December 20th, 2012


[links] Link salad is miserable

The Yellow Test — On nonfiction narrative structures. (Via David Goldman.)

Learn English online: How the internet is changing language — A language belongs to the people who speak it. All of them. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Utopian for BeginnersAn amateur linguist loses control of the language he invented.

Fighting may have shaped evolution of human hand

Holey metal, Batman! Extraordinary optics make it appear transparentTwo wave types contribute to extraordinary optical transmission through metal.

Sound SignatureA forensic database of electrical sounds is thus being developed by UK police, according to the BBC. This is some weird stuff.

Man shot at St. Pete pizza joint had been complaining about slow service — Yep, I definitely feel safer with people walking the streets with guns. Don't you?

Sixth-grader in Utah brings gun to school to avoid Connecticut-style attack, district spokesman says — Yep. More guns will definitely solve this problem. An armed society is a polite society, right? Ask any Somalian or Afghani.

?otD: I got nothing

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 10.0 hours (9.0 hours solid, 1.0 hour napping)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (30 minutes on the stationary bike)
Weight: 213.2
Number of FEMA troops on my block confiscating firearms and shutting down the Internet: 0
Currently reading: The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M. Banks


[personal|cancer] Not much to say

I have things I want to say. About firearms, about parenting guilt and serious illness, about learning from relationships, about my recent Year's Best nods. But my GI continues out of control. Last night was worse than ever, plus bonus nausea yesterday evening. It's interfering with my sleep and with my daily functionality. I don't trust myself to be measured and thoughtful right now. Or even fully intelligible.

Regular wit and erudition will resume when my body is more cooperative.