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  • 2014
    • July
      • DetCon1
        14/07/22
        I've spoken to several people about DetCon1, this year's North American Science Fiction Convention (NASFiC), and how my time was spent. As I'm starting to repeat myself and am losing track of who I've talked to about it, it's time to write things down so I can point people

  • 2013
    • September
      • Remembering Baron Charteris
        13/09/07
        Today marks the 100th anniversary of Martin Michael Charles Charteris, Baron Charteris of Amisfield GCB GCVO QSO OBE PC, who served as private secretary to Elizabeth II of Great Britain. It is fitting that his birth be noted, as he was born on the 380th anniversary of the birth of Elizabeth I. It&

      • Storm Season
        13/09/06
        NASA has released a report analyzing the storm that has plagued the planet Saturn since 2010. According to the report, the storm contains measurable quantities of water, making it, in the eyes of some, the larges hurricane in the solar system.

        "This storm is clearly located above my

      • A New and Shining Land
        13/09/05
        The government of Tuvalu reacted to todays announcement of the existence of Tamu Massif, the world's largest volcano. Tuvaluan officials are looking into the feasibility of Tamu Massif becoming an a future homeland for the people of the likely-doomed island nation.

        "As you know

      • Just Like Home
        13/09/04
        Top scientists have discovered a new Earth-like planet that seems to show signs of life. A joint team of sky watchers from the USA, France, Japan, and Fiji have, until now, kept the exact coordinates of the planet a closely guarded secret until they could verify their observations.

        "

      • And a Hard Rain Will Fall
        13/09/03
        Astroclimatologists meeting in Helsinki have proposed a new, combined strategy for addressing the seemingly unrelated issues of global warming and so-called killer asteroids. "We are just going to ignore the asteroids and hope that one of the big ones slams into Siberia," explains Aleksei

      • News of the News
        13/09/02
        The news, as we know it, is a never ending thing. We can turn on the TV or look at our mobile devices and find a constant stream of text and talk about what is happening in the world around us. All too often, however, it's the same news we took in ten minutes before. All too rarely, is it ne

      • That Voice
        13/09/01
        In a world where "In a world ..." has been used to introduce thousands of movie trailers, one man stood out from the crowd. A man whose voice was cut from stone and whose intonations carried the certainty of doom or glory. Don LaFontaine didn't set out to be "that guy from the

    • August
      • Beneath the Sheltering Pines
        13/08/31
        As Michigan's camping season winds down, European industrialist Johann Borlase finds time to go camping on the shore of Lake Huron. Arriving mid-day this past Thursday, he found a well-ordered encampment organized to his exacting specifications.

        "The park only allows us two ten

      • Stopping and Smelling the Coffee
        13/08/30
        Owing to a closure on the only divided, limited-access, four-lane highway around here, most area traffic was forced to detour on a less traveled, scenic highway. Motorists who stopped at a local coffee shop were divided in their reactions.

        "This has been fun," exclaimed Janine

      • Everybody's A Critic
        13/08/29
        Konstantin Altunin's controversial painting of Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev has divided critics of modern art. "Look at it! The artist cannot decide if he is an impressionist or a social realist," complains Valsily Renko of Pravda. "The way that slip hangs on Putin is al

      • Dreams and Nightmares
        13/08/28
        It was fifty years ago today that Martin Luther King shared a dream with the world. Since the day will be filled with though-provoking observations made by untold numbers of insightful people, let's look at something else that happened fifty years ago today. It the sort of nightmare that may

      • The Spectacular Red Planet
        13/08/27
        Ten years ago today, Mars made its closest approach to Earth in nearly 60,000 years, thrilling back yard astronomers and creating a thus far endless series of annual misunderstandings about what Mars is actually doing.

        Apparently, this is not a new problem. As with any astronomical phenom

      • On The Field Of Battle
        13/08/26
        As all fans of the Napoleonic Wars are aware, today marks the 200th anniversary of a battle at Liegnitz, Prussia (Legnica, Poland today). The Battle of Katzbach, a lesser-known conflict in the War of the Sixth Coalition might have been avoided if not for Jaqcue MacDonald's French troops and Geb

      • We Is Us
        13/08/25
        Fans of Walt Kelly, born 100 years ago this day, gathered at the Cemetery of the Evergreens in Brooklyn, New York to lay a wreath at his grave. To their frustration, after wandering the cemetery for the better part of four hours, the group finally decided to leave the wreath on the grave of Winsor M

      • Chips All Around
        13/08/24
        In a display of pagentry celebrating the 160th anniversary of the invention of the potato chip, reenactors converged on Saratoga Springs, New York, birthplace of the ubiquitous snack food. According to legend, Chef George Crum created the snack out of spite, having overcooked and oversalted thinly s

      • The Future Finally Arrives
        13/08/24
        The Motor City is abuzz with news from Ford Motor Company -- the 2014 line-up will include the first ever flying car from a major automobile manufacturer. Hailed as major breakthrough by commuters and an unquestionable disaster by leading insurers, the new Ford Falcon is expected to be in showrooms

      • West To Retake Cowl
        13/08/23
        To the surprise of many, Adam West (84) has been named to play Batman in an upcoming feature film. West, best known for his portrayal of the iconic crime-fighter in the 1960s, was cited by future "Batman: The Dark Knight Rises Slowly" director Joss Whedon as being the one actor who could

  • 2012
    • August
      • Friday Dinner
        12/08/17
        I'm on my way to my parent's place for the weekend and have stopped for dinner. It's worth backing up a little and explaining why I am where I am at the moment.

        With traffic and a stop for fuel working against me, I realized I could not join my parents for dinner. (Not wi

    • January
      • 2012 MAGFest
        12/01/12
        Last weekend was spent in Washington, DC, volunteering for the security crew at MAGFest 10. MAGFest (Music And Gaming Festival) is a DC area convention that celebrates video games and video game music. The main attractions at this convention are a large video game area, a vast collection of vintag

  • 2011
    • September
      • Septermber Song
        11/09/30
        September has always been my favorite month. Perhaps being the month of my birth has something to do with it, but I think there's more than that. There are several things I associate with September that, individually, make me happy. Combined, they make me amazingly relaxed and content.

      • Ten Years Ago
        11/09/11
        Where was I when the four planes were hijacked ten years ago? Living in a country that was more free and less frightened of shadows. I miss that country.


        When the ivy has found its tower, when the delicate creeper has found its strong wall,
        we know how the parasite plants gr

      • A Weekend Outing
        11/09/07
        The vehicle that shooting past you on the left? Not me. You'll find my car over in the right lane; it's the you pass because it's going a steady 60 miles-per-hour. You won't find me on the ski slopes, but on the crosscountry ski trails. Other people might enjoy running, but w

  • 2010
    • September
      • Changing my local landscape
        10/09/23
        Apparently, completely revamping my website wasn't enough punishment for one week. I decided I'd also set up a new desktop machine.

        My old desktop (fergus.mystery.com) has several purposes within the mystery.com network; it's not just for reading my e-mail. It monitors ot

      • Up too late again
        10/09/22
        I've been revamping my website.

        For a long time, I thought it would be good to have my own blog, rather than relying on popular social media sites. The advantage, of course, is that I have near-total control over the content. The disadvantage, however, is that no one may read it.