May 11th, 2012


[links] Link salad ties another one to the racks, baby

Aussie Delicacy Vegemite Loses Some of Its Savory Appeal

Path Dependence and the Stupidity of LED Light BulbsWhy are we cramming 21st century technology into a socket designed by Edison? I found this pretty interesting.

The making of modern humansIf some of our ancestors interbred with Neanderthals, are we really modern?

Vesta asteroid is ancient protoplanet

Unprecedented Maya Mural Found, Contradicts 2012 "Doomsday" Myth — Yeah, because the course of the planet was otherwise going to be controlled by the myths of a long-decayed Mesoamerican civilization.

USB tampon flash drive — For when you never, ever want anyone else to touch your business. (Via David Goldman.)

Can I Trust Those Evil Pharmamancers With My Life?[info]cathshaffer (who knows whereof she speaks) on Big Pharma. Interesting read.

Someone has hacked Google News. Check out this screen shot I took this morning. Look carefully at the cutline beneath the headline, then check out the story. (Or, as Charlie Stross has pointed out, more likely someone has hacked the Seattle Times.)

Missing words from 9-11 tribunal: CIA and "big-boy pants" — Because, um, yeah. I got nothing. Feel safer? (Via [info]danjite.)

Romney Apologizes For Bullying In Prep School, Says He Didn't Know Victim Was Gay — I can and do say a lot of negative things about Romney, but I'm not sure very many of us could stand up to being accountable as mature adults for what we did in high school. (Via my Aunt M.)

?otd: Hey kids, where are you?

Writing time yesterday: 2.0 hours (WRPA, mostly galley edits)
Body movement: 60 minute urban walk
Hours slept: 6.25 (solid)
Weight: n/a
Currently reading: Light Breaker by Mark Teppo


[travel] Feeling daunted by time

Today is going to be a long day, work-wise. I'll have to get up about 3:00 am Eastern tomorrow to make my flight home. (That would be, ahem, midnight where I live.) I won't be back to my house for the evening until well after 9:00 pm tomorrow night, Pacific time. That's at least a 21-hour day right there, following on today's long day.

I'm feeling a bit daunted by this.

My current plan is to take a Lorazepam when I get on the plane here in Columbus tomorrow morning, and sleep as much as possible through both segments of my flight home. I'm not sure that's the best idea I've ever had, but it sure beats staying up for nearly 24 hours, given my body's current sleep needs.

I suspect there won't be much if any writing today or tomorrow. Which is okay. I got the Asimov's galley edits for my novella "The Stars Do Not Lie" done yesterday, and I have a couple of weeks on the Kalimpura copy edits.

But, yeah, tomorrow...


[food|travel] Open dinner in Columbus, OH today Friday, May 11th (repost)

Repost: I am in Columbus, OH today on Day Jobbe business. Due to my meeting schedule, I'll be spending the night here before flying home tomorrow morning. I'm declaring an Open Dinner in Columbus, at 6:30 pm today, Friday, May 11th.

Per a suggestion from Scott, we'll be meeting at Northstar Cafe at Easton, a short distance north of the airport. [ Google Maps ]

Please let me know in comments if you can attend. Doesn't matter if we're old friends, acquaintances, or we've never met. If you can read this and will be in the Columbus, OH area that day, you're invited.