The Soul of a New Machine

SandChigger | December 30, 2010

Here’s a peek at some of the code behind the Fremen Verb Conjugator that’s going to be (one of?) the centerpiece(s?) of the new Fremen Conlang area of the site: There’s still a lot of irregular morphology & phonology stuff to add, along with the imperatives and passive conjugations for all the derived Forms, but [...]

Googling Twisterhood

SandChigger | December 29, 2010

Something else that turned up this evening in a perusal of the recent site access logs was someone googling for “The Sisterhood of Dune” who ended up on the Sisterhood predictions page in the Synopses area. When I repeated the same search myself, I discovered that the predictions page is currently #2 in the results, [...]

People naked in Dune?

SandChigger | December 29, 2010

I don’t know which disturbs me more, that someone actually googled that, or that they ended up on this blog as a result! But it got me wondering, how many people do get naked in Dune? There’s this great passage from Dune itself in which the word occurs: Paul studied the man—tall, flat-featured, with a [...]

What’s wrong with this picture?

SandChigger | December 26, 2010

This is an image which I pinched from the Web quite a while back (evidently from and have been using as one of my desktop images ever since. (I have a folder of images that the system cycles through, choosing a new one every half hour or so. I love my Macs!) I quite [...]

A friend in an unexpected place?

SandChigger | December 23, 2010

The other night I was reading more of the Budayeen Nights collection of Marîd Audran stories by George Alec Effinger and happened upon another interesting tidbit with probable Dune connections. According to Barbara Hambly, who wrote the Foreword and introduction to each story, she commissioned and gave Effinger the idea for the story “Marîd and [...]

Another Happy Customer!

SandChigger | December 19, 2010

Just found in the comments moderation queue a little while ago: gfm (gm@*******.com) Submitted on 2010/12/18 at 10:32pm maybe if you weren’t such a fucking douche people would take you seriously. die of aids in a fire and I sincerely hope you and your family dies of cancer. best wishes in the holiday season [...]

Why “Sisterhood” is going to be another error-ridden suckfest

SandChigger | December 18, 2010

Sev posted on Jacurutu the other day that the page for The Sisterhood of Dune is now up over on Amazon UK. (Note how in the URL it’s listed under Anderson’s name. Interesting, huh?) Here’s the Product Description again: It is 83 years after the last of the thinking machines were destroyed in the Battle [...]