October 9th, 2013

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[links] Link salad is a New World man

Spatial Delirium: An Interview with Michael Light — This is a "wow" read in a number of different ways. Piece ranges from failed Las Vegas developments to diving in the nuclear shipwrecks of the Pacific atomic testing grounds.

Portland Public Schools Enlists 39 Goats, Llama, To Eat Back Invasive Weeds

Colorado 6th grader's beer-making experiment headed for Space Station

First ever evidence of a comet striking EarthThe first ever evidence of a comet entering Earth's atmosphere and exploding, raining down a shock wave of fire which obliterated every life form in its path, has been discovered by a team of South African scientists and international collaborators.

Deep Time, Big History, and Existential Risk

Knock Knock: 1943"Freight operations on the Indiana Harbor Belt railroad between Chicago, Illinois and Hammond, Indiana. Locomotive coupled to caboose." A somewhat unusual perspective.

A Colorful Gathering — A mystery explained.

Why A Little Mammal Has So Much Sex That It Disintegrates — I've been on dates like that. (Thanks, I think, to Ellen Eades.)

Giant Squid Washes Ashore In Cantabria, Spain

Experts warn public not to touch cylinders washing ashore — Mmm, white phosphorus.

Mercury Azides. I'll Get Right On Those For You.Explosions are definitely underappreciated as a mixing technique. Ah, chemistry humor. (Via David Goldman.)

Music and Color: the French Connection — Ocular harpsichord? (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Destroying so many little lives — Crime as corporate endeavor. (Via David Goldman.)

Is Profit the Ultimate Value? On JP Morgan’s $11b Fine — Sigh. This story says so much about what has happened to our culture and our economy.

Seven Habits of Highly Ineffective Political Parties When it comes to major policy battles, since 2009 the GOP is 0-3. Before it fails again, David Frum offers up seven ways the party is shooting itself in the foot. Things extremists should not do. I object with the piece's thruway assessment of Obamacare costing more than we can afford — it's actually a net budget reduction, and that is just a nod to the usual conservative lies — but otherwise this is pretty interesting. (Via [info]threeoutside.)

Shutdown Cancels US Antarctic Research Program — Any good conservative will tell you science is bad. It encourages critical thinking, and as the Texas GOP has pointed out, that might cause fewer people to vote Republican.

Dear Tea Party: The Gov’t Shutdown is Hurting White People, TooMaking American science and technology less competitive in world terms, compelling our scientists to emigrate to countries that more reliably support their work, risking the public’s health, and harming investors– none of that helps the Tea Party constituency. How odd that they appear to think that it does.

Reagan and Debt Ceiling “Blackmail”House Republicans are behaving in a way that is less reasonable than behavior that Reagan dubbed blackmail, and they are doing it with no chance of success. On top of that, they are potentially exposing the U.S. to real harm in the process.

Domestic Violence Programs Brace For End Of Federal Funds After Friday — Your Republican party: enabling rapists and abusers nationwide, which is a small sacrifice in the patriotic cause of opposing the scourge of more affordable healthcare. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.

?otD: Are you a writer and arranger, and a young boy bearing arms?




10/9/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.25 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minutes (stationary bike)
Weight: 239.6
Number of FEMA troops on my block enforcing laws passed under the Constitutional process and fully subjected to judicial review: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

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[photos] Fossilized steam

At Crater Lake National Park, there are fossilized steam vents along Castle Creek.

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Pretty much what it says on the tin

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Fumaroles cut through the ash fall of the Mt. Mazamas eruption

According to the sign, the streambed was buried in several hundred feet of ash and pumice during the Mt. Mazama eruption about 7,700 years ago. Water trapped at the bottom was boiled to steam and forced its way up through the ashfall, leaving behind fumaroles.

So, yeah. Fossilized steam.




Photos © 2013, Joseph E. Lake, Jr.

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[travel|conventions] We are going to WFC in Brighton

As previously discussed, thanks to the extreme generosity and support of Unnamed Benefactors, Lisa Costello and I will be at World Fantasy Convention in Brighton at the end of this month.

I'll actually be flying over on October 23rd, arriving on the 24th and going straight to Paris to visit friends until the 26th, then back to London staying with friends until 30th. Lisa arrives on 31st, and we're down to Brighton, flying home on the 4th.

Due to my ill health and mobility impairments, and the resultant travel fatigue, my schedule will be quite light. However, there will probably be some kind of public event or appearance in Paris, which I will announce. I may also have a bit of social availability in London, so if you're hoping to see me, let me know. And of course we'll both be in Brighton and generally available to the extent my health allows.

See some, all or none of you there.