August 5th, 2009


[links] Link salad gets ready to go to Montreal

Check out the Fictional Character Pickup Line contest: [ | LiveJournal ]

The 2011 Reno WorldCon bid now has a twitter account, @Reno2011 — If you're a tweeple, check it out.

Women, Water and Death — "Tell of your homeworld, Usul."

Drainspotting — The art of manhole covers. (Snurched from Vintagraph.)

External Use OnlyLanguage Log on the phenomenon of "nerdview". I've been going through something similar recently with the_child. She's begun to carefully parse road signs, or try to. The embedded assumptions are sometimes surprising. For example, she asked me why I kept driving past signs which said, "DO NOT PASS." Clearly, I was passing those signs.

A more efficient spacecraft engine — Ion propulsion. Mmm. ETA: A working rocket scientist comments on this item.

Anomalies and their usesCentauri Dreams with some not-so-minor mysteries of spacetime here in the solar system.

Remember To Wear Your Brown Shirt — How the Republicans win arguments. In case you somehow thought conservative opposition to the healthcare reform process was principled.

?otD: What ever happened to 54'40" or fight?

Body movement: n/a (overslept)
This morning's weigh-in: 223.5
Currently reading: The Story of the Stone by Barry Hughart

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[personal] Postcards from the subconscious

Woke up in San Francisco this morning with these words on my mind:

"Youth is primal, nay, protean."

Interpretation is left as an exercise for the reader.

In other news, calendula_witch and I are madly preparing to head for Montreal tomorrow. We're both at our respective Day Jobbes today, which will make for a crowded evening. See some, all or none of you there starting late tomorrow afternoon.

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