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.. and no, I'm not talking about Himself. I'm talking about the latest Penguin Newsletter listing their picks for the top 10 "essential" books. I don't feel too bad - I'm 5 for 10.

http://us.penguingroup.com/static/pages/features/tenessentialclassics/index.html
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... why I fell, and stayed, in love with sci-fi, fantasy, etc.

"Back in the 1900s, it was a wonderful experience for a boy to discover H.G. Wells. There you were, in a world of pedants, clergymen and golfers…and here was this wonderful man who could tell you about the inhabitants of the sea, and who knew that the future was not going to be what respectable people imagined." - George Orwell
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Okay ... this is way kewl - http://tinyurl.com/m929lw
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Happy Birthday to [livejournal.com profile] matociquala !!!

[ queue music: "Entry March of the Boyars" by Johan Halvorsen ]
[ queue inexpensive, but so tastefully done fireworks display ]

Hippo, birdie, two ewe ...
hippo, birdie, two ewe ...
hippo, birdie, beer ... jeer ... career ...
rats, Rats, RATS - I *hate* it when that happens !
hippo, birdie, deer, Elizabeth-hhhhh,
hippo, birdie, two ewe !!
Anemone, more !!!

[ queue exit music: "Mickey Mouse March" by James Wesley Dodd ]
[ extinguish raging fire started by amazing fireworks display ]
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I was thinking I could just go on forever, or at least for the whole day. Maybe even 2-3 days. It was cool, the sky was absolutely crystal clear, and the morning sun was at by back. But perhaps I should back up a bit.

The unusual weather, unusual for the early part of August in north Texas anyway, cleared in time for the weekend. So Saturday was spent re-trenching and edging the yard followed by the necessary mowing and extensive clean-up that accompanies a day full of such activity. While the yard may have been a tad squishy, sort of like walking on a soaked sponge, things were dried out enough where the mower could handle it without my having to stop periodically to hose it down underneath. It just would not do for the yard police to come sneaking around and decide to issue me The Threatening Letter.

Well, with all the yard chores done on Saturday, my Sunday morning was free and I could make my semi-regular weekend run to Starbuck's - kick back early in the morning with a large hazelnut latte, a chocolate old-fashioned, and my current at-work reading material [I am about half-way through re-reading Dark Sleeper by Jeffrey E. Barlough so I can go ahead and move on to The House in the High Wood and Strange Cargo.] So, I throw my sunglasses and my book into the saddlebags, hop on Serenity and run down to the gas station to top off the tank. While I'm filling up, a big Harley-Davidson touring bike rolls by. Then another cruiser pulls in to gas up. I finish, wipe down the windshield, fire my baby up, pull out away from the pumps and ... make a left instead of a right.

A-yup, I heard the call, and it was very strong. I decided to take a leisurely run up to St. Jo Texas and back. That's my normal, getting away for a few hours route: Krum north to Slidell, then Forestburg, and then to St. Jo and back again - winding through the shallow canyons and up over the caprock bluffs. But today was going to be a great day. I know this because I wasn't a quarter of the way along when I came across Brother Coyote. He had stopped and was eyeing me through the the barbed-wire fence after trotting across the road right in front of me. I always consider it the best of signs when Brother Coyote makes an appearance, but today it felt especially significant. I knew in my soul that something was very different today. The further I went, the more my head started traveling to strange places.


What if I kept going? Why stop? I could go all the way to Lawton, OK and the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. It would only be another hour or so - get there before noon. Maybe ride to the top of Mount Scott.

Then again, why not ride out to Palo Duro Canyon. All these years and I've never paid a visit. I had come close a few times, but never went. It would be a long day's ride, but it is my day, right? And Crowfoot went all the way to Las Cruces NM in a day.

Say - to hell with Palo Duro Canyon. I could just ride out to Fort Davis, TX. It's the Big Bend country, my favorite spot of all, and it's been a couple 3 years since I've been there and never on Serenity. She'd love the Scenic Loop, Big Bend National Park, the Rio del Camino. I could take a couple of days off, spend them out in my version of heaven.

But why stop there? Let's keep going. Never saw the Four Corners area and I could see Serenity and I cruising north out of Durango CO and head on into the Black Gap of the Gunnison. Who'd care? Who'd miss me? Well, Annorien would be worried to death. But Brother Coyote surely a sign - just chuck it all for 3-4 days.


I continued on, enjoying the scenery and the cool morning air. I arrived at St. Jo and took a spin halfway around the small square, and ... went on. Serenity and I continued north, cruising onward to the Red River and Taovayas Indian Bridge - the Texas-Oklahoma border.



I turned around, rode out into the middle of the bridge, and parked. The only sounds were the birdsong, the Red River sloshing around below, and the metallic tinking as Serenity's engine started cooling down. I spent a good half-hour to an hour standing on that bridge and enjoying the solitude. Then Serenity and I started back towards St. Jo and then home. We came up out of the river's flood plain and passed a handful of big-horn sheep grazing on one of the ranches I had passed by on the way north. I re-entered St. Jo and did not turn west. I turned southward and home.

I really could have disappeared for awhile. Y'all do know that right? After all these years, I think I have earned a bit of an eccentricity ... an adventure outside the box of the reasonable.
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Today, Mon. 21SEP09

Road Rage Remedy: Schwanengesang, D-957: #4, Ständchen by Franz Schubert

March of the Day: Rolling Thunder by Jas. Henry Fillmore Jr.

The Worthless Word for the Day: deblateration
[fr. L. deblaterare, to prate or blab out] the act of prating or babbling.

"...in the words of Sir Thomas Urquhart.."We nauseate such quisquiliary deblaterations of philsophunculi." - Jacqueline Belanger, Critical Receptions

""Truly, sieur," replied Sir Thomas, "your observations on those antiquated times, as they are now called by those shallow and fidimplicitary coxcombs, who fill our too credulous ears with their quisquiliary deblaterations, appear to me both orderly digested and aptly conceived." - Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, 1817

"(she'd received the ophelimitic deblateration of god...)" - Christopher WunderLee, The Loony (2005)

(quisquiliary: trashy, worthless)
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Today, Fri. 18SEP09

Road Rage Remedy: The Horse Whisperer by Thomas Newman

March of the Day: The Atlantic City Pageant by John Phillip Sousa

The Worthless Word for the Day: philosophunculist
[fr. the Latinate form philosophunculus] rare : a petty or insignificant philosopher (see also philosophaster)

"You know, or should know, that I am a senior philosophunculist on active duty." - Robert Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land (1961)

"...the sagacity of the sapient philosophunculi..." - Blackwood's Edinb. Mag (1817)
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Today, Thur. 17SEP09

Road Rage Remedy: Songs, Op. 6: No. 6, "None But the Lonely Heart" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

March of the Day: The Aviators by John Phillip Sousa

The Worthless Word for the Day: deprehend
[fr. L. deprehendere: to seize, catch, detect, etc.] obs. :
1.) to seize, capture
2.) to take by surprise
3.) to perceive or detect
hence, deprehendible & deprehensible (detectable)

"[L]et them and the world know that thou.. can deprehend the wise in their own wisdom, and the proud in the imagination of their wicked hearts to their everlasting confusion." - John Knox (sermon, ca. 1570)

"I deprehend in myself more than an alacrity, a vehemency to do service to that company, and so I may find reason to make rhyme." - John Donne, Letters (1651)
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Today, Wed. 16SEP09

Road Rage Remedy: Caprice and Kleine Romanze for Cello and Piano, Op. 79E: No. 2 - Kleine Romanze by Max Reger

March of the Day: Powhatan's Daughter (Pocahantas) by John Phillip Sousa

The Worthless Word for the Day: snarge
[prob. onomatopœia] /snarj/ the Feather Identification Lab at the Smithsonian Institution has, sometime within this century, coined this term for the goop that remains of a bird after it collides with an airplane (notwithstanding Charles Elster's insistence that it's really "a person nobody likes; a total jerk")

"Carla Dove(!) and her team at the feather-identification lab at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History, study snarge — that's the bird goo that is wiped off an aircraft after it hits a bird." - All Things Considered [NPR], January 16, 2009

"How badly do I want to hear Tamara Taylor say, 'Any word on the snarge?' and/or 'There's human DNA in the snarge'? So. Badly." - Jamie Frevele, The Huffington Post Jan 21 2009
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Today, Tue. 15SEP09

Road Rage Remedy: Concerto for Piano No. 1 in C-major, Op.11: 2nd Movement, Adagio by Carl Maria von Weber

March of the Day: Big Four by Karl King

The Worthless Word for the Day: eumoirous
[fr. Gk eumoiros, well-endowed by fortune] /yoo MOI rus/? rare : happy or lucky as the result of being good.

"But in a hundred years we wouldn't use a word like 'eumoirous'!" - Leo Rosten, The Return of Hyman Kaplan (1959)

"After the threesome went their own eumoirous ways, Regina Lochner slipped like a specially treated throat lozenge into the seedy, contrectated terra incognita of the Louisiana Francophile militia." - Christopher WunderLee, The Loony (2005)
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Today, Mon. 14SEP09

Road Rage Remedy:
Londonderry Air a.k.a. Danny Boy - traditional/anonymous

March of the Day:
The Melody Shop by Karl King

The Worthless Word for the Day: perquisquilian
[fr. L. quisquiliae, trifles, rubbish] (cf. quisquilious) obs. nonce-word : thoroughly worthless

"It is a most unworthy thing for men that have bones in them, to spend their lives in making fiddle cases for futilous women's fancies: which are the very pettitoes of infirmity, the giblets of perquisquilian toys." - N. Ward, The Simple Cobler of Aggawam (1647)

but..

"Efficient primality routines blinking retribution and incalescent divinity without the avoidance of cachinnatory hysterics. Avoid the perquisquilian planets that hatch pseudo magic lanterns." - Jason Earls, Red Zen (2007)
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Today, Fri. 11SEP09

Road Rage Remedy:
Chanson de matin, Op.15 No.2 "Morning Song" by Sir Edward Elgar

March of the Day:
Port Arthur by Roland Forrest Seitz

The Worthless Word for the Day:
commination - [fr. L. comminari, to threaten] /kom uh NAY shun/ a formal denunciation; also used loosely.

"The last [letter] is on the subject of religion, and by its publication will gratify the priesthood with new occasion of repeating their comminations against me." - Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Adams June 15, 1813
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... [livejournal.com profile] yuki_onna, [livejournal.com profile] jaylake, [livejournal.com profile] blackholly, [livejournal.com profile] docbrite, and [livejournal.com profile] ellen_kushner on being recognized in yesterday's SciFi Wire article Cyberpunk, steampunk, and now stitchpunk? Your guide to 11 sci-fi punks... by A.M. Dellamonica.

http://tinyurl.com/mgkkva

If someone with a higher friend status than I have could pass along my congratulations and best wishes to [livejournal.com profile] docbrite, it would be very greatly appreciated.
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Today, Thur. 10SEP09

Road Rage Remedy:
Concerto for Guitar in D-major by Antonio Vivaldi

March of the Day:
Old Comrades by Carl Teike

The Worthless Word for the Day:
depontication [ad L. pons/pontis, bridge; after defenestration] the act of hurling from a bridge

"There are several instances of defenestration in Czech history, and it has continued into modern times. The martyrdom of St Johannes is the only case of depontication, but it must be part of the same Tarpeian tendency." - Patrick Leigh Fermor, A Time of Gifts (1977)

[this is quoted (erroneously? ) online as 'depontiFIcation' , perhaps influenced by this: "Shana Alexander added that if this verb [to defenestrate] is acceptable, then jumping off of bridges should be "depontification."]
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Today, Wed. 09SEP09

Road Rage Remedy:
Concerto for Harpsichord in F-minor: 2nd movement, Largo - Arioso Johann Sebastian Bach

March of the Day:
Tyrolean Woodcutter's March by Josef Franz Wagner

The Worthless Word for the Day:
maritodespotism [fr. L. maritus, husband + despotism] /MAR i toh DES puh tiz'm/ ruthless, tyrannical domination by a husband.

"One could very well assume that these women are victims of domestic violence and might have been subject to extreme maritodespotism without any recourse for legal or social review of their circumstances with the aim of attaining a favourable outcome." - Akin Akintayo, Akin (blog) 21 January 2009

"Ruthless domination by a husband is "maritodespotism. " Search for the comparable wife word is under way. Stand by." - L. M. Boyd, San Fran. Chronicle Apr 5, 1998

[that would be uxorodespotism]

"... and the one and only hyperhedonic, brimborian, and mendaciloquent maritodespot, playing craps and engaged in a heated, rather secretive, hubbub over someone's roll." - Christopher WunderLee, The Loony (2005)

(and apropos of nothing...)

"Known hence forth as a quantum heretic, Albert was left in a strange limbo, his ideas were discussed to a great extent; however he, himself, who so many considered the personification of floccinaucinihilipilification, was greatly ignored." - Christopher WunderLee, ibid.
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Yesterday, Mon. 07SEP09

Road Rage Remedy:
Carnival of the Animals: No. 13, The Swan by by Camille Saint-Saëns

March of the Day:
Hail to the Spirit of Liberty by John Philip Sousa

The Worthless Word for the Day:
domnoddy [origin uncertain] /DOM noddy/ fool, ninny, nincompoop, simpleton (also, noddypoll, noddy)

"You idiot! You cabbageheaded domnoddy! If you've hurt my horse, I'll have your skin!" - Gerald Morris, The Squire's Tales, 1999

"But it can be a miserable, lonely existence for a subordinate who yearns to be productive and get things done, but is caught in a strangle hold by an unqualified and incapable domnoddy. Incompetent managers rely heavily on rules, policies, and procedures." - Jim Weaver, How Did You Manage That?, 2002

"What bothers me is that I am dying (albeit quite pleasantly) because of the most gignatic f[oul]-up, brought about by domnoddies, nincompoops and ninnyhammers of the first order who happened to find themselves in charge of f[oul]ing everything up." - Louis de Bernieres, Birds Withoug Wings, 2004

Today, Tue. 08SEP09

Road Rage Remedy:
Madama Butterfly: Un bel dì vedremo by Giacomo Puccini

March of the Day:
Sabre and Spurs by John Philip Sousa

The Worthless Word for the Day:
devenustation [de- + venustation, a making beautiful] (Steinberg's coinage?) the condition or process of being reduced from Venus status: de-aestheticization

"[W]e can rely on Leo Steinberg's reading of the formal and thematic ways in which Les Demoiselles constitutes "the radical devenustation" that inaugurates modernist art." - Charles Altieri, The Kenyon Review Spring, 1984

"LEGS. The one devenustation. What intrusive image will you have, swollen fetlock? Curb at the bank of the hock? Puffed gaskin?" - Alexander Theroux, Darconville's Cat, 1981
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Today, Fri. 04SEP09

Road Rage Remedy:
Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov

March of the Day:
The Diplomat by John Philip Sousa

The Worthless Word for the Day:
uranology [fr. Gk ouranos: sky, heaven(s) + -logy] /yur uh NAL uh jee/ (also ouranology)

  1. the study of the heavens: astronomy
  2. a discourse or treatise on the heavens

Hence, uranologist & uranological.

"Uranology is a science which treats of the natural body of heaven..." - E. Sibly, The Celestial Science of Astrology (1792)

"..we may regard ouranology as discipline that binds together the various specializations necessary to the creation of a space microcosm." - Anthony Burgess, The End of the World News (1983)
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Today, Thur. 03SEP09

Road Rage Remedy:
Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, (Op. 46) - 1. Morning by Edvard Grieg

March of the Day:
The Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa

The Worthless Word for the Day:
sabrage [F. sabrer] /sah BRAHDZH/ the act of opening a bottle, usu. champagne, with a sabre
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sabrage

"You might think the result will be lots of broken glass and mess, but the skill of sabrage lies in hitting the bottle hard just at the bottom edge of the annulus, the glass ring at the top of the neck. The blow breaks the neck off cleanly, complete with cork." - Michael Quinion, World Wide Words, 15JUL2006

"With a deft and decisive blow, he relieves the bubbly of its cork with one foul swoop and the top of the bottle, glass and all, flies to the bricks below. A rush of pent-up, foamy champagne gushes from the beheaded bottle. Bonaparte would be proud. After all, it was his mounted artillery officers who perfected the "art of sabrage," albeit back in the early 1800s, the beheading was usually done on live victims following bloody crusades." - Rick VanSickle, Calgary Sun August 6, 2006
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Courtesy of Jeff Vandermeer (04/28/08)

Embracing Our Other Selves: Formula for Creating Your Literary Name

Which would make me ... Charles Savage Morgan
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Today, Wed. 02SEP09

Road Rage Remedy: Après un rêve, Op. 7 No. 1 by Gabriel Fauré

March of the Day: The Washington Post by John Philip Sousa

The Worthless Word for the Day: luciferous
[fr. L. lucifer, light-bearing] /lu SI f(uh)rus/ archaic : bringing light or insight: illuminating (to be confused with Luciferous)

"...the luciferous action of dead fish may be not only transfused to water, but may be afterwards brightened by a certain quantity of saline impregnation..." - The Imperial Magazine, Vol I (1831)

"...the line between the 'luciferous' imparting of knowledge to the common good and the 'luciferous' exploitation of knowledge for personal gain was a fine one, to be drawn within the consciences and attitudes of each individual." - Mark Greengrass et al, Samuel Hartlib (2002)

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