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Assorted links

I have a habit of opening a draft in Gmail and using it to store random links that I need to access in the future. Then I forget to use them, and they accumulate. Here’s a list of the ones I currently have, for your enjoyment.

 

1. 8 links to random possibilities that I might be able to post to my 70s sci-fi blog.

2. This link to a short story written by PG Wodehouse. It’s designed to spoof Sherlock Holmes stories, and is titled “Dudley Jones, Bore Hunter.” Here’s more info on it:

In a preface to a Ballantine Books edition of Doyle’s The Sign of Four, Wodehouse looked back upon his friendship with Doyle in the 1920s, and recalled that the great author was always somewhat reluctant to discuss Sherlock Holmes with him. “I never could get him to talk of Sherlock Holmes, and I think the legend that he disliked Sherlock must be true. It is with the feeling that he would not object that I have sometimes amused myself by throwing custard pies at that great man.”

One of the most famous “custard pies” that Wodehouse threw at Holmes was the very amusing 1959 Punch piece, “From a Detective’s Notebook,” but he threw perhaps the first pie at the “great man” in 1903, during his early days as a journalist and magazine writer. Wodehouse’s “Dudley Jones, Bore-Hunter,” printed in two parts in the last April and the first May number of Punch neatly parodies Holmes’ adventures by taking the most distinctive elements of Doyle’s stories to an amusingly absurd level. Holmes’ detailed listings of the personal traits of practically everyone in London, Holmes’ violin, Watson’s awe of Holmes’ genius, Holmes’ frequent disguises, and Holmes’ and Watson’s frequent journeys on the midnight mail all come in for some ribbing. There are also references to The Sign of Four (in which Holmes goes to see a man about a dog), “The Speckled Band” (in which a villain “falls into the pit he has digged for another”), and (in the story’s opening paragraph) a parody of “The Final Problem,” in which Holmes had been “killed” by falling into Reichenbach Falls. In fact, at the time Wodehouse wrote “Dudley Jones,” Holmes had been “dead” for ten years and his impending return had only been recently announced by Doyle in The Strand. Wodehouse hailed this joyous occasion with a short poem in a later May number of Punch:

“Oh SHERLOCK, SHERLOCK, he’s in town again,
That prince of perspicacity, that monument of brain.
It seems he wasn’t hurt at all
By tumbling down the waterfall.”

Clearly a must-read.

3. Another short story, this time a recent one, titled The Schrodinger War. I want to read it mainly for the title.

4. This:

trippy

It’s more scifi art. I already used it, though, so I don’t know why I didn’t get rid of that link.

5. A YouTube link to the 2013 IT Crowd special that just aired. Go look it up yourself; I don’t want to get it taken down or anything.

6. The Byron website theme. I’ve been thinking of upgrading website themes, and I’ve been researching good ones.

7. A collection of free Neil Gaiman audiobooks. I like the author a bundle, and I also like free stuff. Scroll about halfway down to get to Neil.

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