Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go in cyberspace

Zits, 24 November 2020

Zits, 25 November 2020

Zits, 26 November 2020

Pibgorn, 13 December 2003

The accordion in 21st century syndicated comics.


“The first phase of the project, located at the intersection of State Street and Zonal Avenue, will be comprised of:
“a 96-bed recuperative care center intended to provide interim shelter for unhoused persons discharged from the nearby hospital; and
“a 64-bed residential treatment center providing therapy and supportive services as an alternative to hospitalization.”
L.A. County + USC Medical Center Restorative Care Village Begins to Take Shape, by Steven Sharp, Urbanize, 23 November 2020


“According to the report, the price of 138 goods and services in 130 cities rose by an average of 0.3 points over the past year. Currently, Zurich, Paris and Hong Kong top the list as the most expensive cities in the world, meanwhile, New York is tied with Geneva, accounting for the seventh and eighth place rankings.”
Report Ranks L.A. as 10th Most Expensive City in the World, by Juliet Rylah, Los Angeleno, 23 November 2020


“Looking at the results of the 2020 election at the more granular level of counties and precincts, it can mostly be defined by one thing: stasis. But beneath that stasis the results of this election and the changes from previous elections say an enormous amount about where the country is and is going. The counties that swung the most mostly fall into two categories: Latino areas swinging strongly towards Trump, and white-majority suburban areas swinging towards Biden. These 10 swing state counties were crucial to the final results, and help tell the story of what happened in 2020.”
The 10 swing state counties that tell the story of the 2020 election, by Ben Davis, Guardian, 24 November 2020


“From January 2021, all authors will be able to publish Gold OA when submitting to Nature and the 32 Nature primary research journals and will be afforded the same APC as MPDL, which is 9,500 euros. As such, these will be the first highly selective journals to offer their authors an immediate OA publishing option in this way. Research published in Nature and the Nature research journals is downloaded by institutional users over 30 times more than papers in a typical journal. Springer Nature says dedicated in-house teams promote the research articles widely, this year achieving around 10,000 mentions in policy documents, generating over 100,000 news stories around the world and attracting over three million mentions on Twitter.”
Springer Nature unveils alternative OA route, by Research Information, 24 November 2020


“BACK IN APRIL, I received a strange email from a pair of academic journals inviting me to submit my research to one of their latest issues. The email was written in a jarring mix of fonts, and riddled with formatting mistakes and bungled idioms. The editor who sent it to me had, inexplicably, attached a handbook on Covid-19 hospital protocols, a document that detailed at length the precise mechanism of sealing the dead in a ;leak-proof corpse wrapping sheet.'”
I Published a Fake Paper in a ‘Peer-Reviewed’ Journal, by Bradly Allf, Undark, 26 November 2020

I give thanks for reproducible results and hope researchers are too smart to fall for this stuff. Gah, even science publishing is becoming (more of) a morass.


“The most recent surge appears to have followed a similar pattern as the summer spike, growing after events or holidays that bring people together. Most notably, COVID-19 cases increased by 80.9% in the 14-day period after Halloween. This followed a 42.2% rise in cases in the two weeks after the Lakers won the NBA championship on Oct. 11.”
Why this COVID-19 spike is different, by Kathrine Vlamis, Crosstown, 25 November 2020


“For Rosenbloom, a librarian at the University of California, Los Angeles, the trip served as her entrée into a field she’d studied for years: ‘anthropodermic bibliopegy,’ the practice of binding books in human epidermis. It’s easy to assume this topic is too restricted or too gruesome for a book of its own, but Dark Archives: A Librarian’s Investigation Into the Science and History of Books Bound in Human Skin, proves that assumption wrong. As Rosenbloom crisscrosses the globe to confirm the purported origins of skin-bound books — a cracking detective story in itself — her journey offers unusual insight into what defines informed consent, what separates homage from exploitation, and how power disparities can breed casual inhumanity.”
Book Review: The Strange History of Binding Books in Human Skin, by Elizabeth Svoboda, Undark, 20 November 2020

Our Megan. I wonder what her next book will be about.


“The Commission spent two years engaging with communities all over the U.S. to explore how best to respond to the weaknesses and vulnerabilities in our political and civic life. Its final and bipartisan report, Our Common Purpose: Reinventing American Democracy for the 21st Century, was released in June 2020 and includes six strategies and 31 ambitious recommendations to help the nation emerge as a more resilient democracy by 2026, the nation’s 250th anniversary.”
Our Common Purpose, by the American Academy (yes, we have one), 2020


“Some online skewered the mural, others lightly ribbed. Still others defended the boutique’s artistic choice. Many just wanted to know variations of How? Why?
Internet Notoriety Strikes Venice Boutique’s Mural of Top Women Democrats, by Josie Huang, LAist, 22 November 2020

Hey, why not?


“The revolver used by Verlaine to shoot Rimbaud was auctioned for £368,000 in 2016.”
Arts world dismayed at fate of London home of Rimbaud and Verlaine, by Dalya Alberge, Guardian, 22 November 2020


“German media group Bertelsmann is set to acquire publisher Simon & Schuster for $2.17bn, less than a year after it took control of Penguin Random House (PRH).”
PRH owner Bertelsmann to buy Simon & Schuster in $2bn deal, by Staff and Agencies, Guardian, 25 November 2020

Gah! Well, better than the Murdoch thugs.


“Rallying behind Stacey Abrams, the Democratic politician, voting rights activist and romance author, American romance novelists have helped raise nearly $400,000 to help elect two Democratic senators in Georgia.

“Now, Abrams herself has joined the “Romancing the Runoff” fundraiser, and has donated a copy of the first of her eight published romance novels–one signed with both her real name, and her pen name, Selena Montgomery.”
Romance novelists raise $400,000 for Georgia Senate races – with help from Stacey Abrams, by Lois Beckett, Guardian, 25 November 2020

Go Georgia Blue go! Georgia on my mind.


2020 at the Wapshott Press

“Past, present, and future on view in a wondrous machine. Everything everywhere in every universe. Better than YouTube, but can this device bring happiness to a young slacker looking for love and life’s meaning?”
Storylandia, Issue 32, Drunk on Time, by J. H. Malone

“Haunting and harrowing in its portrayal of supernatural creatures, “A Route Obscure and Lonely” explores the road less traveled by restless ghosts, sexually curious aliens, cunning vampires, transgressive angels, regretful mermaids, defiant witches, surly goddesses, mysterious phantoms, fearless fortune tellers, and “goth’s Mr. Goodbar” himself — — Edgar Allan Poe. The boroughs of the dead invite you to approach the gate guarding their abyss.”
Poetrylandia, Issue 2, A Route Obscure and Lonely, by LindaAnn LoSchiavo

Storylandia, Issue 33, short stories, by Jim McCullen, Jason Feingold, Alice Wickham, Chip Jett, and Arthur Davis

Poetrylandia, Issue 3, Fortune Written on Wet Grass, by Eileen “Mish” Murphy

“Nopalito, Texas—1965, 1985, 2005. An aging liquor store proprietor faces the confines of small-town life 5,000 miles from the one place that offered happiness. A young man evades attraction to his charismatic but erratic cousin. An elderly widower is beset by visits from the dead in the aftermath of a near-fatal heart attack. Albert, Dusty, Berndt—each one faces a wordless question: how to live with an impossibility that cannot be changed.”
Storylandia, Issue 34, The Distance Between Here
and Elsewhere: Three Stories
, by David Meischen

Poetrylandia, Issue 4, Trio, by Karla Huston, Ellaraine Lockie, and Connie Posgt

Finding the late Mrs. Taggart’s missing jewels had made Freddie Babington famous. People with problems began to come to him, hoping to engage his services as a private detective. Freddie expected his new career to involve thrilling cases such as restoring diamond necklaces to Duchesses and secret plans to government ministers, perhaps rescuing a kidnapped heiress or two. Most of his cases were more mundane–but every once in a while, a client with a truly strange and interesting problem came to his door.
Publishes in November 2020
Storylandia, Issue 35, Odd Goings-on at Ferndell Farm and other Stories, by Kathryn L. Ramage



“Dangerous Habits,” DC comics Hellblazer, G Ennis
“Nextwave,” Marvel comics, W Ellis
“What’s the Matter with Kansas?” by Thomas Frank



“Gentleman Jack,” HBO
“John Wick,” 2 and 3, whoever produced them



One must be an inventor to read well. There is then creative reading as well as creative writing.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

One of my favorite philosophical tenets is that people will agree with you only if they already agree with you. You do not change people’s minds.
Frank Zappa

One’s life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation and compassion.
Simone de Beauvoir

Only a philosophy of eternity, in the world today, could justify non-violence.
Albert Camus

Only as far as the masters of the world have called in nature to their aid, can they reach the height of magnificence. This is the meaning of their hanging-gardens, villas, garden-houses, islands, parks, and preserves.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
T.S. Eliot

Opportunity knocks for every man, but you have to give a woman a ring.
Mae West

Our admiration of the antique is not admiration of the old, but of the natural.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our best thoughts come from others.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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