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Mongo Fiction: The Hungry Visitor

It was three in the morning as Daryl chanted the last words of the incantation, sure that this time he would summon a mighty agent to avenge the loss of his job.

Fire him from work, would they?!
The visitor stepped through the lattice of swirling green vortices into this world. It then

reached behind itself, toward the opening, and closed the portal behind it.

Swirling green vortices spun, faded, and blinked out as the figure approached, claws glistening with slime and feathery moth-antennae flailing, its insect-like eyes adjusting to the light, as if the illumination was painful, causing it to wince at first upon entering the room.

Daryl got a good, long look at it, as it shambled toward him.

Grabbing him, it gestured again, this time opening another gate, and, dragging him along screaming, strode toward it, anticipating.

The visitor was hungry, and this would be its most recent meal in a long, long time.

As it walked through its gate the visitor thought to itself. Why is it always morons who summon me? Once, I was called forth by some idiot in the 1920s who wanted to become a millionaire. Another, by this imbecile in the 1970s who wanted immortality!

Sigh . . .

An ultra-terrestrial’s work is never done. But on the other hand, slow-witted summoners are quite tasty when braised in a little blue wine sauce!

Cat Thursday | Winter Lodgings for Marshie

Welcome to the weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It’s all for the love of cats! Enjoy! This meme is hosted by the True Book Addict!

This weekend, it was cold enough to let one of the neighborhood furry beggars inside where it was warm. Marshie made himself at home for a couple of days or so, until it got warm enough for him to go back outside. This was good for our cats, as they had to be kept in other rooms to avoid a scuffle with teh street kittehs. Here’s Marshie making himself look all cute and adorable. If his paws were any larger, I’d name his furry a** Bigfoot!

Mr. Eccles Presents | Suspicious Minds: Why We Believe Conspiracy Theories

 

“Why do people believe conspiracy theories? What’s the harm if they do? And just what is a conspiracy theory, anyway? Conspiracy theories captured the attention of philosophers and historians decades ago, but it is only within the last few years that psychologists have begun gathering data on these kinds of questions. In this talk, Rob Brotherton provides a psychological perspective on conspiracism, drawing on his own research as well as other insights explored in his book Suspicious Minds: Why We Believe Conspiracy Theories. In particular, research into cognitive biases and heuristics – quirks in the way our brains are wired – suggests that we’re all intuitive conspiracy theorists; some of us just hide it better than others. Rob Brotherton is an academic psychologist. He completed a PhD on the psychology of conspiracy theories with the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit at Goldsmiths, University of London. He now lives in New York City and teaches classes on conspiracy theories, social psychology, and science communication at Barnard College. This talk was recorded live at CSICon Las Vegas on Saturday, October 28th 2017. See more at reasonabletalk.tv!”

Happy New Year! Welcoming 2018 and Beyond

I slept in this morning, so here I’d like to wish all of you a happy 2018, or at least one less burdened by the troubles of 2017. You’ve seen the evil Doctor Incompeto’s resolutions for the new year, though I’ve yet to fully formalize my own, and maybe never will beyond this: I resolve to stay sane and to better my learning still further to the best degree possible. I think that would be enough for me. 2017 wasn’t too rough in my view. I finished and published a couple of books, and updated all three of my solo ventures: Dirge, Echoes of Forsaken Galaxies, & Fractal Shards I completed a remedial math course, and I’ll keep practicing workbook problems as I move on to the next course in the series. I’ve also made progress in my language studies despite the hindrances from personal motivation issues, so that’s good. Even better, in terms of Doctor Who, this year saw the introduction of the show’s first woman in the lead role, Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor – and she’s Northern, too! Woo Hoo!

So, one year down, another to go.

Let’s make it a brilliant one!

Tf. Tk. Tts.

Dispatches from the Island of Doctor Incompeto: New Year’s Resolutions for 2018

It’s not easy being a mad scientist, especially since it was my great-great grandfather who used up most of the family’s madness and ability at science, but here I, Doctor Incompeto, am on the eve of a new year, and still not in the good graces of the International Order of Mad Scientists! The previous year was a difficult one here, with such drastic cutbacks on scientific research, even mad scientific research, so here are my resolutions in a nutshell:

  • I resolve to get the lab organized and my Eldritch Minions from Beyond Space-Time™ better trained to handle their new duties.
  • I resolve to up my science game by taking the most next step in remedial math courses now that I’ve the previous under my belt. There’s nothing more embarrassing than being beaten at games of higher math and non-classical symbolic logic by the monsters in my subbasement.
  • I resolve to make repairs to my secret volcano lair and stock up on supplies to rebuild my World Destruction Machine™ (Patent Pending) that next time won’t turn the Sahara into a rainforest on first activation! I’ll never live that down after that first attempt! Grrr!
  • I resolve to complete the intermediate stages of learning of the Big Three languages of India: Hindi, Bengali, and Tamil. It helps hugely in negotiating cargo shipments to the island, especially parts for lab equipment, and in interviewing and hiring local professionals.
  • I resolve to further cement exercise and health-related habits, as I get out of the lab more to keep in shape at my age.
  • I resolve to destroy my nemesis, Captain Oblivious, with a new and cunningly diabolical plan that simply cannot fail! MuaHaHaHaHaHa! *Ahem*
  • I resolve to work on my people skills, as it’s better for mad science communication to the public, and getting along with colleagues, and while I may be a doc, there’s little point in being a d**k!
  • I resolve to improve my writing and publish lest I perish, at least two more books by year’s end. After all, what else is one to do with a doctorate in rubber science?

Finally:

  • I resolve to repair the dimensional portal I’ve built into the caldera of my volcano lair. It just doesn’t work quite as it should after Captain Oblivious stuffed it with exotic matter, keeping it propped open and constantly shifting to the wrong regions of space-time . . .

Sigh . . . .

Cat Thursday | 2017 Ninth Bloggoversary Special

Welcome to the weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It’s all for the love of cats! Enjoy! This meme is hosted by the True Book Addict!

Hey, all! Today, I celebrate this site’s ninth year since 2008, and a wild ride it’s been. Well, kinda! I’ve experienced times of frenetic posting followed by lapses coming from life issues cropping up now and then, especially for the last few years as I take on a lifelong learner’s task of study! I’ve had highs and lows in my blogging, but here the site remains, and so this morning, nine years to the day of its founding, I end this month’s blogging vacation to resume posting.

But for how long? What direction will the site go since its skeptical origin? I don’t know, but blogging is what I do, who I am, in some very limited way, and so I continue. I hesitate now to call myself a skeptic, as I don’t think myself particularly logical or rational, indeed the very reason skepticism is needed when in short supply! But now I know my biases, my limits, and my weaknesses, and more often now than then can keep those in mind when I must.

But whatever my shortcomings skepticism remains a major element of this blog’s purpose, and so it goes.

Let’s try for at least another year, and together make 2018 just a wee bit more sane than it otherwise might be, and that 2017 was!

I am Troy. I am Troythulu. And here, in this post, I feature cats from each year of this blog’s existence, in all their Overlordships’ furry glory!

Tf. Tk. Tts.

Be safe. Be well. Be brilliant as the stars.