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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Monday, April 23, 2007 - 02:04 pm:   

http://www.1-click.jp/
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PM
Posted on Monday, April 23, 2007 - 02:14 pm:   

I'm happy to have clicked.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Monday, April 23, 2007 - 02:44 pm:   

I hope you gave them a rest, every once in awhile :-)
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Christopher Barzak
Posted on Monday, April 23, 2007 - 03:55 pm:   

I love it. :-) They're alternatively saying "Do it," and "watch out" and "all right", depending on the circumstances.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Monday, April 23, 2007 - 05:20 pm:   

Wow! Someone who can read it...Even cooler!
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PM
Posted on Monday, April 23, 2007 - 07:25 pm:   

"I hope you gave them a rest, every once in awhile :-)"

Unfortunately, giving it a rest is not one of my strong points :-)
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Christopher Barzak
Posted on Monday, April 23, 2007 - 09:31 pm:   

They have been working their little butts off all night on this laptop. :-)
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Monday, April 23, 2007 - 09:39 pm:   

Chris, you inspired me to go back to them but I stopped after a few secs. Don't want to disturb the neighbors, after all.
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Mary Robinette Kowal
Posted on Tuesday, April 24, 2007 - 09:51 am:   

Ooo! That's ridiculous fun.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Thursday, April 26, 2007 - 07:22 am:   

Courtesy of my friend Roberta:
She got it from a student. It’s really wonderful but it does take time…easy to figure out how it works. It’s pretty intuitive.

It's Flash. Be prepared to spend some time doing the entire trip.

http://www.99rooms.com/
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Thursday, April 26, 2007 - 07:24 am:   

I bought this book THE STRAY SHOPPING CARTS OF EASTERN NORTH AMERICA: a Guide to Field Identification and it’s worth every cent. (it was pretty cheap—about $7 inc postage).

From the introduction:


“Until now, the major obstacle that has prevented people from thinking critically about stray shopping carts has been that we have no had any formalized language to differentiate one shopping cart from another.

…the ..Stray Shopping Cart Identification System consists of two classes and thirty-three subtypes that can be used singly or in combination to describe and thereby “identify” any found cart. One of the unfortunate difficulties in implementing a situational taxonomy of this kind is that one if often required to speculate about where a cart is coming from and where it is going next. “

I googled the author as there's no bio on the book and found his website, which has this:
http://www.strayshoppingcart.com/
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2007 - 03:32 pm:   

Avoiding work assiduosly (I'm going over YBFH #20 galleys) I uploaded photos of the cats I took a few days ago and took a few more of some of my doll heads:

http://tinyurl.com/2rpqoq
http://tinyurl.com/2m8eos
I've got some scary looking dolls here.
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PM
Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2007 - 07:53 pm:   

Doll head and staple :-)

those lips, those eyes...disturbing little morsel...half a face.

Creepy!

Dolls on radiator. You know how to pose 'em!
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PM
Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2007 - 07:59 pm:   

Saw the cat pictures.

Could it be that everyone's trippin' :-)
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2007 - 09:40 pm:   

Aren't the lips on that doll scary? Too realistic for a doll head.

I had to move the heads on the radiator--they're all really in a bunch. I think posing them's a much better idea...

Do you mean my kitties are trippin'? or me :-)
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PM
Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2007 - 09:49 pm:   

Yes, you certainly know how to pick and pose those heads.

So what did you do with the bodies :-)

And I think we're all sharin' in the trip as cats are caught in motion and caught staring out a window.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2007 - 10:00 pm:   

There is that one torso with the non-function sound box in its chest.
The rest of those heads didn't come with bodies.
I have other dolls with heads and bodies...

Oh yes, as the heads whip by --sometimes the whiskers come out pretty well, even so.
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PM
Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2007 - 10:04 pm:   

Is there something particularly fascinating to Bella outside the window?
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PM
Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2007 - 10:06 pm:   

and yes you've taken great whisker action shots!
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2007 - 06:26 am:   

Just that she's never seen it? There are birds outside sometimes, but not when I took the photos.
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Michael Kelly
Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2007 - 09:24 am:   

Jeffrey Ford posted one of those doll heads on his journal. Very creepy.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2007 - 09:45 am:   

Doll heads is us :-)
I know. I sent the url to Jeff and he asked permission to post one.
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Richard Bowes
Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2007 - 10:02 am:   

You're just jealous of MY dolls' head pictures. In fact, one of your doll's heads WAS one of my dolls heads.

rick bowes
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Gordon Van Gelder
Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2007 - 10:40 am:   

Kids, if you can't all play nicely with your dolls, I'm going to take them away.

(Gotta practice: in no time, I'll be saying stuff like that for real.)
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des lewis
Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2007 - 12:21 pm:   

There's something very Ligotti-ish about those dolls.
Thanks!
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Craig L. Gidney
Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2007 - 01:31 pm:   

There's a great Tanith Lee story called "Doll Skulls" that reminds me of your collection, Ellen.
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Bruce Chrumka
Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2007 - 01:53 pm:   

Fort Wright College in Spokane - now defunct - is crowded with ghosts, flibbertygibbets, banshees and assorted other numinous entities if a tenth of the stories are true. A stunning property, it's situated on a cliff overlooking the river, and is between the main cemetery and a smaller WW1 kirkyard. Half of the Victorian style buildings have stories associated with them, and one of the chilliest involves the doll room in the museum.

It's on the third floor, and contains perhaps two hundred antique dolls, all with those dead-black eyes that belong on sharks. It is said that whatever's in there dislikes having the door shut, and the contents of the room tend to get disarranged like those coffins in Barbados. And yes, the door is permanently locked open with a sturdy Yale.

I'm thinking Steven King dropped by prior to writing the doll room scene in 'The Tommyknockers'.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2007 - 02:47 pm:   

Rick has just been by so has seen those doll heads in person (we're still trying to figure out which one is the one he gave me--he's given me more than one--and lots of legs and arms...

Luckily, they don't much scare me.

Bruce,
That sounds great! I'd love to see that floor (in the day time only). I admit I'm a bit leery of purported haunted houses.
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steveberman
Posted on Friday, June 01, 2007 - 04:56 pm:   

Ellen, I figure you're laden down with books from BEA. Try and not hurt your back carrying them all.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Friday, June 01, 2007 - 06:48 pm:   

Hi Steve,
You're right. I carried three bags of mostly catalogs and a few other goodies. Rob Simpson helped carry one bag to the subway and a bunch of us trained it to my neighborhood for dinner. Since it was only two blocks away it was ok (although Liz Hand got me drunk on sake). No pouring rain but drizzle, and yes, I owe you a drink!

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