March 29th, 2012

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[links] Link salad's bread and water's going cold

Mountains of books become mountains — (Snurched from Myke Cole.)

New Google tool lets you PROBE YOURSELF — There have always been tools for- Oh, wait. Never mind. An alternate view on this.

Experimental antibody drug stalls 7 kinds of cancer, study shows

Space exploration and the culture of innovation: an interview with Neil deGrasse Tyson

Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos aims to bring up Apollo 11's sunken engines

Researcher publishes specs for real Linux-powered Star Trek tricorder — Captain, my tricorder appears to be wearing a red hat.

Satellite-jamming becoming a big problem in the Middle East and North Africa — Talk about your modern problems.

Born in the Gulag: Why a North Korean Boy Sent His Own Mother to Her Death

Parsing the Pill's impact on women's wage — Interesting. (Via [info]danjite.)

We have universal healthcare — by default — Some sanity on the healthcare "debate". It isn't really much of a debate, of course, when one side's talking points are mostly counterfactual.

Justices don’t understand insurance, health care, economics … — This is depressing. It's been obvious at least since Bush v. Gore that the conservative wing of the Supreme Court is nakedly partisan at the expense of both law and justice, but now they're not even pretending to impartiality of any sort.

How Much of the Health-Care Law Will the Justices Leave Intact?Wednesday's argument over how to split up the health-care law may give some of its supporters hope -- but not much. Because the same conservatives who want the government to come between women and their doctors don't want the government to come between themselves and their doctors. Or something. Intellectual consistency isn't exactly a cardinal virtue on the American right.

The Case for Gay Acceptance in the Catholic ChurchThe death penalty no longer applies to people who divorce or sleep with women during their periods, as described in the Bible. So why can't attitudes on homosexuality change as well? In two words: conservative bigotry.

?otd: Is your hair is too short and neat?




3/29/2012
Writing time yesterday: 5.5 hours (Sunspin)
Body movement: 60 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 6.25 (solid)
Weight: n/a
Currently reading: Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch

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[writing] So, I have this book, see...

Calamity of So Long a Life is teetering on the edge of being done. I'm reading it one last time for another line edit pass, and to get the story firmly in my head so I can start in on Sunspin volume two, Their Currents Turn Awry, sometime in the next few days.

Yesterday I got up early and walked an hour, leaving myself enough time to blog, perform my morning ablutions, eat, and work on the book for an hour before Day Jobbery.

Then at lunch I scampered back to my hotel room and worked on the book for an hour.

Then after work I scampered back to my hotel room and worked on the book for three and a half hours more.

Obsessive? Moi?

Plus the lovely and talented [info]lizzyshannon is doing an independent line read to catch all the stuff my eyes keep passing over.

So, arm, not so much with the blogging today because there was so much book yesterday. Not much book today, either, as I have a lunch meeting, the Omaha Beach Party tonight, and a need to go to bed early in order to get up for my 6 am flight home tomorrow. Still, I am almost done. Whee!

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[conventions|repost] Announcing JayCon XII

This is a repost, which I will roll forward about once a month through the spring

In celebration of my natal anniversary, JayCon XII, my 12th annual 37th birthday party, is Saturday, June 9th, 2012 from 2 to 5 pm at the Flying Pie in SE Portland. We're partying because I was born, and because I have beat cancer again and again.

If you can read this, you're invited. Prior JayCon experience not required.

Note that I am announcing this early because people always tell me, "You should have told me sooner!" Except for the people who tell me, "It's too soon, remind me later." (Sometimes these are the same people.)

Flying Pie Pizzeria
7804 SE Stark Street
Portland, 97215
(503) 254-2016
http://www.flying-pie.com/
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As is traditional for JayCon, Paul M. Carpentier is specifically not invited.