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A public conversation about our worlds.

  • Monday: Morgan J. Locke
  • Tuesday: Madeleine E. Robins
  • Wednesday: Maureen F. McHugh
  • Thursday: Bradley Denton
  • Friday: Steven Gould
  • Saturday: Caroline Spector
  • Sunday: Rory Harper

Brain Activity



Ghost Riders and Vampires

November 13th, 2010 by Rory Harper

Well, hi, gang! Long time no see.

I got in a new suite of audio repair software tools a week or so ago and found myself rummaging around in my collection of old Los Blues Guys tapes, looking for something to throw on the slab and eviscerate with them.

The specimen we have here, after a fair bit of tweaking and EQ’ing and other more exotic processing that you don’t care about, is a performance from AggieCon XXII on the evening of March 22, 1991.

As far as I can tell, it’s the usual line-up — Unca Brad on drums, Unca Stevie on keyboards, Casey on bass and back-up vocals, me on lead guitar, and Unca Scott on rhythm guitar and lead vocals. Frankly, Brad and Scott are what make this performance so awesome. IMHO. As was so often the case. I’d kill to have Scott’s rhythm chops, and long ago gave up the idea of ever trying to learn to play drums, faced with the mountain that is Brad.

And we had a surprise rock-star guest in Warren Norwood, who sang his original set of lyrics at the end.

Without further ado, I give you:

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Ghost Riders in the Sky / Vampires in the Sun

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(Incidentally, either I or WordPress have completely lost the ability to format mixed text and pics properly. My apologies for this post looking so amateurish here. Working on it…)

Posted in Brad, mp3, Music, Rory, Steve | 6 Comments »

A Hundred Years Hence

February 14th, 2010 by Steven Gould

I’ve heard that SFWA Grandmaster James Gunn will give a keynote speech for the Cushing Library’s Exhibit above. I wish I could be there. After all, for the last 35 years I’ve witnessed some of that “SF & Fantasy” at TAMU. I remember the first time I ever met Jim Gunn–he came down for something and Dr. Kroiter brought him to the SF as Literature class to talk to us. I hadn’t read much of his work at that time but I was a big fan of the TV series The Immortal.

Since then I’ve learned usual lesson. The source material is almost always better.

Brad Denton was a graduate student under him, writing some of his early short fiction in the program. Read his post about meeting Dr. Gunn back in college, “First Contact with a Grand Master.”

Posted in Fantasy, Pop. Culture, Science Fiction, Steve, Writing | 1 Comment »

Facts Formed, Lessons Learned

January 7th, 2010 by Bradley Denton

2009 was a banner year here at Casa Ramrod, assuming that the banner said “Mission Accomplished” in a font called “Clueless Irony.”  (Yes, I know.  It’s been done.)

Nevertheless, I think I learned a few things in 2009 that may serve me well in 2010, especially if I retain the backup option of hiding under the covers.  Here, then, are a few 2009 True Facts and the lessons I’ve taken from them:

True Facts:  In June, I was diagnosed with small lymphocytic lymphoma/chronic lymphocytic leukemia.  SLL/CLL progresses slowly and is considered indolent.  So rather than start treatment, I’m engaged in “watchful waiting.”

Lessons Learned:  As I already suspected from my own personal habits, “indolent” is not a bad thing.  Barring meteor strikes or other accidents, then, I’ll probably live more-or-less normally for many more years.  I’ll just have to regard my body as if it were a suspiciously unattended package at the airport.

True Facts:  During both my endoscopy and colonoscopy, I was given a wonderful “twilight” anesthesia that made me forget the most uncomfortable and unpleasant parts of the procedures.  But I was given no “twilight” during my bone-marrow biopsy, so I remember every undignified second of it.  Afterward, however, I was given a snack.

Lessons Learned:  Drugs are good.  But so are cookies.

True Fact:  On the same day that a doctor first said the word “lymphoma” to me, I received an email telling me that the movie version of my second novel would begin filming in October.  This coincidence seems to indicate that God is a merry prankster.

Lesson Learned:  Not really a big fan of merry pranksters, here.

True Facts:  The movie did not begin filming in October.  Or November.  Or December.  This seems to indicate that Hollywood is a merry prankster as well.

Lesson Learned:  See above.

True Fact:  I have an amazing spouse who always has my back despite the fact that I’m a foul-tempered old crank who’s addicted to cookies.

Lesson Learned:  None.  I already knew that.

True Fact:  My friends aren’t half-bad, either.

Lesson Learned:  Suckers.

True Fact:  Throughout 2009, the first picture that popped up in a Google Images search for “Bradley Denton” was a photo of me kissing Steve Gould.

Lesson Learned:  Make one mistake, and you pay for it the rest of your life.

Posted in Barb, Brad, Daily Life, Dammit!, Health and Safety, Steve | 5 Comments »

My Biggest Fan

September 13th, 2009 by Steven Gould

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Gardner Dozois pointed out the impeccable good taste demonstrated above.  Fifth Book From the Left. Yes, the Wind in the Willows is good too.

Posted in Pop. Culture, Steve | 2 Comments »

Welcome to the Present

September 6th, 2009 by Steven Gould

You see, we were in the past.  Because of technical difficulties I haven’t upgraded the WordPress Version on this blog for over a year because the automatic upgrade thingy provided by my host wasn’t working properly.  Now this was probably because of all the customization I did on this blog but the other day there was news of a really nasty exploit that targeted all WordPress installations before the current one and I got my ass in gear.

I am very glad to tell you, by the way, that even though I have upgraded WordPress to the very latest WordPress (2.8.4) its spellcheck still doesn’t recognize WordPress as a correct spelling.

Maybe I can live with that.

Posted in Steve, Technology | Comments Off

Op zoek naar Maria – Dans in het Centraal Station van Antwerpen

April 3rd, 2009 by Steven Gould

This is what I said on Twitter:  Oh my god, OH MY GOD, OMYGHOD, OMIGHOD!

I saw it when Rachel Maddow twittered it. (Yes, I follow Rachel Maddow slavishly.) I’ve watched it six times and every time I end up with a big grin on my face.

Posted in Music, Steve | 3 Comments »

2009 Viable Paradise XIII Applications ARE open…

March 1st, 2009 by Steven Gould

… and will be until June 30th! Details here.

Posted in Steve, Writing | 5 Comments »

Fear My Cuteness

January 27th, 2009 by Steven Gould

The new puppy has arrived. Click the pic for the full Flickr set.

Posted in Loa the Puppy, Steve, Tasha the Wonder Dog | 12 Comments »

Post Snark?

January 22nd, 2009 by Steven Gould

Pablo Defendini pointed me at this:

I’ve been thinking a lot about internet snarkiness lately, and what I keep coming back to is that snark was a defense mechanism that evolved perfectly in the truth-deficient, cynicism-rich compost heap of the Bush era. [emphasis Steve's] When most of everything that’s told to you is bullshit, it’s easier to treat everything with suspicion. Genuineness is met with skepticism. Enthusiasm with ridicule. Optimism with derision. It’s easier to keep things at arm’s distance that way – keep them where they can’t hurt you.

A Post-Snark Era?  From Enter the Octopus

Posted in Politics, Steve | 1 Comment »

My Inauguration Post

January 21st, 2009 by Steven Gould

NOBODY MESSES WITH THE CONSTITUTION!

You should also go see the picture of him fighting Darth Vader.

On a less satirical note, click the pic below to see an incredible interactive panorama of the swearing in.


Do try it the full screen option.

(Action figure seen at BoingBoing.  LDA sent me the link for the Obama-rama.)

And finally, seen from Janice Gelb, but we’re not sure who wrote it:

Dear World:

We, the United States of America , your top quality
supplier of the ideals of liberty and democracy,
would like to apologize for our 2001-2008 interruption
in service. The technical fault that led to this eight-
year service outage has been located, and the software
responsible was replaced November 4. Early tests of
the newly installed program indicate that we are now
operating correctly, and we expect it to be fully
functional on January 20. We apologize for any
inconvenience caused by the outage. We look forward
to resuming full service and hope to improve in
years to come. We thank you for your patience and
understanding.

Sincerely,
The United States of America

Posted in Disaster Relief, Dreams, Steve | 6 Comments »

No Words Necessary

January 19th, 2009 by Steven Gould

And I don’t even drink beer (though I cook with it.)

Posted in Politics, Steve | 1 Comment »

Posts For Maureen: Food Post #1 — Goose

December 11th, 2008 by Steven Gould

I made a Turkey for the big family Thanksgiving Dinner but I also made a:

Goose.

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Posted in Dammit!, Food, Noble Girl, Steve | 7 Comments »

A Musical About A Recent Event

December 3rd, 2008 by Steven Gould
See more Jack Black videos at Funny or Die

Posted in Steve | 6 Comments »

Now This Was Odd

November 25th, 2008 by Steven Gould

A quote from Wiki-How:

If the coffee pot has a dark, reddish-orange stain, it might’ve been used to brew methamphetamine, and the resulting coffee could be hazardous to your health. If there’s a chemical smell in the room, that’s another red flag.

How to Make Good Hotel Room Coffee 

Posted in Coffee, Steve, Technology | 5 Comments »

Ah Phoenix We Hardly Knew Ya

November 19th, 2008 by Steven Gould

As all tech-savvy Brainiacs know the Phoenix Mars Lander gave up the ghost November 2, making its last transmission.  The mission controllers SAY it was the dropping temperatures but I know better…

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Posted in Robots, Science, Slavery, Space, Steve, Technology | 1 Comment »

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