June 25th, 2011


[links] Link salad wakes up on the shores of Lake Union

How self-publishing came of ageWhat used to be seen as a last resort is fast becoming the most successful trend in writing. Alison Flood talks to the authors doing it themselves. (Via a mailing list I'm on.)

Worldbuilding — Abi Sutherland is thoughtful.

Encinitas removes mosaic of Surfing Madonna from railroad bridgeThe artist who created and installed a mosaic, which came to be known as the Surfing Madonna, will pay a fine and other costs as Encinitas removes the work.

Stolen Apollo 11 moon dust recoveredThe US has recovered a scattering of moon dust stolen from Nasa after the 1969 Apollo 11 mission, just as it was about to be sold at auction.

A Spit Test for AgeResearchers are able to predict individuals' ages from DNA modifications in their saliva. Huh.

Ron Paul, Barney Frank Introduce Bill That Would End Pot Prohibition — I don't have much interest either way in pot personally, but as a matter of social policy our approach to recreational drugs is severely defective. I'm just as happy to see something like this, even if it is only symbolic.

DeMint: Republicans Who Vote To Raise The Debt Limit Will Be 'Gone' — Those rational actors of the Tea Party.

Number of Google searches for "God" and "free gay porn" in each U.S. state — The distribution is hilarious. You can bet that if the distribution were reversed, this would be a big story in ConservativeLand. Ah, family values. (Via Pharyngula.)

Gay marriage vote a milestone in New York — A rare defeat for Christianist bigotry. I am quite pleased to be reminded this country can be sane, principled and humane despite the moral bankruptcy of family values conservatism.

?otD: Ballard or Fremont?

Writing time yesterday: 1.5 hours (Kalimpura revisions)
Body movement: 30 minute urban walk
Hours slept: 6.25 hours (interrupted)
Weight: n/a
Currently (re)reading: A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin


[conventions] Buzzing through the Locus Awards

I rode up to Seattle yesterday with the inestimable Simone Cooper, who went rather out of her way to deliver me unto chez [info]scarlettina. [info]scarlettina in turn fed me and delivered me unto the Locus Awards venue, whereat I greeted and meeted with a number of old friends and new, including about half of this year's Clarion West class.

It was funny being there. A lot of people literally didn't recognize me without my hair and beard.

Plus I was being ultra low energy, an 8 pm party being decidedly on the wrong end of my chemotherapy energy curve. Still, it was good.

Breakfast later this morning with [info]bravado111, a/k/a noted urban fantasy author J.A. Pitts, then I shall spend the day at the Locus Awards. Likely I'll be in the lobby or the bar if you're looking for me prior to the banquet.

But for now, time to work on Kalimpura.

Write more, be well, see you around the joint.

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