Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Discovering Science with tomato power! :)

Apologies for the lack of a poem this week, we're going into an election at the moment in NZ and it's seriously tense, will we have Green policies, or not? Will we have fiscally sensible policies, that come from a deep understanding of how poverty and homelessness are expensive? Or giveaways just to look good, but not actually fix the problem?

Who knows. But what I do know is our kids are amazing, and their future is worth fighting for. Also this is just a cute little review of my book - that I'm shamelessly plugging.

And there's a link to a post on Wizards Guide to Wellington, featuring one amazing little scientist, plus a little spiel on science and the importance of failure, and mistakes to scientific progress, it's uplifting. 
See the original Post at Wizard's Guide Wordpress
Now all I need are some of Einstein's wonderful quotes about creativity and the imagination.
We need that creativity and imagination more than ever so we can look at the world and imagine what might be. :)
A.J. Ponder
Rona Gallery

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Blue-Green Embrace

There's a blue-green pearl
dancing through
the darkest night
lit by
distant stars, and
whirling in the
tight embrace of the sun.

Its lustre
a blanket
barely 300 miles thick
stands between us
the dark of night
and the tight embrace
of the sun.

A.J. Ponder

Worth celebrating the world today, because why not. How can we look after it, if we can't appreciate it?

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Whose World is it, Anyway?

We're adrift
in a tv show
with Drew Carey's evil twins
the facts don't matter

Only we're not talking about
who gets the credits -
or the last word.

It's not like we can escape
the gas that's seeping,
or the oil you're sweeping
under the stage

Not to mention the
loose wires,
the smouldering fires
and the sprinklers set to Climate Change.

Come on, guys,
it's too late for improv
and some nob
spouting metaphysical
"what's real, anyway"

This is a crisis.
We're dying down here.
and drowned in

You can't make these things up
and not even Josie or Sandi
can balance the obvious bias.
We need the audience
in this game,
pointing out
the facts.
This theatre,
this game
was never about the points,
it was about having the time of our lives.

A.J. Ponder

A piece inspired by a right wing "libertarian" who insisted that facts don't matter so much that I couldn't help but think of Drew's famous line on Whose Line is it Anyway, "Where everything's made up and the points don't matter."
Who knows what we're meant to do with these people who fly into endorphin releasing righteous indignation any time the lies they base their lives on are threatened - Seriously, what are we meant to do with people whose opinion can't be swayed by facts, and who've ensured that, by simply refusing to believe that facts are a thing?

I almost put "where the spin's made up" but that spin is
terrifyingly real so...
BTW the clip opposite has been captioned many times, you'll find most of them by searching the slogan. Where everything's made up and the points don't matter. so here's another one, because the meme is so screamingly obvious, the U.S/America line had already been taken.

Have a great week,
And never take a good fact for granted ;)

A.J. Ponder

Thursday, August 31, 2017

The Frankie Files Goodreads Giveaway - ends Sept 8 2017

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Frankie Files by A.J. Ponder

The Frankie Files

by A.J. Ponder

Giveaway ends September 08, 2017.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
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A.J. Ponder

PS Yes, it is mad science, but if your young inventors and scientists aren't careful they may learn something. :)

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Today by Thomas Carlyle

So here hath been dawning
Another blue Day:
Think wilt thou let it
Slip useless away.

Out of Eternity
This new Day is born;
Into Eternity,
At night, will return.

Behold it aforetime
No eye ever did:
So soon it forever
From all eyes is hid.

Here hath been dawning
Another blue Day:
Think wilt thou let it
Slip useless away.      

I found this poem by looking to see if William Allingham had written another poem I liked, besides The Faeries. Then I thought maybe he had some friends or influences, and that that'd be interesting in itself. I found Thomas Carlyle, and while it wasn't the forresty poem I was looking for, I liked him and his work immediately -- it doesn't hurt that he coined the term "the dismal science" for economics.

So there you have the poem of the day - let's hope you enjoyed it, and that your day has a blue sky, and slips away meaningfully. :)

Author of Wizard's Guide to Wellington (8-12), The Frankie Files (6-12) and Miss Lionheart and the Laboratory of Death (12+) 
My books are also available from Rona Gallery


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Miss Lionheart is getting the message out

Found footage of Miss Lionheart in Mr Big's underground bunker - We need to know if she's going to be alright...

To keep up with any new events, you can go to Lilly's website at misslillylionheart.wordpress.com and sign onto the World of Spies newsletter - unless you're evil, in which case, there's also a
World of Evil Newsletter. ...don't miss out, it's more than your life is worth!  

PS we hope she can make it to the book launch on Thursday...


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Book Launch - Frankie & Miss Lionheart team up with a "Mad Science" party

6pm 17 August, Rona Gallery 152 Muritai Rd
RSVP A.J. (Wellington) 562 8062 or on Facebook

Yes, it's book launch time, and I'm excited to be launching my two mad science books - yes Miss Lionheart has been out for a while, but it's better late than never. And Frankie, well she's been so much fun to write - why not go and see the preview?

For previews of Miss Lionheart and the Laboratory of Death  and The Frankie Files click on the respective titles.

"Lilly" and "Frankie" will be there helping out with fun and handing out prizes for the best Mad Scientist &/or Monster costumes! Don’t worry, costumes are completely optional – most scientists, mad or otherwise, look just like ordinary people!

A.J. Ponder’s books sold at Rona Gallery during 3-20 August 2017 are part of the Ponder This exhibition supporting Te Omanga Hospice 

MissLionheartThumbnailSee you soon,
A.J. Ponder