6895 – Equinox Is Here.

Good morning, and welcome to Autumn, at last! Traditionally a time for change, Autumn has always signaled the beginning of a renewal of life to me.

Though I live in a land where seasons are divided by how moist things are; a place where you can find seas of both brine and concrete, my heart resides elsewhere. Wide open spaces, with tame deer that like to nibble on rosebushes and enjoy a nice salt lick. Trees colored with every warm hue possible… golds, oranges and deep rust-reds. Someday I’ll be there, content in a room lit by purest moonlight, the sounds of acorns tapping the roof, randomly.

Here’s hoping that everyone enjoys the coming season, the changing of colors, Hallowe’en, new scents and the cooling, snuggly times ahead.


The last night of summer was a nearly perfect one for a walk. The 7-11 had the Diet Pepsi Slushie machine working just right, and the air was balmy, but not hot. It could be my mind playing tricks, but Autumn is on its way, for honest and true. I sat by the new river for a few, and looked into the water, just thinking… it amazes me that there are so many quiet, natural places in the city. Things laid out in strips and pieces.. it didn’t feel landscaped at all, but very natural. I think that I prefer to visit the river over the ocean, for whatever reason, despite the sea’s wonderful breezes. The river is more serene, relaxed.


Today’s Moment of Voodoo: The Soul.

In the Voudoun religion of Haiti, one’s existence is made up of five parts: n’ame, the spirit of the flesh; z’etoile, the star of destiny; corps cadavre, the mortal flesh; gros bon ange, a general life force that is recycled and not unique to each person, and ti bon ange (or petit bon ange), one’s personal essence and the source of one’s aura. Only the gros bon ange and ti bon ange are seen as being part of the soul, but all five parts are regarded as important in both life and death, so the distinction is somewhat blurred. The corps cadavre can be made into a zombi (zombie), while the ti bon ange can be captured to create a kind of spectral undead called a zombi astral (spirit zombie).


The CDC reports on who died of what during Hurricane Charley. A total of 31 deaths of which 17 “involved blunt trauma caused by injuries from falling trees, flying debris, and destroyed physical structures” and one drowning.


What Are the Odds of a Ghost Closing Your School?

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Fear of a ghost who knocks on doors and wafts the scent of aftershave lotion along corridors has forced a prestigious college for statisticians in the Indian capital to close.

Students of the Indian Statistical Institute said the ghost of a dead classmate had knocked on doors, jostled them on staircases and left traces of aftershave lotion and cigarette smoke, the Times of India said.

Students linked the aftershave aroma to a first-year student who died last month of a rare heart condition.

“A fear psychosis had gripped some students. We thought it was best to allow them to go home if they wanted to,” the newspaper quoted Rajeev Karandikar, head of the prestigious institute, as saying.


A peek at the New Fantastic Four… Hmm, the thing doesn’t look quite “Rocky” there… I guess you could classify him as between rock and “sack of wet oatmeal”, but I like the other three. (Except Johnny should be a blond, and look a bit younger than Sue.)They made Alicia Masters black for whatever reason, too… I’m still disappointed that they didn’t make Billy Dee Williams play Two-Face in a later Batman movie, after doing the Harvey Dent bit in the first one. I don’t seem to mind them varying the look of secondary characters as much as the primaries. (A blond wonder Woman, Read – Cathy Lee Crosby, is a big screw up, as far as I’m concerned.)

I suspect the Incredibles will blow the FF out of the water.


Hero Machine 2.0 is out, for folks that want to make cartoon heroes.


Random Scotto Journal Factoids. This Journal is exactly Four years, Four Months and Four days old today. The last day that I didn’t post at least once in my journal was August 20, 2000. (about Four years and one month ago.) As of this writing, I’ve made 6895 posts (in 1587 days… so that’s a little over 4.3 posts per day)… I was a lot more manic in my posts back at the beginning… now I just use horizontal rules to break up a longer post, rather than post a bunch or itty-bitties during the day.

I wonder what that says? A polite way might be that I’m good at commitment.


1 year ago – Rude blackout, follow-up on Ohio explosion, bro in a different sort of lockup, Moon-power, human-decay research facility

2 years ago – Long walkies, Fred Ward, Mintyass, Heads up about the FLIFF.

3 years ago – Autumn, Handy stuff Poll, Nastrology, Dale & I tell folks to beat it, Chupacabra, Comfy & Minty, Halloween poll

4 years ago – ABC’s of TV, Net Lies, Deciding about both game groups, fun moviesSite Meter

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