March 16th, 2013


[links] Link salad gets ready for a St. Patrick's Day party

Hidden Menu — Secret food in a public world. (Via my Dad.)

Kidd's Toy Museum — A slightly oddball Portland attraction. (Via my Dad.)

The Cesar “biplan mixte”, circa 1910 — Oh, wow. That's just freaky.

Meshworm — A "soft robot".

The CIA's secret experiments to turn cats into spies — Weird stuff. (Thank to AH.)

Will Methane Hydrates Fuel Another Gas Boom?Energy-hungry Japan extracts natural gas from deep-sea methane hydrates, but it’s not clear whether the “flammable ice” makes economic and environmental sense. Flammable ice? Really?

How Beer Gave Us Civilization[S}cholars have found circumstantial evidence that supports the idea that some early humans grew and stored grain for beer, even before they cultivated it for bread.

Biological Evolution in Interstellar Human Migration

Google like dairy farming? — Huh. (Via AH.)

Can we Get the Media to Report Climate Change? — No. Reality has a well-known liberal bias, so media reports on reality are met with a lot of opposition and criticism from the Right.

Little Princesses and Mighty Warriors — Bibles for boys and girls. Weird. Really weird.

Pope Francis wants Church to be poor, and for the poor — Good luck with that. If nothing else, they need to keep the money to continue paying damages for decades of sheltering pedophiles.

CPAC Event On Racial Tolerance Turns To Chaos As ‘Disenfranchised’ Whites Arrive — Nope. No racism in the Republican party. Nuh uh. By the way, where is Obama's real birth certificate, conservatives keep asking?

Rubio and the “Idea” of AmericaRubio speaks here as if there is only one conception of what America is, and he seems to think that one political movement has exclusive rights to it. This is what comes of a movement that rewards and encourages sloganeering in place of argument. Rubio’s statement is an admission of intellectual exhaustion dressed up as a celebration of conservatism. Yes, this.

QotD?: Is it not easy being green?

Writing time yesterday: 2.75 hours (revisions to nonfiction piece on steampunk)
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (fitful)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 242.6
Number of FEMA troops on my block escorting ACORN thugs to steal the votes of "Real Americans": 0
Currently reading: Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett


[events|repost] Portland's Inaugural Nerd Nite

This is a repost to remind people of this forthcoming event

On Tuesday, March 26th, I'll be part of Portland's inaugural Nerd Nite. Three short talks by people with knowledge and experience in different parts of life. 7 pm at the Mission Theater in NW Portland.

Who Turns You On? with L. Kris Gowen, PhD
Predicting the FUTURE! with Anders Liljeholm
Cancer, Baby, Won’t You Hurry Up My Chimney Tonight? with Jay Lake

Here's the description of my talk:
Fantasy and science fiction writer Jay Lake has been living with Stage IV metastatic colon cancer for five years and is considered incurable. He talks about the diagnostic process, the experience of life with the disease, and most importantly (to science geeks), the perils and payoffs of being one of the leading edge patients for whole genome sequencing as a diagnostic tool.

If you're in or around the Portland area that day, come on by and listen in! There's beer and everything.


[personal] Home, and an eventful, friend-filled weekend

I got home from Omaha last night, to be met at the airport by the delightful Lisa Costello. Gabrielle Harbowy and Fanny Darling arrived at almost the same time for a weekend visit, we did the lunch thing, then spent the afternoon at Nuevo Rancho Lake. There we were joined by [info]tillyjane (a/k/a my mom), the Niece and [info]the_child.

This morning, [info]the_child goes off for a weekend of lacrosse, while the rest of us head for Pine State Biscuits, along with Dad, for breakfast. The tribe is having a dinner this afternoon at the home of Lisa and Jersey Girl in Portland with Gabrielle, Fanny, [info]mlerules, and Team E—. We invited Debra Stover as well, but she could not make it. After that, most or all of us are off to a rocking St. Patrick's Day party for the evening.

Also, today I plan to put the final edits on the submission draft of the nonfiction chapter on steampunk. Maybe some other revision tomorrow, maybe a day off, but I need to get on to assembling my slideware for the forthcoming Nerd Nite talk on genomics and cancer [ | LiveJournal ].

For those playing along with the home game version of "Where's Jay", I'm off to Orlando, FL on Wednesday to attend ICFA. Yes, Mr. Don't-Go-Out-In-the-Sun is going to Florida for five days.