October 3rd, 2010


[links] Link salad sleeps long and fussy

Don't forget the new caption contest [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]

Turning the World to the Side: Mary Robinette Kowal & Jay Lake on Speculative Short Fiction — Via Booklife.

Regarding the Elizabeth Moon Controversy — The Carl Brandon Society takes a very clear and cogent position on immigration, assimilation, citizenship and privilege.

Pathogens, Colonization, and EvolutionHow come the Native Americans died of European diseases, but the Europeans didn't die from Native American diseases? (Thanks to lt260.)

Guerrilla WebfareHow unauthorized video producers are "brand-jacking" companies and forcing them to rethink the way they market.

?otD: How well do you sleep?

Writing time yesterday: 0 minutes (visiting family)
Body movement: urban walking to come
Hours slept: 9.25 hours (interrupted)
This morning's weigh-in: n/a
Yesterday's chemo/post-op stress index: 3/10 (post-op pain, fatigue, peripheral neuropathy)
Currently (re)reading: The Exile Kiss by George Alec Effinger


[personal] A grand day out

Yesterday the_child and I joined calendula_witch and her mom and step-dad for a day of outing and abouting. I made breakfast tacos, then we hit Rocky Butte and the Rose Test Garden, before winding up the day at a long and entertaining dinner with some of their relatives who also live in Greater Portlandia. Similar, slightly lower-key shenanigans shall ensue today, including perhaps a trip to Saturday market.

I was tired a lot, and sat out of some the walking amongst the roses, but I held it together all day, and had a long, solid night's sleep. Looking forward to another day of being normal(ish) today.


[help] Question about human evolution

Is 25-50 generations sufficient elapsed time for a human population under significant selection pressure to exhibit significant phenotypical variation?

I'm assuming something like a lost colony scenario, and/or multigenerational space farers. I'm also not looking for 10 foot tall green men or anything like that, but more along the lines of meaningful changes in height, build, coloration, body mass, musculature etc. such that current extreme expressions might become more common or even typical.


[culture] Spirit Day

Originally posted by neo_prodigy at Spirit Day

It’s been decided. On October 20th, 2010, we will wear purple in honor of the 6 gay boys who committed suicide in recent weeks/months due to homophobic abuse in their homes at at their schools. Purple represents Spirit on the LGBTQ flag and that’s exactly what we’d like all of you to have with you: spirit. Please know that times will get better and that you will meet people who will love you and respect you for who you are, no matter your sexuality. Please wear purple on October 20th. Tell your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors and schools.

RIP Tyler Clementi, Seth Walsh (top)
RIP Justin Aaberg, Raymond Chase (middle)
RIP Asher Brown and Billy Lucas. (bottom)

REBLOG to spread a message of love, unity and peace.