Hello Cruel World
Sunday, August 24, 2003
From Neil Gaiman's online journal at his website www.neilgaiman.com/journal/journal.asp
Saturday, August 23, 2003
posted by Neil Gaiman 1:42 AM
I'm currently reading a book called THE TURK, about the famous eighteenth-century chess-playing automaton (the book has a website -- the preface is here at www.theturkbook.com/preface.php). Chapter 1 (also on line on the site) talks about John Cox, an Englishman, who made a mechanical, moving, elephant, a tiger, and a swan. Coincidentally, a friend just sent me a link to a museum site with Cox's silver swan on it. It still exists (although it's now pretty fragile) and you can watch a real video of it preening, moving its head, and swallowing a silver fish. Check out http://www.bowesmuseum.org.uk/collections/swanfacts.html for a little sense of wonder at the movement and grace of a quarter-of-a-millennium-old technology
Friday, August 15, 2003
There's a Victorian sex-cries generator. Online. Honest. A Victorian sex-cries generator. It's at www.HootIsland.com/cgi-bin/victorian.cgi .
Disclaimer: HootIsland.com is indeed an adult site, if a frivolous one, with nekkid pictures and whatnot.
He has resurrected a very early unpublished gothick story, originally called: Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Nameless House of the Night of Dread Desire
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