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FOR Absent friends...

Wed, 21 Jul 2010 15:46:55 GMT

I know many of you would loved to have been at my elevation ceremony weekend before last. I also know it's a busy summer, and a weak economy, and folx can't just pack up and travel. SO, with the help of some of my dear friends who were fortune-favored, and who could make it, here's something of my Laurel celebration:

Here, TRMs Trimaris send me out to Vigil at Squires' Revolt:

And here's a photoalbum with pictures of that vigil, and of the general fun being had at this event:

After a vigil comes, of course, a ceremony. Here's part one, in which my achievements are recalled by patrons and peers. Being satisfied by that account, the Crown then ennobles me here.

The Scroll? Oh, have a look...


Boosting the Signal: Laurel Stuff

Wed, 23 Jun 2010 15:09:22 GMT

...for those of you who might be interested, and have not yet heard:

On May 30th, Their Royal Majesties of Trimaris, King Thorstenn the WrongHand & Queen Zephyrine de la Maige, invited Baron Giovanni di Fiamma to join the Order of the Laurel for excellence in the study, teaching, and practice of period fight.

The elevation shall take place July 10th, at Squires' Revolt in St Petersburg, Florida:

For the most up to date information on this event, subscribe to the Yahoo Group for this purpose by emailing

Please feel free to pass it along to people I might have missed. I am *still* croggled...

To all of you...

Sun, 31 Jan 2010 14:49:07 GMT

each and every one

thank you.

--no clear thoughts--

Sat, 16 Jan 2010 01:29:45 GMT mother died, about 3pm PST.

I may be hard to reach for a day or four.

We can't all go...

Thu, 14 Jan 2010 15:13:37 GMT

We CAN all help:


Join us.

Going to LosCon?

Tue, 24 Nov 2009 01:29:54 GMT

My spice, Sharpie, asked me to post this, as she's having trouble with her connection while traveling...

"Roundtable on Fan Culture & History:describe what makes us fans: Sun 2:30

Here is the time of my roundtable. Could you email your LosCon friends and ask them to come. Email is hard from here. Something like -

As part of my PhD dissertation, I am researching aspects of fandom as a subculture. Because of your long time connection to LosCon, I would very much like your input. Additionally, I look forward to seeing you at the Thesis Complesis party. I appreciate any time you can share with me.

Gail Bondi"

If you could make a little time to help Gail out, we would both appreciate it immensely.

Hope to see you all soon at LosCon,

De Doc

*ping* to BetNoir... and any other Browncoats...

Mon, 26 Oct 2009 20:14:02 GMT

 Z. O. M. G.

, you should be watching tonight.



Fri, 02 Oct 2009 14:36:19 GMT

 I've been waiting for this for quite the longest time.  And now it's here...

As editor of the Orion's Arm fiction webzine, Voices/Future Tense, and one of the contest organizers, I am delighted to see this published.

The fact that they let me write the foreward has nothing to do with that. *chuckles*

Robert Evans, PLEASE Call This Man...

Fri, 29 May 2009 11:46:45 GMT

... the man who conceived THIS:

... and bankroll him.


It would be better than Iron Man. And I do not say that lightly.

November 5, 2008

Wed, 05 Nov 2008 14:16:22 GMT

Let there be no reason now for any citizen to fail to cherish their citizenship in this, the greatest nation on earth.

-- John McCain

May have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one.

-- Mal Reynolds

And now, to work.

Random seasonal musing

Mon, 28 Jul 2008 11:20:57 GMT

It was dark outside when I left for work.

Take a few days off, wake up at a sane hour, and when you return to working-time, they've turned down the lights!

heh heh heh...

Slowly, slowly, the world eases up the spiral, from high summer into the winter-deep. It will be months before we get there, but this measure of the pavane has already started.

Special Event Notice for My Angeleno Friends

Fri, 18 Jul 2008 12:37:28 GMT

The Los angeles chapter of the National Space Society, OASIS, is hosting a reception this Saturday, July 19, 2008 at 3:00 PM to mark the 30th Anniversary of the chapter. The reception will be at the
Western Museum of Flight at Torrance Airport.

Tickets are $25. Tickets can be purchased at the door, but we'd like a good count for the catering.

To make reservations and pay at the door, call the OASIS Hot Line at

What: OASIS 30th Anniversary Celebration
Where: Western Museum of Flight
Torrance Airport
3315 Airport Drive,
Hanger Red Baron #3
Torrance, CA 90505
When: Saturday July 19, 2008 at 3:00 PM
Tickets: $25/person

The timing of my recent trip didn't allow me to make this event, but I hope that some of you can make the trip; it would be another great way to celebrate Tranquility Day.

Charlton Heston, 1923 - 2008

Sun, 06 Apr 2008 15:14:32 GMT

A graceful remembrance of an extraordinary talent.

Rest in peace, sir.

Christus resurrexit!

Sun, 23 Mar 2008 14:33:34 GMT

Vere resurrexit!

Christos Anesti! Alithos Anesti!

Krisztus feltámadt! Valóban feltámadt!

... and a whole host of other languages' exultation, here.

Happy Easter!


Fri, 21 Mar 2008 13:16:07 GMT

... About that strike thingie...


Just. Sayin'.

MOREFugue for baselines, OP 42, Chen Ten Li(3)

Sun, 09 Mar 2008 05:10:11 GMT

... good reading to be had at Voices/Future Tense;

Issue Eight is now online!

I remain,
your humble publisher


Grace Notes

Fri, 29 Feb 2008 12:33:06 GMT

Many of us are Quite Wittier; few are quiet -- wittier.

... John Hertz

William F Buckley, Jr: 1925-2008

Thu, 28 Feb 2008 01:36:36 GMT

I learned, from WFB, that grace in discourse was a virtue. I learned that disagreeing with someone’s politics did not require me to hate them; was, in fact, my loss, did I do so. I learned that I might, sometimes, myself be mistaken, and to be mindful of that even when I am certain of my stance.

He taught me to value douceur before I even knew the concept existed.

I see, here and there in commentary, that this lesson hasn’t “taken” everywhere.

We are the poorer for that, and for his loss.

Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine:
et lux perpetua luceat eis.

(crossposted at 'tother blog)

A Rare Attack Of MemeageAmbush From Ten Sides

Mon, 25 Feb 2008 13:16:12 GMT

I rarely do these. But courtesy of sister coyotewoman ...[ ] I've been to a drive-in movie theater.[ ] I saw the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show.[ ] I voted for (or could have) Ronald Reagan.[ ] I was in a Christmas pageant in public school. [ ] I remember what I was doing when John Kennedy died.[ ] I used to watch Star Trek during its original run. [ ] I know what 45 and 33-1/3 describes. [ ] I've ridden in cars that didn't have seat belts.[ ] I used to watch Romper Room. [ ] I belonged to Future Homemakers of America.[ ] I've gone to an Elvis Presley concert.[ ] I own/used to own an 8-track player. [ ] I used to wear a hat, doilie, or handkerchief on my head in church.[ ] I've bought a McDonald's cheeseburger for 18 cents.[ ] would go to sleep while or just after watching Johnny Carson. [ ] I have watched a black and white television. [ ] I have/used to have a leisure suit.[ ] I've been to a tent revival.[ ] I attended Woodstock.[ ] I've been to a state fair and looked at the animal barns. [ ] I could spin a hula-hoop around my middle.[ ] I've been spanked at school by a teacher/principal. [ ] I've been to a Cher concert.[ ] I watched The Sonny and Cher Show during its original run. [ ] I looked forward to hearing Guy Lombardo play "Auld Lang Syne."[ ] I called adults "Sir" or "Ma'am." [ ] I've had a smallpox vaccination. [ ] I used to watch Dick Clark on American Bandstand [ ] I've been to a rodeo. [ ] I've competed in a rodeo.[ ] I scheduled my evenings around Dynasty.[ ] I've sold Girl Scout cookies. [ ] I am/was in a fraternity/sorority.[ ] I've eaten breakfast at a Sambo's Restaurant. [ ] I had a poster of Farrah Fawcett on my wall/door.[ ] I had a crush on Ricky Nelson.[ ] I watched Neil Armstrong walk on the moon.[ ] I had an aluminum Christmas tree and a color-wheel lamp.[ ] I have/had a fondue pot and use/used it.[ ] I've used a rotary phone. [ ] I remember when African-Americans were called "colored people" in polite company. [ ] I've been to West Berlin before German reunification.[ ] I had a paper credit card.[ ] I played with a Water Wiggle. [ ] I danced all night to Donna Summer and Whitney Houston. [ ] I've driven/ridden in a Pacer.[ ] I've stayed up all night playing Risk. [ ] I saw the original Star Wars movie in a theater. [ ] I've taken group showers with members of my junior/senior high school class. [ ] I remember when HIV was called HTLV-IV.[ ] I watched The Simpsons when it was a short on The Tracy Ulman Show. [ ] I had to install MS-DOS on my computer before I installed Windows.[ ] I have/had a Sony Walkman. [ ] I modeled my hair and clothes on people in Beverly Hills 90210.[ ] I've played PacMan. [ ] I (used to) put on a suit and tie/dress to go shop at the downtown department store. [ ] I saw Top Gun in the theater more than six times.[ ] I've read Rushdie's The Satanic Verses.[ ] I've used a Jane Fonda workout video. [ ] I remember when Michael Jackson was black. [ ] I know who shot J.R.[ ] I owned a pet rock. [ ] I have/had a Betamax VCR. [ ] I had "all the way" sex before I was married and had to keep it secret. [ ] I burned a bra and/or draft card.[ ] I've ridden in a double-decker bus. [ ] I've ridden in the back window of my parents' car. [ ] I've edged the grass in a yard with hand clippers.[ ] I had a television aerial outside my house. Oddly, though, I don't feel old. *grins* [...]

New Year's Much?

Tue, 01 Jan 2008 05:19:59 GMT

If what you do on New Years' Eve sets the theme for your upcoming year?

I'll be BUSY.


So my best to you all, and may you all enjoy splendid New years! 

No Boom Today...

Wed, 19 Dec 2007 20:55:16 GMT

Not near my place, nor any of mine.

We don't know if anyone's been injured, or killed, as I write this. We wait in trepidation...

But I'm OK. So's Sharpie, and John.

Time For Some Thrillin' Didactics...

Tue, 18 Dec 2007 14:38:48 GMT

(crossposted at, facebook, myspace, and a host of other places)

For those of you who live in Venomous Kate’s neck of the woods (may you all be warm)… or whom are interested in seeing what David was writing about, a few months ago…

Great Plains Fechtschule Presents:
Biomechanical Concepts of
Historical Martial Arts
A Seminar by Roger Siggs

Historical Western Martial Arts are the martial arts that were taught, studied and used throughout Europe prior to the widespread usage of firearms. Similar to Asian styles, WMA has a number of different ‘traditions’ and systems — all of which hold one fundamental truth in constant: To defend oneself, and ones companions, regardless of situation, environment or opponents.

This seminar will focus on the biomechanical and kinestethic underpinnings of all combat, through the use of historical close-quarters combat material.

Date: March 1 & 2
Time: 9:00 am to 4:30 pm each day
Requirements: Longsword Waster, Rondel Dagger Waster, Loose-fitting clothing
Place: Cair Paravel Gymnasium, Topeka, KS
Minimum Age: 14
Cost: $80 before 2-1-08, $90 after 2-1-08 and at the door. Lunch and drinks included both days.
Contact: Jessica Finley at jessica.finley AT or 785-235-9630 for more information and registration.

I have been asked by Roger to attend as a teaching assistant, and I am delighted to accept.

Mark your calendars. I have…

Happy Getaway Day!

Wed, 21 Nov 2007 13:01:11 GMT

... from here, from work, my happy good wishes to everyone who hits the roads today. 

May you travel smoothly,
and arrive in a good time,
have a splendid holiday,
and a pleasant trip home.

(I'll see some of you tomorrow, at zero-dark thirty, as I travel. But for now... "work of the day".)

From WMAW: Le mot juste

Wed, 03 Oct 2007 15:02:26 GMT

I am still processing and integrating the marvelous weekend I had at WMAW.

But I wanted to stop a moment and share this. Lots of people semed to find it apt, so it is perhaps worth sharing.

The world is your dojo
Your training? What you face, today.
Your ground is here.

Random Sunday Mailbox Cleaning Thought:California Wind, SF Taiko Dojo

Sun, 09 Sep 2007 18:15:08 GMT

If you're trying to entice someone into opening your spam,
no matter what the reason be...

It is, perhaps, not a bad idea

to spell correctly.

"Colleage degree"?

oh, please.