Monthly Archives: June 2013

Corpus Christ Procession with Ghillie Suits

The Moss Men of Bejar.

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Strange Paladin

A new Japanese RPG (New Etrian Odyssey: Millenium Maiden) will feature a paladin named Racoona Sheldon, a reference to one of the late Alice Sheldon’s pen names. (Her more famous pen name was James Tiptree, Jr.)

Sheldon is best known as a late blooming sf writer whose stories were hailed for their understanding of women because she submitted them under the male Tiptree pen name, thus causing embarrassment when she decloaked. Unfortunately, Sheldon is also known for murdering her husband and killing herself, apparently due to mutual frustration with the husband having Alzheimers. Both the Sheldons had served in the OSS during WWII and the CIA afterward.

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Don’t Try Being the Pythia at Home, Kids

Geology and toxicology combine for a new explanation of the Oracle at Delphi.

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Silverlock is 99 cents today on the Kindle

If you’ve read it, you know this is what you want to buy.

If you’ve never read it, go buy it now for 99 cents, and thank me later.

John Myers Myers was an amazing and fun writer, and it’s a shame he didn’t write a thousand zillion books. But he did write this one, so get it.

That is all.

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Stupidest Thing I’ve Read Today

A guy who thought Shakers banned dancing.

Dude. Shakers did prayer-dancing as an integral part of their sect. Before that, they just shook around and whirled a lot. Anyway, inspired prayerful/ecstatic movement was their thing.

So yeah, if there were a Shaker version of Footloose, it would be about some crazy rebellious kid who wanted to be a 19th century couch potato. (And who also snuck off to kiss girls, probably.)

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Hokkaido-Style Venison

Some people get to eat venison more often than I do, so this may be useful to them….

Silver Spoon issue 14 recommends that, if you run over a deer with your pickup, you should stick the meat in the fridge for a few days, then cut it up and put it in a pot with lots of sake, ginger, and soy sauce to simmer for a whole day. Serve on piping hot rice.

Of course, Japanese deer are a lot smaller than American deer, and the flavor probably differs somewhat.

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Silver Spoon – ag school anime

Moyashimon was all about the microbiology behind agriculture. The Japanese government apparently encourages this sort of “educational” manga and anime about fields that aren’t getting enough majors. With the graying of rural Japan, and Japan’s perpetual need to exploit what farmland they have to avoid importing all their food, it’s no wonder that the Japanese government goes to these lengths.

Silver Spoon is all about vocational high schools where you actually farm. The anime’ll be coming out later this year, but the manga has already been out for a while in Japan. (I don’t think it’s been licensed over here. So here’s a link to the scanlation.) The comic is by the same lady who did Full Metal Alchemist, and an alternate version of Major Armstrong appears near the end of the first issue. 🙂

Our protagonist is so desperate to get away from his family in Sapporo (Japan’s fourth largest city, up in Hokkaido) that he applies to the farthest school he can find: a dairy farming high school that’s as rural as it gets on Hokkaido (ie, pretty darned rural), where the students board in dorms. He’s confident in his ability to get A’s on any kind of academics, but is dismayed to find out just how much hands-on work there’s going to be. But while some of his classmates aren’t good with academics, the ones there for the genetics program are able to blow him away — and somehow, even the kids who can’t do math can discuss cow cloning!

Even worse, his classmates all seem to have clear dreams and goals for their future and an adult attitude, whereas he doesn’t have any idea what he wants from life, much less as a job.

It’s going to be a hard transition….

Issue 2 grapples with “where eggs come from.” Also, the amazing egg-cooking abilities of a bowl of really hot rice.

I think Foxfier will be particularly amused by the Holstein Club in Issue 3….

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