November 30th, 2011


[links] Link salad celebrates hump day

The Fathomless Abyss — A shared world project of which I am a part is announced. Go check it out.

British garbage worms survive in space without human help — Boy do I feel better now.

‘New Earth-like planet may have water, life’

Turn on, tune in and get better?Hallucinogens and other street drugs are increasingly being studied for legitimate therapeutic uses, such as helping patients deal with post-traumatic stress disorder, addiction, chronic pain, depression and even terminal illness.

The Accented Activist, the Blue Woman and One Curious Year in Court — Ah, justice. (Via [info]tillyjane.)

The Afghan General Who Fell to EarthShe was a national hero—and some powerful men didn’t like that.

?otd: Work a five day week?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo fatigue)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.0 (fitful)
Weight: 212.4

[personal|tech] Having issues

My apologies for the relatively light link salad today, as well as the lack of any more substantial post. Chemo brain seems to have infected my MacBook Pro, and I've spent most of my blogging time this morning dealing with rebooting to clear a virtual memory issue that seems to be able to persist even through a shut down cycle.

I've actually been wrestling with this for a while. It's a subtle error, and only appears on occasion, so my trip to the Genius Bar a while back was pretty much a waste. But when the error does appear, TextPad stops being able to save, which screws up my blog post build. Restarting TextPad doesn't help at that point. If I don't reboot then, eventually I get a system error that the startup disk is out of space for virtual memory. Mind you, this is a disk with 100GB available. At that point, there's nothing for it but to Force Quit any open applications and reboot. And the Mac's attempt to save my working state means that sometimes I come back from the reboot with the error still in play. Which requires yet another reboot.

So far, attempted fixes include replacing the hard drive in case of a bad sector, upgrading to Lion in case of an oddball system incompatibility in the previous OS release, and swapping Web browsers, twice. The problem still comes back, on an apparently random basis. This morning's outbreak was by far the worst yet.

Of course, here's me in late stage chemo, when I am not at my troubleshooting best. It's entirely possible this is some obscure form of user error. But I can't replicate it, and because I can't replicate it, I can't even do the requisite troubleshooting to pin down the offending application(s) or Web sites. Meanwhile, I've been considering buying a MacBook Air, and I'm now wondering if going to all new hardware will allow me to simply walk away from the issue.

All of which is a very long-winded way of apologizing for the dearth of new content today. I lose enough quality blogging days to chemo brain. It's frustrating to lose one to tech wonkery.


[publishing] The Fathomless Abyss

So I'm part of this shared world project being run by Phil Athans and Mel Odom. It's called The Fathomless Abyss, and is a pretty neat little deal. Lots of details on the world and the publishing concept here at Phil's blog. We've got a pretty cool bunch of contributors, including Philip Athans, J. M. McDermott, Mel Odom, Cat Rambo, Mike Resnick, Brad Torgersen and of course, me. My story in the initial release is "That Which Rises Ever Upward", and deals with grand ambition among people with limited means.

In the spring, we'll be releasing a series of novellas set within the shared world, one by each contributing author. I haven't written mine yet, but inspiration will surely strike.

Cover art © 2011 by Matts Minnhagen is pretty nice, too.

Fathomless Abyss cover art by Matts Minnhagen

Watch for a December release, just in time for your holiday reading needs.