October 12th, 2007


[personal|links] A bit more ick, with a side of links

I am very out of it today, but not dreadful sick. Meanwhile, the_child has left me her plush monkey for company. Because I've been Web browsing even in my fog, here's a few links.

Chiastic phrases vs palindromes — Not really you say, say you really not.

The private school advantage — Speaking as one of Choate's finest (along with jtdiii — any other Choaties here?), I find this interesting. Speaking as a parent who spends a very significant percentage of my income keeping the_child in private school, likewise. (She's there for reasons involving the intersection of her life skills, personality and the specifics of curriculum, a combination of circumstances which the study referenced in the article doesn't seem to factor for.)

"No email" Fridays lead to rebellions

Is Eye Color the Key to the White House? — Money shot:
Could it be that blue eyes provide a similar advantage for men that blonde hair does for women? As we wrote in Freakonomics, blonde women (whether natural or not) do far better on online dating sites than non-blondes.

mallory_blog thinks about durable copyright — I answer in comments, and may do a blog post of my own at some point, expanding on that answer.

Tamara Sheehan talks about the difference between writing and the business of writing

IRS says rich getting richer: report — The headline doesn't mention it, but according to the same data, the poor are also getting poorer. A rising tide lifts all yachts, I guess. If you're a Republican, are you in the bottom 50%?

Just in case you missed it, Gore wins Nobel Peace Prize — Man, the whole world has a liberal bias, doesn't it?

[contest] Amuse me, for prize(s)

Being under the weather, I'm also bored. Too thick-headed to write, too wrung out to leave the premises and rent a video, egg setera. So it occurs to me that I have a few copies of a very limited edition dark erotica chapbook of mine, Loving Julius, which was a pilot project of Traife Buffet Press, publishers of the mighty limited edition of Greetings From Lake Wu Traife Buffet ]. The chapbook was given out as a fundraising premium at the Center For Sex and Culture in San Francisco a year or so ago, and has never been available for sale.

Want a copy of Loving Julius? Maybe you're a Jay Lake completist. Maybe your morbid curiosity drives you to wonder precisely what it is that I consider dark erotica. Explain in comments why you should be the person to win a copy. Next week we'll have a poll for the funniest/cleverest/most creative answer. Runner-up prizes and judge's special may be awarded.

[travel] Upcoming peregrinations

In case anyone needs to know this:

10/15-10/19: Omaha
10/23-10/24: Oakland
10/29-11/05: CT/NY
11/18-11/24: Dallas

The Omaha and Oakland trips are Day Job-driven. There will be an Omaha Beach Party the night of 10/18. Also, I will be up for a Bay Area dinner the night of 10/23. (frankwu, zellandyne, are you listening?)

The CT/NY trip will take lasirenadolce and me to Choate, into NYC for the Australian Reception, to the Tor offices in Manhattan, then off to WFC, where I will be (among other things) attending the banquet.

The Dallas trip will take the_child, lasirenadolce and me to visit my parents, then the whole crew of us to Galveston to spend Thanksgiving at the beach with yet more relatives.