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[links] Link salad heads for the coast

Time tourism — Charlie Stross Is Interesting on time travel.

Apple: We’re Not Storing An Image Of Your Fingerprint On The New iPhone

Hacking Consumer Devices — Nice… (Via David Goldman.)

Roman brothel token discovered in ThamesA Roman coin that was probably used by soldiers to pay for sex in brothels has been discovered on the banks of the River Thames. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Vaccine ‘clears HIV-like virus’ in monkeys — Hometown news. (Via my brother.)

Can Emotional Intelligence Be Taught?

First Self-Assembling Diamond Quantum Devices Unveiled The ability to self-assemble quantum components on the nanometre scale could revolutionise the future of computing.

Finding Biomarkers on M-dwarf Planets

Creationists Once Again Threaten to Make a Mockery of Texas Science EducationThe children of today are the voting public of tomorrow. If we don’t break this cycle of willful ignorance, it may never stop on its own. Duh. Where do you think the Republican voter base comes from? Intellectual honesty and clear-eyed analysis of one’s own self-interest is death to modern conservative politics. That’s why Republicans fight so hard to distort education and twist the media. Willful ignorance is the GOP’s only real asset among 99% of the electorate.

Clean Air Act was boon to Appalachian forestsSulfur pollution shown to have slowed tree growth. Bullshit. Everybody knows Federal regulations are nothing but job-destroying Socialism. Ask any conservative, especially those who live in places like West, Texas.

Qotd?: How far are you from the beach?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minutes (stationary bike)
Weight: n/a (forgot)
Number of FEMA troops on my block closing golf courses for Agenda 21: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

[conventions|travel] Home from Worldcon

Lisa Costello and I are home from Worldcon as of late yesterday evening. ([info]the_child and her mother arrive late this coming evening.) Our flights back had some mild logistical hassles, but both legs also included some epic skywatching which more than made up for that. The San Antonio to Dallas flight went through cloud canyons glowing with later afternoon light which were some of the prettiest I have ever seen. We flew between towering anvil clouds, saw thunderheads marching to the horizon, and looked down on the ephemeral kingdoms of the rain. I even spotted a rainbow among the clouds.

I attempted to take photos from the airplane window, but as usual, those things don’t work out very well.



Near the end of the Dallas to Portland flight, somewhere over eastern Oregon, we watched a distant thunderstorm in the darkness. The starry night glowed above the lightning like God’s spilled jewelbox, and a few orange-tinged towns slept down below, as the cloud banks glowed and flashed and contested among themselves.

The convention was a lot of fun, even within my current mobility and fatigue limitations. I’ve posted about that some, but here’s a few more things, including a wonderful post-Hugo photo of me, Mur Lafferty and [info]the_child by James J. Seals.

Jay Lake, Mur Lafferty and Bronwyn Lake at the Hugos
Photo © 2013 James J. Seals, all rights reserved. Reproduced with permission.

Also, in no particular order of chronology or significance:

  • I did a television interview, though I have no idea when or if it will be broadcast
  • Being thoroughly charmed by Cady Coleman, astronaut, scientist and musician
  • It was great good fun bringing my daughter on stage, and watching her navigate the weekend in general as a young woman of character
  • I am still emotional about the impromptu tribute to me led by Paul Cornell from the stage
  • All my wonderful friends and colleagues, some of whom I saw for moments, and some of whom I spent serious quality time with
  • Some damned fine food and some damned mediocre food
  • The exhibits covering the Campbell Award and my cancer
  • My biggest autographing line ever
  • Being nominated for a Hugo, with that means from readers, friends and fans; and having the privilege of watching Brandon Sanderson take my category

There’s more, lots more, but I’m still a bit muddle headed from the trip. If I saw you there, I’m glad. If I missed you there, I’m sorry. Thank you everyone.

Cloud photos © 2013, Joseph E. Lake, Jr.

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[conventions] Hugos

So yesterday was the Hugos. Not to bury the lede, Brandon Sanderson took my category. No Hugo for me. That leaves me 0-4 on awards this year. It was wonderful all the same.

The old saw about it being an honor to be nominated is very true. I was in excellent company. And some real cool things happened. [info]the_child and I were thrilled to give the Campbell tiara to the talented Mur Lafferty. Mur accepted the tiara with grace and wore it with style. Toastmaster Paul Cornell organized an impromptu on-stage tribute to me that made me cry. Odd and funny things happened all day. (For example, misplacing the tiara prior to the ceremony…)

It was a great day and a great weekend for all sorts of reasons. Lisa Costello and I are off for home in a few hours.

I love you all. Thank you.

[conventions] Still at Lonestarcon 3

Lisa Costello and I are still at Worldcon. [info]the_child and her mother arrived last night. Also, I saw my aunt and uncle and cousin Niki Lake yesterday for my cousin’s birthday. And been having fun hanging out with friends, especially Lezli Robyn. Yesterday she’d lost her voice, so I did her reading for her at her book launch.

Today, panels on the Lakeside movie and cancer, then Hugo rehearsals, then Hugo madness. Tomorrow afternoon we go home.

[conventions] At Lonestarcon 3

At Lonestarcon 3. Very busy just keeping up, exhausted as well, so blogging continues irregular. [info]the_child and her mother arrive this evening to join me and Lisa Costello for the Hugos tomorrow. Also, the Lakeside premier was yesterday. It was very moving, and strange to see a movie about myself.

More to come when I have time and brainspace.

[conventions] My Worldcon programming schedule

Here is my Worldcon programming schedule. I am being conservative with my time due to illness and fatigue issues, and will likely not be very available in the evenings or at parties. (Except for Hugo night.) You will catch me out and about during the day, however. Note, I am not taking part in “Stroll With the Stars” due to my mobility impairments.

Lakeside Screening 9:00 am to 11:00 am
Autographing 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm
Kaffeeklatch 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Reading 10:30 am to 11:00 am
Panel: Space Opera: More than Mind Candy? 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Panel: The Making of Lakeside 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm
Panel: Cutting Edge Cancer Research 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Jay Lake Interview 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Hugo Awards (including reception and Losers’ Party) 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm

See some, all or none of you there.

[links] Link salad is the place where they keep all the darkness you need

If love lasts forever… — Hahah.

Doctors say HPV vaccine is safe and “grossly underutilized” — Yeah, well. Anti-science idiocy for the win. Not.

Blue cells of death mark the end of a worm’s lifeDeath begins with an organized and consistent pattern of change.

The Power of Hidden Mutations, or Why I Wish I Bought a Fan — Some interesting reflections on evolution. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

North Pole melts, forms lake at top of the worldSanta flooded out? Researchers release shocking new images of a lake that has formed at the once-frozen North Pole. It really is astonishing to see what lengths liberals will go to for their global warming hoax.

Dissecting the Outrageous, Inaccurate Claims Made at a High School Abstinence-Only Presentation — Given that so many conservatives are so terribly bad about talking about sex with any notion of reality, one wonders why so many of them even manage to have children. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

xFlorida apartment complex shooting leaves 7 dead, including gunman — That daily reign of terror and death is a small price to pay for your Second Amendment rights, as any gun owner will tell you. God forbid we actually do something to prevent such violence, after all.

TxDOT: Some paved roads could return to gravel in oil patch — This is what low-tax conservative governance gives you: severe infrastructure degradation. (Thanks to BBB.)

Pentagon: Americans must give up Liberties to fight “enemies” but we won’t say who they are — One of my great disappointments is Obama is that this kind of thinking continues to prosper in the halls of government under his administration.

QotD?: Will you pay tomorrow?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 252.6
Number of FEMA troops on my block conducting Department of Justice investigations of white patriots: 0
Currently reading: Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program by Sharon Salzberg

[food] Simple Tex-Mex recipes

This is what Lisa Costello and I made for the porch party last weekend. These recipes have a certain obvious resemblance to one another, both are pretty darned good basic versions of their respective food types. Serve with chips or tortillas or whatever pleases you.


Six avocados, halved then mashed to lumpy smoothness
Four limes, halved and juiced into the avocados
Half a head of garlic, minced
One can Ro-Tel tomatoes, well-drained

Fold the above together

Add ground red pepper, paprika and chile powder to taste

Top with crumbled cotija cheese

Chile con queso

One brick Velveeta, diced, then microwaved in slow cooker crock on half power until mostly melted

Place crock in slow cooker on “high”


About six ounces of sour cream
Half a head of garlic, minced
One can Ro-Tel tomatoes, well-drained
One can Hatch chiles, well-drained
1/2 pound loose chorizo, fried until fully cooked (assuming everyone’s a carnivore, otherwise leave it out)
About four ounces of cotija cheese

Add ground black pepper, paprika and chile powder to taste

Cook for 2-3 hours on “low”, until well melted (it will remain somewhat lumpy)

[links] Link salad once upon a time in the West

Tolerance For Intolerance: Boycotting Ender’s GameThat’s [Orson Scott Card] doubling down and saying, “You need to tolerate my intolerance.” Which is a classic derailing tactic that smells so strongly of horseshit that when he says it I wonder if I’m actually living inside a horse’s ass. Just because we elected Obama president doesn’t mean I have to tolerate racism. Bigoted ignorant fuck-all is still bigoted ignorant fuck-all.

New signs of language surface in mystery Voynich text — Word entropy? How cool is that? (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

France in the year 2000 — Cool. (Via [info]martang.)

Meet Atlas, the Robot Designed to Save the DayNew humanoid robots will compete in a contest designed to test the ability of machines to take on extremely dangerous and high-stakes human jobs.

This 3D printer makes edible food — Mmm? Or not? (Via [info]corwynofamber.)

Not yet gone, but effectively extinctA small drop in one species’ population can drive others to actually die out.

All hail! Bacteria that control their squid overlords — (Thanks, I think, to David Goldman.)

The “Diaosi” social class: presage of impending social changes in China — (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

A Life That Can Fracture a Relationship — Moving piece about working in the oilfields. (Via David Goldman.)

A time-lapse video map of 2,053 nuclear explosions from 1945 through 1998

Goodbye, MiamiBy century’s end, rising sea levels will turn the nation’s urban fantasyland into an American Atlantis. But long before the city is completely underwater, chaos will begin. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Racial Makeup of Red and Blue America — Unsurprising hard numbers to back up the intuitively obvious. (Via Dad.)

Murderers where the Victim was White are Far more Likely to be Punished in US

Zimmerman trial: Man carrying loaded handgun shoots and kills unarmed teen — I have never understood how it is self-defense when you stalk and confront someone, especially after the police have told you to do no such thing.

Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds Republicans Take Bigger Hit For Gridlock American voters blame both parties for gridlock in Washington, but they say Republicans are more responsible for Congress’ inability to get things done. Would that be because of widespread and proudly declared Republican obstructionism? Remember what their top legislative priority was during Obama’s first term. Not jobs. Not the economy. Not national security.

Obama’s Plan to Crack Down on Whistleblowers Leaked — Hahahah. (Via David Goldman.)

Texas state capitol trooper confiscates woman’s Maxi-Pad, but guns are okay — That’s the GOP in a nutshell. You couldn’t find a more concise statement of conservative values as practiced today. Are you proud of your Republican party?

Why Republicans Might Lose in 2016 — From conservative commentator Daniel Larison.

QotD?: Tell me how we’re gonna do what’s best?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 5.0 hours (very fitful)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 250.6
Number of FEMA troops on my block building mandatory gay marriage halls: 0
Currently reading: Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program by Sharon Salzberg; Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey

[links] Link salad was young and beautiful once

A medieval book mended with silk thread — This is so cool.

Scholar Asserts That Hollywood Avidly Aided Nazis — Those whacky Hollywood liberals.

PayPal trailblazing payments in space

Spotting individual molecules with quantum optics — One is boggled.

700,000-Year-Old Horse Genome Shatters Record for Sequencing of Ancient DNA — Can Mr. Ed be far behind?

Fairy Circle Mystery Solved By Computational ModellingThe explanation of the mysterious barren circles that form in the middle of fertile grasslands hints that similar circles may show up in other systems, say complexity scientists.

Mormons and Gay MarriageFeminist Mormon Housewives struggles to find some good in the Mormon church’s morally vile stance on gay marriage. Nobody’s going to forget LDS support for Proposition 8 for quite a while.

Two Major Rulings Back Gay Marriage — SCOTUS got something right, though Roberts was on the wrong end of this one. His tenure is still marred by radical partisanship and what conservatives would call an activist bench, except the activism is on their side, so it doesn’t count as bad.

Did the Supreme Court strike down DOMA because it was Theocratic? — Hmm.

Antonin Scalia develops split personality disorder — With the usual Republican intellectual dishonesty, he offers precisely opposite reasoning on his votes against the VRA and for DOMA. Basically, whichever ruling benefits angry white men is Constitutional for this marvel of conservative legal probity.

Texas Near-Ban on Abortion foiled by People’s ‘Gallery Filibuster’ — I find this story amazing. For many reasons.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry calls 2nd special session to pass abortion bill — And the inevitable smackdown from the vicious-cruelty-to-women wing of American politics (a/k/a the GOP).

Who will stop Google?Snowden revealed what many of us already suspected: Google completely controls the web. (Via [info]danjite.)

Two Hours After The Supreme Court Gutted The Voting Rights Act, Texas AG Suppresses Minority Voters — Because democracy! (Via [info]danjite.)

QotD?: Well, no. Not really. You?

Writing time yesterday: 1.5 hours (WRPA of various sorts, plus another 90 minutes giving my library talk)
Hours slept: 6.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 247.2
Number of FEMA troops on my block persecuting conservative political groups on behalf of the IRS: 0
Currently reading: Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program by Sharon Salzberg; Snuff by Terry Pratchett

[travel|events] Forthcoming appearances

This year, I have been on what I’m privately calling my ‘farewell tour’. Given my life expectancy and declining health, this is not unreasonable. Even if I live much more than another year, I do not expect to be in adequate shape to travel past about the end of this summer. If I am wrong, well, it shall be delightful to have a ‘reunion tour’. But for now, I have no travel plans past LoneStarCon 3, a/k/a Worldcon.

June 26th, 2013 (that would be today), 7:00 pm: the suburbs of Portland, OR
Milwaukie Ledding Library Book Club — We will be discussing my multiple award nominated novella, “The Stars Do Not Lie“, as well as my novel Green.

June 28th and 29th, 2013: Seattle,WA
Lisa Costello and I shall be at The Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle, as well as the associated Clarion party.

July 5th, 2013: Seattle,WA
I shall be at that week’s Clarion party in Seattle, along with Lisa Costello.

July 17th to July 21st, 2013: San Diego, CA
[info]the_child and I shall be at San Diego Comic Con. I’ll be signing at the Tor table Friday morning. I do expect to be mobility impaired, and so will likely be using a scooter, which means I will be harder to spot, and spend less time out in public than I’d prefer.

July 27th, 2013: Portland, OR
JayWake here in Portland, Oregon. Surrounded by friends and family, and hopefully you.

July 30th to August 14th, 2013: New Zealand, various cities
[info]the_child, Lisa Costello and I are going to New Zealand. Since I’ll never make my planned trip to Antarctica, this is the next best thing. We used some of the overage from the Acts of Whimsy fund raiser to make this, my final grand act of whimsy, possible. We’ll be traveling around the islands with [info]danjite and [info]khaybee, and possibly with Waterloo Productions. I will publish an itinerary, and there will be Open Dinners in Wellington and probably Auckland. If you’re going to be in Kiwistan those dates and wish to see me, do get in touch with me or [info]danjite.

August 29th to September 2nd, 2013: San Antonio, TX
Lisa Costello and I will be attending LoneStarCon 3. [info]the_child and Mother of the Child will be there as well, along with various other members of my family. If I’m able to walk on the stage, I’ll be in the Hugo Awards ceremony as part of the Campbell Award presentation. Otherwise, Lisa Costello and [info]the_child will stand in for me.

The only plan I have after WorldCon is to attend OryCon if I am able to leave my house. If my health holds better than expected, I may pop up at a few other Pacific Northwest or Bay Area events in the fall and over the winter, but that doesn’t seem terribly likely.

It’s been a lot of fun rattling around this circuit the past fourteen years. My profound thanks to everyone who has helped make my convention-going life as much fun as it has been. All of you party on and party loud.

[links] Link salad is empty as a pocket

A Writer’s Introduction to Knife Fighting Basics — Interesting. (Via [info]rekre8.)

Found in a Junk Shop: Secrets of an Undiscovered Visionary Artist — (Via Ellen Eades.)

Cost of Dying: A shift in how we end our lives

A Panda Escapes From the Zoo, and Social Media Swoop In With the Net — Hah! (Thanks to Dad.)

The story behind the island that wasn’t thereHow a 1908 error managed to persist through the satellite era. Yesterday in the ocean air, I saw an island what wasn’t there; it isn’t there again today, I wish the hell it would go away.

Beneath the waves, lost to the desert sands, or simply reclaimed by nature, these are some of the world’s most beautiful locations that civilisation abandoned — (Via [info]mlerules.)

The Watchers — Skybox wants cheap, accurate satellites all over the sky. This is some gee-whiz shit. Countervailing commentary here. (Both links via David Goldman.)

Oregon Designates Official State Microbe — Beer, beer, beer.

Texas abortion bill dies as confusion marks end of session‘In Texas, we value all life,’ Gov. Perry TX. Said on the eve of the state’s 500th execution. Because for conservatives, there’s never enough cruelty enshrined in law.

High court voids key part of Voting Rights Act — The conservative wet dream of returning the United States to a violent, discriminatory past continues to prosper against all common sense and principled morality.

Hey, remember back when we used to have a Voting Rights Act? — This decision by five strict Constitutionalists completely ignores the Fifteenth Amendment in order to support the “angry white men” political strategy of the GOP, and also completely reverses the court’s own earlier logic on these same issues, again in favor of the “angry white men” political strategy. So much for the Roberts Court having any historical legacy other than deep and abiding shame at their mindless conservative partisanship.

QotD?: Where did you put those diamonds?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (day overwhelmed with busy-ness)
Hours slept: 5.25 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 245.8
Number of FEMA troops on my block persecuting conservative political groups on behalf of the IRS: 0
Currently reading: Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program by Sharon Salzberg; Snuff by Terry Pratchett