April 27th, 2009


[links] Link salad saddles up for the Omaha trail drive

Return of the caption contest. Now with pandas! [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]

Me, on the Google Books settlement and your legislators: [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ] — (Yes, this is a repeat link, but I didn't want this post to fall into the trough of weekendity.)

bjcooper says nice things about METAtropolis

Theory of sacrificesArt writing guru James Gurney is at it again. As it happens, I don't entirely agree with him, but he's making a great point about minimalism and natural transparency in style. Like I would know what transparent style looks like...

Tom's Glossary of Book Publishing Terms — Hahahahahahahah.

Planet of the Grapes — A wine map of the world, for you fans of alternative cartography. Not to mention oenophiles. (You know who you are.)

scarlettina on restaurant discounts for the unemployed — Some interesting thinking there. Go check it out, put in your 2 cents worth or show her some link love.

slithytove on swine flu — IRL, he is an ER doc.

APOD with the interaction between Prometheus and Saturn's F-ring

Flexible Heat MinerTechnology Review with some cool commercially applied tech. This one is awesome.

Non Sequitur on cospiracy theories — As I read this I realized something odd. Conservatives are always on with the conspiracy paranoia. Red Scare, John Birchers, all the hoo-hah during the Clinton years about Whitewater and Vince Foster, the perpetual rumblings about world government and nationalization, the Obama "birthers" and the widespread belief that Obama is coming for their guns. Yet all the real conspiracies in American politics which leap to mind were foisted by conservatives. Watergate, Iran-Contra, the fraudelent run-up to the Iraq War (specifically the Iraq Study Group), pretty much anything Cheney has ever done. As usual, those who yell the loudest are the perps, apparently. Are there any significant conspiracies in modern political history foisted by liberal-progressives which have objective reality to them, the way Watergate or Iran-Contra do?

?otD: Omaha?

Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
This morning's weigh-in: 218.0
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.


[travel] The rest of the way to Omaha

After a very exciting aborted landing in Dallas, we got on the ground a bit late. (Ahem.) I rushed about for my connecting flight, but the weather had delayed the inbound leg and the equipment was not at the gate in time for boarding. When we did get on, they decided they needed more fuel in order to divert around the weather. Finally got to Omaha forty-five minutes late, but without further adventure.

Hertz was out of cars, so I spent fifteen minutes standing in the chilly air waiting for them to bring me something. For the first time in at least two years I got the car I'd nominally rented — a mid-sized sedan. No random upgrade program for me!

After that, a nice dinner with garyomaha and elusivem, as is our wont. We had Mexican and yakked a while, before I peeled off for the hotel. (Did get a suite upgrade here.) Been unpacking, chatting with calendula_witch and generally winding down. Tomorrow, the office!

Originally published at jlake.com.