October 20th, 2010

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[links] Link salad al fresco

The brilliant Daniel Abraham muses on what it means to be a genre

Scrivener's Error on, among other things, the most recent closure of Realms of Fantasy

Solar eclipse, from space — Wow.

The Economic Argumentxkcd is damned clever. Single best piece of New Age debunking I've ever seen.

Why Does Abu Dhabi Own All of Chicago's Parking Meters? — Yet another example of the conservative fetish for privatization gone terribly wrong.

US military accepts openly gay recruits'Don't ask, don't tell' policy suffers another blow, but activists still warn applicants not to reveal sexuality. Oh, noes, teh gayz are running the world now! Or just maybe, life will go on as normal.

Christine O'Donnell's church and state gaffe makes voters laugh — Self-proclaimed Consitutional expert and Republican senatorial candidate Christine O'Donnell unfamiliar with First Amendment. Which pretty much tells you everything you need to know about the Tea Party right there. Daniel Larison has more.

?otD: Frida or Diego?




10/20/2010
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (distraction factor)
Body movement: 45 minute urban walk (San Francisco hills, faster pace)
Hours slept: 6.5 hours (solid but underslept)
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

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[personal] Miscellaneous updatery redux

Today is my last day in San Francisco for this trip. Back to Portland this afternoon. My flight is scheduled to arrive during President Obama's downtown political rally, so depending on how paranoid the Secret Service is feeling airspace may be restricted or closed. In other words, I have no idea when I'm actually getting in.

Tomorrow calendula_witch and I are off to Surrey International Writers' Conference for the weekend. We are taking the_child with us. She turns 13 on Friday, so the trip to BC is sort of a birthday present as well.

calendula_witch and I have been having a lot of challenging conversations lately in this post-chemo environment. Productive but difficult, especially since we've seen each other exactly once over the past two weeks. In person would have been a lot easier.

Also, my mom, a/k/a tillyjane, has been in the hospital since Monday. Major surgery is scheduled for next Monday. Please keep her in your thoughts.
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[travel] Sometimes you're the windshield, sometimes you're the wiper

President Obama is visiting Portland this afternoon. I have felt the sweet caress of His Presidential Appendage in the flight delay here in San Francisco due to airspace restrictions at home. Currently posted for 45 minutes late, but if you believe that I have a bridge to sell you.

SFO has introduced free wireless, which in theory is good. Unfortunately they're following the DIA model of free wireless, which is to cripple the access so thoroughly as to make it all but useless. Besides which, it kicks you off every 45 minutes. Because, after all, who spends more than 45 minutes waiting in an airport anyway?

Why, yes, I am enjoying my afternoon. Thank you for asking.

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[travel] Home, finally

Home, almost three hours late. To add irony to injury, coming back from the airport, the cab had to detour off of SE Chavez due to a police roadblock connected to an auto collision. By then, all I could do was laugh.

Also, United finally admitted the delays were not due to air traffic restrictions but to earlier flight delays rippling through the system. So I can no longer blame the president.

Oh well, it was fun while it lasted.