June 4th, 2013


[links] Link salad's lips move, but you can't hear what it says

How Does Writing Affect Your Brain? [infographic] — (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

Colors in Lord of the Rings — A palette of the movie images.

"The Falling Problem"SMBC cuts it very close to home.

The $2.7 Trillion Medical BillThe high price paid for colonoscopies mostly results not from top-notch patient care, according to interviews with health care experts and economists, but from business plans seeking to maximize revenue; haggling between hospitals and insurers that have no relation to the actual costs of performing the procedure; and lobbying, marketing and turf battles among specialists that increase patient fees.

Earliest Evidence of French Winemaking Discovered

Bell Labs Invents Lensless CameraA new class of imaging device with no lens and just a single light sensitive sensor could revolutionise optical, infrared and millimetre wave imaging.

Space-based clouds of atoms: Future gravitational wave detectorTiming laser light between atomic clouds to sense gravitational waves.

How Can You Tell a Fake Jesus? — This article is goofy on so many levels.

GOP governors’ endorsements of Medicaid expansion deepen rifts within party — What happens when reality meets ideology.

Young Republicans Aim To Revitalize GOP — In which a young Republican appears to genuinely appalled that young voters see the GOP as "closed-minded, racist, rigid, old-fashioned.” I want to ask this woman if she's ever read a Republican party platform or listened to a Republican campaign speech or taken a look at the GOP legislative record in the House and Senate, let alone any of the states where they have legislative majorities? Because a contemporary conservative being surprised by those labels is like a bird being surprised by the sky being blue. Stirring up hatred, intolerance and fear is what the whole staying in business by generating angry white men thing is all about.

QotD?: Are you comfortably numb?

Writing time yesterday: 0.5 hours (revisions to "Rock of Ages" and "Hook Agonistes")
Hours slept: 6.75 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (feet hurt)
Weight: n/a (traveling)
Number of FEMA troops on my block creating tornados for political distraction: 0
Currently reading: Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett


[books|writing] Alembical is on sale

A few years ago, I was part of a project edited by the inestimable Lawrence Schoen, a/k/a [info]klingonguy. This little gem was Alembical, from Paper Golem Press, an anthology of novellas.

As it happens, one of my very favorite pieces of my own work, "America, Such as She Is", was printed in the first volume of Alembical. It's an alternate history novella about a repatriated prisoner of war wandering through Japanese-occupied Oregon in 1946, looking for the last unsurrendered American general, Leslie Groves, who's hiding somewhere in the Pacific Northwest forests still trying to make the atomic bomb. I did some craft tricks in that novella, both with structure and point of view, that I still don't understand. I love this piece.

It's also never been reprinted.

Lawrence has recently discovered a limited amount of additional stock of Alembical and is offering it at a discount. In addition to "America, Such as She Is", you get fine work from Bruce Taylor, Jim Van Pelt, and Ray Vukcevich. Check it out. My birthday's coming up, so buy yourself a present.