July 26th, 2012


[links] Link salad stumbles from the depths of time zoned sleep

Peering Into the Exquisite Life of Rare Books

American Baby Names Are Somehow Getting Even Worse — Hahahah.

You People Quit Bothering Goat Man and Goat Man Mystery Solved! — Just when you thought it was safe to go outside…

Researchers control reactions between just two atomsReactions depend on something called the "hyperfine state."

With Orbiter Glitch Repaired, Mars Rover Curiosity Landing Will Now Be Broadcast Live — (Thanks to David Goldman.)

Spooky: How NSA’s Surveillance Algorithms See Into Your Life — (Via my Aunt Mary.)

With Warming, Peril Underlies Road to Alaska — The Alcan Highway is melting. (Thanks to Dad.)

The Secret Consensus Among EconomistsCongress is gridlocked, as one of the major parties is blocking every effort to improve the economy, using arguments which are so far outside the mainstream that it is hard to find a single economist to agree with them. It's just like evolution denial, climate change denial and all the other hobby horses of the Right. So long as they can find one or two talking heads to support their ridiculous posturing, Your Liberal Media will present Right wing talking points as a balanced issue with two equally credible sides, instead of laughing the conservatives out of the room as they so richly deserve.

Romney, and Aryan Racial Theory as a basis for Foreign Policy — Jes white folks here. You know, real Americans.

Anglo-Saxons and Anglophilia — More from conservative commentator Daniel Larison on one of the Romney campaign's most recent idiocies.

?otD: Get home at a decent hour?

Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hour (60 minutes on Other Me)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.25 (fitful)
Weight: 237.4
Currently reading: Captain Vorpatril's Alliance by Lois McMaster Bujold


[travel] Exhausted

I got home last night after midnight, Pacific time. 22 hours after I had awoken in Greensboro, NC. Damn, I'm too old for this shit.

Day Jobbery went well in NC. We had a moderate comedy of errors around rental car issues on leaving the client site, which caused my cohort to miss his flight back to Omaha. I made my flights, had some good luck on seating arrangements, got in a bit of writing and a ton of reading, and got home in one piece, albeit very, very tired.

By pre-arrangement, I'm going in late to work this morning. Even so, afterwards I am headed for the Cascade Writers conference for a pro stint. I don't like going into a writing event as exhausted as I am today, especially since I need to give a lecture tonight on revision.

I'll be fine, just meh. No down time for the wicked.

Good thing I've got lots of energy!