Showing posts from December, 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 …

CTCastle - Dave and Gavin

CTCastle - Dave and Gavin
Originally uploaded by AlhazredFun 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 AlhazredSame 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.


Stalin denounced Esperanto as a “language of spies.” Naturally, so did Joseph McCarthy.
And there is much more in the excellent Curious Expeditions blog entry on Esperanto.Sincere thanks to Providence Portland Medical Center, who took such good care of my wife during her operation this last week.

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.

Hwy101 roadside cross in snow

Hwy101 roadside cross in snow
Originally uploaded by Alhazred

Couple of links

My favourite error message

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.

Open source warfare, Matisyahu leaves Lubavitch, RPG studies

Following my mention yesterday of the Atlantic piece on primary loyalties and current warfare, also worth mentioning is Robert Charette's article 'Open-Source Warfare' in IEEE Spectrum. (I'm not really that fond of the term 'Open-Source Warfare', but it seems like an adequate descriptor.) Mentioned in the article are John Robb, originator of the term, as well as Eric Raymond, open source software theorist.Matisyahu interview: leaving Lubavitch, but staying Hassidic.Bibliography of Role-Playing Game studies.

Primary loyalties, stuck trucks, found objects, satanic mayors

I wouldn't want to be this Stutter guy.I was about to write that Robert Kaplan's Atlantic piece, It's the Tribes, Stupid, with its analysis of the tribe as the unit of primary loyalty, sounded awfully similar to the arguments set forth in Brave New War. But it looks like John Robb himself has already blogged about it.It was a chilly day in Portland today, but nothing compared to what this poor Russian trucker was going through.This seems rather odd: a small town Arkansas mayor resigns, claiming that in the past he had been kidnapped by a Satanic cult.