October 19th, 2010


[links] Link salad wakes up, wonders, and goes back to sleep

Why There Can Never Be A Competitor to Google BooksPublishers are about to grant Google monopolistic pricing power and permanent exclusivity over countless "orphaned" works. Ah, tha banal evil that is the Google Books Settlement.

Prometheus Rising Through Saturn's F Ring — More APOD awesomeness from NASA.

O'Donnell's Ignorance. Again. — It amazes me that a party that managed to elect intellectual lights such as Jim Bunning and Michele Bachmann has scraped even deeper into the loon barrel with such success.

America’s Holy WritTea Party evangelists claim the Constitution as their sacred text. Why that's wrong. Wait, angry conservatives mistaken about something? Why, them being wrong on the facts is as unlikely as the sun setting in the west! (Via shsilver.)

Tea Parties and Fairness — Daniel Larison on an interesting point.

?otD: Why?

Writing time yesterday: 0.5 hours (distraction factor)
Body movement: trade show walking to come (overslept my hill walking time slot)
Hours slept: 7.25 hours (solid)
This morning's weigh-in: n/a
Yesterday's chemo/post-op stress index: 4/10 (fatigue, peripheral neuropathy, emotional distress)
Currently reading: The Loving Dead by Amelia Beamer


[help] Identifying a piece of furniture, part 2

Thank you very much to everyone who made comments and suggestions on yesterday's post about the curio cabinet belonging to calendula_witch's family [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ].

As a followup, calendula_witch's mother has provided more detail and additional photos.
This cabinet has been in our family since at least 1940. It came with a 2nd husband (aged about 50 at that time)of my grandmother. He had inherited it from his wealthy New England family. They originally came to this country from Germany, and his father became a naturalized US citizen in 1885.

The decorations are painted, not inlay or decal. The design on the top includes a lyre on top of a scroll of sheet music. It seems mostly solid wood, except for the top surface, which is veneer. The gold accents are metal, tack-nailed on. There is no label or mark we can find. There are 2 metal keys. The shelves are thick glass, with a mirror on the back inside wall. There is no light in the cabinet.

The curved glass has no distortion. The solid pieces of wood are butted, and probably joined with dowels that can't be seen.

A while back I found something similar on eBay that was French from about 1850, so this may be the same or a later reproduction. It would be nice to know. It is about 4'8" tall. Also, there are some screws on the bottom, holding things together, but the curved wooden pieces are solid. My husband thinks the wood might be ash.

Also, it was mentioned elsewhere that the wiring visible in some of the photos is incidental to a lamp. The cabinet itself is not wired for electricity.

And the photos...










Photos © 2010 K. Salonen, reproduced with permission.

[books] METAtropolis Cascadia cover art

Metatropolis Cascadia Cover Art

As previously, discussed, on November 16th, Audible.com will release METAtropolis: Cascadia. This is the sequel to METAtropolis, was nominated for both the Hugo Award and the Audie Award (the top honor in the audiobook industry), as well as being published in print by both Subterranean Press and Tor.

The line-up is:

Here's the blurb for the anthology:

As the mid-21st Century approaches, the Pacific Northwest has been transformed — politically, economically, and ecologically — into the new reality of Cascadia. Conspiracies and secrets threaten the tenuous threads of society. The End of Days seems nearer than ever. And the legend of the mysterious Tygre Tygre looms large.