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[links] Link salad metastatizes

Another Green ARC contest [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ] — Skip over there and tell me in comments why you should win a copy. Voting poll next week.

Publishers Weekly profile of — Written by yours truly. (One of my recent Sekrit Projekts.)

Charlie Stross on one-star Amazon reviews — Hahahahah.

on blogging in the spec fic community

on the history of emo — “No, really.”

The LJ comment thread on my vasectomy post is pretty damned funny — This may be a case of the obvious striking twice, but TMI warning. Or as puts it, a Lakism ahead.

took this marvelous photo of

Somali Pirates to acquire Citigroup — Hahahah. (Thanks to Scrivener’s Error.)

Asteroid Impacts Gave Crucial Spark to Early Life — I for one think “Late Heavy Bombardment” would be a great name for a rock band. Cool article, too.

Hidden Travels of the Atomic Bomb — Fascinating article on the realities of nuclear proliferation.

Race and the original Oregon constitution — Some shameful history of my adoptive state. (Thanks to .)

As Markets Waver, Treasury Yield Turns Negative — Your Bush Depression, looming ever larger. Look! Over there! A liberal menace!

?otD: What is Avagadro’s Number in Roman numerals?


12/10/08
Body movement: 40 minute stationary bike ride
This morning’s weigh-in: 219.4
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville

[books|contests] Green

Well, this morning I sent off the completed galley edits of Green.

This afternoon, the ARCs arrived:

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I guess it’s a Green day in my world!

ARC contest number two is now open. Tell me in comments why you should win an ARC for your own reading pleasure. Voting poll next week.

[contests] Belated announcement of the Post-Novel Ennui Contest winner

The voting poll for Post-Novel Ennui Contest [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ], here, has been closed since last week, but management inefficiencies here on this blog have interfered with a formal announcement of the results until now.

The winner is….

goulo, with his suggestion of:

Start learning Esperanto so you can use it in some weird historical fiction, as well as expand the way you think about using language generally.

goulo wins a personalized ARC of Green, once I have some, signed by me and mailed to him in Poland, or wherever the heck he will be wanting to receive mail.

Thank you for playing, everyone! There were some wonderful suggestions there.

[personal] Updatery of the rankest order

Home. Finally. Orycon didn’t go as smoothly as my Con experiences usually do — most rare for me, I ditched late panels and went home when I realized that my state of tired-and-crabby was interfering with my social persona. Discretion truly is sometimes the better of valor. I’d gone into the weekend in a pecked-to-death-by-pigeons mode, and never really regained my footing. (On the plus side, a week away from the scale with social dinners and Con food, and I maintained my departing weight.)

Afterwards, karindira and I went to my parents’ house for early Thanksgiving with a cast of dozen, including lillypond and a friend of hers, the Niece, Mother of the Child, the_child, and my aunt and uncle visiting from Texas.

Woke up with a horrendous anxiety dream straight out of college — the “oh, no, I forgot I registered for these courses and the exam in next week” dream. Compounded by me being naked on campus, having no cellphone to call for help, etc. I think that’s Fred complaining about the Tor galleys, except I’m on target for those. Or maybe he’s complaining about the latest Sekrit Projekt, but that’s not behind either.

In the shower this morning, I was thinking of Dahomean history, as one so often does at 5 am on a Monday. That led me to a story title, “Ritualized Forms of Judicial Murder”, which I will almost certainly use at some point in a doubtless delightfully lateral way. Which in turn reminds of a story idea I popped out over the weekend with a panel audience assist, about Sarah Palin, the end of time on Mayan calendar, and her efforts in the 2012 election to win the popul vuh-t: “The Alaskan Book of the Dead.” Sadly, stories that immediately topical can be very hard to sell, so it’s doubtful.

I owe a post on the winner of the Post-Novel Ennui Contest, but that will have to wait until this afternoon, or possibly my lunch break. Likewise, I owe a post on the results of the “Write a Story In an Hour” panel from Saturday. You will be sore amazed. Or possibly just sore.

Meanwhile, write more.

[links] Link salad will never be forgiven for whatever it’s done with the keys

This is the last day for the voting poll for the Post-Novel Ennui Contest [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ], here. I’ll close it tonight or tomorrow and announce the lucky winners.

Bruce Sterling on steampunk — (Thanks to scarlettina.)

Some really awesome metal sculpture — (Thanks to willyumtx.)

Freakonomics on bacon ice cream

Shorpy with the Old Hero of GettysburgBurns, born ca. 1793, was a 70-year-old veteran of the War of 1812 when he was wounded in the Battle of Gettysburg, having volunteered his services as a sharpshooter to the Federal Army. He died of pneumonia in 1872. Wow. That guy is a novel waiting to be written.

16th-Century Mapmaker’s Intriguing Knowledge — Anachronistic cartography. See also the Piri Reis map. There’s stories in them there maps. (Thanks to lt260.)

Bad Astronomy on stellar bow shocks — Weird, but cool.

Centauri Dreams on searching for Dyson spheres — Which, by curious coincidence, have been much on my mind with respect to Sunspin.

APOD with a very cool shuttle night launch photo — Longtime readers of this blog may recall my own shuttle night launch experience, complete with YouTube video!

CO2 Seeping Into Water Supply — More reality-based anthropogenic issues with the environment. Darn those liberally biased facts.

Question of the day: What is Leonard Cohen’s day job?


11/20/08
Body movement: 85 minute suburban walk
This morning’s weigh-in: n/a
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville

[links] Link salad does the Watusi, watches I Love Lucy

Don’t forget the voting poll for the Post-Novel Ennui Contest [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ], here. Vote early, vote often, influence your friends!

The Campbell Award Pin fundraiser is now underway. [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]

Pulp Magazines Struggle to Survive in Wired World — Simon Owens with a PBS article on the state of our field.

Non Sequitur on the rules of writing — Heh, yeah.

Photo Gallery: The World of Trench Warfare in Color — WWI history as you’ve rarely seen it. (Thanks to lt260.)

The Tabulator: 1917Shorpy with some seriously retro information technology.

Centauri Dreams with more on exoplanets — This is one of my favorite topics in science right now, in a big way.

Bad Astronomy on the oceans of Mars — Light from a distant sea, reflecting a red sky, showing us our own imaginations. Go, Schiaparelli!

The world has never seen such freezing heat — Scientific errors in global warming data. See the comments section as well. (Thanks to tetar.)

What’s a Christian Worldview? — Helpful hints from Focus on the Family. For example, let’s suppose you have bought the idea that beauty is in the eye of the beholder (secular relative truth) as opposed to beauty as defined by God’s purity and creativity (absolute truth). Wow. That’s a pretty bizarre definition of “truth”. Clearly I am not religious for epistemological reasons, if nothing else. (Thanks to danjite.)

Obama talks about his presidency — Worth the watch-and-listen.

Question of the day: Would you book yourself on a trip to the moon?


11/18/08
Body movement: 80 minute suburban walk
This morning’s weigh-in: n/a
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville

[links] Link salad for a travel day

Don’t forget the voting poll for the Post-Novel Ennui Contest [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ], here. Vote early, vote often, influence your friends!

The Campbell Award Pin fundraiser is now underway. [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]

Fail Blog with a punctuation win — For all you GSP types.

The Guru’s Handbook on teachers and moral codes — Interesting stuff. (The term “teacher” here is used in a fairly broad sense, not specifically formal education.)

The Other — And, snurched from The Guru’s Handbook link above, a fascinating post on the Other. Worth reading from both a sociocultural perspective and a character creation perspective.

Reducing the Risk of Human Extinction — Just in case you were wondering. (Thanks to danjite.)

Ten-Minute Blood Test — A cheap chip rapidly identifies cancer proteins in a drop of blood.

More clockwork bugs — Mmmm. (Thanks to willyumtx.)

NASA Restores Historic Lunar Orbiter Image — Some weird, cool, retrotech stuff going on here. (Hat tip to io9.com.)

The Next RNC Chair: Captain Of The GOP Titanic? — Despite the amusingly snarky headline, an interesting from-outside-the-GOP-box analysis of what happens next for the Republican party.

Question of the day: What, precisely, did Billie Joe McAllister throw off the Tallahatchie Bridge?


11/17/08
Body movement: airport walking
This morning’s weigh-in: 224.0
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville

[links] Link salad for a quiet Sunday

Don’t forget the voting poll for the Post-Novel Ennui Contest [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ], here. Vote early, vote often, influence your friends!

The Campbell Award Pin fundraiser is now underway. [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ] — And yes, I’ll be adding a PayPal link today, thanks to OSFCI.

A Backlash Grows in Bangalore Over Tech Revolution — Interesting take on the costs of globalization.

MILF shoots down US spy plane in Mindanao — World’s greatest headline. (Thanks to danjite.)

Blowback is a bitch — More on the politics of Proposition 8 donors. Money shot: You don’t get to heaven above by trampling someone else’s heaven on earth.

After Obama victory, an outbreak of racial anger — Conservative values in action. ‘Cause I’m pretty damned sure it’s not liberals starting dead pools on Obama and burning crosses.

Ted Stevens may face ouster from GOP Senate caucus“It’s important for Republicans to show that we are going to demand a high standard of ethics,” Denton said. Nice sentiment, but after the years of the Bush administration, the Permanent Majority and the K Street Project, why bother to start now?

Question of the day: What’s the frequency, Kenneth?


11/16/08
Body movement: 2 hour, 10 minute suburban walk
This morning’s weigh-in: 224.0
Currently reading: Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett

[links] Link salad listens to Pearl Jam

Don’t forget the voting poll for the Post-Novel Ennui Contest [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ], here. Vote early, vote often, influence your friends!

Jonathan Strahan on World Fantasy — What he said.

Centauri Dreams talks about the New Scientist article on the future of science fiction — “I’ve long believed that science fiction is less predictive than diagnostic.”

Vintagraph with the world’s best BBQ stand — I want one of these in my neighborhood.

Exploring Old Rome Without Air (or Time) Travel — Google Earth access to Constantine’s Rome. (Thanks to my Dad.)

How rocks evolve — Or how rocks were intelligently designed, if you have a room temperature IQ and an unduly credulous nature. (Thanks to lt260.)

Viewpoint: Bad case of Baghdadophobia — An Iraqi employee of BBC talks about life in Baghdad. I wish every conservative in America would read this, except I don’t suppose they would believe it anyway.

Question of the Day: How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could operate a Madill model 1800 log loader?

Editorial note: This blog is now open to suggestions for Question of the Day. Prizes may be forthcoming.


11/15/08
Body movement: 30 minutes on stationary bike
This morning’s weigh-in: 222.2
Currently reading: Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett

[links] Link salad for a Friday

In case you missed it yesterday, the Green cover from Dan Dos Santos via Irene Gallo at Tor is awesome [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]

This is the last full day of the post-novel ennui contest [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ] — I’ll be posting a voting poll sometime tomorrow. If you haven’t gotten an entry in yet for a chance to win an ARC of Green, do it now.

At Specialty Garage, Making Hybrids Even Greener — Automotive tuning, San Francisco style. (Thanks to lt260.)

Mud eruption ’caused by drilling’ — Indonesian mud volcano pr0n. (Thanks to lt260.)

bloggasm with an article on poll crashing

Where does the GOP go from here? — ABC on the next steps for the Republican Party. If the GOP is serious about Sarah Palin or Bobby Jindal as potential leaders for their next few years, I don’t think their fortunes are going to improve.

Election unleashes a flood of hope worldwide — I realize that contemporary conservatives are pretty much by definition indifferent to what the rest of the world thinks, but for those of us whose view of the world does not stop at the American shore, this kind of story is very good news indeed.

lilithsaintcrow on the election — Specifically, reflecting on both candidate’s post-election speeches. Moving stuff. (Thanks to lt260.)

Question of the day: What happened to my personal jetpack, anyway? All I have is this lousy talking cash register.


11/7/08
Body movement: 85 minute suburban walk
Last night’s weigh-out: n/a
This morning’s weigh-in: 224.0
Currently reading: Nightcraft Mother by Shannon Page