October 16th, 2008


[writing] Tourbillon progris riport, day 33

Today’s wordage: 3,800
Today’s writing time: 2 hours
Total wordage: 126,400
Total writing time: 72 hours, 30 minutes

Editorial Note: Due to a very crowded schedule after work this evening, I forsook my long walk and did 30 minutes on the bike at the gym next door to the hotel, then put in my two hours on the book. I knew that whole waking up at 3 am thing would come in handy. Also, although I don’t explicitly think in terms of the three-act structure, I seem to be closing in on the end of the second act.


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[links] Link salad for an Omaha Thursday

newroticgirl with the Lake as a unit of measurement — Hahahahah. Wait, that’s me.

See Tokyo flattened! — (Thanks to threeoutside.)

Colin Powell becomes an unlikely hip-hop star — It is to boggle. (Thanks to Jaws.)

Ancient Tablet Ignites Debate on Messiah and Resurrection — Interesting stuff from just before the New Testament era. (Nicked from jeffsoesbe.)

Pirates then and now — Comparing modern Somali pirates to the eighteenth century Caribbean.

How to destroy the Earth — Money shot: “Creating a microscopic black hole is tricky, since one needs a reasonable amount of neutronium, but may possibly be achievable by jamming large numbers of atomic nuclei together until they stick. This is left as an exercise to the reader.” Hahahahahahaha. For all you mad scientists and end-of-days disaster writers. (Hat tip to Bad Astronomy Blog.)

Helmet to Convey Messages by Thought — What could possibly go wrong!? (Thanks to my brother.)

Physical security maxims — From Argonne National Laboratory. Funny but not. (Thanks to danjite.)

Vaccination protestors in Portland — With a focus on the_child’s school. Long time readers of this blog will recall this is a huge hot button for me. Under Oregon law, we had to file a vaccination waiver for her, since we do not have medical records from China indicating whether she was vaccinated in infancy. There is no other class of exemption — either produce proof of vaccination or file a religious waiver. Oregon law simply does not contemplate the possibility of genuinely undocumented children. But I am very strongly against vaccination protestors on both moral grounds and public health grounds. Antiscience idiocy is antiscience idiocy no matter what end of the political spectrum it emanates from. (Thanks to lillypond.)

Cooling climate ‘consensus’ of 1970s never was — Research that discredits a key pillar of global warming denialism on the face of the data. (Thanks to lt260.)

What’s the difference between Palin and Muslim fundamentalists? Lipstick — Juan Cole in Salon on democratic values, tolerance, and religious codes in society. Ah, the irony.

Making Light on last night’s debate — Hahahahahahahah. I cannot stop laughing at this.

Body movement: 30 minutes on stationary bike
Last night’s weigh-out: n/a
This morning’s weigh-in: n/a
Currently reading: The Dord, the Diglot, and an Avocado or Two by Anu Garg

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[personal] Sometimes you’re just the damned bug

Not my day today. Difficult meeting at work. (Resolved.) Difficult phone call from the the_child. (Parenting 101.) Discovered I lost my main travelling credit card. (Called and cancelled, no fraud in progress.) All in a span of about three hours.

Good thing I wrote this morning, because even I wouldn’t have the discipline to bang out two hours’ work in my current frame of mind. Still, I’m calling today the moral equivalent of a Monday.

Oh, and flying home tomorrow.

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