriving on the blood and tears of incels and other misogynists mistaking her for easy prey.

But she doesn’t not yet understand the modern world into which she was reborn, and remains opportunistic in her predations…

29 April 2018

The Shape of Water

Been watching The Shape of Water with Catherine tonight. Even though this has no official connection with the Hellboy film Guillermo Del Toro directed, I have a hard time not associating the fishman in The Shape of Water with Abe Sapien. The thing is, Ape Sapien can speak, and there are no reference to the BPRD.

movie poster for "The Shape of Water"

Theatrical release poster for The Shape of Water

Michael Shannon is a creepy bastard as Richard Strickland, and Sally Hawkins is brilliant as Elisa Esposito. Octavia Spencer deserves major respect for her supporting role as Zelda Fuller.

The sets were gorgeous, and Guillermo Del Toro both recreates 1962 Baltimore while at the same time making the setting seem fantastical. Though Del Toro was supposedly inspired by The Creature from the Black Lagoon, which had no official connection to H. P. Lovecraft, I still think there’s some secondhand Lovecraftian goodness to be had here.

Maybe there’ll be a sequel called The Innsmouth Look?

28 April 2018

Discharge

Catherine is back from the hospital, and doing better than I expected. She slept most of the day after joining me on a quick supermarket run, but was up to letting me spoil her with beef stroganoff for dinner and watching Jackie Chan’s The Foreigner with me while we ate gelato fiasco.

27 April 2018

Mastectomy

My wife’s in the hospital getting a “skin-sparing mastectomy” because her first mammogram turned up a tumor in her left breast and follow-ups turned up a second tumor in the same breast. She’ll get reconstruction later, but it won’t be the same. It’s up to me to help her feel good about herself despite losing one of her breasts, though. But first, the surgery, and while I can help her get ready and wait with her until it’s time to get prepped and go into the OR, there’s nothing more I can do but take Edmond Dantes’ advice: wait and hope.

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