April 22nd, 2013


[links] Link salad wishes happy birthday to its mother

Debut author lessons: Hate mail — Mary Robinette Kowal Is Wise.

Writers Workshop of Science Fiction & Fantasy Available! — In which I have an essay.

Temple of the Autonomous Machine — Okay, this story about the intersection of robotics and archaeology is just fricking cool.

Happiness Inc. — What makes people happy?

Group kicks off planting of ancient tree clones

The chicken crouton recipe — For them what wants it.

Classifying a Killer Whale for Tax Purposes — Ah, lawyers. And to be fair, the IRS.

For young Soviets, the Beatles were a first, mutinous rip in the iron curtainThe band inspired dissidents and musicians and, a new book claims, meant more to youth in the USSR than in the west. (Via [info]threeoutside.)

Jon Stewart investigates the Australian gun control “failure”

National Debt Graph by President[T]he Voodoo [Economics] failed just as Bush predicted, and the supply-siders turned a 32-year winning streak into a debt disaster that continues to this day. For 20 years, under Reagan and the Bushes, the national debt increased compared to GDP every single year. In most other years it decreased. Supply side economics never worked. It's just another one of those counterfactual conservative political fetishes that they justify within their bubble of epistemic closure. Another example of reality's well-known liberal bias.

Political rhetoric finds its way into post-bombing debate

QotD?: When is your mom's birthday?

Writing time yesterday: 0.5 hours (WRPA, plus some work on my archives which I didn't include in the time tracking)
Hours slept: 7.0 hours (fitful)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (injured foot)
Weight: n/a (couldn't stand on scale due to injured foot)
Number of FEMA troops on my block faking evidence for climate change: 0
Currently reading: The Last Continent by Terry Pratchett


[travel|events] My upcoming appearance schedule, as it stands today

For those playing along with the home game edition of "Where's Jay", here's my current appearance schedule. Subject very much to changes in my health, of course.


Tuesday, April 23rdWordos in Eugene, OR, for a discussion of my Nebula- and Hugo-nominated novella, "The Stars Do Not Lie" (with Lisa Costello in attendance)

Thursday, May 2ndSpeaking at Illumina Corp in San Diego on Whole Genome Sequencing from the patient perspective (with both [info]the_child and Lisa Costello in attendance)

Friday, May 3rd through Sunday, May 5thGuest of Honor at Gaslight Gathering (with both [info]the_child and Lisa Costello in attendance)

Wednesday, May 8thMeeting with my oncologist to discuss current developments, the formal diagnosis and treatment plan

Friday, May 17th through Saturday, May 18thNebula Awards Weekend in San Jose, CA (with both [info]the_child and Jersey Girl in Portland in attendance)

Everything after this point is subject to change depending on the exigencies of cancer treatment per my oncology consultation on May 8th

Sunday, May 19th through Sunday, May 26thRio Hondo writing retreat in Taos, NM

Saturday, June 1st through Friday, June 7thWork trip to Omaha, NE (with Lisa Costello in attendance)

Saturday, 15thJayCon XIII [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ] here in Portland, OR (with various other festivities TBA around the weekend, pretty much everyone in attendance)

Friday, June 28th through Sunday, June 30thLocus Awards Weekend, Seattle, WA (with Lisa Costello in attendance)

Thursday, August 29th through Monday, September 2ndLoneStarCon 3, San Antonio, TX (with both [info]the_child and Lisa Costello in attendance)


[personal] Blowing the lint out of the pockets of memory

Yesterday Team E— came over and worked with me and Lisa Costello to make some more progress on sorting my basement. We got through a number of boxes of files and receipts and whatnot. This included sorting a fair amount of material to my archive at NIU. Likewise uncovering artifacts such as the wedding album from my first marriage (1987-1990), healthcare paperwork from my teen years, my great-grandfather's pocket watches, and other entertainment both high and low.

Our system is to divide things into boxes. So far, we've come up with the following categories:
  • Current and recent paperwork to be dealt with (i.e., 2012 and 2013 taxes, etc.)

  • Older paperwork to be held on to (i.e., pre-2012 but still recent taxes, etc.)

  • Items to go to archive

  • Interesting things to give away at JayCon or some such

  • Items to go to [info]the_child

  • Items to go to Mother of the Child

  • Items to go to my parents

  • Old audio and video tapes to have digitally converted

Probably plus a few more I forgot. (Which reminds me, if anyone knows of a good, cheap analog-to-digital conversion service for audio cassettes and 8mm video cassettes, please turn me on.)

All of this was somewhat limited by the rather unfortunate state of my right foot. The third little toe (the ring toe?) is very big and purple, and there's an interesting purplish-green bruise all across the top of my foot at the base of my toes. I can walk with minimal pain now, and in another day or two will probably be able to drive again. But ouch.

So I sat on the bed in the basement and sorted file boxes while we spread dust and mold everywhere. Some of those boxes haven't been opened since I moved from Texas in 2000. It's amazing, the crannies a life gets crammed into.

I am just a voyager on the seas of recollection.