September 3rd, 2013

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[links] Link salad is just waiting for the rain

Why Aren’t There More Cancer Vaccines?Blame America’s lousy patent system. That's ok. Much as with other people's guns, other people's profits are more important than my life. (Via [info]danjite.)

Hot wheels: Wacky engineer fits flamethrower on to mobility scooter — Hahahahah. (Thanks to Ellen Eades.)

BILL WATTERSON: A cartoonist’s advice — Interesting Web site as well. (Vis [info]danjite.)

Headstone for an Apocalypse — (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Memories of positive associations get written onto DNAEpigenetic changes in nerve cells keep memories in place.

How To Terraform A Squid — Huh. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Measles outbreak tied to Texas megachurch sickens 21 — Stupidity has consequences. This particular brand of stupidity is unfortunately bipartisan.

PBS documentary on concussions leaves ESPN black and blueA partnership ends with hints of pressure from the NFL. Because as we learned from the immoral bastards at Penn State, football must go on no matter what the cost. Molested children and disabled players are a small price to pay for sports success.

The Relationship Between Lead and Crime — Sigh.

Qotd?: Is the heat, or is it just pain?




9/3/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.0 hours (interrupted)
Body movement: n/a (recovering from travel)
Weight: n/a (recovering from travel)
Number of FEMA troops on my block closing gold courses for Agenda 21: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

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[conventions|travel] Home from Worldcon

Lisa Costello and I are home from Worldcon as of late yesterday evening. ([info]the_child and her mother arrive late this coming evening.) Our flights back had some mild logistical hassles, but both legs also included some epic skywatching which more than made up for that. The San Antonio to Dallas flight went through cloud canyons glowing with later afternoon light which were some of the prettiest I have ever seen. We flew between towering anvil clouds, saw thunderheads marching to the horizon, and looked down on the ephemeral kingdoms of the rain. I even spotted a rainbow among the clouds.

I attempted to take photos from the airplane window, but as usual, those things don't work out very well.

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Near the end of the Dallas to Portland flight, somewhere over eastern Oregon, we watched a distant thunderstorm in the darkness. The starry night glowed above the lightning like God's spilled jewelbox, and a few orange-tinged towns slept down below, as the cloud banks glowed and flashed and contested among themselves.

The convention was a lot of fun, even within my current mobility and fatigue limitations. I've posted about that some, but here's a few more things, including a wonderful post-Hugo photo of me, Mur Lafferty and [info]the_child by James J. Seals.

Jay Lake, Mur Lafferty and Bronwyn Lake at the Hugos
Photo © 2013 James J. Seals, all rights reserved. Reproduced with permission.

Also, in no particular order of chronology or significance:
  • I did a television interview, though I have no idea when or if it will be broadcast

  • Being thoroughly charmed by Cady Coleman, astronaut, scientist and musician

  • It was great good fun bringing my daughter on stage, and watching her navigate the weekend in general as a young woman of character

  • I am still emotional about the impromptu tribute to me led by Paul Cornell from the stage

  • All my wonderful friends and colleagues, some of whom I saw for moments, and some of whom I spent serious quality time with

  • Some damned fine food and some damned mediocre food

  • The exhibits covering the Campbell Award and my cancer

  • My biggest autographing line ever

  • Being nominated for a Hugo, with that means from readers, friends and fans; and having the privilege of watching Brandon Sanderson take my category


There's more, lots more, but I'm still a bit muddle headed from the trip. If I saw you there, I'm glad. If I missed you there, I'm sorry. Thank you everyone.




Cloud photos © 2013, Joseph E. Lake, Jr.

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[personal] Slight change in blog editorial policy

It has come to my attention that if I don't post to my blog relatively early in the morning, people sometimes grow concerned about my health. I really appreciate that.

I used to always post early because I started my workday at 6 am Pacific time, and I never blogged during working hours. As I grow more ill, I continue to sleep a bit later and get moving a lot slower. Being on disability also means I don't have a set wakeup time like I used to. Plus sometimes I have things to do first thing, like a breakfast with someone, or a medical appointment.

So here's me formally stating that while I will continue to blog daily so long as my health allows, I am no longer committed to blogging early in the day. As a practical matter, I'm likely to do that some of the time anyway, but please do not grow concerned.

If something both unexpected and abrupt does occur with my health, Lisa Costello also has the keys to my blog, and will make an announcement as needed.