November 11th, 2009


[links] Link salad thanks a veteran

Call for masks — A way of sticking it to my cancer.

Smart Bitches, Trashy Books gives a shoutout to Green Powell's | Amazon | Kindle | Barnes & Noble | Borders ]Jay Lake’s Green has one of the most wonderful new female protagonists I’ve read in a while (Thanks to Cora.)

Foreign Service Journal reviews Escapement and Green here and here — (Thanks to my Dad.)

Google Dashboard: Now You Know What Google Knows About You — Um, yeah. (Thanks to lillypond.)

The Very Serious Paradox — The Poor Man institute calls out conservative doublethink on the role of government in society. (Admittedly not hard to do, but this one's still a doozie.)

?otD: Who will you thank for Veteran's Day?

Body movement: n/a (traveling)
Hours slept: 5.75
This morning's weigh-in: n/a (forgot)
Currently reading: The Jade Man's Skin by Daniel Fox


[travel] The day that wasn't

My flight left Portland this morning in the pre-dawn darkness, and landed in Philadelphia this evening in dusk's last failing light. I spent almost eight hours sitting on airplanes, with a 40 minute break in the middle in DFW. Talk about your lost days... On the other hand, I did Day Jobbery work, got 3,900 words in on "The Specific Gravity of Grief", answered a couple of interviews, and took two naps, as well as reading a good chunk more of The Jade Man's Skin.

I did wear the stupid fricking mask. Boy did that get old after a while. I also pretended to OCD and used hand sanitizer frequently. We'll see if any of this helps stave off respiratory infection. Much like the city's alligator watch, we'll never know unless it fails. My state of mind in this regard is left as an exercise for the reader.

Dinner tonight with klingonguy, valverdi and their friend D—, who likely has an LJ handle but I'm not smart enough to figure it out. Quite nice an evening.

The Philadelphia Airport Marriott, on the other hand, is yet another Marriott property without wireless. I don't get it. For what these rooms cost, they shouldn't have any problem doing what every Motel 6 and mom-and-pop coffee house in the country can do. I'm done staying at Marriott properties, given how many other hotel chains seem to manage this minor issue just fine. I can't believe they don't get constant pushback from their business travel customers over this.

Tomorrow is a roadtrip from Philadelphia to the Pennsylvania hinterlands for Day Jobbe meetings. At least I'll see the sun tomorrow. And then off to San Francisco Friday, and my sweet calendula_witch.