October 27th, 2010


[links] Link salad thinks of noses

The Inaugural Airship Awards — In which Mainspring is nominated. Cherie's going to kick my ass, though.

How to communicate with writersSMBC nails us.

Seaplane Cruiser — :: wants ::

How High Is The Sky? — A 1940s approach to education through illustration. Fascinating. (Via goulo.)

Transgenic Worms Make Tough Fibers — The story is interesting in its own right, but I love the headline.

Giant marine virus found — Speaking of bizarre headlines...

Hugh Hefner has been good for us — Roger Ebert with a meditation on sex and society, which reminds me all over again why I can never be a conservative. Social repression and criminalization of consensual private behavior are profoundly unAmerican and inhumane, and they are mainstays of conservative thought and political action to this day. [ETA: Perhaps obviously, this link will not be especially worksafe.]

Climate Change: The Evidence — The problem with staking your scientific views on political positions is that facts are evidence-based, not rhetorical.

Top Six Established Laws That Tea Partiers Claim Are Unconstitutional — Coz you know, rational and nuanced social policy is such a critical hallmark of the Tea Party.

?otD: Cardassians or Kardashians?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (medical follies)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.75 hours (solid)
This morning's weigh-in: 242.2
Yesterday's chemo/post-op stress index: 4/10 (fatigue, peripheral neuropathy, emotional distress)
Currently reading: I Wonder by Marian Bantjes


[publishing] METAtropolis: Cascadia - now it can be told

We've known for a while who the narrators of METAtropolis: Cascadia were slated to be. Now it can be told... Audible.com has provided an all Star Trek cast!

In order of appearance:
  • "The Bull Dancers" by Jay Lake
    Narrated By: Rene Auberjonois (“Odo”)

  • "Water to Wine" by Mary Robinette Kowal
    Narrated By: Kate Mulgrew (“Capt. Kathryn Janeway”)

  • "Byways" by Tobias S. Buckell
    Narrated By: Wil Wheaton (“Wesley Crusher”)

  • "Confessor" by Elizabeth Bear
    Narrated By: Gates McFadden (“Dr. Beverly Crusher”)

  • "Deodand" by Karl Schroeder
    Narrated By: Jonathan Frakes (“Cmdr. William Riker”)

  • "A Symmetry of Serpents and Doves" by Ken Scholes
    Narrated By: LeVar Burton (“Geordi La Forge”)

I am so stoked...


[personal] This and that

Looks like my mother will be discharged from the hospital today. She'll be coming back to my house for a while before shifting to her own. This will be interesting.

calendula_witch and I made a very nice evening of it last night. Per the above, it may be some time before I can do that again, so I'm glad we got the chance.

Today I see my therapist for the first time in three weeks. Boy is he going to be surprised.

On to work...

[personal] A good evening in

My mother, a/k/a tillyjane, got sprung from the hospital this afternoon. As it happens, today was the day Mother of the Child had organized the_child's (somewhat belated) family birthday party. calendula_witch was here, as were lillypond and The Niece. So we had a Chinese food feast, then festive cake with pumpkin ice cream, all of it something of a double celebration. (the_child's favorite gift appeared to be the Yoyo Ma tickets her other grandparents gave her.)

I'm primary caregiver tonight and tomorrow, with all that implies. (Including a day off work.) My aunts, tillyjane's sisters, should be arriving tomorrow evening, which will spread that responsibility around. After that, we'll see how it goes forward.

For now, I sleep until the next medication alarm.