March 5th, 2013

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[links] Link salad falls to the ground with that high, lonesome sound

U.S. booksellers, meeting in KC, express optimism — (Thanks to [info]garyomaha.)

The Arts SetScrivener's Error is interesting on various aspects of literature, art and publishing.

Streampunk Vegan Leather Corset — Streampunk? Really? Heh. (Via Chris W. Johnson.)

Yo as a Pronoun — Yo. Fascinating. (Thanks to Lisa Costello.)

Capturing life with ‘the last roll’ — Wow. (Via Lisa Costello.)

Was Wittgenstein Right?

The not-so-slight return of Jimi Hendrix

Swimming with spacemen: The image gallery

Retro Revival: Man as Industrial PalaceVintage German artwork on digital steroids, or why you house a factory. (Thanks to [info]threeoutside.)

Graphene Antennas Would Enable Terabit Wireless Downloads

'I am one of the Fukushima fifty': One of the men who risked their lives to prevent a catastrophe shares his storyThey displayed a bravery few can comprehend, yet very little is known about the men who stayed behind to save Japan’s stricken nuclear plant. In a rare interview, David McNeill meets Atsufumi Yoshizawa, who was at work on 11 March 2011 when disaster struck.

African forest elephants decline by 62% in 10 years

An Iowa Farmer’s Quest for No Ordinary Pig — (Thanks to Dad.)

Ships to sail directly over the north pole by 2050, scientists sayMelting sea ice will allow ice-strengthened vessels to sail directly over the pole, and normal ships to take the 'northern sea route'. It's amazing, the lengths liberals will go to for their global warming conspiracy, right up to actually melting the Arctic ice cap to perpetrate the fraud that the Arctic ice cap is melting!

From Wary To Full Embrace: Obama’s Complete Turnaround On Gay Marriage — Another bigotry domino falls.

Staying In: Growing Up Lesbian in Evangelical America — Oi. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Republicans who didn't vote for Violence Against Women Act say they did anyway because why not? — When your political ideas are socially and intellectually bankrupt, you may as well lie. That's conservative morality in a nutshell, right there.

Mooching Off Medicaid — Paul Krugman on the conservative fetish for privatization no matter how much it drives up costs.

The Pope and Prisoner XBoth Israel’s poor handling of the Prisoner X debacle and the Vatican's mismanagement of the pontiff's resignation show how maintaining a culture of secrecy, whether through gag orders or media silence, is both damaging and counter-productive.

Voting is no ‘racial entitlement,’ Justice ScaliaSo, Justice Scalia, when you spew that entitlement discourse from the bench you undermine the very core of our democracy. But you know what? I want to thank you for what you said. Because on Wednesday, you showed us all exactly who you are.

Romney is still wooing that all-important brown-hating vote, but why? — Because manufacturing more angry white men is all conservatives know how to do.

Continuing to Get the 2012 Election WrongIt certainly didn’t hurt Obama’s chances that many Americans still held Bush responsible for the country’s woes, which created a significant obstacle to Republican efforts to pin blame on the incumbent, but that wasn’t the only problem. Republicans couldn’t distinguish their economic agenda from Bush’s economic record because there was little or no substantive difference between them, and the economic agenda that their nominee presented also happened to be irrelevant to most voters. Many Americans still hold Bush responsible for a perfectly good reason: reality.

QotD?: Did she follow you down for the kill?




3/5/2013
Writing time yesterday: 1.5 hours (WRPA and editing)
Hours slept: 6.75 hours (fitful)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike, yay hotel gym!)
Weight: n/a (traveling)
Number of FEMA troops on my block faking evidence for climate change: 0
Currently reading: Pyramids by Terry Pratchett

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[cancer] Off to see the wizards once more

This morning, Dad, Lisa Costello and I are over at M.D. Anderson for my intake appointments, including both a medical consultation and a whole bunch of tests. I expect to go back tomorrow or Thursday for the in-depth second opinion consultation.

I don't actually have a lot of optimism about finding a better outcome from this process, but it's one of the things I can do that might improve my health. So we shall see. Dad has been a Hero of the Revolution pursuing the endless hours of paperwork and phone calls required to get me here.

And of course, one of the intake procedures is a new CT scan. The prospect of which produces a deep anxiety in me. Because every time I slide into that tube, it might be the Big, Bad News that finally sets my expiration date. Playing Russian roulette with medical imaging isn't my idea of fun.

We shall see. Updates when I have them.