September 20th, 2012


[links] Link salad believes that Green is more than a color

The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 151): Interview with Author Jay Lake — They interviewed me at Worldcon.

Jay Lake, "Hnacie pero" (2007) — A review of Mainspring. I'm not sure of the language. Romanian or Hungarian, possibly.

With a Nasal Drawl — A discussion about writing about language. (Found at Language Log.)

Sturgeon's Law — Hahahaha! (Snurched from @jackwilliambell.)

Vintage Tin Toys

Elephant, Ranger Protections Endorsed—But Do They Have Teeth? — Warning, triggery photographs.

Woolly Mammoth Tracks Prove Beasts Once Roamed Oregon

We'll have to get used to this idea — Roger Ebert with a somewhat lateral take on vegetarianism.

The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife and Sacred History from Judaism to Islam

Some Religious Leaders See a Threat as Europe Grows More Secular — I can only see deprivileging religion as a good thing, personally. Not delegitimization, just deprivileging.

Researchers track evolution through snapshots of 40,000 generationsThe experiment, bane of Conservapedians, traces evolution to the DNA level.

Looking down on the snow of Kilimanjaro The ice is receding, and it’s expected the volcano will be ice-free in as little as ten years. While the recession has been going on for a century now, the past couple of decades have seen phenomenal acceleration in ice loss. It's amazing, the lengths liberals will go to to perpetrate their global warming scam. Even to removing tons of snow from an African volcano. Good thing we have the GOP to tell us the truth, despite our lying eyes.

Chick-fil-A to stop giving money to 'anti-gay organizations,' according to reports — I am rather suspicious of this story, especially given the transparently disingenuous statement from the company at the end of the article, but I am cautiously optimistic.

A Brief Black Liberal Rant — Ta-Nehisi Coates is, as usual, interesting.

One More Reason to Distrust Romney — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison on R. Money's ongoing campaign woes.

Mitt Romney pulled up from his bootstraps: 'I have inherited nothing.' — The lack of self-awareness inherent in privilege is stunning.

What Mitt Romney Doesn’t Get About Responsibility — A devastating critique of the idiocy of the worldview from Romney's money tower.

Romney Taking Hits in Republican Party as Polls Show Obama Edge — WHat astonishes me is that through my political lifetime, the GOP have been absolute masters at messaging and party discipline. Did the Bush administration wreck the Republican party as badly as it wrecked the country as a whole?

Mitt Romney says half of Americans are immoral parasites who think they’re ‘victims’Slacktivist Fred Clark with a terrific rundown of solid links on Romney's inadvertent moment of conservative honesty.

Mitt is down; out looms next — The country can only hope.

?otD: Would you go to Kalimpura?

Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (2,000 new words on a Green novelette)
Body movement: 60 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 5.0 (fitful)
Weight: 238.2
Currently reading: Heartland by Mark Teppo


[cancer|child] Academic parenting in the time of chemotherapy

Yesterday evening, Mother of the Child and I attended the first class meeting at [info]the_child's high school. She's a freshman, just begun, in the same Waldorf environment she's been in since pre-K. It was a good meeting, we spent some time with one of her teachers and got to speak to both old friends and new acquaintances among the class parent body.

[info]the_child is severely dyslexic. She was formally assessed about fourteen months ago, but that was mostly a confirmation of what we'd suspected for a while. She is very intelligent and very determined, but the dyslexia can make even routine academic tasks into real challenges.

I've generally been the primary resource for homework help these past few years. And with her text processing issues, she has needed that help, and continues to. At the same time, this is high school, and the beginning of the slow transition to higher education and adult independence. As [info]the_child herself says to me, "I have to do this myself. It's not like you're going off to college with me." So for developmental reasons, I have to let go.

However, I am starting chemotherapy tomorrow. I won't finish this treatment course until sometime next April, and won't be feeling like myself mentally or physically until sometime next summer at the earliest. In other words, I am checking out for the entire school year.

This means I have to let go of my role as homework helper right now. Abruptly. And it's killing me. [info]tillyjane (a/k/a my mom) is stepping into the role in a big way. The school is very interested in helping her, providing [info]the_child with the needed dyslexia accommodations in keeping with Oregon law and Federal law. But she struggles with accepting the help, due to not wanting to be different, and feeling like she is somehow achieving an unfair advantage over her classmates.

The cancer is taking me out of the homework equation. Which is, in the end, probably a good thing. [info]the_child is absolutely right about her need for independence in this. But it's very painful to face in the now. I have to let go of so much as this disease continues to rob me of both my present and the future. Letting go of my ability to guide and mentor my daughter is just one more bitter loss.