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[links] Link salad sidles toward another weekend

METAtropolis | Powell’s | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Borders ] reviewed here and here — A mixed bag, at least for my story.

reports on the reading tonight here in Portland — I’ve dropped the ball on promoting this, but 6:30 pm at the Press Club in SE Portland, with , , tattoo artist-turned-author Jeff Johnson and my own bad self.

Goth scuplture — In an earlier sense of the term. Cool stuff. (Thanks to .)

Sketching the Mechanical Elephant — No, that is not a euphemism. Art writing art Guru James Gurney on the giant mechanical elephant.

England’s Ancient Ridgeway Trail — Mmm. Want to go. Someone want to invite me to a UK Con as GoH so I can do this stuff?

Dark Red Spot Found on Kuiper Belt Object Haumae — Wow.

Anonymous Doc on the divergent experiences of patients and doctors

Media bias in the Washington Post op-ed page — Liberal media much? I like his phrasing, one of those outlets typically counted as part of the “Liberal Media” by right-wing self-victimizers and their media amplifiers.

?otD: Would ‘Thorax’ be a great name for a villain or what?

Body movement: 60 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 6.0
This morning’s weigh-in: n/a (forgot)
Currently reading: The Jade Man’s Skin by Daniel Fox

[links] Link salad, title free edition

The Green photo contest [ | LiveJournal ]

Green readings and signings: [ | LiveJournal ] — Including Powell’s Cedar Hills here in the Portland area, tomorrow night.

SF Signal with a book cover smackdown including my own forthcoming Death of a Starship

1939 World’s Fair on San Francisco Bay — Some mighty fine poster art.

American Garage: 1943 — Mmmmm, trains. Now this is some steamy punk.

iPhone Hackers Get a BreakThe difficulty of running nonapproved code on the iPhone has turned off security researchers–until now. Um… Does this count as being unclear on the concept?

At Last, Facing Down Bullies (and Their Enablers) — Gosh, wouldn’t that be nice. I grew up in the 1970s, when the response to bullying boiled down to “Well, what did you do to antagonize him?” (Snurched from Scrivener’s Error.)

Teaching Children to Spot Terrorists — Um… (Thanks to .)

You weren’t excluded. You lost.The Edge of the American West on conservative rhetoric over the Tiller murder. The right’s mealy-mouthed response to that is another place where conservatism show not that it is simply wrong-headed, but intellectually and morally bankrupt.

?otD: What price glory? Show your work.

Body movement: 60 minute workout at the gym, 10 minutes of stretching and meditation
This morning’s weigh-in: 215.4
Currently reading: The Hallowed Hunt by Lois McMaster Bujold; A Long Line of Cells by Lewis Thomas

[links] Link salad for a Thursday

Some very cool steampunk art — (Thanks to Shawn Deggans.)

cranky_editors is deeply funny in a mildly NSFW way

Republican insiders caught by hot mic: Race is over — Oops, conservatives being honest with each other. Who’d a thunk it?

Absence of Bush and Cheney cheers Republican delegates — Hahahahahahahahahahaha.

The Edge of the American West on media coverage of black delegates at the GOP convention — Your Liberal Media focused on about 16 African-American delegates during the broadcast of Giuliani’s speech. That’s 16 out of a total of 36 African-American delegates to a convention of 1,790 delegates.

Time in saddle: 0 minutes (4.0 mile urban walk today)
Last night’s weigh-out: n/a
This morning’s weigh-in: n/a
Currently reading: Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl

[links] Link salad for a late July Monday

ktempest with an announcement about radio play style adaptions of published fiction — Basically, Fantasy magazine is looking for scripts. Cool stuff.

Scrivener’s Error about copyright (and other interesting things) — If you care about this sort of neepery. (If you’re a working writer, or aspire to be, you should care deeply.)

Life from Venus blown to Earth? — (Thanks to lt260.)

Gearhead Heaven: 1925 — Another awesome image from Shorpy.

Misspelled tattoos — Wow. I can’t decide whether to laugh or weep. (Thanks to danjite.)

Antique Powerland — Classic steam power show this past weekend, and the first weekend in August. For you real steampunks. I’m sorry I’ll manage to miss this. (Thanks to sheelangig.)

Gurney Journey on walking vehiclesTibetan Military History from The War Nerd — A quirky take on a serious subject. Also, as a family member points out, not neccessarily accurate, at least with respect to Mongol history. (Thanks to biomekanic.)

Going Undercover at Mad Pastor Hagee’s Christians United for Israel Summit — Though later disavowed under pressure, Hagee would be one of McCain’s big endorsements during the Republican primary. You really want this thinking to continue running the country? (Thanks to lt260.)

Time in saddle: 10 minutes
Last night’s weigh-out: 249.8
This morning’s weigh-in: 246.4
Currently reading: Green by Jay Lake