Wild World of Thoughts

Here lie various thoughts on a variety of subjects. Expect travel entries, random literary musings, TV show reviews and stuff I simply made up.

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  • Rocket Science: Chapter 9 – In denial
    Previous Chapter The VT was playing hits of the 2670s. Chuck Marley had fallen asleep. Gaston Dimble was relishing the opportunity to study a rare historical document. The closest he had come to anything like this was when the […]
  • Rocket Science: Chapter 8 – Man of perfect proportions
    Previous Chapter When Gaston Dimble stumbled into Marley’s condo, he immediately began tucking into the leftover popcorn chicken. Marley had ordered a bowl of all varieties to entice the historian. He could never work out […]
  • Rocket Science: Chapter 7 – No sleeping in the library
    Previous Chapter He climbed the stairs, two at a time and hovered within the lobby. From here he could see the backs of people on the endless steps. Others stood with hand above head, blocking out the artificial sunlight. The […]
  • Rocket Science: Chapter 6 – A short history of the Orion Arm
    Previous Chapter He preferred to think he’d consulted a prophet, not a psychiatrist. That’s what he told Elysia in Server Assembly. She had been quite surprised how quickly he wired cords to their correct patch […]
  • Rocket Science: Chapter 5 – A candle and the shadow
    Previous Chapter A rising hum passed through his entire range of hearing, like the proposed Ravel-Class Dreamliner lulling passengers to sleep. He had a sudden vision that maybe he should have done Flight Attendancy. Bags flashed […]
  • Rocket Science: Chapter 4 – Update the PriMate
    Previous Chapter The PriMate tried its best analysing Chuck Marley, but he hadn’t installed the recent updates. In fact he hadn’t updated it in quite some time. His room was stuffy, and dietary feedback had been […]
  • Rocket Science: Chapter 3 – Procrastinating at the bar
    Previous chapter Marley lifted his head from the desk and looked around the library. It was mid-evening and buzzing with students. He collected his laser stylus and fold-up tablet, or flablet, and headed to the Quasar Bar to […]
  • Rocket Science: Chapter 2 – A haircut, red dust and Octomaids
    Previous Chapter Marley had not taken Interspecies Liaison seriously. Presentation was important, so the first requirement – have a haircut. He recalled his visit to the Shabbylands. The hairdresser had asked, “Do you […]
  • Sombrero galaxyRocket Science: Tales from the Orion Arm
    Chapter 1 – The Omniverse The Multiverse was in a particularly bad mood when it first noticed Chuck Marley. It had just snacked on Y77, a small test universe on the fringes of imagination. Y77 was a failed universe and the […]
  • Percy the Pianist: Canto 2, stanzas 1-
    1The phoenix got out of the bath, fresh theRose scent lingered, free of parabens. ThankGod there were organic soaps (allergy,Allergy, all is allergy). A spank,Some pats, a few more spanks. Yank, yank, yank, yankAnd he was dry. He […]
  • HMRC pour the Cup of Pain
    It must have been a cold day, greyer than usual for the London bureaucrats who are trying to chase down an alleged tax debt I accrued before I left Olde Blighty. As if Centrelink didn’t provide enough angst for me last […]
  • Sonnet 3 — After WS
    Scatter my ashes in your vale of kings,Or by a pond secure from frosty wind;Or lake, perhaps, where yesterday’s tidingsBring repose and solace I might yet findFrom the harsh sun that burnt me brown as duskIn autumn. Winter […]
  • Percy the Pianist: Canto 1, stanzas 70-75
    Previous… 70One final vision before the “Begin-Ning.” A vast chambre-rouge was where he hight-Ed in the lower-deep — there was no sinHere, no sound, no voice of past and spite-Full present (the future […]
  • Archimedes at deskPercy the Pianist: Canto 1, stanzas 51-69
    Previous.. Invocatio:    To its own substance; woven tracery ran Of light firm texture, ribbed and branching, o’er    The solid rind, like a leaf’s veined fan— Of which Love scooped […]
  • Percy the Pianist: Canto 1, stanzas 42-50
    Previous… 42[This stanza has intentionally been left blank] 43He slunk into the bath after high tea,Bringing a wafer wiv ‘im. Today he’d sayGoodbye to innocence, as minstrelsyBeckoned – he hoped […]
  • Percy the Pianist: Canto 1, stanzas 31-41
    Previous.. 31Half a day before the gathering stormRose Percy, not Percival of Wagner’sDour overture, based on the French wormOf Tours – these were really snaky nagas,Like an open pack of Lady gagasBought from a small […]
  • Percy the Pianist: Canto I, stanzas 21-30
    Stanzas 1-20 21Next eve the band Toucani reconvened,A final chance to demonstrate the planTo put on stage was sound. Absent a fiendOr devilish surprise, the piano manPercy was full prepared, the billy canOf his musical ideas […]
  • A green lemonThe Multiverse – All you need to know
    The multiverse is the universe of universes. Its existence is postulated but not proven. Quantum physicists and philosophers are its most passionate advocates as well as its detractors. I’m a very passionate advocate: it […]
  • Digression after Bruce Acotyledon’s Seminar – Intellectual verse
    The dear reader will forgive me, first if I address him as “dear”, when his acquaintance I probably have not made nor ever will. Secondly, for assuming that my reader is a ‘he’. The fact is, women do not […]
  • Percy Bysshe ShelleyPercy the Pianist: A Byronic Poem
    Take heed: nothing below is spoken seriously:No lasting harm has come from poetryExcept to the self-proclaimed poet’s dignity. 1Meet young Percy: our aspiring pianistWhose name has been sufficiently amended:He’s in […]
  • Snow Hill Holburn 19th centuryA strange vortex sucks in my landlord, Constable Sedgewick, myself, and a pigeon
    The second instalment of a speculative account of the death of John William Polidori.Link to first instalment. The first thing that crossed my mind was that I might be dead. But I was patently still here. Although I might not […]
  • 38 Great Pulteney Street home of John PolidoriPolidori’s Date with Destiny: An Elaborate Fiction
    Beneath its weight man pauses in his willAnd crouches at the dark-robed phantom’s feet : The Fall of the Angels, To The Deity, John Polidori, 1821 My eyes struggled towards the lazy light from my half-open window. I rolled […]
  • Lancelot in the Queens Chamber by Dante Gabriel RossettiThe Temptation of Merlin: A Pre-Raphaelite composition
    Legend has it that one of Merlin’s protégés was Nimue, or Viviane, Lady of Lake. Merlin and Viviane were instrumental in King Arthur’s ascent to the throne and the formation of Camelot, gathering place […]
  • My Pet Insects, or Life without Cats
    I grew up with cats. Don’t get me wrong, I like dogs too. But my family was a cat family and I guess that makes me a catman. Our first cat was Oscar. My Dad called him Oscar because … look at my last name! Then there […]
  • Living with Hearing Loss, the Invisible Disability
    My hearing loss has had a profound effect on my life. The vast majority rarely encounter people under the age of sixty who have this disability. Those who live with it face a daily struggle. Others do not notice the struggle. […]
  • An Overture To His Coy Mistress
    My composing sessions extend to eight hours, with plenty of breaks for coffee and stretching, which is why I don’t compose when on contract. The title, To His Coy Mistress, entered my head because I’m a mid-forties […]
  • Becoming a full-time composer
    A month has passed since I last posted. I’m still learning Chinese and pondering the deep well of life, so 2021 should see more TV shows reviewed and more random posts from the fringes of consciousness etched onto this […]
  • Bountiful Blessings review – Quirky Chinese Singaporean sitcom
    Year: 2011Rating: MEpisodes: 20 x ~43minCountry: Singapore Bountiful Blessings has lost none of its charm on a second viewing. Learning Mandarin led to an unexpected attachment to the Singapore-Malaysia drama scene, starting […]
  • The Dream Job review – Singapore drama
    A lot of effort has gone into this show, reflected in its high production values. The messy family drama pulled me in but the constant toxicity wore me down. Its greatest sin though is its ending: simplistic and maybe morally […]
  • Left out of the Federal Budget, still no job and a Centrelink catastrophe
    The Federal Government’s 2020 budget released in October has a particular segment of the population worried, and I am in this segment: people over 35 years old. The government has incentivised employers to hire people under […]
  • Five great YouTube science channels
    In a quest to buff my sci-fi novels with more (ahem) science, I’ve been watching science-related channels on YouTube. The quality has been exceptional. I’ve given ample space on this site to Netflix, so hopefully […]
  • An open letter to my friends, from Mona Clenlow
    Hi. How are you? Like how are you really? I’ve been thinking about you. I’m sorry I haven’t been in touch. I don’t know what to say really. I haven’t been doing anything much. Probably the same as […]
  • Ashes of Love review (2018) Season One
    Childlike innocence and first-love blended with dark magic and high fantasy is a staple in Chinese drama. Like Ice Fantasy (2016), Ashes of Love is also based on a novel, in this case, Heavy Sweetness, […]
  • Ice Fantasy review (2016) Season One
    Let’s start by saying that Ice Fantasy, or 幻城 (Huànchéng), is a guilty pleasure. The sets are creative, backgrounds and special effects are impressive, and later there are some […]
  • Quilt pattern frontJenessa Abernathy on Quilting in the Time of Covid
    I’ve been sewing lately. It brings me peace. With all the hate and ignorance spouting forth I need to arm myself with knowledge and do things that make me calm and focused. I usually make dance costumes but lately […]
  • Tientsin Mystic review 河神 (Season 1) Make way for the River God
    Fog swirls over a bridge in 1920s Tianjin. A well-dressed young man is fleeing a group of ruffians. He runs onto the bridge. He’s trapped. He jumps into the river. He struggles underwater, trapped by some seaweed. A […]
  • Wanted: Communication skills, social responsibility, effective leadership
    How to mitigate a covid crisis In Sydney we breathe a sigh of relief, having avoided a coronavirus second wave. Melbourne has not been so lucky. And at this stage of the pandemic’s development, “lucky” is not an […]
  • Cosmogony 67: the Zentrians
    It is believed the Zentrians tie in with the multiverse theory, although no one has been able to prove this. Indeed, there is no scientific proof that the Zentrians even exist. Whether they are a race, an entity or a collection […]
  • Robert Schumann: Advice to Young Musicians
    The Gutenberg Project has made available to the general public many rare and obscure literary works. One such trinket is Advice to Young Musicians by composer and writer Robert Schumann (1810-1856). Schumann is an eccentric […]
  • Unpacking a Life – The Wanderer’s Art of Moving (Part 1)
    I’ve moved a lot over the years, maybe more than I should have. Perhaps this makes me a wanderer. I am less of a physical wanderer now, at least at the moment, but over fifteen years I lived in four different cities, often […]
  • Cosmogony 766: Shabbylands
    Seventy kilometres north of Crete 581d’s capital, Reticulum, lie the Shabbylands. Most citizens avoid the Shabbylands. The Shabbylands became shabby when Phineas Guthrie founded Conscious Follicles. Since then, hairdressing […]
  • Cosmogony 1243: Binary Loans
    A money lending chain founded by Nostradamus Noke in 2910, in ninety years Binary Loans grew from a small payday loan business to a successful franchise operating on both Crete 581d and Crete 581f. It avoids the Cretan 581d […]
  • Sascha Percuoco on what makes a man
    A man comes in many forms, short, fat or tall. But is it his stature? Or the attitude? Or is it any of that at all? Because some men are crazy, they’re murderers and thieves, but in their minds they are men, for in god they […]
  • Reducing demand for Arts degrees is a step back for Critical Thinking
    As you’re likely aware, the Australian Government recently doubled the cost of arts/humanities degrees. Its reasoning? Universities should focus on vocational degrees so students are job ready. I did a humanities […]
  • Thanks for the music: Canberra, Ornette Coleman, Brenton Holmes
    I spent five years of my life in Canberra. It was here I really began my journey into jazz. Having taken jazz piano lessons with Paul Dal Broi, I advertised in the classifieds as a pianist and received a response from […]
  • Ancient Greek image man with laptopThe Lost History of the Tablet – from Athens to the iPad
    On October 17, 2011, I had a satirical piece published in the Sydney Morning Herald’s Heckler column. It can no longer be found online. Down with you Archivists! The article was a little nod to the great Steve Jobs who had […]
  • Modern mass surveillance as religious experience
    By Lindsay Winkler with Dave Singer “I will be the gaoler. You will see … that the gaoler will have no salary – will cost nothing to the nation” So said Jeremy Bentham in 1786 after visiting his brother […]
  • Getting a handle on complex verbs in Mandarin Chinese – by Kurt Vall
    Kurt Vall is a postgraduate student in International Relations and has completed undergraduate studies in linguistics and Chinese language. Here he presents his thoughts on Mandarin grammar, offering insights into the […]
  • Work, mortality and coffee
    It’s been several weeks since my last update and to be honest, Covid-19 has hit my motivation like a punch in the stomach. It’s a shock on a global scale, flooring health services around the world and sending […]
  • Sydney cityFrom the castle to the office – Charlene Cat
    With the world shutting down as we navigate a viral menace on a scale not scene for generations, writing is still the go-to way to unveil our deep anxieties and inner struggles. For Charlene Cat, a young lawyer from Foshan […]