July 31st, 2008

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[writing] What are these time zones that you speak of?

My body has apparently given up completely on the concept of time zones. Or sleep. Or whatever.

Fred woke me up at precisely 4 am Laramie time with a demand to finish the work on Green, right now. (He has a point — the revised manuscript is due today.) Once I’ve completed this post, that’s what I’m doing. Six and a half hours sleep? Pshaw. 3 am at home? Pshaw.

The spice must flow, baby. The spice must flow.

Whether or not I’m done by 6:30 am, I am going walking.

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[links] Link Salad for a LaunchPad Thursday

Prelimary LaunchPad reports here and here, from prof-brotherton and davidlevine respectively

Post Weird Thoughts with a review of Paper Cities — Which happens to be the first anthology I’ve ever gotten royalties from. (I think.)

When to stop reading short stories

Rand Corporation slams Bush “War on Terror” — Those notorious pinkos at Rand weigh in. I don’t expect to ever see conservative America admit they got the whole post-911 thing dead wrong in bleeding spades, but it’s become pretty obvious to everyone else. (Thanks to goulo.)

Tom Tomorrow on Obama’s mission from God — Because when Bush said that, it was the candidate showing leadership, but conservatives impute that to Obama, it’s the candidate being despicable. What the hell happened to the Republican fetish for consistency, anyway?


7/31/08
Time in saddle: 0 minutes (40 minute walk at 7,200 feet of elevation)
Last night’s weigh-out: n/a
This morning’s weigh-in: n/a
Currently reading: Class materials for LaunchPad

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[conventions] Launch Pad

Day one is over. The schedule is kind of grueling, but Launch Pad is intensely cool. Today we covered the scale of the cosmos in a lot of detail; then pedagogical issues in science educations, specifically around misconceptions; and finally a really good survey of the Solar System. Plus lunch and dinner.

Most of the workshop is out at the Bad Science Movie Night, but I decided to respect my fatigue and retire early. I’m staying up later, just quietly in my room, as I’m trying to timeshift from my usually 9-5 sleep schedule to the 12-8 sleep schedule this workshop is designed around, and which Denvention will also require of me.

Good people, good work. I’ll post more details when I have time (ha!) and coherence.

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