November 4th, 2009


[links] Link salad sports a metaphor or two

Yokimo the Goat gets around — World Fantasy Convention from the caprine perspective.

Two Lumps takes on NaNoWriMo — With a sideswipe at Stephenie Meyer.

Bullet train patent design — Mmmm.

The Adventures of Lil' CthulhuWant a child-friendly way to introduce your little one to the traditions of the Old Cult? Meet little Cthulhu, who lives in the magic city of R'lyeh with all his friends, as you and your child embark on a fun and educational journey through the world of the Great Old Ones (Thanks to willyumtx.)

RearGear — The ultimate in repressed Americana. Weird. (Thanks to ginastonge.)

Glacier Man — This is very cool.

Why does driving bring out the worst in people? — I've asked this exact question a number of times. The same person who will hold the door for you at the bank will viciously run you to the shoulder in traffic.

CNBC's Darren Rovell: NYC marathon winner not a real American since he's originally from Africa — Best smackdown of Nativism EVAR. And what did you do, Darren, to become an American? You were born here to American parents - that must have been real hard work fighting your way through your mother's birth canal. I'm sure childbirth taught you a lot more about liberty and freedom than a guy who escaped a civil war to come to a land where he could be free.

Making Light with a lot more on the Meb Keflezighi story referenced above — I was struck by Abi Sutherland's comments that "Leaving the US is apparently very unpatriotic; learning about other cultures is suspect, and moving abroad all but treason". I have that problem, too, to a smaller degree. Because of where I was born and how I was raised I don't have a "home town", I'm not "from" anywhere in the usual sense of that phrase. A (former) friend back in Texas used to insist I couldn't possibly be Texan, despite six generations of ancestors there, because I wasn't born in Texas, like she was. To her logic, I'm not even American. Um, no.

?otD: Why is a strike good in bowling but bad in baseball?

Body movement: 15 minutes of meditation and stretching, 30 minute stationary bicycle ride
Hours slept: 6.5
This morning's weigh-in: 233.0
Currently reading: The Jade Man's Skin by Daniel Fox


[child] Wreath sale as a fundraiser

It's that time of the year again. the_child's school is offering a holiday fund raiser of fresh-cut wreaths from the Cascade Mountains here in the Pacific Northwest. These can be delivered locally on 12/3, or be shipped nationwdide (lower 48 only) by UPS, with delivery in early December. The options include:

Shipped via UPS:
  • 18" wreath — $35 each (shipped)

  • 22" wreath — $40 each (shipped)

  • 24" swag — $40 each (shipped)

Local pickup for Portland area:
  • 18" wreath — $20 each

  • 22" wreath — $25 each

  • 24" swag — $25 each

  • 30" wreath — $35 each

If you're interested in wreaths for yourself or a friend or relative, please let me know in comments or via direct email by Friday, November 6th.


[cancer] The sexuality of cancer

I've talked about almost every aspect of my cancer experience over the past 18 months or so since my excellent cancer adventure first began. The sole, and somewhat notable exception, has been the effects on my libido and sexual function. Those are critical issues, both to quality of life and to self-image. So, with a somewhat reddened face, I continue my ongoing efforts at clarity and honesty, this time in a subject where tact is improbable, and the silence is deafening.

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