February 5th, 2009


[links] Link salad dethrones the dictaphone

My post on persistence as a writing success factor has gotten a lot of link love: [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ] — Joe Bob says check it out.

Big Guns: 1917 — More Shorpy goodness.

Giant snake fossil hints at a hotter future — The intersection of paleontology and climatology. Fascinating.

Today's GOP: Hoping for the Worst — Sad, sobering and right on the money. Are you proud of your Republican party?

Obama plans review of faith-based policies — Not as hopeful as the headline makes it out to be, but this story does look like a step in the right direction.

Obama puts the heat on Republicans — Go get 'em, tiger. Though my favorite sentence in the story is this one: Moderates from both parties have complained about spending projects, such as smoking-cessation programs, that don't seem geared to giving the economy a jolt. It disingenuously implies there are moderates in the Republican Party, sustaining the press's ongoing pro-conservative narrative of false equivalency in political goodwill between the sides.

From One-Party Rule to Cry-Baby Caucus — Bipartisanship the way Republicans played it. Useful reading for those of you under the illusion that the Democrats are mistreating the GOP minority. Unless, of course, you're not interested in the actual political history of this past decade.

?otD: Which was the way back home?

Body movement: 40 minute ride on the stationary bike
This morning's weigh-in: 220.0
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville

Originally published at jlake.com.


[contests] Time for another GREEN ARC contest


Green Amazon ] will be out in a few months. So it's time for another ARC giveaway contest. As usual, this will be a two-stage process. I'll have people post entries here for a few days, then I'll make a voting poll.

This time, your job is to nominate someone else to receive an ARC of Green, and tell us why. Be as silly or fun or funny if you want, but no gratuitous cruelty or snark. So nominate your favorite blogger or commenter or LJ-BFF right here.

Originally published at jlake.com.


[writing] Progris riport, day 15, The Heart of the Beast

Two and a half hours' work today. The first ninety minutes was on Hawthorne, waiting for the_child to get out of her Do-Jump class. camillealexa joined me there. Then, another hour when I got home.

Net new words today, 4,300, to 76,100. I suspect by gross was closer to 4,600. The story continues, carrying me with it.

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Originally published at jlake.com.


[personal] An odd thing just happened

I'm not paranoid, in either the casual or the clinical sense of that term, but something odd just happened. I take a baby aspirin tablet every night for heart health. Threw out the empty bottle yesterday, set the new bottle out with the fish oil capsules and the Lovastatin. (It's an exciting life I lead.) Tonight, opening the new bottle, I found the safety seal had been torn off.

I had to think hard about whether I'd opened it last night and simply forgotten. But the cotton wadding was in there, pulled aside as if the pills had been fished out. And that is not my habit. I always get rid of that stuff.

I threw the bottle away, but now I'm wondering if I should dig it out and try to remember which of three possible stores I bought it at, and contact them. Throwing it out seems cautious and mildly paranoid. Calling people up seems a lot more paranoid.

Especially since it's still possible that I did open it yesterday and simply didn't do my usual thing with the cotton. I have that kind of memory — I'll forget I performed small, routine actions quite literally as I'm performing them. I'm the kind of person who sometimes has to check the stove three times.

I'm old enough to remember the Tylenol killings. I'm sad that I have to think of that sort of thing now.

Originally published at jlake.com.