May 24th, 2011


[links] Link salad dreams of flying over the ice

A reader reacts to Escapement — They liked it, quite a bit.

How to Hang Out in the Bar with Writers at a Convention[info]cathshaffer with some advice. Me, I just show and talk to whoever's there (quite probably including you), but then I'm a pathological extrovert who has nothing to prove.

Automated Selectivity — Art Guru James Gurney on a fairly interesting development in the cognitive psychology of visual art. (I think I've got that right.) I will point out that as his commentary so often does, this piece has a strong analog in written fiction. We writers talk about the 'telling detail' as having much the same impact as visual selectivity.

Stop Organizing Your E-mail, Says StudyPeople who put incoming e-mails in folders are no better at finding them than those who simply use search. I adopted precisely this strategy when I moved to Gmail as my primary reader some years ago. It works beautifully.

Soviet flying boat MBR-2 over the ice fields. Northern theater of operations. — I absolutely love this photograph, but then I'm a complete sucker for flying boats. I do have to wonder how well they operate on ice, though.

Is Google Motors the new GM? — Cloud control to Major Tom.

Progress Toward the Dream of Space Drives and StargatesCentauri Dreams on a topic near and dear to us skiffy types.

Existential angst about the bigger picture — Ben Goldacre on, well, rationalism.

Katyal Speaks of SG 'Mistakes' in Japanese Internment Cases — No one could possibly have imagined that the government would lie about evidence in a National Security matter. Look! Muslims! (Via Scrivener's Error.)

Focus on the Family Head: "We've Probably Lost" on Gay Marriage — Looks like the bottom's fallen out of part of the hate market. I'm surprised, it's hard to go wrong betting on the bigotry of the righteously intolerant. Couldn't have happened to a more deserving bunch of Christianist assholes.

ACLU Debunks Creeping Sharia Delusion — 'Creeping Sharia' is another one of those conservatives causes (or maybe memes?) like Birtherism that makes it real hard to take Republicans seriously even on stuff they're still rational about. Basically, anyone who can believe this stuff is self-evidently nuts; so even other-wise useful things they say are highly suspect. This is what happens when you build your political fortunes on enraging and terrifying your voting base.

Enemy at gate? Not in this caseIn a one-sided standoff, a fugitive has holed up on his land for 11 years — but lawmen don't seem to care. That's the way you handle lunatics. Instead of, for example, electing them on Tea Party platforms.

Fantasy Island: Are Republicans losing their grip on reality?One party, the Democrats, suffers from the usual range of institutional blind spots, historical foibles, and constituency-driven evasions. The other, the Republicans, has moved to a mental Shangri-La, where unwanted problems (climate change, the need to pay the costs of running the government) can be wished away, prejudice trumps fact (Obama might just be Kenyan-born or a Muslim), expertise is evidence of error, and reality itself comes to be regarded as some kind of elitist plot.

"The Tea Party Itch Has Not Been Scratched" — Some political 'inside baseball' on the Republicans and Medicare. And the dangers of placing ideology over governance, as if that hadn't been amply demonstrated over the past decade.

?otD: What did you dream last night?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (spent hours dealing with some technical issues on my writing laptop)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.5 hours (fitful)
Weight: 233.2
Currently (re)reading: A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin


[photos|travel] Waimea canyon

Past the town of Waimea, we turned off the highway and drove up toward Waimea Canyon. Mark Twain described this as "the Grand Canyon of the Pacific", which is a pretty neat trick on an island 30 miles wide. As it happens, I agree with him.

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Next up, another sugar mill, a company town, and a discussion of labor relations history.

And as usual, more at the Flickr set.

Photos © 2011, Joseph E. Lake, Jr. and B. Lake.

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[cancer] On the good week

Well, chemo side effects continue to affect my life even on the 'good' week of the cycle. The fatigue is more persistent in this early stage than I remember it being during the previous chemo course. Lower GI distress is about on par, and now that the nausea is gone (since sometime over the weekend, more or less) I can handle that. No fun, but I can handle it. My mental state is better, but my mental energy is impeded by the overall fatigue.

At least the food intolerances haven't kicked in full time yet. I can still enjoy my meals, and I'm making the most of it.

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At any rate, I have three more days to enjoy being myself even in this somewhat reduced capacity before the chemo hammer drops again.