June 8th, 2008

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[links] Link salad for a lazy Sunday

Hundreds honor fallen Battle Ground soldier — The funeral yesterday of kenscholes’s nephew, who was killed in Afghanistan at age 19 two weeks into his first deployment. More here.

Drugs to grow your brain — A novel approach to psychiatric and physiological care.

More on Atlantropa — Atlantropa was covered a while back on this blog. Talk about thinking big.

Clarke On Iraq War Architects: ‘We Shouldn’t Let These People Back Into Polite Society’ — Truth is that there’s very little discussion of accountability for the Iraq War decision making in Your Liberal Media or the general public discourse.

Democrats in rural strongholds refuse to give backing to Obama — Classy.

Humorless?The Edge of the American West commenting on the problems of caricaturing Obama in political discourse.

The Real Question is, Would a President McCain be good for Women? — Juan Cole with a thoughtful post on identity politics in the Democratic primaries.


6/8/08
Time in saddle: 0 minutes (still recovering from surgery)
Last night’s weigh-out: n/a
This morning’s weigh-in: 260.8
Currently reading: The Alchemy of Stone by Ekaterina Sedia Amazon ]

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[personal] JayCon VIII report

JayCon VIII was a rocking success. Something between 50 and 75 people attended, far too many for me to sensibiy list here. rosefox won the farthest-away virtual prize, followed by the_flea_king and his lovely spouse. Bunch of folks came down from Seattle as well.

Most of all, I was there, alive and kicking. We had music courtesy of jackwilliambell, and stories read aloud in the stead of kenscholes by davidlevine, biomekanic and newroticgirl. Lots of photography was committed, lasirenadolce came up with the cake of a lifetime, and everybody rocked.

Plus we managed a very fine after party at the Alibi, a funky tiki bar in North Portland.

Reports from the field:

http://davidlevine.livejournal.com/130896.html
http://ramblin-phyl.livejournal.com/330429.html
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeremyt/2560578405/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/lillypond/sets/72157605492765267/

With surely more to come!

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[personal] A bit more on JayCon VIII

I finally am getting some of the photos from my camera uploaded. These were taken variously by lasirenadolce and the_child, and possibly a few other folks. Also, in my earlier post I failed to mention the bid for JayCon IX to be held in Wilsonville, OR, advanced by mme_publisher. In the spirit of openness, I welcome JayCon bid parties at other conventions and gatherings.

Some photos:

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