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Oddly, whilst it seems easy enough to find online guides to moths, mushrooms are a different kettle of platypi altogether, presumably due to the comparative lethality of the two. Still, whilst wandering back from town the other day, taking the quiet path by the river, I spotted two identical fungi, and managed to identify them as the shaggy ink cap, coprinus comatus.

An article from Harper's, whether you're religious or not, American or not, is worth reading: The Christian Paradox, comparing Jesus' teachings, against their practicing in the US of today, by a widely published Christian writer.

I wonder how much CB's used now. The idea of a public, unlicensed band seems like such a good one, but has it been wiped out by cellphones?

As part of their general joy over changing paper formats (to "Berliner", midway between broadsheet and British tabloid), the digital Guardian and Observer are free until Sep 26. They're exactly what you'll find in the print editions, but without the perils of inky paws.

One of the great things about DSL (or broadband in general) is it permits one to see shows you'd otherwise be unable to receive, or even never know about. In this case, Loonatics. I'll try it, out of scientific and artistic research's sakes.

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Well, there was an action sequence, and some sort of set of vaguely Warner figures, and that's about it..

Omaha the Cat Dancer finally returns: "NBM Publishing has announced that it will be publishing new stories starring long-time post-underground comics character Omaha the Cat Dancer in Sizzle, its erotic comics magazine under its Eurotica imprint. The new work will be written by James (Kings in Disguise) Vance, the husband of the late Kate Worley, who created the original stories with Reed Waller. Worley left behind a detailed outline of the next Omaha story arc, which Vance and Waller will realize in at least 128 new pages over several quarterly issues of Sizzle. The first new story will appear in Sizzle #28 in November.

I otter get some travel footage up on the site sometime - I'm thinking of Furteventura to start with, given the unearthly tones the ground there afforded, ranging from raw volcanic black, through to Martian reds, with about as much photosynthetic life in parts. Quite beautiful, in an unearthly way.

NBM is also reprinting all of the previously published Omaha stories in seven volumes of 100 to 128 pages each. The first volume will be released in October, with additional volumes following on a quarterly schedule. The new story arc will be collected in the eighth volume."

If you're in search of examples where people have used a homophone in place of the intended word, such as "censor" instead of "sensor", or crunched phrases like "lactose intolerant" into "lack toast and tolerant", behold the Eggcorn Database.

Ep.38/39 of Yakitate Japan made me wonder - there's potato bread, but is there yam bread somewhere? Seems it'd be usable in a similar manner, but imparting its innate sweetness to the dough.

There's been a request for the CIA's report on the WTC attacks to be made public: 'The leaders of the House Intelligence Committee want CIA Director Porter Goss to provide a public version of his agency's hard-hitting report on the failures leading up to Sept. 11, 2001. In a letter made public Friday, Intelligence Chairman Peter Hoekstra, R-Mich., and the panel's top Democrat, California Rep. Jane Harman, asked Goss to reveal as much of the report from his inspector general as possible.

"We believe the public has a right to know if people should be held accountable for those failures as a result of gross negligence or misconduct," Hoekstra and Harman wrote on Sept. 6. "More importantly, the public also should know what steps should be taken in the future for the CIA to address the findings of the report."'
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Mm, that's always a problem with anthology titles.. whether to buy, say, Furrlough, just for the one story you're interested in. Ah, if only there were more electronic furry story publishing.. I'm somewhat averse to buying paper comics, given how easily their weight adds up. And the revenue would then largely remain with the publisher and creators, rather than the printer. A complete (so far) run of Circles definitely wouldn't go amiss.. ^_^

Yep, they've said the final collected volume will have the new material, though I suppose that's some way off, if it's a quarterly title.
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Oh, Girl Genius has ceased being published on paper altogether? Pity, though I suppose it's a very tough existence as an independent publisher. I'm hoping to see electronic editions in addition. That way, I could have, say, the entire Circles, Furrlough, Wild Life, Heat, Cerebus, and Critters sitting on a tiny sliver of my PowerBook's drive. Much easier to stow away in a small room, and a lot easier to carry. ^_^
Was I the only one who thought "penis" when the picture of that mushroom loaded? ^^;;;
And these examples were pretty well shaped, too.. ^_^;

They're supposedly edible, but not knowing anything about mycology, I think I'll just let them enjoy a happy chlorophyll-less life together. (I never liked mushrooms - except as cream of mushroom soup[1] - until I was about 12. Then I realised just how good they were on a pizza)

[1] Same kind of thing with tomatoes - never liked the whole thing until about that time, except as cream of tomato soup, and ketchup. Trouble is, so many of the examples you can find in supermarkets are so bland, seemingly bred for appearance above all. But "heirloom" varieties do seem to be making a small comeback.
So, I wonder if there'd be an uptick in the market for my 1st edition Omahas? I notice that the early issues are worth up to $30 according to the Comic Price Guide, but you still have to find a buyer.

Truckers still use CBs a lot, dunno about normal folks. The open airwave is handy when travelling as you can hear about what's happening ahead of you, which is not possible on a point-to-point system like a cel phone.
Hm! I could easily see a nudge upwards, yes - of course, as you note, it's one thing for a guide to claim a certain value, and another to actually be able to get that, doubly so with a dealer. (Wish I still had all mine, but the moves have taken their toll over the past decade.. had the complete run of Valkyrie Press' original run of the superlative The Adventures of Luther Arkwright, a genuine labor of love by Bryan Talbot, with an astonishing level of detail in every frame, and as knotty a parallel-dimensions plot as one could wish for. And their other series, Redfox, including one copy signed by the writer at a con as we sat around in the hotel lobby at 3am :)

Maybe I'll get some sort of cheap CB handheld at some point, and just see what sort of activity there is. Depends where I wind up, of course.. once lived on top of a moderately tall hill, with all the surrounding land nearly Dutch in flatness, so even the 50mW ERP from my 2-channel handie managed to get a few miles quite happily. But I'd be keeping the real money (ooh, I remember that stuff) for something for the 2m band. (Ah, I miss my old FT-290. Nice little transceiver - not the greatest of front ends, but quite acceptable. I'd tweaked the links on mine to expand the coverage slightly, to 143.5-148.5MHz - not that there was anything really to hear there, just for the sake of it. ^_^ Carrying 8 C-cell NiCds, it consequently offered fairly decent battery life, even on the higher 2.5W output setting, and unlike virtually all handhelds - it was sort of car radio sized - offered FM, USB, LSB, and CW)
Erg... sad to hear access to the newspapers are being cut off. What's the difference between the Digital Guardian and the Guardian Unlimited? The latter one is the one I tended to check because it had a much larger archive to search through. I hope that's not going to a pay format too. :(
AFAIK, Guardian Unlimited's not going anywhere. ^_^ The "digital" edition's simply an exact electronic replica of the print edition - have a play. You're presented with a choice of the sections, then you'll see the front page thereof. Clicking on a story brings up the text of the article. Looks quite nicely done - if the normal rate's low, I could be tempted, when there's money in evidence once more, as I prefer paying a modest fee directly than having adverts everywhere. (That said, the Guardian seems good with theirs; though I do block pop-ups. I'm a bit surprised that style of ad still exists, given how universally loathed it is, outside of advertising circles)