August 17th, 2008

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[links] Link salad for a hot, quiet Sunday

Chrono’nauts Parade — A steampunk fashion show in which Escapement Powell's | Amazon ] is featured as a prize.

Sally Forth on the Great American Children’s Book — Hahahahahah. I’m tempted to try writing some openings a bad as these.

Dog cloner Joyce McKinney sought over burglary to fund horse’s wooden leg — I swear, if I wrote a story with that title, no one would believe it. (Thanks to danjite.)

Camera spots rare clouded leopard — Now that is a triumph of headline writing. Cool story, though. (Thanks to Dr. Varanus.)

Worms May Hold Secret To Lighter Aircraft — Hmm. At first I thought new casting techniques, but no…materials science.

A plastic that chills — The electrocaloric effect. (Which would be a great title for a story.) Some cool tech for you near-term futurists.

The Gray Lady of Bagram — My conservative friends should read this. I don’t suppose it will hold much credibility for you guys, but the fact that a story such as this is even possible should give any patriotic American severe pause. It’s your party, your president, who brought us to this low point. I can remember when we used to be the good guys.


8/17/08
Time in saddle: n/a (40 minute brisk walk)
Last night’s weigh-out: n/a
This morning’s weigh-in: 237.8
Currently reading: The Avatar by Poul Anderson

Originally published at jlake.com. You can comment here or there.

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[personal] Miscellaneous updatery

Today will be hot, but not Africa hot like the last few days. (I say this as someone who lived in Africa for years.) I have no plans, but many goals. There’s a few hours of Day Jobbe work which must be done — very rare for a weekend, but sometimes it happens. I need to pack to fly off to Omaha in the wee hours of tomorrow. I need to straighten this place up, as it looks like a mail bomb went off around Nuevo Rancho Lake. A few bills to pay, and a check or two to deposit. I need to work on the next IROSF article, and begin the Tourbillion outline.

All in all, I feel vaguely like a normal human being. Of course, sleeping hard for nine hours last night might have something to do with that as well…

Originally published at jlake.com. You can comment here or there.