November 6th, 2010


[links] Link salad goes hiking

Wasted Talent? I don’t think so. — Amy Sundberg on Gardner Dozois on me. (And I suppose this is me on Amy Sundberg on...)

The types of author panels — (Snurched from burgereater.)

Sodas and paper straws — A pretty image from classic advertising.

A Step toward Holographic VideoconferencingA full-color holographic display system refreshes every two seconds, fast enough to send live 3-D images. We have met the future, and it is us.

Shuttle Launch Delayed — Wow. On the last shot, this much happens. I see why they're retiring the orbiters.

The glorious mess of real scientific results — This is what those "evolution is only a theory" idiots and climate change denialists never understand. How science actually works.

MSNBC’s Phil Griffith the Worst Person in the World, as Olbermann Joins Donahue, Banfield — Juan Cole on the Olbermann firing. The blatant politicization of this is astonishing even by the shameless standards of modern conservatism, but my guess is it will be down the memory hole in a couple of days with no consequences for MSNBC or anyone involve. For extra credit, compare and contrast with the Juan Williams firing.

Ugandan Court Stops Naming of Gays — The American Evangelical community has been heavily involved in stirring anti-gay sentiment in Uganda, including helping draft death penalty laws as punishment for homosexuality. WWJD, my ass.

?otD: When was the last time you went hiking?

Writing time yesterday: 1.5 hours (3,800 new words, to 18,200 words on Kalimpura)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride plus Gorge hiking to come
Hours slept: 6.75 hours (solid)
This morning's weigh-in: n/a
Yesterday's chemo/post-op stress index: 3/10 (fatigue, peripheral neuropathy, emotional distress)
Currently reading: Cryoburn by Lois McMaster Bujold


[personal] Making the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs

Up earlyish for a Saturday. About to work on Kalimpura for a bit. Going hiking in the Columbia Gorge with calendula_witch this morning. Coming home, packing for trip to New Jersey tomorrow, hanging out with the_child. Working on Kalimpura for a bit more. Out to dinner tonight. Flight very early tomorrow, taking most of the day to cross the continent. Working on Kalimpura. Business meetings Monday. Working on Kalimpura. Flying home Tuesday, taking most of the day to cross the continent. Working on Kalimpura. Two theoretically normal days. Working on Kalimpura. Having chest port removed next Friday. Working on Kalimpura. Orycon. Working on Kalimpura.

What you got going?

[personal] The day progresses, with a nice hike

This morning, despite some discouraging pre-dawn rain, calendula_witch and I braved the Columbia Gorge for a hike on the Eagle Creek trail. We only went as far as Upper Punchbowl Falls, two miles and a bit of change uphill hitting my limit, but it was damned nice to be out on a real trail in a real forest on one of those mist-covered mornings that can make your heart ache, the good kind of ache. Of course, most of the rest of me aches too, the not-so-good kind of ache.

In other news, I managed 2,900 words on Kalimpura first thing this morning, before we set out. I feel good about that, as my daily goal is 2,500 words. Now at 21,100 words and cooking along nicely. Apparently I do know how to do this novel writing.

Now packing for tomorrow's business trip. My sister is coming over tonight to stay here with my Mom til Monday, when they will move her back to her own house, as she is recovering well. So when I come back Tuesday, it will be to a quiet Nuevo Rancho Lake indeed.

And a dinner out tonight. No rest for the wicker men.


[help] Medical science question

What kind of cows do bovine heart valve replacements come from? Surely not random animals off the feedlot. Are there FDA-monitored herds that provide the donor pericardial tissue for this process? This is surprisingly difficult to run down via the usual sources.