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Dennis Paul Himes
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another trail log and
The Raisinbread Webspace
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
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.
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
- 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
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.
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
These are all VRML 1.0 models. VRML 2.0 models are, in theory at least,
- 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
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
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.
Arlington is a card game which I invented. Here are the
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
- 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
- Heather Nova
- and a dead tree
- Nina Paley
- self portrait
- Mary Kay Place
- as Loretta Haggers
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
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
There're other sites I end up visiting that often, but these are the ones I
make a point to.
- Bad Machinery
- junior high as you wish it had been
- This would be an ordinary comic except that the setting in general,
and the character of Florence Ambrose in particular, are very well thought
- Girls with Slingshots
- a sweet comic, in spite of the fact that it's often about sex
- This contains spoilers. If you haven't read Narbonic already go to here
- Skin Horse
- Should I be disturbed by the fact that I find Unity attractive?
- Sluggy Freelance
- the best comic around, online or off
- by the guy who did Bruno
- pushing the limit as to how high the ratio of writing quality to
artistic quality can go in a comic
- Astronomy Picture of the Day
- from NASA
- The Cloud Appreciation Society
- Look up and marvel.
- Dance Tabs Galleries
- Linda's Lens
- Oregonian hiker/skier/runner
- 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 has an advantage over other hiking photographers in
that he usually hikes with a very beautiful woman.
Journals and blogs
- Freethought Blogs
- My favorite is Greta Christina's, but I also often read
- Jill Outside
- Jill Homer, who's tougher than she thinks she is
- Language Log
- a multi-linguist blog
- Mimi Ilano, an artist, in the best sense of the word --
This is the single coolest site on the web.
- The Mountains Are Calling
- Mary Emerick, outdoorswoman
- 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
- Trish Herr and her amazing daughters
- Zompist's E-Z rant page
- Mark Rosenfelder
- 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
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
- 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
- On This Day
- from the New York Times
- my Firefox bookmarks, basically -- This is what Mosaic
calls a "hotlist" and what IE calls "favorites".
- my current favorite sitefinder
- Internet FAQ Consortium
- Usenet FAQs
- Internet Movie Database
- who did what in which movie
- a site profiling conlangs, i.e. languages which were invented by
someone, or some group of people, as opposed to languages which arose
- online street maps
- mathematical references from Wolfram Research
- Merriam-Webster OnLine
- the dictionary
- a comprehensive guide to writing systems
On-Line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences
- what it says
- The Weather Underground
- a meteorlogical site, not a political one
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
- 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
- Sarah Boomer's trip reports
- Trail Journals
- This might be my favorite site on the World Wide Web.
- Verity Stob
- her Register columns
- the best text editor
The Tenniel illustrations are in the public domain. The rest of this page
is copyright © 1996-2013 Dennis Paul Himes