March 4th, 2013


[links] Link salad has got to believe that it's magic

Kalimpura by Jay Lake — A fascinating review of my latest novel. I really like this analysis.

BASFA 2013 Hugo Award Recommendations: Best Novella — My Nebula-nominated novella "The Stars Do Not Lie" is on this list.

US doctors cure child born with HIV

Google Wants to Install a Computer on Your Face — Some commentary on how Google Glass would need to work.

Mars Curiosity rover put into 'safe mode' after glitch

We’ve got some UltraEverDry—what should we put it on? — Hah!

Please stop looking for the ‘original sin’ gene — Ah, the workings of the Christianist "mind".

Underworld saint becoming more popular in USPopular in Mexico, and sometimes linked to the illicit drug trade, the skeleton saint known as La Santa Muerte in recent years has found a robust and diverse following north of the border: immigrant small business owners, artists, gay activists and the poor, among others — many of them non-Latinos and not all involved with organized religion.

The Story of Romney’s Career: “What I Said Is Not What I Believe”Romney supporters often relied on his record as a famously unprincipled political weather-vane to defend him against any substantive criticism of what he said during the campaign on the grounds that he didn’t or couldn’t “really” believe it. Since Romney couldn’t be trusted, it was taken for granted that he never said what he “really” believed, and Romney supporters tried to make a virtue of their candidate’s worst character flaw. Yeah, pretty much.

QotD?: Can nothing stand in your way?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (traveling)
Hours slept: 9.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (traveling)
Weight: n/a (traveling)
Number of FEMA troops on my block faking evidence for climate change: 0
Currently reading: Pyramids by Terry Pratchett


[travel|food] Eating our way across Texas, part ii

Yesterday, Lisa Costello, Dad and I got up, checked out of our Austin hotel, and met up with Donnie Reynolds and his spouse Julia for breakfast at Waterloo Ice House. Mmm, migas. Then we embarked on a nostalgia tour de Austin, showing Lisa places I had lived and worked and hung out in over the eighteen years I spent there. We wound up for lunch at the Hyde Park Bar and Grill, where I had the chicken fried steak with Hyde Park fries. This is not to be sneezed at.

Post-lunch, we headed back to Houston. There we went to dinner with my Aunt B— and Uncle L—, my Aunt J—, and my cousin K— and her husband. Lisa got exposed to another slice of Texas culture at T-Bone Tom's in Kemah, TX. I enjoyed a jalapeno burger there. Sadly, I did not have it in me to finish my key lime pie. Happily I have leftover key lime pie to enjoy today.

Working Day Jobbery today, then off to M.D. Anderson for my first round of second opinion oncology appointments tomorrow. Open dinner Wednesday night, and we fly home Thursday evening, unless M.D. Anderson wants me to redirect for some reason.

I may never want to eat again.


[food|repost] Open dinner in Houston, TX on Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

This is a repost, in case you missed the announcement of a dinner later this week.

I will be in Houston next week along with Dad and Lisa Costello for second opinions at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. As I'll be in Texas much of the week, I am declaring an open dinner in Houston, TX on Wednesday, March 6th, 2013. We'll meet at 6 pm at:

Dimassi's Mediterranean Buffet
8236 Kirby Drive,
Houston, TX 77054
Ph: 713-526-5111
[ Google Maps ]

If you think you're going to be there, let me know so I can get a rough headcount. Also, should M.D. Anderson add appointments to my schedule which cause a conflict with this dinner, then I can let you know.