June 6th, 2013

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[links] Link salad says Happy Birthday to me

Coming Soon: “Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction” — A project of which I was a part. I provided the chapter on steampunk. Unfortunately, I did not inquire as to the stable of my co-authors.

Jay Lake and Austin Sirkin in ConversationLocus with a podcast recorded last spring at ICFA. We talk steampunk, mostly.

We are here to protect you. We are here to protect you from the terrible secret of Seanans.[info]seanan_mcguire on (among other things) our current WIP collaboration.

Think SimilarRhetoricians call switching a word from one part of speech to another "anthimeria". (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Book Domino Chain World Record — Oh, this is so cute. (Thanks to [info]threeoutside.)

There Are Whales Alive Today Who Were Born Before Moby Dick Was Written — (Thanks to [info]threeoutside.)

On Being an OctopusDiving Deep in Search of the Human Mind. (Thanks to AH.)

Fresh-Squeezed: 1951 — Mmm. Oranges.

What We Think Martians Look Like: Photos — Some classic images.

New Science of Cosmography Reveals 3-D Map of the Local Universe

Chester E. McDuffee’s patented diving suit (1911) — Wow. And a cool site it's on, too. (Thanks to David E. Vincent.)

First "Small Modular" Nuclear Reactors Planned for Tennessee

Helicopter Operated By Pure Mind Control

Invisibility 'time cloak' developed

Can “Infinite Variation” Be Mass-Produced Using 3-D Printing?Shapeways looks to software to bring down production costs and time to market in its 3-D printing factory in New York City.

Rep. Marc Veasey condemns racist remarks by Dallas Republican activist“I’m going to be real honest with you, the Republican Party doesn’t want black people to vote if they’re going to vote 9-to-1 for Democrats,” [Tea Party Republican] Ken Emanuelson said. Are you proud of your Republican Party?

IMF 'to admit mistakes' in handling Greek debt crisis and bailout — Wait? What? Austerity isn't the answer to everything? Clearly we need more tax cuts!

"Yes Virginia, There Are Death Panels": Limbaugh Exploits Child Transplant Patient To Revive Obamacare Myth — Because conservatives lie. Constantly and knowingly. That's what happens when truth and reality aren't ever on your side.

Obama says GOP obstruction of nominations is ‘unprecedented.’ What if he’s right?Republicans deny that their obstructionism is unprecedented. As it happens, though, there is a set of actual facts we can look at to try to determine who is right.

QotD?: When is your birthday?




6/6/2013
Writing time yesterday: 2.25 hours (WRPA editing and revising "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: Making Money by Terry Pratchett

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[events|repost] JayFest sponsored by Powell's Books

Mark your calendars! A week from today, Powell's Books will be hosting JayFest, a group signing and book fair in support of the Clayton Memorial Medical Fund in my name.

DATE: Thursday, June 13, 2013 (two days before JayCon XIII)
TIME: Book fair 6:00-9:00 pm, group signing 7:00-8:00 pm
PLACE: Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing in Beaverton, Oregon

Authors in attendance will include David D. Levine, Phyllis Irene Radford, Devon Monk, Barb and J. C. Hendee, Shannon Page, Mark Ferrari, J. A. Pitts, M. K. Hobson, Diana Pharaoh Francis, and Tina Connolly.

Ten percent of the proceeds for each book sold during the book fair will go to the Clayton Memorial Medical Fund, which helps professional science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mystery writers living in the Pacific Northwest states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Alaska deal with the financial burden of medical expenses.

Please see http://www.powells.com/events/5348/ for more information and updates.

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[personal] Happy my birthday to you

Today is my thirteenth 37th birthday. I am turning 49.

Hilariously, yesterday afternoon, when it was already today (yesterday's tomorrow) in New Zealand and Australia, friends over there began posting birthday wishes to my Facebook and Twitter. Folks here in the United States saw that and thought yesterday was my birthday. I find all this terribly cute, and a decidedly modern problem.

We're having a team lunch at work today, and tonight here in Omaha is my birthday dinner.

There's a lot of freight on this one. I happen to be here in Omaha on what is almost certainly my last trip ever to a city I have visited literally about one hundred different times. Chances are high I won't live to see my fiftieth birthday, and if somehow I do, I expect to be quite ill at that point. So, well, here we are. Time to have a party while we still can.

Thank you everyone for coming along for the ride. If you can make it to JayFest, JayCon or JayWake, please do. I appreciate your good wishes and your encouragement.

And hey, it's my birthday. Go do something nice for yourself today.