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[publishing|cancer] Some good news, and some career thoughts

First of all, my recent Asimov’s steampunk lost colony religious novella, “The Stars Do Not Lie”, has been acquired by Gardner Dozois for next year’s edition of Year’s Best Science Fiction. I am quite pleased, and also more than slightly boggled to be included at novella length. I’m pretty familiar with word count budgets in anthologies, after all.

Yay me!

This is a small glimmer of good news in what has otherwise been a discouraging couple of years for me in my career. Cancer and its discontents have cut my overall productivity by at least half. My mortality odds combined with my treatment paths mean I’ll likely not write very many more books in my lifetime — two if I’m a little lucky, maybe a few more if I’m a lot lucky. Even short fiction is a real challenge. I expect to be able to finish “Rock of Ages”, my METAtropolis: Green Space novella, before my brain fries out completely, but I won’t likely write any more new fiction before June of next year.

All of this means the Sunspin project is two years behind schedule. It means due to productivity issues and a lack of ability to respond to market requirements, I’ll be pretty much losing my shelf space in the Tor stable after Kalimpura is published. It means my short fiction output has tumbled to handful of stories a year. It probably means my career is never really going to come back, unless we beat some serious odds and put this cancer down and I have some years of run room to build back up to my old pace of writing.

At the same time, my social and public role in the field continues to diminish. I’m not at World Fantasy Convention right now due to chemotherapy. I won’t make any convention or public appearances between now and Memorial Day of 2013 at the earliest. Depending on how quickly and vigorously my cancer comes back after this round, my window for future appearances may be slim to none.

I’ve said off and on having cancer is like dying by degrees. The disease drives everyone around me to distraction, desperation and beyond. It saps my energy, my time, my parenting, my writing, my ability to love and live. It’s eroded everything from my publishing career to my sexuality.

Loss. So much of my life is loss.

Yet still I write. Still I celebrate my successes, such as this YBSF nod. Still I plan future projects and seek creative ways (such as collaboration) to get existing projects to market. Because as sad and dire as this all makes me feel, I don’t give up.

I just wish I didn’t have to fight so hard to retain less and less every year.

[cancer|personal] Another chemo, another week

Another chemo done. As expected, they’re getting tougher. The Vectibix rash is already firing up across my forehead, and intensifying on my chest and back where it never went away. I figure for my face to be a major disaster in another day or two. Likewise the emotional and cognitive effects are powerful right now. A lot of stress in the family, especially on [info]the_child, who is taking this all pretty rough. At least my Dad’s ER visit is better.

My fatigue and general single-thresdedness make it very hard for me to follow up on things. By the time I’m done with Day Jobbery — ie, making money to pay the mortgage and keeping myself in insurance coverage to pay the cancer — I am well and truly baked. I owe some signed books from weeks ago. I owe some ARCs out now. I need to close out the Kalimpura caption contest. I need to finish photodocumenting the lovely flood of bells and spoons I’ve received, so I can make a thank you post. I need, I need, I need. I doubt I’ll get any of that done today, immediately post-chemo, and I’ll be lucky to get one element done tomorrow, if my focus isn’t disrupted by the usual round of personal and family crisis that has dominated lately.

I will as always survive, but it’s rough, tough and slow.

[writing] “A Stranger Comes to Kalimpura” off to market

Spent about two and half hours revising my Green novelette “A Stranger Comes to Kalimpura”. Oddly enough, I landed at 14,900 words, out of an originally targeted 15,000 words. Funny how that works out.

I treated this short piece like I treat novel revisions these days, with multiple reading and editing passes, as well as an audio pass. That is very much worth the trouble, though the final rounds of changes tend to be fairly subtle.

It was an interesting story to work on in other ways. For one thing, it’s about an outside context problem. Admittedly, having Green resolve this is a bit of a cheat, since by definition, outside context problems can’t be solved within the cultural framework in which they occur. On the other hand, since her very beginnings as a short story in Aeon magazine, long before there were three novels and half a dozen pieces of short fiction about her, Green has been a master recontextualizer.

For another thing, it’s about Green at around thirty years of age. I had originally stated her age at twenty-five, but that created continuity conflicts with the final scenes of Kalimpura. The age of thirty nicely puts her daughter Marya at the same age as Green herself in the events of Endurance and Kalimpura, creating some strong implied conflict that I touch on only briefly in the course of “A Stranger Comes to Kalimpura”, but that I might profitably revisit in future projects. Not to mention the whole “What is this ageing that steals upon me like a sunset shadow” thing that people start to go through when they begin to viscerally comprehend that they’re not going to be young and beautiful forever.

Mostly, though, it was fun to finish a piece. Now “A Stranger Comes to Kalimpura” is off to market. We’ll see what the editor thinks.

Next up, a Sekrit Projekt novella for which there has been substantial pre-gaming with the writing team involved. I’ll announce when I can, but it’s cool as hell, and getting cooler. I probably won’t start laying down new prose today, as I have to do 60,000 or 70,000 words of background reading to refresh continuity before I begin writing, but I’ll get all my pins set. When I emerge from the fog of this coming Friday’s chemo session, I hope to write like a demon.

[links] Link salad is always in the front and not the rear

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Outlawed by Amazon DRMA couple of days a go, my friend Linn sent me an e-mail, being very frustrated: Amazon just closed her account and wiped her Kindle. Without notice. Without explanation. This is DRM at it’s worst. If you think Amazon is your friend, you are sadly mistaken. A lesson I learned the hard way a couple of years ago myself. (Via [info]goulo.)

Hobbes and Bacon — Hahahah. (Via Janelle Lohr.)

Daily Idioms — More like weekly, given the posting frequency, but ZOMG are these some amazingly cool links. (Via Lisa Costello.)

Big Trouble in Little China + Gangnam Style. John Carpenter approves. — The bog mindless… (Via Lisa Costello.)

Soldiers Lost and Found: Students Rediscover the Fallen — History, one war casualty at a time. (Via [info]danjite.)

Elephants — Not to mention incendiary pigs and howdah pistols. And Special Forces field manuals. And, um, yeah. Because reasons, that’s why! (Snurched from Daily Idioms.)

The Urine Wheel — Mmm. Pee-a-licious. (Via Lisa Costello.)

Dissolving electronics – medical sensors that disintegrate after a fixed time — This is some serious cool.

Mammatus Clouds Over Saskatchewan — I’ve seen these in Texas.

Coal-Eating Microbes Might Create Vast Amounts of Natural GasCompanies are demonstrating a novel way to turn inaccessible coal into usable fuel.

L’Aquila quake: Italy scientists guilty of manslaughter — This is kind of freaky. Has the American conservative “science is lies from the pit of hell” attitude infected Italian politics as well? Or let me put this more succinctly: this is fucking insane. More here.

Carbon dating to 50,000 yearsAn article in Friday’s Science magazine details how a team of scientists provided a calibration for carbon dating accurately to 50,000 years, or about 10 times the age of the earth according to many creationists. Amazing how accurate and detailed those lies from the pit of hell can be. Warning: Facts not valid for conservatives. (Via [info]threeoutside.)

Costumed Pa. girl mistaken for skunk, shot Police say a costumed 9-year-old girl was accidentally shot outside a western Pennsylvania home during a Halloween party by a relative who thought she was a skunk. If you’re one of America’s gun owners, how’s that whole defense of essential liberties thing working out for you? Sure worked out well for this kid, didn’t it? I’ll bet she’s grateful as hell for the NRA and the GOP vigorously standing up for her right to be shot at a party.

CNN anchor to hate group: “I am a proud, card-carrying member” of the gay gestapoRepublicans think truth has a liberal bias, so they lie routinely as a matter of strategy.

International monitors at US polling spots draw criticism from voter fraud groups — Now Kazakhstan is monitoring our elections. Guess who objects? Conservatives: the very same people committing wholesale voter suppression and fraud. (Via David Goldman.)

Steve King: Comparing Immigrants To Dogs Was ‘A Compliment’ — Stay classy, conservative America. It’s what you do best. (Via my Aunt M.)

Akin: McCaskill fetches expansive government “like a dog” — Mr. Legitimate Rape is at it again. Stay classy, conservative America. It’s what you do best.

Can a businessman help the economy? For presidents, the answer has been no.The startling bottom line is that the nation’s GDP has grown more than 45 times faster under presidents with little or no business experience than it has under presidents with successful business careers. And on average, when there has been a successful businessman in the Oval Office (so, Truman is excluded), GDP growth has been negligible. I’ve never understood why business experience is a selling point for political office. Governments are not for profit entities, nor are they non-profit entities in the 501©3 sense. (Via David Goldman.)

A ‘greatest hits’ of misleading Romney claims — Once again, we see the guiding principle of contemporary conservatism: When you can’t win on your ideas, lie.

Romney’s Major Flip-Flops in the Third Debate — Remember when Republicans despised John Kerry for a flip-flopper? Yeah, neither do they.

Verdict on the Foreign Policy Debate — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison on last night’s debate. A review of the transcript will show that Romney delivered a lot of incoherent answers, but that probably won’t hurt him with most viewers. Likely Republican voters in a nutshell, right there.

The Undisclosed Mitt RomneyWith the presidential election just two weeks away, Romney’s gamble may be paying off. He has failed to specify where he would wield the budget knife, and he has defied, with a striking degree of success, the relatively quiet group of people who have called for him to honor a host of traditional disclosure and campaign practices. Post-truth campaigning is succeeding admirably for Romney and the GOP so far. Which may be a death knell for honest politics in America, insofar as they’ve been honest before this point.

?otD: What does a beaver do when she’s lost and cold?


10/23/2012
Writing time yesterday: 2.5 hours (revisions on “A Stranger Comes to Kalimpura”)
Body movement: 0.5 hour stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.0 hours
Weight: 230.0
Currently reading: n/a

[links] Link salad wishes the Child a Happy Birthday

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Cliff Nest> — The shadow hunters of underground Thailand. Wow.

A Space Shuttle on the Streets of Los Angeles — Cool time lapse video.

Fish Can Cloak, Become Invisible to PredatorsSilver-colored fish, such as herring, sardines and sprat, are bending the laws of physics, according to a new study published in Nature Photonics. The ability allows the fish to become invisible to predators. Ye canna’ break the laws of physics, Jim.

Spa Massacre By Estranged Husband With Restraining Order — So, how many of your essential liberties did your guns defend yesterday? Were they worth these lives, too? Because that’s what your guns cost every day: other people’s lives. Thank god for the NRA and the Republican party: protecting the right of the angry to massacre.

Romnesia — President Obama, on fire. Romnesia, in case you missed it over the weekend. This is hilarious.

Issa defends releasing documents — This would be the same Congressman Issa who promised Congressional investigations of the Obama administration on virtually everything. Because reasons! More on the sterling qualities of this leading conservative.

Undecided Voters That Have No Business Being Undecided — I have to admit, I find the whole undecided voter phenomenon more than a bit baffling. On the other hand, I find likely Republican voters baffling, too, on the basis of logic, sheer common sense, and the GOP’s actual record in office. (Look at the balance of the budget and the overall deficit the day Bush took office and compare those to the day he left, for one of the simplest and least controversial measures of the colossal failure of conservative governance and values that I can imagine.) But I suppose that’s my own confirmation bias speaking.

The feedback loop catches up with Romney — Regarding Romney’s constant lying. The question is: Why shouldn’t he do it? Republican-aligned media surely aren’t going to call him on it. Indeed, within the GOP political loop, there’s no one who is even going to realize that they have a basic factual thing wrong; that’s what happens when you convince yourself that the neutral press is out to get you, and you’ve trained your supporters to only pay attention to what they hear on Fox News and the Rush Limbaugh program, so you had better stay tuned to them yourself or else you won’t be able to talk the way you need to. Of course, that’s how a candidate winds up insulting half of America, because that’s what high-level party donors expect to hear. I’m old enough to remember when Republicans loudly proclaimed that “character counts”. Not anymore, clearly. Or perhaps character only counts for Democrats and liberal-progressives. Especially in a post-truth world where conservatives cannot win on their ideas, and so must lie. (“I don’t have time to go into that”, “we’ll tell you after the election”, etc.)

?otD: When is your birthday?


10/22/2012
Writing time yesterday: 2.5 hours (Sekrit Projekt, 0.25 hours revisions on “A Stranger Comes to Kalimpura”)
Body movement: 0.5 hour stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 9.0 hours
Weight: 229.2
Currently reading: n/a

[links] Link salad wants to cast Andy Serkis and Sean Astin in a live action Ren and Stimpy

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The Cranky Cave Troll — This explains the attack in the Mines of Moria far better than Peter Jackson ever did. Heh heh heh.

The 10 Most Defining Performances in the History of Genre Television — You’ll probably quibble with the picks, but it’s a fun list.

Claws out for pilfering pussycat Sally McLellan‘s cat makes the papers. See the cat’s Facebook page here.

Penicillin as an Aphrodisiac? — The law of unintended consequences strikes again.

Life and soul of the Mars party — Heh.

Centauri B: Targets and PossibilitiesCentauri Dreams on the problems of Going There.

In origin-of-life experiment, cooperative molecules win outRNAs that help each other assemble are more effective than selfish replicators. Interesting in its own right, but the multilayered political and cultural metaphor really writes itself here, doesn’t it?

Preacher Gives Interesting Gay Rights Speech…wait for it — This is about three minutes long, and very much worth the watching. All the way through. (Via [info]willyumtx and other sources.)

“Are You Not Entertained?” — The banal, everyday evil of people who think they’re doing good. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Life and Sex This isn’t to say that the conservative concern over sexual ethics is wrong-headed. It’s just that it has been folded into the Pro-Life conversation in a way that confuses the picture. You think you’re talking about life when we are often talking about sex (and its consequences). In my personal opinion, you can’t have it both ways from a policy perspective. If you want to protect life then that’s the priority, that’s what you have to do. The “pro-life” movement is about nothing more than controlling the behavior of others whom pro-lifers disapprove of. But then, that’s pretty much the entire conservative movement in a nutshell, isn’t it? Controlling the behavior of others so conservatives can feel better about themselves. That’s precisely the reason why conservatism explicitly depends on generating more “angry white guys” for its survival. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Election facts support Obama — Those liberal “facts” can’t hold a candle to conservative truthiness, though. Not in the post-truth world the GOP is dragging us all into.

?otD: Are you an eediot?


10/21/2012
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo fatigue)
Body movement: 0.5 hour stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 10.0 (9.0 hours solid, plus napping and dozing)
Weight: 229.2
Currently reading: n/a

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7 gross wonders across America

The Long Battle to Rethink Mental Illness in Children — Sigh.

Banana Boat sunscreen recalled after burn injuriesEnergizer Holdings on Friday recalled dozens of its Banana Boat sunscreen products after reports of consumers catching on fire after the using the products. Um, wow.

Sleeping Astronaut Causes Earthquake on the Moon — This is both cool and funny. And pretty damned strange.

10 Best Things Jean-Claude Van Damme Has Ever Said — Wow.

Stick to my knitting — Roger Ebert on being criticized for writing about politics.

The Opiate of Exceptionalism — A powerful piece about the lies we tell ourselves all across the political spectrum. It’s self-evident that conservatives are far more deeply enmeshed in the myth of American exceptionalism, but liberal-progressives play that game pretty well also.

Dust Storm in the Great Plains — Nothing to see here, citizen. No climate issues to be concerned about. Please move along and continue listening to that nice Mr. Limbaugh.

Man Tied To Va. GOP Arrested In Voter Form Destruction — No wonder the Republicans are so obsessed with voter fraud. They’ve been committing it wholesale across the country themselves. They know the problem is real, as they are the problem. The solution (like most conservative solutions) is naturally to punish poor people, brown people and old people some more.

A Republican Reveals Too Much About Abortion All a ban on abortion would really do is hurt poor women, with no material benefit for men at all. Still, in our modern age where the conservative movement seems to be fueled mainly by the politics of resentment, such a Pyrrhic victory might be enough. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Walsh, Duckworth clash on Medicare, abortionAsked by reporters after the debate if he was saying that it’s never medically necessary to conduct an abortion to save the life of a mother, Walsh responded, “Absolutely.” Speaking as someone whose spouse went through a medically necessary abortion to remove a nonviable fetus that had not spontaneously miscarried in four weeks after the cessation of heartbeat, you, Republican Rep. Joe Walsh, can fuck off and die to the deepest burning hell you pretend to believe in as part of your Christianist cult. This kind of flat out, stupid, cruel, self-serving lie is why I can never be a conservative. Ever. And I don’t see how any sane, humane citizen could. Not when you have to accept and support this crap as part of your political convictions.

GOP congressman admits Paul Ryan, GOP will “end” Medicare — Wow. An honest Republican. Oops.

The GOP’s Secularism ProblemMore Americans than ever are shunning their churches, fed up with the fusion of religion offered by conservatives. Is the GOP base to blame? In a word, yes. Simple answers to simple questions. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Soup Kitchen In Paul Ryan Photo-Op Faces Donor Backlash — So let me get this straight. Your doofus candidate gets the bright idea to stage a fake photo-op, so now you’re pulling donations and making threats against the soup kitchen Paul Ryan misused for his political gain? Stay classy, conservative America. It’s what you do best.

The truth about what Candy Crowley said — Amazingly, the facts do not support the conservative narrative. Like that‘s ever happened before.

Mrs. Romney: Mitt’s mission in Paris mansion was similar to VietnamShe went on to explain that doing a Mormon mission in a place like Paris – where Mitt lived in a mansion (with his own own butler and houseboy who prepared all the meals); a mansion so posh that it went on to become a foreign embassy – is a similar “service to our country” as those who fought and risked their lives, and died, in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. Um… Wow?

Salt Lake Tribune endorses President Obama over Mitt Romney, who organized city’s OlympicsThe Tribune, published by MediaNews Group, criticized Romney’s “servile courtship of the Tea Party” to win his party’s nomination and called him “shameless” in pandering to various constituencies, terming him the GOP’s “shape-shifting nominee. Isn’t that basically the hometown paper of the Mormon church? In one of the most politically conservative cities in the United States? Geeze, Mittens, that’s got to leave a mark.

?otD: How deadly is your bee sting?


10/20/2012
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo fatigue)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (overslept)
Hours slept: 10.5 (9.0 hours solid, plus napping and dozing)
Weight: 228.2
Currently reading: n/a

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Why Are Some Publishers So Wrong About Fair Use? | Peer to Peer Review — (Via [info]tillyjane.)

Over 150 Valuable Roman Coins Go On Display — (Via Lisa Costello.)

Why Windows Just Can’t Win

Understanding the Zombie Teen’s Body Clock — Yeah, I got one of these.

“Third kind of computer” learns cancer medicineIBM’s Watson computer is building its knowledge-base for its first ‘serious’ uses. (Via [info]danjite.)

Mortify Our WolvesThe struggle back to life and faith in the face of pain and the certainty of death. A Christian writing about his cancer. Some of his more religious comments, especially regarding conversion in times of stress, are unselfconsciously tendentious, as if an atheist like me simply don’t yet understand the obvious truths. (Admittedly, a common perspective for anyone of strong beliefs.) Despite these flaws, the piece as a whole is a very moving reflection on cancer, parenting and death. (Thanks to AH via [info]tillyjane.)

Too hot to handle: Triassic temps may have killed tropical speciesThe equatorial oceans were over 40°C, and largely devoid of fish. Good thing there’s no Holocene climate change going on, huh?

Boy Scouts president apologizes to victims, not for files — Much like the Catholic Church, the Boy Scouts with their virulent anti-gay hysteria and horridly oppressive policies turn out to be in the business of sheltering pedophiles on a massive basis in order to protect their image. This is Penn State and Joe Paterno, writ very, very large. I hope the lawsuits burn all three institutions to the ground. Without consequences, there is no incentive for others to reform and behave.

NY appeals court nixes Defense of Marriage Act — Every now and then, despite ourselves, we just do the right thing. DOMA was always and ever a travesty.

Midmeal Link Sausage DistractionScrivener’s Error is interesting on class mobility and DOMA (separate subitems in the this post, not jointly) among other things.

Chick-fil-A’s Biblical Family of the DayChick-fil-A president Dan Cathy: “We support biblical families.” Today’s Chick-fil-A Biblical Family of the Day: Hosea (Hosea 1:2-9). Mmm, Biblical family values.

For evangelicals, racism isn’t a dealbreaker, but feminism isYou can be a vicious racist, but as long as you’re an anti-abortion, anti-gay racist who talks about the “authority of scripture” like its the fourth member of the Trinity, then you’re golden. Mmm. More Biblical values.

Would You Please Let Me Finish… — Interruptions, interjections, and the presidential debates.

Romney said a lot of dumb things about guns during the debate — But Obama! Kenyan Muslim socialism will take your guns away! Look how many Obama has already confiscated during his presidency.

Tagg Romney’s Company Misled Reporters About Its Relationship With Ponzi Scheme–Linked FirmWhen I interviewed him in Las Vegas, Tagg [Romney] told me that his associates were “cleared” of any wrongdoing associated with the Stanford Ponzi scheme. Court documents directly contradict Tagg and show that the lawsuit has not been dismissed. Do Mormons even have a Ninth Commandment? Maybe it’s okay for the Romneys to bear false witness. Mittens flat out lies all the time, after all.

How to Make the Administration Sound Like It Lied About Libya: Edit the Tape! — Conservatives can’t win on their ideas, so they lie.

A Letter from Benghazi on Crappy Republican Talking Points

Graham’s Romney Endorsement Accidentally Spreads “Mormonism is a cult” Meme to Millions — You know, from the outside, there’s not a lot of difference between Mormonism, Evangelical Christianity and any other form of Christianity. To me, this is very much inside baseball: i.e., I don’t care. But I realize that millions do. (I think that Mormons have a much more interesting afterlife than most other Christians, though. It’s segmented, kind of like a frequent flyer program. Don’t LDS members in the best standing get their own planet or something?)

Mitt Romney Encouraged Business Owners To Advise Employees How To Vote — I love the smell of democracy in the morning. Threatening workers jobs if they don’t vote for Romney is totally a Constitutional value. Probably Biblical, too.

Mitt Romney doesn’t have a woman problem — at least not yet — That’s a misleading headline to an interesting story. Romney in fact has a significant (and well-earned) gender gap, it’s just not as high as some prior GOP nominees.

What Romney Didn’t Say About the Bush RecordIt was Romney’s “just trust me” argument all over again, and he failed to acknowledge that one of the reasons so many people don’t trust him is that he doesn’t seem to have many major differences with Bush. But things worked out so well under Bush! Not like Obama with his economic collapse and his deficits and his trillion dollar wars of choice launched under false pretenses. None of that happened under Republican rule. Ask any conservative, they’ll tell you it’s all Obama’s fault.

?otD: Where the heck do we stand, anyway?


10/19/2012
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo prep)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bicycling)
Hours slept: 7.0 (solid)
Weight: 226.2
Currently reading: n/a

[contests] Kalimpura ARC caption contest voting poll


Kalimpura

Art by Dan Dos Santos

Time for another caption contest voting poll, to celebrate the availability of the Kalimpura ARCs. I declared a caption contest on the following photo:

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Jay masked and pearled, © 2012, Emily Siskin. Used with permission. All rights reserved.

The usual comment madness ensued: [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]

I have now embedded the comments into a voting poll. Usual rules apply. Prize after the voting poll will be an inscribed copy of the Green and Endurance trade paperbacks and the Kalimpura ARC. Additional prizes may be awarded at the judge’s discretion.

The poll is here.

[contests|polls] Kalimpura Caption Contest Voting Poll

This is the caption contest voting poll, to celebrate the availability of the Kalimpura ARCs. Usual rules apply. Prize after the voting poll will be an inscribed copy of the Green and Endurance trade paperbacks and the Kalimpura ARC. Additional prizes may be awarded at the judge’s discretion.

Which caption best fits this photo?

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Your Secret Story — Theodora Goss on being, well, human.

Banknote Engraver — This is pretty cool.

Diamond Planet Found—Part of “Whole New Class?” — A diamond as big as the Ritz.

Large asteroid Vesta once had molten core, magnetic fieldMeteor from Vesta’s surface shows a protoplanet with magnetic history.

Curiosity Rover Finds Rock Type That’s Never Been Seen on Mars

1,900 Boy Scout Leaders Accused Of Child Sex Abuse It’s one thing to know intellectually that America’s most trusted institution dropped the ball in protecting children. It’s another thing to see it there in black and white and to see the urgent words of the mother and then to see the cold response from the National Boy Scouts.

Letters by Sandusky, wife blame everyone else — Penn State. Joe Paterno. Football. Protectors of an unrepentant child molester in the name of a game. This is America? We need new heroes.

Most And Least Christian Cities In AmericaOf metropolitan areas with population greater than a million, the researchers found Salt Lake City to be the most Christian city with approximately 72.5 percent identifying as a Christian adherent. The researchers found the greater area of Portland, OR-WA to be the least Christian city with about 30 percent identifying as a Christian adherent.

‘Jobs creator’ Jack Welch lost nearly 100,000 jobs at GE — And was very handsomely rewarded for it, too.

People Don’t Kill People. Deregulation Kills People. — Once again, the conservative principle of industry self-regulation proves itself superior to meddlesome government regulation. Well, except for those dead people, of course.

Biden vs. Ryan — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison on last night’s vice presidential debate.

?otD: Does everybody need a second chance?


10/12/2012
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hour (chemo fatigue)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (overslept due to chemo fatigue)
Hours slept: 8.5 (solid)
Weight: n/a
Currently reading: Heartland by Mark Teppo

[links] Link salad tried to call you from a noisy bar in Avalon

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Men and Women Really Do See Things Differently — Hmm. (Via Art Guru James Gurney.)

The fast and the flexible: Graphene foam batteries charge quicklyCapacity on par with existing lithium batteries, but charges in 15 minutes.

ISS^3 — Mmm, CubeSats.

Bulletproof vest gets attention but officials miss weapons in bags — Boy, I sure feel safer taking off my shoes.

Lance Armstrong’s team ‘ran most sophisticated doping programme ever’ — Is this real, or a crusade against Armstrong?

Chick-fil-A Biblical Family of the DayChick-fil-A president Dan Cathy: “We support biblical families.” Today’s Chick-fil-A Biblical Family of the Day: Abram & Sarai & Hagar (Genesis 16:1-6)

Australia’s PM calls out sexism and misogynous behavior of opposition — Would that our progressives had a fraction this much courage to speak the truth.

Rep. Broun Spox: Comments Decrying Science As Satanic Lie Were ‘Off Record’ — Because being conservative means never having to be intellectually consistent. Or even sane, really.

Scott DesJarlais, Pro-Life Republican Congressman And Doctor, Pressured Mistress Patient To Get Abortion A pro-life, family-values congressman who worked as a doctor before winning election as a Tea Party-backed Republican had an affair with a patient and later pressured her to get an abortion. Mmm, family values. This is why you can’t trust liberals.

The Shameful Politicization of the Benghazi Consulate AttackThat’s right, the Republicans cut funds for embassy security, and now are blaming the State Department for laxity. That’s fundamental conservative political theory right there. Starve the government beast, then blame it for failing to perform when inadequately supported.

Mitt Romney has a Google problem — Ultimately irrelevant, but still funny as heck.

Who do you believe–Mitt, or your lyin’ memory? — Roger Ebert on Mitt Romney and the sad fact that post-truth campaigning succeeds. Conservatives don’t even pretend any more, and no one cares.

Romney’s abortion comments leave campaign scrambling to unify ticket — That’s what happens when you lie so habitually you can’t remember what the truth ever was.

As Democrats cry foul, “Moderate Mitt” rises in polls — More of that justly famed conservative intellectual consistency. Mitt’s not like those untrustworthy situationalist liberals. No sir.

?otD: Have you seen the Southern Cross for the first time?


10/11/2012
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hour (chemo fatigue)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (overslept due to chemo fatigue)
Hours slept: 9.0 (solid)
Weight: n/a
Currently reading: Heartland by Mark Teppo