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Sky Admiral Jules Verne vs. Mark Twainbot – A Match of Titans!

Posted: 07 Dec 2011 09:00 AM PST

Verne vs. Twain - A Match of Titans!Sky Admiral Verne vs. Twainbot – A Match of Titans! is running a contest: Mark Twain vs. Jules Verne Boxing Match. Vote for who would win, and why – and get a free copy of Stories in the Ether for your Kindle along the way! Here’s the highlight from their blog:

It’s ON! Like Grey Poupon! There’s a battle about to commence- a Battle of The Books! And you will take home the spoils! Our own mascots, Sky Admiral Jules Verne and Mark Twainbot are going head-to-head in a fierce competition for supremacy, and they’re both looking for your support. Cast your vote and add some smack-talk (gentlemanly, of course), and we’ll send you a fabulous Steampunk eBook just for participating: “Stories in the Ether, Issue 1″ from Nevermet Press. Ten lucky winners will also receive“Stories in the Ether, Issue 2″ as well!

Also, a savage beating in the boxing-ring will unfold. You won’t want to miss the hilarious exchange in the running comments stream as our combatants spar verbally; and you are encouraged to add your own contribution!

Visit the original post to ENTER the Sweepstakes and Vote on which on of these Titans will be champion!

Cheers all!

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Steampunk Jewelry Lives!

Dragons Flys!

Steampunk Neo Victorian Bracelet - Copper brass RED Czech Glass Art Deco DRAGONFLY

Tributes to the Dead Heads!

Roses Are Red

But the Eyes Have It!

Much, Much More! Go now and Adore!

Buy them Up! For Sure, the are now Ashore!

Shadowfist! Out of the Darkness and Across Time!

Maybe the Glass is really Half Full!

“Do you love Shadowfist but have no one with whom you can play in your area? Shoot us a message and we’ll either give you the tools to start your own Shadowfist group or find hidden players you might not know about! It only takes three players for a great game night of equal opportunity butt-kicking!”

Check out November’s Inner Kingdom Update to read up on the latest news and the long-awaited list of top Secret Warriors of 2011!
We have a new name at #1 this year!

Hey Shadowfist friends! Inner Kingdom has released the board game, Zombie Dash. Available here: We could use some help getting traffic to the game page at Please rate the game, or become a fan, or ‘Like’ it, if you like it. 🙂 Thanks!

Inner Kingdom Games’ very first board game pits players against each other as they race across town to safety! Outpace your opponents and beat your zombies to the finish line! For 3 to 6 players, ages 8 and up. Retail price: $24.95. Price below includes shipping. Dash


See Bronto Burgers on Ice, before Fred Flintstone serves them up!

Do Check it out, and maybe vote fore me! Go see the Cartoon then see whose best fits the shoe!
My entry reads

Excuse me, but I am here in response to an employment opportunity advertised in that paper as “Southern Bar Attorney needed to Babysit Nest Egg through Thin Ice Transitional Period.” I did not initially understand the “Must take Firm Stance versus Global Warming and be in support of IceBerg Lettuce.”

Loren F.
Check it out!
    • Loren Foster Not time to vote yet, but keep me in mind!
      When it is go vote once a day for me, or the one you think is better

How Shabby was Babbage’s design?


Researchers begin attempt to recreate 180-year-old computer design

Would Babbage’s Analytical Engine actually have worked?

The Alloy of Law is Here and Will Lead You to Wheel of Time Clues!

The Alloy of Law by Brandon SandersonBrandon Sanderson’s latest foray into the world of Mistborns, Allomancers, and Feruchemists is now on bookshelves, and Brandon will be touring all week across the U.S. (and Vancouver)! For all of you planning on getting your books signed, the second annual Digital Great Hunt has begun! Brandon has worked with “Team Jordan” on an exclusive secret piece of content relating to the final Wheel of Time novel, A Memory of Light, that will be hosted on his website. But there’s a catch: you have to unlock the secret. Details here! And don’t forget to check out this awesome fan-made Alloy of Law book trailer (set to Cee-lo)!

Not enough for you? Well, we’ve got a spoiler thread here, and take a look a Brandon’s piece on why his fourteen-year-old self might have taken issue with Alloy of Law. Then hop on over to find out how you could get your name in the final Wheel of Time novelA Memory of Light! We’ve also begun a new mini-series of roundtable discussions – each week, we will pose a question to our panel of WoT experts and let the theorizing begin! Feel free to chime in with your own answers, opinions, and speculations…

Barnes & Noble Bookseller’s Picks – New Releases!

Barnes & Noble Bookseller's PicksSpeaking of Brandon Sanderson, we’re focusing on new releases this month in our Barnes & Noble Bookseller’s picks, and guess what’s on the list? Chris Lough finds the core of epic fantasy fiction in The Alloy of Law, Liz Bourke is enjoying the future archaeology of Jack McDevitt’s Echoand Firebird, and Alex Bledsoe has found the heart of Joseph Nassise’s Eyes to See. Furthermore, Ryan Britt ponders the rantings of a sane madman in The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick and Suzanne Johnson talks all things Rachel Morgan in The Hollows Insider by Kim Harrison. There are more picks coming this week and next, so don’t forget to check back!

Independent Bookseller’s Picks!

Independent Bookseller's PicksWe are also showcasing the top picks from indie bookstores across the country! This month we have picks from Joe Turner and Tommy Wilkerson of BookPeople in Austin, Texas. Their lists span decades and multiple facets of speculative fiction, so check out their expert suggestions and find a few titles to add to your collection at home!

Appreciating Kubrick’s Contribution to SFF

Kubrick's SFFStanley Kubrick is undoubtedly one of the greatest film directors of all time, and one can’t help but notice his fascination with certain aspects of speculative fiction. Danny Bowes is looking back on all of Kubrick’scontributions to SFF on film. First, Danny delves into Dr. Strangelove: a satire made perfect by playing it straight. Moving on to the more overtly SFnal works of Kubrick’s career, he navigates the complex journey underlying 2001: A Space Odyssey, and continues on with the ultra-violent future envisioned in A Clockwork Orange. And of course, there’s more to come, so check back in for more classic Kubrick all week…

Coming Soon to A Theater Near You

Batman on the Dark Knight Rises setWe’ve got the scoop on all the upcoming films that you’ve been waiting for: first, take a look at the final The Muppets parody trailer (two words: Breaking Dawn), then get some insider information from Robert Downey, Jr, Guy Ritchie, and Jude Law on the much-anticipated Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. You can take a peek at these exciting pictures from The Hunger Games and the set of The Dark Knight Rises, and who’s excited that we’re finally getting a new James Bond film? Prepare yourselves for Skyfall.

Now that Brett Ratner and Eddie Murphy have left the Oscars, are you ready for a new breed of host? We know who you really want on that stage all night: Muppets. All of them. Join the campaign to get Kermit and crew the job!

11/11/11 is Eleventh Doctor Day!

Eleventh Doctor DayAs we celebrate this once-in-a-century day coming up on our calendars, Friday has been dubbed Eleventh Doctor Day. In honor of our favorite Time Lord, everyone is encouraged to dress up like the Eleventh Doctor: bring your fezzes and bowties to work – wear your tweed with pride!

And while we’re talking about the Doctor, Karen Gillan has some thoughts on the future of Amy Pond – she thinks the Doctor’s best friend should bite the dust next season. What do you think? Of course, Who isn’t all action and high drama every second; some scenes manage to deliver truly memorable emotional impact without all the fireworks. Chris Lough, Ryan Britt and Emily Asher-Perrin talk about their favorite small moments in new Doctor Who. Join in and add your own!

Rewatch Central and Reread Corner

Don’t forget to check out our ongoing rewatches, reads and rereads including: Star Trek: The Next Generation rewatchThe Walking Dead watchReopening The X-Files, the Wheel of Time Reread, A Read of Ice and Fire, the Malazan Reread of the Fallen (which has just started onMidnight Tides!), a Read of the Dark Tower, the Great Alan Moore Reread and the Rothfuss Reread.

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Real or Memorex?

What would it take to make it work?

Besides  PhotoShop that is!

Who said only Humans are Human?

Some things just bring smiles to your heart – this is one of them in my book

Some things just bring smiles to your heart – this is one of them in my book



  And you say I am all thumbs!

And thats the Line up at the Top of the In Bowling!

Definitely not an Irish Setter!  Maybe an Irish Planter, or a Potato Dog?

Laying down the Law for those with Weak Knees

Whatcha looking at Ralph? Was it a Rabbit?

Brawny, its Cat Tuff!  This Cat is Packing a TriBarrel, so watch where you put that pointy roll holder.

Things are looking up!

Massage Therapy, for when you can’t tell your spinal problems apart from a Bump on a Log!

She will spoil him Kanga Rotten!

Why didn’t you tell me about Global Warming?!  I didn’t see the 99% of that Iceburg that was under the water when I dove in head first!  Someone Get me an Ice Pack! One big enough to float my poor little head on.

Lambentations, Woolen gLoom 4pair and Aaaggooony on me!  Baaa Haw, the gangs all here, Ewe all come back for Sheer!

Who needs Spotted Owls, I spotted you, you Spotted me, We Spotted Together, Fowl Friends Forever.

Silly Bear! You always get all the good will clothing, and you are an Organ Donor Chew Toy!

It is truly almost to big a Burden to Bear!

Hugs go a long way!

“Life is not the way it’s supposed to be.. It’s the way it is..

The way we cope with it, is what makes the difference “

Got to love them lovable animals!

Who said only Humans are Human?

It wasn’t me! But I did put on the captions all by my self!

Loren Foster aka shadolrds

“From Whom Words Shadow Doles”

Now for are Humans Human or Animals?;stories

October 31, 2011 4:22 PM

Human ancestors mated with more than Neanderthals

Stephanie Pappas

A molar tooth belonging to a Denisovan, thought to be a new branch of ancient humans. (Nature.,David Reich et al.)

( weren’t the only ancient cousins that humans frequently mated with, according to a new study that finds that East Asian populations share genes with a mysterious archaic hominin species that lived in Siberia 40,000 years ago.

This group, the Denisovans, is known only by a few bone fragments: A finger bone, a tooth and possibly a toe bone, which is still undergoing analysis. The Denisovans likely split off from the Neanderthal branch of the hominin family tree about 300,000 years ago, but little else is known about their appearance, behavior or dress. But just as researchers have learned that ancienthumans and Neanderthals mated, they’ve also found genetic echoes of the Denisovans in modern residents of Pacific islands, including New Guinea and the Philippines.

The new research expands the Denisovan genetic influence, uncovering Denisovan genes in modern East Asian populations. The genetic signal is less strong than it is in the Oceanic islands such as the Philippines, said study researcher Mattias Jakobsson, a professor of evolutionary biology at Uppsala University in Sweden. On the Asian mainland, the genetic similarities to Denisovans are strongest in southern China and Southeast Asia.

“We are actually finding gene flow in Southeast Asia,” Jakobsson told LiveScience. “So it’s not restricted to the Oceanian parts of the world.”

Jakobsson and his colleagues first ran complex computer simulations of genetic data to understand how the limited gene information collected in population genetics research, which includes just segments of DNA, might be biased. With that understanding, the group then examined genetic data from more than 1,500 modern humans from all over the world.

Comparing that modern data with the Denisovan genome revealed that Asians, especially Southeast Asians, have a higher proportion of Denisovan-related gene variants than other world populations except for the Oceanic islanders. While Oceanians have about a 5 percent fraction of Denisovan-related ancestry, Southeast Asians have around 1 percent, the researchers report today (Oct. 31) in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In comparison, genes from modern non-African humans have about a 2.5 percent fraction of Neanderthal ancestry.

It’s hard to tell when the Denisovan and human interbreeding occurred, Jakobsson said, but since Europeans don’t have Denisovan ancestry, it’s likely the mating occurred around 23,000 to 45,000 years ago, after Southeast Asians and European populations diverged.

Jakobsson and his colleagues are working on further studies on early human genetics and the steps that led to the modern human genome. The more digging scientists do, the more complex the genetic picture becomes, he said. Notably, bits of genes are almost all that are left behind of some ancient populations, including the Denisovans, he said.

“We don’t really know what they looked like, how they behaved or anything like that,” Jakobsson said. “It’s really genetics that gives us an edge here.”

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Loren Foster aka shadolrds

“From Whom Words Shadow Doles”

Mensa Stration

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Strange Trip Times ~ commentary from the intrepid cosmic traveler

Strange Trip Times


The  Washington Post’s Mensa Invitational once again invited  readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it  by adding,  subtracting, or changing one letter,  and supply a new definition.

Here are the  winners:

1. Cashtration (n.):  The act of buying a house, which renders the   subject financially impotent for an indefinite period of  time

2.  Ignoranus : A person who’s both stupid and an  asshole.

3. Intaxication :  Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until  you  realize it was your money to start  with.

4.  Reintarnation : Coming back to life as  a  hillbilly.

5. Bozone ( n.): The  substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright  ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately,  shows little sign of breaking down in the near  future.

6.  Foreploy : Any misrepresentation about   yourself for the purpose of getting laid.

7.  Giraffiti : Vandalism spray-painted very,  very high.

8 Sarchasm : The  gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person  who doesn’t get it.

9. Inoculatte : To  take coffee intravenously when you are running  late.

10. Osteopornosis : A  degenerate disease. (This one got extra  credit.)

11. Karmageddon : It’s  like, when everybody is sending off all these   really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth  explodes and it’s like, a serious bummer.

12.  Decafalon (n.): The grueling event of getting  through the day consuming only things that are good for  you.

13.  Glibido : All talk and no action.

14.  Dopeler Effect: The tendency of stupid ideas  to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.

15.  Arachnoleptic Fit (n.): The frantic dance  performed just after you’ve accidentally walked through  a spider web.

16 Beelzebug (n.):  Satan in the form of a mosquito, that gets into your  bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast  out.

17.  Caterpallor ( n.): The color you turn after  finding half a worm in the fruit you’re  eating.

The  Washington Post has also published the winning  submissions to its yearly contest, in which readers are  asked to supply alternate meanings for common  words.

And the winners  are:

1.  Coffee, n.. The person upon whom one coughs.

2.  Flabbergasted, adj. Appalled by discovering  how much weight one has gained.

3. Abdicate, v. To  give up all hope of ever having a flat  stomach.

4. esplanade, v. To  attempt an explanation while  drunk.

5  Willy-nilly, adj. Impotent.

6.  Negligent, adj. Absentmindedly answering the  door when wearing only a  nightgown.

7. Lymph, v.. To walk  with a lisp.

8. Gargoyle, n.  Olive-flavored mouthwash.

9. Flatulence, n.  Emergency vehicle that picks up someone who has   been run over by a steamroller.

10. Balderdash, n. A  rapidly receding hairline.

11. Testicle, n. A  humorous question on an exam.

12. Rectitude, n. The  formal, dignified bearing adopted by proctologists.

13.  Pokemon, n. A Rastafarian proctologist.

14.  Oyster, n. A person who sprinkles his  conversation with Yiddishisms.

15. Frisbeetarianism,  n. The belief that, after death, the soul flies up onto  the roof and gets stuck there.

16.. Circumvent, n. An  opening in the front of boxer shorts worn by Jewish  men.