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October 8th, 2020, 9:39 pm

City people.

Appalling behavior towards an animal that was just looking for an evening snack and a quick "Hi Mom" on camera.

Shame on you, Joe.
Amazing. He acted like a big baby. And he went bananas. 
Imagine flinging a box at the animal.
You can't trust a guy like that.
Setting a bad example for others too - he was on their territory and showed great disrespect to those animals.

Unfortunately, this is not uncommon. I hope to dedicate some time to animal rights and environmental protection legislation in 2021.
 
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October 9th, 2020, 12:38 am

AA Milne = evocative

Louise Gluck = lorazepam
 
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October 9th, 2020, 11:29 am

AA Milne = evocative

Louise Gluck = lorazepam
Coleridge = opium

Kerouac = Benzedrine

trackstar = seretonin

Going to a harvest festival today - 1,000s of pumpkins await me. : )
 
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October 9th, 2020, 3:53 pm

They should have done doping tests on Coleridge before letting him write poetry.
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October 9th, 2020, 4:30 pm


Going to a harvest festival today - 1,000s of bumpkins await me. : )
At the White House, perchance?
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October 10th, 2020, 3:22 am

They should have done doping tests on Coleridge before letting him write poetry.
A unique rendition/inspiraton taken from Kubla Khan:

Xanadu - Rush - Live Exit Stage Left 1981

One of my fav songs by one of my fav bands. 
 
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October 10th, 2020, 3:30 am

From the festival:
Hundreds of fancy carved pumpkins there. However, none with equations!
 
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October 10th, 2020, 3:33 am

So...there is always work to do!
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October 10th, 2020, 4:30 am

So...there is always work to do!
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Pumpkin pi -- yum!
 
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November 16th, 2020, 12:48 pm

Denique cur alias aliis praestare videmus 
pondere res rebus nihilo maiore figura
nam si tantundemst in lanae glomere quantum 
corporis in plumbo esttantundem pendere par est
corporis officiumst quoniam premere omnia deorsum
contra autem natura manet sine pondere inanis
ergo quod magnumst aeque leviusque videtur
ni mirum plus esse sibi declarat inanis
at contra gravius plus in se corporis esse 
dedicat et multo vacui minus intus habere
est igitur ni mirum id quod ratione sagaci 
quaerimus, admixture rebusquod inane vocamus.

**

Again, why see we among objects some
Of heavier weight, but of no bulkier size?
Indeed, if in a ball of wool there be
As much of body as in lump of lead,
The two should weigh alike, since body tends
To load things downward, while the void abides,
By contrary nature, the imponderable.
Therefore, an object just as large but lighter
Declares infallibly its more of void;
Even as the heavier more of matter shows,
And how much less of vacant room inside.
That which we're seeking with sagacious quest
Exists, infallibly, commixed with things-
The void, the invisible inane.

De Rerum Natura, Lucretius
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Frost on the ground and leaves this morning; winter is here. : )
 
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November 16th, 2020, 6:20 pm

I read every year "The Best Science Fiction of the Year" (Neil Clarke, ed) and "The Best Horror of the Year" (Ellen Datlow, ed). Both of the latest volumes have a story based on knitting! 

A good brainteaser would be to guess the plot:
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SF: disabled spaceship
Horror: small town 
 
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November 16th, 2020, 7:11 pm

I read every year "The Best Science Fiction of the Year" (Neil Clarke, ed) and "The Best Horror of the Year" (Ellen Datlow, ed). Both of the latest volumes have a story based on knitting! 

A good brainteaser would be to guess the plot:
Hints: 
SF: disabled spaceship
Horror: small town 
Interesting, I did not look them up yet but here are my thoughts:

Sci-Fi: A goddess made of cosmic dust fixes a disabled spaceship when the astronauts (human) manage to give her one skein of light, one skein of space-time, and a set of carbon fiber knitting needles. They continue their journey and she dissolves back into the CMB.

Horror: This might go back to a 19th century novel, where Madame LaFarge was knitting shrouds for the dead in A Tale of Two Cities. A 21st century version might have her doing this still, but the dead are pandemic-zombies now. So, what had been a dreaded sign in Dickens becomes an allegory of hope and modern magic: these shrouds made of spun silver just a few nano meters thick will put them to sleep forever.
 
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November 16th, 2020, 8:21 pm

I read every year "The Best Science Fiction of the Year" (Neil Clarke, ed) and "The Best Horror of the Year" (Ellen Datlow, ed). Both of the latest volumes have a story based on knitting! 

A good brainteaser would be to guess the plot:
Hints: 
SF: disabled spaceship
Horror: small town 
Interesting, I did not look them up yet but here are my thoughts:

Sci-Fi: A goddess made of cosmic dust fixes a disabled spaceship when the astronauts (human) manage to give her one skein of light, one skein of space-time, and a set of carbon fiber knitting needles. They continue their journey and she dissolves back into the CMB.

Horror: This might go back to a 19th century novel, where Madame LaFarge was knitting shrouds for the dead in A Tale of Two Cities. A 21st century version might have her doing this still, but the dead are pandemic-zombies now. So, what had been a dreaded sign in Dickens becomes an allegory of hope and modern magic: these shrouds made of spun silver just a few nano meters thick will put them to sleep forever.
Those are good plots, more exotic and probably more interesting than the answers.
Spoiler alert for anybody who might buy the books:

SF: "Knit Three, Save Four" (Marie Vibbert): 
Stowaway is discovered on a disabled ship that can't land because the port admin won't give permission. It is worried of damage to the port if their weakened hull should blow. Normally stowaways are tossed into space, but since they are all going to die anyway, they don't. Turns out it is a cargo ship carrying  high tension cable, the stowaway is a knitter, and she suggests she can do a spacewalk and knit a "protective cover" for the ship. They live.

Horror: "Split Chain Stitch" (Steve Toase). New small-town resident Rachael decides to join the local knitters circle to meet people and learn gossip. She has never knitted but is a very fast learner and very adept. Turns out most of the gossip is about a local bad boy (burglaries, shoplifting) who has disappeared after making bail. Due to her adeptness, Rachael is invited to the "super-secret" advanced knitters group at a local isolated farm. In reality, Rachael has been keeping notes on the group, due to suspicions about other "bad boy" disappearances. They discover her notes, knit her (through her skin) to a tree, and as the story end, the sheep begin eating her alive.  :D

You were ballpark close on the second one:  "zombies" vs. "eaten alive". And "carbon fiber" vs "high tension cable" is pretty close too, esp. given minimal clues. 
 
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November 16th, 2020, 11:05 pm

I like the first one, second one not so much.  But then again, I was surprised to learn recently that deer are carnivores. 

Deer Forensics - National Geographic 2017

You think of them as gentle plant and bark eaters, but no. Deer will also eat carrion of all types, mammals, birds, fish, humans... : Q

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Not so innocent any more, but fair enough. 
 
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November 16th, 2020, 11:17 pm

I used to quite like the collections of SciFi and Horror when I was young. Some of the stories I can still remember. So I bought one recently from my birth year. I was disappointed. 

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