January 20th, 2012


[links] Link salad checks in from Michigan

A reader reacts to Mainspring — I think they liked it.

Only Forward — Paul McAuley on writing first drafts and the perils of revising. This. (Thanks to Rick York.)

Ghillie Suit — Art guru James Gurney with an interesting entry, including an IKEA ghillie suit.

Depression Defies the Rush to Find an Evolutionary Upside

Computer Model Replays Europe's Cultural HistoryA simple mathematical model of the way cultures spread reproduces some aspects of European history, say complexity scientists. Paging Hari Seldon.

X and Y chromosomes — A beautiful photo of our gender-selective chromosomes. (Via [info]scarlettina.)

Dracula-esque monkey long thought vanished reappears

NASA still not hiding aliens: Triangular 'UFO' debunked — Well, darn. Where are they?

Picture of the Day: The Planet Heats Up — More of that pesky, liberally biased data from the reality-based world. More on this from NASA's Earth Observatory.

Gingrich’s Ex-Wife and the Republicans’ Predicament — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison on Gingrich. If they were voting based on character, they wouldn’t have chosen him in the first place. I'm old enough to remember when the GOP was angrily telling us (about Clinton) that "character counts." Not so much when it's your own guys, eh?

?otd: Chilly yet?

Writing time yesterday: 2.5 hours (revisions to Sunspin)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.25 (solid)
Weight: n/a
Currently reading: The Atrocity Archive by Charles Stross; The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore<


[conventions|personal] At Epic Confusion

Yesterday was a pretty good day. I got up stupid early, cabbed it to the airport, got checked in and settled and eventually on my plane. The flights were easy and uneventful, and I managed both some fairly serious napping and 2.5 hours of revision work on Sunspin, as well as some pleasure reading. I've got Charlie Stross' The Atrocity Archives on the iPad, and Christopher Moore's The Stupidest Angel in dead tree edition for those times when the iPad isn't practical (or, on the airlines, allowed).

The lovely and talented [info]cathshaffer was kind enough to meet me at DTW, and drive me to the con hotel. We made it just in time for the GoH dinner, where we sat with some of the entertaining and interesting folks who run Confusion.

Afterwards I hung out in the bar for several ours with Joe Abercrombie, Peter Brett, Myke Cole, Jim C. Hines, Yanni Kuznia, Patrick Rothfuss and and Brent Weeks. They were rolling up first edition AD&D characters for an author's game today, I was kibitzing. (As it happens, I may wind up sitting in on the game this afternoon, as Elizabeth Bear and Scott Lynch may not arrive in time to take up their arms and do battle.) That was a pretty hilarious evening, and gave many high school flashbacks. Plus Doselle Young bought us all pizza around 11 pm. Here is a Peter V. Brett photo of us.

I have also taken advantage of the fact that I'm three time zones away from home to allow myself some natural time shifting. Staying up til midnight isn't so draining when your body still thinks it's 9 pm.

This morning I'll be working on Sunspin some more, then down to the convention to get my reg sorted out. The author's D&D game is at 2 pm, so I'll be there, then I have a panel at 7 pm this evening. It's a good day.