Archive for August, 2006

Curt’s report on Fanex

Curt has a groovy report on his first trip to a convention where he got to meet a lot of his online friends. Well worth the click even without the good picture of Curt eating sushi.

Katrina anniversary

Here are some of the posts written last year before and after Hurricane Katrina.

Before

New Orleans – Latest News

I called Mama Marisol, got her on her cell phone. She had her crystal ball in the front seat, and she was ‘leavin-leavin, cher.’

Heading up Basin Street past St. Louis 1, she saw all the skeletons sitting on top of their tombs, rolling their bones and readin’ em, shakin’ their heads at her.

After

Until death do us part

A love letter or obituary?

Welcome to the real America, Senator Allen

What gets me is not only did my neighboring Senator George Allen make a racist, derogatory remark at an all-white function to an Indian American filming the event, he told the young man “welcome to the real Virginia.” The reality is Senator Allen is a carpet bagger, plain and simple. Unlike the young man who is a native born Virginian, Allen was born in California.

RamR wrote an excellent post on real Americans. It’s a good counter-piece to this diary by Markos.

Physics Proves Horror Movies Get It Wrong?

Who needs ghostbusters when you’ve got Newton, says a scientist who has used physics and maths to poke holes in the way Hollywood depicts ghosts and vampires.

In a paper, published recently on the physics website arXiv, theoretical physicist Professor Costas Efthimiou of the University of Central Florida shows that when it comes to things supernatural, the figures just don’t add up.

For instance, the ability to walk through walls is a common talent of celluloid ghosts.

But Newton’s laws of physics suggest that if a ghost can walk it shouldn’t be able to pass through walls, say Efthimiou and Cornell University postgraduate student Sohan Gandhi. I want you to read it all and then let me know if you feel that humans know everything there is to know in the universe or not.

I want you to read it all and then let me know if you feel that humans know everything there is to know in the universe or not.

Momma, don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys…

…that way they can become cryptozoologists, instead!

For those of you interested in the how-to, here’s a piece that outlines FOUR STEPS TOWARD BECOMING A CRYPTOZOOLOGY FIELD RESEARCHER (no, I’m not shouting; the original title is all caps).

[via MSNBC's Cosmic Log]

50,000 visitors

We hit our 50,000 visitors. Many thanks to protected static and the entire Haunted Vampire crew. And many thanks to you, the readers.

The band’s warmed up. It’s time to old-school party!

Stygian mummy found

Paging Robert E. Howard*. Mr. Howard to the courtesy phone please.

Berlin – Archaeologists have unearthed a well-preserved, 2 500-year-old mummy frozen in the snow-capped mountains of Mongolia complete with blond hair, tattoos and a felt hat.

The president of the German Archaeological Institute, Hermann Parzinger, hailed the “fabulous find” at a press conference to present the 28-member team’s discovery in Berlin.

The Scythian warrior was found in June at a height of 2 600m in the Altay Mountains in an intact burial mound or kurgan.

Parzinger said the tomb was practically untouched when the team discovered it.

*Maybe Howard’s Hyborian Age really existed.

Friday haunted vampire dance party

Frankenstein expert dead at 71

From The Washington Post:

Betty T. Bennett, a literature professor at American University who was a leading authority on the life of “Frankenstein” author Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley and her circle of friends, died of lung cancer Aug. 12 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. She was 71.

Dr. Bennett’s decades-long scholarly fascination with Shelley — author at 19 of the Gothic classic and widow at 24 of English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley — made her somewhat of a literary sleuth. Her search for letters and intimate details of Shelley’s life took her across 158,000 miles and three continents.

“I’ve been to all the places where Mary Shelley went. I’ve been in the houses where she lived. I’ve seen the mountains and the lakes she admired,” she told The Washington Post in 1991.

Her scholarly discoveries were revealed in several well-received articles and books, including the three-volume “The Letters of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley,” which she edited and published from 1980 to 1988. The books contain nearly 1,300 letters, some 500 of which were previously unpublished and 12 of which Dr. Bennett uncovered in the manuscript archives of a library in Sydney. Those dozen letters gave Dr. Bennett further evidence of Shelley’s knowledge of British politics, the meaning of her novel “Frankenstein” and her feminist views. Shelley died in 1851 at 54.

Entire obit well worth the click.

The Baker Street Irregulars are on the case

The Baker Street Irregulars take the lead in this Sherlock Holmes tale written for younger readers.

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