March 26th, 2011


[links] Link salad rises up early in the morning

Tourist Class: 1906 — Ths photo from Shorpy raises a lot more questions than it answers. Fetchez la vache!

Kleopatra and her kids — I love the idea of asteroids having their own moons.

Philosophy, Breakfast and Life ElsewhereCentauri Dreams on, among other things, 19th century views of extraterrestrial life.

Do shadows weigh anything?

High radiation levels at Japanese plant raise new worry

Why Fukushima made me stop worrying and love nuclear powerJapan's disaster would weigh more heavily if there were less harmful alternatives. Atomic power is part of the mix.

All Hell Breaks Loose in the Middle East — Juan Cole with a roundup of Friday's events in Libya and many other countries.

Thomas Jefferson's Cut-and-Paste BibleOur third president sought to separate the words of Jesus from the 'corruptions' of his followers. Because, you know, every word of the Bible is literally true as God wrote it. In English. With the help of Ronald Reagan.

?otD: What do you do with a drunken sailor?

Writing time yesterday: 1.25 hours (revisions on Sunspin)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride, urban park walking to come
Hours slept: 6.25 hours (interrupted)
Weight: 250.6
Currently reading: A Bard's Eye View, ed. Michael A. Ventrella; Honeyed Words by J.A. Pitts


[travel|conventions] Upcoming schedule

Several folks have asked about my upcoming travel schedule, including appearances, availability, and the possibility of open dinners.

As I currently understand it, here's the balance of my 2011 schedule.

4/3-4/6Omaha, NE for Day JobberyOmaha Beach Party Wednesday 4/6, which is an open event; query me for details

4/7-4/10Austin, TX for the Paradise Lost Writers ConferenceA dinner with limited open seating Friday 4/8; query me for details

4/19Portland, OR, for the SFWA Reading SeriesOpen event at McMenamin's Kennedy School

4/21-4/24Seattle, WA for Norwescon (Seatac, actually)Convention!

5/1-5/4Las Vegas, NV for Day Jobbe trade showWill schedule an open dinner if there's interest

5/9-5/13Omaha, NE for Day Jobbery (not yet confirmed)Omaha Beach Party Wednesday 5/11, which is an open event; query me for details

5/15-5/23Taos, NM for Rio HondoNo open events that week

5/27-5/30Dearborn, MI for World Steam Expo (not yet confirmed)Convention!

6/4Portland, OR for JayCon XIOpen party to celebrate the 11th anniversary of my 37th birthday

6/5-6/7Seattle, WA for a University Books reading the evening of 6/6Open event

7/14-7/17Burlington, MA for Readercon (not yet confirmed)Convention!

7/22-7/24Portland, OR for PDX GEAR ConConvention!

8/17-8/12Reno, NV for WorldConConvention!

9/5-9/12Chattanooga, TN for a writer's retreat (not yet confirmed)No open events that week (this may change)

9/16-9/18Redmond, WA for Foolscap (not yet confirmed)Convention!

10/9-10/15Martha's Vineyard, MA for Viable ParadiseNo open events that week

10/21-10/23Surrey, BC for the Surrey International Writers' ConferenceConference!

10/27-10/30San Diego, CA for World Fantasy ConventionConvention!

11/11-11/13Portland, OR for OryCon (not yet confirmed)Convention!


  • Everything on the schedule after JayCon XI is subject to cancellation should I go back into cancer treatment based on my April scans

  • There will be trips to Omaha every five to seven weeks

  • There will be additional Day Jobbe trips which I may or may not announce Open Dinners for

  • I may add one or two more conventions to my fall schedule

  • If you'd like me at your event and don't see it listed here, let me know; I'm happy to discuss the possibility


[personal] Out and about

Yesterday I was out and about a bit with my friend [info]mlerules. We saw the most amazing rainbow I've ever encountered. Sadly, I only had my iPhone cam and so could not take a truly worthwhile photo of this thing.


The rainbow is doubled twice. There's a faint second bow on a larger arc above the main rainbow, while the inner arc of the rainbow has another, narrower-banded rainbow directly attached to it. To the eye, it looked like a polarization pattern in the sky. And amazingly vibrant hues, the most color-saturated rainbow I think I've ever seen.

We also poked around the Mt. Tabor neighborhood.


And ate at the "Good Food Here" food cart pod on SE Belmont. We split a mortadella sandwich and lamb sliders from Lardo, to be specific.


ZOMG was that tasty. Afterwards, some spa time at Common Ground Wellness Center.

Rainbows, architecture, high-end junk food and hot tubbing. I love Portland.

Photos © 2007, 2011, Joseph E. Lake, Jr. and Emily S.

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