June 2nd, 2010


[links] Link salad once held a lion cub in its arms

Work starts in £15m plan to get Concorde flying — "Heritage flight". What a great term.

Testing the flotation dynamics and swimming abilities of giraffes by way of computational analysis — I adore geek science. This article is freaking hilarious.

Is Betelgeuse about to blow? — Where is Michael Keaton when you need him?

LightSail-1 Nears Critical Design ReviewCentauri Dreams on the Japanese solar sail mission.

Vaccine refusal is putting everyone in dangerDiseases such as measles and mumps are creeping back as well-meaning parents, wary of an unproven link to autism, refuse vaccines for their children, exposing them and others to a proven risk. The subhead is misleading. The vaccine-autism link isn't unproven, it's thoroughly discredited, at length.

The Visible Hand — A fascinating analysis on racial discrimination in purchasing behavior. Including a distinction I've never before encountered between "animus discrimination" and "statistical discrimination". Purely a descriptive piece, no conclusions or recommendations.

How Did Ulysses Grant Become a Caricature? — Ta-Nehisi Coates on U.S Grant. This is interesting.

Obama Administration Turns Focus To Homegrown Terrorism — I note that even this story focuses on domestic Islamic terrorism, rather than the "patriots" and militant forced pregnancy enthusiasts that infest the American Right.

Eyewitnesses Confirm Israeli Gunplay; Egypt's lifting of the Blockade likely Temporary — Mideast specialist Juan Cole with analysis of the Israeli ship attacks from the Egyptian perspective.

?otD: What's the strangest animal you've ever touched/held/been licked/bitten by?

Writing time yesterday: 15 minutes of WRPA (chemo exhaustion)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.0 (solid once I got there)
This morning's weigh-in: 230.0
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 8/10 (fatigue)
Currently (re)reading: The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett


[cancer] There's a fog in the headlands

Yesterday was pretty bad, mentally. I had a lot of trouble doing some fairly routine things. Admittedly, much of the trouble didn't start inside my head (two weird credit card problems to resolve, being locked out of my credit union's online banking due to changes in their systems, etc.) but dealing with lots of numbers and stupid, finicky details seemed to defeat me. I also missed a client meeting at the Day Jobbe, simply because I wasn't paying attention. That's the first time I've done something like that in the seven years I've been with this employer.

I can't tell if this was a new low in chemohead, or just a series of unfortunate events.

Meanwhile, fatigue continues unabated. To add to my joy, I've been asked to cover a 4 pm meeting today at work. (I normally work 6 to 3, having woken up between 4 and 5.) Given that my brain melts into chemo fog in the early afternoon and I go to bed between 4:30 and 5:30 most days now, this is brutal. I am not complaining, this is my job, but wow am I going to struggle very hard with this if we can't get a reschedule.

calendula_witch arrives today. shelly_rae arrives tomorrow. Birthday dinner with my parents tomorrow night. So good things to come, if I can stay awake and focused.


[contests] Win a copy of METAtropolis

Metatropolis Cover

As you may already know, the Tor edition of Hugo-nominated shared-world anthology METAtropolis — featuring novellas by Elizabeth Bear, Tobias Buckell, John Scalzi, Karl Schroeder, and me — comes out on June 8th.

We're having a contest to give away five copies of the book, one on each of our blogs.

Which means after you enter here (contest closes on June 7th and winners will be announced on June 8th), you can enter on the other four author blogs for a pentagonal path to glory. Yes, five chances to win a free book!

My contest here. (One place only, for the sake of my chemo-addled sanity.)

Bear's contest here.

Toby's contest here.

John's contest here.

Karl's contest here.