September 1st, 2012


[links] Link salad for a Chicon weekend

Cora goes to Osnabrück and discovers a new genre name — Romantasy? Really? Cool but, um...

Crime and punishment, chimpanzee-styleChimps won't punish transgressions unless they were the victim. Proving once more that justice belongs to the strong and powerful?

DNA of girl from Denisova cave gives up genetic secretsThe DNA of a cave girl who lived about 80,000 years ago has been analysed in remarkable detail.

The Auditory Configuration of Hell — God, I love BLDG BLOG.

Prominent Priest Defended Child Sex Abusers, Later ApologizesA well-known Catholic priest who hosts a weekly religious television show said in an interview this week that child sex abusers are often seduced by teenage boys and should not go to jail on a first offense. But the comments were removed by the website that published them and replaced by an apology from the priest and the site's editors. Tell me again why the Catholic Church has a shred of moral or spiritual authority left? Maybe it's because they're not filthy, situationalist liberals?

Best and worst of Romney's Republican National Convention

For The Record (Again)[L]et’s review what Obama actually said when he uttered the now-notorious “you didn’t build it” line and compare it to how the Romney campaign is portraying it. The truth is as usual a remarkably inconvenient thing for conservatives. Good thing Your Liberal Media is as usual supporting the conservative narrative instead of challenging these lies for what they are.

?otD: Which programming track do you prefer?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (running on Con time)
Body movement: 60 minute urban walk
Hours slept: 5.0 (solid)
Weight: n/a
Currently reading: Heartland by Mark Teppo


[conventions] Worldcon, day two

Yesterday was more of s blur. I was heavily scheduled from my 6 am walk to my midnight crash-for-sleep. Started out the day on the lakeside with [info]fjm, followed by breakfast and some hang time with Amy Sundberg. That segued into my panel on artistic collaboration. The panel was lightly attended but went quite well.

My fellow panelists

The cute little time clock they brought us — every convention ought to do this

After that panel I had lunch with Lezli Robyn and her fiancee J—. We ate at the Elephant & Castle, outside under the El tracks. Hmm. On the other hand, my Yorkshire pudding was pretty good.

My lunch dates

My lunch

After that was another good panel, a general discussion of steampunk, with some pretty strong co-panelists and a highly engaged audience in a packed room.


Some of my co-panelists

I then met up with Patrick Hester and John DeNardo of SF Signal to record a podcast interview. That got a little deep, but was a very good experience. Post-interview, I spent an hour autographing next to the redoubtable Charlie Stross, with some pretty good conversation, and tons of of traffic for me. Tons more for him, of course, which is fun to see.

Post-autographing, Sally McLellan and I went out for a nice dinner and a lakeside carriage ride. That was very lovely, indeed. The evening capped off with a tour of the big pro parties, including a stop to see ThinBot, the bartending robot built by [info]kproche and [info]bovil. Finally, I crashed.

ThinBot, and a truly wretched photo of the charming and handsome [info]kproche

Today, the schedule is heavier. Expect very light blogging tomorrow.

P.S. — Sorry I failed to tag everyone in the photos, but I am very tight for time as I make this post.

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