January 27th, 2009


[links] Link salad's shadow is taller than its soul

davidlevine on the cultural appropriation imbroglio

Urban knitting: the world's most inoffensive graffiti — For those of you who weren't readers during last year's cancer episode, the magnificent kateyule knitted me a comfy of my tumor, which stayed very close to me through my hospitalization and recovery. I've had a soft spot for extreme knitting ever since.

Shorpy proves once again that weird is not a modern phenomenon: The Mechanical Chicken (1930) and The Bovine Lunarometer (1920) — I'm sure there's story ideas in both those photos.

Vintage war propaganda posters — And some modern ringers. (Snurched from Dark Roasted Blend.)

The Milky Way over Mauna KeaAPOD rocks the house again.

Fewer Calories = Better Brains?Technology Review on the possible relationship between calorie restriction and mental function. Some interesting comments about insulin, too.

18th Century Astronaut? — Skepticism 101 from Bad Astronomy.

Oaf of OfficeThe New York Times on Chief Justice Roberts' slip up. ETA: ericjamesstone provides links to some sensible rebuttals to this.

Obama to order clean-air waiver — Let me get this straight. Republicans are all about state's rights and limiting the role of the Federal government, right? Democrats are the great regulators and stiflers of individual initiative and local control, right? Because a naive reader of this story might conclude the opposite.

?otD: Did you know that sometimes words have two meanings?

Body movement: 40 minute ride on the stationary bike
This morning's weigh-in: 222.6
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville

Originally published at jlake.com.


[writing] Heart of the Beast, progriss riport

Day six of this project. 10,000 words today on The Heart of the Beast over four and a half hours of effort. About 3,000 of that is new prose, the rest line-edited/revised work from the recent OCR episode. Manuscript now stands at 47,700 words, and is at the interlude after part I.

I'm nearly to the point where I'll be trolling through the handwritten notes to align scenes, revisit existing material and provide supporting information for the upcoming sections. The book will be a bit less than half-way in place, structurally, when I break into all-new drafting (or as close as I will come to all-new on this collaborative project).

Just as with a solo project, the setting is firmly embedded in my mental bookspace now. I can see the place, the people, the action, I am starting to see the subtler connections between things Jeff established (knowingly or not) in his setups, notes and earlier drafts.

Of course, Collapse )

Originally published at jlake.com.