Friday, November 23, 2018

Zinc: Protection Against Rust

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Recently Read: Argosy Magazine, October, 1898

Whereas the 1896 issue of Argosy magazine I read a few years back was a mixture of news articles and fiction, the October, 1898 issue is (apart from a few slick ad pages) a full-fledged pulp magazine - Argosy was the first pulp magazine - and completely dedicated to fiction (there's not even a letters page or editorial).

The emphasis in this issue is the Spanish–American War, just ended two months before the issue was published. The Battle of San Juan Hill (including Theodore Roosevelt and his Rough Riders) and a romanticized telling of the sinking of the USS Merrimac as a block-ship are described or referred to in two stories (they must have been quickly written and submitted): "The Ninth Hero of the Merrimac", by John P. Ritter (complete in the issue) and Col. Aaron Ainsworth Burr's serialized "Through the Blockade" (the least well-written of the issue's offerings).

Most of the rest of the stories take place in exotic lands, tales of heroism and triumph. Frederick (author of many hundreds of Nick Carter novelettes) Van Rensselaer Dey's "The Brotherhood of Silence" takes place in Czarist Russia; Charles Edwards Barns' "A Fair Slave To the Mahdi" is a tense rescue story taking place in the Sudan (and easily one of the best written pieces in the issues). An exciting mail-carrier story takes place in Siberia.

William Taylor Adams (writing as Oliver Optic) has me hooked on his serialized "The Hermit's Secret", another falsely-accused-and-fighting-to-regain-his-name thrillers of the kind Hitchcock built a career on via novelists like John Buchan. I'm eager to get the November '98 issue to find out what happens next.
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Monday, November 19, 2018

An Early '80s Burger King Coupon

There's no expiration date; I wonder if I can still use it.
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Monday, November 12, 2018

Stan Lee, RIP

Lee as Zeus, King of the Gods, in my Odysseus Rex graphic novel, in progress.
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Saturday, November 3, 2018

Look to the Future With Timken Bearings

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