March 1st, 2011

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[links] Link salad, in the scriptorium, with the marble bookend

Speculative Book Review likes Green — Quite a bit, actually.

A review of the recent ebook reprint of my short story "Hitching to Aurora" — I think they liked it.

Style is Story is Style — Jeff VanderMeer is wise.

Launch Pad 2011 is open for applications — Astronomy workshop for writers. I did this in 2008. It was an awesome experience.

From Lab to Red Carpet — Actors who are scientists. Fascinating. (Via David Goldman.)

History of Computers: An Infographic — In case you were wondering. (Via @glynmoody.)

A Window Into the Nuclear FutureTerraPower — with the backing of Bill Gates — has a radical vision for the reactors of tomorrow.

Peeking past RheaBad Astronomy with a ridiculously awesome Cassini photo of two of Saturn's moons.

Blood Spatter Breakthrough For Forensic ScientistsWorking out exactly where projected droplets came from using their spatter pattern has never been possible...until now.

As Regimes Fall in Arab World, Al Qaeda Sees History Fly By — Al Qaeda and the current unrest in the Middle East. Interesting piece.

The Wisconsin Lie Exposed – Taxpayers Actually Contribute Nothing To Public Employee Pensions — Facts are so inconvenient. Look! Bill Clinton!

More Bang, Less Buck than You ThoughtA Tiny Revolution on the stimulus and government spending. I especially like this bit: [W]e talk about government "spending" as though the dollars pour out and into a black hole. This is certainly true for a couple of holes in Asia, but in other cases it's quite mistaken. There are many instances where government outlays may best be understood as investments – and we should talk about them in this way. If only this country had a reality-based political discourse.

The Vacuous Accusation of Elitism — Speaking of non-reality based political discourse. One of the most powerful men in the country, speaking to a group of Republican donors who probably paid thousands of dollars for a seat at the fundraiser, calls public employees unions the "privileged elite." For that matter, does anyone remember John "I don't know how many houses I own"/"Son of an Admiral" McCain calling Obama elite? "Elite" is another base-enraging scare word like "socialist" that the Right has redefined to mean "anyone I don't agree with."

?otD: Who done it?



3/1/2011
Writing time yesterday: 1.75 hours (3,000 words on Sunspin, a bit of WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.25 hours (solid)
Weight: 251.8
Currently reading: Dead Iron by Devon Monk

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[writing] Sunspin continues

I'm starting to find my pace in the middle section Calamity of So Long a Life, book one of Sunspin. Given the break I took after section one to review the copy edits of Endurance and deal with a couple of short fiction projects, it's bit like starting a new book. Interesting effect on my process.

I like the direction and momentum of the book. Even yesterday afternoon, with a headache and feeling a bit woozy, I managed to lay down 3,000 new words.

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[movies] Films I like a lot

Apropos of not so very much, here's a few lists of films I like a lot. Desert island DVDs, as it were.

Non-Anglophone Films
Alphaville
City of Lost Children
Hero
House of Flying Daggers
Underground

Independent Films
Bliss
Blue Iguana
Little Miss Sunshine
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
Six String Samurai

Major Studio Releases
2001
Fargo
Lord of the Rings (yes, the entire trilogy — sue me)
The Usual Suspects
Watchmen

What would be on your list?