March 12th, 2011


[links] Link salad takes out its guitar and plays

A reader reacts to Escapement — And Pinion.

Adam Engst on iPad and ereaders — Interesting thoughts on the ebooks publishing process. (Via a mailing list I'm on.)

Language nudges ArtLanguage Log on linguistic gender and cheese. Mmm.

Similar quake due to hit Northwest — Home, sweet home.

A false color map of the Honshu earthquake's tsunami wave height — One of the more frightening images I've ever seen, in a weird way. (Via Bad Astronomy.)

Japanese official says pumping system caused nuclear plant blast — I really feel for Japan already, but this is a twist that cuts deeply into a unique scar on their cultural psyche.

How Japan's Earthquake and Tsunami Warning Systems WorkThe world's only earthquake warning system likely helped limit damage and loss of life. Government spending in action.

Coase Goes to War — Bribery as a precision guided munition.

New FAA Rule Turns Airplane Lavatories Into Deadly Traps — To quote [info]danjite "Number of terrorist attacks on US planes per year, average: 0 Number of legitimate deployments of oxygen masks per year: 40-50. FAA: Remove oxygen from toilets to prevent terrorism!"

[info]pecunium on how government regulation saves lives

Dumbing Deficits Down — Paul Krugman on deficits, healthcare and the disingenuousness of politicians.

?otD: Heavy metal or easy listening?

Writing time yesterday: 2.75 hours (2,800 words on Sunspin, much WRPA)
Body movement: Urban hiking to come
Hours slept: 8.0 hours (interrupted)
Weight: n/a (forgot)
Currently reading: Esprit de Corps by Lawrence Durrell


[personal] Home, home again; I like to be here when I can

Dragged myself out of bed at 1:30 am Pacific time yesterday and jetted halfway across the continent. Napped on the plane, got some work and writing done, landed at home, had lunch with my parents, Did Stuff, hung out with [info]the_child, visited a friend in the hospital, then had dinner with another friend.

Also managed 2,800 words of Sunspin, four essays and a book review. (Essays specifically including the next several installments of the "Producers and Consumers" discussion.) As I said on Twitter and Facebook, not bad for a day when I wasn't sure I was going to write at all.

Today I am going urban hiking with a friend, then spending most of the day working on taxes, then visiting with another friend this evening. So I'm balancing the social and the busy.

Next week, I'm off to Orlando, FL for The 32nd International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, a/k/a ICFA. I'll be there from late Thursday afternoon through midafternoon Sunday. If you're going to be around the joint, look me up. Unless I'm in my room writing, I'll likely be in the bar or in the pool. Also, I am part of a group reading there Friday morning.

Whatever you're doing this weekend, have fun. I know me and my taxes will be enjoying ourselves.