July 29th, 2009


[links] Link salad for a hump day

An Author Without Borders The New York Times on William T. Vollmann, an author who really lives his work. Wow. (Thanks to tetar.)

And yet no man like he, doth greeue my heartLanguage Log with some deep linguistic neepery about Shakespeare.

Love in 2-D — Japanese culture. (Thanks to willyumtx.)

Vintage ad for Chubbettes -- clothing for your "chubby lass" — Weird classic Americana. But the weirdest thing about this (of many weird things) is that the girl in the photo does not look "chubby" to me.

Illustrator Christoph Niemann — Including the "Periodic Table of Metaphors".

Managers vs Makers — The art and science of meetings.

The Milky Way over Devil's Tower — Another awesome image from APOD.

How to land safely back on the moon

A War of Frontier and EmpireThe Edge of the American West on the geopolitics of US imperialism in the Philippines.

pecunium with more on healthcare — (Another hat tip to lt260.)

?otD: Who stole the cookies from the cookie jar?

Body movement: n/a (up late, overslept)
This morning's weigh-in: 223.4
Currently reading: Diplomatic Immunity by Lois McMaster Bujold

Originally published at jlake.com.


[cancer|calendula] Just a bit more inside my head

calendula_witch heads back to San Francisco today. Our news is so much better than expected, thanks to the reprieve from chemo. Parting is tough, even though I'll see her next week. I'm still processing, furiously so in truth, and haven't quite come to the other side of it yet. Maybe I never well. And "reprieve" is the right word. Serious issues yet afoot inside me. Just not so deadly serious and urgent as before. A day for introspection, especially when my heart falls quiet a while once I have put my true love on the airplane.

Originally published at jlake.com.


[politics] Blue dogs

Heard on the radio today (no verbatim quote, unfortunately) that the Blue Dog Democrats — conservative Dems in the House — had negotiated hard to delay a vote on the healthcare reform bill until September, because it was too complex and far reaching to rush into, and that members of Congress and the public needed time to read and understand the proposed legislation.

So. Where were those conservative voices warning for careful deliberation and calling for a delayed vote when the Patriot Act was rushed into law? Blue Dogs? Republicans? Bueller? Bueller? Anyone?

Originally published at jlake.com.