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[personal] A good evening in

My mother got sprung from the hospital this afternoon. As it happens, today was the day Mother of the Child had organized The Child’s (somewhat belated) family birthday party. calendula_witch was here, as were lillypond and The Niece. So we had a Chinese food feast, then festive cake with pumpkin ice cream, all of it something of a double celebration. (The Child’s favorite gift appeared to be the Yoyo Ma tickets her other grandparents gave her.)

I’m primary caregiver tonight and tomorrow, with all that implies. (Including a day off work.) My aunts, my mother’s sisters, should be arriving tomorrow evening, which will spread that responsibility around. After that, we’ll see how it goes forward.

For now, I sleep until the next medication alarm.

[links] Link salad tries to make a good impressionism

This week, Tor.com ran a pair of collaborative stories by me and , with an accompanying article by and an art blog post from Irene Gallo. The stories: “The Starship Mechanic” and “Looking For Truth in a Wild Blue Yonder

Post a Story for HaitiCrossed Genres hosts a writerly fundraiser for Haiti. My piece is here: [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]

I nominated @MatchesMalone for a Shorty Award in humor — He’s a very funny guy on Twitter. If you Tweet, check him out, as well as other possible Shorty nominees.

Contagious cancer: The evolution of a killer — Some fascinating stuff here, even if you don’t share my particular focus on this issue. Among other things, story fodder for you writer types.

The physics of space battles

Voice of the ancients — Hahahahahahahaha. Hippie nonsense. Hahahahahahahaha. This is hilariously snarky.

“Cheating on your wife is a deal breaker for Republican voters — but only if you’re a Democrat.” — Ah, yes, the vaunted intellectual and moral consistency of American conservatives.

Making out is its own reward — Roger Ebert on, among other things, the history of college sex. (And though it’s not his point, the piece also presents a very clear example of why people like me tend to assume sheer bugfuckery is the default position of conservative thought.) Ebert is a hell of a writer, how did I not know about him all these years?

Into the ClosetA question now is whether the opponents of same-sex marriage can plausibly claim, as their court papers have sought to do, that they face threats to their lives and property comparable to those faced by civil rights workers in the Deep South in the 1950s and 1960s. Ah, the conservative cult of victimization. People working assiduously to victimize others, who then try to claim their own rights are imperiled. Um, no. Sorry, conservative America. Could you at least pretend to stand up for your beliefs, especially while cramming them down the throats of an unwilling nation? And yes, I suppose it’s progress when conservatives are self-aware enough to be ashamed of their bigotry instead of proud of it. (Thanks to Scrivener’s Error.)

?otD: Manet or Monet?


1/16/2009
Body movement: 60 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 6.0
This morning’s weigh-in: 226.2
Currently reading: Bangkok 8 by John Burdett