February 23rd, 2013


[links] Link salad says rock me Asmodeus

at Genome ConferenceNabsys’s technology could provide the positional accuracy missing from current DNA sequencing methods. This is the harbinger of the generation of genomic sequencing tech, that is faster and more accurate than the generation used to analyze my tumor tissue.

The Problem with Our Data ObsessionThe quest to gather ever more information can make us value the wrong things and grow overconfident about what we know.

An edge over which it is impossible to look — The Ladybower bellmouth. (Snurhced from Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Chelyabinsk Meteor Flash

Starships of the MindScience fiction publisher Donald Wollheim has noted a widely shared vision of the human future among science fiction writers. This future history begins with journeys to the planets and their colonization, and extends to interstellar travel, star colonies, and the formation of a human galactic empire. This may be too ambitious for a species of our modest abilities. But if we choose to journey out, however far we go, it will begin with the starships of the mind.

Meet One of Mars Rover Curiosity’s Earthbound Twins
Scientists use a Mars-like environment created in Maryland to test key rover equipment.

Gypsum on Earth and Mars

Understanding extreme weather in an era of climate changeScientists try to ID climate signals in weather as public draws conclusions.

An Anniversary — On Giordano Bruno, free speech, and science. (Via David Goldman.)

No guns allowed at GOP meeting blasting “gun free zones” — Because they wouldn't be conservatives without the hypocrisy.

QotD?: Demonic typo, isn't it?

Writing time yesterday:0.0 hours (traveling with [info]the_child.)
Hours slept: 8.75 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (cold and wet, not walking with my mild head cold)
Weight: n/a (out of town)
Number of FEMA troops on my block covering up high crimes and misdemeanors in Benghazi: 0
Currently reading: Mort by Terry Pratchett


[travel] Off in Seattle (again)

Yesterday, [info]the_child and I drove to Seattle to visit friends. (Well, I drove. She passenged.) I'd originally thought to put her on the train, but the kiddo wanted a father-daughter trip.

Now mind you, I started driving just last for the first time since last September. Four+ hours on the highway was kind of an overwhelming experience. Especially with the heavy curtains of rain and the ridiculous Friday afternoon I-5 corridor traffic. Made all the more delightful by an electrical gremlin in the Genre car which caused a brief, unscheduled stop at the mechanic, and several hours of low-grade worry afterward.

The gem, though, was that we got to talk a lot. [info]the_child asked me a number of very straightforward questions about my cancer and my treatments, which we discussed at length. We also talked about boys and dating. Beyond that, we talked at some length about technological progress and the concept of changes in the rate of change, that following on a hilarious lunchtime conversation between her, me and Lisa Costello which can boiled down to: "You kids today don't know good you have it!". Let's just say that ENIAC, rotary dial phones and the Engima machine were invoked in the discussion. Plus she shared some of her taste in music with me, via the Genre car's in-dash iPod connection.

So, yeah, it's good. Today I'm working on my non-fiction project, and making my heart attack potato salad for people coming over later. Recipe here, if you missed it before: [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]. Life, it do go on.