September 2nd, 2009


[links] Link salad eyes hump day with bleary cynicism

The Flash Fiction Open is going swimmingly [ | LiveJournal ] — Go read the entries. They're quite good. Submit your own!

In which the_child and I go play with space rocks [ | LiveJournal ]

Guys Lit Wire reviews Mainspring Powell's | Amazon thb | Barnes & Noble | Borders | Audible ] — Nice things are said.

Robert N. Lee disagrees with my stance on the Google Books settlement issue

Art writing guru James Gurney on research: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 — I can think of less than a handful of writers who would go this deep. Amazing.

The Western Nostril on pension funds and those who don't speak Klingon

John Taylor and the Corpus Clock — Chronophage. Huh. Fascinating video. (Thanks to lordofallfools.)

The Five Biggest Lies in the Health Care DebateNewsweek documents the source and spread of some of the most persistent GOP lies about healthcare. Since conservatives can't win this one on ideas or on principles, all they have left is lies. Unfortunately for America, they're damned good at lies.

DeMint: Health Care Is a Privilege, Not a Right — Compassionate conservatism, from a Republican party near you.

McCain Admits Bush Torture Violated Treaties — Includes some fascinating references to Reagan's stance on torture, as well as the Bush DOJ quoted as saying in a court filing: "[Torture] undermines respect for and trust in authority, government and a rule of law. The gravity of the offense of torture is beyond dispute." Why didn't you speak up on this earlier, Senator McCain? Like, oh, when it would have mattered? Remember kids, as the GOP liked to remind us constantly during the Clinton years, character counts.

?otD: How many parts was Gaul divided into? *

Body movement: 5 minutes of mediation, 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 5.75
This morning's weigh-in: 230.6
Currently reading: The Real Wizard of Oz by Rebecca Loncraine; Acacia by David Anthony Durham

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[funny] Department of things which are ironically ironic

The chief symptom of my current shoulder problems is debilitating pain when I thoughtlessly reach past my currently limited range of motion, or grasp weight in certain ways. Unplugging a power cord with my left hand can send me to the couch in tears for several minutes, unable to move or think. This is why I was at the physical therapist yesterday.

So this morning, I was icing my left shoulder as instructed. On finishing the icing effort, I went to remove the ice bag from my shoulder, and it slipped away from my grip, where I immediately grabbed for it with my left hand.

Bingo! Debilitating pain! From my fricking ice pack!

Oh, irony, thy bite is cruel yet unloving.

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