You will never find a more wretched hive of ponies and buttercups.

The Best of The Week

My name is Ben Hansen (no, not the actor). I used to write for a zine called Bust Out that covered millennial culture with a focus on social media trends. About a year ago now, out of the blue, I received an invitation to do a live, on camera interview with Mr. Tickles. The Mr. Tickles. The calico cat whose fame, even by standards of internet giants like Grumpy Cat and Boo the Dog, is truly mind-blowing. This is the story of what happened that day and a transcript of the interview itself--brief though it was. I don’t have permission to post the video, and I don’t have the money to pay the lawyers if I did it anyway. So you’ll just have to use your imagination there. You wouldn’t believe it if you saw it, is my guess.

Mr. Tickles was, at that time, already the biggest social media star ever. I include Kim and Kanye in that group so you get some ideas of the numbers we’re talking about here. And as you know, unless you’ve been in a coma for the last twelve months,…

Growing up on a farm in the rural Piedmont region of North Carolina, we ate a lot of home grown food.  Fresh eggs, chicken, fish from the pond.  And plenty of pork chops, spare ribs, and roast pork BBQ because apparently pigs are easy to grow.  My family had some land but otherwise we were relatively poor.  There was a focus on food preservation.  Fresh fruits and vegetables were plentiful and correspondingly we canned a LOT for winter food supplies.  Lots of tomatoes, squash, beans,…

Friday morning I finally threw out an angel with the kitchen trash, the head having been knocked off years ago by my dearly departed husband during his morning rush to get to work on time. He secretly glued the angel's head back on and tied a red ribbon to conceal the crack then never told me. He had broken other angels and knew how much this bothered me for whatever reason. The red satin sagged and faded, then perhaps months after last…

News for Noders

SciFiQuest 3018: A Dystopia for the Rest of Us has ended. Rewards will be announced shortly.


June 4: Aesop's Birthday.

June 11: TerribleAspect's birthday!

June 13: Serjeant's Muse's birthday!

June 16: Bloomsday.

June 19: Juneteenth.

June 21: Summer solstice (northern hemisphere) and winter solstice (southern hemisphere).

June 28: Tau Day.

June 29: Get ready for Brevity Quest 2018, coming soon to a website near you!


If you have an item for this calendar, /msg Tem42.

May 1st SciFiQuest 3018: A Dystopia for the Rest of Us starts!

May 1st May day.

May 4th May the Fourth be with you!

May 10th Happy birthday BIII!

May 13th Mother's day.

May 28th Memorial Day in the USA.


If you have an item for this calendar, /msg Tem42.

April 1: April Fool's Day has been cancelled. Everyone just go home. Easter too.

April 6: Happy birthday, borgo!

April 7: Happy birthday, Tem42!

April 12: Yuri's Night

April 16: Happy birthday, moeyz!

April 22: Happy Earth Day, fellow earthlings!

April 24: Happy birthday, Rancid_Pickle!


Get ready for the Science Fiction Quest, coming in May!

If you have something to add to the monthly news, /msg Tem42.

March 14th: Pi day.

March 14th: Midnight today is the last chance to post in, and vote on, Carrera de Caballos: An E2 Proseproduction.

March 20th: The first equinox of the year.

March 28th: Happy birthday lizardinlaw!

March 31st: Happy birthday mad girl's love song!


If you have an item for this calendar, /msg Tem42.

February 15th: Happy birthday Admin to the goo!

February 18th: Happy birthday mjijm!


Sign up for the Carrera de Caballos: An E2 Proseproduction Coming March 1st!


If you have an item for this calendar, /msg Tem42.