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Yokimo the Goat gets around — World Fantasy Convention from the caprine perspective.

Two Lumps takes on NaNoWriMo — With a sideswipe at Stephenie Meyer.

Bullet train patent design — Mmmm.

The Adventures of Lil’ CthulhuWant a child-friendly way to introduce your little one to the traditions of the Old Cult? Meet little Cthulhu, who lives in the magic city of R’lyeh with all his friends, as you and your child embark on a fun and educational journey through the world of the Great Old Ones (Thanks to .)

RearGear — The ultimate in repressed Americana. Weird. (Thanks to .)

Glacier Man — This is very cool.

Why does driving bring out the worst in people? — I’ve asked this exact question a number of times. The same person who will hold the door for you at the bank will viciously run you to the shoulder in traffic.

CNBC’s Darren Rovell: NYC marathon winner not a real American since he’s originally from Africa — Best smackdown of Nativism EVAR. And what did you do, Darren, to become an American? You were born here to American parents – that must have been real hard work fighting your way through your mother’s birth canal. I’m sure childbirth taught you a lot more about liberty and freedom than a guy who escaped a civil war to come to a land where he could be free.

Making Light with a lot more on the Meb Keflezighi story referenced above — I was struck by Abi Sutherland’s comments that “Leaving the US is apparently very unpatriotic; learning about other cultures is suspect, and moving abroad all but treason”. I have that problem, too, to a smaller degree. Because of where I was born and how I was raised I don’t have a “home town”, I’m not “from” anywhere in the usual sense of that phrase. A (former) friend back in Texas used to insist I couldn’t possibly be Texan, despite six generations of ancestors there, because I wasn’t born there, like she was. To her logic, I’m not even American. Um, no.

?otD: Why is a strike good in bowling but bad in baseball?


11/4/2009
Body movement: 15 minutes of meditation and stretching, 30 minute stationary bicycle ride
Hours slept: 6.5
This morning’s weigh-in: 233.0
Currently reading: The Jade Man’s Skin by Daniel Fox

[links] Link salad calls him Jimmy the Saint

The Washington Post reviews the film adaptation of “Where the Wild Things Are” — Money shot: This isn’t to say that “Where the Wild Things Are” isn’t suitable for children; it’s just that it will probably be most enjoyable to children with a working knowledge of Bruno Bettelheim’s “The Uses of Enchantment” and psychoanalytic theory.

Scrivener’s Error with more bits and pieces on the Google Books Settlement — Including a link to a truly bizarre statement from Google co-founder Sergey Brin, in which Brin appears never to have heard of the Internet, or interlibrary loan, or abebooks.com.

Ragsdale Pioneer Zephyr Train — Mmm. Streamliner.

Soaked — About the great Chicago underground flood. I had forgotten this. Fascinating urban history. (Via Freakonomics.)

When saints collide — More astronomy humor from Ellis Nadler.

A Headline That Will Make Global-Warming Activists Apoplectic — Hmm. Maybe that liberal bias in reality isn’t so liberal? Interesting. Though I suspect the data as a whole (ie, ice coverage etc.) will swiftly overturn this finding. It would be a fine thing if I were wrong.

Bush Preemptive Strike Doctrine Under Review, May Be DiscardedThe international environment is “more complex” than when President George W. Bush announced the policy in 2002 Actually, the domestic environment is “more sane” than when President George W. Bush announced the policy in 2002.

?otD: How much is that dogie in the window? The one with the beautiful moo?


10/16/2009
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.75
This morning’s weigh-in: 229.8
Currently reading: Dragon in Chains by Daniel Fox; Demonhead by Shannon Page

[links] Link salad has 99 problems

Part II of my clockpunk astronaut novella, “Chain of Stars”, is now live at Subterranean

Our Marketing Plan — Publishing humor from The New Yorker. (Via a mailing list I’m on.)

The Collider, the Particle and a Theory About Fate — Weird doings at the LHC. (Thanks to my dad.)

Introducing the Book of Odds — Oh, cool!

Merging video with maps — How you spell “convergence”?

Electric locomotive patent: 1950 — I love this drawing.

?otD: To converge or not to converge, that is the question.


10/14/2009
Body movement: 45 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 6.0
This morning’s weigh-in: n/a (traveling)
Currently reading: Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! by Richard P. Feynman

[links] Link salad wishes my sister a happy birthday

My book is mine, not Google’s — More on the banal evil of the rights grab that is the Google Books Settlement.

Why science fiction authors just can’t win — More notes from the ghetto.

Undead Machinery with a very strange and spooky video of a pair of derelict steam locomotives being moved by rail.

Animals Survived Apocalypse by Burrowing — But can you burrow to survive the zombie apocalypse?

A double-ringed basin on MercuryAPOD with a very interesting photo, including also a link through to imaging and description of a similar feature on Earth.

The Conservative Bible project — More on reinterpreting the word of god. Um, yeah.

John Stewart schools Sean Hannity on history, ecology — The Klamath protests are such classic conservative bullshit. Farmers whose entire water supply only exists because of government intervention are protesting to keep the government’s hands off their water supply. (Yes, I know it’s more complex than that, but this is what the Klamath water use issue boils down to.) That’s right up with there with “keep the government out of my Medicare” as a nonsensical conservative talking point.

?otD: So you say it’s your birthday?


10/7/2009
Body movement: 10 minutes of stretching and meditatiom, 30 minutes on the stationary bike
Hours slept: 5.5
This morning’s weigh-in: 228.6
Currently reading: Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! by Richard P. Feynman

[links] Link salad mumbles into October

Hey There Cthulu — A tribute music video. (Thanks to .)

Sidewinder: 1890Shorpy with a stunning Mexican railroad photo.

Heliospheric Crossings (and the Consequences)Centauri Dreams on the new solar system. How messy it doth grow.

Balko on Absolute Prosecutorial Immunity — Huh? I hope some of the legal professionals who read my blog will comment on this, because I find it appalling, and I wonder if I’m misunderstanding or simply missing something here.

?otD: How much wood?


10/1/2009
Body movement: n/a (sick)
Hours slept: 10.5! (sick)
This morning’s weigh-in: n/a (traveling)
Currently reading: Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! by Richard P. Feynman

[photos] The Child takes a trip to Mount St. Helens

Today, took a trip to Mount St. Helens with her grandmother (), her cousin (the Niece) and her aunt (). Kids and grandmother took the train north, where my sister met them by car and they went up to the visitors’ center. She took the good camera, and took some photos, which I am posting a few of here, with her permission.
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The Portland train station

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Amtrak

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The hardy adventurers, junior division

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Messing about on rocks

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A little friend from Nature

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Oh, yeah, a volcano!

Most photos by , selected photos by M. Lake.

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As usual, more at the Flickr set.

[links] Link salad swelters in Seattle

More sexist advertising — Wow…

Maple Leaf Radio Car writes, Apparently the Canadian National Railway had “radio cars” on some of their trains in the early days of radio. (Originally from .)

Staff Linguist — Linguists in politics.

The Ketchup Revolution, Postponed

Over there! An 8 mile high distraction made of posh chocolate! — Arguing over organics.

Anonymous Doc on the ethics of death — I’ve been following this medical intern’s blog. A lot of sobering and interesting stuff there.

The Straight Dope on continental drift — Including an interesting roll call of vanished supercontinents.

?otD: Saturday. What, a day?


8/1/2009
Body movement: n/a (traveling)
This morning’s weigh-in: n/a (traveling)
Currently reading: Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart

[links] Link salad takes a walk

SF Signal‘s “Mind Meld” on real life places that inspire fantastical world building — In which I discuss, among other things, Bulgaria.

Puttin’ on daubs.Art writing guru James Gurney on how art happens one tiny bit at a time. You sure gotta know where to put them daubs words.

9 Chickweed Lane name checks the state of Nebraska — I probably shouldn’t be laughing at this, but I am.

The French Aérotrain — Scroll down a bit to see it. Also, the prototype pictured at Wikipedia is deeply awesome.

Ice XV discovered — Man, I missed ice-9!

?otD: How green is your valley?


6/17/2009
Body movement: 30 minute suburban walk, 10 minutes of stretching and meditation
This morning’s weigh-in: n/a (in hotel)
Currently reading: The Human Disguise by James O’Neil

[links] Link salad, title free edition

The Green photo contest [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]

Green readings and signings: [ jlake.com | 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.


6/11/2009
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 wonders what the hell is next

Genesis by R. Crumb — Now this is pretty damned interesting.

I wish I were here: New York City’s High Line park is open — Pretty cool creative re-use of railroad property.

First Extra-Galactic Planet Spotted in Andromeda

Get Fuzzy nails the conservative mindset — A view into neoconland for those of us in the reality-based community.

Something To Consider — Ta-Nehisi Coates on Sotomayor and why he is not a conservative.

?otD: Hump day? What the heck is hump day?


6/10/2009
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride, 10 minutes of stretching and meditation
This morning’s weigh-in: 218.6
Currently reading: The Hallowed Hunt by Lois McMaster Bujold; A Long Line of Cells by Lewis Thomas