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[links] Link salad’s way is shut

How Did @#$%&! Come to Represent Profanity? — The grawlix! (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Somebody Should Write about Those Conscientious Objectors — A bit of Oregon history. (Via David Goldman.)

The Remarkable Dinosaur Footprint Wall — Wow. This is seriously cool. (Thanks to Lisa Costello.)

‘3D printed gun’ discovered by policePolice have foiled what they believe is the first attempt in Britain to manufacture guns using a 3D printer.

Men will slow down for sex, but not as much for friendship

Faces are sculpted by ‘junk DNA’Scientists have identified thousands of regions in the genome that control the activity of genes for facial features.

Why the U.K. Wants a Genomic National Health ServiceThe U.K. plans to sequence 100,000 National Health Service patients by 2017—in a bold push to be a genomic medicine leader.

Case Explores Rights of Fetus Versus Mother — Sometimes I find it very hard not to simply hate the conservative approach to women, children, sex and gender rights. The profound vileness is so obvious and inexplicable to me, and all the more so from people who claim the mantle of Christian morality and virtue. Smug Republican Jesus has a hell of a lot to answer for.

What Kind of Problem is the ACA Rollout for Liberalism? — With an extremely handy chart!

Original 1989 document where Heritage Foundation created Obamacare’s individual mandate — In case you’ve somehow bought into the conservative narrative that Obamacare is a socialist attack on American values, remember it was first proposed as a conservative idea. Not that Your Liberal Media will ever remind you of that.

NC GOP official fired after bragging voter ID law would ‘kick the Democrats’ butt’ — So they fired the guy? All he did was speak the truth. That firing changes nothing about Republican disenfranchisement of votes of color, women and the poor. Conservatives cannot win elections on their ideas any more, so they must cheat the system, and that ain’t changing.

GOP Candidate Sentenced for Felony Fraud After Changing Party Affiliation of 300 Democratic Voters, Casting Absentee Ballots in Their NameWith these 300 fraudulent votes created by one Republican candidate alone, that’s 300 more fraudulent votes than have ever been created by ACORN or anybody who has ever worked for them. Come on. Any FOX News viewer can tell you it’s not fraud when conservatives do it, it’s saving America for Sarah Palin’s “real Americans.” (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Sen. Rand Paul: ‘We’re gonna win this’ government shutdown — Ah, the heady days of three weeks ago, when the Tea Party loons just knew in their shriveled little hearts that the entire American people awaited only their example to rise up in the streets against the Socialist Muslim threat of affordable access to healthcare. Liberalism is indeed a mental illness, having only brought you the 40-hour work week, paid vacations, retirement and a host of other unBiblical ills. So, Rand, how’d that winning the shutdown thing work out for you?

?otD: Was it made by the dead?


10/25/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.5hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: 239.8
Number of FEMA troops on my block forcing children to learn critical thinking skills: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

[travel|photos] Collier Logging Museum

One of the other places Lisa Costello and I visited during during our trip to Klamath Falls was the Collier Memorial State Park and Logging Museum. That’s an equipment graveyard from the last century and a half of Oregon logging, home now to derelict wagons, tractors, trucks and railroad equipment, and about ten zillion chipmunks.

It was a lot of fun to walk through. Especially if you’re all about old steam equipment. And the only place I’ve seen so much equipment together like this is Camp 18, which is not curated, just there. Also very cool, but with a somewhat different vibe. And fewer chipmunks.

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[photos|travel] High Desert Museum

In our recent travels, Lisa Costello and I visited the High Desert Museum, just south of Bend, OR. It’s a pretty interesting place, combining history, anthropology, art, culture, and animal rescue and conservation. We didn’t have a lot of time, and I was too low mobility to really enjoy the grounds and all the exhibits, but what we did see was a lot of fun.

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Photos © 2013 Lisa Costello.

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[photos] The world’s ugliest roadside attraction

While visiting Klamath Falls last weekend, we found this gem, around milepost 234 of US-97. I know the milepost because as we went whizzing by the first time, Lisa Costello told me to note that number so we could find it again. I pointed out that this giant, malformed cow was the only thing besides pine forest for twenty miles along that stretch of highway, and we probably wouldn’t have any trouble finding it again.

We didn’t.

The locals tell us there used to be a small private theme park there with dinosaur statues. The location is now a truck parts supplier, and the other dinosaurs are behind a locked fence, but this bad boy keeps guarding the road in the years of his sad decline.

And yes, I know he’s not a dinosaur, he’s a mammal. Maybe a Paraceratherium or something, though the Holstein cow paint job distracts me.

At any rate, enjoy.

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Here he is, in all his faded glory

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Note Lisa Costello for scale

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Hi!

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The reverse angle

As usual, more at the Flickr set.

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[photos] Fossilized steam

At Crater Lake National Park, there are fossilized steam vents along Castle Creek.

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Pretty much what it says on the tin

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Fumaroles cut through the ash fall of the Mt. Mazamas eruption

According to the sign, the streambed was buried in several hundred feet of ash and pumice during the Mt. Mazama eruption about 7,700 years ago. Water trapped at the bottom was boiled to steam and forced its way up through the ashfall, leaving behind fumaroles.

So, yeah. Fossilized steam.


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[links] Link salad is a New World man

Spatial Delirium: An Interview with Michael Light — This is a “wow” read in a number of different ways. Piece ranges from failed Las Vegas developments to diving in the nuclear shipwrecks of the Pacific atomic testing grounds.

Portland Public Schools Enlists 39 Goats, Llama, To Eat Back Invasive Weeds

Colorado 6th grader’s beer-making experiment headed for Space Station

First ever evidence of a comet striking EarthThe first ever evidence of a comet entering Earth’s atmosphere and exploding, raining down a shock wave of fire which obliterated every life form in its path, has been discovered by a team of South African scientists and international collaborators.

Deep Time, Big History, and Existential Risk

Knock Knock: 1943“Freight operations on the Indiana Harbor Belt railroad between Chicago, Illinois and Hammond, Indiana. Locomotive coupled to caboose.” A somewhat unusual perspective.

A Colorful Gathering — A mystery explained.

Why A Little Mammal Has So Much Sex That It Disintegrates — I’ve been on dates like that. (Thanks, I think, to Ellen Eades.)

Giant Squid Washes Ashore In Cantabria, Spain

Experts warn public not to touch cylinders washing ashore — Mmm, white phosphorus.

Mercury Azides. I’ll Get Right On Those For You.Explosions are definitely underappreciated as a mixing technique. Ah, chemistry humor. (Via David Goldman.)

Music and Color: the French Connection — Ocular harpsichord? (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Destroying so many little lives — Crime as corporate endeavor. (Via David Goldman.)

Is Profit the Ultimate Value? On JP Morgan’s $11b Fine — Sigh. This story says so much about what has happened to our culture and our economy.

Seven Habits of Highly Ineffective Political Parties When it comes to major policy battles, since 2009 the GOP is 0-3. Before it fails again, David Frum offers up seven ways the party is shooting itself in the foot. Things extremists should not do. I object with the piece’s thruway assessment of Obamacare costing more than we can afford — it’s actually a net budget reduction, and that is just a nod to the usual conservative lies — but otherwise this is pretty interesting. (Via [info]threeoutside.)

Shutdown Cancels US Antarctic Research Program — Any good conservative will tell you science is bad. It encourages critical thinking, and as the Texas GOP has pointed out, that might cause fewer people to vote Republican.

Dear Tea Party: The Gov’t Shutdown is Hurting White People, TooMaking American science and technology less competitive in world terms, compelling our scientists to emigrate to countries that more reliably support their work, risking the public’s health, and harming investors– none of that helps the Tea Party constituency. How odd that they appear to think that it does.

Reagan and Debt Ceiling “Blackmail”House Republicans are behaving in a way that is less reasonable than behavior that Reagan dubbed blackmail, and they are doing it with no chance of success. On top of that, they are potentially exposing the U.S. to real harm in the process.

Domestic Violence Programs Brace For End Of Federal Funds After Friday — Your Republican party: enabling rapists and abusers nationwide, which is a small sacrifice in the patriotic cause of opposing the scourge of more affordable healthcare. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.

?otD: Are you a writer and arranger, and a young boy bearing arms?


10/9/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.25 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minutes (stationary bike)
Weight: 239.6
Number of FEMA troops on my block enforcing laws passed under the Constitutional process and fully subjected to judicial review: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

[photos] Fierocycle in Klamath Falls, OR

As long time readers may know, I like automobiles a lot. I like weird machinery a lot. I enjoy folk art. I admire field-expedient ingenuity as well.

Sometimes these threads come together…

Spotted this past Saturday night in Klamath Falls, OR, the Fierocycle:

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Yes, that is the ass end of a decapitated Pontiac Fiero mated to a home-brew frame and a Yamaha front fork. I am awestruck.

As usual, more at the Flickr set.

Photos © 2013, Joseph E. Lake, Jr.

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[links] Link salad’s father was quite surprised to find it in the county jail with the working girls

Oregon authors’ creativity shines in science fiction, fantasy books — Hey! It’s us! (Via @ahsimlibrarian.)

Laughing at Cancer — Jim C. Hines talks about his new story in which I play a tangential role.

Matchstick-sized sensor can record your private chats — Oh, how nice. (Thanks to David Goldman.)

Wrap Your Head Around These Gears — Mechanical weirdness. (Via David Goldman.)

Tower-High Channels Gouge Antarctic Ice

Ayn Rand Railed Against Government Benefits, But Grabbed Social Security and Medicare When She Needed Them — Just a little reminder that no one likes conservative policies when applied to them personally. Especially not conservatives, those paragons of intellectual consistency and public virtue.

American healthcare was already socialized by Reagan, we’re just fighting about how to pay for it — Luckily for the GOP and their shills in Your Liberal Media, no one in America remembers this.

Putting It Into PerspectiveUsing the government shutdown and the debt ceiling as leverage to force a minority favored outcome is not how our system is supposed to work. Democracy is not a process of hostage taking to get a outcome which cannot be achieved at the ballot box. It is if you’re the ultimate sore losers, as the GOP are.

Dear President Obama: don’t cave to the GOP’s extortion politicsUnless the GOP’s brand of extortion politics is thwarted, America’s democratic institutions will be so badly subverted that the nation will simply find itself in the position of staggering from one manufactured crisis to another with potentially both political parties threatening economic and political Armageddon if they don’t get their way. That is, quite simply, no way to run a democracy and it’s why the only option facing President Obama and the Democratic party is to win this showdown and force the GOP to concede defeat. From the Guardian. Yes, this.

?otD: Are you ever going back to your old school?


10/7/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (solid)
Body movement: n/a (overslept)
Weight: 242.0
Number of FEMA troops on my block enforcing laws passed under the Constitutional process and fully subjected to judicial review: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

[travel|politics] Crater Lake, Speaker Boehner and you

This weekend Lisa Costello and I took a trip to southern Oregon to celebrate her one year anniversary of moving to Portland. We planned it around a visit to Crater Lake National Park.

You can see how well that worked out:

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The Federal government is shut down due to a delaying tactic by the House Republicans in a fight over something that isn’t even directly affected by the shutdown. Speaker of the House John Boehner could pass a ‘clean’ continuing resolution to restart the government any time he wished by bringing the measure to the floor of the house. Most Democrats and a fair number of Republicans would vote for it. In doing so, Congress would be doing its job, what each Representative and Senator was elected for. In doing so, Congress would be performing a legal duty that went on for decades as a trivially routine measure until conservatives politicized the process.

The reason I could not visit Crater Lake this week was the same reason that almost a million Federal workers have been furloughed, the reason education and science and health and safety services across this country have been suspended, the reason sick kids are being sent home from NIH to die. Because Speaker Boehner is afraid he’ll lose his job if he brings the continuing resolution to a floor vote. All this to try to stop a piece of settled law which was negotiated and compromised on extensively as a bill, passed on a bipartisan vote, signed by the president and litigated to the Supreme Court. All this to try to stop a social initiative which was overwhelming supported in the last election with Obama’s second term in office and the GOP losing the popular majority of votes for both the House and Senate.

In other words, by the rules of our same Constitution those conservatives so profess to love, a done deal. Legally and electorally, this question has been resolved.

One man with the power to comply with both the law and the stated will of the electorate by simply making Congress do what it should have been doing so all along will not do so, because he’s afraid to lose his job.

Speaker Boehner, why is your job worth the cost $300 million in shut down costs per day, and almost a million people out of work? You, sir, are a true profile in political courage. You, sir, are everything the modern Republican party has become on its way to being a permanent disgrace to American democracy.


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[friends] A fine visit just concluding

The delightful and talented [info]elisem has been visiting Nuevo Rancho Lake since Saturday. Sadly, she leaves today. It’s been a lot of fun to have her here.

She has gotten to spend time with [info]the_child and with Lisa Costello. Elise also fit right in to our family fajita party on Sunday. We had hoped to go to the coast yesterday, but the remains of a Pacific typhoon have been setting rainfall records around here, so that seemed like a poor idea. The three of us adults did manage a light dinner at Veritable Quandry last night, which included three orders of duck cracklings with hoisin sauce — basically crack cocaine on a plate.

The most fun, though, has been watching Elise make shinies. She has been narrating her process, and she and I have been talking a lot about the creative process in general, via both art and writing, as well as some about death and dying. I’ve seen her make five or six pieces here, and each one has been an act of evolution and grace. An amazing privilege from a good friend.

Anyway, she is off today, as we are heading to the airport soon. It’s been great to see Elise here.

[personal] A fun weekend

Yesterday afternoon, Lisa Costello and I went out to McMenamin’s Edgefield. Located at the old Multnomah county poor farm, the place is basically an 80-acre art project, featuring architectural preservation, glass blowing, ceramics, sculpture, wild gardens, vineyards, a winery, a distillery, a hotel, a spa, about a dozen bars and almost as many restaurants ranging from casual snacks to fine dining. It was amazing. We will be going back, probably a lot.

A friend is coming to town this afternoon for a few day’s visit. We all have a fajita party tomorrow afternoon on the porch of AH and [info]tillyjane (a/k/a my mom). And it’s a cool, rainy Oregon autumn.

I’m down with all this.

What are you doing this weekend?