June 8th, 2013


[links] Link salad asks where did you come from, where did you go?

Waving My Tweak Flag High — On the process of revision. (Thanks to David Goldman.)

Timbuktu Libraries in ExileHelp us preserve a global cultural heritage from imminent loss and become part of the great learning adventure of Timbuktu. Fundraising for a profoundly worthy cause. (Via [info]threeoutside.)

Looking It in the Face — On aging and death… (Via David Wilford.)

What Is Capuling? 'Everyday I'm Çapuling' Turkish Protest Video Goes Viral — Language and culture in motion. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Most European males 'descended from farmers'Most men in Europe can trace a line of descent to early farmers who migrated from the Near East, a study says. Why is this surprising? (Via my Dad.)

Museum Bares All For Cycle ExhibitionClothing is optional, of course. Riders will be charged one dollar admission for each item they wear. Portland Police recommend all cyclists wear a helmet, at the bare minimum. Ah, Portland.

Physics’s pangolinTrying to resolve the stubborn paradoxes of their field, physicists craft ever more mind-boggling visions of reality. Interesting stuff. (Via AH.)

Mars rover Opportunity finds traces of 'drinkable' water

Atomic bomb tests confirm formation of new brain cellsNewly created neurons marked with isotopes from bomb tests. Because Science!

Contact Lens Computer: Like Google Glass, without the Glasses — Finally, retinal displays!

West Texas Oilfield Town Runs Out of Water — All those rural liberals in West Texas are just contributing to the climate change conspiracy.

4-year-old boy accidentally kills dad in Arizona — Because guns make us all safer. Just ask the 30,000 people killed in the United States every year by firearms. If you're confused, the NRA and the GOP can explain.

Response to an Open Letter — Hal Duncan speaks brilliantly to wounded, self-valorizing Christian privilege from an atheist (and nonheteronormative) perspective.

If I Were a Black Kid... — Ta-Nehisi Coates on education. Though he's speaking specifically of black youth, some of his comments are spot on for kids in any enclosed community, such as Christian homeschoolers or small towns.

#GOPHeartsLadies (video)A great video from Emily’s Lists, titled #GOPHeartsLadies, walking us through the offensive things Republicans have said about women in just the past seven days. And Republicans wonder why they have a demographic problem. They just can't stop longing for the days of white, male, dominance.

QotD?: What the heck did cotton-eyed Joe ever do to you?

Writing time yesterday: 2.75 hours (revisions to "Rock of Ages")
Hours slept: 6.5 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 247.9
Number of FEMA troops on my block creating tornados for political distraction: 0
Currently reading: Making Money by Terry Pratchett


[personal] Birthdays, birthdays

Thursday night we had my birthday party in Omaha, about which I will post more, perhaps tomorrow. That was the actual date of my 49th birthday, 6/6. Last night, we had my family birthday dinner and party here in Portland, about which I will also post more, soon. Today [info]mlerules is celebrating her birthday (out of season), at which I, my family and most of the tribe will be in attendance. There may be posting about this as well.

Tomorrow will be socially quiet, though we are busy around the house. Monday we tumble into JayCon week, with a wide number of events and dinners and whatnot, culminating in JayCon XIII a week from today.

I am supposed to make my heart attack potato salad [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ] today for [info]mlerules' party, but the hand-foot syndrome from the Regorafenib is driving me crazy, so I cannot cook. Specifically, I cannot stand on my feet for any length of time, gripping things such as knife handles and spatula handles is quite painful, and I am severely heat sensitive, which makes roasting things in the oven or frying them in a pan a somewhat ill-advised activity.

Happily for all concerned, [info]tillyjane (a/k/a my mom) and the Niece are coming over this morning to pinch-cook on my behalf.

So, yeah, food and fun have abounded since Thursday, and will abound through next weekend. After which we doubtless go back to our usual state of starving and miserable.

Or maybe not.