The 15h (or 16th) anniversary edition. For this go-round, we're putting things back.
TomatoPlanet!! has been in existence (with a couple of name changes) since about 2003. It reflects the interests of its author/creator, John McCarthy. The sole purpose of Tomato Planet!! is to provide an outlet for my attempts at being creative. At various times, these interests have included writing (always writing–fiction, poetry, speculative essays, and humorous writing), coding (html and css) taking pictures, cooking, and cartooning. As interests waned (camera broke and was never replaced, cooking became more functional and simpler), pages devoted to these activities were phased out, to the point where TP!! was a single page. A lot of the writing and subject matter had a limited shelf life, and so instead of archiving it in an accessible fashion, it was just taken off-line and parked in the shed.
I was mildly shocked when I heard from a number of readers (shocked that I had a number of readers) that no, they would like to be able to access some of the old stuff. Some people were missing the
Stories page, for example.
So for this iteration, I'm putting some things back. Some pages are already in place–Stories, Poetry, and Cartoons. Some pages are in place, but need populating, like
The Attic. And then there is this page, Miscellany, which actually has a long history (one of the predecessors of TomatoPlanet!! was called McCarthy Miscellany.).
All work is based on observation of the world around me.
Serious writing, the poetry and stories take a different approach to capturing these observations. Photographs are what they are. The rest–cartoons and speculative essays take very little seriously, reflecting the world. If you look long enough, you realize that the orbital pattern is random ellipses, not perfectly round. I try to capture the absurdity of that. Not all the way to dark absurdity like Camus and Sartre, or even like Samuel Beckett–I sort of pull up in the land of Douglas Adams and Joseph Heller. I should be so lucky as to write half as well.
If you view the world through absurdist-colored glasses, you will enjoy some of the material here. If you're not an absurdist, well, you haven't been paying attention.