May 21st, 2012


[links] Link salad was downtown on Saturday night working for the FBI

"It's Full of Stars"Scrivener's Error is curmudgeonly about the Nebulas.

H.P. Lovecraft and Nikola Tesla: Paranormal Investigators — Hahaha. (Via [info]goulo.)

U.S. could lose aging eyes in the sky

European Physicists Smash Chinese Teleportation RecordThe battle over distance records sets up a fascinating race to be the first to teleport to an orbiting satellite. God, I love living in the future.

A Close Pass of Saturn's Moon Dione

For troops on Siachen Glacier, the elements are the enemyVeterans of the India-Pakistan conflict on Siachen Glacier in Kashmir do not tell stories of battle, but of battling subzero temperatures, the wind and the altitude.

Criminal Exonerations: 2,000 Convicted Then Exonerated In U.S. Over Last 23 Years, Says Study — Does our criminal justice system make you feel safer? How safe would you feel if you were one of the wrongfully convicted? Or wrongfully executed? I've often said conservativism is a failure of both empathy and imagination. The way most American conservatives think about crime and punishment is one of the clearest examples of this.

B.C. student’s bra artwork sparks controversy over portrayal of Muslim dress — Ah, tolerance.

Faculty leave Baptist school, Shorter University, over “lifestyle” statement — Sometimes even Christianists and their enablers get it right. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Tribalism and the cruelly weird idea of zero-sum human rights — Welcome to the world of conservative thought.

Compare and Contrast — Over at Editorial Explanations, Andrew Wheeler nails the difference between conservatives and liberals.

Obama could have a prayer among Ohio's white evangelicalsA recent gathering of religious leaders in Ohio indicates that churches don't necessarily march in lock step with the Republican Party. Could have fooled me.

A peek into an alternate reality — Rachel Maddow on Mittens. I don't think Mitt Romney is stupid. I do think Romney is operating from the assumption that voters are stupid.

?otd: Why did your temperature start to rise?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (full day of conferencing and critique)
Body movement: 30 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 7.0 (solid)
Weight: n/a
Currently reading: Light Breaker by Mark Teppo


[conventions] Wrap up on Paradise Lost II, my week ahead

Paradise Lost II went well, my personal epiphanies aside. The conference ran well, critique was solid, and I enjoyed talks by John Joseph Adams and Steven Brust. We had a lovely cheese fest on Saturday, and a really terrific dinner Saturday night that included deep fried beets and a drop-in from my cousin N—. Park ranger stories were told, among other things.

We drove back to Austin from San Antonio yesterday. Thanks to the location of the FBI office there, as well as some trafficmancy by @Madge707, it took us three hours to get from downtown San Antonio to chez @dratz in Central Austin. Dinner with my Aunt V— ensured shortly thereafter at Hut's Hamburgers. We wound up the evening with a rousing game of Gloom, and some talk time.

There may be photoblogging of the cheese, et cetera, later, but the photos are in @dratz's camera, so I don't have them yet.

Today I am working Day Jobbery here in Austin, followed by tonight's Open Dinner. Off to Portland tomorrow where I will see [info]the_child for the first time in a week. Thursday I skive out of town again for World Steam Expo in Dearborn, MI.

More to come, as time and blog space permit. See some, all or none of you here and there about the country.