December 5th, 2010


[links] Link salad awakens, gets ready to go walk in the cold

Analyzing Literature by Words and NumbersVictorian literature, statistically analyzed with new process. I love the bit about syntax and prosody, especially. Ah, the perils of analysis. (Via my Dad.)

Moonrise Through Mauna Kea's Shadow — An APOD image that might give you pause on first seeing it.

From the pages of Tech-Youth — Dirigibles ahoy, Soviet style. I love this art.

Hannukah Fail — This is right up there with deli cheeseburgers. Though I've always wondered why you couldn't have, say, goat cheese with beef.

Wikileaks and the New McCarthyism: Maybe we Just Need a More Open Government — Juan Cole on Wikileaks and (among other things) copyright and bookselling.

?otD: If you can't have a proper cup of coffee, will you have a cup of tea?

Writing time yesterday: 2.5 hours (WRPA, 4,000 words on current short story project)
Body movement: mountain hiking to come
Hours slept: 7.0 hours (solid)
This morning's weigh-in: 248.4
Yesterday's chemo/post-op stress index: 6/10 (peripheral neuropathy, emotional distress)
Currently reading: Between books


[personal] Miscellaneous updatery for a Sunday

I'm most of the way through writing another Sunspin short, "A Long Walk Home". Might get it finished today. Also, going hiking up on Mt. Hood today with calendula_witch and T—. It's nice to be able to get back out in the world.

I got an email the other day from a reader. I hesitate to call it a fan letter, because they talked about how much they disliked one of my books. I have requested, and received, permission to quote the email for a longer post on reader reactions that I hope to draft this afternoon and put up on the blog tomorrow.

Finally, I discovered another odd bug in Microsoft Word, at least Word 2008 on Mac OS X 10.6.5. If I click on a pair of .doc files, Word will open. If I click on a pair of .docx files, Word will open. But if I click on a .doc file and a .docx file at the same time, ie a mixed-format pair, Word tries to open, then goes off into la-la land until I force-quit the application. Easily avoidable, but a tad odd.

So we know I'm hiking, writing, and playing with software today. What are you up to?