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2015-12-19 :: Edward Semblance // Pontifications
Updated Earworm Categories

Category Five: Persistent A previous earworm begins replaying. Category Four: Immediate A song heard in the immediate vicinity implants itself directly. May have some delay before implanting. Category Three: Logical An established or recent earworm segues into another song that has some logical connection: beat, style, album progression, lyrics, etc. Category Two: Accidental An overheard […]

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2015-08-25 :: Edward Semblance // Pontifications
Updated: Categories of Earworms

Category Five: Resurgent A previous earworm re-establishes dominance in the auditory brainspace. Category Four: Immediate A song heard in the immediate vicinity implants itself directly. May have some delay before implanting. Category Three: Logical An established or recent earworm segues into another song that has some logical connection: beat, style, album progression, lyrics, etc. Category […]

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2015-08-01 :: Edward Semblance // Dreamscenes
Dreamscenes: Organic LEDs

I accidentally cut my heel on something on the floor. I sat down to check how bad it was. There was a flap of loose skin sticking on the side of my foot, so I pulled it off. There was some blood, but what surprised me was the rippling wave of honey-colored light that the […]

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2015-06-30 :: Edward Semblance // Dreamscenes
Dreamscenes: Putting My Foot Down

I had had enough. It was just too much to deal with. The living room was filthy, and none of my group were comfortable with the situation. I abandoned the niceties, and told Mama June (from the reality show “Here Comes Honey Boo-Boo”) straight out that we would not be dressing up like tamales to […]

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2015-04-11 :: Edward Semblance // Pontifications
Categories of Earworms

Category Four: Immediate A song heard in the immediate vicinity implants itself directly. May have some delay before implanting. Category Three: Logical An established or recent earworm segues into another song that has some logical connection: beat, style, album progression, lyrics, etc. Category Two: Accidental An overheard phrase, a suggestive sound, an accidental melody recalls […]

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2015-01-10 :: Edward Semblance // Squibs
Squibs: Chatting with a Dragon

There was a flash and a high-pitched whine; Prestran squinted at the blur above him; it looked like a wisp, but it was much, much larger. It was a brilliant cyan shot through with ripples of bluer color, and it was pretty much invisible against the sky except as a slightly brighter crosswise shape. He […]

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2014-12-06 :: Edward Semblance // Dreamscenes
Dreamscenes: Foreign Keyboard

I needed to use a computer, but the one I found was obviously a Chinese model, because the keyboard was large, flat, and covered with a myriad of tiny square buttons with Chinese characters on them printed in gold. There were a few that had Roman characters printed in light gray below the Chinese character, […]

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2014-12-06 :: Edward Semblance // Dreamscenes
Dreamscenes: Gully Oxygen

I was wandering through a hallway when I came upon an interesting poster that had all sorts of graphs and charts on it. Two of the main ones were layered bar graphs in a grayscale scheme that purported to lay out the various economic activities of the State of Massachusetts. One of the sections, relatively […]

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2014-10-28 :: Edward Semblance // Squibs
Squib: First Day of Session

Forms of Energal Control, a third-year course. Unassuming in name, but the scuttlebutt said otherwise. The instructor was legendary. He was a deep tan, medium-height, a little heavy, bald as an egg. Seeing him from a distance, or in line at the school commissary, you’d never guess him to be faculty unless he was wearing […]

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2014-10-16 :: Edward Semblance // Dreamscenes
Dreamscenes: Powder Attack

There was a group of us in a large hostel or other situation; it had the feel of a reality-TV show, but the end-game was nebulous and there were no obvious plants, producers or executives around. Something was going on, though; an old friend of mine had accused me of sexual harassment and the situation […]

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