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[links] Link salad won’t back down

Don’t forget the name Jay’s tumors poll.

How Paperbacks Transformed the Way Americans Read — (From AH via [info]tillyjane.)

Scott McKenzie’s San Francisco was a hippy anthem with a life of its ownSan Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair) didn’t reflect the particular sound of the city itself. Not that this mattered – it was great pop and its idealism lives on. (Snurched from Cora Buhlert.)

Sigur Rós – Fjögur píanó — A wild piece of video art. Note, NSFW. (Thanks to Marta Murvosh.)

Children warned name of first pet should contain 8 characters and a digit — Ah, security. (Thanks to [info]willyumtx.)

Bee-rotica: A beginner’s guide to insect sting fetishes — Rule 34 is alive and well. (Thanks, I think, to [info]danjite.)

Battling the YakuzaJapan’s authorities are clamping down on the criminal underworld, but the mighty Yakuza refuse to back down.

Some Hidden Historical Gems in the School of Dentistry — Mmm. A museum of dental oddities, right here in Portland.

Exotic Detections: Wormholes and Worldships

Helix Collapse Fails to Crush Hope for Vertical Wind Turbines

Decline In Circumcisions Could Prove Costly — Hmm.

Is Climate Change To Blame For This Year’s West Nile Outbreak? — Ah, science. All about the questions instead of the certainties. One of the wonders of evidence-based thinking is that you can learn new things.

Antarctic ice sheets may have changed the planet’s heartbeat — Some fascinating science in this article.

Arctic ice cap set for record-breaking summer melt sessionTemperatures have been inconsistent and winter ice is thin.

Religious Right Still Oblivious of their Double Standard on BoycottsAccording to LaBarbera and Mefferd, it is inappropriate for companies to back gay rights efforts or groups because they will be offending customers when they should be remaining neutral in the “culture war.” However, if a company like Chick-fil-A opposes gay rights, then it is an admirable decision worthy of support and any criticism of their activism is an assault on freedom. Actually, this headline didn’t need the words “on Boycotts”. (Snurched from Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Why are all the GOP celebrities such nuts?

Republicans Condemn Akin’s Comments As Blemish On Party’s Otherwise Spotless Women’s Rights Record

Top Five Worst Planks in GOP Platform — Geeze, where to begin. Any decent, sane human being should be horrified by pretty much all of these.

Romney doesn’t lead Republicans, he follows them

The Irony Of A Black President — Ta-Nehisi Coates is brilliant on Obama, race and American society.

?otD: Will you stand your ground?


8/23/2012
Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (WRPA)
Body movement: 60 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 6.25 (solid)
Weight: n/a
Currently reading: Heartland by Mark Teppo

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[travel] To the skies, young ward!

For those playing along with the home game version of “Where’s Jay”, I will be flying from Omaha to Portland today. Home briefly, then off to San Francisco tomorrow morning. There might be more blogging if time and airport wireless network access permit, and there might not.

In the mean time you may shop as usual; there is no need to return to your homes.

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[personal] Busy busy busy

Busy day today. Must complete tax paperwork to meet my extended filing deadline. Lunch with kenscholes at the Barley Mill on SE Hawthorne at 11:30 am, with an open table for anyone who wants to drop by. A bit of the_child time this afternoon, then more paperwork, then a dinner this evening with a friend.

And somewhere in here, an hour or so of writing time.

Also, Australia photos will return Monday.

Also also, I am heading to Omaha Monday, the start of a two-week road trip to Omaha, San Francisco, and the Surrey International Writers Conference in BC. So blogging may be somewhat irregular.

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[personal] Wednesday updates

Came back from Seattle yesterday after work via the train. Comfortable, pleasant ride that was only half an hour behind schedule. Had a nice weekend with , then , as well as attending ‘s birthday party, as documented by here. (Which reminds me, I need to get the photos from .) Played network and systems engineer at ‘s house, then saw her attack a welcome burst of productivity. Somehow, with all that, also managed a lovely dinner with my friend H—, who kindly transported me from the train station at this end of things.

Today flies in from San Francisco. We’ll have a day or so of pretending to normalcy, then chemo two of twelve on Friday. Meanwhile, I must prepare for her arrival prior to commencing Day Jobbery at the usual too-early hour of 6 am.

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[photos] Distressed convertibles in the Balboa Park neighborhood of SF

Some photos old cars in various states of distress, taken this past weekend. I love these dying beasts. Read the rest of this entry »

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[personal] Omaha zzz

Managed my energy much better at work today. Also got back to the hotel early, and have been quiet and largely horizontal since. Clearly I’m not going to get any writing done this week, due to the energy demands of work+travel. This would really tick me off if I let it, but I need to lay low and take care of myself.

Another work day tomorrow, followed by the Omaha Beach Party, then lighting out for the territories Friday morning. See some, all or none of you in the Bay Area this weekend.

I’ll be funny tomorrow, I promise.

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[personal] Update-o-Rama, with bonus medical TMI

the_child and I spent the first part of the weekend at the beach house my parents own with lillypond.

(Details and next steps, including medical-digestive TMI:) Read the rest of this entry »

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[travel] Miscellaneous geopositioning updatery

I guess I’m back on the merry-go-round.

This afternoon, the_child and I are off to the Washington coast (again!) to my parents’ beach house for the holiday weekend. I’ll be doing Day Jobbe work tomorrow, and a whole bunch more drafting on “In the Forests of the Night.”

Back Saturday afternoon, with a day of down time, then I’m off to scenic Omaha next Monday. The following Friday (7/11), I’m heading straight to San Francisco for an Escapement Amazon ] mini book tour.

I’ll be down in Santa Cruz Saturday morning with Rick Kleffel to be a radio talking head on GeekSpeak, 10 am – 11 am. Reading at Borderlands Books in San Francisco Saturday afternoon at 3 pm. Then I’m at SF in SF with Susan Palwick that night at 7 pm. Home Sunday afternoon.
If you’re around the Bay Area, drop by one or more of those events.

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