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[books] Things that make me smile

Here in DFW terminal C, I popped into the Hudson Bookseller concession. What to my wondering eyes should appear but a certain paperback, displayed faced? The mass market paperback of Mainspring Powell’s | Amazon thb | Audible ], over two months after its release date, still available on the very competitive airport bookstore shelves.

Photographic evidence:


[links] Link salad for a Sunday

One of my favorite Calvin and Hobbes ever — Though I do love the one about being in the right place at the right time.

And on the subject of comics, Get Fuzzy takes on the Eugene, Oregon phone book — Hahahahahahah.

APOD with a stereo image of the Apollo 17 landing site — Sometimes I think about the fact that long after our species and all its works have turned to dust, the moon landing sites will still show evidence of our time here on Earth. Imagine future explorers from among the stars interpreting that — Neal Armstrong’s footprints should last longer than the fossils in the Olduvai Gorge have. I suppose this has already been used time and and again in SF, but it’s a haunting image.

Cool swing tricks — I am so not showing this link to the_child. (Thanks to Interrupting Gelastic Jew.)

The Lost Book Clubio9 on the self-referentialism of televsion. Still, I applaud. Now, how to get them reading Mainspring and Escapement….

sartorias with an amazing bit of video

“…the chains under which monkish ignorance and superstition had persuaded them to bind themselves”Language Log on Jefferson, Bush and the elision of ellipses.

Time in saddle: 0 minutes (still recovering from surgery)
Last night’s weigh-out: n/a
This morning’s weigh-in: 252.0
Currently reading: n/a

[personal] A little more updatery

Beach is cold and foggy. So am I. It was a rather difficult night, and that’s enough said about that.

There appears to be some extremely cool Escapement Amazon ] news forthcoming. Once it comes forth in a confirmable fashion, I will share.

Working today, then hanging with the family and writing. Omaha has been having some spectacularly bad weather. Next week’s travel may be interesting. In the mean time, I shall do what I always do and enjoy myself right where I am.

[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.

[links] Link salad for hump day

Fantasy Book Critic reviews Escapement Amazon ] — I think he liked it.

SCI FI WIRE covers Escapement

Boing Boing gives a shout out to this year’s Campbell nominees

PS Publishing talks about me, a little

The art of Eric Tan — This is very cool. Now on my daily browse.

PETA Targets Computer Programmers With String Of Bizarre Protests — I’m pretty damned sure I’m not believing this, but it’s still funny. (Thanks to lt260.)

Australian experience with fisheries restriction — A hot issue here in the Pacific Northwest, to be sure. (Thanks to lt260.)

Dynamic tower skyscraper — Fascinating a number of levels. (Snurched from Gizmodo.)

How to masturbate an elephant — This blog post is the reason the Internet was invented. All done now.

More on Dobson and Obama — A terrific rant from the Christian Left.

White House Refused to Open Pollutants E-Mail — More conservative “la-la-la, I can’t hear you” on global warming. Literally, in this case. (Snurched from theinferior4.)

Standing ovation for Clinton’s return to Washington — I believe I’ll be donating to help retire her campaign debt.

Time in saddle: 0 minutes (still recovering from surgery)
Last night’s weigh-out: n/a
This morning’s weigh-in: 257.2
Currently reading: The Alchemy of Stone by Ekaterina Sedia Amazon ]

[personal] A grand evening out

Went to dinner with garyomaha, elusivem, tillyjane and the_child at American Dream Pizza. I’m pretty wiped out, so probably shouldn’t have, but the boys are heading back to Nebraska Saturday and it was my last chance to see them.

I bragged, hard, on Jay Lake: Intelligently Redesigned. We’d read a couple of stories in the car on the way over, and just fallen out howling. I nearly ruptured myself laughing at djonn‘s story at the front of the book. I’m way too tired to do a proper job tonight of crediting the perpetrators and photographing the cover, but trust me, this will be a serious cult classic. A lot of people here want copies, but the press seems to be imaginary, at least judging by the 221B Baker Street address, so I’m going to have to petition my connections.

And don’t none of you perps think you’re getting away without signing this for me.

I am so lucky in my friends. Thank you all.

[books|cancer] You guys…

Had lunch with kenscholes today. He gave me a package. In it were two copies of an anthology entitled Jay Lake: Intelligently Redesigned. I eventually wiped the tears of joy and laughter from my eyes, only to find myself overwhelmed.

neutronjockey, you have a lot to answer for. You and a bunch of other folks. You guys are the greatest.

I’ll give more details later, when I have more time. For now…wow…

Just wow.

[personal|writing] Updatery of the rankest order

Got about 2/3 of the way through Green yesterday, reading the line edits and batting clean-up on the last few change notes. I’d really like to do a print-out for hard copy read through, but I doubt I have time between now and 6/30 for that.

Yesterday evening ran a little later than planned, then, in a fit of madness, I tried sleeping without the drugs. (This happened Sunday night by accident.) I’ll be functional today, but it won’t be pretty. Having my hair done this afternoon, then probably flat and quiet all evening. This is consistent with my “every other day” post-op energy levels, though the sleepless night doesn’t help.

Locus Awards this weekend, so I’ll be in Seattle from Friday afternoon to mid-day Sunday. Energy permitting, I’ll be at the Clarion West party Bill Gibson shindig Friday night. See some, all or none of you there.