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Dennis Paul Himes
a.k.a. Pablo
a.k.a. Caesariatus
a.k.a. Cumulus

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  • Personal stuff
  • Prose
  • Poetry
  • The Raisinbread Webspace
  • VRML
  • Games
  • People
  • Links
  • Mail

  • Personal stuff


    Prose

    Fiction

    These are all labeled "copyright 1996" or later because this is the first time they've been presented to the public, but they were really written at various times since the early 70s.

    I would recommend starting with either Sunday Afternoon, 126 Kisses, or A Diamond Found on Paradise, depending on what length you'd like.

    126 Kisses (58K)
    a summer romance in the 29th century
    The Captain (6K)
    based on a dream
    Clara (67K)
    my Carrollian story
    A Diamond Found on Paradise (182K)
    "It's vra, as the gladifers would say, it's fitting that I wear it, in fulfillment of its discovery's serendipity."
    This is the most recently written one here.
    The Feast of St. Valentine (8K)
    an odd one
    Glades (1K)
    based on a dream
    In the dream I was writing Glades. When I woke up I wrote down what I had written in the dream as accurately as I could.
    Sunday Afternoon (9K)
    possibly my favorite
    This was an unusual story in that I did not struggle with it. In less than a week it went from an image of a woman drinking tea on a rainy day to the finished work.
    Suspended Sentence (33K)
    an extensive rewrite of one of my earliest stories

    Essays

    Gladiology

    Gladiology is the study of gladifers, the dominant species in the galaxy in the setting of some fiction I am writing, and related subjects, including their language. The language section is the most complete.

    Historical documents


    Poetry

    These are some of my poems, also written at various times since the early 70s.

    Black & Ice
    a moment which stayed with me
    Chains of Thought
    as they sometimes happen
    Cheryl
    the current avatar of Venus
    Cheryl Again
    the sequel
    I Am, You Know, She Said
    a simple one
    Two Planets
    Jupiter and Venus
    We All Like to See Her Smile
    probably my favorite


    The Raisinbread Webspace

    Raisinbread is a novel I am currently writing, set in the year 2260. The Raisinbread Webspace is a hypertext guide to the setting of the novel. It does not have any of the plot in it, but descriptions of the people, nations, religions, etc. of the time.


    VRML

    These are some VRML worlds I've created. You'll need a VRML capable browser to look at them. These were created using software tools from Cadkey which I helped write. Specifically I used version 7.5 of the Advanced Modeler, which was completed in June 1996 but never released, and a prototype version of SiteSculptor, a VRML authoring tool which was being developed by Cadkey and is now being developed by Sculptware, a company I helped found. The icosahedroid is untouched output from the AM (via Picture It). The geometry of the chess pieces are also from the AM, but the file was hacked to make it more efficient. The hill was created using both the AM and SiteSculptor, and the lots and lake using SiteSculptor. The hill and lots were further hacked to mimic features which were in the release of SiteSculptor, but which were not yet implemented when I made the models. The lake is untouched output from SiteSculptor.

    These are all VRML 1.0 models. VRML 2.0 models are, in theory at least, forthcoming.

    an icosahedroid
    a chess position
    This is from Takagi-Himes, 2 Nov. 1994, right after I took his pawn on d4. I won a brilliancy prize for this game.
    a hill
    a lot for New George Town
    New George Town was a zone in Terra Vista, a Virtual Community which is now defunct.
    a pavilion
    This is a more elaborate version of the lot. It contains links to most of the other models. It's the most elegant model here.
    a lake


    Games

    The Greater Hartford Chess Club

    I had taken over the directorship of The Greater Hartford Chess Club from Dave Aldi before its demise, but it's no longer with us.

    The Official Rules of Arlington

    Arlington is a card game which I invented. Here are the official rules.

    The Rules of Oh Hell

    Oh Hell is a card game I've played quite a bit of. It's a very good game in spite of its stupid name. These are the rules as played by the Pratt & Whitney East Hartford Cafeteria Card Players' Club.


    People

    Pictures

    Ginevra di Benci
    as portrayed by Leonardo da Vinci
    Irenis Concepcion
    my granddaughter
    Three Himeses, a Cook, and two Concepcions
    my family
    Dennis Paul Himes
    myself
    Heather Nova
    and a dead tree
    Nina Paley
    self portrait
    Mary Kay Place
    as Loretta Haggers

    Homepages

    Friends and relatives

    I really have more friends than this (and more relatives). They just don't have homepages.

    the late Basil
    who was really more of a dog than a person
    Terry Leigh Britton
    I used to sit bored in class in high school and then hear Terry's flute's music finding its way into the room.
    the late Charlie Cook
    my father-in-law -- This is my daughter's eulogy for him.
    Jacinda Harold
    my niece
    Trish Herr
    and her amazing daughters
    Sara Hickman
    my daughter-in-law
    Julia Rachel Himes
    my wonderful daughter
    Brian Kosnoff
    another hiking chess player
    Judy Milardo
    the soprano
    David Sobel
    my nephew
    Dan Xenatro
    Mr. Dan

    Strangers

    I don't know these people. They just have cool homepages.

    William H. Calvin
    the neurophysiologist and author
    Mimi Ilano
    an artist, in the best sense of the word -- This is the single coolest site on the web.
    Maryam Namazie
    Iranian-British Atheist activist
    Mark Rosenfelder
    the creator of Verduria and the Language Construction Kit
    Justin B. Rye
    the chronophysicist and xenolinguist


    Links

    Sites I visit every day (or at least several times a week)

    There're other sites I end up visiting that often, but these are the ones I make a point to.

    Comics

    Bad Machinery
    junior high as you wish it had been
    Freefall
    This would be an ordinary comic except that the setting in general, and the character of Florence Ambrose in particular, are very well thought out.
    Girls with Slingshots
    a sweet comic, in spite of the fact that it's often about sex and drugs
    Narbonic (Director's Cut)
    This contains spoilers. If you haven't read Narbonic already go to here instead.
    One Way
    by the guy who did Bruno and Spacetrawler
    Questionable Content
    Northampton
    Skin Horse
    Should I be disturbed by the fact that I find Unity attractive?
    Sluggy Freelance
    the best comic around, online or off
    xkcd
    pushing the limit as to how high the ratio of writing quality to artistic quality can go in a comic

    Photography

    Astronomy Picture of the Day
    from NASA
    The Cloud Appreciation Society
    Look up and marvel.
    Dance Tabs Galleries
    ballets
    Linda's Lens
    Oregonian hiker/skier/runner
    Naturally Curious
    Mary Holland's nature photography
    Hiking Pictures
    There are a lot of good hiking photography sites on the web. These are a couple of the best.
    HikerBob's Gallery
    Hiker Bob's old site was one of the first hiking pictures sites I found on the web and I quickly became a big fan. I still am.
    MichaelJ's Gallery
    MichaelJ has an advantage over other hiking photographers in that he usually hikes with a very beautiful woman.

    Journals and blogs

    The Big Trip
    The German Tourist
    (Don't Be) Too Timid and Squeamish
    Marcy Light, Connecticutwoman
    Freethought Blogs
    My favorite is Greta Christina's, but I also often read Opheila Benson's, Richard Carrier's, JT Eberhard's, Kaveh Mousavi's, P.Z. Myers's, Maryam Namazie's, and Taslima Nasrin's.
    Guthook Hikes
    the Guthook who makes the through hiking apps
    Jill Outside
    Jill Homer, seeking the edge of livability and peering out into the void
    Language Log
    a multi-linguist blog
    Larisa Runs Trails
    LRiz
    Miromi
    Mimi Ilano, an artist, in the best sense of the word -- This is the single coolest site on the web.
    Mountain Wandering
    Steve Smith, co-editor of the AMC White Mtn. guide and the guy who owns the Mountain Wanderer in Lincoln
    The Mountains Are Calling
    Mary Emerick, outdoorswoman
    Off on Adventure
    Telemark Mike
    Outtakes
    Phil Brown, in the Adirondack Explorer
    Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast
    Laurie Hopkins, who writes the best web journal I've ever come across (which is unfortunately dormant)
    Spicebush Log
    Ellen Snyder, an observant woman in New Hampshire
    Ta-Nehisi Coates
    in the Atlantic
    To Wit
    Colin McEnroe, blogger in the Land of Steady Habits
    TrishAlexSage
    Trish Herr and her amazing daughters
    Zompist's E-Z rant page
    Mark Rosenfelder
    Zen on Dirt
    Ezster Horanyi, extraordinary cyclist

    News

    The New York Times
    which has deteriorated less than many other papers in recent years
    The Onion
    America's finest news source
    Talking Points Memo
    Josh Marshall, American political writer

    Hiking Fora

    for people whose idea of fun is lugging weights up hills over uneven ground
    Adirondack High Peaks
    New York
    Rocks on Top
    New England
    Views from the Top
    both

    Cetera

    The Atheist Humanist Society of Connecticut and Rhode Island
    formerly Norwich Atheists
    Ballet Alert
    discussion of all things ballet
    Connecticut Museum Quest
    I read all of the hiking entries, and many of the others.
    Connecticut Valley Atheists
    Imagine no religion.
    Mathematicians of the Day
    from the MacTutor History of Mathematics site
    Mental Floss
    lots of neat stuff
    On This Day
    from the New York Times
    The Theorem of the Day
    by Robin Whitty

    Reference resources

    Bookmarks
    my Firefox bookmarks, basically -- This is what Mosaic calls a "hotlist" and what IE calls "favorites".
    Google
    my current favorite sitefinder
    Internet FAQ Consortium
    Usenet FAQs
    Internet Movie Database
    who did what in which movie
    Langmaker
    a site profiling conlangs, i.e. languages which were invented by someone, or some group of people, as opposed to languages which arose naturally
    MapQuest
    online street maps
    MathWorld
    mathematical references from Wolfram Research
    Merriam-Webster OnLine
    the dictionary
    Omniglot
    a comprehensive guide to writing systems
    On-Line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences
    what it says
    Prime Factorization Calculator
    also what it says
    The Weather Underground
    a meteorlogical site, not a political one

    Links which don't fit anywhere else on this page

    The 48 Summits
    This is the coolest picture gallery I've seen. It inspired a similar one of my own.
    American Atheists
    Atheist activism
    The Free Internet Chess Server
    I'm Caesariatus.
    A Guide To SF Chronophysics
    analyses of the hidden assumptions in time travel stories
    Project Gutenberg
    public domain literature
    Scroll Lock Online
    This is a dead link now, but it was a brilliant work of conceptual art, elegant in its simplicity, and yet startlingly revealing of the impact of the World Wide Web on modern culture
    Tea Quotes
    quotes about tea
    Thermophile
    Sarah Boomer's trip reports
    Trail Journals
    This might be my favorite site on the World Wide Web.
    Verity Stob
    her Register columns
    Vim
    the best text editor


    Mail

    dennis@cookhimes.us


    The Tenniel illustrations are in the public domain. The rest of this page is copyright © 1996-2014 Dennis Paul Himes