search is restricted

Google is removing extended search from its blogs. A blog’s search box used to return additional results from the sidebar blogroll and Web pages your blog had linked to. No more…


However, such capability might make a useful plug-in for WordPress. I couldn’t immediately find such a plugin in a quick search. Possibly it might hook into DuckDuckGo to provide the functionality?

Niet journalski?

Collaborative Librarianship has a quick survey article “Directory of Open Access Journals: A Bibliometric Study”, looking at the coverage of library and information science journals in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)…

“It is interesting that no Russian language or languages used in the eastern regions of the former Soviet countries are represented in DOAJ.”

I did a quick DOAJ check. Subject Category: ‘Bibliography. Library science. Information resources’, then filtered by country of publication. The paper’s claim seems to be correct…


Switching to ‘Journal Language: Russian’ has the same result. Perhaps it’s just that there are no Russia-based library journals publishing in open access?

Do we need a new suite of filters for picture research?

I’m fairly good as an online picture researcher, but lately… ugh. Open Web picture research on certain historical topics is rapidly becoming nearly impossible, because search results get saturated by the websites of swivel-eyed loons and vast commercial robo-stores. I’d suggest we need some kind of Web browser filter to rid search results of “conspiracy theory crazies” and “commercial stores”, at least. Even a filter that just flags ‘known Photoshop fakes’ would be great, perhaps via some kind of pattern recognition.

Lovecraft Studies, issues 9-21

I’m adding a posting here, with main tables-of-contents, so that the article titles can be indexed on JURN and the journal can be linked from the JURN Directory…

Lovecraft Studies journal, now with the 1980s issues on


Lovecraft Studies 9

H.P. Lovecraft: Consummate Prose Stylist.
On the Natures of Nug and Yeb.
The Development of Lovecraftian Studies, 1971–1982 (Part I), by S.T. Joshi.

Lovecraft Studies 10

Notes on the Prose Realism of H.P. Lovecraft.
The Development of Lovecraftian Studies, 1971–1982 (Part II), by S.T. Joshi.

Lovecraft Studies 11

The Revision Mythos.
The Development of Lovecraftian Studies, 1971–1982 (Part III), by S.T. Joshi.
Dagon in Puritan Massachusetts.
Instructions in Case of Decease, by H.P. Lovecraft.

Lovecraft Studies 12

Lovecraft’s Concept of “Background”.

Lovecraft Studies 13

Who Needs the “Cthulhu Mythos”?
In Search of Arkham Country.
Correspondence between R.H. Barlow and Wilson Shepherd of Oakman, Alabama—Sept.–Nov. 1932, by H.P. Lovecraft.
Lovecraft and Chiasmus, Chiasmus and Lovecraft.

Lovecraft Studies 14

Behind the Mountains of Madness: Lovecraft and the Antarctic in 1930.

Lovecraft Studies 15

Mythos Names and How to Say Them, by Robert M. Price.
On the Emergence of “Cthulhu”.

Lovecraft Studies 16

Randolph Carter: An Anti-Hero’s Quest (Part 1).
Two Biblical Curiosities in Lovecraft.
Lovecraft and the World as Cryptogram.
A Guide to the Lovecraft Fiction Manuscripts at the John Hay Library (Part 1), by S.T. Joshi.
Did Lovecraft Revise “The Forbidden Room”?

Lovecraft Studies 17

Randolph Carter: An Anti-Hero’s Quest (Part 2).
A Guide to the Lovecraft Fiction Manuscripts at the John Hay Library (Part 2), by S.T. Joshi.
The Hands of H.P. Lovecraft.
Facts in the Case of “The Disinterment”.
Notes on Lovecraft’s “The Bells”: A Carillon.

Lovecraft Studies 18

Lovecraft and James Joyce.
Lists and Notes by H.P. Lovecraft: Basic Books for a Weird Library, by H.P. Lovecraft.
Robert E. Howard and the Cthulhu Mythos.
Swan Songs: Lovecraft and Yeats.

Lovecraft Studies 19-20

“Retrograde Anticipation”: Primitivism and Occultism in the French Response to Lovecraft 1953–1957.
The Subversion of Sense in “The Colour out of Space”.
H.P. Lovecraft’s Favorite Movie.
A Plea for Lovecraft, by W. Paul Cook.
Lovecraft and Romanticism.
The Late Francis Wayland Thurston, of Boston: Lovecraft’s Last Dilettante.
“The Green Meadow” and “The Willows”: Lovecraft, Blackwood, and a Peculiar Coincidence.
Who Was the Real Charles Dexter Ward?
Biographical Writing on H.P. Lovecraft: A Review of the Literature.
The Influence of Two Dunsany Plays.
The “Cthulhu Mythos”: Between Horror and Science Fiction.
In Search of Arkham Country Revisited, by Will Murray.

Lovecraft Studies 21

Infratextual Structures in Poe, Bierce, and Lovecraft.
Lovecraft’s Ethical Philosophy, by S.T. Joshi.
The Extinction of Mankind in the Prose Poem “Memory”.
On Lovecraft’s “Nemesis”.

Also note that has some issues of the Crypt of Cthulhu fanzine from the 1980s, which mixed new fiction with scholarly articles on H.P. Lovecraft and his circle:

Lovecraft’s Weird Families. (#22)

Prehuman Language in Lovecraft. (#33)

“The Hound” – a dead dog? (#38)
The Sources for “From Beyond” by S.T. Joshi. (#38)
Exploring “The Temple”. (#38)
HPL’s Style. (#38)

“The Blind Idiot God: Milton Echoes in the Cthulhu Mythos”. (#49)
“The Pool” – Recommendations for Revision, by H.P. Lovecraft. (#49)
Aporia and Paradox in “The Outsider”. (#49)

Lovecraft as a character in Lovecraftian fiction. (#52)

On “The Book”. (#53)
On “Azathoth”. (#53)
On “The Descendant”. (#53)
“The Thing in the Moonlight,” A Hoax Revealed. (#53)
Did Lovecraft Have Syphilis? (#53)
Who the Hell was Winfield Scott Phillips? (#53)
Iranon and Kuranes: An lntertextual Gloss. (#53)

How to get big pictures from eBay listings

Here’s a handy little web-whittle. It lets you save large versions of images from fleeting eBay sales listings, in which images are usually blocked by a javascript lightbox. You don’t need an add-on to save them to your PC.

In Firefox, just go: View | Page Style | No Style. This strips all formatting off the page.

Then scroll down to the bottom of what is now a much longer page than before, and near the bottom you’ll see the 1600px size pictures. You can the right-click on the picture and save.





How to open a .pages file in Windows in 2016 – use Libre Office

Problem: You’ve been sent a .pages format document. No, I’d never heard of it either. Apparently it’s a sort of obscure equivalent of the old Windows .wps format, only it’s from word-processing software that ships with Macs. Like the old .wps format, nothing on earth will open it as intended — except its own native production software.

Solution 1: (defunct) It seems there used to be a Windows trick where you’d rename the .pages file as a .zip and there would be a preview.pdf inside that was usable. That trick doesn’t appear to work any more, at least with the newer versions of whatever Mac software makes .pages files.

Solution 2: (working)

1. Get the free LibreOffice, a version of the popular Open Office suite. The developers of LibreOffice are not afraid to incur the wrath of Apple by enabling .pages import. Install.

2. Open a new blank document in the Writer component of Libre Office.

3. Go: top menu bar | Insert | Document and insert your .pages file. Your document loads and appears, but looks like blank pages with a few lines of dots at the top of each page. The formatting has all been lost, but the dots are actually all the words scrunched up together.

4. Go: top menu bar | Edit | Select All | Copy.

5. Open MS Word or similar. Paste in what you just copied to the clipboard. As you’ll see, you’ve lost any fancy formatting there may have been in the .pages file, but at least you’ve got all the plain text and it’s in the right order, it flows and is editable.