April 26th, 2009


[links] Link salad gets sort of political

A reader reacts to Escapement Powell's | Amazon ]

More on Google Books from The New York Times

Mum fined for calling son a poof?Language Log dips into queer sociology in the UK.

Subgroup analysis, wishful thinking and research fraud

US History for Dummies — Helpful hints for conservative "patriots". Warning: actual facts will conflict seriously with your cherished political beliefs. But if you're a conservative, you've long since grown inured to that. (Thanks to danjite.)

?otD: How many angels can dance on the head of a pinata?

Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
This morning's weigh-in: 217.4
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville; The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet by Reif Larsen

Originally published at jlake.com.


[writing] Pinion editorial revisions day 1

I received my change letter from casacorona on Pinion last Wednesday. Oddly, it came through on my iPhone while I was in the Tor offices in New York. Such synchronicity! If I wrote that in a story, no one would believe it. Of course, that's true of much of my life. Ask calendula_witch, she'll tell you. (At least, I think that's why she's always laughing at me.)

Larger than anticipated workload on the revisions. Even so, I won't have any problem with the June 1 deadline. Because of the workload I am leaning a bit harder than normal on trusted readers, with special help from khaybee, danjite and calendula_witch. Saturday was my first day of hands-on-keyboard, after a couple of days of strategizing and general absorption of feedback from multiple quarters. I find revision workload difficult to measure, even more so on this project than usual, but I got about four hours of keyboard time in and I'm happy with the progress thus far.

Anyway, diving back in now for today's effort.

Originally published at jlake.com.


[personal] Sunday at home

Well, today I...
  • Did laundry
  • Cooked
  • Cleaned the kitchen (twice)
  • Spent two hours helping the_child rehearse and refine her oral report on Nebraska for class tomorrow
  • Spent a couple more hours teaching her to play Risk
  • Packed for Omaha and San Francisco
  • Backed up my restored hard drive, post-China
  • Revised Pinion for three hours
  • Edited China trip photos into more useful Flickr sets for a couple of hours

And to me, it has felt like a lazy day.

Now I am going to retire with The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet, which I am enjoying enormously, until it is time to get up and go to the airport. Omaha this week with the Day Jobbe, San Francisco this weekend and into next week with the lovely calendula_witch.

Originally published at jlake.com.