May 4th, 2007


[personal] Friday, the weekend's zygote

Don't forget the question thread from yesterday. I probably won't start posting answers before this evening, due to Being Busy. No link salad this morning either, though feel free to send cool stuff along as you find it.

I did not finish the Dark Towns story I was working on yesterday, but I made some nice progress. Postponed some social plans from last night in favor of lying about and twitching, which seemed like a nice way to catch up on sleep. I'll be renting some more anime today to watch with the_child tonight and Sunday — probably Porco Rosso imdb ] and Spirited Away imdb ].

Also, reading Bruce Taylor's Edward in manuscript right now, as I am writing the forward. That's always an interesting thing to do.

Off to the day job now.

[links] Link Salad for a Friday afternoon

APOD: The Iron Tail of Comet McNaught — There's something profoundly poetic about the description of the photo on this page.

HAT-P-2b: ‘A Really Weird Planet’ — Includes an interesting disquisition on the naming of extrasolar planets.

Pick your poison — What weather event is more deadly than a hurricane? Smog. This is a fascinating blog for hard core weather geeks, or the terminally curious.

More Christian Pornography — "Oregon Family Council is diligently working to complete this content."

World's Fastest Toilet — Comment withheld. (Though from the icon it seems to be a men's.)

skzbrust on illegal numbers. — Whatever you do, don't say 09F911029D74E35BD84156C5635688C0. To anyone.

The bee Rapture

Jay Lake: "I made a decision to stop writing." — Hahahahahahahha.

How to Promote Diversity in Fiction Markets — The Angry Black Woman speaks, in detail. Should our genre be in the business of promoting diversity? Is a lack of explicit promotion a form of suppression?

The order to fire given at Kent State — History that's sadly all too pertinent. (Courtesy of danjite)

Also, while at lunch with tillyjane and lillypond, we went by Costco. The store was selling "tilapia loins."

Fish. Don't. Have. Loins.

[movies | child] Whisper of the Heart, cardboard and weather

We have rented The Cat Returns imdb ] for the second time, as the_child liked it so much before. She also passed up both Porco Rosso and Spirited Away for Whisper of the Heart imdb ], which I am currently previewing.

Before we went to Mike's Movie Madness for the rentals, we'd run an errand over to Morlan Plumbing for some cardboard for the_child's third grade class to use in making backdrops for their end of semester play coming up. (Unfortunately I shall be in Omaha when they perform the play.) We were driving across town with the top down, the Genre car loaded with cardboard, as rain sputtered and spit above us. the_child confidently stated that as we got closer to the school, we'd be out of the rain.

Sure enough, she was right. She began to expound her theory about the weather, that there were "weather points" around the city, and that the rain and the sunshine changed places there. I asked her what made the weather points. She thought about that, then said, "It's just something the weather does."

On the other hand, she was right about the weather itself.