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25.1.03  

OOOPPPPSSSS. Dusk link error! Try this instead....Dusk.

posted by Dan | 00:38
 

Quick plug for the eggsellent Dusk.

"DUSK is, once again, accepting submissions of original, unpublished fiction. We also still accept submissions of previously published/reprint work."

Check it out.

posted by Dan | 00:34
 

I'm jealous.

No sooner do I start my own weblog, than fellow SF/F lovers update theirs. Oh well. Anyway, for a look on how to do it, check out Mr. Gabe Chouinard's weblogPLUS via my links. Some good discussion on the supposed inevitability of a New Order of Computers. Hope this new Master Race isn't powered by AOL. The useless bastards crash so often they make James Hunt seem like a model driver.

posted by Dan | 00:05


24.1.03  

As a pathological perfectionist, one of the most irritating things EVER is to read your own written work sometime after more than a few people have read it, only to realise that it is LITTERED with typos. VERY annoying. Knowing that the cause is excessive consumption of cask strength Laphroaig is some compensation, I suppose...

Bet I've spelt Laffroighh wrong.

posted by Dan | 23:50
 

So good I posted it twice...;)
DUHHH!

posted by Dan | 00:49
 

Super-Cannes - J.G. BALLARD. His best book since High Rise (read that one as well). In which the sublime beauty of a French business park becomes the test-bed for a novel form of psychotherapy.

The Genocides - THOMAS M. DISCH. In which The Day of The Triffids is used, abused and spat out from the subversive and blackly comic mouth of Mr. Disch.

Redemptiom Ark - ALASTAIR REYNOLDS. In which the dull concept of Hard SF is reborn (well, after Revelation Space and Chasm City) into something a thousand times more interesting, even if it is still Hard SF. Derivative Hard SF take note and prepare to evolve or die.

American Scream - CYNTHIA TRUE. In which the true story of comic subversive and social critic Bill Hicks is told. Simultaneously moving and gut wrenchingly funny. If this book fails to inspire you to go out and buy some live Hicks, I'd ask you to kill yourself, except that you're probably dead already.

The Wind In The Willows - KENNETH GRAHAME. In which Toad, Rat and company cause adult readers to rediscover the childlike wonder within.

The Falls - IAN RANKIN. In which Inspector John Rebus entertains various notions. Many are wrong, but all are entertaining.

posted by Dan | 00:47
 

Books to read in 2003...

Super-Cannes - J.G. BALLARD. His best book since High Rise (read that one as well). In which the sublime beauty of a French business park becomes the test-bed for a novel form of psychotherapy.

The Genocides - THOMAS M. DISCH. In which The Day of The Triffids is used, abused and spat out from the subversive and blackly comic mouth of Mr. Disch.

Redemptiom Ark - ALASTAIR REYNOLDS. In which the dull concept of Hard SF is reborn (well, after Revelation Space and Chasm City) into something a thousand times more interesting, even if it is still Hard SF. Derivative Hard SF take note and prepare to evolve or die.

American Scream - CYNTHIA TRUE. In which the true story of comic subversive and social critic Bill Hicks is told. Simultaneously moving and gut wrenchingly funny. If this book fails to inspire you to go out and buy some live Hicks, I'd ask you to kill yourself, except that you're probably dead already.

The Wind In The Willows - KENNETH GRAHAME. In which Toad, Rat and company cause adult readers to rediscover the childlike wonder within.

The Falls - IAN RANKIN. In which Inspector John Rebus entertains various notions. Many are wrong, but all are entertaining.


posted by Dan | 00:45


18.1.03  

WAR. DEATH. SUPPORT GEORGE BUSH. FANTASIZE ABOUT S. HUSSAIN. LOVE THEM BOTH. JUST DON'T DIE FOR THEM. FORGET THE WEAPONS INSPECTORS. CALL A PSYCHIATRIST INSTEAD.

Really though, what is the problem between George Brain Dead Bush and Sad Boy Hussain?

OK, ignore the real answer, which is that George is a boring hypocritical piece of shit, who'd find playing tiddlywinks whilst under the influence of The Beatles somewhat risque and anti-GOD. Christ, talk about MR. DULL. The hypocritical item is due to the fact that George is a drunkard in denial. Christ, Dubbya really is the "w" out of the "whine" from the mouth of his maggot of a dad. Ignore the fact that the middle class leftists in the Dis-United Kindom are a bunch of...er...middle class leftists who inexplicably love Mr. Hussain, A.K.A. I Quite Like Killing My Fellow Countrymen in Rather Large Numbers Whilst My Supposed Enemies, i.e. The USA Sell Me The Means Of Producing Weapons Of Mass Destruction.

Raally, why don't the two of them just arrange to meet and shake hands, and kiss, and pull down each others pants and shag the arse off each other? It'd be slightly less unpleasant than the sight of both of these mouth foaming brain dead morons ranting at each other over items that us lesser mortals couldn't giver a FUCK about. FUCK George Bush, FUCK Saddam Hussain, FUCK tony blair (yes, you grinning piece of crap, you're in lower case, kind of sums up your lack of importance), FUCK the UN, FUCK all you men who want to kill and kill and kill and kill. You know, kill, as in, when you take a life for something really important, like OIL, CAPITALISM and generally obeying orders. FUCK YOU BOTH. Kill the both of each other, and all you're stupid fwwwwwends. Leave me and the rest of humankind with a brain out of it though, because we don't give a SHIT.

posted by Dan | 00:19


14.1.03  

FREE RANGE [top of page]

In 2001
A Life code:
It pays to talk to no one.
Proliferating across the earth.
Also Sprach Zarathustra
Faction Europa
Free Range.

2001
Also Sprach Zarathustra
Proliferating across the earth
Pressure guilt
Grudge match
12 cm flak unit
Range 1 stroke 35

This is the spring without end
This is the summer of malcontent
This is the winter of your mind

By 2001
Also Sprach Zarathustra
It pays to talk to no one
Europa, faction
Proliferating across the earth
Free Range

This is the spring without end
This is the summer of malcontent
This is the winter of your mind

Insect posse
will be crushed

Moravia, trouble
Moldavia
Europa
Every second third word
Europa
It pays to talk to no one.

Free Range

Free Range - The Fall (Code: Selfish, 1991).

posted by Dan | 23:11


13.1.03  

Had a run-in with Boston Immigration
And to my name had an aversion
Nervous droplets
Due to sleeping tablets

No beer
No cigarettes
Slam, spikes, gin, cigarettes
Beer in ban

The cops are tops

Welcome to the 80s 90s
Welcome to US 80s 90s

I'm the big-shot original rapper
But it's time for me to get off this crapper

Welcome to the US 80s 90s

No beer
No cigarettes
Spikes, gin, cigarettes
Whisky

Like cones of silence

Welcome to the US 80s and 90s
Like 50s, 1890s

Kentucky dead keep pouring down
By death stadium
No more amused dressing room
My ambition, but one chance in three million Jack
Like cones of silence

Cast aside over-inflation theory of the panic insists
Welcome to the US 80s 90s
Look at page 19, small column, lower right-hand side
Welcome to the 1980s

U.S. 80's-90's - The Fall (Bend Sinister, 1986).

posted by Dan | 22:01


10.1.03  

WEBSITE OF THE WEEK!

Well, it has to be Dusk.

Cruising late as I'm prone to do, I hit upon TTalkback one night and was soon butting in to conversations with complete strangers (God, the web is WONDERFUL!). A few nights later and with too many Laphroaigs downed, I was ranting on about something or other (I recall it was print versus web publishing) and got to insult and berate Mr. Rick Cadger, who is the proprietor of Dusk (though I didn't know it at the time). When I sobered up and realised this man had a rather good website, I sheepishly logged on. I've been a regular ever since.

Dusk contains fiction, comment, reviews, chat and ranting. It also allows visitors to post fiction and receive feedback. The regulars are seriously nice people, a mixture of the famous (e.g. DF Lewis) and otherwise (e.g. me), who always welcome newcomers with an unbeatable mixture of friendly insults, charm and genuine, helpful advice.

Dusk is on my favourites bar. Log on, and I'm sure it'll be on yours too.

Is that OK Rick? Can I have the money now?

posted by Dan | 23:17
 

For these who have visited the site and are unsure what it's about....no, it isn't a Bill Hicks fan site, although I am a big fan of Hicks, much of whose material was ripped off by the pretend nasty alleged comedian called Denis Leary (Denis - if you're reading this, then sue me. Then we'll see how tough you really are, you fucker). I'm just replaying some of Hicks' good stuff as top quality filler while I quietly get about building the site. Don't worry though, he'll continue to be strongly featured.

Anyway, The McNeil Variations is a vaguely SF/Fantasy/Horror/Erotica fiction resource website. In other words, it'll be me listing resources and authors I like, and reviewing their work. I say "vaguely", because you'll see other fiction that doesn't conform to these genres, as well as comment on film, comedy, music, culture and politics.

If you'd like to be linked, just send an email. If I like your site, I'll add a link and talk about you.

Stay tuned.

posted by Dan | 00:14


9.1.03  

"Here's the deal, folks. You do a commercial, you're off the artistic roll call for ever. End of story. Okay? You're another corporate shill, you're another whore at the capitalist gang bang, and if you do a commercial there is a price on your head, everything you say is suspect and every word that comes out of your mouth is like a turd falling into my drink. You don't have enough money, you fuckin' whore?"

Bill Hicks.

posted by Dan | 23:23
 

t...t....test AHHH...TUMMMM

posted by Dan | 21:40
 

Much still to do....more links, more bio details
Coming soon....best reads of 2002, website of the week

posted by Dan | 08:29


8.1.03  

How is is that British Home Secretary David Blunket is qualified to comment on the UK's gun culture? The man is BLIND. I know that the millions of liberals who voted for a Tory-Lite government because they felt their taxes would be safe are recoiling in abject horror at this un-PC statement, so I'll say it again, just to piss them off. The man in charge of UK security is BLIND. HE CANNOT SEE A FUCKING THING. Is Tony Blair insane? OK, dumb question. But would you hire a blind security guard?

Stand in front of David. Take out your knob and wave it in front of him, He'll just stare into the middle distance. Make sure it's a clean knob though, otherwise it's curtains - blind people have enhanced odour detection software.

As well as special odour detecting abilities, I guess David also has enhanced hearing abilities, which I suppose enables him to be an expert on rap music. You know, the kind of nasty, violent music that is inspiring thousands of mostly young black males to give up drugs, unemployment, AIDS and social deprivation, and to go shooting instead.

You know it makes sense.

posted by Dan | 21:54
 

Oh yes. We are on track .

posted by Dan | 21:35
 

test link to Blogger. Lets hope this works.

posted by Dan | 21:33
 

"If there's anyone here who works in advertising or marketing...kill yourself.

Bill Hicks.

posted by Dan | 08:23


6.1.03  

The way to sordidity is through here
. It is quite painless.

posted by Dan | 23:36


5.1.03  

"I don't take drugs: I am drugs."

Salvador Dali.

posted by Dan | 21:47
 

"Anyone DUMB enough to want to join the military should be allowed in. Case fucking closed."

Bill Hicks.

posted by Dan | 19:10
 

Is George W Bush a psychopath?

This is not such an outlandish question as it appears. Last year, I wrote a story called Car(n)age: A Psychopathic Love Story
. Using factual data on different psychopathic types, I developed to its logical conclusion the theme that anti-social behaviour (in this case automobile assassination) was a symptom of psychopathology, caused by the advertising and marketing era, itself created and perpetuated by these in power - themselves psychopaths. There are three main psychopathic types:

"The Primary Psychopath

Primary psychopaths are the true psychopaths. When someone is asked to come up with a mental picture of a psychopath, it will, more than likely, be that of the primary psychopath. "He or she is unique: neither neurotic, psychotic, nor emotionally disturbed as commonly believed. Primary psychopaths are usually not volcanically explosive, violent, nor extremely destructive. They are more apt to be outgoing, charming, and verbally proficient" (Bartol, 1995,p.59). In other words, they are calm and collected. They can control their tempers and appear as though they have everything under control. Furthermore, primary psychopaths are held to be "callous, manipulative, massively selfish, and routinely untruthful..." (Levenson, Kiehl, Fitzpatrick, 1995, p.151). They are actors, meaning that they can convey with gusto and immense feeling almost anything they feel may warrant the emotion. However, it is just an act. While commonly attaining positions of influence and power, primary psychopaths are incapable of experiencing any form of emotional content.

The Secondary, or Neurotic, Psychopath

Secondary psychopaths, to distinguish them from primary psychopaths, have severe emotional problems and would most likely be diagnosed as neurotic. They are often referred to as "acting-out neurotics, neurotic delinquents, symptomatic psychopaths, or simply neurotic characters" (Bartol, 1995, p.58). Their delinquency can be attributed to inner conflicts and psychological discord (Bartol, 1995). Levenson, Kiehl, and Fitzpatrick (1995) concur by saying that secondary, or neurotic, psychopaths have an emotional disorder (extreme impulsivity) that can account for their exhibiting antisocial behaviour, whereas a purely primary psychopath will exhibit no such disorder. Levenson, Kiehl, and Fitzpatrick (1995) further go on to say that although a primary psychopath is the "true" psychopath, secondary, or neurotic, psychopaths are the ones most likely to come into contact with law enforcement personnel.

The Dyssocial Psychopath

Dyssocial psychopaths exhibit antisocial and aggressive behaviours they have learned from their culture in some way (Bartol, 1995). Dyssocial psychopaths can be said to have come about primarily due to Bandura's Social Learning Theory and his model for observational learning. In other words, if a behaviour is modelled, the viewer is more likely in the future to display that behaviour when in similar situations. So, the dyssocial psychopath can attribute his antisocial behaviour on his culture and the society that surrounds him or her. They were effectively made antisocial by their environment. However, because of its diagnostic rarity in psychopathic individuals, not much information on dyssocial psychopathology was disclosed by the research articles for further discussion."

In considering Bush and his behaviour, one can see symptoms of all three psychopathic types. The difficulty is in determining which type he is. Given that primary psychopaths routinely attain positions of power and influence, it would seem obvious to place Bush as a primary psychopath. However, primary types are verbally proficient and almost never come into contact with law enforcement agencies. Bush, on the other hand, is verbally incoherent and has been in trouble with the law on at least two occasions for alcohol related behaviour.

No, Bush’s observed intelligence and behaviour suggests that he is most likely a combination of secondary and dyssocial psychopath. His position as President can be easily explained by the fact that he has been helped along the way by people such as Dick Cheney, Don Rumsfeld, Jim Baker and brother Jeb, who all exhibit symptoms of primary psychopathology.

On this side of the Atlantic, Bush is ably assisted in his mission of behaving stupidly by Tony Blair. Blair is intelligent, and it seems odd that he should line himself up with a psychopathic crook. Odd, that is, until one realises that Blair is probably a primary psychopath. That, or else Bush’s good ‘ole boys have got something very nasty on him.



posted by Dan | 18:58
 

Good evening, Mister Bond.

posted by Dan | 18:55
 

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posted by Dan | 17:28


4.1.03  

The builders turned up after an extended beer break, but I fired them - they lack the manual dexterity to input boffin-code into this site under construction. So, it's just me tap-tapping away.

Au revoir.

posted by Dan | 00:25


2.1.03  

Site under construction.

Actually, that's a tired old cliche, isn't it? "Site under construction?" I mean, where's all the dumper trucks, half-built houses and dozy racist builders reading soft porn masquerading as news? Fucking nowhere, that's where.

No, with this site, it's all about getting ready for De-Construction, because getting deconstructed is what'll be happening to quite a few sacred cows (as well as the usual suspects) once we're up and running.

Stay tuned folks.

posted by Dan | 13:03


1.1.03  

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1st January test item

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posted by Dan | 22:35
 

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posted by Dan | 22:25
 

The McNeil Variations - Prototype 1

posted by Dan | 22:22
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