Nico – These Days

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A Feast for Three

In response to the daily prompt for the word “Edible:”

We sat around the fire pretty uncomfortable, looking at Bob and then at each other. Skeet finally said it. “Fellas, I don’t like it either,” he said, “but we did make a promise.”

We shifted in our seats for a moment before Joe replied. “Hell Skeet, people say lotsa things. We were drinkin’ a lot that night.

We looked at Bob. Then we looked at each other. 

“Well,” I said, “I mean supposing we did, how do you think we should do it?”

“This ain’t right,” Joe said.

Skeet looked at Bob, then me. “We got a fire. I got an axe. I suppose we just grill him up. Joe, you can gut ‘im.”

Joe pulled the knife out of his boot. “Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners…”

So Long George Romero

Bummer:

George A. Romero, the director of Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, and Day of the Dead, has passed away at the age of 77. The creator of the modern zombie movie, the often imitated but never matched filmmaker still looms large as one of the most important horror filmmakers of all time.

According to a statement released by his longtime producing partner, Peter Grunwald, Romero died in his sleep following a “brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer.” He was listening to the score for his favorite movie, John Ford’s The Quiet Man, and was with his wife, Suzanne Desrocher Romero, and his daughter, Tina Romero, at the time of his passing.

This might be a good week to dig up my DVD collection. I have five or so of Romero’s ghoul movies. RIP.

Sunday Evening Brain Dump

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Good evening Lovelies, and welcome to our first Sunday Evening Brain Dump! Tonight’s edition is brought to you by Abigale Miller, aka Tactical Bikini Girl. This is our chance to end the current week and prepare for the one ahead by clearing the mental cache of things that we’ve found on the Internet and in the world at large. Without further ado…

Mechanical Television

Before television was an entertainment medium like radio, it was conceived as a form of communication akin to the telephone. Early televisions had screens about the size of a cigarette pack, and users had to be in a dark room or under a hood to see what was happening.

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How it worked:

Mechanical TV uses rotating disks at the transmitter and the receiver. These disks have holes in them, spaced around the disk, with each hole slightly lower than the other.

The camera is located in a totally dark room. A very bright light is placed behind the disk. The disk is turned by a motor, so that it makes one revolution every frame of the TV picture. In the Baird standard, for instance, the disk has 30 holes and is rotated 12.5 times per second. A lens in front of the disk focuses the light on the subject being televised.
As the light hits the subject, it reflects into a photoelectric cell, which converts the light energy to electrical impulses. Dark areas of the subject reflect very little light, and only a small amount of electrical energy is produced, while bright areas of the subject reflect more light, and therefore more electrical energy is produced.

In 1928 Charles Jenkins was given the first broadcasting license, and by 1935 there were 25 television stations in the United States broadcasting Vaudeville and other entertainment.

Nixie Clocks

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If you’ve been building stuff in Fallout 4 and can’t figure out what to do with the Nixie tube, the bad news is you can’t do much. The good news is that Nixie tubes are widely available for purchase in the former Soviet Union, and they can be used for nifty DIY projects.

More on the lovely Nixie tube:

Back in the 1970’s, the now largely forgotten, nixie tubes were the height of display technology. Resembling vacuum tubes, nixie tubes are actually a cold-cathode tube variant of a neon lamp. While still functional they are fragile when compared to LED’s and to some extent LCD’s. Having formerly graced the cockpits of aircraft, the faces of countless scientific tools and other interesting uses, they are now more commonly found in expensive art clocks. 

If this is up your alley, go and grab some before all the weirdos snatch them up. They’re still at the point of being obsolete without being retro cool, so prices are reasonable.

Favorite Weekly Podcast

Nightmare on Film Street has been keeping us company at work this week. Kimberley and Jonathan are two horror fans with a weekly podcast wherein they discuss various horror films across the decades. This week’s broadcast was a comparative analysis of two David Cronenberg movies, The Fly and Videodrome. I personally prefer Videodrome, but their discussion of The Fly was both humorous and insightful. 

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Have a great week everyone! Stay creative and don’t work too hard.

The State of Nature

I submitted a story to a zine recently that deals with something I have been thinking about lately regarding the Hobbesian state of nature. If I understand the argument correctly, before the creation of society human beings lived in an animalistic state of constant “warre” for resources (food, water, sex, shelter.) The advent of society brought hierarchy and a more arbitrary distribution of power, but it also allowed for a more peaceful and cooperative distribution of resources. Society also brought systems of loyalty beyond kinship (the band, the tribe,) which brought protection from competing groups of humans and the time to develop technology. However, it also paved the way to murder on a much larger scale in the form of modern war. (Compare Genesis to Exodus, for example.)

I gave myself the prompt some time ago to try and imagine what this state of nature would have looked like to someone living in that time. How would he view the world? What would be his concerns? How would the structure of his thoughts look compared to mine?

I’ll discuss this further once I know the fate of my little creation. Until then, I’d like to know what others think of the prompt. If nothing else it will get the imagination working.