June 5th, 2013


[links] Link salad posits a spherical cow of uniform density

Roger Ebert on Kindness — Ah, me. (Thanks to [info]threeoutside.)

More Fun With Jeremy Bentham — And people think I'm weird...

Is our genome a straitjacket or a comfy sweater?We can't know how significant epigenetics is until scientists define it.

Aurora over Oregon’s Mt. Hood this weekend — Beautiful. And darn it, I've been hoping to see this for years, but was out of town the weekend it happened. (Via David Goldman.)

A Scarred Landscape in Oklahoma — A satellite view of tornado damage.

Extinct lizard named after The Doors' singer Jim Morrison

Scientists solve 3.5 billion-year-old mystery of life and its link to meteorites — Phosphorous from outer space?

Barns Are Painted Red Because of the Physics of Dying Stars — Cool. I mean, I knew this science, but this example is a neat way to make the connection to that science. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Endangered Coral Reefs Die as Ocean Temperatures Rise and Water Turns Acidic — The lengths liberals will go to for their global warming hoax. Imagine what we could accomplish if we used our powers for good? Thank God for Rush Limbaugh and the Republican Party, or we might have to do something about all this.

Komen breast cancer charity cancels walks in seven U.S. cities — Good. Given that Komen has become a political front group shilling for conservative America's anti-woman obsessions, those cancer dollars need to go somewhere else where they will actually help people in need, and support the research that will benefit them.

QotD?: Know any good physicist jokes?

Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (WRPA, specifically editing time on METAtropolis: Green Space)
Hours slept: 6.5 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


[conventions|repost] Announcing JayCon XIII

ETA: We will be having my living wake, the JayWake on Saturday, July 27th. This will be a celebration of my life and a giant flip of the bird to my death. Including both a wake and a roast.

Every year, some people tell me that I need to announce JayCon early so they can get it in on their calendars. Every year, some people tell me I need to announce JayCon later, because they don't plan that far ahead. Sometimes, these are the same people. So starting now, and going on through the spring, I will be reposting this announcement with occasional edits or updates as needed.

In celebration of my natal anniversary, JayCon XIII, my 13th annual 37th birthday party, is Saturday, June 15th, 2013 from 2 to 5 pm at the Flying Pie in SE Portland. We're partying because I was born, and because I have beat cancer again and again and again we may not ever get to do this again.

If you can read this, you're invited. Prior JayCon experience not required.

Also, if you're coming from out of town, and you think I might not be aware of that, please contact me. There are some limited capacity extended festivities from Friday to Sunday.

Flying Pie Pizzeria
7804 SE Stark Street
Portland, 97215
(503) 254-2016
[ Google Maps ]

As is traditional for JayCon, Paul M. Carpentier is specifically not invited.


[personal] The week goes on

Not a lot of big doings to report. Plenty going on in my writing life, but it's either administrivia or stuff-not-ready-to-be-announced. Day Jobbery has been busy. This is convenient, as I am in the Omaha office this week. Been seeing a lot of old friends while I'm here. It's fun to introduce Lisa Costello to this part of my life, and the people in it.

I've been working in Omaha (in a remote sense) since 1999. Over the past fourteen years, I've made literally a hundred trips to this city. Kind of weird when I think about it. This has been my home away from home.

Working a lot on paving the way for the life changes in progress. Those are financial, medical, emotional, business and personal changes. And, of course, ultimately mortal changes. These days I'm so caught up in the details that sometime it's a surprise to remember what I'm really doing.

My actual 49th birthday is tomorrow. We're having a dinner for me here in Omaha. We fly home Friday, where I have some medical stuff in the afternoon, then my family birthday dinner Friday night. Saturday is the birthday party for [info]mlerules, for which I am planning to make my heart attack potato salad [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]. That of course presumes my problems with my hands and feet will allow me to cook, which may be a major issue.

Next week I see the oncologist, the attorney, the accountant and the financial planner. Plus JayFest and JayCon XIII. And my very dear friend [info]fjm comes from England to visit me. And, and, and...

So the week goes on.