October 9th, 2012


[links] Link salad for another Tuesday in Omaha

Don't forget the Kalimpura ARC caption contest [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]

Honeyed Words by my good friend J.A. Pitts has won the Gaylactic Spectrum Award for Best New Novel — Go give him some love.

A Steampunk Wristwatch I Would Love to Afford — Clickety clack. (Via [info]willyumtx.)

Mongolian BlingWe follow three young rappers as they combine traditional Mongolian music with western rap to create nomadic hip hop. (Via my brother.)

A transgender story: My daughter, my sonWhen Sarah became Finn, her parents began their own journey.

The person you used to be still tells you what to do — (Via Lisa Costello.)

Fossil reveals spider in mid-strike — I love behavioral fossils. (Via David Goldman.)

Mind-Control and Instant Skill — Optogenetics and you.

Organism without a brain creates external memories for navigation — I've been on dates like that.

SpaceX Falcon 9 lost an engine on the way up; Dragon on its way to ISS — Or maybe not. Apparently it's in the wrong orbit.

The Ohio State University Marching Band Does Video Games — Hahah. (Via Jersey Girl in Portland.)

Restraint — Ursula K. LeGuin on social sacrifice. (Thanks to [info]controuble.)

Chick-fil-A’s Biblical Family of the Day — Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy: “We support biblical families.” Today’s Chick-fil-A Biblical Family of the Day: Solomon (1 Kings 11:1-3).

Charlie Fuqua, Arkansas Legislative Candidate, Endorses Death Penalty For Rebellious Children In Book — Welcome to the Christian nation of America that our conservative friends want to institute.

Romney says Obama hasn’t signed any Free Trade Agreements (false) — The really great thing about being a Republican candidate in America is that Your Liberal Media will dutifully report any baldfaced lie you tell as if it were true, making any challenge to that lie seem like progressive whining. Thus neatly reinforcing the hermetic seal on the conservative echo chamber.

Ryan gets testy, calls off interview, when asked about tax cuts (video) — Oops. GOP presidential campaign accidentally meets a truthful moment.

Romney 2006 calls Romney 2012's jobs attacks 'silly' — Remember, kids. When white Republican governors do things, that's statesmanlike leadership. When African-American Democratic presidents do the very same things, that's Kenyan Muslim socialism.

Inside the campaign: The Romney rebellion — I think letting Mitt be Mitt is the best thing they could possibly do. With his lifelong record of unselfconscious entitled selfishness and unprincipled beliefs, the real Mitt will really shine with the voters.

The Candidate of “Omni-Directional Belligerence” — The cheapness of foreign lives plays well in the pulpits of Peoria. Welcome to Romney's America.

?otD: Into the office with the post chemo bring down. How about you?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hour (chemo fog)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (suburban walk)
Hours slept: 10.0 (7.5 hours solid, plus considerable napping)
Weight: n/a
Currently reading: Heartland by Mark Teppo


[photos] Your Tuesday moment of zen

Your Tuesday moment of zen.

Picture 183

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|travel] Yesterday I did something arguably very stupid

Yesterday I flew from Portland to Omaha. This on the first day of bounceback from chemo series three, session two.

Day one of bounceback is generally kind of rough, energy-wise. However, I do best in the early mornings at every stage of the process. Because biorhythms or something. So Lisa Costello and Ace Jordyn got up real early and hauled me to the airport, where I checked in sans peur, sans pitié, and even managed to get routed through PDX's new TSA Pre✓™ line.

We'd prepped me with a travel back with copious snacks, as well as my required pharmaceuticals. Once in the airport and sorted out at my gate, I took a Lorazepam. I also burned from Frequent Flyer credits to get myself bumped up to First Class on both legs from PDX to OMA. The net result was early boarding, a big seat, and a lot of sleep in flight, both legs. Frankly, it was more restful than staying at home would have been.

On arriving in Omaha, I discovered I'd managed to lose my favorite hat somewhere in transit. (This from Blue Dolphin Charters in Kauai.) Grr. Otherwise no damage done. I covered up with face creams and a scarf, rented my car, and headed to my hotel, where I lay down for the day.

Mission accomplished.

Interestingly, Shedding Day [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ] also began yesterday. This is two days early per my usual pattern. I wonder if the relatively high level of physical activity on my part (ie, changing planes, driving myself around Omaha, etc.) sparked my GI to move faster. Also, last night I was in some small but material pain from peripheral neuropathy in my hands and feet. Also unusual. Clearly the activity pattern matters a lot. I wonder if I can put this to use at home.

I'm off to the Omaha office early this morning, and will probably head back to my hotel early this afternoon. We shall see what we shall see.


[tech] WordPress host recommendations

I know a number of folks contacted me during the recent confusion of jlake.com being offline for about a week, but frankly, I'm kind of single-threaded these days.

It's pretty clear now that I need to find a new host that can support my relatively modest requirements. If you have a solid WordPress host recommendation, please leave it to me here. Any supporting detail would be awesome — why you like their service, major sites they support, etc.

I do have the tech support I need through Jeremy Tolbert and the excellent Clockpunk Studios, I'm just looking for a very reliable host for my domain and WordPress instance.