February 11th, 2010


[links] Link salad will steer for you

A page is turned — UK's Financial Times with some actual industry analysis of the Amazon-Macmillan negotiations. (As opposed to the generally simplistic US press coverage of "Macmillan is raising ebook prices, oh well".) There are some errors here, such as an odd comment about ebooks having no marginal costs, and a mistake in describing bookshops as working on the agency model, but this is still some pretty interesting work. (Thanks to blog commentor Stevie.)

Has Amazon Moved Your Buy Button? —The Author's Guild is funny and practical.

Highlights from TED 2010, Wednesday: "We can eat to starve cancer" — Angiogenesis, diet, exercise and cancer. Of obvious interest to some of us. (Via both shelly_rae and @gralinnaea.)

The Two-Streams HypothesisArt neuropsychology guru James Gurney with a fascinating piece on how the human visual system works. As Dr. Egon Spengler said, "Don't cross the streams."

Saturnalian Moon Dance — Some seriously 'wow' photos from Cassini.

Give 'em the old razzle-dazzle — Interesting piece (with lots of photos) on disguise and camouflage of capital ships in the era of optical range finding. And yes, that's a lot more interesting than I just made it sound. (Via Interrupting Gelastic Jew.)

Ancient Human Genome Sequenced — I think I went to high school with this guy, actually.

Dubai court annuls marriage to 'bearded lady' — Juan Cole with some interesting thoughts on Islamic veiling, identity and culture hacking thereby.

madwriter with a point about where the money goes — Must be nice to be on Wall Street. This stuff might drive even me to be a Socialist.

Rachel names the GOP hypocrites — This video is worth watching, especially if you somehow imagine the GOP retains any intellectual or moral consistency. Maddow names names and gives examples, over and over, of GOP congressmen and senators who slam the stimulus hard in the national media as an abject failure, then take credit for money and jobs at home. Her larger point is that the Republicans have utterly abandoned policy for politics. Not that this is news...

Pastor Wiley Drake prayed for the death of John Murtha — Ah, Christianism. That deranged, righteous intersection between conservatism and religion. Worst of both worlds, the virtues of neither. I don't understand why the GOP ties itself to these moral monsters. (Well, votes, of course, but at such a cost to the character and credibility of the conservative movement.)

Affirmative Action and Political Hypocrisy — On both sides of the aisle in fact, but guess which major conservative party leads the league by a mile in the hypocrisy standings?

Human microchips seen by some in Virginia House as device of Antichrist — Uh, yeah. Check out this gem: "I just think you should have the right to control your own body," [Republican] Cole said. That's a pretty bizarre sentiment from the party that enthusiastically supports forced pregnancy and criminalization of private sexual behavior between consenting adults. I'm sure Cole will be walking this little mistake back any time now.

?otD: Do you want a driver? Climb inside.

Writing time yesterday: 60 minutes (revisions on Endurance)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.75 (soundly)
This morning's weigh-in: 225.0
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 6/10
Currently reading: [between books]


[cancer|personal] Sometimes I win one

Yesterday was shedding day. This has been discussed previously on the blog, so I won't go into the extensive TMI embedded in that concept, but rest assured that if you never have to go through such a process yourself, you will live a very happy life. After prior episodes of sleepfail, and self-management issues around the combination of Imodium and Lorazepam (somehow I'd convinced myself that this particular set of drugs was a moral failing), I took the bull by the horns and took the pills by the mouth.

Presto digito! Almost nine hours of perfectly solid sleep, with two brief interruptions of the usual but not distressing sort. Boy do I feel better.

Yes, sometimes I do listen to my doctors and my caregivers. Today seems like a win, like I anticipated and controlled a difficult side effect with complete success. That isn't such a common feeling for me. I am learning.


[awards] Updated pimpage for Nebula and Hugos

We're at the end of the Nebula window, and in the Hugo window, so I thought I'd so some updated pimpage here.

My favorite picks are in bold.

Oddball Nebula eligibility (but not Hugo) due to rules change:

* "America, Such As She Is"; Alembical; ed. Lawrence M. Schoen and Arthur Dorrance, Paper Golem Press; November, 2008 [novella]
This is probably my favorite published story of my own to date, and I wish it had received more attention. If you're a SFWA member interested in reading it for consideration this weekend, please contact klingonguy for a .pdf.

2009 Published Science Fiction:

* "On the Human Plan"; Lone Star Stories; February, 2009 [short story]
* "Rolling Steel: A Pre-Apocalyptic Love Story" (with Shannon Page); Clarkesworld; April, 2009 [short story]
* "To Raise a Mutiny Betwixt Yourselves"; The New Space Opera 2, ed. Gardner Dozois and Jonathan Strahan, Eos, April, 2009 [novelette] [in Sunspin continuity</em>]
"Leopard"; Jim Baen's Universe, June, 2009 [short story]
"Black Heart, White Mourning"; Grant's Pass, ed. Jennifer Brozek and Amanda Pillar, Morrigan Books; August, 2009 [short story]
* "Chain of Stars"; Subterranean, October, 2009 - [novella] [In Mainspring continuity]
"Last Drink Bird Head"; Last Drink Bird Head, ed. Jeff vanderMeer; Ministry of Whimsy Press, October, 2009 [flash]
* Death of a Starship; MonkeyBrain Books, November, 2009 [novel]

2009 Published Fantasy:

* "Golden Pepper"; Flash Fiction Online; February, 2009 [flash]
"The True Secret of Magic", as Joe Edwards; Crime Spells, ed. Martin H. Greenberg and Loren Coleman, DAW; February, 2009 [short story]
"Witness to the Fall"; Crime Spells, ed. Martin H. Greenberg and Loren Coleman, DAW; February, 2009 [short story]
"To Stone" (with Shannon Page); Morrigan eZine, May, 2009 [short story]
* Green; Tor Books, June, 2009 [novel]
"People of Leaf and Branch"; Fantasy; June, 2009 [short story] [in Green continuity]
"Tale of the Poet and the Dog"; Japanese Dreams, ed. Sean Wallace, Prime Books; Summer, 2009 [short story]
"An Elderly Pirate Recalls the Death of Love"; Electric Velocipede Issue 17/18 [short story]
* "Red Dirt Kingdoms"; Realms of Fantasy, October, 2009 [short story]
Madness of Flowers; Night Shade Books, November, 2009 [novel]
"Bone Island" (with Shannon Page); Interzone, Fall, 2009 [novelette]
"Shedding Skin; Or How the World Came to Be"; Shimmer (Clockwork Jungle Issue), Fall, 2009 [short story]


[cancer] Losing bits of ground to enemy action

Three new side effects issues today. First, I had a nosebleed around midday. Wasn't too dramatic, but that's something I can go years and year without experiencing in my everyday life. Given that my platelet count is dropping while my blood pressure is rising, due to chemo, I can probably expect more, and messier, nosebleeds.

Second, I noticed while brushing my hair I can see more of my scalp than ever. Not balding per se, but the thinning seems to be setting in. You can imagine my joy.

Third, this is the first time peripheral neuropathy has not been transient. I've been having problems with my feet and fingertips off and on all day. I think I let my core temperature drop a little too much this afternoon, which may be a contributing factor, but, grr.

Also having the usual "I took too much Imodium yesterday" problems today, to the point now where eating is becoming difficult due to the general backup all the way through my GI. Yes, I'm doing what needs to be done pharmaceutically and nutritionally, but no, this does very little to promote my sense of well-being.

I'm watching myself very slowly fall apsrt, and I know this won't begin to repair until July at the earliest.