March 27th, 2013


[links] Link salad gives an online course today

'Ungoogleable' removed from list of Swedish words after row over definition with Google — I see Sergei and Larry and the boys are staying classy. Whatever happened to "Don't be evil?"

Victoria’s OTHER Secret: Designer creates world’s first lingerie colostomy bags as they often put partners off — Yes. This. (Thanks to [info]danjite.)

Continued DNA synthesis in replication checkpoint mutants leads to fork collapse — I love this headline. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Why IBM Made a Liquid Transistor

Into the Oort Cloud: A Cometary Civilization?

Astrophysicists Test Cosmological Defect DetectorAstrophysicists have built and tested the building blocks of a global detector capable of spotting topological defects in the cosmos as the Earth passes through them. I think I left mine behind the couch.

Amid Tsunami Debris, Something Sacred Washes Ashore In Oregon[T]he arch from a Japanese Shinto shrine’s sacred gate has washed ashore in Oceanside, Oregon.

USPS Discrimination Against Atheism? — Appears to be a marketing troll, but pretty funny nonetheless. (Thanks to [info]houseboatonstyx.)

China Bans Reincarnation Without Government Permission — Ah, the intersection of politics and religion. (Via Lisa Costello.)

Cold Dead Hand — Jim Carrey with some seriously funny mockery of gun culture. Hahahaha. As the bug said in Men in Black, "Your proposal is acceptable." (Via Scott Frey.)

Suspect in custody after neighborhood sprayed with bullets — Yep. Definitely safer with more guns. Uh huh. Ask any of this man's neighbors.

Birth certificates and bathrooms in Arizona — Conservatives just can't keep themselves from discriminating. Slacktivist Fred Clark explains why this can be tough to accomplish.

QotD?: How good are your first ten pages?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (genomics lecture)
Hours slept: 6.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 242.4
Number of FEMA troops on my block building solar arrays to undermine the American fossil fuel industry: 0
Currently reading: Interesting Times by Terry Pratchett


[cancer] So I went and talked about genomics last night...

Last night I went to Portland's Nerd Nite, sponsored by Foro Scientia, and talked about genomics and cancer.

Jay Lake talking about cancer and genomics

Waterloo Productions filmed the event, and some of my peeps were there to see and support me, specifically [info]the_child, Lisa Costello, Mother of the Child, [info]tillyjane (a/k/a my Mom) and the Niece. [info]tillyjane was one of the winners of the Dry T-Shirt Contest, with her "Stop Plate Tectonics" message.

There were two talks before mine, one on what attracts us as evidenced by our Internet tracks through online search, fan fiction and dating sites; the other on the unpredictability of the future. So then I came on and rocked the house for 30 or 40 minutes on the topics of late-stage cancer and Whole Genome Sequencing. Because reasons! Then I answered a few questions from the stage, and answered quite a few more after the event. Some of those were fascinating, a few were heartbreaking, and they were all interested.

This was the first time I'd taken my talk on genomics onto a stage. I could have spoken at least twice as long, if time permitted, diving into more of the details, but I think it worked pretty well at this length. When Waterloo Productions has the video edited, I'll post a link. I'm also considering posting the presentation itself online.

All in all, I think this went pretty well. I have another talk coming up in May where I'll use a version of this presentation, and I'm interested in taking this talk to other audiences who might be interested in hearing it. People apparently don't get enough information about death, dying and healthcare.

Photo © 2013 Waterloo Productions, LLC. All rights reserved. Reproduced with permission.


[conventions|travel] I will be in the Seattle area at Norwescon this weekend

Lisa Costello, [info]the_child and I will be heading to the Seattle area tomorrow for Norwescon 36. This will only be the second time in over a decade that I've attended a convention as a civilian rather than being on programming, so I actually have no idea what my schedule will be. Mostly BarCon, I suspect. I may turn up at one or two panels.

No Open Dinner, since I'll be at the Norwescon hotel from Thursday afternoon until Sunday afternoon, but if you want to see me, come on by. I shouldn't be hard to find.