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[links] Link salad heads for the Piedmont

Same Book, Different…Book (includes spoilers) — Editor Gabrielle Harbowy talks about her reactions to my novel Green, and compares those reactions to a number of other reviews.

Steampunk themed cruise to be held on Navigator of the Seas — Including yours truly. USA Today blogs about this as well.

In an old furniture store far, far away… — More from Waterloo Productions, this time involving [info]the_child.

How not to talk to someone about their feelings…[info]alumiere is both wise and angry. Me, I despise the cult of optimism, so, what she said.

Space smells like seared steak, hot metal, astronauts reportAstronauts returning from spacewalks frequently report a distinct odor clinging to their spacesuits and equipment. In space, no one can hear you dream?

NASA tests ‘inflatable heat shield’ which unfurls in space and helps space ships float gently down to a planet’s surface

Catholic priest victims: NCAA too light on Penn StateWhen money was misspent at SMU, play is suspended. But when boys are raped and crimes are concealed at PSU, play continues. This sends absolutely the wrong signal. Football. Just like Wall Street, the money’s too big for there ever to be true accountability. Ain’t that America?

Loading the Climate Dice — Paul Krugman is thoughtful on climate change.

Deniers, disgust, and defamationWhenever I post about the reality of climate change, I get the usual chorus of denialist outrage. This includes the odd ad hominem or two, like the sneering “What does an astronomer know about the climate?”, because apparently not having an advanced degree in science makes someone a better judge of the data.

Fox News Banned From Canada – Law Forbids Lying On Broadcast NewsHarper’s attempts to make lying legal on Canadian television are a stark admission that right-wing political ideology can only dominate national debate through dishonest propaganda. Got it in one. (Snurched from [info]jess_ka.)

What I Learned in Law School — An attorney’s perspective on the Second Amendment and the Aurora shootings.

Guns versus cars — Philip Brewer responds to some discussions on my blog.

Romney to Olympians: ‘You didn’t get here solely on your own’ — So when Obama says that to businesspeople, that’s socialism, but when Romney says the same thing to athletes, it’s, um, what? More of that justly famed conservative intellectual consistency.

GOP Rep. Stands Up For Huma Abedin & Freedom Of Religion At Town Hall — Props to him for getting it right. The First Amendment’s guarantee of freedom of religion really does protect everyone.

GOP’s Obama obsession will lose it the election — A lot of people, including me, hated President Bush for a lot of reasons. Most of them were reality-based, whether or not they were objectively worthy of vilification. Most of what the GOP hates Obama for isn’t even particularly connected to reality. It’s just weird. And these are the people who used to mock “Bush derangement syndrome”.

?otD: Carolina in the morning?


7/24/2012
Writing time yesterday: 90 minutes (1,900 words to complete first draft of a requested short story, plus some revision time)
Body movement: n/a (airport walking to come)
Hours slept: 5.75 (solid)
Weight: 238.0
Currently reading: Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie

[personal] Stepping out into the dawn

Going on another trail hike this morning, with Team E— and [info]mlerules. Breaking in my new/old boots with a (hopefully) better pair of socks. This afternoon I’ll put more time into the current short story project, a requested horror piece entitled “Spendthrift”. Plus hanging out with my kid.

Tomorrow is a busy-as-usual day, then I’m off to North Carolina prior to the crack of dawn on Tuesday. If you’re anywhere within striking distance of Greensboro, consider coming to my open dinner Tuesday night [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ].

I get home from that trip very late Wednesday night, more like Thursday morning. Thursday after Day Jobbery, I’m off to my gig as resident pro at Cascade Writers, which will take me right through the weekend.

This week, I also plan to finish this short story, send the latest revision of the Going to Extremes outline to my agent, turn another round of effort on a book outline I’m working jointly with [info]calendula_witch, and get back to serious revisions on Other Me.

Busy much?

[links] Link salad wanders into the weekend

SFWA Northwest Reading Series — I am part of the October edition of this august event, hosted by [info]seanan_mcguire and also featuring [info]mkhobson. Stay tuned for details and reminders.

Life Under the Microscope — The Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition. (Thanks to [info]tillyjane.)

55 years ago, 6 stood under atomic bomb blast — on purpose

Report: Japan nuclear workers told to hide radiation levels — Clean and safe and too cheap to meter. Yep.

Stanford researchers produce first complete computer model of an organism

Kansas City Police End Standoff With Naked ArcherLowering the Bar is hilarious.

Seriously inappropriate Tweet from the NRA yesterday — Mmm. Gun rights.

58 Murders a year by Firearms in Britain, 8,775 in USThe international comparisons show conclusively that fewer gun owners per capita produce not only fewer murders by firearm, but fewer murders per capita over all. In the case of Britain, firearms murders are 30 times fewer than in the US per capita.

The Body Count — Roger Ebert on the Colorado shootings. This: I’m tired of repeating the obvious. I know with a dread certainty that I will change nobody’s mind. I will hear conspiracy theories from those who fear the government, I will hear about the need to raise a militia, and I will hear nothing about how 9,484 corpses in a year has helped anything. That is a high price to pay. What depresses me is that half of my fellow countrymen are prepared to pay it.

How Long will We let the National Rifle Association and Corrupt Politicians Kill our Children? — Juan Cole on the shootings.

The Dream of Maximum Guns — Ta-Nehisi Coates on the shootings.

A list of mass shootings in the United States since 2005 — It is sixty-five pages long. Contrast our response to these events with the Australian response to the Port Arthur massacre. That is what a sane and safe society looks like. Not us here in America. (In part via [info]danjite.)

George W. Bush to skip Republican National Convention — A crying shame, as I think the voting public needs a reminder of what happened the last time we elected Republican president: massive foreign wars, record deficits and nearly complete economic collapse. Luckily for the GOP, they and their friends in Your Liberal Media have convinced the public to blame Obama for what Bush did.

?otD: Who have you been grooving all week with?


7/21/2012
Writing time yesterday: 60 minutes (Going to Extremes outline)
Body movement: 60 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 7.0 (solid)
Weight: 237.4
Currently reading: Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie

[events] Talk at the Milwaukie Ledding Library

Last night I gave my talk at the Milwaukie Ledding Library. That was a lot of fun. People came and went during the course of the event, with perhaps twenty-five total in attendance. The librarian I was working with turned out to be a friend of [info]tillyjane‘s housemate from their college days. Small world, etc.

I don’t usually speak to library audiences, so it was an interesting twist to how I pitched my talk. I did get people to ask some questions, which was good. A young person wanted to know if Green’s leather armor was made from the hide of Endurance. Which was a hell of a good question that I wished I’d thought of when writing the book. (The answer would probably still have been “no”, but it would have been a nuanced, considered “no” instead of an “um…. no”.)

Afterwards while chatting a couple of teenagers hung around without saying much. One of them finally worked up the courage to ask about books and her sister. I won’t get into any more detail than that, but suffice to say the question was sweet and appropriate, and I was able to extend a small kindness that seemed to make several people very happy.

I like meeting people, and I like it even more when I reach them. My thanks to the staff of the Ledding Library for inviting me, and for going out of their way to make me feel welcome.