June 28th, 2010


[links] Link salad walks narrow streets of cobblestone

tbclone47 with a review of The Specific Gravity of Grief

Book bloggers catch on with publishers — (Via a mailing list I'm on.)

Nimoy Sunset Pie — Hahah. (Via a mailing list I'm on.)

We are not time travelers — As willyumtx said in sending this to me, "Today is yesterday's tomorrow." Some great retro thinking here. Modern gadgets packaged for 1977.

The Stringer and the Snake-eater — A journalistic view of the McChrystal affair. (Thanks to joycemocha.)

Newspapers Retract 'Climategate' Claims, but Damage Still Done — This is fundamental to the Republican and movement conservative media strategies. Get the outrageous claims into circulation, then use the "liberal media" meme to discredit any walkback or retraction. Really, it's a brilliant cycle pioneered in the current form by Reagan strategists Lee Atwater and Roger Ailes. (The same Ailes who is News Director at FOX, in case you were wondering about such little details as objectivity — much of the dispute in the 2000 elections arose from a similar strategy of aggressive distortion involving VNS, John Ellis and Roger Ailes. Go look it up, very illuminating reading.) That such brilliance should be put to uses so destructive of American civility, power and potential is a shame. (Via suricattus.)

Oil spill hits Mississippi shore — Mississippi's Republican governor Haley Barbour has assured us all the oil spill will have 'minimal impact", ao I'm certain this is no big deal. For more on Barbour's remarks about the oil spill, see here. This really reminds me of the GOP position on climate change, except in the oil spill the counterfactuals move fast enough to be noticeable by the press cycle and public opinion. They've been getting away with ideological-driven lies about the environment for years simply because of the slow pace of change. Must be very puzzling to guys like Barbour that it's not working now.

?otD: What's your favorite city?

Writing time yesterday: n/a
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.5 (solid)
This morning's weigh-in: 225.2
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 8/10 (GI follies)
Currently (re)reading: Children of Dune by Frank Herbert


[help|photos] Neues Schloss Stuttgart

Thank you for all the help on yesterday's mystery photo post [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]. Users skh and jennawaterford each came through with the right answer, Neues Schloss Stuttgart, probably immediately prior to its restoration, as photographed by my paternal grandfather.

My Dad, who was the originator of the help request, is quite impressed with the community response. On his behalf, I extend thanks to everyone who pitched in.

Ruined palace, Germany (?), 1955-1956

© 1955, 1956, L.E. Lake, Sr.

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[cancer] A lovely if somewhat fundamental parting gift from my chemo

Well, the chemotherapy regimen is not going quietly into the good night. My lower GI has been even weirder and more difficult this past week than what we laughingly call normal around here. Collapse ) I had really been looking forward to a somewhat relaxing weekend, and instead I'm getting world-class GI nonsense.

This, too, shall pass. I just want it to pass a little more swiftly and gracefully.