What a field day for the heat
A thousand people in the street
Singing songs and carrying signs
Mostly saying, "hooray for our side"

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Linkee-poo orders the rabbi-veni-turducken-ig

Todd Wheeler is starting up his Summer Reading contest in two weeks. Mark your calendars.

Given last night's cat waxing, some ruminations on procrastination. Also, just a thought, watching videos about procrastination… yeah, that's also procrastination. And boredom as a motivator for creativity. (Grokked from the Viable Paradise Twitter feed)

The procrastination equation, which apparently is a podcast interview with an author of the book of the same name (I haven't downloaded it yet, but included it here because of synchronicity). (Grokked from WannabeWriter06)

And now the question that we know has been keeping you up at nights, is Cthulhu real? What I see is a case of numerology (which is all about the famous CPA joke, "What do you want it to be?") and more evidence of Jung's archetypes and HP's direct line feed to what creeps us out. (Grokked from Stewart Sternberg)

Deep Cuts antho is open for submissions. I haven't done a full look, yet (this is my bookmark for later). But if you write or read horror you may be interested. (Grokked from Seedcake)

Americans' net worth has plummeted except for the (wait for it) 1%. Right now that just the summary page that doesn't have any real details. You can listen to the report, and hopefully they'll have a transcript up soon.

"The man-made mechanical forest consists of 18 supertrees that act as vertical gardens, generating solar power, acting as air venting ducts for nearby conservatories, and collecting rainwater. To generate electricity, 11 of the supertrees are fitted with solar photovoltaic systems that convert sunlight into energy, which provides lighting and aids water technology within the conservatories below." We're living in a SF world, although I still want my jetpack. (Grokked from Tobias Buckell)

A micrometeroid struck the ISS but so far things look stable. (Pointed to by Dan)

Fred Clark and the 76 things banned in Leviticus.

Man cured of AIDS from a blood stem cell transplant. Well, actually I think they mean they rid his body of the HIV virus. Also note that the blood had to come from the small percentage of people known to be immune to HIV. Further more note that "no detectable HIV in blood" is also true for people who are able to maintain the right mix of antivirals (the cocktail), but they still are infected (HIV is a very tricky virus). Although it's good to see that they think cord blood transfusions may also work (and they're trying them). (Grokked from Jay Lake)

Tweet of my heart: @harikunzru: So Church of England opposed to 'redefining marriage'? Wasn't it created to do just that? Looking at you, Henry VIII...

Alligator Quotient: They all seem to be attending some off-site alligator-oppressor training today. Although they left a lot of work to do behind them.


Eric said...

Not sure if you caught this, but per the comments and a link back to the author's page: Cthulhu in World Mythology is parody or at least tongue-in-cheek--the author is an HPL fan who sometimes writes for Skeptic magazine.

I remember lots of people in high school toting around paperback copies of The Necronomicon, the one that was a half-assed casserole of warmed-over Crowley, bits of Le Vey and a smattering of sliced-up Wicca and New Age mysticism from the freezer, liberally salted with "Yog-Sothoths" and "Shub-Nigguraths" etc. And a lot of none-too-bright kids bought into it as a real thing and got mad when you told them it was a made-up book.

At the time, there were two other Necronomicons in print; one was the H.R. Giger art book and the other was a novelty gag item consisting of cut-n-pasted calligraphic script prefaced with a winking introduction "explaining" how the reproduced text following was found in the Middle East and would-be translators had died under mysterious circumstances, etc. Either one of them was worth more than the "authentic" version someone was peddling to the emo kids of my generation, the one being a book of genuinely fine (if terribly disturbing and quasi-pornographic) art and the other being the kind of thing that would make for a nice joke of having on your bookshelf a book with Necronomicon on the spine.

I go into the history just because if Cthulhu in World Mythology were a "real" or "serious" book, it wouldn't have shocked me. Happily, it isn't.

Steve Buchheit said...

Hey Eric, I didn't read the comments, but it looks like the author tapped in to pretty much what I was talking about, only he did it as a parody and with full conscious effort instead of slight of hand and mind. I would have probably read it with the same eye rolling behavior I exhibit when I stumble across the History Channels "Ancient Aliens" programs (really, what is up with that dude's hair?!).

And I remember those books and trying to tell the seekers of the gates that it was a marketing gimmick to publish a fictional book (except for the Giger book). Not many of them understood me.