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By the lives that wove the web

And yesterday was the sort of "day off" that I dread, the usual sort. Truthfully, I should have had the good sense to leave the house, go to Fernbank or the Zoo in Grant Park or maybe the Botanical Gardens...anywhere. In fact, I didn't step outside the house all damn day. I thought I had a plan, but it spiraled into something else, which, as I have said, is the usual way of things. I could neither rest nor keep my mind occupied, and the frustration mounted, the frustration and the boredom.

High points of yesterday: I read Chapter 9 of Chris Beard's book on anthropoid origins (Chapter 9, "Resurrecting the Ghost"). The chapter was mainly concerned with Beard's fieldwork in the Eocene beds along the banks of China's Yellow River (Huáng Hé), between 1994-1997, before the strata were flooded by construction of one of the nation's many idiotically short-sighted hydroelectric dam projects. I packed only two boxes.

And speaking of the packing of the second box, I shall now offer another unsolicited testimony to the durability of Apple computers. Somehow, I tangled my ankle in the power cord of my seven-year-old iBook last night, pulled it off the desk, and it fell three feet to a hardwood floor. And besides a bent jack on the yo-yo power adapter thingy — which is not truly a part of the actual computer — no apparent damage was done. It's only my secondary computer at this point, as I now work on the iMac, but it was still a moment of sheer fucking horror, watching it crash to the floor. I assumed the worst. I was amazed. Thank you, Apple.

Oh, but that was not a high point. Uhm. There must have been others. We watched two more episodes from Season One of Millennium ("Powers, Principalities, Thrones and Dominions" and "Broken World"). I built a sort of homage to Dr. Suess' McElligot's Pool behind my Abney Park Laboratory (in Second Life). To quote the message I posted to the New Babbage forum (written, of course, as Prof. Nishi):

"The Abney Park Well:

While trying to recalibrate a portion of the lateral array of my temporal-spatial teleportation beam, I confess that I accidentally confused the X and Z axes, and, thereby, vaporized a vertical shaft of masonry and bedrock just behind the laboratory. The width of the vacated area is approximately 4.2 metres in diameter, with a depth of some 100 metres. The accident has unexpectedly tapped into some subterranean extension of the Mare Verne, creating an Artesian well (though the salinity of the water renders it unpotable). However, initial investigations indicate that the pool is inhabited by a number of species of marine life, including fish of various sorts. All those curious are invited to visit the pool (which, for the sake of public safety, I have walled in) and fish there. I have named the pool in honour of that great, lately deceased New Babbage ichthyologist, Dr. Theodor Geisel McElligot. No swimming, please. Study of this new hydrological feature will continue..."

Spooky (Artemisia) did most of the actual work. I did the design. And yes, you can really fish there, and really catch fish. I also made a few new LJ icons, inspired by what I'd written about Panthalassa yesterday. The one that I'm using today is, of course, a view of North America during the Late Creaceous, with the Mississippi Embayment and the Western Interior Seaway very prominent. I also did one of Pangaea, and one of a Tyrannosaurus rex, and a William Stout painting of a trilobite. I did a little work on the Palaeozoic Museum in New Babbage, adding another of Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins paintings and two lithographs of Archaeopteryx. That was the best of yesterday.

Today, we make corrections to the manuscript of A is for Alien, which came back to me from sovay and Massachusetts on Friday.

And here, a mere 21 days remain until Birthday No. -04. Shudder. Belatedly, I'm taking a cue from docbrite and faustfatale, and declaring the whole month of May to be my Royal Birthday Month. So, if you are given to such things, here's my Amazon wish list. Thank you. You wouldn't think a world could get this much more messed up in only -04 years, but you'd be wrong.

I want to write more about Panthalassa — particularly about how one can simultaneously be an atheist and a polytheist, and how one of the things that, increasingly, disturbs me about "orthodox" Wicca ("Gardnerian") is that it is drifting ever nearer a default monotheism, a sort of surrogate Xtianity where the tripartite goddess stands in for Jesus/"God"/the Holy Spirit (maybe chuck the Virgin Mary in there as a "female" mask), and any number of Panthalassa-related issues. But this is getting long. I'll save it for tomorrow, instead.

Comments

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sclerotic_rings
May. 5th, 2008 04:34 pm (UTC)
All I need is a new address, and your birthday present is on its way. It'll even tell you the way to Candy Mountain.
greygirlbeast
May. 5th, 2008 07:22 pm (UTC)
All I need is a new address, and your birthday present is on its way.

Just use the old address. Do you still have? We won't be forwarding to the new address for about three weeks, yet.

It'll even tell you the way to Candy Mountain.

Ah ha!

Edited at 2008-05-05 07:22 pm (UTC)
robyn_ma
May. 5th, 2008 04:42 pm (UTC)
When you're done watching Green Porno — if you ever are done watching Green Porno — you can watch footage of sovay on a convention panel.

I think I have contributed enough to your distractions for one day.

Edited at 2008-05-05 04:43 pm (UTC)
humglum
May. 5th, 2008 04:46 pm (UTC)


We seem to be having a technical difficulty. We are getting a message saying that it is not available in our region... for some reason, it would appear that Sundance thinks we are outside the US.
robyn_ma
May. 5th, 2008 04:55 pm (UTC)
Oh noes!

Well, you do live on Planet Cait&Spooky, so...
sovay
May. 5th, 2008 04:43 pm (UTC)
I also made a few new LJ icons, inspired by what I'd written about Panthalassa yesterday.

I look forward to seeing them.

and any number of Panthalassa-related issues. But this is getting long. I'll save it for tomorrow, instead.

And this, as well.
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greygirlbeast
May. 5th, 2008 07:20 pm (UTC)
Re: Planet Awe

Large persistent electrical storm on Saturn.

That is just...sublime.
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greygirlbeast
May. 5th, 2008 07:25 pm (UTC)

Storm Constantine created her own system of magick called Dehara

I am aware of it, yes.

and I hope Panthalassa will have the same effect for you.

As do I, as, otherwise, it's useless to me. Though, I will say, I rankle at the notion of reinventing the wheel, so to speak, and think of this more as a thorough revision of Wicca, a 21st-Century Wicca cleaned of obsolete and harmful concepts (heterocentricism, gender polarity, etc.), than anything I will have created wholesale.
scarletboi
May. 5th, 2008 08:42 pm (UTC)
New NIN album for free.

The latter half is quite nice. Dunno about the first half yet.
greygirlbeast
May. 5th, 2008 09:16 pm (UTC)

New NIN album for free.

Yep. If I can survive work today, that's my reward. Spooky sent me the link a few hours ago.
cdennismoore
May. 5th, 2008 09:11 pm (UTC)
in case you didn't already know
greygirlbeast
May. 5th, 2008 09:16 pm (UTC)
Re: in case you didn't already know

in case you didn't already know

See scarletboi's comment above yours.
cdennismoore
May. 5th, 2008 09:30 pm (UTC)
Re: in case you didn't already know
GODDAMMIT!!!!!

Why does the world hate me?
greygirlbeast
May. 5th, 2008 11:01 pm (UTC)
Re: in case you didn't already know

Why does the world hate me?

The world is utterly indifferent. Truly.
cdennismoore
May. 6th, 2008 09:11 am (UTC)
Re: in case you didn't already know
Indifference I can handle.
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