August 7th, 2009


[links] Link salad for a Montreal Friday

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

Early sketch of an illo for an upcoming story of mine — Cool to see it in this stage. And even more goats!.

Make Your Deadlines! — I dunno, I've never seen them as optional.

Trash robots destroy the planet

Symbolic gestures — The National Park Service, pictograms and you. Good stuff on communication and symbology. (Thanks to willyumtx.)

Treasures found in the Gobi desert — Part of a bloody history, as these things so often are. (Thanks to tetar.)

Chemistry in a cone — Ice cream that doesn't melt, and other weirdness. (Via @colleenlindsay's Twitter feed.)

The Puzzle of the Half-Comet, Half-Asteroid

?otD: Ou est Montreal?

Body movement: n/a (traveling, will be walking for an hour later this morning)
This morning's weigh-in: n/a (traveling)
Currently reading: Eight Skilled Gentlemen by Barry Hughart

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[conventions] Worldcon, Day One

calendula_witch and I got into our hotel yesterday afternoon early enough for an hour of downtime, post-travel. We headed (briefly) for the lobby bar, then off to a late dinner with the METAtropolis gang — Steve Feldberg, John and Krissy Scalzi, Elizabeth Bear, Tobias Buckell and Karl Schroeder. A very nice evening of Japanese food and entertaining conversation.

Back at the Delta, I hit the Tor party for a while, as she did BarCon downstairs. Eventually we hooked up once more and headed for home at the Holiday Inn. My early morning breakfast canceled after I went to sleep, so my alarm went off at oh:dark:stupid for no good reason, but now I'm tooling up for Stroll With the Stars, my first stop on what promises to be a very long day. calendula_witch, wise woman that she is, is sleeping in, then taking some yoga and writing time this morning.

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