March 2010 Blog Posts (28)

Review of Imaro by Charles Saunders

Imaro’s mother surrendered her five year old son so that he could become a great warrior of the Ilyassai tribe. His mother’s people treated him with disdain and ridicule. Through it all, Imaro grew to be…


Added by D K Gaston on March 30, 2010 at 10:01pm — 4 Comments

The FInal Frontier new episode in Kamloops

My sister Karen has arrived and the Final Frontier episode in Kamloops is underway. Here is her blog post. Please check out the entire series as it unfolds at

I’m Karen – Camille’s sister and Outerregion co-collaborator. Camille has given over the reigns to the blog for now. This is my first post & likely the shortest as I am suffering from a horrible case of…


Added by camille on March 30, 2010 at 9:00am — No Comments

embilical cities

Been on some tech sites, reading about two want to be technologies. The first is the space elevator and the second microwaving the sun's energy back to earth.

The space elevator is as stupid as being on top of a tall building with a laptop and plugging in via a 1/4 mile long extension cord to a socket on the first floor. Where's a transporter when you need one?

Microwaving the sun's energy back to earth is a bit more practical and doable.

So I imagined a large space… Continue

Added by Arnold L. Johnson on March 29, 2010 at 8:33am — 4 Comments

Why Are You Not Here?? Spec Fiction at the National Black Writers Conference

Oh yes, you are missing it - L.A. Banks, Jewell Parker Rhodes, Michael Boatman, and Cheo Tyehimba on a panel: "Speculative Fiction: Fantasy, Horror & the Supernatural in the Fiction of Black Writers." You can check out some of my photos on my facebook page:… Continue

Added by Diane on March 28, 2010 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

the thought bubble reader

Thought bubble reader, that's his skill, it's worst than a migraine. He sees what you think, not what you see. He is worn and weathered for a young man. He avoids the crowds, I am just a regular guy, he mutters. I'm not weird or strange, he sighs as he picks some lint from the shoulder of his plain blue shirt, brushes his slacks that fit just right. You know they cross the street when I come up, even in daylight, they see me and say look how he walks, what's that bulge in his pocket. It's… Continue

Added by Arnold L. Johnson on March 23, 2010 at 8:30am — 13 Comments

being creative a composit point of view.

I am looking back over my years, I can't boast many specific skills as some. But I have absorbed many interest briefly and taken many notes. I was surprised to hear many comedians kept libraries of material, so I did the same. The note is so close to the original idea when jotted down at the moment of inspiration. I take lots of brief notes between episodes. You might say I'm a twitter brain without a Twitter account.

I can tell you a huge story with a small statement. Thus I give you… Continue

Added by Arnold L. Johnson on March 22, 2010 at 4:15pm — No Comments



"Ugh, my head. Did I sleep outside all night?" said

Shakuan wearingly.

He groggily lifted himself up and sat upright. He

whisked his tongue around his mouth and noticed a few

teeth were loose. Groaning both in pain and in embarrassment

he looked around. He could see an aura glowing

brightly from someone’s body and another void of spiritual


"Kenitha," he said grimly.He sat for a moment in lament then… Continue

Added by Djadja N Medjay on March 22, 2010 at 3:24pm — No Comments

they kept us in the light......

At least in the sense the lights didn't go out and besides it only drained a little power from the grid. Earth 2 is slipping out of orbit and scientist thought to design the Magma-core drive to correct it. An array of reactors would fire up briefly each with the fury of a volcano to push earth back in it's place of balance. They have to be careful, there is still a hunk of space debris left we now call the moon. It use to be Earth 1.…


Added by Arnold L. Johnson on March 22, 2010 at 2:44pm — No Comments

crossing into reality in your dreams

The judge banished them to an abandon airplane graveyard in Arizona. Of course they came by plane with all they needed to survive. The ankle bracelets monitored their heart beats and the GPS kept them in the area. There they stood 20 hard men, a stack of plasma torches and junk airplanes in all directions as far as the horizon in each direction........

Twenty years passed, they built a large torus of airplane fuselage sections. They laughed at each other, "the world's biggest steel… Continue

Added by Arnold L. Johnson on March 21, 2010 at 10:23pm — 4 Comments


Every story comes out of somewhere, every character has to sleep wither he goes into stasis where he stands or must align himself with the horizon to recharge. My theme today is taking the tiny hut and realizing an encampment or a mega-city with a serious dreamscale upgrade.

Forget dams, viaduct rivers and tube cities are in. We live in a resource channel called the grid, the linear city is more efficient. Each tube is 500 feet across with the… Continue

Added by Arnold L. Johnson on March 20, 2010 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

gene spliceing

We all laughed at the possibility of the jackalope. 'Littlefoot' sightings have come in from all over the world. I present to you another possibility with some excerpts from my Linux blog.

"As promised I am going to splice the genes of an elephant with that of a chameleon. First you must have two species with the same nature. In

this case the most obvious is the elephant with his ability to hide in

a room. Then the chameleon who really doesn't hide but… Continue

Added by Arnold L. Johnson on March 19, 2010 at 8:25am — No Comments

who is your inspiration?

I don't read much. My wife's brother had a very old sci-fi collection book. I can't remember who the author of this story was. A Mars mission ended with the crew stranded. They camped outside a Martian ruin. While they waited for the rescue, the ruins became interesting and inviting. They found the ruins livable with what appeared to be homes and swimming pools. They broke camp, moved into the ruins. Over time, their blue eyes changed to almond and their skin mellowed to tan. With each day they… Continue

Added by Arnold L. Johnson on March 18, 2010 at 11:13pm — 6 Comments

i saw it

I am not a writer, perhaps I should be. I can map sci-fi onto reality, at times. Today I saw Blacks everywhere being squeezed out of the burbs and cities due to economic strains. Many have left the country, to Canada, to Mexico and even Africa. They all returned not because of money, the stint in America made them welcome visitors but home it was not. They had no choice but go to the Grand Canyon. There is a place there a mega-city. Looks like rocks and crevices at first, no they are… Continue

Added by Arnold L. Johnson on March 18, 2010 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

forget the daVinci papers, the Timbuktu papers! now that's a story!

In another space I talked about ancient papers. I am intreged by movies that talk about mysterious and hidden knowledge. One day I stumbled upon Dr. Henry Louis Gates on his trip to Timbuktu. To hear that many manuscripts still exists in private hands, some in situations not caring for their preservation and deciphering,

"Wheels of Ezekiel Blackman, there is a real mystery here, we need answers!!" Yes Rappin, we need answers, answers that will turn the tide of black destinies… Continue

Added by Arnold L. Johnson on March 18, 2010 at 8:00am — 7 Comments

your head will explode

Sometimes the curiosity and wonderment of the educated when directed toward us reveals our true understanding of the universe, nature and ourselves. Check out this link and listen. It is almost a plot for several movies.

This is Ron Eglash, mathmatician, poking around the Afrihood to find fractal "science" in common use. Was this knowledge the coursework at Timbuktu Univ.?

Added by Arnold L. Johnson on March 17, 2010 at 9:49am — 4 Comments



"Hey @$#%@! Forgot about us?"

"Uh-huh, this dude must be half dead, staring at the

sky and #$%@. Like he’s in love."…


Added by Djadja N Medjay on March 17, 2010 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

blacks in space

In the Sci-fi Classics 50 DVD movie pack I just watched a 1960 movie called Assignment Outer Space by Antonio Margheriti. A somewhat slow movie but striking as a black guy fillied the screen, Archie Savage. Before Star Trek I didn't think we made it into space.

Added by Arnold L. Johnson on March 15, 2010 at 7:08pm — 3 Comments

mind shift

I guess because I am into structures and interiors I find myself trying to bring the virtual into reality. I hate what has become of so-called modern design, it is so cold, sharp cornered and flat planed. Some have gone off in the other direction into amorphous shapes, like molten lava lamps. I like various degrees of the hybrid. Some smoothness, some hard edge, some gaseous.

The point is can it be possible in the real world but too far gone for the mainstream and a…

Added by Arnold L. Johnson on March 15, 2010 at 8:38am — No Comments

sci-fi M.O.D.E.

I have never been much a rock or psychedelic or hip-hop fan. There is music that gets me in that frame of mind I will call a sci-fi mode.

Sun-Ra just didn't do it, nor did John Coltrane. Archie Shepp had this ...........Picannany or can you back back doodlebug, and Sonnyboy Wilson and a few more when I hear them I am leaping into warp drive. I also liked Eddie Harris who was so advanced. His electric sax was complex and articulate. He was not taken seriously then or now. Everytime I… Continue

Added by Arnold L. Johnson on March 15, 2010 at 1:09am — 4 Comments

Madame Choi's -- a safe place for your heart

"When you cannot make up your mind which of two evenly balanced courses of action you should take – choose the bolder."

– W.J. Slim

Lying in my bed tossing and turning, trying to find that sweet spot to fall into a deep and fulfilling rem. Then I got to it, right there, and off i fell. My mind took me to it's favorite…

Added by NyKing on March 13, 2010 at 8:47pm — No Comments

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A nanoparticle "dance pair." The pair were dyed red and green to reveal molecular binding under a fluorescence microscope." Credit: Yan Yu, Indiana University

Topics: Biology, Biomedicine, Cancer, Nanotechnology

Indiana University researchers have discovered that drug-delivering nanoparticles attach to their targets…

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Robert H. Goodwin (June 19, 1925 - August 26, 1999), "Pop" Third Class Petty Officer, US Navy, WWII veteran. Heavy Gunner, Naval Boxer and cook.

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Existentialism, History

As a United States Air Force veteran, I along with a roomful of others from the Army, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard were honored at…

Product Review Updates #6

Posted by Stephen Alexander on November 9, 2018 at 7:30am 0 Comments

Occasionally, I will alert fellow members to product updates by creators I have reviewed in the past year or so. 

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Deviant Confederates...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on November 9, 2018 at 5:30am 1 Comment

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Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on November 8, 2018 at 5:30am 0 Comments

Argonne scientists have invented a membrane (shown here) that, when exposed to sunlight, can clean itself and also actively degrade pollutants. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)

Topics: Atomic Layer Deposition, Chemistry, Green Tech, Semiconductor Technology

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Lithium Magic...

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Drive for innovation: Electric vehicles are a major target for R&D on novel battery materials. (Image courtesy: imec)

Topics: Battery, Chemical Physics, Green Tech

The batteries we depend on for our mobile phones and computers are based on a technology that is more than a quarter-century old. Rechargeable…

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Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on November 6, 2018 at 5:30am 0 Comments

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Nasty Tricks and Tasty Treats

Posted by Thaddeus on October 31, 2018 at 11:51am 0 Comments

"LaShaun, you better not be on the roof again."

"Mom, we're just up here playing Spider and Prey. We want it to look realistic."

"Hurry up and get dressed for Halloween."

"I am dressed. I am wrapped in spider-silk and Frank's going to dangle me from the roof at just the right moment."

"Did you put the lights up?"

"Yes, mom. Remote's in the kitchen."

"What's my part?"

"You don't have a part. You're the Mom handing out candy to innocent children. That is your part. You also get to be technical support. Turn on the lights after I twitch convincingly and then surprise moan."

"Frank makes his menacing hiss and the kids run off screaming into the night."

"No they won't."

"Yeah, Mom, they will. Remember when he jumped…


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