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[links] Link salad is horrified to discover morning comes every day

Tales for Canterbury — I am a contributor to a NZ charity antho in support of the recent earthquake there, with a reprint of my short story “Eggs For Breakfast”.

Fantasy Literature reviews Black Gate issue 14 — Including a very favorable mention of the collaborative story by Mike Jasper and me, “Devil on the Wind”.

METAtropolis: Cascadia reviewed in Turkish — I think they liked it, if Google’s language tools can be trusted.

Another Comment on the Eisler Decision — Dean Wesley Smith on an interesting development in publishing.

Why Preschool Shouldn’t Be Like SchoolNew research shows that teaching kids more and more, at ever-younger ages, may backfire. (Via [info]willyumtx.)

Coercive Sterilization? Think of the Children! — Some peculiar and discomfiting reading.

A Clever End Run Around the Movie-Streaming Gremlins — A strangely retrograde approach to movie streaming. (Thanks to my Dad.)

Equatorial Rains on Titan — The sirens they bathe in streaming starlight, wrapped by wind and wave.

Three inventions that will change the world — Shirley, Goodness and Mercy?

A take on nuclear power — Tobias Buckell on the costs of various power generation schemes.

xkcd radiatesBad Astronomy on xkcd on a rational assessment of the dangers of radiation from various sources.

After the earthquake: A long, hot summer — A fascinating description of Japan’s real problem regarding the power plants. (Via [info]nojay.)

100 Years of Air StrikesThe world’s first aerial bombing mission took place 100 years ago, over Libya. (Via [info]danjite.)

Top Ten Ways that Libya 2011 is Not Iraq 2003 — Hmmm.

?otD: How tiny are your Gashlycrumbs?


3/22/2011
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (took the day off to recover)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.25 hours (solid)
Weight: 252.4
Currently reading: A Bard’s Eye View, ed. Michael A. Ventrella; Honeyed Words by J.A. Pitts

[links] Link salad wakes up once more down in Oregon

Parthenon MoonAPOD with a great moonrise. We saw this same effect in Orlando Saturday night, framed by palm trees.

A flying wing airliner — A Sunday fantasy from x planes.

A legacy from the 1800s leaves Tokyo facing blackoutsA decision made at the dawn of the electric age is complicating Japan’s efforts to keep the lights on. (Via [info]danjite.)

The Big Dangers Still Faced at FukushimaThe issues that will determine the long-term impact of the nuclear crisis.

King crabs invade Antarctica — More liberal conspiracy from Mother Nature. Who you going to believe on global warming, Rush Limbaugh or that lying observational data?

How the No Fly Zone Can Succeed — WTF? I go away for the weekend and we start bombing another Islamic state?

?otD: Have you ever seen the Cascade volcanoes from the air?


3/21/2011
Writing time yesterday: 1.5 hours (WRPA, no Sunspin)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 4.5 hours (interrupted)
Weight: 256.2 (short sleep, lots of food and drinking?)
Currently reading: A Bard’s Eye View, ed. Michael A. Ventrella; Honeyed Words by J.A. Pitts

[links] Link salad has another day in the sun

Don’t Call Me, I Won’t Call You — The rise and fall of the phone call.

Why aren’t more women airline pilots?

Why don’t journalists link to primary sources?

Japan Earthquake not the “Big One”? — An article by a friend of mine.

?otD: Would you like a crocodile?


3/19/2011
Writing time yesterday: 2.0 hours (3,100 words on Sunspin)
Body movement: 50 minutes of meadow walking
Hours slept: 5.5 hours (solid)
Weight: n/a
Currently reading: A Bard’s Eye View, ed. Michael A. Ventrella; Honeyed Words by J.A. Pitts

[links] Link salad enjoys Orlando

Icy moon and distant rings — A stunning closeup of Saturn’s moon Enceladus.

An unusual shot of the XB-35

Japan Takes Extraordinary Measures to Cool Nuclear PlantU.S. officials also warn that the situation may be worse than official reports suggest. Lead shielded helicopters?

Pawlenty’s linguistic “southern strategy”? — Uh huh.

?otD: Egrets or herons?


3/18/2011
Writing time yesterday: 2.0 hours (2,800 words on Sunspin, minor revisions)
Body movement: 50 minutes of meadow walking
Hours slept: 5.5 hours (solid)
Weight: n/a
Currently reading: A Bard’s Eye View, ed. Michael A. Ventrella; Honeyed Words by J.A. Pitts

[links] Link salad heads for Florida

A reader reacts to Green — She liked it, I think. Also, a comment on the Endurance cover.

A reader reacts to Mainspring — A bit more mixed.

Pod Castle with Ken Liu’s “State Change” — A story originally published in Polyphony 4, edited by Deborah Layne and me.

Confessions of a Slush Reader: Why Should I Care? — I don’t necessarily agree with everything in this article, but it’s interesting reading.

“Writeprint” — Your new word for day. Textual analysis as a forensic tool.

Potential Health Effects of Radiation Exposure — Fukushima, Japan and you.

Is the AIR Supposed to be Blue? — A discussion of radiation dispersal.

Some in GOP grow tired of right wing — Psst. GOP. Welcome to the real America. The vast majority of us have been sick of the right wing for years.

[info]pecunium on the GOP’s efforts to turn Michigan into a banana republic. — Small government, yep.

?otD: Atlantic or Gulf coast?


3/17/2011
Writing time yesterday: 1.75 hours (2,700 words on Sunspin)
Body movement: airport walking to come
Hours slept: 5.5 hours (solid)
Weight: n/a (forgot)
Currently reading: A Bard’s Eye View, ed. Michael A. Ventrella

[links] Link salad gets in touch with your subsconsciousness

Pies Are Square?Scrivener’s Error with more on the Borders bankruptcy (including the whole books-as-consignment issue), the Harper-Collins ebook EULA kerfuffle, and other publishing news.

Passport Not Required — A review of a book about Americans serving in the British forces prior to our entry into WWII. (Thanks to [info]goulo.)

Superhuman or super sleepy: Short sleepers function on four hours — I love sleep, but I would love to recapture more time. And I already sleep less than most people.

Lost city of Atlantis, swamped by tsunami, may be found — Hmmm.

No Face, but Plants Like Life Too — It’s enough to make you go on a diet of Flintstones’ Vitamins and Red Bull.

The Northrop XB-35 flying wing bomber — With a B-17. Talk about your retrofuturism.

Fukushima’s Spreading ImpactJapan’s spiraling reactor accident threatens nuclear power’s future. Though as Josh Marshall has pointed out, we accept thousands of annual deaths and extreme environmental damage as part of the cost of doing business with fossil fuels, and no one panics.

Latest Updates on Japan’s Nuclear Crisis and Earthquake Aftermath — (As of Tuesday night/early Wednesday, U.S. time.)

What TMI Might Mean for Japan — Three Mile Island, radiation health physics and the Japanese nuclear crisis.

How much of Japan’s suffering can people comprehend?The uncomfortable truth is that the limit is extremely low.

America’s Great Passport Divide — A fascinating article, and map, about how passport holding correlates to a great many other political and cultural signifiers, including education level, general happiness and voting patterns. Color me unsurprised.

Palin and the “Party of Ideas” (II) — More from Larison on Palin and the GOP. It’s a bit rich to claim now that these political concerns have become secondary to concern for the intellectual integrity of the Republican Party, not least since there was no evidence of concern for this during the Bush era. Speaking as a liberal-progressive, I should point out to Mr. Larison that the intellectual integrity of the Republican party has been diminishing since the fall of Nixon, and effectively absent since the late Reagan administration.

Next up for Congress: repeal the law of gravity — The reality-based community loses more ground. Ultimately, even conservatives have to live in reality, too. That’s the real tragedy of their deliberate wrong-headedness: it has serious long-term consequences for everyone, including themselves.

Is the Anti–Birth Control Mob Losing Its Grip on Congress? — I personally don’t see any waning of this conservative obsession with using the government to control other people’s sexuality. I’d love to be wrong, and it would be nice for a change to see conservatives living up to their own loudly-stated principles about opposing government intrusion into private lives.

?otD: What dreams may come?


3/16/2011
Writing time yesterday: 2.0 hours (2,500 words on Sunspin, some outline work, some WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.25 hours (solid)
Weight: 253.4
Currently reading: A Bard’s Eye View, ed. Michael A. Ventrella

[links] Link salad tries to have a better day

‘Firefly’ rewatch: ‘Bushwhacked’ by rapacious space cannibals. And Doug Savant. Yes, this is Science Channel.

Egg no. 2 Appears — Chris Johnson updates on this year’s edition of the owl cam.

Trails of Tarnation — Strange western steampunkish horror. Coffee & cowboys. (Thanks to [info]goulo.)

The Eerie World of Abandoned ComputersUrban explorers document forgotten digital tools of another time. (Thanks to Dad.)

Cassini approaches Saturn — Some stunning video from APOD.

Earth’s molten core may affect our climate — Wow. (Via @Harkaway.)

Google Translate Should Get Peace Prize — (Via @glynmoody.)

Signs, signs, everywhere signs: Seeing God in tsunamis and everyday eventsIt’s only a matter of time — in fact, they’ve already started cropping up — before reality-challenged individuals begin pontificating about what God could have possibly been so hot-and-bothered about to trigger last week’s devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan. […] But from a psychological perspective, what type of mind does it take to see unexpected natural events such as the horrifying scenes still unfolding in Japan as “signs” or “omens” related to human behaviors? (Via David Goldman.)

Some Perspective On The Japan Earthquake — A fantastic overview from an American living in Japan. (Snurched from this likewise excellent post by [info]tongodeon.)

‘Unprotected Texts’: The Bible On Sex And Marriage — Coz, you know, it’s the literal word of God and all.

What would the Obama campaign think of the Obama administration? — Ezra Klein on Bradley Manning.

Palin and the “Party of Ideas” — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison with some observation on Palin’s relationship to the GOP.

?otD: What question would you like to ask me?


3/15/2011
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (sick day)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.25 hours (solid)
Weight: 253.0
Currently reading: A Bard’s Eye View, ed. Michael A. Ventrella

[links] Link salad wakes up slow and cold

Rich Horton says good things about several of my stories in DAW anthologies — Also gives a shout out to [info]calendula_witch.

Announcing Ken Scholes! — Cascade Writers confirms that Ken Scholes is taking over my slot at this summer’s workshop. There are still a few registrations open.

Science fiction author begins war of the books worldsStephen Hunt has grown so tired of the marginal status of his chosen genre that he has begun campaigning for equal genre rights. Really. Who reads that Stephen King stuff, anyway? Or J.K. Rowling?

The Ashtray: The Ultimatum (Part 1) — A fascinating article about Thomas Kuhn, among others. (Snurched from [info]susansugarspun.)

How the Internet Tried to Kill Me —This is funny. (Via Dad.)

Archaeologists unearth Neolithic henge at Stonehenge — (Via Emily Siskin.)

Language Log on the history of the word ‘tsunami’ in English — When I was a kid, I swear we still called them ‘tidal waves’.

This photo from Japan is beautiful and heartbreaking — Yes, it is miscaptioned, and it appears to date from a 2006 earthquake. It’s still a powerful image.

[info]pecunium with some links to before-and-after images of Japan — (Via [info]lt260.)

[info]cathshaffer is sensible about Japan’s current post-tsunami nuclear issues, and the coverage thereof

?otD: Daylight savings time: threat or menace?


3/14/2011
Writing time yesterday: 1.75 hours (2,800 words on Sunspin)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (solid)
Weight: 253.0
Currently reading: Between books

[links] Link salad bucks the morning

The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror, 2011 toc announced — Includes my short story from the Maurice Broaddus-edited Dark Faith anthology, “Mother Urban’s Booke of Dayes”.

J.A. Pitts with a stellar author moment

The Northrop XP-79 “Flying Ram”, circa 1945x planes with one of those aircraft photos that makes you doubt the sanity of test pilots all over again.

Antimatter: The Conundrum of Storage

Workers scramble to cool reactors; official says 2nd blast possible — Sigh.

Quake moved Japan coast 8 feet, shifted Earth’s axis

Why cigarette packs matterBad Science on the behavioral effects of cigarette packaging.

Politically Expedient Sexism — Skanky politics from alleged moderates. This is wrong on so many levels.

U.S. Sends Conflicting Signals On Gay Marriage Law — As always, Right wing rage at the Obama administration is misplaced and historically ignorant. But I repeat myself.

?otD: Rodeo or roller derby? Please show your work.


3/13/2011
Writing time yesterday: 1.75 hours (2,500 words on Sunspin)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.25 hours (interrupted)
Weight: n/a (forgot again, darn it)
Currently reading: Esprit de Corps by Lawrence Durrell

[links] Link salad takes out its guitar and plays

A reader reacts to Escapement — And Pinion.

Adam Engst on iPad and ereaders — Interesting thoughts on the ebooks publishing process. (Via a mailing list I’m on.)

Language nudges ArtLanguage Log on linguistic gender and cheese. Mmm.

Similar quake due to hit Northwest — Home, sweet home.

A false color map of the Honshu earthquake’s tsunami wave height — One of the more frightening images I’ve ever seen, in a weird way. (Via Bad Astronomy.)

Japanese official says pumping system caused nuclear plant blast — I really feel for Japan already, but this is a twist that cuts deeply into a unique scar on their cultural psyche.

How Japan’s Earthquake and Tsunami Warning Systems WorkThe world’s only earthquake warning system likely helped limit damage and loss of life. Government spending in action.

Coase Goes to War — Bribery as a precision guided munition.

New FAA Rule Turns Airplane Lavatories Into Deadly Traps — To quote [info]danjite “Number of terrorist attacks on US planes per year, average: 0 Number of legitimate deployments of oxygen masks per year: 40-50. FAA: Remove oxygen from toilets to prevent terrorism!”

[info]pecunium on how government regulation saves lives

Dumbing Deficits Down — Paul Krugman on deficits, healthcare and the disingenuousness of politicians.

?otD: Heavy metal or easy listening?


3/12/2011
Writing time yesterday: 2.75 hours (2,800 words on Sunspin, much WRPA)
Body movement: Urban hiking to come
Hours slept: 8.0 hours (interrupted)
Weight: n/a (forgot)
Currently reading: Esprit de Corps by Lawrence Durrell

[sale] A bit more news

My Mainspring novella “Chain of Fools” has been confirmed for a translated appearance the June issue of the Japanese magazine Hayakawa SF. The sequel (and steampunk astronaut story) “Chain of Stars” will be appearing in translation in Web publication in Japan later this year as well.

In other news, short story “Jefferson’s West” has sold to the anthology Boondocks Fantasy forthcoming from DAW. This is in continuity with Original Destiny, Manifest Sin, for those following along at home.

[personal|family] More medical updates

Without getting into her privacy overmuch, Mother of the Child will be in the hospital at least through the end of the week. A complication from a minor outpatient procedure yesterday has produced a potentially life-threatening infection. spent the night at a friend’s (and is on spring break this week and next), but I need to collect her this morning. She has a very difficult attitude about medical issues since my cancer onset in 2008, so this will be a week of supreme parenting challenges.

I of course was virtually useless last night due to chemo fatigue. My parents handled the vast majority of logistics and the inter-hospital transfer that happened mid-evening, while I came home and collapsed. I still managed to not-sleep, and here prior to 6 am, my scars are already aching, which is generally a Very Bad Sign. Fatigue is also a critical issue for me.

The universe being what it is, yesterday Pinion came out in trade hardback, while I sold a novella to Hayakawa for Japanese translation, and and I sold a new jointly-authored story. My first romance, I believe.

The universe also being what it is, this is the second book release date of mine marred by a major ER admission. My initial expression of colon cancer symptoms led to an ER admit on the day that the Mainspring mass market paperback was released. Yesterday’s release of Pinion coincided with this issue of Mother of the Child’s. Oh, the fricking irony.

It’s going to be a very difficult week for everybody, but especially . I still plan to be at Powell’s Cedar Hills tomorrow for my one-stop book tour. I’ll update if major changes occur.