Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Random thread: September 2015

“Leonard,” Mr. Jerris said, when we went in his office, “we’ve started a corrective gym class. It’s for kids there’s something wrong with–bad posture, fallen arches, and kids who aren’t regular–like you–I mean–no offense, Leonard, but you don’t really want to climb ropes, and get into the Marine Corps, and kill your country’s enemies, do you?”

I said that it wasn’t one of the big goals of my life.

Daniel Pinkwater is weird. His books are weird: well-known ones include The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death; Alan Mendelsohn, the Boy from Mars; Fat Men from Space; and Borgel. His protagonists are misfits, intelligent, creative, anti-authoritarian, and, one suspects, slightly autobiographical. Reoccurring characters include giant talking lizards, the Chicken man who wears a live chicken as a hat, Rolzup, the prime minister of Mars, and any number of incompetent, crazy, and/or boring high school teachers. His children’s books tend to have cars or fat pirates from space. His young adult novels are counter-cultural and subversive, in a weird way. In Fat Camp Commandos, for example, the protagonists, miffed at being sent to a weight-loss camp, escape and declare war on fat-prejudice. In Borgel, the protagonist runs away with his Uncle Borgel in a trek across space that ends with their literally finding God (who turns out to be a orange popsicle). His adult novels – which are almost nonfiction – tend to talk a lot about dogs – training them, living with them, communing with them.

Daniel Pinkwater is funny. His books are absurd. He uses silly sounding names. A former art major, he illustrates his own picture books and sometimes you wish he wouldn’t. As a misfit kid myself, growing up a queer, intellectual, non-athletic, Jewish atheist in the football-and-Bible part of Texas, his books gave me a community of weirdos and eccentric older relatives that I was lacking in my own life. They gave me the encouragement to do what I wanted, wear what I wanted, not care what other people thought of me. Plus, they’re really incredibly entertaining.


Welcome, Neophytes!

If you’re new on the blog, please stop by this thread and say pie — er hi.

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The Hare and Hedgepig, v. V

As a Courtesy to Your Fellow Patrons,
Please Leave All Electronic Devices and Projectile Pastries with Our Pie Check Department
Formal Dress Required
Continued from Vol. IV.
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Best of the Blog

Use the comments here to swap tips about outstanding, little known, and/or underutilized parts of MuseBlog. (In four years, we’ve accumulated an amazing number of chasms, subterranean passages, sunken cities, and fossiliferous formations.) Be sure to include the URL (Web address) so others can share your finds.

San Franciskokonvention 2015

KNOWN PERPETRATORS: POSOC, Dodecahedron, Choklit Orange


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Ask me anything!

Some of the newer people lately have said that they don’t feel as much a part of the community as everyone else, so I figured this would be a good way to get to know each other – plus, everyone likes talking about themselves. Think of it as a Polling Place in reverse. How I envision it working is that someone posts expressing willingness to answer questions and then other people ask them whatever they want. If you want to answer questions, try to ask them too!


Random Thread: August 2015

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Happy Tenth Anniversary, MuseBlog!

I’m sure I’m not alone in saying that MuseBlog has been a hugely positive formative influence on me. But, as I am a scientist at heart, it wasn’t enough for me to just say “I’m sure I’m not alone.” So I asked some of my friends how they felt about having had MuseBlog in their life for ten years.

Also, I (Dodecahedron) baked an honorary cake with Fern. Julia also baked a cake. Then, with the cake-baking fervor going around, Jadestone made some cupcakes. Pics below the fold.

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Random Thread: July 2015

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Big Ideas

A place to explore the implications of broad, far-reaching, perhaps wild and crazy notions that insert themselves into your imagination and somehow won’t go away.


Random Thread: June 2015

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Towel Day 2015

Many happy returns of the day to all you hoopy froods who know where your towels are.


Random Thread: May 2015

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Happy 451st Birthday, William Shakespeare!

We think one of your lines says it all:

What fools these mortals be!

And the rest is silence.

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Random Thread: April 2015

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Happy Pi Day!

It’s 3/14/15 according to the American date-writing convention, and this thread is set to go live at 9:26. At some point between 53 and 54 seconds later, the world will experience (or will have experienced, depending on when you read this) Pi Moment.

And there was much rejoicing!


In Memoriam: Terry Pratchett


-Terry Pratchett, 1948-2015

Random Thread: March 2015

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MB Doodle

Sketch of what I imagine certain MBer’s look like (click to enlarge).

MB Doodle

MB Doodle 2.1



In Memoriam: Leonard Nimoy

In my heart
Is the seed of the tree
Which will be me.
Nourished by understanding
Warmed by friends
Fed by loved ones
Matured by wisdom
Tempered by tears.

–Leonard Nimoy (1931-2015)
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Project Tracking

Hello MB! Oxlin here. I was watching some Nerdfighter videos on the internet, which made me think how it is really cool that the Green brothers have all these projects, tangible things they have created. I would like to make some projects, but sometimes I have a hard time keeping track of them, or having ideas of what to create. I thought it would make sense to have a thread for that. Feel free to use this for collaboration, posting ideas of what to make, track your progress in a large project, etc.


“The Embi Family” (Round-Robin Scripting) – Part 2

Copied from the previous thread: “This group project started on the “Partial Scripts” thread and quickly became popular enough to warrant a thread of its own.

Making a new post to continue this because A) The old post is from 2010, B) it has 428 comments and is super long, and C) I’m determined to never let this die as long as I am still here. For those of you that weren’t around when this was first active, I’d definitely recommend going back and reading the scripts/scenes on the old thread. They’re great for laughs and a flashback of the past of this flamabulous little community we have here.



Lists, Lists, Lists (v. 2015)

Things to do:

1. Check the original Lists thread.
2. Find out what it’s all about and how to do it.
3. Return here.
4. Make lists.


Stanford Kokon, 13 February 2015

There we were: Robert, Kokonilly, and Rosanne!


April Fools’ Day Planning Thread

As you know, MuseBlog likes to do something special to celebrate April 1. Last year, we Administrators have been crunched for time, so we reopened the popular SquidBlog. That’s what we’re planning to do again this year unless enterprising MBers intervene.

Here’s what we’re thinking: As Millennials, you all are famously computer-literate, and some of you even have degrees in computer science. So if you were to collaborate, you could probably cook up a pretty amazing April Fools’ Day website. On the big day, we could redirect MuseBlog traffic to the new site, and at the end of the day we could switch it back. Sound like fun?

Or we could all be space squids again. That option has much to recommend it, too. The way we see it, we really can’t lose. Thoughts?

Random Thread Planning Thead

ATTENTION, MBers! Your favorite story, series, or saga can grace a monthly random thread this year. All you have to do is describe it briefly and suggest a pretty image to accompany it. Better yet, upload the picture yourself and create a draft of the thread (as a post saved as “Status: Draft”), and we’ll schedule it for a month this year.


Random Thread: February 2015

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