July 20th, 2013

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[links] Link salad looks out at a San Diego sky

Lost in Transformation — A literary review that begins with a lovely story about Franz Kafka. (Thanks to AH, via [info]tillyjane, a/k/a my Mom.)

The Last TabooTim Sparke runs Mercury Media International, a successful company distributing documentary films around the world. But he has been told he has just months to live. He is planning for his family's future without him - by ensuring his business lives on. (Via [info]icedrake.)

FlytingFlyting or fliting is a contest consisting of the exchange of insults, often conducted in verse, between two parties. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Streamer — A site that allows you to trace any major American stream, river, creek, etc. to its source and watershed. Cool. (Via [info]shsilver.)

Salvaged rocket came from Apollo 11: Remembering the moonwalk

Apollo 11 and a Quarter Million Miles

Trinity College experiment succeeds after 69 years — Drip. (Via [info]danjite.)

Why a Picture on Rolling Stone’s Cover Sparks Outrage — Wow do I not get this.

A Philadelphia School's Big Bet on Nonviolencen a desperately poor, dangerous part of town, Memphis Street Academy decided to ditch its metal detectors and focus on supporting students. Violence dropped by 90 percent. Amazing, innit, what happens when you deal supportively with poor people on their own terms instead of punishing them for being poor? Culture of dependency, my ass. (Via [info]danjite.)

Beyond the Mountains of Bigotry — Jeff Grubb on separating the creator from their art. (Via [info]scarlettina.)

May Grace Smack George Zimmerman — It was God's plan for an armed adult to stalk and confront an unarmed child, shoot them to death, and claim self-defense? My atheism has never felt more morally appropriate than right now.

Obama's remarks on race resonate with many — This.

Considering the President's Comments on Racial Profiling — Ta-Nehisi Coates speaks. This as well.

Pa. GOP Chair Says Voter ID Law Reduced Obama’s Victory Margin In State — The Republicans aren't even pretending anymore. Even in their own words, their strategy is to reduce voting participation and compromise our democratic system in order to cling to power. That's banana republic stuff, the opposite of patriotism and American values. Are you proud of your Republican party?

The GOP’s Misinformation Problem

QotD?: Where did the flamingo?




7/20/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.75 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (away from home)
Weight: n/a (away from home)
Number of FEMA troops on my block conducting Department of Justice investigations of white patriots: 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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[cancer|repost] JayWake, in which I host my own funeral - A week from today

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 also deeply grateful to Tom Doherty and Tor Books for their very generous support of JayWake,

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.