December 22nd, 2011


[links] Link salad sweats on cue

What Publishers Don't Do — Andrew Wheeler on Michael Chabon and e-books. Chabon got this one wrong, which is unusual for him, I think.

Rocket-Powered 'Aerotrain' — Some awesome retrotech. (Via H—.)

Through a sun tunnelAPOD with an interesting image and write-up. I'd never heard of these.

Frankincense, Staple of Christmas, Doomed

Where the Tax-Cut Walkout Really Came FromThen, of course, along came the new Republican House majority under Newt Gingrich. They rewrote the formal rulebook which, to be entirely fair, really needed some of its more sclerotic provisions cleaned out. But they threw out the unwritten rules entirely. This culminated in the impeachment of Bill Clinton, and everything that has followed after, right up until this morning. They are not legislators. They are vandals in the house of democracy.

Speaker Cuts Off C-SPAN Cameras When Dems Attempt To Bring Vote On Payroll Tax Cut — The GOP: your party of good government. (Thanks to [info]corwynofamber.)

?otd: When is the last time you watched the original Star Trek?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo fatigue)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 10.5 (very fitful plus napping)
Weight: 208.0
Currently (re)reading: The White Dragon by Anne McCaffrey


[personal] More dreaming, less sleep

Last night was another long, fitful night. I did not sleep well, and the lower GI follies were in full swing, interacting poorly with the sleep needs.

The recurring dream was a retelling of "Jeffty Is Five", as if written by Neil Simon and starring NPR's Car Talk producer Doug Berman as Jeffty, but using the sets (as it were) from my Linus Pauling/starship dream.

My subconscious is clearly a swamp. And then some.


[conventions] I'm going to ConFusion

Thanks to the good offices and extreme generosity of anonymous persons with discriminating tastes, I will be a surprise (to me) guest at Epic ConFusion in January.

This will be my first post-chemotherapy convention appearance, so I'll be running a bit low and slow. Still, I'll be there from Thursday evening til Sunday midday, and am really looking forward to experiencing the hospitality of a whole new-to-me community. I'll be on programming, and make myself available in the bar and at parties to the degree my post-chemo energy permits, so if you're a Midwestern/East Coast reader or writer who wants to connect, please, seek me out. It's what I'll be there for. To see you.

Note that I went to ReaderCon last year in part to start meeting more fans and writers who are not West Coast based, in order to know the SF/F community better. When the generous offer to bring me to ConFusion to meet some Midwest fandom and writerdom was tendered, I could hardly say no.

And thank you to those of you for whom thanks is due.