March 19th, 2012


[links] Link salad ate chicken fried steak last night

In China, millions make themselves at home in caves

Why Bilinguals Are Smarter — If English was good enough for Jesus Christ, it's good enough for me.

I’m Number One! Does Narcissism Impair Ethical Judgment Even for the Highly Religious?Surprisingly, of the three clusters, Nominals and Devouts were the only groups impacted by narcissism, although Skeptics overall demonstrate the worst ethical judgment. Hoo boy is this one going to make headlines in wingnuttia. Nothing like an academic study which can be interpreted to claim atheists have low ethical standards. First cautionary note: consider the pool from which the sample was drawn.

Rick Santorum courts conservative Christians as evangelicals embrace him — Ya think?

Republican voters' passion uneven for Romney, Santorum — Ya think?

The Power of Plutocratic Pettiness — I still think "plutocracy" should mean "rule by cartoon dogs".

Legislators: Women Are Not Cows and Pigs

The Republican Party And Women — Yeah, well. Why anyone who is female, non-white, gay or in the 99% ever votes Republican is an absolute mystery to me.

Why Conservatives Are Still Crazy After All These Years — An interesting thesis.

?otd: Ever had chicken fried bacon?

Writing time yesterday: 2.5 hours (1.25 hours on WRPA (teaching prep), 1.25 hours on Little Dog)
Body movement: 60 minute urban walk
Hours slept: 7.75 (solid)
Weight: n/a
Currently reading: The Ethical Slut by Dossie Easton and Janet Hardy


[personal] Walking and writing and working in Austin

Still in Austin. Spent part of yesterday working at Day Jobbery (a very rare weekend commitment), then with friends, then at dinner at the Hyde Park Bar and Grill. Mmm, one of my favorite restaurants. I used to live four blocks from there. Also got some more work done on Little Dog, as well as some critique for the Norwescon writers' workshop forthcoming.

Walked this morning in downtown Austin, from my hotel by the Convention Center west on Sixth Street to well past Z Tejas and back. Along the way I passed the Hoffbrau House, Hut's, Katz's, Frank and Angie's, Amy's... I realized that my mental map of my old home town seems to be highly food oriented. I could spend a couple of weeks eating my way across Austin.

Today's lunch break I'm hoping to catch with a friend, and I'm going to hit Chuy's Hula Hut this evening. Mmm mmm. Should be able to get some editing time on Little Dog today as well. Tomorrow is iffier because apparently I am committed for 12 hours of Day Jobbery. That means even if I can squeeze out the time, I likely won't have the energy. Plus tomorrow is the open dinner.

Back to Portland on Wednesday, to see [info]the_child give her presentation on her eight grade project.

See some, all or none of you around the River City here.


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

Important: the date has changed!!!

I am in Austin, Texas this week for Day Jobbery. As it happens I am free here the evening of Wednesday, 3/21 Tuesday, 3/20. So I'm declaring an open dinner, at Threadgill's just south of the river. I will be there at 7:15 pm. If I manage to arrive earlier, I'll hang out in the bar, so look for me there if you arrive earlier.

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.