I suppose I ought to write something here. I wouldn't want you to think that I was an enormous, sentient computer from the Andromeda galaxy merely masquerading as a human to lull your suspicions until the time when my armada of conquering robot arachno-weasels reach Earth. No, that wouldn't do at all.

So. The basics. I'm a mid-forties, tall-looming, book-reading, cat-serving, Michigan-living, cheese-eating, beard-lacking data warehouse analyst and fiction writer--see my website, GaryWOlson.com for more information on the 'writer' part, and for news about my dark fantasy novel Brutal Light.

In addition to posting (and reblogging) pictures and items I find amusing, I also have entries from my blog on my main site crossposted here. I'm also on Twitter and Facebook and Google+ and heaps and heaps of other places. See any page of my site on the right-side column under the "Me on the Intertubes" heading.

I am not a taco.

 

letangles:

NiKoala Tesla!  Ink on paper, with some Photoshop for lighting and color tint.
NiKoala Tesla by Le Tang [tumblr | blogspot | instagram]

letangles:

NiKoala Tesla!  Ink on paper, with some Photoshop for lighting and color tint.

NiKoala Tesla by Le Tang [tumblr | blogspot | instagram]

thedemon-hauntedworld:

Colour-Stretched Visible-Light Composite of Saturn

Cassini image of Saturn taken at a range of 15.1 million miles (24.3 million kilometers) from the planet.

Credit: NASA, ESA and E. Karkoschka (University of Arizona)

Fairly Wicked Tales has been released! [fairly wicked tales]

Fairly Wicked Tales"Once upon a scream…

"Think you know the real story behind those fables and fairy tales you read as a child? Stories are written from the viewpoint of the heroes, but the lines between hero and villain, good and evil, are often blurred.

"We’ve gathered twenty three tales that turn those stories you think you know on their heads by letting the villains have their say. What if Snow White wasn’t as pure as the newly driven snow? What if Red Riding Hood was far more dangerous than the Big Bad Wolf? What if Rapunzel was hell bent on revenge? Forget Disney, forget the Brothers Grimm, say hello to Fairly Wicked Tales—re-imaginings of both fairy tales and fables.

"Fairly Wicked Tales, a book for adults who harbor the wicked child within."

(Click on the cover art by Rebecca Treadway to see it in full-sized wicked beauty!)

Fairly Wicked Tales, edited by Stacey Turner, is an anthology of dark fantasy and horror published August 6th, 2014, by Angelic Knight Press, and includes my horror short story Sweetheart, the Dream is Not Ended (a reimagining of the lesser-known Grimm fairly tale “The Robber Bridegroom”). I’ve got a blog post in the works regarding how utterly strange “The Robber Bridegroom” is and why I had to make it the basis for my tale, but for now, I wanted to get the word out that the anthology’s been released.

So far just as e-books, but fear not, dead tree lovers, physical book form is on its way. Fairly Wicked Tales is now available from Amazon.com for Kindle and (soon) in Print and Smashwords in .mobi, .epub, .pdf, and other e-book formats.

Here’s the table of contents, in the format of: “Story Title” by Author: Fairy tale it gives a good hard twisting to.

Table of Contents

"Song of Bones" by Vekah McKeown: A retelling of “The Singing Bone”.

"Red" by Katie Young: A retelling of “Little Red Riding Hood”.

"Sweetheart, the Dream is Not Ended" by Gary W. Olson: A reimagining of “The Robber Bridegroom”.

"Crumbs" by Adam Millard: A retelling of “The Crumbs on the Table”.

"A Thrice Spun Tale" by Suzi M: A retelling of “The Three Spinners”.

"His Heart’s Desire" by Fay Lee: A retelling of “Sleeping Beauty”.

"Little Beauty" by Matthew Hughes: A retelling of “Beauty and the Beast”.

"Hare’s Tale" by Jay Wilburn: A retelling of “The Tortoise and the Hare”.

"The Golden Goose" by Robert Holt: A retelling.

"A Prick of the Quill" by Lizz-Ayn Shaarawi: A retelling of “Hans My Hedgehog”.

"Sacrificed" by Laura Snapp: A reimagining of “Snow White”.

"The Glass Coffin" by D R Cartwright: A retelling of “The Glass Coffin”.

"The Price of the Sea" by David R. Matteri: A retelling of “The Little Mermaid”.

"A Blue Light Turned Black" by Wilson Geiger: A retelling of “The Blue Light”.

"Let Down Your Hair" by Eugenia Rose: A retelling of “Rapunzel”.

"The Wolf Who Cried Boy" by Armand Rosamilia: A retelling of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf”.

"It Comes At Night" by JP Behrens: A reimagining of “The Billy Goats Gruff”.

"Bloodily Ever After" by Reece A.A. Barnard: A retelling of several fairy tales.

"Al-Adrian and the Magic Lamp" by Tais Teng: A retelling of “The Arabian Nights”.

"The Fisherman and His Wife" by Bennie L. Newsome: A retelling of the story “The Fisherman and His Wife.”

"Rum’s Daughter" by T. Eric Bakutis: A retelling of “Rumplestiltskin”.

"The Ash Maid’s Revenge" by Konstantine Paradias: A retelling of “Cinderella”.

"Gingerbread" by Hal Bodner: What happened afer “Hansel and Gretel”.

***

Gary W. Olson is the author of the dark fantasy novel Brutal Light and a contributor to the dark fiction anthologies Fading Light and Fairly Wicked Tales. His blog originates here. Cover art: Rebecca Treadway.

pulpcovers:

Solar-Powered Aerial Landing Field
Recent experiments in the conversion of the sun’s rays into electric power have led to an unusual idea in aerial equipment. It is a dirigible that not only would get its power from the sun but also provide space for a landing field in the air.The ordinary cigar-shaped dirigible would in effect have a slice taken from the upper half of the gas bag. This would provide a large deck on which could be mounted solar photo cells, an airplane runway, and a hangar. Planes could land on the dirigible, floating over the sea, to refuel for trans-ocean passenger service.Another unusual feature of this design, in addition to the landing field, is the use of sun rays to power the motors of the dirigible. Scientists estimate that the sun can develop as much as 86,300 kilowatts or 115,000 horsepower per hour in an area of a square mile. Photo cells convert the sun’s energy into electricity. When this can be done on a practical basis, the roof of an ordinary house can be used to develop electricity for the home.
http://ift.tt/1jOt6tw

pulpcovers:

Solar-Powered Aerial Landing Field

Recent experiments in the conversion of the sun’s rays into electric power have led to an unusual idea in aerial equipment. It is a dirigible that not only would get its power from the sun but also provide space for a landing field in the air.

The ordinary cigar-shaped dirigible would in effect have a slice taken from the upper half of the gas bag. This would provide a large deck on which could be mounted solar photo cells, an airplane runway, and a hangar. Planes could land on the dirigible, floating over the sea, to refuel for trans-ocean passenger service.

Another unusual feature of this design, in addition to the landing field, is the use of sun rays to power the motors of the dirigible. Scientists estimate that the sun can develop as much as 86,300 kilowatts or 115,000 horsepower per hour in an area of a square mile. Photo cells convert the sun’s energy into electricity. When this can be done on a practical basis, the roof of an ordinary house can be used to develop electricity for the home.

http://ift.tt/1jOt6tw

bikerwalla:

overtimegrind:

#Ferguson #mediablackout #ripmikebrown


Police are asking that we refrain from livetweeting an ongoing incident because it has the possibility to complicate future investigations. Yeah, fuck that. Free press is important, especially during conflicts like this. We saw them arrest reporters and tear-gas news vans. We know that they prefer no news coverage, and that should make you want more information.

bikerwalla:

overtimegrind:

#Ferguson #mediablackout #ripmikebrown

Police are asking that we refrain from livetweeting an ongoing incident because it has the possibility to complicate future investigations. Yeah, fuck that. Free press is important, especially during conflicts like this. We saw them arrest reporters and tear-gas news vans. We know that they prefer no news coverage, and that should make you want more information.

websnark:


Lauren Bacall is one of our cultural icons. She defined, visually, a kind of ineffable grace and sophistication. In one sense, she was the natural counterpart to Katherine Hepburn.
I could write a lot about Mme Bacall, but I think there’s something we can take from her tragic passing. Something that’s easy to miss right now, especially with the shocking death of Robin Williams. Williams’s death — and the form that passing took — was so unexpected, and so horrifying, that it has eclipsed Bacall’s death entirely.
And that’s unfortunate, because there’s a lesson as important to be taken away from the tragic passing of Mme Bacall.
Lauren Bacall died of a stroke, at the age of 89.
And… when you read that, it’s easy — sadly — to dismiss it. She was 89. Naturally, she was at the end of a long and fulfilling life, and it’s as natural that she passed from a stroke. That happens later in life.
Except it doesn’t. Anyone can have a stroke.
Anyone.
A stroke may be caused by genetic factors. It may be caused by a hard hit on a football field. Take the case of 17 year old High School Senior Andre Maloney, a standout football star in Kansas City, who had already been recruited by the University of Kansas. A star athlete moving into his prime.
Until he collapsed on the sidelines during a football game.
Over the course of the next few days, Maloney was treated, but tragically he couldn’t be saved. A blood clot had entered his brain through a Patent Foramen Ovale, or PFO — a literal hole in his heart.
A hole, I would add, that one in five Americans have. Because we’re all born with a PFO. It’s how we can survive in the womb without, you know, being able to breathe. But 20% of all Americans (I don’t have statistics for the rest of the planet) don’t have these PFOs close.
And, should blood clots form in your body, they can reach the lungs — causing what’s called a pulmonary embolism. Which itself is no picnic, mind. But if you have a PFO, it can also pass through and hit your brain.
That happened to Andre Maloney. Did he get a clot from a hit on the field? Who knows. But he got one. And he died. 17 years old, in excellent health, and a stroke victim.
Why am I telling you all of this?
Because strokes can be treated incredibly effectively, if they are treated quickly.
That picture above is the FAST protocol. It’s a fast way to check if a friend or loved one might be suffering a stroke. It’s simple, and it’s fast. And if you get them to a hospital quickly, there are incredibly effective treatments. There is a medication emergency rooms have — a clotbuster — that can massively improve a stroke victim’s recovery and survival rate. But with a stroke every second counts. Every second is brain cells.
It goes beyond even that, by the way. In a lot of cases, a stroke that happens due to PFO will have precursors — sharp leg pains where clotting may be happening. Shortness of breath from a pulmonary embolism. If things seem odd, get them checked out.
Please. For your loved ones. For yourself. For Lauren Bacall, who was class and grace and sophistication personified… and for Andre Maloney… learn the warning signs for Stroke, and if you see them — or have them — call 911. Immediately. Don’t stop to pass Go. Be aware.
And be safe.

websnark:

Lauren Bacall is one of our cultural icons. She defined, visually, a kind of ineffable grace and sophistication. In one sense, she was the natural counterpart to Katherine Hepburn.

I could write a lot about Mme Bacall, but I think there’s something we can take from her tragic passing. Something that’s easy to miss right now, especially with the shocking death of Robin Williams. Williams’s death — and the form that passing took — was so unexpected, and so horrifying, that it has eclipsed Bacall’s death entirely.

And that’s unfortunate, because there’s a lesson as important to be taken away from the tragic passing of Mme Bacall.

Lauren Bacall died of a stroke, at the age of 89.

And… when you read that, it’s easy — sadly — to dismiss it. She was 89. Naturally, she was at the end of a long and fulfilling life, and it’s as natural that she passed from a stroke. That happens later in life.

Except it doesn’t. Anyone can have a stroke.

Anyone.

A stroke may be caused by genetic factors. It may be caused by a hard hit on a football field. Take the case of 17 year old High School Senior Andre Maloney, a standout football star in Kansas City, who had already been recruited by the University of Kansas. A star athlete moving into his prime.

Until he collapsed on the sidelines during a football game.

Over the course of the next few days, Maloney was treated, but tragically he couldn’t be saved. A blood clot had entered his brain through a Patent Foramen Ovale, or PFO — a literal hole in his heart.

A hole, I would add, that one in five Americans have. Because we’re all born with a PFO. It’s how we can survive in the womb without, you know, being able to breathe. But 20% of all Americans (I don’t have statistics for the rest of the planet) don’t have these PFOs close.

And, should blood clots form in your body, they can reach the lungs — causing what’s called a pulmonary embolism. Which itself is no picnic, mind. But if you have a PFO, it can also pass through and hit your brain.

That happened to Andre Maloney. Did he get a clot from a hit on the field? Who knows. But he got one. And he died. 17 years old, in excellent health, and a stroke victim.

Why am I telling you all of this?

Because strokes can be treated incredibly effectively, if they are treated quickly.

That picture above is the FAST protocol. It’s a fast way to check if a friend or loved one might be suffering a stroke. It’s simple, and it’s fast. And if you get them to a hospital quickly, there are incredibly effective treatments. There is a medication emergency rooms have — a clotbuster — that can massively improve a stroke victim’s recovery and survival rate. But with a stroke every second counts. Every second is brain cells.

It goes beyond even that, by the way. In a lot of cases, a stroke that happens due to PFO will have precursors — sharp leg pains where clotting may be happening. Shortness of breath from a pulmonary embolism. If things seem odd, get them checked out.

Please. For your loved ones. For yourself. For Lauren Bacall, who was class and grace and sophistication personified… and for Andre Maloney… learn the warning signs for Stroke, and if you see them — or have them — call 911. Immediately. Don’t stop to pass Go. Be aware.

And be safe.

(Source: stroke.org)