||[Apr. 15th, 2014|07:57 am]
n. A person who believes that life on Earth can or will be mostly destroyed by a massive volcanic eruption.
The difference between my interest and that of eruptionists
is that they think the big bang will happen tomorrow because it didn’t happen today.
—Ken Newton, “Amid the mysteries of Elwood
,” St. Joseph News-Press
, April 5, 2014
Leckie told the LA Times: “Those bison were running for the sake of running. There was nothing chasing them. There was no mudslide. They were just running.”
Two weeks later, an earthquake swarm hit the Yellowstone area.
“That’s when things really exploded,” he told the Times. “Eruptionists and conspiracists pirated the video and misrepresented it, suggesting that it was shot after the earthquakes.”
—Katy Muldoon, “Yellowstone bison stampede fact check: They didn’t predict diddly,” Oregon Live, April 4, 2014
This word is quite old, with lots of citations to be had from the 18th and early 19th century. However, those older cites seem to be using the term as a synonym for what back then would have been called a vulcanologist, but what we now call a volcanologist, an expert on volcanoes and volcanic activity.
||[Apr. 11th, 2014|05:55 am]
v. To be told to volunteer for something; compulsorily or forcibly volunteered. [volunteer + told]
—n. A person volunteered in this way.
I was “voluntold
” to be Santa Claus. I wore my military uniform with weapon and flack vest, but I also wore a ratty old gray fuzzy beard and my Santa hat. I sat at the end of a line of soldiers and wished every child that came by a “Merry Christmas.”
—Gary Wallin, “Christmas I remember best: An Afghanistan Christmas I will cherish forever
,” Deseret News
, December 20 2013
It’s one thing to be “voluntold
” by one of your pals that you will, for a case of beer, help him move house next weekend and get his giant box spring up a narrow staircase to the third floor; another for you and him and thousands of others to be voluntold
to go to a park to demonstrate cheerful support for the Games and the government.
Whenever I found myself being moved to tears by all these shiny, happy people — on the stage, on the stadium floor, in the stands, giving directions — involved in the show, I could snap myself out of it by wondering how many of them were voluntolds.
—Christie Blatchford, “Beware the iron hand behind the magic show,” The Globe and Mail, August 9, 2008
Currently, there has been a good response to my suggestion of compiling a book of filk of the knowne worlde, but we still need some more help. The following is a list of gentles who have volunteered/been voluntold
for positions as kingdom liasons.
—Neil N. Peterson, “Knowne worlde filk project
, February 6, 1992
|gal·li·mau·fry (noun) 1. a confused jumble or medley of things.
||[Apr. 11th, 2014|02:18 am]
posted by Neil Gaiman
I taught my first class at Bard on Tuesday night. It was slightly nerve wracking, but the 14 people who are listening to me burble about writing and fantasy seem very nice and relatively forgiving, and I'm looking forward to doing it again tomorrow night. Only, I hope, saying different things.
The Evening With Art Spiegelman and Me at Bard was wonderful. It was sold out, and became mostly an interview, with me asking Art things, although I read the first few pages of the version of Hansel and Gretel
I've written that Lorenzo Mattotti has illustrated, which was rather wonderful. (You can see one of the marvelous Mattotti illustrations on the screen behind us in this photo by Gideon Lester
There aren't any more events in New York this year that there are tickets for, except for THE TRUTH IS A CAVE IN THE BLACK MOUNTAINS at Carnegie Hall. (At which I think I will also do the first reading of the whole of Hansel and Gretel as well.) Lots of people are asking if there will be a signing there... and I'm definitely considering it. The Ocean at the End of the Lane
will have just come out in paperback, and The Truth is a Cave In The Black Mountains
graphic novel will just have come out.... It's definitely possible.
Tickets and information at http://www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar/2014/6/27/0800/PM/Neil-Gaiman-The-Truth-is-a-Cave-in-the-Black-Mountains/
(And Where's Neil will tell you everywhere else I'll be until July, including San Francisco, London, Edinburgh, Barcelona and Madrid: http://www.neilgaiman.com/where/
Right now I'm in San Diego, just for the day, in order to see Amanda, who is out here where it is warm and she is working on her book. I'm not sure that spending a whole day flying out, and a day flying back, in order to spend a day together, makes the best sense, but I missed her and she missed me and I quite enjoy writing on planes...
The new house in the woods is wonderful, and I'm enjoying getting to know the whole new world of the Hudson Valley. And the old house back in the Midwest is still there, and it still has my books on the shelves and my art on the walls and my bed, and I suspect I'm going to wind up dividing my time between both places, as much as I succeed in living in any one place. I have a wife who also seems determined to have a bi-locational existence, only with Melbourne, Australia and New York City as her two places that she spends her life. We'll figure it out. As long as I get a desk to write at, and a view of trees, I'm happy.
Today, The Ocean at the End of the Lane
came out in paperback in the UK. There's a moving version of the poster, which you can see here (needs Flash): http://www.teainteractive.com/clients/ocean/
And here are the Ocean
posters that do not move, and I am extremely happy because I don't think I've ever had books that were posters before. They leave me faintly nervous: I hope that the kind of people who would like the book will find it, and that people who would simply not enjoy it do not succumb to the blandishments of advertising. (Goes and checks Amazon.co.uk to see if people are still enjoying it now it's out in paperback...
) (And then puts up the Waterstones link
, on noticing their name on the poster. Hello Waterstones!)
Let's see. I'll probably forget a few things I meant to mention here. I interviewed Stoya in the Oyster Magazine (she is seen here being Death at a Dr Sketchy's).
Biting Dog Press are releasing a limited print in June of 500 copies of my "8 Rules For Writing"
You can't buy them retail -- they will be going directly to bookshops -- but Dave of Biting Dog is releasing 50 of them to the public directly as incentives to fund his daughter Kayla's Elephant Sanctuary Volunteer Trip: details at http://www.bitingdogpress.com/Merchandise/orderpage.html
I'm speaking in Syracuse, NY on April the 29th, as part of the Rosamund Gifford Lecture series. I will talk, and I will read, and it will be interesting. Details at http://www.dailyorange.com/2014/04/author-of-coraline-to-speak-at-crouse-hinds-theater-this-month/
I was thrilled to see that James Herbert will have a horror writing prize named after him
. Jim is much missed, and this can only help to make sure that his name remains in people's minds.
Locus, the Magazine of the Science Fiction and Fantasy field, does an annual poll and survey: you have another five days to make your votes heard, and to tell them who you are. The poll closes on April 15th: http://www.locusmag.com/Magazine/2014/PollAndSurvey.html
A photo Amanda took of me last night. She calls it "Schrödinger's Door."
Finally, congratulations to Stephen Colbert on becoming the next David Letterman. I loved my time on the Colbert Report, rumpled funeral suit attire and all, but liked the man Colbert much more than the persona Colbert (and loved that he broke character while interviewing me). I'm really hoping that the Late Night show will be hosted by the man. (In case you missed it, here's the video
of the interview from 2009.)
||[Apr. 10th, 2014|07:57 am]
n. Technology that lets a viewer watch video content on many different types of screen, not just the three traditional screens of TV, computer, and mobile device. Also: nth-screen.
The Samsung RF4289 and RSG309 are two new state of the art refrigerator freezers hitting the market on [sic] 2011....Both of these units incorporate an eight inch LCD screen and built in Wi-Fi wireless internet connectivity....These refrigerators are a major component of Samsung’s Nth-Screen
“seamless connectivity” strategy.
—“Samsung RF4289 And RSG309
,“ Your Refrigerator
, July 26, 2013
The ‘nth screen
’ has been lingering around the tech world for several years, but is expected to hit the big time in 2014. It basically means devices that are able to connect and share content between multiple displays. Sharing is caring, apparently, and companies will let you connect their devices together for a greater user experience.
—“Top 5 tech buzzwords for CIOs in 2014
,” Computer Business Review
, February 6, 2014
||[Apr. 9th, 2014|05:52 am]
n. The exhaustive and incessant recording of the details and events of one’s life, particularly when these are shared on social media.
While photo documentation used to connote some level of importance, the ubiquitousness of Facebook and the popularity of documenting the mundane has created a situation where deciding not to document something tends to give it more meaning. As a result, the ephemeral sharing of a moment on Snapchat begins to release users from the tensions caused by “hyper documentation
—Katharine Schwab, “Snapchat takes digital retro: free to be candid
,” The San Francisco Chronicle
, August 11, 2013
It’s a small saving grace, perhaps, that 10 years ago we hadn’t entered the age of hyper-documentation: There were no cellphone cameras on hand to catch Diana’s dying moments.
—Elizabeth Renzetti, “Bring on Diana‘s summer of love</a>,” The Globe and Mail, June 9, 2007
The broader sense of this term — the exhaustive accumulation of details relating to a topic or theme — is a bit older:
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<p class="ljsyndicationlink"><a href="http://www.wordspy.com/words/hyper-documentation.asp">http://www.wordspy.com/words/hyper-documentation.asp</a></p><div class="entry-header"><b>hyper-documentation</b></div>
<div class="entry-definition"><em>n</em>. The exhaustive and incessant recording of the details and events of one’s life, particularly when these are shared on social media.</div>
<div class="entry-heading"><b>Example Citations:</b></div>
However, the digital age (and the resulting <b>hyper-documentation</b> of our lives) appears to have ushered in a new era of early-onset nostalgia.<br>
—Gareth Price, “<a href="http://www.business2community.com/social-media/digistalgia-has-social-media-shaped-teenage-attitudes-to-brands-0309605#!Dj4w9">Digistalgia: Has Social Media Shaped Teenage Attitudes To Brands?</a>,” <i>Business 2 Community</i>, October 17, 2012
While photo documentation used to connote some level of importance, the ubiquitousness of Facebook and the popularity of documenting the mundane has created a situation where deciding not to document something tends to give it more meaning. As a result, the ephemeral sharing of a moment on Snapchat begins to release users from the tensions caused by “<b>hyper documentation</b>.”<br>
—Katharine Schwab, “<a href="http://www.sfgate.com/entertainment/article/Snapchat-takes-digital-retro-free-to-be-candid-4724374.php">Snapchat takes digital retro: free to be candid</a>,” <i>The San Francisco Chronicle</i>, August 11, 2013
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It’s a small saving grace, perhaps, that 10 years ago we hadn’t entered the age of <b>hyper-documentation</b>: There were no cellphone cameras on hand to catch Diana’s dying moments.<br>
—Elizabeth Renzetti, “Bring on Diana‘s summer of love</a>,” <i>The Globe and Mail</i>, June 9, 2007
The broader sense of this term — the exhaustive accumulation of details relating to a topic or theme — is a bit older:
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1993 saw the appointment of Crispian Scully as Dean and changes in style were noticeable by lunchtime. There began a period of manic <b>hyper-documentation</b>. Forests fell as departmental profiles, CVs, scientific papers and grant applications were demanded. The Scots and Baltic landscape were only saved by the introduction of Intranet electronic mail.<br>
—Malcolm Harris, “Personal view: The Eastman Jubilee 1948 — 1998,” <i>British Dental Journal</i>, June 24, 2000
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