April 7th, 2012


[links] Link salad plays hard, sleeps hard

The power of introverts — (Via [info]garyomaha.)

Where Death Shaped the Beats — A bit of countercultural history for you.

93-year-old Florida woman retires her ’64 Mercury after 576,000 miles on the road

Q&A With Dr. Michio Kaku: Where Are Our Flying Cars?

See the Elephant Face on Mars — Ancient astronauts! Intelligent design! Pareidolia!

U.S. Coast Guard fires on “ghost ship” that drifted across Pacific

Why Republicans and Democrats Can’t Feel Each Other’s PainA new study shows why empathy doesn't cross the political aisle. Interesting in light my comment that conservatism is a profound failure of empathy for those less fortunate. (Via [info]ericjamesstone.)

Conservatives Bristle At Federal Court’s Retaliatory Move At Obama[E]ven conservatives are concerned that the circuit court judges stepped out of bounds Tuesday — and made Obama’s point about judicial overreach for him. Remember, kids, it's "judicial activism" when conservatives disagree with the outcome of legislation from the bench, but "wise Constitutional jurisprudence" when they support the outcome. Principled intellectual consistency is for liberals and fools.

Santorum moves fuel predictions he will exitCampaign that has pressed Romney hard ratchets back. Aww. The GOP primaries without Senator Frothy Mix will be like the circus without the clowns.

?otd: What time did you get up?

Writing time yesterday: 1.25 hours (2,500 words on Their Currents Turn Awry)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.0 (solid)
Weight: n/a
Currently reading: The Bone Doll's Twin by Lynn Flewelling


[conventions] Norwescon Day Two

Yesterday was busier than Thursday, unsurprisingly. I took it easy and gave myself rest breaks, but still crapped out by 11 pm. I had two panels, "Breaking In" and "Discover Your Inner Idea Mill", both of which were quite well attended. I also caught [info]lizzyshannon on paneling, as well as her reading. Otherwise time was spent hanging out with friends, cruising the dealer room and whatnot. And resting.

I certainly don't have the stamina I used to, before chemotherapy. Even just a few years ago I could burn through a convention on five hours sleep per night, and just rally every day with few breaks. Now, bouncing around this hard spikes my sleep needs up, and the rest breaks in my room have become a lot more important.

Annoyingly, I have six hours of programming today in an eight hour stretch. Which is about like to kill me. It's a systemic problem with Norwescon scheduling — from a guest liaison/programming point of view, I only have three panels. But I also have the mass autographing session, and the two-hour time block for the writers' workshop. Each of which is scheduled in a separate process. That all adds up. And I didn't even get all the scheduling at one time in a holistic overview, so I didn't put it all together in time to gracefully refuse some of the commitments.

Because of all this, I'll be at the DAW party this evening, but I don't know for how long.

See some, all or none of you around the convention.