As the summer days wane to fall I waste them looking at old junk...to what end?



The Dark Crystal (VHS)
Jim Henson Video, 1994

I continue to pick these up when I find them, though I suspect it's because I like the green clam shell.


Zoids (VHS)
Viz Video, 2002
Doctor Who: Shada (VHS) Sealed
Fox Video, 1992
Writer: Douglas Adams

Doctor Who: The Talons of Weng-Chiang (VHS) Sealed
Playhouse Video, 1990

Doctor Who: The Ark in Space (VHS) Sealed
Playhouse Video, 1991
Does every dork has a first doctor?
Mine was Tom Baker.

Star Trek: The Menagerie, Parts 1&2 (VHS) Sealed
Paramount Home Video, 1985 
Remember when these things cost 30 bucks?
I recall a time when Star Wars on VHS would set you back $100, but that was a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.

The Very Best of One Step Beyond (DVD)
Mill Creek Entertainment, 2007
From the back cover:
'Produced during the same time-frame as The Twilight Zone, this series capitalized on the country's burgeoning interest in paranormal mysteries in a unique fashion. Instead of developing fictional stories with supernatural plots, this series presented 'real life' incidents from a dimension beyond our understanding, including spirits, disappearances, fantastic creatures, etc., and re-creating them for each episode. There were no easy answers to these mysteries, and audiences could wonder in bewilderment, what if it's real?'
 Unfortunately the set does not contain the episode,
'The Sacred Mushroom'.
However, seemingly, everything can be found on You Tube.
Star Trek TNG: Triangle: Imzadi II (Cassettes) Sealed
Simon & Schuster, 1998

Star Trek TNG: Kahless (Cassettes) Sealed
 Simon & Schuster, 1996

Star Trek TNG: Crossover (Cassettes)
 Simon & Schuster, 1995
Star Trek Voyager: Mosaic (Cassettes) Sealed
Simon & Schuster, 1996
Star Trek Voyager: Pathways (Cassettes) Sealed
 Simon & Schuster, 1998
Star Trek: Borg (Cassette)
 Simon & Schuster, 1996
Star Trek: Klingon (Cassette) Sealed
 Simon & Schuster, 1996
Learn or Die!
Star Trek: The Return (Cassettes) Sealed
 Simon & Schuster, 1996
 'a personal tale of tragedy and triumph that could only have been written by William Shatner'
Uh huh.
Star Trek: The Klingon Way (Cassette) Sealed
 Simon & Schuster, 1996
I seem to recall a time when Ren Fests were teaming with Klingons...now all I see are p-p-pirates!
This is a must listen to be historically accurate at the faires.
After Dark
Book Club Edition

A roughed up reader I picked up for myself.
The first Silver John story I read was part of an anthology I found in a shelf of sad books in the hospice my dad was in.
The book 'My Favorite Fantasy Story' contained the Wellman story 'The Spring'. I remember being very struck by his writing and thrilled by the discovery of his loner hero John the Balladeer and his supernatural encounters.
The anthology also contained 2 Jack Vance stories of The Dying Earth, 'Mazirian the Magician' and 'Liane the Wayfarer', these would be my first reads of Vance...I was blown away.
Anyway, now I'm a Wellman and Vance fan because of those 3 short stories.
You may know Vance but if you haven't read Wellman I would suggest trying a story with Silver John.

A nice little book.


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Supernatural Horror in Literature
H.P. Lovecraft
(Introduction, 2nd paragraph)
 'The appeal of the spectrally macabre is generally narrow because it demands from the reader a certain degree of imagination and a capacity for detachment from every-day life. Relatively few are free enough from the spell of the daily routine to respond to rappings from outside, and tales of ordinary feelings and events, or of common sentimental distortions of such feelings and events, will always take first place in the taste of the majority; rightly, perhaps, since of course these ordinary matters make up the greater part of human experience. But the sensitive are always with us, and sometimes a curious streak of fancy invades an obscure corner of the very hardest head; so that no amount of rationalisation, reform, or Freudian analysis can quite annul the thrill of the chimney-corner whisper or the lonely wood. There is here involved a psychological pattern or tradition as real and as deeply grounded in mental experience as any other pattern or tradition of mankind; coeval with the religious feeling and closely related to many aspects of it, and too much a part of our inmost biological heritage to lose keen potency over a very important, though not numerically great, minority of our species.'

Words that sing to me.
Whispered from beneath floorboards.



Simply apply this song to anything you desire that will not be achieved quickly or easily and know that Maiden sings for thee...\m/

The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner
Iron Maiden

Tough on the track,
With the wind,
And the rain that's beating down on your back.
Your heart's beating loud
And goes on getting louder
And goes on even more till the sound
Is ringing in your head,
With every step you tread,
And every breath you take,
Determination makes

You run,
Never stop,
Gotta win, gotta run till you drop,
Keep the pace,
Hold the race,
Your mind is getting clearer,
You're over halfway there but the miles
That never seem to end
As if you're in a dream,
Not getting anywhere.
It seems so futile.

Run, on and on,
Run, on and on,
The loneliness of the long distance runner.

I've got to keep running the course,
I've got to keep running and win at all costs,
I've got to keep going, be strong,
Must be so determined and push myself on.

Run over stiles, across fields,
Turn to look at who's on your heels,
Way ahead of the field,
The line is getting nearer but do
You want the glory that goes,
You reach the final stretch,
Ideals are just a trace,
You feel like throwing the race,
It's all so futile.

Run, on and on,
Run, on and on,
The loneliness of the long distance runner.


Eddie...For The Win!

From Horses to Hogs

A successful scouting trip left us with much to ponder.

Good vibes from an unexpected place.

The road is long my friend.

 Episode IV: A New Home...?