The Call is my main general topic blog, leaning toward scientific skepticism but not being particularly bound by that many rigid rules of subject matter. As the site’s tagline suggests, it leans heavily toward fractals and skepticism, and this site will be the principle venue of my fractal-related presentations on weekdays and when posting for weekends. Needless to say, this lack of structure means that the site has grown into quite the mess over the more than 6 1/2 years I’ve posted on it. This page attempts to make sense of all that and to keep track of current features.
So here are the main topical entries for this site:
Cat Thursday: Hosted by the awesome Michelle Miller at The True Book Addict, this is a weekly meme featuring cats in a variety of ways, whether personal pets, lolcat pics, videos, or any other form of online media involving cats. I’ve often posted videos and pics featuring my fuzzy boy, the diabolical Mr. Eccles and his ebil tricks.
Caturday’s Astrophenia: This entry features space and astronomy-related material posted on Saturdays, gathered over the week. It presents links to the Astronomy Picture of the Day website, news and blogs from various venues dealing with astroscience topics, two on-site image features; the Images of the Week, and Ze Cats for Ze Caturday, the last inspired by blogger and now published writer Sharmishtha Basu. Do check out her blogs, and of course, her books. Finally, the post may include personal commentary by yours truly and usually an astroscience-related video after the commentary, links, and images.
The Call’s Gnuz & Lynx Roundup: This is the Call’s skeptical, science-y, and just plain weird news feature. It includes personal commentary, skeptical news items, and features blogs from some of those I follow online. It too features a video after the commentary and links, and may sometimes feature weekly and monthly blog stats, mostly those for this site and linked venues. It will be typically published on Sunday as a recap of the previous week.
Fractal(s) of the Week(or Day, or Month): This is a sometimes very strange entry for showcasing new fractal images I’ve created. It ranges from featuring only a single image to several of various pixel sizes, though I’ve yet to upload any single image taking up more than 50 MB of online file space. This entry has been posted on other sites I own but it is in particular a feature of this blog. These are sometimes just images I do for fun, released into the public domain, and I’ll note in the post when this is the case.
Future Fluff: This is a gaming and fiction feature detailing the strange beings, technologies, artifacts, events, worlds, and other features of fictional settings I create. It’s a sounding board to allow the things described therein to be better defined later with hard numbers and game statistics for use in role-playing venues by myself or others. Often featured are things pertaining to my Gods of Terra SF universe, but other, non-SF settings may be used as well.
Eldritch Nine: This is an ongoing series of posts dealing with the more powerful alien beings who populate or have populated my Gods of Terra setting in the past, the present, and sometimes, the far future for those yet to exist. It includes information on the Nine who are One, my alien spacegods whose intergalactic Grand Civilization went extinct billions of years before the current era of humanity. I may here deal with their servants or avatars and other lesser manifestations too.
Wordless Wotan’s Day: This post features an image or images, a video or videos, or a mix of both, without much commentary on my part, posted on Wednesdays.
Flash Fiction: Formerly Friga’s Day Flash Fiction, this features a single micro-fiction presentation in each installment, usually speculative fiction, but I’ve been known to do fantasy and gaming fan fiction as well. Each entry from here on out with very few exceptions begins and ends in the space of a single post. I find that this is the easiest sort of fiction for me to write as I’ve next to no patience with longer length or serial fiction. It was formerly posted each Friday, but may be posted once a day on any given day or days of the work week.
Fractal tutorials: These are posts dealing with the techniques, tricks, and tips for generating fractal images using a variety of different apps that I employ, with techniques on one app featured per entry. Included are often links to the basic software, with links and video tutorials found online included to supplement the material. Only those versions of apps I use at a given time will be featured.
Mr. Eccles Presents: These are video posts on various topics pertaining to things of personal interest, on this site on any given day of the week or weekend. I title this after my diabolical young male cat, who’s quite the adoptee, and the only cat I have raised from a kitten in recent years. Inspiration for this derives from skeptical blogger Kylie Sturgess‘s video entries on Token Skeptic titled “Little Kitten.” Thank you, Kylie.