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Via Nate Taylor at Twitter.

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 13:11

Via Nate Taylor at Twitter.

design-is-fine: Marcel Breuer, Rendering of Grand Central Tower,...

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 13:08


Marcel Breuer, Rendering of Grand Central Tower, New York, 1967-1969. Via Marcel Breuer Archive

In the late 1960s, New York’s Landmarks Preservation Commission rejected a controversial proposal submitted by Marcel Breuer and Associates to float a fifty-five-story office tower in the air rights above Grand Central Terminal. More here

Xavi Bros on Twitter

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 12:00

You're the one who taught me "temporospatial claudication." Thanks. I've been using it for well over a decade to appear smarter than my friends.

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 11:37

(chuckle) Been using it for three decades plus to appear smarter than my enemies.  :) Works just as well. (Extra points if someone whines to you “But the dictionary says it’s some kind of leg disorder…” You then get to lecture them on obstructions to the structure of higher-dimensional space and the Emperor Claudius. But seriously, if people won’t follow a coined word’s history back far enough to find out if there might be some reason there for the coinage, they need to be taught better.)  (See also the etymology of the word at this Biblical site, which for this entry at least stays out of the religious mode.)

hamtastrophe:check this boy out

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 11:27


check this boy out

tos-fanart:by Juan Ortiz

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 11:25

mechanicalcurator: Image from ‘Nero: or, the trials, battles and...

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 11:20


Image from ‘Nero: or, the trials, battles and adventures of the sixth Emperor of Rome … in darkest Hades. A poem, etc’, 001770223

  • Author: HUNT, Horatio.
  • Volume: 02
  • Page: 15
  • Year: 1893
  • Place: London
  • Publisher: J. Burns
View this image on Flickr View all the images from this book

Following the link above will take you to the British Library’s integrated catalogue. You will be able to download a PDF of the book this image is taken from, as well as view the pages up close with the ‘itemViewer’. Click on the 'related items’ to search for the electronic version of this work.

I read your books a long time ago, as a kid. Stuff happened, and when my mom told us she had cancer, the first place I ran to was back to book 5. That book became really hard for me to read, later, but it was the first place I turned. So as an adult,...

Sun, 01/07/2018 - 11:00

You’re very welcome.

The Wizard’s Dilemma was where I worked out a fair amount of stuff that, decades later, was still surrounding my own mother’s death (I was 16 at the time). I hear from a lot of people who found the book useful in the same way that you did. I’m glad it had an (eventually positive) impact for you too.

I need to thank you for your post on outlining novels, because I have always had trouble with this, but this has saved me.

Sat, 01/06/2018 - 13:55

Listen. I’m delighted to be of any help regarding this. I used to have a ton of trouble with it, but once C.J. Cherryh put me onto the make-a-list method, all my problems were solved. Seemed to me that there had to be other people who’d find it useful. :)

The Remarkable Influence of A Wrinkle in Time

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 23:00
The Remarkable Influence of A Wrinkle in Time:

It was a pleasure to talk to Natalie Escobar at Smithsonian Magazine about a writer with whom I have a fair bit of history… all of it good.

Happy 2018, everybody!

Sun, 12/31/2017 - 23:24

It’s not midnight here yet, but as the hour draws near, the contention on the local cellular node that provides our connection to the Intarwebz is making everything run very VERY slow. So I’m going to go offline now while wishing everybody the happiest possible 2018 full of all good things! See you on the other side. :)

design-is-fine:Food – Don’t waste it, World War I Poster,...

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 13:59


Food – Don’t waste it, World War I Poster, 1914-18. U.S. Food Administration. Lithograph. Via FAMSF

Not bad advice for the here and now, either.

design-is-fine:Sophie Taueber-Arp, Puppet of a stag for the play...

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 13:57


Sophie Taueber-Arp, Puppet of a stag for the play “König Hirsch”, 1918. Painted wood. Schweizerisches Marionettentheater. Via Museum für Gestaltung Zurich

Munchies from 1903...

Mon, 12/25/2017 - 16:46


Made these today (because why not?)

The difference is that instead of cheese straws - fiddly, delicate, will break if you look at them sideways - we used our smallest biscuit/cookie cutter and produced one-bite-munchies the size of a commemorative coin.

And they are delish.

Being a man who can’t leave anything alone, I’ve already suggested another batch with, instead of cayenne, curry powders of various flavours and strengths, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder and any number of different sorts of cheese.

But try the basic recipe first.

(And make more than you think you’ll need. Lots more. Trust me on this…)

Merry Winterfeast-of-Choice to all!

THE BIG MEOW v1.02 goes out to purchasers

Sun, 12/24/2017 - 18:05

Just to let people know that the updated version of Book 3 of the Feline Wizards series has just been installed at the Ebooks Direct store.

This means that if you’ve bought one, the store will mail you with a download link for the new version some time over the course of the day. (It doesn’t do them all at once to avoid being mistaken for some kind of spambot by your ISP.)

V1.02 contains some textual corrections (of a few dropped paragraphs, and the notorious “[Insert Ailurin Term Here]” inclusion) and various sorts of reformatting to bring the book into line with present ebook editions of the first two, The Book of Night with Moon and To Visit The Queen.

That’s it. And now I’m going to the pub. :) Have a nice evening, all.

I'm so excited for YW11! Any hints or clues as to the nature of it?

Sun, 12/24/2017 - 17:44

Nothing except what I’ve said before: this book is quite dark.