Selections from H.P. Lovecraft’s Brief Tenure as a Whitman’s Sampler Copywriter

Brilliant:

White Chocolate Truffle

What black arts could have stripped this chocolate of its natural hue? The horror of the unearthly, corpselike pallor of this truffle’s complexion is only offset by its fiendish deliciousness.

Chocolate Cherry Cordial

You must not think me mad when I tell you what I found below the thin shell of chocolate used to disguise this bonbon’s true face. Yes! Hidden beneath its rich exterior is a hideously moist cherry cordial! What deranged architect could have engineered this non-Euclidean aberration? I dare not speculate.

Vegas Projects That Were Never Built

Vegas Today and Tomorrow has a page dedicated to Vegas resorts that never got past the drawing board. My favorite has to be the Titanic Resort and Casino.

The Titanic resort, 400 feet long and containing 1,200 rooms, would have been one of the most heavily themed fantasy resorts in Las Vegas. The concept was rejected by the Las Vegas City Council. This was proposed for the big lot across the strip from the Sahara.

Profile of Neal Stephenson

From Wired:

Tonight’s subject at the History Book Club: the Vikings. This is primo stuff for the men who gather once a month in Seattle to gab about some long-gone era or icon, from early Romans to Frederick the Great. You really can’t beat tales of merciless Scandinavian pirate forays and bloody ninth-century clashes. To complement the evening’s topic, one clubber is bringing mead. The dinner, of course, is meat cooked over fire. “Damp will be the weather, yet hot the pyre in my backyard,” read the email invite, written by host Njall Mildew-Beard.

That’s Neal Stephenson, best-selling novelist, cult science fictionist, and literary channeler of the hacker mindset. For Stephenson, whose books mash up past, present, and future—and whose hotly awaited new work imagines an entire planet, with 7,000 years of its own history—the HBC is a way to mix background reading and socializing. “Neal was already doing the research,” says computer graphics pioneer Alvy Ray Smith, who used to host the club until he moved from a house to a less convenient downtown apartment. “So why not read the books and talk about them, too?”

I only read about 1800 pages of The Baroque Cycle but I still love Stpehenson so I’ll give Anathem.