Wednesday, September 28, 2011

That's Nature! - The Riddle of the Sphinx: BJ's

Some point to opposable thumbs, some to bipedalism, and still others point to language as being a defining characteristic of human primates. But just like thumbs (Sulawesi Bear Cuscus), bipedalism (Birds!), and language (Ape Language: Koko, Nim Chimpsky) one of the last bastions of human exceptionalism is under attack: blowjobs. And from an unexpected critter: Bats.

Up until now, fellatio, or "blowjobs" (known to the layperson as "BJs"), were thought to be limited to humans and some greater primates, specifically Bonobos (Pan paniscus). That is until these guys came along:

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Book Report: Light by M. John Harrison

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Here's what I've learned from the M. John Harrison school of writing:

1 - Make sure secondary characters never directly talk about anything important or otherwise, and be sure that they say plenty of enigmatic statements. This can be accomplished by using non-sequitor declarative statements and starting/stopping conversations abruptly.

2 - It is best to describe physical surroundings and characters well after the reader has made a picture in their own minds. For instance in Light: Shadow Boys are mentioned in the first 10 pages, but are not described until page 60, and Anna's apartment, which features prominently in the beginning, isn't fully described until page 150.

3 - Be sure to describe physical actions poorly or not at all, and instead use highly suggestive statements that say very little, like: "They looked at what they did to the boy," but DO NOT go on and describe any what they did to the boy.

4 - Main Characters should never make statements that would directly inform the reader of any motivations.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Man, that hurts.

Passed over for a MacArthur Genius Grant... again. [kicks rocks, pouts]

Well, at least you can hear one of the recipients below:

As reported by NPR news, "Fransisco Núñez founded the Young People's Chorus of New York City in 1988, the same year he graduated from New York University. The chorus now tours internationally, has commissioned more than 50 pieces by contemporary composers."

The piece below, "(Le) Poisson Rouge", starts out a bit slow and dark, but there's some great moments up front: breaking glass, droning cellos... yum!