December 13th, 2011

Opuntia 71.1C - December 2011

16 pages, digest size, $3.00 cash for a sample copy, trade for your zine, or letter of comment, Dale Speirs, Box 6830, Calgary, Alberta, CANADA T2P 2E7 
Dale admits he's no Dr Who fan (he's anti-time travel) but he did get hooked on a Dr Who spin-off series of novels featuring the Seventh Doctor's companion Bernice Summerfield, and he reviews these. [As a kid, I was such a fan of the Tom Baker Dr Who that I got my mother to teach me to knit, then I knitted a Tom Baker Dr Who scarf. ... And I had a massive crush on his companion Leela. - Stratu] 
Next up, an article I found more interesting, 'Erosion Conspiracy Theory'. Dale introduces it with some personal history - he did a lot of fossil collecting, noticing erosion everywhere, but in other places no signs of such. Then briefly a note on local bookstores: "Calgary had a population of about 600,000... There were thirty secondhand bookstores in the city, plus several chain bookstores and as many independents. ... Now Calgary has a population of 1.1 million, about two secondhand bookstores, and only one chain store (Indigo/Chapters/Coles/W.H.Smith/Classic Books, all owned by Heather Reismann. Tell that to kids these days and they don't believe you. Actually they don't care; most have never set foot in a bookstore and those who read books will instinctively go online to download a text into their smartphone (Only Boomers use e-book readers.)).

This all leads up to a discovery Dale made in one of those long-gone bookstores - a copy of THE ART OF LOOKING AT BROAD VALLEYS, self published by Canadian geology rebel C.H. Crickmay in 1969. 21 pages and priced at $2.00. A geology zine! Although Dale calls it a book. The first half of this book/zine is a tirade against his fellow geologists. See, Crickmay discovered something that the mainstream geologists didn't want to acknowledge - that in some places, erosion does not happen. (Example: Studies in Australia have shown that some ridges and plateaus, not just in the arid interior but also the wetter areas, have not changed in shape for up to 251 megayears.) There's more about Crickmay's life and experiences that shaped him into a bitter man. Fascinating stuff.
The issue ends with letters to the editor.

The Newsletter [Holy Water] By Truman Bentley Jr.

1 page (single side), published daily, send $2.00US or stamps to Truman Bentley Jr., 3219 Carden Drive, Columbus GA 31907-2143, USA 
Truman makes some scores at the local thrift store; reports on his experiments with Holy Water; then writes about hip hop music (it was created as a soundtrack to hopscotch, using empty KFC buckets struck metronomically).