Wil Wheaton: Horror Short Story – The Monster in My Closet

Something scary, just in time for Halloween.

Wil Wheaton - Flash Fiction - Monster in My Closet: Wil Wheaton writes a Goosebumps story with a wicked twist.

: My parents never took the monsters in my closet seriously.
Or so I thought before my father opened the door… (read on)

Wil Wheaton Flash Fiction - The Monster in My Closet“Come on, kid, I won’t hurt ya, I just want to get out of here.

“Open the door and I’ll be on my way…”

“It’s like when it’s cloudy, and you can’t see the moon.

But it sort of glows behind the clouds, so you know it’s there.”

“And if it comes out,” I said, carefully, “It’s going to kill us.”

“Well, I should expect so,” dad said. “Monsters are usually very serious about that sort of thing.”

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Science Fiction: Short, Free and Green

Short Story: Fingers Itchy & Green

redbud tree: A meteor shower bloomed over the earth, and the flowers followed in spring. We never dreamed those small seeds could cause so much chaos… (read on)

“…like the branches of a tree decorating my skin. It’s like some crazy, fantastic tattoo; or it would be if it wasn’t killing me slowly.”

“Even if it’s not of this Earth, that little plant is her defense. Mother Nature finds a way you see.”

“I should have left it alone. But you know what it’s like. You just can’t help picking at these things.”


Short Story: Talkative Tree

Talkative Tree: When our ship crash-landed, no one expected to find other survivors on this planet. We certainly didn’t recognize their faces… (read on)

“Doggone vine!” commented the windy whisper. “He ain’t one of my crowd.

 

I always figured bein’ a tree was a nice, peaceful life; and when I remembered how long some of them live, that settled it.

“Don’t drop diamonds to grab at stars!”

Tree tattoo by: Mez Love

Tree face by:recoverling

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Amazing People, Amazing Plants: Mist on the Leaves

Cliff Diving. Cliff Garden. (Do something awesome today.)
Cliff DiverCliff Garden
You are a mist that appears
for a little while and then vanishes.
James 4:14


AMAZING PEOPLE: At the West End of Negril, Jamaica, a popular “sport” is cliff diving. The spot this guy was diving into only had a 2 meter wide opening between the rocks in the water where he could safely land. (sollerphoto)

AMAZING PLANTS: This was a garden directly across from one of the many amazing Meteora monasteries. The only way to get to this garden is by way of an old, rickety, wood ladder. This is my idea of a good retirement project.(wilholm)

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[cliff diving world series] Boston cliff-diving world series photos. Yes, there is a cliff diving world series. Yes, people dive off buildings in Boston. These guys amaze me…Read More

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Planting the Succulents (via For The Love Of Skinny)

Planting the Succulents Milk Glass + Succulents = AWESOME CENTERPIECES. Over the last year my mom and I collected about 35 pieces of milk glass. Most of them came from thrift stores or garage sales, and a few people owned and gave to me. They are a wide range of shapes and sizes, which I love… Read More

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Garden Visit: Japanese Poetry Garden: Rikugien Garden

Rikugien Garden (六義園 Rikugien) is a Tokyo metropolitan park in Bunkyō-ku. The name Rikugi comes from the idea of the six elements in waka poetry (en means garden or park).

Rikugien Japanese Garden

Japanese Garden: Rikugien Garden Strolling garden, as well as a mountain and pond-style garden, Rikugi was created based on the theme of Waka poetry in the 15th year of the Genroku Period (1702) by the shogun, Tokugawa Tsunayoshi’s trusted confidante Yanagisawa Yoshiyasu.

Japanese Garden Rikugien_stroll garden

This garden is a typical example of the famous gardens of Edo Period. In the Meiji Period, this garden became a second residence of the founder of Mitsubishi, Iwasaki Yataro. Later, in the 13th year of Showa (1938), the Iwasaki family donated this garden to the City of Tokyo, and in Showa 28 (1953) it was designated as a special site of exceptional beauty and an important cultural asset.

Japanese Garden: Rikugien, Tokyo

The name “Rikugien” refers to a system for dividing Chinese poetry into six categories. This system also influenced the division of Japanese Waka poetry as well. Although the number six is usually read “roku,” in the case of the garden’s name, it is pronounced “riku” in keeping with the Chinese pronunciation of the word.

Autumn at Rikugien Garden Park, Tokyo JapanAutumn at Rikugien Garden Park, Tokyo Japan

Autumn at Rikugien Garden Park, Tokyo Japan

Old Pine Tree at Rikugien Garden Park, Tokyo Japan

Autumn at Rikugien Garden Park, Tokyo Japan

Summary

• Open Date October 16, 1938
• Area 87,809.41m
• Number of Trees High Tree : 6,020
Low Tree : 28,700
• Main Plant Pine(Pinus), maple(Acer palmatum), zelkova(Zelkova serrata), cornus controversa(Cornus controversas), cinnamomum javanicum(Cinnamomum camphota), castanopsis cuspidate(Castanopsis sieboldii), azalea(Rhododendron, Rhododendron indicum), cherry tree(Prunus), chimonanthus praecox(Chimonanthus praecox), Japanese apricot(Prunus mume), camellia(Camellia japonica), weeping cherry(Prunus pendula f. pendula), idesia polycarpa maxim(Idesia polycarpa), evergreen magnolia(Magnolia grandiflora), hagi(Lespedeza), sasanqua(Camellia sasanqua), Japanese beauty-berry(Callicarpa japonica)
• Facilities Hours: Open from 9:00 to 17:00 (Entry until 16:30)
Closed: Year-end holidays (December 29 to January 1)
Entrance fee: ¥300 (65 and over: ¥150)
(No charge for primary school children or younger, and junior high school students living or attending school in Tokyo)
*20% discount for groups of 20 and more
Related facilities:
Shin sentei: All rooms: Maximum 25 persons (Charge: ¥4,800)
Matsu-no-ma, Tsutsuji-no-ma: Maximum 17 persons (Charge: ¥3,600)
Momiji-no-ma: Maximum 8 persons (Charge: ¥1,200)
Gishun-tei: Tea ceremony rooms: Maximum 5 persons (Charge: ¥7,400)

13 Beautiful Gardens

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Sci-Fi Fantasy Gardens: Babylon 5, Flora of the Minbari Homeworld

Sci Fi Worlds - Minbari Homeworld, Minbar

Minbari Homeworld, Minbar

Minbar Planetary System: Located in the Chi Draconis — a binary star system in Sector 120, Minbar is the seventh planet in it’s system and is just over 25 light years from Earth.

Like Earth, Minbar has an oxygen/nitrogen heavy atmosphere that produces a blue sky. Nearly one quarter of the planet is covered by the northern ice cap and as a result the overall climate is markedly colder than that of Earth.

Babylon 5 minbari homeworld crystal

The Anla'shok temple in Yedor.

Minbar is noted for it’s vast crystalline deposits with many of it’s cities carved directly from the crystalline. The planet is orbited by two moons, has an orbital period of 1.5 Earth years, and a rotational period of 20 hours and 47 minutes.[2]

Minbar Holy Site: Tchok’an Mountains A crystalline mountain range just outside of the city of Yedor and the location of the palace of the Chosen One.

Water taken from wells bored deep beneath Tchok’an is used to sanctify newly sprouting crops in the ‘Renewal of Life’ ceremony.

“I don’t want to go to Minbar.””Oh, of course you want to go to Minbar. Everyone wants to go to Minbar! It is the vacation spot of the season…assuming you’re part of the “long robes and head bone” set.”

– Londo Mollari to Vir Cotto, 2260

Minbar Plant Life

Beeba oil of the Minbari homeworld

Beeba oil of the Minbari homeworld, Minbar

  • Beeba: A plant that produces an organic oil. Broadly comparable to Earth olive oil with an equally similar culinary use.[6]
  • Chudomo seeds: A bean-like seed pod akin to Earth haricots vert.[6]
  • Gal’sha: A plant who’s hard oily seeds are similar to Earth hazelnuts.[6]
minbar glomo flowers

Glomo flowers of Minbar

  • Glomo: A plant who’s fruit can be compared to an Earth courgette.[6]
  • Hylax: A plant who’s seeds are similar to Earth red potatoes.[6]
  • Jenn: A plant with a bulb-like structure with a distinctive taste and consistency very much like Earth garlic.[6]
  • Pil’sha: A type of herb with similar properties to Earth parsley.[6]
  • Qual: A type of fruit that comes in several varieties such as qual’fha and qual’nha, which are themselves similar to Earth red and green peppers, respectively.[6]
  • Rylla: A plant who’s shelled seed pods are similar to Earth peas.[6]
babylon 5 Ranger Marcus Cole, Human
I am a Ranger.We walk in the dark places
no others will enter.

We stand on the bridge,
and no one may pass.

We live for the One,
we die for the One

– Anla’Shok credo

  • Se n’kai: A fruit baring tree that while fairly prevalent in the time of Valen, have since become much more scarce. Se n’kai fruit plays an integral role in the installation ceremony of a newAnla’shok Entil’Zha.[1]
  • Slenn: A type of herb with similar properties to Earth thyme.[6]
  • Tyr: A plant who’s summer fruit can be compared to an Earth squash.[6]
  • Valen’s herb: A type of herb with similar properties to Earth basil.[6]
  • Valeria fruit: A type of fruit that cam be compared to an Earth plum tomato.[6]
  • Wysa: A plant that bares a nut akin to Earth almonds.[6]
  • Xenn: A citrus fruit with a bitter, lemon-like flavour.[6]
  • Yedor root: A taproot type plant who’s taste and texture can be compared to Earth carrots.[6]
Minbari Zassa plant

Minbari Zassa plant, possibly used in the Rebirth Ceremony, or Nafak’cha

  • Yla: A leafy vegetable who’s leaves are the primary ingredient in yla leaf cake.[6]
  • Zassa: A plant who’s very spicy pepper-like fruit is on par with Earth jalapeño chilli.[6]
  • Zerka: A small, rare ceremonial plant that is spun into thread used only on very special garments.[13]

Minbari Plant Usage Notes:

  • “Death Destroyer” Sha’neyat: A potent liquid, of great symbolic significance, to be used only in certain religious ceremonies. A potent liquid, of great symbolic significance to the Minbari. The word “Sha ‘neyat” looselytranslates into English as “death destroyer”.[1]It is made by distilling a combination of flowers, fruits, and grains, and is used only in certain specific religious ceremonies which under normal circumstances only Minbari are permitted to partake in.

    One such ceremony to install the Entil’Zha of the Anla’Shok. This presented a problem when it came time to install Jeffrey Sinclair as the Rangers’ new leader and the Anla’Shok doctors discovered that sha’neyat is a deadly poison to Humans.

    Despite this, Satai Neroon vehemently insisted over Satai Rathenn‘s protests that if the ceremony was to be carried out at all, it must be strictly according to tradition. This  included consuming sha’neyat.

    Sinclair eventually agreed to consume a mere sip instead of a full cup, as its relevance to the ceremony was that he “taste of it”. However, even after being administered an antidote, this small amount was sufficient to inflict grave illness on Sinclair. He lay bedridden with fever for the following three days and nights.

  • Glivinn: A traditional dinner of the Third Fane of Chudomo that may only be prepared and eaten on Valen’s Day. It includes glomo fruit, summer tyr,qual’fha, two yla leaf cakes. fresh baby yla leaves and a soft cheese and herb spread with a dressing of sweet temple oil, chopped jenn bulbs, Owala paste, shredded Valen’s herb and fresh choppedpil’sha.[23]
  • Klenn-Sha: A Worker Caste dinner made from spicy taalor tubes a type of dried pasta, beeba oil,jenn bulbs, Valeria fruit and a mixture of salt, herbs, spices, nuts, whipped cream and hard grated cheese. Klenn-Sha is traditionally eaten on every third day during the autumn season, alternating with Klenn-Fha and Klenn-Jha and is often followed by a dessert of Yun-Yun.[23]
  • Yl’fost: A sweet crystalline organic compound, equivalent to Earth sugar.[23]
  • Yla leaf cake: A crispy flat cake made from Ylaleaves that is broadly similar to an Earth tortilla.[23]
  • Yun-Yun: A fattening dessert made fromtemshwee eggs, Yl’fost, wysa nuts and a variety of fruit, dairy and chocolate-like ingredients. Yun-Yun is typically enjoyed by members of the Worker Caste after dinner, though some workers who are not quite as disciplined as the Religious Caste have been known to consume yun-yun asdinner.[23]
  • The Rebirth Ceremony, or Nafak’cha is another Minbari ritual that is at its core meant to commemorate a great change that is coming or that has already come. It can also sometimes double as a marriage ceremony.[1]The Minbari Rebirth Ceremony, called the Nafak’Cha, also doubles as a marriage ceremony. It is used to commemorate a great change that is coming or is already here. Participants are to contemplate what has gone before, what is, and what is ahead of them.

    As with many Minbari ceremonies, the Nafak’Cha must be completed before a certain amount of time has passed since preparation were begun. The most important part of the ceremony comes when each participant must tell another a secret that has never been told to anyone else and give away something that is of great value to him.

    The closing ceremony is a dramatic recreation of the forming of the Grey Council, one of the most significant changes in Minbari history. There are nine Minbari participants who stand around a triangular table and one leader. The instruments on the table are also triangular. All Minbari wear white cloaks.

    “Will you follow me into fire?
    Into storm?
    Into darkness?
    Into death?”

    And the nine said, “Yes.”

    “Then do this in testimony to the one who will follow.
    Who will bring death couched in the promise of new life, and renewal disguised as defeat.”

    A red fruit is then shared from a triangular crystal basket

    “From birth, through death and renewal.
    You must put aside old things, old fears, old lives.
    This is your death.
    The death of flesh, the death of pain.
    The death of yesterday.
    Taste of it and be not afraid.
    For I am with you to the end of time.
    Taste of it.
    And so, it begins.”

Pictures:
Glomo Flowers
ReneS Photography
Bill Gracey photograhy

Citations:
Babylon 5 Wikki
Minbari Frost Jedi
Babylon 5 ABCs
http://www.ajbaker.force9.co.uk/b5minbarirace.html

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Sci-Fi Fantasy Gardens: Babylon 5 Gardens (Red Sector)

Delenn in the GardenBabylon 5 > Red Sector > The Gardens: The Gardens in Red Sector feature over 150 different kinds of plant life from several planets.

“Babylon 5 is a space station in neutral space more or less central to all five of the different alliances, human or alien. To get to one or the other, you have to pass through this sector of space. Thus, Babylon 5 has been created as a sort of port-of-call for travellers, statesmen, emissaries, traders, refugees and other, less savory characters.

Science Fantasy Gardens: Babylon 5 GardenFive miles long, Babylon 5 is divided into separate, discrete sections that rotate at differing speeds to provide different gravities to accommodate those who come to the station.

As for locations inside B-5…we’ve designed a number of very different looks and locations to give it a non-claustrophobic feel.

By virtue of being patterned physically after the work of such scientists as Gerard K. O’Neill, the absolute center of the elongated station (which revolves to provide gravity) is a sort of hollow-world look, with fields and hydroponic gardens along the 360-degree circular section (which is about a half-mile, or a mile across)…and as you get closer to the absolute center, where a transport tube cuts from one end of the station to the other, naturally you get less and less gravity until you can literally hang suspended. This area is known as the Garden.” (Babylon 5 Universe)

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