January 16th, 2009


[links] Link salad makes a high, lonesome sound

New Nebula Award rules — In case you missed them.

Possibly the world's most awesome calendar — :: wants :: (Snurched from danjite.)

Bluetooth Laser Virtual Keyboard — But where's the clickie? (Thanks to lt260.)

It's the anniversary of the great molasses flood — Which sounds a lot funnier than it really was.

Our world may be a giant hologram — This would explain a lot. And, um, wow.

The 'Why' of Interstellar Flight — More interesting stuff from Centauri Dreams.

W.'s Twilight: A Man of Feeble Temper — Juan Cole takes his snark out for a long walk. Mine yips along happily. We really do get the leadership we deserve, I suppose. Which makes Bush's ascendancy a very sad comment indeed on the state of the Republic.

Forgive and Forget? — Paul Krugman on the need for accountability of Bush administration abuses. At the Justice Department, for example, political appointees illegally reserved nonpolitical positions for "right-thinking Americans" their term, not mine and there's strong evidence that officials used their positions both to undermine the protection of minority voting rights and to persecute Democratic politicians. Are you proud of your Republican party?

And speaking of abuses, Slate on Susan Crawford's admission that the Bush administration uses torture — The Bushies failed in this, too, even on their own terms.

?otD: Do you feel like the king of the hill?

Body movement: 40 minute ride on the stationary bike
This morning's weigh-in: 223.4
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville

Originally published at jlake.com.


[personal|writing] Updatery and the day that was

Had a nice lunch with the delightful camillealexa today, which she documented. After work ended I dipped into "Chain of Stars" again, which I finished with a 4,000 word push [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]. Go me!

Going to read tonight. Haven't given up on Melville, but he's tough sledding and I can't read him recreationally. Certain Persons have started a Gene Wolfe reading group online, so I'm going to begin re-reading Shadow of the Torturer [ Amazon ], which I happen to consider probably the finest piece of genre fiction ever written. That's hardly a loss to read by any standard.

I'd planned to walk tomorrow, but it looks like more freezing fog, or at least more freezing, so I'm going to stay indoors on the bike. Then some housecleaning, then a day of writing. I owe a short story Real Soon Now, have to do some more work on Footprints editing, would like to cut a sample chapter for a proposed collaborative diplomatic thriller co-written with my dad (the retired U.S. ambassador), then evaluate another collaborate project for which I have been sent copious notes.

Then it's the birthday dinner for the mighty kenscholes tomorrow night.

Sunday? More writing!

Originally published at jlake.com.