June 15th, 2012


[links] Link salad for a rambling Friday

The infamous Jay Lake shirt

"Holy Cow! It's Jay Lake reincarnated as a dog!"[info]akirlu is funny. Hee.

I Hear a Different Frontier — Nisi Shawl on post-colonialism in science fiction. (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

A fine bar of chocolate — Sonia knows whereof she speaks.

Famous Cave Paintings Might Not Be From Humans"What we are saying is that we must entertain the possibility that these paintings were made by Neanderthals," Pike says. Those were humans' closest relatives, but they are not our species.

Christmas road test: Packard-engined Bentley — Oh good lord. :: wants :: (Thanks to [info]danjite.)

A Virtual Telescope Turns Back toward EarthA plug-in for WorldWide Telescope lets curious users explore the home planet.

Mystery galaxy is older and more aggressive than expected — One of my favorite headlines of this week.

Groundwater responsible for nearly half of sea level rise?You can’t believe everything you read, even if it's peer-reviewed. Climate change neepery and the scientific process. The reason the answers keep changing is that we keep analyzing the data. That's a feature of science, not a bug; something conservatives seem to be constitutionally incapable of understanding.

Study predicts imminent irreversible planetary collapse“In a nutshell, humans have not done anything really important to stave off the worst because the social structures for doing something just aren’t there,” says Mooers. “My colleagues who study climate-induced changes through the earth’s history are more than pretty worried. In fact, some are terrified.” Rush Limbaugh will handle this, don't worry. (Via David Goldman.)

George W. Bush's Decapitated Head Appeared On 'Game Of Thrones' — I'm pretty sure the same conservatives who find the "shoot Obama" rhetoric and graphics amusing are the ones deeply offended by this. (Via [info]scarlettina.)

Michigan State Representative Silenced By GOP For Saying ‘Vagina’ — Right. Because conservatives want full legislative control over all the vaginas in America, but no one is allowed to actually say that. Ah, that much vaunted conservative intellectual consistency and compassion shine through once more.

Global Disappointment in Obama Actually Rational, unlike in US

Grading Presidents’ Foreign Policy RecordsEven when Obama blunders, he doesn’t suffer as much political damage because we still remember how badly Bush performed and we are regularly reminded of what the terrifying practical alternative to Obama was every time McCain sounds off on an international crisis. The solution is obvious. Elect more Republicans.

?otD: Where are you off to?

Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (Going to Extremes outline)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.25 (solid)
Weight: 243.4 (!!)
Currently reading: Shattering the Ley by Benjamin Tate


[photos|child] Going to eight grade graduation

Yesterday was [info]the_child's eighth grade graduation. (They called it a "promotion", I think.) The event was held in a church a bit north of the school, and was absolutely lovely. My whole extended family attended, and Donnie Reynolds shot some more footage. [info]the_child spoke (twice) and was part of several musical and spoken word group performances. They are all so young and beautiful and capable.

Where did these kids come from?

I didn't take a camera into the graduation, but I did take some photos of [info]the_child and Mother of the Child before we left Nuevo Rancho Lake.

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As usual, more at the Flickr set.

Photos © 2012, Joseph E. Lake, Jr.

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[personal] Updatery and busy-ness

What a freaking week. It has included the tail end of JayCon, extended-stay houseguests, medical misadventures on the part of my injured friend, medical misadventures on the part of my mom, cancer stress arising therefrom, emotional curves ridden high and hard, eighth grade graduation, documentary filmmaking (about which more sometime in the next few days) and I don't know what all else. Oh, and I finished work on the revisions to the outline of Going to Extremes yesterday.

Except for the medical issues, this has all been good. Just borderline extreme. Filmmaker Donnie Reynolds is leaving this morning. Tomorrow [info]the_child leaves for a week-long visit with a friend in California. I'm off this afternoon for the Locus Awards, then I'm going to spend a few extra days up in Washington state just being low key. I have a lot of emotional work to do, all of it good and some of which I will eventually discuss here when I know what I actually think.

Saw this on [info]plunderpuss's LJ this morning. It's a photo of he and I from last year's Locus Awards. At that point I was either three or four sessions into my second chemo series. I was so tired. I believe that I showed up at the awards hotel, sat in a chair for an hour or two, then left again.

Compare to how I feel today.

Like I said, a lot of emotional work to do.

I may or may not be low bandwidth the next few days, depending on how inspired I am. I am deliberately slowing down. (If you count driving 400+ miles, partying with a bunch of folks, and not taking any time off work as "slowing down".)

In other notes, there will be a tad more work effort on Going to Extremes, then it is back to my agent for submittal. I blocked off June for miscellaneous projects, and I do want to write a few short stories. Writing gets heavy again in July.

Also in other notes, I did something last night I don't normally do, which was eat about 9 pm. Even worse, it was a piece of key lime pie. That will always bounce my weight upward, no matter how sensibly I've eaten otherwise. Microtracking my weight and eating, as I have done in the past, has taught me how my body responds to food. I know this. But there was key lime pie at the graduation reception.

Just a reminder that there's always a price to pay when you take your eye off the ball, even for a moment.

See some, all or none of you around the joint the next few days.