August 16th, 2011


[links] Link salad gears up for Reno

Nice guys earn less, study finds — This explains a lot about my business career.

Law grads sue school, say degree is ‘indentured servitude’

Some in Lizzie Borden’s Hometown Think Her Legend Is Out of Whack

Radioactive sulfur in California ‘not a problem’ say scientists

Astronaut Snaps Spectacular Meteor Photo From Space

Are Keyboards on Laptops the Next Thing to Go?Infinitely re-configurable virtual keyboards with haptic feedback could do everything conventional input devices do — and so much more. This pushes my “hey, you kids, get off my lawn!” buttons.

Deloot London: The Opposite of a Boycott

Bachmann and Qualifications — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison on Michele Bachmann.

Liberalism is a Mental Disorder — If you have a paid vacation or a 40-hour workweek, thank liberals. If you’re a woman who votes, thank liberals. If your child has an education, thank liberals. If you drink clean water and breathe clean air, thank liberals. What have conservatives brought you except market crashes and richer rich?

GOP Candidates Sign Pledge to Create Anti-gay Witch Hunt Commission — Very nice. Because free speech is only for straight, white conservatives, apparently. (Via @twilight2000.)

?otD: How many twofers in your Tuesday?

Writing time yesterday: 2.0 hours (4,400 words on Sunspin)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.25 hours (solid)
Weight: 227.2
Currently reading: The Magician King by Lev Grossman

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[writing] Further progress is made

4,400 words on Sunspin yesterday. Accomplished writer feels accomplished. Plus had a fun writing date with my friend S—.

I almost certainly won’t get as much crammed down today, due to needing to pack for Reno after Day Jobbery, plus a trip to the stylist. Still, it felt good to let the words stretch out and run. Plus I got to bring a new major character onstage yesterday (yes, 140,000 words into the book and I’m introducing another POV). Which was fun. He begins his first scene by waking up, which will get me roundly cudgeled in any writing workshop. Except when it works, it works. Nyah. So there.

Also went to see Rise of the Planet of the Apes last night with my friend H—. An entertaining but not especially rigorous film. I was struck by the fact that while chimp and other great ape attacks are often extremely violent and maiming in real life, if not fatal, in the movie they seemed to satisfy themselves with clubbing their opponents and moving on, like pro wrestlers. I suppose ripping hands and faces off might have been a bit much for the movie, but it made the apes feel less real to me.

Busy day, busy Jay. Tomorrow, I’m off to Reno, though I’ll likely be laying low the rest of the day to recover from the trip. I don’t have nearly as much physical energy as I like to pretend to these days, on the cusp between surgery and more chemotherapy.

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