Thursday, November 12, 2020

Building my Dream Tree house in Miniature

The author of this video is a true artisen. The amount of detail in this model is truly amazing. I was blown away.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Monday, November 9, 2020

Tarmuth A New Diorama?

“The economy or Tarmuth is more than prostitution and piracy. The town is full of industrial yards and sidings. It lives as it has for centuries, on building of ships. The shoreline is punctuated with scores of shipyards, building slipways like weird forests of vertical girders. In some loom ghostly half-completed vessels. The work is ceaseless, load, and filthy.

The streets are crisscrossed with little private railways that take lumber or fuel or whatever from one side of Tarmuth to the other. Each different company has built its own line to link its various concerns and are jealously guarded. The town is an idiotic tangle of railways, all replicating each other’s journey.”

The Scar, China Mieville

Saturday, October 31, 2020

Building a Zen Garden Diorama

This is a great fifteen minute video depicting the building of a Zen Garden.

Oceans and Seas of Bas Lag

This is not an exhaustive list of the Oceans and Seas of Bas Lag, but only a first on the geography of the BasLag "the straights, sounds,channels, bays and the bights":

Gentlemens Sea
Spiral Sea

The Scar, China Mieville

Monday, October 26, 2020

Other Books: Miéville’s Bas-Lag/ New Crobuzon Series (The Scar)


I started this category, labeled Special Books back in 2015. This is where I can record lists of books that are mentioned within the story. Most are fictitious in nature, but I still find them intriguing.

I found these titles listed within China Miéville’s , The Scar which the second in his Bas-Lag/ New Crobuzon series. The second volume is has thick as his previous volume (638 pages) in a large format. I would say that you would have close to 1200 pages if it had been published in regular sized book.

This is heady stuff:

Against Bendamburg: A Radical Theory of Waters
Maritime Ecologies

The Biophysics of Brine
Predation in Iron Bay Rock pools
Sardula Anatomy
Essays on Beasts
Theories of Megafauna
Trans-plane Life as a Problem for the Naturalists

Caudexes of the Wormseye Scrub
High Kettai Grammatology

Kriiach Aum

Monday, August 31, 2020

Wednesday, July 29, 2020


“Cyberspace. A consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate operators, in every nation, by children being taught mathematical concepts... A graphic representation of data abstracted from banks of every computer in the human system. Unthinkable complexity. Lines of light ranged in the nonspace of the mind, clusters and constellations of data. Like city lights, receding...”

William Gibson, Neuromancer

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Black Ice

“Black ice. Don’t think about it. Black ice.1

To many stories in the Gentleman Loser, black ice is a part of the mythology. Ice that kills. Illegal, but then aren’t we all? Some kind of neural feedback weapon, and you can connect with it only once. Like some hideous Word that eats the mind from the inside out. Like an epileptic spasm that goes on and on until there’s nothing left at all.”

Burning Chrome, William Gibson

1: A cyber security mojo.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

The Lamley Daily

The Lamley Daily’s main aim seems to be to report and review new Matchbox and Hot wheels offerings. The site offers Matchbox and How Wheels art. If you didn’t know better, you might be drawn to think that some of these pictures were of the real thing.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

3 Very Small Model Railroad Layouts

I don't know the scale of these mini railroads, but I can say that they are full of details. They are quite inspirational.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

The Forgotten Manuscripts of Dr. Birdlip

So far, my inquiries have not uncovered either of Birdlips manuscripts. For the record they are: “The Myth of the Foggy London Night”, and his “Time, Considered as a Succession of Semi-Closed Doors”.

If anyone has information about either of these manuscripts, please contact Dr. Peoples at the Royal Academy.

Homunculus, James P. Blaylock

Monday, June 8, 2020


"Crimson the cuts in the carcass,
Fast falls the foe,
Dauntless devout defender.
Bravest of boys."

Neverwhere, Neil Gaiman

Neverwhere is a dystopian novel that takes place under the streets of London. With its host of intense, melodramatic characters it will keep transfixed.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

The Munk a Blind Guide

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites 24 You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence.

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean.

“You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell?

Woes on the Teachers of the Law and the Pharisees, Matthew 23

This is one of histrofigs 25mm miniatues from their Blasted Planets Special Figures line. I finally got some paint on it. I reviewed a few of these miniatures back here and here.