June 13th, 2007


[links] Link salad returns

Caribbean Frogs Spread After Meteor?Alas, Babylon, amphibian style

100 Words That All High School Graduates — And Their Parents — Should Know — Welcome to hell, here's your ziggurat. (And yes, I know them all.)

Smoking birds — Birds in the UK are apparently using cigarette butts to rid themselves of parasites. Tool using, evolution in action, or coincidence?

Ray Bradbury on Fahrenheit 451 — ...as well as the pernicious influence of television.

Park bench remediation in the UK — "Apparently, it means that the buttocks of infirm people are below the point at which they can easily return to a standing position"

Edsel Minibago

10 bizarre sights in Google Street View

(Thanks to tillyjane and danjite)

[personal] Wednesday already? Miscellaneous updatery for a midweek day.

My how the time flies. Meanwhile, a few updates.

Signed four copies of Mainspring Powell's | Amazon ] yesterday. That means four people have the book inscribed on its release date. Strangely, they all live in Omaha...

When I get back to Portland Friday, I'm doing a hot turn and zipping up to Seattle for festivities around the Locus Awards. Some business meetings there, and some writerly networking. It looks like khaybee and danjite will be going with, and we'll meet up with lasirenadolce when we get there for a Montana reunion. Because it's been, um, three weeks since we spent a whole lot of time in a car together. Home for real around midday Sunday. At any rate, I'll see some, all or none of you there.

With any luck there will be copies of Mainspring for sale there at the U-Books table. I may bring some of my authors' copies with me just in case. So if you want one scribbled in by me while I'm there, it should be do-able.

Finally, if there are any Portlanders reading with free time midday Friday, I'm hunting for a ride home from the airport around 11:45 Friday. Both my usual wheelpersons are gone to Colorado, and almost everyone else I know is working. Otherwise I'll take a cab, of course. (I could be persuaded to buy lunch...)

Off to the office here in Omaha soon. Y'all play nice.

[personal] Plowing the electronic field

Just finished sorting through hundreds of old emails. Not actually done, either, but mostly caught up. If you have expected to hear from me, and I have failed to (cor)respond, please drop me a fresh note. It was pointed out to me this evening that I have been a very dilatory correspondent.

Big foofaraw at work tomorrow, which I have to be all tooled up for. Flying back Friday morning, Dad is going to pick me up at the airport. I have to do moving things, he has to do unrelated real estate things, then I'm off to Seattle that afternoon with danjite and khaybee.

Someday I'll be home, I swear it.

Hoping to get some writing done on the plane Friday, but if I'm smart, I'll just sleep.

Meanwhile, pop by the caption contest — the comment thread keeps getting sillier. I'll close it out for a poll Friday.