June 26th, 2013

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[links] Link salad is empty as a pocket

A Writer’s Introduction to Knife Fighting Basics — Interesting. (Via [info]rekre8.)

Found in a Junk Shop: Secrets of an Undiscovered Visionary Artist — (Via Ellen Eades.)

Cost of Dying: A shift in how we end our lives

A Panda Escapes From the Zoo, and Social Media Swoop In With the Net — Hah! (Thanks to Dad.)

The story behind the island that wasn’t thereHow a 1908 error managed to persist through the satellite era. Yesterday in the ocean air, I saw an island what wasn't there; it isn't there again today, I wish the hell it would go away.

Beneath the waves, lost to the desert sands, or simply reclaimed by nature, these are some of the world’s most beautiful locations that civilisation abandoned — (Via [info]mlerules.)

The Watchers — Skybox wants cheap, accurate satellites all over the sky. This is some gee-whiz shit. Countervailing commentary here. (Both links via David Goldman.)

Oregon Designates Official State Microbe — Beer, beer, beer.

Texas abortion bill dies as confusion marks end of session'In Texas, we value all life,' Gov. Perry TX. Said on the eve of the state's 500th execution. Because for conservatives, there's never enough cruelty enshrined in law.

High court voids key part of Voting Rights Act — The conservative wet dream of returning the United States to a violent, discriminatory past continues to prosper against all common sense and principled morality.

Hey, remember back when we used to have a Voting Rights Act? — This decision by five strict Constitutionalists completely ignores the Fifteenth Amendment in order to support the "angry white men" political strategy of the GOP, and also completely reverses the court's own earlier logic on these same issues, again in favor of the "angry white men" political strategy. So much for the Roberts Court having any historical legacy other than deep and abiding shame at their mindless conservative partisanship.

QotD?: Where did you put those diamonds?




6/26/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (day overwhelmed with busy-ness)
Hours slept: 5.25 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 245.8
Number of FEMA troops on my block persecuting conservative political groups on behalf of the IRS: 0
Currently reading: Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program by Sharon Salzberg; Snuff by Terry Pratchett

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[photos] Your Wednesday moment of zen

Your Wednesday moment of zen.

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Our cross-country vehicles (Toyota Land Cruiser and Volga station wagon) at the stone turtle ca. 12th century AD, outside Erden Zhuu, the ruined monastery at the site of Genghis Khan's lost capital of Kharakhorum. Photo © 1992, 2013, Joseph E. Lake, Jr.

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[travel|events] Forthcoming appearances

This year, I have been on what I'm privately calling my 'farewell tour'. Given my life expectancy and declining health, this is not unreasonable. Even if I live much more than another year, I do not expect to be in adequate shape to travel past about the end of this summer. If I am wrong, well, it shall be delightful to have a 'reunion tour'. But for now, I have no travel plans past LoneStarCon 3, a/k/a Worldcon.

June 26th, 2013 (that would be today), 7:00 pm: the suburbs of Portland, OR
Milwaukie Ledding Library Book Club — We will be discussing my multiple award nominated novella, "The Stars Do Not Lie", as well as my novel Green.

June 28th and 29th, 2013: Seattle,WA
Lisa Costello and I shall be at The Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle, as well as the associated Clarion party.

July 5th, 2013: Seattle,WA
I shall be at that week's Clarion party in Seattle, along with Lisa Costello.

July 17th to July 21st, 2013: San Diego, CA
[info]the_child and I shall be at San Diego Comic Con. I'll be signing at the Tor table Friday morning. I do expect to be mobility impaired, and so will likely be using a scooter, which means I will be harder to spot, and spend less time out in public than I'd prefer.

July 27th, 2013: Portland, OR
JayWake here in Portland, Oregon. Surrounded by friends and family, and hopefully you.

July 30th to August 14th, 2013: New Zealand, various cities
[info]the_child, Lisa Costello and I are going to New Zealand. Since I'll never make my planned trip to Antarctica, this is the next best thing. We used some of the overage from the Acts of Whimsy fund raiser to make this, my final grand act of whimsy, possible. We'll be traveling around the islands with [info]danjite and [info]khaybee, and possibly with Waterloo Productions. I will publish an itinerary, and there will be Open Dinners in Wellington and probably Auckland. If you're going to be in Kiwistan those dates and wish to see me, do get in touch with me or [info]danjite.

August 29th to September 2nd, 2013: San Antonio, TX
Lisa Costello and I will be attending LoneStarCon 3. [info]the_child and Mother of the Child will be there as well, along with various other members of my family. If I'm able to walk on the stage, I'll be in the Hugo Awards ceremony as part of the Campbell Award presentation. Otherwise, Lisa Costello and [info]the_child will stand in for me.

The only plan I have after WorldCon is to attend OryCon if I am able to leave my house. If my health holds better than expected, I may pop up at a few other Pacific Northwest or Bay Area events in the fall and over the winter, but that doesn't seem terribly likely.

It's been a lot of fun rattling around this circuit the past fourteen years. My profound thanks to everyone who has helped make my convention-going life as much fun as it has been. All of you party on and party loud.

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[cancer|repost] JayWake, in which I host my own funeral

Small Clockwork Departure You are invited to my pre-mortem wake and roast, a somewhat morbid, deeply irreverent, but joyous celebration of me. This is a time for celebrating my life, loves, and dark, twisted sense of humor. Bring your stories (hysterical, at my expense), your tasteless jokes, and any and all expressions gleefully macabre. Come party with the man who has never passed up the chance to poke cancer in the eye and laugh about it.

Date/Time:
Saturday, July 27, 6:PM - ?

Location:
Holiday Inn Portland Airport
8439 NE Columbia Blvd
Portland, OR 97220

We are deeply grateful to the Cascade Writers’ Conference who is gifting us with the cancellation of their Saturday evening programming so that their members can attend JayWake. In addition, they have offered the unused space for our celebration. We are humbled by their generosity.

We are arranging for a group rate for out-of-town guests at the Holiday Inn. Please email tammyjoy6@gmail.com for information on the hotel.

Food and Libations:
There will be a buffet dinner for guests who RSVP. RSVP-ing tells us how many people to prepare for. Please email jaywakereg@gmail.com or reply to the Facebook event to RSVP. Donations will be accepted (but not required) to offset the cost of the meal.

Roast:
The Roast will begin at about 7:30. Be warned: the jokes and stories contained herein will not only push the boundaries of good taste, they will leapfrog over the boundaries blowing a raspberry. This is not a time to say how I touched your life. This is a time to say how I touched you inappropriately. Please contact jaywake.questions@gmail.com for information on being a scheduled speaker.

Sandra Tayler and the JayWake Book
The mighty @sandratayler is working on the Jay Wake Book. She's looking for pictures, stories and other material about me. As Sandra says:
Our friend Jay has been diagnosed with terminal cancer and is hosting his own wake, Jay Wake, which Howard and I are attending. We know that other friends of Jay would love to be able to come, but can’t for a multitude of reasons. The Jay Wake Book is a project to let everyone participate in the celebration of Jay. I’ll be collecting stories, art, and photos of Jay to compile into the book. The first iteration of this book will be presented to Jay at Jay Wake. The second iteration will include stories and photos collected at Jay Wake. It will be made generally available either in electronic or print version.

Please contribute if you can.

Donations:
We will be accepting donations to offset the cost of the meal and event. Use the PayPal button below, or contact jaywake.questions@gmail.com if you'd like to donate in another way.



T-Shirts:
T-shirts with a black and white line art version of the art below, by Howard Tayler, will be available. Contact jaywake.questions@gmail.com if you'd like to order one.

Planning to Attend?
If you are planning to attend, please RSVP to jaywakereg@gmail.com or at the Facebook event.

Clockwork Departure
Art © 2013 Howard Tayler. Reproduced with permission.

Questions? Email jaywake.questions@gmail.com.

This post is adapted from the JayWake page here.