Monthly Archives: August 2016

The Royal Family of All Rekodenz

Presented for future reference.

The royal family are based in the southern part of Xotopane and claim to be exclusively of the Yamarro ethnic group. Those marrying non-Yamarros can be kicked out to this day, despite there being much evidence to suggest the halfblood-appearing Yamarros have as much human blood as the mixed people from north Xotopane and other major urban areas on the microcontinent. The family’s aversion to non-Yamarro elements is such that Emperor Parent Taiti’s great-great nuntie was expelled from the family for naming ses child Ixwe.

The Emperor’s role is mainly ceremonial, conferring titles of honour upon people and signing propositions passed by the Diet into law.

Here is the immediate royal family:

Emperor Parent Taiti, widow of Emperor Shakoh’s other parent Emperor Tika

Emperor Shakoh

Emperor Omi


Princus Mitika (second in line)

Princus Meshamo (third in line)

I shall edit this with spouses and issue of issue and other information as I continue working on it.

Dreams and the brain

Maybe I should start keeping a diary of my dreams. They can be a great source of inspiration with writers’ block. They either mush up the events of the last few days into a bizarre chimaera or formulate something new.

While I was on holiday I had dreams mostly of the former type. But I must say I prefer the latter as it is a testament to the power of the brain. Even when the body is sleeping the brain just keeps going on and on. In fact, there is some evidence coming to light which may suggest that the thoughts generated by the brain in life may survive physical death.

So salute the brain, put it to work, and sleep well every night.


Whilst browsing the internet last night I came across the Scanimate. Now I was already familiar with the machine but then had the idea that I could use it with my writing. Now for those who aren’t familiar, the Scanimate is a video image manipulation device (a sort of video synthesizer, although I would prefer to call it a video Mellotron as it works with prerecorded video and stills) that originated in the early 1970s, being used extensively on TV shows as The Electric Company, Sesame Street and Logan’s Run. Let’s see it in action.

The only problem is there are only two working Scanimates in the whole world, both owned by the same per, Dave Sieg, in North Carolina. Now I cannot just hop onto a plane and get there and it’s going to take far more than Patreon money to fund a journey. So it will have to wait for a while. This is of course unless I collaborate remotely with Sieg, but I would much prefer hands-on involvement with the project. It seems like a very interesting machine to work with.

I intend to email Sieg shortly regarding my interest in working with the Scanimate. I would be honoured to.



Many of my interests stem back to childhood. I recall being asked to run an errand at primary school which involved taking something to a class full of atlases. So I promptly sat down in the book corner and read the atlases. Cue teacher who sent me coming up twenty minutes later and giving me the third degree. Still didn’t sway my love of beautiful maps.

Another interest of mine, old computers and in particular old computer graphics, comes from a little later. I’d only just started secondary school and in the library there were a number of books from the early 80s with illustrations of computer graphics in them. I believe it was my interest in games which attracted me to them. The earliest games I had seen at that point were Donkey Kong (1981), Digdug and Pole Position (both 1982), all with extremely blocky graphics that fascinated me. So I tried to visualise how computer graphics looked in the 1970s going by this slim evidence. I would later learn that, until Pong, raster graphics were rarely used in favour of the vectors used by the earliest games such as Spacewar (1962, PDP-1). Installing a full computer in an arcade would be ungainly and cost-ineffective, hence we got a PCB and a CRT.

Maybe I should write about more of my interests. It’s interesting (no pun intended) to go back and found out how I got into them.