July 12th, 2013

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[links] Link salad likes bacon and eggs

Jay Lake Pre-Mortem Read-a-thon, Review the third: Escapement

Waterloo Productions is pleased to announce an advanced screening of their documentary Lakeside

AISFP 216 – Chicon 7 “Moral Ambiguity in Science Fiction” with Charles Stross, Jay Lake, Nancy Kress, Lissa Price and Bryan Thomas Schmidt — A podcast from last year's Worldcon, including yours truly.

Fancy-pants — Ah, Clarion West.

The man behind the great Dickens and Dostoevsky hoax — Huh. (Via [info]danjite.)

Language Turned Convict — Cryptolects. Cool. This is terrific reading for people interested in world-building. (Via David Goldman.)

Know Your Giant Monsters!

A Digital Diaper for Tracking Children’s HealthDiapers have traditionally had one primary sensor — the baby inside them, who cries when wet &#mdash; but a company hopes to have its product collect data for a doctor. (Via Dad.)

Genetics Are Awesome, Photographer Explores Resemblance in Family Members — This is both fascinating and unnerving. (Thanks to Lisa Costello.)

Gay dogs prefer Ideal — Ah, context.

Alternative InputsUK artist Ryan Jordan led a workshop earlier this summer in Montréal, building musical instruments out of geological circuit boards, an experiment in terrestrial instrumentation he calls "Derelict Electronics."

Watch a Levitating Magnet Sail Around a Möbius Strip! — Because SCIENCE!!! This is sooooo cool.

Pictures: The Story Behind Sun Dogs, Penitent Ice, and More — Penitent snow? (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

NASA’s next Mars rover to prep for sample returns, human explorationSet to launch in 2020, it will look for past life and collect souvenirs.

The Deep Blue Color of an Alien World — This is so damned cool.

As ice melts, glass sponges invade Antarctica — Man, those whacky liberals will do anything to perpetuate their global warming hoax.

Nurses Explain the Healthcare Law in 90 Seconds

An Evangelical Intellectual Takes On Same-Sex Marriage, Grasps at Straw Men — Not sure what's intellectual about this exercise in self-valorizing bigotry, but then the entire case against gay marriage is nothing but self-valorizing bigotry, so I shouldn't be surprised. The idiocy starts with the declaration that marriage has been “always and everywhere” defined as between a man and a woman. Um, not in my Bible. Nor in Utah, that bastion of Mormon Proposition 8 bigotry. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Siege by Taliban Strains Pakistani Girls’ Schools — This is what happens when you have religious law mixed with civil law. The American right with their obsessive meddling in education and women's health is much, much closer to Sharia Law than any of their paranoid fantasies about secular liberals.

Satan was pro-choice, religious right claimsI’ve often felt that the people who most embody Satan’s values are the haters on the religious right. Ah, the conservative mind. Rational. Measured. Closed. Bugfuck. How does a sane human being come up with this crap?

The CIA And A Secret Vacuum Cleaner — Because freedom! This is freaking weird.

How a 30-year-old lawyer exposed NSA mass surveillance of Americans—in 1975Project SHAMROCK allowed the NSA to intercept telegrams sent by US citizens. (Via David Goldman.)

Southern Republican governors discover hurricanes, decide sequestration is bad — Like I keep saying, no one likes conservative policies when applied to them personally. Not even conservatives.

Colorado Counties Consider Secession Over Gun Laws, Oil Regulations — I think "sore loser" is the term they're looking for here. The sane portions of America are supposed to suck it up on guns, restricting women's health and evolution denial because Democracy! But God forbid conservatives live with any liberal-progressive ideas. Like paid vacations, paid sick leave, universal education or any of that other pinko guff.

Google to host fundraiser for gay-hating, climate-denying GOP Sen. Inhofe — Wow, "Don't be evil" is certainly dead and buried if Google is supporting a revanchist troll like Inhofe.

QotD?: What did you have for breakfast?




7/12/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 248.6
Number of FEMA troops on my block building mandatory gay marriage halls: 0
Currently reading: Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program by Sharon Salzberg; Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey

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[photos|art] The good, the bad, and the ugly... well, the bad and the ugly at any rate

There's a tradition on the Long Beach peninsula (SW Washington state) of chainsaw sculpture. Which is definitely an art form in its own right. But sometimes chainsaw sculpture is an art form in its own wrong.

During our recent stay there, Lisa Costello became fascinated with this somewhat homely fisherman:

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She then realized that just down the road was his homelier girlfriend the mermaid:

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Except that mermaid would have given Hans Christian Andersen a case of the screaming fantods and turned him into a horror writer. Finally, Lisa realized that the mermaid wasn't the fisherman's girlfriend, she was the fisherman in bad drag. "Skag", as some of my gay friends call it.

You're welcome.




As usual, more at the Flickr set.

Photos © 2013, Lisa Costello.

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[personal] Busy, busy, busy

So now that I'm on disability and not working, somehow I'm busier than ever. Friends are visiting at various times. The house needs to be further cleaned out. Stuff to go to Goodwill, to Schoolhousesupplies.org, to Free Geek. Disability paperwork. Financial planning paperwork. Emails with my agent and with editors. A few more trips while I'm still able to travel. Lots of time in the bathroom, during which none of the rest of this gets done. Parenting.

Everything but writing. That part of my brain seems to be shut down. Some combination of the Regorafenib and stress.

Or course, that's why I'm on disability now. Because it's harder and harder to work. I just hate to see it.

Meanwhile, busy, busy, busy.