May 21st, 2011


[links] Link salad wakes up to the bodies flying through the sky

Tales for Canterbury has gone to press — The New Zealand earthquake relief anthology to which a number of authors including myself have donated stories. Go drop 'em a dime or 500.

The Case for Self-Publishing — Huh. (From a mailing list I'm on.)

Woman feels 'disrespected' after being kicked off train — Someone needs to carefully consider their sense of entitlement.

Secret knowledge for a consumer society — Hanne Blank on the value of throwing things the frack away.

Apple triggers 'religious' reaction in fans' brains, report says

At Apocalypse Central, Preparing for What Happens, or Doesn't — As I said yesterday, it's so easy to laugh at the Rapture idiocy, but I work to remember that real people with real lives actually believe this stuff.

No word for RaptureLanguage Log on the current idiocy.

Connecting the Dots: Doomsday & Education Cuts — No one could possibly imagine a connection. Mmm, jobs.

Sense of Smell Drove Mammal Brains' Growth

Control Desk for the Neural SwitchboardOptogenetics, tested in rodents, can control electrical activity in a few carefully selected neurons, and may hold new insights into our disorders.

Are Our Lives Vanishing Into the Cloud? — Mmm. Internet.

Planets, Endeavour at Dawn — As usual, APOD is made of awesome.

Disappearance, then discovery leads to 'honor killing' outrage"This is not an honor killing. I hope all of us will stop using this term. It has nothing to do with honor. It only has to do with taking the life of a human being," said Nabil Al-Ja'Abari, chairman of the Hebron University board of trustees. Fucking disingenuous dickhead. Implying that any such killings might be honorable? There is no honor in oppressing and killing women. Period. No matter what your religion or culture tells you. It's an vile, evil sickness, nothing more. I'm generally a cultural relativist, but not over this kind of behavior.

?otD: Are you going to be Raptured today?

Writing time yesterday: 1.25 hours (various WRPA)
Body movement: suburban walking to come
Hours slept: 7.25 hours (solid)
Weight: 232.2
Currently (re)reading: A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin


[conventions|repost] Reminder of JayCon XI

Two weeks from today...

In celebration of my natal anniversary, JayCon XI, my 11th annual 37th birthday party, is Saturday, June 4th, 2011 from 2 to 5 pm at the Flying Pie in SE Portland. We're partying because I was born, and because I have beat cancer again and again fucking cancer is back, again, and I will beat it, again.

If you can read this, you're invited. Prior JayCon experience not required.

Flying Pie Pizzeria
7804 SE Stark Street
Portland, 97215
(503) 254-2016
[ Google Maps ]

As is traditional for JayCon, Paul M. Carpentier is specifically not invited.


[child|funny] Conversations with my daughter

[info]the_child: "When you were a little kid, did you look up perverted things on the computer?"
[info]jaylake: "We didn't have computers back then. I had to look up perverted things in books."
[info]the_child: "Like butt?"

And then:

[info]the_child: "Do you know pickup lines?"
[info]jaylake: "Uh, yes."
[info]the_child: "Have you ever used a pickup line on a girl?"
[info]jaylake: "No, not really." :: laughs :: "Where did you learn about pickup lines?"
[info]the_child: "[teacherNameRedacted]. [friendNameRedacted] brought it up, and he had to explain it. You know, 'You look like a parking ticket, because you have FINE written all over you.'"
[info]jaylake: :: laughs again ::
[info]the_child: "Why is that funny? I don't get it."

Ah, parenthood.