Mastodon 2024

Capture by helaku h on Flickr January 2024 Shantell Powell #classics #pigeon #odyssey #odysseus 11:33 AM • January 16, 2024 (UTC) Old Book Illustrations High on a throne of royal state. Gustave Doré, from "Milton's Paradise Lost" New York: [ca. 1880?] #illustration #art 8:55 AM • January 22, 2024 (UTC) February 2024 Corey S Powell For a little dose of perspective: Here's a partial solar eclipse on Mars!

Mastodon 2023

Capture by internetarchivebookimages on Flickr January 2023 Randy Lubin Works entering the public domain include: Written work by: Agatha Christie, Baroness Orczy, Hermann Hesse, Marcel Proust, Upton Sinclair, and Virginia Woolf Art by: Ansel Adams, Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keeffe, René Magritte, Salvador Dalí, and Tamara de Lempicka Films including The Jazz Singer, Metropolis, Napoléon, and Trolley Troubles Music by Béla Bartók, Ira and George Gershwin, Igor Stravinsky, Irving Berlin, Louis Armstrong, Ruth Etting, and Sophie Tucker

Bye, Twitter

Capture by Robynne Blume on Flickr I had an awful time building the blog because of errors fetching content from Twitter. This, I suspect, has to do with their new policies on unauthenticated access. So I’m getting rid of my link files dating back to 2016 (though I’m keeping them archived just in case). I’m still keeping my account, but not adding anything that isn’t already going to be available on my presence on Mastodon or Facebook.

Mastodon 2022

Capture by Les Halstead on Flickr I’ve been on the platform for a number of years, but have been following the crowd reducing the exposure to the turmoil on Twitter. Here are a few of the items from the last few months I marked as favourites. The styling isn’t quite what I want, so I might change some of the tooling to bring it more in line with the other pages here.

A few more things to stir the creative juices

I thought I’d put out another collection of tidbits I ran across that give me ideas of things I might want to do or create. There are lots of other preoccupations in my mind besides these, but I prefer to collect the ones worth keeping around Every night we are witnesses to a bigger bunch of explosions than anything ever shot up into the sky, though we don’t get to hear the sounds of all that energy being released.

Links for 15 January 2021

Like most people, I like roaming around the web looking for cool things, and sometimes get the feeling that I’ve run across something worth bookmarking, something I want to mull over in the future. Some of them are worth saying a few words about, and I was thinking I would put these up on the blog in hopes that someone might find them fascinating too. This is the kind of video I think people are looking for in the middle of a frightening epidemic while there is talk of unrest liable to break out at any moment.

Academic titles of address

Photo by Muzammil Soorma on Unsplash There is a controversy out just now about whether holders of doctoral degrees other than medical doctors ought to use the title of Doctor before their names. I have some thoughts on the subject as a PhD holder in Physics. When I was in graduate school we would joke about the German practice of using honorifics for people according to their precise level of advancement, so a Herr Doktor would be outranked by a a Herr Professor Doktor and so forth.

Five scifaiku months

© publicdomainstockphotos Free photo ID 84930337 | This is the third year I engaged in the discipline of writing and posting a poem on the Yahoo groups Scifaiku list I’ve been a member of for a dozen years or so. In past years I maintained a scifaiku writing timetable. One year, I wrote a new poem every single day for the entire year to see how much of a challenge that would be for me.

Public private

For every post here I write maybe three for my own use over on Penzu as a sort of diary of what’s going on. I’ve learned that it’s too easy to forget a lot sooner than you expect just what you were experiencing and saying and doing if you don’t leave some kind of traces for yourself to get back into your head in times past. What I write are things too personal or professionally sensitive to want to put out on a public blog like this, or more often things that only I figure I would be interested in knowing about.