Things which destroy us as humans!

SandChigger | October 31, 2009

In a comment caught in the moderation queue, a Russian spammer asks Why is it that humans can move their eyes in opposite directions toward the nose, but not away from the nose? Because—and don’t try this at home, do it in front of friends … especially if they’re eating!—it makes your face explode. Sorry, [...]

Mogreb-el-Acksa, a Dune source?

SandChigger | October 24, 2009

I have recently been working on a new page for HToD showing the words and phrases of Frank Herbert’s Fremen, the forms and meanings of the original Arabic he based it on, and the apparent rules he used to derive his language. To begin, I took the list of words from the page on Khalid [...]

Laisa Faramani (It’s not Fremen)

SandChigger | October 12, 2009

One of the more stupid story arcs in The Winds of Dune involves a decree by Korba concerning planetary nomenclature that occasions a great deal of implausible McDune silliness and culminates in a killer dinner party at Castle Caladan: … Caladan has been renamed Chisra Sala Muad’Dib, which, in the language of the desert, means [...]

October 8, 1920

SandChigger | October 8, 2009

Today is Frank Herbert’s birthday. As Apjak has pointed out over on Jacurutu, he would have been 89 today, not a completely implausible age and possibly one at which he could have still been mentally capable and active and even writing Dune books. It would be nice if there were still a real writer working [...]