ASFO 2022–09–10

Back from the Worldcon, hopefully back to doing regular shows. Yes, I have a report to give on the convention (photos here), as well as opinions to express about people who think refrigeration is wasteful, and a campaign in the Netherlands to conserve gas by getting people to bathe less. But first : poetry!

Photo of the "Man and Atom" display at Chicon 8. There are two tables with exhibits on them, and hortatory table fronts. Above these are displays of art. In the background is the famous Lunar Orbiter low-angle photo of Copernicus, printed on cloth.
“Man and Atom” display at Chicon 8. That’s me in green.

Supplemental Show

  • 2022–09–13 After a little glitch at the start, I read two leaflets (“Monroe Faces Tomorrow” and “Atomic Power for Peace and Prosperity”) about the Enrico Fermi breeder reactor plant at Lagoona Beach near Monroe, Michigan ; and then I start on a coffee–table book entitled The Nuclear Age by Jacques Leclercq of Electricité de France. I get through the front and back jacket matter, and the preface by Marcel Boiteux of EdF. The recording cuts off just as I get to the end of the preface, but none of the text is omitted.
  • 2022–09–16 Foreword to The Nuclear Age by Lord Marshall of Goring (Dr Sir Walter Marshall, sometime head of both the Central Electricity Generating Board and the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority), followed by reading the section headings and attempts to describe the accompanying paintings. According to the artist’s Web site, the paintings can now be viewed in the City Hall of the French town of Gravelines.

Everyone Does Best – Stokesauce

I’ve just released a new song, and I’d love for you to hear it, share it and let me know what you think of it.

The name Everyone Does Best came about when I was thinking about being under the pump to get something done, (as I often leave things to the last minute).

I came to the conclusion that although it’s better to start something early and finish it in good time, there is also a beauty to doing something last minute, making it extremely stressful for yourself and those around you.

There’s nothing new under the sun, it’s simply another way of saying diamonds are made under pressure or something. When they need to, everyone does their best!

Even on the deadline of this song I was still getting final touches on the mix, and straight after that I was on the phone with a friend of mine getting artwork done at 12:00am, which was an unintentional ode to the message of this track. Again, not ideal, but… everyone does best

The track takes a twist towards the end (2:38), it becomes light hearted and fun. I knew when I was writing it that I wanted to have this switch up in the composition.

Thank you for being in my life, I’m glad to be able to share my art with you.

You can listen to the track here.

You can buy the track for $1 on bandcamp.

Everyone does Best