April 3rd, 2008


[links] Link salad, Vegas buffet

gvdub reviews Mainspring Powell's | Amazon | Audible ] — By Jove, I think he liked it.

Fantasy Book Critic reviews Paper Cities Senses Five Press | Amazon ] — He appreciated my story "Promises: A Tale of the City Imperishable".

Telling stories on maps — This is pretty darned cool. (Thanks to Jerry Oltion.)

Fantasy and Reality: Substitutes or Complements? — Fascinating, Captain.

If You Demand Magic, Magic Won't Help — More from the same source.

Ideas and their meritGeech on good ideas and bad. (Thanks to lt260.)

Measuring jugs — Some very cool kitchen art. (Thanks to willyumtx.)

Porn for the blind — An, erm, novel concept. (Thanks to willyumtx.)

Flying penguins found by BBC programme

If they were Klingons — My favorite is the Klingon Ernie muppet.

Faking the Rapture — A video...heh. (Courtesy of nomissnewo.)

Testing a bullet-proof vestShorpy proves people were idiots in the past, too.

Road to Nicholson Hollow. Shenandoah National Park, Virginia.Shorpy with another striking blast from the past.

Infant planet, still in formation — Would that not be fetal planet? In any case, very cool stuff.

Mach Band — This was a new term to me. Interesting. See The Straight Dope on moths for an explanation of why it matters.

(Not so) Hidden Costs of the Longevity Boom — Hmm. I want to live forever, but who can afford it?

Doomsday cult members emerge from Russian cave — Technically, isn't any Christian who believes in the Rapture a doomsday cultist?

The Obama Doctrine — An analysis of Obama and foreign policy.

[lj] A sort of LJ game

I'm curious about something. What does your LJ handle mean, both to you and the world?

Mine is obvious. jaylake is my name, my auctorial brand. I originally looked at jlake, but it's a long-dead Justin Timberlake fan journal that's never been deleted, so the name wasn't available. That's for the best, as jaylake works better.

What's your handle mean? If you're a writer and you use an obscure handle, why? I don't want anyone to out themselves needlessly, I'm just wondering.
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[photos] Department of weird trade show booths

I saw the most amazing booth at CTIA Wireless 2008 here in Las Vegas. SpinVox, a company doing voice-to-SMS, has a booth composed of the headless corpses of thousands of dead salarymen. I mean, there's no other way Collapse )

They also had a bitching funny marketing campaign. Now let us all bow our heads in memory of the fallen Saunders.

[travel] Leaving Las Vegas

Leaving Las Vegas, without the drunken sexuality. (Ah, missed opportunities.)

I have to say that the security line to get into my gate matched the madness of the taxi line on arrival. A solid 45 minutes in line to reach the screeners. Given the absolute insanity of the airport logistics both coming and going here at McCarran, I pretty much plan to never visit Las Vegas again.

If I am somehow forced back here, I am definitely never staying at the Hilton Grand Vacation on the Strip. Their Internet service rivalled John Wayne Orange County airport for simply bizarre and pathetic. To my mind, a hotel of that quality wouldn't stand for nonworking plumbing or electrical, there's no excuse for the horrendous wireless service.

Other than losing my phone, the trade show was fine. We hit some real gold today that more than paid for the trip. Also got lots of tchotch. Not to mention falling off a mechanical bull. It was good to see skidspoppe. But when I get home, I'll be there for, like, over two weeks. I may not stir from the house. We shan't talk about what time I will get home tonight...

Meanwhile, time to read me some kenscholes while waiting for the plane.