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[photos|friends] Back in Texas, back in the day

[info]jtdiii sent me some photos of a trip he and I had taken in high school, summer of 1980 or 1981, to visit my mom in Texas. Ah, memories. I was so entranced that I decided forthwith to inflict a portion of my high school experience on you.

Texas Trip 3
Me, louche and feral at about sixteen, and already with the impeccable taste — note the dashiki and cowboy boots

Texas Trip 5
A warm smile and a pretty face always made me popular

Texas Trip 7
Lunch with [info]tillyjane, a/k/a my mom, and the neighbors

Texas Trip 2
More fine outdoor dining

Texas Trip 4
Loading up in my mom’s cowboy Cadillac to go somewhere or another

As usual, more at the Flickr set.

Photos © 1980, 1981, 2013, J. Dillon. Reproduced with permission.

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[links] Link salad looks at the ocean

Japan launches first rocket in 12 yearsA new rocket from Japan lifts off, 600 miles south of Tokyo, its makers hope it will be a cheaper and more efficient way of sending satellites into space.

San Antonio Passes Far-Reaching Antidiscrimination MeasureIn San Antonio, a nondiscrimination ordinance that includes protections for sexual orientation and gender identity turned into a divisive political battle this summer, the likes of which this liberal-leaning city of 1.4 million has rarely seen in recent decades. The City Council passed the measure, 8 to 3, on Thursday, capping weeks of heated debate that exposed racial, religious and gay-and-straight divisions and drew the scorn of Republican leaders and candidates around the state who are just starting to position themselves for next spring’s primary elections. Nothing shows off conservative family values and Christian love better than efforts at wholesale denial of basic civil and human rights to your fellow citizens. (Via Dad.)

Largest Gun Study Ever: More Guns, More Murder — Wow. Ya think? Next thing you know, they’ll prove water is wet. After all, the deaths of 30,000 other people every year is a small price to pay for your illusion of safety, right? (Via [info]danjite.)

In America, not isolationism but skepticismAmericans have often been reluctant to go to war. But on Syria, they may look and sound more anti-interventionist than they really are.

Qotd?: How often do you wave?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.25 hours (solid)
Body movement: n/a (away from home)
Weight: n/a (away from home)
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 heads for the coast

Time tourism — Charlie Stross Is Interesting on time travel.

Apple: We’re Not Storing An Image Of Your Fingerprint On The New iPhone

Hacking Consumer Devices — Nice… (Via David Goldman.)

Roman brothel token discovered in ThamesA Roman coin that was probably used by soldiers to pay for sex in brothels has been discovered on the banks of the River Thames. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Vaccine ‘clears HIV-like virus’ in monkeys — Hometown news. (Via my brother.)

Can Emotional Intelligence Be Taught?

First Self-Assembling Diamond Quantum Devices Unveiled The ability to self-assemble quantum components on the nanometre scale could revolutionise the future of computing.

Finding Biomarkers on M-dwarf Planets

Creationists Once Again Threaten to Make a Mockery of Texas Science EducationThe children of today are the voting public of tomorrow. If we don’t break this cycle of willful ignorance, it may never stop on its own. Duh. Where do you think the Republican voter base comes from? Intellectual honesty and clear-eyed analysis of one’s own self-interest is death to modern conservative politics. That’s why Republicans fight so hard to distort education and twist the media. Willful ignorance is the GOP’s only real asset among 99% of the electorate.

Clean Air Act was boon to Appalachian forestsSulfur pollution shown to have slowed tree growth. Bullshit. Everybody knows Federal regulations are nothing but job-destroying Socialism. Ask any conservative, especially those who live in places like West, Texas.

Qotd?: How far are you from the beach?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minutes (stationary bike)
Weight: n/a (forgot)
Number of FEMA troops on my block closing golf 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.



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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[conventions] Hugos

So yesterday was the Hugos. Not to bury the lede, Brandon Sanderson took my category. No Hugo for me. That leaves me 0-4 on awards this year. It was wonderful all the same.

The old saw about it being an honor to be nominated is very true. I was in excellent company. And some real cool things happened. [info]the_child and I were thrilled to give the Campbell tiara to the talented Mur Lafferty. Mur accepted the tiara with grace and wore it with style. Toastmaster Paul Cornell organized an impromptu on-stage tribute to me that made me cry. Odd and funny things happened all day. (For example, misplacing the tiara prior to the ceremony…)

It was a great day and a great weekend for all sorts of reasons. Lisa Costello and I are off for home in a few hours.

I love you all. Thank you.

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[conventions] Still at Lonestarcon 3

Lisa Costello and I are still at Worldcon. [info]the_child and her mother arrived last night. Also, I saw my aunt and uncle and cousin Niki Lake yesterday for my cousin’s birthday. And been having fun hanging out with friends, especially Lezli Robyn. Yesterday she’d lost her voice, so I did her reading for her at her book launch.

Today, panels on the Lakeside movie and cancer, then Hugo rehearsals, then Hugo madness. Tomorrow afternoon we go home.

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[conventions] At Lonestarcon 3

At Lonestarcon 3. Very busy just keeping up, exhausted as well, so blogging continues irregular. [info]the_child and her mother arrive this evening to join me and Lisa Costello for the Hugos tomorrow. Also, the Lakeside premier was yesterday. It was very moving, and strange to see a movie about myself.

More to come when I have time and brainspace.

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[conventions] My Worldcon programming schedule

Here is my Worldcon programming schedule. I am being conservative with my time due to illness and fatigue issues, and will likely not be very available in the evenings or at parties. (Except for Hugo night.) You will catch me out and about during the day, however. Note, I am not taking part in “Stroll With the Stars” due to my mobility impairments.

Lakeside Screening 9:00 am to 11:00 am
Autographing 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm
Kaffeeklatch 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Reading 10:30 am to 11:00 am
Panel: Space Opera: More than Mind Candy? 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Panel: The Making of Lakeside 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm
Panel: Cutting Edge Cancer Research 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Jay Lake Interview 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Hugo Awards (including reception and Losers’ Party) 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm

See some, all or none of you there.

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[links] Link salad is the place where they keep all the darkness you need

If love lasts forever… — Hahah.

Doctors say HPV vaccine is safe and “grossly underutilized” — Yeah, well. Anti-science idiocy for the win. Not.

Blue cells of death mark the end of a worm’s lifeDeath begins with an organized and consistent pattern of change.

The Power of Hidden Mutations, or Why I Wish I Bought a Fan — Some interesting reflections on evolution. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

North Pole melts, forms lake at top of the worldSanta flooded out? Researchers release shocking new images of a lake that has formed at the once-frozen North Pole. It really is astonishing to see what lengths liberals will go to for their global warming hoax.

Dissecting the Outrageous, Inaccurate Claims Made at a High School Abstinence-Only Presentation — Given that so many conservatives are so terribly bad about talking about sex with any notion of reality, one wonders why so many of them even manage to have children. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

xFlorida apartment complex shooting leaves 7 dead, including gunman — That daily reign of terror and death is a small price to pay for your Second Amendment rights, as any gun owner will tell you. God forbid we actually do something to prevent such violence, after all.

TxDOT: Some paved roads could return to gravel in oil patch — This is what low-tax conservative governance gives you: severe infrastructure degradation. (Thanks to BBB.)

Pentagon: Americans must give up Liberties to fight “enemies” but we won’t say who they are — One of my great disappointments is Obama is that this kind of thinking continues to prosper in the halls of government under his administration.

QotD?: Will you pay tomorrow?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 252.6
Number of FEMA troops on my block conducting Department of Justice investigations of white patriots: 0
Currently reading: Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program by Sharon Salzberg

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[food] Simple Tex-Mex recipes

This is what Lisa Costello and I made for the porch party last weekend. These recipes have a certain obvious resemblance to one another, both are pretty darned good basic versions of their respective food types. Serve with chips or tortillas or whatever pleases you.


Six avocados, halved then mashed to lumpy smoothness
Four limes, halved and juiced into the avocados
Half a head of garlic, minced
One can Ro-Tel tomatoes, well-drained

Fold the above together

Add ground red pepper, paprika and chile powder to taste

Top with crumbled cotija cheese

Chile con queso

One brick Velveeta, diced, then microwaved in slow cooker crock on half power until mostly melted

Place crock in slow cooker on “high”


About six ounces of sour cream
Half a head of garlic, minced
One can Ro-Tel tomatoes, well-drained
One can Hatch chiles, well-drained
1/2 pound loose chorizo, fried until fully cooked (assuming everyone’s a carnivore, otherwise leave it out)
About four ounces of cotija cheese

Add ground black pepper, paprika and chile powder to taste

Cook for 2-3 hours on “low”, until well melted (it will remain somewhat lumpy)

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