July 30th, 2013


[links] Link salad packs its bags for the far side of the world

They’re going to have to use a flamethrower on that cat — Cat vs. octopus. Weirdly funny.

Jay Lake, jusqu’au bout en fantasy — Apparently, I'm big in France. (Actually, this is a nice news plug about what's going on with me right now. Merci, y'all.)

Question of the day, sex toy edition (NSFW) — Copyright. Hah! (Via Scrivener's Error.)

A Continent Mired in Crisis Coins a Language of Economic Pain — (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

RNA Drugs Target Genes That Were Once Off-LimitsA unique class of RNA drugs could bring new treatments to cancer and other diseases.

Yellowstone wolves spur recovery of bears' berries

New teeth grown from urine — Pretty sure they're just taking the piss on this one.

How Astronauts go to the bathroom — (Via David Goldman.)

An Inflatable Emergency Airborne Communications Network

If not for clouds and nitrogen, Earth could be an uninhabitable hell right now — So sort of like Bridgeport, CT?

Ark. District Arming Teachers, Staff With Guns — Because nothing says child safety like MOAR GUNZ!

Fox News Anchor Dumbfounded That A Scholar, Who Is Muslim, Had The Audacity To Write A Book About Jesus — Welcome to the conservative mind.

How to Lose Friends, Citizens and InfluenceThe U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act seeks to co-opt foreign banks as long-arm enforcement agencies of the IRS. (Via [info]danjite.)

Young Republicans: Let’s Not Give Democrats Any Reason To Call Us Bigots — Yeah, good luck with that. If you want to manufacture angry white men, you are institutionalizing bigotry.

Obama Says Ho Chi Minh Was Inspired by Founding Fathers, Conservatives Freak OutBut Obama's comment wasn't a gaffe or insult to American war vets, as much as someone like Allen West would like it to be. What Obama said is literally a historical fact. But those liberal "facts" don't matter when there's angry white men to be manufactured by stoking conservative outrage.

QotD?: What's the longest flight you ever took?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.75 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 250.4
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


[personal] Yesterday...

Yesterday was both very wonderful and very difficult. We attended a wedding which was very dear to my heart. Everything there came off perfectly — weather, setting, people, ceremony. That was followed by a very difficult afternoon for reasons unconnected to the wedding. In the end, all was resolved, but some days are definitely better than others.

Overnight I had dreams of abandonment. I was living in a tiny apartment and working as paid convention staff somewhere. Everyone I knew, everyone I loved, was gone, and I was still dying of cancer. I woke up on the verge of both tears and depression.

Today I am behind on my packing. As in, not started. Ahem. But I'm not going to the airport for another nine hours, and all I have to do is settle two billing disputes, see my therapist, go to the post office, and pack for fifteen days overseas. All of it at half speed, because I neither move nor think fast anymore. Nonetheless, all will be well, I am certain of it.

So, yeah, cracking I get.


[personal|travel] Intermittent blogging for the next two weeks

We are flying to New Zealand this afternoon. Depending on how you count, we will either be five hours or nineteen hours off our normal time zone. And today will be tomorrow, while yesterday will be today. Or something. Time travel 101, basically. Whilst there, we are touring extensively by automobile, including a number of rural destinations.

This all means that blogging will be intermittent depending on both schedule and bandwidth availability. Regular service will resume around 8/15 or 8/16. In the mean time, watch this space for whatever makes it on to the Internet.