December 10th, 2006

Whale fluke

King. Kull. Yes.

Best news I've heard today: Robert E. Howard's long-out-of-print stories of King Kull, the ruler of Atlantis who REH created before Conan, are finally back in print.

So says Del Ray; and so says Amazon.

I've become an REH fan after getting to know happyspector, resident Howard expert and appreciater. I've been hoping to read the Kull stories, but knew I'd have to wait after Matt told me the stories were long out of print. Well, whatever wrangling was needed to bring them back in books, it's been done. Yes!

As I understand from those two links, the book includes all of the Kull tales, including some that were later revised to be sold as Conan stories. They've also been restored to as close to what Howard originally wrote as possible; REH dealt with a lot of rewriting of his often lusty, bloody work. So there's more unadulterated Robert E. Howard work in the modern world! Yes!
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My Little Bubble of Music

I have a little round stereo for my office desk. It kind of looks like a flattened, grayish bubble. It's actually cute.

It's a birthday present that I finally got around to a) getting (my folks said they'd pay for it; that's how it's a present) and b) setting up. This morning I got out of the apartment really early by my weekend standards (just after 9 a.m.), ran over to Fred Meyer to buy headphones since I can't listen to it out loud, and drove up to OHSU. I plugged it in and tested both the CD player and the radio.

Listening to stuff at work will be more convenient than before: I used to play CDs on my two (yes, two) computers, but one CD drive is broken (my fault) and the other does inconvenient things when I start playing a CD on it (taking over a program I need for other reasons). And some Enhanced CDs completely take over a computer so you can do nothing on it except, say, listen to the Beastie Boys. (Not that there's anything wrong with that...)

A slight inconvenience; it's hard to get an AM signal, and there are some AM things I'd like to listen to like "The Rick Emerson Show"; Rick Emerson is very influenced by Don and Mike, and to me that's a good thing that I want to hear. The instructions say that I can turn the entire unit to get a better AM signal, and that sort of worked, but maybe not enough to be a regular solution. But still. I can listen to more stuff at work now.
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