May 31st, 2012


[links] Link salad feels that most of you soldiers are flimsy

Questionable Content explains steampunk — Hahaha.

Oldest and Fatherless: The Terrible Secret of Tom Bombadil — Hahaha. (Via @daviddlevine.)

Shades of gray of shocking lingoLanguage Log on who gets to use offensive language in regulated or public settings (in this case, movie ratings).

The Nose Knows: Telling Age Based On Scent — I used to have a friend who could sit on a bench with his eyes closed and tell who was walking by via their scent: their gender, age and a lot of other details. It was very weird.

Is This the Key to Vastly Better Batteries?One company thinks it's solved a key problem that's been holding back new energy technology. In a world where almost every major technology has seen significant advances, Alessadro Volta would still recognize our modern batteries. Energy storage is an area badly in need of a technological revolution.

Mustafa's Space Drive: An Egyptian Student's Quantum Physics Invention — (via [info]danjite.)

Falcon Heavy rocket, Dream Chaser vehicle move forwardSpaceX preps its Falcon Heavy, while its competition tests a manned space plane.

Wanted: alien life – dead or aliveMuch of the work of Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California is focused on searching for traces of past life on Mars, but what astrobiologist Kevin Hand dreams of finding living creatures on watery moons. (Snurched from Scrivener's Error.)

The threat to global health from the hunt for bin Laden — Feel safer yet?

Rattlesnake bite kills snake handling Pentecostal pastor

Police: Seattle gunman kills 5, then himself — Thank God for the NRA and the Republican party, standing for every citizen's right to defense of essential liberties. Why, without freely available firearms, who knows what might have happened in Seattle yesterday?

?otd: How the hell did you get over as an emcee?

Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.5 (solid)
Weight: 243.0 (!!)
Currently reading: Shattering the Ley by Benjamin Tate


[personal] Punked, dreams, and other thoughts

The last week or so has been colored by some real challenges on the personal and professional front. Nothing I'm prepared to discuss yet, largely for reasons of others' confidentiality, but also not critical (or medical). Just disappointing and, well, challenging. And annoyingly simultaneous, as sometimes happens in life.

This weekend will be a basement party at Nuevo Rancho Lake, or at least my half of it. Team E— is coming over, as is [info]mleules, to stand on my toes and Enforce Justice with respect to actually purging things I don't need in my life. Also, [info]the_child's last lacrosse game happens Saturday. Conflict is the nature of drama, right?

Last night I dreamt I was driving down Mopac in Austin when a very peculiar railroad train passed me. (This isn't quite as weird as it sounds, as in real life the highway in part follows a railroad right of way, and so cars and trains often are heading along side by side.) The train consisted of an older Southern Pacific diesel locomotive that had been grafted together with a caboose and some miscellaneous machinery into one of those oddball maintenance-of-way work units you sometimes see. While driving my car, I pulled out a camera and began snapping photos, primarily for the benefit of [info]garyomaha and [info]kevin_standlee. Somehow, using the mighty power of his mind, the engineer (still in his locomotive cab hurtling down the tracks) began lecturing me (still in my car racing down the highway) about the national security implications of me publishing those photos, and did I know what the purpose of this unit was?

Interpretation of this dream is left as an exercise for the reader.

Also, I continue to mull some fairly deep thoughts on creativity, process and groups that are rising up out of my experiences at World Steam Expo. Look for a blog post here soon. Finally, speaking of WSE, here is a caricature of me done by the inestimable @howardtayler:


© 2012, Howard Tayler, reproduced with permission.