March 15th, 2012


[links] Link salad is a regular Frankie fan

Subterranean announces their Spring, 2012 table of contents — Including my Sunspin novella, "The Weight of History, the Lightness of the Future".

A photo of me and my siblings ca. 1974 — (Via [info]lillypond, a/k/a my sister.)

Girls' Time Travel Attempt Leads To Suicide In China

Cube laser virtual keyboard for iPhone & iPad — :: wants ::

Cloning and resurrecting the mammoth? Not so fast

Human fossils hint at new species — The accompanying photo of a skull looks a lot like Darth Vader. Homo sith, anyone?

Disturbing and poignant video about a self-aware robot tests game-engine's limitations — (Via [info]willyumtx.)

A 77-year-old man from Oklahoma cannot deny human-caused climate changeSlacktivist Fred Clark on Republican Senator Inhofe's allegedly Bible based climate change denial.

Abortion bill raises KU Med accreditation concerns — Why would anti-science conservatives even care?

Georgia Republican Compares Women to Cows, Pigs, And Chickens — Stay classy, conservative America. It's what you do best. And people, when you vote GOP, whatever your reasons, you're enabling and endorsing a hell of a lot of very destructive crazy, just like this. Are you proud of your Republican party?

Democrats ride Romney's Planned Parenthood remark — As well they should. Romney was being honest about the destructive GOP agenda. Keeping that in the minds of voters is the right thing to do.

Under what party did gasoline and oil prices reach their peak? Republican, of course — Not that the historical record stops the GOP from flat out lying about this.

Don’t you know that it’s different for hippies — Or why conservatives are protected from the consequences of their actions. Dixie Chicks vs Rush Limbaugh, anyone?

?otd: Was it great when it all began?

Writing time yesterday: 0.5 hours (WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.0 (fitful)
Weight: 236.6
Currently reading: Blood of Orange by Lizzy Shannon; Requiem by Ken Scholes


[personal] Housekeeping post

So, I might not have done one of these, well, ever. Consider this an open question thread as well.

Whose blog is this?

I'm Jay Lake. Dad. Author of ten science fiction and fantasy novels and several hundred short stories. Multiple cancer survivor. Leftie political junkie. World traveler. Technophile. I blog about all these things and more.

What don't you blog about?

I don't blog about money details, things that would embarrass my daughter, things that would compromise other people's privacy, or details about my Day Jobbe. Literally everything else is fair game.

I see Link Salad every day. What's up with that?

That's just me making a link dump of the interesting things I see on the Web. I primarily entertaining myself with that, in truth. My first rule of blogging is that if I don't find it interesting, you're not likely to either. My second rule of blogging is be consistent.

You have that little squib of personal data at the bottom of each Link Salad. What about that?

That little set of details has evolved over time, but honestly, it's mostly about public accountability for personal behaviors which I think are important. Also, "WRPA" in reference to my writing time is short for "Writing Related Program Activities", meaning, things I did in my writing life which didn't involve producing first draft fiction or revisions. That covers everything from marketing to handling contract issues to writing emails to my agent to preparing for class teaching.

Do you teach? Or come to conventions?

I do both, especially when invited. Lately I've been guest teaching about creative writing and commercial careers for my daughter's eighth grade class. I am making various pro and instructor appearances at conventions and conferences this year, including at least one GoH gig. Feel free to contact me if you want me at your school or event. We'll see what we can work out.

Where can I buy your books?

I write and publish under my own name, Jay Lake. I can be found at your local independent bookstore, your local chain bookstore, or via or (Other major online outlets as well.)

I have another question...?

Ask away in comments. Or send me an email if it doesn't feel like a comments-oriented question.


[travel|repost] Open dinner in Austin on Tuesday, 3/20 (DATE CHANGE)

Important: the date has changed!!!

I'll be in Austin, Texas next week for Day Jobbery. As it happens I am free there the evening of Wednesday, 3/21 Tuesday, 3/20. So I'm declaring an open dinner, venue TBD but probably Threadgill's just south of the river. If you'd like to meet up — and it doesn't matter if you're an old friend or we've never met, or somewhere in between — please let me know in comments so I can get a headcount. I'll confirm the venue and the exact time early next week.

See some, all or none of you there!