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Comments working again

Okay, so I’m an idiot. I made a lot of changes to the site over the weekend, both on the surface and under the hood. One of those changes was a new threaded comments system. Another was to take a pass at getting my site to validate as XHTML Transitional, which it now does (yay me!).

Anyway, what I didn’t notice was that between those two things, I managed to break…

Science Fiction RSS Feeds

In a wonderfully seasonal exercise of brotherly blog love SFSignal and Big Dumb Object are listing Sci-Fi RSS feeds that they subscribe to. Big Dumb Object even lists me. Not quite sure how I snuck on there, but I’m not complaining.

I’d love to list my RSS feeds except, being “old school” I just browse directly to blogs. I’ve tried various feed readers, but its never stuck for some reason. I…

Lost Hearts by M. R. James

And so to the fourth in my series of Christmas ghost stories. This one, again, courtesy of M. R. James. An author considered something of a master of this form.

by M. R. James

It was, as far as I can ascertain, in September of the year 1811 that a post-chaise drew up before the door of Aswarby Hall, in the heart of Lincolnshire. The little boy who was the only…

How To Get EBooks On Your Palm

So you want to read your favorite authors on your Palm Pilot or Sony Clie? But your favorite author hasn’t released an ebook version of their work. So do I, and I have a way for you to do it at no additional cost (I’m assuming you have bought the book, otherwise its theft).

You’re going to need a few different bits of sofware, but they’re free. First grab yourself GrabIt.

Next get…

Thursday Bookworm

But its not Thursday! Okay so I’m late, I just found this and I don’t see why I should have to wait till next Thursday to start playing. So there! Anyway:

This week, a few random queries about the places where we do our best reading.

1. Do you read in bed before you go to sleep? What do you normally read in bed (books, magazines, the paper, etc.)?

Yes, books, lots of…

Top Movies List Meme

Okay so it started with the AFI Top 100 Movie List plus 3 extra at Publius. The most recent version I found was at Practical Penumbra. The ones in bold are the ones I’ve seen:

1. CITIZEN KANE (1941)
2. CASABLANCA (1942)
6. THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939)
7. THE GRADUATE (1967)


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The Haunted House by Charles Dickens

The third in my series of Christmas ghost stories. I’m going back to Dickens again, and why not?

By Charles Dickens


Under none of the accredited ghostly circumstances, and environed by none of the conventional ghostly surroundings, did I first make acquaintance with the house which is the subject of this Christmas piece. I saw it in the daylight, with the sun upon it.…

A School Story by M. R. James

Here’s the second of my series of Christmas ghost stories. Enjoy: A SCHOOL STORY By M. R. James

A School Story
By M. R. James

Two men in a smoking-room were talking of their private-school days. ‘At our school,’ said A., ‘we had a ghost’s footmark on the staircase. What was it like? Oh, very unconvincing. Just the shape of a shoe, with a square toe, if I remember right. The staircase…

JavaHMO 2.0 Beta 6 Released

Thanks to TivoBlog for the news that JavaHMO has released a new beta of their Tivo HMO Desktop alternative.

According to the author:

Version 2.0 Beta 6:

1. Fixed bug that repeats last item in each folder
2. Fixed bugs related to special characters
3. Fixed playlist bug for online stations
4. Fixed various reload issues

Version 2 has had a much rougher ride than the first version of JavaHMO, but it was a major re-write of…

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