March 18th, 2012


[links] Link salad has boogied back to Texas

A Place to Remember — A memorial effort for the late, great Mark Bourne is seeking funds to dedicate a bench along his favorite walking path. Please support this if you can. (Via Marti McKenna.)

6 Horrifying Implications of the Harry Potter Universe — Hahahah.

The dictator's dream: Gaddafi's son ordered cruise ship complete with shark tank

Getting out more than you put in: an overly efficient LED

It’s About Immigrants, Not Irishness

Slave master becomes an abolitionist

The Old Feminists Were Right

Moroccan Girl, Forced To Marry Her Rapist, Kills Herself. Where Do These Backwards People Get These Crazy Ideas? — From the Bible of course. So why aren't fundamentalist Christians, who claim to follow the literal interpretation of the Bible, out smiting and killing people in the name of the Lord? (Most of them aren't, anyway.) Why aren't they picketing seafood restaurants, screaming at people to turn back and save their souls before they eat the unclean food?

Conservative Christianity and Its Discontents

Are there moderates left in the GOP? — Surprisingly, yes. Which I really have to wonder about, given that the GOP has long since become wholly hostage to angry trailer park cranks in deep denial of reality.

The Good, Bad and Ugly of Capitalism — Remember, our Republican friends believe in less regulation. Do you think Goldman Sachs needed less oversight?

?otd: When's the last time you were in the Lone Star state?

Writing time yesterday: 3.5 hours (1.25 hours on WRPA (teaching prep), 2.25 hours on Little Dog)
Body movement: 60 minute urban walk
Hours slept: 6.5 (solid)
Weight: n/a
Currently reading: The Ethical Slut by Dossie Easton and Janet Hardy


[travel] Back in the Lone Star state

Yesterday I flew back to Austin. I slept a bunch on the first leg of the flight, but still managed to knock out worthwhile time on the Little Dog synopsis, plus catch up on my homework for teaching [info]the_child's class. After I arrived yesterday, @dratz and Mrs. @dratz drove me out to Driftwood, TX and the mighty Salt Lick BBQ. Pretty much my favorite bbq anywhere, ever. But my gosh, how the place has changed. It used to be pretty much a summer camp dining hall out in the woods of the Hill Country. Now it's... huge...

But the food. Mmm mmm. If you're an unreconstructed carnivore, this place is heaven.


This morning I got up early (imagine that) and walked for an hour. The @dratz and Mrs. @dratzs live a few blocks from the house I owned when I lived here, so this is familiar territory. I walked down to the University of Texas campus and back. That would be my alma mater. While I had a pretty good time in college, I don't tend to be afflicted with nostalgia for those days. Still, being on campus brought back a lot of memories. And I do miss Austin, a lot. I love Portland so much that the missing isn't bitter, but maybe it's a bit bittersweet.

Going to work on Little Dog for a while commencing shortly here. Breakfast this morning, probably at Waterloo Ice House, then I'm off to the trade show at noon. (I'm here for Day Jobbery.) Watch this space for confirming announcements about Tuesday's open dinner.

It's good to be back in Texas.

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