August 21st, 2008

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[links] Link salad for a Thursday

Andrew Wheeler responds to the SF Signal Mind Meld, is funny — I love a good smackdown, even when I’m on the wrong end of it. Definitely worth the read.

Do they really think the earth is flat? — An oldie but a goodie, the Flat Earth Society. You know, as long as we’re “teaching the controvery” about ID, let’s teach this controversy, too. Flat Earthism is every bit as intellectually sound as Intellectual Design, and rather more entertaining. With less religious hypocrisy, too, which I consider a bonus. (Thanks to csinman.)

The Interstellar Conundrum ReconsideredCentauri Dreams on the practical engineering issues of first generation starships. Where have you gone, Norma Cevna, our world turns its lonely eyes to you.

Researchers produce blood in lab from stem cells — Too bad about that whole stem cell research ban thing, because, you know, lives could be saved. Your Republican Party, defending the nineteenth century at all costs.


8/21/08
Time in saddle: n/a (60 minute brisk walk)
Last night’s weigh-out: n/a
This morning’s weigh-in: n/a
Currently reading: The Avatar by Poul Anderson

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

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[personal] “Still waking up in the mornings with shaking hands”

Went to bed last night at 9:15. Woke up at 3:15. Went for an hour-long brisk walk along 120th up Miracle Hill, down the other side to Dodge Street, then back again to the hotel.

This new sleep schedule rocks. I’ve gotten 2+ hours into my day that I’ve never had before. I’m using one of those for exercise, and the other for miscellaneous to-dos, which in turn will open up my evenings with a little more writing time. One of the weird gifts of the cancer and surgery has been this reset on my sleep clock.

It’s also a lot more adjustable. I can go to bed at 8, 10, midnight, whatever, and still sleep six hours. I feel rested, and energized. The flip side is that I have a lot less margin of error. If I do short some time, or stay up too long, it catches me hard and fast.

A new way to live. One I’m enjoying a lot. Who knew? Really, truly, who knew?

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