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Another excerpt from Jay Lake collab “Recontact” for #WIPpet Wednesday — My good buddy Ruth Nestvold is cleaning up some of our unfinished collaborative work for publication.

METAtropolis: Green Space Audiobook Review

Sarah Silverman and the Art of the Non-Dirty Joke — This is a good example of the creative process, very well explicated.

Toy Story: The True Identity of Andy’s Mom Makes The Movie More Epic — (Thanks to Lisa Costello.)

Google Glass-wearing woman posts video of alleged S.F. bar attack

How Humans Went From Being One Shade to Many

Provide coverage for Lung Cancer Screening with LDCT — Cancer activism, courtesy of Janet Freeman-Daily.

Cheaper Cancer Gene Tests, by the DropA single-molecule gene test requires much less DNA to identify cancer-causing mutations.

Chile’s stunning fossil whale graveyard explained

Scientists re-weigh the electron, get more precise mass

Water Found in Atmosphere of Nearby Alien Planet

Space Rock Smacks Moon, Creating Biggest Lunar Explosion Ever Seen — (Via David Goldman.)

The audacious rescue plan that might have saved space shuttle ColumbiaThe untold story of the rescue mission that could have been NASA’s finest hour.

A World Multiply Endangered: Horseman of the Four Apocalypses — About political fear and terror.

‘I Am Still Called by the God I Serve to Walk This Out’A conversation with Lucia McBath, mother of Jordan Davis. Ta-Nehisi Coates again.

Is Religion Secularizing? Trends in Opposition to Pornography — I’m not sure this has any great significance, but it is interesting.

Christian rocker pleads guilty to trying to hire hit man to kill wife — Ah, the superior morality of Biblical marriage. (Via Scrivener’s Error.)

Inside the Conservative Campaign to Launch “Jim Crow-Style” Bills Against Gay Americans“This seems to be a concerted Hail Mary campaign to carve out special rights for religious conservatives so that they don’t have to play by the same rules as everyone else does”

A License to DiscriminateThere are 17 states where it is legal for same-sex couples to marry, and there is no evidence that the accelerating progress toward equality has compromised anyone’s freedom to worship or hold religious beliefs. Unfortunately, that has not stopped religious and social conservatives from pressing lawmakers in various states to enact noxious measures to give businesses and individuals the broad right to deny services to same-sex couples in the name of protecting religious liberty.

Fox News blasts Arizona’s “Jim Crow laws for homosexuals” — Uh, really? They were certainly for it before they were against it. Let’s see if this holds up at all.

Senators on SB1062: “We made a mistake”A trio of Arizona state senators urged Gov. Jan Brewer to veto a controversial “religious freedom” bill on Monday, just days after all three cast votes in favor of the proposal that opponents say will legalize discrimination. These unAmerican conservative jerks don’t even have the balls to stand proudly for the same bigoted hate they were happy to vote in for relative anonymity a week ago? Poor widdle babies, facing consequences for their profoundly destructive actions. Such accountability rarely happens to conservatives, of course. I suppose this is progress, but it would have been a lot more progress not to embrace such a hideously immoral piece of GOP vote pandering in the first place.

Arizona Confronting Awkward Realization That Gay People Have Money, Buy Stuff Acknowledging that her vote for the anti-gay law might have been calamitous for the state’s economy, Ms. Foyler placed the blame for it squarely on the shoulders of one group: the gays themselves. “How was I supposed to know what gay people do with their money, etc., when I don’t personally know any gay people?” she asked. “I’m sorry, but it was up to the gays to tell us.” (Via Lisa Costello.)

Oops: GOP Bill Would Strip 1 Million Workers Of Health Coverage — I’m pretty sure that’s a feature, not a bug, as stripping lower income people of healthcare is an explicit and widely held Republican goal. See the widespread efforts at refusal or even rollback of Medicare expansion.

[Redacted in the Interest of National Security] — Ah, humor.

GOPer: Ranchers Should Shoot ‘Wetbacks’ Crossing Border IllegallyA Republican Senate candidate argued to The Dallas Morning News editorial board earlier this month that ranchers in Texas should be allowed to shoot “wetbacks” trying to cross the border illegally. Stay classy, conservative America. It’s what you do best.

?otD: Is this the middle of your week?


2/26/2014
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 10.0 hours (fitful)
Body movement: 30 minutes
Weight: 234.2
Number of FEMA troops on my block unjustly vilifying Ted Nugent: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

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[publishing] METAtropolis: Greenspace nominated for an Audie

I am pleased to note that METAtropolis: Greenspace has been nominated for an Audie for best original work. That is the audiobook industry’s highest award, comparable to the Hugo or the Oscar.

This is the category that METAtropolis: Cascadia won several years ago. Edited by me and Ken Scholes, our fabulous stable of writers includes Elizabeth Bear, Mary Robinette Kowal, Seanan McGuire, Ken Scholes, Karl Schroeder and myself.

Good luck to all of us, and the other nominees.

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[sale] “Rock of Ages” to Year’s Best Science Fiction 31

I am pleased to announce that this past week editor Gardner Dozois acquired my novella “Rock of Ages” for Year’s Best Science Fiction 31. The piece original appeared in METAtropolis: Green Space, published by Audible.com and edited by Ken Scholes and myself. It follows on my stories in the first two volumes, and intertwines with Ken’s stories from this volume and the previous one. Oddly, this should be the first print appearance for the novella, as original publication was in an audio format.

As this is one of the last two stories I wrote before chemo and cancer shut down my writing brain for good, I feel an extra bit of pride here. (The other is my collaborative novella with Seanan McGuire, “Hook Agonistes”, in case you’re wondering.)

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[links] Link salad was wondering under what circumstances we would use this

METAtropolis: Green Space — The new audiobook is up for pre-release. Check out the cover art and table of contents. Stories from Elizabeth Bear, Tobias S. Buckell, Mary Robinette Kowal, Seanan McGuire, Karl Schroeder, Ken Scholes and me.

Time Travel and Gender — Cora Buhlert with more on this topic.

An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments — Hah! (Via [info]willyumtx.)

Telling My Child of My Cancer — A wonderful piece from Janet Freeman-Daily.

DNA Double Take[S]cientists are finding that it’s quite common for an individual to have multiple genomes. Some people, for example, have groups of cells with mutations that are not found in the rest of the body. Some have genomes that came from other people. (Thanks to my Dad.)

World’s Strangest Vehicles, Part 2Dark Roasted Blend is funny. However, note the blow quote at the top of the article. Heh.

Alien Civilisations: Two Competing Models

Robotic Snakes Could Invade Mars (For Science)

Speaking Very Ill of the Dead

Who Made That Built-In Eraser? — Ah, life’s little details. (Via my Dad.)

If you want to get fit, get fidgetingForget dieting, weight-lifting and all those work-outs – try fidgeting instead. Because, according to new research from the US Mayo Clinic, tiny exercise performed often enough can have as big an effect as rigorous exercise done less frequently. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Intel’s Anthropologist Genevieve Bell Questions the Smart Watch

Why Debunk Climate Change Deniers?[S]adly, the people who deny the reality around them have a very large megaphone, and in some cases have a lot of motivation to use it. Money, power, riling up the electorate, or, perhaps worst of all, pure zealotry. Nothing is as impenetrable as an armor wrought from fervent ideology. Welcome to conservative America, where the facts are only relevant if they’re on the Republican side.

Antarctica Sea Ice Hitting Record HighsThe record sea ice doesn’t contradict global warming. Because Antarctic sea ice encircles a frozen continent, the factors controlling its growth are complex, and include winds, warming air temperatures and even the ozone hole. Wind plays a greater role the size of the ice pack than air temperature or ocean currents.

International Politics and the First African American Flight Attendants

Women Can’t Vote in Sistersville

David Vitter’s kamikaze anti-Obamacare crusade gets even weirder — Are you proud of your Republican party?

Oklahoma National Guard reverses stance on same-sex couple benefitsOklahoma now joins Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana as the only states that have publicly said they will limit how and where such couples can register for benefits, despite a recent Pentagon directive. It’s only the law, and military policy: little things which conservatives care passionately about under most non-gay circumstances. Are you still proud of your Republican party?

The US government has betrayed the internet. We need to take it backThe NSA has undermined a fundamental social contract. We engineers built the internet – and now we have to fix it.

Qotd?: Did I say ‘dart gun’?


9/18/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: 247.6
Number of FEMA troops on my block closing golf courses for Agenda 21: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

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[links] Link salad is back in Portland

A reader reacts to Kalimpura — They liked it.

[info]james_nicoll is entertainingly snarky about the Clarkesworld podcast of my story, “Torquing Vacuum”

Launch Pad is on sale — The anthology benefits the Launch Pad workshop, and includes a reprint story from me.

Facebook and Twitter Are Converging The two largest social networks are becoming more similar, as they borrow each other’s features, and search for profit. The social media singularity is on the event horizon. What rough beast slouches towards the NASDAQ?

Most delicious dessert trucks in America

Bremerhaven Photos, Part II: Ships — Some very nice modern and historic ship photos from Cora Buhlert.

Straining Upwards to Hear the Cosmos

Tepco admits to reporting false radiation levels for nearly 2 years at Fukushima — Because reasons! (Via David Goldman.)

The obesity era‘The previous belief of many lay people and health professionals that obesity is simply the result of a lack of willpower and an inability to discipline eating habits is no longer defensible.’. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Fischer: It Is ‘Ignorant, Ignorant, Ignorant’ To Think Human Behavior Can Impact The Climateit is dumb, dumb, dumb; it is stupid, stupid, stupid; it is ignorant, ignorant, ignorant to think that there is anything that man can do to control the climate through human behavior.” If you want to do something about the climate,” Fischer said, “you want to do something about the weather, there is only one thing that we can do to affect climate or affect weather and that is to pray to Yahweh.” Faith certainly doesn’t have to make you stupid, but American Christianity does an excellent job of privileging willful ignorance that would be laughable in any non-faith-based context. Thank God I’m an atheist, given this is how leading Christian voices think and speak. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

US bid to name “Science Laureate” hits snag with climate denialistsConservative lobbying groups freak out, get bipartisan bill pulled. Because being conservative means never having to admit that reality trumps your proudly willful ignorance.

Police Wound Two Women In Shooting Near Times SquareCaught in the line of fire by police officers, two women were shot near crowded Times Square in Manhattan last night. The bystanders were wounded as police struggled to deal with a man who was behaving erratically. Because guns make us all safer. Those two women should be grateful for the Second Amendment rights that ensure that anyone might be carrying a firearm.

Man seeking help after North Carolina car crash shot by policeAn unarmed man who was shot dead after running toward police officers in Charlotte, North Carolina, may have been just trying to get help after crashing his car, police said. Because guns make us all safer. He should be glad he gave his life for your Second Amendment rights. I’m sure every single one of the other 30,000 people killed by firearms every year feels the same way. I know I would be proud to die for your illusion of safety.

Qotd?: Where did you wake up today?


9/15/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: 246.6
Number of FEMA troops on my block closing golf courses for Agenda 21: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

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[links] Link salad coughs the night away

HANNAH GREEN: Propelling Technology Through Fiction — A young journalist covers the Hyperloop, in part by interviewing SF writers, myself included.

What kills cancer patients — It’s not what you think. But yes, this. One reason I’ve lived so long with Stage IV metastatic colon cancer is that these things have been done properly to, by, and for me.

Sprites over Nebraska — Some cool stuff! (Thanks to [info]threeoutside.)

Eating the AppleOn being baptized into a technological religion. Interesting piece from a Jesuit writer on technology as religion. (Via [info]mikigarrison.)

95% chance that humans caused global warming, new report says — Ya think? All those liberal “facts” and “data”, and the overwhelming consensus of scientists with expertise in the field are all just liberal lies, after all.

While Your Child Is Still Alive: A Letter to Parents Who Aren’t Ready to March in the Pride Parade I wish someone had told me what I did not know: that having a living, breathing gay child who challenged me and caused me to be uncomfortable and uneasy, and whose desires caused me to lose sleep at night because of fear and worry, was vastly, immeasurably, infinitely better than having a gay child who is dead.

Dundee boy, 3, dies after shooting himself in the head — Guns. More guns.

Ex-GOP Operative’s Cancer Struggles Make Him An Obamacare Supporter — How come it always takes a personal disaster to open a conservative’s eye to human needs other than their own personal desires? As I keep saying, one of the defining characteristics of conservatism is a combination of lack of empathy and failure of imagination.

Detaining my partner: a failed attempt at intimidationThe detention of [Glenn Greenwald’s] partner, David Miranda, by UK authorities will have the opposite effect of the one intended. The UK government fights back against the Edward Snpwdem reporting. In an abusive and illegal manner completely consistent with the original charges. ([info]danjite.)

And No Warrants Shall Issue, Unless the King Says SoLowering the Bar on the Miranda detention.

Business groups aren’t too happy about Tea Party mania they helped unleashNational Journal’s Jill Lawrence has a good piece in which she interviews some of the top officials at these organizations, and finds they are shocked and dismayed by what they have wrought. You bought those idiot Republicans in office fair and square, guys. Welcome to the world we all have to live with them because of that empowerment of the Dunning-Kruger effect via Ayn Rand.

QotD?: Got sick?


8/20/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 9.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (sick)
Weight: 246.6
Number of FEMA troops on my block forcing conservatives to enroll in Obamacare: 0
Currently reading: Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program by Sharon Salzberg

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[links] Link salad knows you can’t sleep alone in a strange place

Audible.com has two more of my books up: Rocket Science & Death of a Starship

Rowling and “Galbraith”: an authorial analysis — This is pretty interesting stuff around language geekery and automated textual analysis.

Your Favorite Movies Laid Out as Vintage Treasure Maps — This is weird and cool. (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

31 More Images Of Hot Steampunk Girls & Guys — Ah, costuming. (Via [info]martang.)

U.S. Pat. No. 1,926,420: Monkey Dog Saddle — I’ve been on dates like that.

Exercise in a Pill? The Search Continues — (Via David Goldman.)

Scientists put nature’s infinite playlist on iPods to monitor wildlifeWireless listening posts allow remote real-time IDs of tropical species.

North Sentinel Island — I’ve heard of this place. Very strange.

Growing Your Own Bridge — These are elegant and beautiful. (Via [info]threeoutside.)

Flying with a little help from friends — This is crazy cool robotics. (Via Steve Buchheit.)

Space-Time Loops May Explain Black Holes — Also the state of my sock drawer.

British space penetrator passes icy test — Bang bang, shoot shoot? Somehow this is very Buck Rogers (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

A Waterspout in Florida — I have always wanted to see one of these. I have been through fires, foods, hurricanes. I’ve even seen a volcanic eruption. But never a tornado or a waterspout.

Why Ancient Earth Was So WarmGreenhouse gases in the atmosphere kept the planet toasty, model shows.

Thousands of Years of Rising SeasA study estimates the ultimate effect of greenhouse gases on ice sheets, after the gases have persisted for hundreds of years.

Behold, the six types of atheists — Hmm. Interesting but simplistic. (Via [info]garyomaha.)

One hell of a deal: Pope Francis offers reduced time in Purgatory for Catholics that follow him on Twitter — Is that really how God does things? I’m damned glad I’m an atheist, so I don’t have to keep up with this kind of ludicrous score keeping.

Robertson Wonders If Obama Is A ‘Crypto-Muslim’ — This isn’t a difference of opinion. This isn’t contrasting governing philosophies. This is lunacy, pure and simple. This is your Republican party.

The Banality Of Richard Cohen And Racist Profiling — Ta-Nehisi Coates hits hard on the more-in-sorrow-than-in-anger strain of racism.

Health Plan Cost for New Yorkers Set to Fall 50% — Obamacare is a real disaster, isn’t it? What’s this country coming too when people pay less for a better service from a conservative ideal that happened to be sponsored by a Democratic president? This is the very definition of creeping Socialism.

Titles of Laws as Propaganda — This is a function of soundbite culture as much as any thing, I think.

US ties outweigh intelligence ‘squabbles’ – PutinRussian President Vladimir Putin has said bilateral relations with the US are more important than “squabbles between special services”.

QotD?: Can you sleep with somebody else?


7/17/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 6.75 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (away from home)
Weight: n/a (away from home)
Number of FEMA troops on my block supplying black kids with Skittles: 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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[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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[links] Link salad my friend, don’t you start away uneasy

Audiobook review: METAtropolis, edited by John Scalzi — Cool.

Space Magic audiobook released! — David Levine brings a project to fruition.

What crashed through the roof at a South Park home?Police at the scene determined the piece of metal may have fallen from an “aircraft or a really big bird that had stolen a lead bar.”

Counterfeit Food More Widespread Than Suspected

Details Of The Walking Dead Monopoly And Risk Games Rises From The Dead — Really? (Via my brother.)

Population boom might not have set off “human revolution”Human culture and departure from Africa may be unrelated to population levels.

First Person: Save a Language, Save a CultureGrassroots initiative seeks to revive threatened languages of Bangladesh.

Britain plans world’s first go-ahead for ‘3-parent’ IVF babiesBritain is planning to become the first country in the world to offer controversial “three-parent” fertility treatments to families who want to avoid passing on incurable diseases to their children. This is something that’s really going to freak some people out. Which it really shouldn’t.

Best SCOTUS tweets ever — (Via [info]threeoutside.)

The scenario I really want to see play out — Oh, this is a very clever take on same sex marriage.

George Takei: A defeat for DOMA — and the end of ‘ick’ — Yup. (Via [info]garyomaha.)

The Pope Song — Tim Minchin being extremely NSFW and very on target. (Thanks to Alyx Dellamonica.)

Senators: Student loan interest rates to double — Can’t raise taxes on the wealthy, no, but let’s punish the hell out of students, thus preventing future wealth.

Rick Perry Attacks Wendy Davis: ‘She Was A Teenage Mother Herself’ — Once again, conservatives seize the moral high ground.

WATCH: Rep. Tammy Duckworth Dresses Down IRS Contractor — (Via [info]lindadee.)

Ecuador Scraps Trade Pact Over U.S. Threats in Snowden CaseEcuador’s Communications Secretary Fernando Alvarado, who called the trade preferences a “new instrument of blackmail,” said today the government is offering the U.S. $23 million, an amount similar to what the U.S. provides under ATPDEA, to provide human rights training to combat torture, illegal executions and attacks on peoples’ privacy. Most Americans have no idea what we look like to the rest of the world. (Via [info]danjite.)

The Boring Massachusetts Senate Race and Why It Mattered — Political science versus narrative. Guess which party falls on which side of this divide.

QotD?: Can’t you see it’s only me?


6/28/2013
Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (WRPA of various sorts)
Hours slept: 9.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (in hotel)
Weight: n/a (n hotel)
Number of FEMA troops on my block attempting to secure minority voting rights despite the recent Supreme Court ruling: 0

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[links] Link salad says Happy Birthday to me

Coming Soon: “Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction” — A project of which I was a part. I provided the chapter on steampunk. Unfortunately, I did not inquire as to the stable of my co-authors.

Jay Lake and Austin Sirkin in ConversationLocus with a podcast recorded last spring at ICFA. We talk steampunk, mostly.

We are here to protect you. We are here to protect you from the terrible secret of Seanans.[info]seanan_mcguire on (among other things) our current WIP collaboration.

Think SimilarRhetoricians call switching a word from one part of speech to another “anthimeria”. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Book Domino Chain World Record — Oh, this is so cute. (Thanks to [info]threeoutside.)

There Are Whales Alive Today Who Were Born Before Moby Dick Was Written — (Thanks to [info]threeoutside.)

On Being an OctopusDiving Deep in Search of the Human Mind. (Thanks to AH.)

Fresh-Squeezed: 1951 — Mmm. Oranges.

What We Think Martians Look Like: Photos — Some classic images.

New Science of Cosmography Reveals 3-D Map of the Local Universe

Chester E. McDuffee’s patented diving suit (1911) — Wow. And a cool site it’s on, too. (Thanks to David E. Vincent.)

First “Small Modular” Nuclear Reactors Planned for Tennessee

Helicopter Operated By Pure Mind Control

Invisibility ‘time cloak’ developed

Can “Infinite Variation” Be Mass-Produced Using 3-D Printing?Shapeways looks to software to bring down production costs and time to market in its 3-D printing factory in New York City.

Rep. Marc Veasey condemns racist remarks by Dallas Republican activist“I’m going to be real honest with you, the Republican Party doesn’t want black people to vote if they’re going to vote 9-to-1 for Democrats,” [Tea Party Republican] Ken Emanuelson said. Are you proud of your Republican Party?

IMF ‘to admit mistakes’ in handling Greek debt crisis and bailout — Wait? What? Austerity isn’t the answer to everything? Clearly we need more tax cuts!

“Yes Virginia, There Are Death Panels”: Limbaugh Exploits Child Transplant Patient To Revive Obamacare Myth — Because conservatives lie. Constantly and knowingly. That’s what happens when truth and reality aren’t ever on your side.

Obama says GOP obstruction of nominations is ‘unprecedented.’ What if he’s right?Republicans deny that their obstructionism is unprecedented. As it happens, though, there is a set of actual facts we can look at to try to determine who is right.

QotD?: When is your birthday?


6/6/2013
Writing time yesterday: 2.25 hours (WRPA editing and revising “Hook Agonistes”)
Hours slept: 6.75 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (feet hurt)
Weight: n/a (traveling)
Number of FEMA troops on my block creating tornados for political distraction: 0
Currently reading: Making Money by Terry Pratchett

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