March 11th, 2013


[links] Link salad whispers to the Children of the Corn

1200 dead pigs fished from Chinese waterway

Mummies With Heart Disease Show That Clogged Arteries Aren't Just Modern Ailment

Global Warming Brings Trees to Arctic Tundra — I'm pretty sure I saw Al Gore out there planting them.

How to Resurrect Lost SpeciesGenetic experiments could bring back passenger pigeons and other extinct animals.

What are the chances of an American pope? This time, not zero

What's behind the display of embalmed world leaders? — Kind of like when we had Ronald Reagan on display in the White House for eight years.

QotD?: Omaha or Kansas City?

Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (2,100 words to draft complete on a requested short story)
Hours slept: 7.75 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (slept in due to late arrival)
Weight: 240.0
Number of FEMA troops on my block escorting ACORN thugs to steal the votes of "Real Americans": 0
Currently reading: Eric by Terry Pratchett


[travel] Such a mess

I woke up late for work this morning. I never do this. But yesterday my usual 11-hour door-to-door trip from my house in Portland to my hotel in Omaha wound up taking 18 hours. Including an hour to drive from the airport in Omaha through 3-4 inches of packed snow on the road, plus massive ice patches, plus a 30 mph wind blowing more snow. Plus, at one point, being tailgated by the only other vehicle on the road, one of those geniuses who things their SUV's four wheel drive exempts them from the laws of physics.

My initial departing flight was cancelled. My rebook was only two hours later, but the logical connecting flight to Omaha was full, so my connection at DFW was over five hours. The earlier connecting flight cancelled, so good enough I wasn't on it, so my evening flight was overflowing. And left ninety minutes late. And due to weather (I presume) they took about 40 minutes to get the luggage out.

And, and, and... I felt like Mary Robinette Kowal. Have another drink!

At any rate, I am here now, and about to set off for work. Regular wit and erudition should resume tomorrow.