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

The Best of The Week

If you're like me, you get most of your news from online sources. Now this comes with its own set of hazards because there are a great many people who for some reason still subscribe to the belief that "if it's on the internet, it must be true," and a lot of online news outlets take advantage of this mindset and publish things that have a, shall we say, ambiguous relationship with the truth. This is seen most starkly in the fake news phenomenon that I wrote about after the 2016 election. At that time, the term "fake news" referred to blatantly fabricated stories making the rounds on social media designed to generate outrage, web traffic, or both. Now the term is used almost exclusively by president Donald Trump and his supporters to refer to news coverage that is displeasing to them regardless of its veracity.

Now I want to say that this shouldn't be taken to mean that all the negative coverage given to the president and his…

2018 Garden Planner

  • Weather: In contrast with the wet beginning of summer, July and August has been noteworthy for the absence of meaningful rain. The days have been mostly comfortable and seasonably warm.
  • Sunflowers: Towards the end of July, the sunflowers opened up in full glory with heads ranging from 8”-12” in diameter to the delight of numerous honeybees. On the 24th, I went on a weeklong vacation. When I

The last licks of ice
hang from the evergreens.
A wine-breasted robin
plucks a thorn
from a motherdie
and drops it.
Imagine how peopled
this will be in ten years—
how the alyssums
will bloom between
the sidewalk cracks.
Isn’t it beautiful,
how we struggle?
All the rivers of the world
rushing towards
the oceans
if we let them.

News for Noders

August 4 Happy birthday avalyn!

August 6 広島

August 9 長崎

August 27 Happy birthday Bitriot

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July 1: Brevity Quest 2018 begins!

July 1: Canada Day.

July 4: America Day.

July 7: Alice’s Day (AKA Alice in Wonderland Day).

July 17-22: Hemingway Days; party central is Key West, Florida.

July 31: Harry Potter's Birthday.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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