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[links] Link salad suddenly explodes

Seeds of Change in a new edition — Edited by the mighty John Joseph Adams, includes a story by me, “The Future by Degrees”. Plus new afterwords by each author. Check it out.

That’s Not Victorian — A handy guide to *.punk subgenres in science fiction and fantasy. (Thanks to Lisa Costello.)

How far up a garden path can a Time Lord go? — Ah, headlines.

God, Jay Lake, and cancer — A friend who is a UMC pastor talks about his faith in the context of his views on my experience.

How Do Physicians and Non-Physicians Want to Die? — This has been a serious topic of discussion hereabouts lately.

Coast to Coast to Cure CancerBob and Eric’s Bike Ride Across America. A fun and interesting fundraiser. (Thanks to Sheila Williams.)

Radio-Vision: 1925 — Back to the future.

Lumigrids — Wow, this is a cool lighting solution for bicycles. (Thanks to Lisa Costello.)

The untethered brain — Tamara Kaye Sellman on multitasking, the human brain and being a smart woman.

Plants ‘do maths’ to control overnight food supplies

The Other MexicansIndigenous people come from a world apart from Spanish-speaking Mexicans.

US Offensive Cyberwar PolicyWelcome to the cyberwar arms race, an arms race that will define the Internet in the 21st century. Sigh. (Via David Goldman.)

A Chinese Palace Crosses the Sun — Taikonauts for the win.

“Hail” reported in the western end of Singapore — Weather is not climate, but extreme weather can be a climate indicator. Amazing the lengths liberals go to for their climate change hoax: melting ice caps, causing hail in the tropics. (Via [info]danjite.)

What to Look for in the President’s Climate AddressObama will propose a climate plan, but his options are limited without congressional support.

Time Cover Story Wrongly Attacks Atheists for Not Helping Out Victims of Oklahoma Tornadoes — Sorry, we atheists are too busy fomenting gay hate, denying women’s access to healthcare and protecting pedophiles to do the good that churches do in the world. No, wait, I have that backwards. What do you know, another lie about atheists? (Via [info]shsilver.)

The Guileless ‘Accidental Racism’ of Paula DeenAmericans have condemned her and shamed her. But, looking at our history, what do we we expect? Ta-Nehisi Coates is both brilliant and chilling.

U.S. Surveillance Is Not Aimed at Terrorists — (Via [info]danjite.)

IRS Chief: Inappropriate Screening Included Search Terms ‘Progressive,’ ‘Occupy,’ ‘Israel’ — Another angry conservative narrative collapses in the face of actual facts. But generally that’s what happens to conservative narratives.

How To Be A Dick 101If you ever wondered whether the conservative base of the Republican congressional monkeyhouse gives a damn about anyone else, the fact that they’re planning to slow-play their own constituents on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act ought to settle your mind for you handsomely.

Texas GOP Rep On Abortion: Women Get ‘Cleaned Out’ With ‘Rape Kits’ — Your Republican Party: because the willfully ignorant and mindlessly cruel need political representation, too.

QotD?: Were there phantoms, and fires by the road?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hour (day overwhelmed with busy-ness)
Hours slept: 7.5 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; I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett

[links] Link salad asks where did you come from, where did you go?

Waving My Tweak Flag High — On the process of revision. (Thanks to David Goldman.)

Timbuktu Libraries in ExileHelp us preserve a global cultural heritage from imminent loss and become part of the great learning adventure of Timbuktu. Fundraising for a profoundly worthy cause. (Via [info]threeoutside.)

Looking It in the Face — On aging and death… (Via David Wilford.)

What Is Capuling? ‘Everyday I’m Çapuling’ Turkish Protest Video Goes Viral — Language and culture in motion. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Most European males ‘descended from farmers’Most men in Europe can trace a line of descent to early farmers who migrated from the Near East, a study says. Why is this surprising? (Via my Dad.)

Museum Bares All For Cycle ExhibitionClothing is optional, of course. Riders will be charged one dollar admission for each item they wear. Portland Police recommend all cyclists wear a helmet, at the bare minimum. Ah, Portland.

Physics’s pangolinTrying to resolve the stubborn paradoxes of their field, physicists craft ever more mind-boggling visions of reality. Interesting stuff. (Via AH.)

Mars rover Opportunity finds traces of ‘drinkable’ water

Atomic bomb tests confirm formation of new brain cellsNewly created neurons marked with isotopes from bomb tests. Because Science!

Contact Lens Computer: Like Google Glass, without the Glasses — Finally, retinal displays!

West Texas Oilfield Town Runs Out of Water — All those rural liberals in West Texas are just contributing to the climate change conspiracy.

4-year-old boy accidentally kills dad in Arizona — Because guns make us all safer. Just ask the 30,000 people killed in the United States every year by firearms. If you’re confused, the NRA and the GOP can explain.

Response to an Open Letter — Hal Duncan speaks brilliantly to wounded, self-valorizing Christian privilege from an atheist (and nonheteronormative) perspective.

If I Were a Black Kid… — Ta-Nehisi Coates on education. Though he’s speaking specifically of black youth, some of his comments are spot on for kids in any enclosed community, such as Christian homeschoolers or small towns.

#GOPHeartsLadies (video)A great video from Emily’s Lists, titled #GOPHeartsLadies, walking us through the offensive things Republicans have said about women in just the past seven days. And Republicans wonder why they have a demographic problem. They just can’t stop longing for the days of white, male, dominance.

QotD?: What the heck did cotton-eyed Joe ever do to you?

Writing time yesterday: 2.75 hours (revisions to “Rock of Ages”)
Hours slept: 6.5 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 247.9
Number of FEMA troops on my block creating tornados for political distraction: 0
Currently reading: Making Money by Terry Pratchett

[links] Link salad for a sleepy Friday

Why John O’Halloran shaved his head mustache and beard — For Christine, and for me. Go read this.

Jay Lake, Alien Hunter — The recent Waterloo Productions video in a non-Facebook environment.

Jay Lake’s Tub (and on being a newer writer) — Writing advice, which I originally got from Dean Wesley Smith and Kris Rusch. The tub is not original to me.

The System: C’est La Wifi — Haha. We had exactly this discussion in my house earlier this week.

Sad Cat Diary — Hahaha. (Via David Goldman.)

Great tweets of science — Hahahahah.

Parents have gastric bypass; children’s DNA may receive the benefitsIt’s epigenetics: Kids’ gene expression may occur a generation after surgery.

Neuron growth in children ‘leaves no room for memories’The reason we struggle to recall memories from our early childhood is down to high levels of neuron production during the first years of life, say Canadian researchers. I have very few memories prior to age seven. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Mars mission astronauts face radiation exposure risk — Ya think?

NASA Mars Rover Curiosity Discovers Evidence for Ancient Streambed and Flowing Water

Oceans Under the Ice Worlds? — This is intensely cool.

How the turtle got its unique hard shellHow the turtle shell evolved has puzzled scientists for years, but new research sheds light on how their hard shells were formed. The really great thing about science is how it institutionalizes uncertainty. No easy answers, no hard truths, just a continual process of observation and evidence gathering and refinement of theory.

Slow-motion 7.0 earthquake drags on for 5 months under New Zealand

Northern Ireland Town Fakes Prosperity for G8 Summit — Um…

The Questions People Get Asked About Their Race — Wow…

Pundits get more followers for being confident than correct — Dunning-Kruger FTW!

As Glaciers Melt, Alpine Mountains Lose Their Glue, Threatening Swiss Village — It’s amazing, the lengths liberals will go to for their global warming hoax. Thank God for Rush Limbaugh and the Republican Party, otherwise we might have to do something about this before it’s too late.

What good is it to save the planet if humanity suffers? — Wow. Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson actually said this. Replace “humanity” with “my bank account” and that’s conservatism in a nutshell. They’re not even pretending any more.

Big Utah Gun Rights Advocate Arrested, Accused Of Domestic Violence — Yep. We are definitely all so much safer, especially with guns in the hands of people like this gentleman and all he represents.

Rick Perry Vetoes “Buy American” Bill Approved 145-0 by Texas House — Because patriotism! (Via [info]shsilver.)

Imprisoned CIA Torture Whistleblower John Kiriakou Pens “Letter from Loretto”

Michele Bachmann is gone, but her paranoid politics has become the norm for GOP

Lincoln Chafee’s long journey from Republican to DemocratBut what’s remarkable is that someone with Chafee’s priorities was once a Republican. Chafee left the GOP six years ago, largely because he had decided it had squandered its mantle as a party of fiscal responsibility. Yep. Reality will do that to you. If you’re in favor of fiscal responsibility, strong on defense, and interested in pro-business economic growth, the GOP is not the party for you based on the historical record of both major parties in the past thirty years. If you’re in favor of social justice, income equality, consumer protection, jobs or the environment, the GOP has never been the party for you. What’s left? Proudly fact-free rhetoric bent on generating angry white men is all I can see.

QotD?: What week is this?

Writing time yesterday: 2.0 hours (revisions to “Rock of Ages”)
Hours slept: 6.75 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: n/a (forgot)
Number of FEMA troops on my block scamming disaster aid slush funds: 0
Currently reading: Thud by Terry Pratchett

[links] Link salad reads those words of wit

‘We Have Always Fought’: Challenging the ‘Women, Cattle and Slaves’ Narrative — Kameron Hurley on non-furry cannibalistic llamas. And much more. (Via [info]rekre8.)

Remembering The Long Lost Germans Of TexasMore than a century ago, German settlers found a pocket of Texas to call home between Austin and San Antonio. And once the local lingo merged with their own language, it proved to be an interesting dialect.

The Princess — How old is 2? (Via [info]willyumtx.)

Defining My Dyslexia

2013 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest — Wow. (Via [info]tillyjane, a/k/a my mom.)

Lunar Corona over Cochem Castle — A gorgeous photo.

Measuring light in the universe since the Big Bang

Cosmic latteCosmic Latte is a name assigned to the average color of the universe, given by a team of astronomers from Johns Hopkins University. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

No Bail for Pa. Parents in Faith-Healing Death — Faith healing isn’t religion, it’s child abuse. Pure and simple. Adults are free to go to hell in their own way, but they are not free to take children along for the ride. In our Christianist-dominated cultural climate, I am nonetheless surprised to see prosecution.

When Politicians promise ‘Lower Taxes’ they are promising Collapsed Bridges — Infrastructure decay is the inevitable result of conservative tax policy. Unless you believe in the fairy tale of supply side economics, but that has neither theoretical support from objective economists who aren’t already committed conservatives, nor any track record of success whatsoever in the real world. Me, I like civil society and public infrastructure, and it takes taxes to keep those things going. Hell, even Republicans drive over bridges.

Three reasons Congress is broken — Only three? There are 233 House Republicans and 45 Senate Republicans. That’s 278 more reasons Congress is broken.

QotD?: What is your least favorite joke?

Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (WRPA, otherwise on workshop time)
Hours slept: 7.25 hours (interrupted)
Body movement: n/a
Weight: n/a
Number of FEMA troops on my block scamming disaster aid slush funds: 0
Currently reading: Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett

[links] Link salad knows that it is not Iron Man

Zachary Quinto and Leonard Nimoy — This is freaking genius. (Spotted lots of places, but sent to me first by Lisa Costello.)

Batman: 1966 — Adam West, back in the day. Courtesy of Shorpy.

Linguists identify 15,000-year-old ‘ultraconserved words’ — Hmmm. (Via my brother.)

European migration evident in DNA patternsA study of people in 40 countries illustrates long-established changes in Europe’s population. Going back a few thousand years, researchers find that everyone on Earth is related to everyone else. This is cool, but hardly surprising, I should think.

More than one-third of Oregon’s National Merit Scholars live in a single Portland-area ZIP code

More than half of the world’s population lives inside this circle

US Air Force Measures Potato Cannon Muzzle Velocities

Antibiotics could cure 40% of chronic back pain patients — Really? (Thanks to David Goldman.)

On the RiseBLDG BLOG on the elevation of Galveston, TX after the devastating hurricane of 1900.

Tropical Climate History…Shrinking — Ice in the tropics.

“While some are seeking to withhold Communion from pro-choice and pro-marriage-equality Catholics, I have heard no call to withhold Communion from priests and bishops who have engaged in horrific sexual abuse against vulnerable children, nor their enablers.” — Yes. This. Religious activism in pursuit of anti-gay bigotry is all about politics and power. Not about morality or what is right and good. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

QotD?: Do you face Stark choices?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (stress)
Hours slept: 7.25 hours (fitful)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 248.0
Number of FEMA troops on my block digging for fossils in the yards of God-fearing Republicans: 0
Currently reading: The Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett

[links] Link salad knows the cider’s laced with acid

Magazine Monday: Subterranean, Spring 2013 — Including a review of my Green novelette, “A Stranger Comes to Kalimpura”. I liked this bit: Green’s voice is, as always, sharp and clear and pitiless. She is a haunting character.

Lois Tilton reviews “A Stranger Comes to Kalimpura” — She didn’t like it quite so much.

Cancer Centers Racing to Map Patients’ Genes — Welcome to my life.

What’s Tylenol Doing to Our Minds?The same pathways that help with physical pain seem to moderate existential distress. Wow. (Via [info]danjite.)

If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It: Ancient Computers in Use Today — (Via @daviddlevine.)

Inside the Race to Build the World’s Fastest Bitcoin Miner — Stories like this are making me feel like a tech dinosaur.

Two-Track MindThe MTA’s “track geometry car” slides around through the New York City subway, using “a variety of sensors, measuring systems, and data management [software] to create a profile of the track being inspected.” This is cool.

Microraptor: A 4-Winged, Fish-Eating Dinosaur

Fellowship of the Tree RingsNew Zealand researchers probe history and climate science by looking at wood. It’s pretty amazing how liberals have planted evidence for climate change even deep inside ancient trees. Thank God we have Rush Limbaugh and the Republican Party to keep us focused on the truth instead of that pesky old reality.

Exploring public concerns about geoengineering the climateUK researchers talk about pumping reflective aerosols into the atmosphere. What could possibly go wrong?

Terrorism and the other ReligionsIt takes a peculiar sort of blindness to see Christians of European heritage as “nice” and Muslims and inherently violent, given the twentieth century death toll.

Actual 4th Grade science test in South Carolina — I hope to Ghu this is a spoof. Thanks to Poe’s Law, it’s impossible to separate conservative willful ignorance from parody of conservative willful ignorance. I simply do not understand how any parent would want to so dreadfully miseducate their child. (Via [info]goulo.)

2nd Child of Pa. Couple Dies After Only Praying — Religion really can make you stupid. Fatally stupid. The deliberate miseducation and intellectual stunting so beloved of religious conservatives is bad enough. Those poor kids died of abuse and neglect privileged under the mantle of faith.

FMH Podcast Episode 52: Women That Leave Because of Gender Inequality — What I find fascinating about the blog Feminist Mormon Housewives is the intellectual train wreck always in progress there. Most of the post and comments on that blog are from intelligent, progressively-minded women who are struggling mightily to reconcile what their education and identities tell them with what their faith demands of them by way of subservience, submittal and acceptance of discrimination and flat counterfactuals. To my atheist outsider’s view, almost all of them would a lot happier listening to themselves rather than their faith.

GOP Ex-Congressman Testifies About Struggle Getting Visa For His Gay Partner — Words fail me. You do remember you’re a Republican, right? Further proof that no one likes conservative policies when applied to them personally.

Texas wants federal disaster aid it refused to give others — Ah, the justly famed intellectual consistency of conservatives is once more on display. Of course, these are Sarah Palin’s “real Americans” in trouble, not undeserving East Coast liberals.

The Senate’s gun control fail: dead children and monied politicians — A UK perspective. A sane man’s contempt for the United States Senate must now be certain and complete. Given the inertia on even the most modest legislative response to the mass murder of schoolchildren, those still credulous enough to believe that our governance is representative of popular will are either Barnum-sized suckers, or worse, tacit participants in tragedies soon to come.

Jeff Flake’s Rhetorical Games On Background Checks Come Back To Haunt Him — Speaking of intellectual consistency. As ever, conservatives value their guns over your safety.

Arkansas county GOP is unhappy that we can’t shoot politicians, as the Second Amendment intended — More of that measured reason we have all come to expect from conservatives in the gun culture. I sure feel safer knowing people like this are exercising their Second Amendment rights to theoretical defense of essential liberties.

WSJ Columnist Taranto Uses Gabby Giffords’ Injuries To Silence Her On Gun Violence — Stay classy, conservative America. It’s what you do best. (Honestly, if I were a Republican, I’d die of shame.)

‘I am the senator. You are the citizen. You need to be quiet.’ — This is how Republicans respect our democracy. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

QotD?: What is the Holy Spirit crying?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo day)
Hours slept: 8.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (very carefully on the stationary bike)
Weight: n/a (couldn’t stand on scale due to injured foot)
Number of FEMA troops on my block faking evidence for climate change: 0
Currently reading: Carpe Jugulum by Terry Pratchett

[travel|events] My upcoming appearance schedule, as it stands today

For those playing along with the home game edition of “Where’s Jay”, here’s my current appearance schedule. Subject very much to changes in my health, of course.

Date Event

Tuesday, April 23rd Wordos in Eugene, OR, for a discussion of my Nebula- and Hugo-nominated novella, “The Stars Do Not Lie” (with Lisa Costello in attendance)

Thursday, May 2nd Speaking at Illumina Corp in San Diego on Whole Genome Sequencing from the patient perspective (with both [info]the_child and Lisa Costello in attendance)

Friday, May 3rd through Sunday, May 5th Guest of Honor at Gaslight Gathering (with both [info]the_child and Lisa Costello in attendance)

Wednesday, May 8th Meeting with my oncologist to discuss current developments, the formal diagnosis and treatment plan

Friday, May 17th through Saturday, May 18th Nebula Awards Weekend in San Jose, CA (with both [info]the_child and Jersey Girl in Portland in attendance)

Everything after this point is subject to change depending on the exigencies of cancer treatment per my oncology consultation on May 8th

Sunday, May 19th through Sunday, May 26th Rio Hondo writing retreat in Taos, NM

Saturday, June 1st through Friday, June 7th Work trip to Omaha, NE (with Lisa Costello in attendance)

Saturday, 15th JayCon XIII [ | LiveJournal ] here in Portland, OR (with various other festivities TBA around the weekend, pretty much everyone in attendance)

Friday, June 28th through Sunday, June 30th Locus Awards Weekend, Seattle, WA (with Lisa Costello in attendance)

Thursday, August 29th through Monday, September 2nd LoneStarCon 3, San Antonio, TX (with both [info]the_child and Lisa Costello in attendance)

[events] My Friday at Paradise Lost

The best way to characterize my day yesterday at Paradise Lost here in San Antonio is to reproduce my Twitter stream:

#wip Innocent of clothing, the angel’s manhood was frighteningly large even though it was not at all turgid.

Remember the Alamo

Said at Paradise Lost: “It’s not the Nebula for Best Tumor.” #nocontextforyou

“Hot, wet fat men. The two of us were floating around in the hot tub like a couple of potatoes in the toilet.”

“That’s not a point. You’d better eat it.” #nocontextforyou

Important Safety Tip: Never walk into public men’s restroom bare footed. Just sayin’, no particular reason.

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[cancer] Field notes from Cancerland, San Antonio edition


Yesterday, Mendelspod put up a 20+ minute podcast interview with me and Dad about cancer and the Whole Genome Sequencing. We listened to it in the car on the way down from Austin. I had a terrible cold the day we recorded it, and don’t sound like myself at all. Still, my comments were clear and cogent for the most part. Worth a listen if you’re following along here for the cancer news.


Had a difficult dream last night which was a somewhat metaphorical review of the thoughts I’ve been having lately about the likely imminent wind down of both my writing career and my life as a whole. Specifically, the casting off of things both virtual and real. That intersects with my discussions with @lynnemthomas about the archiving process and how my mortality inflects that. Plus a lot of difficult thoughts about this week’s cancer news were creeping in.


I am running out of time. If the cancer news is as seems likely, I’ll be back in full treatment before the end of May. That means by the end of June or so, I’ll probably never leave my house again in my life except for medical points and a few very constrained social engagements. This also means that I have around two months of productive writing time left in my entire life. There is nothing surprising about this, given the trajectory we’ve been on since the January discovery of all those additional tumors during surgery, but it’s still horrifying, depressing and disappointing. I have a lot more to say about this, but my thoughts haven’t coalesced coherently yet. Plus we’re still shooting in the dark until the May 7th scan.

Being Out in the World in My Writer Persona

Per the above, my opportunities to infest the wider world with my writer persona are likely very limited. I’m terribly pleased to be here at Paradise Lost, and to be going to the Nebula Awards Weekend, but I’m also having a sad and greedy end of the party feeling. My sense of impending loss is huge right now, but I’m also savoring every minute I can of this.

[events] Having fun at Paradise Lost

I’m in San Antonio at Paradise Lost. @dratz drove us down from Austin yesterday, me, Mrs. @dratz and sparCKL. Most of the crew rolled in by early evening, and we had a good (if horridly noisy) dinner at The Esquire in downtown San Antonio. Some great late night talk about cancer, healthcare and publishing. Lots of old friends here and a few new, including disapproving coyote:

Disapproving coyote disapproves

I have a media interview this morning, lunch with @lynnemthomas, and some writign time scheduled for today. There’s a wine and cheese party tomorrow, for which I am the cheese shopper.

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