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Writing 101: A Planet with a View

Writing 101: A Room with a View

describing a location I would want to be right now and why this location…

One of my book ideas “The Dragons of Cyranor” (in my own sci-fi universe) evolves around the republican Lord-Investigator Darren Ageiros. Cyranor is a not long ago discovered earth-like planet in a barely civilized part of the universe called “Honeycombs”. After a 4 years long voyage in hibernation chambers the republican settlers are beginning to build their very own existence and doing so, they start with their new capital: Thousand Falls. Read the rest of this entry »


Living with Social Dysfunction

Daily Prompt: Which emotion(s) do you find the hardest to contain? I’ll make this quick, because I still have to finish my seminar paper on “Terrorism in Europe around 1900”. But still I’ll try to give you my best. Let’s begin:

Containing emotions … it can be hard and it can be easy. Most times it is not really necessary, but on some occassions it should be considered a duty, more than an option. I myself have a positive social dysfunction: I am highly talented with an IQ higher than 99.9% of the average population. For most of you this might not seem like a dysfunction or even like I’m bragging, but I’m serious. Read the rest of this entry »

Air Force Officer steps in at 737’s mid-air emergency

Sometimes I am amazed by the things the average Joe can or is willing to do, especially in matters of life and death. Air Force Captain Mark Gungol, B1-B Lancer pilot and Assistan Director of Operations to the 13th Air Support Operations Squadron at Fort Carson, Colorado; for example.

Capt. Mark Gungol in front of his B1-B Lancer / © U.S. Air Force

Capt. Mark Gungol in front of his B1-B Lancer / © U.S. Air Force

While returning from a holiday in Des Moines with his wife and daughter, visiting the family, he proofed himself as a worthy “Everday’s Hero”, when the plane’s pilot suffered from a heart attack and he, as the seasoned airman he is, stepped in to help fly and land the plane safely at the nearest airport. Read the rest of this entry »

“Ed” O’Neill – The Bulldog Patriarch

The Great and the Least,
The Rich and the Poor,
The Weak and the Strong;
In Sickness and in Health,
In Joy and in Sorrow,
In Tragedy and Triumph;
You are All My Children.
(Agnes Nixon, 1970)

Name: Edward Leonard O’Neill; called “Ed”
Born: April 12, 1946 in Youngstown, Ohio, U.S.A. in St. Elizabeth Hospital
Mother: Ruth Ann née Quinlan, homemaker & socialworker
Father: Edward Phillip O’Neill, steel mill worker & truck driver
Siblings: two younger brothers & two younger sisters

Spouse: Catherine Rusoff, married since 1986 (separated ’89 – ’93)
Children: Claire (18) & Sophia (15)
Residence: Venice-L.A., California, U.S.A.

Edward Leonard "Ed" O'Neill

Edward Leonard “Ed” O’Neill

Education: Ursuline High School (catholic), Youngstown, Ohio
Ohio University, Athens (history & drama, left in sophomore year)
Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio
1969: bachelor’s degree in history at Youngstown State University
Former occupations: bus boy, steel worker, barkeeper, used car salesman, truck driver, social studies teacher
Current Occupation: Actor, since 1970
Sports: Ohio University Scholarship (American Football)
1969, Pittsburgh Steelers Training Camp (American Football)
Youngstown State University, Defense Line (American Football)
(Brazilian) Gracie Jiu-Jitsu: since 1991 (Black Belt since 2007); trained by Rorion Gracie

Height: 6ft 1 in / 1,85 m
Weight: 245 lb / 111 kg


Professional Biography

1946 – 1960: Childhood

Born on April 12, 1946, in Youngstown, Ohio, in the St. Elizabeth Hospital, Edward Leonard O’Neill was the oldest of five siblings. He has two younger brothers and two younger sisters. His father, Edward Phillip O’Neill was a steel mill worker, his mother, Ruth Ann née Quinlan, a homemaker. O’Neill himself says that he gained his fathers hard-workmanship and his mother’s “hystericalness”; eventhough he comicly states, that he only earned “the bad traits”. His mother was one of four sisters and O’Neill thinks that he got part of his talent for storytelling from his “very funny” uncles-by-marriage, which also had a very dark sense of humor.

Growing up he was interested in sports, music and chasing around the neighbourhood with friends. It wasn’t until the late 50’s that his family got a black and white television. O’Neill enjoyed the early comedies of that time. For example he liked Laurel and Hardy, but couldn’t see what should be funny about the Three Stoges.

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Writing 101: Unlock Your Mind

Writing 101: Unlock Your Mind

20 minutes of unfiltered and unplanned wiriting, here we go:

The radio played “Sweet 16” for the fourth time, when John looked through the binoculars. What he saw hadn’t changed in the last 12 hours: yellow fields, green trees, a blue lake and on the other shore a big, white house. He opened his car’s door,so that the pipe smoke could ventilate out. There was no action on the street near the house, nor had he seen any movement in the house. But he knew that his target was in there. Hiding from his persuers, scheming his next big coup.

John didn’t know what made his target so valuable exactly, his clients had been a little foggy about the specific misdeeds. He was only told, that his target was clever, worked alone and wasn’t shy of using weapons. Read the rest of this entry »

The history behind Game of Thrones: Trial by Combat

In this featured article the historian Dr. Steven Isaac of the Longwood University gives a little insight into the medieval rites, which inspired G. R. R. Martin and looks behind the seemingly savage religious rituals of letting a fight decide if someone is guilty or innocent.

Of the actual duel between the Mountain and the Viper, judging its accuracy is no easy matter.  Certainly, there are famous fights like the 1386 combat most recently discussed in Eric Jager’s The Last Duel.  There, a husband defended his wife’s charge of rape by killing the man she had accused.  While contemporaries accepted the outcome as proof, the dead man’s guilt has attracted debate ever since.



Holy Father of … erm … something?

The Daily Prompt asks of what I would be named patron saint, if in 300 years some wacko fans of mine decide to get me canonized.

Now I really don’t know if that’s a good idea at all … Read the rest of this entry »

The things we do & the things we become.

Today’s Daily Prompt: What did want to become as a child and what have you made of it today? Let’s see … Read the rest of this entry »

The Druids


Druids have become, in the modern lexicon, a symbol of Celtic magic or mysticism. Part of that is the fault of the early Christians in Britain and Ireland; they portrayed druids as the keepers of the old religion who had to be outshone in order to usher in the new; Columba defeats a Druid several times in bringing Christianity to Brude, king of the Picts. No doubt stories abounded about Patrick accomplishing the same feats in Ireland.

Part of the problem also has to do with our perceptions of magic. Today we see the craft as the province of people who study for years, people who go by the names of witches and wizards. But that was not the case in the ancient and medieval worlds. As has been seen, bards were wordsmiths, and for that reason their creations had a supernatural quality. The king’s power over his people rested…

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SCIENCE Webinar: The Many Roads to Cell Death // Cells moved with Light

© wiseGEEK / Multiple Cells

© wiseGEEK / Multiple Cells


Cell death is, ironically, an essential part of life. In recent years, the study and understanding of cell death pathways has been dramatically transformed by the insights gained into non-apoptotic pathways, including necro-apoptosis and autophagy, together with a deeper understanding of the mechanism of the apoptotic cascade. New discoveries have been enabled by cutting-edge technologies, particularly in the realm of cytometry and cell-death–specific markers. In this webinar, the latest insights into cell death pathways will be discussed, including the molecular markers and cellular changes that characterize each pathway. Viewers will also learn practical cytometry-based strategies for dissecting cell death pathways, and how to use the data to better understand the pathophysiology of diseases such as cancer as well as to uncover new targets for drug discovery and development.

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