January 9th, 2009


[links] Link salad says TGIF

In case you missed it yesterday, I messed about with a tilt-shift filter [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ] — This stuff is deeply cool and fun to look at, and I'm not even sure I can explain why.

Strange Horizons with a mixed review of METAtropolis [ audible.com</em>|iTunes]

The 2009 Eustace Tilley Contest — The image on this post is amazing. Click through from there for more New Yorker fun, too.

Mystery Roar from Faraway Space Detected — Wookie! Wookie! Wookie! (Thanks to tetar.)

Did Earth's Twin Cores Spark Plate Tectonics? — This is a weird one. (Thanks to my brother.)

More entertaining legal quotes from Freakonomics

New Voices in Congress Will Change the Tone of the Democratic Majority — (Thanks to my Dad.)

Bush treated less fairly than Obama, survey says — Apparently no one remembers the free ride Bush got from the media from the late 1990s through about 2006/2007. Negative Gore stories outnumbered negative Bush stories about 4:1 in the 2000 election. The whole handling of Bush's and Kerry's respective war records in 2004 absolutely speaks for itself. So now that Bush and the Republican party have ruined the economy, broken the military, turned the United States into a nation of torturers and thugs on the world stage, bred new terrorism on a global scale, trashed the Constitution and generally pissed in every pot this country has, now people think he's not being treated fairly by the press? If the press had done even a fraction of their jobs over the last ten years, the United States would almost certainly be far, far better off today. Cry me a river, conservative America. The press can piss off, too.

?otD: If pink is the new black, what's a pink hole?

Body movement: 40 minute ride on the stationary bike
This morning's weigh-in: 222.2
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville

Originally published at jlake.com.


[travel] The moral equivalent of a Monday

When I got up this morning, I did Web check-in. I never do Web check-in, mostly because I almost always have checked bags and it seems pointless. I stand in line either way.

Got to the airport, thanks to my Dad, breezed past the Alaska/Horizon counter, got through security only to be interviewed very closely about whether I was carrying any knives. Which of course I'm not. I was pleasant, not sarcastic or grouchy, which turned out to be a damned good thing because the TSA screener pulled a cheese knife and a corkscrew out of my duffel. Much to my surprise. I apologized, he confiscated them, and waved me on.

So I went and sat in the A concourse. Which, for some reason, doesn't have those master flight boards. I kept looking for my flight at one of the gates, kept not seeing it. Finally went up to one of the counters and asked if I was in the right place.

"Oh, you were on the 2:30. We cancelled that flight."

And, because I'd done Web check-in, I had no idea about this. "Ok, what happens now?"

"We've rebooked you. Your new flight leaves at 2:30."

"Um, ok. Thank you."

In other news, I somehow deleted my Pine address book with several thousand email addresses in it gathered over the last 10 years or so. This is way beyond irksome. Hoping my ISP can recover it.

I am so not running with scissors today.

Originally published at jlake.com.