January 29th, 2009

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[links] Link salad foxes the fox

My post yesterday on the anniversary of the Challenger disaster has drawn some sweet and reflective comments

Dicebox: "Don't Look Back: — This Web comic made me laugh so hard I nearly peed. James Blish's Cities in Flight by way of 1970s album cover art. And kitsch kitsch kitsch. Danger: do not read with fluids near mouth or keyboard. (Thanks to goulo.)

List of lost figures — Vanishing British geoglyphs. Would also be a good story title.

Zontik Games — Very high end game sets. (Snurched from Interrupting Gelastic Jew.)

Jan. 28, 1938: The Passing of the Silver Comet

US University Shows Radio-controlled Live Beetle — I'm a bit suspicious of this story for several reasons, but just in case, let me make it clear that I, for one, welcome our new cyborg insect overlords. (Snurched from Gizmodo.)

Identifying the Bird, When Not Much Bird Is Left — Avian forensics in aviation disasters. Mmm, snarge. (Thanks to lt260.)

Concussion effect 'spans decades'People concussed in their youth show subtle signs of mental and physical problems even more than 30 years later, say Canadian researchers. This is of interest to me as I experienced significant concussions at age 5 and again at age 16. The second required overnight hospitalization and some ongoing followup. I've always had a few odd issues with short term memory. I wonder if those are related to these findings.

?otD: Don't you know you're going to shock the monkey?




1/29/2009
Body movement: 40 minute ride on the stationary bike
This morning's weigh-in: 223.2
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville

Originally published at jlake.com.

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[writing] Progris riport, day 8, The Heart of the Beast

Odd day today. Two and a half hours of effort, netting about 400 new words on the manuscript. I've been going though Jeff's hand-written material in detail, first all the looseleaf sheets and now the small spiral bound notebook. Most of that is stuff I've transcribed as notes into a scratch file, partly to internalize it through retyping, and partly to capture some specific prose elements. Another day like this tomorrow, and maybe Saturday depending on how long the notebook takes me. Then I think I'll be completely done except for new compostion.

Even in this, Collapse )

Originally published at jlake.com.