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[polls] What should Jay name his tumors?

What should Jay name his three tumors?

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[food] The One True Girl Scout Cookie

Hard on the heels of the recent Pop-Tart fracas, the question of the One True Girl Scout Cookie has arisen, whilst on a recent hiking trip. Disagreements were expounded. Hard words were said. Faces were turned away.

Once again, the mighty power of the Internets must be invoked to deal with a critical question of our times. What is the One True Girl Scout Cookie?

The poll is here.

Once the poll has run for a few days, I’ll make a post tallying up the results, and also revealing which Girl Scout cookie I personally favor.

Mmm, Girl Scout cookies.

[food|polls] The one true Girl Scout Cookie

What is the one true Girl Scout Cookie?

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[polls|food] The One True Pop-Tart poll results

Last night at 9:23 pm Pacific, I declared the One True Pop-Tart poll to be over. I left the poll open in case anyone else wants to drop by, but here is the winning screen shot:


Frosted Brown Sugar and Cinnamon wins by a nosehair over Frosted Strawberry, 97 votes to 93, with a total of 254 votes cast.

I do believe this was my post popular poll ever. Jersey Girl in Portland and I will have to review the comments to identify our favorites, and determine an appropriate prize. My thanks to everyone who participated.

As for the original issue? I am pleased to say that my pick prevailed, as I am a Frosted Brown Sugar and Cinnamon aficionado. Jersey Girl in Portland favors that strawberry crap. Though in all fairness, it was pretty much a dead heat throughout the life of the poll.

Clearly we are a nation divided.

[links] Link salad knows there will be phantoms and fires by the road

If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to vote in the One True Pop-Tart poll — Feel free to boost the signal on this one. I’ll close it in another couple of days.

I will be your dancing monkey, hat on the table. — Scott Lynch is helping people.

Parents can inflict emotional harm, not realize itParents and other caregivers who demean, bully, humiliate or otherwise emotionally abuse children may not know the harm they can cause and often do not get the help that they and their children need, says a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The fact that some reporter felt it necessary to write that lede makes me cringe, both as a parent and as a human being.

Steam powered USB drive — This made me laugh. Both cool and funny. (Thanks to David E. Vincent.)

Fire Tennis — The Slo Mo guys play around… (Thanks to [info]willyumtx.)

Vanishing VoicesNational Geographic with a photo essay on language loss.

Microbial Life In An Undersea Volcano, New Limits Of Life Defined — Mmm, extremophiles.

NASA releases low-res video of Mars rover descent — I think this is about two frames per second. Pretty cool stuff.

Curiosity update: Heat shield spotted! — In case you missed it, this is darned cool as well.

Obedience on the Job — Interesting squib about workplace relations.

US precipitation trends to drain 7 million jobs by 2050 — Nothing to see here, citizen. Move along. Don’t mind those lying climate change scientists in their government Ferraris.

Climate change is here — and worse than we thought — There goes that pesky reality again, interfering with the conservative narrative.

White Terrorism at Oak Creek: The Paranoid Style in American Violence — Remember just a few years ago when conservative outrage forced the Department of Homeland Security to withdraw a report on right wing terrorism in the United States? Yeah, neither does anyone else. Including Your Liberal Media. Because Real Americans with guns aren’t terrorists. Or something.

O’Connor: Declining approval for high court a ‘disappointment’Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor called the declining public approval of the high court a “great disappointment” and suggested the ruling in Bush v. Gore may have sparked the public’s loss of faith in the judicial branch. Ya think? Bush v. Gore, that travesty which you voted for, Madame Justice? Maybe if you’d been a little less nakedly partisan and little more focused on Constitutional jurisprudence back then, the Supreme Court wouldn’t have quite the black eye it does now.

Dick Cheney clarifies criticism of Sarah Palin: Process was a mistake — What I find hilarious about this article is the quote from Palin defending herself, near the top of the piece. It’s classic Palin word salad: barely intelligible, defensive and resentful. A brilliant way to confirm Cheney’s original point even while reporting on his FOX News apology tour.

Harry Reid’s Master Plan — Ta-Nehisi Coates on Harry Reid and Mitt Romney.

Why Romney and the Rich Will Never Really Get It[W]ealth and status decrease our feelings of compassion for others.

?otD: Have you seen the future?

Writing time yesterday: 1.75 hours (WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.75 (solid)
Weight: 236.0
Currently reading: The Essential Engineer: Why Science Alone Will Not Solve Our Global Problems by Henry Petroski; Near + Far by Cat Rambo

[links] Link salad comes home from Mars

The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 141): Cherie Priest, Jay Lake, Gail Carriger, Paul Di Fillipo, Phillipa Ballantine and Tee Morris Talk Steampunk

The Rule of Names — Aliette de Bodard on the perils of cross-cultural naming. (Snurched from Cora Buhlert.)

Pop Tarts: Which flavor Reigns Supreme?Jersey Girl in Portland with her own comments on the Pop-Tart issue. [ | LiveJournal ] See also The Pop Tarts World Store, courtesy of [info]danjite.

First Driving Lesson — A video from yesterday’s Washington and Oregon coast ramble. Shot by me on my iPhone, produced by Waterloo Productions. Hahahah.

Howl’s Moving Castle in Shockingly Good Papercraft Form — This is pretty neat. (Thanks to [info]willyumtx.)

Cats, whales and empty seats: The best nonhuman Twitter feeds

NASA rover Curiosity makes historic Mars landing, beams back photos — Just in case you somehow missed this…

SMBC on the gay force that holds the universe together — Hahaha. Especially check out the mouseover text.

Fred Phelps: Why it is not possible to believe that you ate Chick-fil-A because of ‘freedom of speech’Slacktivist Fred Clark is once again delightfully snarky.

Voting Rights and Reproductive Rights for Artificial Intelligences[info]ericjamesstone is both funny and interesting with a very SFnal question and accompanying thought experiment.

Rick Warren and the “Finer Points of Christology” — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison on religion and the GOP. I generally have a lot of respect for what he has to say, but in this case, I think he gets it flat wrong in dismissing the theocratic underpinnings of the current Republican coalition on the basis of the McCain and Romney nominations. Probably because Larison’s own deeply religious perspective makes it difficult for him to acknowledge the depths to which the GOP has sunk in this respect.

?otD: Got Curiosity?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (day off)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 5.0 (fitful)
Weight: 237.2
Currently reading: The Essential Engineer: Why Science Alone Will Not Solve Our Global Problems by Henry Petroski

[food] The one true Pop-Tart

Jersey Girl in Portland and I were recently discussing the fact that she had made Pop-Tarts at home. Not toasted the store-bought kind, but actually fabricated her own toaster pastries from scratch.

I offered the observation that there was only one true Pop-Tart flavor, of which all others were pallid imitations and ersatz pretenders to the breakfast throne.

She agreed whole-heartedly.

I named the flavor in question.

She demurred with some vehemence.

An argument ensued. I believe at one point, I actually said, “One Pop-Tart to rule them all, One Pop-Tart to find them, One Pop-Tart to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.”

Forthwith, she and I have agreed to lay aside our mortal dispute and ask the readers of this blog to vote on the one true Pop-Tart flavor. Your input in comments is appreciated as well. There may be prizes.

The poll is here.

Once the poll has run for a few days, I’ll make a post tallying up the results, and also revealing which flavor I personally favored, and which pretender to the Pop-Tart throne that Jersey Girl in Portland mistakenly supports.

Mmm, Pop-Tarts.

[contests] Endurance caption contest: We have a winner

Art by Dan Dos Santos

In order to celebrate the availability of the Endurance ARCs. I declared a caption contest on the following photo:


Very locked door, Bonspur, WA. © 2007, 2011, Joseph E. Lake, Jr.

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This work by Joseph E. Lake, Jr. is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.

With 52 votes cast, we have a winner!

With 15% of the vote, Gerry Huntman takes the honors:
Neil Gaiman getting possessive with his BBC-gift replica of the Tardis

Second place goes to goldfishsara with 13% of the vote:
The family always locked Fluffy up when company was expected.

Special judge’s mention to saveswhat:

All three winners will receive inscribed copies of the Green trade paperback and the Endurance ARC. Please contact me with your shipping information, guys!

[links] Link salad thinks about meals it wishes it hadn’t eaten

The voting poll for the Endurance caption contest will be open for another day or two

A reviewer talks about swords and sorcery in sub-Sahara Africa — Holds up Mainspring as a negative example of 19th century attitudes. Except Mainspring is in large part about 19th century attitudes, so from my perspective, it’s an odd critique. And though it’s not germane to either reading or critiquing the book, I did in fact spend some years of my life living in sub-Saharan Africa. As always, the story belongs to the reader.

A reader responds to Mainspring — They liked it, a lot.

Lessons From the Gutenberg Bible for Publishers Going DigitalGutenberg’s reward for the invention of the printing press was financial ruin, but others figured out a unique way to keep the printing business afloat.

HG Wells or Enrique Gaspar: Whose time machine was first?

A Start-Up’s Camera Lets You Take Shots First and Focus Later — Interesting. More from Tech Review. (Via David Goldman.)

St. Jude Postdoc Faked ImagesA former postdoctoral researcher at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital fudged images published in two papers, one of which has since been retracted. Faking cancer research results… I have no words.

As arctic ice shrinks, so does a denier claim — You know, reality wouldn’t have a liberal bias in the first place if conservatives didn’t insist on ideological counterfactuals over actual data.

Despite horses and buggies, Amish aren’t necessarily ‘low-tech’

Bible condemns a lot, so why focus on homosexuality? — Bigotry, pure and simple. If this was about the written word of God, the Christianists would be campaigning just as vigorously to ban shrimp, mixed fabrics and crop rotation. (Via @willshetterly.)

Quench Not the Spirit — Slacktivist Fred Clark on the doctrine of Hell. This is inside baseball for a part of the culture that isn’t my game, but I still find it pretty interesting.

Christian Faith Requires Accepting Evolution — I have no objection to people denying evolution if that’s their interpretation of their faith. What I have enormous objection to is people projecting the deliberate irrationalities and counterfactuals of their faith onto the political and social landscape, as if a personal opinion could substitute for reality.

Surprise! Bachmann Supports Creationism in Schools — Apparently she thinks this is a scientific issue of reasonable doubt. Repeat after me: Just because you believe it doesn’t mean it’s true.

Michele Bachmann’s Holy WarThe Tea Party contender may seem like a goofball, but be warned: Her presidential campaign is no laughing matter Yes, Virginia, the GOP’s deliberate fostering of the crazy in their base to drive votes does have consequences.

“Gooble, gooble, one of us!” — Digby on conservative pacifism.

Journalists Reportedly Outnumber Voters At Huntsman’s GOP Campaign Events — Your Liberal Media, fluffing Republicans every day.

?otD: Ever eaten live eel soup?

Writing time yesterday: 2.0 hours (Kalimpura revisions, plus a little WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.75 hours (solid)
Weight: 230.2
Currently (re)reading: A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin

[links] Link salad rings solstice bells

The voting poll for the Endurance caption contest is now open

Best Science Fiction, Fantasy Books? You Tell Us — NPR asks your opinion. Go vote! (Snurched from the mighty Daniel Abraham.)

The Justice League of Bulgarian Socialists — (Thanks, I think, to my brother.)

How Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon Unearthed Lost Photos From American GraffitiA combination of crowdsourcing and machine intelligence just found a lost treasure in the Magnum Photo archive, a technique that could have wide application.

War Evolves With Drones, Some Tiny as Bugs

Mining Your Smart Phone for Health DataA new app analyzes mobile-phone activity for warning signs of disease flare-ups.

Radical therapy sees injured US soldier regrow muscle — I love living in the future.

My Ex-Gay Friend — A tough one.

Endowed by their Creator with certain WHAT? — Some fun linguistic neepery regarding the United States’ Declaration of Independence

NBC airs Pledge of Allegiance without “under God” — Creeping Shariah!

Why I’m suing Georgia over immigration law — A principled Republican official speaks out. (Thanks to [info]shsilver.)

McKinsey releases methodology; firm concedes study not predictive — Gosh, conservative lies about healthcare? In writing? What’s amazing isn’t the lies, it’s that McKinsey actually got called to account by the allegedly liberal media.

David Mamet’s Right-Wing Conversion[Mamet is] Quoting Deepak Chopra, of all people, as saying, “Our thinking and our behavior are always in anticipation of a response. It [sic] is therefore fear-based,: he seizes the chance to ask, “Is it too much to suggest that this quote contains the most basic prescription of liberalism, ‘Stop Thinking’?” Like so many conservative critiques of liberalism, this is pure projection. The Big Lie from another angle. My most basic working definition of contemporary American conservativism is that it is founded on the morbid fear that someone, somewhere might be enjoying an undeserved benefit at one’s own expense. That, in a nutshell is fear.

The Thirty Years’ War … — Ta-Nehisi Coates comparing the American Civil War with the Thirty Years’ War. Plus a money quote from the Vice-President of the Confederacy which pretty much puts paid to the whole ‘Civil War wasn’t about slavery’ apologia so beloved of modern conservatives.

How Today’s Conservatism Lost Touch with Reality — Some inconvenient truths from the real world.

?otD: Will you praise the not-so-distant sister sun?

Writing time yesterday: 0.25 hours (WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (solid)
Weight: 228.8
Currently (re)reading: A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin

[contests] Endurance caption contest voting poll

Art by Dan Dos Santos

Time for another caption contest voting poll, to celebrate the availability of the Endurance ARCs. I declared a caption contest on the following photo:


Very locked door, Bonspur, WA. © 2007, 2011, Joseph E. Lake, Jr.

Creative Commons License

This work by Joseph E. Lake, Jr. is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.

The usual comment madness ensued: [ | LiveJournal ]

I have now embedded the comments into a voting poll. Unfortunately, some of the longer witticisms are truncated by the poll code. Usual rules apply. Prize after the voting poll will be an inscribed copy of the Green trade paperback and the Endurance ARC. Additional prizes may be awarded at the judge’s discretion.

Which caption best suits this photo?

  • Gerry Huntman: Neil Gaiman getting possessive with his BBC-gift replica of the Tardis (15%, 8 Votes)
  • goldfishsara: The family always locked Fluffy up when company was expected. (13%, 7 Votes)
  • saveswhat: Lockpunk. (6%, 3 Votes)
  • magentamn: Every member of the family wanted their own set of keys, not their own lock, dammit. (6%, 3 Votes)
  • lt260: Recognizing the cut-the-minimum-wage-in-half politician, obviously in serious discomfort, the 7-11 cashier handed him the keys to the bathroom with a wide smile. (6%, 3 Votes)
  • deckard7: Safe sex begins at home. (6%, 3 Votes)
  • klwilliams: That Pandorica isn't opening *this* time, no matter what The Doctor does. (4%, 2 Votes)
  • shsilver: 1...2...3... It's supposed to be 7 seals, dammit! (4%, 2 Votes)
  • madrobins: Weirdest slot machine I've ever seen, but if you get the right combination you win a million tiny rattan chairs. (4%, 2 Votes)
  • danjite: 'Round these parts we just call it "the cheese shop". (4%, 2 Votes)
  • lt260: Herein lies the only copy of "The Last Dangerous Visions." (4%, 2 Votes)
  • Dratz: After they found happiness, they feared she’d go away. They built a room around her and hoped that there she’d stay. Then they feared each other– feared one may see her more. They each agreed t (2%, 1 Votes)
  • two_star: Actually ... are you sure you wouldn't rather just keep the goat? (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Trey: So that’s what the back room of the idea store looks like. (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Tony Liese: My "precious" is behind that door. (2%, 1 Votes)
  • biomekanic: Jessica finally deemed the door sufficiently strong to contain all the Mormon and Jehova's Witnesses she had been collecting over the years. (2%, 1 Votes)
  • gvdub: Joey, the Domino's delivery boy, came to dread orders from the Wilsons. (2%, 1 Votes)
  • horace_hamster: "And this, class, is where Republican politicians keep their brains. Only one person has the keys to all five locks, but no-one has seen him for nearly a decade. Now, let's move alon (2%, 1 Votes)
  • saveswhat: Too bad it's a hollow core door... (2%, 1 Votes)
  • jakobdrud: When the Angry Birds moved to town, the Three Little Pigs built their infamouse house of locks. (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Jaws: Yet another futile attempt to keep New York politicians from sexual misconduct... it doesn't block Twitter. (2%, 1 Votes)
  • jhetley: Pandora had learned her lesson. (2%, 1 Votes)
  • vixyish: "No, you idiot, I said go out for a WALK every day!" (2%, 1 Votes)
  • kproche: One of these days we'll get around to nailing the doorframe to the building. (2%, 1 Votes)
  • danjite: No, not his ego. That he keeps in a locket 'round his neck. (2%, 1 Votes)
  • cjmarsicano: Final test: You have to detect which of the five locks is actually boobytrapped by 220 volts of ACME Intrud-O-Fry technology. (2%, 1 Votes)
  • controuble: If you think this is overkill, you should see the one with the tiger behind it. (0%, 0 Votes)
  • cjmarsicano: ACME's new Steampunk Security System. (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Mark Siegal: Next time you lose the deadbolt key, we're just getting a new door. (0%, 0 Votes)
  • maurinestarkey: Sarah Palin's intelligence and integrity. (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Michael Redbendad: Apparently, she left her chastity belt at the cleaners. (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Michael Redbendad: This is the door to the government’s new transparent government policy. (0%, 0 Votes)
  • pmrabble: The door to Jay's idea room. (0%, 0 Votes)
  • rarelylynne: Necronomicon vault. (0%, 0 Votes)
  • cissa: WIN! (0%, 0 Votes)
  • jakobdrud Years later, the ghost of locksmith Johnny Jones came back to haunt his favorite workplace, often entering through the wall. (0%, 0 Votes)
  • gvdub: Door to the Land of New Ideas - Conservative version. (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Steve Buchheit: Now where did I leave those door keys? (0%, 0 Votes)
  • suzan_h: One day, the old lady decided the thing to do was lock all the children in the shoe. (0%, 0 Votes)
  • danjite: This is where jaylake keeps his super ego. (0%, 0 Votes)
  • daveraines: Moderate Republicans. Sarah Palin has the only set of keys. (0%, 0 Votes)
  • tsarina: He sometimes forgot which lock opened the Summer Lands and opened Hades by mistake. (0%, 0 Votes)
  • garyomaha: Beyond lie the bagels and cream cheese. (0%, 0 Votes)
  • adelheid_p: Let's see how Alice gets through this one! (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 52

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