May 31st, 2008


[links] Link salad for a Saturday

Marvels of production art — Donald Duck and the future that never was.

The eternal fascination of OK — Etymological history, rather cool stuff.

One language fits all — A book review in which we find a fascinating discussion of English as a world language, and the importance of non-native speakers.

The Neuroscience of Illusion — How tricking the eye reveals the inner workings of the brain. (Thanks to lt260.)

Clinton Defends Michigan Ballot Stand — "'It's clear, this election they're having is not going to count for anything,' Clinton said Thursday..." Of course, that was October, 2007, when the Clinton campaign was still following the rules they helped create, and well before the "cynical disenfranchisement" theory was created in an effort to move the goalposts. Has Hillary's campaign not recognized how much they have become like the Republicans?

Do Florida And Michigan Primaries Really Reflect The Will Of The People? Nope. — And some really interesting stuff on disenfranchisement. Shorter version: about 1.5 million Florida and Michigan Democratic voters stayed home from the primary polls because they were told by the DNC and the Clinton, Obama and Edwards campaigns that their votes would not count. Seating the delegations as voted, pace Clinton, disenfranchises the voters who were following the rules as stated at the time.

Time in saddle: 0 minutes (still recovering from surgery)
Last night's weigh-out: 0
This morning's weigh-in: 263.0
Currently reading: The Alchemy of Stone by Ekaterina Sedia Amazon ]


[cancer] The Great Dead Spot

After some delicate exploration, lasirenadolce and I have concluded I now have a dead spot on my belly. There's a point on the surgical seam where I have absolutely no sensation whatsoever, a bit below my belly button. It's perhaps the size of a quarter.

I've never had a dead spot before. It's a weird thing. I mean, it's a dead spot, it's not like I can feel it, pretty much by definition. Still, I can see some opportunity for creativity here.

Poll #1196909 What should Jay do with his dead spot?

What should Jay do with the dead spot on his belly?

Get an eight color tattoo of a mandala
Have a bezoar implanted
Wire it for sound
Install a tiny OLED display which can be configured via wireless (the Teletubby option)
Something else I'll explain in comments

[movies|personal] Skin jobs, Edward James Olmos and the little green monster

Quick, what do Bladerunner and Battlestar Galactica [rev 2.0] have in common?

Well, never mind, it's in the subject line of the post.

Having wrapped our viewing of BSG season 3 this week, last night lasirenadolce and I watched the most recent director's cut of Bladerunner. I'd caught the "skinjob" references in BSG, but I hadn't realized how much that series owes to the Ridley Scott classic. Even the lighting design, I swear. It was an interesting cultural cross-reference.

In other news, we saw the_child at the matinee of ¡Entusmiasmo!. She was on stage four or five times over the ninety minutes of the show, and it was great fun to see her up there. My kid. (And she's still working on her musical composition, too, though not at the very same time.) Unfortunately the trip out, including a pre-show lunch with friends and family, has left me profoundly exhausted for the balance of the day.

kenscholes called a little while ago. He's just back from Book Expo America, where he had a brilliant time. Likewise I've been following scalzi's blog. There's a funny thing about us writers — no matter how well we're doing, there's always someone else to compare ourselves unfavorably to. Ken is one of my dearest friends in the world, and our careers are heavily intertwined in a number of ways — it's almost like he's my brother — yet I found myself very envious. I like to pretend I'm above such petty b.s., but truth be told, no matter what I have in my career, I want to do more. More, damn it.

Which is a long winded way of saying I need to get back to writing, I think. I need to do some work on my Web site tomorrow (extremely cool redesign coming Real Soon Now, thanks to the_flea_king), then I am all about Green revisions, commencing either tomorrow or Monday.

Writing: the best cure to writing envy. I'll show you all, yes I will. Bwahahahahahahah.