June 19th, 2009

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[travel] Bad karma chickens laying scrambled eggs

Slept short, hard and not very well. Horrible thunderstorm roaming around here in Omaha at 3 am. Highway was actually rather dangerous due to heavy standing water and strong crosswinds. My feet are soaked. Airline checkin opened late. SFO connection boards 10 minutes after I arrive, which is made of Grade A fail. Not to mention SFO's runway problems of late. Tried to reroute, everything's overbooked. Some woman pushed past me in the security line. Basically, the day is borked. Good thing I have a book to write, and a laptop to write it on.

Originally published at jlake.com.

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[links] Link salad wants to go back to sleep

Stretching My Legs — Me guest blogging again at Tor.com.

The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile patent — With bonus Wienermobile links!

Two Angles on Meteorites — More really cool Deep Time stuff from Centauri Dreams.

Dunhuang Star Atlas — Ancient Chinese star map from APOD. Now this is just darned cool.

A Skin Test for Alzheimer's Disease — Wow.

Did anyone get the number of that Erdos? — xkcd with some deep math geekery.

Ghost Jams — We get those in Portland. I've seen one at 2 am on the Banfield.


Originally published at jlake.com.

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[travel] Home again, somewhat to my surprise

After a day of incipient but unrealized travel fail, I am home. Three segment flight. Slept through one, wrote through the other two. Got 6,600 words knocked out in 2.25 hours on Endurance. I doubt I'll do more today, but I might be inspired this evening, so I'm not calling that the total yet.

In the Denver airport I spotted a mmpb of Mainspring, which was new from last Monday when the same store had only an mmpb of Escapement. That means the book is still being (re)ordered and (re)stocked fourteen months after its release, in airport bookstores, which are notoriously competitive ecosystems. This one had maybe 300 sf/f titles. I'm proud of my little book.

Also, ran into old friends in the San Francisco airport, coming back to Portland on the last leg of their move-home-from-three-years-living-in-China flight. What is it with me in that airport?

Have a therapist appointment soon, then a dinner with (different) visiting friends, then an early evening of it. kenscholes and jens_fire's baby shower tomorrow, to which I am taking tillyjane and the_child. Looks like a dinner tomorrow night with saycestsay. And of course, more bookage.

Originally published at jlake.com.