February 27th, 2012


[links] Link salad puts some Spike Jones on the box

My dear friend and fellow writer Mark Bourne has passed away suddenly and unexpectedly — My deepest condolences to Elizabeth and all his family and friends.

A reader reacts to Westward Weird — They liked my story.

Street Dates and Sales Velocity — Andrew Wheeler on Seanan McGuire and some fairly deep (and interesting) publishing neepery.

Insane art formed by carving books with surgical tools — (Thanks to [info]scarlettina.)

Culturomics And The Google Book ProjectThe digitisation of over 5 million books has created a huge dataset of cultural interest. Now researchers are beginning to tease it apart using powerful number-crunching techniques.

Aardman's upcoming pirate movieAardman Animation, the makers of Wallace and Gromit, is putting the finishing touches on The Pirates! Band of Misfits, which may be the most technically ambitious stop-frame animated film yet.

The Book of Human Languages — Ta-Nehisi Coates on bilingualism.

The 5 Craziest War Stories (All Happened on the Same Ship) — (Via [info]danjite.)

Hell off Earth: Blustery Exoplanet Charted in 2-D for First TimeAstronomers have made a crude two-dimensional thermal map of an extrasolar world they cannot yet see, confirming that violent winds rapidly whip around the planet.

An Astronaut's Cravings: Horseradish and Tabasco Sauce — Interesting stuff here that might be useful for SF writers. I like the bit about the biscotti.

High-precision weigh-in for W boson means fewer hiding places for Higgs

Single molecule's electric charges seen in first image

Unlimited human eggs 'potential' for fertility treatment

Climate Reality, a poignant and important PSA about climate [change] denial in schools.

Frank Rich on Media Bias — The "liberal media" meme has been one the GOP's most successful Big Lies in their decades-long attack on American culture and society.

The Difference between Romney and Obama (Picture) — This one pretty much says it all. Hey, I wonder if any FOX News viewers saw this? You know Your Liberal media is.

Ghastly Outdated Party — Welcome to Republican America.

Rick Santorum's Despicable And Hurtful Health Care Lie — I know. A Republican lying. It's like rain falling in Oregon or something. Who could possibly anticipate such a thing? (Via David Goldman.)

?otd: Can you stand to hear him sing? Do you love the way he talks?

Writing time yesterday: 4.75 hours (Sunspin revisions)
Body movement: 60 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 6.25 (fitful)
Weight: 235.4
Currently reading: 1491 by Charles C. Mann


[photos] Visiting Monarch Pass, Colorado

Saturday we drove up to Monarch Pass in the Gunnison National Forest. Cold but fun.

Me at the Continental Divide

My aunt and her sweetie

My mom and my aunt

A ski-ready dog we met in the parking lot at the top of the pass

The visitors' center, apparently closed for the season

The funicular, likewise closed

An old mine head in the pass

Another view of same

Photos © 2012, M. Bryant and Joseph E. Lake, Jr.

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[personal] Remembering Mark Bourne with a smile

[info]e_bourne on the passing of her husband [info]markbourne.

Last night I was asked to deliver the eulogy at his funeral later this week. I wept when [info]scarlettina told me this. I'd like some help, though.

If you knew Mark, or ever spent some time with him, you are aware he was a very funny a man. Not so much a jokester or a punster, but more a wit. Imagine Steve Buscemi playing Alan Rickman playing Oscar Wilde. [info]e_bourne has asked that we remember him with the same humor he displayed in life. To that end, I'm collecting funny stories about Mark to use in my eulogy. Things he said or did, or how he helped you laugh.

Feel free to leave them here in comments, even if you've already done so elsewhere. Thank you.