Of Bunnies and Logos: The Playboy Icon

My Informational Design and Visual Literacy course provided me with a challenge this week to explore and discuss a company's logo.  Basically, to break it down and explore how it captures the company's message and purpose.  After aimlessly googling company logos trying to find inspiration, I randomly thought of the Playboy logo and what follows is what I wrote.  I should warn you that several people who read an excerpt on Facebook said they wouldn't be able to look at the logo the same again.  So enjoy!
Image: Playboy Bunny.  Image Source: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/a/a8/PlayboyLogo.svg/500px-PlayboyLogo.svg.png

There's lot to cover with this logo and the more I think about it, the more ingenious I find Playboy to be with their logo.  This logo conveys much without actually saying anything formal and much of what it suggests is more risque without having to be blatantly raunchy--something that Playboy aspires to over other entities like Hustler and the like.  Playboy is a multimedia empire that largely caters to men’s sexual interests. What started initially as a magazine has evolved into books, television, film, websites, events, and facilities (e.g. The Playboy Mansion). The key style that Playboy has employed for decades has been sex through the prism of sophistication; the equivalent contrast of an escort versus as street-level prostitute. Playboy is the escort, purportedly offering class and sophistication with its sexual steam.   Though the extremely sexually-conservative folk would see all elements of sexual capitalism vanquished, sexual moderates and liberals tend to view Playboy with much more acceptance or amusement (except when of course, one delves into the niche of feminism that claims that all pornography is exploitative of women and detrimental; I do not agree with this branch of thinking, though I can understand how one gets there).   While celebrities, politicians, and other high-profile people seek to avoid being “caught” with lower echelons of sexual capitalism, many regularly interact with Playboy and are comfortable with this association. As one of the best-paying magazines in the country, many popular and skillful writers have at some point published in Playboy magazine (those famous “articles” that no one reads).


Researching the logo can be a little tricky.  After all, each search is prefaced with "playboy" and that invites all things sex related--which only speaks to the prevalence and success of the company and its aforementioned logo.  However, it did yield some interesting sites such as this Tumblr site that presents cartoons from Playboy magazines throughout the years.  


The famous bunny logo balances the prestige and sophistication that Playboy as an organization has attempted to uphold while in subtle and sophisticated ways, communicates that sex is still the subject on hand.  For those that don't know, the Playboy bunny originated in an cartoon in an early issue of Playboy magazine by Art Paul.  It evolved into what has become the icon of Playboy fairly shortly after that.  



Time to explore the logo.  First, there is the singular contrast of black and white. This makes the logo bold and stick out; grabbing the viewer’s attention. Also the mixture of black and white could also be read through a moral lens in that despite the questionable elements of sexual capitalism (represented by the color black—a color traditionally meant to indicate the negative), there is purity mixed with impurity.  The black and white contrast also connects to the bow-tie and more strongly elicits the bow-tie's metaphor as a stand in for a full blown tuxedo.

The rabbit head silhouette is continually referred to as the Playboy “bunny.” This is a curious but impressive feat by Playboy because it plays out several themes simultaneously and across the sexual divide that’s worth acknowledging.  These ideas could be mutually exclusive if one thinks about it too much, but funny enough, no one ever does.  The bunny is used in many ways and thus the icon can be embraced by many.

  1. The icon “bunny” appears to be male (indicated by the tux—more about that later).
  2. The tux also invokes a sense of class and wealth.
  3. The “bunny” is a rabbit; well known for its proclivity for sex.  
  4. With these three consideration, the bunny embraces the "playboy" who is wealthy and looking to sexually score.
  5. Yet, a bunny is typically a young rabbit; as in, a newly born rabbit, not yet capable of reproducing.
  6. “Bunny” is the term referred to the women that work at the Playboy clubs and the term many refer to when talking about women who work for Playboy in some form of exhibition. 
  7. Taking three, five, and six, here again, we have an interesting presentation of women:  sexy but non-procreating exhibitionists.
  8. What about the bunny presented in side-profile. The bunny doesn't look forward which might be a direct invitation.  Instead, it looks to something the viewer can't see. Therefore, the viewer must ask what the bunny is looking at and must become the bunny to see what the bunny sees.
  9. But given that the only action permitted to the bunny is to look, we also discover the centerpiece of the Playboy industry.  The visual.  Looking at "bunnies".  It promises us nothing more.   Laura Mulvey would be proud.
Image:  Word cloud of this blogpost

So why is the tux important? Firstly, it indicates class and sophistication, a key element of Playboy. It also indicates that the icon we are looking at is a male (e.g. a sophisticated man).  Some would argue this is questionable, but given the bunny's origin as a male "playboy", it seems rather moot.   Since the icon is abstract (yet clearly male), it does encourage the viewer to project himself into the role of that bunny who is presented as looking (leftward). Thus, the image tells the male viewer that he too can see what this icon sees (an abundance of women in various states of undress). This idea of abstraction comes from Scott McCloud who discusses that abstraction enhances one’s tendency project himself or herself into the abstract. That is, the more abstract (to a certain point) a drawing is, the easier it is for people to picture themselves therein.

Of course, there are more sexual hints within this logo still. The bunny ears spread out in a way that they could simultaneously be considered phallic (from a state of flaccidness to an erect state) and yonic (the two ears forming the “V” of a woman’s legs as well as the “V” of the pubic mound). The curvature of the bunny in contrast to the straight-lines of the tuxedo tie also hints at a contrast between the constraint of the male viewer and the sexual abundance of the women within the Playboy establishment. And of course, the bunny’s face with its particular curve simulates a curvaceous buttocks or even a breast (supposing the bunny’s “eye” to be the nipple).

All in all, this logo does a fantastic job at capturing the tantalizing and complex sexual dynamic that Playboy represents.  The question of whether it is intentional or not (much like when the student says, "but did the Shakespeare mean all that stuff") isn't relevant.  The fact that it can be all found there makes think about the direct and indirect ways information is communicated.  They say a picture is worth a thousand words--and I blew past that a few paragraphs ago.  




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Tales of Running: The Wall of Many Thanks

So if you haven't heard already, I ran the first marathon of my life this past week.  It's been an epic 2.5 year quest to achieve as I've chronicled within this blog.  This certainly won't be the last blog post on the subject matter as I'm not likely to give up running but will try for more and more accomplishments.  But before I go for more victory laps, I want to thank people.  While it is undoubtedly me who runs these races, I do not get there without some help from many people.  I've said before that I'm proud of my accomplishment, but there are many things that contribute to my success.

Thus, I'm taking this time to thank all of the people who have been helpful in me achieving this.  Help comes in many forms.  With some such as my partner and friends, it means coming to races or providing me a hearty meal (before or after) a big race.  For others, it's the mere inquiry of how my training is going and genuine interest and encouragement of what I'm doing.  Others help me with ideas, tips, and ways to overcome obstacles while others help me by allowing me to help them (that is, the act of helping them reinforces and renews my strength).  Some I own thanks for getting me out to do a run or bike ride and others just for congratulating me me on my accomplishments.  All of this contributes to a very positive environment for me, which has proved crucial to running after a childhood of (feeling like a) failure in which I always came in last and was usually derided for it.

So here is my wall of thanks.

Joanne A.
Ariel B.
Jennifer B.
Bruce C.
Elizabeth C.
Erin C.
Jessica C.
Lynn C.
Sarah C.
Jana D.
Jen D.
Larry D.
Allison E.
Ashely E.
Felicia E.
Jessica E.
Mudty E.
Paula E.
Trevor E.
Julie F.
Anna G.
Lauren G.
Mike G.
David H.
Michele H.
Sarah H.  (of Shanti Bodywork)
Bert Thijs J.
Corey J.
Danielle J.
David K.
Jasmine K.
Kara K.
Rich K.
Robin L.
Angela M.
Dan M.
Emma M.
Kellie M.
Kerri M.
Tom M.
Winston M.
Danielle O.
Mandy P.
Drew Q.
Linda Q.
Matt Q.
Cody R.
Jared R.
Judy R.
Tricia R.
Vinne R.
Antonio S.
David S.
Linda S.
Mike S.
Rachael S.
Rebecca S.
Regina S.
Walter S.
Donna T.
Renee T.
Katie W.
Rob W.

There are probably people missing...though I hope not.  I've been racking my head but will probably not remember everyone (if you're not sure you see your name and think you should be here--let me know; it was not an intentional oversight!).

Last, but not least by any means of the imagination is my partner, Christine.  She has been an amazing and supportive partner, doing her best to get me to, through and home from many of the runs as well as helping me with my training throughout.  I do believe I could have done this without her--but it wouldn't have been nearly enjoyable, stress-free, and injury-free.

So thank you all.  I hope that I can be as helpful and supportive of your endeavors as you have been of mine.
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Tales of Running: That was Hard...Let's Do It Again!

26.2 miles in a single day is something I used to laugh at.  The line of thinking went something like this: "I don't run.  And even if I did.  I'd never run a marathon.  I don't care if a whole zombie horde was after me.  No way.  I can never imagine doing that.  That's crazy."  It's the same variation I have heard from myriad people over the course of this venture and shared with them my own goal to run a marathon.  I can certainly say I understand it from both sides of the experience.

Anyone who has been following this blog (all three of you) knows that my trek to this has been long, mostly fun-filled, and chock full of insights and reflections. It has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life in that I worked hard and achieved something that I largely though was impossible for much of my life.

So how did it go?  Well, like the blog title says, it was hard.  But in truth, it was awesome (in all senses of that word).  I hit challenges within the race to be sure, but it felt amazing to run and push my body in such a capacity and to complete it.  I don't think there was ever a time within the race that I didn't think I would complete it, but there were moments of fatigue that I had slipping thoughts of walking the rest.

On the numbers front, I ran it in 4:37:05 according to their clock (my own clock reads 4:35) and came in 1046 out of 1300.  For me, that's a good accomplishment that I'm very happy with (despite seeing on Facebook, an 82 year old man who beat me by nearly an hour--albeit at a different race).  My high water goal was 4.5 hours, but in truth, I said I would be glad with anything under 5 hours (and I am!).

The race had its various phases; each offering it's own unique challenges and experiences.

Miles 1-2:  This was probably the hardest for me mentally and where my doubt-demon sprang up to say, "Aww screw it!"  What fueled that thought the most is that for a self-described "flat" course, this was showing itself not to be with a winding upward hill to start the race off.  However, somewhere around mile 2.5, I felt someone grab my ass and there was a good running friend of mine who was doing the half-marathon (the two races were running concurrently).  His enthusiasm was enough to snap me out of it

Miles 3-7:  These miles I was trying to find my rhythm in betwixt getting a sense of the course, overcoming the fact that it wasn't as flat as I had hoped,  and trying to set a pace that I thought I could maintain.  (My goal was to maintain 10 minute miles, but that fell apart).  However, I did hit some delay when I had to make a quick pee stop.

Miles 8-14:  This section of the race, I soared (in so much as I can "soar" while running).  Miles 8-9 I picked up my pace and did under 9.5 minutes to catch up so that I was back on a 10 minute page.  This was when I felt strongest about the race--especially when I crossed the half-marathon mark directly on the 10 minute pace.

Miles 15-16:  Towards the end of mile 14, I started to feel the rumblings in my stomach and realized that a serious bathroom break was needed.  I made it to the next water stop where they had the porta-johns and made relatively quick use of the stall.  When I got out and back on the road, I needed some time to let things resettle.

Miles 17-21:  I tried to reclaim some of the lost time during these miles but found myself struggling a little bit.  When I passed the 30K (the longest distance I had ran prior to this marathon), I felt a great a sense of pride and just kept reiterating that every step after the 30K mark was "pure profit."  At the 20 Mile marker, they had a great drawing on the ground of a wall broken apart (i.e. breaking through the wall).  The amusement and thoughtfulness kept the wall away for a bit.  But I did hit "a wall."  I'm not sure I would call it "the wall."

Miles 22-25:  I did hit a wall during this stretch.  But the wall wasn't one where I contemplated if I could finish but merely how much of the endgame would I be able to run.  I won most of this battle with only a few short stints of walk.  I considered this reasonable since I had been battling a twitching calf since Mile 6-7.  It kept hinting at cramping but never came through (luckily!).  My muscles were aching; my feet were exhausted, and my resolve significantly weakened.

Miles 26 (and that damn .2!):  I saw the 26 mile marker and smiled wildly.  I returned to my refrain that I had uttered repeatedly throughout the race: "I. Will. Do. This."  It was hurting and hard to go by until I saw the sign "1 mile left."  This put the buzz in my step which was only further enhanced when I got to the 26 mile mark to see my partner there cheering me on for the last .2 miles.  With everything left, I chugged away to the finish line and finished strong.  I haven't seen the pictures yet, but that last minute of the race, my expressions were all over the place.  I was grunting, growling, smiling, laughing, and crying...I was a hot mess.

It was such an experience on so many levels.  I was inspired and amused by the range of people attending and cheering us on with signs that were sincere and silly.  I was inspired and motivated by many of the runners out on the course and where possible, I did my best to thank them afterward for giving me something more to push myself towards.  It was just a powerful experience that I know I will do again.  

From everyone's general talk about the marathon, I kept hearing dread.  Many said they were happy they did it and proud, but not many said they actually enjoyed it.  I did enjoy it.  To be sure, I suffered at times, but I continued to feel happy that I was doing it.  I felt cramping and fatigue, but never was it at the point where I regretted my decision or thought it wouldn't happen.  Despite the challenges, I loved every moment of it.  To me--that is the most amazing piece of this whole journey.  I ran a marathon and i love it.  It's just so damn foreign and yet so damn right.  

This won't be the last post on the marathon.  Hell, I had 4.5 hours to think about what I wanted to say here.  But this is a good place to end.  So how was the marathon?  Hard but I can't wait to do it again.


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By the Time You Read This...

So if all is going according to plan, I'm about one hour into my first marathon.  This past week (like much of my experience), I have swung among many different feelings:  from a sense of disbelief to an overwhelming sense of accomplishment to some sense of dread (Mile #20--I'm looking at you!) to a nagging desire to think about what lies beyond (what new running challenge do I want to tackle next?) to whispering anxiety about getting an injury somewhere within all of this.  But such are the thoughts of many of the folks I will be running with.

But in the end, I feel quite ready for this.  I don't think it will be a "jog in the park" as they say.  I anticipate the challenge of running 26.2 miles will be incredibly hard since I did not train as much as I should have (do we ever?) and running 26.2 miles in Vibrams may offer it's own range of challenges.  But I'm ready for this and I will do this.

And that thought brings back the disbelief that I'm not only doing it, but I'm actually excited about doing it.  I've been blogging for about a year and a half on the topic of running.  And I'm not entirely sure I knew this was as inevitable as it now seems, but that sense of disbelief has sat with me since I first started along this journey.  To come from a place of "I hate running" and refusal (or inability) to run more than 1 mile (and then, only when I really had to), to being excited about running 26.2 of them: utterly surreal.  Does this happen with other runners?  Is this just something newer runners experience?

I'm guessing it will level off with time; though in truth, a part of me wishes it wouldn't.  There are few greater lessons about life than those ones that flip the world for someone.  Running has been that.  To go from extreme loathing of something (I can remember saying regularly "I don't run." or "I can't run.") to an extreme love and appreciation of it in just over two years time still sends me into bewilderment.  More importantly, it reminds me that while there are often serious limitations that we may encounter in life, that our perception of our self and our abilities may be the biggest obstacle to overcome.

And where do I go after this?  Well, if all goes well, I see this marathon as a benchmark.  Next year, I'd like to do several marathons and if possible, get my timing under 4 hours (and eventually...maybe even 3.5 hours).  If I can be as successful with marathons for the next year and a half as I was with half-marathons this year, then I am thinking seriously considering 50+ miler for 2015.  But let's not put the cart before the horse just yet.

Whatever happens today, I expected it to be a bit ugly at the end.  I will be in some rough shape, but that's OK.  Each twinge of pain or soreness will only remind me that I'm on the other side of accomplishment and the euphoria from that is enough to wash away any lingering wear.

Of course, I'm also looking forward to my post-run reiki session from the folks at Mindful Reiki who have been great in helping me train for this run.  I'm equally excited for my post-marathon session at Shanti Bodywork who offer a 26% discount for someone who's completed a marathon in the previous week.  I went to Shanti Bodywork a few days before the race and they did a fantastic job in loosening up the tightness that's accumulated.

Well, if you're still reading this, feel free to give me some words of encouragement.  I won't read it until I'm home and finished, but they will be appreciated regardless!  I will definitely be sending a follow up about how it went, so be on the look out for that!

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Librivox Part 7: Random and Curious Free Audiobooks

This post will feature some of the more curious finds on Librivox that I've come across in this entire series.  Some of these are quite random while others are just finds that I rather like or find useful to look at.  So has anyone been following this entire series?  What post did you enjoy the most or find most useful?  Let me know down below in the comments section.  If you have enjoyed or plan to enjoy any of Librivox, I highly encourage you to DONATE.  Like Wikipedia, it is a site largely run by volunteers and is a nonprofit.  We all substantially benefit from both which is why I regularly donate to both.  Please consider donating!  If this is the first one you're turning into in this series, check out my previous posts in this series.   Previous posts in this series include:

Book cover - Ragged Dick Image Source: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/83/Ragged_Dick_Cover_by_Coates_1895.JPG
Ragged Dick - Horatio ALGER, JR. (1832 - 1899)
http://librivox.org/ragged-dick-by-horatio-alger-jr/

Nibelungenlied - ANONYMOUS ( - )
http://librivox.org/the-nibelungenlied-by-anonymous/

Culture and Anarchy - Matthew ARNOLD (1822 - 1888)
http://librivox.org/culture-and-anarchy-by-matthew-arnold/

The Autobiography of Methuselah - John Kendrick BANGS (1862 - 1922)
http://librivox.org/the-autobiography-of-methuselah-by-john-kendrick-bangs/

The Memoirs of Jacques Casanova Vol. 1 - Giacomo CASANOVA (1725 - 1798)
http://librivox.org/memoirs-of-jacques-casanova-vol-1-by-giacomo-casanova/

The Memoirs of Jacques Casanova Vol. 2 - Giacomo CASANOVA (1725 - 1798)
http://librivox.org/memoirs-of-jacques-casanova-vol-2-by-giacomo-casanova/

Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume One - Havelock ELLIS (1859 - 1939)
http://librivox.org/studies-in-the-psychology-of-sex-volume-one-by-havelock-ellis/

Herland - Charlotte Perkins GILMAN (1860 - 1935)
http://librivox.org/herland-by-charlotte-perkins-gilman/

Havelock Ellis
Early Sex Pioneer
Erotica Romana - Johann Wolfgang von GOETHE (1749 - 1832)
http://librivox.org/erotica-romana-by-johann-wolfgang-von-goethe/

Anatomy of the Human Body, Part 1 (Gray's Anatomy) - Henry GRAY (1827 - 1861)
http://librivox.org/anatomy-of-the-human-body-part-1-by-henry-gray/

Anatomy of the Human Body, Part 2 (Gray's Anatomy) - Henry GRAY (1827 - 1861)
http://librivox.org/anatomy-of-the-human-body-part-2-by-henry-gray/

Anatomy of the Human Body, Part 3 (Gray's Anatomy) - Henry GRAY (1827 - 1861)
http://librivox.org/anatomy-of-the-human-body-part-3-by-henry-gray/

Anatomy of the Human Body, Part 4 (Gray's Anatomy) - Henry GRAY (1827 - 1861)
http://librivox.org/anatomy-of-the-human-body-part-4-by-henry-gray/

Anatomy of the Human Body, Part 5 (Gray's Anatomy) - Henry GRAY (1827 - 1861)
http://librivox.org/anatomy-of-the-human-body-part-5-by-henry-gray/

The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. - Washington IRVING (1783 - 1859)
http://librivox.org/the-sketch-book-of-geoffrey-crayon-gent-by-washington-irving/

The Sex Life of the Gods - Michael KNERR ( - -1999)
http://librivox.org/sex-life-of-the-gods-by-michael-knerr/

The Female Quixote Vol. 1 - Charlotte LENNOX (1730 - 1804) and Jean Eugène ROBERT-HOUDIN (1805 - 1871)
http://librivox.org/the-female-quixote-volume-1-by-charlotte-lennox/
Book cover: Female Don Quixote Image source: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f9/Charlotte_Lennox_The_Female_Quixote_Cooks_Edition.jpg

Cheese Curd for Bait - James MCINTYRE (1828 - 1906)
http://librivox.org/cheese-curd-for-bait-by-james-mcintyre/

The Elements of Geology - William Harmon NORTON (1856 - 1944)
http://librivox.org/the-elements-of-geology-by-william-harmon-norton/

Armageddon- 2419 A.D. - Philip Francis NOWLAN (1888 - 1940)
http://librivox.org/armageddon-2419-a-d-by-philip-francis-nowlan/

Venus in Furs - Leopold von SACHER-MASOCH (1836 - 1895)
http://librivox.org/venus-in-furs-by-leopold-von-sacher-masoch/

The Art of Controversy (or: The Art of Being Right) - Arthur SCHOPENHAUER (1788 - 1860)
http://librivox.org/the-art-of-controversy-or-the-art-of-being-right-by-arthur-schopenhauer/

American Cookery - Amelia SIMMONS (1700 - 1800)
http://librivox.org/american-cookery-by-amelia-simmons/

Sex - Henry STANTON (1805 - 1887)
http://librivox.org/sex/

The Bee-Man of Orn and Other Fanciful Tales - Frank R. STOCKTON (1834 - 1902)
http://librivox.org/the-bee-man-of-orn-and-other-fanciful-tales-by-frank-r-stockton/



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Tales of Running: Yeah, that's Progress!

Image:  Lance holding his finisher medal.
I finished the last race before the marathon in 2 weeks and it was indeed another resounding success.  I ran the Applefest Half-Marathon last year and came in at 2:25:48.  I was proud of that and proud of all the running I had done thus far that season.  Last year, running was solely a distance game with the major question being "can I make it?"  I proved time and time again that I could.  I proved that despite the repeated desire to stop, I could indeed make it to the finish line, time and again.  I have a lot going for me when I set out to run a race and I can't deny that it helps me immensely to get to the finish line.   I also find it mildly amusing that I started off this season with a conversation about asking about times and this has turned into a season of running that is very much focused on times.

My timing for this race was 2:06:36, which was pretty damn epic in my book.  It was about 19 minutes off last year's running of the same race.  I was clearly prepared for it (even though I really wasn't, a bit more about that down below) and for this season, that's a total of 34 minutes shaved off my time since my first half marathon back in July.

Image:  Watch showing finished time of 2:06:36
No matter how you look at it, this run was an unequivocal win even though in my mind I was really hoping for a timing under 2:05.  But there were a few things that didn't go exactly as planned for me.  The week prior, I hadn't quite gotten in as much running as I wanted to.  This was in part because on Sunday, (September 29), I ran my 30K that I did great at, but Monday through Friday proved fairly busy and I only got in a short run and a few bicycle rides.

More importantly, my iPod died just before the start of the race.  It's been glitchy for the last few weeks since a few runs previously when my sweating produced an abundance of moisture that somehow go into my iPod and killed it on the run.  I tossed it in a container with uncooked rice to absorb the moisture for a day and then, charged it.  This worked, until it didn't.  Minutes before the race, I pressed play and then tried to pause it.  It didn't pause.  Then I tried to turn it off and it wouldn't turn back on.  I played with it frantically until I just accepted that it wasn't going to come back on.  From mile 4 to mile 6, I kept thinking I could hear something but wasn't sure what it was.  It was a low-grade background noise that I thought I might be imagining.  Finally, I decided to see if it was my iPod and it certainly was.  I fumbled with it briefly to get it on and got the tunes flowing.  Music with performance has always been important to me and though I was fine without the music, I was glad to have it as it helps me keep better pace.  It also gives me a kick in the ass on occasion too.

The other killer for this run was the hills.  Somehow, I had forgotten how hilly this race was.  In truth, it felt hillier than the 30K and even the Applecrest Half-Marathon I did at the beginning of September.  The hills were much more brutal than I somehow remembered and every time I turned a corner, I swear there was another hill.  I don't remember much of the road being flat--just hill after hill.  Despite the hills and the wonky iPod, I still completed the race with a new personal best.  This means that I think one of my new goals for next year will be to complete a half-marathon in under 2 hours.  I didn't think it would be possible, but then again, I didn't think any of this was possible 3 years ago.

This is it.  That last major run before the showdown with the Baystate Marathon on October 20th.  I've got a good amount of running for the next week and a half, several sessions planned with the skillful hands of Mindful Reiki and even a deep tissue massage by the also-skillful hands at Shanti Bodywork.  I feel ready for this.  I have no clue how I am going to do.  Barring the unexpected, I know I'll finish and that finish will merely be the start of something new (running numerous marathons next year).  I'm looking forward to it.



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Librivox Part 6: Free Fantasy MP3 Audiobooks Galore

This is the second to last post in this series.  Originally, I was going to go with six parts, but I figured I would dedicate an entire post to the strange artifacts to be discovered on Librivox--so that will be the final post.  In the meantime, here's the second part of free fantasy audiobooks.  Previous posts in this series include:
Just a note about the links and categories.  Not all links will open up a new tab.  If you want to open a new table with a link, either press the "Control" button when clicking or right click and select the "Open in New Tab" option.  As for categories, I've tried best to put authors on the pages that I think they fit with regard to genre but many of these authors cross the genres of horror, science fiction, and fantasy (sometimes within the same story), so they are not as clear.  So your favorite horror author might end up in fantasy, but they should be found throughout.

Robert Howard
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  1. Howard, Robert E.. "Bear Creek Collection Volume 1" · (readers)
  2. Howard, Robert E.. "Bear Creek Collection Volume 2" · (readers)
  3. Howard, Robert E.. "Beyond the Black River" · (readers)
  4. Howard, Robert E.. "Devil in Iron, The" · (readers)
  5. Howard, Robert E.. "Hour of the Dragon, The" · (readers)
  6. Howard, Robert E.. "Jewels of Gwahlur" · (readers)
  7. Howard, Robert E.. "People of the Black Circle, The"· (readers)
  8. Howard, Robert E.. "Queen of the Black Coast - Conan" · (readers)
  9. Howard, Robert E.. "Red Nails" · (readers)
  10. Howard, Robert E.. "Red Shadows" · (readers)
  11. Howard, Robert E.. "Shadows in the Moonlight - Conan" · (readers)
  12. Howard, Robert E.. "Shadows in Zamboula - Conan"· (readers)
  13. Howard, Robert E.. "Witch Shall Be Born, A" · (readers)
  14. Howard, Robert E.. "Gods of the North" (in "Ghost Story Collection 006") · (readers)
  15. Howard, Robert E.. "Gods of the North" (in "Short Ghost and Horror Collection 016") · (readers)
  16. Howard, Robert E.. "Rattle of Bones" (in "Horror Story Collection 002") · (readers)
  17. Howard, Robert E.. "Rattle of bones" (in "Ghost Story Collection 006") · (readers)
  18. Howard, Robert E.. "Skulls in the Stars" (in "Ghost Story Collection 006") · (readers)
  19. Howard, Robert E.. "Skulls in the Stars, The" (in "Horror Story Collection 003") · (readers)
George MacDonald
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  1. MacDonald, George. "At the Back of the North Wind" · (readers)
  2. MacDonald, George. "Baby" · (readers)
  3. Macdonald, George. "Baby, The" (in "Short Poetry Collection 053") · (readers)
  4. MacDonald, George. "Cruel Painter, The" · (readers)
  5. MacDonald, George. "David Elginbrod" · (readers)
  6. MacDonald, George. "Day Boy and the Night Girl, The" · (readers)
  7. MacDonald, George. "Diary of an Old Soul" · (readers)
  8. [Multilingual] MacDonald, George. "English - Christmas 1873" (in "Christmas Short Works Collection 2008") · (readers)
  9. MacDonald, George. "Golden Key, The" (in "Short Story Collection Vol. 001") · (readers)
  10. MacDonald, George. "Gray Wolf, The" (in "Short Story Collection Vol. 003") · (readers)
  11. MacDonald, George. "Hope of the Gospel, The" · (readers)
  12. MacDonald, George. "Letter to American Boys" (in "Short Story Collection Vol. 008") · (readers)
  13. MacDonald, George. "Light Princess and Other Fairy Tales, The" · (readers)
  14. MacDonald, George. "Light Princess, The" · (readers)
  15. MacDonald, George. "Lilith" · (readers)
  16. MacDonald, George. "Little Diamond and the North Wind" (in "Through Fairy Halls of My Bookhouse") · (readers)
  17. MacDonald, George. "Little White Lily" (in "Poems Every Child Should Know") · (readers)
  18. MacDonald, George. "Lost Princess, The" · (readers)
  19. MacDonald, George. "Mary Marston" · (readers)
  20. MacDonald, George. "Miracles of Our Lord, The" · (readers)
  21. MacDonald, George. "Mother Nature (MacDonald)" · (readers)
  22. Macdonald, George. "Phantastes" · (readers)
  23. MacDonald, George. "Princess and Curdie, The" · (readers)
  24. Macdonald, George. "Princess and the Goblin, The" · (readers)
  25. MacDonald, George. "Princess and the Goblin, The (version 2)" · (readers)
  26. MacDonald, George. "Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood" · (readers)
  27. MacDonald, George. "Robert Falconer" · (readers)
  28. MacDonald, George. "Shadows, The" · (readers)
  29. MacDonald, George. "St. George and St. Michael, Volume 1" · (readers)
  30. MacDonald, George. "That Holy Thing" (in "Short Poetry Collection 088") · (readers)
  31. MacDonald, George. "Unspoken Sermons" · (readers)
  32. MacDonald, George. "Wind and the Moon, The" (in "Poems Every Child Should Know") · (readers)
  33. MacDonald, George. "Wise Woman, The" · (readers)
C.L. Moore
William Morris
  1. Morris, William. "Defence of Guenevere, The" (in "Arthurian Miscellany, An") · (readers)
  2. Morris, William. "Echoes of Love’s House" · (readers)
  3. Morris, William. "From the Upland to the Sea" (in "Short Poetry Collection 113") · (readers)
  4. Morris, William. "Hall and the Wood, The" (in "Short Poetry Collection 113") · (readers)
  5. Morris, William. "House of the Wolfings, The" · (readers)
  6. Morris, William. "Inscription for an Old Bed" · (readers)
  7. Morris, William. "Love is enough" · (readers)
  8. Morris, William. "Love Is Enough" (in "Wedding Poems") · (readers)
  9. Morris, William. "Near Avalon" (in "Short Poetry Collection 047") · (readers)
  10. Morris, William. "News From Nowhere" · (readers)
  11. Morris, William. "Signs of Change" · (readers)
  12. Morris, William. "Völsungasaga" · (readers)
  13. Morris, William. "Well at the World's End, The, Book 1: The Road unto Love" · (readers)
  14. Morris, William. "Wood Beyond the World, The" · (readers)
  15. Morrison, William. "Dead Man's Planet" (in "Short Science Fiction Collection 044") · (readers)
  16. Morrison, William. "Divinity" (in "Short Science Fiction Collection 021") · (readers)
Edith Nesbit
  1. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "All Round the Year" · (readers)
  2. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Baby Seed Song" (in "In the Nursery of My Bookhouse") · (readers)
  3. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare" · (readers)
  4. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Book of Dragons, The" · (readers)
  5. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Children's Shakespeare, The" · (readers)
  6. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Conscience Pudding, The" (in "Christmas Short Works Collection 2007") · (readers)
  7. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Enchanted Castle, The" · (readers)
  8. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Five Children and It" · (readers)
  9. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Five Children and It, Version 2" · (readers)
  10. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Five Senses, The" (in "LibriVox 5th Anniversary Collection Vol. 2") · (readers)
  11. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "For Dolly, who does not Learn her Lessons" · (readers)
  12. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Harding's Luck" · (readers)
  13. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "House of Arden, The" · (readers)
  14. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Literary Sense, The" · (readers)
  15. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Macbeth" (in "Children's Short Works, Vol. 016")· (readers)
  16. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Magic City, The" · (readers)
  17. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Magic World, The" · (readers)
  18. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Many Voices (selection from)" · (readers)
  19. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Measure for Measure" (in "Short Story Collection Vol. 019") · (readers)
  20. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "My School Days" · (readers)
  21. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "New Treasure Seekers" · (readers)
  22. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Nine Unlikely Tales" · (readers)
  23. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Phoenix and the Carpet, The" · (readers)
  24. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Pussy and Doggy Tales" · (readers)
  25. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Railway Children, The" · (readers)
  26. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Royal Children of English History" · (readers)
  27. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Story of the Treasure Seekers, The" · (readers)
  28. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Through the Wood" · (readers)
  29. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Too Clever by Half" (in "Coffee Break Collection 008 - Animals") · (readers)
  30. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Wings and the Child" · (readers)
  31. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Wonderful Garden, The" · (readers)
  32. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Wouldbegoods, Being the Further Adventures of the Treasure Seekers, The" · (readers)
  33. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Ebony Frame, The" (in "Ghost Story Collection 002") · (readers)
  34. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Man-size in Marble" (in "Ghost Story Collection 001") · (readers)
  35. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Mystery of the Semi-detached, The" (in "Ghost Story Collection 004") · (readers)
  36. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Uncle Abraham's Romance" (in "Short Ghost and Horror Collection 018") · (readers)
  37. Nesbit, E. (Edith). "Uncle Abraham’s Romance" (in "Ghost Story Collection 001") · (readers)
Charles Perrault
  1. [French] Perrault, Charles. "À mademoiselle" (in "Histoires ou Contes du temps passé avec des moralités") · (readers)
  2. Perrault, Charles. "Blue Beard" (in "Junior Classics (vol 1), The") · (readers)
  3. [French] Perrault, Charles. "Cendrillon ou la petite pantoufle de verre" (in "Histoires ou Contes du temps passé avec des moralités")· (readers)
  4. Perrault, Charles. "Cinderella" (in "Up One Pair of Stairs of My Bookhouse") · (readers)
  5. [French] Perrault, Charles. "Contes en vers" · (readers)
  6. Perrault, Charles. "Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault, The" · (readers)
  7. [Multilingual] Perrault, Charles. "German - Der gestiefelte Kater" (in "Multilingual Fairy Tale Collection 001") · (readers)
  8. [French] Perrault, Charles. "Histoires ou Contes du temps passé avec des moralités" · (readers)
  9. [French] Perrault, Charles. "L'adroite princesse, 1ère partie" (in "Histoires ou Contes du temps passé avec des moralités") · (readers)
  10. [French] Perrault, Charles. "L'adroite princesse, 2ème partie" (in "Histoires ou Contes du temps passé avec des moralités") · (readers)
  11. [French] Perrault, Charles. "La barbe bleue" (in "Histoires ou Contes du temps passé avec des moralités") · (readers)
  12. [French] Perrault, Charles. "La belle au bois dormant" (in "Histoires ou Contes du temps passé avec des moralités") · (readers)
  13. [French] Perrault, Charles. "Le chat botté ou le maître chat" (in "Histoires ou Contes du temps passé avec des moralités") · (readers)
  14. [French] Perrault, Charles. "Le petit chaperon rouge" (in "Histoires ou Contes du temps passé avec des moralités") · (readers)
  15. [French] Perrault, Charles. "Le petit poucet" (in "Histoires ou Contes du temps passé avec des moralités") · (readers)
  16. [French] Perrault, Charles. "Les fées" (in "Histoires ou Contes du temps passé avec des moralités") · (readers)
  17. Perrault, Charles. "Little Red Riding-Hood" (in "Junior Classics (vol 1), The") · (readers)
  18. Perrault, Charles. "Master Cat, or Puss in Boots, The" (in "Kayray's Storytime") · (readers)
  19. Perrault, Charles. "Puss in Boots" (in "Junior Classics (vol 1), The") · (readers)
  20. [French] Perrault, Charles. "Riquet à la houpe" (in "Histoires ou Contes du temps passé avec des moralités") · (readers)
  21. Perrault, Charles. "Sleeping Beauty in the Wood, The" (in "Short Story Collection Vol. 013") · (readers)
  22. Perrault, Charles. "Sleeping Beauty, The" (in "Junior Classics (vol 1), The") · (readers)
  23. Perrault, Charles. "Toads and Diamonds" (in "Up One Pair of Stairs of My Bookhouse") · (readers)
J.R.R. Tolkien
  1. Tolkien, J. R. R.. "Goblin Feet" (in "LibriVox's Most Wanted poetry collection") · (readers)
Anonymous
  1. Anonymous. "Book of A Thousand Nights and a Night, The (Arabian Nights) — Volume 01" · (readers)
  2. Anonymous. "Book of A Thousand Nights and a Night, The (Arabian Nights) , Volume 04" · (readers)
  3. Anonymous. "Book of A Thousand Nights and a Night, The (Arabian Nights) — Volume 02" · (readers)
  4. Anonymous. "Book of A Thousand Nights and a Night, The (Arabian Nights) — Volume 03" · (readers)
  5. Anonymous. "Book of A Thousand Nights and a Night, The (Arabian Nights) — Volume 06" · (readers)
  6. Anonymous. "Book of a Thousand Nights and a Night, The, Volume 05" · (readers)



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