Welcome to the homepage of
Dennis Paul Himes
This page looks pretty much the same no matter what browser you use.
new, as of 2 January 2023:
yearly update to my
New Century's Resolutions
The Raisinbread Webspace
new, as of 26 November 2022:
another another trail log
and picture gallery
new, as of 6 November 2022:
and another picture gallery
new, as of 5 October 2022:
These are all labeled "copyright 1996" or later
because this is the first time they've been presented to the public, but
they were really written at various times since the early 70s.
I would recommend starting with either Sunday Afternoon,
126 Kisses, or A Diamond Found on Paradise, depending on what
length you'd like.
- 126 Kisses (58K)
- a summer romance in the 29th century
- The Captain (6K)
- based on a dream
- Clara (67K)
- my Carrollian story
- A Diamond Found on Paradise (182K)
- "It's vra, as the gladifers would say, it's fitting that I
wear it, in fulfillment of its discovery's serendipity."
This is the most recently written one here.
- The Feast of St. Valentine (8K)
- an odd one
- Glades (1K)
- based on a dream
In the dream I was writing Glades. When I woke up I wrote down
what I had written in the dream as accurately as I could.
- Sunday Afternoon (9K)
- possibly my favorite
This was an unusual story in that I did not struggle with it. In
less than a week it went from an image of a woman drinking
tea on a rainy day to the finished work.
- Suspended Sentence (33K)
- an extensive rewrite of one of my earliest stories
Gladiology is the study of gladifers, the dominant species in the
galaxy in the setting of some fiction I am writing, and related subjects,
including their language. The language section is the most complete.
These are some of my poems, also
written at various times since the early 70s.
- Black & Ice
- a moment which stayed with me
- Chains of Thought
- as they sometimes happen
- the current avatar of Venus
- Cheryl Again
- the sequel
- I Am, You Know, She Said
- a simple one
- Two Planets
- Jupiter and Venus
- We All Like to See Her Smile
- probably my favorite
Raisinbread is a novel I am currently writing, set in the year 2260.
The Raisinbread Webspace
is a hypertext guide to the setting of the novel.
It does not have any of the plot in it,
but descriptions of the people, nations, religions, etc. of the time.
These are some VRML worlds I've created.
You'll need a VRML capable browser to look at them.
These were created using software tools from Cadkey which I helped write.
Specifically I used version 7.5 of the Advanced Modeler, which was completed
in June 1996 but never released, and a prototype version of SiteSculptor,
a VRML authoring tool which was being developed by Cadkey and is now being
developed by Sculptware,
a company I helped found.
The icosahedroid is untouched output from the AM (via Picture It).
The geometry of the chess pieces are also from the AM, but the file was
hacked to make it more efficient.
The hill was created using both the AM and SiteSculptor, and the lots and
lake using SiteSculptor. The hill and lots were further hacked to mimic
features which were in the release of SiteSculptor, but which were not
yet implemented when I made the models. The lake is untouched output from
These are all VRML 1.0 models. VRML 2.0 models are, in theory at least,
- an icosahedroid
- a chess position
- This is from Takagi-Himes, 2 Nov. 1994, right after I took his pawn on d4.
I won a brilliancy prize for this game.
- a hill
- a lot for New George Town
- New George Town was a zone in
a Virtual Community which is now defunct.
- a pavilion
- This is a more elaborate version of the lot. It contains links to most of
the other models. It's the most elegant model here.
- a lake
I had taken over the directorship of
The Greater Hartford Chess Club
from Dave Aldi before its demise, but it's no longer with us.
Arlington is a card game which I invented. Here are the
Oh Hell is a card game I've played quite a bit of. It's a very good game in
spite of its stupid name. These are the
rules as played by the Pratt & Whitney East Hartford Cafeteria Card
- Ginevra di Benci
- as portrayed by Leonardo da Vinci
- Irenis Concepcion
- my granddaughter
- Isabella Concepcion
- my other granddaughter
- Two Himeses, two Hickman-Himeses, a Cook,
and four Concepcions
- my family
- Dennis Paul Himes
- Heather Nova
- and a dead tree
- Nina Paley
- self portrait
- Mary Kay Place
- as Loretta Haggers
I really have more friends than this (and more relatives).
They just don't have homepages.
- the late Basil
- who was really more of a dog than a person
- the late Charlie Cook
- my father-in-law -- This is my daughter's eulogy for him.
- Jacinda Harold
- my niece
- Sara Hickman
- my daughter-in-law
I don't know these people. They just have cool homepages. (NB: There are
also a lot of blogs I follow below. These are more general personal pages,
like the one you're reading.)
- Mark Rosenfelder
- the creator of Verduria and the Language Construction Kit
- Justin B. Rye
- the chronophysicist and xenolinguist
There're other sites I end up visiting that often, but these are the ones I
make a point to.
- This would be an ordinary comic except that the setting in general,
and the character of Florence Ambrose in particular, are very well thought
- John Allison's current comic
- whatever he's calling the latest variation
- Prince Valiant
- I no longer get a newspaper which carries it.
- Questionable Content
- Sluggy Freelance
- satire and complex plots in a daily gag format
- Sunday Morning Breakfast Cereal
- by the guy who did Bruno and Anna Galactic
- pushing the limit as to how high the ratio of writing quality to
artistic quality can go in a comic
- Astronomy Picture of the Day
- from NASA
- The Cloud Appreciation Society
- Look up and marvel.
- Linda's Lens
- Oregonian hiker/skier/runner
- Mary Holland's nature photography
Journals and blogs
- Butterflies and Wheels
- Ophelia Benson
- Cairns & Carrots
- New York hiker
- Carrot Quinn
- dispatches from the wild
- Green Mountain Club Blog
- written by various people at the GMC
- Hiker to Hiker
- Carolina hiker
- Jan's Jaunts and Jabberings
- Western hiker and photographer
- Jill Outside
- Jill Homer, seeking the edge of livability and peering out into the void
- Lakewood's Wanderings and
- Language Log
- a multi-linguist blog
- Maryam Namazie
- Iranian-British Atheist activist
- Mary Emerick's Writing Blog
- Mary Emerick, writer
- Mountain Wandering
- Steve Smith, co-editor of the AMC White Mtn. guide and the guy who
owns the mountain wanderer in Lincoln
- The Mountains Are Calling
- western hiker
- Nina Paley
- the cartoonist behind Nina's Adventures and Sita Sings the Blues
- Ramblings, Journeys, and Photos
- Quincy Koetz
- California hiker
- Richard Carrier's Blog
- the classicist
- Right Kind of Lost
- Arkansas hiker
- the relentless pursuit of adventure, on Thursdays
Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast
- Laurie Hopkins, who writes the best web journal I've ever come across
(which is unfortunately dormant)
- Smoky Scout's Hiking Adventures
- Smoky Mountain hiker
- Sarah Boomer's trip reports
- Tomcat's Outdoor Adventures
- New York hiker
- Walking with Friends Down Under
- hiking in the opposite season
- Zompist's E-Z rant page
- Mark Rosenfelder
- analysis, especially of polls
- The New York Times
- which has deteriorated less than many other papers in recent years
- The Onion
- America's finest news source
for people whose idea of fun is lugging weights up hills over uneven ground
- Adirondack High Peaks
- mostly New York
- Views from the Top
- mostly New England
- Ballet Alert
- discussion of all things ballet
- Connecticut Museum Quest
- I read all of the hiking entries, and many of the others.
- Latin Discussion
- as in discussion of the Latin language
- Mathematicians of the Day
- from the MacTutor History of Mathematics site
- Mental Floss
- lots of neat stuff
- NERFC Snow Page
- the state of snow in the Northeast
- The Theorem of the Day
- by Robin Whitty
- my Firefox bookmarks, basically -- This is what Mosaic
calls a "hotlist" and what IE calls "favorites".
- my current favorite sitefinder
- Internet FAQ Consortium
- Usenet FAQs
- Internet Movie Database
- who did what in which movie
- mathematical references from Wolfram Research
- Merriam-Webster OnLine
- the dictionary
- a comprehensive, if not always accurate, guide to writing systems
On-Line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences
- what it says
- Prime Factorization Calculator
- also what it says
- The Weather Underground
- a meteorlogical site, not a political one
The 48 Summits
- This is the coolest picture gallery I've seen. It inspired a
similar one of my own.
- American Atheists
- Atheist activism
- Connecticut Valley Atheists
- Imagine no religion.
A Guide To SF Chronophysics
- analyses of the hidden assumptions in time travel stories
- Kris Delmhorst
- the best songwriter since Dylan
- Project Gutenberg
- public domain literature
- Trail Journals
- This might be my favorite site on the World Wide Web.
- Verity Stob
- her Register columns
- the best text editor
The Tenniel illustrations are in the public domain. The rest of this page
is copyright © 1996-2023 Dennis Paul Himes