June 19th, 2011


[links] Link salad says Happy Father's Day

Sidewise Award Nominees — Yours truly is up for a Sidewise award for my novel Pinion.

Movie neon — Some awesome signs. (Via [info]willyumtx.)

Why Do Firefighters Take Such Risky Jobs? — Fascinating article. To misquote Willie Sutton, "Because that's where the money is."

The Gravity of LifeWhose well-being is threatened by our changing relationship with the myriad organisms that shaped the evolution of our species?

The Regolith of Asteroid Eros — A nifty close up from NASA's APOD.

Lop Nur, Xinjiang, China — A striking image of salt evaporation ponds in the desert of Lop Nur, China.

Breakthrough Batteries? — Considering that Alessandro Volta would recognize most modern batteries, this kind of scientific and technological progress is critical.

The supernatural does not exist — Bad Astronomer Phil Plaint on the supernatural and testability. As I've said a million times, just because you believe it doesn't mean it's true.

Don't know much about history — A conservative complains about 'politically correct' history. A conservative complaining about historical distortions is a like a dog complaining about barking.

?otD: What do you remember most about your dad?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemotherapy)
Body movement: n/a (chemotherapy), possibly a short suburban walk to come
Hours slept: 8.5 hours (fitful) plus 4.0+ hours of napping
Weight: n/a
Currently (re)reading: A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin


[family] Happy Father's Day to my Dad

I want to wish a Happy Father's Day to my dad, and everyone else's dad, including those of you have a dad, are a dad or will be a dad.

My father is an amazing man who gives me a great deal to live up to, even now after I've spent forty-seven years upon this Earth. He is a retired ambassador, one of the most intelligent and perceptive human beings I've ever known, very kind, possessed of virtually endless patience, and is an unfailing role model to me.

I can manage to be one tenth the dad to [info]the_child that he has been to me, I will have been successful.

I love you, Dad.

If you feel moved to say something about your Dad, make post, comment here, or even better, call him up.