Welcome to Green Comet

These free novels, Creative Commons licensed Green Comet, and its sequels Parasite Puppeteers and The Francesians, tell an expansive story of love and adventure on an inhabited comet. To learn more about the trilogy, and for samples, visit the Welcome Page. To download the books, visit the downloads page.  The novel The Plainsrunner is available for purchase at these outlets.

Looking for the crossword puzzle? Here’s the link.

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Cometa Verde


Hola. The Green Comet trilogy might be getting a Spanish translation. If it works out, we should see it next spring. David, at Artifacs Libros, has contacted me through the Green Comet website and asked my permission to undertake the project. Of course, he doesn’t need permission since the books are licensed Creative Commons, but he was nice enough to ask anyway.

This is what David has said about the Spanish titles for the books:

Green Comet = Cometa Verde
Parasite Puppeteers = Titiriteros Parásitos
The Francesians = Los Francesianos

I assume this word “Francesians” is after the character name
“Frances”, so I’m adopting here the same Spanish relation.

David has already translated other works, and you can see them on his website if you’re interested. His stated reason for doing this work is to make the titles available to his fellow Spanish speakers, when they otherwise might not be. In his words:

Well, because I’m fond of reading and writing Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Fiction and I’m having fun doing this website… and because many of these works would probably remain unknown for the panhispanic community (which wouldn’t or can’t read English), otherwise.

He’s always on the lookout for more good CC licensed novels, so if you know of any, let him know. Or tell me and I’ll pass it on.

rjb

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Drought Over

“Enchanted Light | New Mexico” by Jim Crotty is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0


It’s quite a change from last spring when streams and rivers were running low and we were being warned of drought conditions. Now the map is almost all green, indicating “normal” conditions. A wet September — more than 25% over average precipitation — and an average October have allowed the ground to soak up some water and the rivers to return to more normal flows. That’s good or Droughtman might have had to tell us to carry our buckets down to the big lakes because they have lots of water. That’s his definition. If there’s water in the lakes, there’s no drought.

It has been a lovely couple of months. Such a nice change to be closer to normal temperatures and levels of precipitation after being hotter and drier for so long. The vegetation is loving it. Our lawns are almost uniformly green, and the grass that we’ve allowed to go natural also has a lot of green in it. Usually it is dry and golden and waving in the breeze. As an added bonus, the restricted irrigation schedule that we adopted earlier in the year has been more than adequate, saving both water and money while giving us a green lawn.

I could go for more of this. It’s nice to not have to worry about water.

rjb

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The Prime Available in Stores


The Prime is showing up in stores. I’ll use this post to keep a running list of them. Go ahead and shop around for the best deal. Or go post a few reviews.

Book store availability

Kobo Books
StreetLib
Barnes&Noble

rjb

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The Plainsrunner Audiobook Available in Stores


The Plainsrunner audiobook is showing up in stores. (Link to the ebook) I’ll use this post to keep a running list of them. Go ahead and shop around for the best deal. Or go post a few reviews.

Book store availability

Google Play Books
StreetLib Store

rjb

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Neologisms by Year


Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary site has a tool that you can use to find out which words were first used in print in the year you were born. Of course, you can use it to find out which words were first used in print in any year you choose. It doesn’t have to be your birth year. It could be the birth year of your cat, for all they care. Let’s try 1905, the year Albert Einstein published his paper on the photoelectric effect. He got the Nobel prize in Physics for that in 1921.  One of the words for 1905 is pinspotter, which is another word for pinsetteran employee or a mechanical device that spots pins in a bowling alley.  I was a pinsetter in my youth.  Small world, eh?

Let’s try another year. How about 1955, when the world population was 2,755,823,000? Also the year Albert Einstein died, sadly. And the word is: weirdo — a person who is extraordinarily strange or eccentric. I don’t think I’m a person who is extraordinarily strange or eccentric, but I might qualify as a quasi-weirdo.

One more. Let’s go with 2005, when the first ever YouTube video was uploaded. The word: sexting — the sending of sexually explicit messages or images by cell phone. Not something I’ve ever done. Count yourself lucky.

Go ahead. Go to the site and try some years. The time you waste will be your own.

rjb

PS That YouTube video from 2005? It was called Me at the Zoo. Eighteen seconds of transcendental wisdom.

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Crossword Puzzle Solved

Credit Suzie Hudon – CC0


Even though I have removed the crossword puzzle, you can still find it on its own site. There is also a link to it on the home page of this website, as well as in the Welcome to Green Comet post.

It was worth trying it out, but it feels better having a leaner and cleaner site.

rjb

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Crossword Puzzle Revisited

Credit Suzie Hudon – CC0


It’s been four months since I decided to let the crossword puzzle stay for awhile, and now I’ve decided that it has to go. It’s causing my already slow site — I’m on a cheap plan because nobody’s paying me to do this — to load even more slowly. I think first impressions for new visitors should take precedence over hosting a seldom-used game here.

For those of you who have become accustomed to doing the crossword puzzle, here is a link to it on its host site: Boatload Puzzles. The puzzle will be removed from Green Comet within the next few days.

rjb

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My Thanks to the Children

Credit Anders Hellberg – CC-BY-SA

I want to issue a public thank you to Greta Thunberg, and by proxy to all the other young people who are doing similar work. Your actions, and by their evidence the thoughts and feelings behind them, are giving me more hope for the future. Thank you.
rjb

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Climate Movement Girls Getting Attacked Online

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Greta Thunberg Is Leading A Youth Climate Movement Of Teen Girls Online — And They’re Getting Attacked For It

The trolls are out. As is typical for them, they’re anonymous, too cowardly to stand behind their words. Just as typically, they’re attacking the most vulnerable targets they can find.

They have faced a barrage of daily insults, seemingly coordinated attacks, creepy DMs, doxing, hacked accounts, and death threats. This is the new normal for young climate leaders online, according to BuzzFeed News interviews with nearly a dozen of the kids and their parents.

It can be hard to tell if these are all “regular” trolls, who just seem to make it their daily routine, or whether some of them are agents in a coordinated campaign by climate shirkers.

Personal attacks have always been a part of the climate denial playbook, even as fossil fuel companies secretly funded campaigns and researchers to question the scientific consensus on climate change.

The original BuzzFeed article is thorough, with many examples. Here is an example of the type of thing the girls are facing.

On the morning of August 25, 11-year-old Lilly Platt tweeted a video clip of a Brazilian Amazon tribe speaking out against deforestation. Awareness of the Amazon wildfires was already at a fever pitch, and the tweet exploded. Then, within an hour, a swarm of troll accounts started flooding her mentions with porn.

This post is just a heads up. I’m hoping you will go to the BuzzFeed article for the rest of the story.

Here’s a related story in the Irish Times that looks at the motivations of the people who attack these children. Why is Greta Thunberg so triggering for certain men?

rjb

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VocalID Certificate – 3500


I got another certificate! VocalID has sent me a certificate commemorating my reaching the lofty goal of 3500 phrases recorded for their Voicebank. VocalID is a company that is collecting voices that can be used to build personalized voices for people who need them. See my original post on VocalID.

edit: VocalID sent me an email congratulating me:

Wow, Jim

You have completed your Voicebank Contribution and earned the final Level 6 Contributor milestone.

I did it. I made it. I have completed the recordings of my voice necessary for it to be useful in their aim of providing individualized voices to those in need. Yay me!

rjb

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