June 16th, 2011


[links] Link salad wonders if it should have been born a Cancer instead of a Gemini

Don't forget to enter the new Endurance caption contest: [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ] — I'll probably be closing it this evening and constructing the voting poll.

A reader reacts to Mainspring — Much with the liking.

METAtropolis reviewed in Romanian — Not so much with the liking of my novella, "In the Forests of the Night".

Fantasy Literature reviews Green — Not so much with the liking here either, I am afraid.

Scientists predict rare 'hibernation' of sunspots — (Thanks to [info]lillypond.)

How to Have Fun Like Monkeys, Whales and Foxes — I've been on dates like that.

How to Switch Off Friction In NanomachinesA new technique could reduce friction with the mere flick of a switch, say physicists. I've been on dates like that. Also, I have to ask, what is a "one dimensional surface"?

Deep sewer diving under New York — Wow... (Thanks to [info]danjite.)

Are All Gay Girls Secretly Men? — Julia Rios blogs at The Outer Alliance on this difficult and disturbing story of appropriation.

Tea Party Summer Camp: The Experience of a Lifetime — Freaky. (Thanks to [info]shsilver.)

Five myths about the American flag — Ah, reality. If this were a Wikipedia article, Palinites would be editing it right now to remove those biased facts in favor of conservative "truths".

Why Do Republicans Hate Clean Water? — The EPA does a lot of really good things for every American, regardless of political affiliation. And free market corporate self-regulation didn't exactly keep our rivers and air clean. In fact, forming the EPA was one of Richard Nixon's better moves.

The New Religion of Global Warming — Conservative ideological resistance to reality is observably hardening. As I've said before, no one comes to global warming denial on the merits of the data. They start there for ideological reasons, then look for data to support their beliefs. It's a lot like Christian apologia.

The G.O.P. DebateEventually, the winner of the Republican nomination will move away from the Tea Party’s anger to try to appeal to a broader electorate that has higher priorities than interfering with laws on same-sex marriage and upending Congress’s decision to welcome openly gay and lesbian soldiers. I know! Let's put the GOP back in power to fix the economy they ruined in the last decade!

?otD: What do you get if you multiply your blood type by your zodiacal sign?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (Dad time instead)
Body movement: 30-minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.5 hours (solid)
Weight: 234.4
Currently (re)reading: A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin


[personal|cancer] Updatery

First of all, I feel pretty good, physically. (This is a relative statement, of course.) Skipping chemo for an extra week will do that to you. However, the consequences of that skip are already starting to cascade. If I pass my blood test today, I'll have chemo tomorrow and through the weekend, and the bulk of the scheduling problems will be recoverable. If I flunk my blood test today, then all hell breaks loose in my schedule. This is a source of irritation to me, though I have absolutely no control over the issues governing the problem, therefore the irritation is decidedly a dead end. On the plus side, if I do make chemo this weekend, there's a decent chance I'll make the Locus Awards next weekend, assuming I can find a ride to/from Portland.

Mother of the Child, [info]the_child and I spent several hours yesterday afternoon doing some Important Stuff regarding her education etc. That was time very well spent, but given my spoon management issues, I got no writing done. Which in turn is another mild irritant, regardless of the rightness of my cause in skipping writing time.

Workie bits are proceeding nicely at the Day Jobbe, my house is clean(ish), the grandfather clock chimes the hours and the lava lamp in my bedroom provides a pleasant glow. Really, life is okay.