Monthly Archives: November 2010

Security

I am evidently a curmudgeonly old man. I do not subscribe to everything that is proposed to me as good, common sense. The easiest example I can provide stems from a conversation that I did not get to participate in … Continue reading

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Serendipity

Regulars will recall I spent a bit of time worrying <see post below> why Albrecht Durher titled his 1514 print Melancholia I, going so far as to write a flash fiction story describing my puzzlement. Time passed; I needed to … Continue reading

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Thinking Like an Extra-Terrestrial

Working on a short story for the sffworld Nov-Dec contest and I need an extra-terrestrial thought. The problem is that I have to describe the extra-terrestrials in human terms because that’s all we have, our terms. We haven’t encountered the … Continue reading

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Magic Square

Above is Albrecht Duhrer’s Magic Square included in his Mencholia I painted in the year 1514. Examine this square closely to appreciate its perfection. All the routine calculations, the rows, the columns, the corners, the interior four squares all sum … Continue reading

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Using cliches

Picture an old fashioned keg , say like the one shown. Consider that this keg yields beer. Now, consider the words ‘brown cow.’ Once that image is firm, then consider the phrase: how now? Can you get the feeling that … Continue reading

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