February 4th, 2011


[links] Link salad goes nuts

Babel Clash continues to discuss steampunk — Including the question of whether Atlas Shrugged is steampunk.

Lies You Believe — Advice for aspiring writers, or not. Though my favorite bit is probably the intro...

The Sky’s Dual GradationsArt writing guru James Gurney on painting skies. I was struck by this: It’s easy to make a sky look like paint. It’s hard to make it look like a radiant veil interposed over infinity. With only slight paraphrasing, this is an excellent comment on the craft of writing as well.

Mickey Mantle's outstanding experience at Yankee Stadium — Not especially worksafe, hilarious. (Via danjite.)

Abandoned aviation museum in Russia — Some haunting photos.

Spaceport of the future, as seen from 1957 — From Vintagraph.

More on the Kepler exoplanetary findings from Centauri Dreams

Yesterday's post on religion and childbearing generated an interesting and moving comment thread

The Julie project — Wrenching photojournalism on life and parenting. (Via willyumtx.)

The tiny island of Sark is a window back to the Middle Ages – and that’s good for science — Cool little squib from io9.com. And click through the BBC link concerning Sark's governance.

Brewster Rockit on political framing — Straight from FOX News to your ears.

More States on Anti-Sharia Law Bandwagon — From a South Dakota bill: No such court may apply international law, the law of any foreign nation, or any foreign religious or moral code with the force of law in the adjudication of any case under its jurisdiction. What is a "foreign religious code"? How is this conceivably Constitutional under the First Amendment? For that matter, why is this conceivably a good idea? I can only presume the intention is to force a return to Native American spiritual practices, since the last time I checked none of the Abrahamic religions originated within the United States. To be specific, the Ten Commandments were written in a desert in the Middle East, making them a decidedly foreign religious and moral code. And let's not even discuss the Beatitudes. Conservative intellectual clarity at its finest.

America and India love their antiscience — I really don't understand what conservatives think they're doing in privileging the teaching of Creationism. Someone with such an education won't be a competent critical thinker, and will ultimately suffer in the job market. Not good for their children, or anybody else's who is stuck with their narrow counterfactual agenda. If that privileging is extended to the entire society, for instance by defining rationalism as a form of workplace discrimination, then our society as a whole will be crippled in terms of economic competitiveness compared to societies that are reality-based. Since conservatives by and large also identify as "America first" types, you'd think they would not prefer America become a second-rate nation. Yet that is precisely the eventual outcome of this kind of policymaking.

?otD: How many links in your salad is too many links in your salad?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (Took the day off from fiction.)
Body movement: 30 minutes on stationary bike
Hours slept: 6.25 hours (interrupted)
Weight: 252.0
Currently reading: One of Our Thursdays Is Missing by Jasper Fforde


[personal] Updatery for the week's end and the weekend

the_child had another basketball game yesterday. They played strong and won with a solid lead. Not to put too fine a point on it, my daughter was on fire. Fast, agile, slick, clever. She is a joy to watch on the court. Her whole team was playing strong too. It was as if they'd leveled up.

No Sunspin yesterday. Between lunch and dinner engagements and the basketball game, it was fairly well on into the evening before I even had the time to contemplate writing. I gave myself the night off.

This is not so easy for me to do. I tend to the obsessive when in novel mode. But I recognize this project may take as long as nine months to complete. If I push myself to write every day, I risk burnout. So instead I watched another episode of Foyle's War and tended to bloggery and email.

On Sunspin, I expect to be done with the first third of Calamity of So Long A Life by Monday or Tuesday. Perhaps 60,000 words long, or a bit less. I'll be turfing it out to first readers at that point, as waiting til everything's done will make beta reading that much larger a project.

Nothing much going after I'm done with Day Jobbery today, so I'll get caught up on writing. Well, and lunch with a dear friend. Tomorrow I've got brunch with kenscholes, some school stuff, and a party in the evening. Sunday is light hiking, and cooking momos for my (step)mom before she heads off for some medical stuff which will include extensive physical therapy.

Write more, be well, have fun.


[photos] People at play last Sunday

Last Sunday, I told people to go play and take a photo [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]. Quite a set of images resulted.

I still haven't picked my favorites, but they're too cool not share. Here, reproduced with (I hope) permission from the photographers, are the photos I received. All rights reserved, of course, and images © 2011 by their respective creators.

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