July 5th, 2011


[links] Link salad rises up in the Midwest

Urban fantasy author and my friend J.A. Pitts with an updating reading/signing schedule for his new book, Honeyed Words — Boosting signal for him because of some date snafus.

The Boundary — Austin Sirkin on the culture and identity of steampunk.

Banana car peels through Michigan — Is it waxed, do you suppose?

World War II Mystery Solved in a Few Hours — The magic of crowdsourcing. (Thanks to my Dad.)

A Triangular Shadow of a Large Volcano — This is some awesome.

100 Years of IBM in Pictures

Google+ app submitted to App Store for iPhone, awaiting approval — I've been playing with this over Chrome on my MacBook Pro. I look forward to seeng iOS implementation.

Roger Ebert is funny about the natural history of Transformers

French Bug Plays 100-Decibel Mating Call on Genitalia — I've been on dates like that. (Via David Goldman)

The Mental Burden Of A Lower-Class Background — Hmm, my culturual stereotype of rednecks doesn't align too well with what's referenced here, but the piece still makes a good point.

Jim DeMint tells The Christian Post that the tea party isn't aligned with the GOP: — Do you suppose he actually believes that bullshit. The Tea Party's issues and voting habits are core GOP.

Why U.S. is not a Christian nation — In your dreams, theocratic Christianists. Being a secular nation is the strongest bulwark your, or anyone's, religious beliefs can have. Anyone who thinks otherwise is dangerously ignorant of history and culture.

Politicians Lag U.S. Voters on Same-Sex Marriage: Albert Hunt — Opposition to same-sex marriage has been the tyranny of the minority, pure and simple. The fearful passion of Christianist bigotry is finally being subsumed by reality and common sense.

How Grover Norquist hypnotized the GOP — Ah, remember the heady days of the Republicans' Permanent Majority under Bush? Budgets were balanced, taxes were down, revenues were up, we were not engaged in endless trillion-dollar foreign adventurism. No? Actually, that was Clinton. The GOP destroyed all that, then has successfully handed much of the blame to Obama through the Liberal Media.

?otD: Fireworks much?

Writing time yesterday: 30 minutes (chemo brain still had me slowed down)
Body movement: 30 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 9.25 hours (over past 24 hours)
Weight: n/a
Currently reading: Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord


[personal] In Omaha with the Child

I can't in good conscience recommend a cross-country flight the day after finishing a chemotherapy course, but in fact things worked out okay. It would have been a much tougher trip without [info]the_child wrangling me. We made it, however, and even in one piece.

She loved the clouds, got a funny photo of me sleeping after takeoff from PDX, and was impressed by the extensive flooding visible from the air around Omaha.

Jay Eating Mt. Hood
Jay eating Mt. Hood

[info]elusivem met us at the airport in Omaha and ferried us to the hotel, where we also met up with [info]garyomaha. Us travelers wolfed down a late meal, visited a while, then crashed off. I do seem to have survived.

Working Day Jobbery today through Friday, ballooning as weather permits. I'll have to really manage my spoons this week, and if we do go up high, that may affect my online availability. (Ie, oversleeping to get over it.) [info]the_child will be spending time with various friends here while I work, though I am taking her into the office Wednesday or Thursday morning, depending.

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