Jan 302015

When someone comments on my blog, I’m sent an email notifying me of said comment. Within the email there is a “respond to this email” link that takes me to the blog post to comment on it. Simple and easy, never had a problem. Until just a few minutes ago, when this popped up when I hit the link in the email:



Going into the blog from any other direction than through the email? Worked jsut fine. Spooled up the post, the comment and the response, all without the slightest problem. Only problem seems to be in linked via the notification email. Anyone else encounter this notice when accessing this blog? Anyone have any ideas what, if anything, this means?

 Posted by at 2:05 pm
Jan 302015

I’ve been tinkering with Pax Orionis since the release of US Spacecraft Projects #2. I’m still roughing out the historical outline from Then  to Now; I have 16,000+ words, or roughly 50+ paperback pages. While I know the general thrust of the overall story, I’m still kinda torn on *how* to approach parts of it. Parts of it I want to do like a dry government history report, or perhaps something like a PhD dissertation. Other parts like a technical manual. Other parts like standard third person narrative. Any of these would be fine on their own, but it seems like it might be odd to do all three. But would it? Would a book that alternates – a history chapter, a fiction chapter, a tech chapter, rinse and repeat – be a sensible way to go, or would it just annoy the hell out of people? I’ve seen a number of books (Lord of the Rings springs to mind) that have a long unified fictional yarn that ends with a dry factual Appendix, so I know that at least that approach makes some sort of sense.

One of the closest analogies to what I’m hoping to accomplish is World War Z (book, not movie), where tales are told covering many years and many people across the planet. Most of the characters would come in, play their role, then fade away rather than run through the whole narrative. Look at the last 50 years of *actual* history… any novel-length history of that period would either have to be an actual biography, or very few historical figures would carry all the way through from beginning to end.

The purpose of the historical dissertation would be for the fictional author to try to understand the world of alternate 2010 (plus or minus a few years). Because that world is not only *massively* different from ours, it’s also *massively* trashed. Very, very bad things have happened and a whole lot has been lost, including historical records. Just *how* did the world come to this?

Any suggestions or critiques of the idea welcomed.

 Posted by at 11:17 am
Jan 302015

Russia may declare 1990 reunification illegal

Sergei Naryshkin, speaker of Russian parliament’s lower house, on Wednesday ordered legislators to consider an appeal from a Communist Party deputy to denounce the reunification of Germany as an illegal land grab of East Germany by its western neighbour.



 Posted by at 12:13 am
Jan 292015

Pitbull-Dachshund mix with tiny feet and a huge head sparks adoption frenzy

Don’t even try to figure out how it makes sense, everything about him is perfect. Just appreciate his cute little feet and his ginormous adorable head.

“Perfect.” “Cute.” “Adorable.” What is the critter that merits these descriptors?


Now, this may be a perfectly cromulent little entity… but it is nevertheless the result of Breeding Gone Wrong.

 Posted by at 11:18 pm
Jan 282015

Sky Sharks (2017)

A team of Arctic geologists stumble across an abandoned laboratory in which the Nazis developed an incredible and brutal secret weapon during the final months of WW2. Deep in the ice, they accidentally awake a deadly army of flying zombie sharks ridden by genetically mutated, undead super-humans, who are unleashed into the skies, wreaking their bloodthirsty revenge on any aircraft that takes to the air. An elite task force is assembled to take on this deadly threat and stop the Sky Sharks from conquering the air, but as time runs out, the task force realizes they will have to fight fire with fire, and the stage is set for the greatest flying super-mutant zombie shark air battle the world has ever seen…

Sure. Why not.


 Posted by at 1:29 pm