Friday, September 28, 2012

Where Have I Been?

The Rocket Museum
They Also Do Math
I know, wonder, wonder, wonder. Well, as you may remember, I was spending a bunch of weeks looking at hotels in my fair city and writing them up for In the process, I relearned about a super cool museum out in Queens, the New York Hall Hall of Science. Not only does the NYHS have gen-yoo-wine, honest-to-goshness ROCKETS (Mercury and Gemini and a chunk of an Apollo) but it also has interactive science exhibits. In fact, they're so cool that one of the earliest, Mathematica, was designed by Charles and Ray Eames, of beautiful chair fame.

And then I was doing some contract work for my alma mater - roar, Lion, roar! - and the day rate was sufficiently high for me to focus on that work to the exclusion of this beloved (but unpaid) blog. But I'm back. And I'm working on Book Two of the Wrong Sword trilogy, Hero's Army.

And I learned enough about Dreamweaver for Windows to know that it is the Devil's work. EVIL!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

When you're tired of the Internet...'re tired of staring at stuff on your laptop.
Yes, yes indeed.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Mister Saturday Danced

Title of the Voudoun-based short story I just finished. Now which market gets first crack at it?

Never let your TOP post be a TOPICAL post.

I know that now. Thanks, Clint. We now return to your regularly scheduled blog...

Monday, September 3, 2012


Why did the RNC allow this?
So they could auction off the chair on eBay.
I'd bid on that.

ETA: Oh, wait. Someone's already bought it.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Medieval Recipe Day!

Guillaume Tirol's recipe for Cassia Soup (c. 1395):

Cook chicken, beef, or other meat in wine or water. Quarter it and brown it.
Take dry, cooked, unpeeled almonds and plenty of cassia. Crush it, sieve it, and steep it in beef broth. 

Saturday, September 1, 2012

The Next Big Thing

First there was the website - big and formal.
Then there was the blog post - shorter, informal.
Then there was the tweet - really short, really casual.
Next up: The Blip
You only get one character, but you have your choice of all 26 letters plus the digits 0-9 and a bunch of symbols like "&" and "@."

Write, write, write...

"He knew that the sort of exuberant badness which so often achieves perfect popularity cannot be faked ..."

Gore Vidal had it sussed. Writing is actually not that tough, if you're freed from the fear that it will be bad. It's the desire to write well that makes writing so hard.

Who knows about the past?

When we think of Medieval Art, we think of stuff like this:

Well, I do, anyway. Or I used to.

But if you go to the Cloisters, you'll see that maybe the real geniuses were the sculptors. Check it out after the jump.