May 6th, 2009


[photos] A new caption contest

In celebration of my recent medical (mis)adventures, martinlivings hath photochopped an image which per a suggestion from sheelangig screams to be the next caption contest. So let it be written, so let it be done.

Usual rules apply. Prize after the voting poll will be an inscribed copy of Green Powell's | Amazon ] when available. Plus martinlivings will get a bonus prize. Please leave entries in this comment thread (on or LiveJournal either one).

Your inspirational photo:

Jay Lake in hospital as interpreted by Martin Livings

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[links] Link salad takes a day off to recover, sleeps in

A reader reacts to Escapement Powell's | Amazon ] — Not so much with the liking, unfortunately.

Video of me and kenscholes writing at Borderlands

This won't hurt a bit: 1937Shorpy documents my day yesterday.

Language Log with extensive linguist geekery on sentence style

The real story behind Van Gogh's ear — I wonder if they had a hearing? (Thanks to tetar.)

R. Crumb meets The Muppets — Made of 100% USDA Grade-A pure, crispy delicious WRONG.

Nanosatellite Carries Drugs into Space — No, really. I also don't think this is a correct use of "nano-".

John Steinbeck on the economic crisis

?otD: How much did your cat scan?

Body movement: n/a (sick)
This morning's weigh-in: 215.4
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville, Engine Summer by John Crowley

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[repost] JayCon IX

Mark your calendars now. In celebration of my natal anniversary, JayCon IX, my 9th annual 37th birthday party, will be Saturday, June 6th (oddly, my actual birthday), here in Portland from 1 to 5 pm at the Flying Pie in SE Portland. Come help me celebrate both my birthday and the release of Green Powell's | Amazon ], which will be out that month.

Flying Pie Pizzeria
7804 SE Stark Street
Portland, 97215
(503) 254-2016
[ Google Maps ]

As is traditional for JayCon, Paul Carpentier is specifically not invited.

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[writing] Pinion editorial revisions day 10-12

Despite the various ER hijinx, I got about two hours' work done on Pinion Monday and Tuesday combined. Didn't miss a day, though I accomplished less than I would have in a not-so-distracted state. Taking today off, I still managed another two hours. Finished with this pass of cutting. Now about to process input from final readers, then calendula_witch's edits when she's ready.

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