May 25th, 2012


[links] Link salad gets all steamed up

Brief reviews of several short stories, including my own "'Hello,' said the Gun"

Writing Across Gender — A very interesting piece about gender, writers and fiction. Snurched from this blog post by [info]beth_bernobich, who has some insightful comments on the topic.

Calvin and Hobbes on creativity and inspiration — Heh.

Cars That Fired Our Love-Hate Relationship With Fuel

Vintage ice cream trucks

Africa and Australasia to share Square Kilometre Array — That's a mighty big kilometer.

Where did dogs come from? It turns out we don't really know

Carbon in rocks from Mars comes from volcanoes, not lifeNearby minerals confirm a high-temperature origin deep within the planet.

Accusations that climate science is money-driven reveal ignorance of how science is doneThe government, the argument goes, is paying scientists specifically to demonstrate that carbon dioxide is the major culprit in recent climate change, and the money available to do so is exploding. Although the argument displays a profound misunderstanding of how science and science funding work, it's just not going away. Huh. Ignorance. Among science denialists. Inconceivable.

Black Voters Evolving On Marriage Equality — Ta-Nehisi Coates on the intersection of race and gay issues. I'd really like to have lunch with this guy some day.

CNN host probes Tony Perkins: ‘Why do homosexuals bother you so much?’ — Read this. The intellectual and moral bankruptcy of Perkins' illogical response neatly reflects the intellectual and moral bankruptcy of the conservative anti-gay crusade as a whole. (Snurched from Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

The Proposed Auction of Ronald Reagan's Blood Isn't Surprising — And lo, Republican hagiography becomes literalized. (Via [info]threeoutside.)

?otd: Are you a little teapot, short and stout?

Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (Going to Extremes proposal)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.75 (solid)
Weight: n/a
Currently reading: Shattering the Ley by Benjamin Tate; Of Blood and Honey by Stina Leicht


[conventions] World Steam Expo, Day Zero

Yesterday waa a fine day. I got up too early, to be driven to the airport by [info]lillypond, a/k/a my sister. The flights to Detroit were uneventful, other than being about 40 minutes late getting into DTW. I was able to start digging in to revising the Going to Extremes outline on the plane, plus answering a ton of email. Also had several pleasant conversations with various fellow travelers.

Arriving at World Steam Expo was an interesting experience. It's been years since I walked into a Con cold, not knowing anyone or anything. (I think I know maybe two or three people here.) So once I got settled, I hung out in the lobby and talked to various folks. Eventually I fell in with low persons (a/k/a The League of S.T.E.A.M.), who led me into bad ways (a/k/a Abney Park). Strong drink was consumed, and gutter language was used. A few regrettable incidents may have occurred. I went to bed highly entertained around 2 am, which is the latest I've stayed up in forever.

Plus as a special bonus, I ran into @howardtayler, who in addition to being a brilliant cartoonist and storyteller, is also well on his way to becoming one of my favorite people anywhere, ever.

My schedule today consists of a massage. Oh, how shall I cram it all in?

See some, all or none of you around this joint.