January 5th, 2009


[links] Link salad for a new year Monday

The House of 87 Cabinets Revisited — Mmm, fiction.

DailyLit — Books sent to you in daily installments via email or RSS feed. Hmm. Fascinating, Captain. (Thanks to garyomaha.)

Stunning photographs of landmark captured over six-month period — (Thanks to danjite.)

5 Amazing Blue Holes — Some interesting nature photography of dive sites. (Snurched from Dark Roasted Blend.)

Shorpy with another steam locomotive — Punked!

Why computers and cars make us so unpleasant — Money shot: Vanderbilt reports that people in open-topped cars tend to be nicer and more patient. But not because they're happier, or because they're getting lots of vitamin D they're less insulated than other drivers, less able to pretend that the world isn't there.

The sun at perihelion

Justice Sandra Day OConnor on liberty vs moralityOur obligation is to define the liberty of all, not to mandate our own moral code. That's an awfully weird statement coming from a Republican. Too bad her record as a justice belies this as thoroughly as her party's record at governance does.

?otD: How is the winter of our discontent?

Body movement: 40 minute ride on the stationary bike
This morning's weigh-in: 219.6
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville; Norse Code by Greg van Eekhout

Originally published at jlake.com.


[awards] 2008 Pimpage

It's time for the annual award pimpage post. (Well, the Nebulas work differently, but you know what I mean.) Here's my list of my own favorites of my eligible work from 2008, for your consideration as you contemplate nominations for Hugos, Nebulas and World Fantasy Awards.


Escapement, Tor Books, June, 2008, ed. Beth Meacham


"America, Such as She Is", Alembical, November, 2008, Paper Golem Press, ed. Lawrence M. Schoen and Arthur Dorrance

Short Story

"The Sky That Wraps the World Round, Past the Blue and into the Black", Clarkesworld, March, 2008

"A Water Matter", Tor.com, October, 2008

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form

METAtropolis, Audible.com, October, 2008, ed. John Scalzi (audio book [iTunes], written by Tobias Buckell, Elizabeth Bear, Jay Lake, John Scalzi and Karl Schroeder; read by Scott Brick, Michael Hogan, Alessandro Juliani, Kandyse McClure and Stefan Rudnicki)

Best Fan Writer

If you are interested in nominating me and my blog for this category, feel free. I don't consider myself a Fan Writer in that sense, but I don't feel a need to bow out of the category either.

ETA: Post edited to cope with a Hugo eligibility issue. Also, inexplicably, the first version of this post listed Mainspring when it should have read Escapement. My thanks to katster for the catch.

Originally published at jlake.com.