February 27th, 2013


[links] Link salad's mind is not for rent

Some Lists Apropos of NothingRelated to book discovery and social media.

The Wunder Project — Raising money to beat colon cancer. Um, yes. (Via Jo Maurer.)

Thoughts on being broken[info]alumiere responds to my recent comments with a description of her own experience.

Radiation while flying — Oooh. Someone does the numbers by direct observation. (Via [info]reynardo.)

Kardashev scale — An oldie but a goodie. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Asperatus Clouds Over New Zealand — Whoa…

To save science, try celebrating “high quality ignorance”Getting the public excited about science means changing perceptions.

Shark Relative Had Buzz Saw Mouth

North Korean citizens told: Socialist haircuts are a thing... go get some — Ah, life in the People's Paradise. (Snurched from @jackwilliambell.)

Marginal Cost of the 26th Naked Actor — Because reasons.

Cardinal Who Resigned Over ‘Inappropriate Acts’ Was Harsh Foe Of Gay Rights — Golly. Another closet case anti-gay bigot. With religious conservatives, it's hard to know where the morality ends and the hypocrisy begins.

Reflections on Racism, Both Individual and Systemic — This story depresses me profoundly.

What Researchers Learned About Gun Violence Before Congress Killed FundingWhat the research showed was not only did having a firearm in your home not protect you, but it hugely increased the risk that someone in your family would die from a firearm homicide. It increased the risk almost 300 percent, almost three times as high. Silly old liberal "facts" and "data". (Via [info]danjite.)

Liberal Super PAC Goes After Mitch McConnell's 'Chinese' Wife — Really? Does the American Left truly need to sink into the moral quagmire the Right perpetually inhabits? Liberal-progressives are better than this.

The Republican Leadership Deficit — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison on the GOP's efforts to rebrand its losing ideology.

QotD?: Shall we put you down as arrogant?

Writing time yesterday: 2.0 hours (Research for the current non-fiction project, plus 2,000 new words of draft, to 3,300.)
Hours slept: 6.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 236.4
Number of FEMA troops on my block converting golf course to concentration campsi: 0
Currently reading: Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett


[personal] A nice evening out, with reflective moose

Last night, Lisa Costello and I had dinner with Kerrie Hughes and John Helfers at the Doug Fir. It was a pretty good meal in an elegant setting with two people I really enjoy. We talked writing and publishing and food and movies and mutual friends and our respective children and whatnot.

Sometimes it's nice just to get out and live life like normal. Plus, at the Doug Fir, there is this watching over the restrooms:

Moose head at the Doug Fir
Reflective moose head at the Doug Fir

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[personal|cancer] Hanging fire quite yet

For some reason, today is the day where everything is hanging fire.

The clinical analysis of my genomic testing data isn't quite back, yet.

The second opinion appointment isn't quite confirmed, yet.

The unfortunate scheduling of that appointments hasn't quite forced me to cancel some important-to-me social and professional plans, yet.

The foolish billing dispute between me, the health insurance carrier and the hospital isn't quite resolved, yet.

An interesting professional opportunity to teach hasn't quite gelled, yet.

My outreach to media contacts hasn't quite progressed to the next stage, yet.

My appointment to see my primary care provider about palliative care and hospice planning hasn't quite happened, yet.

Breakfast has not quite occurred, yet.

Another day in the trenches, in other words. Be well, and may your own "quite, yets" come to useful fruition.