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[conventions] Why steampunk cons can be confusing for genre authors

I had an excellent time at Gaslight Gathering this past weekend. This is the fourth different steampunk con I’ve attended (speaking off the top of my head), the others being GEAR Con in Portland, Steamcon in Seattle, and the now-defunct World Steam Expo in Dearborn, MI. I’ve noticed some things about steampunk cons that make them rather different from print-oriented fantasy and science fiction conventions, and in many ways more similar to anime and comic conventions. These differences can confuse authors.

Fundamentally, so far my experience of steampunk conventions is that they are not book-oriented at all. For example, at World Steam Expo, Gail Carriger and I were the only two out of town pro author guests in attendance, with something over 2,000 fan there. Here at Gaslight Gathering, I believe I was the only out of town pro author guest. (In point of fact, I was Guest of Honor.) People are here for a wide variety of experiences. Print publishing is basically a grace note for the steampunk fandom I’ve encountered. As Kevin Hull said in a discussion here at Gaslight Gathering, “Steampunk conventions are costume-driven.” Costumes, yes, and I’ll add art, maker culture, re-enactments, and music to that list.

But steampunk cons are very much about story, about narrative. 80-90% of the people you see are in costume. The tradition of hall costumes at SF and fantasy cons is relatively minor these days, but they are nearly de rigueur in the world of steampunk. And unlike the prevalence of cosplay and tribute costumes in the SF, fantasy, anime and comic worlds, steampunk costumes are mostly original work. Almost very one of those people in costume has a story and and character to go along with their creations. Most of them will be happy to explain in great detail, in character, what they are wearing, how it works, and why.

Like I said, very much about story, about narrative. Just not story and narrative the way a book dinosaur like me thinks of it as being packaged and delivered. In effect, the flow of primary creative endeavor is reversed, the fans becoming the creators. This significantly displaces the role of the author.

Hence the confusion. Because superficially, steampunk cons resemble SF and fantasy cons. They are run by many of the same people. They have the infrastructure of programming, the dealer room, registration, con ops, and so forth. Everyone’s wandering around wearing badges, most of them with ribbons. It all looks very familiar.

And it’s all very different.

The other observation I’ll make is that steampunk cons, along with comic cons and anime cons, is where most of young fandom has gone. Hanging around any of these conventions, I see the average age of the attendees is easily two decades younger than the average age at Worldcon, World Fantasy or most other SF and fantasy cons. The kids and young adults are getting their creative buzz on in different way than they were several decades ago.

What does this all mean? Heck if I know. I think it does bode well for the future of steampunk as a cultural element. And these conventions are a lot of fun. But what’s going on under the hood is different in some fascinating ways that I believe SF and fantasy authors need to take careful note of and spend time thinking about.

What do you think? Have you experienced the wild, whacky world of steampunk differently? Am I misunderstanding the source and direction of primary creativity in these contexts?

[conventions] Gaslight Gathering, day three

Yesterday was fun, if long. (Like a good date.) [info]the_child, Lisa Costello and I breakfasted as usual. I had a late morning autograph session. We caught a quick lunch, then they headed off for the airport to return home while I geared up for the auction.

I was let off the hook of my ethical dilemma by the excellently good offices of steampunk fan and Gaslight Gathering volunteer Dave Rodger, who is among other things a cattle auctioneer. This violated one my cardinal rules of auction running, which is “Never compete for attention with a cattle auctioneer”, but moved bidding along nicely. (Longtime readers will of course recall that my other cardinal rule of auction running is “Never compete for attention with a clown in a straitjacket on a unicycle.” Experience is a bitter teacher.) As yet I do not know what the auction cleared, but some pretty amazing items went up for sale, and at a wide variety of prices ranging from painfully underbid to amazingly run up. Such is the way of auctions.

Post-auction, I hung about for closing ceremonies, then rested a while in my hotel room. In the fullness of time, concom chair Anastasia Hunter and a cast of dozen took me out to Phil’s B.B.Q., apparently a San Diego institution. Which was quite good, as evidenced by these photos:

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No, I did not Eat All the Things, tempted as I was. Those are the plates of three different diners, that last being my order of boneless pork shoulder. I do find the extremely wide variation in style, presentation and meat selection of barbecue around the country to be fascinating. This was extremely delicious.

Afterward, we repaired to a suite at the hotel for a hilarious yet moderately distressing game of Cards Against Humanity, which is currently my top candidate for Most Inappropriate Game Ever. When we were done, Anastasia had me edit a couple of cards, then autograph them.

This morning I have breakfast with at least some of the concom, lunch with Greg van Eekhout, then I’m off to Portland, where I’ll reunite with [info]the_child, Lisa Costello. Starting Tuesday, the rest of this week is dedicated to cancer diagnosis and some likely challenging treatment and life decisions.

I’m very glad I got to spend the weekend here at Gaslight Gathering. My thanks to the folks who invited me, to all the conrunners and volunteers that made this event possible, and to everyone who came to the auction. Also, my especial thanks to all my friends as well as some total strangers who made such amazingly generous donations to the auction. I love the community that is genre.


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[cancer|events] Today’s benefit auction at Gaslight Gathering

I am the emcee and auctioneer for today’s benefit auction at Gaslight Gathering. I’ve done this a number of times before, and it’s a role I generally enjoy quite a bit. Given my affinity for being the center of attention, this should surprise precisely no one.

The auction has some very good items in it. All of them are donations. Many are from the originating authors or artists themselves, others are people putting items from their personal collections. Still others are goods or services. A couple of these things have some serious “wow” factor. As the weekend has progressed, I’ve spent time on bid ordering, auction logistics, all the things one thinks about when arranging such an event.

The thing is, the beneficiary of the auction is me. Gaslight Gathering and all these donors are generously raising funds to help me in my struggle with cancer. And that puts me in a curious position. Normally when I’m conducting a charity auction, I spend time talking up the charity, pointing out to people how much their bids will mean, that sort of thing. Except today if I take that approach, I’ll be talking about myself.

Normally I have no troubles talking about myself. Lord knows that’s not an issue. But talking about myself in a fundraising context like this feels inescapably self-serving. As always, I need to be fun, funny and fast-paced — that’s the only way to keep an auction moving along. But it feels so strange.

I am thrilled and pleased beyond measure that Gaslight Gathering is doing this for me. But this will be a very different auction from my usual approach. This produces interesting emotional and social tensions within me.

[conventions] Gaslight Gathering, day one

Yesterday was day one of Gaslight Gathering. We had a darned good time, if I do say so. The morning was more or less our own, except for some time spent with the Guest Liaisons planning Sunday’s auction logistics. There I was given two wonderful new (and very writerly) aloha shirts by conventions chair Anastasia Hunter.

After lunch, the three of us hit Opening Ceremonies, where I was awarded a medal. Literally. We then prowled the Dealer’s Room. There I signed stock for Mysterious Galaxy, and signed books for all comers. That was followed by a rather nice “meet with guests” with fellow Guest of Honor Brian Kesinger. Val and Ron Antell took us out to dinner at D.Z. Akin’s, which was a cultural experience in and of itself. I couldn’t even tell you what I ate, except it was called the “Mini Ethnic Sampler”, and included lots of Jewish carbohydrates from Eastern Europe. We finished off the evening with a concert by Steam Powered Giraffe.

And of course, some photos. Most of them by [info]the_child.

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[conventions] Arriving at Gaslight Gathering

Yesterday, [info]the_child, Lisa Costello and I flew to San Diego to attend Gaslight Gathering, where I am Guest of Honor this weekend. We were graciously met at the airport, then ferried out to Illumina for me to give a talk on cancer and genomics, then brought to the convention hotel and released into the wild for the evening.

I am meeting this morning with Gaslight Gathering’s guest liaison to go over my schedule for the weekend. Specifically the auction on Sunday is going to be an interesting challenge. They have put it together as a benefit for me, and some of the donations have been impressive and humbling. I’ll say more about this when the time comes. I’ll be around all weekend, so if you’re at the convention I should be easy to find.

My philosophy about being a GoH is that my time belongs to the convention. Even so, there will be a little extracurricular visiting while I’m here. Tomorrow morning, my friends from the League of S.T.E.A.M. are coming down from Los Angeles to have breakfast with me. Sunday evening I’m having dinner with @gregvaneekhout. Monday I’m mostly chilling until I fly back to Portland that afternoon. So if you’re in the San Diego area and want to connect, let me know. We can probably work something out.

Meanwhile, I plan to have a heck of a lot of fun here. I know they have some surprises in store for me, but I do not know what those are. (Because they wouldn’t be surprises then, would they?) More to come…

[travel|conventions] Off to San Diego and Gaslight Gathering

In a couple of hours, Lisa Costello, [info]the_child, and I are off to the airport to fly to San Diego for Gaslight Gathering. Those fine folks have invited me to be their Guest of Honor. How could I say no?

This afternoon when we arrive, we’ll be visiting Illumina, the company that performed the primary analysis for my Whole Genome Sequencing. There I will give my talk on cancer and genomics from the patient perspective. After that, we’ll be the whole weekend at the convention.

The Gaslight Gathering folks have been incredibly kind and generous, offering me all sorts of support. I cannot thank them enough for the invitation, and very much look forward to spending the weekend with that crew. If you’re in southern California, especially San Diego, drop in and see me.

[links] Link salad falls to the ground with that high, lonesome sound

U.S. booksellers, meeting in KC, express optimism — (Thanks to [info]garyomaha.)

The Arts SetScrivener’s Error is interesting on various aspects of literature, art and publishing.

Streampunk Vegan Leather Corset — Streampunk? Really? Heh. (Via Chris W. Johnson.)

Yo as a Pronoun — Yo. Fascinating. (Thanks to Lisa Costello.)

Capturing life with ‘the last roll’ — Wow. (Via Lisa Costello.)

Was Wittgenstein Right?

The not-so-slight return of Jimi Hendrix

Swimming with spacemen: The image gallery

Retro Revival: Man as Industrial PalaceVintage German artwork on digital steroids, or why you house a factory. (Thanks to [info]threeoutside.)

Graphene Antennas Would Enable Terabit Wireless Downloads

‘I am one of the Fukushima fifty’: One of the men who risked their lives to prevent a catastrophe shares his storyThey displayed a bravery few can comprehend, yet very little is known about the men who stayed behind to save Japan’s stricken nuclear plant. In a rare interview, David McNeill meets Atsufumi Yoshizawa, who was at work on 11 March 2011 when disaster struck.

African forest elephants decline by 62% in 10 years

An Iowa Farmer’s Quest for No Ordinary Pig — (Thanks to Dad.)

Ships to sail directly over the north pole by 2050, scientists sayMelting sea ice will allow ice-strengthened vessels to sail directly over the pole, and normal ships to take the ‘northern sea route’. It’s amazing, the lengths liberals will go to for their global warming conspiracy, right up to actually melting the Arctic ice cap to perpetrate the fraud that the Arctic ice cap is melting!

From Wary To Full Embrace: Obama’s Complete Turnaround On Gay Marriage — Another bigotry domino falls.

Staying In: Growing Up Lesbian in Evangelical America — Oi. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Republicans who didn’t vote for Violence Against Women Act say they did anyway because why not? — When your political ideas are socially and intellectually bankrupt, you may as well lie. That’s conservative morality in a nutshell, right there.

Mooching Off Medicaid — Paul Krugman on the conservative fetish for privatization no matter how much it drives up costs.

The Pope and Prisoner XBoth Israel’s poor handling of the Prisoner X debacle and the Vatican’s mismanagement of the pontiff’s resignation show how maintaining a culture of secrecy, whether through gag orders or media silence, is both damaging and counter-productive.

Voting is no ‘racial entitlement,’ Justice ScaliaSo, Justice Scalia, when you spew that entitlement discourse from the bench you undermine the very core of our democracy. But you know what? I want to thank you for what you said. Because on Wednesday, you showed us all exactly who you are.

Romney is still wooing that all-important brown-hating vote, but why? — Because manufacturing more angry white men is all conservatives know how to do.

Continuing to Get the 2012 Election WrongIt certainly didn’t hurt Obama’s chances that many Americans still held Bush responsible for the country’s woes, which created a significant obstacle to Republican efforts to pin blame on the incumbent, but that wasn’t the only problem. Republicans couldn’t distinguish their economic agenda from Bush’s economic record because there was little or no substantive difference between them, and the economic agenda that their nominee presented also happened to be irrelevant to most voters. Many Americans still hold Bush responsible for a perfectly good reason: reality.

QotD?: Did she follow you down for the kill?


3/5/2013
Writing time yesterday: 1.5 hours (WRPA and editing)
Hours slept: 6.75 hours (fitful)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike, yay hotel gym!)
Weight: n/a (traveling)
Number of FEMA troops on my block faking evidence for climate change: 0
Currently reading: Pyramids by Terry Pratchett

[links] Link salad thinks about fiction some more

The Acts of Whimsy cancer fundraiser is still live. It has made goal, but additional support is always welcome, especially given my new complications. Please check it out if you have not done so yet.

A final update from Waterloo Productions on their Kickstarter — Including a video segment I find very hard to watch.

Quiet deaths don’t come easyA study finds that Medicare patients near death are increasingly choosing hospice or palliative care over heroic measures in their last days — but that many go through futile hospitalizations and treatments first. I want my death to be quiet, when the timm comes.

Let’s talk about sex … and cancer — This. (Thanks to [info]aiela.)

Over the Hedge on conflict in fiction — Heh.

Down and Give Me Twenty-Five PagesScrivener’s Error with a legal analysis of MCA Hogarth’s trademark woes with the idiots at Games Workshop.

The Forgotten Zeppelin Knot — Cool, and a bit odd. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

A Letter of Thanks – by volunteer Chris Trone — Science education in Portland gets funky, maybe gets fixed. More here, along with a fundraising link to support this process.

Caustic EngineeringNew milling techniques applied to glass and plexiglass panels could be used to “create windows that are also cryptic projectors, summoning ghostly images from sunlight.” Weird stuff from BLDG BLOG.

Bose-Einstein condensate created at room temperatureInstead of atoms, condensation was achieved using quasiparticles.

NASA deep space probe sends back video of ‘Comet of the Century’

Antarctic research base can ski across ice

Can You Smell Yourself? — And thus we come closer to my long observed phenomenon of “pheromone lock”. (Via David Goldman.)

A Gift to TSA Headquarters — The TSA policy and statement generator. Hahaha. (Via Scott Frey.)

Recursive fury: Conspiracist ideation in the blogosphere in response to research on conspiracist ideation — Well, I guess this is what living in the future is all about. (Via [info]danjite.)

Former Westboro Baptist member: We prayed for people to die — As I understand it, they are pretty much a lawsuit factory using the guise of religious freedom to provoke incidents. (Via [info]shsilver.)

Catholic Church enslaved 30,000 Irish women as forced unpaid labor in Magdalene Laundries until 1996 — This is the kind of thing that happens when you govern from religious principles. I will take secularism every time.

Angry Dallas Neighbor Allegedly Kills 2 Over Dog Poop — Thank God for the Republican party and the NRA standing up the shooter’s right to a theoretical defense of his essential liberties, because otherwise the two victims would still be alive, and how safe would we be without guns?

Members won’t talk about Scout banRepublican lawmakers are reluctant to weigh in on the Boy Scouts of America’s decision on whether to open its ranks to gays, which was delayed on Wednesday until May. It’s awfully hard to do the right thing when your party and personal political fortunes rest solidly on institutionalized bigotry and hate-fueled anger in your voting base.

Republicans Mask Their Conservative AgendaIn the months since President Obama’s re-election, Republican operatives have become practitioners of a new kind of alchemy, attempting to convince voters that the right’s long-standing agenda is actually an array of policies that coincidentally meets the needs of the middle class. It’s what we saw from conservatives in the last election cycle: if you can’t win on your ideas, lie.

The Drone Memo: More Comedy About the Death of FreedomLowering the Bar goes to town on the recent release of the Obama administration’s drone memo.

QotD?: Do you tell good stories?


2/7/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.75 hours (1,000 words on a spec novella to 2,000 words, plus some WRPA)
Hours slept: 7.25 hours (fitful)
Body movement: 0.5 hours stationary bicycle
Weight: 228.0
Number of FEMA troops on my block protecting women from violence: 0
Currently reading: Gulp by Mary Roach

[links] Link salad is an advertising victim

Kalimpura gets Klausnered — Go, me!

All yours… until your credit card expires: Barnes & Noble ‘stops customers accessing ebooks they’ve already paid for’ — Nice move, Barnes and Noble. You’ve lowered yourself to Amazon.com’s level of predatory business practices. (Via [info]corwynofamber.)

Steampunk Keyboard — (Via [info]willyumtx.)

Preaching the incontrovertible to the unconvertibleLanguage Log revisits an old bogeyman, the spurious that/which distinction so beloved of copy editors.

“Homicide Victims Rarely Talk to Police,” and Other Horrible Headlines

cancer. canceling. postponing. waiting. growing. — Amanda Palmer on the hard choices of cancer in the lives of people around you. In case you somehow missed this. (Via Lisa Costello among others.)

Genetic Sequencing Traces Romani Back to Ancient Indian Origin — The original headline could use some work, though the article is more nuanced. Also, note the first comment under the piece. (Via David Goldman.)

Cold case cops find new DNA strategyA cold case detective working to identify eight bodies found in John Wayne Gacy’s home in 1978 developed a new way to find other possible victims of Chicago’s most notorious serial killer. Ah, the majesty of the law. (Via Lisa Costello.)

The catfish that strands itself to kill pigeons — (Via Steve Buchheit.)

You don’t have to be local — I’m not very good at being local, but I do split my energy. (Via David Goldman.)

One Month Later: 30 Post-Election Rebuilding Tips From Republicans — I’ll bet good money the GOP swiftly returns to generating angry white men as their core electoral strategy. To do anything else would require the GOP to confront the huge number of issues about which it has been dreadfully wrong, and the modern conservative movement is clearly incapable of that degree of introspection.

Evangelicals vs. Persons With Disabilities: The real dangers of fighting against imaginary monstersThis vote also harms America’s leadership, influence and reputation in the world. It makes America look ignorant, petty and spiteful. It makes us look that way because 38 Republican senators caused America to be ignorant, petty and spiteful. And this ugly, harmful stupidity is all based on fantasy — based on nothing more than evangelicals’ preoccupation with pretending that they’re waging a heroic battle against Satanic baby-killer abortionists and against the one-world government of the Antichrist. How is that different from almost every other conservative position these days?

?otD: Got milk?


12/7/2012
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.5 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours stationary bike ride
Weight: 217.4
Number of FEMA troops on my block teaching evolution to children and redistributing wealth: 0
Currently reading: The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M. Banks

[links] Link salad is thankful

Happy Thanksgiving! — M.K. Hobson with some awesome Thanksgiving history.

‘Life of Pi’ took Ang Lee on an epic journey of his ownRoger Ebert on this film.

Chand Baori — I’ve never even heard of a step well. This is very strange and beautiful.

Steampunk art is now terrorism, according to the TSA — Feel safer now? (Via Lisa Costello.)

NASA’s not sharing a ‘historic’ find on Mars… yetData from a sample of Martian dirt could be earth-shattering, but the space agency is taking time to check its work. The Bad Astronomer with more. (Or less.)

In Space, Flames Behave in Ways Nobody Thought Possible — Cool flames? Really? (Snurched from Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Tech Start-Ups Find a Home on the Prairie — What I find funny about this piece is that company I work for originated as a Midwestern tech startup over two decades ago. (Thanks to my Dad.)

Researcher wants nanotech patent moratoriumClaims advances in the field are “being stifled at birth.” What this really means is that other countries will make substantial advances with huge economic and technological implications while here in the US the whole field dicks around in court.

Monsanto insurance: USDA tells farmers to pay for avoiding troubles with agro-giantthe best maneuver for any Monsanto foe to take right now is to simply buy insurance, suggesting that the top guns will be given the go-ahead to continue with their contested habit of near endless litigation, a practice that has a tendency to leave the little guys bankrupt and out of business — only to be bought up by the billion-dollar Monsanto corporation after their bills can’t be paid. In other words, give up, ordinary citizens, you can’t fight the abuses of corporate America. Btw, if you’re a conservative, this is what your beloved industry self-regulation looks like. Profit optimization at the expense of everyone and everything. Sort of like my relationship to the Google Books Settlement, actually. (Via [info]danjite.)

The Very First Americans — Newt Gingrich honors the original migrants over the Bering Strait land bridge 15,000 years ago at the end of the last Ice Age. No, wait, never mind. He’s talking about white people 400 years ago. Apparently no one before then was American. All those ones that came before? Illegals. Ask any conservative.

The Real ‘Evangelical Disaster’The great evangelical disaster is that evangelicalism has become synonymous with Republicanism rather than the gospel of Jesus Christ. Yup. Atwater and Ailes needed a reliable voting bloc back in the late 1970s, and you guys eagerly signed up. That’s why almost two entire generations of young and middle-aged Americans can casually dismiss Christianity as a source of hatred and vitriol, because your leaders sold your souls for a mess of pottage. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Police officer quits after comments about Barack ObamaWhen questioned by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office integrity unit, he said he also didn’t care if a nuclear explosion killed everyone in the Northeastern U.S because they supported Obama. Remember, this dingbat Republican creep had a badge and a gun and powers of arrest. Stay classy, conservative America. It’s what you do best.

Members of the 112th Congress Depart, Taking Their Quirks Along — Senator Hutchison had a purse boy? Really? (Via my Dad.)

The New RepublicansThere has been a lot of talk since the election about the possible emergence of a new faction within the Republican party, or at least among the conservative intelligentsia. These new Republicans, we’re told, are willing to be more open-minded on cultural issues, more understanding of immigrants, and more skeptical that trickle-down economics is enough; they’ll favor direct measures to help working families. So what should we call these new Republicans? I have a suggestion: why not call them “Democrats”?

The GOP’s Voter Suppression Strategy — That’s what you do when you can’t win on ideas. Assuming that you lack integrity, intellectual honesty or any commitment to the democratic process. Gee, which party are we talking about, again?

?otD: Having a deep fried turducken today?


11/22/2012
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (30 minutes on stationary bike)
Hours slept: 8.5 hours (solid)
Weight: 219.0
Number of FEMA troops on my block enforcing Agenda 21 and sending good Christian girls to Obama’s abortion camps: 0
Currently reading: Diplomatic Immunity by Lois McMaster Bujold

[links] Link salad for another Tuesday in Omaha

Don’t forget the Kalimpura ARC caption contest [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]

Honeyed Words by my good friend J.A. Pitts has won the Gaylactic Spectrum Award for Best New Novel — Go give him some love.

A Steampunk Wristwatch I Would Love to Afford — Clickety clack. (Via [info]willyumtx.)

Mongolian BlingWe follow three young rappers as they combine traditional Mongolian music with western rap to create nomadic hip hop. (Via my brother.)

A transgender story: My daughter, my sonWhen Sarah became Finn, her parents began their own journey.

The person you used to be still tells you what to do — (Via Lisa Costello.)

Fossil reveals spider in mid-strike — I love behavioral fossils. (Via David Goldman.)

Mind-Control and Instant Skill — Optogenetics and you.

Organism without a brain creates external memories for navigation — I’ve been on dates like that.

SpaceX Falcon 9 lost an engine on the way up; Dragon on its way to ISS — Or maybe not. Apparently it’s in the wrong orbit.

The Ohio State University Marching Band Does Video Games — Hahah. (Via Jersey Girl in Portland.)

Restraint — Ursula K. LeGuin on social sacrifice. (Thanks to [info]controuble.)

Chick-fil-A’s Biblical Family of the Day — Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy: “We support biblical families.” Today’s Chick-fil-A Biblical Family of the Day: Solomon (1 Kings 11:1-3).

Charlie Fuqua, Arkansas Legislative Candidate, Endorses Death Penalty For Rebellious Children In Book — Welcome to the Christian nation of America that our conservative friends want to institute.

Romney says Obama hasn’t signed any Free Trade Agreements (false) — The really great thing about being a Republican candidate in America is that Your Liberal Media will dutifully report any baldfaced lie you tell as if it were true, making any challenge to that lie seem like progressive whining. Thus neatly reinforcing the hermetic seal on the conservative echo chamber.

Ryan gets testy, calls off interview, when asked about tax cuts (video) — Oops. GOP presidential campaign accidentally meets a truthful moment.

Romney 2006 calls Romney 2012’s jobs attacks ‘silly’ — Remember, kids. When white Republican governors do things, that’s statesmanlike leadership. When African-American Democratic presidents do the very same things, that’s Kenyan Muslim socialism.

Inside the campaign: The Romney rebellion — I think letting Mitt be Mitt is the best thing they could possibly do. With his lifelong record of unselfconscious entitled selfishness and unprincipled beliefs, the real Mitt will really shine with the voters.

The Candidate of “Omni-Directional Belligerence” — The cheapness of foreign lives plays well in the pulpits of Peoria. Welcome to Romney’s America.

?otD: Into the office with the post chemo bring down. How about you?


10/9/2012
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hour (chemo fog)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (suburban walk)
Hours slept: 10.0 (7.5 hours solid, plus considerable napping)
Weight: n/a
Currently reading: Heartland by Mark Teppo