July 22nd, 2010


[links] Link salad dances like a spirit in the night

How to Distinguish Fiction From NonfictionTelling fact from fiction isn't always easy on the on the web. Now researchers have discovered a method that could help automate the process. Fascinating. But I have to say that sometimes, the jokes, they write themselves.

Rastafarians and Quakers — How young religions adapt.

Bulldozers Meet Historic Chinese Neighborhood — Ah, hutongs. (Thanks to Dad.)

The 100-year-old salamander — Also known as "the human fish". Really...?

Snakes in the MRI Machine: A Study of Courage What courage looks like in the brain--in real time. As if it were not bad enough in there... (Thanks to David Goldman.)

Shirley Sherrod and the shame of conservative media — Worth the read, no matter where you fall on the political spectrum.

"Context is Everything" — More about Breitbart and the Sherrod video. Also, Scrivener's Error with a great rant on the same topic.

?otD: Have you ever been too lose to fak?

Writing time yesterday: 1.25 hours (editing, WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bicycle ride
Hours slept: 6.5 (good but interrupted)
This morning's weigh-in: 234.2
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 5/10 (fatigue, peripheral neuropathy, emotional turmoil)
Currently (re)reading: Heretics of Dune by Frank Herbert


[personal] Updatery of various sorts

Cancer: As calendula_witch notes, we're essentially on hold til August 11th. Peripheral neuropathy seems to have ceased deepening and may be improving slightly. I continue in pretty deep emotional turmoil and distress over this new diagnosis and its attendant ambiguities.

Health otherwise: Lately I've had my eyes checked (everything's fine) and my feet checked due to a couple of small issues. Happily I do not appear to be experiencing the precursors to Dupuytren's contraction, which does run in my family. Unhappily I do appear to be experiencing the precursors to arthritis. Oh, well.

Writing: Sekrit Projekt is 95% to bed and Endurance revisions are underway. I'm going to be all Endurance all the time until I get it turned in, either before surgery or before we leave for New Zealand and Australia, whichever winds up actually happening. However, these next few days I'll be at Writer's Weekend, pro'ing with davidlevine, which may affect my writing time.

Internetitudinosity: Due to the aforementioned Writer's Weekend, I may be offline from this afternoon through Sunday night. Regular blogging service will resume when bandwidth once more presents itself. Likewise email responsiveness. The management of this blog humbly apologizes for any inconvenience.

They Say That Five Things Make a Post: This is thing five.