November 4th, 2010


[links] Link salad wakes up, gets out of bed

A reader reacts to Mainspring — Not so very much with the liking it at all.

The Bohn Rocket — I have some old Bohn ads framed on my wall here. I love these things, the retro-futurism just drips off them.

Galactic GPS Put Through Its PacesFor the first time, astronomers have reconstructed Earth's trajectory through the cosmos using pulsar signal.

Same poop, different gutFor physicians and researchers alike, fecal transplants present an opportunity to gain insight into disease. "Fecal transplant" is a term you don't run into every day. However, thanks to all my adventures in colon cancer, I've been through enough rounds of having my intestinal flora blown out and re-established to see the point of this story from first-hand experience.

A Little More (Actually Quite a Bit More) on Shari'ah — Ta-Nehisi Coates quoting his commentors on Shariat law. Interesting.

Did the Tea Party Help or Hurt the Republicans? — An economist applies the opportunity cost principle to politics, comes up with unsurprising results.

GOP Voters Have The Leadership They Deserve — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison on the election results.

?otD: What makes you happy?

Writing time yesterday: 1.5 hours (3,600 new words, to 11,100 words on Kalimpuraa full Lake and to spare)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.75 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: I Wonder by Marian Bantjes


[personal] We have a plan

Yesterday's post-op followup appointment for my mother was happily quite successful, exceeding everyone's expectations. My aunts are departing this morning. It looks like my mother will be going home early next week. So everyone gets their life and health back rather soon, with just the smallest bit of luck.

Onward, and excelsior.


[child] Holiday wreath sale

It's that time of the year again. the_child's school is offering a holiday fund raiser of fresh-cut wreaths from the Cascade Mountains here in the Pacific Northwest. These can be delivered locally on 12/3, or be shipped nationwdide (lower 48 only) by UPS, with delivery in early December. The options include:

Shipped via UPS:
  • 18" wreath — $35 each (shipped)

  • 22" wreath — $40 each (shipped)

  • 24" swag — $40 each (shipped)

Local pickup for Portland area:
  • 18" wreath — $20 each

  • 22" wreath — $25 each

  • 24" swag — $25 each

  • 30" wreath — $35 each

If you're interested in wreaths for yourself or a friend or relative, please let me know in comments or via direct email by Saturday, November 6th.


[books|writing] Kalimpura Progriss Riport

3,300 words today, in about two elapsed hours heavily punctuated by homework assistance and other Dadly duties. (Mostly discussions of Ming dynasty rulers, the Cheng Ho fleet and taking cube roots and higher. I don't remember seventh grade being like this.)

I am at 14,400 words in the book and seem to have caught the flow. Various minor auctorial neuroses are emerging — It's going to be too long! It's going to be too short! I managed to think both of these at the same time. — but this is my tenth contracted book and (roughly) the fourteenth novel I've written. I can handle it.

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[help] China pattern ID

Y'all did such a beautiful job on the china pattern question a year or two ago that I have a new china pattern question.

calendula_witch found some Haviland plates in a thrift shop. She's having trouble running down the pattern. Most of what she can find online shows the pattern extending into the flat of the plate, but these are on the rim only.

One of the plates in all its glory.

A closer view of the pattern.

The maker's mark, sadly blurred by low light.

Here is what the words on that last photo say:

Haviland, France

Haviland & Co Limoges
S&G Gump Co
San Francisco

With a bear, presumably to symbolize California.

Any thoughts on this pattern, or information about its history, would be most welcome!

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