November 9th, 2012


[links] Link salad goes to the infusion center yet again

Literary Consolation Prizes — Heh.

Statins Tied To Reduced Cancer Deaths — Interesting. And yes, I am on statins. (Via [info]danjite.)

Pachyderm Promenade: 1905 — I love this photo of elephants at Coney Island.

Bulgarian archaeologists find golden treasures in ancient Thracian tombTiara, snake-head bracelets and gold buttons among artefacts from Getae burial site near northern village of Sveshtari. I used to live in Bulgaria.

Totally Bizarre Experimental Video Explores Slit Scanning — (Via David Goldman.)

India will shed few tears over the end of UK aidFor India, fairer trade agreements and an end to patronising soft power are more important than dribbles of aid from Britain. And so ends another vestige of colonialism?

Climate change is making your coffee more expensive — Man, that liberal conspiracy is everywhere.

What Can Obama Do About Climate Change?The President faces a divided Congress, but has some powerful tools to limit carbon emissions. The existence of climate change never should have been an issue, except for the "anything to piss off the liberals" ethos of conservatives intersecting with their shameful but powerful reflexive anti-science instincts. (Thanks to decades of boosting evolution denial as a troll for the Ignorant-American vote.) What we should have been arguing about all along is solutions and approaches, not choose-your-own-facts reality distortions.

Why the white evangelical religious right can no longer presume to claim moral superiority — Not that they ever had any moral superiority in the first place, except in the impoverished prisons of their own minds.

Self-Congratulation Will Get Conservatives Nowhere — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison on one of the more stunning examples of conservative lack of self-awareness that I've seen in a while.

The Real Real America[O]ne big thing that just happened was that the real America trumped the “real America”. And it’s also the election that lets us ask, finally, “Who cares what’s the matter with Kansas?”

More Election ThoughtsI can understand voting against this president, but as I watched the speech I thought, This is the man that millions of people are libeling as unamerican, a socialist, an outsider. This good, thoroughly American man. Voting against him is fine; pretending he's a radical unamerican outsider is false and vicious. Welcome to conservative America, where pretense is truth and reality is sneeringly dismissed as having a liberal bias. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Kay Bailey Hutchison says GOP is “tainted” by candidates saying “very stupid things” — Ah, Republican Senator Hutchison is one of my favorite long time political crooks. Years ago, her Texas corruption trial was ended by a bizarre judicial ruling that could only be explained by a political fix or rank incompetence from the bench, as it was certainly independent of any precedent or rule of law. The fix paid off handsomely for her, as Senator Hutchison went on with a long career.

Ted Nugent said he’d be dead or in jail if Obama won: So, what’s it gonna be? — (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

Father investigated after voting for son — Hey, look. Actual, in person voter fraud. By a Republican! Yep, definitely need those voter ID laws to cage those likely Democratic voters.

What Obama's Re-election Means — Terry Gross and Norm Ornstein. Full transcript here. (Thanks to Marta Murvosh.)

Election leaves Republicans at a loss for answers — I'm pretty certain the GOP won't learn anything constructive (or good for the future of the country) from this. Not when they have Hurricane Sandy to blame. Note that the numbers pace Nate Silver, don't substantiate that theory at all. But we all know what conservatives think of Nate Silver, so it's not like they're going to start listening to him, or the data in general, now.

Karl Rove: Obama Succeeded ‘By Suppressing The Vote’ — A rather bizarre assertion from one of the standard bearers of the party that explicitly staked its electoral fortunes on wide scale voter suppression through voter ID laws and limiting early voting. Project much, Karl? I think he's still pissed that Husted's Ohio voting fix didn't pay off for Romney.

Voter Suppression Backfires — Ta-Nehisi Coates on the very public, wholesale voter suppression efforts of the GOP. You, the ones Karl Rove is now projecting on Democrats.

Adviser: Romney "shellshocked" by loss — One disadvantage of resigning from the reality-based community is that reality can really surprise you. My personal theory, however, is that the GOP really thought they had the fix in for Ohio and Pennsylvania and Florida, with the voter ID laws and the early voting restrictions. Regardless of the actual votes, there would be enough problems with voting machines and ballots to either jimmy the tally or provide the foundation for Bush v. Gore type lawsuits. In Pennsylvania, the Republican leadership said as much, that the new voter ID law would bring home the state for Romney. Obama winning by large enough margins to overwhelm their cheating simply wasn't an option in their view. If you think I'm completely full of it on this notion, consider Karl Rove's reaction to the FOX News call for Ohio. That's the reaction of a man who was completely confident of a different outcome.

?otD: Can you hear the drip, drip, drip of my IV?

Writing time yesterday: 1.25 hours (2,800 new words on "Rock of Ages")
Body movement: 0.5 hour stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.0 hours (fitful)
Weight: 225.0
Currently reading: Mirrordance by Lois McMaster Bujold


[writing] Pleasing progress on several fronts

An unexpected foreign rights check in the mail this week, as well as an expected-but-no-idea-when contract and a hoped-for-but-unexpected contract. This business is so weird. I made more writing money in three days than I've made in months. In order, Mainspring earned out in Germany in its first reporting period (or first year, I'm actually not completely clear on this) and paid a decent royalty besides, I got the METAtropolis: Green Space contract, and the Green novelette I just wrote, "A Stranger Comes to Kalimpura", was accepted. I'll formally announce the market for that acceptance when the editor blesses me to do so.

Pleased writer is pleased.

Speaking of METAtropolis: Green Space, yesterday I wrote 2,800 more words on "Rock of Ages" yesterday, to 14,000 words. I'd originally estimated this at 15-18,000 words, but the shape of the plot is heading more to 20-24,000 words. It's unusual for me to be this uncertain of length, but some of my best work has come out this way, so I'm not going to complain.

I'm glad to have been writing. Chemo will shut me down today, and I won't write again for at least a week, maybe longer. I really hope to finish this novella in my next cycle, because I'm not too far from the long-term dissolution of my writing brain as a chemo side effect. Once that grinds to a halt, based on prior experience, I won't lay down new wordage until May or June of next year.

Some WIP:
He wound up seated – with a strap to keep him there against microgravity – in a semicircle of chairs facing a large virteo monitor in a small and otherwise featureless room. The woman who’d met him was there, along with a hard-bitten, whipcord thin Asian man who could almost have been Bashar’s age, and a much younger and doughier man with pink eyes and brittle hair who seemed to be suffering from a metabolic disorder.

“I’m Cherie,” said his host. “That’s Lu,” she pointed at the Asian man, “and Bibendum.”

“I’m Credence,” Bashar said. It was the name he’d used to get into Schaadt’s Shack, and thus – at least in a sense – was a verifiable identity. These people might be strangely naïve about physical security, but he’d bet every Euro he’d ever had that they were at the razor’s edge on data security.

“Where’s Feeney?”

“Dead.” His voice freighted with the conviction of a truly bald-faced lie, Bashar went on. “Killed in a dope grower’s cross-fire two days ago. I knew he had the meet up at Schaadt’s Shack, and so I went to keep it.”

“Hmm.” She glanced at Lu and Bibendum, then back at Bashar. “You got the maps?”

“Depends. Which maps do you need?”

“We can handle the blast distribution and hydrological calculations. We need the locations.”


[cancer] And away we go, to the infusion center again

Off to the infusion center this morning with Lisa Costello and Marta Murvosh. [info]tillyjane (a/k/a my Mom) has a cold, so she will be avoiding me today, while Dad and (step)Mom are out of town. Likewise [info]the_child and her mother are going to the coast this afernoon. It will be an unusually quiet infusion weekend for me, in other words.

Not that I'll know the difference.

I had a deeply emotional reaction to yesterday's port access and blood test. This was akin to sub drop, in a weird way. (Weird given that I'm not a sub, I mean.) I eventually got over myself, but continue to operate with a fine patina of melancholy.

On the plus side, [info]amberite dropped by briefly last night. H— should be visiting tomorrow. I might also see Team E— this weekend, and maybe even [info]scarlettina as she passes through town.

On an amusing non-cancer note, yesterday at the Day Jobbe I was filling out a self-assessment as part of the annual review process. There's a required spell check and legal scan before one can submit the form. The spell check rejected my employer's name as a misspelled word, and the legal scan was quite concerned that I'd used the word "white" because it might denote inappropriate racial or personally descriptive information, which I should consider rephrasing or eliminating. The word appeared in the noun phrase "white paper".

I, of course, took screen shots and mailed them out to my working group.

Ah, software.