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[links] Link salad for a Monday

“The Ides of February” — A story I wrote with Bruce Holland Rogers is now online at Aberrant Dreams.

A reader reacts to Logorrhea, ed. John Klima, Powell’s | Amazon ] — With some rather definite opinions.

Blogging–It’s Good for YouScientific American with an article about the therapeutic value of blogging. Note the comments about cancer, also about writers block and hypergraphia.

Watch that’s back from the seabed… And it’s still working, after 67 years — Weird.

The only debate on Intelligent Design that is worthy of its subject — Well, that answers that. (Thanks to lt260.)

Character and the Primaries of 2008 — The Project For Excellence in Journalism looks at claims of media bias in the Democratic primaries.

John McCain gets tax-free disability pension — Old news, but interesting. I believe Reagan was our last disabled president (Alzheimer’s, unacknowledged until after his retirement), FDR before him (mobility impairment, formally unacknowledged but widely understood).

The wife U.S. Republican John McCain callously left behind — A story Your Liberal Media seems to have stayed the hell away from. (This link is from a British paper.) I can certainly see why McCain is the candidate of the party that claims the mantle of family values!


6/9/08
Time in saddle: 0 minutes (still recovering from surgery)
Last night’s weigh-out: n/a
This morning’s weigh-in: 260.8
Currently reading: The Alchemy of Stone by Ekaterina Sedia Amazon ]

[personal] JayCon VIII report

JayCon VIII was a rocking success. Something between 50 and 75 people attended, far too many for me to sensibiy list here. rosefox won the farthest-away virtual prize, followed by the_flea_king and his lovely spouse. Bunch of folks came down from Seattle as well.

Most of all, I was there, alive and kicking. We had music courtesy of jackwilliambell, and stories read aloud in the stead of kenscholes by davidlevine, biomekanic and newroticgirl. Lots of photography was committed, lasirenadolce came up with the cake of a lifetime, and everybody rocked.

Plus we managed a very fine after party at the Alibi, a funky tiki bar in North Portland.

Reports from the field:

http://davidlevine.livejournal.com/130896.html
http://ramblin-phyl.livejournal.com/330429.html
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeremyt/2560578405/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/lillypond/sets/72157605492765267/

With surely more to come!

[links] Link salad for a lazy Sunday

Hundreds honor fallen Battle Ground soldier — The funeral yesterday of ‘s nephew, who was killed in Afghanistan at age 19 two weeks into his first deployment. More here.

Drugs to grow your brain — A novel approach to psychiatric and physiological care.

More on Atlantropa — Atlantropa was covered a while back on this blog. Talk about thinking big.

Clarke On Iraq War Architects: ‘We Shouldn’t Let These People Back Into Polite Society’ — Truth is that there’s very little discussion of accountability for the Iraq War decision making in Your Liberal Media or the general public discourse.

Democrats in rural strongholds refuse to give backing to Obama — Classy.

Humorless?The Edge of the American West commenting on the problems of caricaturing Obama in political discourse.

The Real Question is, Would a President McCain be good for Women? — Juan Cole with a thoughtful post on identity politics in the Democratic primaries.


6/8/08
Time in saddle: 0 minutes (still recovering from surgery)
Last night’s weigh-out: n/a
This morning’s weigh-in: 260.8
Currently reading: The Alchemy of Stone by Ekaterina Sedia Amazon ]

[links] Link salad for JayCon

ericjamesstone with a review of Mainspring Powell’s | Amazon thb | Audible ] — An interesting and thoughtful take on the book from a friend of mine.

ANZ to Power 747 With Weed

How to document funny — (Thanks to lt260.)

New “superpaper” stronger than cast iron — This has a lot of amazing possibilities. (Thanks to Chris Johnson.)

Life and Death of the Canvendish Banana — Ah, monoculture.

“Strengths and Weaknesses” — More anti-evolution idiocy in education. Repeat after me, people: “Faith doesn’t have to make you stupid.”

Tales from the editorial board room — How Your Liberal Media covered the Iraq War. (Hint: “Liberal media” is one of the biggest lies in modern political history.)


6/7/08 (JayCon VIII)
Time in saddle: 0 minutes (still recovering from surgery)
Last night’s weigh-out: n/a
This morning’s weigh-in: 261.4
Currently reading: The Alchemy of Stone by Ekaterina Sedia Amazon ]

[personal] JayCon VIII is today

In celebration of both my natal anniversary and my recent triumph over cancer, JayCon VIII, my 8th annual 37th birthday party, is today, Saturday, June 7th, here in Portland from 2 to 5 pm at the Flying Pie in SE Portland. Come help me celebrate both my birthday and the life that I get to keep on living.

Flying Pie Pizzeria
7804 SE Stark Street
Portland, 97215
(503) 254-2016
http://www.flying-pie.com/
[ Google Maps ]

(At his own request Paul Carpentier continues to be specifically not invited.)

[personal] And I am off

Took a nap after work, which probably means no progress on Green today. I am now wearing pants, which feels very weird after all this time pantless. We’re about to head and pick up the_child from her Do Jump class, then meet my parents at the Chart House for a quiet birthday dinner.

I leave you with this thought. “Ficta” seems to me like a very good word we should be using in criticism and critique, meaning units of fiction. A “fictum” would be the singular, I suppose. As in, “This story has a lot problems, but there is a series of ficta in the closing scenes which are worth rewriting for.”

How would you use “ficta/fictum” in a sentence?

[links] Link salad, birthday edition

SF Signal with a make-up Mind Meld featuring me — I bloviate on scientific accuracy in SF.

Bathtub cheese — Mmm. Or maybe not.

Lightning guns — What every homeboy needs.

Charles Taylor’s one wheel experiments — Not exactly a unicycle, but wow…

Sheep flatulence inoculation developed — I can haz less fartz, pleez? (Thanks to .)

How can you fail to read only the word California? — Another fascinating bit on neurolinguistic deficits from Language Log.

Strange Maps with a 1942 New World Order — Rather creepy. Good alternate history stuff, though.

A lot more than you wanted to know about the physics and sociology of traffic — Cool piece, though.

10 airports install body scanners — Security theater goes porno! (Thanks to my Aunt M.)


6/6/08 (my 44th birthday)
Time in saddle: 0 minutes (still recovering from surgery)
Last night’s weigh-out: n/a
This morning’s weigh-in: 260.8
Currently reading: The Alchemy of Stone by Ekaterina Sedia Amazon ]

[personal] “So you say it’s your birthday”

Well, I am now 44. Actually, since I was born in Taiwan, I think I turned 44 sometime yesterday evening. And I had a decent night’s sleep again, so I’ll be able to enjoy the day.

As a birthday present to myself, I’m announcing today my new Web site at jlake.com. I’ve held that domain for years, with a series of fairly lame handcoded html pages. Thanks to Jeremy Tolbert’s excellent design and coding skills, I now have a dynamic site with integrated podcasting, blogging, and even an updated bibliography!

Go check it out.

You’ll also notice I’m now blogging from WordPress at the site, with a cross-post here to LJ. Everything there will be here, while occasional LJ-only features such as polls will still be here. So if you read me on f-list, nothing will change. If you’d prefer to read me on WordPress or RSS, you can pick it up there.

Meanwhile, I am on to my day.