Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Vintage UFO on Contactees

  • The Vintage UFO blog has an absolutely brilliant entry on the Contactees of yesteryear. The section 'I believe them, I just don't take them literally' seems especially on the mark. (And by that I mean, I suppose, that it agrees with my own thoughts on the subject.) The Contactees were not charlatans (not wholly so, anyway), but neither are they to be taken on face value:
    We need to take them seriously, not just reject them for being quaint kooks... their reports of what it was like on these planets were clearly fantastical, not meshing in any way with what we know. I don’t take them literally, but I believe them. I don’t believe them in this sense: I don’t believe they literally went to Venus, or Mars, or any other planet. In fact, I don't think they ever left the desert. However, I believe they thought they left the desert.
    ...If one remains stuck in the opinion the UFO phenomena is pretty much just nuts and bolts -- literal ETs from a literal planet -- we’re not going to get anywhere. And that goes for understanding the Contactees as well.
    Quite so. And, apart from anything else, the Contactees are such an fascinating crowd. It's a pity that our alien brothers seemed to give up on the messages of hope and light and started in on the anal probes.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

CTCastle - Dave and Gavin


CTCastle - Dave and Gavin
Originally uploaded by Alhazred

Fun photo from the Cape Town castle excavations of 1988. Dave in background is sorting through finds, Gavin in foreground.

Hwy101 roadside cross in snow


Hwy101 roadside cross in snow
Originally uploaded by Alhazred

Same as previously blogged photo, another angle.

Random Sunday postcard

  • I have a large postcard collection (>1100), all of which are unused. I have quite a few that people have sent me too, and hang on to those and treat 'em with loving care.
    Although internet social networking sites are a better tool for keeping in touch these days, I still use postcards for this also. Every sunday I throw my trusty multisided dice (actually, I have a few sets of those too) and pick a random friend from my list. Then I pick a random postcard using the dice again, or, since I have so many damn postcards, the internet random number generator.
    Of course only out of town contacts are on my postcard list. Sometimes the postcard comes back with "no forwarding address on file" and then it is time to search the person down and get an updated address, or sigh and remove them from the list. But I don't really like doing that.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Esperanto

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Eldritch Dark, almonds

  • For lovers of weird fiction and the Lovecraftian circle, the Eldritch Dark
    site contains a wealth of Clark Ashton Smith information, stories, art, and a forum that is actually well worth reading.
  • I've recently become fond of almond milk. Here is the World's Greatest Food blog on the subject.

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Kudos to Wrigley-Cross Books of Troutdale for another excellent open house. No Tim Powers for me this time, but we did get some excellent Hippocampus Press Lovecraftiana, Paul Williams' PDK bio, and Michael Swanwick signed hard covers.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Open source warfare, Matisyahu leaves Lubavitch, RPG studies

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Primary loyalties, stuck trucks, found objects, satanic mayors

Canby Depot Museum