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[links] Link salad says hello to darkness its old friend

Interview: Jay Lake — Ken Scholes interviews me for Lightspeed.

Hobbit’s Gollum Lacked Precioussss VitaminsAn offbeat study, released on Sunday, which concludes that the evil characters in J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” lost their battle against men, elves and dwarves because they suffered from vitamin deficiency. Uh… Rickets. Yeah. (Via David Goldman.)

Every argument you’ll ever need for singular ‘they’ — Not being a prescriptivist myself, and often in need of a gender-neutral third person singular pronoun in my own discourse, I am completely comfortable with the singular ‘they’. Which means I probably need to get off some peoples’ lawns.

Largest and Fastest to the Orient — I love this vintage travel poster.

Tourist distracted by Facebook falls off pier — Oops. (Via David Goldman.)

Caffeine + alcohol keeps your chromosomes just rightThe ends of your chromosomes are sensitive to a variety of environmental factors. Dang. Who knew?

Too Much InformationAre we prepared to know the genetic flaws of the unborn?

Biodegradable Batteries to Power Smart Medical DevicesBiodegradable Batteries to Power Smart Medical Devices.

Perfect enforcement: On the ground in the red light camera wars

The Sixth Mass Extinction: Why Climate Scientists’ Hair is on Fire

?otD: Are the words of the prophets written on the subway walls?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.0 hours fitful
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: 237.4
Number of FEMA troops on my block falsifying climate change data: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

[links] Link salad will mend your robbing ways

3 to 3: Orycon 2013 interview with Jay Lake — In which Camille Alexa interviews me.

The Church of the Brass Messiah — Hah!

Amazon to deliver by drone? Don’t believe the hypeJeff Bezos’s ‘plan’ for drone deliveries is little more than a publicity stunt – timed for the biggest online shopping day of the year.

Compulsory Monogamy in The Hunger Games — This story has it right. A polyamorous solution, logical and satisfying as it might be, would never have made it on to the pages of the book or into the film.

Robot Handjobs Are The Future, And The Future Is Coming — Uh, yeah. (Thanks, I think, to David Goldman.)

Pheromone Signaling of Male C. elegans Worm Shortens Hermaphrodite Lifespan

Evangelical historian remains key ally of right — More on the profound and knowing intellectual dishonesty of America’s Evangelical Right. That whole not bearing false witness thing in the Bible? It’s one of the optional Ten Commandments. Lying for Jesus is never a sin, I guess. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Dozens of same-sex couples wed in Hawaii as new law takes effect — Another bigotry domino fallen. Just for reference, have any of the Right’s apocalyptic predictions for gay marriage (and repeal of DADT) come true? Even remotely? Anywhere? Not that there is ever any accountability whatsoever for conservative hysteria, but still.

Since rich people don’t create jobs, why are conservatives taken seriously on economics?This isn’t he-said-she-said economic theory. This is known fact, demonstrable time and again through empirical evidence just like evolution or climate science. Since when have facts ever stood in the way of a conservative position? It’s an entire ideology founded on explicit rejection of reality. In their own words conservatives have made it clear they have no interest in evidence-based thinking, except when it supports their interests.

?otD: Was your father a man of wealth and power whom everyone obeyed?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: 241.2
Number of FEMA troops on my block forging presidential birth certificates: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

[links] Link salad knows what it’s like to be the sad man behind blue eyes

Jay Lake and the Story a Week Experiment — An interview with me by Catherine Schaff-Stump.

Want to win the JayWake edition of my new book Jay Lake’s Process of Writing? Here are the details

‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’: Can ‘Avengers’ magic make the jump to TV?

How Google Converted Language Translation Into a Problem of Vector Space MathematicsTo translate one language into another, find the linear transformation that maps one to the other. Simple, say a team of Google engineers. Wow, is there a lot of handwavium here.

The Broadcast Clock — (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Full Service: 1937 — A rather amusing photo from Depression-era Georgia by Dorothea Lange.

John William Keedy explores themes of anxiety and varied neuroses in his photography — Wow. (Thanks to Lisa Costello.)

Eagle vs Deer: Rare Images Caught on Camera — Wow. Watch the skies! (Via David Goldman.)
‘Yellow Brick Road’ Leading to Pirate Booty

Mystery Solved: Black Hole Belch Caused Galactic Glowow astronomers discovered signs of a massive, two-million-year-old “burp” at the Milky Way’s core.

How I Got Licensed to Carry a Concealed Gun in 32 States by Barely Trying — (Via [info]danjite.)

Florida attorney general delays execution for fundraiserFlorida Attorney General Pam Bondi has apologized for postponing an execution scheduled for Tuesday to accommodate a campaign fundraiser. The Republican is going ahead with the fundraiser at her waterfront home to kick off her reelection campaign. But she said Monday night that it was a mistake for her office to ask Gov. Rick Scott to delay the execution. The request was granted and the execution, which had been postponed twice before, is now scheduled for Oct. 1. Stay classy, conservative America. It’s what you do best. (Via [info]threeoutside.)

?otD: Are your dreams as empty as my conscience seems to be?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.25 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: 242.4
Number of FEMA troops on my block violating religious freedom by treating LGBTQ people like human beings: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

[links] Link salad builds boogie robots

Ken Scholes will be interviewing me for Lightspeed — He’s soliciting questions from you.

Pirates: A Long, Scurvy History

Nanotechnology students build low cost Atomic Force Microscope using LEGO — Because reasons! Tiny, tiny reasons. (Via David Goldman.)

Hawaii Molasses Spill: Better or Worse Than Oil? — Boston knew it first.

Climate Change Spells Trouble for AnglersNew science reveals threats to prize fishing streams in warming world. I never fail to be amazed at the lengths liberals will go to for their climate change hoax.

Qotd?: Did you say ‘cookie robots’?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.25 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)

[links] Link salad feels froggy and foggy and faint

Street’s Corner: Sci-Fi Writer Becomes Genomic Pioneer Science fiction writer Jay Lake turns a terminal cancer diagnosis into an opportunity to help mankind by being the first person to open source his entire genome on the internet. A television interview with me.

“Hook Agonistes” is available now![info]seanan_mcguire talks about our collaborative novella.

Richard Derus Talks About His Jay Lake Reading Project

Ten rules for writing fictionGet an accountant, abstain from sex and similes, cut, rewrite, then cut and rewrite again – if all else fails, pray. Inspired by Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing, we asked authors for their personal dos and don’ts. (Via Scott Frey.)

Ten of the Best Storybook Cottage Homes Around the World — So cool! (Via Lisa Costello.)

The Crumbling Chaos of Abandoned Amusement Parks — Cool stuff. (Via Lisa Costello.)

Time Travel? Don’t Forget to Pack Your Wormhole — I left mine at DS9.

Surprise! Your Flight Attendants are All Strangers

Phosphorous minerals stoke speculation of life beginning on MarsNew theories suggest our home world was merely a second stop.

Hedgefox Buys MetayachtMany people are trying to figure out why Jeff Bezos bought the Washington Post, so in the same spirit—the spirit of trying to understand the intentions of powerful people willing to pay to maintain the sensory organs of our society—I too will speculate. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Mega-canyon discovered beneath Greenland ice sheetThe formation has been hidden under ice for more than four million years.

Industrial Age soot blamed for mid-1800s Alps glacier retreatThe use of coal sent massive amounts of black carbon and other dark particles into the atmosphere.

How the Fukushima Ice Barrier Will Block Radioactive Groundwater Japan plans to stop leaking radioactive groundwater at Fukushima with an underground wall of ice. Here’s how it would work.

Pennsylvania court to consider marriage licenses for same-sex couples — Christianist bigots are losing, piece by piece.

Ohioans are split on gay marriage and not ready to overturn the state’s ban on it, poll shows — Sadly, in some places Christianist bigots still cling to power, following their own Savior’s injunction to love their neighbors by striving to deny basic human and civil rights to their fellow Americans.

The Guardian Partners Up with the New York Times Because America — Ah, freedom of speech. (Via [info]danjite.)

Qotd?: Are you still trapped in summer land?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.5 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minutes (stationary bike)
Weight: 244.4
Number of FEMA troops on my block closing gold courses for Agenda 21: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

[links] Link salad leaves the temple in a Fury

F CancerFlipping the Bird at Cancer is Just What the Doctor Ordered. In which I am extensively quoted.

A Place To Talk About Death And Dying, Cake And Tea Served — (Thanks to [info]scarlettina.)

Stem cells turned into cancer-killing immune cellsIn cases where immune therapy works, it could allow mass production of treatment. (Via Michael Fay.)

A Family Consents to a Medical Gift, 62 Years Later — What has finally become of Henrietta Lacks. (Via my Dad.)

Libations for the Dead: “Lekythoi” at The Ashmoleoan Museum, Oxford — (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

When Pigs Fly, Crayfish Whistle, and It Snows Red Snowflakes — When the first of Never comes. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

The History and Psychology of Clowns Being Scary You aren’t alone in your fear of makeup-clad entertainers; people have been frightened by clowns for centuries. (Thanks, I think, to [info]garyomaha.)

Peacock Spider — I never thought of arachnids as cute, but this is. (Via David Goldman.)

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World — (Via [info]willyumtx.)

Beer Can House — Because beer! (Thanks to [info]shsilver.)

Dr. Google Will See You Now — Identifying depression through search engine terms. (Thanks to Dad.)

Can UN scientists revive drive against climate change? — The headline is somewhat misleading, but the story is important, assuming you live in the world where the sky is blue rather than Republican-colored.

Making Choice to Halt at Door of Citizenship

The Price of Superheroism — This squib from Scrivener’s Error is bitterly hilarious.

Instructor shoots student in gun-safety class — Because more guns always make all of us safer, you pinko. (Via [info]danjite.)

Anti-Sharia lawmakers have new target: Crayola coloring book — Because being a conservative means never having to make any fucking sense at all. (Via [info]corwynofamber.)

Sequestration as government malpractice — (Via [info]threeoutside.)

QotD?: Ever drive a Plymouth?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 6.75 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours stationary bike
Weight: 249.4
Number of FEMA troops on my block vaccinating children to spread autism: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

[links] Link salad coughs the night away

HANNAH GREEN: Propelling Technology Through Fiction — A young journalist covers the Hyperloop, in part by interviewing SF writers, myself included.

What kills cancer patients — It’s not what you think. But yes, this. One reason I’ve lived so long with Stage IV metastatic colon cancer is that these things have been done properly to, by, and for me.

Sprites over Nebraska — Some cool stuff! (Thanks to [info]threeoutside.)

Eating the AppleOn being baptized into a technological religion. Interesting piece from a Jesuit writer on technology as religion. (Via [info]mikigarrison.)

95% chance that humans caused global warming, new report says — Ya think? All those liberal “facts” and “data”, and the overwhelming consensus of scientists with expertise in the field are all just liberal lies, after all.

While Your Child Is Still Alive: A Letter to Parents Who Aren’t Ready to March in the Pride Parade I wish someone had told me what I did not know: that having a living, breathing gay child who challenged me and caused me to be uncomfortable and uneasy, and whose desires caused me to lose sleep at night because of fear and worry, was vastly, immeasurably, infinitely better than having a gay child who is dead.

Dundee boy, 3, dies after shooting himself in the head — Guns. More guns.

Ex-GOP Operative’s Cancer Struggles Make Him An Obamacare Supporter — How come it always takes a personal disaster to open a conservative’s eye to human needs other than their own personal desires? As I keep saying, one of the defining characteristics of conservatism is a combination of lack of empathy and failure of imagination.

Detaining my partner: a failed attempt at intimidationThe detention of [Glenn Greenwald’s] partner, David Miranda, by UK authorities will have the opposite effect of the one intended. The UK government fights back against the Edward Snpwdem reporting. In an abusive and illegal manner completely consistent with the original charges. ([info]danjite.)

And No Warrants Shall Issue, Unless the King Says SoLowering the Bar on the Miranda detention.

Business groups aren’t too happy about Tea Party mania they helped unleashNational Journal’s Jill Lawrence has a good piece in which she interviews some of the top officials at these organizations, and finds they are shocked and dismayed by what they have wrought. You bought those idiot Republicans in office fair and square, guys. Welcome to the world we all have to live with them because of that empowerment of the Dunning-Kruger effect via Ayn Rand.

QotD?: Got sick?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 9.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (sick)
Weight: 246.6
Number of FEMA troops on my block forcing conservatives to enroll in Obamacare: 0
Currently reading: Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program by Sharon Salzberg

[links] Link salad loves a parade

Interview with Mary Robinette Kowal — Cool stuff. She is always sharp. (Via Marta Murvosh.)

Photoshopped Covers Of Book Titles With A Letter Missing Make My Books-And-Wordplay Loving Heart Go Pitter-Patter — Hahahahah. (Via Lisa Costello.)

Oldest Grave Decorated With Flowers Discovered In Israel

Scientists Coax Brain to Regenerate Cells Lost in Huntington’s Disease — Wow. (Via David Goldman.)

Eight Toxic Foods: A Little Chemical EducationCouldn’t anyone be bothered to look anything up? There are facts in this world, you know. Learn a few. Another place where liberal-progressives can be as fact-blind as conservatives. (Via David Goldman.)

Mysterious Bursts of Cosmic Radio Waves Detected from 11 Billion Light Years Away

Most common flag colors

Excitement in Russia as ex-spy offers marriage to Snowden

What the Leadership Change Means for Egypt’s Future and the Region

Republicans Have Tough Choices On Voting Rights Act — It’s tough to be intellectually or politically consistent when you’re a conservative. Too bad the rest of us have to get sucked into their paranoid fantasies.

The importance of Republicans with life experiencesListening to Cantor argue that he supports increased funding on medical research in part because of his ailing father reminded me of Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) arguing in support of marriage equality because of his gay son. And Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) changing his mind about Medicaid because of his own interactions with the program. Or any number of Republican policymakers changing their mind about federal disaster relief after it’s their constituents who are hit with a brutal storm. As I argued in March, it seems the key to American social progress in the 21st century is simple: more conservatives having more life experiences. I’ve said for years, contemporary American conservatism embodies a serious lack of both empathy and imagination. Cantor could neither imagine the problems nor empathize with their sufferers until he personally experienced it. Likewise Kirk, and so forth. (Via [info]scarlettina.)

QotD?: How many trombones?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (vacation)
Hours slept: 8.5 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (away from home)
Weight: n/a (away from home)
Number of FEMA troops on my block building mandatory gay marriage halls: 0
Currently reading: Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program by Sharon Salzberg; Snuff by Terry Pratchett

[links] Link salad wakes up with a JayCon hangover

No, That’s Not Too Much JayFile 770 is both kind and funny about me.

Mainspring (Jay Lake, Clockwork Earth #1) — A review of my novel by a readeer who really, really didn’t care for it.

Superman: Flying to a church near you — Well, ok then. (Via [info]shsilver.)

A Pocket-Sized Micro House Built To Withstand Severe Weather

Could a Surplus of California Milk Fulfill China’s Cheese Needs? — I was not aware that China had cheese needs.

Restoring Trees to Save the World’s Rarest Parrot

South Africa’s Cape parrot needs more yellowwood trees to survive.

La Salle’s long-lost ship?

QotD?: Are you as stonkered as I am?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (too many errands, not enough time)
Hours slept: 5.75 hours solid
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 248.0
Number of FEMA troops on my block leaking intelligence secrets: 0
Currently reading: Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program by Sharon Salzberg; Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett

[cancer] Field notes from Cancerland, birthday weekend edition


The Oregonian is running another interview with me today, entirely about my cancer experience. This piece by reported Jeff Baker is a followup to a profile they ran last year. It’s interesting to me to read about myself from a distinctly journalistic perspective. The coverage is friendly and sympathetic.

Sandra Tayler and the JayWake Book

The mighty @sandratayler is working on the Jay Wake Book. She’s looking for pictures, stories and other material about me. As Sandra says:

ur friend Jay has been diagnosed with terminal cancer and is hosting his own wake, Jay Wake, which Howard and I are attending. We know that other friends of Jay would love to be able to come, but can’t for a multitude of reasons. The Jay Wake Book is a project to let everyone participate in the celebration of Jay. I’ll be collecting stories, art, and photos of Jay to compile into the book. The first iteration of this book will be presented to Jay at Jay Wake. The second iteration will include stories and photos collected at Jay Wake. It will be made generally available either in electronic or print version.

Please contribute if you can.

Forthcoming Events

‘Tis the season and whatnot. JayFest is this coming Thursday at Powell’s Books Cedar Hills location. That’s a group signing and book fair featuring a dozen Northwest science fiction and fantasy authors. The book fair will run from 6 to 9 pm, with the group signing at 7 to 8 pm. I will be there, with various friends and family in tow.

Then this coming Saturday is JayCon XIII [ | LiveJournal ], my big, public birthday party. This will be at the Flying Pie on SE Stark Street in Portland. There is a good chance this is the last JayCon ever with me in attendance, and certainly the last one where I’ll be fully on my game socially and emotionally, so if you’ve ever been tempted, now’s your big chance.

And of course, JayWake is coming up July 27th, because if I can’t enjoy my own damned funeral, who can? There are guests coming in from all over. I’d love for you to be one of them.

Hand-Foot Syndrome

In the department of less fun things, my hand-foot syndrome is rapidly becoming even more annoying. This is of course a side effect of the Regorafenib I am currently taking in an attempt to slow my tumor growth. My feet ache and sting progressively more as the day goes by. Eventually I reach the point where I can walk only with substantial pain. At first they would ease up overnight as I slept, but these past two mornings, I’ve woken up still in pain. My hands are having equivalent problems. This makes many simple tasks and household chores rather difficult. Not to mention the whole business is distracting. We see one of the oncologists tomorrow to talk about the side effects and their management. I’ll also be having bloodwork done, as this medicine is a liver antagonist, and the liver is of course the part of my body which is under the heaviest assault from my cancer.

The To-Do List

Remember my enormous to-do list [ | LiveJournal ]? I continue to work my way through it. I’ll post a more detailed update in the next week or so, but suffice to say that this week forthcoming I have in addition to my oncology appointment also meetings with an attorney, an accountant and a financial planner. Plenty going on. I need to do it now, because the illness will likely slow me down soon enough.

[links] Link salad wakes up way too early

Science fiction star Jay Lake keeps writing as cancer closes in — Jeff Baker at The Oregonian interviews me again.

Review: Clockwork Fairy Tales: A Collection of Steampunk Fables — In which the reviewer rather liked my novelette, “You Will Attend Until Beauty Awakens”.

“The Stars Do Not Lie”, by Jay Lake — A positive review of my multiply nominated novella.

Landays — A fascinating essay on women’s culture and poetry in Afghanistan. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

How Not to Be Alone

The Insanity VirusSchizophrenia has long been blamed on bad genes or even bad parents. Wrong, says a growing group of psychiatrists. The real culprit, they claim, is a virus that lives entwined in every person’s DNA. (Via Lisa Costello.)

World’s roundest object — A funny science geek video. (Via [info]threeoutside.)

Bayes’ theorem: Its triumphs and discontentsLessons learned from 250 years of a famous statistical theorem.

Our One-Continent World: Pangea — Mapping political geography onto paleogeology.

QotD?: What time of the morning seems reasonable to you?

Writing time yesterday: 0.5 hours (revisions to “Rock of Ages”)
Hours slept: 5.75 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (exercise room was occupied)
Weight: 248.2
Number of FEMA troops on my block creating tornadoes for political distraction: 0
Currently reading: Making Money by Terry Pratchett

[links] Link salad knows there’s no love inside the icehouse

Rick Novy interviews me

The Canadian Who Won’t be Returning From the Stars[info]specficrider on a joint project of ours.

Will insurance cover genetic testing, preventive surgery?Women who discover they carry a hereditary gene mutation that dramatically increases their risk of breast and ovarian cancers face big decisions and the possibility of tens of thousands of dollars in medical costs. This story is a version of what I went through.

12 Tips from 12 Years Sick — Yep. I’m only barely into year six, but, yep. (Thanks to Lisa Costello.)

Star Trek: The Search for Science — The Bad Astronmer is much with the hilarity.

The secret laser-toting Soviet satellite that almost was — Here’s a little Cold War alt.hist for you.

Billion-Year-Old Water Found in Canada Holds Clues About Ancient Life — You really need to read the expiration dates on those gas station water bottles.

Hunting Pesky Pigs in Paradise — Ham sandwiches on the hoof, where they don’t belong.

Terahertz Image Reveals Goya’s Hidden Signature in Old Master PaintingDarkened varnish obscures Goya’s signature in a 1771 masterpiece, according to a new analysis using terahertz waves

The Spies Who BlunderedAlleged undercover CIA agent Ryan Fogle is one of many spies to bungle the job.

My Despair — Another of those sad, strange posts on Feminist Mormon Housewives where someone of apparent intelligence and progressive sensibilities finds their common sense and observations of the real world in profound conflict with their faith. If I were a faith-holder, I don’t think I could tolerate that much cognitive dissonance.

When did you choose to be straight? — Heh.

Christian denominations and marriage equality: A simple quizSlacktivist Fred Clark makes a point that many anti-gay bigots in pietist clothing would prefer to ignore. Christianists find it so much more comfortable to hate inconvenient people than to actually pay attention to their own morality.

What We Mean When We Say ‘Race Is a Social Construct’In a world where Kevin Garnett, Harold Ford, and Halle Berry all check “black” on the census, even the argument that racial labels refer to natural differences in physical traits doesn’t hold up. Ta-Nehisi Coates is far more elegant than I ever could be on this topic.

Tullahoma father being reckless when baby daughter shot, police say — Because guns make us all safer. Without the smiling protection of the NRA and the GOP, this dad wouldn’t have been able to exercise his theoretical defense of essentially liberties by blowing away his own child.

QotD?: Can you remember getting any older?

Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (0.5 revisions on my novella for METAtropolis: Green Space, plus WRPA)
Hours slept: 8.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 248.2
Number of FEMA troops on my block covering up evidence about Benghazi: 0
Currently reading: The Last Hero by Terry Pratchett