July 11th, 2012


[links] Link salad for another Omaha Wednesday

A reader reacts to my psychosexual New Weird novel Trial of Flowers

Required Summer Reading — Hahaha. (Via [info]goulo

Physicists say Batman's cape would actually end up killing him — Hahaha. (Thanks to Lisa Costello.)

"Frankenstein" Bog Mummies Discovered in ScotlandTwo ancient bodies made from six people, new study reveals. Whoa. Weird. (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

Scientists name blood-sucking parasite after Bob Marley

U.S. pushes for more scientists, but the jobs aren’t there — (Thanks to David Goldman.)

Hidden Government Scanners Will Instantly Know Everything About You From 164 Feet Away — Hmmm. (Via KF.)

Satellite study of Asian mountains show that glaciers are NOT melting - and some are actually gaining new ice — As [info]ericjamesstone said on sending this to me, "Apparently Asian glaciers have a conservative bias". Of course, there's a reason they now call it "climate change" instead of "global warming".

Why George Will Is Wrong About Weather And Climate — Speaking of the above question...

Extreme weather: Get ready to see more of it, scientists say

Economic Creationists[info]daveon on conservative economic thought.

States with Highest Religiosity most Opposed to Obamacare — Because Jesus was never about helping the poor or healing the sick. I'm pretty sure the Bible mostly talks about guns and gays and abortion.

House GOP set for health care law repeal vote, but offering no alternatives — That would be the Republicans in a nutshell. The party of no. No progress, no compromise, no ideas.

What’s eating Appalachia? Many Democrats in the region seem to hate their presidentMike Teets, the only Republican on the Hardy County Commission, denies that race has anything to do with local antipathy towards Mr Obama. But he is concerned that the president may be a Muslim, secretly in cahoots with Osama bin Laden, whose killing he could have faked. He also wonders whether the president might be gay. Uh huh. Nope, no racism here among real Americans of either party.

?otD: Hump day for you, too?

Writing time yesterday: 2.0 hours (1.25 hours on Going to Extremes outline, 0.75 hours on workshop crit)
Body movement: 60 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 6.5 (fitful)
Weight: n/a
Currently reading: Before They Are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie


[personal] Luffing the sails a little bit

I've been talking a lot about politics on the blog lately, and I find I have a lot more to say. However, it's not actually my intention for this to be an exclusively, or even largely, political blog, so I'm luffing the sails a little bit on those topics, until at least next week. Don't worry, my ranty self will be back. I'm keeping track of the topics I want to cover. Never fear.

Which leads to a larger musing about the editorial voice of my blog. (Or really, anyone's blog.) Basically, this is a blog of Stuff Jay Likes to Talk About. I don't sell ads, I don't have sponsors, no one pays me for this. So you see here a largely untrammeled partial view into my interests, including but not limited to:
  • Parenting and [info]the_child

  • Writing

  • Cancer

  • Photography

  • Politics

  • Science

  • Travel

  • Weird stuff

  • Food (including, specifically, cheese)

  • Movies

Not to mention a ton of other things.

Mostly I blog to entertain myself. I figure if I'm not entertaining myself, I sure as heck aren't entertaining you. This is what I tell writers who ask me if they should blog: "Only if you want to, and only if it's fun." Otherwise, why the heck are you doing it? Nobody wants to read someone else painfully putting themselves through their paces. That's just as true of blogging as it is of fiction.

Obviously, not all of my blogging is fun. My cancer journey surely has not been. But if not fun or entertaining, it's still something important for me to talk about.

I generally don't talk about my emotional frustrations, or the times when [info]the_child is being a total pill, or the irritating aspects of my publishing career. If I do mention those things, it's usually to make a specific point, and I very much keep business confidentiality and personal privacy in mind. That's part of being a professional. Likewise, I self-censor on topics of race and social justice because the cost of speaking up has grown too high. Which I hate, but I only have so much time and energy.

I blog because I like to talk about stuff. Enough of you read this blog to make the discussion interesting for me, but I'd probably still be blogging even if I were only talking to myself. This helps me organize my thoughts and make sense of my world.

Why do you blog? Or conversely, why don't you blog? Do you have an editorial voice?