June 12th, 2012


[links] Link salad blinks awake

Season Two Finale of The Adventures of The League of S.T.E.A.M.!!! — Heh. Zombies!!! This is cool.

The Oxford English FictionaryDefining words that aren't real. Yet. Hahahah.

Chaos TheoryA Unified Theory of Muppet Types. I am definitely a Chaos Muppet. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Underground SupermodelsWhat can a twentysomething naked mole-rat tell us about fighting pain, cancer, and aging?

Using LiDAR, filmmaker discovers "lost city"Archaeologists on both sides of the tech divide are rolling their eyes.

NASA's Curiosity rover will try risky landing near Mount Sharp

Brown Dwarfs Sparser than Expected

Are These The Universe’s First Objects?

Never Have I Ever, Leviticus editionSlacktivist Fred Clark on Christianist picking and choosing among God's laws.

Liberals Are Ruining America. I Know Because I Am One.I’ve come to regard all conservatives as extremists, a mob of useful idiots plied by profiteers, rather than a diverse spectrum of citizens, many of whom share my values, anxieties and goals. When I hear the crowd at a Republican presidential debate cheer for capital punishment, I write them off as sadists, rather than accepting them as citizens seeking a means of keeping themselves safe. Slagging conservatism has become my one acceptable form of bigotry. I think this piece goes too far in letting conservatives off the hook with respect to responsibility for their actions and beliefs, but he also has a very serious point.

Another Signpost on the Road to the RightConservatives never liked left-wing, government-run solutions to problems like unaffordable health care and climate change. These days they don't seem to like right-wing, market solutions, either. It's an intellectually honest point of view, to which they are certainly entitled. But it does make you wonder. Do they like any solutions at all? Do they even think the problems are worth solving?

The jobs agenda slips down the memory holeRomney doesn't have to like Obama's jobs plans, but he shouldn't get away with brazenly lying about their existence.

‘Romneycare’ Didn’t Kill Jobs, And Neither Will ‘Obamacare’: Study — But Rush says different!

?otD: Why am I still tired?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (Post-JayCon madness)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 5.5 (solid)
Weight: 242.4 (!!)
Currently reading: Shattering the Ley by Benjamin Tate


[child] Great moments in parenting

Yesterday evening, [info]the_child, Lisa Costello and I were in the Genre car coming back from dinner with Donnie Reynolds. We'd enjoyed some of the usually excellent fare at Eastburn and discussed at length the current not-so-Sekrit Projekt I've been working on with Donnie for months. (Which, incidentally, is also why I didn't get any keyboard time on my writing yesterday.) Cats were herded, food was consumed, the evening air was enjoyed with the top down on the car.

We pulled into the garage at Nuevo Rancho Lake. [info]the_child looked up toward the ceiling. The following conversation ensued.

[info]the_child:"Dad, is that a whip?"
[info]the_child::: points ::
[info]jaylake:"No, that's just some wires on the wall."
[info]the_child:"Not those. That." :: points again ::
Lisa Costello::: dies laughing ::
[info]the_child:"I don't want to know, do I?"
[info]jaylake:"Actually, it's your mother's."


[family] Happy Anniversary, baby

Today is my (step)mom and dad's 41st wedding anniversary. Yes, they really did get married six days after my birthday, the year I turned seven. I have no idea what they were thinking, getting married so close to JayCon.

Later that year, in second grade at Morrison Academy, a Baptist missionary school in downisland Taiwan, I was sent home with a note telling my parents to punish me for lying as I'd written a little essay about being at their wedding. Ah, the good old days.

MEL & Jay 06-12-1971
Me at the front porch reception, with my sister just to the left

Jay 06-12-1971
Let them eat cake!

Jay 06-12-1971
Dad, throwing the garter

Jay 06-12-1971
Me explaining something to my Grandma Kessler

We were all young and beautiful once, weren't we?

Happy anniversary, Mom and Dad.

Photo credits unknown.