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1. Running behind this morning. I actually slept last night, close to eight hours, catching up and all that. Bad dreams, but at least I slept well. Then I awoke to a light snow and news of the 8.8 earthquake in Chile (that's eight-hundred times more powerful than the recent Haitian quake, and one of the most powerful ever measured by seismologists), and the tsunamis beginning the be felt across the Pacific. I've been watching the live feed via CNN, and sipping coffee, and trying to wake up.

2. Yesterday went pretty much as expected. I dealt with most of the line edits on all three pieces for Sirenia Digest #51: "Apsinthion (ἀψίνθιον)," "Persephone Redux (A Fragment)," and "The Eighth Veil." Spooky was in Wakefield most of the day, getting a tooth filled, and didn't get home until well after dark. Today will be spent pulling #51 together, and I'm hoping it will go out to subscribers this evening, if I get Vince's final artwork in time.*

3. Last night, we streamed Stuart Gordon's From Beyond (1986) from Netflix. I'd not seen the movie since sometime in the late 1980s. It is, of course, based on Lovecraft's rather short tale of the same title (1920). Only HPL's story wasn't soft-core porn, though Gordon's adaptation comes very close to qualifying as such. We'd call this irony, only I still contend that, no matter how much Lovecraft feared sex, he was constantly writing about sex. Anyway, the film hasn't aged very well, and is much goofier than I remember. I wish it had been played straight. The creature effects were clearly very much influenced by Carpenter's The Thing (1982), though much less accomplished. There are some nice bits, here and there, but this is one of those cases when a film failed to measure up to my memories of it.

4. I did a couple of short scenes in Insilico last night, the best of the two being an exchange between Xiang 1.5 (Victoria) and the maintenance drone Abeus. This week I have succeeded in cutting back drastically on the amount of time I've been spending in SL, compared to the last five or six weeks. There really is far too much in First Life to allow myself to fall into that trap again.

5. And here are more photos from our second day at Beavertail, on Monday. We hiked all the way to the fissure at Lion's Head. There were some spectacular ice formations:

Lion's Head (view to the east).

Yellow lichen.

Grey lichen.

Not snow or ice, but veins of calcite.

Ice falls at the western end of Lion's Head (view to the west)

Detail of the ice falls (view to the west). Probably about twenty feet from the bottom of the photo to the top.

High tide at Lion's Head (view eastward).

Spooky ponders, and huddles out of the wind (view to the north).

There were little growths of bright green moss here and there, hinting at spring.

All photographs Copyright © 2010 by Caitlín R. Kiernan and Kathryn A. Pollnac.

* Final art just arrived, as I was preparing to proof the blog entry. So, we should be set.


( 18 comments — Have your say! )
Feb. 27th, 2010 06:38 pm (UTC)
And here are more photos from our second day at Beavertail, on Monday.

The lichen and the moss—and the clarity of the water at high tide—are exquisite.
Feb. 27th, 2010 06:40 pm (UTC)

The lichen and the moss—and the clarity of the water at high tide—are exquisite.

U could have stared at that water all day long.
Feb. 28th, 2010 03:57 am (UTC)
In related news, #51 is a really excellent issue. I love the slang in "The Eighth Veil."
Feb. 28th, 2010 05:25 am (UTC)

Thank you! I worried and worried over it...
Feb. 28th, 2010 06:08 am (UTC)
I worried and worried over it...

I was especially fond of elsur, pooched, and popeblower, although come budget off the Mozarts is a great phrase. I'd love to see more in that future's voice.

ETA: And hubble. That one's terrific.

Edited at 2010-02-28 08:31 am (UTC)
Feb. 27th, 2010 07:10 pm (UTC)
It pops up in the strangest places, at the strangest times...

Feb. 27th, 2010 07:14 pm (UTC)

Nice. Thanks for the link!
Feb. 27th, 2010 09:49 pm (UTC)
From Beyond is one of those so-bad-they're-actually-good films...but, that said, it's still really nothing more than an excuse for some goofy rubber monsters and titties. I absolutely despise Stuart Gordon for his many crimes against Lovecraft, but I still like From Beyond and Re-Animator simply for their ridiculous, balls-out cheesiness.

Have you ever seen the claymation adaptation of From Beyond? It's really quite derivative of the Gordon movie, but still enjoyable...and, like the movie, great for sampling.
Feb. 28th, 2010 12:55 am (UTC)

Have you ever seen the claymation adaptation of From Beyond?

Feb. 28th, 2010 01:35 am (UTC)

You'll hear most of the scientist's dialogue in a forthcoming song from The Crawling Chaos.
Feb. 27th, 2010 10:42 pm (UTC)
Ah, Barbara Crampton, where are you now?
Feb. 28th, 2010 12:55 am (UTC)

Bound for House of Re-Animator...
Feb. 28th, 2010 03:35 am (UTC)
Have you tried sleeping when you are actually sleepy? I'm an insomniac. I often wonder whether or not the eight hours at once model should actually apply across the board. Perhaps some people would be better off with two sets of four hours or whatever. The problem with that might be that you miss out on the truly deep non REM (theta iirc) sleep though. My weekday schedule is such that I can't really try sleeping on demand full time, but on the weekend doing it gives me moments of pure bliss.
Feb. 28th, 2010 05:19 am (UTC)
Re: Sleep.

Have you tried sleeping when you are actually sleepy?

Problem is, I don't actually get sleepy very often. I get tired, and exhausted, but not sleepy.
Feb. 28th, 2010 08:54 am (UTC)
Re: Sleep.
Segmented sleep was once fairly common.

"This period of wakefulness was often only semi-conscious, as the French term implies. It was highly valued in medieval Europe as a time of quiet and relaxation. Peasant couples were often too tired after a long day's work to do much more than eat and go to sleep, but they would wake later on to talk and make love. People would also use this time to pray and reflect, and to interpret dreams, which were more vivid at that hour than upon waking in the morning, and even to visit. This was also a favorite time for scholars and poets to write uninterrupted."
Feb. 28th, 2010 04:05 am (UTC)
Just had to say, "The Eighth Veil" blew my mind. I love it so much, there are not words.
Feb. 28th, 2010 05:19 am (UTC)

Excellent. Thank you!
Mar. 1st, 2010 03:51 pm (UTC)
What I said once in a comment here about New England being ugly? I was *of course* not speaking about the rocky bits of the coastline...

Haven't had a chance to read "The Eighth Veil" yet (or the others!) but am looking forward to it!
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