September 21st, 2007


[links] Link salad heads for Foolscap

Belgium on the rocks — Political crises come in every size and shape.

New Mars results: no liquid water? — Bad Mars! No water! And thus the hopes of another generation of sky watchers are compromised. Some amazing photography, though.

Sponge-like Mats Make Good Habitat in Redwood Canopies: Wandering Salamanders Benefit — Money shot:
Arboreal salamanders in old-growth forests may be predators at the top of a diverse community

Arboreal salamanders? Really? There may yet be hope for the Pacific Tree Octopus! (And seriously, it's a cool environment for you fiction writers to consider working with...)

LOLthulhu — Passed along by that villain goulo.

The Grandmother Hypothesis — Apparently menopause is the fault of your mother's mother. The cool thing about this is how it demonstrates the way social phenomena affect evolution.

ertrand Russell, Bdritish philosopher

Senate tied in knots by filibusters — You know, there used to be a political party, I believe it styles itself the party of principled consistency, that when it considered itself in the Permanent Majority argued the very use of Senate filibusters by the minority party was wrong. They even proposed a so-called "Constitutional Option" to eliminate the filibuster. Nice to see the Republicans are living up to their principles yet again.

That's all for now, folks. I'm about to hop on a plane, and will be at Foolscap late this afternoon. My programming schedule is here.

[travel|writing] Seattle ho (well, Bellevue hey)

I am in Seattle. Currently heading up 405 in lasirenadolce's car, bound for Bellevue and Foolscap. (Yes, I'm autoblogging.) I finished "America, Such as She Is" on the plane. Despite my earlier comments about cluelessness anent story length, my 20,000 word goal story landed at 20,100 words. Ahem. And actually, right now I think it's pretty damned cool. We'll see what perspective the sobriety of time brings me.

It needs to steep a bit, like tea, in accordance with the New Model Process, but I also owe this novella to an editor by the end of this month.

Here's a wordful thought about the inanities of the English language.

Matriarch and patriarch have strongly parallel meaning. Matrimony and patrimony definitely do not. Rematriate doesn't mean anything so far as I'm aware, but repatriate has a meaning independent of the previous usages. I telll you this today, brethren and cistern, because it's true.

See some of y'all around the joint this weekend. If any of my readers whom I only know as LJ handles are there (I'm looking at you, burgereater), please introduce yourself.