April 2nd, 2011


[links] Link salad has too much sugar for a dime

10flash is out with stories from some interesting folks, including me, [info]kehrli and [info]scarlettina

ChiZine Publications is Relaunching ChiZine Magazine — In which I will be featured with a new story.

Creators With Cancer — A very interesting crowd-sourced project. I'll be putting some money in. (Thanks to [info]rosefox.)

iA Writer — Maybe the iPad will be even more useful to me now. (Via S.F.)

A nifty graphic of how the ISS came together — (Snurched from [info]joe_haldeman.)

Endeavour Looking UpAPOD with an unusual shot of the space shuttle.

The Straight Dope on nuclear power — Some interesting comments on Chernobyl.

Members of Japan's 'Fukushima 50' have come to terms with the fact they may die from radiation — Ah, me.

The Conservative States of America — In which the correlations (not causations) of education, religious belief and similar factors fall pretty much exactly where a liberal-progressive like me would expect them to. Liberalism, which is stronger in richer, better-educated, more-diverse, and, especially, more prosperous places, is shrinking across the board and has fallen behind conservatism even in its biggest strongholds.

?otD: Scintilla or centilla?

Writing time yesterday: 2.0 hours (WRPA)
Body movement: 2 hour, 10 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 6.0 hours (solid)
Weight: 247.6
Currently reading: Between books


[conventions] SFWA Pacific Northwest Reading Series

As previously mentioned, I'll be part of the introductory session of the SFWA Pacific Northwest Reading Series, along with Kay Kenyon and host Brent Weeks. The readings will be in the gym at McMenamin's Kennedy School, which is well worth a visit in its own right if you've never been there.

This inaugural session will be Tuesday, April 19th, at 7:00 pm. Arrive early for dinner and drinks and hanging out with the writers


[child] The Child plays with an ice ball

Last night while I was watching Ashes and Snow on DVD [ imdb ], [info]the_child came running into the house filled with glee because she had made this:


A water balloon, filled with water, then frozen. We spent about ten minutes playing with it. She handled it, we spun it in the bowl, we salted it and watch fractures form and chips fly off, we watched the melting take place. We discussed energy transfer, and crystalline structures, and the three phase states of matter (eliding the subject of plasma), and the relationship between heat and energy. All in all, an interesting set of teachable moments on a Friday evening.

Bracketed by the visceral, intense and contemplative beauty of Ashes and Snow.

Sometimes life really is for the win.

Photograph © 2011, Joseph E. Lake, Jr.

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