May 5th, 2011


[links] Link salad heads for Kauai

The last post — A final blog message from a man who died two days ago of the same cancer I am now battling. I can only hope to pass in my turn with a fraction of his grace. (Via Bad Astronomy.)

How Sugar Affects the Body in Motion — Activity, sugar and (among other things) the liver. Of particular interest to me just lately.

The Last Two Veterans Of WW I — (Snurched from [info]susansugarspun here.)

Unthinking MachinesArtificial intelligence needs a reboot, say experts. Interesting article, though I was struck by this: Winston speculated that the magic ingredient that makes humans unique is our ability to create and understand stories using the faculties that support language: "Once you have stories, you have the kind of creativity that makes the species different to any other." This was an obvious point back when I was in college in the early 1980s.

Arctic ice melt 'alarming' Ice in Greenland and the rest of the Arctic is melting dramatically faster than was earlier projected and could raise global sea levels by as much as 1.6 metres by 2100, says a new study. Reality's liberal bias rears its ugly head again.

An Analysis of the Accuracy of Forecasts in the Political Media — This is both thought provoking and hilarious. (Thanks to David Goldman.)

Doctor, Patient and Politician[Mitch Daniels] is a real prototype of the peculiar strain in the political right that trusts people to make their own informed decisions without government intervention except when it comes to the most exquisitely personal choice a woman could ever face. Ah, yes, conservatism, whose mantra is "no government interference in private life, except for controlling people and things we disapprove of."

Blackwater's New Ethics Chief: John Ashcroft — Sometimes the jokes just write themselves. Sometimes the jokes get high profile jobs.

?otD: Do you prefer the beach or the mountains? Show your work.

Writing time yesterday: 3.5 hours (revisions to Kalimpura, WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 4.5 hours (interrupted)
Weight: 242.4
Currently reading: Sasha 124 by Alex Tillson


[travel|personal] Blurrrr and busy

Flew home from Las Vegas yesterday evening. Up now and getting ready to skive off to Kauai with [info]the_child shortly. We'll be back Sunday night.

In other news, I completed the revision draft of Kalimpura last night. It's already off to first readers. Also had a very productive discussion with La Agente about this book, Sunspin and various other business matters. We've got a handle on what I'll be producing this year, schedule revised to accomodate my upcoming treatments. Things are falling into place. It's good to have a plan.

I have small-scale minor projects including guest blog post or two, an article, a short story revision and a new short story, not to mention the Endurance galleys, some of which I'll try to get done on the Hawaii trip.

Or maybe I won't! Hah!

I do expect to post from Kauai, including likely some photo blogging, but I may not hew to my regular schedule or content. Y'all have fun while I'm gone.