June 9th, 2012


[links] Link salad for a JayCon Saturday

Recognizing a New Medium: the Kindle — Interesting. (Via [info]danjite.)

Snow White: Beauty Is Power

The New Yorker on Prometheus

Proto-Indo-European in Prometheus?

Venus at the Edge — A view of the recent transit of Venus as seen from the Hinode spacecraft.

N. Carolina Senate decides to include science in sea level projections after allGrudgingly accepts that sea level rises may accelerate. Some liberals forced them to betray good Republican principles by acknowledging actual reality.

Arctic Ocean mega-bloom: Scientists' eyes popped and jaws dropped

How Bigotry WorksOne reason why it's hard to see bigotry in people we respect and love, is that it's become a mark of shame. Ta-Nehisi Coates on bigotry, but I think he got it wrong, at least as far as that pull quote goes. Anti-gay bigotry is an important in-group marker among conservatives, especially religious conservatives. They dislike the label for the reasons he cites, but they enthusiastically embrace the reality of bigotry. Christianists want to be self-valorizing good guys while reveling in their arrant bigotry, they just resent being called on that in public.

Rush Limbaugh says Americans voted for Obama to prove they weren't racist — Right. Because no one sane could possibly ever vote anything but Republican. The last GOP administration turned a budget surplus and a declining deficit into an all-time record setting economic disaster, involved us in a trillion dollar war of choice on knowingly false pretenses, and whistled while New Orleans drowned. Who could possibly vote for anyone else in the face of such glaring success?

Did Republicans deliberately crash the US economy?Be it ideology or strategem, the GOP has blocked pro-growth policy and backed job-killing austerity – all while blaming Obama. A discussion in the UK press of something profoundly self-evident that you will hear very little of from Your Liberal Media.
?otd: Again?

Writing time yesterday: 0.25 hours (Going to Extremes outline)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 5.75 (solid)
Weight: 240.0 (!)
Currently reading: Shattering the Ley by Benjamin Tate


[conventions|personal] JayCon pre-report

Yesterday was a wonderful day.

Lisa Costello visited again, then she and I caught [info]the_child's all-school assembly celebrating the eighth and twelfth grade transitions. Then we had lunch with Gabrielle Harbowy, her lovely and talented assistant Fanny Valentine Darling, and Fanny's child G—. Excellent pizza was consumed at Sizzle Pie. The afternoon brought more folks in to town, culminating in a hilarious extended dinner at Cartlandia with [info]the_child, my extended family, the aforementioneds, [info]bravado111 and his family, [info]mlerules, and Elizabeth Stephan. (I think that's the full headcount.)

Then there was some teen-aged giggling, followed by late night hot tubbing.

Today, JayCon itself. For now, off to breakfast. See some, all or none of you there.


[conventions|repost] JayCon XII is today

This is a final repost

In celebration of my natal anniversary, JayCon XII, my 12th annual 37th birthday party, is today, June 9th, 2012 from 2 to 5 pm at the Flying Pie in SE Portland. We're partying because I was born, and because I have beat cancer again and again.

If you can read this, you're invited. Prior JayCon experience not required.

Flying Pie Pizzeria
7804 SE Stark Street
Portland, 97215
(503) 254-2016
[ Google Maps ]

As is traditional for JayCon, Paul M. Carpentier is specifically not invited.