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Welcome to the scariest year we've encountered since, well, 2016. 

So the country is being run by a narcissist dimwit racist. The Nazis are making a giant comeback, but the FBI is more concerned about the people protesting against the Nazis. There's still no crime a police officer can commit without getting a handshake and a promotion. The Russians have hacked our electoral systems and power grid and are looking forward to doing it all over again as soon as possible. There are devastating hurricanes and earthquakes worldwide. And we have to worry about having a nuclear war with North Korea. 

So 2017 is certainly shaping up as the worst demonic possession movie you've ever seen, isn't it? Don't expect an exorcism to clear things up -- American churchgoers think Trump was chosen by God. 

And it's times like this when you want to remember Halloween's traditional role as a pressure release valve for the year. It's the day when people dress up in costumes -- leaving their…

I have just spent a week in San Antonio, Texas at the AAFP FMX. American Academy of Family Physicians Family Medicine Experience.

Whew. Long acronym.

However, I attended two programs on PTSD. One was a three hour offsite one put on by the U. of Texas, San Antonio Department of Family Medicine. The other was a one hour program about active duty military and PTSD.

The biggest message for me is HOPE. Hope for treatment, hope for diagnosis, hope…

Born in 1904, few people know the name Lester Dent unless they're collectors and connoisseurs of pulp magazines or working writers. He was the man behind the legendary Doc Savage, Man of Bronze, using the pseudonym Kenneth Robeson. Even though he died in 1959 his works live on in reprints.

To say Lester was prolific is to say that the ocean has some water in it. He was a writing machine, at times cranking out a complete novel in a week.…

News for Noders

September 16 Feliz cumpleaños Ancientsnow!

September 18 Happy birthday Stuart!

September 18 Stanislav Petrov has died.

September 19 Talk like a pirate day. Arrh!

September 27 Happy birthday Uberbanana!


Get ready for the Halloween Horrorquest, coming next month!

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August 4 Happy birthday avalyn!

August 6 広島

August 27 Happy birthday Bitriot

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July 1: Brevity Quest 2017 begins!

July 4: Alice’s Day (AKA Alice in Wonderland Day); also Independence day in the US.

July 19-24: Hemingway Days; party central is Key West, Florida.

July 31: Harry Potter's Birthday.


If you have anything to add to this calendar, let Tem42 know.

SciFiQuest 3017: The Frontier that Wouldn't End... hasn't ended. Still. See the quest node for details.

June 4: Aesop's Birthday.

June 11: TerribleAspect's birthday!

June 16: Bloomsday.

June 19: Juneteenth.

June 21: The first day of summer (northern hemisphere) and winter (southern hemisphere).

June 25 SciFiQuest 3017: The Frontier that Wouldn't End has ended.

June 28: Tau Day.


Get ready for Brevity Quest 2017, coming soon to a website near you!


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

April 6: Happy birthday, borgo!

April 7: Happy birthday, Tem42!

April 12: Yuri's Night

April 22: It's Earth Day, fellow earthlings!

April 24: Happy birthday, Rancid_Pickle!

April 24: It's Arbor Day, Charlie Brown!


SciFiQuest 3017: The Frontier that Wouldn't End is coming May 1st!

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