Sticking to the Ribs

August 31, 2019

Prepared for any grilling emergency, I am and remain the Master of Meat!

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Westlake on Publishing

August 30, 2019

This from Donald Westlake: “Publishing is the only industry I can think of where most of the employees spend most of their time stating with great self-assurance that they don’t know how to do their jobs. “I don’t know how to sell this,” they explain, frowning, as though it’s your fault. “I don’t know how […]

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The Sands of Dingle

August 29, 2019

Sunset at Inch Beach, in or near Dingle.  Fine golden sand, beautiful setting, and surfers!  If it weren’t for the kids playing with their hurling sticks I would have thought I was in Monterey. I also had ice cream at the legendary Murphy’s parlor.  The elderflower ice cream was particularly fine on a hot afternoon.

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Mere Observation

August 29, 2019

So I mentioned a couple weeks ago that I had a kind of Theory of Dunsany that I wanted to put forth when I had the time, and I seem to have time right now.  Because I’ve had a while to ponder the matter the theory has expanded from its origin point to a consideration […]

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Out of the Mist

August 23, 2019

These are the Skellig Islands off the west coast of Kerry, home to an ancient abandoned monastery, and the location of a key scene in Return of the Jedi. The Skellige Islands also feature in Witcher III, one of that game’s jokey references to cinema.  (Another is an elven swordsmith named Hattori.) I’ve been back from […]

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Flitting

August 15, 2019

Here’s today’s picture of a butterfly. The rollicking Wilbercon around Ireland is over, and I’m now in Dublin for Worldcon. I’d love to post my con schedule, but I can’t because I don’t have one.  I’m not on programming, go figure. Whether I’m on a panel or not doesn’t signify, but it would be nice […]

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Big Boat

August 13, 2019

This is the flight engineer’s station on a Pan-Am Yankee Clipper, circa 1941, as displayed at the Flying Boat Museum in Foynes.  (Flying Boat Museum!  This trip is so geeky I want to swoon.) The flight engineer was kept pretty busy, having to nurse four big radial engines all the way across the Atlantic.  (Or […]

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Rocks

August 13, 2019

This is Kenmore Stone Circle, dating from the Bronze Age.  Human remains were found underneath the central stone. One of us said, “This is what Stonehenge would look like if England had leprechauns.”

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Immigrant

August 10, 2019

This painted lady flew all the way from Africa to perch in a blackberry bush and say hello.

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Behold the Mighty Leviathan!

August 9, 2019

This is the Leviathan, at 72 inches the largest telescope in the world from 1845 to 1917, over seventy years.  She was built by William Parsons, the third earl of Rosse, on his substantial estate at Birr Castle.  He subsequently used Leviathan to investigate nebulas, which he discovered were not vague blobby things in the […]

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