Fantasy Casting

July 15, 2014

Since I’m still up the mountain at Toolbox, I keep trying ways to make you do my blogging work for me.  So here’s the latest! If you were making a movie out of my Dagmar books, who would you cast? Bear in mind that I didn’t describe many of the central characters.  Dagmar is in […]

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Prismatics

July 14, 2014

Double rainbow over Taos Ski Valley, as seen at dusk last night.  At moments it became a triple rainbow, but the third was so faint that it never registered on my camera. An ephemeral loveliness that caused the whole world to stop, take a breath, and admire.  

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That’s Entertainment!

July 14, 2014

I’ll be on the mountain for another six nights or so, doing my Taos Toolbox thing, so you might as well look somewhere else for entertainment.  I’d like to suggest reading the new novel by my buddy Jimmy Corey, Cib0la Burn.  The latest in Jimmy’s Expanse series, it’s a corking good extraplanetary adventure, and I think it’s […]

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Caption Contest! Go!

July 7, 2014
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Drone + Spectacle

July 7, 2014

I’m up the mountain for Taos Toolbox, so I probably won’t be posting any long, thoughtful essays for the next few weeks. So while I’m sitting here amid a pile of manuscripts, please enjoy this slightly belated Independence Day fireworks celebration, in which a quadcopter drone equipped with a GoPro camera flies through gorgeous scintillating […]

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Jaguars Worshipped Here

July 4, 2014

This is the Jaguar Temple at Lamanai.  There’s a big jaguar face sculpture in the center of the photo, and another on the right side of the temple, out of frame. In front, also out of frame, is a big circular stone Mayan calendar.  Which, oddly enough, failed to correctly predict the end of the […]

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Wretchedness, Worldwide

July 3, 2014

I thought I’d take note of some recent news items. First, the Rector of the Islamic University of Rotterdam, Ahmet Akgündüz, has praised Turkey’s ruling AK Party for only stealing 20% of the nation’s income, as opposed to the 80% taken by previous parties. He said that, unlike the AK Party, previous governments did not have enough […]

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Flamingo Tongue

July 2, 2014

This is something called a “flamingo tongue.”  Click the picture for a life-sized image.  It’s a kind of sea slug, maybe three inches long, and crawls about on corals eating, I suspect, everything. I think it looks more like an uncircumcised penis, possibly with a horrific disease, but then I don’t know what an actual […]

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Lamanai

July 1, 2014

After my week of diving was over, I set out on a field trip to the Mayan city of Lamanai.  It’s one of the few Mayan cities where we know its actual name, as the Mayans were still in residence when the Spanish arrived, and the Spanish missionaries recorded the name, which means “submerged crocodile.” […]

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Fly, Little Nook! Fly!

June 27, 2014

Barnes & Noble has decided to split off its Nook division, which includes its profitable B&N College bookstores in universities around the country. Apparently the Nook is losing market share to Kindle and iPad.  (My own ebook sales through the Nook store are roughly 10% of my total, FWIW.)  The division is also losing money, […]

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