On the Morning's Reflections

Rain, not snow, is the order for the day. North of Raleigh there might be a “wintry mix”–how I love that term, one I never heard living in Pennsylvania–but here temperatures will stay well above freezing all day. Roads today will be wet, not wild.

Yesterday I stopped by Suncoast Video at the mall down the street. I didn’t need anything except to visit the post office–it’s in the same shopping mall–and saw that Star Trek: First Contact was re-released on DVD. Why did I buy it? Maybe because it was on sale? I didn’t like First Contact in 1996. I didn’t like it again when I bought it on video tape in 1997, so what’s changed except the format? Damn my addiction to shiny plastic discs!

NPR just talked about a book I might want to buy–Zounds by Mark Dunn, a dictionary of English-language interjections. I have a few specialty dictionairies. One close at hand is The Word Museum, by Jeffrey Kacirk, which lists archaic words of the 16th-, 17th-, and 18th-centuries that have long since fallen into disuse. Not that I would ever use some of those words–most wouldn’t fit comfortably into conversation for some are very narrowly defined–but one never knows.

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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