All change to the decor

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This, dear blog-mates, is Elegant Grunge. So far, I’ve found one unexpected thing on the page (my first post, which was not too illuminating), and not much missing. But then, I’m usually looking at it from inside the shop, not outside, so if there’s a gizmo you like to use and it’s disappeared, please let me know and I will do what I can to nail the little blighter back in place.

I need a change of scenery

Screenshot of the blogging system WordPress.

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I got widgets, I got columns, I know where my stuff is; but I need a change, and every time I pitch in with a preview, I get cold feet and stay where I am. Last week, I found a WordPress appearance that I liked, hit preview, and went off it because it wasn’t yellow enough. If it had been yellow enough, it would have been exactly like the site I first saw it on and that would have been a little too sycophantic. Well no, not ‘a little too’ just ‘sycophantic’ full stop.

So, blog-mates, what do you recommend? Knowing my site, my stuff, my general face-to-the-world this-is-what-you-get malarkey, what’s the layout for me? Winning suggestion gets -ooh, I dunno, several weeks of preferential blather for its promulgator.

Aw, go on..!



blue monday formula

Blue Monday formula: Wikipedia

Apparently it’s Blue Monday today – lousy weather, new year resolutions unresolved, and xmas chocolates out of the box and onto the bum. Not here though. Just had ‘Moonrise‘ delivered to my inbox, oh yes!


Bit of a hoot, this one; rather different from ‘Promotion’ but not unlike ‘Rory’s Tie’. Looking at these, I worry about what a psychologist might make of me. Oh, I am a psychologist..

Some fact with your fiction

"Star Trek Creator", Autographed

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I used to think creativity and imagination had nothing to do with science until I heard that a significant number of NASA scientists had developed their interests through reading and watching science fiction. While Gene Roddenberry was boldly going, courtesy of fantastic warp drive technology, these chaps were figuring out how to build it. So now we have scanners Dr McCoy would find handy, information tablets that outclass the gizmos a red shirt would offer to the Captain for signature, and communication devices that can access the world, not just one contact point. There’s probably an app in development for the beaming up capability.

For me, the cross over comes in imagining something that doesn’t exist yet and, in both my worlds, this needs to be fairly soundly based in current evidence or to be at least conceptually feasible. The project using virtual world technology, reported in the Essl Foundation Social Index, is a gratifying example of how that can work. The paper was invited on the basis of our earlier reports. You can find it on page 134 if you wish to delve.