The Wetland Way, Week 2, Saturday: Some Get to Shop, Some Get Stuck Meeting with an Ambassador — Chet Aero Marine

George found it quite a challenge in getting Darlene up and going the next day, which in turn had the same problem with Terry. They barely made their appointment with the Vidameran embassy to try to finalise a visit with King Francis. Once they got there, though, they found their hurry unjustified, as the Vidameran […]The …

It’s Time for “The Wetland Way” — Chet Aero Marine

This week I’m starting a blog of the “central” part of the Island Chronicles: The Wetland Way. It’s bracketed between its prequel The Ten Weeks and its immediate sequel At the Inlet. The published version of this–both paper and ebook–are in preparation and I’ll post information about this later. The original narrative started on Shrove […]It’s …

The Last Supper, the Iranians and the Perfect Dissertation: A Maundy Thursday Reflection — vulcanhammer.net

In 2015 the PhD program I was going through nearly collapsed. We lost fifteen faculty members and key staff people in as many months. Needless to say, that produced consternation among the students, most of whom came from outside the United States. They did not understand our system (and honestly until I consulted with some […]The …

Holy Week Wishes, and Some Announcements for This Site

It's been some time since I've had an original post, and posting may be sparse for a while longer. There are some important changes afoot for this site: Two of the features of this site: the Palm Beach Experience and The Island Chronicles--are moving to Chet Aero Marine. The reasoning for this is complicated and …

The Real Reason Space Colonization Will Fail

Werner Herzog has his idea: It is a utopia, and you do not need to be a scientist or expert researcher [to understand what will pass]. You just sit back, twiddle your thumbs, enjoy your beer, and wait until it fails. [Space colonization] will fail. My explanation is a little more mundane in explanation, if …

Geniuses: From Suicidal to Criminal

Now the latter is under investigation: Dr. James Clinton Oleson, an Associate Professor in Criminology at the University of Auckland, turned up this fascinating nugget of information after conducting anonymous surveys and interviews with 465 members of a high IQ society, who possessed an average IQ of 149. He compared their levels of self-reported criminality …

Why the elites hate Vaughan Williams

When Marie Hall stepped on to the stage at the Queen’s Hall in London to give the first full performance of a new piece from Ralph Vaughan Williams, few could have imagined that exactly a century later, this apparently unremarkable piece would have turned into a political football. The Lark Ascending; Romance for Violin and…Why …

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