October 7th, 2012


[links] Link salad wakes up ready to come off the pump

Authenticity is okay. Really. — Tobias Buckell is wise.

The Windcatchers of Persia — Architectural air conditioning from the ancient world. (Via Scrivener's Error.)

Rube Goldberg Parkour — This is pretty cool, but I wish it had been shot with better production values. (Via [info]willyumtx.)

Psy's Gangnam Style YouTube party is just getting started — There'a always Klingon Style.

Coyotes, bears, and lions: the new urban pioneers?New research suggests mountain lions and bears may be following the urban pioneering of raccoons, foxes and, most notably, coyotes as they slowly encroach on major US metro areas.

Peter Grillo, Hawaii Fisherman, Finds Japanese Boat, Debris From 2011 Tsunami

The Who's Pete Townshend, a reluctant rock star

Abortion rates plummet with free birth controlProviding birth control to women at no cost substantially reduced unplanned pregnancies and cut abortion rates by 62 percent to 78 percent over the national rate, a new study shows. The research, by investigators at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, appears online Oct. 4 in Obstetrics & Gynecology. Good luck getting the forced pregnancy movement to even acknowledge this fundamental piece of common sense reality, let alone accept it. If they were really for a woman about reducing or eliminating abortions, they'd be leading the charge for contraception, women's health and equal pay for equal work.

Gillespie defends Big Bird cut — The federal investment in public broadcasting equals about one one-hundredth of one percent of the federal budget, or about $445.2 million. That's less than half the cost of one B-2 Stealth Bomber, FYI.

Jon Stewart-Bill O'Reilly 'Rumble' Attracts Pro-Comedy Young Voters'Daily Show' and 'O'Reilly Factor' hosts face off in 90-minute 'Rumble in the Air-Conditioned Auditorium' that brought out young voters.

Paul Ryan: 60% of US is moochers who aren’t “American” — I wonder if he ever mentions that the majority of those "takers" who receive more tax benefits than they pay into the system are Republican voters living in Red states? I wonder if he ever mentions that he was one of those "takers" when he was a young man?

Paul Ryan Has News For The Birthers: He’s Not One Of Them — Some Republican doing the right thing.

Death threats after Mitt Romney visit declinedThe owner of a Denver restaurant who has received death threats after declining a visit by Mitt Romney said Friday that he “could feel the hate in the air” at his business recently. Stay classy, conservative America. it's what you do best.

Why Romney Wouldn’t Be the Republicans’ Bill Clinton

?otD: Sunday again?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo fog)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (chemo fog)
Hours slept: 13.5 (solid, lots of napping)
Weight: 228.2
Currently reading: Heartland by Mark Teppo


[photos] Your Sunday moment of zen

Your Sunday moment of zen.

Picture 142

Sculpture at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center Center of the National Air and Space Museum at Washington Dulles International Airport. © 2006, 2012, Joseph E. Lake, Jr.

The current photo series is from my 'favorites' file, hence the dates jumping about

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[cancer] Chemo session three, day three

Yesterday was mostly taken up by my family having the October babies birthday party at Nuevo Rancho Lake while I was on the pump. Pretty much everybody was here. The birthday kids were [info]lillypond (a/k/a my sister), Dad and [info]the_child. Also in attendance were me, Mother of the Child, the Niece, [info]tillyjane a/k/a my Mom, my (step)Mom, my brother via Skype, [info]mlerules, Lisa Costello and Ace Jordyn. Team E— also put in an appearance.

Today, I get off the needle.

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Photos © 2012 Mary Elizabeth Lake, Emily Siskin and Ace Jordyn. All rights reserved, reproduced with permission.


[contests] Kalimpura caption contest

Advance Reading Copies copies of Kalimpura (a/k/a Green book 3) have arrived. We all know what that means — a giveaway via caption contest! So I hereby declare another one of those suckers, based on a photo from this chemo weekend. Your challenge is to write a caption that answers the question "Why is Jay wearing a bank robber mask, Ray-bans and pearls?"

First prize will be a personalized, signed copy of the Kalimpura ARC, as well as the Green and Kalimpura trade paperbacks. Additional prizes to be awarded at my discretion. Usual rules apply. I'll collect captions in comments here (at both jlake.com and jaylake.livejournal.com) until I get bored with it, then build a voting poll. Please try to limit the length of your entries or they may become truncated in the poll code.


Jay masked and pearled, © 2012, Emily Siskin. Used with permission. All rights reserved.