May 4th, 2013


[links] Link salad parties with the steampunks

If I traveled back in time, would I get ancient diseases?Straight Dope on a topic of interest to authors of time travel fiction.

Stride Rite’s New Star Wars Shoes — Because reasons, damn it. :: shakes cane ::

Google Glass Will Soon Also Let iPhone Users Access Navigation And Text Messages — I would not have expected this from the maker of Android, especially given their fractious relationship with Apple these past few years.

Your Smartphone Just Diagnosed You with Postpartum Depression — Using Twitter as a public health tool. (Via David Goldman.)

Robotic insect: World's smallest flying robot takes off

NASA Rover Prototype Set to Explore Greenland Ice Sheet — Careful, there might be some of those liberal "facts" and "data" to be found.

10 Weapons You Won't Believe Are Legal A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

Arizona Law Puts Kibosh On Gun Buybacks In Phoenix — More of that measured rationality and public spirit from conservatives and the gun culture. (Translation: These people are fucking nuts.)

Say Hello to the Liberator, Supposedly the Word’s First Entirely 3D-Printed Gun — Just like religion doesn't have to make you stupid, gun enthusiasm doesn't have to turn you sociopathic, but in both cases each does so an alarming amount of the time. MIT Tech review with more.

Sarah Palin gets standing O from NRA crowd — Speaking of gun-oriented sociopathy, the poster child for the Dunning-Kruger effect in politics talks to her natural audience.

QotD?: Will I see you at Gaslight Gathering today?

Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (WRPA on audiobook prep)
Hours slept: 6.25 hours (fitful)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (foot hurts)
Weight: n/a (away from home)
Number of FEMA troops on my block digging for fossils in the yards of God-fearing Republicans: 0
Currently reading: The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett


[writing] What I have been doing just lately

Continuing to work as I can. Currently dividing my time between two projects. One is editing duties for METAtropolis: Green Space, which I am interchanging with the mighty [info]kenscholes. That is fun and interesting, as editing almost always is. Because METAtropolis is a shared world, there are continuity issues to be dealt with. Because it is a loosely shared world (the only stories with tight overlap are mine and Ken's), those continuity issues are subtle and fine-grained. It's a joy to work with that writing crew.

I am also doing some audio annotation for the edition of Trial of Flowers. My egregiously idiosyncratic vocabulary is jumping out and biting me in the butt on this one. In effect, I'm about halfway to a Lexicon Flora, should anyone ever feel the need for such. I am also filled with admiration for the poor narrator who has to take this ornate little beast on. Revisiting this work from some years ago has been fascinating in its own right. Perhaps its an exercise we authors should engage in more often.


[conventions] Gaslight Gathering, day one

Yesterday was day one of Gaslight Gathering. We had a darned good time, if I do say so. The morning was more or less our own, except for some time spent with the Guest Liaisons planning Sunday's auction logistics. There I was given two wonderful new (and very writerly) aloha shirts by conventions chair Anastasia Hunter.

After lunch, the three of us hit Opening Ceremonies, where I was awarded a medal. Literally. We then prowled the Dealer's Room. There I signed stock for Mysterious Galaxy, and signed books for all comers. That was followed by a rather nice "meet with guests" with fellow Guest of Honor Brian Kesinger. Val and Ron Antell took us out to dinner at D.Z. Akin's, which was a cultural experience in and of itself. I couldn't even tell you what I ate, except it was called the "Mini Ethnic Sampler", and included lots of Jewish carbohydrates from Eastern Europe. We finished off the evening with a concert by Steam Powered Giraffe.

And of course, some photos. Most of them by [info]the_child.

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