October Beckons…

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The first chills of Halloween can be felt behind the wind, and so it is time for yours truly, The Dread Baron, to begin seeking out the macabre and unusual for your nightmarish reflections in beloved Caledon.

I begin with the work of a fine and decidedly insane Steampunk Master of the Macabre, the artist Alex cf. He has created many impressive artworks that illustrate the darker side of steampunk and the Neo-Victorian aesthetic, and he has out done himself with what I present for your pleasure today…

Behold…the Bio Aetheric Laboratory!

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Much Ado About Something?

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There is no academic argument as evergreen and, dare I say it, as dramatic, as the controversy over who actually wrote the works of Shakespeare. Theories have come and theories have gone, and I have never found any to be particularly convincing.

This new wave of an old controversy is interesting to me simply because it highlights the fact that the debate has never really waned, just ossified and that it is being supported by Derek Jacobi, another of my personal heroes.

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Poetry Corner

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You will pardon me a small digression, but I composed the following free verse over the long holiday weekend deep in uffish thought and mutable memory.

I share it here simply to place it on the aether, not due to any illusions about it’s merits but because perhaps, if I do, somehow he will be able to read it.

I am not expecting him to reply.

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Hitchhiking to Atlanta

When I saw the ad for the second instance of this apparently annual event, I deeply regretted that there is absolutely no way for me to be in Atlanta this Saturday.

It certainly seems like it would not only be a blast to participate in, but to watch as well. I may not be much of a bowler myself, recent injuries making that all the more true, but it would be an experience just to hold there peoples balls. I have a sneaking suspicion that this event¬† is unique in all the world…or if it isn’t it should be.

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Dead Horse, Beat Well

I am taking the liberty of sharing with you another media report on the recent SLCC convention in Chicago. This one is mainly notable for the fact it appeared in the political magazine The Weekly Standard, which is William Kristol’s main soapbox and not especially cutting edge on technology.

Not surprisingly, the article is not exactly cutting edge either.

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Alternate Histories

 

Landmarks are a way of life in most European cities. On nearly every corner or old building is a sign commemerating this riot, or that birth, or some other battle. I am all for it, as I feel that having a sense of the history around you is essential to life. However, as is typical of such things, the plaques put up by government agencies or Rotary Clubs only tell part of the story. There is always ANOTHER history, a history that the Rotary Club doesn’t want you to know about. .

It seems that some people in England have decided that this other, less socially acceptable history has been kept shrouded for too long…and they are doing something about it.

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Heroes in Utopia

As my mind began to recoil from Yom Kippor (and personal event) inspired self-reflection, I found myself returning to one of oldest questions. What exactly constitutes a hero in themodern world. In many ways, we live in non-heroic times. Heroes are now people who do the small things, little acts of heroism like helping little old ladies across streets or volunteering in soup kitchens, the things which in previous times would have been considered simply good citizenship. Trying to perform large acts of heroism (with the exception of those paid to do so, like policemen and firefighters) is more likely to get you sued then praised.

That is not to say that incredible deeds are not done, but simply that the concepts of great good and great evil tend to be viewed as not only passe and quaint, but downright anti-social these days. In olden days heroes saved dragons…now we are urged to look at things from the dragons point of view and consider WHY eating the Princess may have been justifiable, perhaps cultural norms are different for dragons. Perhaps the dragon was frustrated, or uneducated, or poor, or striking back at a society that had rejected him. After all, dragons have civil rights too. We live in a society which is geared towards and therefore celebrates the average and mediocre and considers both heroes and villains to be non-PC relics or worse…simply irrelevant.

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