August 31st, 2010


[links] Link salad flies to Oz today

arcaedia reminds us that today is the release date of my collection The Sky That Wraps — For some value of "today", as I write this post on the other side of the International Date Line.

Steampunk Wallpaper — (jimvanpelt via lt260.)

Lady Clankington's Cabinet of Carnal Curiosities — And via danjite, further steampunk curiosities. NSFW.

Is that my son wearing a dress?I'm a progressive, supportive dad. Why was I so troubled by the sight of my little boy dressed as Snow White? (Thanks to willyumtx.)

How to Remake LifeVenter Institute researchers have made the first viable cell with a synthetic genome. Cool stuff. I'm waiting for someone to do this ab initio.

Metrocontextual science map — This is seriously cool as well.

It's Witch-Hunt Season — 'Tis autumn and a conservative's fancy turns lightly to thoughts of impeachment and political harassment.

Beck, Christianity and Social Justice — Yeah, well...

?otD: Have you ever wrapped the sky?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (NZ tourism)
Body movement: airport walking to come
Hours slept: 9.0 (fitful, plus 90 minute nap as well)
This morning's weigh-in: n/a
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 3/10 (fatigue, peripheral neuropathy)
Currently (re)reading: Deliverer by C.J. Cherryh


[travel] One more day in New Zealand, off to Australia this afternoon

Yesterday the four of us went to an oriental rug store in Petone, then to the outlet stores in Otaki. Shopping ensued, though none of the magnificent carpets caught calendula_witch's eye. This also involved driving about through even more beautiful countryside and townscape. Plus some pretty decent lunch. Then home for a long nap (me) followed by a fascinating party in a rooftop apartment in downtown Wellington.

Some last minute-shopping in train for today, then we're packing and off to Melbourne.