July 17th, 2008


[links] Link salad for a Thursday

Rick Kleffel with a podcast interview of me at SF in SF

In other news, I seem to have eleven Honorable Mentions in the Dozois-edited YBSF, according to a little birdie. No linkie, unfortunately.

Are SF conventions doomed? — (Link via Bad Astronomy Blog.)

Tips for meeting your future self — (Link via Bad Astronomy Blog.)

Running for office, XKCD style — I sent him $8.34, just for the sheer enterainment value. After all, I’ve spent more for books I enjoyed less than that link. (Thanks to danjite.)

Italian space pod babes! — Or as chriswjohnson puts it, “the return of the fall bag.” I’ll try to find some less Page 3 style coverage of this.

Detecting Life in Enceladus’ Plume — Astrobiology, baby!

How do you weigh a supermassive black hole?

Renegade parents teach old math on the sly — I especially like the part about having the wrong appendix taken out. (Thanks to lt260.)

SF officials locked out of computer network — Weird doings here. A different class of information vulnerability. (Thanks to danjite.)

Monkey Business: Keith Chen’s Monkey Research — An old article on monkeys and economics. Money shot: The data generated by the capuchin monkeys, Chen says, “make them statistically indistinguishable from most stock-market investors.” (Thanks to danjite.)

Barack Obama’s super marketing machine — The politics of marketing and the marketing of politics.

American inequality highlighted by 30-year gap in life expectancy — “The US finds itself ranked 42nd in global life expectancy and 34th in survival of infants to age.” Yep, that market-based healthcare finance we have is really paying off. I’d hate to live in a country with socialized medicine, where all they get is increased life expectancy and decreased infant mortality. We get profit margins. I’m glad the GOP has done such a good job of protecting me from those evils.

Time in saddle: 5 minutes
Last night’s weigh-out: n/a
This morning’s weigh-in: 249.4
Currently reading: n/a

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[cancer] A tiny bit more post-op followup

Back from the doctor, dipping into the blogosphere for a moment before I return to work. Basically, we did some post-op baselining on glucose and lipids (which represent my most significant non-cancer health risks based on family history.) Glucose level was decently below the pre-diabetic threshold. Cholesterol was the best result I’ve had in eight years with this clinic. Also, my morning dry weight was back below 250 this morning.

I think I’m kicking everything’s ass. Now to work on stabilizing weight and not getting silly with diet, once the lower GI problem clears. I may never play the violin again, but it looks like I’m going to live a long time yet.

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[writing] Movies and stories

1,200 words on “In the Forests of the Night” tonight. Which was ok, I had a bit less than an hour of writing time today. This was in part because the_child and I went to see Kung Fu Panda after work. It’s a sweet movie, in a weird way. I was trying to wrap my head around some of the stereotyping, and finally gave up. Wuxia by way of West Coast animation. She liked it at any rate.

Work tomorrow, then a lot of running about this weekend. I’m resting, I swear.

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