Archive for November, 2009

The new 1984!

November 24, 2009

British police arrest people ‘just for the DNA’
More than three-quarters of young black men are on system, watchdog says

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34123395/ns/world_news-europe/

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It was this way for me.

November 24, 2009

A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading it. -William Styron, novelist (1925-2006)

It was this way for me when I first read The Lord of the Rings!  Exhausted, been to places new to me, and sad it was over.

I return to Middle-earth once every year or two.

When I travel, I often wonder: Where in Middle-earth am I?

 

 

 

Awwwe!

November 23, 2009

Lawyer: Hasan ‘has no sensation’ below chest.

Gee, ain’t that just too bad. There are 13 people with no feeling from the top of their head down.

Amtrak get with it!

November 23, 2009

Amtrak is still in the 20th Century.  I was looking into a cross country train trip.  However, Amtrak does NOT support Wi-Fi.  Laptops would be off the net.  They need to deal with this.

Cool Panel at LOSCON

November 22, 2009

I’m looking forward to moderating the panel on the Solar Updraft Tower at LOSCON on the weekend after Thanksgiving.  I have 2 PhDs & a novelist on the panel.  No fuel [well, there is the sun]/no waste, just energy.  Sounds good to me.

Looking for seed money for a 15 billion dollar long term project.  🙂

No change over the decades!

November 16, 2009

The cardinal doctrine of a fanatic’s creed is that his enemies are the enemies of God. -Andrew Dickson White, diplomat, historian, and educator (1832-1918)

Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution:

November 15, 2009

“Congress shall make no law that  applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to  the Senators and/or Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies  to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the  citizens of the United States”.

A good thing it isn’t usury!

November 13, 2009

I recently was notified by BoA that the charge on unpaid balance was not somewhere about 27 to 29+%.   Isn’t this higher than the Mafia used to charge?  —  All the credit card issuers have jacked up their rates just before the new law takes effect.  —  Hey, the banks need to make money for their stockholders.  All the regular depositors have been laid off and don’t deposit anymore.

We got Artist & Writer!

November 12, 2009

YEA!!

Ron Miller has accepted our invitation to be the Artist GOH at Albacon 2010.

He joins Allen Steele, who is ALBACON‘s Writer GoH!

We got hotel!

November 12, 2009

ALBACON, www.albacon.org , has its hotel for 2010: Best Western Sovereign HotelAlbany, 1228 Western Ave., Albany, NY 12203; +1-518-489-2981; http://www.sovereignhotels.com/ .

We hope to have on-line registration up and running real soon now.  Y’all come.  We give good con!  Allen Steele is our Literary Guest of Honor.