May 12th, 2009


[links] Link salad, melange edition

Don't forget to vote for new caption contest — Some funny stuff there.

Portland Literary Tweeps

The Downside of Feedback — Including bonus Star Trek references.

Scrivener's Error with some terrific publishing sausages

What the Duck on reactions to criticism

Man, 30, gives 'birth' to his twin — (Thanks, I think, to danjite.)

The puzzle of superconducting LEDs explained

25 logos with hidden messages Amazing Graphic Designing tricks! — (Snurched from Dark Roasted Blend.)

Christian Mimes — (Thanks to neutronjockey.)

Numbers stations — A Wiki on an old mystery I've heard of before. (Thanks to danjite.)

What was the Mexicans' version of the Alamo attack? — Speaking as a sixth-generation Texan, I have always found the hagiography around the Alamo to be bizarre.

Our awesomeness in numbers — Some statistics on US quality of life. Note the relationship between healthcare spending, infant mortality and life expectancy.

?otD: When in the course of human events?

Body movement: 30 minute ride on stationary bike
This morning's weigh-in: 217.0
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville, Engine Summer by John Crowley

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[writing] Pinion editorial revisions day :: mumble ::

Despite my chowder-headed cancer anxiety, I managed to clock in about two and a half hours' work on Pinion at the Tuesday coffee house write-in. Hooray for engrained habits. I wasn't laying down new copy, which is probably impossible for me right now anyway, but I finished the last of the line edits from danjite and khaybee, then worked through calendula_witch's line edits.

I now have one more set of deep comments, plus the assorted comments embedded in the manuscript. Even counting the next few days as lost, I'm on schedule. And I feel much better for having written. (Not to mention final light revisions to another joint story with calendula_witch.)

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