April 1st, 2011


[links] Link salad gets fooled again

A Beginner's Guide to Steampunk Literature — abebooks.com weighs in. (Snurched from @kylecassidy.)

Click, Clack, Ding! Sigh ...The digital generation rediscovers the magic of manual typewriters. (Via @GreatDismal.)

Design FundamentalsTools and techniques to foster innovation. Interesting article on the role of design in business and innovation.

The Earth's lumpy gravity — Note also the very cool description of a low-altitude satellite.

Science meets the Mokele-Mbembe! — Ooooh.

Pakistan spiders flee floods in web-covered trees — This might be the headline of the week.

Apocalypse Now? A Christian Understanding of the End Times — I believe the word the headline writer was looking for was "Misunderstanding".

Johann Hari: Protest works. Just look at the proofYes, you can choose to do nothing. But you will be choosing to let yourself and your family and your country be ripped off. (Thanks to [info]danjite.)

Dems Press Boehner To Suspend Congressional Pay In Event Of Government Shutdown — As we know from our friends in the GOP, it's a real struggle to get by on only $174,000 per year. Why should hard-working congressmen have to sacrifice while they're so busy doing the people's work of cutting unemployment benefits, targeting those living-high-on-the-hog teachers, and threatening to stop social security checks as well as paychecks to the entire government workforce? Are you proud of your Republican party?

?otD: Do you prefer April showers or December baths?

Writing time yesterday: 0.5 hours (WRPA, otherwise took another day off)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 5.75 hours (interrupted)
Weight: 249.2
Currently reading: A Bard's Eye View, ed. Michael A. Ventrella; Honeyed Words by J.A. Pitts


[personal] An important announcement

I have an important announcement to make.

After much soul-searching, I have realized that my current life and work is sinful and without merit. Forthwith I am withdrawing from my pursuits and shall take up residence in a lava tube in Mt. Hood National Forest to abide quietly there as an eremite contemplative.

If your mind has been turned by any of my books and stories, I most profoundly apologize. Please, burn a book in my name, and give thanks that the scales can still fall from your eyes.

Any who wish to join me are free to do so. All I ask is that you, like I am doing, shave your locks, change your name to Rufus, and vow only to wear fuschia undergarments for the rest of your days. We shall feast together on leaf mold and wood ears and grow fat in the soul.

Yours in the spirit of the day,

Jay Lake