Thursday, January 31, 2008

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Gatsby

What foul dust floated in the dream wake formed by a green light at the end of a dock.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Botryoidalclast

Supercooled botryoidal pyroclast,
magmatically ejected as tephra.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Fibh

Betwixt the Firth of Tay and the Firth of Forth,
Fife of Fothriff was the fifth of the seven realms of Pictavia.
Fibh was its king.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Morgue Arrival I

Arrived by parcel post from Milan, Italy, postage due. Torso and limbs absent. Barely legible placard tied around neck, reading "CRIMINALE." Partially mummified. Estimate death occurred in mid-1940's. Awaiting response from Italian Consulate.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Monday, January 21, 2008

Disneyland

Well, I contend this looks a little like Disneyland. Which is a cheap way to drop a shameless link to the Goldilocks remix I just recorded and posted to Audiolingo. The tenuous connection is the parent recording was on Disneyland Records. Stanley Unwin is there, too.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Nothing There

Narthal_Xynex_67 calling. Come in, Stephenville, Texas.

People of Stephenville: What you thought you saw in your skies last week was not, repeat: NOT what you think you saw. Your own armed forces have assured you that what you saw was an earth-based flying vessel designed to move human cargo and not, repeat: NOT a flying saucer, UFO or inter-galaxy police patrol of any kind. Please accept their story as the truth.

The fact that at the time of the "sighting," your NASA Messenger probe was making Earth's first visual recordings of the dark side of the solar system's first planet, Mercury, has absolutely nothing to do with an imagined spacecraft supposedly being seen above NASA's home state, a state known to be plagued by swamp gas and methane clouds caused by cattle.

I can assure you, the public was in no danger. You may continue to live your little lives. That is all.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Shrunken Porcelain Head Vase

It's not one. But if it were, it would have been made in the likeness of an elderly Mingo soothsayer, with convolutions to match her prophesies. I would have acquired it as part of an auction lot, tucked away in the corner of a cardboard box containing mostly household goods. I would have been overjoyed when I found it, knowing, as I do, several prominent florists who would eagerly vie for it. But I wouldn't have known about the curse.

Luckily, as I say, it's not one.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Raoul Duke

"I couldn't move. Total paralysis now. Every muscle in my body was contracted. I couldn't even move my eyeballs, much less turn my head or talk...
"Death. I was sure of it. Not even my lungs seemed to be functioning. I needed artificial respiration, but I couldn't open my mouth to say so. I was going to die. Just sitting there on the bed, unable to move . . . well at least there's no pain..."

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Mephistopheles

The apparition summoned, Faustus turned his head in revulsion.
But his eyes were drawn back to the one he knew might help him.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Anfal Nikitin

Up and down the Ob, the Ushkuiniks plundered. This was considered Novgorodian trade. At the chevron helm stood Anfal Nikitin, Captain of Fear. On the Ob or Volga he drew no quarter, only the wrath of the Golden Horde. Even so, the 15th Century was Ushkuinik.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Friday, January 11, 2008

Real ID

Unveiled today by Terror Czar Michael Chertoff was this prototype of the new Real ID chip. Such chips, subcutaneously implanted in all Americans, will provide the government with all the data they need to keep us safe.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

My Pet Robot

I know they're to serve us, and not us, them. I know that's why it's illegal to own a pet robot. But what are you gonna do? It followed me home. And it's just so damned adorable.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Cochlea

This cast of a calcific cochlea reveals an ossified tympanic membrane and solidified perilymph.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Cousin Kevin

He's the school bully,
The classroom cheat.
The nastiest playfriend,
You ever could meet.

- The Who

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Lamprey Tadpole

Cross section of a blood-sucking pollywog.
Frequents underside of toilet rims.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Green Man 3

In these short days, our belief in rebirth needs nurturing.